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Theaters in London’s West End, Elsewhere in U.K., Close Temporarily

Theaters in London’s West End, Elsewhere in U.K., Close Temporarily

Theaters in West End will temporarily close effective Monday “until further notice,” as part of a move to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
The move was announced by the Society of London Theatre as well as the UK Theatre Association. All West End theaters and all theaters that are members of the UK Theatre Association will remain closed. A reopening date was not announced. It came after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson encouraged …

EU Plans 30-Day Ban on Non-Essential Travel

EU Plans 30-Day Ban on Non-Essential Travel

PARIS—The European Union is planning to introduce a 30-day ban on non-essential travel into the bloc to restrict the spread of the novel coronavirus, the president of the EU Commission said.
If approved, the plan would cover 22 EU countries and possibly four non-EU countries that comprise the border-free Schengen Zone.  The ban would not restrict travel within the bloc, although individual countries have already in several cases already closed their …

Coronavirus Update: Germany Closes Borders, Long Lines at U.S. Airports for Returning Travelers

Coronavirus Update: Germany Closes Borders, Long Lines at U.S. Airports for Returning Travelers

IN BRIEF
What a difference a week makes.  The United States ended the week with a profoundly different mood: there were no religious services on Saturday and Sunday in many synagogues and churches, although some opted for an online substitution.  There are no sports matches in stadiums or arenas, and no Broadway shows to go to.
TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
Health officials across the globe counted at least 162,651 confirmed cases of the …

Delta Cuts 40% of Capacity as Demand Falls Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Delta Cuts 40% of Capacity as Demand Falls Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Delta Air Lines announced drastic cuts to its flying schedule by up to 40%, citing significantly lower demand due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The news was announced in a memorandum to employees.
“The speed of the demand fall-off is unlike anything we’ve seen – and we’ve seen a lot in our business,” the airline’s CEO, Ed Bastian, wrote.
Earlier, the airline will continue to operate close to its regular schedule  to Europe until …

Coronavirus Update: Global Markets Tumble, ‘Keep Calm and Carry On,’ Italian Lockdown

Coronavirus Update: Global Markets Tumble, ‘Keep Calm and Carry On,’ Italian Lockdown

TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
The worldwide number of cases of Covid-19 stands at 111,664.  The global death toll from the virus is 3,884. Of the current active cases, which total 45,077, 13% or 5,980 are serious, while the other cases are mild.
Italy, which has effectively quarantined 16 million people, a quarter of its population – now has 7,350 of the world’s cases and more than 360 of at least 3,800 deaths.
The …

British Regional Airline Flybe Stops Flying

British Regional Airline Flybe Stops Flying

British airline Flybe, the Europe’s largest regional carrier, shut down abruptly in the early hours of Thursday morning, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.
“Flybe entered Administration on 5 March 2020,” the airline said in a statement on its website announcing the appointment of three individuals at Ernst & Young as joint administrators.
Flybe was the fourth British airline to shut down in the past two years and the news came two months …

Coronavirus Update: Health Officials Struggle to Contain Coronavirus as Death Toll Rises to 3,120

Coronavirus Update: Health Officials Struggle to Contain Coronavirus as Death Toll Rises to 3,120

TUESDAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
The coronavirus is now present on every continent except Antarctica. It has infected at least 91,340 people, and the death toll is at least 3,120.
The United States reported 100 cases in 14 states with six fatalities, three in a nursing home in Seattle.  All six fatalities have been in the Seattle area.
Chinese officials reported 125 new confirmed infections of Covid-19 and an additional 31 deaths.  The figure …