Coronavirus Update: Prince Albert II Tests Positive, London Curtails Tube Service, U.S. to Make $1,000 Economic Stimulus Payments

By Anna Breuer on 19 March 2020
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Green Park Tube Station in London


Spring is in the air – and unfortunately so is the novel coronavirus.  Spring will arrive at 11:50 p.m. EDT today.  In the United States, lawmakers passed a $1 trillion relief package that would make payments of $1,000 to adults and $500 to children. Meanwhile, China reported zero new cases and researchers in Wuhan found that the death rate there from the novel coronavirus was lower than originally thought.  Italy was poised to surpass China in total deaths as of the time of publication.


The number of coronavirus cases across the globe is now 230,717, of which 86,261 have recovered.  The death toll now stands at 9,390.

China, which is where the outbreak began, reported zero new cases and eight deaths.  Out of a total of 80.828 cases, only 7,263 are active.

The number of known Covid-19 cases in the United States is now at 10,866, up by 1,607 as testing in the country expands and a backlog of test results was released.


03-19 Prince Albert II of Monaco tested positive for the new coronavirus, the palace said in a statement. “His health is good,” the palace stated, adding that the Prince is being monitored by his doctor and treated by the specialists at the Princess Grace Hospital.  In the meantime, he will continue to work in his private apartment.

03-19 In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo waived mortgage payments for 90 days for individuals facing hardship and told businesses to have 75% of their workforce telecommute.  On Wednesday, he had issued an executive order calling for 50% of the workforce to telecommute.

03-19 Transport for London will curtail some services and close 40 Tube stations to limit the movement of people.

03-19 At 93 years old, Queen Elizabeth II is squarely in the high-risk category for the novel coronavirus.  As a result, despite having lived through the Great Depression, the Second World War, the Falklands war with Argentina, and Brexit, she and her husband Prince Philip will move to Windsor Castle, her summer home in Berkshire, to ensure her safety.

03-19 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data that showed that out of the Covid-19 cases in the United States that required hospitalization, one in five were among people ages 20 to 44.

03-19 Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said that it could take “three to six months” to develop new therapies to address the novel coronavirus and that the agency is also looking at the potential value of several currently approved drugs for fighting the virus.

03-18 Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York said that the Comfort, a 1,000-bed military hospital ship, would be sent by the Trump Administration to New York City. Later reports said that the ship is currently in Norfolk for maintenance and won’t be ready for weeks, although officials said that they would attempt to expedite the process.

03-18 Two members of the House of Representatives tested positive for the novel coronavirus, calling into question whether the House should reconvene or meet virtually going forward.

03-18 Danny Meyer’s restaurant group, Union Square Hospitality, laid off 80% of its workforce “due to a near-complete elimination of revenue” after New York City ordered restaurants and bars closed.

03-18 Southwest Airlines is temporarily suspending in-flight beverage service in order to limit interactions between passengers and flight attendants. On flights over 250 miles (402 kilometers), the airline will offer unopened cans of water upon request. The airline will continue to serve pretzels on all flights and other snacks on longer ones.

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