Coronavirus Update: Outbreak to Cost Airlines $113 Billion, Apple Pay May Help Reduce Spread of Virus

By Anna Breuer on 5 March 2020
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TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES

The total number of coronavirus cases worldwide is now 96,902, and the global death toll has risen to 3,308.

Italy reported 3,089 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, and the death toll there jumped to 107 from 79. The number of cases there is surpassed only by China and South Korea.

IN BRIEF

The World Health Organization said that Covid-19 is far deadlier than the flu but it may not spread as easily.  Chinese manufacturers are currently producing approximately 116 million masks a day, a 12-fold increase over the past month, according to the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic planning agency. Meanwhile, China is struggling to deal with the mountains of used masks and other medical waste

CORONAVIRUS NEWS

03-05 The International Air Transport Association released an estimate indicating that global air industry passenger revenue would decrease by as much as $113 billion in 2020, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

03-05 A cruise ship returning to California from Hawaii is being held offshore as health officials prepare to screen everyone on board. The ship has been linked to two cases of the novel coronavirus, one fatal.  Eleven passengers and ten crew members were reported to be symptomatic.

03-04 New York State officials said that nine additional people connected to the man who was the state’s second confirmed coronavirus case tested positive. The new cases included the man’s wife, son, daughter, and a neighbor.

03-04 The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate agreed on an $8.3 billion measure to provide emergency aid to combat the novel coronavirus.  The House already voted to approve it and the Senate was expected to take up the measure on Thursday. It includes $7.8 billion for use by agencies dealing with the virus, a significantly higher figure than the Trump administration had proposed late last month.

03-04 Banknotes may be helping spread the novel coronavirus, the World Health Organization said, as the coronavirus may cling to the surface for several days.  The agency recommends the use of contactless payment methods such as Apple Pay and Google Pay instead.

03-04 Facebook became the second company in Seattle to be impacted by the coronavirus after a contractor in its offices tested positive for Covid-19. “We’ve notifiedour employees and are following the advice of public health officials to prioritize everyone’s health and safety.”

03-04 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention broaded the guidelines it uses for coronavirus testing. The move allows doctors to order a test for anyone with symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

03-04 The backers of the new James Bond film “No Time to Die” said that its release will be postponeduntil November, due to fears amidst the coronavirus outbreak. The filmwas originally to be released internationally on April 2 and in the United States on April 10.

03-04 New York officials at the City University of New York and the State University of New York said they are recalling students who are currently participating in study abroad programs in China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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