Schools, sports, entertainment: coronavirus sparks global shutdown

WASHINGTON (HRNW) – Disneyland and Broadway are going dark, several European countries are shutting schools and stock markets cratered Thursday as fears over the spread of the coronavirus ricochet around the globe.

US President Donald Trump defended his shock decision to impose a 30-day ban on travel to the United States from mainland Europe, a move which sparked panic among travelers fearful of being stranded.

As the number of cases and fatalities surged in Europe, governments rolled out even tighter restrictions on travel and public gatherings, with sports and entertainment events cancelled around the world.

Europe s epicenter Italy confirmed a grim milestone as its death toll passed 1,000, while neighboring France announced it would close all schools nationwide and urged people over the age of 70 to stay home.

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