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Total confirmed cases: More than 64,000
Total deaths: At least 1,380
Beijing officials charged with responding to the virus issued an order for all those returning to Beijing to remain in quarantine at home for 14 days, Chinese state media The People’s Daily reported. Those who refuse to quarantine themselves or follow the official rules on virus containment will be punished according to law, the newspaper said in a post on Chinese social media siteÂ ï»¿Weibo.Â âFeuer
World Health Organization officials are holding a press conference to update the public on the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more people than the 2003 SARS epidemic. Watch the conference live here. âFeuer
The American public’s risk of getting infected with the new coronavirus is “very low” but that could change “rapidly,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told CNBC. “We’re deploying the full force of the U.S. government to protect the health and safety of the American people,” Azar said. Health officials have confirmed 15 U.S. cases of COVID-19. Azar said people can protect themselves from the virus by washing their hands with soap and water, avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth. â Lovelace
Drugmaker AstraZeneca said it has seen no impact from the coronavirus, but it assumes it’s just a matter of time. The company expects the outbreak will continue for a few more months. Depending on the severity of the outbreak, revenue will grow by a high-single digit to low double-digit percentage this year, while earnings per share will rise by a mid- to-high-teens percentage. The company’s stock was down 2% in premarket trading. â Miller