▶️ WHO says countries must be prepared for coronavirus ‘literally knocking at the door’.
▶️ China’s National Health Commission reported 327 new confirmed cases and 44 new deaths as of Feb. 27. Altogether, China has 78,824 confirmed cases and the death toll was at 2,788.
▶️ Masoumeh Ebtekar, vice president of Iran for Women and Family Affairs, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Mojtaba Zonnour, head of Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Relations Commission says he is infected with COVID-19.
▶️ Six cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Texas, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The patients are being quarantined at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. The first case involves a traveler who returned to the U.S. on a State Department-chartered flight from Wuhan City, China the epi center of the outbreak. The others were passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan.
▶️ WHO warns Iran outbreak could be worse than thought. Iran, which had just two cases a week ago, confirmed 245 infections; death toll at 26.
▶️ Three more people died in Italy due to the virus, bringing the total number of victims to 17. The number of confirmed cases has now risen to 650.
▶️ South Korea confirmed an additional 256 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total to 2,022, according to its Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.
▶️ A Korean Air flight attendant who worked on flights between Seoul and Los Angeles subsequently tested positive for the coronavirus. Korean Air says won’t allow passengers with temperature higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius to fly to US.
▶️ California monitoring 8,400 people.
▶️ New Zealand reports first case of coronavirus. Nigeria confirms first case. First case in the Netherlands. France now confirms 38 cases. Israel confirms third coronavirus case. Greece reports two new coronavirus cases. Swiss confirm three new coronavirus cases. Estonia confirms first coronavirus case. Denmark confirms first coronavirus case.
▶️ Hyundai Motor has shut a factory in South Korea’s city of Ulsan, after a worker tested positive for the new coronavirus.
▶️ South Korea culture minister asks religious groups to suspend services.
▶️ U.S. workers were sent into quarantine area unprotected and unprepared, complaint says.
▶️ Israeli scientists: ‘In a few weeks, we will have coronavirus vaccine’. Once the vaccine is developed, it will take at least 90 days to complete the regulatory process and potentially more to enter the marketplace.
▶️ US CDC chief says aggressively evaluating whether coronavirus survives on surfaces.
▶️ US health secretary says at least 40 labs can currently test for coronavirus.
▶️ Nearly 40% of beer-drinking Americans won’t buy Corona due to coronavirus, study shows. There is no known similarity between the beer and the virus — except for the name.
▶️ Amazon searches for “coronavirus” or “COVID-19″ and other coronavirus-related content now show a notice at the top of the results directing users to the CDC website. The notice provides users with a link to “learn more about coronavirus protective measures.” Amazon emailed sellers telling them it would take down products claiming to kill the coronavirus.
▶️ Chinese city announces 14-day quarantine in free hotels for travelers from Japan, South Korea.
▶️ Dow plunges nearly 1,200 points.
▶️ Facebook cancels its annual developer conference.
▶️ Crew leaves Japan virus-hit ship for new quarantine.
▶️ Starbucks reopens most China stores.
▶️ Tokyo Disney to close from Feb. 29 to March 15.
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