Passengers sit in a bus wearing a protective face masks in hopes of curbing the spread of the new coronavirus today in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s prime minister announced a nationwide 10 p.m.-to-4 a.m curfew starting today to combat the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) Here are summaries of the latest worldwide stories on the coronavirus pandemic, including:
— Slovakia reaches deal with banks to impose moratoriums on mortgages and loans.
— Thailand bans public gatherings to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.
— European medical workers strain to save thousands of desperately ill coronavirus patients.
— Prince Charles opens temporary hospital in London.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Slovakia’s government has reached an agreement with the country’s banks on imposing moratoriums on mortgages and loans to help households and businesses amid the the coronavirus pandemic.Prime Minister Igor Matovic says the deal makes private individuals, self-employed people and small and middle size companies with up to 250 employees eligible to delay payments by up to nine months.The government has asked people to only use the delay if they need it. The program is free.Slovakia has 450 positive tests for the coronavirus.___BANGKOK — Thailand has banned all public gatherings to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.The order signed today by Chief of Defense Forces Gen. Pornpipat Benyasri prohibits people from public gatherings, carrying out activities, or gathering for unlawful purposes in a manner that risks spreading the coronavirus.It also bans any act that aggravates people’s suffering and pranks to spread the virus. That’s an apparent reference to anti-social actions such as spreading saliva on elevator buttons.Family gatherings at residences and civic activities carried out […]