India’s 1.3 billion locked down as US reaches virus aid deal

NEW DELHI (AP) – The world’s largest democracy went under the world’s biggest lockdown yesterday, with India’s 1.3 billion people ordered to stay home in a bid to stop the coronavirus pandemic, while in the United States (US), lawmakers and the White House agreed on a massive USD2 trillion domestic aid package to help those impacted by the outbreak. India’s unprecedented move was aimed at keeping the virus from spreading and overwhelming its fragile health care system as it has done in parts of Europe, where infections were still surging. New York, meanwhile, scrambled to set up thousands of new hospital beds, and organisers delayed this summer’s Tokyo Olympics until next year. More details in Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin