Coronavirus Update: Italy in Lockdown, Starbucks Employee Tests Positive, Tokyo Olympics Scales Back Torch Ceremony

By Anna Breuer on 8 March 2020
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The total number of coronavirus cases worldwide is now 107,936.  The death toll now stands at 3,665.

In Europe, Italian officials said that the total number of cases stood at 5,883, with 233 fatalities, the highest death toll outside of China. Health officials in France reported 103 new infections, bringing the total there to 949 including a member of the French Parliament.

The number of cases in the United States rose to over 420, with new cases in multiple states including Arizona, Florida, and Oregon.

Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York after the number of confirmed cases there rose to 89, with 11 in New York City. One of the 11 is a driver for ride-hailing service Uber.

Egypt’s health minister announced that there were 33 new infections on a quarantined Nile cruise boat, bringing the total to 45.  All 45 have been sent to a hospital.


03-08 Officials at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games scaled back plans aspects of the torch ceremony scheduled for later this month. They no longer plan to send 140 Japanese children to Greece to give the flame a sendoff nor will several hundred schoolchildren take part in the Olympic Flame Arrival Ceremony in Japan.

03-08 Italy is locking down major sections of the country’s north, effectively quarantining some 16 million people, after the number of cases rose to almost 6,000. The lockdown includes Milan, the country’s financial capital, and Venice, a major tourist destination.

03-07 Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention waned to recommend that the elderly and those with severe chronic medical conditions such as heart, lung, or kidney disease be advised not to fly on commercial airlines due to the coronavirus outbreak, but the White House overruled them.

03-07 Officials in Canada cancelled the two-week long women’s world hockey championships over concerns about the novel coronavirus. The matches were set to begin on March 31 in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia.

03-07An Australian man who had not yet received his test results but later found out he was positive went to work at a major hotel and visited a nightclub despite being told to self-isolate, health authorities there said.

03-07 A Starbucks location in downtown Seattle was closed after one of the employees there tested positive for the coronavirus. Starbucks had its start in Seattle and is closely associated with the city.  Meanwhile, Starbucks announced it was barring customers from using their own coffee containers as a precaution.

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