Italy Death Toll Overtakes China, NYC’s First Covid-19 ‘Cluster’ Emerges In Brooklyn: Live Updates

Thursday, March 19, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Thu, 03/19/2020

Summary:

Coronavirus death toll in Italy surpasses China
Mnuchin says wants to get checks in Americans’ hands within 3 weeks
BoE cuts rates, launches QE after ’emergency’ meeting
Confirmed cases in the US climbs ~50% as testing ramps up
Connecticut reports 2nd death as US death toll hits 137
Cuomo reports nearly 2k new cases, bringing NY total north of 4k
Covid-19 ‘cluster’ confirmed in South Brooklyn
Minnesota designates grocery workers as ‘essential employees’, giving them access to child care
Total number of Covid-19 cases passes 10k
Cuomo signs NY unemployment-benefit expansion benefit package, warns of ‘astronomical jump’ in cases
China reports zero new cases in Wuhan for first time in months.
Treasury weighing 50- and 25-year bonds to finance stimulus package
South Africa case total passes 150
India halts incoming international flights for a week
Hong Kong doctors find virus inside 2nd dog
Spain total cases climb 28% overnight
Italian death toll expected to pass China’s on Thursday
Pentagon says 2,000 nat’l guardsman deployed around the country
NY implements 90-day delay on mortgage payments due to hardship
FedEx says drop in deliveries in China was smaller than expected
Trump and Xi reportedly agree to deepen medical research ties
State Department advises Americans not to travel abroad
UK gov’t denies plans for London lockdown
Amazon closes warehouse for ‘deep clean’ after worker tests positive
Germany death toll climbs to 43
Treatment trial in Wuhan yields disappointing results
Germany’s Bafin bans short selling
Russia reports first death
SPR to buy 30 million barrels immediately, will eventually buy 70 million
Wuhan police erase record of ‘admonition’ delivered to Dr. Li Wenliang
German gov plans to suspend debt brake on Monday
Netherlands reports another jump in cases after unveiling stimulus package outline
Switzerland warns situation rapidly deteriorating along the Italian border
Tiffany closes all US stores
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Update (1355ET): NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio just released the latest figures on infections in NYC.

NYC REPORTS 3,615 POSITIVE COVID-19 CASES AND 22 FATALITIES
BROOKLYN HAS MOST CASES AMONG NYC BOROUGHS WITH 1,030 REPORTED

By the looks of it, the rumored cluster in Borough Park, an ultraorthodox neighborhood, is real. A report published by Gothamist claimed that more than 100 members of the ultraorthodox community in Borough Park and Williamsburg have tested positive at a clinic in the area.

The CEO of the testing facility, which caters to the ultraorthodox community, confirmed the report.

John Lieberman, the CEO of Asisa Urgent Care, confirmed in a statement that the facility, which caters to Brooklyn’s Hasidic population, had identified more than 100 infections as of Tuesday.

“We are working on educating the Jewish community in particular to advise them how crucial it is to quarantine themselves, stay away from people, stay home and do not congregate,” he said. “We are hopeful the community will continue to understand the importance of this issue.”

The cases were first reported by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Asked about the possible cluster during a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio denied any knowledge of the new development. “If we had a cluster, I assure you, we would tell you,” he said. “I asked this very day, we do not have any clusters in New York City.”

We suspect the city will soon change their tune and acknowledge that clusters have emerged within the community.

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