India joins coronavirus lockdown, WHO warns the US: Live updates

India in a 21-day lockdown, while WHO warns the US’s escalating outbreak could become the next global epicenter for COVID-19.

Almost empty roads in Ahmedabad in India as the country began a three-week lockdown

India’s 1.3 billion people have joined the global lockdown triggered by the coronavirus, as the World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern at the acceleration of the pandemic in the United States and Italy recorded another large increase in deaths from COVID-19.

India’s “total lockdown” began at midnight (18:30 GMT on Tuesday) and will continue for 21 days. 

In Italy, where more people have died than anywhere else in the world, the death toll rose to 6,820.

The WHO has warned the United States, the country with the most cases after China and Italy, risked becoming the next epicenter of the outbreak as President Donald Trump insisted the country could be back to work in three weeks.

More than 18,600 people have died from COVID-19 since it first emerged in China late last year.

Nearly 108,000 of the 418,000 people diagnosed with the disease have recovered, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

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