▶️ President Trump announces travel from Europe to be restricted amid coronavirus threat. The ban comes amid growing public anxiety over the economy and public health. The Trump administration is restricting travel to the U.S. by certain foreign nationals who have traveled to any of the 26 European countries identified (a list that includes Italy, Spain, France and Germany but omits others like the U.K., Ireland, Croatia and Ukraine) in the past 14 days before coming to the U.S. The Trump administration is restricting travel to the U.S. by certain foreign nationals who have traveled to any of the 26 European countries identified (a list that includes Italy, Spain, France and Germany but omits others like the U.K., Ireland, Croatia and Ukraine) in the past 14 days before coming to the U.S.
▶️ The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the coronavirus a global pandemic. While the virus is slowing in China, where it originated in December, it’s picking up pace in other countries, world health officials said.
▶️Dallas County Health & Human Services is reporting a third presumptive positive case of coronavirus.
▶️ Two family members of a Frisco man who has the coronavirus also have tested positive, Collin County Judge Chris Hill said. The 3-year-old in Collin County is among the youngest patients in the U.S. to have tested positive for COVID-19.
▶️ There have been at least 32 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in Texas.
▶️ The actor Tom Hanks said on Wednesday that he and his wife, Rita Wilson, have the coronavirus.
▶️ Globally, there are more than 126,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 4,630 deaths reported.
▶️ In the U.S., there are at least 1,300 confirmed coronaviruscases with 38 coronavirus-related deaths. 43 US states now have coronavirus. 23 states and Washington, DC, have declared a state of emergency.
▶️ A study awaiting peer review from scientists at Princeton University, the University of California-Los Angeles and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) posted online Wednesday indicated that the COVID-19 virus could remain viable in the air “up to 3 hours post aerosolization,” while remaining alive on plastic and other surfaces for up to three days.
▶️ The NBA has announced Wednesday night that the season is being suspended after a player from the Utah Jazz tested positive for Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
▶️ Mainland China reported 15 new coronavirus cases yesterday – continuing the week-long trend of dramatically falling numbers, according to China’s National Health Commission. Six of those cases were imported from overseas – meaning they weren’t locally transmitted in China. China has now reported 80,793 cases and 3,169 deaths. Of the total cases, 62,793 have recovered and been discharged from hospital, according to the NHC.
▶️ Italy remained in a nationwide lockdown as confirmed coronavirus cases jumped past 12,000. The death toll stood at 827, second only to China, with rapid increases continuing.
▶️ Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician of Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court, said he expects 70 million to 150 million people in the U.S. will become infected with COVID-19, NBC News reported Wednesday. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told lawmakers Wednesday that the U.S. has yet to see the worst of the new coronavirus outbreak.
▶️ A staff member working in Washington, D.C. for Senator Maria Cantwell, D-WA., tested positive for COVID-19, the senator’s office announced Wednesday night.
▶️ The Trump administration is weighing extending this year’s April 15 deadline for filing income taxes to soften the outbreak’s impact on U.S. households and businesses.
▶️ At least 30 cruise ships currently at sea with about 100,000 people list port destinations in the United States sometime this week, according to a USA TODAY satellite tracking analysis of 380 of the world’s largest cruise ships. It’s not clear if all ports will be open to receive them.
▶️ The Grand Princess cruise ship was set to continue unloading passengers for a third day Wednesday in Oakland, California. As of Tuesday, 1,406 people had disembarked from the ship, leaving at least 1,000 still on board. Nineteen crew members who tested positive but “have been deemed asymptomatic” remain on the ship in isolated cabins,
▶️ G7 ministers to meet virtually instead of in Pittsburgh.
▶️ German Chancellor Angela Merkel said 60%-70% of her country’s population could eventually become infected with the coronavirus and that the key was to slow the spread as much as possible. The government has recommended the cancellation of all events with more than 1,000 people, among other measures.
▶️ In-person classes had been canceled at close to 100 universities by mid-afternoon Wednesday, according to a list maintained by Georgetown scholar Bryan Alexander. Across the country, dorms were emptying, fans were banned from sporting events, graduation plans were up in the air.
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