Jet2 to bring home Brits from coronavirus hit Spain as PM shuts down country

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has put the country under an Italy-style lockdown as part of its state of emergency measures designed to combat the virus. According to a draft decree, Spaniards will be ordered to stay at home unless they’re buying food, medicine, go to the hospital, work or other emergencies. It comes as Jet2 cancelled all flights to […]

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Coronavirus lockdown to be debated in Parliament as 100,000 sign online petition

Parliament will debate a nationwide UK coronavirus lockdown after more than 100,000 people signed a petition. The petition, titled “Implement UK lockdown for preventing spread of COVID 19", was created by Beamari Alarva Suerte on 12th March 2020 on the Government and Parliament website. It has since amassed over 101,000 signatures from Brits who believe the UK should follow containment […]

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Release of Taliban prisoners stalls over guarantees

KABUL (Reuters) – Plans for the Afghan government to begin releasing Taliban prisoners were stalled on Saturday over disagreements on the number of detainees to be released and guarantees that they will not return to fighting, a government security spokesman said. The Taliban promised to open talks with the Afghan government as part of an accord reached with the United […]

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Self-isolate if you're returning from Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany says

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany on Saturday urged people returning from Italy, Switzerland and Austria to self-isolate for up to two weeks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. “Especially travelers and skiers returning from Switzerland, Italy and Austria should stay at home as far as possible for up to two weeks, even without symptoms,” Health Minister Jens Spahn tweeted. […]

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Two Western hostages kidnapped in Burkina Faso have been freed, U.N. says

BAMAKO (Reuters) – A Canadian woman and an Italian man kidnapped in Burkina Faso 15 months ago have been freed and appear to be in good health, the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in neighboring Mali said on Saturday. Edith Blais and Luca Tacchetto went missing while traveling through Burkina Faso in December 2018. Jihadist groups with links to al Qaeda […]

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Coronavirus fight widens worldwide as China sees cases dwindle

As the rest of the world mobilized to fight the widening coronavirus pandemic on Saturday, China continued to ease up lockdown measures in its hardest-hit region, where the number of new cases has dwindled. The virus that first emerged in central China late last year has in recent weeks spread exponentially in the Middle East, Europe and North America, leading […]

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China's imported coronavirus cases rise as local infections drop again

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The number of new coronavirus cases imported into mainland China from overseas surpassed the number of locally transmitted new infections for the first time on Friday, according to data released by the National Health Commission. Mainland China had 11 new confirmed cases on Friday, up from eight cases a day earlier, but only four of those – […]

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Vietnam to refuse visitors from UK, Schengen countries: government

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam will deny entry and stop issuing tourist visas to citizens from Europe’s Schengen visa-free area and Britain starting from Sunday, amid concerns over the spreading coronavirus, its foreign ministry said. The restriction will start from midday March 15 following a proposal from the country’s prime minister, the ministry said in a statement on its website. Visas […]

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Venezuela confirms coronavirus cases amid public health concerns

CARACAS/MARACAIBO (Reuters) – Venezuela on Friday confirmed its first two cases of coronavirus amid concerns that the economically struggling South American nation is unprepared to confront a pandemic that is spreading rapidly around the globe. “We are declaring a state of alarm,” President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised appearance Friday night, urging Venezuelans to take precautionary measures and asking […]

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Mainland China sees imported virus cases exceed new local infections for first time

BEIJING (Reuters) – The number of new coronavirus cases imported into mainland China from overseas surpassed the number of locally transmitted new infections for the first time on Friday, data released by the National Health Commission showed on Saturday. Mainland China had 11 new confirmed cases on Friday, up from eight cases a day earlier, but only four of those […]

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