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Paris Live, Friday 20 March 2020

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Downtown San Francisco is seen from California Street during day one of the citywide shelter in place order amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) U.S. March 17, 2020.
Downtown San Francisco is seen from California Street during day one of the citywide shelter in place order amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) U.S. March 17, 2020. © REUTERS - STEPHEN LAM

In today's Paris Live, we get updates on the coronavirus situation from our correspondents in the United States, where California has asked its 40 million residents to stay at home and on the holiday island of the Maldives, where the number of tourists has drastically gone down but the cases of infection are going up.

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We ask the question - how do you impose a lock down and confinement on those who don't have a home? This as NGOs in France call on the government for more help to deal with the large numbers of homeless people and migrants who have nowhere to go.

We look at the closure of a painful chapter in India -- four men found guilty of raping a student in Delhi in 2012 and sentenced to death were hanged on Friday. But this has raised numerous questions about the failings of a judicial system which still lets too many offenders off the hook.

Meanwhile, we hear from a think tank in Dakar about how the lockdown measures against the coronavirus are impacting social norms across the continent.

There's a look at how sporting events have fallen prey to the coronavirus - namely the Formula 1, which has had to postpone seven major races around the world in the last few days, the most recent announcement being Australia's Grand Prix, cancelled at the last minute.

And we finish on a hopeful note, with the sketch of a song written by U2 frontman Bono, and published on his Instagram account earlier this week. Let your love be known is dedicated to the "doctors, nurses, carers on the front line" of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

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