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 88 million people around the world.
In total, 2.3 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 India, Brazil, Russia and then the UK.
A new variant of the novel coronavirus has been found in the UK, South Africa, Denmark and the Netherlands prompting a sharp increase in the rate of infections in these countries.
Many of these countries have opted to toughen restrictions in a bid to protect lives and health services.
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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 is expected to last until at least mid-February.
The three-week national lockdown in Wales was implemented on December 20 and is expected to last until at least February 22.
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.
In Northern Ireland, the lockdown became legally enforceable today and is expected to last for six weeks in total.
Ministers in Northern Ireland will last until February 6, but will be reviewed on January 21.
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The Netherlands and Portugal
People in the Netherland were told they would remain in lockdown up to February 9.
New restrictions were implemented in Portugal, coming into force from January 20.
People in the country were mandated to remain at home, travel only for essentials and work from home when able to do so.
A court in The Hague this week told the Dutch government that an overnight curfew to reduce the spread of coronavirus should be lifted, ruling that it breaches the right to free movement.
The court said the 9pm to 4.30am curfew was imposed by an emergency law when there was no “acute emergency”.
Later, a higher court ruled that the curfew could stay in place pending an appeal on Friday.
In Portugal, the Government approved a set of measures which regulate the most recent state of emergency.
The measures are in place from February 15 to March 1 and will see the continuation of lockdown, distance learning and limitations on the sale of some items such as books.
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Officials in Vietnam have implemented lockdown restrictions in Hai Duong Province, in the city of Chi Linh.
The lockdown will remain in effect until March 2 due to Covid activity.
All non-essential movement is banned.