Blocking towns, banning crowds and canceling cultural events … are some of the many measures taken by many countries to stop the spread of corona virus.

China (80,793 cases – 3,169 deaths): China carried out quarantine for 14 days with people from abroad, the most stringent restrictions for people from Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan. The whole city of Wuhan and surrounding areas was frozen for more than a month, travel restrictions imposed on many provinces, affecting 930 million people. Measures include checking travel permits, checking people’s body temperature on arrival at public places, disinfecting vehicles, delivering food and only allowing one person in each household to leave the home.

 South Korea (7,869 cases – 67 deaths): New cases are on the decline. Instead of a local blockade, South Korea focuses on examining large numbers of people to identify disease “hot spots.” They encouraged people to refrain from gathering, while the army disinfected the streets. The government also subsidizes small and medium-sized business owners to make flexible working hours for staff to pick up children after work.

Japan (639 cases – 16 deaths): On March 9, Japan introduced tougher border controls, essentially banning tourists from China and South Korea until the end of the month. Similar restrictions do not apply to guests from Italy. The Health Minister said the epidemic in Japan was entering a new phase. If declared a state of emergency, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe can issue a mandatory order to close schools nationwide and confiscate private property to build hospitals in case of shortage of beds …

United States (1,312 cases – 38 deaths): On March 11, President Donald Trump announced a ban on all flights from Europe (except Britain and Ireland). At the state level in the US, the Governor of California requires that gatherings be postponed or canceled at least until the end of March. Other states are similar. More and more colleges and universities across the US cancel classes. Coachella Music Festival in the California desert is delayed until October.

Italy (15,113 cases – 1,016 deaths): Italy decided to freeze the country on 9 March, imposing fines on people who break a curfew. Schools, cafes, hair salons, restaurants … all must be closed. 60 million residents are required to stay at home. All domestic sporting events are suspended until April 3.

Iran (9,000 cases – 429 deaths): Iran is currently the country with the largest number of Codiv-19 infections in the Middle East and the third worldwide, after China and Italy. Crowd gatherings, including prayers on March 13 in Tehran and other major cities, were canceled. Schools are closed, many teams clean up and disinfect trains, buses and public places. Authorities temporarily released about 70,000 prisoners to prevent the spread of the disease. Those released do not include political prisoners.

Spain (2,968 cases – 84 deaths): In the most affected areas, Madrid, Basque Country and La Rioja, all schools, universities and child care centers must be closed for 2. week, large gatherings are also canceled. Flights between Spain and Italy are suspended. All La Liga football matches are also canceled in 2 weeks. 

France (2,284 cases – 48 deaths): France announced a nationwide ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people. President Emmanuel Macron announced the closure of all schools and universities on March 9. The government requisitioned all the country’s surgical masks to distribute to those in need and to limit the price of hand sanitizer. Paris Marathon is postponed until October.

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