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Half of humanity in virus confinement

The measures - which include compulsory or recommended confinement, curfews and quarantines - are in place in more than 90 countries and territories.

FILE: An empty office. Picture: 123rf.

PARIS, France - More than 3.9 billion people, or half of the world's population, are now being called on to remain in their homes to combat COVID-19, according to an AFP tally on Thursday.

The measures -- which include compulsory or recommended confinement, curfews and quarantines -- are in place in more than 90 countries and territories.

The introduction of a curfew in Thailand, which takes effect on Friday, pushed the number past half of the global population.

For official information about COVID-19 from the Department of Health, please visit sacoronavirus.co.za