Coronavirus live updates: the global death toll reaches nearly 3,000; Rhode Island announces the 1st alleged positive

The global coronavirus death toll has reached nearly 3,000 people as countries around the world continue to report their findings to the World Health Organization.

At least 70 cases and one death have been reported in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here is how the situation unfolds on Sunday (all times to the east).

11:57 am Senator Charles Schumer promotes full Medicare coverage for the coronavirus vaccine

New York Senator Charles Schumer is pushing for the coronavirus vaccine to be completely covered by Medicare when ready.

Schumer said that the elderly are among the population that needs the vaccine most and should not “have to choose between shelling out or going without”.

Immunization coverage varies by vaccine based on current Medicare standards, Schumer said.

11:50 am Delta suspends flights between New York and Milan

Delta Airlines announced Sunday that it has suspended flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Milan Malpensa Airport until May 1.

American Airlines previously said it would suspend flights between JFK and Milan until April 25th.

Delta, American and United Airlines currently offer travel exemptions to Italy.

The three carriers previously suspended flights to mainland China and Hong Kong until the end of April.

11:22 The Louvre museum will not open on Sunday

The famous Louvre Museum in Paris announced on Sunday that it would not open due to the threat of the coronavirus.

The museum had previously announced that it was delaying opening following officials’ instructions.

On Saturday, French officials announced that collective gatherings “in confined spaces” of over 5,000 and all major events likely to bring foreigners from “risk areas” have been banned.

Those who purchased advance museum tickets will be refunded.

10:12 first presumptive case of coronavirus found in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Department of Health has announced the first alleged positive coronavirus case in the state.

The patient is around 40 years old and had traveled to Italy in mid-February and had limited travel within the state – and has not returned to work – since returning to the United States, according to the health agency.

All infection protocols are followed at the hospital where the patient is treated.

“The Rhode Island Department of Health has been preparing for weeks to ensure that we have a structure in place to, to the best of our ability, limit or prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Rhode Island. We have fully anticipated having a first case of COVID-19, “said Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, in a statement. “We are not seeing a widespread community broadcast in Rhode Island and the overall level of risk for Rhode Islanders is still low. However, everyone in Rhode Island has a role to play in helping us prevent the spread of viruses, just like the flu. It is very important that people wash their hands regularly, cover their coughs and sneezes and stay home if they are sick. ”

09:19 Surgeon General of the United States releases information to “stop the spread of rumors”

The U.S. Surgeon General has released a Twitter information thread to prevent the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus.

The first problem faced by the agency was the apparent racism against Asian Americans that spread due to the virus.

“Diseases can make anyone sick, regardless of race or ethnicity,” says the tweet. “People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID19 than any other American.”

The general surgeon also said that while the disease is severe, the immediate health risk of the public is “considered low” and reminded people to know the signs and symptoms of the virus, as well as the steps they need to take to maintain you and your people around you sure.


A death was recorded in the United States after a 50-year-old man succumbed to the virus in Washington State, officials said on Saturday.

Washington state is also examining a range of diseases in a long-term care facility, health officials said.

There have been 87,138 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in at least 60 countries and 2,980 deaths, according to the latest data published by the WHO.

On Sunday, the Iranian Ministry of Health raised the number of people who died of the virus to 54 after the infected count jumped overnight to 978, the Associated Press reported.

Coronavirus symptoms are similar to pneumonia and can range from mild symptoms, such as a mild cough, to more severe symptoms, including fever and difficulty breathing, according to the CDC.

The first cases of COVID-19 were believed to be related to a live animal market in China, but the virus has spread from person to person since then, probably in close contact with at least 6 feet.

At the moment the CDC does not recommend any healthy person to wear a mask, since tinkering with the mask could risk greater exposure of the hands to the face.

ABC News’s Alexandra Faul, Benjamin Stein, Rashid Haddou and Erin Schumaker contributed to this report.


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