▶️ China’s National Health Commission reported 508 new confirmed cases and 71 new deaths, as of Feb. 24. That brings the country’s total to 77,658 confirmed cases and 2,663 deaths. The number of people sickened by the disease has now topped 79,000 globally.
▶️ China is getting the epidemic under control, but most of the world is unprepared, W.H.O. says.
▶️ Number of U.S. cases rise sharply, up to 53 from 34. All the new U.S. cases reported Monday occurred among people who were flown back from Asia by the State Department, the C.D.C. reported.
▶️ South Korea reported a jump of 60 new cases, bringing the country’s total to 893 infected.
▶️ Twelve people died and 61 have been infected with the coronavirus in Iran, Tehran’s health ministry said.
▶️ A seventh person has died in the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy, news agency ANSA said, while the number of confirmed cases rose to more than 220 in the country.
▶️ A fourth passenger from the cruise ship Diamond Princess in Japan has died from the coronavirus.
▶️ Afghanistan confirms first case along porous border with Iran.
▶️ Drugmaker Moderna Inc. has shipped the first batch of its rapidly developed coronavirus vaccine to U.S. government researchers, who will launch the first human tests of whether the experimental shot could help suppress the epidemic originating in China.
▶️ Shares of the American pharmaceutical giant Gilead gained about 5 percent on Monday, after a senior World Health Official identified one of its antiviral drugs, remdesivir, as a potential treatment for the coronavirus Covid-19.
▶️ US CDC raises travel advisory alert for South Korea. Delta, United and American will waive fees for travelers booked to South Korea through late April.
▶️ China says air transport won’t resume in Hubei other than emergency travel.
▶️ Trump administration asks for $2.5 billion to tackle coronavirus.
▶️ China fully bans trade and consumption of illegal wildlife.
▶️ The U.S. and South Korea are considering a move to reduce military training due to risks from the virus outbreak, the defense ministers from both countries said Monday, according to Reuters.
▶️ Coronavirus fears cause mortgage rates to plunge to 8-year low.
▶️ China’s government and businesses are sending out chartered trains, buses and airplanes to bring migrant workers back to their jobs, according to state media, as the government tries to get the world’s second-largest economy humming again.
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