Japan, China Close Schools Nationwide As CDC Warns Of Possible “Community Outbreak” In Sonoma County: Live Virus Updates

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  • WHO states outbreak in Iran likely worse than official numbers suggest; outbreak could go in “any instructions”
  • Iran confirms 22 deaths, vice president for ladies and family affairs infected
  • Lagarde: Not yet time for ECB to step in to combat economic backlash of break out
  • HHS states danger to public stays “low”
  • Azar: Sonoma case may be ‘community transmission’
  • Salvini meets with Italian president in the middle of national unity federal government speculation
  • South Korean brand-new cases surpass China’s brand-new cases as SK verifies 505 brand-new cases
  • China, Japan close school across the country
  • CDC fears ‘community outbreak’ in Sonoma County after finding first US case of “unidentified origin”
  • Saudi Arabia suspends expeditions to Holy Sites
  • Hawaiian Airlines suspends service to South Korea
  • Brazil’s next-door neighbors take actions to keep virus out

Update (1120 ET): After cheering reports of German fiscal stimulus the other day, the ECB’s Christine Lagarde said the break out isn’t yet at the stage to justify ECB intervention as investors in the US, and President Trump, look to Powell for a rate cut at the next meeting.

Of course, Lagarde is most likely just stating this because she understands there’s nothing she can do to salve the European economy from a ‘supply-side’ shock, which is why she’s getting where Mario Draghi ended and calling on EU governments to invest more to keep the Continental economy from moving off a cliff.

On the other hand, Bloomberg reports that the CDC is enabling states to “customize” old test sets to utilize them on any suspected coronavirus clients.

Hopefully, these tests aren’t sacrificing accuracy for accessibility.

U.S. health officials will let state and regional health labs modify a test for the coronavirus that has been pestered by weeks of hold-ups since of inconclusive results, stated the head of the trade group for public-health screening labs.

Authorities from the Centers for Illness Control and Prevention and the Fda held a conference call Wednesday in which they allowed for state and regional laboratories to drop a troublesome step in the tests that stopped them from being used, said Scott Becker, CEO of the Association of Public Health Laboratories. Becker’s group represents state and local testing laboratories.

The modification should speed testing and permit state and local labs to start utilizing numerous test sets that were sent out previously this month, rather than having to wait for an enhanced, new variation of the test to be sent by federal health authorities.

” In the next week we are going to have much more screening,” Becker said in a phone interview. “It is going to increase capability across the nation.”

Source: Bloomberg

Over on Capitol Hill, Nancy Pelosi stated she spoke to Trump’s “Coronavirus Czar” Mike Pence about the emergency costs costs.

Update (1100 ET): Azar confesses that the case in a Sonoma County healthcare facility might indicate the start of “neighborhood transmission” as the CDC warned.


Update (1030 ET): With US stocks deep in the red one once again, HHS Secretary Alex Azar stated a minimum of 40 public health labs in the United States should now be able to check for the coronavirus using “customized existing CDC kits”.


in the United States, investors are fretted about the very first case of unidentified origin, which the CDC verified last night. This comes as critics slam Azar for declining to ensure that the coronavirus vaccine would be “cost effective to all”.

Here’s the clip of Azar not ensuring Rep. Schakowsky a covid-19 vaccine will be budget friendly to all. pic.twitter.com/Z8aNd4wLWj

— Michael McAuliff (@mmcauliff) February 26, 2020

The IMF stated Thursday that it’s likely to downgrade its global growth outlook in the next world financial outlook, which is due in the spring.

Switzerland has actually ended up being the most recent country to cancel video games and events over the outbreak, with the Engadin Ski Marathon, stated to be the tiny Alpine country’s largest annual sporting event.

Over on Wall Street, US stocks are on track for their worst week considering that the monetary crisis.

Pakistan, meanwhile, has ended up being the most recent country to suspend all flights to Iran.

Update (0920 ET): WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Thursday throughout the company’s day-to-day press briefing that “we are at a decisive point” in the epidemic, while others warned it could go “in any direction.”


This man has actually been 6 weeks behind this whole time

— Quoth the Raven (@QTRResearch) February 27, 2020

Iran has actually validated 22 deaths and more than 140 cases, consisting of a vice president who was the 3rd senior authorities to capture the virus.

” The break out can go in any direction based on how we manage it,” Dr. Tedros stated throughout the group’s daily rundown in Geneva.

Iran “has a very high medical capacity”, stated Dr. Mike Ryan, the executive director of the WHO’s health emergency situation program. The 10% death rate probably has more to do with the truth that lots of cases have actually gone undiagnosed, he stated. The nation has actually presumed as to cancel Friday prayers in Tehran, after the Saudis told pilgrims they wouldn’t be allowed in to the Muslim Holy Sites.

Following European stocks dive into correction territory, in the US, the Dow is on the cusp of falling into correction area intraday for the very first time given that December 2018 ( remember when?).

As traders absorb the ramifications of the brand-new case in Sonoma County that might be proof of the first case of “community transmission” in the nation, in addition to President Trump’s rambling press conference on Wednesday, the focus has actually moved back to Europe, where in Italy, cases climbed up above 500.

According to the FT, Matteo Salvini, the leader of the League, the head of the parliamentary opposition, has met with President Sergio Mattarella as speculation installs about the potential customers for a national unity federal government to handle the crisis, following a number of political missteps by PM Conte.

Update (0735 ET): After the other day’s rally fizzled, Germany is offering the ‘fiscal stimulus’ tape bomb another go.


Yesterday, a German lawmaker put cold water on reports that Germany may ditch its constitutional ‘debt break’ to enhance spending in response to the economy-killing break out.

Update (0715 ET): with the nation’s third election in a year just days away, Israel is taking major pains to avoid acknowledging the coronavirus cases that have been validated in the country by blaming them on Italy and South Korea (each case included a traveler who had actually just recently returned from among those 2 nations).

The nation stated Thursday it would disallow non-Israelis who had actually recently visited Italy after validating that a guy who had just recently visited the nation had actually evaluated positive for the virus, according to Reuters

United States equity futures are pointing to yet another lower open on Thursday early morning after WaPo disrupted President Trump’s interview last night to reports the very first COVID-19 case “of unknown origin,” which the CDC later confirmed was in Sonoma County, and might be the epicenter of America’s first “community break out.” Quickly after, South Korea reported its biggest number of new coronavirus cases in a single day, as the number of brand-new cases reported outside China when again went beyond the number inside China. Brazil validated the first case in South America yesterday, bringing the virus to every continent except Antarctica.

A couple of hours later on, and South Korea has reported another 171 cases, bringing the total cases confirmed on Thursday to 505 – surpassing China’s everyday total (433) for the first time, as Bloomberg pointed out. Up until now, South Korea has actually confirmed 1,766 cases, in addition to 13 deaths, in the 38 days since the first case was reported on Jan.20 The United States and South Korea have cancelled organized military workouts after an US soldier caught the infection in Korea.

Over in Hawaii, Hawaiian Air has suspended service to South Korea starting March 2 through April 30, while Delta reduces flights as the break out in South Korea magnifies (Hawaii has currently had one COVID-19 scare including a Japanese traveler; we think the state wishes to avoid a similar episode including South Korea). Congresswoman and governmental candidate Tulsi Gabbard asking for a suspension of flights from South Korea and Japan as the break out in the United States intensifies.

Fearing the unexpected breakout in the Middle East might spread inside its borders, Saudi Arabia has halted pilgrimages to Islam’s holy sites – known as the Hajj – that are an obligatory practice for Muslims, an unprecedented choice that is likely to spark controversy across the Muslim world.

Iran Health Ministry spokesperson Kianoush Jahanpour said the a great deal of new cases is due to more labs handling virus tests. He warned that the public should anticipate more cases in the future.

The Other Day, Greece was among eight countries – Brazil, Pakistan, North Macedonia, naturally Greece, Georgia, Algeria, Norway and Romania – to verify their first cases. On Thursday, Greece confirmed two more cases, among them in its capital city of Athens. The preliminary case was discovered in Thessaloniki, Greece’s 2nd city.

At last count, coronavirus has actually infected more than 80,000 individuals around the globe and caused more than 2,700 deaths because the break out began in Wuhan back in December.

Following Brazil’s confirmation overnight, its Latin American neighbors are taking actions to stop the infection from spreading throughout their borders. According to the AP, Peru is keeping a team of experts working 24/ 7 at Jorge Chávez International Airport. Argentina has actually asked residents to report any flu-like symptom. Puerto Rico has established a job force to get ready for an outbreak in Puerto Rico. And Chile has announced a health emergency and acquired millions of masks and protective clothing for health employees.

However perhaps the most significant story overnight came out of Japan, where the federal government swore the other day that the Tokyo Games would occur as arranged this summertime, after an IOC member speculated that if the virus wasn’t cleaned up by late May, Japan might be required to cancel the Olympics.

PM Shinzo Abe asked all schools in Japan to remain closed up until the spring vacations start late next month to try and include the infection. Abe’s decision follows a rash of new cases reported in the north of Japan, consisting of the first cases in Hokkaido, without any discernible course of origin, Nikkei reports.

As of Thursday, 175 cases have been confirmed throughout 19 of Japan’s prefectures, consisting of Hokkaido, Tokyo, Aichi, and Chiba.

Schools must now decide whether to follow the PM’s non-binding ask, though it’s expected that almost all schools will comply.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, President Xi’s ‘point-man’ in charge of the coronavirus action, said that China will extend its school closures for another month due to the fact that of the virus, according to CCTV.

Previously this week, we noted that WHO’s team of scientists declared they discovered no proof that the virus had ‘altered’ throughout their study of 100+ strains separated from clients. Well, another group of scientists have done some research study that appears to conflict with this.

In Australia, which validated a handful of cases throughout the early days of the outbreak, but has given that gone peaceful, PM Scott Morrison stated Thursday in what some may describe as a ‘fearmongering’ speech that “there is every sign that the world will soon enter a pandemic phase of the coronavirus.”

” As an outcome, we have actually initiated the execution of the coronavirus emergency reaction plan. While the WHO is yet to state the nature of the coronavirus and its move toward a pandemic stage, we believe that the threat of a global pandemic is very much upon us and as a result, as a federal government, we require to take actions to prepare.”

WHO’s Dr. Tedros, who yesterday asked officials not to utilize the word ‘pandemic’, should have been enjoyed hear Morrison’s screed.

Morrison said Australians can still go “to the football match, or the performance” since Australia has “remained ahead” of the infection. Today it’s time to move onto the next phase, that includes “preparation for the possibility of a far more considerable event.”

‘ There is every indication that the world will soon enter a pandemic stage of the coronavirus,’ Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated. Governments worldwide are ramping up measures to fight a looming pandemic https://t.co/yHNaDgy54 y pic.twitter.com/K9SXjTcq85

— Reuters (@Reuters) February 27, 2020

Over in France, French President Emmanuel Macron said “we have a crisis before us. An epidemic is on its method” throughout a see to a Paris health center where coronavirus clients are being treated. His statement followed reports that 2 have died in France, an elderly Christian tourist and a 60- year-old French nationwide. The Frenchman passed away previously this week in Paris at the hospital Macron visited Thursday. The overall variety of cases in France reached 18 on Wednesday, roughly the same number as surrounding Germany.

Spain found two more cases on Thursday, bringing the total this week to14 Neither was connected to Italy, health authorities stated. Switzerland validated 3 more cases, bringing its total to 4, though Swiss authorities stated they’re checking 66 others. In Italy, the number of verified cases reached528 Of those, 278 are self-isolating in the house, 159 recuperated with symptoms in healthcare facility and 37 remain in intensive care.

As the AP advises us, Germany’s health minister stated Wednesday that the nation was “at the start of an epidemic” as authorities in the west evaluated dozens of individuals. New cases on Thursday brought Germany’s overall to 21.

2 new cases validated in the UK on Thursday raised the total to15 A primary school in Buxton was required to close for “a deep clean” after a parent of one of the students checked positive for the virus.

The EU Commission doubled-down on its anti-border-closure position, stating no EU nation wishes to close internal borders. Meanwhile, the FEET reports that EU authorities are weighing the dangers of clusters of Italian-style outbreaks surface across the continent.

What will it take for the EU to acknowledge that border closures might be needed?

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