Coronavirus live updates: New York family all test positive, Chinese scientists find two strains of virus

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  • Global cases: At least 93,400, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Global deaths: At least 3,190, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US cases: At least 108, according to the CDC. 
  • US deaths: At least 9, according to the CDC and state health officials.

Credit card travel insurance has a lot of quirks when it comes to what is and what isn’t covered. In most cases, travel insurance covers prepaid, non-refundable travel expenses including passenger fares, tours and hotels. Precautionary cancellations aren’t likely to be covered. So if you cancel your vacation because you’re worried about potentially catching COVID-19, there is a slim chance your credit card travel insurance will provide reimbursement. —White

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed that a family of four and their neighbor have all tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the number of cases in the state to at least six. The father is at New York Presbyterian Hospital and in critical condition, the NYC Health Department said Tuesday. The family lives in Westchester County; the father works at the Manhattan law firm Lewis and Garbuz, P.C., the health department said Tuesday. Both of his children attend school in the city. His son attends Yeshiva University (see 9:33 a.m. update below) while his daughter goes to SAR Academy and High School in the Bronx. SAR Academy voluntarily closed Tuesday as a precautionary measure. —Feuer

A New York City college student tested positive the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the state to three. Yeshiva University in New York City said it canceled all classes on one of its Manhattan campuses after one of its students contracted COVID-19. “We are taking every precaution by canceling all classes on Wilf Campus in Washington Heights,” the university said in a statement. “This precautionary step will allow us to work with city agencies and other professionals to best prepare our campus and ensure the uncompromised safety of our students, faculty and staff.” While the school didn’t identify the student, New York City health officials said Tuesday that a patient being treated for the coronavirus at Presbyterian Hospital had two children, one of them was a boy who attends Yeshiva University.  —Feuer

Mall-based apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch said it has temporarily shut its Shanghai regional home office, in addition to its stores in mainland China and those in and around Milan. It said it has also put into place global travel restrictions for its workers, due to the outbreak. The company says the Asia-Pacific region made up less than 10% of its fiscal 2019 net sales and that its manufacturing exposure to China was 22% in fiscal 2019, down from 36% in 2018. The company said it is planning for “potential disruption of product deliveries across the global supply chain,” because of the outbreak. It said it has seen, and expects to continue to see, hits to sales and profits in the Asia-Pacific region and in stores across Europe and North America. Abercrombie is calling for 2020 net sales to be flat to up 2%, with same-store sales down low-single digits. —Thomas

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/04/coronavirus-latest-updates.html

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