Japan reports first virus death President Xi says China will minimize impact from virus Chinese leadership scapegoats local officials Death toll and case count soared last night: There are more than 60k cases worldwide, and more than 1300 deaths EIA joins OPEC in warning about upcoming drop in oil use, the first in a decade. HHS Secretary says CDC will announce another confirmed COVID-19 case in US on Thursday 21 people in Spain released from quarantine US admin reportedly questioning China’s reporting White House reportedly “doubts” China’s coronavirus numbers CDC warns more infections possible after first US case confirmed in Texas (15th overall) 2 Russian women attempt escape from quarantine EU could close border if outbreak worsens
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Update (1230ET): As Beijing insists that it’s safe for foreign nations to soon lift their travel restrictions on China, CNN reports that the European Union is considering closing its borders if the outbreak really escalates.
They cite a Croatian health official, who said the plan is in the works, though he strongly suspects that it won’t be necessary.
The WHO has said that level of restriction isn’t necessary, but that’ hasn’t stopped Russia from closing part of its border and other countries restricting travel by Chinese.
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Update (1215ET): For the second day in a row, the CDC has warned that more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US are inevitable, especially as the testing of ~800 evacuees from Wuhan continues.
After confirming the US’s 15th case at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, officials warned