Coronavirus live updates: Pope cancels major public appearances as cases surge in Europe

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  • Total cases worldwide: More than 102,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University
  • Total deaths worldwide: At least 3,491, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University
  • Total U.S. cases: At least 340, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University
  • Total U.S. deaths: At least 14, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University

Pope Francis will not address crowds from his usual position in the window overlooking St Peter’s Square, the Vatican said Saturday, with his regular appearances being streamed online instead.

The move is an effort to prevent crowds from gathering as the coronavirus continues to grip Italy, with at least one confirmed case in Vatican City.

“These choices are necessary to avoid risks of spreading COVID-19 due to gathering,” the statement said. 

The pontiff will also not hold his general audience from St Peter’s Square on Wednesday. Both addresses usually see thousands of people gather to hear the voice of the Pope. – Bishop

Two more people have died from the coronavirus in France, according to the country’s health ministry, bringing the total number of fatalities to 11. One of the deaths was in northern France and the other was in Normandy.

The number of cases in France has jumped by 103 over the past day, according to the French health ministry. There are now a total of 716 confirmed cases in France. – Kimball, Reuters

The Florida Department of Health announced late Friday that two residents have died in the coronavirus outbreak. The cases are the first known deaths in the state.

According to the state’s health department, there have been 11 positive new coronavirus cases in the state as of Friday at 9:57 p.m. ET. – Wang

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/07/coronavirus-live-updates-pope-cancels-large-public-appearances-as-cases-surge-in-europe.html

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