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Coronavirus live updates: Japan approves emergency powers for PM; sports events scrapped

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Italy’s health ministry said as of 6 p.m. local time on March 12, there were a total of 15,113 cases, including 1,258 people who have recovered and 1,016 who have died. South Korea reported an additional 110 cases of COVID-19 as well as one new patient death. China’s National Health Commission said there were 8 …

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Italy closes most shops and restaurants as coronavirus death toll jumps 30% in 24 hours

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The latest restrictions come as the virus death toll surged over 30% on Wednesday to more than 800 – the biggest daily jump since the start of the outbreak. Italy is already under a national lockdown restricting citizens’ movement and activities. Prime Minister Conte said the world was watching to see how Italy responds. Italy …

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NYC councilman: Coronavirus closure decisions weigh ‘major costs’ against public health risks

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New York City Councilman Mark Levine said Wednesday that health officials have to consider the ripple effects of any decision to close schools or implement travel restrictions. “Because everyone of these actions has a real cost, it has to be taken by weighing the pros and cons and a real sober assessment of risk,” Levine …

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Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Wuhan for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak

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Chinese President Xi Jinping flew into Wuhan city on Tuesday morning to inspect new coronavirus control efforts, according to state news broadcaster CCTV.  The visit marks the latest step in the leader’s public turnaround on involvement in fighting the disease, which has killed more than 3,100 people in the country after emerging in Wuhan in December. …

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Sen. Ted Cruz says he’s self-quarantining after a brief interaction with CPAC attendee who tested positive for coronavirus

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Sen. Ted Cruz said he’s self-quarantining after finding out he “briefly interacted” a coronavirus patient.  Cruz said he does not meet the CDC criteria for self-quarantine but is doing so “out of an abundance of caution.” Gosar said he, along with three of his senior staff, are officially under self-quarantine after sustained contact at CPAC with …

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Amazon is secretly working on a cure for the common cold

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Amazon is working on a cure for the common cold in its highly secretive skunk works group, “Grand Challenge.”  The code name is “Project Gesundheit,” according to several people familiar with the project. Scientists have tried to develop new treatments for the cold since the 1950 s, as the week long illness costs the economy …

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Central banks have ‘far less ammunition’ to save the global economy from coronavirus

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Several central banks around the world, including the U.S. Federal Reserve, have lowered interest rates to support their economies amid the coronavirus outbreak. But investors and economists said there’s not much monetary policy can do to save the global economy — especially when some major central banks have already cut interest rates into the negative …

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Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Adobe pull out of more conferences as coronavirus spreads

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Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Adobe on Monday announced their decisions to cancel, alter and pull out of various upcoming conferences due to the spreading of the coronavirus.  The companies’ decisions are the latest in a series of cancelations to major annual events held by the tech industry each year. Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Adobe on …

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Robotic medicine may be the weapon the world needs to combat the coronavirus

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Robotic medicine may be the weapon the world needs to combat the coronavirus.  The COVID-19 viral outbreak, which began in Wuhan, China, is now spreading to many countries, including South Korea, Iran and Italy, and CDC officials warned Tuesday that an outbreak in the U.S. is likely. Telemedicine is playing a key role. Robotic devices …

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