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Coronavirus live blog, March 17

Last updated: Tuesday, 17 March, 2020, 16:52

PM advises to "avoid" pubs, clubs, the office, and all unnecessary social contact and travel

Idris Elba becomes the latest celebrity to test positive for the virus, as Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson leave hospital

France imposes 15-day lockdown and deploys 100,000 police to enforce it

Odeon Cinemas have all closed

Odeon cinemas have all closed following government guidance issued on coronavirus.

They tweeted: "Following Government guidelines Odeon cinemas are closed until further notice.

"If you have pre-booked tickets online these will be refunded automatically."

Association of British Insurance issue statement on coronavirus

The Association of British Insurance (ABI) have released a statement saying that standard business interruption cover does not include forced closure by authorities

Their statement reads: "Irrespective of whether or not the Government orders closure of a business, the vast majority of firms won’t have purchased cover that will enable them to claim on their insurance to compensate for their business being closed by the Coronavirus.

“Standard business interruption cover - the type the majority of businesses purchase - does not include forced closure by authorities as it is intended to respond to physical damage at the property which results in the business being unable to continue to trade. 

“A small minority of typically larger firms might have purchased an extension to their cover for closure due to any infectious disease. In this instance an enforced closure could help them make the claim, but this will depend on the precise nature of the cover they have purchased so they should check with their insurer or broker to see if they are covered.”

Cineworld and Picturehouse follow Odeon in closing

Cineworld and Picturehouse has announced the closure of all its cinemas across the UK starting from Wednesday, 18 March.

A statement said the decision was made in light of the current coronavirus outbreak and recent UK government advice.

Cineworld Group CEO, Mooky Greidinger said: "At Cineworld and Picturehouse we are committed to providing safe and healthy environments for our employees and guests and have therefore made the difficult decision to close our cinemas in UK and Ireland until further notice.

"We deeply value our cinema-loving customers and have no doubt we will be serving everyone again as soon as possible with a full slate of Hollywood blockbusters and the best of independent films and content."

Maps detailing the spread of Covid-19 across the UK

The team at Yorkshire Evening Post have collated a series of coronavirus maps, updated daily with the number of confirmed cases in each local area across the UK.

Take a look at them here 

Mobile networks reporting "severe outages"

The Independent are saying that EE, O2, Vodafone, Three and GiffGaff are reportedly suffering from "problems and connectivity issues."

O2 have responded to the claims, staing: "Our technical teams are investigating. We apologise for any inconvenience."

Dominic Raab: "now is not the time for finger-pointing"

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been speaking to the House of Commons and has called for unity after after Labour's Emily Thornberry attacked US president Donald Trump's response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Thornberry accused Mr Trump of "shameful" behaviour, adding: "Now he's calling it the foreign virus, blaming it on Europe for its spread and today blaming China."

In response Mr Raab told MPs: "Whether it is domestically or internationally it just doesn't help finger-pointing in any shape or form.

"What we're going to do is work with all of our partners - the US, the Europeans, South America, those in Asia, as I've already mentioned - to try to forge the most effective response. That's what all of our constituents expect and deserve."

How does Statutory Sick Pay work?

A lot of you will be concerned about securing pay if you are forced to self-isolate for seven days or longer. 

Rhona Shennan wrote up the following handy guide to talk you through how Statutory Sick Pay works.

JCB employee has contracted covid-19

JCB are saying that an employee based at the company's Staffordshire site is being treated in hospital after contracting Covid-19.

A spokesman for JCB said: "A Rocester-based JCB employee has contracted coronavirus (Covid-19) and is currently being cared for in hospital.

"This is obviously very difficult news for the employee and family and friends.

"Following the press conference chaired by the Prime Minister yesterday (Monday), JCB is assessing how it might best respond to the new guidance, particularly in relation to home working."

Foreign Secretary: avoid all non-essential travel abroad for next 30 days

Dominic Raab has advised members of the public against "all but essential" travel abroad.

Speaking to the Commons the foreign secretary said: "Based on the fast-changing international circumstances today I am announcing changes to FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) travel advice.

"UK travellers abroad now face widespread international border restrictions and lockdowns in various countries. 

"The FCO will always consider the safety and the security of British nationals so with immediate effect I've taken the decision to advise British nationals against non-essential travel globally for an initial period of 30 days and of course subject to ongoing review."

Euro 2020 postponed

As expected the 2020 European Championships have been postponed. 

The Norwegian FA borke the news, revealing that the tournament had been postponed by one year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The tournament was due to take place from June 12 to July 12 this Summer. 

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