The Wimbledon Championships scheduled to take place from June 29-July 12 have been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) said.
Swedish airline BRA said it was pausing all traffic between April 6 and May 31 as demand had ground to a halt amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Germany will extend its current restrictions on public life to limit the spread of the coronavirus by two weeks until April 19, Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
UEFA has suspended all Champions League and Europa League matches “until further notice” due to the coronavirus pandemic, European football’s governing body said.
Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said that the country may be facing “one, two, three months” of restrictions on movement of people, as the number those who have died from the virus nears 200.
March 31, 2020
The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in the northern region of Lombardy, the epicentre of Italy’s contagion, has risen by around 381 in a day to some 7,199.
Strict containment measures might have already saved up to 59,000 lives across 11 European countries battling the spread of the new coronavirus, experts in the UK say.
The death toll in England from the coronavirus outbreak rose 29% to 1,651, the National Health Service said.
French President Emmanuel Macron announced his country would quickly ramp up the production of face masks and respirators to respond to the urgent needs of hospitals and caregivers.
Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson has said Sweden’s gross domestic product is seen shrinking four percent this year as the economy slumps due to the coronavirus outbreak.
March 30, 2020
Britain said there should be a ‘lessons learned’ inquiry led by the World Health Organization into the coronavirus pandemic, responding to reports that the government was angry with China over the origins of the outbreak.
The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy climbed by 812 to 11,591. However, the number of new cases rose by just 4,050, the lowest amount since March 17.
Poland is expecting rapid growth in coronavirus cases, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski said, as the country braces for new restrictions aimed at curbing the pandemic.
The EU released a list of the “critical workers” it says must be allowed continued freedom of movement across its internal borders, despite emergency coronavirus measures.
March 27, 2020
The European Space Agency published new images showing sharp reductions in pollution over several major cities in Europe due to the coronavirus crisis.
A 101-year-old man who tested positive for coronavirus has been released from hospital, Gloria Lisi, the deputy mayor of Rimini, Italy, said in a statement.
Criminals are taking advantage of the global coronavirus crisis and their activity is expected to rise as the pandemic drags on, Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency, said
March 26, 2020
UK becomes largest donor in quest for coronavirus vaccine, offering $250 million. At the same time, UK announces it will not be part of EU plan to obtain more ventilators due to Brexit. Instead, the UK will focus on national measures.
Italy’s cases are still below the peak, but seem to be far from decreasing steadily. Cases are now rising in the south of the country as well.
WHO sees “encouraging” signs in Europe, even as the number of cases continues to rise quickly.
Coronavirus puts extreme pressure on Europe, as nationalistic tendencies tend to rise.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Netherlands has risen by 852 to 6,412, health authorities said, adding that they see signs that the rate of increase of the virus’s spread in the country is slowing.
The Swiss government expanded its border controls to include all countries in the Schengen open border zone to help protect people from coronavirus.
Leaders of nine EU countries including France, Italy and Spain called on the bloc to agree on a “common debt instrument” to raise funds to support the health industry along with the broader economies.
The UK palace said the heir to the throne Prince Charles tested positive for coronavirus and has mild symptoms.
March 24, 2020
US, Europe have 85% of new coronavirus cases, UN says.
Germany reported an additional 4,764 confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the country’s total to 27,436
Coronavirus cases increasing at a slower rate in hardest-hit part of Italy
The French finance minister warned the nation’s economy will shrink by 1% because of the coronavirus crisis, and could contract further.
March 23, 2020
The British government is prepared to do more to force people to keep apart if necessary, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesperson said.
McDonald’s and Nando’s will close all their restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland starting today, including for takeout, to help limit the spread.
Germany has reported 86 deaths and a total of 22,672 cases of coronavirus.
Swiss health authorities reported 956 more coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of people tested positive in Switzerland and Liechtenstein to 8,060.
Italy shows first positive signs of flattening the curve, as the country reports lower number of new cases.
Situation in Spain continues to worsen, as the country repurposes existing building as new COVID-19 treatment pavilion.
Angela Merkel tests negative for coronavirus.
UK finally announces lockdown — but the lockdown is not a lockdown.
March 22, 2020
Europe coronavirus toll soars as Asia braces for second wave.
Spain situation increasingly looking Lombardia.
Coronavirus could linger in Europe for 2 years, Chinese expert claims.
Severe restrictions in France. Most restaurants closed.
US travel ban on Europe kicks off. Decision is unjustified and unhelpful, panic ensues at several airports.
The UK approach is notedly different from all other countries. UK lawmakers claim this is the more efficient strategy in the long run and refuse to shut down. Critics of this strategy are numerous, including Lancet chief editor, who labeled this “playing roulette” with people’s lives.
Apple shuts down all physical stores outside of China.
The US will extend the travel ban to the UK — after initially exempting the country.
Europe is now the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization reports.
A London Underground driver has tested positive for coronavirus, The Telegraph reports.
Bulgaria has declared a state of emergency in response to the outbreak, according to Reuters.
The Portuguese government has issued a state of alert and ordered the closure of schools and universities. The opening hours of shopping centers will also be limited, in order to avoid overcrowding, The Guardianadds. Portugal currently has 78 confirmed cases of Covid-19.
March 12, 2020
The Czech Republic has announced new border checkpoints. This move is seen as a following the lead of President Trump’s travel ban — for better or for worse.
Elsewhere, Denmark announced it will close all schools and universities and will start sending home all employees in the public sector with non-critical jobs in the coming days. Denmark has 514 people diagnosed with COVID-19.
Ireland reports its first death related to COVID-19, an elderly woman with an underlying health condition. The number of new cases in the Republic has climbed by 9 to 43, up from 34.
Ireland is closing all schools and cultural institutions until March 29. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said that the closure applies to schools, colleges, childcare facilities, and cultural institutions. All indoor gatherings of more than 100 people and outdoor events with more than 500 are also canceled. The decision will enter into effect at 6 p.m. Thursday.
“The European Union disapproves of the fact that the U.S. decision to [institute] a travel ban was taken unilaterally and without consultation,” said EU Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in a joint statement.
President Trump ordered a ban on travel from Europe for 30 days, according to The New York Times; the restriction does not apply to the UK. The measure was taken “to stem the spread of the coronavirus”. A Belgian ambassador in DC (who asked to remain anonymous) said Europe didn’t expect anything “this drastic,” according to CNN, adding that he doesn’t understand why the UK was made exempt.
As of Wednesday, Greece has 99 confirmed coronavirus cases. Local news reports that a further 341 passengers and 77 crew are on lockdown on the ferry “Blue Star Mykonos”, docked at the island of Limnos. They were placed in quarantine as a precaution after a crew member reported feeling unwell and broke into a fever.
The Greek government announced the introduction of a special-purpose leave from work specifically for the coronavirus. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen postponed a planned visit to the country due to the outbreak.
At least three departments of the UK Government — HM Revenue and Customs, the Department of Health and the Cabinet Office — are testing remote-work systems, writes Rajeev Syal for The Guardian. The plan is to allow thousands of staff to work from home for several months at a time. These steps are being taken “in preparation for asking thousands of civil servants to stay away from central London offices if the disease spreads dramatically”.
Iceland has 90 confirmed Covid-19 cases in a population of 364,000, giving it one of the highest infection rate in the world. San Marino (a microstate in the Italian peninsula, population 30,000) has confirmed over 60 cases.
Uk Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Nadine Dorries and one of her staff have previously been tested positive for the coronavirus. Now, the Minister of State for Health at the Department of Health Edward Argar and an unnamed Cabinet minister have also been forced to self-isolate, according to The Guardian.
As of 10 March 2020, 14,890 cases have been reported in the EU/EEA and the UK: Italy (9 172), France (1 412), Spain (1 204), Germany (1 139), Netherlands (321), United Kingdom (321), and Sweden (248) have the most cases.
European countries are starting to enact severe measures. Multiple countries have outlawed mass public events and announced bans on people entering their territories from virus-affected states.
Schools have been closed in several European countries, along with a ban on large gatherings.
Austria has imposed a travel ban on all arrivals from Italy except for medical emergencies.
Many flights to and from Italy have been cancelled.
The leaders of the EU 27 agreed to fund the search for a vaccine, allowing greater flexibility for member states to subsidise hard-hit companies, and pledged to invest €25bn in parts of the economy devastated by the epidemic.
Italy is the worst-hit country after China, with cases of the virus confirmed in all 20 Italian regions.
Italy has imposed a national quarantine, just 2 days after the area of Lombardy was quarantine.
“Now that the virus has a foothold in so many countries, the threat of a pandemic has become very real,” World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference. But he expressed some optimism: “It would be the first pandemic that could be controlled,” Tedros added. “The bottom line is we are not at the mercy of the virus.”
Virtually all governments are urging all but essential travel to be postponed or cancelled.
What you can do to fight the coronavirus outbreak:
Wash your hands. You’ve heard this a million times, and there’s a reason for it: it works. Soap and water is your best option, but sanitizer also works if applied correctly. Wash hands thoroughly for 20+ seconds.
Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
Disinfect commonly touched objects — especially your phone, but also things like doorknobs.
Cough and sneeze in your elbow or in a tissue that you immediately dispose of safely.
If you can work from home, do that.
Practice (temporary) social distancing. Avoid large gatherings, try to stay 1+ meter (3+ feet) away from people.
Plan ahead, but be considerate. Consider some preparations in anticipation of social distancing or supply chain shortages, but don’t take more than you need and be considerate of others in your community. Your best chance of not getting sick is if your local community doesn’t get sick.