San Francisco Mayor Hints At Possible Widespread Outbreak In City; WA’s King County Reports 20 New Cases: Live Updates

Thursday, March 5, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Thu, 03/05/2020


San Francisco mayor reports first 2 cases in the city
New Jersey Lt. Gov confirms 2nd “presumptive” case
NY state cases double to 22
Washington state reports another 20 cases
Seattle closes 26 schools
Pentagon tracking 12 possible COVID-19 cases
35 passengers aboard ‘Grand Princess’ showing flu-like symptoms
Another senior Iranian figure dies
Illinois reports 5 more cases
NYC reports 2 more cases, raising total to 4
Italy postpones referendum vote; death toll hits 148
WHO’s Tedros: “Now’s the time to pull out the stops”
Tennessee confirms case
Nevada confirms first case
New Delhi closes primary schools
EU officials weigh pushing retired health-care workers back into service to combat virus
Italy to ask EU for permission to raise budget deficit as lawmakers approve €7.5 billion euros
Beijing tells residents not to share food
30-year-old Chinese man dies in Wuhan 5 days after hospital discharge
Cali authorities tell ‘Grand Princess’ cruise ship not to return to port until everyone is tested
Global case total passes 95k
Lebanon sees cases double to 31
France deaths climb to 7, cases up 138 to 423
EY sends 1,500 Madrid employees home after staffer catches virus
Trump says he has a “hunch” true virus mortality rate is closer to 1%
Switzerland reports 1st death
South Africa confirms 1st case
UK chief medical officer confirms ‘human-to-human’ infections are happening in UK
UK case total hits 115
Google, Apple, Netflix cancel events
HSBC sends research department and part of London trading floor home
Facebook contract infected in Seattle
Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Netflix cancel events and/or ask employees to work from home
Netherlands cases double to 82
Spain cases climb 40, 1 new death
Belgium reports 27 new cases bringing total to 50
Germany adds 87 cases bringing total to 349
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Update (1510ET): During a live update of the coronavirus situation in New Jersey, Lieutenant Gov. Sheila Oliver reportedly said that the state had identified a second “prospective” case.

We now have our first presumptive case of coronavirus in New Jersey.

Watch live as @NJDeptofHealth Commissioner Persichilli and I provide an update on #COVID19 and our preparedness efforts:

— Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver (@LtGovOliver) March 5, 2020
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Update (1450ET): VP Mike Pence said Thursday that the Coast Guard had delivered coronavirus tests to the ‘Grand Princess’ cruise ship off the coast of San Francisco. Pence also admitted during an update from the White House task force that the CDC doesn’t have enough tests to meet anticipated demand going forward, while HHS Secretary Azar said earlier that 75,000 test kits would be shipped by the end of the week.

This is really not helping the administration deflect criticisms that it failed to adequately prepare for the virus.

Meanwhile, Washington’s King County, part of suburban Seattle, has just reported another 20 cases of Covid-19, increasing the state of Washington’s total by roughly 20%.

Iranian diplomat Hossein Sheikholeslam, a former member of parliament and Iran’s former ambassador to Syria and current advisor to the foreign minister has died of coronavirus, becoming the latest senior government figure to die from the virus.

Though dozens of cases have already been reported across California, San Francisco hotels had already reported 150k cancellations tied to the outbreak – and that was before discovering evidence of a potential community outbreak.

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