Coronavirus live updates: FDA OKs emergency use test, brief stops at NYC and Philly airports

  • The coronavirus has infected more than 287,000 and killed at least 11,921 worldwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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  • Global cases: More than 287,00
  • Global deaths: At least 11,921
  • U.S. cases: At least 19,931
  • U.S. deaths: At least 275

The data above is from Johns Hopkins University.

President Donald Trump said he wasn’t sure if his business would receive financial assistance as part of coronavirus relief packages being considered by Congress.

“I don’t know. I mean, I just don’t know what the government assistance would be for what I have,” Trump said at a White House briefing. “I have hotels. Everybody knew I had hotels when I got elected. They knew I was a successful person when I got elected so it’s one of those things.”

The U.S. travel and tourism industry has asked for $150 billion in relief to offset a dramatic decline in travel due to the coronavirus.

Diagnostics company Cepheid said it has received emergency authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to use its rapid molecular test for point-of-care patients that can detect the virus that causes COVID-19 in 45 minutes.

This is the first coronavirus test that can be conducted entirely at the point-of-care for patients and deliver results in less than an hour. Typically, tests are sent to central reference labs that can take several days to deliver results.

Cepheid uses a testing machine called GeneXpert that can run a full test in 45 minutes. There are currently more than 23,000 automated GeneXpert systems worldwide, with nearly 5,000 of them in the U.S., Cepheid said in a statement. —Jade Scipioni

Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday he will get tested for the coronavirus after a member of his office tested positive. Pence said he and his wife, Karen Pence, will both be tested later on Saturday.

The staff member’s positive diagnosis was announced Friday.

“Neither President Trump nor Vice President Pence had close contact with the individual,” Katie Miller, the vice president’s press secretary, said in a statement Friday. “Further contact tracing is being conducted in accordance with CDC guidelines.” —Kevin Stankiewicz

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/21/coronavirus-live-updates-us-hospitals-seek-100-billion-in-aid.html

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