An official from Brazil who met with President Trump and Vice-President Pence on Saturday Mar-a-Lago has tested positive to the cornonavirus. The White House later said “exposures from the case are being assessed,” but that Trump and Pence “do not require being tested at this time.”
Upheaval has persisted in global markets with concerns and fears of a worldwide recession mounted. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 2,352 points, or 10%. The index had its worst drop since the 1987 Black Monday market crash, when it collapsed by more than 22%. The S&P 500 plummeted 9.5%, joining the Dow in a bear market. The S&P 500 also had its worst day since 1987. The Nasdaq closed 9.4% lower.
Trump announced late Wednesday that travel from Europe would be restricted for 30 days, although the U.K. and Ireland are not included. The area in question consists of 26 countries, including France, Italy, German, Greece, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, and Sweden. Trump justified the exclusion of the U.K., saying the U.S. ally was doing a “very good job” of combating the crisis. The Trump administration had slapped a travel ban on foreign nationals who had visited China and Iran last month in hopes of slowing the virus.
More and more cancelations of events are being announced every few minutes, such as tournaments, sports seasons, crowd gatherings of all kinds, universities, schools, and on and on.
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