FDA OKs emergency use coronavirus 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.

The number of people who have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus, or COVID-19, has topped 300,000 as the pandemic continues to spread around the world, with the situation in the U.S., Italy and Spain deteriorating even as the pandemic has stabilized in China, where the virus first emerged. 

At least 303,180 people have tested positive for the virus worldwide as of Saturday at 5:13 pm ET, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The number of cases in the U.S. has surged to at least 24,148, making it one of the worst hit countries in the world. Only China, Italy and Spain are harder hit than the U.S. – Spencer Kimball, Emma Newburger

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 

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

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