Mar 13, 2020
The UK government has moved from the “containment” to the “delay” phase of its response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Seven-day self-isolation periods for those with persistent coughs or fevers were just one measure announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
In the US, all major sport has been suspended and Broadway performances are off for a month.
And France is one of the latest countries to announce closure of all schools, universities and nurseries.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has begun 14-day self-isolation after his wife Sophie tested positive for coronavirus. He is not showing symptoms.
And Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has been admitted to hospital after testing positive.
Four towns in Spain’s Catalonia region were put under lockdown on Thursday, in a first in the country. The measures, affecting some 70,000 people, came as Spain’s death toll rose to 84 – up from 47 the day before.
In Italy the government imposed a blanket closure of restaurants, bars and almost all shops except food stores and pharmacies. The death toll there has passed 1,000 but Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio says the measures imposed in the first area of the outbreak have been proving effective.