Shutdown: The virus that changed the world

Examining the start of the pandemic in Wuhan to the devastation in Italy that shocked Europe and the rest of the world, this Sky News documentary explores the global shutdown caused by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

How did this virus get across the globe, what measures were being taken as the start and what can we expect now?

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

5 Recent Items: COVID-19

  • India tests long-range drone flights to deliver coronavirus vaccines
  • Victoria COVID restrictions ease to allow more people at home gatherings | ABC News
  • South Australia closes its border to NSW | Coronavirus | 9 News Australia
  • Queensland Premier allows quarantined man see dying dad | Coronavirus | 9 News Australia
  • Queensland shuts borders to NSW hotspot sites | Coronavirus | 9 News Australia
  • In This Story: Italy

    Italy is a republic in central Europe which forms a peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea as well as bordering France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily form part of the main territory of Italy. Italy is part of the Eurozone, having entered the common currency on 1st January 1999.

    The capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s “David” and Brunelleschi’s Duomo; Venice, the city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.

    4 Recent Items: Italy

  • University corridors allow some refugees to continue their studies in Italy
  • Euro 2021: Belgium wins 3rd straight, beats Finland 2-0
  • Cash for kids? Italy’s government plans major support for families
  • Euro 2021: Italy top Group A, Wales scrape qualification on goal difference
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