We are daily faced with worldwide news headlines from health professionals, politicians and anyone with a voice to express an opinion. What is being said?, 25th March 2020.


The World Health Organization has said it is seeing a “very large acceleration” in coronavirus infections in the United States which had the potential of becoming the new epicentre.

Over the past 24 hours, 85% of new cases were from Europe and the United States, WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told reporters. Of those, 40% were from the United States.

However, US President Donald Trump has said he will soon call for lifting the lockdown in some parts of the country.

Mr Trump, who faces re-election in November and is keen to avoid extended economic damage, told reporters he would be “opening up our country to business because our country was meant to be open”.I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” he said on Fox.


Sorvar Alam writes that China reports no new local cases of Covid-19 over the past 24 hours. The Chinese National Health Commission stated that there were a total of 47 new infections, all of which were imported from outside of China (total imported infections to date of 474). The country now has 81,218 infected cases with 3,281 deaths.

United Kingdom

The Daily Telegraph has just announced that Prince Charles has tested positive for Covid-19, but continues to work from home.

The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has announced a three week lockdown. Members of the public can only leave their homes for the following reasons;


Members of the Military Emergency Unit leave a home for elderly people after carrying out disinfection procedures in Madrid. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

Spanish soldiers deployed to help fight the Covid-19 outbreak have been finding elderly patients abandoned, and sometimes dead, at care homes. The army has been charged with helping to disinfect retirement homes in Spain. Dozens of deaths from Covid-19 have been recorded at facilities across the country.

“We are going to be strict and inflexible when dealing with the way old people are treated in these residences,” Defence Minister Margarita Robles said in an interview with television channel Telecinco.

“The army, during certain visits, found some old people completely abandoned, sometimes even dead in their beds,” she added.

Spain now has a reported 42,058 cases with an official death toll of 2,991 making Spain Europe’s second worst-hit country after Italy. With over 2,600 patients in intensive care there is growing concerns about overcrowding at hospitals.