Italy has more than 1,600 confirmed cases, while Iran surpassed 1,500, with 66 deaths. Travelers from both countries appear to have spread the virus to other nations in the Middle East and Europe. A French citizen was diagnosed with the virus in Senegal on Monday, marking the country’s first known case and the second in sub-Saharan Africa. Elsewhere, Indonesia, one of the few large nations thought to be free of the virus, said Monday it had two confirmed cases, while others were reported from Australia to India to Portugal.
Here are the latest developments:
- The U.S. death toll rose to six on Monday, with the number of cases topping 100 across 15 states.
- There are at least 18 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Washington state. Kirkland, Wash., has become a hub for the coronavirus response, as evidence suggests the virus may have spread undetected in the state for weeks.
- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to cancel the planned release of dozens of people from quarantine in his state after a patient tested positive for the virus after she was mistakenly released and spent 12 hours in the community, visiting a mall and a hotel.
- As President Trump boasted of his efforts to contain the outbreak in the United States on Monday evening, Gov. Jay Inslee (D) of Washington, the location of the nation’s most serious outbreak, said people should consider avoiding large public events and prepare for other disruptions in their daily lives as the coronavirus continues to spread.