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Two Republican politicians in self-quarantine after being in contact with Donald Trump

Following the exposure to a CPAC attendee that has been diagnosed with the coronavirus the republican politicians Doug Collins and Matt Gaetz have entered self-quarantine. Both are said to have had contact with Donald Trump before.

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Uber announces that drivers and delivery people will get 14 days of sick leave if they get coronavirus

While the ride-share service classifies drivers and delivery people as independent contractors, that are not eligible for benefits such as paid sick days, health insurance or other - they announced that due to the coronavirus spread those people would get 14 days of sick leave if infected.

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Annual St. Patrick's Day parade in San Francisco canceled following covid-19

The Governor of California Gavin Christopher Newsom  issued an emergency declaration to prepare for a broader spread of covid-19. Following this San Francisco canceled the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival which were scheduled for March 14th.

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South by Southwest conference cancelled following coronavirus spread

As the covid-19 virus spreads in the United States the conference SXSW has been canceled. It was scheduled for March 13th to 22nd 2020. The Austin Mayor Steve Adler has issued an order to cancel the conference in order to stop the virus from spreading further. The conference organizers write that they are planning on providing an online experience to offset the cancellation.

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Donald Trump says he would have people stay on cruise ship and not come on land to keep Covid-19 numbers low

The president said during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that he would like to have people stay on a cruise ship near San Francisco in order to keep "the numbers being where they are", referencing the current number of infected people by the coronavirus. He doesn't want to "have the numbers double" saying that the infected people on the ship weren't the US's fault.

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Northern California nurse that got in contact with coronavirus patient got denied testing

The National Nurses President Deborah Burger read out a statement from a nurse that says she is sick and in quarantine after caring for an infected patient. She says the National CDC so far is not initiating the test since she wore the recommended protective equipment and therefore she "wouldn't have the coronavirus". Later the National CDC said they have a problem with her identifier number.

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White House overruled Center for Disease Control and Prevention's advice that old people should not fly

While the Center for Disease Control and Prevention wanted to recommend that people of higher age and people that are physically fragile should not fly, the White House overturned the plans. The air travel recommendation was removed following an inside source of the Associated Press.

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Publishers and content creators to lose out on advertising revenue due to coronavirus

The relevant terms for the display of advertising and monetization of content in the context of the pandemic such as "coronavirus" or "covid 19" are climbing in ranks in advertisement blocklists. This means that the related content won't be able to be monetized through the advertising networks of major publishers such as YouTube.

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Google cancels in person attendance to developer conference I/O due to Covid-19

All ticket holders will be refunded by March 13 and are getting the option to purchase a ticket for the 2021 edition of the conference. Google says they will "explore other ways" in order to reach out to the developer community. The cancellation follows the guidance of health authorities such as the WHO as a precaution to stop the coronavirus from spreading further.

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Student builds website with Covid-19 data overview

The high school student Avi Schiffmann build a website that shows current statistics on the spread of the coronavirus. Next to the numbers of known cases and the countries that they are in, the website shows the severity of the infections and the numbers of cured people.

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New York cleans all 472 subway stations and plans on doing it every night until Corona is contained

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced that all buses, trains and stations are being disinfected and cleaned. They plan on doing so every three days, with the stations even cleaned every day. Currently the MTA has around 2,000 subway cars, nearly 2000 buses and 472 stations. The measure follows a second person in New York being positively tested for the coronavirus.

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Vietnam health ministry says that all 16 infected patients have been cured

With no new recorded cases in Vietnam since February 13, the health ministry announced that all 16 known infected patients have been cured of the coronavirus.

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Google announces roll out of free access to premium Hangout software to enable remote work and schooling

The company announced that they'll enable access to advanced hangout functions for all existing G Suite and G Suite Education customers. This means that video calls can be recorded and saved, videos can be streamed for up to 100,000 viewers per domain and video calls can have up to 250 participants. The company said that they want to enable schools to continue education even when physical teaching is not possible due to health concerns with corona.

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Official says: 23 members of the Iranian Parliament have been tested positive for Covid-19

Out of 290 members, 23 have gotten a positive test result for the coronavirus.

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Trump administration investigates covering the costs for corona treatments of uninsured patients

The US has a program in place that enables the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to potentially reimburse hospitals and other health providers for treating uninsured patients. The reimbursement rates are set at around 110% of the Medicare rates. Currently, the Centers are evaluating if the program should be used for the treatment of uninsured corona patients.

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Pope Francis was tested negative on Covid-19

After suffering from a light cold the Pope was tested for Corona - due to the signs of a common cold being similar to Corona. The results returned negative.