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Coronavirus Update: CDC Says Wear Masks, Global Caseload Over 1.1 Million, China’s National Day of Mourning

Coronavirus Update: CDC Says Wear Masks, Global Caseload Over 1.1 Million, China’s National Day of Mourning

IN BRIEF
The global caseload of Covid-19 surpassed 1.1 million, and over half the world’s population has been asked to remain home. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommend that people wear masks even if they present no symptoms, although President Trump, in announcing the guidance, then said he would demur.
The number of people who have flown into the United States from China since the country imposed travel restrictions is estimated …

Coronavirus Update: Senator Tests Positive, German Chancellor Self-Isolates, Airlines Ask for $29 Billion Bailout

Coronavirus Update: Senator Tests Positive, German Chancellor Self-Isolates, Airlines Ask for $29 Billion Bailout

IN BRIEF
As the pandemic worsened in Italy and Spain, New York State reported some 15,000 cases of the coronavirus, nearly 5% of the global total.
Residents of five states that represent almost 25% of the country’s population, namely California, Connecticut, Illinois New Jersey, and New York, some 82 million people in total, are being asked to stay home as much as possible.  Non-essential businesses have been told to keep all employees …

American Airlines to Operate Cargo-Only Flights with Passenger Aircraft

American Airlines to Operate Cargo-Only Flights with Passenger Aircraft

American Airlines announced plans to operate a series of cargo-only flights utilizing passenger aircraft that have been temporarily grounded due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The world’s largest airline hasn’t operated scheduled cargo-only flights since 1984. Those flights ended due to the retirement of its fleet of Boeing 747 freighters.
The first such flight will operate from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Frankfurt Airport, departing on Friday.  The airline will operate a second …

Coronavirus Update: ‘We Are At War,’ No St. Patrick’s Day Parades, Amazon Suspends Some Deliveries

Coronavirus Update: ‘We Are At War,’ No St. Patrick’s Day Parades, Amazon Suspends Some Deliveries

IN BRIEF
Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  Millions of people in the Bay Area in California have been asked to restrict their movement, Austria will impose steep fines on anyone violating its curfew regulations, and Germany is trying to repatriate its citizens from heavily affected regions.
St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations everywhere have been cancelled due to the coronavirus.
In Ireland, the country’s president, Michael Higgins, called on the Irish people to draw …

Coronavirus Update: Germany Closes Borders, Long Lines at U.S. Airports for Returning Travelers

Coronavirus Update: Germany Closes Borders, Long Lines at U.S. Airports for Returning Travelers

IN BRIEF
What a difference a week makes.  The United States ended the week with a profoundly different mood: there were no religious services on Saturday and Sunday in many synagogues and churches, although some opted for an online substitution.  There are no sports matches in stadiums or arenas, and no Broadway shows to go to.
TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
Health officials across the globe counted at least 162,651 confirmed cases of the …

Coronavirus Update: Italy Expands Lockdown, New Cases in China Fall Dramatically, Austria Restricts Access at Italian Border

Coronavirus Update: Italy Expands Lockdown, New Cases in China Fall Dramatically, Austria Restricts Access at Italian Border

TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
The worldwide number of cases of Covid-19 stands at 116,359.  The global death toll from the virus is 4,091. Of the current active cases, which total 47,621, 12% or 5,788 are serious, while the other cases are mild.
Italy, which has effectively quarantined its entire population as of Tuesday morning – now has 9,172 of the world’s cases and more than 463 of at least 4,000 deaths.
The United …

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 …