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March 7 coronavirus news

By Ben Westcott, Adam Renton, Rob Picheta, Fernando Alfonso III and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 9:00 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020
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12:27 a.m. ET, March 7, 2020

University of Southern California temporarily moves classes online next week due to coronavirus

The University of Southern California (USC) has announced that classes will temporarily move online from March 11 to 13, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“We will replace in-person classes with online lectures & seminars to test our readiness should we need to take stronger action for health & safety. The campus will remain fully open and functional at this time,” the university said in a tweet.

According to a statement sent out to the USC community, this is a campus-wide test in case longer term home classes are ever needed.

“We need to test our technical capabilities to ensure academic continuity in an online environment should there be a disruption,” said the university.

The school confirmed that there are no cases of the coronavirus on campus and that the university is fully functional. Campus events are scheduled to take place as planned and employees are expected to be at work, according to the statement.

12:23 a.m. ET, March 7, 2020

NYC says slow federal action has "impeded our ability" to fight virus in letter to CDC

New York City has urgently requested more resources from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a letter obtained by the New York Times.

In the letter from Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Raul Perea-Henze, the New York City government said “the slow federal action on this matter has impeded our ability to beat back this epidemic."

The city also asked for additional testing kits, according to the New York Times, noting the two previously provided kits “do not meet the needs of New York City, America’s most populated city with 8.6 million (population).”

“With multiple positive cases, NYC needs maximum testing capacity to enable successful implementation of the public health strategies that best protect New Yorkers,” Perea-Henze wrote.
“The importance of NYC having additional testing kits and expanding our testing capacity cannot be overstated."
12:15 a.m. ET, March 7, 2020

Worldwide coronavirus cases have passed 100,000. These 5 countries are the worst hit

The novel coronavirus has spread throughout the world since the first cases were detected in central China in December. More than 3,400 people have died globally and over 101,000 have been infected, according to CNN's tally.

These five countries have been worst hit:

  1. Mainland China: 80,651 cases; 3,070 deaths 
  2. South Korea: 6,767 cases, 44 deaths
  3. Iran: 4,747 cases, 124 deaths
  4. Italy: 4,636 cases, 197 deaths
  5. Japan: 1,045 cases, 12 deaths (includes 706 cases linked to Diamond Princess cruise ship)

Here's a full list of cases worldwide.

11:56 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

South Korea raises Japan travel alert level over coronavirus fears

From CNN’s Sophie Jeong in Seoul.

South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced today it will raise its travel-alert level for all areas of Japan amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Seoul said all areas of Japan except those already with high travel alerts will go from a level 1 “blue alert/precautious” to level 2 “yellow alert/high cautious” level. 

The measures will come into effect on Monday, March 9.

“As many questions are being raised from the international community over the recent nontransparent infection situation and weak response in Japan, the coronavirus infection is continuously spreading,” the South Korean ministry said. The decision to raise the travel-alert level was made “in consideration of the concern that our citizens are exposed to infection.”

The move comes after Japan on Thursday announced similar travel restrictions for its citizens for travel to South Korea. South Korea’s Foreign Ministry expressed “strong regret” over Tokyo's decision following Japan’s travel restriction announcement.

South Korea now has more than 6,700 cases of the coronavirus within its borders, while Japan has over 1,000, including more than 700 linked to the Diamond Princess Cruise ship that was quarantined in Yokohama Bay in February.

11:35 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

California's Alameda County confirms 2nd case of coronavirus, a passenger on Grand Princess cruise

A new case of the novel coronavirus from a passenger who was on the now-quarantined Grand Princess cruise ship has been confirmed in Northern California’s Alameda County.

The patient is an older adult who has underlying health conditions and is currently hospitalized, the Alameda County Public Health Department said in a news release.

Their family members are now under quarantine.

Alameda County’s Public Health Department is urging all residents who were on the Grand Princess cruise from February 11 to February 21 to get tested if they are experiencing any symptoms.

There are 11 confirmed US cases of the virus from former passengers who were on the Grand Princess cruise ship that traveled from San Francisco to Mexico.

11:13 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

In the middle of a coronavirus outbreak, Seattle adjusts to changes

From CNN's Omar Jimenez, Julia Jones, Kay Jones and Steve Almasy

It is Friday morning at Seattle's famous Pike Place Market and Mike Kirn and the other fish mongers are setting up for business.

They've had their warmup stretches and they've talked about how the novel coronavirus is affecting the Puget Sound area and being a bright spot for their customers.

"We're always going to be here for the people, creating a nice space for people to come and have some good vibes while negative stuff going out there," he says about the market, known for the entertaining way the staff tosses fish around.

But there's a new reality beginning to form in the city of almost 800,000 people, affecting nearly every aspect of life from business to traffic and even education.

Fewer people are going to work -- or to school. Big companies have told employees to telework and the University of Washington and a Seattle area school district have told their 80,000 students combined to take their classes online for up to several weeks

Read the full article here.

11:01 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

Utah announces its first case of the novel coronavirus

There are now 29 US states with cases of the novel coronavirus, after Utah announced a resident had tested positive.

The Utah Department of Health said in a news release that the resident had contracted the coronavirus while onboard the Grand Princess cruise ship, which is anchored off the coast of California under quarantine.

The patient -- described as a Davis County resident over the age of 60 -- sought medical attention after returning home and developing symptoms. The patient is now at home in isolation.

The presumptive positive result for coronavirus came from testing at the Utah Public Health Laboratory.

10:57 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

Florida reports 2 coronavirus deaths, bringing US toll to 17

From CNN's Rosa Flores

Two patients who tested positive for the novel coronavirus have died, the Florida Department of Health announced Friday night.

Both of the deceased -- one of whom was in their 70s -- had recently returned from international trips to undisclosed locations. One was in Santa Rosa County while the other in Lee County.

In addition to the two deaths, Florida's Department of Health announced two new presumptive positive cases of the coronavirus in Broward County.

This brings the US death toll to 17. These are the first US deaths outside the states of California and Washington. 

10:45 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

Worker at downtown Seattle Starbucks store diagnosed with coronavirus

An employee at a downtown Seattle Starbucks has tested positive for novel coronavirus, according to a memo released by the company Friday evening.

Starbucks said the worker is now isolated at home. The store where the patient worked is now closed, and the company said it was subjected to a deep cleaning overnight.

The local health department gave the store the go-ahead to return to business, according to the company, but Starbucks has not announced when the location will reopen.