Spainis set to join Italyby becoming the second country in Europe to impose a nationwide lockdown as part of its effort to slow the spread of theCovid-19pandemic.
The news came as the UK’s death toll fromcoronavirusnearly doubled, by rising from 11 to 21, and the UK government was reportedly preparing to ban mass gatherings from next week
Boris Johnsonhas faced criticism for not taking tougher action against the outbreak and his government’s plan to build up immunity within the population to fight the virus over a prolonged period, rather than introducing mass lockdowns, has been questioned by health experts.
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Coronavirus deaths in Spain rise to 193
Spain’s public broadcaster TVE has reported that the death toll from coronavirus reached 193 on Saturday, up from 120 on Friday.
Health authorities said earlier today that the total number of infections had passed 5,750, with half of them in the capital Madrid.It follows reports that the Spanish government is to put the country under lockdown as part of its state of emergency measures.
According to a draft decree, Spaniards will be ordered to stay at home except to buy food or drugs, go to the hospital, go to work or other emergencies.
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Norway to close all airports
Norway’s prime minister Erna Solberg has announced that all airports will close on Monday to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus,Reutershas reported.
However there are no plans to introduce a curfew and Norwegians will be allowed to return home from abroad, she added.
In a statement posed on the government website, Ms Solberg said: “We are in a serious and increasingly unpredictable situation.
“Our priority is to safeguard life and health. That requires extraordinary steps. The situation is changing rapidly in many countries, which is why we are advising against travel that is not strictly necessary to all countries.
“Norwegian citizens already travelling abroad should consider returning as soon as possible, in a calm and safe manner, and in dialogue with their travel agency or airline.”
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