SN updates what retailers such as Walmart, Kroger, Publix and others are doing as COVID-19 spreads across U.S.

March 18, 2020 Published by CP Voice

With the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) officially becoming a global pandemic this week, grocery retailers of all stripes stepped up efforts to get the word out to customers and employees about the measures they’re taking in response.

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on March 11 announced that COVID-19 reached pandemic level as the number of worldwide cases soared over 100,000 and the virus’ incidence outside China, the origin of the outbreak, increased thirteenfold.

As of noon Eastern time on March 13, global confirmed coronavirus cases stood at 132,536 in 123 countries, areas and territories, with 4,947 deaths. China still by far had the most confirmed cases at 80,981, followed by Italy (15,113), Iran (10,075) and South Korea (7,979). Most recently, reported cases have proliferated in Europe, climbing to 2,965 in Spain, 2,860 in France and 2,369 in Germany.

WHO reported 1,264 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States through noon Eastern time on March 13. The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through March 12, had 1,215 confirmed and presumptive-positive cases of coronavirus in 42 states and the District of Columbia, with 36 total deaths. States with the most reported cases are Washington (366), New York (217), California (175) and Massachusetts (95), according to the CDC. The virus’ rapid advance led the Trump administration on Friday to declare coronavirus a national emergency.

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