Coronavirus update: Streets empty out as scammers move in. Plus, how to cope with pandemic worries
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Coronavirus update: Streets empty out as scammers move in. Plus, how to cope with pandemic worries

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Streets and sidewalks in cities around the world have emptied as people seek to prevent the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, authorities warned of a surge of reports about people trying to cash in on the coronavirus crisis with outrageous prices, phony cures and other scams.

Among developments since this morning:

  • The State Department is now urging Americans not to travel abroad under any circumstances as the coronavirus outbreak spreads. U.S. citizens are also advised to return home if they are already abroad, unless they plan to remain overseas.
  • As many spring breakers ignore social distancing on the beaches of Florida, some beaches are closing down and deputies enforce social distancing on others. The CDC said more younger people than initially thought are getting seriously ill due to the novel coronavirus.
  • Italy surpassed China as the country with the most coronavirus deaths, as its number of fatalities reached 3,405 and the pandemic’s global spread accelerates.
  • Celebrities, politicians and professional athletes face a backlash after many revealed they had been tested for the virus while test kits are lacking in many places.
  • Organizers have reluctantly postponed the Cannes Film Festival, now looking to June.

For further summary and full reports on developments in the past 24 hours, please select from the articles below. Scroll further for a photo gallery of key events and live updates from verified social media accounts.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate fever and cough. It can cause more severe illness including pneumonia for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

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