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France’s newest outbreak hotspot is around the eastern city of Mulhouse near the borders with Germany and Switzerland. 81 positive cases perhaps traceable to an Evangelical Christian retreat a few weeks back.  Measures here in France include the requisitioning of facemasks and the regulation of sanitizing hand gel prices at two euros for 50 mililitres. That has got pharmacists accusing unscrupulous wholesalers of squeezing them. Airline travel is already plummeted with companies like Emirates and Cathay Pacific giving staff one month unpaid leave. For others, it’is worse. UK regional budget carrier Flybe was already struggling. On Thursday, the coronavirus outbreak forced it into bankruptcy. It is all about testing. By March First, South Korea had run 100-thousand tests. The U-S, whose first case dates back to January 23rd fewer than 500 with kits from the Center for Disease Control that proved faulty.

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