Italy Confirms 3 More Deaths, Raising Total To 17; White House Adds Mnuchin, Kudlow To Coronavirus Task Force: Live Updates

Thursday, February 27, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Thu, 02/27/2020

Summary:

WHO says outbreak in Iran likely worse than official numbers suggest; outbreak could go in “any direction”
Iran confirms 26 deaths, vice president for women and family affairs infected
Lagarde: Not yet time for ECB to intervene to fight economic backlash of outbreak
HHS says risk to public remains “low”
Italy reports 3 more deaths, bringing total to 17
Pence, Azar appoint Mnuchin, Kudlow & Surgeon General Adams to Coronavirus Task Force
Starbucks says it has reopened 85% of Chinese restaurants
Azar: Sonoma case might be ‘community transmission’
Salvini meets with Italian president amid national unity government speculation
South Korean new cases surpass China’s new cases as SK confirms 505 new cases
China, Japan close school nationwide
CDC fears ‘community outbreak’ in Sonoma County after discovering first US case of “unknown origin”
CDC says patient from Solano county
Saudi Arabia suspends pilgrimages to Holy Sites
Hawaiian Airlines suspends service to South Korea
Brazil’s neighbors take steps to keep virus out
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Update (1245ET): Italian health officials have reported another three deaths in Northern Italy, bringing the death toll to 17, Reuters reports.

THREE FURTHER DEATHS IN CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN NORTHERN ITALY, BRINGING DEATH TOLL TO 17

As one twitter user points out…

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence has added Larry Kudlow, Steve Mnuchin and Surgeon General Jerry Adams to the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force.

Notice how the press release headline includes Pence and Secretary Azar, following all the press questions about Trump being disappointed with Azar’s performance, as the former pharmaceutical lobbyist has been criticized for being unfamiliar with key details and slow on his feet during yesterdays’ Congressional subcommittee hearing.

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Update (1220ET): An update on the case of “unknown origin” in the US, since it has caused some confusion.

Last night, the Washington Post reported that the case was isolated in Sonoma County. The CDC later warned about the possibility of a community outbreak in the county.

On Thursday, the CDC confirmed that the patient is from Solano County, according to local media reports and a statement from the CDC.

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Update (1150ET): A rare glimpse of bullish economic news out of China: Starbucks says it has reopened 85% of its stores in China, its “second home market,” according to a company statement to CNBC.

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