Coronavirus live updates: Washington state weighs mandatory measures to contain outbreak

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. 

  • Global cases: More than 107,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University
  • Global deaths: At least 3,648, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University
  • U.S. cases: At least 437, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University
  • U.S. deaths: At least 19, according to data compiled by NBC News

Washington state is considering whether mandatory measures are necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Governor Jay Inslee said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” Washington is the hardest-hit state, with more than 100 cases and at least 16 deaths.

“We certainly are contemplating requirements for what we call social distancing,” Inslee said Sunday. “We are contemplating some next steps, particularly to protect our vulnerable populations, and our nursing homes and the like, and we are looking to determine whether mandatory measures are required.” —Feuer

The number of COVID-19 cases in the U.K. rose to 273, the Department of Health and Social Care announced, adding that two more people in the country have died of the virus. There were 209 confirmed cases in the country on Saturday. U.K. health officials have tested just over 23,500 people in the country. —Feuer

All public events with more than 1,000 participants should be called off, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said, adding that up until now organizers had been too reluctant to do this.”Given how fast things are developing, that should change quickly,” he told news agency DPA. —Reuters

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services reported two new presumptive positive test results for the coronavirus. 

One patient is a man from Grafton County who was in contact with an infected person at Hope Bible Fellowship, a church in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. The second patient is a man from Rockingham County who traveled to Italy. —Newburger 

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

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