One person each in South Dakota, California and New Jersey and another two people in Washington state have died from the novel coronavirus, health officials said, bringing the total number of fatalities in the United States to 31. Nationwide, there are more than 1000 reported cases of covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. It has been detected in more than 30 states, prompting many to declare states of emergency. Globally, Italy saw its highest single-day increase in deaths related to the virus.
After a shocking start to the week, U.S. stocks on Tuesday rallied on reports of a government stimulus that would help cushion the country from the economic effects of the outbreak.
Here are the latest developments:
- The White House is strongly considering pushing federal assistance for oil and natural gas producers hit by plummeting oil prices amid the coronavirus outbreak, as industry officials close to the administration clamor for help, according to four people familiar with internal deliberations.
- Hundreds of passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship, where 21 people have tested positive for covid-19, were allowed to disembark from the vessel in Oakland and were transported to hospitals and quarantine centers in a process that could take days.
- The White House plans to convene Apple, Facebook, Google and other top technology companies Wednesday to discuss ways that Washington can coordinate with Silicon Valley over the coronavirus.
- Google advised workers in North America to work from home to reduce the risk of the virus spreading. The California-based tech giant has more than 100,000 employees, most of whom are in North America.
- Italy’s coronavirus lockdown upends the most basic routines and joys and will remain in place until at least April 3.