California Declares Emergency Over Coronavirus

 California Declares Emergency Over Coronavirus

California has declared a state of emergency after announcing its first coronavirus death, bringing the US death toll from the disease to 11.

Officials said the 71-year-old man who died in a hospital near Sacramento, had underlying health conditions and had been on a cruise ship.

The White House moved on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 to expand testing Nationwide for the disease.

Ten of the 11 US deaths were in Washington state, but the outbreak has also flared up in Texas and Nebraska.

Meanwhile, Washington and Florida both declared states of emergency to help prevent the coronavirus.

There are now at least 150 reported US patients with Covid-19 in 16 states.

Authorities have confirmed more than 92,000 cases of the virus worldwide, of which more than 80,000 are in China. More than 3,000 people have died globally, the vast majority in China.

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