Coronavirus: Drastic measures in US & Europe as cases soar – BBC News

The UK is facing its biggest public health crisis in a generation and up to ten thousand people could already have the coronavirus. That’s what the prime minister and the government’s scientific experts announced as they set out how Britain should tackle the growing threat from the virus.

A number of countries across Europe introduced more severe measures to try to slow the spread of the virus – among them Ireland, France and Spain. And a state of emergency was declared in New York in the United States. Around the world there’s been turmoil on stock markets, with huge sell-offs prompted by general fears of the impact the pandemic is having on the global economy and a decision by President Trump to announce restrictions on travel betwen continental Europe and the US.

Laura Kuenssberg, Hugh Pym, Fergus Walsh, Lucy Manning, Nick Bryant, Faisal Islam, Ed Thomas, Mark Lowen, Damian Grammaticas, Dan Roan and Sophie Hutchinson report for for News at Ten presented by Sophie Raworth.
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