Coronavirus Cases Rise As More Americans on Cruise Confirmed Ill
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by Axios | 2.16.20
Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios
A top U.S. public health official confirms more than 40 Americans on the Diamond Princess cruise ship offshore Japan have coronavirus, while the remaining Americans without symptoms are currently being evacuated.
The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,670 people and infected more than 69,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China. Taiwan confirmed its first death on Sunday, per multiple reports, in a 61-year-old man with underlying health conditions, although health officials were investigating how he became ill.
Last 48 hours
- Diamond Princess: More than 40 Americans are now confirmed as infected and will remain in Japanese hospitals for treatment, NIAID director Anthony Fauci tells "Face the Nation" Sunday. The remainder without symptoms are now being evacuated and will undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. There are 355 confirmed cases from this cruise, the Japanese health ministry said.
- Westerdam: An American woman who arrived in Malaysia aboard this cruise ship from Cambodia is positive, the Malaysian health ministry confirmed. The cruise ship company, Holland America Line, said her companion so far has tested negative.
- France death: A Chinese patient diagnosed with coronavirus has died in a Paris hospital, French Health Minister Agnès Buzyn confirmed on Saturday. It's the first COVID-19 casualty outside of Asia.
- U.S. cases: There are 15 people in the U.S. now confirmed with the virus, after a person in quarantine at the JBSA-Lackland military base in Texas was diagnosed. Infections have been confirmed in California (8), Illinois (2), Texas (1), Wisconsin (1), Arizona (1), Massachusetts (1) and Washington state (1).
- Watch list: 42 U.S. states and territories report 443 (cumulative total) patients under investigation, of whom 81 are pending and 347 were found negative, the CDC said Friday.
- Misinformation: "This is a time for facts, not fear," the WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Saturday. "This is a time for rationality, not rumors. This is a time for solidarity, not stigma." Misinformation over factors including the disease's cause has triggered panic and xenophobia, including against Chinese Americans.
Science and medical updates
- New testing for coronavirus emerges from MERS, Ebola anti-virals
- 195 Americans to be released from quarantine with no reported coronavirus cases
- U.S. hospitals begin preparing for the coronavirus
- Coronavirus global death toll surpasses SARS
- What we know — and don't know — about the coronavirus
- Vaccine candidate for coronavirus on track for human trials in April
- FDA allows states to test for coronavirus for faster results
- Coronavirus vaccines in development aren't a short-term cure
- WHO declares deadly coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency
- U.S. warned to prepare for worst on coronavirus
- Why we panic about coronavirus, but not the flu
- China to admit international experts to examine coronavirus
- Coronavirus outbreak fuels concerns about pharma's global supply chain
- Americans still have low risk of coronavirus infection, CDC say
Effect on business, industry and financial markets
- Mobile World Congress canceled amid Coronavirus concerns
- Coronavirus throws oil demand into reverse for first time in a decade
- Coronavirus outbreak creates hockey stick shortage
- Coronavirus outbreak strains relationship between OPEC and Russia
- The coronavirus is infecting everything in the energy sector
- Coronavirus outbreak threatens some IPOs
- Stock market rallies despite coronavirus outbreak
- S&P predicts coronavirus will stabilize by April
- The market is expecting multiple rate cuts in 2020
- The global economic threat of the coronavirus
- Recession fears return to the market
- Coronavirus fears spark run on surgical face masks in U.S.
U.S. politics and international impact
- China replaces Hubei officials as death toll and cases jump
- Coronavirus travel restrictions in China hit migrant workers hardest
- The coronavirus threat to China's grand plans
- In photos: Wuhan and Hong Kong mourn doctor who warned of coronavirus outbreak
- Royal Caribbean, Norwegian cruises ban travelers holding Chinese passports
- Trump's post-virus, pre-election boom
- Senators question coronavirus' impact on U.S. drug supplies
- Coronavirus speeds world's retreat into national shells
- China's leaders call for more censorship on coronavirus
- How the world is responding to the coronavirus outbreak
- China's coronavirus response: Clamp down and shield Xi
- How Congress is responding to the coronavirus outbreak
- French health minister confirms first coronavirus death in Europe
Big Tech, social media, and misinformation trends
- Mobile World Congress canceled after vendors pull out
- Taking coronavirus fears too far
- China's leaders call for more censorship on coronavirus
- Facebook steps up effort to fight coronavirus misinformation
- Big Tech tries to curb coronavirus misinformation
- Misinformation about coronavirus is spreading fast
Why pandemics are a concern
- The new age of global pandemic risk
- Big Pharma's bottom line is leaving the world vulnerable to pandemics
- Podcast: The next pandemic
- WHO warns of 13 emerging health threats including possible pandemics
- China's Belt and Road could carry ecological and health risks (Expert Voices)
This story will be frequently updated with breaking news. The map will be updated a couple times a day.
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