Flattening the curve: seven days of crisis around the world
It was a week that began with the cancelling of St Patrick’s Day, and ended with shuttered institutions and social distancing being the norm
Global stock markets plunged as the economic slowdown caused by Covid-19 was exacerbated by falling oil prices.
As the special cabinet committee to tackle the crisis met for the first time, there was pressure to restrict mass gatherings and cancel the St Patrick’s Day festival. The French and German governments had already taken similar measures as the coronavirus caused disruption to daily life.
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