According to the AFP database published by the Sunday news agency, more than 3.38 billion people around the world have been asked to take measures to fight COVID-19.
This corresponds to around 43 percent of the world's total population, which, according to the United Nations, equates to 7.79 billion people in 2020.
The Chinese province of Hubei and its capital, Wuhan, the first epicenter of the novel corona virus, introduced arrest measures for the first time at the end of January.
When the province of Hubei reopened after months of isolation, the measures to narrow it down have multiplied worldwide in recent weeks.
By March 18, more than 500 million people had been affected by these measures. This rose to more than a billion people by March 23, and to more than two billion just a day later.
On March 25, more than three billion people were subjected to some form of detention.
On Sunday, at least 3.381 billion people in at least 78 countries and areas were asked to stay at home.
Most of them – at least 2.45 billion people in 42 countries and areas – are in custody.
No region in the world is excluded.
In Europe, the UK, France, Italy and Spain are affected. In Asia, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and others are affected, while many nations are taking measures in the Middle East, including Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel.
In Africa, South Africa, Morocco, Madagascar, Rwanda and more are affected. In America, restrictive measures exist in Colombia, Argentina, Peru, and other countries, including much of the United States. New Zealand has imposed a blockade in Oceania.
Congo-Brazzaville and two regions in Ghana will also be on the list early next week.
Different measures depending on the country
In most cases, people are allowed to leave their homes to work, buy essential goods, or seek medical treatment.
At least nine countries or territories – including around 511 million people – have urged their population to stay at home without being punished.
These include Germany, Iran, Russia and Uganda.
Curfews and quarantines
At least 21 other countries or areas – including around 384 million people – have imposed curfews.
This measure is particularly common in Africa (Egypt, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Mauritania, Gabon) and Latin America (Chile, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Panama, Puerto Rico).
Saudi Arabia, Serbia and the city of Manila in the Philippines have also issued curfews.
At least seven countries have quarantined their capitals to prevent the population from entering and leaving.
This is the case for Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Riyadh, Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, Helsinki in Finland and Baku in Azerbaijan.