Global virus roundup

  • The whole of Italy – 60 million people – is now on lockdown. The ban on travel and public gatherings in the north is now countrywide. 
  • Corona-panic caused the New York Stock Exchange to stop trading early yesterday – an attempt to stop the biggest fall in share prices since 2008.
  • The good news: signs the spread of the disease might have slowed in China, with only 19 new cases reported there yesterday. 
  • Kenya has proposed a law to criminalise fake news about the virus. The police cybercrime unit is monitoring online content for investigation and prosecution.