Coronavirus — February 23nd, 2020 FACTS

▶️ There were at least 77,150 confirmed cases in mainland China, bringing the global total to 79,356, with the death toll at 2,619. The number of new cases outside of Hubei stood at 18, the lowest since the commission started publishing nationwide data a month ago.

▶️ The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Korea jumped to 760 and the death toll rose to seven. South Korea stocks fall more than 2%.

▶️ Iran says 43 infected, with eight death.

▶️ Two more doctors in and near Wuhan die after contracting the coronavirus.

▶️ The Venice Carnival festival closed on Sunday, several days ahead of schedule, because of the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy, the head of the Veneto region said.

▶️ Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned the novel coronavirus is the worst public health crisis facing the country since its founding.

▶️ Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruises, and Royal Caribbean Cruises all together recently announced they’d canceled nearly 40 cruises and rerouted over 40. Shares are down across the three major cruise lines from 10 to 16 percent since January.

▶️ Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani radically altered his autumn / winter2020 presentation at Milan Fashion Week due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, informing guests that the show would take place “behind closed doors”, rather than in front of a live audience as usual. Models walked down the catwalk in an empty theatre, while the show was live-streamed on the brand’s website and social media channels.

▶️ Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that the country will “suspend communication” with Iran for two weeks in a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

▶️ Pakistan and Turkey close their borders with Iran as cases there rise.

▶️ Israel will block nonresidents who recently visited Japan and South Korea.

▶️ Japan minister apologises after woman who leaves ship tests positive for virus

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