The number of Americans living under an effective shelter-in-place order rose to roughly 1 in 4 over the weekend, as states and localities adopt what are, by now, a familiar set of rules to help stop the spread of coronavirus in the US. Bars, nightclubs and other venues not offering food are closed. Restaurants are increasingly confined to delivery and takeout service. Public gatherings are banned. Some public beaches have been shut. And on and on.
America's infection total looks set to hit 30,000 by the time the new week dawns. More than 300 Americans have died from the virus so far.
In Europe, the situation is dire. Spain's case total hit 28,000. In Italy, nearly 5,000 people are dead - almost 800 perished on Saturday alone. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte shuttered all Italian industries other than those necessary to maintain the supply chain. "[This] is the most difficult crisis in our post-war period", he said, in a video message on Facebook. "Only production activities deemed vital for national production will be allowed".
Reports now suggest Boris Johnson's decision to shutter pubs and restaurants across the country was at least partially compelled by Emmanuel Macron, who
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