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Global Deaths From Covid-19 Pass 7,000; Silicon Valley Shuts Down: Virus Updates

Summary:

  • Australia prepares 2nd stimulus package
  • Canada closes borders to foreign travelers
  • New York State closes schools for 2 weeks
  • Dutch PM says experts believe ‘most’ citizens will catch virus
  • House leaders postpone return to Washington ‘indefinitely’
  • US airports seek $10B in gov’t assistance, per CNN
  • Trump tweets US will “powerfully support” industries life airlines
  • MLB opening day ‘indefinitely delayed’
  • New Jersey reports 80% jump in cases
  • Italy reports another 3,233 cases, 349 deaths
  • France orders people to stay home for 15 days
  • CDC says employee has tested positive
  • EU finance ministers announce ‘coordinated fiscal response’ worth 1% of GDP
  • White House releases new ‘national guidelines’ to stop virus
  • San Francisco earmarks $10M for those who miss work due to outbreak
  • El Salvador and Mexico spar over flight out of Mexico City:
  • Maryland governor bars utilities for turning off service for non payment
  • Barr tells American prosecutors to crack down on any virus-related fraud:
  • SF mayor orders residents to shelter in place beginning at midnight
  • 6 Bay Area counties to issue ‘shelter in place’ order
  • Actor Idris Elba tests positive
  • WH conference set for 3:30pmET
  • G-7 releases communique about ‘coordinated’ virus response
  • Trump tells governors to try and get their own respirators
  • Washington State shuts down bars, restaurants for 2 weeks
  • McDonald’s closes dining areas at company owned restaurants, asks franchisees to do the same
  • First cases confirmed in Tanzania, Somalia
  • Ohio requests to delay primary until June 2
  • Russia ‘limits’ entry of foreigners
  • Roche starts shipment of 400,000 tests
  • UK reports 18 new deaths, asks citizens to avoid all non-essential contact and travel, but avoids public closures
  • S&P cuts Boeing’s credit rating 2 notches
  • Chile tightens borders, bans foreigners from entry
  • Kudlow teases helicopter money; Romney pushes plan to hand every US adult $1,000
  • Cuomo warns US might not succeed in flattening the curve enough
  • Lombardy reports smallest jump in new cases since beginning of outbreak
  • Greenland reports first case
  • Google’s virus website booked up on first day of operation
  • Moscow bans all events with more than 50 people
  • Top Iranian cleric dies
  • Germany closes restaurants, bars, gyms and nightclubs until further notice.
  • EU Commission bars “non-EU citizens” from entering the area, but refuses to cave on internal controls
  • NY, NJ, Conn bar large gatherings
  • Israel mulls national lockdown

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Update (2030ET): Testing began on Monday for the first Covid-19 vaccine human trial in the US. The NIH has been fast-tracking work with biotech company Moderna to develop a vaccine using the genetic sequence of the new coronavirus. Other trials are also ongoing, including one run by Gilead in Wuhan.

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