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International Responses

Individual nations, states and cities had differing responses to managing the spread of the Pandemic. Border closures, lockdowns and mask mandates were the most common tools utilised by governments to varying effect.

The largest lockdown involved the restriction of 1.3 billion people in India in March 2020, while the longest was in Buenos Aires, Argentina, lasting 234 days.

While the popular consensus was that these measures were for the public good, as the considerable financial, psychological and health consequences of these policies began to build, groups of dissidents started to form.

These groups engaged in protests worldwide, intending to inspire widespread reform regarding mandatory participation in health orders. They were largely unsuccessful.