Report That CDC Has Tested Fewer Than 2,000 Americans Sparks Outrage: Live Updates

Friday, March 6, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Fri, 03/06/2020


14th death reported in the US as case total hits 234
CDC has tested fewer than 2,000 Americans, Atlantic reports
Germany reports 90 new cases to 534
U. of Washington will move all classes online for rest of semester
McDonald’s cancels franchisee convention
Iraqi officials report third death
LatAm airline employee confirmed as Peru’s first coronavirus case
Houston area confirms 6th case
Italy reports another 678 cases
Gap closes NYC office
New York cases climb to 33
Baggage handler at Heathrow tests positive
Madrid closes old folks homes
5 schools close in PA.
Trump visit to CDC is back on
WHO: “false hope” that virus will disappear when summer arrives
WHO: We don’t know mortality rate
Kudlow: “Buy stocks”
2nd death in UK, cases hit 163; France reports 2 new deaths bringing total to 9
French total cases hits 577
Egypt reports 12 cases aboard cruise ship on the Nile
2,733 asked to voluntarily quarantine in NYC
Trump scraps trip to CDC
Switzerland, the Netherlands report 1st deaths
Slovakia only country in Europe without coronavirus
Russia accuses Italy of spreading virus
Singapore reports 13 new cases, largest one-day jump since outbreak began
US case total: 234
South Korea, Japan feud over virus
Microsoft, Adidas, Lockheed say at least 1 employee has contracted virus
China claims it can have vaccine ready by April
Pompeo says China withheld information, leaving US “behind the curve”
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Update (1445ET): As American officials tout their efforts to secure 1 million masks by the end of the day, a task that we had previously reported they were falling far behind on, the Atlantic is reporting that only 1,895 Americans have been tested so far. Roughly 10% of those have tested positive.

This follows a decision by the CDC to stop publishing data about the number of tests administered, a decision that has angered many experts. It’s let to a patchwork of state reports making data that much more difficult to gather. While South Korea tested more than 10,000 people a day from the beginning of the outbreak, across the US, officials can only administer a few hundreds tests a day.

Meanwhile, Iraqi officials report the third death in the country in the region of Karbala.

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Update (1425ET): McDonald’s has cancelled its annual franchisees convention.

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Update (1330ET): ABC13 reports that a sixth pending case of the virus has been confirmed in the Houston area, and the second in the City of Houston.

The Houston case is a woman in her 60s who was part of a group of travelers who visited Egypt.

The five previous patients were being treated for the virus after traveling to Egypt as a group last month. Two of the patients were people in northwest Harris County, while two men were considered presumptive cases, one in Harris and one in Houston.

This woman is now Houston’s second case.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo has said the county had treated everyone who participated in the trip as a ‘presumptive’ positive, which turned out to be a smart move.

Also: Health officials in Peru and LatAm Airlines have confirmed that the airline employee has been confirmed as Peru’s case of the virus.

“This new case in Houston is not unexpected because it’s among the same group of international travelers associated with other cases in the Houston area,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. “There remains no evidence of community spread, no need to alter our normal activity in Houston and certainly no reason to let fear grip our lives.”

In other news, France’s case count has climbed to 613, of those 39 are in intensive care. The death toll stands at 9.

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