Global coronavirus cases surpassed 400,000

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Published on March 25, 2020 by

Global coronavirus cases surpassed 400,000, according to data collated by Johns Hopkins University. Almost 17,000 people have now died, while more than 100,000 have recovered
Italy reported a jump of 743 deaths in the past day – 141 more than Monday
While the number of deaths has risen, the number of new infections appears to be slowing down

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has imposed a nationwide lockdown in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The restrictions came into force at midnight local time (18:30 GMT) and will be enforced for 21 days.

“There will be a total ban on venturing out of your homes,” Mr Modi said in a televised address.

He appealed for people not to panic – but crowds quickly mobbed stores in the capital, Delhi, and other cities.

Correspondents say it is not clear how – or even if – people will now be allowed out to buy food and other essentials.

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