Coronavirus update: ‘Shutdown’ urged, hoarding discouraged, and more COVID-19 steps that will affect you this week
As shelves emptied at grocers and sellers of other essential supplies, President Donald Trump advised Americans Sunday that “there’s no need to hoard” food and other items.
Meanwhile, more states and cities announced restrictions to contain the COVID-19 virus. And the government’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said Sunday he would like to see a 14-day national shutdown that would require Americans to hunker down even more to help slow disease spread.
The death toll in the United States has exceeded 50, while infections neared 3,000 across 49 states and the District of Columbia. Those numbers are modest compared to some other countries, but the virus can take up to two weeks to show symptoms.
Among developments Sunday:
California’s governor called for closure of all bars and wineries, and home isolation of everyone 65 and older. Illinois said all restaurants and bars will be closed to dine-in customers beginning Monday night until the end of the month.The Fed took emergency action to slash short-term rate to nearly zero and ease banking rules to encourage lending. State and local government tax revenue is expected to take a hit amid the coronavirus outbreak as businesses close or severely curtail operations.The U.S. is trying to add additional screening capacity for the coronavirus at airports where travelers are returning from Europe, the acting Homeland Security secretary says. People have had to wait in crowds for hours, elevating their risk of exposure.Movie theater box offices suffered their worst weekend in two decades with fewer people going to movie theaters.Schools across the country, including New York City’s 1,900 public schools, continued to announce closures or extended breaks.Italy saw a big one-day increase in coronavirus cases. Health officials say 3,590 more cases were reported Sunday, bringing the country’s total to 24,747. The number of deaths rose 368 to 1,809.The Vatican in Rome said Holy Week ceremonies will go ahead next month without attendees. Tens of thousands usually turn out for those ceremonies.Spain says deaths from the coronavirus have more than doubled in one day to 288. The country now has 7,753 infections, up from 5,700 on Saturday, with around half of them concentrated in the capital of Madrid, health officials say.Iran says coronavirus has killed another 113 people, raising overall death toll to 724 amid over 13,900 confirmed cases. Several African countries have announced sweeping restrictions to try to contain the steady spread.
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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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