Coronavirus live updates: Trump to hold White House press conference at 1:30 pm ET on outbreak

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

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

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 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a new policy Saturday that will allow laboratories to develop diagnostic tests for the coronavirus in order to speed up testing capacity in the U.S.

The new policy is for specific labs that develop and begin to use coronavirus diagnostics before the FDA has completed review of their Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) requests, the administration said. 

“Under this policy, we expect certain laboratories who develop validated tests for coronavirus would begin using them right away prior to FDA review,” said Jeff Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “We believe this action will support laboratories across the country working on this urgent public health situation.”

 — Newburger 

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

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