"This is not a drill," warned the head of the World Health Organization as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases around the world nears 100,000, reports CNN. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said many of the dozens of countries dealing with outbreaks are not taking the crisis seriously enough to "match the level of the threat we all face. This is not a time to give up. This is not a time for excuses," he said, calling for "aggressive preparedness." "This is a time for pulling out all the stops." More:
- Helicopters deliver test kits. California Air National Guard helicopters dropped hundreds of coronavirus test kits Thursday on the Grand Princess, a cruise ship with suspected coronavirus cases being held off the coast of California, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Around 3,400 passengers and crew are on the San Francisco-bound ship.
- US death toll rises. Another death in the Seattle area Thursday brought the total US death toll to 12, all but one of them in Washington state, reports Reuters. There were also at least 57 new cases reported across the country, including the first in Colorado, Maryland, Tennessee, and Texas.