Coronavirus live updates: US cases top 500 as Oregon joins list of states declaring emergencies

This is CNBC’s 24-hour live blog covering all the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak. All times below are in U.S. eastern time. This will be updated throughout the day as the news breaks. 

Here are today’s key headlines:

  • Oregon becomes the latest state to declare an emergency after cases double.
  • Washington state could impose mandatory measures to contain the outbreak as deaths increase. 
  • The State Department warns against travel on cruise ships after 21 people test positive on Grand Princess.
  • The U.S. Army is restricting travel to South Korea and Italy.

Here are the latest figures on the outbreak:

  • Global cases: More than 109,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University
  • Global deaths: At least 3,801, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University
  • U.S. cases: At least 511, according to data compiled NBC News
  • U.S. deaths: At least 21, according to data compiled by NBC News

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. now stands at 511, according to data compiled by NBC News, and there are at least 21 deaths attributable to the virus. 

Washington state is the worst hit, with at least 116 confirmed cases and 18 fatalities. New York has identified 106 cases and California has confirmed 102 people who have tested positive.

Oregon joined a growing number states to declare emergencies to contain the virus after the state’s confirmed cases doubled to 14. New York declared a state of emergency on Saturday.  

California, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Utah and Washington have also declared emergencies. Pennsylvania has issued a disaster declaration and the city of Austin, Texas has issued a local disaster declaration. — Kimball

The White House overruled health officials who wanted to recommend that elderly and physically fragile Americans be advised not to fly on commercial airlines because of the new coronavirus, a federal official told The Associated Press.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention submitted the plan as a way of trying to control the virus, but White House officials ordered the air travel recommendation be removed, said the official who had direct knowledge of the plan. Trump administration officials have since suggested certain people should consider not traveling, but have stopped short of the stronger guidance sought by the CDC.

The person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity did not have authorization to talk about the matter. The person did not have direct knowledge about why the decision to kill the language was made or who made the call. —Associated Press

New York City could have 100 or more coronavirus cases in coming weeks, up from 13 now, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “That pace is going to pick up due to community spread,” de Blasio told a news conference. “At some point, we could easily be hundreds of cases.” —Feuer

Israel is considering broadening its entry restrictions to include travelers from all countries, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. The move would effectively cut off foreign tourism.

At a news conference, he said that the measure, if taken, would require anyone arriving in Israel to go into home quarantine for 14 days and that a decision would be made, in consultation with health experts, on Monday. Israel already requires self-quarantine for travelers arriving from 15 countries.

Netanyahu has discussed coronavirus concerns with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. Both men agreed to follow up their telephone call with discussions later on Sunday between U.S. and Israeli health officials on technological and scientific cooperation and ways to “confront the challenges” posed by the virus, Netanyahu’s office said in a statement. —Reuters

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/08/coronavirus-live-updates-grand-princess-to-disembark-passengers.html

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