February 28 coronavirus news

By Helen Regan, Adam Renton, Angela Dewan, Mike Hayes, Meg Wagner and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 0208 GMT (1008 HKT) February 29, 2020
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6:49 p.m. ET, February 28, 2020

Monaco reports its first case of coronavirus

From CNN's Merieme Arif

A person admitted Friday morning to the Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco, a country in western Europe, has tested positive for coronavirus, according to Monaco's official government Twitter account.

One person who the patient came into contact with has been confined at home.

An investigation is underway to trace the patient’s movements and identify the individuals the patient has been in contact with.

6:50 p.m. ET, February 28, 2020

Coronavirus cases in Spain rise to 39

From CNN’s Laura Perez-Maestro in Madrid

Newly reported confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Spain brought the nationwide total to 39 on Friday.

Of those 39:

  • 37 are in quarantine (eight in Andalusia, one in Aragon, two in Castilla Leon, 10 in Valencia, five in the Canary Islands, seven in Madrid and four in Catalonia)
  • Two have recovered from the illness (one in Canary Island and one in the Balearic Islands).
6:48 p.m. ET, February 28, 2020

US State Department raises travel advisory for Italy amid coronavirus outbreak

From CNN's Jennifer Hansler 

The US State Department on Friday raised its travel advisory for Italy to Level 3, meaning travelers should reconsider travel due to the novel coronavirus.

There is only one other travel advisory higher – Level 4, which means do not travel.

"At this time, CDC recommends avoiding non-essential travel to Italy," the State Department's advisory says.

6:49 p.m. ET, February 28, 2020

70 additional US military medical personnel head to South Korea, official says

From CNN's Barbara Starr

About 70 additional US military medical personnel will deploy to US installations in South Korea, a military official said.

Their main mission will be to help test military personnel, their dependents and contractor personnel once test kits arrive from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, several officials say it is still not clear when those kits will arrive even though the outbreak in South Korea has grown in recent days.

The medical personnel will provide clinical care and laboratory support and help identify personnel that have been exposed.

6:11 p.m. ET, February 28, 2020

President Trump says he hopes Federal Reserve 'gets involved' over economic fears related to coronavirus

From CNN's Maegan Vazquez and Sam Fossum

Alex Wong/Getty Images
Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Donald Trump told reporters Friday at the White House that he hopes the Federal Reserve "gets involved" by cutting interest rates.

"Well I hope the Fed gets involved. You know I’m not a big fan of the Fed. You know that. I think they make a lot of mistakes. They’ve made a lot of mistakes, but I hope the Fed gets involved and I hope they get involved soon," Trump said. 

The President then began comparing the US to other countries, like Germany, who were "putting in a lot of money and they're probably lowering rates," he said.

"If you look at other countries, they’re all stuffing the till, they’re all going in there, they’re putting in a lot of money," Trump said. "And our Fed sits there, doesn’t do what they’re supposed to be doing."

Central banks around the world are closely monitoring the novel coronavirus outbreak, and investors believe they will step in to keep the world's economies humming.

Stocks have been selling off all week, even briefly falling into a correction Thursday, as investors and economists grew increasingly concerned about the virus' impact on global supply chains and trade.

"The coronavirus poses evolving risks to economic activity," Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said in a statement. He added that the Fed is "closely monitoring developments and their implications for the economic outlook."

5:48 p.m. ET, February 28, 2020

There are no plans to modify Cherry Blossom Festival over coronavirus concerns, National Park Service says

CNN’s Mary Kay Mallonee and Greg Wallace

Visitors enjoy the cherry blossom trees during the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, in 2016.
Visitors enjoy the cherry blossom trees during the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, in 2016.

The National Park Service said Friday it currently has no plans to modify the popular spring Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington due to the coronavirus but is “closely monitoring the situation.”   

"While there have been no identified cases of Coronavirus in any national park, the National Park Service Office of Public Health and the US Public Health Service officers assigned to the National Park Service are closely monitoring the situation and keeping park staffs informed, relying on the most updated data and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," NPS said in a statement.

The weeks-long festival, centered around the flowering trees planted near the National Mall in Washington, typically takes place in March and April and draws visitors from around the country and world, NPS said. Last year, about 1.6 million people from around the world attended the festival, NPS said.

5:23 p.m. ET, February 28, 2020

Florida is currently monitoring 150 people for coronavirus

From CNN’s Rosa Flores and Sara Wesfeldt

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Vice President Mike Pence, right, take questions during a Florida Coronavirus Response Meeting, at the West Palm Beach International Airport, Friday, February 28, in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Vice President Mike Pence, right, take questions during a Florida Coronavirus Response Meeting, at the West Palm Beach International Airport, Friday, February 28, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Terry Renna/AP

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said that 700 people who have returned from China have been monitored for coronavirus in the state. Of those, 150 are still being monitored, 15 have tested negative and 4 are “under investigation.” 

What this means: Being “monitored” means the person is self-isolated and with limited contact — keeping at least 6-feet distance — with others. The individual also checks his or her temperature twice a day. If the person develops symptoms, they are asked to contact the state.

The people who have been tested for Coronavirus have exhibited symptoms like coughing and fever. The four people who are “under investigation” exhibited respiratory symptoms.

DeSantis made this announcement after meeting with Vice President Mike Pence in West Palm Beach.

DeSantis said he expressed that one of the biggest issues the state is dealing with is not being able to test for coronavirus locally. The Florida governor said he would like to have testing done in Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami. 

5:14 p.m. ET, February 28, 2020

Mexico confirms its second case of coronavirus

From CNN's Clara Lopez in Atlanta

Dr. Efren Encina Torres
Dr. Efren Encina Torres CNN

Mexico’s health ministry has “confirmed two cases of coronavirus in Mexico, the first in the capital and the second in Sinaloa,” the Mexican government said on its official Twitter Friday.

The patient, who will not be taken to the hospital unless his health worsens, has been isolated in a hotel room, Sinaloa’s health secretary, Dr. Efren Encina Torres said at a press conference.

Mexican Health Secretary Jorge Alcocer Varela told Sinaloa health authorities that the patient traveled to Italy on Feb. 15 and arrived to Mexico on Feb. 22, Dr. Encina Torres added. Five days later, the patient landed at the Culiacan airport in Sinaloa from Mexico City and Guadalajara.

The patient was with another person who is also isolated and undergoing tests, Dr. Encina Torres said.

4:39 p.m. ET, February 28, 2020

Anderson Cooper will be live soon and talking to reporters around the world

The World Health Organization has announced the coronavirus outbreak has reached the “highest level” of risk for the world.

Anderson Cooper Full Circle will be live at 5 p.m. and will check in with correspondents around the world to see how countries are handling the outbreak.

You can watch Full Circle at the top of this page.