Brazil Says It Might Have First COVID-19 Case In South America: Live Updates

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Tue, 02/25/2020


WHO warns the rest of the world “is not ready for the virus to spread…”

CDC warns Americans “should prepare for possible community spread” of virus.

San Francisco Mayor declares state of emergency

Later, CDC says pandemic not a question of it, but when

Brazil may have South America’s first coronavirus case

Germany confirms 2nd case on Tuesday, brings total to 17

Italy cases spike to 322; deaths hit 10

Japan’s Shiseido tesll 8k employees to work from home

Kudlow tries to jawbone markets higher

HHS Sec. Azar warns US lacks stockpiles of masks

Italy Hotel in Lockdown After First Coronavirus Case in Liguria

Algeria confirms 1st case

First case in Switzerland

Kuwait halts all flights to Singapore and Japan

Iran confirms 95 cases, 15 deaths

First case in Austria

Spain reports 7 cases in under 24 hours, including in Madrid, Canary Islands, Barcelona

Iran Deputy Health Minister infected with Covid-19

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Update (1900ET): We’ve got some (potentially) big news. Brazil’s Health Ministry said a man has tested positive for the coronavirus on in initial test. If it’s confirmed in a second test, it will be the first case in South America.

The virus has already spread from Asia to Europe, North America, Australia and Africa.

On that note, El Salvador on Tuesday announced it would prevent entry of people from Italy and South Korea.

In Spain, a 7th cases has been confirmed in under 24 hours. Just over a day ago, Spain had zero confirmed cases.

Though it’s unconfirmed, there’s a rumor floating around twitter that an Iranian official who met with the Ayatollah a few days ago has tested positive for the virus.

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Update (1750ET): Following reports just a few hours ago claiming Germany had reported its first case of the virus, Europe’s largest economy has just reported its second case, according to domestic media reports.

The first patient was reportedly a 25-year-old German who recently traveled to Milan. Patient No. 2 was confirmed near Germany’s border with the Netherlands. The man is in critical condition.

This brings Germany’s total cases to 18.

Germany’s neighbors Austria and Switzerland confirmed their first cases on Tuesday as the virus spread through Central Europe.

Over in Japan, Shiseido told 8,000 employees, roughly 30% of the personal-care company’s workforce, to telecommute in keeping with the Japanese government’s push for private employers to keep their workers out of offices and public places. Japanese companies started this more than a week ago, and have since expanded the number of employees affected.

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