As of Friday, there were fewer than 100 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States, with no deaths. But yesterday, the first case of coronavirus death was confirmed in the United States, and the death was from a man in the Seattle area. In response, the U.S. government yesterday announced other travel restrictions on Iran, Italy and South Korea to prevent further imports of coronavirus.
Washington state health officials say the risk to the public is increasing, but they don’t think the spread is occurring in any way on a broad basis.
“Although there are no confirmed cases in downtown Seattle, we have been preparing for this since January. We maintain regular and close contact with the Washington State Department of Health, the Seattle and King County Department of Public Health, the King County Sheriff, the Governor’s Office, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our public health officials at the state, local and national levels are working together to ensure public safety and awareness. Individuals, families, and businesses should plan and prepare. Seattle Mayor Jenny A Durkan said the first thing people can do now is take public health advice and avoid getting sick, and if you’re unlucky, stay at home and wait for help.
Recently, a number of technical meetings around the world were cancelled due to fears of coronaviruses. The MWC meeting was canceled last month. GDC announced last week that it was canceling the meeting after several companies, including Microsoft, pulled out of the meeting. Recently, Facebook announced that it would cancel the live section of the F8 2020 developer conference.
Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference is scheduled to take place In Seattle from May 19 to 21. It is one of the company’s largest annual meetings in Seattle every year. Last year, more than 6,000 people from all over the world attended the conference. Microsoft is likely to eventually cancel or postpone the meeting because of the coronavirus outbreak. So far, Microsoft has not responded to the death of a coronavirus in the Seattle area.