COVID-19: Infected >114,000, Entire Italy Under Quarantine

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Italy Extends its Quarantine to the Entire Country; PM asks residents to stay at home


Manuel Silvestri | Reuters

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Monday he will sign a decree that extends the lock down of the Lombardy region to the entire country as Italys COVID-19 death toll continues to rise.

People throughout the country should not leave their homes other than for work and emergencies, Conte said. He added that all public gatherings will be banned and sporting events suspended.

As part of the measures rolled out over the weekend, the government has banned all prison visitations and limited day releases. Italian media have reported at least six inmate deaths amid the rioting, mostly in the northern regions where the country's COVID-19 outbreak is centered. 

Canada Reports its First Death

Canada has recorded its first death from the new coronavirus, a resident at a British Columbia long-term care facility.

Slovakia Bans Public Events, Quarantines Returnees From Affected Countries

The Slovak government has ordered a 14-day ban on all cultural, sporting and other events organized by public authorities to avoid the spread of coronavirus. Citizens returning from Italy, China, South Korea and Iran are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine at home. 

China Is Helping Other Countries Throughout the Outbreak

China plans to export face masks to South Korea with the first batch of 5 million units, including surgical masks and N95 masks: official. 

China will offer Pakistan 50,000 liters of pesticide, and 15 sprayers to help fight against the locust attack. The first shipment was dispatched Mon morning, along with a new consignment of COVID-19 test kits: Chinese FM. 

The Chinese government has decided to donate 20 million U.S. dollars to the World Health Organization (WHO) to support it in carrying out international cooperation in fighting the outbreak of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and for helping developing countries improve their response capacities, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Monday.

Beijing to Keep Major Public Places Closed

Beijing continues to keep sports centers, gyms, and swimming pools shut amid the COVID-19 outbreak, as the city is still at a critical juncture of combating against the disease and maintains the highest level of precautionary measures: local authority

Threat of Pandemic Has Become Very Real: WHO

Now that the virus has a foothold in so many countries, the threat of a pandemic has become very real, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters on a conference call from the organizations Geneva headquarters Monday. 

Hubei is Recovering, Numbers Talk

2020 Boao Forum for Asia delayed

The Boao Forum for Asia said on Monday that the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2020, which was intended to be held from March 24 to 27, will be delayed in order to cooperate with the measures of world governments battling against COVID-19.

Billionaires Lose Billions in Wall Street Sell-Off

Concerns over coronavirus have roiled markets and torched hundreds of billions in paper wealth from the worlds billionaires over the past month. Amazon chief Jeff Bezos lost $7 billion in paper wealth overnight, and more than $18 billion over the past month. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who tweeted that the coronavirus panic is dumb, has seen about $4 billion of his paper wealth lopped off overnight. That would bring his losses for the month down to more than $12 billion. Perhaps the biggest billionaire loser from the virus, however, is LVMH chief Bernard Arnault. His losses bump him back down to the second richest man, behind Bill Gates. 

Germany Reports First 2 Deaths

Germany confirmed its first two deaths from the coronavirus. A spokesman for the health ministry in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia said an 89-year-old woman with coronavirus had died in the town of Essen and that another patient had died in the badly affected region of Heinsberg. 

US Walmart Employee, Confirmed Case

A Walmart employee who works at a Kentucky (US State) store has been diagnosed with coronavirusThe company said it has encouraged employees to stay at home or go to the doctor if they do not feel well.

Tesla Shares Plummet 13.6%

Tesla shares plummeted by 13.6% to $608 per share on Monday, as plunging oil prices and the continuing coronavirus outbreak weighed on investors.

The oil price battles between Saudi Arabia and Russia could challenge Teslas electric vehicle and solar roof sales in markets where it remains more affordable for people to stick with fossil fuels, and where they are not incentivized to switch to renewables. 

Dow plummets 2,000 points, S&P 500 sinks 7%

The Dow Jones Industrial Average tanked 2,064 points 8% on pace for its worst day since December 2008, while the S&P 500 plunged 7.7%. The massive sell-off triggered a key market circuit breaker minutes after the opening bell. Trading was halted for 15 minutes until reopening at 9:49 a.m. ET

Average 5 days For Symptoms to Show

The American College of Physicians said 97.5% of people infected with the new coronavirus will show symptoms within twelve days of catching the virus. The average incubation time is five days, researchers said. Thats in line with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations that call for patients to remain in quarantine or self-isolation for 14 days after potential exposure. The new report was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on Monday.

Full study:

Google Blocks Visitors to Silicon Valley and NY Offices

Google is restricting all visitors from its headquarters in Mountain View and other offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York as the COVID-19 coronavirus spreads, a spokesperson confirmed to CNBC on Monday.

The company is also taking other steps, including recommending that employees in Japan and South Korea work from home, permitting employees in other locations to work remotely, and canceling all in-person job interviews for the foreseeable future to protect our candidates and interviewers health and well-being.

Thousands Prepare to Disembark from Princess Cruises S


Riya Bhattacharjee | CNBC

The coronavirus-stricken Grand Princess cruise ship moved toward the Port of Oakland Monday in preparation for thousands of passengers to disembark.

There are 3,500 people aboard the ship, which has been moored off the coast of California since Wednesday. Passengers will now be transferred to federal facilities for quarantine, state officials said, and the 1,000 or so crew members will remain on the ship for quarantine

Iraq Calls on Citizens to Avoid Sacred Cities & Sites

Iraq has banned all public gatherings and called on citizens to avoid visiting sacred cities and sites to stop the spread of the coronavirus, an official statement said on Monday.

Meanwhile, Iraqi authorities have ordered the closure of Najaf province, home to holy Muslim Shia sites, for non-residents starting on Wednesday for a week. 

Authorities also called on Iraqis arriving from Iran, China, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Kuwait and Bahrain to stay at home for self-quarantine for 14 days,

President Trump Downplays COVID-19, comparing with Flu

Israel Requires All Travelers to Self-Quarantine for 14-Days

All travelers leaving and entering Israel will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday. Netanyahu said it was a tough but essential decision to maintain the country's health and economy. 

Tokyo 2020 Games torch-lighting ceremony to be held without spectators

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch-lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia this week will be staged without spectators as organizers seek to protect the event from the coronavirus, Greeces Olympic Committee said. The Olympic torch will be lighted in Olympia at a scaled-down ceremony on Thursday before a seven-day relay that will culminate with a handover ceremony in Greece a week later.

Ireland Cancels St. Patricks Day Parades

All Irish St. Patricks Day parades, including Dublins main celebration that draws around 500,000 revellers from all over the world each year, were canceled due to the risk of a further coronavirus spread. US State, Boston, also canceled its own version of  St. Patrick's Day Parade. 

Its NOW OK to Use Disinfectant Wipes to Clean your iPhone

Apple has updated its website with instructions that say its OK to use disinfectant wipes to clean your iPhone and other Apple gadgets.

Previously, Apples site advised against using cleaning products because they can sometimes damage the special coating on screens that helps prevent fingerprints.

Here are the iPhone disinfecting instructions from Apple Website: 

 French Culture Minister Tests Positive 

French Culture Minister Franck Riester has contracted the novel coronavirus and is staying in his Paris home but is "doing fine", his office said "The minister tested positive today," after displaying symptoms, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, the chief executive of Groupe ADP, the company which runs the two main international airports in Paris - Charles de Gaulle and Orly - has tested positive for the coronavirus, the group said.

Princeton University Classes to Go Virtual

The president of Princeton University said the school will move to online courses following spring break and said it would begin the decrease the number of gatherings on campus in order to protect students and faculty from the spread of COVID-19. 

Spain to Close Schools in Basque city

All schools in the northern Spanish city of Vitoria-Gasteiz will be closed for two weeks in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, regional authorities said on Monday. 

Saudi to Fine People Hiding Health Details on Entry

Saudi Arabia will impose a fine of up to 500,000 riyals ($133,000) on people who do not disclose their health-related information and travel details at entry points, a statement from the kingdom's public prospector said.


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