Coronavirus Update: Officials Beg Public to Stay Home, Olympics in Doubt, Three’s a Crowd, Says Merkel

By Anna Breuer on 23 March 2020
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Government and health officials across the globe begged their citizens to stay at home to reduce community spread of the coronavirus, Germany limited groups to two people, and the Olympics face delay.

From Australia to Zimbabwe, officials warned of dire consequences if people carried on as usual.


The number of coronavirus cases across the globe is now 353,904, of which 100,645 have recovered.  The death toll now stands at 15,420.

China, which had reported zero new cases for several days last, reported 39 new cases and nine additional deaths.  Out of a total of 81,0054cases, only 5,353 are active.

The number of known Covid-19 cases in the United States is now 35,232, up by 8,081 since our report yesterday.  The increase can be largely attributed to greater availability of tests for Covid-19 and faster reporting from those tests.


03-23 Officials in India grounded all domestic flights and put most of the country, the world’s second most populous, in full lockdown mode.

03-23 Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games faced pressure to postpone the Games after officials from two Commonwealth countries, Australia and Canada, said they would not participate under the current circumstances.

03-23 The U.S. Surgeon General issued a warning that “it’s going to get bad.” Speaking on the NBC morning program “Today,” he said that the outbreak will worsen because people aren’t taking the threat seriously enough.

03-23 Playboy is shuttering its print publication after 66 years.  The magazine, launched in 1953 by Hugh Hefner, said that the economic disruptions from the novel coronavirus pandemic were too much for its already strained print operations to bear.

03-22 Twenty-three transit workers in the New York metropolitan area have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. This includes workers from the Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Long Island Rail Road.

03-19 The Alameda County Sheriff told Tesla it would need to cease manufacturing operations at its Fremont, California, plant.  The move comes one day after multiple Bay Area counties issued orders shutting down non-essential businesses and telling employees to telecommute. Tesla “is not an essential business as defined in the Alameda County Health Order,” the sheriff’s office said on Twitter. Tesla said it would shut down on March 23, after trying to claim it fell under the federal category of “national critical infrastructure.”

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