Cities deserted across globe amid outbreak

China Daily | Updated: 2020-03-23 09:58
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Nations impose lockdowns, curfews to stop spread of COVID-19

A combination photo of the Woodlands Causeway between Singapore and Malaysia, before (L) and after Malaysia imposed a lockdown on travel over the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak March 17 (L) and 18, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

Across the world, streets, squares and highways in major cities were deserted as curfew and lockdowns multiplied to try to stop the spread of COVID-19, which has infected more than 300,000 people.

On Sunday, Singapore, which has 432 confirmed cases of infections, said in a statement that it will fully shut its borders starting Tuesday to reduce the risk of imported cases and free up resources to focus on its citizens, the Associated Press reported.

Singaporean citizens, permanent residents and foreigners with a long-term work pass can return but must undergo a 14-day self-quarantine. The country has recorded its first two deaths, the AP said.

More than a billion people in India were asked to observe a 14-hour long curfew from 7 am until 9 pm on Sunday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi said last week that it would be a test in order to assess the country's ability to fight the virus, according to the BBC. India has so far recorded 370 cases.

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