Coronavirus live news: WHO sees ‘encouraging signs’ in Europe despite Spain death toll passing 4,000 | World news

WHO sees ‘encouraging signs’ in Europe The World Health Organization says it is encouraged by the lower rate of new infection in Italy. Its regional director, Hans Kluge, said: “While the situation remains very serious, we are starting to see some encouraging signs. Italy, which has the highest number of cases in the region, has […]

Coronavirus live news: death toll in Spain overtakes China, and India locks down | World news

A crack down on travel and an imposition of social distancing measures are to be introduced in Iran in the next 24 hours, Patrick Wintour, the Guardian’s diplomatic editor, reports. The country’s President Hassan Rouhani made the announcement at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday following recommendations from the health ministry about the course of the […]

Italy bans all internal travel to stop virus spread: Live updates | News

Italy moved to stop all travel within the country, in a further escalation of its attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, a month after announcing its first death from the disease. Italy’s travel ban was announced as all non-essential businesses including car, clothing and furniture makers were ordered to close and a […]

Tesco hikes prices on 600 items in desperate bid to prevent shoppers stockpiling | UK | News

The chain of supermarkets has also increased the prices of hundreds of items as coronavirus panic takes a hold on customers. More than 600 products sold by Tesco have become more expensive, The Times reports.And Britain’s biggest supermarket chain pulled more than 8,000 groceries from its selection last week. The choice of pet food was […]

Coronavirus live updates: Italy-wide lockdown comes into force | World news

10.47am GMT10:47 Hong Kong will quarantine all visitors from Italy and parts of France, Germany and Japan for two weeks from March 13 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the French consulate in the city has said. Visitors from Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Grand Est in France, North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany, and Hokkaido in Japan will […]

Coronavirus live updates: stock markets plunge as infections pass 110,000 | World news

10.38am GMT10:38 The government has said it is working to secure a repatriation flight for Britons stuck on a coronavirus-hit cruise ship. There are thought to be more than 140 British nationals onboard the Grand Princess, which is currently off the coast of California. 21 people onboard have tested positive for Covid-19. The ship is […]

Coronavirus cases surpass 100,000 globally: Live updates | News

US Vice President Mike Pence announced on Friday that 21 people have tested positive of coronavirus on board the cruise ship, Grand Princess, stranded off the coast of California, as the outbreak continues to spread, infecting more than 100,000 people globally. Pence said the crew members of the ship were likely exposed during two previous […]

Flybe airline collapses as coronavirus outbreak affects air travel – Channel 4 News

Belfast.  Exeter. Southampton.  Newcastle. Flybe planes provided a network linking up cities across the UK. But no more. Last night it went into administration after talks over a government rescue collapsed. The business has struggled for years, but the spread of coronavirus has been cutting passenger numbers for every airline, and Flybe couldn’t cope. Today […]

Coronavirus: Scotland braced for 20% MORE funding than England – ‘A stitch-up!’  | UK | News

Last night, a 75-year-old woman with underlying health issues became the first Briton to die in the country at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. It came hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, and Chancellor Rishi Sunak to map-out plans for how to allocate additional funds for […]