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31.03.2020 Europe

Paris Live, Tuesday 31 March 2020

By RFI
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LISTEN MAR 31, 2020
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Today's edition of Paris Live takes in the latest news on the coronavirus situation across the world with our network of correspondents in Spain, Mexico and India as well as the team reporting in Paris.

Our correspondent in Madrid explains that as of today, all non-essential economic activity in Spain will be banned. This comes as the country reported its highest number of deaths from coronavirus in a single day on Tuesday. 849 more people died from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the number of deaths from the virus to 8,189.

Meanwhile, in Mexico, health officials are concerned that an epidemic of coronavirus in the country would be catastrophic due to the high number of citizens with serious underlying conditions such as diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.

In India - we hear about two states which have sparked outrage by dousing poor migrant workers returning home with bleach disinfectant meant to sanitize buses. The nationwide curfew over the coronavirus, announced without warning left thousands stranded.

We feature an interview with the human rights coordinator of the Congress of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin. The group is urging governments to take measures to stop outsiders – such as miners, loggers and religious missionaries – from bringing coronavirus into isolated communities - something which would lead to tragic consequences.

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