Here is the latest from Greece, from my colleague Helena Smith.
Greece has announced it is halting all remaining flights to Italy following a mini-cabinet meeting chaired by prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
It was also decided to further bolster Greece’s health system by hiring hundreds of more doctors and nurses to cope with demands posed by coronavirus.
Hospitals nationwide were at the sharp end of budget cuts ordered by international creditors in return for rescue loans during the country’s long-running debt crisis.
Greek authorities have confirmed 190 Covid-19 cases so far but the number is likely to rise when new figures are released later today. The death toll rose to three this morning.
The government spokesman, Stelios Petsas, announced he was going into self-imposed isolation and would be working from home after his wife was diagnosed with the virus.
Almost all of downtown Athens now resembles a ghost town. Streets in the ancient Plaka district beneath the Acropolis were eerily empty with cafes and tavernas boarded up and closed.
Archaeological sites were also shut “until March 30.” The Olympic flame, which was lit in ancient Olympia on Thursday for the Tokyo 2020 games – and in more normal times would now be on a cross-country relay – arrived at Athens’ Kallimarmaro stadio this afternoon, five days ahead of schedule after the race was cancelled because of public health fears.
It will remain in the stadium until it is handed over to the Organising Committee Tokyo 2020 on March 19th.
Like other archaeological sites, the stadium is closed.
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Northern Ireland schools will be closed for “at least 16 weeks” but they will they will not be shutting immediately, the region’s first minister, Arlene Foster, has said after a summit with the Ireland’s taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.
The disclosure gives a glimpse of the scale of coronavirus crisis to come and will lead to questions as to whether a four-month schools closure is being planned for the rest of the UK.
Foster confirmed that schools in Northern Ireland will close at some point in an effort to stem the spread of the virus but it was a matter of timing.
We’ll have a full report soon.
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The Middle Eastern kingdom Jordan says it will suspend all passenger flights in and out of the country from Tuesday, according to a government statement just issued.
Schools and universities will be closed and so will tourist sites including Petra as part of a number of proposals to limit public gatherings in the country.
The measures may seem onerous, given Jordan has a single confirmed case of the virus – a citizen who returned from Italy and was identified as being infected on 2 March.
But earlier today the Canadian government announced that one of its citizens who recently returned from Jordan had tested positive, raising the possibility there are undetected cases here.
The tour guide who showed the woman around has been quarantined but there’s no idea yet how the Canadian contracted the disease.
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10 more deaths reported in England
Updated at 2.16pm GMT