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March 18 Coronavirus Latest Updates: Greece Shuts Borders, Retail Shops

Photo: Korina Pantazi/Greek Reporter

Greece closed its borders to non-EU citizens as of 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday. In measures aiming to contain the spread of coronavirus, a 14-day quarantine is highly recommended for Greeks, EU-citizens and especially those coming from UK. Also starting on Wednesday all retail stores will stay shut. The exceptions are listed here.

Technology giants Microsoft and Bing have created an interactive map, where you can select areas and see active, recovered and fatal cases of infections. You can also see results by country as well as useful information on the disease. View it here.

Latest Updates

08:30:  Greece’s Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias spoke with his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita on Tuesday evening, to facilitate the repatriation of about 100 Greek citizens in Marrakesh with an emergency Aegean Airlines flight. According to diplomatic sources the Moroccan Foreign Minister assured Dendias that he will make every effort in this direction.

07:45: Nevada governor Steve Sisolak ordered all Las Vegas casinos to shut down on Tuesday night. Even slot machines in convenience stores will no longer be permitted. “America’s playground”, as Las Vegas is known, is usually open 24-hours a day. The last time the casinos had to lock their doors was on the day of John F. Kennedy’s funeral in 1963.

07:30: Tom Hanks says he has no fever as he and wife Rita Wilson remain in isolation in an Australian residence after being discharged from a hospital following their coronavirus diagnosis. The actor posted a picture of a “Corona” typewriter on Instagram with the caption:

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Hey folks. Good News: One week after testing Positive, in self-isolation, the symptoms are much the same. No fever but the blahs. Folding the laundry and doing the dishes leads to a nap on the couch. Bad news: My wife @ritawilson has won 6 straight hands of Gin Rummy and leads by 201 points. But I have learned not to spread my Vegemite so thick. I travelled here with a typewriter, one I used to love. We are all in this together. Flatten the curve. Hanx

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07:00: In Argentina, angry employees at a Buenos Aires shopping mall starting banging objects and chanting “Go home! Go home!” at shoppers who defied government self-isolation measures on Tuesday:


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