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Countries and territories around the world have implemented enforced lockdowns of varying degrees throughout the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. The World Health Organization recommends curfews and lockdowns be short-term so as to assess how to reorganise, rebalance resources and protect health services. Express.co.uk has compiled a full list of all the countries in lockdown.
The coronavirus pandemic has now infected more than 142 million people around the world.
In total, three million people around the globe have died as a result of the devastating virus.
The USA has reported the highest number of cases, followed by Brazil, India, France and then Russia.
New variants of the novel coronavirus have been found in many places including the UK, South Africa, Denmark and the Netherlands prompting a sharp increase in the rate of infections.
Many of these countries have opted to toughen restrictions in a bid to protect lives and health services.
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Coronavirus lockdowns now: Which countries are in lockdown now? (Image: GETTY)
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Which countries are in lockdown?
The following European countries are currently in lockdown:
- The UK – England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
- Canada – Ontario
Europe lockdown: A WHO map showing the transmission classification (Image: WHO)
Europe lockdown: Germany has now extended its lockdown (Image: GETTY)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed a third national lockdown in England on January 4.
The lockdown was implemented in response to the new Covid-19 variant and now people are being urged to stay at home as much as possible.
Lockdown measures are also still in effect in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The English lockdown began on January 4 and easing will begin on March 8.
Lockdown easing continued on March 29 and April 12, with the groups of up to six people or two households permitted to meet socially and pubs reopening.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a lockdown in Scotland hours ahead of Mr Johnson.
The lockdown in Scotland is due to remain in effect throughout January, February and March.
Lockdown measures were eased in the country in April.
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Ukraine, Canada and Belgium
Ukraine’s capital Kyiv also faced new restrictions on Saturday with most shops shutting and people urged to work from home.
The lockdown began on March 20 and is expected to continue through to April 24.
The move was made in response to the rising rates of Covid infections and hospitalisations after 1,070 new infections were reported on March 19.
Ontario in Canada shut down in-person classes again this week amid a surge in new Covid cases.
Premier Doug Ford said: “The problem is not in our school, it’s in our community.”
Hospitals across much of Ontario will start ramping down elective surgeries and non-urgent procedures to ensure they have the capacity to treat more COVID-19 patients.
Belgium went into a four-week lockdown beginning last month.
Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said the virus variant first identified in Britain is taking a heavy toll on the health of the country’s people: confirmed cases increased 40 percent over the last week.
Hospital admissions rose 28 percent following a long stable period.
Mr De Croo told reporters: “t’s difficult to take such a decision, and for many it will be a deception.
“But I’m convinced that we are going to break this third wave.”
The Government aims to resume in-person teaching from April 19.
The lockdown is expected to continue until at least April 26.
Europe lockdown: Total Covid-19 cases so far (Image: WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION)
France and Germany
French President Emmanuel Macron announced schools in the country will close for at least three weeks as part of new national lockdown restrixtions.
Children also moved to remote learning.
Lockdown measures, introduced in some areas of France earlier this month, are also being extended to other districts.
All non-essential shops are to close from Saturday and there will be a ban on travelling more than 10km (six miles) from home without good reason.
The move has been taken as more than 5,000 people are currently in intensive care.
Lockdown is currently due to continue until at least May 3.
German authorities have said the “third wave” has begun in the country.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel had previously warned the country could be caught in a third wave of infections if restrictive public health measures were lifted too quickly.
Germany extended lockdown measures earlier this month until April 19, with some easing permitted including the reopening of non-essential shops and other businesses in areas with relatively low infection rates.
Poland and Italy
Poland has now been put under lockdown too.
In Poland, non-essential shops, hotels, cultural and sporting facilities are now closed for three weeks.
The country has the highest new daily rates of Covid cases since November.
The lockdown is expected to remain in force until at least April 18.
A large proportion (75 percent) of Italy has entered a new lockdown in a bid to fight rising rates of coronavirus.
A more contagious variant first identified in Britain, combined with a slow vaccine rollout, led to a 15 percent increase in cases in Italy last week, a worrisome picture for the government-run by Prime Minister Mario Draghi.
Speaking earlier this month, Mr Draghi said: “I am aware that today’s measures will have an impact on children’s education, on the economy but also on the psychological state of us all.
“But they are necessary to avoid a worsening that will make inevitable even more stringent measures.”
The lockdown is expected to remain in force until at least April 30.