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Global cases: At least 106,893, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization
Global deaths: At least 3,639, according to the latest figures from the WHO
All times below are in Beijing time.
10:17 am: Wuhan shuts down 11 makeshift hospitals
Following the discharge of most patients, 11 of the 14 makeshift hospitals in Wuhan that were built for treatment of the new coronavirus have closed, state broadcaster CCTV said Sunday evening. Remaining patients are gradually being sent to designated hospitals, and there are only about 100 people left in the remaining 3 makeshift hospitals, the report said.
Wuhan city, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, began opening the makeshift or “cabin” hospitals on Feb. 5 and the repurposed venues have treated more than 12,000 people with mild cases of the virus, according to CCTV. Last week, other Chinese media reports noted that at least one such hospital warned of an increasing number of relapses among discharged patients. — Cheng
9:25 am: South Korea reports 248 new cases, 1 additional death
9:05 am: Japan GDP shrinks faster than expected
Japan’s economy slowed an annualized 7.1% in the October-December quarter, worse than a Reuters forecast of a 6.6% contraction and the biggest fall since 2014, according to Reuters. The virus outbreak has hit production in the country, disrupting supply chains and damaging tourism.
The worse-than-expected decline has led to fears that Japan could see growth contract for two straight quarters, which is defined as a technical recession. — Weizhen Tan
8:14 am: China reports 40 new cases and 22 more deaths
China reported 40 new confirmed cases and 22 additional deaths as of Mar. 8. Of the new cases, 36 came from Hubei, the epicenter of the coronavirus, while 21 out of 22 deaths in the mainland were from Hubei, the National Health Commission reported.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the mainland to 80,735 and the cumulative death toll to 3,119. — Joanna Tan
7:45 am: Senator Ted Cruz to self-quarantine after interacting with CPAC attendee who tested positive
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said he will quarantine himself this week until a full 14 days have passed since the Conservative Political Action Conference, where he briefly interacted with an attendee who tested positive for the coronavirus. “That interaction consisted of a brief conversation and a handshake,” he said in a statement on Twitter.
He said that interaction did not meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria for self-quarantine, but that he would do so “out of an abundance of caution.” — Joanna Tan