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Coronavirus updates: Florida reports first deaths on East Coast

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An attendee at the conservative CPAC 2020 conference has been diagnosed with coronavirus, according to the conference’s organizer, the American Conservative Union (ACU). The ACU said the attendee did not go to any events in the main hall, where President Trump delivered a speech last week.

The number of cases worldwide continues to climb. According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins, there have been more than 105,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. More than 58,000 people have recovered, and more than 3,500 people have died. 

There have been 20 deaths in the U.S. — 17 in Washington state and one in California, as well as the two in Florida. There are confirmed cases of the virus in 32 states and Washington D.C.

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Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday met with cruise executives in Florida. Meanwhile, on the Grand Princess cruise ship, which is floating off the coast of San Francisco, 19 crew members and two passengers have tested positive for the virus. The ship is carrying more than 3,500 people from 54 different countries, according to The Associated Press.

Authorities were working to bring the ship to a non-commercial port this weekend and test everyone for the virus. While health officials said about 1,100 crew members will remain aboard, passengers could be disembarked to face quarantine, possibly at U.S. military bases or other sites. That’s what happened to hundreds of passengers who were exposed to the virus on another cruise ship in January. 

“Those that will need to be quarantined will be quarantined. Those who will require medical help will receive it,” Vice President Michael Pence said Friday.

President Trump, speaking Friday at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, said he would prefer not to allow the passengers onto American soil but will defer to the recommendations of medical experts.

“They would like to have the people come off. I’d rather have the people stay but … I told them to make the final decision,” the president said.  

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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