Coronavirus Update: Public Life Changes Dramatically, Nations Seal Borders, CDC Issues Guidance

By Anna Breuer on 16 March 2020
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Things changed dramatically over the weekend. Multiple European nations sealed their borders.  The CDC recommended limiting the number of people at events to 50.  Wall Street stocks plunged at the start of trading, while European markets fell by 6%.


The worldwide number of coronavirus cases is 174,772, out of which 77,867 people have recovered.  The death toll stands at 6,686.

The coronavirus Covid-19 is currently active in 162 countries, areas, or territories.

The number of deaths outside China exceeded those inside. Almost 3,300 people have died from the coronavirus in other countries, compared to the reported approximately 3,200 in China.

The death toll in Italy rose above 1,800 and the first coronavirus patient death in New York City occurred.


03-15 The Federal Reserve Bank lowered its benchmark interest rate from 0.25% to 0%. The move is intended to ensure that credit flows freely, thus spurring businesses and households to continue borrowing and spending.

03-15 A number of states limited public interactions to contain the spread of the virus.  A number of school districts were closed, including New York City’s, which is the largest in the nation. Restaurants and bars were ordered to close except for takeout and delivery in New York City, Los Angeles, Massachusetts, Ohio, Washington, and Puerto Rico.

03-15 United Airlines said it would cut its capacity by approximately 50% due to a drop in demand and temporary border restrictions placed by multiple countries.

03-15 Germany closed its land borders with Austria, France and Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, and Poland closed its borders to all foreign nationals, as both Spain and France went into lockdown mode. Austria had gone into lockdown mode the previous day.

03-14 American Airlines said it would gradually suspend all long-haul international flights across the period March 16 through May 6.  The changes will cause the airline to park almost its entire wide-body fleet, which includes Boeing 777 and 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

03-14 Travelers returning to the United States faced long lines at customs and immigration as a result of the enhanced health screenings and a crush of people returning to the country due to the expansion of the list of countries included in the travel ban.

03-14 President Trump extended the current travel ban to the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Trump Administration had originally excluded the two countries from the ban, which included just 26 countries in the Schengen Area until now.

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