The EU council has proposed at least 30 days ban on travel from other countries to the EU excluding citizens returning home, commuters and essential workers.
The EU are closing their borders to each other as well as other continents of the world in order to combat the virus.
The French President, Emmanuel Macron has declared a war against the virus while he has confined the citizens to their homes for 15days.
EU leaders will meet in 2 weeks time. This is an effort to jointly conform the pandemic caused by the highly contagious and dreadful Coronavirus.
Taoiseach Leo Varadka announced a major clampdown on schools from the 12th of March to 29th of March, however subject to extension. Ireland had the most quiet St. Patrick’s day celebration on the 17th of March as public gatherings with more than 100 indoor and 500 outdoor was also banned.
The head count of victims of Coronavirus in the EU is above 50,000 with about 2,000 death recorded.
Non-essential travels to any part of the world has been discouraged by the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
The advice takes effect immediately and would lapse for a period of 30 days as UK travellers now face travel restrictions and lockdowns in international territories.
The Foreign Office advised Britons to be mindful of the risk involved should they insist on travelling as they may be stranded where there are travel restrictions or flight cancellations.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
The White House is proposing a sum of $850 billion emergency fund to offer relief for small businesses, airline, wage earners among others in order to ameliorate the cost of Coronavirus on the economy.
Some other counties in California which includes; San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin and Contra Costa have issued a “shelter-in-place order” on about 6.7 million residents in order to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
In Hong Kong, Chief Executive Lam Carrie announced that, foreign travellers are required to go into isolation for 2 weeks. This is due to the fact that in the past 2 weeks the country had recorded 57 new cases of Coronavirus where 50 of them were imported.
This restriction will not apply to travellers from Mainland China, Taiwan or Macau.
In Cambodia, 12 new cases was recorded bringing to a total of 24.
Thailand recorded 30 new Coronavirus cases with a total of 177. Where the Health Ministry stated that about 70-80 percent of these cases were in Bangkok.
The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) closed with bond and currency trading suspended until further notice. This closure is the first market lockdown since the outbreak of the virus.
The PSE action is safety driven to protect employees and traders.
Today, 19th of March:
In Nigeria, the Presidential Taskforce has clamped down on major public sector as 8 cases of Coronavirus has been recorded.
South Africa President, Cyril Ramaphosa also addressed the nation in the face of the pandemic crisis.
Please see details in the links below:
Today’s update: http://www.tellafrica.com.ng/health/covid-19-4-new-casualties-in-lagos-12-cases-altogether/
While in South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa had addressed the nation on matters arising from the pandemic, also see link below:
TellAfrica will keep you posted ………