Coronavirus Updates: South Korea Case Count Tops 2,000
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by Axios | 2.27.20
Confirmed cases of COVID-19
As of Feb. 27, 10:30 am EST
Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.
33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.
The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.
Last 48 hours
- Japan: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Thursday that all public schools would close nationwide from March 2 until the country's spring holidays begin at the end of the month, per AP.
- Britain: The United Kingdom's Health Department said two more patients had tested positive to the virus, taking the number of confirmed cases to 15.
- U.S. cases: The CDC said Wednesday that "astute" U.S. clinicians found the novel coronavirus in a person who did not recently return from a foreign country nor knowingly have contact with anyone infected.
- There are now 60 confirmed cases in the U.S., the CDC said Wednesday. 42 are from the Diamond Princess, 3 evacuated from Wuhan, 12 are travel-related, and 2 are person-to-person infections. Officials expected such an increase after the passengers were allowed to return home from Japan against their initial advice.
- As the outbreak continued to affect the markets, President Trump said Vice President Mike Pence would lead administration's response to the coronavirus.
- San Francisco declared a coronavirus emergency Tuesday despite no residents testing positive for the virus — though three people have been treated for it in city hospitals.
- South Korea: The U.S. Combined Forces Command in South Korea said in a statement Wednesday night it would postpone its joint drill with the South Korean military until further notice, as the number of infections surged to 1,595 — the most outside mainland China.
- A soldier stationed in the country became on Monday the first U.S. military member to test positive to the virus.
- Saudi Arabia: Foreigners are banned from visiting the country's most holy sites, Mecca and Medina, following the outbreak in several countries in the Middle East, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a statement.
- Iran: The virus had by early Thursday killed 19 people in the country and infected 139 others.
- First Latin America case: The virus has spread to Brazil by a 61-year-old man who traveled from Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak, where 453 cases had been reported by early Thursday. Brazil is tracking 20 suspected virus cases.
- Other first cases: Pakistan reported its first two cases Wednesday. Greece, Norway, Georgia, Romania and North Macedonia also confirmed one case each.
- China: The National Health Commission reported on Thursday 433 new cases, taking the number of infections on the mainland to 78,497.
- Bruce Aylward, who led an assessment team in China, said at a briefing Tuesday the main driver of spread in the country is from households, and the number of cases currently detected is fairly accurate.
- Travel advisories: The CDC issued a level 3 travel alert for South Korea and China, warning Americans to avoid all nonessential travel to the countries. Level 2 alerts are in place for the virus-afflicted countries of Iran, Italy and Japan.
- Sports impact: The fate of the Tokyo Olympics is expected to be decided within the next three months. The outbreak has already disrupted multiple sporting events around the world.
- Diamond Princess: An 80-year old passenger became on Tuesday the fourth person from the ship to die, the Japanese health ministry confirmed. 691 infections have been confirmed among the passengers and crew.
- There are 100-plus American passengers still there under a two-week travel ban, the CDC said.
Science and medical updates
- Scoop: Coronavirus threatens shortages of about 150 drugs
- Coronavirus may be "at the brink" of a global pandemic
- Coronavirus vaccines in development aren't a short-term cure
- Repatriated American citizens have doubled coronavirus cases in U.S.
- The coronavirus outbreak is delaying surgeries in China
- New testing for coronavirus emerges from MERS, Ebola anti-virals
- U.S. hospitals begin preparing for the coronavirus
- Coronavirus global death toll surpasses SARS
- WHO declares deadly coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency
- U.S. warned to prepare for worst on coronavirus
- Why we panic about coronavirus, but not the flu
- China to admit international experts to examine coronavirus
- Coronavirus outbreak fuels concerns about pharma's global supply chain
- Americans still have low risk of coronavirus infection, CDC say
Effect on business, industry and financial markets
- Coronavirus doesn't tell the full story behind Dow's plunge
- How a coronavirus scare can lead to surprise medical bills
- Coronavirus shakes the global economy
- Coronavirus stress tests drug industry's dependence on China
- Coronavirus outbreak slams companies' 2020 sales projections
- Economists warn coronavirus risk far worse than realized
- Apple will miss quarterly earnings estimates due to coronavirus
- Coronavirus throws oil demand into reverse for first time in a decade
- The coronavirus is infecting everything in the energy sector
- Coronavirus outbreak threatens some IPOs
- S&P predicts coronavirus will stabilize by April
- The market is expecting multiple rate cuts in 2020
- Recession fears return to the market
- Coronavirus fears spark run on surgical face masks in U.S.
U.S. politics and international impact
- Olympic official: Tokyo is "looking at a cancellation" if coronavirus not contained by late May
- Coronavirus disrupts sporting events around the world
- South Korea raises alert level to red as coronavirus cases exceed 600
- Tokyo Marathon bars nearly 40,000 participants amid coronavirus outbreak
- Household basics are scarce in Hong Kong under coronavirus lockdown
- Westerdam cruise ship coronavirus case raises fresh concerns
- Coronavirus travel restrictions in China hit migrant workers hardest
- The coronavirus threat to China's grand plans
- In photos: Wuhan and Hong Kong mourn doctor who warned of coronavirus outbreak
- Royal Caribbean, Norwegian cruises ban travelers holding Chinese passports
- Trump's post-virus, pre-election boom
- Senators question coronavirus' impact on U.S. drug supplies
- Coronavirus speeds world's retreat into national shells
- China's leaders call for more censorship on coronavirus
- How Congress is responding to the coronavirus outbreak
Big Tech, social media, and misinformation trends
- Coronavirus "infodemic" threatens world's health institutions
- With no Mobile World Congress, product announcements start rolling in
- Coronavirus forces more companies to skip tech conferences
- Coronavirus hits China's tech manufacturing production across the board
- Apple's coronavirus warning foreshadows broader threat for tech
- Mobile World Congress canceled after vendors pull out
- Taking coronavirus fears too far
- China's leaders call for more censorship on coronavirus
- Facebook steps up effort to fight coronavirus misinformation
- Big Tech tries to curb coronavirus misinformation
- Misinformation about coronavirus is spreading fast
Why pandemics are a concern
- The new age of global pandemic risk
- Big Pharma's bottom line is leaving the world vulnerable to pandemics
- Podcast: The next pandemic
- WHO warns of 13 emerging health threats including possible pandemics
- China's Belt and Road could carry ecological and health risks (Expert Voices)
This story will be frequently updated with breaking news. The map will be updated a couple times a day.
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