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France-Ireland Six Nations clash postponed due to coronavirus fears
The Six Nations rugby match between France and Ireland was postponed Monday in a move aimed at preventing the coronavirus from further spreading. French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu said the decision was taken after discussions with tournament organizers and the French rugby federation. The match was due to take place on Saturday at the Stade de France. A new date for the game has yet to be announced. Earlier, Paris police said the Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund will be played without fans. Maracineanu said it was not possible to postpone the soccer match because of the “crowded” calendar.
Europe has become the centre of theoutbreak, with countries across the continent reporting large increases every day.
Italy, the worst-hit country outside of China, has recorded a total of 23,073 positive cases and 2,158 deaths since the outbreak started, after its health ministry released the latest confirmed figures on Monday. 2,749 have recovered.
Spain, the next most affected, posted an extra 1,438 cases today, bringing its total to 9,191, while Germany has 6,012 – up 1,174 from yesterday – and suffered 13 deaths.
Coronavirus live updates: latest news as UK cases rise to 319 with four confirmed deaths
Four people linked to Covid-19 have died in the UKThe latest patient, who was in their seventies and had underlying health conditions, was being treated at the Royal Wolverhampton Hospital in the West Midlands.
Switzerland has 1,680 confirmed cases, with 2,200 having had an initial positive test, according to its health ministry, with 14 deaths.
The UK has announced it has, with 53 people having died after testing positive for the virus.
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In a bid to fight the outbreak, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has announcedto the European Union for 30 days.
In a video posted to Twitter, she said: “The less travel, the more we can contain the virus.”
Coronavirus: thousands expected to be infected in UK as illness spreads, but cases 'will soon peak'
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries said UK will shortly be at the start of nation's epidemic peakSpeaking about the number of new cases compared to China in the past 24 hours, Dr Jenny Harries said: "China is in a very different position. They are at the end of their current epidemic peak and we will be shortly at the start of ours.
She added that it would be a “temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the European Union” and said: “These travel restrictions should be in place for an initial period of 30 days which can be prolonged as necessary.”
Thepresents guidelines on border measures & proposes:
1⃣Green lanes/fast lanes giving priority to essential transport to keep the mobility sector going & ensure economic continuity
2⃣Temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU (30 days)— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen)
Her idea also recommends fast lanes for essential travel, like the emergency services or movement of medical goods, and changes to EU rules on state aid to allow governments to prop up businesses that struggle with the virus’s impact.
European states have developedof trying to stem the virus’s spread but several have introduced similar restrictions, with France banning gatherings of more than 1,000 people and closing schools.
Germany has brought in temporary controls at its border with France and large gatherings have been banned.
Spain, meanwhile, has introduced a nationwide shutdown to deal with its outbreak.
Today, Boris Johnsonpeople to avoid pubs and other social venues as part of a series of new recommendations for slowing the virus’s spread in the UK.
Italy coronavirus deaths surge by 627 in a day, lifting total death toll to 4,032 .
Italy coronavirus deaths surge by 627 in a day, lifting total death toll to 4,032On Thursday, Italy overtook China as the country to register most deaths from the highly contagious virus.