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Spain has second-highest number of deaths as Italy and France tolls rise

Spain has second-highest number of deaths as Italy and France tolls rise

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A total of 3,434 coronavirus patients have now have died in Spain - more than the recorded number of deaths in China where the outbreak began.Spain now has the world's second-highest tally of COVID-19 deaths after 738 more were reported on Wednesday, the country's deadliest toll in one day. With 3,434 coronavirus patients dead, Spain surpassed China's toll of 3,285. Is Spain the new COVID-19 epicentre? Italy stil...
France closes non-essential public places to curb coronavirus

France closes non-essential public places to curb coronavirus

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March 14 (UPI) -- French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe ordered Saturday the closure of non-essential public locations, in a move similar to Italy, to curb the accelerating spread of the coronavirus in the country. The order applies to restaurants, cafes, cinemas, nightclubs and other businesses considered nonessential. Philippe said the shutdown applies until further notice and also called for people in France to reduce travel, especially between towns. Essential businesses such as grocery stores, chemists, banks, tobacco shops and petrol stations will remain open, he said. Local elections will also go on Sunday as planned, he added. Though religious building will remain open, Philippe said gatherings and ceremonies should be postponed. France reported a sharp rise in cases Saturday f...
Women’s Six Nations: Scotland v France postponed after home player tests positive for coronavirus

Women’s Six Nations: Scotland v France postponed after home player tests positive for coronavirus

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Scotland Women's Six Nations match with France at Glasgow's Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday has been postponed after a home player contracted coronavirus.The player is being treated in "a healthcare facility but is otherwise well", says Scottish Rugby, while seven members of the Scotland playing and management staff are in self-isolation.Scotland men v France at Murrayfield on Sunday "continues as scheduled". Scotland women's last game, in Italy, was called off over coronavirus fears.The squad were in Italy when that match, which was due to take place in Legnano, north-west Milan, was cancelled hours before kick-off on 23 February.Dr James Robson, Scottish Rugby's chief medical officer, said: "...
First coronavirus death in Europe confirmed in France

First coronavirus death in Europe confirmed in France

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An elderly Chinese man has died from coronavirus, the first fatality from the infection in Europe.The 80-year-old tourist died from a lung infection at Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital in northern Paris. Image: The man died at Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital in northern Paris French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn confirmed the death - which marks Europe's first coronavirus fatality.The man, who was from the Chinese province of Hubei, had been receiving treatment in the French hospital since 25 January.He had been kept in isolation while receiving treatment, but his condition is said to have deteriorated rapidly. ...
France 24-17 England: England lose Six Nations opener in Paris

France 24-17 England: England lose Six Nations opener in Paris

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Media playback is not supported on this device 2020 Six Nations: France v EnglandFrance (17) 24Tries: Rattez, Ollivon 2 Con: Ntamack 3 Pens: NtamackEngland (0) 17Tries: May 2 Cons: Farrell 2 Pen: FarrellWorld Cup finalists England fell to a chastening defeat by a resurgent France as their Six Nations hopes wilted in the Parisian rain.Coach Eddie Jones had talked of unleashing a brutal physicality upon a callow France side with an average of just 10 caps apiece.But it was France who tenderised England in a one-sided first half, converted tries from Vincent Rattez and captain Charles Olliv...