A "Temporarily Closed" sign hangs in the window of Nordstrom Inc. store in the Midtown neighborhood of New York, U.S., on Friday, March 20, 2020. Some retail segments, such as grocery chains and Walmart, may benefit from the coronavirus outbreak. But for a sector already battered by the shift to online retailing and other structural changes, the coronavirus only portends more pain. (Photo: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg)
Under a statewide order to "Shelter in Place" San Francisco International Airport is deserted with s large question on the stability of the airline industry under the Coronavirus. (Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM)
People queue up to buy face masks in Hong Kong. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Editor’s Note: Here are the latest key updates you may have missed over the past weekend relating to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as of March 30, 2020. 

In the US.

According to the CDC (as of March 30, 2020):

  • Total cases: 140,904
  • Total deaths: 2,405
  • The total number of areas affected: 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Marianas, and U.S. Virgin Islands
(Source: Statista)

Last week, the U.S. passed China and Italy for the most coronavirus cases worldwide, reported Bloomberg.

President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The $2.2 trillion relief package is the largest ever in U.S. history. In a statement, Mike Becker, executive vice president and CEO of PIA National, said: “PIA National is pleased the U.S. House approved the $2 trillion emergency relief package, which is intended to provide urgently needed aid to several sectors of the economy. Both chambers moved relatively quickly on this legislation, a necessity during this difficult time for businesses.”

A Holland America cruise ship headed to Florida is carrying four deceased passengers and nearly 200 passengers with coronavirus-like symptoms. On Fox News, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said, “We cannot afford to have people who are not even Floridians dumped into South Florida using up those valuable resources,” he said, adding he is in touch with the White House over the fate of these ships. “We view this as a big, big problem, and we don’t want to see people dumped in southern Florida right now.”

President Trump extended federal guidance on social distancing to the end of April.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorization for the use of two antimalarial drugs (hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine) to treat those infected with the novel coronavirus.

The CDC issued travel advisories for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, urging residents to avoid “non-essential” travel for 14 days.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that potential coronavirus-caused deaths in the U.S. could reach 100,00 to 200,000.

 

Around the world

According to the World Health Organization (as of March 29, 2020):

  • Total cases globally: 693,224
  • Total deaths globally: 33,106
  • The total number of countries and territories affected: 202
(Source: Statista)

Officials in the U.K. offered self-employed residents $11 billion (9 billion pounds) in cash. The three-month plan would pay self-employed working grants as much as 2,500 pounds a month. Workers earning less than 50,000 pounds year will be eligible.

Inter-American Development Bank, which services Latin America and the Caribbean, will make $12 billion available to countries for coronavirus response costs.

On Saturday, China temporarily closed its borders to foreigners. Additionally, the government has restricted foreign airlines to a single route.

One of Europe’s largest airlines, EasyJet, announced it is grounding all aircraft during the pandemic.

The Opening Ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics has officially been rescheduled for July 23, 2021.

The Netherlands, Portugal, Italy and Spain reported the lowest case growth and deaths over the weekend, while cases increase in Iran and Russia.

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