India, France and Nigeria are among several countries whose leaders are extending bans to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, with more than 2 million confirmed cases worldwide.
With the number of infections in his country at more than 10,300, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Tuesday that a national lockdown would last until May 3.
French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a televised speech Monday evening saying that the foreclosure of France would last until May 11, when authorities begin to reopen schools.
“On the French continent and in the French overseas departments, the system is under tension and the epidemic is not yet under control. We must therefore continue our efforts and continue to apply the rules. The more they are respected, the more lives will be saved, “he said.
Nigeria is also adding two more weeks to foreclosure orders in three states – Lagos, Abuja and Ogun – while the Turkish president has said that a 48-hour weekend lockout will be repeated this week.
By far, most cases have been found in the United States, which represents approximately 600,000 known infections, with the hardest hit region being New York.
There are approximately 106,000 cases in New York and 195,000 cases nationwide, more than in Spain or Italy. But Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that “the worst is over”, but only if New Yorkers “continue to be smart in the future.”
California was one of the first states to tell people to stay home. Governor Gavin Newsom plans to announce his administration’s plans to resume normal life on Tuesday.
Tuesday is also close to a total lockdown in Italy, allowing some stores to reopen. The country has seen a steady improvement in the number of critically ill patients after being a hot spot in the epidemic.
The pandemic has hit the global economy, leading many governments to adopt massive bailouts. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is among those asking for help from poor countries who must focus their limited resources on health responses.
The International Monetary Fund agreed on Monday to a $ 500 million effort to help 25 countries by canceling six months of debt payments. Some of these countries are Afghanistan, Congo, Haiti, Mali, Sierra Leone and Yemen.
Part of the government’s plan to stimulate the declining economy in the U.S. is to send cash payments to households to help people cover their bills in the event of massive job losses, or to encourage people to spend money and boost business activity.
These payments are being distributed and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he expects 80 million Americans will have the funds in their bank accounts by Wednesday.