Coronavirus live updates: US confirms new case, Moodys slashes auto forecast

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Total confirmed cases: More than 81,000
Total deaths: At least 2,764

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar confirmed a new case of the coronavirus in the U.S. “Coming into this hearing, I was informed that we have a 15th confirmed case, the epidemiology of which we are still discerning,” he testified before a House panel. The new case brings the total number of cases in the U.S. to 60. The CDC has separated out 45 confirmed infections in people evacuated from a cruise ship in Japan or from Wuhan, China from its official case count. —Feuer

Investor Service is slashing its global vehicle sales forecast as the coronavirus outbreak reduces demand and disrupts automotive supply chains. The firm now expects global auto sales to slump 2.5% in 2020 instead of a 0.9% drop previously expected. Moody’s cited the COVID-19 epidemic as well as stricter emissions regulations for the overall decline in vehicle sales from 90.3 million to 88 million. —Wayland

Pakistan has confirmed its first two cases of coronavirus but both patients are in a “stable” condition, the health minister said. “Both cases are being taken care of according to clinical standard protocols & both of them are stable. No need to panic, things are under control,” Health Minister Zafar Mirza tweeted. One of the cases was detected in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, a provincial official said. It was not immediately clear where the second infected person was based. —Reuters

Democratic presidential candidates at Tuesday night’s debate took aim at the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. Some candidates called for more funding to be allocated to the CDC’s effort to prepare for an outbreak in the U.S. Others criticized President Donald Trump’s apparently lax attitude regarding the outbreak, which has now infected at least 81,000 in more than 30 countries and killed at least 2,764 people. The criticism came after the CDC stepped up its call Tuesday for the public to start preparing for a possible pandemic outbreak in the U.S. —Feuer

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/26/coronavirus-latest-updates.html

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