By Adam Taylor, Rick Noack, Siobhan O'Grady, Alex Horton & Hannah Knowles
The effects of the coronavirus epidemic ricocheted around the globe Friday, with cases surpassing 100,000 worldwide.
Developments unfolded rapidly despite global efforts to check the outbreak’s advance. A new coronavirus cluster was linked to a Nile River cruise ship, while another cruise remained quarantined off the California coast; the number of cases in New York increased to 33; multiple countries confirmed their first cases; and Friday prayers were disrupted across the Middle East.
In the United States, the death toll rose to 14, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Several states, including Maryland, confirmed their first covid-19 cases.
President Trump signed legislation Friday that provides $8.3 billion in emergency spending to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, enacting into law a measure that was passed by Congress during the week.
China, still the worst-hit nation, reported 143 new cases and 30 new deaths Friday, far lower than just a few weeks ago. But South Korea’s total neared 6,300 with 42 deaths, as its officials chided Japan for imposing “unreasonable” new travel restrictions.
Financial worries persisted. U.S. stocks braced for another round of chaotic trading Friday to cap an already tumultuous week. At market close, the major indexes were down 1 percent to 2 percent after taking swift dives throughout the day. Earlier in Europe, the benchmark Stoxx 600 index and Germany’s DAX both plummeted 3.5 percent. Asian markets were less bruised than Europe, partially due to reports that Chinese industries may be stabilizing.
Here are the latest developments:
Twelve new coronavirus cases emerged Friday in Egypt among workers on a Nile River cruise ship that is popular with foreign tourists, Egyptian and WHO officials said.
Peru and Colombia confirmed their first cases of the virus, while Lebanon’s health minister said Friday that the country can no longer contain its spread.
U.S. trade officials have exempted medical gowns, protective masks and other health-care products made in China from trade-war-related import tariffs as demand soars.
The Vatican postponed a visit to Mexico by two top sex-crime investigators because of coronavirus concerns.
Government officials evacuated 15 residents to local hospitals overnight from the nursing facility in a Seattle suburb that has been the hardest hit site of the coronavirus in the United States.