CDC Reports 6 New US Cases Of COVID-19 As Total Hits 59; Italy Surpasses 400: Live Updates

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Wed, 02/26/2020

Summary:

CDC reports 6 new cases among repatriated Americans
Iran deaths hit 19
Brazil confirms first case in South America
France confirms 2nd death
Tokyo pushes back against Tokyo Games cancellation talk
Greece confirms first case
Germany unleashes fiscal stimulus after confirming new cases
Dems one-up Trump with $8.5 billion package.
Kuwait, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain confirm new cases
Finland confirms 2nd case
1st 2 cases reported in Pakistan
HHS Secretary tells Congress infectious disease fund has no extra uncommitted cash
Congress begins talks on corona virus spending bill with vote expected early next month
Germany health minister warns we’re at beginning of epidemic in Germany
Italy confirms 12th death, cases soar above 400
North Macedonia confirms first case
South Korea cases soar above 1,200 as gov’t begins testing of 200k patients
Brazil confirms infected patient came on plane from Paris
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Update (1225ET): Italy has confirmed some new cases.

ITALY HAS 400 CONFIRMED VIRUS CASES: EMERGENCY CHIEF

Back in the US, an FDA official told the press that the situation is “on the cusp” of a pandemic, apparently violating WHO Director General Dr. Tedros’s request that people kindly refrain from using the “P” word.

FDA OFFICIAL WARNS CORONAVIRUS ON CUSP OF PANDEMIC

Meanwhile, over in the Balkans, health officials in North Macedonia has confirmed its first infection in a woman who recently returned from Italy, Reuters reports.

“The patient tested positive for coronavirus… She is the first patient in North Macedonia to have tested positive for this pathogen,” said Venko Filipce, adding that the patient was in a stable condition. The woman, a Macedonian citizen, reportedly drove from Italy to North Macedonia in a van. All her fellow passengers are being tested. This comes one day after neighboring Croatia reported its first case, someone who had just visited Milan.

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Update (1150ET): The CDC has reported six new cases among the group of Americans repatriated from the Diamond Princess and Wuhan, bringing the total to 45, and the total cases in the US to 59.

Though they couched the information in a weird, opaque way, perhaps to try and blunt the impact the market rally.

U.S. CDC SAYS 14 CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 AS OF FEB. 26, 45 CASES AMONG THOSE REPATRIATED TO U.S.

The good news is that no more cases have been identified among the general public. But it looks like the rally is starting to fade.

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