Coronavirus live updates: Houston energy conference canceled, Pence says markets will recover

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  • Total confirmed cases: More than 85,000
  • Total deaths: At least 2,943

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The annual Ceraweek energy conference, which beings together oil ministers and industry executives, has been canceled. The conference was set to start on March 9 in Houston, Texas, with delegates from over 80 countries expected to attend. 

IHS Markit, the London-based consultancy that hosts the event, cited increased concerns over the virus outbreak, including the World Health Organization raising the threat level on Friday; the U.S. government canceling a summit meeting in Las Vegas; and the increasing number of companies that are halting employee travel over virus concerns. — Newburger

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he expected the new coronavirus to spread further inside Britain, following the announcement of another 12 positive tests on Sunday.

“We’ve found about 35 people in this country have, or have had, the illness and clearly there may be more. That is likely now to spread a bit more,” Johnson said during a visit to a public health facility in London. — Reuters 

Rhode Island Department of Health officials confirmed on Sunday the state’s first case of the coronavirus. The patient, who is the 25th confirmed local case in the US, is in their 40s and traveled to Italy in mid-February. 

The patient had limited travel in Rhode Island and did not go to work since returning from Italy, which has recently seen a surge in virus cases. 

“We are not seeing widespread community transmission in Rhode Island, and the general level of risk for Rhode Islanders is still low,” said Rhode Island DPH director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott. — Newburger 

Delta Airlines has temporarily halted service between New York City and Milan, which recently experienced a surge in coronavirus cases. American Airlines has also suspended flights to the Italian city until April 25. 

The airline’s last flight from JFK to Milan will leave on Monday, March 2, and the last flight from Milan to JFK will depart on Tuesday, March 3. Service to and from Milan will resume on May 1 and 2, the airline said.  — Newburger 


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