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 Saturday, March 21, 2020

20 things that happened this week #coronavirus

• many countries introduce lockdown measures
• now more cases outside China then within
• without action, 8m Britons could be hospitalised
"stop non-essential contact with others" (PM)
"stop all non-essential travel" (PM)
"avoid pubs, clubs and other venues" (PM)
• stay home for 14 days if member of household is ill
• £330bn financial rescue package announced
• foreigners abroad scramble to get home
• Euro 2020 and Eurovision delayed until 2021
• schools close until further notice/exams cancelled
• London transport services slimmed down
• interest rates cut from 0.25% to 0.1%
"we can turn the tide within 12 weeks" (PM)
• health service in Italy overwhelmed
• government to pay 80% of employees' wages
• pubs, cinemas and restaurants forced to close
• social distancing required "at least most of a year"
"be responsible when you shop" (Gov)
• NHS buys up private hospital capacity

Worldwide deaths: 5500 → 13000
Worldwide cases: 150,000 → 300,000
UK deaths: 21 → 233
UK cases: 1140 → 5018
FTSE: down 3% (5366 → 5191)

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