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    Coronavirus Pandemic: Borders Shut, Public Events Cancelled

    Governments in many countries have shut their borders, cancelled public events, and urged citizens to stay at home as COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe.

    On 31 December 2019, China informed the World Health Organisation (WHO) about an outbreak of unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan in the country's Hubei Province. On 11 March, WHO declared the outbreak of the disease, caused by a new strain of coronavirus, a pandemic. More than 230,000 people are infected in 160 countries worldwide, and over 9,000 have died.

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