COVID-19: Over 1 bn people worldwide told to stay home

COVID-19: Over 1 billion people worldwide told to stay home

A delivery person passes near St. Peter's Basilica, as Italy tightens measures to try and contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Rome. Credit: Reuters Photo

 More than one billion people have been asked to stay home in more than 50 countries and territories around the world as governments battle the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, according to an AFP tally on Monday.

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Some countries such as France, Italy and Argentina have imposed mandatory lockdown measures, while others like Iran and Britain have issued stay-at-home recommendations to stem the spread of the virus.