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Iranian official tests positive for coronavirus after appearing ill on TV

Italian authorities have identified what they believe is the first known patient to have caught coronavirus in Italy’s northern Lombardy region as a 38-year-old man called Mattia.

Mattia was originally in intensive care for respiratory problems at a hospital in Codogno, but is now at the Policlinico San Matteo in Pavia, about 35 kilometers south of Milan, Italian Civil Protection press officer Juri Pittaluga told CNN. 

Authorities don’t believe that this is the case that imported the virus to the region, however. 

Mattia’s pregnant wife, called Valentina, has also tested positive for coronavirus and is in the Sacco hospital in Milan, but her health condition is “not worrying at all” Pittaluga told CNN.

As he prepares for a state banquet in New Delhi, President Trump is lashing out against Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, for criticizing his coronavirus response.

Here’s Trump’s tweet:

Moments later, Schumer responded, saying: “I didn’t just criticize Pres. Trump’s pathetic, inadequate funding request I noted his incompetence, how he has no plan to deal with coronavirus. He’s dismantled NSC’s global health security team, wants to cut CDC by 16%, hasn’t appointed 1 person to oversee coronavirus response.”

What this is about: Democrats have begun criticizing the Trump administration’s coronavirus response, with Sen. Schumer charging the President is “asleep at the wheel” as the threat builds.

On Twitter yesterday, Schumer repeatedly took aim at Trump and his team’s response.

Here are a couple of his tweets:

Iranian Presidency Office/AP
Iranian Presidency Office/AP

Iran’s deputy health minister Iraj Haririchi, who appeared on television sweaty and ill to warn Iranians of coronavirus yesterday, tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday.

In a news conference on national television, Haririchi coughed and wiped sweat using tissues on several occasions. He was later diagnosed with coronavirus, according to state media.

He was standing next to the government spokesman Ali Rabiei to speak about the latest cases of coronavirus in Iran.

Iran is facing the largest coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, with the second largest number of deaths after China.

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Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump has expressed frustration in recent days about some of the ways his administration is confronting a spreading coronavirus outbreak, according to people familiar with the conversations.

Here are two instances:

  1. Trump was initially upset that some Americans who tested positive for coronavirus were allowed back into the US for quarantine instead of remaining in Asia, though today he acknowledged it was ultimately the right thing to allow them back into the country.
  2. And he’s sided with officials in Alabama who have protested a federal government plan to quarantine some patients in the state, despite federal officials insisting it wouldn’t pose a threat to residents. 

After both incidents, Trump told people around him he wants to fire those responsible for the decisions, though it doesn’t appear anyone has been terminated. Trump hasn’t specified particular individuals, venting instead at the broader situation. 

The President’s frustration reflects a growing sense among Trump administration officials the coronavirus outbreak will present a greater challenge than previously understood. Trump’s instinct is to seal the US off entirely from people who could have the virus, according to people who have spoken to him.

But remember: Trump continues to publicly express confidence in his administration’s handling of the crisis and optimism that it will be short-lived.

“I think that whole situation will start working out. A lot of talent, a lot of brain power is being put behind it,” he said during a news conference on Tuesday in New Delhi. 

Privately, however, he’s lashed out against decisions made by his team and insisted stricter controls be put in place to prevent those with coronavirus — even Americans — from entering the United States.

About the economy: One of the barometers Trump relies on most, the Dow Industrials, plunged 1,000 points yesterday, undercutting Trump’s public downplaying of the potential for crisis. Administration officials have been studying for weeks how the virus could affect the American economy, officials said, though their projections have shown only a minor impact. 

Trump has heard a somewhat different story from some wealthy donors and business leaders. As early as mid-January, US CEOs were conveying worry to Trump during the World Economic Summit in Davos at how the virus might affect their supply chains and businesses. He mostly shrugged off those concerns, saying the disease was contained to China.

Trump’s administration requested $1.25 billion in emergency funding to address the coronavirus, as well as the ability to tap an additional $535 million in emergency funds already appropriated. The White House requested the funds after initially declaring they weren’t necessary. Officials have been receiving calls from concerned lawmakers in recent weeks. 

One administration official said it’s possible there could be further requests once the scale of the outbreak is better understood.

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Aris Oikonomou/AFP/Getty Images

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was optimistic today that the Italian health system could stand up to the coronavirus.

“Our health system is excellent, our precautionary measures are of the utmost rigor and we trust that by virtue of the combined provisions, a health system of excellence and a policy line of health policy of the utmost rigor we will promote a containment effect of the spread of the virus,” he said. 

Italy is the site of Europe’s biggest outbreak. At least seven people have died and more than 280 people have been infected, with lockdowns in place for some areas.

 Trains running from Paris to Milan will stop in the French commune of Modane on the Italian border to change crew, French rail operator SNCF has announced, as European countries race to stop the spread of coronavirus following an outbreak in Northern Italy. 

Italian train crew members will board French trains in Modane and finish the journey to Milan, replacing all the French staff including ticket inspectors.

Europe’s biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 7 have died and more than 280 have been infected, with lockdowns in place for some areas.

The Iraqi government extended a travel ban as fears of a coronavirus outbreak rise, the government said in a statement today.

Travelers from five other new countries were included in the ban, which already included Iran and China. The new countries are:

  • Thailand
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Italy
  • Singapore

The government said in a statement: “The committee decided to extend the suspension of the direct or indirect entry of foreign arrivals from China and Iran until further notice, and [also] stop the direct or indirect entry of foreign arrivals from Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Italy and Singapore.”

Two people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Austria, the Tyrol Region government press office confirms.

The two people, whose genders and nationalities have not bee released, tested positive in the city of Innsbruck.

Austria shares a 404-kilometer-long border (that’s 251 miles) with Italy. Europe’s biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 7 have died and more than 280 have been infected, with lockdowns in place for some areas.

A view of a hospital in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, where an Italian national has been isolated.
A view of a hospital in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, where an Italian national has been isolated. Credit: Desiree Martin/AFP/Getty Images

People have been asked to remain in their rooms at the Costa Adeje Palace Hotel in Tenerife, Spain, as a male Italian guest tested positive for coronavirus in a first test Monday night.

“Following the report of a possible coronavirus case detected in a customer from Italy, staying at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace, H10 Hotels has implemented all health and operational recommendations from the health authorities to ensure the safety and wellbeing of customers and employees,” a communications representative for the H10 hotel group said in a statement.

“Additionally, we are providing customers and hotel staff all the necessary care and attention so that, despite the inconveniences this situation may cause, they are taken care of in the best way possible,” they added.  

A spokeswoman for the Canary Island health department told CNN: “We are not calling it a quarantine, we are monitoring and undertaking health checks on all people that might have had a contact with the coronavirus patient — that includes people from the hotel, not all of them.”

“The regional government will hold a meeting this morning to evaluate the situation,” she added.

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Trump privately vents over coronavirus even as he publicly insists everything is fine

New Delhi (CNN)President Donald Trump has privately expressed frustration in recent days about some of the ways his administration is confronting a spreading coronavirus outbreak, according to people familiar with the conversations. Publicly, he has expressed optimism that the virus is “going to go away.”

Trump was initially upset that some Americans who tested positive for coronavirus were allowed back into the

United States for quarantine instead of remaining in Asia

, though on Tuesday he acknowledged it was ultimately the right thing to allow them back into the country.

And

he’s sided with officials in Alabama

who have protested a federal government plan to quarantine some patients in the state, despite federal officials insisting it wouldn’t pose a threat to residents.

After both incidents, Trump told people around him he wants to fire those responsible for the decisions, though it doesn’t appear anyone has been terminated. Trump hasn’t specified particular individuals, venting instead at the broader situation.

    The President’s frustration reflects a growing sense among Trump administration officials that the coronavirus outbreak will present a greater challenge than previously understood. Trump’s instinct is to seal the US off entirely from people who could have the virus, according to people who have spoken to him.

    Trump claims coronavirus is 'going to go away' despite mounting concerns

    Trump continues to publicly express confidence in his administration’s handling of the crisis and optimism that it will be short-lived.

    “I think that whole situation will start working out. A lot of talent, a lot of brain power is being put behind it,” he said during a news conference on Tuesday in New Delhi.

    Privately, however, he’s lashed out against decisions made by his team and insisted stricter controls be put in place to prevent those with coronavirus — even Americans — from entering the United States.

    As first reported in The Washington Post

    , Trump was upset to learn that 14 Americans who tested positive for coronavirus were allowed to fly back to the United States after spending weeks in quarantine on a cruise ship in Japan. He was initially told they would remain in Asia for further quarantine, and was frustrated he wasn’t kept abreast of the decision-making to allow them to return to the US.

    Trump complained to multiple White House officials last week that he hadn’t been consulted on the decision. But by Tuesday he seemed to agree it was ultimately the right call.

    “We did the right thing. If you were out there, if you were an American and you refused to have any help from your country — these were wonderful people. It wasn’t their fault,” Trump said in India.

    Trump was also upset about preliminary plans to bring coronavirus patients to an Alabama city, telling local officials he was again caught off guard. The Department of Health and Human Services was evaluating the possibility of using a Federal Emergency Management Agency Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama, as a backup location for Americans infected by the virus.

    Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers, a Republican, said he spoke with Trump over the weekend about the plan and said the President was “completely unaware” of the plan and “annoyed that these individuals had even been brought back to continental United States while they were still infected, but assured me he would get to work on trying to stop it.”

    One of the barometers Trump relies on most, the Dow Industrials, plunged 1,000 points Monday, undercutting Trump’s public downplaying of the potential for crisis. Administration officials have been studying for weeks how the virus could affect the American economy, officials said, though their projections have shown only a minor impact.

    Major American companies are reeling from coronavirus

    Trump has heard a somewhat different story from

    some wealthy donors and business leaders

    . As early as mid-January, US CEOs were conveying worry to Trump during the World Economic Summit in Davos at how the virus might affect their supply chains and businesses. He mostly shrugged off those concerns, saying the disease was contained to China.

    Trump’s administration requested $1.25 billion in emergency funding to address the coronavirus, as well as the ability to tap an additional $535 million in emergency funds already appropriated. The White House requested the funds after initially declaring they weren’t necessary. Officials have been receiving calls from concerned lawmakers in recent weeks.

    One administration official said it’s possible there could be further requests once the scale of the outbreak is better understood.

    Administration officials are also weighing calling a United Nations meeting to put China on the spot to reveal more information about what they know about the status of the coronavirus, though a final decision doesn’t appear to have been made.

    It remains to be seen whether Trump himself will scale up public criticism of China for its handling of the crisis. He has avoided direct confrontation of Xi Jinping and instead has praised the Chinese leader’s handling of the crisis, even as experts and other administration officials criticize the country’s handling of the outbreak.

      Trump has also suggested the virus may weaken when weather turns warmer in China, a theory he says was conveyed to him by Xi. But with coronavirus popping up in warmer climates like Italy, that theory is being tested.

      “I spoke to President Xi the other day, he is so committed to solving that problem,” Trump said in new Delhi. “He is working very hard. He is very capable. The country is very capable and it snuck up on him but I think he’s going to do well.”

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      Tenerife hotel on lockdown as Italian man tests positive for virus

      Madrid (CNN)Dozens of tourists were being asked to remain in their rooms at a hotel on the Spanish resort island of Tenerife on Tuesday, as a male Italian guest tested positive in an initial test for the novel coronavirus overnight.

      Italy has reported 283 cases and seven deaths from the coronavirus, and authorities there are scrambling to contain the rapid viral spread.

      There are at least two confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Spain.

      In a written note, published on Twitter by one of the hotel guests, the H10 Costa Adeje Palace in Tenerife asked everyone “to stay in their rooms due to health reasons” as “the hotel has been locked down.”

        Rapid coronavirus spread puts Italy on the backfoot as Conte admits hospital mess-up

        “Following the report of a possible coronavirus case detected in a customer from Italy, staying at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace, H10 Hotels has implemented all health and operational recommendations from the health authorities to ensure the safety and wellbeing of customers and employees,” a communications representative for the H10 hotel group said in a statement.

        “Additionally, we are providing customers and hotel staff all the necessary care and attention so that, despite the inconveniences this situation may cause, they are taken care of in the best way possible,” the hotel group spokesperson added.

        A spokeswoman for the Canary Island health department told CNN that only guests who might have had contact with the Italian man were being asked to stay in their rooms. According to travel company TUI, the hotel has 467 rooms.

          “We are not calling it a quarantine, we are monitoring and undertaking health checks on all people that might have had a contact with the coronavirus patient — that includes people from the hotel, not all of them,” the spokeswoman said.

          The regional government will hold a meeting today to evaluate the situation, she said.

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          Sea lion found wandering miles from water

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          Bernie Sanders and the 270 electoral vote question

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          Sandstorm leaves tourists stranded in Canary Islands

          Planes are pictured at Tenerife SouthReina Sofia Airport during a sandstorm on February 23, 2020 on the Canary Island of Tenerife. - Airports on Spain's Canary Islands were closed after strong winds carrying red sand from the Sahara shrouded the tourist hotspot.
          Planes are pictured at Tenerife SouthReina Sofia Airport during a sandstorm on February 23, 2020 on the Canary Island of Tenerife. - Airports on Spain's Canary Islands were closed after strong winds carrying red sand from the Sahara shrouded the tourist hotspot.

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          Flights have resumed in the Canary Islands after a massive sandstorm, which blew in from the Sahara Desert, left travelers stranded over the weekend.

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          Lego minifigure creator and ‘unsung hero’ of the toy industry Jens Nygaard Knudsen dies

          London (CNN Business)Jens Nygaard Knudsen, creator of the Lego minifigure, has passed away at the age of 78.

          The former designer was responsible for developing the small

          Lego

          figures before they were released to the public in 1978.

          “We’re very sad to hear that Jens Nygaard Knudsen, the creator of the LEGO Minifigure, has passed away,” tweeted Lego.

          Jens Nygaard Knudsen worked at Lego for 32 years from 1968 to 2000.

          “Thank you Jens, for your ideas, imagination, and inspiring generations of builders.”

            Nygaard Knudsen had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and passed away on February 19 in western Denmark, former colleague Niels Milan Pedersen told the AFP news agency.

            “His imagination was so fantastic. If we had a brainstorm it was more like a brain hurricane, because he had so many ideas,” Milan Pedersen told AFP.

            Nygaard Knudsen worked at Lego from 1968 to 2000 and also developed the company’s space and pirates sets.

            Matthew Ashton, vice president of design at Lego, paid tribute and thanked the “amazing” man who left behind an “incredible” legacy.

            “Jens was not only responsible for designing the #LEGO #Minifigure he also drove the development of many early LEGO Product lines including my childhood favorite Classic Space,”

            tweeted

            Ashton.

            “He was truly one of the unsung heroes of the toy industry.”

            Ashton added: “Without him, I would have never been inspired to do the things I do today, without him I wouldn’t even have my job today.”

            His widow Marianne Nygaard Knudsen hailed her late husband as a “man of ideas” in an interview with Danish broadcaster TV2, reports AFP.

            “The figure was created so that there would be life in the houses,” she said.

            “At the time Lego’s houses were empty, but then he drew this man.”

              Lego was founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, according to the privately held company’s website.

              The present form of the Lego brick was first released in 1958, and the company is now one of the largest toy manufacturers in the world.

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              Rapid coronavirus spread puts Italy on the backfoot

              (CNN)Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has admitted that a hospital in the country’s north had contributed to the spread of the deadly coronavirus, raising questions about whether the European nation is capable of containing the outbreak.

              Italy now has the

              highest number of coronavirus infections outside Asia,

              as 54 new cases were detected in the country’s north overnight, bringing the total to 283, the Italian civil protection agency said Tuesday. The cases are heavily concentrated in the region of Lombardy where 212 infections have been confirmed. Seven people have so far died from the virus in the country.

              “Obviously we cannot predict the progress of the virus. It is clear that there has been an outbreak and it has spread from there,” Conte told reporters Monday evening, referring to the hospital where the first case was confirmed.

              Is it safe for travelers to visit Italy?

              He added that it was clear “there has been a management of the hospital not entirely proper according to prudent protocols, which are recommended in these cases, and this has certainly contributed to the spread.”

                Conte did not elaborate on what protocols were breached.

                Italian authorities have not been able to identify Patient 0, the term given to the person who brought the coronavirus into the country, a crucial piece of information that could potentially prevent new clusters of cases.

                The rapid spread of the virus in Italy has sparked fears of contagion across the European Union. The EU’s Schengen Area allows people in most member states, as well as many tourists, to move freely between countries without border checks.

                Coronavirus is fast becoming an 'economic pandemic'

                Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on Tuesday announced the country’s first coronavirus case, a “younger” male Croatian who had recently traveled to Italy.

                He said the man was exhibiting mild symptoms and was being kept in isolation at a specialized clinic for infectious diseases in Zagreb.

                The UK Department of Health put out a new travel advisory saying British travelers returning from northern Italy — areas north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini — should self-isolate if they display flu-like symptoms. The advice was issued the week after some schools took half-term breaks, a period when many British families travel to other European countries.

                A team of health experts from the World Health Organization and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control arrived in Italy on Monday to assist local authorities.

                Italian officials announced sweeping restrictions over the weekend for parts of the regions of Lombardy and Veneto, effectively putting around 100,000 people in quarantine.

                  Tourist attractions have been closed, private meetings have been banned and schools have been shut. People in these areas are being asked to stay inside and avoid contact with others.

                  The measures also include transport restrictions in some places and the surveillance and quarantine of individuals who may have been exposed to the virus, according to Italy’s health minister.

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                  Trump to invite Fury and Wilder to White House after ‘exciting’ clash

                  (CNN)Deontay Wilder blamed the elaborate costume he wore during the ring walk for his heavyweight world title defeat by Tyson Fury.

                  The American donned a 40-pound costume as a tribute to Black History Month as he made his way into the MGM Grand arena in Las Vegas Saturday.

                  Britain’s Fury clinched the WBC belt with a devastating display that ended with Wilder’s corner throwing in the towel in the seventh round.

                  “He didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is my uniform was way too heavy for me,” the previously undefeated Wilder told

                  Yahoo Sports

                  . “I didn’t have no legs from the beginning of the fight.

                    “In the third round, my legs were just shot all the way through. But I’m a warrior and people know that I’m a warrior.”

                    Wilder and Fury could be reunited at the White House after President Donald Trump suggested Monday

                    he may invite them

                    both.

                    “Two great fighters, it was really very exciting,” Trump

                    told

                    reporters in Washington. “Maybe we have to bring them both to the White House because that was really a good one. In fact, I think we’ll do that.”

                    Wilder enters the ring prior to the heavyweight bout against Fury.

                    The 34-year-old Wilder, who was bidding for a record 11th straight defense to pass Mohammad Ali’s record, knocked down Fury twice in their controversial draw in Los Angeles 2018, but was unable to produce the same standard in Las Vegas.

                    “A lot of people were telling me, ‘it looked like something was wrong with you.’ Something was, but when you’re in the ring you have to bluff a lot of things. I tried my best to do so. I knew I didn’t have the legs because of my uniform,” he added.

                    “I was only able to put it on [for the first time] the night before, but I didn’t think it was going to be that heavy. It weighed 40, 40-some pounds with the helmet and all the batteries. I wanted my tribute to be great for Black History Month. I wanted it to be good and I guess I put that before anything.”

                    Fury (right) punches Wilder.

                    Rematch on the cards?

                    Since the result, speculation has been rife over who Fury will face next.

                    A potential all-British, four-belt unification fight between Fury and Anthony Joshua that would crown an undisputed world heavyweight champion for the first time since Lennox Lewis in 2000 appears to be most appealing to fans.

                    Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, has promised boxing fans that a fight between Fury and Joshua

                    “will happen,”

                    while the president of Fury’s US promoters Top Rank, Todd DuBoef,

                    told Sky Sports

                    they should “strike while the iron is hot” and set up a mega-clash between the two British heavyweights.

                    Fury celebrates his win by TKO in the seventh round against Wilder.

                    Wilder and Fury had previously fought to a controversial draw in 2018, and in the contract for their rematch, both sides had the right to invoke a third fight, regardless of the result.

                    But after suffering his first career loss to the British fighter, Wilder says a rematch is on the cards.

                    “We’re definitely going to exercise it,” said Wilder told

                    ESPN

                    . “We’re looking forward to it. I’m a warrior and a true champion, and I fight like that every bit of the way.

                      “We’re definitely going on with it. That’s for sure. By the summertime.”

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                      Look back at Mubarak’s life and legacy

                      Egyptian vice President, Gen. Hosni Mubarak (L) and late President Anwar Sadat (R), both dressed in military honour uniforms, attend a military parade, 06 October 1981, in Cairo, commemorating Victory Day. Moments after, a group of military Islamist fundamentalists with allegiance to the Al-Jihad group killed Sadat in a shooting spree. Following Sadat's assassination Mubarak was sworn in as Egypt's fourth president, a position of power he has since retained, being re-elected five times. AFP PHOTO/- (Photo credit should read AFP PHOTO/AFP/GettyImages)
                      Egyptian vice President, Gen. Hosni Mubarak (L) and late President Anwar Sadat (R), both dressed in military honour uniforms, attend a military parade, 06 October 1981, in Cairo, commemorating Victory Day. Moments after, a group of military Islamist fundamentalists with allegiance to the Al-Jihad group killed Sadat in a shooting spree. Following Sadat's assassination Mubarak was sworn in as Egypt's fourth president, a position of power he has since retained, being re-elected five times. AFP PHOTO/- (Photo credit should read AFP PHOTO/AFP/GettyImages)

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