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Grand Princess cruise, Washington cases

A cruise ship remains at a safe distance from San Francisco and the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Washington state rose to 70 on Thursday – pushing the U.S. total above 220 – as the global fight against the epidemic intensified.

The nation’s death toll has risen to 12, 11 of them in Washington. Fifty-one of the confirmed cases are located in King County, Seattle, where ten deaths occurred, public health officials said. Many of the cases result from an outbreak in the Kirkland Life Care Center.

Neighboring Snohomish County had 18 cases and Grant County in the central part of the state reported its first case Thursday.

More than 3,300 deaths and nearly 100,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide, most of them in mainland China.

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The health conference Trump had to attend canceled

The conference of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society that President Donald Trump was scheduled to speak in Orlando next week was canceled Thursday. Officials said the decision was “clearly necessary” and “inevitable”.

“Based on evaluating changing circumstances and coordinating with an external advisory group of medical professionals to support evidence-based decision making, it is clear that it would be an unacceptable risk to bring so many thousands of people together in Orlando next week,” Hal Wolf, president and CEO of HIMSS, he said in a press release.

This will be the first time in 58 years that the event has been canceled, HIMSS said.

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society is an American non-profit association dedicated to improving health care in terms of quality, safety, affordability and access through the best use of information technology and management systems.

Cruise ship kept away from San Francisco

About 3,500 passengers are asked to stay in their rooms on Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess cruise ship off the coast of California while awaiting coronavirus test results, regardless of whether they were one of the fewer than 100 passengers who were tested.

The Seattle district closes schools for 22,000 students

A suburban school district in Seattle closed all its schools for 14 days in an attempt to slow down the coronavirus epidemic that infiltrated King and Snohomish counties. In a long letter published on the Northshore school district website and emailed to all parents Wednesday evening, Superintendent Michelle Reid said she came to her decision with the support of local leaders, describing the move as a “strategic approach” to health and well-being. be staff and 22,000 students in the district.

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Amtrak works to combat the threat of coronavirus

Amtrak is stepping up the cleaning protocol for trains and stations and giving up booking modification rates by the end of April. The rail service issued a statement outlining the major cleanup measures as a safety move, adding that it has had no confirmed cases of coronavirus exposure to passengers and employees and that there are no travel restrictions.

Amtrak says it plans to speed up the cleaning frequency on trains and at stations, sometimes on an hourly basis. Additional antibacterial products, including disinfectants and wipes, will be provided in employees’ stations, trains and work areas.

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Dogs and cats cannot transmit coronavirus to humans

Hong Kong’s agriculture, fisheries and conservation departments have concluded that domestic dogs and cats cannot transmit the new coronavirus to humans, but can positively test low pathogen levels if they catch it from their owners. This occurs after a quarantined dog tested weak for the virus on February 27, February 28 and March 2.

Hong Kong health experts have agreed that the dog has a low level of infection and is “likely to be human-to-animal transmission.” The dog will be tested again before being released. The department suggested quarantining all pets, including dogs and cats, from families where someone has successfully tested the virus.

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Iran: put that paper money down

Iranian authorities ordered the closure of all educational and cultural institutions across the nation during the Persian New Year on March 20 and urged citizens not to use paper money as the coronavirus death toll rose to 107. More than 3,500 virus cases have been confirmed there. Officials also set up checkpoints to limit travel between major cities and Tehran announced that all public places in the city, including subway trains and buses, are being disinfected every hour.

How many cases of coronavirus in the United States and where?

There have been at least 215 confirmed cases since Thursday afternoon, according to a coronavirus dashboard operated by Johns Hopkins University. This number is expected to increase, as the CDC has expanded its testing efforts and encouraged further tests at health centers across the country. Common signs of infection include fever, cough and breathing difficulties. If the infection worsens, it can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and death.

What is the death toll from coronaviruses worldwide?

The global death toll was at least 3,348 on Thursday afternoon, with over 2,900 in mainland China, where the outbreak broke out in the bustling capital of Hubei province, Wuhan. The worldwide number of confirmed cases was 97,879.

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