WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Coronavirus has forced 7.1 billion people, or 91 percent of the world's population, to stay home due to the epidemic, according to a study.
Due to the global coronavirus epidemic, countries have closed their borders to tourists and sometimes to their citizens, causing cross-border movement to be disrupted in most parts of the world.
According to a study by the Pew Research Center, 7.1 billion people currently live in countries where non-residents and non-citizens from other countries are barred.
That number includes 91 percent of the world's population, including tourists, business travelers, and new immigrants who have been forced to live at home.
According to figures provided by the United Nations and other agencies, about 3 billion people, or 39% of the world's population, live in countries where borders are completely closed to non-residents or stateless people. Has been closed.
Travel and entry restrictions have forced airlines to reduce routes and tourism has declined sharply.
China, a country of 1.4 billion people, closed its borders to foreigners on March 28, in addition to some diplomatic and scientific personnel.
India, with a population of about 1.4 billion, has largely closed its borders by suspending visas, while visitors to the country, regardless of citizenship, need two weeks of quarantine.
The United States, with a population of approximately 330 million, has closed its borders to all non-US citizens or residents who come from countries most affected by the coronavirus, such as China, Italy, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Are
The Tokyo Olympics in Japan have been postponed until 2021, while travelers who have visited Corona-affected countries will not be able to enter the country. Self-imposed quarantine is required for 14 days.
Some countries, including Ecuador and several Central Asian countries, have closed their borders to all people, including their citizens and residents.
On the other hand, some countries are also banning the entry of asylum seekers, the United States has said that the refugees coming to the southern border with Mexico will be sent back.
In addition, Canada said that refugees entering the United States by land would not be heard and that many asylum applications and services had been suspended.
The study warns that the world's 272 million migrants may find it difficult to return home in the near future due to increasing travel restrictions and a few commercial airline flights.
According to the report, about 37% of immigrants are from countries where borders are completely closed to non-residents and non-citizens, while 54% of the world's immigrants are from countries where borders are partially closed to travelers. ۔
However, research has also shown that countries are trying to keep their borders open due to the flow of goods.
For example, commercial trade continues along the US-Canada border, as do EU countries.