▶️ China’s National Health Commission reported 406 new confirmed cases, and an additional 52 deaths, as of Feb. 25. The country’s total is now 78,064 confirmed cases, and 2,715 deaths.
▶️ The global death toll from coronavirus rose to 2,762 on Tuesday night, with more than 81,000 confirmed cases.
▶️ The US has now confirmed 57 cases of coronavirus. In total, the cases include: 40 passengers who were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, 3 people repatriated from China, 14 US cases.
▶️ South Korea reported a jump of 169 new cases, bringing the country’s total to 1,146 infected. It reported one additional death, bringing the total number of fatalities to 11.
▶️ Iran now has the highest coronavirus death toll outside of China, threatening the wider Middle East. Iran’s health ministry on Tuesday confirmed 15 deaths from the coronavirus, the most fatalities of any country outside of China, where the deadly illness originated. Iran also said there are 95 current cases.
▶️ Number of coronavirus cases in Kuwait rises to 9.
▶️ Europe’s biggest outbreak is in Italy, where more than 280 have been infected.
▶️ Five European countries have reported cases linked to Italy.
▶️ US soldier stationed in South Korea tests positive.
▶️ US health officials say human trials on coronavirus vaccine to start in 6 weeks.
▶️ U.S. Federal health officials issued a blunt message Tuesday: Americans need to start preparing now for the possibility that more aggressive, disruptive measures might be needed to stop the spread of the new coronavirus in the U.S.
▶️ US health official says coronavirus is moving closer to being a pandemic.
▶️ San Francisco Mayor London Breed has declared a state of emergency in the city to better prepare for the potential arrival of coronavirus.
▶️ Cruise operator Royal Caribbean says it has cancelled 30 cruises in Southeast Asia due to the outbreak, Reuters reported. It has also modified several itineraries in the region.
▶️ Hong Kong sets aside $15 billion to support economy amid virus outbreak.
▶️ Supermarkets in Beijing must keep customers at least 2 square meters (roughly 4 ft. by 5 ft.) apart from each other, the Beijing Municipal Commerce Bureau said in an online statement Wednesday.
▶️ With only 12 state and local health laboratories able to test for the novel coronavirus, public health labs are asking the US Food and Drug Administration for permission to create their own tests for the virus.
▶️ Dow loses more than 800 points as stocks plunge for a second day.
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