Montana confirms first coronavirus cases

WASHINGTON, Montana is the latest state in the US to confirm its first coronavirus cases after four people have tested positive, Governor Steve Bullock announced.

“Four people in Montana have tested positive for COVID-19. We’ve been monitoring this rapidly evolving situation and vigorously preparing for this virus to reach Montana, making today’s news unsurprising,” Bullock tweeted.

Bullock has also declared a state of emergency in Montana “to direct a coordinated response to COVID-19”.

Meanwhile, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company will be closing its stores outside China until March 27 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“In our workplaces and communities, we must do all we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Cook tweeted.

He added “Apple will be temporarily closing all stores outside of Greater China until March 27 and committing USD 15M to help with worldwide recovery”.

Furthermore, top US internet companies are “pledging” that people maintain internet access during the coronavirus outbreak, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced.

“As the coronavirus outbreak spreads and causes a series of disruptions to the economic, educational, medical, and civic life of our country, it is imperative that Americans stay connected,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in a statement.

Source: Kuwait News Agency