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BBC News 29 Jan 2020

Coronavirus: Reporter begins quarantine at home after visiting infected zone


The BBC's Stephen McDonell has returned to his home in Beijing after visiting the Hubei province - the centre of the coronavirus outbreak.

He, like others who have been to the Chinese city of Wuhan and its surrounding area, is expected to stay away from his workplace for two weeks.

As evacuations of foreign nationals take place, he describes how even the capital feels deserted.

Hundreds of foreign nationals are being evacuated from Wuhan, the centre of China's coronavirus outbreak, as more deaths and cases are confirmed.

Hundreds of British citizens being flown back to the UK from Wuhan on Thursday will be put in quarantine for two weeks.

It comes as British Airways suspends all direct flights to and from mainland China because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Australia, Japan, the US and EU nations are also repatriating citizens.

The virus has caused more than 130 deaths, spreading across China and to at least 16 other countries.

Singer-songwriter Garth Brooks held a free online concert for those quarantined at home due to the coronavirus outspread. Five million people tuned in, making it a big month for Brooks, who is also being honored with the "Gershwin Prize" by the Library of Congress. Norah O'Donnell reports.
Strict new curbs on life in the UK to tackle the spread of coronavirus have been announced by the British Prime Minister.

People must now stay at home except for shopping for basic necessities, daily exercise, any medical need and travelling to and from essential work.

Shops selling non-essential goods have been told to shut and gatherings in public of more than two people who do not live together are prohibited.

If people do not follow the rules police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings, Boris Johnson said in a televised statement from Downing Street.

The new restrictions come as the UK death toll reached 335.

Laura Kuenssberg, Daniel Sanford and Fergus Walsh report for the BBC News at Ten, presented by Fiona Bruce.
More countries are confirming cases of the new coronavirus that has infected almost twelve thousand people in China - and killed 259. Those countries include Sweden, Russia - and the UK. Several countries have restricted travel to and from China in an effort to curb the outbreak. Many governments are also evacuating their citizens - including Sri Lanka, Indonesia - and Germany. A military plane bringing more than 100 people home from Wuhan is on its way to Frankfurt.
Sen. Ron Wyden discusses his bill with Sen. Klobuchar to push for vote by mail for Americans as the coronavirus keeps more people at home. Aired on 03/17/2020.

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