The United Kingdom is standing increasingly apart as countries across Europe and around the world shut schools, scrap sports tournaments and shutter restaurants in response to the new coronavirusBy JILL LAWLESS Associated PressMarch 13, 2020, 5:05 PM5 min readLONDON — The United Kingdom stood increasingly apart Friday as countries across Europe and around the world shut schools and universities, scrapped sports tournaments and shuttered bars and restaurants in response to the new coronavirus. The British government has not restricted the everyday activities of U.K. residents by banning large public gatherings or suspending transit networks. More than 60,000 horse-racing fans packed a course in England on Friday for the final day of the Cheltenham Festival, one of the few sporting events in Europe still taking place. Pupils in Northern Ireland attended classes as usual at St. Columban’s primary school in the village of Belcoo. Yet a little more than 2 miles (3.2 km) away, across the border in the Irish Republic, the local St. Patrick’s school was closed. So was every other school and all the colleges, daycare centers and cultural institutions in Ireland. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described the worldwide pandemic as “the worst public health crisis for


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