St. George’s Hall, Liverpool, 13March2015, Photo: Anthony Moretti

As the New York Times reports, coronavirus is killing the British people and the country’s local newspaper industry.

It’s surreal. I’m the only one here,” said Mr. Purton,the editor of The Worcester News, a daily that serves a city of 100,000 in the Midlands region of England. “I’m sitting here now, looking at a bank of empty desks where reporters once sat.”