Virus briefing: Travel bans widen, stocks dip, and more you need to know about coronavirus today
People are finding themselves increasingly walled off from each other due to mounting travel limits, quarantines and bans on sporting events.
Travel bans are widening across the globe after health officials declared a pandemic Wednesday. In the U.S. the NBA suspended its season and other major local events have been canceled or postponed.
At the same time, more than 60,000 have recovered from the disease. The virus appears to be coming under control in China.
In other developments this morning and overnight:
Stock trading temporarily halted, then resumed, on Wall Street after another market plunge of 8%; further declines appeared inevitable. The S&P 500 had fallen 7% shortly after trading began. World shares also extended losses; Paris and Frankfurt exchanges were down 6%.European Union leaders slammed U.S. President Donald Trump’s “unilateral” decision to ban most travel from Europe for 30 days, announced in a speech Wednesday night.Princess Cruises, which had one of its ships quarantined off the coast of Japan last month, is suspending global operations through early May because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Labor Department says applications for unemployment benefits dropped by 4,000 last week, an indication that the coronavirus had not yet hit the U.S. labor market.Congress will close U.S. Capitol, House and Senate office buildings to public until April 1 in reaction to coronavirus.Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson are isolated in stable condition in an Australian hospital after contracting the new coronavirus.
After the flurry of developments, here are a few basic things to know:
For most people, the new 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 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.
Congress’ attending physician told staff there could be as many as 70 million to 100 million coronavirus cases in the U.S. over time. That’s on par with other estimates. A Harvard official has estimated that 20% to 60% of adults will get the virus, noting it’s “a pretty wide range.”
For full reports on developments in the past 24 hours, please select from the articles below. Scroll further for a photo gallery of key events and outlook for more news later today.
Watch for our next update this afternoon. Among other features planned:
The coronavirus pandemic has prompted multiple religious faiths to change or cancel services as houses of worship try to help contain the disease. But some church leaders are also tackling another task: communicating a message that elevates both faith and science.Buffeted by fears of the fast-spreading coronavirus and worried about their economic futures, consumers in the United States and overseas are beginning to show signs of cutting back on spending, which would amount to a severe threat to global growth.U.S. parents are facing tough conversations with their children to alleviate kids’ fears and concerns over what they hear at school about what the disease is and why it’s spreading.
Photos: Virus impact deepens worldwide, restricting travel