Phil Helsel and Leou Chen
China reports no new domestic cases for first time since start of epidemic
For the first time since the outbreak began, China’s National Health Commission on Thursday morning reported no new domestic cases of the coronavirus illness COVID-19.
The numbers from Wednesday on mainland China include 34 new confirmed cases, but the health commission lists those as “newly diagnosed imported cases.” Those were mainly in Beijing, but also in Guangdong, Shanghai, Heilongjiang and Zhejiang.
Deaths continued to rise in mainland China, but at a low rate. Only eight deaths were reported, all of which occurred in Hubei province, which is includes the city of Wuhan and where the outbreak began.
There have been 3,245 deaths linked to the coronavirus illness in mainland China as of Thursday morning, according to the national health commission.
Rep. Ben McAdams is second member of Congress to test positive for coronavirus
He said he has self-quarantined and conducted all meetings by phone since Saturday.
“On Tuesday, my doctor instructed me to get tested for COVID-19 and following his referral, I went to the local testing clinic,” McAdams said. “Today I learned that I tested positive.”
Please read my statement on contracting #COVID19. I have self-quarantined since first having symptoms and consulted with my doctor. #utpol pic.twitter.com/upx4NcTvF8
— Rep. Ben McAdams (@RepBenMcAdams)
If city, state and federal governments don’t step in now, they warn, at stake are people’s homes and health if they’re evicted and thrown out onto the street, which would only exacerbate a deepening public health crisis.
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart first member of Congress to test positive for coronavirus
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., announced he has tested positive for coronavirus, the first member of the U.S. Congress to do so in the pandemic.
“I am feeling much better,” Diaz-Balart said. “However, it’s important that everyone take this seriously and follow CDC guidelines in order to avoid getting sick and mitigate the spread of this virus.”
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