Shut the borders? Coronavirus tests world leadership


Will shutting the borders stop coronavirus? The US president is banning all Europeans from entering. We ask if he is right and if so, why the exception for the UK and Ireland? At a time when the planet needs to come together to support those in the firing line, allay fears and prevent scapegoating, we ask if global leadership is up to this task.


The travel ban is partly fuelling the panic on world markets. We measure the response on both sides of the Atlantic and the resiliency of the interconnected world we live in.

The out-of-the-blue shock slowdown in human activity is hitting hardest in Italy, which is under lockdown and where the death toll has crossed the threshold of 1,000.

Reactions from its neighbours vary wildly, with some shutting borders to all Europeans. Too much or not enough? And when it's all over, will we rethink our very way of living and the creature comforts that we take for granted in our modern world?

Produced by Charles Wente, Juliette Laurain and Ariana Mozafari.

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