Fighting the coronavirus around the world

From Singapore to Italy, from France to the U.S., the coronavirus has rattled countries globally. Here are the varied ways they're combatting the pandemic.

The fight against the coronavirus crisis

In China…

The city of Wuhan was sealed off on January 23, 2020 after the virus was first detected there in late December 2019. Travel restrictions were imposed on nearly half of the population. 60 million people were quarantined under strict monitoring from authorities. On March 10, 2020, president Xi Jinping toured Wuhan as the number of reported new cases dropped to the single digits.

In Singapore…

After being hit by the SARS and H1N1 epidemics years ago, the country revised its public health policies. A task force was charged with tracking down all the contacts of those infected. The government has also stepped in to pay self-employed people $73 dollars a day, and employers are prohibited from detracting quarantine days from annual leave.

In South Korea…

Once the first coronavirus cases started appearing in late January, widespread testing was soon put in place. Between 12,000 and 20,000 tests are conducted on average every day. Rep. Carolyn Maloney shared, “South Korea tested more than 66,000 people with just one within just one week of its first case of community transmission. South Korea has now tested more than 196,000 people. But we are not anywhere close to that. They started conducting drive through testing, but people here in the United States can't even get tested by their own doctors.” The government pays for tests for people with symptoms and set up 50 drive-through clinics.

In Italy…

In mid-February, Italy only had a handful of cases. But quickly, the country had the highest amount of cases and deaths outside of China, overwhelming Italy’s health system. On March 9, all of Italy 60 million people were put under quarantine until at least April 3. Some residents tried to stay cheerful. Museums, cinemas, universities, and schools are closed. Bars and restaurants must close at 6 p.m. Travel between cities is authorized only for work, health, or emergency purposes.

In France…

In a TV address, the French president also called for people to work from home and for older people to limit interactions. President Macron stated, “Until further notice, nurseries, primary and secondary schools, high schools and universities will be closed for one simple reason — our children and young people, according to scientists, are the ones who transmit the virus, it seems, the most rapidly, although children sometimes don't show symptoms.” France will also pay the salaries of people forced out of work. On March 13, gatherings of over 100 people were banned. Restaurants, cinemas, and bars also closed on March 14. France is also controlling the distribution of masks and has capped the price of hand sanitizer.

In the U.K…

As of March 15, Britain had not introduced “social distancing” measures adopted by neighboring nations, instead opting for “herd immunity.” Brits are being urged to wash hands frequently and asked to stay home for a week if they have mild symptoms.

In the U.S…

The president has taken steps to limit travel from China to Iran to Europe. But the government’s slow response, along with its low number of virus tests compared to other countries, has been criticized. In 2018, the Trump administration had fired the entire U.S. pandemic response team. On January 29, the president announced the creation of a task force led by Vice President Mike Pence. Meanwhile, lawmakers initially struggled to agree on national measures like paid sick leave or free coronavirus testing. Meanwhile, universities are moving to online classes. In some cities, social distancing is encouraged and large gatherings are banned. On March 13, President Trump declared the coronavirus a national emergency.


03/16/2020 11:09 PMupdated: 03/16/2020 11:17 PM


  • Kaushik C.
    03/18/2021 03:42

    Excellent making

  • Gaz R.
    04/15/2020 11:21

    Why would anyone believe what China says about this virus

  • Sethuram A.
    04/15/2020 02:43

    Fake china is a culprit

  • Francisco C.
    04/05/2020 14:35

    God ilumine the world is time to love one another I wish all the best my brothers

  • Debbie T.
    04/04/2020 08:09

    You missed out Taiwan !

  • Nicole K.
    03/30/2020 09:05

    Jan Ka look

  • Glen B.
    03/29/2020 22:08

    And in Canada we still let all people into the country with no checks

  • Faisal A.
    03/29/2020 22:08

    check trump decision

  • Uday K.
    03/29/2020 21:42

    Save the world and mankind from CHINA Virus. Bcz of CHINA today many countries are suffering mankind is in danger i call this virus as CHINA VIRUS not Covid19 or Carona. Pray for mankind

  • Lynn G.
    03/29/2020 20:52

    Kev George

  • Robin
    03/29/2020 16:06

    In my country , we drink warm water and worship God.

  • Kieron Q.
    03/29/2020 13:07

    This is what neeeds to happen here

  • Iman F.
    03/28/2020 09:29

    After all this things finished, can we all please make an agreement not to eat a wildlife again? please..

  • Asbjørn B.
    03/28/2020 07:47

    tjek lige denne👍

  • Anirban K.
    03/27/2020 23:38

    di..just wait for boris response

  • Abi K.
    03/27/2020 21:03

    Now it is here in Africa, we shall learn the lesson from all the countries who have been affected earlier!!

  • Reece V.
    03/27/2020 18:53

    Can never tell if it's day or night in Asia. The pollution is gross. Never see the sun. Asia is the plague except it. Toilet nation

  • Ivan D.
    03/27/2020 08:40

    There are much more countries in the Europe than those presented! In this manner this video is very flawed and wester-centric! I come from small Croatia, one of the closest neighbours of Italy that thanks to the government, world class epidemiologists and quality healthcare system managed to respond excellent to this crisis, much, much better than all of the mentioned European countries! After over a month we still have relatively small number of infected patients (about 550) with very small number of new ones daily!

  • Erika B.
    03/27/2020 05:05

    Here in the U.S people r walking around with no masks and still going about their normal activities. They closed all the schools and we r supposed to stay home and self quarantine but most people are out and about with no masks

  • Lakashay
    03/27/2020 04:08

    God showed us what it's like to be caged in the houses as animals were caged by us and be worried because he still showed us how we put them in cage not how we slaughtered them 😔

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