Coronavirus live updates: FDA OKs emergency use test, global cases top 300,000

  • The coronavirus has infected more than 303,180 and killed at least 12,944 worldwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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  • Global cases: More than 303,180
  • Global deaths: At least 12,944
  • U.S. cases: At least 24,148
  • U.S. deaths: At least 285

The data above is from Johns Hopkins University.

Best Buy announced a few business updates as the electronics company adjusts to demand surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.

“We are seeing a surge in demand across the country for products that people need to work or learn from home, as well as those products that allow people to refrigerate or freeze food,” Best Buy CEO Corie Barry said in a statement. “As we meet the demand for these necessities, we are adjusting how we operate in many ways to improve safety.”

Starting Sunday, Best Buy is shifting to a curbside service only for all of its stores on a interim basis. Customers also will still be able to order online or on Best Buy’s app and have their items shipped directly to their homes.

However, all in-home installation and repair services have been suspended. Instead, the company will do in-home consultations virtually. Best Buy noted that all of its employees have been told they do not have to work if they do not feel comfortable or to stay home if they are feeling sick, knowing they will be paid.

“All field employees whose hours have been eliminated will be paid for two weeks at their normal wage rate based on their average hours worked over the last 10 weeks,” the company said. – Jade Scipioni 

The U.S. should bring together its global allies in a coordinated fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Atlantic Council CEO Frederick Kempe wrote in a CNBC op-ed.

“As the current chairman of the G-7, the United States could convene a ‘Coalition Countering COVID-19’ that would rally the seven leading industrial democracies, the European Union, NATO and, perhaps most importantly, the G-20,” Kempe wrote. 

“It would thus also involve China as a central and collaborative actor against a common foe,” wrote Kempe. – Kevin Stankiewicz 

New York-Presbyterian Hospital is experiencing a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases, according to a letter to staff reviewed by NBC News. “Today NYP has about 300 COVID-19 antigen-positive inpatients, with about 200 awaiting test results,” reads the letter from Dr. Craig Smith, surgeon-in-chief at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. “This approaches a 50% increase in one day.” 

The NYP hospital system is anticipating peak COVID-19 volume within 22-32 days, Smith wrote. At that point, the hospital system will need between 700 to 934 intensive care unit beds, which exceeds the hospital system’s current capacity, Smith wrote.

“This has been a very active day, during which the hard data has become alarming,” he wrote. “I wish I could use a more comforting word.” – 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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