Dow drops, deaths rise, travel stops, plus more updates on coronavirus consequences today

The Dow Jones index dropped 7.8% Monday, its worst fall since 2008, as free-fall in oil prices and worsening fears of fallout from coronavirus seized markets.

Here’s what else has unfolded in the past 24 hours:

In hardest-hit Washington state, deaths from COVID-19 total at least 22. Health officials report more than 160 cases. Coronavirus case numbers in New York hit 142. In Georgia and Missouri, officials closed some schools to stave off coronavirus spread.A cruise ship with cluster of coronavirus cases was allowed into a port in the San Francisco Bay Area after days idling at sea.More U.S. retailers placed limits on the number of hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes customers can purchase at one time due to a coronavirus-induced shopping frenzy.Italy’s premier has extended internal travel restrictions imposed in the north to the entire country, affecting 60 million people.All schools in the Madrid, Spain area will close for two weeks after a sharp increase in coronavirus infections. Ireland is canceling St. Patrick’s Day parades.Iran state TV reported 43 more deaths, pushing the toll to 237 amid 7,161 confirmed cases. Saudi Arabia limited air and sea travel. Israel plans to quarantine anyone arriving from overseas.

For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the virus, as has already happened with about three-quarters of those infected in China.

While the crisis is easing in China, where the virus was first detected, fast-growing clusters have turned up in South Korea, Iran and Italy, and the caseload is growing in the United States. The number of people infected in the U.S. climbed to around 600, with 26 deaths, at least 19 of them associated with a single Seattle-area nursing home.

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