Denise Richards flees Spain on ‘surreal’ flight as coronavirus shuts down Europe

Denise Richards has described her flight back to the US from Spain as “surreal” amid growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 49, was filming an upcoming medieval TV drama in Europe but had to leave after the shoot was suspended.

And the flight home was an odd experience for the actress.

She told Extra: “I got out a day at a time. It took me two days to get home, I went through London. Landing in LAX – I will say, they were screening. It took quite some time to get out.

“They definitely took my temperature once they heard when I was, and the CDC was there. Going through airport LAX, they are definitely screening everyone, I will reassure everyone with that.

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“It was very surreal to be even on the airplane, midflight, I was on British Airways and they found out that the UK was also involved in the ban as well. My biggest thing was, 'What are the flight crew even doing when they land?’”

Denise – who shares daughters Sam, 16, and Lola Rose, 14, and adopted daughter Eloise with ex-husband Charlie Sheen – revealed how she told her kids about the current global health crisis.

She explained: “I tell them that this will pass, and we all just can't panic. It's something that the entire world is going through, and that's all we can do.

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“It's something that none of us have experienced before.”

And Denise’s worries surrounding the pandemic come as the UK’s cases of the deadly bug soared to 1,950 after 407 more patients tested positive in the biggest day-on-day increase yet.

Scotland announced its second fatality, taking the UK's total to 71 as 16 more sadly died on Tuesday March 17.

The true number of Covid-19 infections is likely much higher than 1,950 as patients with mild symptoms are not being tested and other carriers may not be showing any symptoms at all.

Around 55,000 people in the UK are believed to have coronavirus and the aim is for fewer than 20,000 people to die from it, the government's chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, has said.

Researchers have warned that as many as 250,000 could die if the government doesn't change tactics, and there are fears strict measures could last for up to 18 months.

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