Coronavirus update: What to know as the outbreak ebbs in China, spreads fear across the West
Washington state reported additional coronavirus deaths Tuesday, bringing the total to nine.
All of the COVID-19 deaths in the United States so far have been in the Seattle area.
Here are other key developments from the past 24 hours:
The coronavirus crisis shifted increasingly westward toward the Mideast, Europe and the United States on Tuesday, with governments taking emergency steps to ease shortages of face masks and other supplies for front-line doctors and nurses.Amid worries that spreading virus could trigger a recession, the Federal Reserve unexpectedly cut its benchmark interest rate.Italian officials say the number of deaths of coronavirus patients in Italy has risen sharply in a 24-hour period to 79 overall, the most so far outside of China.Japan’s Olympic minister says the country’s contract to hold the Tokyo Games only specifies the event has to be held during the year 2020. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wants the world to stop hoarding masks, gloves and other protective equipment.About 100 health workers are under isolation in northern Spain and at least 120 others are being closely watched by authorities after at least five doctors and nurses were infected with the new virus in hospitals.The Middle East’s largest airline, Emirates, says it has reduced or grounded flights due to the new virus and as a result has asked employees to take paid and even unpaid leave for up to a month at a time. Emirates operates out of Dubai, the world’s busiest airport for international transit.
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