▶️ The virus is deadlier than the seasonal flu but may not transmit as easily, the W.H.O. says. Among people who catch seasonal flu, about 0.1 to 0.2 percent die from the illness, though the number varies widely from year to year. Globally, about 3.4 percent of reported Covid-19 cases have died.
▶️ Texas man tests positive for coronavirus in Fort Bend County. Fort Bend Health and Human Services said the Houston-area man is in his 70s and recently traveled abroad.
▶️ First Texas lab with coronavirus testing is in Dallas County.
▶️ Twenty-one people on the cruise ship Grand Princess, bound for San Francisco from Hawaii, have reported possible coronavirus symptoms. Two people who traveled on the ship recently have tested positive; one has died.
▶️ U.S. lawmakers reach a deal on an $8.3 billion emergency coronavirus bill.
▶️ U.S. death toll rises to 11 with California’s first death. California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Wednesday. California has 53 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, and the first death was reported Wednesday.
▶️ 13 states across the U.S. have reported over 80 confirmed non repatriated cases of the novel coronavirus, according to the CDC. Of those cases, 24 were travel-related, 16 were person-to-person spread and 40 are still under investigation.
▶️ The C.D.C. greatly expands the pool of people who can be tested, to include anyone with symptoms.
▶️ New York adds nine cases connected to one of its first cases, bringing the state total to 11. Yeshiva University in Manhattan reports positive coronavirus case.
▶️ Chinese officials announced 139 new cases and 31 new deaths Thursday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to at least 80,409.
▶️ Italy surpasses 3,000 cases and 100 deaths, as virus continues to spread fast in Europe. As Italy tries to contain the new coronavirus outbreak, the government has ordered all schools, universities and daycare facilities nationwide to close for 10 days, starting Thursday.
▶️ Iran rejects U.S. virus aid offer amid “vicious” sanctions. Iran has scrambled to halt the rapid spread of the virus that has claimed 92 lives out of 2,922 confirmed infections in the past two weeks.
▶️ South Korea reported 516 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the country’s total number of cases to at least 5,328, Reuters reports. At least 28 people have died of the disease in the country, which is currently facing the worst outbreak outside of China.
▶️ Against medical advice, a man socialized at Dartmouth while awaiting a test result. It came back positive.
▶️ The Coronavirus is forcing techies to work from Home. Companies like Microsoft, Amazon, and Twitter are encouraging workers to stay home.
▶️ Vice President Mike Pence said at a press conference Wednesday that 1.5 million coronavirus tests will be available this week.
▶️ The latest James Bond installment will be delayed until November amid global coronavirus fear, The Hollywood Reporter reports. The film was set to be released next month.
▶️ Chinese researchers claim they have identified 2 strains of virus.
▶️ Saudi Arabia suspends all pilgrimages to Islam’s holiest sites amid virus fears
▶️ NIH (U.S. National Institutes of Health) official says coronavirus vaccine likely ready to test soon, but still a year until its ready.
▶️ German carrier Lufthansa said Wednesday that it was grounding 150 planes, about 20% of it’s fleet, due to a reduction in travel demand caused by the coronavirus.
▶️ Vice President Mike Pence announced Tuesday that the U.S. was to begin screening all travelers coming on direct flights from South Korea and Italy
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