What’s Happening: People separated, China closing Everest
The new coronavirus is increasingly walling people off from each other as quarantines, travel restrictions, school closures and bans on public events mountMarch 12, 2020, 4:13 PM4 min read People around the world have become increasingly isolated from each other due to a mounting number of travel bans, school closures and canceled public events. These are some of the latest developments on Thursday: REGIONS ARE BEING KEPT APART A day after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, people across the world were facing the prospect of being stuck where they are for the foreseeable future. Strict bans on travel from much of Europe to the United States are to begin this weekend, while the U.S. State Department warned Americans to reconsider foreign travel. Austria’s 25,000 police officers were told they were not allowed to take any vacation at least until the end of April, a measure aimed at having enough officers to ensure order. ITALIANS WAKE UP TO EVEN MORE RESTRICTIONS In Italy, one of the world’s hardest hit countries, people woke up to yet further virus-containment restrictions. Premier Giuseppe Conte ordered restaurants, cafes and retail shops closed after imposing a nationwide lockdown on personal movement.