Sanders, Biden cancel Ohio rallies over virus fears

As a virus epidemic appeared to be subsiding in China, where it first emerged nearly three months ago, the outbreak has found a strong foothold in Italy and other countries. With more than 9,000...

As a virus epidemic appeared to be subsiding in China, where it first emerged nearly three months ago, the outbreak has found a strong foothold in Italy and other countries.

With more than 9,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, Italy now has the highest national total behind China, which has reported over 80,000 confirmed infections. The Italian government has put the entire country on lockdown in an effort to contain the newly identified virus, known officially as COVID-19.

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4:50 p.m. Biden cancels Cleveland rally

Joe Biden’s campaign joined Bernie Sanders in also canceling his rally scheduled in Cleveland Tuesday night.

“In accordance with guidance from public officials and out of an abundance of caution, our rally in Cleveland, Ohio tonight is cancelled,” said Communications Director and Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield. “We will continue to consult with public health officials and public health guidance and make announcements about future events.”

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Six states hold primaries or caucuses on Tuesday, and Biden may still address the media despite canceling the rally.

4:40 p.m. Another death recorded in Washington state

A man in his 80s is the latest patient in Washington state to die after contracting COVID-19, according to state officials.

The patient was a resident of Ida Culver House, was hospitalized at University of Washington Medical Center and died on Monday.

Of the 29 people to die of the coronavirus in the U.S., 24 deaths have occurred in Washington state.

4:35 p.m. 70 cases in Massachusetts connected to one conference, governor says

At least 70 cases of coronavirus in the state of Massachusetts are connected to the same employee conference, according to state officials.

The conference for biotechnology company Biogen took place last month.

State data lists one confirmed case and 92 presumptive positive cases in the state.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency Tuesday.

4:20 p.m. Bernie Sanders cancels Cleveland rally

The Bernie Sanders campaign has canceled a rally scheduled in Cleveland for Tuesday night after receiving recommendations from officials.

“Out of concern for public health and safety, we are canceling tonight’s rally in Cleveland,” campaign communications director Mike Casca said in a statement. “We are heeding the public warnings from Ohio state officials, who have communicated concern about holding large, indoor events during the coronavirus outbreak. Sen. Sanders would like to express his regret to the thousands of Ohioans who had planned to attend the event tonight.”

All future events will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, according to Sanders campaign.

Primaries or caucuses are being held in Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Washington on Tuesday.

3:55 p.m. Waffle House employee confirmed to have virus

An employee of a Waffle House in Georgia has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The restaurant, located at 1849 Marietta Highway in Canton, has been temporarily closed, Waffle House said in a statement.

The employee has not worked since March 1 and has been released from the hospital under quarantine.

Other employees were instructed to self-quarantine at their homes. None have shown any signs of illnesses, according to Waffle House.

3:20 p.m. Barclays employee on New York trading floor tests positive

A Barclays trader has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the banking company.

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