Virus briefing: US-Canada border shut to ‘non-essential traffic’ as stocks fall again. Catch up on the latest

The coronavirus has now infected more than 200,000 people worldwide and killed more than 8,000. In releasing these, Johns Hopkins University also said more than 82,000 people recovered from the virus.

Meanwhile, the U.S. and Canada have agreed to temporarily close their shared border to nonessential travel, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday as the two nations work to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Among the developments overnight and this morning:

Stocks fell sharply on Wall Street in early trading as fears spread that the coronavirus is causing a global recession. The Dow Jones industrials fell 1,100 points, or 5%, in the first few minutes of trading Wednesday. European markets are also down a similar amount and the price of crude oil dropped 10% to its lowest level in 17 years as traders anticipate a sharp pullback in demand for energy. The sharp market swings came despite promises from President Donald Trump to prop up the U.S. economy with a package worth as much as $1 trillion.All 50 U.S. states now have confirmed cases of the new coronavirus as West Virginia’s governor announced the first positive test in his state on Tuesday evening.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his country will impose an entry ban for people from parts of Italy, Spain and Iceland as governments grappled with border closures and lockdowns.Coronavirus has become a “get out of jail” card for hundreds of low-level inmates across the country, and even hard-timers are seeking their freedom with the argument that it’s not a matter of if but when the deadly illness sweeps through tightly packed populations behind bars.

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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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