Coronavirus: 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

Mexico’s health secretary confirmed the country’s first and second case of the coronavirus. Hugo Lopez-Gatell said one of the patients is in Mexico City and the other in the northern state of Sinaloa, and neither is seriously ill. At least five family contacts of the first patient have been placed in isolation. He said one of the men had contact with someone who had travelled to the northern Italian region where there has been an outbreak. Brazil on Wednesday confirmed Latin America’s first confirmed case of the new coronavirus in a man who travelled to Italy this month. —Associated Press

It’s unclear how many people in the U.S. are circulating with the virus, senior director of New York City Health’s system-wide special pathogens office Dr. Syra Madad said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” The possible case of community transmission earlier this week in California, she said, was a “wake up call.” Cities across the country need to begin to prepare to control an outbreak and treat patients, she added. “We need to ramp up diagnostic capabilities,” she said. “The more you wait, the more human toll is going to mount.” —Feuer

Yum China, which operates Pizza Hut and KFC in China, said it is gradually reopening restaurants when possible to do so. Some reopened stores will only be partially operational. Yum China had closed about 30% of its stores in response to the outbreak and introduced contactless delivery and pick-up for its food. Shares of the Yum Brands operator were down 3.6% in premarket trading amid broader market losses. —Lucas

Former Federal Reserve Governor Kevin Warsh said he expects the Federal Reserve and other central banks around the world to act soon in response to the outbreak. He said the Fed should act as quickly as Sunday to assuage financial markets that have been in an aggressive swoon all week as the virus has spread. “This thing’s moving pretty darn quickly,” he said. “At the very least, a statement on Sunday night before Asian markets open would buy them a little time and let us all learn a little bit more about where things are,” he said in an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” —Cox

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

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