40,000 have come from China in 2 months
Since Chinese officials disclosed the outbreak of a mysterious pneumonialike illness to international health officials on New Year’s Eve, at least 430,000 people have arrived in the United States on direct flights from China, including nearly 40,000 in the two months after President Donald Trump imposed restrictions on such travel, according to an analysis of data collected in both countries. The bulk of the passengers, who were of multiple nationalities, arrived in January, at airports in Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York; Chicago; Seattle; Newark, N.J.; and Detroit. Thousands of them flew directly from Wuhan, the center of the coronavirus outbreak, as American public health officials were only beginning to assess the risks to the United States. Flights continued this past week, the data show, with passengers traveling from Beijing to Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, under rules that exempt Americans and some others from the clampdown.
N.Y. getting 1,000 ventilators from China
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the Chinese government was facilitating a shipment of 1,000 donated ventilators to his state, highlighting the extreme measures leaders are taking to independently secure enough lifesaving devices during the coronavirus pandemic. “We’re all in the same battle here,” Cuomo said, noting that the state of Oregon volunteered to send 140 ventilators to New York. “And the battle is stopping the spread of the virus.”
Two die aboard Coral Princess cruise ship
Two people on the Coral Princess cruise ship, which reported 12 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, died overnight, according to an announcement from the ship’s captain Saturday. He did not say whether those passengers had confirmed cases of coronavirus, but said they were being treated in the medical center when they died. The Coral Princess, which was originally heading for Port Everglades in Broward County, Fla., instead docked in Port Miami Saturday. The company did not explain why it had changed course.
Wis. GOP rebuffs effort to cancel Tues. vote
Wisconsin’s state Legislature refused to take up a proposal to cancel in-person voting for Tuesday’s primary, one day after Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, called for delaying the contest and abruptly convened a special legislative session on the issue, amid the intensifying coronavirus pandemic. Leaders of the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature rebuffed Evers’ appeal in the hasty session. Officials across Wisconsin said they would have to shutter hundreds of voting locations to contend with a mass shortage of poll workers and struggled through the weekend to distribute sanitizing supplies to city and town election administrators.