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Lisa Wilkinson stranded in LA after coronavirus pandemic escalates

Lisa Wilkinson stranded in LA after coronavirus pandemic escalates

The Project’s Lisa Wilkinson has found herself stranded in America as US President Donald Trump announces further travel bans for the country.

Wilkinson was interviewing a “major celeb” for the panel show, but admitted that time was running out to return home.

“Los Angeles, you've been great, and the major celeb interview we managed to get in the can for @theprojecttv was definitely worth the trip - can't wait to tell you who it is! - but... we're outta here,” she captioned a smiling photo of herself on Instagram.  

“America feels like it's shutting down, and I don't know how much longer these borders are going to be open. Australia, here I come…”

Wilkinson then urged everyone to take care and make sure you’re washing your hands.

'Be safe everyone. Wash your hands. And look after each other. xxx,' she concluded.

Her post comes after the World Health Organisation declared that coronavirus was a pandemic as the virus continues to spread around the world.

“We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear,” said W.H.O.'s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, as reported by The New York Times

“Find, isolate, test and treat every case, and trace every contact. Ready your hospitals. Protect and train your health care workers.”

Hours after a pandemic was declared, Trump announced he was closing US borders and ordered an immediate shutdown of all travel from Europe.

“We will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days,” he said in a speech from the Oval Office.