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British PM asks citizens with virus symptoms to self-isolate for a week

A total of 10 people with coronavirus have died in the United Kingdom since the outbreak

Coronavirus | Boris Johnson

Reuters  |  London 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stepped up the response to the coronavirus outbreak on Thursday, moving to the so called "delay phase" which includes the option of more stringent measures designed to slow down the spread of the virus. Stock markets tumbled across the world, with Britain's FTSE 100 down 10.9 per cent, its worst one-day performance since 1987. Sterling fell three cents against the dollar, the biggest fall since the 2016 Brexit vote. At a meeting of Britain's emergency committee, known as COBR, Johnson decided to move to the so called ...

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First Published: Thu, March 12 2020. 23:16 IST