27 Feb 2020

Coronavirus has ‘pandemic potential’, says World Health Organisation

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

With the virus now reaching every corner of the world, countries are putting in place increasingly aggressive counter measures.

Saudi Arabia has taken the unprecedented step of banning foreign pilgrims from visiting Islam’s holiest shrines.

Border controls have been tightened in Greece and the death toll in Italy has continued to climb – while South Korea has warned anyone breaching laws on self-isolation will face an even heavier fine – and possibly a year in jail.