Coronavirus

Italy Quarantines 16 Million People in Effort to Contain Coronavirus Outbreak

Italy Quarantines 16 Million People in Effort to Contain Coronavirus Outbreak

The Italian government announced a lockdown in the northern part of the country, effectively quarantining the 16 million people who live the northern part of the country including Lombardy, the capital of which is Milan, and much of Veneto, of which Venice is the capital. Both are major tourist destinations.  Thirteen neighboring provinces are included in the quarantine zone.
All but emergency travel is prohibited in and out of the affected …

Japanese Olympic Games Torch Ceremony Scaled Back Due to Coronavirus Fears

Japanese Olympic Games Torch Ceremony Scaled Back Due to Coronavirus Fears

The organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are scaling back the torch ceremony due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Traditionally, the torch is lighted at the historic site of ancient Olympia in Greece and relayed to the host city where it’s used to light the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremonies.  The lighting ceremony will take place on March 12, 2020, to be followed by a weeklong torch relay in Greece. …

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

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

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 …

Lufthansa to Reduce Capacity by 50%, May Ground A380s

Lufthansa to Reduce Capacity by 50%, May Ground A380s

Lufthansa Group said late Friday that it may reduce capacity by up to 50% in the coming weeks. The move will impact all carriers owned by Lufthansa, including Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, and Swiss International Air Lines.
The airline cited the “exceptional circumstances” of the drop in demand due the novel coronavirus as the reason for the move.
The German flagship carrier also said it is investigating the possibility of temporarily …

Using These Disinfectants from Clorox, Lysol, Purell Will Combat the Coronavirus, Says EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency released a list of disinfectants that can be used to fight the coronavirus.
Germs can live on surfaces for days so wiping down surfaces on airplanes such as tray tables, touch screens, door handles, buttons, and faucets is particularly important. The same goes for armrests and the back of the seat in front of you in a theater, and the table at a food hall or fast-food restaurant.
One …

Coronavirus Update: WHO Calls for Greater Action, Stocks Plunge, No New Cases in Hubei Reported

Coronavirus Update: WHO Calls for Greater Action, Stocks Plunge, No New Cases in Hubei Reported

TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus worldwide broke the 100,000 barrier, with officials reporting 100,720 cases.  The death toll is now 3,412.
Chinese officials reported that, for the first time since the start of the outbreak, there were no new infections in Hubei province outside its capital, Wuhan. There were 126 new cases in Wuhan, however, and a total of 143 new cases in China.
The …

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

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

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 …