Coronavirus live updates: Two more cases confirmed in Seattle, Houston energy conference canceled

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  • Total confirmed cases: More than 87,000
  • Total deaths: At least 2,990

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The spreading coronavirus epidemic shut down France’s Louvre Museum on Sunday, with workers who guard its famous trove of artworks fearful of being contaminated by the museum’s flow of tourists from around the world.

Almost three-quarters of the Louvre’s 9.6 million visitors last year came from abroad. The world’s most popular museum welcomes tens of thousands of fans daily in Paris.

“We are very worried because we have visitors from everywhere,” said Andre Sacristin, a Louvre employee and union representative.

“The risk is very, very, very great,” he said in a phone interview. While there are no known virus infections among the museum’s 2,300 workers, “it’s only a question of time,” he said.

A short statement from the Louvre said a staff meeting about virus prevention efforts stopped the museum from opening as scheduled Sunday morning. — Associated Press

On Sunday, the Public Health Department for Seattle and King County in Washington announced two additional confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in King County residents, upping the total number of confirmed cases in the area to six.

Four of the cases had already been reported, and one of those was of a man in his 50s who passed away, the state confirmed on Saturday.

This marked the first confirmed death from the virus in the U.S. The Public Health Department for King County has said one of the four previously reported cases is of a U.S. Postal Service employee. The two new cases reported Sunday are both males in their 60s, who had underlying health conditions. — Thomas

A young woman tested positive for coronavirus in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, state health authorities said on Sunday, marking the country’s fifth case.

Like another woman who tested positive for the virus in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, the woman in Chiapas was studying in Milan, Italy. The woman tested positive for the virus on Saturday but is asymptomatic, state health authorities said in a press conference. — Reuters 

Media giant Thomson Reuters has canceled non-essential business travel for its employees to mainland China, Hong Kong and South Korea over mounting fears of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, a spokesperson confirmed to CNBC. 

“Thomson Reuters has halted all non-essential travel to China, Hong Kong and South Korea. All other travel remains under constant review,” a company spokesperson said. 

The parent of Reuters News joins a growing list of major corporations that are halting employee travel due to virus concerns, including , and . The company is headquartered in Ontario, Canada, and has roughly 25,800 employees worldwide. — Newburger 

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/01/coronavirus-live-updates-australia-thailand-and-us-report-first-deaths-over-weekend.html

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