Coronavirus live updates: New York Auto Show still on for April, Saudi Arabia confirms first case

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  • Total confirmed cases: More than 89,100
  • Total deaths: At least 3,040

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is planning for the possibility that President Donald Trump could make an emergency declaration to bring in extra funds and personnel to assist the administration’s coronavirus response, NBC News reported. FEMA officials are prepping for an “infectious disease emergency declaration” by the president that would allow the agency to provide disaster relief funding to state and local governments, according to agency planning documents reviewed by NBC News. —NBC News

Organizers of the New York International Auto Show, which is scheduled to begin in early April, are continuing as planned in wake of the first case of the coronavirus being confirmed in New York City and the cancellation of the Geneva auto show last week, a show spokesman confirmed Monday. Show officials, according to a previous statement, are “in communication with state and local officials and the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center,” where the event takes place. The Javits Center, according to the statement, is taking “precautionary measures inside the venue to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, and the New York Auto Show will follow its lead to protect exhibitors and attendees.” The show is scheduled to open to thousands of media on April 8, followed by the public on April 10. More than 1 million people annually attend the New York show. —Wayland

Saudi Arabia on Monday announced its first case of the new coronavirus, the health ministry said, according to the state news agency. The infected person had come from Iran through Bahrain, the report added. —Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump said his administration has asked pharmaceutical companies to accelerate work on the development of a coronavirus vaccine, but provided no details. Top U.S. health officials have said that a vaccine for the virus, which has killed more than 3,000 people worldwide, is up to 18 months away. —Reuters

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/02/coronavirus-latest-updates-outbreak.html

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