Tens of thousands of military personnel have been placed on standby in the U.K. as officials said schools will close in the coming days and stores have taken measures to control panic-buying as the coronavirus outbreak grows.In London, home to almost 9 million people, the government urged residents to stay off public transport as authorities considered imposing tougher travel restrictions due to the spread of COVID-19.London is the epicenter of Britain’s coronavirus outbreak, with about one-third of its 2,644 cases.WHAT COUNTRIES HAVE NOT DECLARED ANY KNOWN CASES OF CORONAVIRUS?British leaders said Wednesday night that up to 20,000 military personnel were being placed at “higher readiness” to help public services as part of a “COVID Support Force.”Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the men and women of the armed forces “stand ready to protect Britain and her citizens from all threats, including COVID-19.” A police car in front of a tent being built to be used as a temporary morgue in London, Thursday, March 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)”The unique flexibility and dedication of the services means that we are able to provide assistance across the whole of society in this time of need,” Wallce said. “From me downwards, the entirety of


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