Virus briefing: More restrictions imposed, aid pledged. Catch up on everything you need to know
Borders are shut, schools and businesses have closed and more draconian restrictions on movement have been enforced to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
Among the developments overnight and this morning:
Stocks are fluctuating after opening higher on Wall Street, a day after plunging to their worst loss in more than three decades. Share prices rebounded in Europe and Asia.The White House is proposing a roughly $850 billion emergency stimulus to address the economic cost of the new coronavirus, sources tell AP.Ohio officials called off Tuesday’s election just hours before polls were set to open because of the new coronavirus.Daily life in California has come to a screeching halt. About 7 million Bay Area residents have been told to stayThe first four of 45 people received their first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine trial at a research institute in Seattle.Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, have reportedly been released from an Australian hospital five days after they were diagnosed with the new coronavirus.Iran now has the third highest number of deaths worldwide.
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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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