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Coronavirus LIVE: Outbreak spreads across Europe from Italy

VIRUS FEARS

A NUMBER of European countries have announced their first coronavirus cases, with them all appearing to link to Italy.

Austria, Croatia and Switzerland said those infected had all been to Italy.

Italy has become the worst-affected country, with over 300 cases and 11 dead.

Neighbouring countries have not yet decided to close the borders.

What's the latest across Europe?

Follow our coronavirus live blog to stay up to date with the latest news and updates.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop 's avatarLottie Tiplady-Bishop4 minutes ago26th February 2020

    EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ANNOUNCE FIRST CASES AFTER ITALY OUTBREAK

    Several European countries have confirmed their first coronavirus cases.

    It comes after a huge outbreak in Italy, which some believe could be the root cause.

    Austria, Croatia and Switzerlend all said their cases involved people recently returned from Italy.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop 's avatarLottie Tiplady-Bishop40 minutes ago26th February 2020

    SOUTH KOREAN TOURISTS BANNED

    Several countries have taken steps to ban people travelling from South Korea's most affected regions.

    Japan's government is working to bar foreign nationals from South Korea's most affected areas from entering the country.

    The Philippines, Vietnam and Singapore have also taken similar steps.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop 's avatarLottie Tiplady-Bishop1 hour ago26th February 2020

    CORONAVIRUS 'WORST CASE SCENARIO' COULD KILL 500,000 BRITS

    A new document says coronavirus could infect 80 per cent of Brits and kill up to 500,000 people.

    The Sun exclusively revealed how ministers are considering that in the worst-case coronavirus scenario, 50 million Brits could be infected.

    The document by the National Security Communications Team warns: “The current planning assumption is that 2-3 per cent of symptomatic cases will result in a ­fatality.”

    Around half a million Brits — mostly the elderly or those with pre-existing illnesses — would be killed under this scenario, according to health sources.

    The figures are in a “sensitive” government report called “Covid-19 Reasonable Worst Case Scenario”.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop 's avatarLottie Tiplady-Bishop17 hours ago25th February 2020

    'HOLIDAY FROM HELL'

    A British holidaymaker told to stay inside a Tenerife hotel has said she is having a “holiday from hell” after a man there was diagnosed with coronavirus.

    Hannah Green, 27, from Hertfordshire, arrived at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace on Saturday with her boyfriend, Court Amys, and their one-year-old son. They are supposed to be staying until Sunday.

    She said communication had been “non-existent”, adding: “We woke up to a note under our door this morning saying that for health reasons not to leave our room.

    “I called downstairs to reception as soon as I saw it and they wouldn't tell us anything. So I quickly got on my phone and googled and saw a man had tested positive for coronavirus so I basically assumed it was that.

    “But since then, we've had nothing from the hotel – no one has told us anything or what's going to happen.”

    Ms Green said she booked her holiday with Tui, adding: “I've called them as well and they haven't really said much either. They were just going on what the hotel's been telling them, basically, and the hotel wouldn't tell them anything either.

    “People are moving around the hotel but we're not. We're in our room with the baby. We're worried for the baby.”

    Ms Green said she would like to go home but added: “I don't think we'll be allowed to leave. We don't want to be here. We're fed up now.”

    She said a sandstorm at the weekend had also confined them to their rooms.

    “The sandstorm was the day after we arrived, Sunday, so we had to stay in the hotel then,” she said. “Holiday from hell, honestly”.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop 's avatarLottie Tiplady-Bishop18 hours ago25th February 2020

    CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER SAYS NEW CORONAVIRUS DRUG NOT POSSIBLE BEFORE FLU 'PEAKS'

    England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty has said any vaccine against coronavirus will have to come from existing drugs that already have licences.

    He added: “The key thing is to find drugs that are currently licensed that work against this virus.

    “We will not be able to develop a new drug before before it reaches its peak”.

    The CMO also warned that if coronavirus became a global pandemic schools could be shut and public transport reduced.

    Professor Whitty added: “There's no secret there's a variety of things you need to look at, you look at things like school closures, you look at things like reducing transport”.

    He continued: “We would already recommend staying at home yourself, a stage up from that, and I'm not saying we would recommend that, is saying if you are ill with this you would stay at home and your family would stay at home as well.

    “It's one of the things we would want to think about”.