Coronavirus update: Elections delayed, babysitters wanted, and more fallout you’ll want to know today
Wanted: Millions of babysitters. Americans coast to coast brace for the week ahead with no school for their children, a dearth of childcare, and a sense of dread about how to stay safe and sane amid the relentless spread of the coronavirus.
Among other developments so far today:
Georgia’s March 24 presidential primaries have been postponed until May because of fears over the coronavirus. Louisiana also plans to postpone its primary.At least 33 states have canceled or postponed high school basketball tournaments, a beloved rite, sharply disappointing top young players.President Donald Trump said Saturday that he was tested for the new coronavirus and is awaiting results. The White House says it is now conducting temperature checks on any individuals in close contact with Trump or Vice President Mike Pence.The U.S. extended its European coronavirus travel ban, adding the United Kingdom and Ireland to the list.Italy reported about 3,500 new cases in 24 hours. Italian officials say new virus cases jumped 20% to more than 21,000 in one day.Spain will follow Italy into lockdown as virus cases soared. Iran’s death toll from virus passes 600; Syria shut its schools.France is shutting down all restaurants, cafes, cinemas and non-essential retail shops, as the coronavirus continues to spread, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced. Grocery stores and similar public services will remain open.
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For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate fever and cough. It can cause more severe illness including pneumonia for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems.
The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.
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