Washington nursing home coronavirus deaths could be higher than reported

Health officials report at least 400 coronavirus cases and 19 deaths in US

(AP/CNN) — The number of deaths linked to coronavirus in Washington state could be even higher than the 16 already announced based on figures released by the nursing home at the center of the region's outbreak.

The Life Care Center of Kirkland said Saturday that since Feb. 19, 26 of its residents have died. Typically, about three to seven residents die at the facility each month.

Of the 26 who died, 15 did so at hospitals where they were tested for COVID-19. But 11 died at the nursing home, and Life Care said it has no information about post-mortem tests to see if those 11 had the coronavirus.

The facility also said that 70 of its 180 employees have symptoms and are no longer working.

Trump ‘not concerned’ as coronavirus cases rise in DC area

Officials in Washington, D.C., say a man in his 50s has tested positive for coronavirus, marking the first presumptively confirmed case in the nation’s capital.

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said Saturday that the man started exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 in late February and was hospitalized Thursday. She said another man, from Nigeria, who had passed through Washington has also tested positive for the virus in Maryland.

President Donald Trump says he isn’t concerned “at all” about the coronavirus getting closer to the White House after the first Washington case and an attendee of a recent political conference where Trump himself had spoken also tested positive for the virus.

Vice President Mike Pence also spoke at the conference, but the White House says there is no indication that either had been in close proximity to the infected attendee.

The Pentagon says a Marine at Virginia’s Fort Belvoir became the first military case of coronavirus reported inside the U.S.

N.Y. governor declares state of emergency as number of coronavirus cases jumps to 89

The New York governor declared a state of emergency after the number of reported coronavirus cases in the state increased.

“I have officially declared, done a declaration of emergency which gives us certain powers,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. He declared a state of emergency on Saturday, according to CNN.

His declaration comes after he reported the number of coronavirus infections has jumped to 89 with 10 people hospitalized.

Nationally, health officials report at least 400 coronavirus cases and 19 deaths.

N.Y. governor declares state of emergency after number of coronavirus cases jump to 76

As virus outbreaks multiply, UN declines to declare pandemic

As cases of the coronavirus surge in Italy, Iran, South Korea, the U.S. and elsewhere, many scientists say it’s plain that the world is in the grips of a pandemic, a serious global outbreak.

The World Health Organization has so far declined to use the word, saying it might spook the world further and lead some countries to lose hope of containing the virus.

Experts acknowledge that declaring a pandemic is politically fraught but say doing so will help countries prepare for the virus’s eventual arrival.

Coronavirus concerns strand cruise passengers off California

Cruise officials and passengers confined to their rooms on a ship off the San Francisco Bay voiced mounting frustration as the weekend wore on with zero direction from authorities on where to go.

It comes after 21 people aboard tested positive for the new coronavirus.

The Grand Princess is forbidden to dock in San Francisco as evidence mounts that the vessel was the breeding ground for a cluster of coronavirus cases on a previous voyage.

Princess Cruises group president Jan Swartz said the cruise line wants passengers and crew off so they can receive proper care and evaluation.

Nineteen people have died in the U.S. from the virus. The number of infections in the U.S. has swelled above 400.

Argentina announces first coronavirus death in Latin America

Health authorities in Argentina say a 64-year-old man has died as a result of the new coronavirus, the first such death reported in Latin America.

The Ministry of Health said Saturday that the patient lived in Buenos Aires and had been confirmed with COVID-19 after coming down with a cough, fever and sore throat following a recent trip to Europe.

A statement says the patient suffered kidney failure and had a history of diabetes, hypertension and bronchitis before being infected with the virus.

Officials say the man was not one of the nine confirmed COVID-19 cases previously reported for Argentina.

Egypt says cruise ship quarantined over new virus cluster

Egyptian authorities say a cruise ship on Egypt’s Nile River with over 150 tourists and local crew is in quarantine, and 45 people tested positive for the new coronavirus.

A Taiwanese-American tourist who had previously been on the same ship tested positive when she returned to Taiwan.

The World Health Organization informed Egyptian authorities, who tested everyone currently on the ship.

They initially found 12 Egyptian crew members have the virus, but show no symptoms.

Egyptian authorities have been tight-lipped about the virus outbreak, previously reporting only three confirmed cases. That’s even as the wider Mideast now has over 5,000 cases, the vast majority in Iran.

Canada declares coronavirus outbreak at long-term care home

Canadian officials are declaring an outbreak of the new coronavirus at a long-term care home in North Vancouver where two elderly residents have been diagnosed with the illness.

British Columbia’s provincial health office, said Saturday that the new cases follow an earlier confirmation of COVID-19 in a care worker at the Lynn Valley Care Centre.

The care home is now restricting visitors and implementing other health and safety measures.

Officials categorize the two most recent cases as community transmission, distinct from imported cases when a traveler contracts the illness abroad before returning home.

Hockey body tells AP women’s worlds in Canada are canceled

The women’s world hockey championships in Canada have been canceled because of the new coronavirus.

International Ice Hockey Federation President René Fasel tells The Associated Press the decision was made by conference call Saturday.

The two-week tournament was set to open March 31, with venues in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia.

This is the second time in which the women’s championship has been canceled. The 2003 tournament scheduled for Beijing was called off because of the SARS outbreak in China.

Homeless at ‘double risk’ of getting, spreading coronavirus

Homeless people are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus.

They often don’t have places to wash their hands, struggle with health problems and crowd together in grimy camps. Washington state, California and Oregon are among the states most affected by both homelessness and the coronavirus.

Yet few communities that are trying to contain the spread of the virus have rolled out plans to protect the homeless and give them a place to recover in isolation.

That would prevent them from passing it on.

One place that’s taken action is Seattle’s King County. It’s installed more than a dozen module units where infected homeless people can recover.

France posts biggest increase in new virus cases

The number of people in France diagnosed with the new coronavirus jumped by 336 to 949 on Saturday. That's the biggest daily increase France has recorded.

French health authorities said another seven people have died, taking the total to 16. Most have been over 70 years of age.

The virus has reached every region of France and three overseas territories in the Caribbean and South America.

The head of the national health agency said that French hospitals are preparing emergency measures, including eventually bringing in retired doctors and students to help with growing demand if needed.

Italy announces quarantine affecting quarter of population

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has announced that the entire region of Lombardy and a number of provinces in other regions have been put under lockdown as the coronavirus continued to spread throughout the country.

After midnight Sunday, Conte signed a decree that imposes the new restrictions.

The entry and exit to and from these areas will be allowed only in exceptional cases.

The new measures will apply to about a quarter of the Italian population and will be in force at least until April 3.

Cruise ship with Italians not welcome in Malaysia or Thailand

Malaysia has turned away a cruise ship carrying around 2,000 passengers and crew from a port in northern Penang state, becoming the second country to bar the ship from docking after Thailand.

The Costa Fortuna was turned away from the popular resort island of Phuket in southern Thailand on Friday due to the presence of 64 Italians on board.

Thai health authorities have officially designated Italy a dangerous communicable disease area because it has been hit hard by the coronavirus.

Phee Boon Poh, a Penang executive councilor, said he was informed by the Penang port that it had turned away the cruise liner Saturday morning following a directive from the transport ministry. He said the ship was now making its way to Singapore.

Iran’s virus death toll jumps to 145 with 21 new deaths

Iran’s Health Ministry said Saturday the death toll from the virus climbed to 145 while more than 1,000 infections were confirmed overnight totaling some 5,823 cases nationwide.

Some 21 new deaths were reported Saturday by the ministry’s spokesman.

He said there were 16,000 cases are hospitalized across the country, with some still being tested or monitored to see if they had contracted the virus.

The capital of Tehran alone has the most infections, with more than 1,500 cases, followed by the Shiite holy city of Qom with 668 and the northern Mazandaran province with 606 cases.

Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency is reporting that a newly elected lawmaker from Tehran has died after contracting the coronavirus.

The lawmaker, 55-year-old Fatemeh Rahabar, was recently elected to serve in the incoming parliament that begins work in May.

Earlier this week, Iranian lawmaker Abdolreza Mesri told state television that 23 members of the current parliament had the coronavirus and he urged all lawmakers to avoid the public.

Iran has the vast majority of cases in the Mideast. The capital, Tehran, has the most infections, with more than 1,500 cases, followed by the Shiite holy city of Qom with 668 and the northern province of Mazandaran with 606.

South Korea — the hardest-hit country after China — reported 448 new cases on Saturday for a total of 7,041. South Korea also reported four more deaths, raising the death toll to 48.

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