Washington, the state most severely hit by the coronavirus, is expected to ban gatherings of more than 250 people in the Seattle area amid the outbreak. Gov. Jay Inslee is to make the announcement in a press conference Wednesday morning, according to the Seattle Times, installing the ban on King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. The new measures were expected to apply to gatherings such as baseball games, concerts and cultural events – but would not further shut down public schools or curtail retail.ITALY’S CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL RISES TO MORE THAN 600 AMID FIRST DAY OF NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN: REPORT“If we are going to stop this epidemic or seriously slow it down, we need to look at what’s coming in Washington state,” Inslee, a Democrat, said during an earlier press conference Tuesday, according to Oregon Live. “Not just what is here today.”There were 267 cases of the COVID-19 illness reported in Washington as of Wednesday morning, the highest count in any state. Twenty-four people have died. In total, the U.S. recorded more than 1,000 cases of the virus in 39 states across the country. The nationwide death toll was at least 30. At least two people in California, two in Florida, one in New Jersey and one in

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