HEADLINES • Washington Post: The United States and Canada have mutually agreed to close their borders • Reuters: China defended its decision on Wednesday to expel American journalists..
All schools in the United Kingdom will be closed from Friday until further notice, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces.
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Washington Post: White House coronavirus plan aims to send $2,000 to many Americans, includes $300 billion for small businesses..
ABC World News: Italy's death toll continues to soar, as the country reports 475 new coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours. The total number of COVID-19 fatalities in the country is now 2,978.
Washington Post: The United States and Canada have mutually agreed to close their borders to non-essential traffic to stem the flow of the virus, President Trump said Tuesday.
U.S. airlines spent 96% of free cash flow on buybacks
NYT: The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State said Monday it will move hundreds of troops out of bases in Iraq, with most redeployed to other locations in the country, as threats from the militants wane and risks to foreign troops elsewhere in Iraq increase.
Reuters: China defended its decision on Wednesday to expel American journalists from three U.S. newspapers and bar them even from working in Hong Kong, saying the measure falls within the central government’s purview over diplomatic affairs.
AP: Strict new controls to slow the spread of the coronavirus froze traffic at global borders, idling trucks in columns more than 30 miles long at some European crossings, while masked security officers turned back travelers at others.
Reuters: Cases outside China surpassed 100,000 for the first time overnight, with a majority of infected countries in Europe reporting over 100 cases each. Five countries globally reported over 1,000 new cases each: Italy, Spain, France, Germany and Iran.
AP: Venezuela said Tuesday it is seeking an emergency $5 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund, appealing to an institution it has long vilified to cope with the fallout from the new coronavirus on its already collapsed oil economy.
France has ordered a nationwide lockdown, requiring residents to stay at home for 15 days in a bid to battle the coronavirus outbreak.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday declared a "human biosecurity emergency" and said the country's citizens should abandon all overseas travel because of the coronavirus epidemic
European shares fall as virus fears outweigh stimulus
The U.A.E. lifts restrictions on some programs that allow voice calls over the Internet to help people work from home and avoid spreading the coronavirus
Qatar puts some migrant worker camps near Doha under lockdown for two weeks to contain the spread of the coronavirus
World Health Organization:
Mothers with COVID-19 symptoms who are breastfeeding or practising skin-to-skin contact should practise:
🔹Respiratory hygiene, incl. during feeding
🔹Hand hygiene before & after contact with a child
🔹Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces which they have been in contact with
NBC News: Oprah Winfrey denied that she had been arrested or raided after she became one of Twitter’s top trending topics Tuesday night.
VOA: Workers disinfect rooms at the Red Cross hospital in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on Wednesday, March 18. The hospital, which has been used to treat COVID-19 patients, will be temporarily closed for a week of extensive disinfection, before being returned to service as a general hospital.
UK to offer 330 bln pounds of loans to businesses as coronavirus outbreak escalates
Over 200 psychologists at the Mental Health Service Center at the Beijing Normal University set up a hotline for psychological counseling for the public amid outbreak.