Coronavirus live updates: California monitoring commercial flight passengers, Facebook cancels conference

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  • Total confirmed cases: More than 82,500
  • Total deaths: At least 2,810

Northern Ireland authorities confirmed their first case of coronavirus, with the British region’s chief medical officer Michael McBride telling journalists that the patient had traveled from Italy via Dublin. The case is in addition to the 15 cases confirmed in the United Kingdom by England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty earlier on Thursday. —Reuters

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state is currently monitoring 8,400 people for COVID-19, a day after health officials confirmed the first community transmission of the coronavirus in a Solano County resident. “This is a fluid situation right now and I want to emphaize the risk to the American public remains low,” said Dr. Sonia Y. Angell, California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer during a press conference. “There have been a limited number of confirmed cases to date.” —Lovelace

Air-travel demand had been growing at twice the pace of the global economy, but that bright spot is now at risk. U.S. airlines and other travel stocks have tumbled more than the broader market in this week’s rout. The NYSE Arca Airline Index, which tracks 16 carriers in North America, Latin America and budget carrier Ryanair, has dropped more than 15% this week as of Wednesday’s close, putting it on pace for its biggest weekly percentage loss since March 2009 — during the last recession. —Josephs

Facebook announced its decision to cancel its annual F8 software developer conference due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. “This was a tough call to make — F8 is an incredibly important event for Facebook and it’s one of our favorite ways to celebrate all of you from around the world — but we need to prioritize the health and safety of our developer partners, employees and everyone who helps put F8 on,” Facebook Director of Platform Partnerships Konstantinos Papamiltiadis said in a blog post. —Rodriguez

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/27/coronavirus-latest-updates-outbreak.html

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