The world’s major cities have adopted a bewildering array of measures to fend off the coronavirus crisis, with some enforcing drastic lockdowns while others prefer a lighter touch.
Some popular tourist hotspots such as Rome have become nearly deserted after citizens were ordered to stay inside to stop the virus spreading.
Limits on public gatherings have been set as low as 50 people in Berlin and New York City, with Donald Trump suggesting a limit of ten for the U.S. as a whole.
But schools, bars and restaurants are still open in London, where the UK government has been much more reluctant to impose draconian measures.
Some cities such as San Francisco are threatening people with fines or imprisonment if they venture out illegally, while other authorities are still only offering guidance.
In some countries such as Italy, the national government has taken command of the crisis and ordered shutdowns across the country.
However, U.S. states and cities have more freedom to take their own actions, while Germany has also left much of the decision-making to its 16 states including Berlin.
Scroll down to read how nine of the world’s major cities – Berlin, London, Paris, Seoul, Rome, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and San Francisco – have reacted to the outbreak.
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Berlin is one of Germany’s 16 states, which have considerable autonomy in choosing how to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.
Berlin authorities decided to shut down schools and kindergartens last Friday, taking effect from this week.
School exams can still take place if pupils are kept at a distance of 5ft (1.5m) apart in order to avoid close contact.
Bars, pubs and the city’s popular nightclubs have been closed. However, restaurants can remain open if they enforce the 5ft safety distance between guests.
The measures are due to get tougher tomorrow when shops are ordered to close, except for essential services such as food stores and pharmacies.
The new order to shut down less important businesses such as clothes shops was recommended by the federal government yesterday.
There is a complete ban on sports at public and private facilities in Berlin, including swimming pools and fitness studios.
Bundesliga football has already been shut down across the country, keeping fans away from the Olympic Stadium where Hertha BSC Berlin play their matches.
There are restrictions on visits to hospitals and care homes, but there is no general ban on travel and Berlin’s public transport system is still running.
Berlin and all Germany confirmed 8500 virus cases, with 67 recoverd cases and 23 deaths.
The Italian government’s unprecedented lockdown was extended to the whole country last week after it was initially confined to the north.
That means schools, bars and restaurants have been shut down across the country by decree of prime minister Giuseppe Conte, including in the capital. Shops are also closed except for food stores and pharmacies.
There is a total ban on public gatherings of any size, and sports have been completely shut down with people ordered to stay indoors.
Movement is heavily restricted, with the few remaining travellers required to fill out forms and provide a valid reason such as work or medical treatment.
Popular tourist landmarks such as the Spanish Steps and the Colosseum, which are usually overflowing with tourists, have been left deserted by the lockdown.
The Vatican, which is technically separate from Rome, has imposed its own measures although the Pope appears to have overruled a plan to shut all the city’s churches.
Let say the Italy is in the Second place for number of cases after China but for now keeps the record and is the worst situation since this pandemic shows with lots of deaths and lots of new cases.
The province of Rome and Italy has more then 31.000 virus cases with more then 2500 deaths deaths and 2900 recoverd cases.
French president Emmanuel Macron announced a sweeping national lockdown last week including a total closure of schools and universities across the country.
Restaurants and bars have been shut down, including in Paris, and people ordered to stay at home except to buy groceries, travel to work if necessary or receive medical care – which also rules out sports.
On Sunday, the government announced that long-distance travel, including trains and international flights will be limited and domestic public transport reduced.
Gatherings are not allowed at all, even among friends and family. Popular Paris tourist sites such as Disneyland, the Louvre art gallery and the Eiffel Tower have been closed.
Shops have also been closed across France, although supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, petrol stations and tobacco shops – which also sell newspapers, snacks and stamps – remain open.
Paris and France confirmed more then 6500 virus cases, with 12 recoverd cases and 148 deaths.
Britain has taken a lighter touch than most European countries, although Boris Johnson’s government has ramped up containment measures in recent days.
Schools remain open, amid concerns that the National Health Service would be short of staff if doctors and nurses had to look after their children at home.
King’s College London is among the universities which say they will ‘transition into more flexible working’ with fewer face-to-face teaching sessions.
Authorities are not enforcing any ban on movements in London, although Mr Johnson yesterday pleaded with Britons to ‘stop all unnecessary travel’. The London Underground is still running.
Similarly, Mr Johnson said yesterday it was ‘time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others’ but no specific limit on gatherings has been introduced while bars and restaurants have not been ordered to close.
Professional sport has been stopped, including football’s Premier League, affecting five London teams – Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, West Ham and Crystal Palace. However, some amateur running events are still going ahead.
London and United Kingdom confirmed more then 1900 virus cases, with 52 recovered cases and 69 deaths.
WASHINGTON – In a significant increase in measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, President Donald Trump on Monday issued guidelines that called for Americans to avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people and to limit discretionary travel.
Though he stopped short of imposing a national quarantine or curfew, Trump said the country may be dealing with a number of restrictions through July or August as a result of the virus. He acknowledged the economy may be heading into a recession.
“If everyone makes this change or these critical changes and sacrifices now, we will rally together as one nation and we will defeat the virus and we’re going to have a big celebration all together,’’ Trump said in the closest he came to displaying levity in a somber news conference that underscored the seriousness of the situation.
Just the previous day, Trump had sounded gleeful over news that the Federal Reserve had cut interest rates to near zero, though that did not stop the stock market from tanking again on Monday.
In the morning, markets halted trading for 15 minutes moments after opening when stocks immediately fell more than 7%. When trading resumed the drop continued. For the day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 2,997 points, its biggest drop of all time, eclipsing the 2,352-point fall it had on Thursday.
There were slivers of light in the darkness – U.S. health officials on Sunday pledged to ramp up testing efforts by the tens of thousands. And testing began on a vaccine.
But the U.S. death toll rose to 85, with more than 4,600 known cases as of Monday afternoon. The global deaths surged past 7,100.
In an attempt to slow the virus, more than 30 states ordered the shuttering of all schools.
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Most of S.F. Bay Area told to shelter in place
In the most restrictive measure yet by local governments, officials in six San Francisco Bay Area counties on Monday issued a shelter-in-place mandate affecting nearly 7 million people.
The order, effective Tuesday, says residents must stay inside for three weeks and venture out only for necessities. The order affects the counties of San Francisco, Marin, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda and Contra Costa, as well as the city of Berkeley.
People should work from home unless they provide essential services such as public safety, sanitation and health care.
“The most important thing you can do is remain home as much as possible,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed posted on Twitter. “There is no need to rush out for food or supplies, as these stores will remain open.”
Residents can still go outside to perform essential functions, such as obtaining services or supplies for the household, and they’re also allowed to go exercise and take pets out as long as they maintain a social distance of at least six feet.
The other three Bay Area counties of Napa, Solano and Sonoma were not included in the order, at least for now.
Some courts in the California, including the Bay Area, are delaying trials and even temporarily closing their doors in hopes of helping prevent the virus from spreading further.
United States confirmed more then 5200 virus cases, with 17 recovered cases and 85 deaths.