A female Chinese volunteer from Blue Sky Rescue wears a protective suit as she fumigates and disinfects an area of a local bus station on March 7, 2020 in Beijing, China.

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  • Global cases: More than 662,073
  • Global deaths: At least 30,780
  • Top 5 countries: United States (122,666), Italy (92,472), China (81,999), Spain (73,235) and Germany (57,695)

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University as of 8:19 a.m. Beijing time

All times below are in Beijing time.

9:30 am: South Korea reports 105 more cases, 8 additional deaths

South Korea reported another 105 coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total so far to 9,583, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Eight more people died, pushing the death toll to 152 since the outbreak, said KCDC. — Yen Nee Lee

9:10 am: China reports 45 new cases, of which 44 were ‘imported’

China’s National Health Commission reported 45 new cases of the coronavirus disease in the mainland, with all but one involving travelers from overseas.  

The country also reported five additional deaths, all of which were in Hubei province, said the commission. 

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  • Global cases: More than 591,802
  • Global deaths: At least 26,996
  • US cases: At least 101,657
  • US deaths: At least 1,581

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

7: 26 pm: SF secures 300 hotel rooms for self-quarantine, will open new shelter at convention center 

San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Friday announced that the city had secured 300 hotel rooms for the purpose of self-isolating people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The city also will open a new shelter at its Moscone West convention facility. The 300 leased hotel rooms will be used to quarantine seniors, homeless people, first responders and health care workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus or under investigation for the illness and need to be isolated.

The city is also in the process of finalizing leases for an additional 3,000 hotel rooms next week, according to the office of the mayor. The new shelter at the Moscone West convention center will allow the city to house more vulnerable populations

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Everybody knows that losing your sight means a big part of your life will disappear as you know it. It’s hard to leave without it especially if you’ve been seeing perfectly all your life.

This is why it’s important to have a good optometrist who will recognize problems and will redirect you to the right place. Choosing the right one is not easy, though. It takes a lot of research and dedication.

In this article, we’re going to talk more about why it is important to find the best one and do regular checks with them. Follow up and learn more about this issue!

Regular checks are highly important

If you’re over the age of 20 and you have no problems seeing, at least one check up every 3-5 years is mandatory. When you go over 30, this should be cut down to at least once in 2 years. When you reach 40, at least a yearly check needs to be done. See more on this here: https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/comprehensive-eye-and-vision-examination/recommended-examination-frequency-for-pediatric-patients-and-adults.

The older a person gets, the more vision problems they’ll have. Their trip to the optometrist will become a monthly routine. If you need to go the doctor constantly, then you … Read more

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  • Global cases: More than 526,000
  • Global deaths: At least 23,700
  • US cases: At least 82,400
  • US deaths: At least 1,100

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

8:20 pm: Trump declares major disaster in Maryland

President Donald Trump on Thursday declared that a major disaster exists in Maryland, making federal funding available to the state and local governments in recovery efforts in the fight against the coronavirus. The declaration makes federal funding available to “State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, for all areas in the State of Maryland impacted by COVID-19.” —Salvador Rodriguez

7:30 pm: De Blasio says New York has now hit 365 deaths from COVID-19

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio

the city now has 23,112 cases of COVID-19 and 365 deaths.
“The next few months will be painful and stress our health care system like never before,” de Blasio said in a tweet. “To our health care workers: you

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  • Global cases: More than 529,500
  • Global deaths: At least 23,900
  • U.S. cases: At least 83,800
  • U.S. deaths: At least 1,200

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

All times below are in Beijing time.

8:26 am: China reports 55 new cases, most of them imported

China’s National Health Commission said that there were 55 new cases, of which 54 were imported and one local case was reported in Zhejiang. Five new deaths were also reported, all of them in Hubei province. Altogether, China says there have been 81,340 cases of infection since the start of the outbreak. More than 74,500 cases have been cured while 3,292 people have died. — Saheli Roy Choudhury

Staff members check the information of passengers entering China at the Pudong International Airport in Shanghai on March 18, 2020.

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8:22 am: Italy’s death toll rises above 8,000

More people have died in Italy from exposure to the fast-spreading coronavirus than anywhere else in the world. As of March 26, 6 p.m. local time, at least 8,165 people have died, according to Italy’s health ministry.

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The United States now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than Italy and China, making it the country with the largest outbreak in the world.

The total number of cases in the U.S. reached 82,404 Thursday evening, eclipsing China’s 81,782 cases and Italy’s 80,589, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The virus emerged in Wuhan, China, in December. It has since spread to more than half a million people in almost every country around the world and continues to pick up speed, the World Health Organization warned earlier this week.

“The pandemic is accelerating,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday at a press briefing from the organization’s Geneva headquarters. “It took 67 days from the first reported case to reach 100,000 cases, 11 days for second 100,000 cases, and just four days for the third 100,000 cases.”

Confirmed U.S. cases passed 5,000 last week. At the beginning of the month, there were roughly 100 confirmed cases in the U.S.

The number of confirmed cases likely underestimates the true number of infections across the country, officials have acknowledged. Testing in the U.S. has been hampered by delays and a restrictive diagnostic criteria that limits who can get tested. 

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