Coronavirus live updates: Global air travel set for first decline since 2009, FBI stocks up on hand sanitizer and masks

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  • Total confirmed cases: More than 75,700
  • Total deaths: At least 2,130

Kuwait Airways suspended all flights to Iran starting on the advice of the Kuwaiti health ministry and civil aviation authority amid fears about a coronavirus outbreak in the country. Kuwait Airways is the second flagship carrier in the region to suspend flights to Iran after Iraq Airways stopped flights earlier in the day. Two Iranians who tested positive for the coronavirus have died of respiratory illness, and three others tested positive, the Iranian health ministry said. — Reuters

World health officials said that the new coronavirus has not yet spread widely around the world, but emphasized that the virus could break out globally at any time. “The number of cases in the rest of the world is very small compared to what we have in China, but that may not stay the same for long,” World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters at the organization’s headquarters in Geneva on Thursday. —Lovelace

Ukraine’s effort to quarantine more than 70 people evacuated from China over the new virus outbreak plunged into chaos Thursday as local residents opposing the move engaged in violent clashes with police. Several hundred residents of the village of Novi Sanzhary in Ukraine’s central Poltava region blocked the road to a sanitarium intended to host the evacuees. Demonstrators put up road blocks, burned tires and clashed with riot police who moved to clear access. More than 10 people were detained, and Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov personally visited the site of the protests to try to calm the crowd down. Avakov urged the protesters “not to fall for provocations and be understanding of the necessity for these temporary measures.” — Associated Press

Preliminary results from two clinical trials testing potential treatments for the COVID-19 coronavirus are expected in three weeks, the World Health Organization said Thursday. One trial combines HIV drugs Lopinavir and Ritonavir, while the other is testing U.S.-based biotech Gilead Sciences’ antiviral Remdesivir, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Thursday at a news conference at the agency’s headquarters. —Lovelace

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/20/coronavirus-latest-updates.html

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