Coronavirus live updates: France warns against handshakes, Amazon restricts travel

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

France on Friday reported 19 new confirmed coronavirus cases, taking the total to 57, and French Health Minister Olivier Veran recommended that people refrain from shaking hands in order to prevent infection. He also said that several schools in the Oise area north of Paris would remain closed after holidays end on Sunday in order to halt the spread of the virus. —Reuters

A Google employee has tested positive for the coronavirus at its office in Zurich, the company confirmed.
“We can confirm that one employee from our Zurich office has been diagnosed with the coronavirus. They were in the Zurich office for a limited time, before they had any symptoms,” a Google spokesperson confirmed to CNBC’s Deidre Bosa. —Elias

Amazon has started restricting employee travel in the U.S. as the coronavirus continues to spread, a spokesperson confirmed to CNBC. “We’re asking employees to defer non-essential travel during this time,” the spokesperson said. —Palmer

Apple CEO Tim Cook said that he believes that China is getting the situation related to the COVID-19 coronavirus under control. “I mean, if you look at the numbers, they’re coming day by day by day. So I’m very optimistic there,” Cook said in an interview with Fox Business. Although the majority of COVID-19 cases have been in China, officials have started to report declines in new cases in recent days. —Leswing

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

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