Coronavirus live updates: WHO warns virus could spread to every country, Mexico confirms first cases

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

World Health Organization officials are holding a press conference Friday to update the public on the coronavirus outbreak. On Thursday, the WHO said COVID-19 had spread substantially beyond China and was circulating in over 44 countries. Epidemics have emerged in Iran, Italy and South Korea, where the number of cases are rapidly rising every day. “We’re at a decisive point,” WHO’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters on Thursday. “The epidemics in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Italy and the Republic of Korea demonstrate what this virus is capable of.” Watch the live press conference here.

United Airlines it’s reducing it’s service throughout Asia as the spread of coronavirus drives down demand. The Chicago-based carrier has more service to Asia than any other U.S. carrier. United is lowering capacity on flights to and from Tokyo, Osaka, Singapore and Seoul, South Korea. Delta Air Lines earlier this week said it would cut its weekly flights to Seoul to 15 from 28. South Korea has more cases of coronavirus outside of China than any other country. United also said it will extend its suspension of service to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong through April 30. —Josephs

Moscow authorities are deporting 88 foreign nationals who violated quarantine measures imposed on
them as a precaution against coronavirus, the RIA news agency cited Moscow’s deputy mayor as saying. Hundreds of people have been quarantined in Russia to stop the virus spreading. Moscow authorities have carried out raids on potential carriers of the virus — individuals at their homes or hotels — and used facial recognition technology to enforce quarantine measures. —Reuters

New York City is testing a person who recently returned from Italy for the COVID-19 infection after the CDC expanded its testing guidelines Thursday. The U.S. expanded its testing criteria include Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea, the NYC Health Department said in a tweet. “The spread of the virus from person to person in other countries around the world has raised our level of concern. But rest assured we are deploying all the tools at our disposal to keep New Yorkers healthy,” NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said in a video posted on the agency’s website. —Kopecki


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