Hyderabad: Nearly one billion people are in lockdown across the world. From Rome to New York to Paris people across the world are confined to their homes this weekend, as part of the effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. The new Coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 11,400 people so far has brought the world to its knees. Nearly 900 million people in 35 countries have been asked to stay at home, according to an AFP database.\n\n\n\nIn the US, the country\u2019s three biggest cities, New York, Los\nAngeles and Chicago, are at a standstill and around 100 million people are\nstuck at home. China, Denmark, El Salvador, France, Ireland, Italy, New\nZealand, Belgium, Australia, Poland, and Spain have implemented the world's\nlargest and most restrictive mass quarantines.\n\n\n\nItaly, the most severely affected European country with\n4,032 deaths so far, was also the first European country to issue a full\nlockdown for the entire population. \n\n\n\nMorocco suspended international flights on Sunday.\n\n\n\nKenya has closed schools and blocked non-residents from\nentering the country.\n\n\n\nThe Malaysian government has barred travel in and out of the\ncountry and shut down non-essential businesses.\n\n\n\nCanada has shut its borders to anyone who isn't a citizen, a\npermanent resident, or a US citizen.\n\n\n\nColombia closed all of its borders.\n\n\n\nDenmark has closed its borders from March 14 until April 13.\n\n\n\nGermany also closed its borders with France, Switzerland,\nAustria, Denmark, and Luxembourg.\n\n\n\nKuwait banned all commercial flights.\n\n\n\nLithuania shut its borders.\n\n\n\nMaldives is subjecting all passengers travelling to the\ncountry by air to a 14-day quarantine.\n\n\n\nNorth Korea has shut down airline flights and train service\nwith neighboring countries, and established quarantines for recent travelers.\n\n\n\nNorway closed ports and airports.\n\n\n\nPeru abruptly closed its land, sea, and air borders on\nSunday, after issuing a state of emergency.\n\n\n\nQatar stopped all incoming flights to the country and shut\ndown shops in main commercial areas. \n\n\n\nRussia closed its borders with China, Poland and Norway and\nalso banned foreign nationals from entering the country from March 18 to May 1.\n\n\n\nSaudi Arabia suspended all international flights.\n\n\n\nSlovakia closed its borders to non-residents.\n\n\n\nUkraine closed its borders for foreign citizens. \n\n\n\nThe world-wide lockdowns, however, are not similar at all to\nthat suffered by Gazans for many years, Kashmiris for seven months and the\ndetention faced by the Uighur Muslims in China. \nWhile the rest of the world is living with insecurity, \u201csocial\ndistancing,\u201d \u201csheltering in place,\u201d and shortages of necessary goods, there are\nno accompanying bombs, shooting from across a border fence, no forced detention\nand no communication blockade.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/mo_sami786\/status\/1240592825626091521\n\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/alikeskin_tr\/status\/1241504774098427910\n\n\n\n\nFor years, Gazans lived under Israeli-enforced confinement \n\n\n\nFor years Gazans, a population under Israeli-enforced\nconfinement, have lived this way.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/Reuters\/status\/1240366110383443969\n\n\n\n\nA Facebook meme reads: \u201cTo all quarantined Israelis who are\n\u201crestless in isolation. Not sure how to cope\u201d \u2014 please call the following\nhotline to reach \u201chighly- experienced, Gazan enclosure experts\u201d\u2014\n\u201c1-800-266-KARMA.\u201d Gazans, due to years of Israeli-imposed suffering, can\nweather any storm, including potential confinement inflicted this time by an\nepidemic. \n\n\n\nChina kept one million Muslim Uyghurs in detention \n\n\n\nAt least one million mostly Muslim ethnic Uyghurs are\nthought to be detained in China, with multiple layers of locks on dormitories,\ncorridors, floors and buildings. Fences are put around each building, and walls\naround the compound. Inmates are kept at least a year in the camps, with\nround-the-clock video surveillance, before they can even be considered for\n\u201ccompletion\u201d, or release. There have been multiple accounts by people who\npassed through camps of torture, rape and abuse.\n\n\n\nOn January 23, when the coronavirus outbreak that soon\nbecame a pandemic was spinning out of control, China quarantined her city of 11\nmillion. Started for a week, the lockdown in Wuhan continued for two months.\nMany other Chinese cities still face travel restrictions. Almost half of\nChina's population \u2014 about 780 million people \u2014 were under some kind of travel\nrestriction as of February 17, according to an estimate by CNN. \n\n\n\nIndia put Kashmir under lockdown\n\n\n\nOn August 5, the Indian government withdrew Article 370 of\nIndia's constitution and imposed the awful curfew in Jammu and Kashmir. India\nhas also been maintaining a media and communication blackout in the valley ever\nsince. It is no doubt, both unprecedented and the longest internet blackout\nimposed by a democracy in the world.\n\n\n\nBut regrettably, the global community has yet not adequately\nresponded to an inhumane lockdown imposed in the valley by India for such a\nlong time. \n\n\n\nA few days ago, a tweet probably made by someone heartbroken\njust went viral in the country which read \u201cDear world how is the lockdown?\nKashmir.\u201d\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/shoaib100mph\/status\/1239459646701797376\n\n\n\n\nThe statement epitomises the miseries and sufferings of\noppressed people in Jammu and Kashmir who are under a strict lockdown for 7\nmonths. According to a report in the Times of India, curfew and restrictions\nwere imposed for 168 times in nine districts of Jammu and Kashmir in 2016 and\n2017.\n\n\n\nNow, in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, the Centre and\nstate governments have decided to completely shutdown 75 districts across the\ncountry where coronavirus (covid-19) cases have been reported. It has also been\ndecided to suspend the interstate bus services till March 31.\n\n\n\naccording to Health Ministry, the total number of novel\ncoronavirus cases in India rose to 341 on Sunday after fresh cases were\nreported from various parts of the country.\n\n\n\nOn Sunday, millions of people across the country stayed indoors, streets wore a deserted look and bare number of vehicles were on the road in an unprecedented shutdown on Modi's appeal for a 'Janata curfew' to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed over 13,000 lives worldwide.\n\n\n\nThis world scenario raises a big question; is the\nhuman-imposed isolation backfiring upon the world?