Coronavirus Update: SXSW Cancelled, Cases Could ‘Increase Tenfold Every 19 Days’

By Anna Breuer on 7 March 2020
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Washington Union Station, a major train station and transportation hub in the nation’s capital

TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES

The worldwide number of cases of Covid-19 stands at 104,144.  The global death toll from the virus is 3,526.

Officials in China reported 99 new cases of the novel coronavirus, the first time that figure fell below 100.  Seventy-four of the new cases were in Wuhan.  The Chinese also reported 28 new deaths from the virus.

The number of confirmed infections in Europe rose above 7,400 in Europe, more than doubling in just a few days. Over 30 countries have reported cases and ten have at least 100 each.

In the United States, officials in Florida reported two deaths, bringing the toll in the country to 17. There are currently over 300 confirmed infections in the United States. The State of Washington has recorded the most coronavirus cases, at least 80, and the highest death toll, 14.

Officials in Iran, where the coronavirus outbreak is one of the world’s largest, said there were at least 4,700 infections, an increase of more than 1,200 from Friday’s figures. State media said that a member of the Iranian parliament, Fatemeh Rahba, died as a result of the virus.

IN BRIEF

The coronavirus is affecting 98 countries and territories around the world.

CORONAVIRUS NEWS

03-07 China’s leading geneticist, Jin Lin, released a study by a team of researchers that contends that cases of the novel coronavirus outside China “will increase tenfold every 19 days” if no drastic measures are taken to contain its spread.

03-07 The World Health Organization warned against assuming that the coronavirus will subside like influenza does in warmer weather.

03-06 Amtrak said it would temporarily suspend its new non-stop Acela train service between New York City and Washington, D.C., citing falling demand due to the coronavirus. The non-stop service had been introduced in September, 2019.

03-06 Numerous colleges and universities including Stanford University and the University of Washington are no longer having classes meet in person. Instead, they are moving to online classes for the foreseeable future.

03-06 A U.S. Navy sailor stationed in Naples, Italy, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the U.S. European Command said.

03-06 Officials in Austin, Texas, cancelled South by Southwest, the annual tech, film and music conference, due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.  Organizers said they were working on an online SXSW experience for attendees.

03-06 In Italy, the leader of the governing coalition’s Democratic Party, Nicola Zingaretti, said he had contracted the novel coronavirus. “I’m well, and so it was decided home isolation,” he said in a video.

03-06 Yet another cruise ship, the Costa Fortuna, has been turned away from several ports due to fears over the coronavirus.  Malaysia and Thailand denied it entry, fearing that some Italian passengers may have been exposed to the coronavirus before boarding.

03-06 Classical music fans are not example from the impact of the coronavirus. The San Francisco Symphony said that it would cancel all concerts scheduled at Davies Symphony Hall through March 20. The city’s mayor, London Breed, announced that no public events would be held at War Memorial Performing Arts Center venues for two weeks.

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