Coronavirus Update: Apple Reopens China Stores, Broadway Shuttered, JetBlue Passenger in Hot Water

By Anna Breuer on 13 March 2020
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Citi Field in New York City

TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES

Health officials have reported over 132,567 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus since China made its first report to the World Health Organization in January.

China reported only 22 new cases and eight new deaths, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases there to 80,815. The death toll in China has risen to 3,177.

Italy has the second highest number of cases in the world, with 15,133 and a death toll of 1,016. Iran has the third highest, with 11,364 and a death toll of 514, followed by South Korea with 7,797 cases and 514 deaths.

In Europe, Spain has 7,979 cases, Germany, 3,117, and France, 2,876.  The death tolls in those three counties are 120, 7, and 61 respectively.

IN BRIEF

The virus is now present in 118 countries, areas and territories.

With over 15,000 confirmed coronavirus infections in the country, Italian doctors are being forced to make life-or-death decisions about whom to treat.

CORONAVIRUS NEWS

03-13 Congress is expected to pass an economic package as a response to the coronavirus on Friday. The legislation will reportedly include enhanced unemployment benefits, 14 days of paid sick leave, tax credits to help small- and medium-size businesses cover the cost of the sick leave, free virus testing, and aid for food assistance programs.

03-13 Apple reopened its 42 retail stores in China, just as it suspended Today at Apple sessions in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The sessions are already suspended in numerous other markets including China, Italy, and Japan.

03-13 JetBlue Airways said it had banned a passenger who had flown from New York to Florida after knowing he had been exposed to the coronavirus. The passenger ,awaiting the results of a coronavirus test, notified the cabin crew after landing that the test had been positive, the airline said.

03-13 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members are commonly referred to as Mormons, said it was suspended all public gatherings including worship, making it the first religious group to do so.

03-12. The show won’t go on.  Broadway theaters closed temporarily after New York State’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, issued an order banning gatherings of 500 people or more to help contain the spread of Covid-19. New York State has 328 cases of the coronavirus, with 96 in New York City and 147 in Westchester County.

03-12 In Canada, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the prime minister’s office said in a statement.

03-12 The National Basketball League, Major League Baseball, and the National Hockey League all suspended games and operations for at least several weeks.

03-12 Argentina is halting flights to and from the United States in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus in that country.

03-12 The campaigns of the two major Democratic candidates for the presidential nomination closed their offices and told staffers to work from home.

03-12 Officials in Maryland, Ohio and Washington State announced the closure of schools in their respective states for at least several weeks.

03-10 Roberto Stella, the president of the Medical Guild of Verese in Italy, died in Como after being hospitalized for the novel coronavirus.   The 67-year-old physician was “the example of the capability and hard work of family doctors,“ Silvestro Scotti, the secretary of Italy’s National Federation of Doctors and General Practitioners, told CNN in an interview. “His death represents the outcry of all colleagues who still today are not equipped with the proper individual protection needed,” he added.

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