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China: Number Of Coronavirus Cases Explodes

On Thursday, the number of those infected by coronavirus in China expanded by almost 15,000 in one day, including another 242 deaths.

The number of new infections of coronavirus in the Chinse province of Hubei rose by 14,840 on Thursday as health officials expanded the standards it used to confirm cases.

According to The Washington Post, “the latest developments [are]:

  • The death toll from the coronavirus rose to roughly 1,360, nearly all of the fatalities in China, andtotal confirmed cases worldwide surpassed 60,000.
  • World Health Organization expert Michael Ryan said in a news briefing that — in a good sign — the novel coronavirus’s behavior doesn’t seem to be as aggressive or accelerating outside of Hubei province.
  • In a meeting with the leadership of the Communist Party, Chinese President Xi Jinping said efforts would be made to minimize the impact of the outbreak on the economy.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a second case of coronavirus at a San Diego quarantine facility for Americans evacuated from China, bringing the total number of cases in the United States to 14.
  • After several countries barred the MS Westerdam cruise ship, its 1,455 guests and the crew are headed toward Cambodia to disembark there.”

Unfortunately, the outbreak is expected to negatively impact the economy of the United States. As The Wall Street Journal reported, “The monthly survey of economists found 83% of economists expected the coronavirus outbreak will have a small impact on U.S. gross domestic product growth from January to March, or less than 0.5 percentage point. Just 5% of forecasters expected a significant reduction of more than 0.5 percentage point off the quarter’s annual growth rate, while 10% expected no impact.”