US coronavirus cases top 400 as growing number of states declare emergencies

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Here are today’s key headlines:

  • New York has declared a state of emergency as cases statewide climb to at least 89. 
  • Washington, D.C. has identified its first presumptive case.
  • Italy is preparing to lock down the Lombardy region, which includes the nation’s financial hub, Milan.
  • A hotel used as a coronavirus quarantine collapsed in China, leaving dozens trapped in the rubble. 
  • The Pope has canceled his main public appearances and will stream them online.

Here are the latest figures on global and U.S. totals:

  • Total cases worldwide: More than 105,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University
  • Total deaths worldwide: At least 3,558, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University
  • Total U.S. cases: At least 434, according to data compiled by NBC News. 
  • Total U.S. deaths: At least 19, according to data compiled by NBC News. 

All times below are in U.S. eastern time.

Authorities in the United States have reported 434 cases of the coronavirus and 19 deaths, according to data compiled by NBC News. Several states have declared emergencies in response to the virus, including California, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Utah and Washington. Pennsylvania has issued a disaster declaration and the city of Austin, Texas has issued a local disaster declaration. – Kimball

New York has identified 13 additional cases of the conronavirus, according to the governor’s office, bringing the statewide total to 89. The new cases are all located in Westchester County.  

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency earlier in the day in an effort to contain the fast spreading virus. An emergency declaration will allow the state to buy supplies and hire workers more quickly and easily to help the health departments monitoring patients under self-quarantine, Cuomo said during a press conference. – Kimball, Newburger

The White House is aware that an individual who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference has tested positive for the virus, acccording to Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, but there is no indication that President Trump or Vice President Pence had any contact with the person. 

“At this time there is no indication that either President Trump or Vice President Pence met with or were in close proximity to the attendee,” Grisham said. “The President’s physician and United States Secret Service have been working closely with White House Staff and various agencies to ensure every precaution is taken to keep the First Family and the entire White House Complex safe and healthy.” – Kimball

Washington, D.C.’s public health lab has identified the first presumptive case of coronavirus in the nation’s capital, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced in a post on Twitter. – Kimball

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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