Coronavirus live updates: WHO says 15% of patients get pneumonia, Burger King closes half its China locations

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Total confirmed cases: More than 40,000
Total deaths: At least 910

Coronavirus is spreading in , , and Singapore. Community spread is suspected in other nations. Models suggest that for every person who traveled into the U.S. infected with coronavirus, and who was successfully diagnosed and quarantined, maybe three more arrived undetected. It was only toward the end of January that we started to even look for sick travelers. , where community spread seems to be taking route, has about as many travelers arriving from China as the U.S. does — around 3 million a year. It’s understandable that small outbreaks might become evident in that small and dense island nation of 5.7 million before they can be spotted in the U.S. But if one assumes that the virus was also imported into U.S. communities in low numbers in early January, and is now replicating, more cases could emerge.

Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of Burger King, has temporarily closed about half of its roughly 1,000 locations in China, CEO Jose Cil told Yahoo Finance. “The biggest priority for us is making sure our team members are safe,” Cil said. “Their health is of the utmost priority as well as the guests. We are working with local authorities and master franchisees in the markets to make sure we have everything in account.” Representatives from RBI were not immediately available for comment. — Feuer

Health officials in Hong Kong evacuated a building in Tsing Yi where two residents, who live on different floors, have been confirmed to have coronavirus, director of the Center for Health Protection Dr. Wong Ka-hing said. The government is investigating the suspected environmental transmission, he added. Hong Kong has confirmed 42 cases. — Reuters

Sony announced that it is the latest company pulling out of the Mobile World Conference, following other tech companies, including Amazon. The conference is scheduled for Feb. 24-27 in Barcelona, Spain. On Sunday, French health authorities confirmed Spain’s second case of the new coronavirus. Instead of appearing at the event, Sony said it will hold a video call to announce product news on Feb. 24. — Feuer


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