The deadly coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, despite increasingly strict quarantine measures around the world. As the number of cases grows, experts are warning that life worldwide will be severely disrupted for many months.
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Here are some significant developments:
- All 50 states and the District of Columbia have confirmed cases of the coronavirus, after West Virginia announced its first patient Tuesday. More than 110 people infected with the virus have died in the United States, a toll that experts expect to rise quickly.
- Americans could get a check for $1,000 or more in the coming weeks, as political leaders coalesce around a dramatic plan to try to prevent a deeper-than-expected recession and protect people from going bankrupt. “For the people that are now out of work because of the important and necessary containment policies … money will soon be coming to you,” President Trump wrote on Twitter early Wednesday.
- Markets slumped in Asia and Europe on Wednesday; U.S. stock indexes are poised to drop, as well.
- China — the original epicenter of the crisis — is reporting very few new cases. The country is clamping down on international arrivals and mandating strict quarantines to prevent imported infections from triggering a resurgence in local transmission.
- China’s Communist Party, increasingly sensitive to criticism of its handling of the outbreak, imposed harsh new restrictions on U.S. journalists based in the country, including expelling those who work for The Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
Source: Washington Post