The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, citing “extensive community transmission” of COVID-19 in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, late Saturday urged residents to refrain from non-essential travel for 14 days effective immediately. The advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries such as trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply.
“Just a little bit of separation can stop a fire from spreading,” said CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield,
The U.S. counted more than 120,000 cases of coronavirus early Sunday, with almost 2,200 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. More confirmations are expected as the U.S. ramps up testing.
More than 650,000 people are known to have been infected with COVID-19 globally, and over 30,000 have died.
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Trump backs off quarantine proposal
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ripped suggestions by President Donald Trump that he might institute a ban on New Yorkers’ travel to other states amid the coronavirus outbreak. “It would be a federal declaration of war on states,” Cuomo said. Late Saturday, Trump apparently backed off the idea, tweeting that he has was opting instead for the CDC’s travel advisory.
Governors in Texas, Florida, Maryland and South Carolina have ordered people arriving from the New York area – including New Jersey and Connecticut – and other virus hot spots to self-quarantine for at least 14 days upon arrival.
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Chicago jail: 89 detainees, 12 officers test positive
Eighty-nine detainees at Chicago’s Cook County jail have tested positive for COVID 19, and tests are pending on 92 more, Sheriff Thomas Dart announced. Nine inmates tested negative. Twelve sheriff’s office employees also have tested positive, Dart said. The jail currently houses about 5,000 inmates, down more than 400 from a week ago due to efforts to free non-violent offenders and those near completion of their sentences. The first two positive cases were revealed Monday.
Italy marks 10,000 deaths; Spain faces deadliest day
Italy’s death toll rose above 10,000 after 889 Italians died Saturday from COVID-19, authorities said. The daily number was down from Friday’s record of 969 deaths.
“History does not wait, we must live up to it,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said. “The coronavirus emergency response must be strong, vigorous and cohesive. I will fight for Italian citizens until the last drop of sweat.”
Officials in Spain announced a daily record of 838, bringing that nation’s total to more than 6,500.
3 NYPD members die in 48 hours
A detective has become the third New York Police Department worker to die as a result of COVID-19 in two days. Detective Cedric Dixon was a 23-year veteran stationed in Harlem, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said. Dennis Dickson, a custodian at police headquarters, died Thursday, and Administrative Assistant Giacomina Barr-Brown died Friday.
“We’ve lost three members of the NYPD family, Shea said. “Today we are all mourning and hurting together, as a family. When we emerge from this crisis, let us never forget the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.”
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FDA approves five-minute coronavirus test from Abbott Labs
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Illinois-based medical device maker Abbott Labs on Friday for a coronavirus test that delivers positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes, the company said.
The company expects the tests to be available next week and expects to ramp up manufacturing to deliver 50,000 tests per day.
The new test comes in the form of a small cartridge that fits in the palm of your hand, said John Frels, Abbott’s vice president of research and development.
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