WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Washington state health officials have reported a second death from coronavirus on Sunday.
- Meanwhile, New York has reported its first case on Sunday night.
- Amid canceled conferences, flights, and stock market lows, President Donald Trump’s administration tried to reassure Americans on Sunday.
Washington state health officials have reported a second death from coronavirus on Sunday.
The Seattle, Washington death was reported on the website of the Seattle and King County public health department. The first death from coronavirus in the United States was reported by the same officials on Saturday.
Meanwhile, New York has reported its first case, as confirmed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday night.
Gov. Cuomo wrote on Twitter that a woman in her 30s, who was in quarantine in her home, contracted coronavirus during a recent trip to Iran. According to the New York Times, unnamed state officials said the woman was in New York City.
Cuomo said, “The patient has respiratory symptoms, but is not in serious condition and has been in a controlled situation since arriving in New York.”
Washington state confirmed two other cases on Sunday. At a long-term care facility where 50 residents and staff showed symptoms, a resident and a worker tested positive for coronavirus.
More than 70 cases have been reported in the United States, most of which are on the West Coast. In addition to New York, new cases have been reported in the Chicago area and Rhode Island.
As the disease spreads, businesses have canceled conferences and flights. Companies had begun barring non-essential travel to protect workers, and border health checks were also becoming more restrictive.
But President Donald Trump’s administration tried to reassure Americans on Sunday.
Amid market fears that the coronavirus could cause a global recession, administration officials assured the public that stocks would bounce back owing to the underlying strength of the U.S. economy.