World virus cases pass 300,000 as governments call for isolation

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  • The UK’s Channel 4 News reported on the global tally of Covid-19 cases passing 300,000, in quick time:

    It took 90 days to record the first confirmed 100,000 cases. The second 100,000 took 12 days to record. The third 100,000 – recorded today – took just four days.

    Italy reported 651 more deaths today – while Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has gone into isolation after a doctor she’d been in contact with tested positive.

    The New York City Mayor has said the lockdown there could last six to nine months.

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    It is to be hoped that coordinated, aggressive, global containment actions by nation states can begin to slow this spiralling crisis, before healthcare systems become overwhelmed.

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