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First Coronavirus Death In Los Angeles County Confirmed, Virus Continues To Spread Nationwide

Dr. David Eisenman, professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, addresses the latest regarding COVID-19. 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

The coronavirus, now classified as a pandemic, continues to spread throughout the Los Angeles area and the country. In a speech last night that sowed confusion, President Donald Trump announced that he was suspending the travel of all goods and people from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days. He walked back the claim last night, saying on Twitter that the ban applies to “people not goods.”

Local officials continue to respond to the crisis and diagnose new cases. Yesterday, Los Angeles County officials announced the first death from coronavirus within their jurisdiction. To date, there have been 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county.

The Dow Jones industrial average has dropped 5.9 percentage points yesterday, which means it is now considered a bear market. This drop comes in the middle of a volatile time in the stock market, as the markets reached an all-time high last month.