NEW YORK (REUTERS/NYTIMES) – Officials in Florida on Friday (March 6) announced two deaths from the coronavirus and cancelled two Miami music festivals – Ultra and Calle Ocho – because of potential risk that the virus could spread at events with large crowds.
More than 300 cases have been confirmed, at least 17 have died, and thousands are in self-quarantine in the United States.
Public health officials are warning that no one knows how deeply the virus will spread, in part because the federal government’s flawed roll-out of tests three weeks ago has snowballed into an embarrassing fiasco of national proportions.
The latest two deaths mark the first time fatal cases were not on the West Coast.
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