Coronavirus Updates 2/24/2020

  • Stocks slide as CDC releases new US case numbers
  • Italy reports 7th death, 200+ confirmed cases
  • Spain reports 3rd case
  • WHO says outbreak not yet a ‘pandemic’
  • WH reportedly considering expulsion of Chinese journalists in retaliation for WSJ reporters
  • US consulate in Milan temporarily halts visas
  • California has 8,000 under ‘self-imposed quarantine’
  • CDC warns Americans against travel to South Korea
  • Italian finance minister suspends tax payments in virus-hit areas
  • First cases reported in Oman, Bahrain
  • WHO kowtows to China in statement
  • Wuhan issues order to loosen lockdown, then U-turns
  • NHC says outbreak is fading, though situation remains “grim”
  • 2 new cases confirmed in Canada
  • China approves crackdown on wildlife trade after WHO says virus likely came from bats
  • Iranian lawmaker says more than 50 deaths in Qom; officials say 12
  • Hong Kong bars South Koreans
  • more cases reported in SK

.”….the state of California has thousands of individuals under a ‘self-imposed quarantine’. But what, exactly, does this mean?

As the SF Chronicle points out, this figure is up from 6,700 last week.

The Press Democrat reports that all of the people under self-imposed quarantine recently visited China, but have no other connection to a sick individual, and have shown no other signs of the virus.

These people returned to the US either on or after Feb. 2 as countries started tightening borders.

While making a case for full-on quarantine might be difficult, Italy and SK have identified cases where the chain of infection is murky. Some haven’t traveled abroad. Some visited hot zones weeks ago and are just beginning to show symptoms.

It’s certainly something to think about consider that, as we reported earlier, the CDC only has only tested about 400 individuals.”

In the latest virus-related update out of Europe, Spain just reported its third case, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais.

According the report, the individual is a “traveler” from Italy.


In other virus news, two companies, UAL withdrew its 2020 forecasts on Monday night, citing a “~100%” decline in near-term demand from China. Mastercard also forecast lower revenue growth, citing the virus impact.

Monday’s NYT coronavirus liveblog:

The new virus presents Europe with perhaps its greatest challenge since the 2015 migration crisis. It could test the principle of open borders within much of Europe and the vaunted but strained European public health systems.


  1. Besides the number of zomb.. errrh.. I mean infected, The situation is more or less ok over here. We faced some craziness during the weekend but people seemed to calm down a bit now. For those in the red zones the story is a bit different as they doesn’t feel supported by the Govt.
    In the meanwhile I keep reloading 9mm for my PCC just in case.
    Cheers from Lombardy.

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