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The federal government of Italy has imposed a lockdown on its northern area, limiting the motion of greater than 16 million folks, because it fights to regulate the coronavirus outbreak there.
The lockdown impacts the complete Lombardy area, together with its capital Milan, in addition to the town of Venice. The realm consists of a couple of quarter of Italy’s inhabitants.
The Italian Civil Safety Company reported a complete of 5,883 COVID-19 instances as of Saturday night, with 233 deaths from the sickness.
Italy’s motion adopted one other day of accelerating instances of the coronavirus in the US, together with the primary confirmed case within the nation’s capital.
So far, the West Coast has borne the brunt of coronavirus within the U.S., with the majority of confirmed instances thus far reported in California and Washington state. However that is prone to change quickly, with experiences of instances now in Florida, New York and the Washington, D.C., space.
On Friday, well being authorities in Florida mentioned two COVID-19 sufferers within the state have died, in what are believed to be the primary deaths linked to the illness on the East Coast. One of many sufferers lived within the district of Rep. Matt Gaetz, who drew criticism from colleagues earlier this week for “making light” of coronavirus when he wore a massive gas mask to a Home flooring vote on measures to combat the epidemic.
“Our prayers are along with his household and family members throughout this troublesome time,” the Republican congressman tweeted late Friday, including: “I am assured our group will proceed to stay vigilant in combating this illness and pray there shall be no additional contractions of the virus in Northwest Florida.”
The state has confirmed greater than a dozen instances thus far — the biggest cluster on the East Coast outdoors of New York, which has reported a number of dozen instances of its personal. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Saturday, after officers realized of latest instances in New York Metropolis and Westchester County.
“We’re aggressively testing, following up leads, as a result of we need to discover as many individuals who check constructive so we are able to get them out of circulation,” Cuomo mentioned at a media briefing noon Saturday.
Elsewhere on the East Coast, Washington, D.C., confirmed a “presumptive case” of the virus in a person in his 50s with no historical past of worldwide journey, Mayor Muriel Bowser mentioned Saturday night. The town additionally mentioned it was wanting into the case of 1 one that hung out in D.C. and examined constructive later in Maryland. That got here roughly an hour after the Pentagon confirmed a U.S. Marine at Fort Belvoir, simply outdoors Washington in northern Virginia, examined constructive for the coronavirus after coming back from abroad.
Off the coast of California, 1000’s of passengers have been confined to the Grand Princess cruise ship close to San Francisco after 21 people aboard examined constructive for the virus. On Saturday, Vice President Pence mentioned the federal government was monitoring a further cruise ship that will have shared crew members with the Grand Princess or the Diamond Princess, one other ship that confronted quarantine in Japan in February after passengers examined constructive.
All informed, the variety of confirmed instances within the U.S. is nicely over 300 — 19 of whom have died, largely in Washington state. Not less than 14 individuals who died have been related to one nursing home near Seattle, in response to the general public well being division of Seattle and King County. Well being authorities in Washington say they’ve confirmed 102 cases of the coronavirus within the state.
As of late Saturday afternoon, the overall tally of confirmed instances worldwide stood at more than 105,000, some three,500 of whom have died from the illness.
The overwhelming majority of these instances have been reported in Hubei province in mainland China, the outbreak’s epicenter, however the variety of new instances there was declining currently — whereas the virus has taken root in South Korea, Iran and Italy and has reached dozens of nations.
Again within the U.S., faculties and firms have introduced a spate of measures to mitigate unfold of the virus. Stanford University in California and the University of Washington and Seattle University, which boast tens of 1000’s of scholars amongst them, mentioned Friday they’re canceling in-person lessons via the top of their respective quarters later this month.
And Amtrak, on the East Coast, said that as a result of it’s “experiencing some decreased demand,” it plans to halt its nonstop Acela prepare service between New York and Washington, D.C., starting Tuesday and persevering with via late Might.
Texas has reported only a half-dozen confirmed instances, none of which have been present in Austin — however that reality didn’t dissuade the town’s mayor, Steve Adler, from preemptively canceling South by Southwest, the town’s signature music, movie and expertise occasion.
“We’ve got no reported instances in Austin, however actually the longer we are able to keep that manner, the higher off we’re. It is inevitable that it is coming right here as to all different cities, however delay is healthier,” Adler informed NPR’s Weekend Version on Saturday.
The occasion drew greater than 400,000 guests to the town final 12 months. Adler acknowledged that its cancellation this 12 months, only a week earlier than its scheduled opening, is “very powerful and really heartbreaking” for the performers and distributors who had been relying on the enterprise the occasion typically brings.
“We’ll should mitigate that as greatest we are able to as a group, be as resilient as we are able to,” he mentioned. “We simply in the end did not have a selection as a result of the main target wanted to be on doing what was essential to greatest maintain the town secure.”
Eyes are additionally educated on one other signature occasion anticipated later this month: March Insanity. To this point, the NCAA has made no main adjustments to the massively widespread (and lucrative) males’s basketball event that begins in earnest March 19.
“I do not suppose something is off the desk at this level,” ESPN’s Michele Steele told NPR on Saturday. “The NCAA says they’re simply monitoring the scenario, and that there is an excessive amount of that they do not know. So their well being advisory board simply is just not recommending them to cancel video games or fan participation. So it is simply wait and see at this level.”
In a memo to groups Friday, the NBA reportedly warned that they need to put together to play video games with out followers within the stands — a proposal that some gamers, together with LeBron James, are resisting.
“Nah, that is inconceivable,” James told reporters Friday. “I ain’t enjoying. If I ain’t received the followers within the crowd, that is what I play for. I play for my teammates. I play for the followers. That is what it is all about. If I present as much as an area, and there ain’t no followers in there? I ain’t enjoying. So, they might do what they need to do.”
Greater than 2 million check kits to be shipped by Monday
That is the headline from the media briefing held Saturday by federal well being authorities. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Meals and Drug Administration, mentioned he believes officers may have the capability to ship out 2.1 million check kits by Monday.
“That interprets into [the fact that] roughly 850,000 sufferers might be examined,” Hahn defined to reporters, including that the precise capability will rely upon native well being care suppliers.
The announcement got here as a number of retailers have reported on federal officers’ tardiness and troubles in rolling out check kits to native docs and public well being specialists.
Throughout the identical briefing, Well being and Human Companies Secretary Alex Azar tried to delicately right President Trump, who told reporters Friday on the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention that “anyone who desires a check will get a check.”
“He is utilizing a shorthand,” Azar mentioned, explaining that what the president “meant to say” is that “chances are you’ll not get a check until a health care provider or a public well being official prescribes a check.”
Lodge used for quarantined sufferers collapses in China
A five-story lodge within the metropolis of Quanzhou collapsed on Saturday night, trapping not less than 70 folks amid the rubble, in response to The Folks’s Each day, an official newspaper of the Chinese language Communist Get together. The paper experiences that about 40 folks have been rescued so removed from the constructing, which had been used as a quarantine location for folks suspected of getting COVID-19.
It stays unclear what brought on the constructing to fall.
Safety cam recorded the second of lodge collapsing in SE China’s Fujian on Sat night time, trapping round 70 folks below the particles. To this point 40 folks have been rescued. pic.twitter.com/QHbmPdRkOJ
— Folks’s Each day, China (@PDChina) March 7, 2020
The Vatican cancels in-person gathering Sunday
Individuals who want to see Pope Francis lead prayers in St. Peter’s Sq., a weekly occasion that commonly attracts tens of 1000’s of worshippers, might want to content material themselves with viewing him remotely on Sunday.
The Holy See Press Workplace announced Saturday that the pontiff will lead the prayer from the Library of the Apostolic Palace — fairly than from his typical window overlooking the sq. — and can livestream the proceedings on-line fairly than encourage guests to collect on the Vatican. Officers say they are going to be finishing up his common viewers Wednesday in a similar way.
“These selections are vital in an effort to keep away from the danger of the unfold of COVID-19,” mentioned the Holy See, noting that the transfer was finished on the request of Italian authorities.
The Vatican recently announced its first confirmed affected person, whereas Italy has seen the largest coronavirus outbreak outdoors Asia, with greater than 5,800 total confirmed cases reported as of Saturday — a leap of greater than 1,000 because the day earlier than. Practically 50 of these sufferers died in a span of about 24 hours earlier this week, according to local authorities.
Maybe essentially the most outstanding of the newly confirmed sufferers is Nicola Zingaretti, the chief of Italy’s Democratic Get together, which is a part of the nation’s governing coalition. Zingaretti revealed his analysis in a video posted Saturday to Fb.
”I’m nicely,” he defined, in response to an Related Press translation, “so it was determined I shall be remoted at residence.”
A member of the U.S. Navy can also be among the many sufferers lately recognized with COVID-19 within the nation. U.S. European Command mentioned the sailor, who’s stationed in Naples, represents the “first constructive case of a U.S. service member in Europe.”
NPR’s James Doubek contributed to this story.