COVID-19: >106,000 Cases Globally in 96 Countries

Source: People's Daily, Xinhua, China Daily, Global Times, CBS, iFeng, Baidu, Global  News Agencies, Majdi


Italy to Lockdown Milan Area

The Italian government plans to lock down travel in and out of Lombardy due to the coronavirus, according to a draft decree reviewed by CNBC.

Lombardy is a region of 10 million people in northern Italy which is home to Milan, the nations financial hub. 

The Italian government also plans travel lockdowns in 11 provinces, including Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio nellEmilia, Rimini, Pesaro and Urbino, Venice, Padua, Treviso, Asti and Alessandria.

According to the draft decree, people should absolutely avoid travel to these areas except in emergency situations. 

96 Countries with Reported COVID-19

US Cases top 400 As States Declare Emergencies

Authorities in the United States have reported 434 cases of the coronavirus and 19 deaths, according to data compiled by NBC News. Several states have declared emergencies in response to the virus, including California, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Utah and Washington. Pennsylvania has issued a disaster declaration and the city of Austin, Texas has issued a local disaster declaration.

Stanford University Cancels In-person Classes

Officials at Stanford University have announced that a member of faculty has tested positive for COVID-19.

The school has contacted those who might have come into contact with the person and asked them to self-isolate. The staff member worked in a clinic, which has been closed for cleaning.

Meanwhile, in an online letter published late Thursday, that for the last two weeks of the winter quarter, beginning March 9, classes at Stanford would not meet in person. 

Leader of Italy's co-ruling Party Infected

Nicola Zingaretti, the leader of Italy's co-ruling Democratic Party, is the latest person to have tested positive for coronavirus.

"I have coronavirus too," Zingaretti said in a video posted on Facebook, adding he was in self-isolation at home.

The 54-year-old said he was well, adding that all the people he had been interacting with in recent days were being contacted for tests.

Pope to Deliver Prayer by Livestream 

Pope Francis has cancelled his main public appearances to avoid crowds gathering to see him and will stream them on the internet from inside the Vatican because of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

The Vatican said the pope would not address crowds from a window overlooking St Peter's Square and would not hold his general audience there either on Wednesday.

'I ain't playing' with no fans: LeBron James

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James said he will not take to the court if the NBA bars fans from attending games to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

American media reported that the NBA had sent a memo to teams detailing the need for contingency plans in case it becomes necessary to play games with only essential staff present.

"Play games without the fans? No, that's impossible. I ain't playing," James told reporters after the Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-103 on Friday to clinch a playoff berth.

First case in Malta 

A 12-year-old Italian girl becomes Malta's first case of coronavirus.  She returned in late February from the northern Italian region of Trentino with her parents and sister.  The family self-quarantined as instructed, but the girl started to experience symptoms. She was tested on Friday and results came back positive on Saturday morning.

Designated Quarantine Hotel Collapses in Fujian

According to People's Daily twitter account. A hotel in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, designated for quarantine has collapsed. Around 70 people have been trapped in which at least 44 people have been rescued

Facebook bans ads and commerce listings for face masks

Facebook announced on Friday it is banning face mask ads and commerce listings from its platforms. 

"Supplies are short, prices are up, and we're against people exploiting this public health emergency," Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, said in a tweet on Friday.

New York Declares State of Emergency

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Saturday. The declaration will allow the state to swiftly use the $40 million it appropriated on February 26 in response to the outbreak. It can also expedite the purchase of test kits and face masks, support local housing authorities, and expedite hiring for the state's Department of Health.

Paraguay confirms first case

Paraguay has registered its first confirmed case of coronavirus, the Health Ministry said on Twitter.

How is it in Hubei? 

Numbers talk! 


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