Trump is running for reelection after a surprising 2016 victory and a tumultuous first term that has been dominated by the Russia investigation and impeachment proceedings. The President’s approval rating is low but a strong economy could boost his chances at reelection.
University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1968
June 14, 1946
Melania Trump; divorced from Ivana Trump and Marla Maples
Donald Jr. (son of Ivana), Ivanka (daughter of Ivana), Eric (son of Ivana), Tiffany (daughter of Marla) and Barron (son of Melania)
Monday: Trump aims West Coast swing to raise cash and counterprogram Democrats Tuesday: Barr has said he's considered resigning over Trump's interference in Justice Department matters, source says Wednesday: Blagojevich thanks Trump for commuting sentence and declares himself a 'Trump-ocrat'
CNN Poll of Polls: Bernie Sanders tops Democratic field Thursday: Russia is looking to help Trump win in 2020, election security official told lawmakers
Without proof, Trump's top trade adviser pushed that now-departed NSC official was Anonymous
Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison amid Trump complaints against prosecutors Friday: Seven-day reduction in violence in Afghanistan to begin, US announces Perez under pressure: the DNC chairman is in the hot seat as Nevada caucuses loom And that was the week in 9 headlines.
Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord — a landmark 2015 deal on global warming targets — was a major blow to the global response to the climate crisis. The decision sent a message to the rest of the world that the US – which can legally leave the agreement as early as 2020 – would not be leading the global fight against climate change. Trump’s EPA chief has said that while he believes in climate change, it is not a top priority. The administration shrunk two of Utah’s national monuments. It has also pushed to open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration, as well as waters along the East and Pacific coasts. Under the Trump administration, the EPA announced it would no longer require oil and gas companies to install monitors to detect methane leaks from new wells, tanks and pipelines.
Trump’s major economic policy achievement in office was the 2017 tax cut, which drastically reduced rates for individuals and businesses – but led to a rise in the federal budget deficit to nearly $1 trillion in fiscal year 2019, undermining a campaign promise to not just shrink deficits but eliminate the national debt altogether by the end of a second term. The tax cuts also contributed to a record-breaking rise in the stock market, one of Trump’s favorite economic indicators, as corporate executives plowed tax savings into stock buybacks that buoyed share prices, rewarding investors. Trump has presided over a strong labor market, with unemployment hovering at a 50-year low. While the economic outlook in the US remains stable, Trump has contributed to a global slowdown through a series of unpredictable moves on trade, including the imposition of tariffs against allies like the European Union. Trump has also engaged in a two-year trade war with China, imposing an escalating series of retaliatory tariffs that have hit American farmers, importers and manufacturers. He announced plans to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement, an Obama-era trade deal among a number of countries, soon after taking office in 2017. Preferring bilateral deals, he signed a new trade pact with Japan in 2019 – but it was no better for American ranchers and farmers than the Trans-Pacific Partnership would have been. His administration also renegotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement, the trade pact with Canada and Mexico. The countries have since agreed to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, but it is pending ratification by the US Congress.
Trump, as President, has vowed to fix student loan debt. As directed by an executive order, the Department of Education published new data in November 2019 about graduates’ income and debt levels aimed at helping students make more informed borrowing decisions before choosing colleges. The White House has also made loan forgiveness automatic for veterans with disabilities and urged Congress to include place a cap on student loan borrowing. By contrast, it has repeatedly proposed ending a student loan forgiveness program for public workers, but Congress has rejected those efforts. The administration has pushed for a school choice tax credit known as “Education Freedom Scholarships,” which students could use to attend public or private schools, including charters, outside of their districts. It has rescinded a number of Obama-era policies, including those that promoted racial diversity in schools and protections for transgender students in public schools that let them use bathrooms and other facilities corresponding to their gender identities. It has also rolled back two rules that were intended to hold for-profit colleges accountable.
In the wake of mass shootings throughout his presidency, Trump has vowed action on gun violence, including expanding background checks. But he has been vague on the details, and has repeatedly pointed to mental health and hate as the underlying issues. After the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, Trump order the Department of Justice to ban bump stocks, attachments that effectively make semi-automatic rifles fire continuously. The ban became effective in March 2019. The President has backed “red flag” gun laws on the state level, which enable those who have seen warning signs to seek court orders to intervene and prevent someone who is in crisis from temporarily having access to firearms.
Trump campaigned against the Affordable Care Act on the runup to his presidency. While the Republican-controlled Congress failed to repeal the law, Trump has taken a number of executive actions to undermine it, including making it easier for Americans to access alternative policies that have fewer protections and benefits. The administration is also seeking to invalidate the landmark health care law through the courts. It has opted not to defend the law, instead siding with a coalition of Republican attorneys general who are arguing that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional because Congress effectively repealed the individual coverage mandate. The case is now being considered by a panel of appellate judges, after a district judge ruled in favor of the Republican coalition in December 2018. In a historic move, the administration is allowing states to impose work requirements on certain Medicaid recipients, though a district judge has blocked several states from doing so and others have suspended their efforts while the matter works its way through the legal system. Trump has promised to reduce drug prices and unveiled a blueprint to do so in 2018. Bucking long-standing Republican beliefs, the President is pushing to allow drug importation, particularly from Canada, and to tie the price of drugs in the US to their cost in other developed nations. However, several of his efforts have been stymied, including requiring drug makers to include their list prices in TV ads, which was nixed by a federal judge in summer 20199. In an effort to lower health care costs overall, the administration also issued a rule requiring hospitals to post the rates they negotiate privately with health insurers, starting in 2021. A coalition of major hospital groups took legal action to block the requirement.
During his 2016 campaign, Trump proposed the construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border, and has made it a tenet of his immigration policy as President. After taking office, he issued an executive order suspending the entry of people from a number of Muslim-majority countries for 90 days; the order went through several iterations in court before it was upheld. The administration’s “zero tolerance” policy in 2018 – criminal prosecutions of adults who illegally crossed the border – resulted in thousands of family separations at the border as parents were detained. Under a court order, the government must identify and reunify certain separated children. The President has proposed a merit-based immigration system, establishing a points-based system for green card holders and restricting sponsorship to spouses and minor children. Trump also officially ended Obama-era protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as children, a decision that has now been taken to the Supreme Court.
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South Korea coronavirus infections surge past 340
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North Korea has canceled its annual international marathon, which was scheduled to take place in April, due to fears over the coronavirus, according to a Western tour company that books travel to the event. Young Pioneer Tours wrote in a statement: “We have received confirmation from our travel partners in North Korea that the Pyongyang Marathon (Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon) held in April has been cancelled due to the current borders of the DPRK being closed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) virus. We will be in touch with our tourists who have booked with us on this event.” President Donald Trump became enraged with senior advisers this week when 14 Americans who tested positive for the coronavirus were brought back to the US from Japan after he had been told they would remain quarantined overseas, administration officials told The Washington Post. The President was first told that Americans who were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where the coronavirus has spread, would be flown back to the US on two planes but that patients with the infection or with symptoms would stay in Japan, where the ship is anchored, the newspaper reported. However, the State Department and a US health official decided to bring back the infected Americans on the planes and place them in isolation without telling the President, the Post said. Administration officials told the Post that Trump learned of the reversal only after the fact and complained that the decision might damage his administration's handling of the outbreak. Read more here Fourteen Americans who tested positive for novel coronavirus in Japan returned to the United States aboard two state department-chartered flights earlier this week. They flew with more than 300 people who had not been diagnosed with the disease. These 14 infected travelers, who had been vacationing onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, are now being monitored and cared for at three medical facilities in the US, according to a spokesperson for the US Department of Health and Human Services. Nine of the positive patients are at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Four are at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington.
One patient is in a Sacramento-area hospital in California. Concerns are growing over the global spread of the novel coronavirus after a spike in cases outside of mainland China among people with no connection to China or the city of Wuhan, ground zero for the outbreak. A warning: World Health Organization (WHO) director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that there was still a chance to contain the Covid-19 virus, "but the window of opportunity is narrowing." More global cases: His words come as countries outside of China report a sharp increase of coronavirus cases -- particularly in South Korea and Iran. Italy has also reported its first death, raising fears of self-sustaining epidemics. At the epicenter: Authorities in China's Hubei province confirmed an additional 366 cases of the virus on Friday, 45 fewer than the previous day, taking the total number of cases at the epicenter of the outbreak to over 63,400. The total number of cases in mainland China is now more than 76,200. Death toll: The global death toll from the outbreak has reached 2,360, after 109 deaths were reported in mainland China Friday, including 106 in Hubei, nine fewer than the previous day. Outside of mainland China, 15 people have died from the coronavirus. In addition to Italy reporting its first death, two new deaths were reported in Iran and one death in South Korea on Friday. Read more here. The World Health Organization-led joint mission working on coronavirus in China is traveling today to Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a news briefing Friday. It’s up to the team what it wants to focus on there, Tedros said. So far, the team has been working in Beijing, Sichuan and Guangdong, he said. Tedros said previously the team includes experts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the US National Institutes of Health, as well as experts from Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Nigeria, Germany and Russia. The team includes experts in epidemiology, virology, clinical management, outbreak control and public health. Images from the South Korean city of Daegu show usually-bustling shopping areas deserted and roads empty of traffic. Daegu is at the center of a coronavirus outbreak after dozens of members of the Shincheonji religious group in the city tested positive for the virus. Among the 347 total confirmed cases in South Korea, 169 are associated with the group. Health officials in the city sprayed disinfectant from the back of motorbikes in front of the group's Daegu branch, images show. South Korea reports that a fourth member of its military has been infected with coronavirus on Saturday, according to the country's Defense Ministry. A soldier in the army in Pocheon, northern Gyeonggi province, tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Saturday. The man had visited his home in Daegu while on a vacation from February 10-14, the ministry said. Daegu has seen an outbreak of the virus, with 28 cases in the city and 103 in North Gyeongsang province, which surrounds Daegu. The soldier has been isolated, and anyone who has come into contact with him have also been isolated, the ministry said. On Thursday, South Korea's Defense Ministry restricted all military personnel from going on vacations, leaving base, staying out overnight and meeting visitors from Saturday. Infections surge: Cases in South Korea have passed 340 after more than 140 new infections were reported on Saturday. Nearly half of the total cases are associated with a religious group in Daegu. Australia now has 21 cases of the novel coronavirus after six people repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan tested positive for the virus, the health department said in a statement. Ten patients have recovered so far. Here's a breakdown of where those cases are: 5 in Queensland
4 in New South Wales
4 in Victoria
2 in South Australia Of the six cases associated with the Diamond Princess repatriation flight from Japan: 1 is a resident of Western Australia
1 is a resident of South Australia
2 are residents of Queensland
2 are residents of Victoria The novel coronavirus has spread throughout the world since the first cases were detected in central China in December. More than 1,500 confirmed cases and 15 deaths from the virus have been recorded in more than 30 countries and territories outside mainland China: Australia (at least 21 cases)
Belgium (at least 1 case)
Cambodia (at least 1 case)
Canada (at least 9 cases)
Egypt (at least 1 case)
Finland (at least 1 case)
France (at least 12 cases, 1 death)
Germany (at least 16 cases)
Hong Kong (at least 68 cases, 2 deaths)
India (at least 3 cases)
Iran (at least 18 cases, 4 deaths)
Israel: (at least 1 case)
Italy (at least 17 cases, 1 death)
Japan (at least 738 cases, including 639 linked to cruise ship; 3 deaths)
Lebanon: (at least 1 case)
Macao (at least 10 cases)
Malaysia (at least 22 cases)
Nepal (at least 1 case)
Philippines (at least 3 cases, 1 death)
Russia (at least 2 cases)
Singapore (at least 86 cases)
South Korea (at least 347 cases, 1 death)
Spain (at least 2 cases)
Sri Lanka (at least 1 case)
Sweden (at least 1 case)
Taiwan (at least 26 cases, 1 death)
Thailand (at least 35 cases)
United Arab Emirates (at least 9 cases)
United Kingdom (at least 9 cases)
United States (at least 35 cases)
Vietnam (at least 16 cases) Read more about the patients in each place. Some students at a New York university are in hot water over allegations they held what the school is describing as a "coronavirus-themed party." Officials at the University of Albany say they are investigating the event, which they called "distasteful and hurtful" in a news release. "We are aware of a coronavirus-themed party that was recently held off-campus and not sanctioned by the University at Albany," the University of Albany said in a statement. "The theme of this party was distasteful and hurtful and is not representative of UAlbany or its nearly 18,000 students." The trouble started last week when a video was posted on Instagram showing a bucket filled with ice and beer and a University of Albany student wearing a surgical mask, Albany's WGY News Radio reported. Read more here. South Korea’s Shincheongji religious group says it “deeply regrets” the coronavirus outbreak that occurred in their Daegu branch that it is cooperating with local authorities. About half of the country's 346 cases are linked to the Shincheongji group in the southern city of Daegu. On Saturday, South Korean health officials said that 9,300 members of the group will be tested and required to self-isolate as they try to get on top of the outbreak. “Currently all of our church branches in the nation, including the main headquarter have stopped services, gatherings, and mission activity in churches and related spaces," the Shincheongji group said in a statement. It also expressed concern over what it said was false information that has been circulating about the group. “The media had been reporting that we are the 'main culprit in the spread of virus', referring to our 'unusual service style'," the statement said. "A reality where we had to hold service on the floor to maximize the number of occupants in our small space -- which was due to Shincheonji not being allowed our rightful building permit," the statement adds. Some passengers and crew are still aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship following its 14-day coronavirus quarantine in Japan, but the ship has not seen its last days at sea. On April 29, following what Carnival Corp. (Princess Cruises' parent company) says will be a full sanitation process, the 116,000-ton vessel will resume service. The Wall Street Journal first reported on the ship's plans -- shortly after two of the ship's coronavirus patients died. Once everyone is off the isolated ship, it will undergo a deep cleaning before spending time in a dry dock. Princess Cruises is working with the Japanese health ministry on sanitation specifics, cruise line public relations director Negin Kamali told CNN Travel. The expectation, Kamali explains, "is that the ship will be fully sanitized by a cleaning company with an expertise in this area following guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization." Read more here. Japan reported 12 new cases of novel coronavirus on Saturday, the country's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said. The new cases include three teenagers. Japan now has a total of 738 positive coronavirus cases: 99 on land and 639 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Cruise ship safety measures: Japan’s Ministry of Defense has increased the level of protection for its Self Defense Force staff working on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama. All SDF staff are now required to wear masks, gloves, gowns and hair caps, not just those in direct contact with passengers. The order came after infectious disease specialist Kentaro Iwata posted a YouTube video criticizing the quarantine and isolation measures onboard the virus-stricken ship, defense minister Taro Kono told reporters. A flight carrying 19 Taiwanese citizens arrived in Taipei from Tokyo Friday night, Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare said in a statement. The group, who had been on the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama since early February, will be sent to an isolation ward for 14 days. Two additional cases of novel coronavirus were confirmed in Taiwan on Saturday, bringing the total on the island to 26, according to the ministry. Cruise disembarking: On Friday, 253 people who tested negative for coronavirus disembarked from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, according to the news release from the Japanese Ministry of Health. Disembarkation was expected to continue into Saturday. Thousands of members of the Shincheonji religious group in the southern city of Daegu will be tested for the novel coronavirus, South Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare said on Saturday. Around 9,300 members of the religious group will also be required to self-isolate, after a cluster of coronavirus cases were linked to it. Among the 346 total confirmed cases in South Korea, 169 are associated with the group. “We have secured a list of about 9,300 members of the relevant religious group, and we are preemptively enforcing self-isolation and facility isolation," said Kim Gang-lip, South Korean vice minister of health in a news briefing: Already, 4,474 people from the list are self-isolating and the ministry is conducting the first tests on 544 people who said they have respiratory symptoms. The ministry is currently enforcing self-isolation and checking symptoms for 4,860 people from a second list they have secured. Kim said that mobile sample collection teams will be in operation so people can be tested without going outside. With the summer wedding season around the corner, the coronavirus outbreak could leave brides-to-be in panic: Some may be unable to get the wedding gown they want for their big day. China is a leading supplier of wedding gowns. As much as 80% of the world's western-style gowns are produced there, according to the American Bridal and Prom Industry Association. Many factories in China have remained closed this year as the country attempts to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Although China's vast manufacturing engine is slowly coming back on line, the extended shutdown has resulted in a production delay across the board for all kinds of products, including wedding gowns. "We have spent a lot of time monitoring the situation in China and I believe a lot of disruption is going to happen," said James Marcum, CEO of David's Bridal, the largest seller of wedding gowns in the United States. "It's not only with bridal gowns but there's the bridesmaid side of things, too." Read the full story here A second flight bringing back 84 people who were onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan landed in Hong Kong on Saturday. Among the passengers were 82 residents from Hong Kong and two residents from Macao, according to a statement from the Hong Kong government. The Hong Kong residents were taken by coach to a quarantine center at Chun Yeung Estate, near Sha Tin in the city's north, where they will remain under observation for 14 days. The two Macau residents returned to Macau directly from the airport. The Hong Kong government said that as of Friday, 66 cases onboard the ship were Hong Kong residents. They are under treatment in Japan. A total of 639 cases of the virus, including two deaths, are associated with the stricken ship. Cruise disembarking: On Friday, 253 people who tested negative for coronavirus disembarked from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, according to the news release from the Japanese Ministry of Health. Disembarkation was expected to continue into Saturday. Canada’s chief public health officer Theresa Tam has raised concerns over a woman who tested positive for coronavirus after recently returning from Iran. "Any important cases linked to Iran could be an indicator that there is more widespread transmission than we know about," Tam said. Iran only recently began reporting its first cases. On Friday, the Middle Eastern country confirmed a total of 18 patients with coronavirus and four deaths. Tam said this is a reminder that the novel coronavirus is a global issue and that there is the possibility that the virus could be present in countries that may not have the capacity to detect or contain the virus. The Canadian woman, in her 30, is the sixth case of novel coronavirus in British Columbia and the ninth for Canada overall. According to Tam, there was no indication that the patient had been to Qom, the city where the virus was first detected in Iran. “So this leads to the need for further investigation for the officials on the ground," in British Columbia, she said. Iran outbreak: The novel coronavirus has spread to several Iranian cities, including the capital Tehran, according to the Iranian health ministry. “The spread of the coronavirus started in Qom and has reached other cities in the country like Tehran, Babol, Arak, Isfahan, Rasht and other cities due to people traveling. There is a possibility that it exists in all cities across the country,” Minnou Mohraz, member of the National Committee for Infectious diseases at the Ministry of Health, said Friday. “It’s clear that new coronavirus has circulated in the country and probably the source of this illness was Chinese workers who work in the city of Qom and had traveled to China,” Mohraz added. A growing number of companies are warning that the coronavirus will prevent them from meeting sales or profit targets for the first three months of the year. Some are even getting specific, and putting a number on the financial damage. Situation is highly uncertain: Many of the financial projections assume the coronavirus will be contained in China over the coming weeks and months, and that there won't be a major outbreak in another country. If the Chinese economy doesn't come roaring back as quickly as expected, investors could be caught off guard. "Investors have largely taken the view that the impact will be temporary, hopefully short-lived, and that most of the weakness should be reversed with a strong rebound in the quarters that follow," Peter Oppenheimer, chief global equity strategist at Goldman Sachs, wrote this week. Coronavirus costing billions: The International Air Transport Association, which represents major airlines, warned this week that coronavirus could cost global carriers nearly $30 billion in lost revenue. Global demand would drop by 4.7%, the first overall decline since the financial crisis. Read more here. Two additional cases of novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Taiwan, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare. That brings the total number of cases on the island to 26. The latest patients are the daughter, aged in her 40s, and granddaughter, 20, of a previous case. Both have no recent travel history. The granddaughter developed a cough on January 28, while the daughter had gastroesophageal reflux on February 9, the ministry statement said. They are currently in isolation. There is great concern about the spread of the novel coronavirus in countries outside China, with Iran reporting a spike in numbers and deaths, and other Middle Eastern countries reporting their first cases. South Korea has also seen a huge uptick in cases, with over 340 now confirmed nationwide. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization's director general has said the window of opportunity to control the outbreak is "narrowing." What you need to know: The numbers: Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in mainland China increased by 397 on Friday to reach a total of 76,288. Another 109 deaths were recorded in China on Friday, bringing its total death toll to 2,345, according to China’s National Health Commission. The global death toll stands at 2,360. Changing the tally: Officials in Hubei province, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, have banned the practice of reducing the number of already confirmed cases. It also mandated that all previously counted cases stand as part of the total confirmed tally. The vast majority of cases and deaths in China have been recorded in Hubei. Crisis in South Korea: Cases in the Asian country have surged past 340 after more than 140 new infections were reported on Saturday. Around half of the total cases are associated with a religious group in the south of the country. Two patients have died of the virus in South Korea. South Korean authorities are taking measures to contain the outbreak, including shutting down public places in the capital Seoul and designating "special care zones." Middle East spread: Iran's health ministry has confirmed 18 cases of the virus, including four deaths, and said it has spread to several cities. Meanwhile, Lebanon and Israel have reported their first cases. WHO warning: World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the window of opportunity to contain the virus is "narrowing" and called on countries to prepare for community transmission. US cases rise: 34 people have tested positive for the virus in the US, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This includes 21 cases among repatriated individuals, as well as 13 other US cases. The CDC said it will now track confirmed cases in two separate groups: people who have been repatriated, and those identified by the US public health network. Prison outbreaks: 512 cases of the virus were confirmed from inside China's prisons on Friday -- 271 in Hubei , 207 in Shandong and 34 in Zhejiang. South Korea reported a jump of 142 additional cases overnight, bringing the country's total to 346, according to the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). New cases breakdown: North Gyeongsang province (which surrounds southeastern city of Daegu): 103
Daegu city: 28
Gyeonggi province: 2
North Chungcheong province: 2
North Jeolla province: 1
Jeju: 1 Clusters: Among the 142 new cases, 92 are linked to the Cheongdo Daenam hospital, in North Gyeongsang province and 38 are linked with the Shincheonji religious group. South Korean authorities earlier this week were seeking to question more than 1,000 members of the group who attended a service with one of the recently confirmed cases. Deaths: South Korea reported its second death from the virus on Friday. Seoul tries to control spread: The South Korean government is taking a range of measures in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus, including shutting down public places in the capital and designating "special care zones." After three cases were detected in the country's armed forces, all South Korean military personnel have been restricted from leaving their bases and going on vacation. The death toll from the novel coronavirus in mainland China has increased by 109, according to the latest figures released by China’s National Health Commission (NHC) Saturday. All but three of those deaths were in Hubei province, at the outbreak's epicenter. Additional deaths across the mainland bring China's total death toll to 2,345, with 2,250 in Hubei. That brings the global death toll to 2,360. Breakdown of deaths globally: There have been 15 deaths reported outside of mainland China: Iran: 4 deaths:
Japan: 3 deaths:
Hong Kong, South Korea: 2 deaths each
Taiwan, Philippines, France, Italy: 1 death each China cases rise: Confirmed cases in mainland China increased by 397 on Friday to reach a total of 76,288. A total of 366 new confirmed cases were in Hubei province. Recoveries: Chinese health authorities reported that a total of 20,659 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospital. There’s great concern about the spread of the novel coronavirus in countries outside China and among people with no connection to China or Wuhan, World Health Organization (WHO) director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Friday. There’s still a chance to contain the virus, Tedros said, “but the window of opportunity is narrowing.” The WHO is calling on countries to continue containment measures while preparing for community transmission, he said. He said China’s containment measures in Wuhan and elsewhere are “hammering” the virus and can help contain it. "We must not look back and regret that we failed to take advantage of the window of opportunity we have,” he said. The outbreak can still go any direction, Tedros said, and countries need to prepare for any eventuality. Dr. Sylvie Briand, director of the WHO's Infectious Hazards Management Department, said the agency is working to prepare countries’ health care workers with training and making sure they know how to protect themselves, and to make sure countries have enough workers to handle a number of cases. A 78-year-old man who tested positive for the novel coronavirus has died at a hospital in Padua, northern Italy. It is Italy's first death from the coronavirus, that is quickly spreading around the world. The country has reported 14 new confirmed cases of the virus, all in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, bringing the country's total to 17. Italian news agency ANSA said the patient also suffered from “previous pathologies.” The death was also reported by the president of the Veneto region, Luca Zaia, in a TV interview. Italy’s Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced severe restrictions in areas of the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto, which have recorded most of Italy's coronavirus cases. All public events have been canceled, schools, shops and local enterprises closed and sporting activities have been suspended. Anyone who has come into contact with people who have tested positive for the virus must go into quarantine and those who live in villages where coronavirus cases have been reported must stay in isolation at home, according to ordnance issued by Italy’s health ministry.