Coronavirus-Infested Cruise Ship Will Dock In Oakland On Monday: Live Updates

Sunday, March 8, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Sun, 03/08/2020


New York State confirms 16 new cases bringing total north of 100
16 million Italians wake up under quarantine
Pope Francis cancels Sunday address
Dr. Fauci warns community spread is getting out of control.
‘Grand Princess’ to dock in Oakland on Monday
Saudi Arabia quarantines province
Spain death toll hits 17, 600+ cases
Cuomo says he wants to avoid closing NYC schools, transit if possible
Iran official death toll hits 194
Daegu Mayor says outbreak may be slowing as number of new cases falls
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Update (1130ET): After declaring a state of emergency on Saturday, Gov. Cuomo confirmed 16 more cases in the state on Sunday, raising the state total from 89 to 105.

As officials in Washington State try to figure out exactly how many residents of the Life Care Center of Kirkland have died from the virus, one Twitter user pointed out the number of patients who have died at the facility – not at a hospital – since the outbreak began.

In India, officials have confirmed what’s believed to be the first Covid-19-related death. They’re awaiting a final confirmation.

Spain reports 96 new cases of coronavirus and 7 new deaths, raising total to 613 cases and 17 dead.

In Virginia, officials have found what they described as the state’s second presumptive case of coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the Washington DC area to seven.

Saudi Arabia has suspended travel to and from Qatif Province, a key eastern province and ordered businesses and government offices there closed after confirming four new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections to 11.

The Army has suspended travel to and from Italy and South Korea for all soldiers and family members because of the coronavirus outbreak until May 6. The order, which affects 4,500 soldiers and family members, comes after that sailor in Naples was confirmed infected.

According to the New York Times, the ‘Grand Princess’ is on its way to dock on Monday at the Port of Oakland, the vessel’s operator said, after initially being refused entry at the port in San Francisco on Thursday. Passengers on the ship who require “acute medical treatment and hospitalization” will disembark first and be taken to secure facilities in Cali. Some 21 crew and passengers (mostly crew) have been infected, and more are being tested.

Most of those under quarantine on the ship, a situation that one passenger described as “hellish”, will linger for at least a day as officials continue the screening process.

California’s Office of Emergency Services said that a joint state and federal effort will begin Monday to disembark passengers from the ship in the port of Oakland. Sick passengers will be taken to medical facilities in California, and those who don’t require immediate care will be housed in federal facilities “for testing and isolation,” according to CBS News.

California residents will be brought to facilities within the state, and non-residents will be taken to locations in other states, including a military base in Marietta, Georgia. OES said 1,000 passengers are California residents. In an interview on “Face the Nation” on Sunday, US Surgeon General Jerry Adams said the White House “is still working” on figuring out where the “disembarked” passengers will be held.

Reuters reports the Mayor of Daegu, the hardest hit city in South Korea that is under quarantine as officials fight the outbreak, says the outbreak might be slowing. He reportedly expressed cautious hope on Sunday that the numbers of new cases may be dropping, after the rate of increase slowed to its lowest in 10 days.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Sunday 272 new coronavirus cases, for a total of 7,313 in the country. Two further deaths took the toll to 50, it added.

The increase was smaller than the day before, though health officials have warned that these figures could change as new tests are processed.

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