Coronavirus shuts Burbage Primary School in Buxton, Derbyshire, UK after parent returns infected from Tenerife hotel, Canary Islands, Spain #coronavirus #COVID19 #BurbagePrimarySchool #Buxton #Derbyshire #UK #Tenerife, #CanaryIslands #Spain
A SCHOOL has closed after a parent returned infected with coronavirus from a Tenerife hotel where 160 Brits are quarantined – in one of TWO new cases today.
Burbage Primary School in Buxton, Derbyshire, sent out a WhatsApp alert warning people to stay away last night -as fears spread the deadly bug is taking hold in Britain.
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Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia bans pilgrimages to holy sites over coronavirus fears #COVID19 #coronavirus #SaudiArabia #emergency #quarantine #epidemic
The extraordinary decision by Saudi Arabia stops foreigners from reaching the holy city of Mecca and the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day.
The decision also affected travel to Prophet Muhammad’s mosque in Medina. Authorities also suspended entry to the kingdom to those with tourist visas from nations affected by the new virus.
The decision showed the worry about the outbreak potentially spreading into Saudi Arabia, whose oil-rich monarchy stakes its legitimacy on protecting Islam’s holy sites.
The centre of the outbreak in the Mideast’s most-affected country, Iran, appears to be in the holy Shia city of Qom, where the faithful in reverence reach out to kiss and touch a famous shrine. Iran now has the highest death toll from the virus 22 dead amid 144 confirmed cases outside of China, where the outbreak began.
There have been no confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Saudi Arabia amid the outbreak.
Disease outbreaks always have been a concern surrounding the hajj, required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life, especially as pilgrims come from all over the world.
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Australia enacts Coronavirus emergency response plan due to possible pandemic #COVID19 #coronavirus #Australia #pandemic #emergency #epidemic
Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has announced the implementation of a Coronavirus emergency response plan.
“There is every indication the world will soon enter the pandemic phase of the virus,” he has just told reporters.
“While the WHO is yet to declare the nature of the coronavirus and its move towards a pandemic phase, we believe the risk of a pandemic is very much upon us and we as a government need to take steps necessary to prepare for such a pandemic.”
The move comes after the national security committee met on Thursday. The rate of transmission outside of China is “fundamentally changing” the way authorities in Australia need to manage the issue, Morrison said.
Courtesy of theguardian.com