Coronavirus live updates: First death from virus in Ireland, US hospital considers temporary facilities

This is CNBC’s live blog covering all the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak. All times below are in Eastern daylight time. This blog will be updated throughout the day as the news breaks. 

  • Global cases: More than 121,564, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Global deaths: At least 4,373, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US cases: At least 1,050, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US deaths: At least 35, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

An elderly woman with an underlying illness who contracted the coronavirus became the first to die from the virus in Ireland on Wednesday, local media including national broadcaster RTE and the Irish Times reported.

Confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ireland rose to 34 on Tuesday from 24 a day earlier, the health department said in a daily update. —Reuters

The hospital chain that cared for the first coronavirus patient in the U.S. is considering treating a potential crush of new patients in temporary arrangements, the CEO told CNBC.

“We’re already looking at how we use our ICU beds. How can we use alternative areas of care, including setting up tents outside of our hospitals,” Rod Hochman, CEO of Providence St. Joseph Health, said on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.” “We’re trying to stay way in front of this as we see a wave of patients potentially coming forward.”

Providence St. Joseph Health, which operates 51 hospitals across seven states, treated the first U.S. COVID-19 patient in the U.S. in January, a 35-year-old man from Snohomish County in Washington state. —Feuer

Sweden reported its first death from the new coronavirus on Wednesday with a hospital in Stockholm saying an elderly patient had died in intensive care.

“The patient has had COVID-19 as well as an underlying sickness,” the Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge, just outside Stockholm, said in a statement.

Sweden reported its first case of coronavirus at the end of January. —Reuters

Qatar’s health ministry announced 238 new coronavirus cases, the state news agency reported. All the new cases had interacted with people previously identified as infected, it said. —Reuters


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