Coronavirus live updates: Trump to hold press conference, first US death confirmed

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  • Total confirmed cases: More than 85,000
  • Total deaths: At least 2,933

The U.S. reported on Saturday its first death from the coronavirus in Washington state. Jamie Nixon, a public information officer with the Washington State Department of Health, said that a patient in the state has died from the infection. A news conference will be held by officials in King County at 4:00 pm EST. –Newburger

News Corp has halted nonessential business travel for its employees as of yesterday due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, a spokesperson confirmed to CNBC. 

“I can confirm that as of yesterday we have made the decision that all News Corp employees should avoid non-essential business travel until further notice,” the spokesperson said. — Newburger

President Donald Trump announced he will hold a 1:30 pm ET press conference at the White House on the latest coronavirus developments. — Kimball

Lebanon’s health ministry said on Saturday that three new cases of the virus are confirmed, bringing the country’s total to seven, according to state news agency NNA. The people infected had been in contact with other infected people in the country. 

Lebanon has closed all schools until March 8 to combat the spread of the virus, as well as stopped flights for non-residents from countries where people are infected. 

The first three cases in the country were connected to passengers who had been on flights from Iran. –Newburger 

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/29/coronavirus-live-updates-france-bans-large-gatherings.html

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