Coronavirus live updates: WHO says hospitals worldwide not ready, Hong Kong dog tests positive

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

A dog in Hong Kong has tested positive for the coronavirus that’s killed at least 2,859 humans across the world over the last two months, World Health Organization officials said Friday. Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the technical lead of WHO’s emergencies program, said that the canine tested “weakly positive,” meaning low levels of the virus were found in test results. Hong Kong scientists aren’t sure if the dog is actually infected or if it picked up the virus from a contaminated surface, she said, adding that it is working with local authorities and scientists who tested the animal. —Higgins-Dunn

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker on Friday said that the state had “successfully contained” the coronavirus to two confirmed cases, with both patients recovering fully and returning home. Even so, as the deadly outbreak continues to stoke global fear, Illinois will expand its testing capabilities to two additional labs beyond Cook County in central and southern parts of the state. —Reuters

Production of vehicles in North America is “proceeding at pace” without any “evidence of major supply chain disruptions” resulting from the coronavirus outbreak, according to National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow. Kudlow warned impacts “may be ahead of us,” however there’s nothing currently causing major disruptions. “I’m not trying to say nothing’s happening, and I think there will be impacts,” he said. “But to be honest with, at the moment, I don’t see much.” Automakers have been aggressively monitoring the coronavirus’ impact on their supply chains, including identifying potential alternative solutions if there is a threat to their production outside of China, specifically North America, where many automakers produce high-profit SUVs and trucks. —Wayland

Hospitals across the world are not prepared to handle the coronavirus outbreak that is migrating from Asia to continents across the world, World Health Organization officials said Friday. Health systems, even in more advanced countries, are “just not ready” for a COVID-19 epidemic in other countries, said Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s health emergencies program. “We’ve already seen in countries, and quite sophisticated countries, who’ve had a rapid rise in cases in the last week are having trouble coping with the clinical case loads,” he said during a press briefing at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva. —Feuer

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

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