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BREAKING: CDC Says Coronavirus Will Likely ‘Become a Global Pandemic,' Urges Americans to Prepare

posted by Hannity Staff - 2.25.20

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the deadly Coronavirus will likely “become a global pandemic” in the coming days.

“Current global circumstances suggest it’s likely this virus will cause a pandemic,” Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters.

“It’s not so much a question of if this will happen any more, but rather more a question of when this will happen and how many people in this country will become infected and how many of those will develop severe or more complicated disease,” she added.

The virus has infected more than 80,000 people -mostly in China- and killed upwards of 3,000. Recent outbreaks in Italy and Iran have drastically increased the likelihood of a major outbreak somewhere in the United States.

“We must use this time to continue to prepare for the event of community transmission in the United States,” Schuchat said. “Part of that preparation is educating the public and our state, local and private sector partners about what transition from aggressive containment measures to community measures or community mitigation would look like should we end up there.”

Read the full report here.

Source: CNBC

DEVELOPING: Eight Planes in ‘Lockdown’ in London Over Fears of Coronavirus Outbreak

posted by Hannity Staff - 2.14.20

At least eight planes were placed in ‘lockdown’ conditions at London’s Heathrow Airport Friday over growing concerns of the deadly Coronavirus spreading across the UK.

Coronavirus fears sparked a lockdown of eight planes Friday morning at Heathrow Airport — including a flight from California — after passengers complained they were suffering from symptoms, according to new reports,” reports the NY Post.

“Passengers on United Airlines Flight 901 from San Francisco were told by the captain to stay put after landing because someone on board might be infected,” adds the Post. “Further details involving the other aircraft are unknown. Heathrow Airport declined to comment but is believed to be running as normal with all runways open.”

“Our team at London Heathrow Airport is providing assistance related to United flight 901 (San Francisco-London Heathrow) today, following reports of an individual becoming unwell onboard,” the airline said in a statement to multiple outlets. “The safety of our customers and employees is our highest priority and we continue to work closely with local authorities.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Source: New York Post

OUTBREAK SPREADS: Iran Health Minister Tests Positive for Coronavirus, New Cases in Europe

posted by Hannity Staff - 2.25.20

Health officials across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East are rushing to stem the spread of the deadly Coronavirus, with new outbreaks confirmed in Italy, Iran, South Korea, and other countries.

“Iran’s deputy health minister, Iraj Harirchi, who has spearheaded the country’s efforts to contain the coronavirus, has contracted the illness, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday, renewing concerns about the spread of the virus in the country,” reports the New York Times.

“The number of coronavirus cases and deaths continued to rise in Iran on Tuesday, according to health officials, days after the country emerged as another focal point of the outbreak. A prominent member of Parliament, Mahmoud Sadeghi, an outspoken critic of the country’s hard-liners, posted on Twitter that he also had the virus,” adds the Times.

There are reportedly 80,000 cases of Coronavirus worldwide and more than 3,000 deaths.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Source: New York Times

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