London on Lockdown, Olympics Delayed, and More Coronavirus News

The coronavirus pandemic continues to be the biggest news story in the world, with reports of more than 17,000 deaths around the globe and skyrocketing unemployment as businesses are ordered shut. Here’s the latest news from London, Tokyo, and Washington, DC.

Prime Minister Orders Nationwide Lockdown

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the unprecedented move to order a complete lockdown in order to fight the spread of the virus.

“From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction — you must stay at home,” Johnson said. “Because the critical thing we must do is stop the disease spreading between households.”

Johnson clarified that there are only four valid reasons for going outside during the mandatory lockdown:

  • Shopping for basic necessities
  • Exercising once per day
  • Obtaining medical care
  • Going to work if you do not have the option to work from home

Failure to comply with these measures could result in fines or arrest.

IOC and Tokyo Admit That Olympics May Need to Be Delayed

The Olympics organizers have finally admitted that the Games may need to be pushed back a year. While there was some question of whether the event could continue as planned from July 24-August 9 of this year, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee issued a joint statement about postponing it until next year.

“[T]he Games … must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community,” the statement read.

Trump Wants to ‘Open’ Economy as Soon as Next Week

While the rest of the world puts in place more and more stringent measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, US President Trump is reportedly looking for ways to “open” the economy and get back to business as usual.

Despite warnings from health professionals, including the leader of the US coronavirus task force Dr. Anthony Fauci, Trump is eager to see the self-isolation and quarantine come to an end. “Our country wasn’t built to be shut down. This is not a country that was built for this. It was not built to be shut down,” he said on Monday.

However, governors of individual states have been issuing shelter-in-place orders and instructing non-essential businesses to close.

Couple Self-Medicates with Aquarium Cleaner on Trump’s Advice

An Arizona couple in their sixties, following Trump’s endorsement of the malaria drug chloroquine, attempted to self-medicate with a form of the chemical that is used to clean fish tanks.

Trump hailed the drug form of chloroquine as a “game changer,” leading the couple to believe that they could use the chemical chloroquine phosphate to treat themselves at home.

“Within thirty minutes of ingestion, the couple experienced immediate effects requiring admittance,” a statement from Banner Health hospital read. Shortly after arriving at the hospital, the husband died of cardiac arrest. His wife is still in critical condition.

“The nice part is that it’s been around for a long time, so we know that if things don’t go as planned, it’s not going to kill anybody,” Trump said of chloroquine.