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March 9 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Joshua Berlinger, Steve George, Tara John and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 10:14 p.m. ET, March 9, 2020
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1:10 a.m. ET, March 9, 2020

Markets were already on the rocks due to coronavirus. Then oil prices crashed

From CNN Business' Matt Egan, Laura He and Clare Duffy

Stocks worldwide are collapsing Monday, as oil prices crashed amid continued uncertainty part due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, triggering selloffs worldwide.

Global markets had already been battered -- about $9 trillion was wiped off global stocks in nine days, Bank of America said in a research note after US markets closed deep in the red again on Thursday.

Here's how markets in Asia-Pacific opened Monday:

  • Australia's S&P/ASX 200 dropped 5.9%, putting the index on pace for its biggest plunge since October 2008
  • Japan's Nikkei 225 sank nearly 5% and was last below 20,000 points, heading for its lowest close in more than a year
  • Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost more than 4% after markets opened, setting the index up for its biggest decline in more than two years
  • South Korea's Kospi fell 3%
  • China's Shanghai Composite dropped 2%

Wall Street has been facing heavy losses for the past several weeks due to fears surrounding the coronavirus. During the last week of February, US stocks had their worst week since the financial crisis, and the economic disruption caused by the virus doesn't appear to be letting up.

But the crash in oil prices appears to be making things worse. Prices began to suffer after a historic collapse Sunday, when Saudi Arabia shocked the market by launching a price war against onetime ally Russia.

US oil prices crashed as much as 27% to a four-year low of $30 a barrel as traders brace for Saudi Arabia to flood the market with crude in a bid to recapture market share.

Crude was recently trading down 22% to $32 a barrel. Brent crude, the global benchmark, also plunged 22% to $35 a barrel. Both oil contracts are on track for their worst day since 1991, according to Refinitiv, a financial intelligence firm.

12:55 a.m. ET, March 9, 2020

Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are under self-quarantine

From CNN’s Kevin Bohn

Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar and Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz announced Sunday that they are both self-quarantining after coming into contact with an individual at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), who later tested positive for the virus.

Gosar: The congressman said he was with the infected individual for "an extended period of time" and the two of them shook hands several times.

“I am not currently experiencing any symptoms, nor is any member of my staff. However, in order to prevent any potential transmission, I will remain at my home in Arizona until the conclusion of the 14 day period following my interaction with this individual,” Gosar said in a statement.

Gosar said he has been in contact with the House physician, and said that he is closing his Washington office this week “out of an abundance of caution.”  

Cruz: The senator also said in a statement that his exposure to the individual had consisted of "a brief conversation and a handshake."

Cruz said he is “not experiencing any symptoms,” but that he will stay in Texas for 14 days “out of an abundance of caution.”

14 days is thought to be the incubation period for the virus -- that's how long it can take to get sick after being exposed to the virus.

12:37 a.m. ET, March 9, 2020

The US has 564 cases of the coronavirus

There are now 564 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to state and local health agencies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here's the breakdown:

49 cases are repatriated from abroad: three from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak began, and 46 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

21 cases are from the Grand Princess cruise ship, currently docked in quarantine off the California coast.

494 cases across 34 states and Washington, DC, were detected and confirmed on US soil.

These tallies includes presumptive positive cases -- meaning the patients tested positive in a public health lab, and their results are pending confirmation from the CDC lab.

California, Washington, and New York are reporting the most cases so far.

Here are the states that have confirmed cases:

  1. Arizona
  2. California
  3. Colorado
  4. Connecticut
  5. Florida
  6. Georgia
  7. Hawaii
  8. Illinois
  9. Indiana
  10. Iowa
  11. Kansas
  12. Kentucky
  13. Maryland
  14. Massachusetts
  15. Minnesota
  16. Missouri
  17. Nebraska
  18. Nevada
  19. New Hampshire
  20. New Jersey
  21. New York
  22. North Carolina
  23. Oklahoma
  24. Oregon
  25. Pennsylvania
  26. Rhode Island
  27. South Carolina
  28. Tennessee
  29. Texas
  30. Utah
  31. Vermont
  32. Virginia
  33. Washington
  34. Washington, DC
  35. Wisconsin
11:59 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020

South Korea sees decrease in cases, but other factors may be at play, officials warn

From CNN's Hyoungjoo Choi in Seoul

South Korea is seeing an apparent slowdown in the number of new cases per day -- but there may be other factors at play, and it's too early to say the infection itself is slowing, said South Korean officials today.

Yesterday, the country reported the lowest number of new infections per day since February 26.

This is the lowest number of new daily infections since February 26.

Kim Ganglip, Deputy of Central Disaster Relief Headquarters, spoke about the slowdown at a press briefing, but warned that there are still sporadic cluster infections in facilities such as nursing homes and residential complexes.

There may also be other reasons for this perceived slowdown -- bad weather conditions over the weekend may have caused fewer people to leave home to get tested, leading to a decrease in case numbers.

Country battles outbreak: South Korea has the most coronavirus cases outside of China, and has been fighting the outbreak for weeks with aggressive measures like widespread early testing.

More than half of all nationwide cases have links to the Shincheonji religious group, based in the country's south.

11:58 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020

South Korea confirms 248 more cases, raising national total to 7,382

From CNN's Hyoungjoo Choi and Sophie Jeong in Seoul

South Korea confirmed 248 more coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the national total to 7,382, according to the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It sounds like a lot -- but this is the lowest number of new infections per day since February 26.

Among the 248 new cases, 190 are from the southern city of Daegu, where the outbreak has been concentrated -- a total of 5,571 cases have been from Daegu. 26 cases are from the surrounding North Gyeongsang Province.

10 cases are from Seoul, 11 from Gyeonggi Province, and the last 11 are in various other locations.

There was one new death on Sunday. The national death toll is at 51.

Daegu and North Gyeongsang: About 90% of cases nationwide are from Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province.

The Shincheonji religious group's Daegu branch is at the heart of the national outbreak, with over half of all confirmed cases linked to the group.

The government has designated Daegu, along with the cities of Cheongdo and Gyeongsan, as "special care zones" due to the spike in cases in these locations.

12:51 a.m. ET, March 9, 2020

Just tuning in? Here's what you need to know

The spread of the novel coronavirus has resulted in 3,821 deaths worldwide, with more than 108,000 people infected, according to CNN's tally.

The vast majority of those infections are in mainland China, where the outbreak was first identified in December last year.

Here's the latest:

Daily numbers on the decline in China

China’s National Health Commission recorded 40 new daily coronavirus cases and 22 fatalities on Sunday, bringing the national totals to 3,119 deaths and 80,735 patients.

Of the 40 cases identified Sunday, 36 are in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, and four were from people returning from overseas.

The NHC also said 58,600 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.

Italy on lockdown

Large swaths of the northern Italy has been placed under lockdown, restricting the movements of more nearly 15 million people in an attempt to control Europe's biggest outbreak.

As of Sunday evening, Italy has recorded 7,375 cases of the virus and 366 deaths.

The restrictions are among the most draconian measures implemented by governments worldwide, second only to mainland China, which restricted the movement of tens of millions of people in order to halt the spread of the virus.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte signed a decree early Sunday, placing travel restrictions on the entire Lombardy region and 14 other provinces.

People who do not adhere to the restrictions, which are in place until April 3, will face up to three months in prison and a fine of 206 euros ($232).

US cases rise

At least 550 coronavirus patients have been identified in the United States, authorities there said, including 70 people who were repatriated from abroad. Cases have been identified in 34 states.

At least 21 people have died, 18 in Washington state, two in Florida and one in California. The hardest-hit area has been the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, where 16 people in a nursing home succumbed to the virus.

Several cruise ships have also been affected, including the Grand Princess. Twenty-one people aboard the ship have contracted the virus. It is expected to dock sometime Monday in Oakland, California, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a news conference Sunday.

The Grand Princess has been in limbo since Wednesday, when officials learned a California man who traveled on the same ship last month later died of coronavirus.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said he will self-quarantine out of an "abundance of caution" after interacting with an individual who tested positive for the coronavirus while the two attended a prominent conservative political conference.

Correction: This post has been updated to reflect the accurate number of novel coronavirus deaths worldwide.

11:14 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020

Nearly 16 million people are under lockdown in Italy

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte signed a decree early Sunday that enforces sweeping quarantine measures across most of Italy's northern regions in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The decree, which went into effect on Sunday, impacts the lives of nearly 16 million people.

The unprecedented move places travel restrictions on the entire Lombardy region, as well as 14 other provinces.

The lockdown is the toughest control measure to be implemented outside of mainland China since the emergence of the virus in December last year.

The lockdown areas, or "red zones," are subject to strict measures, including the cancellation of all public events, civil and religious ceremonies, closure of schools and universities, and the cancellation of sporting events. 

The rest of the country is also subject to less-expansive preventative measures.

The announcement came after Italy saw a dramatic spike of 1,247 confirmed novel coronavirus cases on Saturday.

11:07 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020

At least 19 US states reported new cases today

New presumptive positive cases were identified today across the United States, reported in at least 17 states.

Presumptive positive means the patients have tested positive in a local or public health lab, but their results are pending confirmation at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lab.

Florida: One new presumptive positive case was identified in Broward County, according to a tweet from the Florida Department of Health.

South Carolina: Four new presumptive positive cases were identified, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Nevada: A second presumptive positive case was identified in Clark County, according to Southern Nevada Health District spokeswoman Jennifer Sizemore.

California: Contra Costa County in Northern California five more cases, and Riverside County in Southern California confirmed its first "locally acquired" case.

Kentucky: Three new presumptive positive cases were identified, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Sunday.

Maryland: Two more people tested positive, according to a news release from Gov. Larry Hogan.

Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania announced two new presumptive positive cases in Montgomery County on Sunday, according to the state's Department of Health.

Massachusetts: Massachusetts has confirmed 15 new cases, according to the state’s Department of Health

Illinois: A Chicago man has been identified as Illinois’s seventh case, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health commissioner.

Washington: The Seattle and King County Health Department reported 12 new cases, two of which have been fatal.

New Jersey: Two more cases were confirmed in New Jersey, the state’s department of health posted today.

Connecticut: The first confirmed case in Connecticut was announced by the state’s department of health.

Tennessee: A case was confirmed today in the Memphis area, announced Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris. 

New York: 16 new cases were confirmed in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this morning.

Iowa: Iowa has identified three presumptive positive cases -- the first cases in the state, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Minnesota: The second presumptive positive case was identified in Minnesota, according to a press release from the state Department of Health.

Nebraska: Two new presumptive positive cases were identified in Nebraska, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Texas: A new presumptive positive case was identified in Harris County.

Georgia: Four new presumptive positive cases were identified in Georgia, according to the state's Department of Public Health.

11:03 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020

There are now 550 coronavirus cases in the US

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

There are 550 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to the state and local health agencies, governments and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There are 49 cases of repatriated citizens, including three from Wuhan China, 46 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship and 21 on the Grand Princess cruise ship currently docked off the coast of California.

There are 480 cases in 34 states and the District of Columbia, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases to 550, according to CNN Health’s tally of US cases that are detected and tested in the United States through public health systems.

A total of 21 people have died from the coronavirus in the US.