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Coronavirus in brief: Death rate lower than first thought, plus more of the morning's pandemic news
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Coronavirus in brief: Death rate lower than first thought, plus more of the morning's pandemic news

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How many people die after being infected with the novel coronavirus? Fewer than previously calculated, according to a study released Monday, but still more than die from the flu.

The research, published in the medical journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases, estimated that about 0.66% of those infected with the virus will die.

That coronavirus death rate, which is lower than earlier estimates, takes into account potentially milder cases that often go undiagnosed -- but it's still far higher than the 0.1% of people who are killed by the flu.

Here's an update on all developments. Scroll or swipe further for in-depth coverage.

  • White House officials are relying on statistical models to help predict the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and try to protect as many people as possible. The public could get its first close look at the Trump administration's own projections Tuesday at the daily briefing.
  • Deaths climbed rapidly in the United States, which is poised today to overtake China's reported virus death toll of 3,300. But experts say all numbers reported by governments and states in this pandemic are faulty in different ways, due to the lack of testing, mild virus cases that are missed or the determination of some governments to try to seize and shape their pandemic narrative.
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo begged for health care reinforcements, saying up to 1 million more workers were needed.
  • Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street as investors close out a brutal month of March. The S&P 500 is headed for its biggest quarterly decline since the last quarter of 2008. For the Dow, it could be the worst three-month period since late 1987.
  • In ex-communist Eastern Europe and elsewhere, rulers are assuming more power while they introduce harsh measures they say are necessary to halt the coronavirus spread.
  • Overnight, Spain recorded 849 new deaths, the highest daily toll since the pandemic hit the southern European country. It has now claimed the lives of 8,189, forcing Madrid to open a second temporary morgue after an ice rink pressed into service last week become overwhelmed.
  • Federal judges in Texas, Alabama and Ohio have temporarily blocked efforts to ban abortions during the pandemic, handing Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers a victory as clinics across the U.S. filed lawsuits to stop states from trying to shutter them during the outbreak.
  • Two ships carrying passengers and crew from an ill-fated South American cruise are pleading with Florida officials to let them carry off the sick and dead, but Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida's health care resources are already stretched too thin.
  • The All England Club board will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the fate of the 2020 Wimbledon tournament.

For more summaries and full reports, please select from the articles below. Scroll further for some tips to adjusting to a socially distanced lifestyle, interactive maps and live updates from social media accounts.


There are changes in many ways people live outside the four walls of home, from social gathering to everyday social interactions. But even in pre-virus times, there were people for whom those things were more pressure than pleasure: introverts, those who largely get their energy from inside themselves and selected interactions with people, as opposed to extroverts.

Here are some social distancing tips and ways you can help at home and in your neighborhood.


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