Medical staff checking on a Covid-19 coronavirus patient at the Red Cross hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province.

March 8 coronavirus news

By Helen Regan, Jenni Marsh, Rob Picheta and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 11:07 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020
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9:56 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

14 coronavirus deaths are associated with a nursing home in Washington state

There are currently 16 coronavirus deaths in the US state of Washington, and 14 of those are associated with a nursing home in Kirkland, according to a Seattle & King County Public Health press release. 

The Life Care Center is at the center the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

Two new coronavirus deaths in the state are linked to the facility. A man in his 70s, who was a resident at the care home, died on March 2, while a woman in her 80s, who was also a Life Care resident, died on March 5, according to the press release.

Worsening symptoms:

Some Life Care Center patients have gone from no symptoms to acute symptoms within an hour, according to Tim Killian, spokesperson for Life Care Center of Kirkland.

"We've had patients die relatively quickly under those circumstances," he said. 

Staff are caring for patients to the best of their ability but "we cannot make any promise that exposure, further exposure, within the facility is not happening," Killian said. 

The virus is "volatile, unpredictable," he said.

Employees infected:

There were 180 staff members employed at Life Care Center as of February 19 and 70 employees now have symptoms of novel coronavirus.

The Center of Disease Control has provided "extra nurses, practitioners and doctors," to the nursing home.

Family members of residents there are seeking more answers on the conditions of their loved ones, including residents who they claim have died without being tested for the coronavirus.

9:46 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

Rescue crews pull out 48th survivor from China building collapse

From CNN's Steven Jiang in Beijing

Firefighters in China's Quanzhou city have pulled out another man from beneath the rubble of a hotel after it collapsed on Saturday.

The hotel was used as a coronavirus quarantine center, People's Daily and other state media outlets confirmed.

Search and rescue efforts began after 70 people were trapped in the building collapse.

Forty-eight people have now been rescued from the building.

According to Fujian Fire Department, 848 fire fighters, 169 fire engines and seven search dogs are taking part in the rescue mission, which is still ongoing.

Quanzhou is about 600 miles from Wuhan, the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak in China, where more than 3,000 people have died from the virus.

No fatalities have been reported in the building collapse.

It wasn't immediately clear why the structure came down.

9:37 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

Malaysia reports 10 new coronavirus cases

From Chermaine Lee in Hong Kong

Malaysia confirmed 10 additional cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the national tally to 93, according to state media Bernama.

The new cases are "close contacts" of a previously confirmed case.

One of them is also known to have traveled to Indonesia for seven days from February 13 and began showing symptoms on February 19.

9:26 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

Singapore reports eight new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 138

From Chermaine Lee and Akanksha Sharma in Hong Kong

Singapore recorded eight more novel coronavirus cases on Saturday raising the national tally to 138, according to the Ministry of Health.

The new cases included four men and two women who are Singapore citizens, as well as an Indonesian woman and an Italian man.

 Three of them had a recent travel history. Here's a breakdown:

  • 37-year-old Singaporean woman traveled to London from February 23 to 27
  • 56-year-old Singaporean woman went to Malaysia on February 21
  • 36-year-old Italian man was in the US from February 7 to 22, and in Italy from February 23 to 29.
  • Four of the confirmed cases reported on Saturday are linked to the cluster involving a private dinner function in Singapore's western region of Jurong. This cluster now accounts for 21 of the total confirmed cases in Singapore.

Of the total 138 confirmed cases in Singapore, 90 have been discharged, 40 are hospitalized and in a stable condition, and eight are in a critical state.

9:17 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

US coronavirus cases now at 442

There are 442 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local governments. 

Repatriated citizens account for 49 cases -- 3 from Wuhan and 46 from the Diamond Princess, according to the CDC. Twenty-one, meanwhile, are from the Grand Princess cruise ship being held off California.

According to CNN Health’s tally of US cases that are detected and tested in the United States through US public health systems, there are 372 cases in 31 states and District of Columbia, bringing the total of coronavirus cases to 442.

This includes presumptive positive cases that tested positive in a public health lab but are pending confirmation from the CDC, and confirmed cases have received positive results from the CDC.

 Here's a breakdown state-by-state:

  1. Arizona: 5  
  2. California: 81 (includes 1 death)  
  3. Colorado: 8 
  4. Washington, DC:1
  5. Florida: 11 (includes 2 deaths)
  6. Georgia: 7
  7. Hawaii: 1 
  8. Illinois: 6  
  9. Indiana: 1 
  10. Kansas: 1
  11. Kentucky: 1 
  12. Maryland: 3 
  13. Massachusetts: 13 
  14. Minnesota: 1 
  15. Missouri: 1
  16. Nebraska: 1  
  17. Nevada: 1  
  18. New Hampshire: 2 
  19. New Jersey: 4 
  20. New York: 89
  21. North Carolina: 2  
  22. Oklahoma: 1 
  23. Oregon: 7
  24. Pennsylvania: 4 
  25. Rhode Island: 3  
  26. South Carolina: 2 
  27. Tennessee: 1  
  28. Texas: 8 
  29. Utah: 1
  30. Virginia: 1
  31. Washington: 103 (includes 16 deaths)  
  32. Wisconsin: 1 

8:56 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

Global coronavirus deaths rise to 3,595

From CNN’s Shanshan Wang in Beijing and Chermaine Lee in Hong Kong

China's National Health Commission reported 27 new deaths from the coronavirus today, bringing the global death toll to 3,595 since the epidemic began. 

China has recorded 3,097 deaths, the majority of which have been in Hubei province -- ground zero for the outbreak. The total number of confirmed infections in China is now 80,695, with an increase of of 99 on Saturday.

The global total of cases now stands at 105,283.

Outside of mainland China, there have been 498 deaths reported.

  • Italy: 233 deaths
  • Iran: 145
  • South Korea: 46
  • United States: 19
  • France: 16
  • Japan: 13
  • Spain: 10
  • Iraq: 4
  • Hong Kong, UK, Australia: 2 deaths each

Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, Switzerland, Argentina, and the Netherlands have each reported 1 death.

8:51 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

What are the symptoms of the novel coronavirus?

From CNN's Faith Karimi

More than 100,000 people have been infected by coronavirus, as the disease officially known as Covid-19 spreads around the world.

If you're wondering whether you may have contracted the virus, here are some of the symptoms you should look out for.

Coronavirus usually gives people a mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness, similar to a common cold.

Some symptoms include:

  • a runny nose
  • a cough
  • a sore throat
  • a headache
  • a fever that can last for a couple of days

For those with a weakened immune system, the elderly and the very young, there's a chance the virus could cause a lower, and much more serious, respiratory tract illness like pneumonia or bronchitis.

Read more about the coronavirus and how you can catch it here.

8:31 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

Macao repatriates 57 residents from Wuhan

From Chermaine Lee in Hong Kong

Macau has repatriated 57 of its residents from the the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus.

They evacuees, aged from three months to 77 years old, returned to the city on a chartered flight Saturday evening local time, according to a government press release.

One person was prevented from joining the flight as his body temperature was above Hubei immigration services’ permitted maximum.

The arrivals were transferred to a public facility for a 14-day quarantine and will be required to take three tests to detect any traces of the novel coronavirus.

8:14 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

Trump is "not concerned at all” as virus impacts CPAC, DC

“I’m not concerned at all.”

That was President Donald Trump's response to reporters who asked if he was worried about being exposed to coronavirus after an attendee at CPAC, which he had been to, tested positive for the virus and Washington, DC announced a presumptive positive case.

The President was also asked if he would consider canceling political rallies with the virus spreading, but he said no.

“We’ll have tremendous rallies. We’re doing very well. We’ve done a fantastic job, with respect to that subject, on the virus,” Trump said.

The President was speaking alongside Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro ahead of their dinner at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.