More than 1.5 billion people globally asked to stay home to avoid coronavirus

by Bryan Brammer · Mar 23rd, 2020 1:06 pm

Last Updated Mar 23rd, 2020 at 1:24 pm

More than 1.5 billion people around the world have been encouraged or ordered to stay at home in an effort to stifle the spread of COVID-19.

The near global lockdown, which has one-fifth of the world's population quarantined indoors, has incited fear over the U.S. economy and how it will impact the lives of Americans, especially with the rejection of the coronavirus relief package shot down by Democrats on Sunday.

Italy has been hit the hardest, with 59,000 confirmed cases and close to 5,500 deaths — 18 of which have been doctors.

Coronavirus cases in New York have recently topped 20,000, with 12,000 in New York City alone.

The biggest concern is getting enough masks, ventilators, personal protective equipment, and other medical supplies to those who desperately need it.

"If we don't get the equipment, we're literally going to lose lives," Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN.


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