Coronavirus: New York declares emergency, as death toll hits 19 in U.S


Officials in Washington state on Saturday said two more people have succumbed to the novel coronavirus, bringing the nationwide toll to 19.

It added that the number of confirmed cases in New York rose to 89 and a cruise ship with infected passengers remained stranded outside San Francisco.

According to REUTERS, more than half of all U.S. states have reported cases of the coronavirus, which originated in China last year and causes the sometimes deadly respiratory illness COVID-19. As the outbreak takes root, daily life has become increasingly disrupted, with concerts and conferences canceled and universities telling students to stay home and take classes online.

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