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New York Declares Emergency – NYTimes

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York on Saturday as the state’s number of confirmed cases rose to 76, 11 of them in New York City, the latest of which is an Uber driver. The declaration of emergency will allow the state to speed up the purchasing of supplies and […]

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Italy Plans Large-Scale Lockdown in Country’s North to Fight Coronavirus – WSJ

MILAN—The Italian government is planning to lock down Lombardy, a region of 10 million people where Milan is the capital, and 11 provinces in neighboring regions, in the most sweeping steps any European country has so far prepared to take against the coronavirus epidemic. A draft decree from the Italian Prime Minister’s office, seen by […]

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SXSW Cancellation Not Covered by Insurance: Communicable diseases, viruses, and pandemics not part of policy – News – The Austin Chronicle

Asked if the financial loss of cancellation will be covered by an insurance plan, SXSW co-founder Nick Barbaro – who is also the publisher of the Chronicle – said the organization does not have cancellation insurance relating to a disease outbreak or triggered by the city declaring a “local state of disaster.”— Read on The Austin Chronicle […]

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The WHO sent 25 international experts to China and here are their main findings after 9 days – via Reddit

5% of people who are diagnosed with Covid require artificial respiration. Another 15% need to breathe in highly concentrated oxygen – and not just for a few days. The duration from the beginning of the disease until recovery is 3 to 6 weeks on average for these severe and critical patients (compared to only 2 […]

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Coronavirus: How hand sanitisers protect against infections – Compound Interest

There are a few criteria that hand sanitisers need to meet to be most effective. Alcohol-based sanitisers are more effective than their non-alcohol-based counterparts. However, the alcohol percentage by volume needs to be at least 60%. Below this, they’re less likely to kill the bacteria and viruses on your hands. The potency of alcohol-based hand […]

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‘This is not a drill,’ WHO says, rallying global fight against virus | The Times of Israel

This is not a drill. This is not the time for giving up. This is not a time for excuses. This is a time for pulling out all the stops. Countries have been planning for scenarios like this for decades. Now is the time to act on those plans. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Dr. […]

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Lufthansa Suspends 7100 Flights in March, Including to Israel

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Coronavirus outbreak already at pandemic levels, Israeli health official warns

The novel coronavirus spreading across the world is already at a “pandemic” stage, a top Israeli health official said Thursday, though world health authorities have held off from declaring a global outbreak. “Although officially the World Health Organization did not yet declare a pandemic, we do feel we are at a pandemic stage,” Asher Shalmon, […]

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Israel Adds Five Countries to Coronavirus Air Travel Restrictions

Israel has already imposed the measure with regard to flights from Italy, China and Singapore.

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Coronavirus: BA Reducing Flights to US

The New York Times reports that British Airways is cancelling some flights from London to the United States to match reduced demand for flying due to the impact of COVID-19. The slowdown continues. Where is this headed?