US coronavirus death toll rises to 9, mortality rate of COVID-19 rises

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  • Global cases: At least 91,300, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Global deaths: At least 3,110, 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.

A resident of Berkeley, California, tested positive for the virus — the college town’s first confirmed case, local health officials said. City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley proclaimed a local emergency, giving the city access to more resources to help contain any local cases. “While the risk of infection remains low, the expanded presence of the virus in our community is a reality we should all prepare for,” City of Berkeley Health Officer Dr. Lisa Hernandez said in a statement. —Kopecki

Regeneron CEO Leonard Schleifer told CNBC the pharmaceutical company hopes to have its coronavirus treatment produced and ready for human testing possibly by August. “How quickly that can deployed will depend on some of the early data that we have, some animal data, what we will see in patients,” Schleifer said on “The Exchange.” “I think that we can get a lot done very quickly.” —Stankiewicz

The World Bank approved $12 billion in emergency financing to help poor nations with the health costs and economic impact of the outbreak, the organization said. “We are working to provide a fast, flexible response based on developing country needs in dealing with the spread of COVID-19,” World Bank Group President David Malpass said in a statement. The money is intended to help the poorest and most at-risk nations fight the virus, which has spread to at least 74 countries across the globe, and will be used to provide emergency financing, technical assistance and policy advice. The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank said on Monday they stood ready to help member countries deal with the coronavirus outbreak, including through emergency funding. —Kopecki

The Department of Homeland Security has closed its office in the Seattle area after an employee there began to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. The employee previously visited the Kirkland Life Care Facility, which has become the source of an outbreak in the state. The federal facility is the first to close in the U.S. due to the virus, Senator Patty Murray said, and it will remain closed for 14 days. All employees have been instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days, DHS acting secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement. —Feuer

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

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