March 20, 2020

UK announces closure of bars, restaurants and cafes to combat coronavirus

iStock/pcruciatti(LONDON) -- The U.K. government has ordered that cafes, bars and restaurants must close "as soon as they reasonably" can to combat the coronavirus outbreak. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the sweeping measures at a press conference Friday, as government guidelines, which advised residents 70 or older, medically vulnerable groups and those with symptoms to self-isolate, were being ignored, particularly in the capital. The U.K. is set to follow other major European countri..
March 20, 2020

Italy’s coronavirus death toll surpasses China’s as doctors plead for more aid

CasPhotography/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The coronavirus death toll in Italy surpassed China’s for the first time, becoming the first country to do so, as the prime minister announced that a task force of 300 volunteer doctors will be despatched to the worst affected areas of the country. As of Thursday, the total number of dead in Italy had risen to 3,405, out of a total of 41,035 confirmed cases of coronavirus nationwide, surpassing China’s death toll of 3,249. The news that Italy has become the wo..
March 20, 2020

US evacuating Americans from Morocco, as bans to block virus strand thousands abroad

KeithBinns/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. has arranged chartered flights to evacuate Americans out of Morocco, according to an alert sent by the embassy and obtained by ABC News. Hundreds of Americans have been stuck in the North Africa country for days after the government announced Sunday it would shut down all travel in and out to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus -- one of many governments to do so on short notice, leaving Americans stranded and urging local U.S. embassies for help. "P..
March 19, 2020

London to stay open as UK could ‘turn the tide’ of the coronavirus in the next 12 weeks, Prime Minister Johnson says

iStock/pcruciatti(LONDON) -- Prime Minister Bori Johnson said the U.K. could "turn the tide" of the coronavirus outbreak in the next 12 weeks if the public follows government guidance on social distancing and isolation. But he has stopped short of closing down restaurants, bars and cafes in London despite school closures across the country. As of yet the U.K. has not locked down populated areas in the same way as other major European countries. The prime minister on Thursday thanked the public f..