Coronavirus live updates: Fears fuel sell-off, new California case, CDC unveils new test kits

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  • Total confirmed cases: More than 83,700
  • Total deaths: At least 2,859

The Santa Clara Public Health Department announced a third case of coronavirus in the county, which brings the total number of coronavirus cases in California to 10 and the total number of cases in the U.S. to 63, which includes passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship and evacuees from Wuhan, China. County Officials will hold a press conference at 7 p.m. to discuss more details. —Bhattacharjee

In any virus outbreak, there is sure to be plenty of misinformation that circulates, but it usually isn’t about beer. Constellation Brands, which sells Corona Extra beer, put out a press release Friday that said any worries about its beer sales are “unfounded.” In fact, the brand’s sales are up 5% for the four weeks ended Feb. 16, outpacing its trend over the past year. Earlier, ad agency 5WPR said it polled 737 people over the phone and found 16% were confused about whether Corona beer was some somehow related to the novel coronavirus. “We’ve seen no impact to our people, facilities or operations and our business continues to perform very well,” the company said, adding it doesn’t have much exposure to international markets. —Cheddar Berk

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who was earlier this week put in charge of the administration’s coronavirus response, said on Friday that only one American patient is still in the hospital for the coronavirus. “In every case, people are being treated and by all accounts are doing well,” he said during a live-streamed news conference with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The vice president’s remarks were referring to only the 15 confirmed cases in the U.S. that are not repatriates, a spokesperson told CNBC. There are a total of 62 confirmed cases in the U.S. as of Friday afternoon, including passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship and evacuees from Wuhan, China. —Lovelace, Reuters

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/28/coronavirus-latest-updates-outbreak.html

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