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Here’s What to Know About the Coronavirus Pandemic Today

Here’s What to Know About the Coronavirus Pandemic Today

Below, here are the latest updates.

For official information on coronavirus prevention, please visit the World Health Organization or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

As of Sunday morning, known cases of coronavirus in the United States exceeds 3,000, and spreads out across 49 states. Just one week ago, there were fewer than 500 cases. West Virginia is the only state without a single diagnosis.

The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Italy rose to 1,809 on Sunday—a 25 percent increase over the day before.

President Trump tested negative to a coronavirus test. There was pressure for the President to take the test after he spent time with a Brazilian official who was diagnosed with the illness.

Spain and France have put into effect countrywide restrictions. Spain has ordered residents to stay at home and to only leave for food, work, or to seek medical care; France, meanwhile, is closing all “nonessential” businesses including restaurants, bars, and theatres.

On Saturday, New York reported its first deaths related to coronavirus: an 82-year-old woman died in Brooklyn on Friday night, and a 65-year-old man from Rockland County died on Thursday.

The Vatican announced Sunday that its traditional Holy Week services, which falls the week before Easter, will not be open to the public next month. In the past few years, they have been held in Rome and are attended by the pope.

To fight the spread of coronavirus, Nike will be closing all of its stores until March 27 in the U.S., Canada, Western Europe, New Zealand, and Australia. Further, Apple will also close all of its retail stores outside Greater China until March 27.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trial on bribery and other corruption charges is being delayed until at least May 24. It was scheduled to begin on Tuesday.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the nation’s top infectious disease experts, does not rule out supporting a temporary national lockdown of the country’s restaurants and bars in order to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Travellers at many American airports, many of them arriving from Europe, have been met with long lines and chaos as they await screenings—this follows President Trump’s restrictions on international travel.

South Korea is being praised for its effective response to the coronavirus pandemic: the country tested people for the virus at the fastest pace in the world, and kept the mortality rate lower than average as a result. South Korean President Moon Jae-in suggested that President Trump hold a G-20 teleconference summit to discuss how the country reduced the spread.

Read more helpful tips from experts on how to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.