Coronavirus live updates: Costco gets a sales bump, Egypt confirms 12 new cases

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  • Global cases: More than 98,704, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Global deaths: At least 3,383, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US cases: At least 233, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US deaths: At least 12, according to the CDC and state health officials.

The spread of coronavirus and cutbacks in domestic and international airline schedules continue to raise concerns and insecurities for those with travel plans for the next few weeks and months. If your airline cancels your flight, your employer restricts business travel, or an organization cancels its scheduled conference, your decision about whether to go or stay home will be made for you. But if you’re in the wait-and-see mode or decide to pack your bags and go, here’s what medical experts say about avoiding germs while flying. —Baskas

Costco reported stronger sales than analysts were expecting Thursday evening, thanks in part to a boost the company received from consumers stocking up at its stores to prepare for a more widespread outbreak of the new coronavirus. Throngs of shoppers this past weekend and into this week have flocked to Costco stores across the country to stock up on water, paper towels, sanitizing wipes, and other household goods. The company told analysts Thursday it has been receiving deliveries daily. It also said, in some instances, it is placing limits on how much people can purchase. “February sales benefited from an uptick in consumer demand in the fourth week of the reporting period,” the company said. “We attribute this to concerns over the coronavirus.” —Thomas

Twelve new cases of coronavirus registered on a Nile cruise ship are all asymptomatic, the health ministry and World Health Organization said in a joint statement on Friday. The individuals are all Egyptian workers on the ship, which is heading to the southern city of Luxor, the statement said. The country had until now diagnosed three people with the virus, one of whom it said had fully recovered after receiving treatment. —Reuters

French President Emmanuel Macron urged citizens to avoid visiting their relatives in retirement homes to prevent exposing them to possible coronavirus infection. “We must avoid visiting our elderly relatives as much as possible,” Macron said on Friday during a visit to a retirement home in Paris. —Reuters


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