India Puts 1.3 Billion Citizens on Lockdown To Curb Coronavirus Spread
India's prime minister ordered its 1.3 billion people to stay indoors or risk contracting the virus.
Starting Wednesday, India will begin a three-week lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi told his nation of 1.3 billion on Tuesday there would "be a total ban on venturing out" — effectively ordering almost one-fifth of the world's population to stay indoors or risk contracting the virus.
Modi pledged $2 billion to help India's healthcare system. India's finance minister said plans for a comprehensive economic relief package would be released in the coming days.
Officials said there hasn't been a localized spread of the disease. However, experts worry India's dense metropolitan areas and unreliable access to clean water make an outbreak likely.
As of Tuesday, India has over 500 confirmed cases of the virus, according to John Hopkins University. Ten people have died.
US Air Force general warns of potential war with China in 2025
In a leaked memo, U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Minihan said "my gut tells me we will fight in 2025."By Johnson Lai / AP
Ship sinks between South Korea and Japan; 2 dead, 8 missing
The Hong Kong-registered cargo ship sank about 100 miles southwest of Nagasaki, Japan, and about 93 miles south of South Korea's Jeju Island.By The Korea Coast Guard via AP
What it means to be born in the Year of the Rabbit
East Asians around the world will ring in the Year of the Rabbit on Sunday, January 22.By Mark Schiefelbein
Biden, McCarthy meet face-to-face on debt crisis worries
McCarthy had all but invited himself to the White House to start the conversation before a summer debt deadline.By Susan Walsh / AP
First sweeping federal gun crime report in 20 years released
The report shows 54% of guns that police recovered in crime scenes in 2021 had been purchased within three years — a double-digit increase since 2019.By Carolyn Kaster / AP
Why do we celebrate Black History Month in February?
February holds the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln, who issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and Frederick Douglass, who was an activist for equality.By Shutterstock