Coronavirus live updates: Shoppers inundate Costco, Saudi Arabia confirms first case

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

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

Shoppers lined up in throngs at Costco stores across the country this weekend, stocking up on cases of water, trail and rice mixes, paper towels, and other essentials in bulk, amid the deadly coronavirus outbreak. At least one analyst is already anticipating Costco’s sales will see a boost, as a result, sending shares higher. The stock was up more than 6% Monday morning. An Oregon Costco location over the weekend ran out of toilet paper for the first time in its history, according to a local report. —Thomas

New York state and city officials said they are increasing testing for the coronavirus and implementing a new cleaning protocol for schools, public transportation systems, and senior citizen facilities after confirming the state’s first case on Sunday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he also wants to ramp the state’s testing capacity up to 1,000 tests per day. “Test as many as you can and then isolate the people so you can reduce the spread,” he said in a press conference. —Kopecki


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