Coronavirus hits Oxford University: Student tests positive for deadly bug

Coronavirus hits Oxford University: Student tests positive for deadly bug after returning from overseas travel, confirms Public Health England

  • The student is believed to have self-isolated as soon as they had symptoms 
  • Oxford University said there is a low risk to other staff and students there 
  • Student is being offered ‘all necessary support’ and events will continue 

A student at Oxford University has tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from overseas travel.

Public Health England confirmed the case to the university yesterday and the Vice-Chancellor informed staff in an internal email seen by the MailOnline.

In the email Professor Louise Richardson claimed she was ‘constrained as to what she could say’ but was ‘glad to report’ that the student self-isolated as soon as they developed symptoms and did not attend university or college events after they fell ill. 

On the university’s website, it states that the risk to other staff and students is ‘very low and that university and college activities can continue as normal’.  

A general view of Oxford University above. The Radcliffe Camera, above, serves as a reading room

The university did not reveal what country the student had travelled from but said its immediate concerns were for the affected student and their family, along with the health and wellbeing of university staff, students and visitors.  

‘It has been established that the affected student did not attend any university or college events after they felt ill, when they subsequently self-isolated.

‘As a result, PHE has advised that the risk to other students and staff is very low and that university and college activities can continue as normal. They have also advised that the university and colleges do not need to take any additional public health actions in the light of this specific case.

‘We have worked with PHE to make sure that anyone who was in contact with the student after they fell ill have been notified and that they are able to access support and information as needed. PHE do not consider individuals infectious until they develop symptoms.’

It added that the university is taking the situation ‘very seriously’ and said support would be available for those with any concerns, adding that they would share any further updates of the infection as appropriate.  



Rome is deserted as coronavirus drives tourists away

Italian attractions usually brimming with tourists have been deserted in recent days amid fears of the spread of the deadly coronavirus. 

Today, the Italian government rolled out a harsh coronavirus containment strategy after the number of deaths spiked by 36 in a single day.

The number of tourists pictured at some of the country’s most popular destinations has dwindled as the tally of deaths has risen. 

The spike in deaths lifts the number of fatalities to 233 – the highest death rate outside of China, prompting the government to draft in retired doctors to battle the crisis.   

Italy has seen the biggest coronavirus outbreak in Europe with 233 deaths and more than 5,883 cases and the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has now put 16 million citizens in the north of the country under a coronavirus lockdown as Democratic party leader Nicola Zingaretti revealed he has also caught the bug.

The Colosseum in Rome is pictured before and after the deadly coronavirus outbreak, which has claimed the lives of 233 in Italy so far 

The new set of national emergency measures is due to be released tonight, which will ban entry to, and exit from, the entire Lombardy region around Milan to limit the spread of the coronavirus as well as areas around and including Venice and the northern cities of Parma and Rimini. 

A draft of the government resolution obtained by Italy’s Corriere Della Sera newspaper and other media said movement into and out of the regions would be severely restricted until April 3.

Milan is the Italian financial capital and has a population of just under 1.4 million people.

The entire Lombardy region is home to 10 million.

The government decree also covers parts of the Veneto region around Venice as well as Emilia-Romagna’s Parma and Rimini.

Those three cities have a combine population of around 540,000 people.

It was not immediately clear from either the decree or the media reports as to when the measure would go into effect.  

The decree, a draft of which was published by La Repubblica this afternoon, will also close shopping centres during the weekend and gyms, swimming pools, museums and ski resorts, among others, all week round. 

Civil and religious ceremonies, including funerals, are suspended and schools in the 11 provinces will be shuttered until at least the 3 April.   

Few tourists walk along the Spanish Steps, in Rome, Thursday. Italy's virus outbreak has been concentrated in the northern region of Lombardy, but fears over how the virus is spreading inside and outside the country has prompted the government to close all schools and Universities nationwide for two weeks

Few tourists walk along the Spanish Steps, in Rome, Thursday. Italy’s virus outbreak has been concentrated in the northern region of Lombardy, but fears over how the virus is spreading inside and outside the country has prompted the government to close all schools and Universities nationwide for two weeks

The Baroque Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy are all but abandoned after the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, which has infected 5,883 in the country 

The decision to bring in 20,000 additional staff to fight the escalating epidemic was one of several measures adopted by the government during an all-night cabinet meeting after the country reported 49 more deaths in one day. 

Italy has recorded the most deaths of any country outside China and the third-most COVID-19 infections after China and South Korea.

Official figures showed the number of people receiving intensive care in hospitals jumped to 567 from 462 on Friday.  

The Italian government has been watching closely to see if cases are spreading from the richer north to the poorer south, which has fewer medical resources. 

It comes as the WHO told all countries to make containment ‘their highest priority’ as the global death toll reaches 3,000 with more than 100,000 confirmed cases.

The WHO called the spread of the coronavirus ‘deeply concerning’.   

The new set of national emergency measures is due to be released tonight, which will ban entry to, and exit from, the entire Lombardy region around Milan to limit the spread of the coronavirus as well as areas around and including Venice and the northern cities of Parma and Rimini. Pictured: The empty Spanish steps in Rome

The new set of national emergency measures is due to be released tonight, which will ban entry to, and exit from, the entire Lombardy region around Milan to limit the spread of the coronavirus as well as areas around and including Venice and the northern cities of Parma and Rimini. Pictured: The empty Spanish steps in Rome

St Peter’s Square is pictured both before and after the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, which has killed most people in Italy, outside of China 

The Italian government said its medical recruitment drive should help double the staff of hospitals’ respiratory and infectious disease departments.

It should also increase the number of intensive care beds from 5,000 to 7,500 in the coming days. 

The southeastern region of Puglia around the city of Bari recorded its second death on Saturday. 

Italy’s civil protection service also revealed that the northern Lombardy region around Milan that has seen well over half of all infections had started ‘experiencing difficulties with the (number of) beds available in hospitals’.

‘We have beds available in other regions to help Lombardy,’ civil protection service chief Angelo Berrelli told reporters. 

Similar methods are being adopted in China where veteran Dr Dong Jie – who helped combat the SARS outbreak in 2003 – has been drafted back in to help deal with coronavirus. 

More than 60 people are believed to have caught coronavirus after attending a funeral in northern Spain.

A new case of coronavirus has been identified in Ireland, bringing the total number of people diagnosed to 19.

A map shows the spread of the red zones since 27 February

A map shows the spread of the red zones since 27 February 

A man wearing a protective mask passes by the Coliseum in Rome today amid fears of the  Covid-19 epidemic

A man wearing a protective mask passes by the Coliseum in Rome today amid fears of the  Covid-19 epidemic

Italy is recruiting retired doctors in a bid to battle the spread of deadly coronavirus as the World Health Organisation warned all countries to make containment their 'highest priority'. Pictured: A woman wearing a mask poses for photos at the bottom of the Spanish Steps in Rome

Italy is recruiting retired doctors in a bid to battle the spread of deadly coronavirus as the World Health Organisation warned all countries to make containment their ‘highest priority’. Pictured: A woman wearing a mask poses for photos at the bottom of the Spanish Steps in Rome

Italy has seen the biggest coronavirus outbreak in Europe with 197 deaths and more than 4,600 cases. Pictured: A tourist wearing a face mask takes pictures inside the Duomo cathedral in Milan

Italy has seen the biggest coronavirus outbreak in Europe with 197 deaths and more than 4,600 cases. Pictured: A tourist wearing a face mask takes pictures inside the Duomo cathedral in Milan

The Department of Health confirmed on Saturday that a male, in the east of the country, had travelled from northern Italy.

The HSE said it is working rapidly to identify any contacts the patient may have had. 

Today, another passenger on the Diamond Princess cruise ship has died, bringing ship’s death toll to seven. 

The passenger, a non-Japanese male, died on Friday. 

A general view during the Serie B match between Empoli FC and Trapani at Stadio Carlo Castellani today in Empoli, Italy

A general view during the Serie B match between Empoli FC and Trapani at Stadio Carlo Castellani today in Empoli, Italy

Tourists visit the Colosseum, in Rome, today.  People in hard-hit Lombardy, and 11 other affected regions, are being asked not to enter or leave, and to avoid moving around the areas except for essential working needs and emergencies

Tourists visit the Colosseum, in Rome, today.  People in hard-hit Lombardy, and 11 other affected regions, are being asked not to enter or leave, and to avoid moving around the areas except for essential working needs and emergencies

An iconic balcony scene of Romeo and Juliet, virtually deserted as Italy battles a coronavirus outbreak, in Verona, Italy today

An iconic balcony scene of Romeo and Juliet, virtually deserted as Italy battles a coronavirus outbreak, in Verona, Italy today

Health chiefs have confirmed they are looking at ‘one isolated event’ as the source of the outbreak that has potentially infected about 60 people from Álava and La Rioja, according to the results of tests carried out at the National Centre for Microbiology.

The death toll in France has now reached 11 with 716 cases confirmed. 

One of the two fatalities was confirmed in the northern part of France, the other in Normandy, the health ministry said in a statement.

Egypt confirmed 33 new cases of coronavirus on a cruise ship on the River Nile that officials said the previous day had been struck by the virus. None of the cases were showing symptoms of the illness, Health Minister Hala Zayed told reporters. 

The Vatican is also unrolling unprecedented health precautions designed to keep the tiny city state's 450 mostly elderly residents safe. Pictured: A man wearing a mask in St Peter's Square at the Vatican

The Vatican is also unrolling unprecedented health precautions designed to keep the tiny city state’s 450 mostly elderly residents safe. Pictured: A man wearing a mask in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican

There are now 102,000 coronavirus cases and more than 3,480 deaths across the world, according to a tally of government announcements.

Most cases and deaths have been in China but numbers are mounting outside its borders. Italy has reported the second highest number of fatalities at 197, followed by Iran at 124, then South Korea at 42.

Around 90 countries outside China have reported infections, with Colombia, Costa Rica, Cambodia, Malta and Paraguay reporting first cases in the past 24 hours  

The virus has returned to Vietnam, which reported its first new coronavirus case in three weeks as a woman who had returned from a trip to Europe during which she visited London, Milan and Paris.

Nguyen Hong Nhung, 26, was admitted to a hospital in the Vietnamese capital on Thursday suffering from a fever.  

Greece said today it had recorded 21 new cases, bringing the total in the country to 66.

Most of the cases were individuals in a travelling party that had gone on a pilgrimage to Israel and Egypt, the health ministry said in an announcement. The group returned to Greece on Feb. 27.

One of the travellers, a 66-year-old man, was in intensive care in the city of Patras in the western Peloponnese.  

A row has erupted there between doctors and the influential Church of Greece over whether to restrict Holy Communion amid a rising number of coronavirus cases.

In Italy one of the big impacts has been loses of billions among the nation’s hotels, restaurants and popular tourist sites. 

The federation of hospital doctors this week stressed that no exception ‘for religious, sacramental or metaphysical reasons’ should be made to state health warnings to please the Church.

Greece has so far confirmed 45 coronavirus cases, most of them among a group of pilgrims that travelled to Israel and Egypt last month.

But in the run-up to Orthodox Easter in April that traditionally sees a high turnout, the church is holding its ground.

‘It’s not possible to shut down churches, or to not give out Holy Communion,’ bishop Chrysostomos of Patras, one of the areas with the most virus cases, said this week.

‘Whoever believes that holy communion is life has nothing to fear, it’s a matter of faith.

‘Across the centuries, there is no case of sickness spreading through Holy Communion,’ he told Open TV.

In Romania, the Orthodox Church has allowed worshippers to bring their own spoon to communion and to kiss icons in their own homes. 

The accelerating spread of coronavirus emptied Italian train stations and airports while turning parts of Rome into a ghost town. 

Many of the city’s outdoor restaurants and cafes were either closed on Friday night or had free tables.

The expansive street that runs from Rome’s Colosseum along the Forum was deserted and the magnificent ruins weren’t swarmed by tourists.

The sharp drop in visitor numbers is wreaking havoc with the Italian tourism industry and contributing to fears that the anaemic economy is about to tip back into recession.



Budget will ease coronavirus damage to economy, says Chancellor Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak (pictured in Downing St last month) warned that UK plc is set for a ‘shock’ as the killer disease spreads around the globe

The Budget will stop coronavirus wreaking permanent damage to the economy and give the NHS ‘whatever it needs’, the Chancellor vowed today.

Rishi Sunak warned that UK plc is set for a ‘shock’ as the killer disease spreads around the globe.

He made clear his first financial package this week will focus on easing the impact, and also pledged to give the NHS ‘whatever it needs’ to deal with a feared mass impact in this country.   

Mr Sunak, who has been in office for less than a month, said he was ‘not daunted’ by the challenge of protecting the UK’s finances from the effects of Covid-19.

Instead, he told the Sunday Telegraph, the country is ‘well prepared’ and would ’emerge on the other side stronger’.

Outlining his plan to help businesses cope with the virus, the MP for Richmond in Yorkshire said: ‘You have to look at the nature of what the economic impact might be, so that we can design an appropriate response.

‘The main issue is lots of people might be ill, and therefore not be able to be at work. And that impacts the productive capacity of your economy if you’ve got a manufacturing plant and they can’t make their widgets.’

He added: ‘We need to look at what are the interventions that we need to help bridge a difficult period. That’s where we might look at some targeted options to help ease the strain on cash flows for a certain period to help them get through to the other side.

‘Obviously, alongside the supply shock there will likely be an impact on demand if people are at home.’

Mr Sunak told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme the NHS would get all the support it needs.  

‘I’m working hard with the team to make sure that we have the interventions required to help anyone through a difficult period first and foremost, supporting public services but also helping vulnerable people and also businesses to get through anything that might be coming our way,’ he said.

‘We stand ready to give the NHS whatever it needs.’ 

Mr Sunak said he was ‘looking at’ objections to transaction taxes such as stamp duty, an apparent hint that the levy could be changed in future budgets.

And he said that he wanted ‘lower rates of tax’ during his time in office.

Elsewhere, the Treasury said Mr Sunak is set to double funding for flood defences to £5.2 billion in Wednesday’s Budget.

The investment will help to build 2,000 new flood and coastal defence schemes and better protect 336,000 properties in England over the next six years.

He said communities in Britain have been ‘hit hard’ by severe flooding this winter, saying it is ‘right that we invest to protect towns, families, and homes across the UK’.

The funding – which doubles the £2.6 billion spent on flood defences between 2015 and 2021 – is expected to be targeted in every region, and will be available from next April.

Among other measures expected to be announced are:

  • A £643million package of investment to help rough sleepers off the streets and support them get their lives back on track. 
  • Up to £100million more per year will go towards the fight against ‘dirty money’, with a new levy on firms regulated for anti-money laundering. 
  • Millions more for state-of-the-art football pitches in hard-hit communities.

The Chancellor said: ‘This Budget will be about delivering on our promises to the British people, and levelling up all parts of the UK is a big part of that.

‘Communities up and down Britain have been hit hard by the floods this winter – so it is right that we invest to protect towns, families, and homes across the UK.’

The UK has been battered by a string of storms over recent months, leading to severe flooding across the UK – particularly in Wales, south Yorkshire and the Midlands.

The Chancellor is also set to announce a £120million winter defence repair fund to fix assets damaged in the recent storms as quickly as possible when he delivers his first Budget.

Last month, the Government pledged a package of support to help flood-hit households – including financial hardship payments, council tax and business rates relief, and business recovery grants.

Fruit and vegetables at this Tesco store in Milton, Cambridge, were raided yesterday by panicked buyers after the number of coronavirus cases in UK rose

Fruit and vegetables at this Tesco store in Milton, Cambridge, were raided yesterday by panicked buyers after the number of coronavirus cases in UK rose 

Another 42 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Britain, bringing the total number of infections up to 206. Pictured: A graph shows the number of tests (blue), number of positive results (red) and the drastic increase in the amount of coronavirus tests on worried Britons (green)

 



Nebraska woman with coronavirus, 36, transported to a biocontainment in critical condition

The number of cases of coronavirus in the U.S. has topped 400, as the outbreak spreads quickly and the death toll reaches 19.

On Saturday night, 31 states and the District of Columbia reported at least one confirmed or presumptive positive case, with those cases totaling 372. Including those infected people repatriated from abroad, and those trapped aboard the quarantined cruise ship Grand Princess off San Francisco, the total is at least 442. 

Washington state had the most cases with 103, including 16 deaths, followed by New York with 89 cases and California, with 81 cases and one death. Florida, which reports 11 cases, has also seen two fatalities.

In the interior of the country, a number of more sparsely populated states reported their first cases on Saturday, including Missouri, Indiana, Minnesota and Nebraska.

In Nebraska, there were dramatic scenes as a woman who tested positive for the virus was rushed from a community hospital to the nation’s leading biocontainment unit at he University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha.  

The 36-year-old Nebraska resident was photographed being transported to the facility in a hi-tech isolation pod late Friday. 

A woman who tested positive with the coronavirus is brought to the University of Nebraska Medical Center on Friday. She was transferred from Omaha’s Methodist Hospital in an isolation pod inside an ambulance 

The woman, who is the first person in Nebraska to test positive to coronavirus, is ‘very seriously ill’, according to doctors who spoke with Omaha.com Saturday.    

A chest CT scan conducted yesterday showed the coronavirus is evolving into acute respiratory distress syndrome (ADRS). 

The syndrome, which is characterized by a rapid onset of widespread inflammation in the lungs, is often fatal.

People with ARDS suffer severe shortness of breath and often are unable to breathe on their own without support from a ventilator.

The woman reportedly traveled to England with her father February 18 to February 27.  She began to feel ill on February 25, two days before she flew back to the United States.  

Doctors say they are still trying to piece together where she went and who she had contact with in the 10 days since she arrived back from overseas. 

According to doctors, her symptoms were quite mild until this Thursday, when she arrived at a local emergency room. 

The 36-year-old was photographed being transported to the facility in a hi-tech isolation pod late Friday

The 36-year-old was photographed being transported to the facility in a hi-tech isolation pod late Friday 

Home to the nation's premier bio-containment medical unit, the University of Nebraska Medical Center (above) is also where 13 infected evacuees from the Diamond Princess cruise ship were transported

Home to the nation’s premier bio-containment medical unit, the University of Nebraska Medical Center (above) is also where 13 infected evacuees from the Diamond Princess cruise ship were transported 

As her condition took a turn for the worse Friday, a decision was made to move her from Omaha’s Methodist Hospital to the to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit. 

Desperate to avoid contagion, the woman was place in an isolation pod, made of heavy duty plastic and complete with a dozen ports for ventilators and other tubes. 

Medics donned plastic face shields, rubber gloves and rain boots as they moved her from the ambulance in a stretcher.  

The situation in Nebraska comes on a day of fast-moving developments as :

  • At least 442 Americans in 30 other states have tested positive for coronavirus 
  • Two more elderly people died in relation to the illness in Washington state Saturday
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency as cases there skyrocketed to 89
  • 21 people on board a cruise ship floating off the coast of San Francisco are infected with the disease 
  • Stanford University cancelled all classes after a faculty member tested positive for coronavirus 
  • The NBA warned its stars to prepare to play matches without fans in attendance  
  • Apple told all 12,000 employees at its headquarters Apple Park to begin working from home on Friday
  • City officials in Austin announced that South by Southwest festival is cancelled over virus fears

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‘I’m not urging calm’: New York Governor Cuomo declares state of emergency as coronavirus cases rise to 89 after infected Uber driver walked into a Queens hospital

New York state confirmed 13 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday evening, taking the total number of residents infected to 89.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the latest spike in figures in what has been a shock day for New Yorkers, as the number of cases of the deadly disease more than doubled in the last 24 hours and a state of emergency was declared. 

Cases are expected to rise higher still amid fears that 40 doctors, nurses and medical staff in a Queens hospital may have been infected by an Uber driver, after he walked into the hospital and later tested positive for the virus. 

Seventy of New York state’s 89 cases are based in Westchester, where a Manhattan attorney was first struck down with the virus earlier this week. 

Forty-five new cases have been uncovered since Friday, with the majority related to the New Rochelle lawyer who was diagnosed as New York state’s first case earlier this week.   

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency on Saturday as coronavirus cases skyrocket across New York

There are seven new cases in New York City – taking the total to 11.

Disturbingly, there are also signs of wider spread, with two cases now confirmed in Saratoga County in the northeast of the state – hundreds of miles away from any other cases.  

There are still thousands of New York state residents awaiting the return of coronavirus test results. 

By declaring a state of emergency, Cuomo said that he is able to free up $30 million that can be used for testing and the purchase of protective gear for healthcare workers.

‘I’m not urging calm,” Cuomo stated. “I’m urging reality. I’m urging a factual response as opposed to an emotional response… that people understand the information and not the hype.’

He added that, at present, there is no need to cancel large gatherings in any part of the state. 

Locals and tourists were taking no precautions as they made their way through bustling Times Square. Governor Cuomo has now declared a state of emergency

Locals and tourists were taking no precautions as they made their way through bustling Times Square. Governor Cuomo has now declared a state of emergency 

Meanwhile, a Queens man who drives for taxi and ride-hailing services including Uber has now tested positive for coronavirus after showing up to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in the borough with flu-like symptoms on Tuesday.

The driver, 33, went home and returned later when his symptoms worsened, officials said.

Tests came back Friday night confirming he had coronavirus. 

The situation has prompted 40 doctors, nurses and hospital staff to go into self-quarantine amid fears they have now been exposed. The man is now in isolation at the hospital.

Investigators are now trying to piece together who he might have driven around in a bid to contain a possible spread.   

Marine stationed outside DC and Navy sailor posted in southern Italy become latest US service members to test positive for coronavirus 

A Marine stationed in northern Virginia has become the first U.S. service member on American soil to test positive for coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. 

‘A U.S Marine assigned to Fort Belvoir, VA tested positive today for COVID-19 and is currently being treated at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital,’ the Pentagon said in a statement on Saturday. 

The Marine had recently returned from overseas where he was on ‘official business’, according to the Pentagon. 

Defense Secretary Mark Secretary Esper and the White House have been briefed. 

Fort Belvoir is the home to numerous significant military organizations, including the Defense Logistics Agency, the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command, and the Military District of Washington’s 12th Aviation Battalion, which provides rotary-wing movement to the DoD and Congress.

A Marine stationed at Fort Belvoir (above) in northern Virginia has become the first U.S. service member on American soil to test positive for coronavirus. Fort Belvoir is the home to numerous significant military organizations

A Marine stationed at Fort Belvoir (above) in northern Virginia has become the first U.S. service member on American soil to test positive for coronavirus. Fort Belvoir is the home to numerous significant military organizations

It’s unclear what the infected Marine’s duties involved, but a source said that he did not have direct contact with the nearby Pentagon. 

It follows the Navy’s first confirmed coronavirus case and the first of a service member stationed in Europe, after a U.S. sailor deployed to Naples, Italy tested positive.

The sailor stationed at Naval Support Activity Naples in southern Italy tested positive for the virus on Friday, U.S. European Command confirmed in a statement.

‘The member is currently restricted to their residence, receiving supportive and medical care in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control,’ said European Command.

‘Military health professionals are conducting a thorough contact investigation to determine whether any other personnel may have been exposed,’ it said.

The Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Carson City transits the Gulf of Gaeta in the Tyrrhenian Sea on its way to Naval Support Activity Naples in a file photo. A sailor stationed at the facility tested positive for coronavirus

The Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Carson City transits the Gulf of Gaeta in the Tyrrhenian Sea on its way to Naval Support Activity Naples in a file photo. A sailor stationed at the facility tested positive for coronavirus

Naples is far outside of the northern Italy 'red zones' (seen in the map above) that have been locked down in the outbreak

Naples is far outside of the northern Italy ‘red zones’ (seen in the map above) that have been locked down in the outbreak

Personnel that the infected sailor had close contact with have been notified and are in self-isolation at their residence. 

Naples is outside of the northern Italy ‘red zones’ that have been hardest hit by the virus, but the outbreak has quickly spread, making Italy Europe’s hardest-hit country so far in the epidemic.

On Saturday, the number of confirmed cases in Italy jumped by more than 1,200, to 5,883, the biggest daily rise since the epidemic began there just over two weeks ago.

Deaths due to the highly infectious virus were up 36 to 233, said the head of Italy’s civil protection agency, Angelo Borrelli.

A soldier stationed in South Korea, which is suffering a major outbreak, was the first US service member to test positive for coronavirus on February 25. 

‘I’m not concerned at all’: Donald Trump dismisses fears he was exposed to coronavirus at CPAC after attendee tested positive 

President Donald Trump said Saturday night he was not ‘concerned at all’ about how close the coronavirus was coming to the White House. 

‘No, I’m not concerned at all,’ the president said when asked about it after an attendee at CPAC was confirmed to have the disease and the first case was detected in Washington D.C.  ‘We’ve done a great job.’

And he said his campaign rallies, which include thousands of attendees, will continue even as other major gatherings – such as SXSW and next week’s AFL-CIO gathering for the Democratic presidential contenders – have been canceled.  

‘We’ll hold tremendous rallies,’ he’s said in response to a question from DailyMail.com at Mar-a-Lago during a meeting with the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

President Donald Trump said Saturday night he was not 'concerned at all' about how close the coronavirus was coming to the White House as he met with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

President Donald Trump said Saturday night he was not ‘concerned at all’ about how close the coronavirus was coming to the White House as he met with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

President Donald Trump sits next to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at a dinner at Mar-a-Lago along with National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner

President Donald Trump sits next to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at a dinner at Mar-a-Lago along with National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner

The coronavirus is getting closer to the president and his circle after an attendee at the 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference tested positive for the disease.

The American Conservative Union announced that one person at the event last month where President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence made speeches was diagnosed with the deadly virus.

The announcement came as two more people succumbed to the disease in Washington state, officials there said on Saturday, bringing the nationwide toll to 19 deaths.

The ACU insisted the patient had no contact with either Trump or Pence at the conservative gathering in National Harbor, Maryland. 

In a statement they said: ‘The American Conservative Union has learned that one of our CPAC attendees has unfortunately tested positive today for coronavirus. The exposure occurred previous to the conference.   

‘A New Jersey hospital tested the person, and CDC confirmed the positive result.

‘The individual is under the care of medical professionals in the state of New Jersey, and has been quarantined.’

The attendee did not listen to any speeches in the main hall, the ACU confirmed. 



4,000 passengers stranded on board ANOTHER cruise ship as one person is tested for coronavirus

Up to 4,000 passengers are stranded on board another cruise ship off the coast of California while they wait for the outcome of a coronavirus test on one sick passenger.

The Carnival Panorama cruise ship has been docked in Long Beach and passengers are being ordered to stay on the boat while the woman, whose age is unknown, is tested for the deadly disease. 

If the case is confirmed, this marks the latest in a string of outbreaks aboard cruise ships, which are fast becoming hotbeds for the virus. 

At least 21 people on the Grand Princess cruise ship off the coast of California have tested positive for coronavirus so far. 

The Carnival Panorama cruise ship (above) has been docked in Long Beach and passengers are being ordered to stay on the boat while the woman, whose age is unknown, is tested for the deadly disease

If the case is confirmed, this marks the latest in a string of outbreaks aboard cruise ships, which are fast becoming hotbeds for the virus

If the case is confirmed, this marks the latest in a string of outbreaks aboard cruise ships, which are fast becoming hotbeds for the virus

This followed a mass outbreak on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship last month, which resulted in 700 being infected and six people dying as it fast became a hive of illness off the coast of Japan.

The Carnival Panorama remained docked Saturday evening after the guest identified as a possible coronavirus case was transported off the ship to a local hospital that morning to be tested.

The Centers for Disease Control ordered that all passengers stay on the ship pending results of the test.

The ship will not set sail until results come back confirming a negative test.

Plans have not been revealed for the possible scenario that a positive test is returned.  

The Carnival Panorama remained docked Saturday evening after the person identified as a possible case was transported off the ship that morning to a local hospital to be tested

The Carnival Panorama remained docked Saturday evening after the person identified as a possible case was transported off the ship that morning to a local hospital to be tested

The Centers for Disease Control ordered that all passengers stay on the ship pending results of the test and that the ship will not set sail until results come back confirming a negative test. Plans have not been revealed for the circumstance where a positive test is returned

The Centers for Disease Control ordered that all passengers stay on the ship pending results of the test and that the ship will not set sail until results come back confirming a negative test. Plans have not been revealed for the circumstance where a positive test is returned

Kate Kuykendall, a spokesperson for Long Beach’s joint information center, confirmed the female guest was being tested but insisted there were no confirmed cases in Long Beach or on the cruise ship.  

‘We want to make sure that residents know that we care about our residents and visitors and those who live and work in the city of Long Beach,’ she said. 

‘Our primary concern is for all the parties involved and maintaining the safety of the public.’ 

Matt Mitcham, cruise director for Carnival Panorama, issued a statement on Facebook seeking to quell fears, saying testing was only being done ‘out of an abundance of caution’.

He said the ship would be held in Long Beach until ‘at least 6pm PST related to a medical situation with one of our debarking guests’. 

Mitcham said the company ‘cannot discuss their specific condition’ but confirmed that the guest was a US citizen who had not recently traveled internationally and does not meet the CDC criteria that puts them in an at risk category for coronavirus. 

Passengers wait for news on the Carnival Panorama cruise ship in Long Beach, California, as they are stuck on board

Passengers wait for news on the Carnival Panorama cruise ship in Long Beach, California, as they are stuck on board

Officials confirmed the female guest was being tested but insisted that it was 'out of an abundance of caution' and that there were no confirmed cases in Long Beach or on the cruise ship

Officials confirmed the female guest was being tested but insisted that it was ‘out of an abundance of caution’ and that there were no confirmed cases in Long Beach or on the cruise ship

Matt Mitcham, cruise director for Carnival Panorama, confirmed that the guest was a US citizen who had not recently traveled internationally and does not meet the CDC criteria that puts them in an at risk category for coronavirus

Matt Mitcham, cruise director for Carnival Panorama, confirmed that the guest was a US citizen who had not recently traveled internationally and does not meet the CDC criteria that puts them in an at risk category for coronavirus

Holidaymakers planning to join the voyage at Long Beach have also been kept at bay on dry land

Holidaymakers planning to join the voyage at Long Beach have also been kept at bay on dry land 

One woman stranded on the ship said passengers are not being isolated in their rooms and have been allowed to gather in the bars and communal areas. 

Holidaymakers planning to join the voyage at Long Beach have also been kept on dry land.

Passengers planning to board the ship for Saturday’s departure told LB Post that warning signs started emerging that morning when they were told to arrive an hour later than planned.

They were later told the issue was a pending medical test and that results would be available that evening. 

People busied themselves with a trip to local restaurants while others ordered from food delivery services as they waited for news.

Passengers planning to board the ship for Saturday's departure have not been allowed to board and have been busying themselves in the local area as they wait for news

Passengers planning to board the ship for Saturday’s departure have not been allowed to board and have been busying themselves in the local area as they wait for news 

Sherrie Trisdale, who flew from Nashville to board Saturday, told LB Post she was glad the cruise line was taking precautions. 

‘There’s nothing we can do about it, it’s better know that they’re taking great precautions rather than not,’ she said. 

The Carnival Panorama is a new ship that takes passengers on week-long voyages stopping in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.  

It holds around 4,000 passengers, but it is now known exactly how many passengers are on board.  

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GRAND PRINCESS CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS STILL IN LIMBO 

As news of the latest cruise ship stuck in limbo off the coast of California emerged Saturday, relatives of the 3,500 passengers stranded on board the coronavirus-hit Grand Princess pleaded for their loved ones to be evacuated before they become seriously ill.

At least 21 people on the Grand Princess have contracted Covid-19 – just under half the number of those tested. California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom, is now refusing to allow the vessel to dock in San Francisco.

On Saturday, the daughter of one 90-year-old passenger said her father’s health is rapidly deteriorating as he remains stuck on the cruise liner.

‘Keeping people on the ship is going to be a death sentence for many of the elderly passengers,’ panic-stricken Lisa Egan told The Telegraph.

The Grand Princess cruise ship passes the Golden Gate Bridge as it arrives from Hawaii in San Francisco. Twenty-one people on board have tested positive for the coronavirus

The Grand Princess cruise ship passes the Golden Gate Bridge as it arrives from Hawaii in San Francisco. Twenty-one people on board have tested positive for the coronavirus

‘He has to take several medications daily, and he’s going to run out today [Saturday]. I’m sure that’s true for many passengers’.

John Miller, who is on board the Grand Princess, told ABC7 Saturday that news the Grand Princess was prohibited from docking in San Francisco was ‘the worst possible’ thing he could have heard.

Overnight, the captin of the ship announced the Coast Guard was arriving to airlift a passenger who required ‘medical assistance’ to the mainland.

A helicopter arrived shortly after, with the unidentified person flown to San Francisco for treatment, according to CNN. It’s unclear whether the person was one of the 21 who tested positive for coronavirus.

The Grand Princess moved closer to land overnight, and is now floating around 20 miles off the coast of San Francisco – but there are still no details as to where or when the ship will port.

An epidemiologist who studies the spread of virus particles says keeping passengers contained on the vessel will amplify the rate of infection.

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MORE THAN 700 CASES AND SIX DEATHS FROM DIAMOND PRINCESS CRUISE SHIP

In the worst cruise ship crisis so far, 706 people tested positive on the Diamond Princess after Japanese authorities imposed a two-week lockdown in Yokohama.

At least six people have died after they were taken to hospital from the doomed vessel.

Passengers were confined to their cabins during the lockdown but several countries eventually lost patience with Japan and airlifted their citizens home.

Japan was widely criticised for its handling of the ship, with one disease expert saying the quarantine was ‘completely inadequate’ after viewing the conditions on board.

Kentaro Iwata said the situation on board the vessel was worse than outbreaks he had dealt with in the past, such as Ebola in Africa and the 2003 SARS crisis in China.

The Kobe University infectious diseases expert said conditions on the ship were ‘completely chaotic’ and violated quarantine rules.

Japan had initially impounded the ship after a passenger who left the ship in Hong Kong in January subsequently tested positive.

The Diamond Princess, pictured in Yokohama last month, became one of the world's largest clusters of coronavirus cases when more than 700 people were infected on board

The Diamond Princess, pictured in Yokohama last month, became one of the world’s largest clusters of coronavirus cases when more than 700 people were infected on board