Virus update: US death toll up to 11; James Bond film delayed
The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus climbed to 11 on Wednesday with a victim succumbing in California — the nation’s first reported fatality outside Washington state.
More authorities were considering widespread school closures among a raft of measures being taken around the world to stop the spread of the virus, and concerns about the virus have even pushed back the release of the James Bond film “No Time To Die.”
Here are some of the latest developments:
Officials in Placer County, Calif., northwest of Sacramento, said an elderly person who tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from a San Francisco-Mexico cruise had died. The victim had underlying health conditions, authorities said. Washington state also announced another death, bringing its total to 10.The government in Italy is closing all schools nationwide for two weeks in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. Schools in the Seattle area also mulled teaching students online in the event of prolonged closures.MGM, Universal and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced on Twitter Wednesday that the James Bond film “No Time To Die” would be pushed back from its April release to November 2020 because of global concerns about coronavirus.Saudi Arabia has banned all pilgrimages to the holy city of Mecca in a bid to tackle the outbreak. It’s the latest example of the virus disrupting religious practices in the Middle East.The South Korean city of Daegu is short of thousands of hospital beds for patients with the coronavirus. But Prime Minister Chung Se-Kyun is expressing confidence that the country can cope with the outbreak.The world-famous Louvre Museum in Paris has reopened after museum managers promised new measures to ease workers’ fears about catching the virus from the thousands who visit every day.
Here’s a map showing coronavirus cases in the United States.
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