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UK Health Minister Tests Positive For COVID-19; Bernie And Biden Cancel Rallies: Live Updates


  • The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival set to take place in April has been postponed until October due to COVID-19.
  • UK Health Minister announces she’s tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating
  • National Guard is deploying to New Rochelle, area businesses, schools will close, Cuomo says
  • Washington State reports two more coronavirus deaths, bringing the total up to 24 and 267 cases.
  • 6th patient dies from Cov-19 in UK
  • US CDC Chief: “the US is beyond virus containment in some areas”
  • Washington State considering “Rapid Lockdown”, new benefits announced for workers
  • Mortality rate in Lombardy hits 8% – higher than Wuhan
  • Lagarde calls on European governments to embrace “rapid fiscal action.”
  • Austria, Switzerland close borders with Italy
  • NJ Governor declares state of emergency
  • North Carolina declares state of emergency
  • Air Canada latest airline to suspend routes to Italy as traffic expected to plunge due to quarantine
  • Mass. declares state of emergency after confirming 51 ‘presumptive’ cases; Boston cancels St. Patricks Day Parade
  • NYC Mayor says outbreak “evolving very rapidly”
  • Harvard moves classes online
  • Xi takes victory lap in Wuhan
  • Trump says had ‘great’ meeting with Repubs on stimulus plan, but no details released
  • Italy reports 36% jump in deaths, cases climb above 10,000
  • Three Canadians test positive in Calgary
  • Spain suspends parliament after lawmaker infected
  • Austria total cases hits 182
  • First case reported in Philly
  • EU suspends parliament indefinitely
  • Italian government suspends mortgage payments across country
  • CDC says nearly 5,000 tests have been conducted in US through Monday
  • New Jersey confirms first death

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Update (1900ET): UK Health Minister Nadine Dorries announced on Tuesday that she has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating, according to Sky News. She’s the first MP in the country to be diagnosed with COVID-19.

“I can confirm I have tested positive for coronavirus,” Dorries said in a statement. “As soon as I was informed I took all the advised precautions and have been self-isolating at home.”

Public Health England (PHE) has started detailed contact tracing and the department and my parliamentary office are closely following their advice.

I would like to thank PHE and the wonderful NHS staff who have provided me with advice and support.

Six people have died in the UK so far and there are currently 382 official cases, up 54 from Monday.

Meanwhile, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which typically attracts around 100,000 attendees per day, has been postponed until October in Indio, California according to Forbes.

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Update (1820ET): A NJ coronavirus patient who died was an employee at the Standardbred Owners Association working in an office based at the Yonkers Raceway, according to a statement from MGM Resorts. He was last at the track 8 days ago. Pence added that everyone on the ‘Grand Princess’ would be isolated and quarantined while the crew will be quarantined on the ship offshore, and HHS Secretary Azar said about 450 passengers of the roughly 3,500 passengers and crew had been de-boarded.

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Update (1800ET): Just as VP Pence was beginning the White House coronavirus task force’s press conference on Tuesday evening, Washington State confirmed two more deaths, bringing its total to 24, with 267 cases, according to state officials.

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Update (1715ET): Both Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden have cancelled their campaign rallies in Ohio tonight as Americans in six mostly Midwestern states vote in the latest round of primaries. The pundits claim Bernie Sanders will need a big upset Tuesday night to remain viable.

Bernie’s campaign spokesperson Mike Casca told CNN that the campaign had cancelled the planned Cleveland Rally to celebrate “Super Tuesday 2”.

In a statement, Casca cited “concern for public safety” because of the coronavirus.

“Out of concern for public health and safety, we are canceling tonight’s rally in Cleveland,” he said.

Joe Biden’s Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield announced that his campaign rally, which was also set to be held in Cleveland, had been cancelled for similar reasons.


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