Mobile World Congress canceled due to virus fears, CDC prepares for outbreak in US

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Total confirmed cases: More than 45,000
Total deaths: At least 1,115

After the CDC released an isolated patient who tested positive for the coronavirus back into the general quarantine at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, the other patients started a petition to demand better oversight at the facility. “A lot of sentiment had been expressed that we need to make some suggestions and get some feedback,” said quarantined patient Jake Wilson. Wilson shared the petition a day after a woman who tested positive for the coronavirus was mistakenly released from UC San Diego Medical Center and sent back to the military base with the rest of the evacuees. — NBC San Diego

None of the people suspected of having COVID-19 in New York City tested positive for the disease, city health officials said. The city was monitoring six residents and one visitor at a local hospital for the new coronavirus. There were 13 confirmed cases in the U.S. as of Wednesday, including an evacuee from Wuhan, China who is under quarantine at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego. A mistake in the lab led U.S. health officials to release the patient from a San Diego hospital before discovering the person was infected.

Airlines have canceled more than 85,000 China flights because of outbreak, according to aviation consulting firm Cirium. That count is set to rise in the coming weeks as more than a dozen international airlines have scrapped or reduced China service altogether. The cancellations, logged between Jan. 23 through Feb. 11, account for more than a third of scheduled flights, to, from and within China, Cirium said. Close to 20% of international flights to and from China, or 9,239 trips were cancelled, and 37%, or 76,338 flights were canceled. The impact will likely dent airlines’ first-quarter results as they process refunds to customers booked on those routes. Between Jan. 29 and Feb. 4, refunds were up 1,140% for U.S-to-China travel, and up 731% for U.S.-bound travel from China, according to the Airlines Reporting Corporation, which processes airline tickets.

To combat a potential economic slowdown amid the outbreak, Chinese policymakers have taken major steps to restore investor confidence and boost business activity. Fiscal and monetary policies put in place over the past couple weeks include injections of cash by the central bank, tariff exemptions and targeted reserve requirement cuts.— Rattner, Li


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