Coronavirus live updates: Nike closes all US stores, American Airlines suspends long-haul flights

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  • Global cases: More than 156,000, according to Johns Hopkins University
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  • U.S. deaths: At least 57, according to Johns Hopkins University

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games flame handover in Athens next week will be done behind closed doors amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Greek Olympic Committee said.

Greece on Friday cancelled the remainder of the domestic Olympic torch relay through the country to avoid attracting crowds a day after the Tokyo Games flame was lit in ancient  Olympia. —Reuters

American Airlines will start a phased suspension of almost all its long-haul international flights from the U.S. starting Monday, the airline said in a statement. The flights affected include those in Asia Pacific, Europe and South America. 

The latest move will be implemented from March 16 to May 6, and will reduce international capacity by 75% year-on-year, the carrier said. It comes as the U.S. government imposes travel restrictions over the coronavirus outbreak that had already dampened demand.

Nike is closing all of its stores in the U.S., along with other parts of the world, to try to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, the company said Sunday morning.

Its locations across the U.S., Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand will close from Monday through March 27, the company said. —Lauren Thomas

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/15/coronavirus-live-updates-nike-closes-all-us-stores-american-airlines-suspends-long-haul-flights.html

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