SitRep: COVID-19 March 10

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COVID-19 Update: Italy Closed; Wall Street Hosed; Trump Exposed?

by John Gever, Managing Editor, MedPage Today

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Italy, with more than 9,000 cases and 463 deaths as of early Tuesday, goes on complete lockdown nationwide — most businesses and institutions closed, streets deserted. (CNN)

More than 100,000 cases in more than 100 countries. Surely it’s a pandemic? Nope, not yet, said the World Health Organization (WHO) director-general on Monday.

Shades of 1929: coronavirus fears hit Wall Street harder than ever. The Dow Jones average fell nearly 8%; broader indexes about the same. (Wall Street Journal)

The global outbreak’s economic fallout prompted an emergency White House meeting, out of which came an outline for a plan to cut payroll taxes and provide paid leave for workers idled by quarantines or lockdowns. (CNBC)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services urged emergency departments to screen patients for the virus and issued actionable guidance for providers, with a focus on high-risk facilities such as hospices and nursing homes.

New York state’s case count on Monday stood at 142, up 40% from the day before, with 25 in New York City; among the victims, the man who heads the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the region’s airports. New Jersey declared a state of emergency. (New York Times, NJ.com)

King County in Washington reported 33 more cases, now totalling 116, with 20 deaths so far.

Israel took the strongest border-control action of any nation on Monday, requiring everyone coming from other countries to undergo a 14-day quarantine — no exceptions. (NPR)

Passengers on the Grand Princess cruise ship were allowed off in Oakland, California, where they quickly went into quarantine. (Reuters)

Televangelist Jim Bakker’s TV show was among seven companies receiving FDA/FTC warnings about “fraudulent” sales pitches for coronavirus treatments.

More GOP congressmen who attended the CPAC political event last month are self-isolating — and one of them just flew on Air Force One with President Trump. Another was seen on video shaking hands and chatting face to face with the president before entering self-quarantine. (CNBC, Reuters)

Three new countries recorded their first cases of COVID-19: Bangladesh, Albania, and Paraguay, according to the latest WHO data.

Hundreds of healthcare workers in California and Washington state were ordered into quarantine: how can facilities cope when so many staff are suddenly no longer available? (Kaiser Health News)

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