Canada Confirms 2 New Coronavirus Cases As White House Reportedly Weighs Retaliation Against Beijing For Expelling WSJ Reporters: Live Updates

Monday, February 24, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Mon, 02/24/202

Summary:

Stocks slide as CDC releases new US case numbers
Italy reports 7th death, 200+ confirmed cases
WHO says outbreak not yet a ‘pandemic’
WH reportedly considering expulsion of Chinese journalists in retaliation for WSJ reporters
US consulate in Milan temporarily halts visas
First cases reported in Oman, Bahrain
WHO kowtows to China in statement
Wuhan issues order to loosen lockdown, then U-turns
NHC says outbreak is fading, though situation remains “grim”
2 new cases confirmed in Canada
China approves crackdown on wildlife trade after WHO says virus likely came from bats
Iranian lawmaker says more than 50 deaths in Qom; officials say 12
Hong Kong bars South Koreans
more cases reported in SK
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Update (1425ET): Following the CDC confirming 18 new cases in the US, including two that were non-Diamond Princess related, Canadian public health officials have just confirmed that two individuals have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of infected in the US’s northern neighbor to 11, the Washington Post reports.

Like their American counterparts, Canadian officials insisted that the overall risk to the population remains “low”.

In British Columbia, a man in his 40s tested positive for the virus, provincial health officer Bonnie Henry told reporters. He is a close contact of a woman who health officials said last week tested positive for the virus after traveling to Iran, and is in stable condition at home.

Henry described the woman’s case as a “sentinel event” because it indicated that there could be “more widespread transmission” of the virus since she had not traveled to China or its neighboring countries.

Earlier Monday, Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s medical officer of health, said that a woman in her 20s who recently traveled to China also tested positive for the virus. She arrived in Toronto on Friday and had spent some time in Wuhan, the city at the epicenter of the outbreak.

Earlier, WaPo reported that the White House is alarmed by gaps in the American supply chain that could impact the response to the coronavirus if the outbreak becomes an out-of-control catastrophe.

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Update (1420ET): We’re noting some new info from the CDC about the latest cases diagnosed in the US. Of the 14 non-Diamond Princess-related cases cited earlier, two of them are new: One is in Humboldt County, and the other in Sacramento County, both in California, per the Guardian.

The CDC added that it’s preparing for outbreaks that could warrant the closure of schools and universities in the US.

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