The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. South Korea's confirmed cases jumped from 204 on Friday to 433 on Saturday.
The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,362 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.
Last 48 hours
- U.S. cases: There are 34 confirmed total cases: 18 from Diamond Princess, 3 evacuated from Wuhan, 11 travel-related, and 2 are person-to-person infections, the CDC said Friday.
- This includes a person in Humboldt County, California, who had traveled to China.
- 43 U.S. states and territories report 464 patients under investigation (cumulative total), of whom 50 have a pending status, CDC said Friday. These numbers do not including repatriated citizens.
- Tech conferences: Major industry events continue being threatened by the virus, as Sony and Oculus parent Facebook both said they are pulling out of next month's Game Developer Conference in San Francisco. Meanwhile, AT&T and Verizon are joining IBM in skipping next week's RSA security conference.
- China's health care: The outbreak has put a halt to pretty much every health-related activity in parts of China, including elective surgeries like hip and knee replacements. Medical device companies are starting to forecast large sales declines.
- South Korea and Iran: A boost in cases for these two countries is causing concern at the World Health Organization, director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Friday.
- Diamond Princess: Two elderly passengers from Japan have died as Japan continues to release of hundreds of people deemed healthy from the quarantined ship.
- There are 100-plus American passengers still there who face a two-week travel ban, the CDC said.
- Two Russians aboard the ship tested positive for the virus, the Russian Embassy said on Thursday.
- Israel confirmed its first case among evacuees from the ship.
- Pandemic concerns: We may be "at the brink" of a global pandemic, warned a top U.S. public health official, despite containment efforts.
- Economic impact: A number of firms are announcing significant expected hits to their sales, including medical device companies in China as surgeries get delayed.
- Vaccines: A paper in Science Wednesday published the atomic-level molecular structure of a key coronavirus protein that could lead to development of a precise vaccine.
Science and medical updates
- Coronavirus may be "at the brink" of a global pandemic
- Coronavirus vaccines in development aren't a short-term cure
- Repatriated American citizens have doubled coronavirus cases in U.S.
- The coronavirus outbreak is delaying surgeries in China
- New testing for coronavirus emerges from MERS, Ebola anti-virals
- 195 Americans to be released from quarantine with no reported coronavirus cases
- U.S. hospitals begin preparing for the coronavirus
- Coronavirus global death toll surpasses SARS
- What we know — and don't know — about the coronavirus
- WHO declares deadly coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency
- U.S. warned to prepare for worst on coronavirus
- Why we panic about coronavirus, but not the flu
- China to admit international experts to examine coronavirus
- Coronavirus outbreak fuels concerns about pharma's global supply chain
- Americans still have low risk of coronavirus infection, CDC say
Effect on business, industry and financial markets
- Coronavirus outbreak slams companies' 2020 sales projections
- Economists warn coronavirus risk far worse than realized
- Apple will miss quarterly earnings estimates due to coronavirus
- Coronavirus throws oil demand into reverse for first time in a decade
- The coronavirus is infecting everything in the energy sector
- Coronavirus outbreak threatens some IPOs
- S&P predicts coronavirus will stabilize by April
- The market is expecting multiple rate cuts in 2020
- The global economic threat of the coronavirus
- Recession fears return to the market
- Coronavirus fears spark run on surgical face masks in U.S.
U.S. politics and international impact
- Tokyo Marathon bars nearly 40,000 participants amid coronavirus outbreak
- Household basics are scarce in Hong Kong under coronavirus lockdown
- Westerdam cruise ship coronavirus case raises fresh concerns
- Coronavirus travel restrictions in China hit migrant workers hardest
- The coronavirus threat to China's grand plans
- In photos: Wuhan and Hong Kong mourn doctor who warned of coronavirus outbreak
- Royal Caribbean, Norwegian cruises ban travelers holding Chinese passports
- Trump's post-virus, pre-election boom
- Senators question coronavirus' impact on U.S. drug supplies
- Coronavirus speeds world's retreat into national shells
- China's leaders call for more censorship on coronavirus
- How Congress is responding to the coronavirus outbreak
Big Tech, social media, and misinformation trends
- Coronavirus forces more companies to skip tech conferences
- Coronavirus hits China's tech manufacturing production across the board
- Apple's coronavirus warning foreshadows broader threat for tech
- Mobile World Congress canceled after vendors pull out
- Taking coronavirus fears too far
- China's leaders call for more censorship on coronavirus
- Facebook steps up effort to fight coronavirus misinformation
- Big Tech tries to curb coronavirus misinformation
- Misinformation about coronavirus is spreading fast
Why pandemics are a concern
- The new age of global pandemic risk
- Big Pharma's bottom line is leaving the world vulnerable to pandemics
- Podcast: The next pandemic
- WHO warns of 13 emerging health threats including possible pandemics
- China's Belt and Road could carry ecological and health risks (Expert Voices)
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