White House issues new travel warnings as US reports first confirmed death from new coronavirus

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  • Total confirmed cases: More than 85,000
  • Total deaths: At least 2,941

Mainland China reported 573 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Feb. 29, up from 427 on the previous day, the country’s health authority said on Sunday.The number of deaths stood at 35, down from 47 on the previous day, bringing the total death toll in mainland China to 2,870. Of the deaths, 34 were in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak. The province also saw 570 of the new cases. — Reuters

Should the virus continue to spread, it may become impossible for the Democratic presidential campaigns to avoid changing their event schedules. As companies cancel events and limit travel in the name of caution, candidates are taking a risk by carrying on as normal.

“I think we’ll see, pretty soon, decisions by the campaigns to limit rope line and scale back events to small-town halls and use technology like streaming to reach voters,” said Scott Gottlieb, former head of the Food and Drug Administration under Trump.

“Even if the risk doesn’t merit these steps right now, it’s important they consider the examples they set.” — Hirsch

The National College Players Association has called on the NCAA to consider holding the March Madness tournament without an audience present to protect athletes and prevent the spread of coronavirus. The association also called on the NCAA to cancel events such as meet-and-greets as well as press events, which put athletes in contact with crowds. — Kimball

White House hopeful Mike Bloomberg bought three minutes of network TV time to deliver remarks about the coronavirus outbreak Sunday night as he tries to contrast his leadership style from President Donald Trump‘s. 

The former New York mayor’s campaign will run a three-minute taped address on CBS and NBC at about 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, it said Saturday. — Pramuk

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

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