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How COVID-19 changed countries and continents – and what the future is likely to hold

How COVID-19 changed countries and continents – and what the future is likely to hold

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COVID-19 has infected millions around the world since emerging in China late last year, claiming the lives of more than 660,000 people and changing our way of life for some time to come.Now, fears of a second wave of coronavirus are growing in many nations. Here, Sky News' foreign correspondents across Asia, the US, Europe, Russia and India reveal how the virus has changed these continents and countries - and what is likely to happen there in the coming months.Tom Cheshire, Asia correspondentChina was ground zero for COVID-19 back in late 2019. Back then it was a mystery virus. ...
Coronavirus: US travel ban on 26 European countries comes into force

Coronavirus: US travel ban on 26 European countries comes into force

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Media playback is unsupported on your device President Donald Trump's travel ban on 26 European nations has come into force in the US, as part of a contingency plan to tackle the coronavirus crisis.The ban applies to non-Americans who have been in the Schengen border-free travel area within 14 days of travelling to the US. People travelling from the UK and the Republic of Ireland are exempt, as are returning US citizens. There are nearly 2,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the US, and 43 deaths.Mr Trump also declared a national emergency, freeing up to $ 50bn (£40bn) in relief funds.Mr Trump's administration has faced criticism for its failure to provide Americans with widespread coronavirus testing.In other developments on Saturday: In New Zealand, PM Ja
Coronavirus: Countries enforce mass closures to stem spread

Coronavirus: Countries enforce mass closures to stem spread

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Schools have been closed, sports events cancelled and cultural institutions shut around the world as countries try to stem the coronavirus outbreak.In the US, all major sport has been suspended and Broadway performances are off for a month. And France is one of the latest countries to announce closure of all schools, universities and nurseries.President Emmanuel Macron described the outbreak as France's most serious health crisis for a century.Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has begun 14-day self-isolation after his wife Sophie tested positive for coronavirus. He is not showing symptoms.And Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has been admitted to hospital after testing positive.More than 125,000 people have been...
Virus spreads to more countries as new cases slow in China

Virus spreads to more countries as new cases slow in China

Health
NEW YORK -- The coronavirus spread to ever more countries and world capitals Monday — and the U.S. death toll climbed to six — even as new cases in China dropped to their lowest level in over a month. A shift in the crisis appeared to be taking shape: Hundreds of patients were released from hospitals at the epicenter of the outbreak in China, while the World Health Organization reported that nine times as many new infections were recorded outside the country as inside it over the past 24 hours. Alarming clusters of disease continued to swell in South Korea, Italy and Iran, and the virus turned up for the first time in New York, Moscow and Berlin, as well as Latvia, Malaysia, Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, Jordan and Portugal. The worldwide death toll topped 3,000 and the number of tho