March 3 coronavirus news

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8:54 a.m. ET, March 2, 2020

BMW quarantines 150 German employees after one worker tests positive for coronavirus

The BMW corporate headquarters is seen in this file photo in Munich.
The BMW corporate headquarters is seen in this file photo in Munich. FrankHoermann/Sven Simon/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

BMW has put about 150 employees under quarantine in Munich, Germany, after one employee tested positive for coronavirus.

Here's the statement from BMW:

"We confirm that an employee of the BMW Group in Munich was tested positive for the corona virus. The employee has been under medical treatment since the weekend. He is doing well under the circumstances.
The health and safety of our employees is our top priority. In view of current developments, the BMW Group has therefore immediately initiated further measures to protect its employees. For example, all colleagues who were in contact with him were requested to undergo the recommended 14-day self-quarantine. The affected premises were closed off and disinfected. Operations are continuing without restrictions.
We are in constant close contact with our medical health service and the relevant authorities and are keeping our employees updated regularly regarding current developments."
11:21 a.m. ET, March 2, 2020

2 more coronavirus cases reported in Singapore

A pedestrian wearing protective face mask cross the road in Singapore.\n
A pedestrian wearing protective face mask cross the road in Singapore.\n Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

Health officials in Singapore have confirmed two additional novel coronavirus cases bringing the city-wide total number of cases to 108.

The Ministry of Health said that both cases had no recent travel history to China, Daegu and Cheongdo. One of the newly confirmed cases in tied to a cluster 12 confirmed cases at a company called Wizlearn Technologies, the ministry said in a statement.

So far, 78 patients have recovered from the novel coronavirus and been discharged from hospital. Of the 30 confirmed cases still being treated in hospital, six cases are in critical condition. 

 

8:48 a.m. ET, March 2, 2020

There are 89 coronavirus cases in the US

Medics and other healthcare workers transfer a patient on a stretcher to an ambulance at the Life Care Center of Kirkland, the long-term care facility linked to the two of three confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, in Kirkland, Washington on Sunday.
Medics and other healthcare workers transfer a patient on a stretcher to an ambulance at the Life Care Center of Kirkland, the long-term care facility linked to the two of three confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, in Kirkland, Washington on Sunday. David Ryder/REUTERS

There are now 89 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in the United States.

This count included cases confirmed by the CDC as well as presumptive positive cases that have been confirmed through the US public health system of state and local health agencies, but are still pending CDC confirmation. 

These include...

  • 44 people who were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship
  • 3 people repatriated from China
  • 42 US cases

The 42 US cases include 16 in California, one in Massachusetts, 13 in Washington state (including 2 fatalities), one in Arizona, three in Illinois, one in Wisconsin, two in Oregon, two in Rhode Island, one in New York and two in Florida. 

There are at least 19 instances of possible community spread transmission, and at least four cases that have not been classified as either travel related or community spread.

10:19 a.m. ET, March 2, 2020

UK outbreak is expected to spread further says Prime Minister

The coronavirus outbreak in Britain is likely to get “more significant” in "the next days and weeks," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Monday after chairing an emergency committee meeting of his cabinet (Cobra).

He said that the government was making every preparation for that and added that the government’s response to the outbreak was being informed by scientific and health advice.

“As and when – if and when – it starts to spread … we are in a position to take the steps that will be necessary,” Johnson said.

The UK government is expected to release more information to the public on Tuesday on its “battle plan” to combat the virus.

8:24 a.m. ET, March 2, 2020

New York City coronavirus patient didn't take public transit, governor says

 New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the 39-year-old health care worker who returned from Iran and tested positive for coronavirus is isolated in her home and being treated.

She was not symptomatic on the plane and she did not take public transportation. He said she was very aware of the situation and took precautions. 

Two cases are pending testing and Cuomo said New York will be testing for community spread.

“I fully expect to find community spread. You can't have it in this many places on the globe and in this many places in the country and it not be in New York," he said on CNN this morning.

He added: “We'll be ramping up our testing capacity. Again, we expect to find people who test positive

8:41 a.m. ET, March 2, 2020

Adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader dies from Coronavirus, state radio reports

 

Li Muzi/Xinhua/Getty Images
Li Muzi/Xinhua/Getty Images

An adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has died after contracting coronavirus, state radio reported on Monday. 

Mohammad Mirmohammadi, 71, was a member of the Expediency Council that advises Khamenei.

8:24 a.m. ET, March 2, 2020

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8:09 a.m. ET, March 2, 2020

EU raises coronavirus risk alert level to high

President of the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a press conference at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in Brussels on March 2.
President of the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a press conference at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in Brussels on March 2. John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union’s risk alert level for the novel coronavirus has been raised from moderate to high, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said at a Monday news conference.

“ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) has announced today that the risk level has risen from moderate to high for people in the European Union, in other words the virus continues to spread," von der Leyen said.

There have been more than 2,000 confirmed cases in the EU, with the bulk of the outbreak happening in Italy.

The EU’s Crisis Management Commissioner, Janez Lenarčič, told the news conference that every country needed to be prepared.

“While we should not give in to panic, the situation is likely to still get worse. So we need to be prepared. Time is of the essence here.”
8:07 a.m. ET, March 2, 2020

Several schools close in the state of Washington

The exterior of Jackson High School is seen in Mill Creek, Washington on February 29.
The exterior of Jackson High School is seen in Mill Creek, Washington on February 29. David Ryder/Getty Images

Several schools in the state of Washington are closed on Monday as the number coronavirus infections rises in the United States. 

Kentwood High School (Kent, WA) and Covington Elementary School 

A parent of two Kentwood High School students is being tested for the coronavirus after experiencing flu-like symptoms, according to a statement on the school's website. The parent was recently at a local health care center where other cases of coronavirus had been confirmed. 

Another member of this family, who is not showing any flu-like symptoms, works at Covington Elementary School. The family is currently self quarantined at home. On Monday the custodial staff will begin thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting both schools, which could take more than one day. 

Colville School District

All school in the Colville School District are closed Monday, according to the school district.

Schools will remain closed until test results return for a person suspected of having the virus, it added: "Testing could take from 1-3 days."

Jackson High School (Mill Creek, WA), Gateway Middle School and Heatherwood Middle School

The three schools will be closed Monday according to an announcement posted on the Everett Public Schools website. A student at Jackson High School was confirmed to have the virus on Friday.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (Kirkland, WA)

The Lake Washington Institute of Technology said on its website that the school "will be closed on Monday, March 2 and Tuesday, March 3, to continue disinfecting and cleaning the campus."

Late last week, 16 nursing students and a faculty member visited the Life Care Center in Kirkland, a nursing facility connected to six cases of coronavirus, including one death.