The global death toll from the new coronavirus rose to 3,039 on Sunday night, as officials confirmed the virus had killed a second person in the U.S. Just like the first death, it occurred in Evergreen Health hospital in Washington State, officials said.
The big picture: COVID-19 has killed almost 3,000 people and infected almost 87,000 others in over 60 countries and territories outside the epicenter in mainland China, which reported 573 new infections on Sunday taking the total there to 79,824. Outside China, the countries reporting the largest number of infections are South Korea (more than 3,700), Italy (almost 1,700) and Iran (nearly 1,000).
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U.S. cases: Washington state officials said a man in his 70s with underlying health conditions died on Saturday at Evergreen Health hospital in Kirkland — the same place as the first coronavirus death in the U.S. Three more cases were diagnosed in the county, they said.
In Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed Sunday evening that a woman in her late 30s had become the first in the state to test positive to the virus. cases.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on “Fox News Sunday” that overnight a new coronavirus case has been detected in in Chicago. Meanwhile, the Rhode Island Department of Health announced the state’s first presumptive positive case. cases.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) declared a state of emergency Saturday after state health officials announced an outbreak of respiratory symptoms and pneumonia at a long-term care facility associated with two new coronavirus cases in the state. The death in Washington state is not related to the Life Care Center of Kirkland cases.
In California, a woman who did not recently travel overseas became the latest case confirmed by officials in the state Friday, a day after Gov. Gavin Newsom said 33 people had tested positive for the virus.
There are 66 confirmed cases in the U.S., per a CDC statement Saturday. 44 are from the Diamond Princess cruise, 3 evacuated from Wuhan, 12 are travel-related, 2 are person-to-person infections and 1 may be from “community spread.”
HHS Secretary Alex Azar said on “Fox News Sunday” that there was a new case detected in Chicago. The Rhode Island Department of Health announced the state’s first presumptive positive case — a person in their 40s who had traveled to Italy in mid-February.
State public health authorities were monitoring four new presumptive positive cases of the novel coronavirus as of Friday, per the CDC. Three patients in California, Oregon and Washington state were infected by unknown means, the CDC said, while the fourth case in Washington was likely travel related.
Travel advisories: President Trump authorized the State Department Saturday to issue “do not travel” warnings for areas in Italy and South Korea affected by the coronavirus and said travelers from those countries would undergo medical screening upon arrival in the U.S.
Trump also authorized heightened travel restrictions on Iran to include any foreign national visiting Iran in the past 14 days.
The FDA put a new policy for laboratory testing for the coronavirus into effect on Saturday, which specifies how labs should validate, document and report COVID-19 tests.
Industry: The huge CERAWeek energy conference in Houston that was slated to begin March 9 was canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus.
Twitter also announced it would suspend all “non-critical business travel events,” including CEO Jack Dorsey’s planned keynote interview this month at the South by Southwest conference in Texas.
Disproportionate effect: Some Americans more than others may have their income affected by possible quarantines, school shut-downs or loss of transportation options.
Diamond Princess: A British national became the sixth person from the ship to die of the virus, per The Guardian. 705 passengers are confirmed with the infection.
About 100 Americans remain there under a two-week travel ban. Sen. Warren requested clarification on the process used to repatriate some, Politico says.
South Korea: The U.S. Combined Forces Command has postponed its joint drill with South Korea until further notice, as it has the highest number of cases outside China.
A soldier stationed there is in quarantine after becoming the first U.S. military member to test positive.
Sports impact: The fate of the Tokyo Olympics is expected to be decided within the next three months. The outbreak has already disrupted multiple sporting events around the world, including some in soccer’s Premier League.