Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Europe Effects Self-Isolation as UK claims Exception

Coronavirus: EU's borders will close for 30 days from noon today

Small companies in France will have taxes and bills waived so they remain afloat but people are not allowed to move freely.

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced Europe's borders will close at lunchtime today for 30 days.
"All trips between non-European countries and the EU and the Schengen zone will be suspended for 30 days," he said in a televised address to the nation.
French people on holiday will be able to come back to France and those living abroad were told to contact embassies and consulates who will help them be repatriated.
In other coronavirus developments:
  • More than 179,000 people have been infected worldwide and more than 7,000 have died
  • Over 78,000 have recovered, most in China
  • Spain becomes fourth-most infected country after China, Italy and Iran with more than 9,191 cases and 309 deaths
  • Canada, Norway and Denmark among countries that have announced emergency border closures
  • Foreign Office advises British nationals against "all but essential travel"
  • UK residents told to avoid "all necessary contact" with others and to avoid pubs, theatres and restaurants
  • US implements strict new measures after cases climb to nearly 4,500, with at least 82 deaths
  • McDonald's, Taco Bell and Starbucks among chains to close seating areas in US
  • Hong Kong, Greece and New Zealand among countries to quarantine visitors for 14 days
  • India tightened its borders, while Greenland and Somalia reported first cases
  • Italy reports jump in infections, up more than 3,000 to 27,980 with 2,158 deaths
  • Cruise ships stranded in Caribbean, South America and Europe after new border restrictions

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