U.S. officials are racing to implement new measures to stop the spread of coronavirus, which has killed at least 31 people in the country and sickened nearly 1,000. Multiple states have declared a state of emergency to help free up resources to fight the virus. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that officials are implementing a “containment area” centered in New Rochelle, a suburb of New York City. Within the containment area, a 1-mile radius, large gathering places will be closed for two weeks, officials said. That includes schools and places of worship.
“We are also going to use the National Guard in the containment area to deliver food to homes, to help with the cleaning of public spaces,” Cuomo said. He added that a temporary coronavirus testing facility will be set up within the zone. Meanwhile, Italians woke up to the most severe restrictions on their every-day lives since World War II, as the number of cases globally continued to climb. As of Tuesday afternoon, there have been at least 116,000 cases worldwide. While 64,000 people have recovered, more than 4,000 have died.
In Italy, which has the largest outbreak outside China, all 60 million people were under travel restrictions, public gatherings and public sports events were canceled, and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told his people to stay home. He called it Italy’s “darkest hour.” Monday was the worst day on Wall Street since the financial collapse in 2008, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling nearly 8%. Markets rebounded nearly 5% Tuesday, although several economic road signs were pointing to a possible coronavirus-induced recession. –CBS