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Coronavirus Live Updates: France Reports First Death Outside Asia

Here’s what you need to know:

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The Bichat-Claude-Bernard Hospital in Paris, where a Chinese tourist who had been hospitalized since Jan. 25 died of coronavirus on Friday.Credit…Christophe Ena/Associated Press

France’s health minister, Agnès Buzyn, said on Saturday that a 80-year-old Chinese tourist had died of coronavirus on Friday at a hospital in Paris.

Ms. Buzyn said the man, who was from the Chinese province of Hubei, the center of the outbreak, arrived in France on Jan. 16 and had been hospitalized at the Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital since Jan. 25.

“His condition had quickly worsened and he had been in critical condition for several days,” Ms. Buzyn said in a televised statement.

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The virus has sickened more than 67,000 people in China and 25 other countries.

She did not name the patient. The man’s daughter also has the coronavirus and was also hospitalized in Paris, Ms. Buzyn said, adding that she should be discharged soon.

The victim and his daughter were among 11 confirmed cases in France, which also included five British citizens who stayed in a ski chalet in the French Alps.

The death is the fourth from the virus outside of mainland China, where about 1,500 people have died, most of them in Hubei Province. The Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan have each reported one death.

The United States will evacuate Americans from the cruise ship that has been quarantined for more than a week in Japan due to coronavirus infections on board, the United States Embassy in Tokyo told Americans aboard the ship on Saturday.

American passengers and crew members were told in an email from the embassy that a chartered flight would arrive on Sunday for those who wanted to return to the United States.

The ship, the Diamond Princess, was placed under quarantine at the city of Yokohama early last week with about 3,700 passengers and crew members aboard, after a man who had disembarked in Hong Kong was diagnosed with the coronavirus. Since then, at least 218 cases have been confirmed aboard the ship.

There are hundreds of Americans aboard, and at least 40 who were infected with the virus have been taken off the ship for treatment.

Japan has more confirmed coronavirus cases — the vast majority of them from the ship — than any country outside China, and it reported its first death from the virus on Thursday.

Infections and deaths continued to climb after the government this week changed the criteria by which it tracks cases. Officials early Saturday reported 2,641 new coronavirus cases and 143 additional deaths in the previous 24 hours.

The new numbers came hours after Beijing announced new restrictions on people returning to the capital from elsewhere in the country.

  • What do you need to know? Start here.

    Updated Feb. 10, 2020

    • What is a Coronavirus?
      It is a novel virus named for the crown-like spikes that protrude from its surface. The coronavirus can infect both animals and people, and can cause a range of respiratory illnesses from the common cold to more dangerous conditions like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS.
    • How contagious is the virus?
      According to preliminary research, it seems moderately infectious, similar to SARS, and is possibly transmitted through the air. Scientists have estimated that each infected person could spread it to somewhere between 1.5 and 3.5 people without effective containment measures.
    • How worried should I be?
      While the virus is a serious public health concern, the risk to most people outside China remains very low, and seasonal flu is a more immediate threat.
    • Who is working to contain the virus?
      World Health Organization officials have praised China’s aggressive response to the virus by closing transportation, schools and markets. This week, a team of experts from the W.H.O. arrived in Beijing to offer assistance.
    • What if I’m traveling?
      The United States and Australia are temporarily denying entry to noncitizens who recently traveled to China and several airlines have canceled flights.
    • How do I keep myself and others safe?
      Washing your hands frequently is the most important thing you can do, along with staying at home when you’re sick.

Most of the new cases and deaths were reported in Hubei Province, the center of the epidemic.

In all, more than 66,000 people have been infected and at least 1,523 have died worldwide. The vast majority of cases, and all but a few of the deaths, have been in mainland China, with the heaviest concentration there in Hubei, the center of the epidemic.

The tally in Hubei jumped drastically on Thursday after the authorities changed the diagnostic criteria for counting new cases. The government now takes into account cases diagnosed in clinical settings, including the use of CT scans, and not just those confirmed with specialized testing kits.

Chinese state-run television announced on its website on Friday evening that everyone returning to Beijing would be required to isolate themselves for 14 days.

Anyone who does not comply “shall be held accountable according to law,” according to a text of the order released by state television. The order was issued by a Communist Party “leading group” at the municipal level, not the national Communist Party.

It was the latest sign that China’s leaders were still struggling to set the right balance between restarting the economy and continuing to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

Tens of millions had gone home to celebrate Lunar New Year holidays before the government acknowledged the seriousness of the epidemic. They have faced local government checkpoints on the way back to work and then lengthy quarantines upon their return to big cities.

The new rules also require those returning to the city to give advance warning of their arrival to the authorities in their residential area.

The central banking authorities of China are disinfecting, stashing and reportedly even destroying cash in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Fan Yifei, deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, said at a news conference on Saturday that the cash collected by commercial banks must be disinfected before being released back to customers.

Cash collected from hospitals and food markets must be handled separately and disinfected before depositing the notes to the People’s Bank of China, Mr. Fan said. In severely hit regions, the collected cash must undergo ultraviolet or high-temperature disinfection and be stored for 14 days before going back to the market, he added. In less impacted areas, the banknotes must be disinfected and stored for a week before use.

A People’s Bank of China branch in the southern city of Guangzhou is even destroying banknotes that came from hospitals, food markets and public transportation, according to a report by Nanfang, a state-owned outlet in Guangdong province.

Many people in major Chinese cities primarily use their smartphones to pay for just about anything, increasingly rendering cash obsolete. But hundreds of millions of people in the country are not connected to the internet, and some older residents still prefer cash.

The virus has caused the quarantine of more than 50 million people in China, and travel and visa restrictions to more than 70 countries. Alongside widespread shutdowns of stores and malls in China, it has taken a heavy toll on the global luxury goods sector, long dependent on the spending of Chinese shoppers at home and abroad.

The investment bank Jefferies estimates that Chinese buyers accounted for 40 percent of the 281 billion euros, or $305 billion, spent on luxury goods globally last year, and drove 80 percent of the past year’s sales growth in the sector, making them the fastest-growing luxury shopper demographic in the world.

With the latest season of fashion weeks well underway — and several runway show cancellations in New York, London, Milan and Paris — some of the biggest names in the industry are publicly counting the cost of coronavirus-related disruption on bottom lines.

A man who became ill while on a vacation in Hawaii has tested positive for the coronavirus, health officials said. The man, who is in his 60s, had returned to his home in Japan, where he received the diagnosis this week.

The man, who traveled to Hawaii with his wife in late January and early February, fell ill during the second week of the vacation, while the couple were staying at a time-share in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. Before that, the couple had been in Maui, but the man showed no symptoms while he was there.

Officials said that the man began showing symptoms on Feb. 3, and wore a mask when he went outside the time-share, the Grand Waikikian. Dr. Sarah Park, the state epidemiologist, said that the man was most likely infected either before he came to Hawaii or while he was on his way to Hawaii in late January.

Lt. Gov. Josh Green, who is an emergency physician, said in an interview on Friday that the authorities were contacting the management at the guest facilities where the man stayed, as well as those who were working there.

“The only way to do this right is to contact everyone,” he said. “We are not worried about minimal contact, but those who had extensive contact will be given whatever support is necessary.”

It has become an iconic image of the coronavirus outbreak in China: a masked official aiming what appears to be a small white pistol at a traveler’s forehead.

For weeks, these ominous-looking devices have been deployed at checkpoints across China — tollbooths, apartment complexes, hotels, grocery stores, train stations — as government officials and private citizens screen people for fevers in an effort to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

But experts say the “thermometer guns” are unlikely to stop the outbreak.

The thermometers determine temperature by measuring the heat emanating from the surface of a person’s body. Often, however, those wielding the tools don’t hold them close enough to the subject’s forehead, generating unusually low temperature readings, or hold them too close and get a high reading. The measurements can be imprecise in certain environments, like a dusty roadside, or when someone has taken medication to suppress a fever.

“These devices are notoriously not accurate and reliable,” said James Lawler, a medical expert at the University of Nebraska’s Global Center for Health Security. “Some of it is quite frankly for show.”

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A Quarantine Becomes a Violin Bootcamp

When Anthea Kreston found out that her student Kevin Tang was stuck at home because of the coronavirus, she decided to use music to improve his mood.

So tune the whole thing. It was pretty good. But only, like, 55 percent — it needed to be way more solid. All the orchestra stuff, OK, and then you go: [violin playing] If you do that bowing, make sure that your dotted 8th note is long enough. Can you have vibrato on all of your notes be exactly the same? [violin playing]

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When Anthea Kreston found out that her student Kevin Tang was stuck at home because of the coronavirus, she decided to use music to improve his mood.CreditCredit…Kevin Tang

Anthea Kreston, an acclaimed American violinist, has been giving Yunhe Tang, a talented Chinese 14-year-old, lessons via Skype once a week since last summer. But something seemed very wrong this month: He had not practiced, and he always practices.

The teenager, who prefers the name Kevin, lives in Chengdu, one of dozens of Chinese cities that are effectively on lockdown because of the coronavirus crisis. Schools are closed for the rest of the month and most businesses are struggling to reopen. Kevin’s family is healthy, but he has mostly been stuck inside.

Ms. Kreston said she couldn’t stop thinking about Kevin, and decided to help take his mind off the lockdown. She messaged his family and asked if they would like to temporarily step up Kevin’s lessons at no extra cost. As long as he was shut indoors, she wanted to have daily contact with him, and run a kind of violinist’s boot camp. The family agreed.

Kevin’s challenge would be to learn a new concerto — Lalo’s “Symphonie Espagnole” — in a few weeks, something she said would normally take 100 days. Ms. Kreston also gave him daily exercises to practice.

Two weeks into the boot camp, Kevin is feeling much better, though he longs for the outdoors. He now practices four hours every day, and said his technique has improved and his sound has become more beautiful.

“The virus is terrible,” Kevin said, “but music gives us the confidence to overcome.”

Reporting was contributed by Elian Peltier, Motoko Rich, David Yaffe-Bellany, Keith Bradsher, Elaine Yu, Elizabeth Paton, Alex Marshall and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs.

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Tirzah Duren: The feds can help students by getting out of the loan business

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Everyone and (especially) their mother has an opinion on millennials. We’re either the generation that destroyed chain restaurants and going to the cinema, or we’re helpless victims of the vast student-loan complex.

For older conservatives, young millennials are just a few free lunches away from declaring worldwide socialism. And they’re not wrong: polling from the Victims of Communism reveals 70 percent of millennials would vote for a socialist candidate. Yikes.

But despite the damning polls, millennials haven’t damaged the free market. After all, we are the generation that pioneered the $5 cappuccino with every flavor imaginable, popularized Uber and Lyft, and figured out ways to make money by “gigging” our cameras, our spare bedrooms, and even our electrical outlets.

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Millennials aren’t all socialists; it’s just that the socialist voices are the loudest. And when it comes to the student debt crisis, which cuts deeply into our rent payments, simplistic solutions like “soak the rich!” get more airtime.

The socialist solution for “Big Student Debt” is clear: empower government to solve the problem by magically eliminating debt or by loosening bankruptcy restrictions. To those struggling under the weight of student loan payments, these solutions are better than simple “blame and shame.”

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After all, many of these loans were taken out during millennials’ formative years. We were asked to make crucial decisions that would have a ripple effect throughout our lives, and many of us didn’t have any guidance about costs and benefits.

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How much is a college degree worth? Until the facts are clear to those considering college, this crisis will continue.

Statistically speaking, a college degree is the best way to increase earning potential. This is especially true for millennials. For the generation before baby boomers, the earning gap between a high school diploma and a college degree was roughly $7,500. For millennials, this gap is $17,500. It’s the difference between middle-class earnings and poverty.

Pew Research found in 2014 that 22 percent of millennials with only a high school degree were in poverty. Compare this with boomers in 1979, when this number was only 7 percent. It’s no wonder millennials are more likely to have completed a bachelor’s degree than any other generation.

But nobody thinks an entire generation swimming in $500 billion of debt is an optimal outcome. And the reason some millennials took out massive loans that weren’t worth the costs is simply, “because they could.” The money was available from Uncle Sam with few strings attached — except, of course, when the bill comes due.

The U.S. Department of Education spends roughly $150 billion each year to support education in the form of grants, work-study funds, and loans. Unlike private loans, which are based on credit, these funds are awarded based on students’ financial need.

These loans have been linked to the higher cost of tuition for good reason. They’ve created a cycle of rising college tuition costs, exacerbating the need for financial aid. Millennials are trapped in this self-perpetuating cycle, and the only solution being discussed is expensive and unjust debt forgiveness.

It’s time we heard some free-market solutions to the student debt crisis. Government can help, but only if it’s willing to step back.

Turning off the tap of unlimited access to federal dollars would push students to be more cautious about the types of programs and institutions they select and the types of loans they sign. Competition of this sort would incentivize students to evaluate the value of mortgaging the future for a medical degree versus a gender studies degree.

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Prices communicate information. But that information is only accurate under a free-market system. When government crowded out the loan market and distorted the market, the real price of education was hidden. Millennials were operating on bad intel, and that led them to make poor investment decisions.

There are real solutions to the student loan crisis in America that don’t rely on billion-dollar “free” schooling from cradle to grave or massive government bailouts. To promote competitive solutions, older conservatives must understand that millennials are victims of government intervention. We have the tools to fix that — and it shouldn’t mean bigger government.

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Pete Buttigieg’s Dash for Cash: 10 Fund-Raisers in Two Weeks

In the compressed and crucial weeks between the New Hampshire primary and Super Tuesday, Pete Buttigieg is moving aggressively to replenish his campaign coffers with an ambitious schedule of 10 fund-raisers held across six states in a 14-day period.

The money chase for Mr. Buttigieg began in Indianapolis on Thursday at the 16,000-square foot home of a supporter as donors noshed on egg salad and cucumber sandwiches — “What a thrill to be back home again in Indiana,” Mr. Buttigieg said — and continued on Friday in California, as he traveled from San Francisco to Silicon Valley to the state capital of Sacramento for a photo line with contributors.

He will soon visit Seattle, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, the Washington D.C. area, Miami and Palm Beach — with most of the events built around states that will vote in early March.

Pete Buttigieg’s Fund-Raisers





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In addition to Mr. Buttigieg himself, his national policy director, Sonal Shah, a veteran of the Obama administration and Goldman Sachs, is hitting the road to headline events in Virginia, Maryland and Ohio, where donors are asked for up to $2,800 to become a “champion” and join in a “policy conversation” (some tickets can be had for as little as $54). And Mr. Buttigieg’s husband, Chasten, is featured at another five events, with two stops in Wisconsin, two in Denver and one in Phoenix.

The frenetic fund-raising pace opens up Mr. Buttigieg to potential criticism from progressives that he is the preferred candidate of the wealthy. That is a line of attack that both Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (“I don’t have 40 billionaires, Pete”) and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (“The mayor just recently had a fund-raiser that was held in a wine cave full of crystals”) have relished in recent months.

A virtually unknown small-town mayor a year ago, Mr. Buttigieg built a sizable list of small online donors and a formidable big bundler operation in 2019.

The need for money is acute as the candidates enter one of the most intense phases of the primary with consequential contests on each of the next two Saturdays, in Nevada and South Carolina. The latter state will be followed almost immediately by 15 states and territories on the next Tuesday, including the big prizes of California and Texas, where the cost of advertising can be prohibitive.

With the most delegates after the first two contests, Mr. Buttigieg, who ended two terms as mayor of South Bend, Ind., last month, now faces one rival in Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York City mayor, who has almost limitless money, and another in Mr. Sanders whose army of small contributors have been giving in accelerating amounts. Tom Steyer, a hedge fund billionaire from California, has been spending heavily, and rising in the polls, in Nevada and South Carolina.

Mr. Buttigieg had entered 2020 with $14.5 million in the bank. But his pace of spending since then burned through much of that sum and some of his money is earmarked for the general election and cannot be spent in the primary.

His monthly payroll had climbed to $2.7 million by December, federal filings showed. He spent $2.5 million on Facebook and Google ads since Jan. 1, company records show. And Mr. Buttigieg invested $6.5 million in television ads from Jan 1. through the New Hampshire primary this past Tuesday, according to Advertising Analytics, a media tracking firm. Plus, there are the other costs to run for president that are only growing — chartered planes, renting event space, polling, consulting fees and more. His campaign reported a single $761,039 credit card payment in December, for instance.

In the final quarter, Mr. Buttigieg raised $24.7 million, though he spent far more than that during the three-month period, about $34 million. Other candidates, including Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren, similarly spent more than they raised as the primaries neared.

His advisers have previously told donors that they were investing almost everything in Iowa, where he earned the most state delegate equivalents, and New Hampshire, where he finished a strong second, in hopes that command performances in those two states would open up political and financial opportunities beyond.

“All the chips were on the table for Iowa,” said David Jacobson, a Buttigieg fund-raiser and former ambassador.

“It was money well spent,” said Robert Mandell, another former ambassador and Buttigieg fund-raiser.

But the impact of Mr. Buttigieg’s apparent win in Iowa was dampened by the delayed and muddled results that are still subject to a recanvass. His campaign announced he had raised $4 million in the four days afterward. That is a significant sum but still less than what rival strategists said might have otherwise been expected for winning the opening contest.

Mr. Sanders was raising money at a clip of well above $1 million per day online in early February, according to an estimate based on figures released by his campaign. And that was before he won the New Hampshire primary. Ms. Warren’s campaign told supporters this week she had raised $5 million in the nine days following the Iowa caucuses. Neither senator is accepting contributions from elite donors.

One of Mr. Buttigieg’s events will be on Feb. 23 at the home of Representative Don Beyer, a Virginia Democrat and the first member of Congress to endorse him, with five other congressional co-hosts. Three days later, he will hold three fund-raisers across Florida — which does not hold its primary until March 17 — including one in Palm Beach whose hosts include Cynthia Friedman, a longtime Democratic contributor.

The campaign had sent invitations to even more events, including in Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., on Feb. 27 — the $500 level ticket is listed as sold out online for the Atlanta gathering — but Buttigieg aides said those events have been canceled.

Mr. Buttigieg is not alone on the fund-raising circuit. Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. organized a conference call with his national finance committee after his fifth place New Hampshire finish to reassure skittish donors. He has upcoming fund-raisers in Colorado, Nevada and South Carolina, the latter two in states that vote later this month.

On Thursday, Mr. Biden held two events in New York that drew a notable group of Wall Street contributors. Organizers said the events raised almost $800,000, a large haul for a candidate who had sagged to fourth and fifth place in the first two contests. Mr. Biden also said on “The View” this week that he was raising about $400,000 per day in online donations.

That same evening, Michael Halle, a top strategist for Mr. Buttigieg, was in Washington meeting with donors, with contribution levels up to $1,000 (other Buttigieg advisers, including Lis Smith and Michael Schmuhl have previously headlined fund-raisers).

Both Mr. Biden and Mr. Buttigieg have been assisted by super PACs, which are legally barred from coordinating strategy with the campaigns. Mr. Halle drew some criticism for a post on Twitter two days after the Iowa caucuses all-but-directing where such support could best be used.

The Buttigieg campaign announced expanding its Super Tuesday operations on Thursday, saying it would have “boots on the ground” in each of the states as of next Monday. That is far later than Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders, who ramped up operations in 2019.

Not all of Mr. Buttigieg’s staff in Iowa and New Hampshire are keeping their jobs. The campaign said it was following the terms of the union contract.

“When positions in Iowa ended after the caucuses, we’ve been offering new positions as they become available as directed by the collective bargaining agreement,” said Chris Meagher, Mr. Buttigieg’s spokesman. “We’re glad to have already offered the vast majority of them new positions on our team.”

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Pete Buttigieg’s Dash for Cash: 10 Fund-Raisers in Two Weeks

In the compressed and crucial weeks between the New Hampshire primary and Super Tuesday, Pete Buttigieg is moving aggressively to replenish his campaign coffers with an ambitious schedule of 10 fund-raisers held across six states in a 14-day period.

The money chase for Mr. Buttigieg began in Indianapolis on Thursday at the 16,000-square foot home of a supporter as donors noshed on egg salad and cucumber sandwiches — “What a thrill to be back home again in Indiana,” Mr. Buttigieg said — and continued on Friday in California, as he traveled from San Francisco to Silicon Valley to the state capital of Sacramento for a photo line with contributors.

He will soon visit Seattle, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, the Washington D.C. area, Miami and Palm Beach — with most of the events built around states that will vote in early March.

Pete Buttigieg’s Fund-Raisers

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In addition to Mr. Buttigieg himself, his national policy director, Sonal Shah, a veteran of the Obama administration and Goldman Sachs, is hitting the road to headline events in Virginia, Maryland and Ohio, where donors are asked for up to $2,800 to become a “champion” and join in a “policy conversation” (some tickets can be had for as little as $54). And Mr. Buttigieg’s husband, Chasten, is featured at another five events, with two stops in Wisconsin, two in Denver and one in Phoenix.

The frenetic fund-raising pace opens up Mr. Buttigieg to potential criticism from progressives that he is the preferred candidate of the wealthy. That is a line of attack that both Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (“I don’t have 40 billionaires, Pete”) and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (“The mayor just recently had a fund-raiser that was held in a wine cave full of crystals”) have relished in recent months.

A virtually unknown small-town mayor a year ago, Mr. Buttigieg built a sizable list of small online donors and a formidable big bundler operation in 2019.

The need for money is acute as the candidates enter one of the most intense phases of the primary with consequential contests on each of the next two Saturdays, in Nevada and South Carolina. The latter state will be followed almost immediately by 15 states and territories on the next Tuesday, including the big prizes of California and Texas, where the cost of advertising can be prohibitive.

With the most delegates after the first two contests, Mr. Buttigieg, who ended two terms as mayor of South Bend, Ind., last month, now faces one rival in Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York City mayor, who has almost limitless money, and another in Mr. Sanders whose army of small contributors have been giving in accelerating amounts. Tom Steyer, a hedge fund billionaire from California, has been spending heavily, and rising in the polls, in Nevada and South Carolina.

Mr. Buttigieg had entered 2020 with $14.5 million in the bank. But his pace of spending since then burned through much of that sum and some of his money is earmarked for the general election and cannot be spent in the primary.

His monthly payroll had climbed to $2.7 million by December, federal filings showed. He spent $2.5 million on Facebook and Google ads since Jan. 1, company records show. And Mr. Buttigieg invested $6.5 million in television ads from Jan 1. through the New Hampshire primary this past Tuesday, according to Advertising Analytics, a media tracking firm. Plus, there are the other costs to run for president that are only growing — chartered planes, renting event space, polling, consulting fees and more. His campaign reported a single $761,039 credit card payment in December, for instance.

In the final quarter, Mr. Buttigieg raised $24.7 million, though he spent far more than that during the three-month period, about $34 million. Other candidates, including Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren, similarly spent more than they raised as the primaries neared.

His advisers have previously told donors that they were investing almost everything in Iowa, where he earned the most state delegate equivalents, and New Hampshire, where he finished a strong second, in hopes that command performances in those two states would open up political and financial opportunities beyond.

“All the chips were on the table for Iowa,” said David Jacobson, a Buttigieg fund-raiser and former ambassador.

“It was money well spent,” said Robert Mandell, another former ambassador and Buttigieg fund-raiser.

But the impact of Mr. Buttigieg’s apparent win in Iowa was dampened by the delayed and muddled results that are still subject to a recanvass. His campaign announced he had raised $4 million in the four days afterward. That is a significant sum but still less than what rival strategists said might have otherwise been expected for winning the opening contest.

Mr. Sanders was raising money at a clip of well above $1 million per day online in early February, according to an estimate based on figures released by his campaign. And that was before he won the New Hampshire primary. Ms. Warren’s campaign told supporters this week she had raised $5 million in the nine days following the Iowa caucuses. Neither senator is accepting contributions from elite donors.

One of Mr. Buttigieg’s events will be on Feb. 23 at the home of Representative Don Beyer, a Virginia Democrat and the first member of Congress to endorse him, with five other congressional co-hosts. Three days later, he will hold three fund-raisers across Florida — which does not hold its primary until March 17 — including one in Palm Beach whose hosts include Cynthia Friedman, a longtime Democratic contributor.

The campaign had sent invitations to even more events, including in Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., on Feb. 27 — the $500 level ticket is listed as sold out online for the Atlanta gathering — but Buttigieg aides said those events have been canceled.

Mr. Buttigieg is not alone on the fund-raising circuit. Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. organized a conference call with his national finance committee after his fifth place New Hampshire finish to reassure skittish donors. He has upcoming fund-raisers in Colorado, Nevada and South Carolina, the latter two in states that vote later this month.

On Thursday, Mr. Biden held two events in New York that drew a notable group of Wall Street contributors. Organizers said the events raised almost $800,000, a large haul for a candidate who had sagged to fourth and fifth place in the first two contests. Mr. Biden also said on “The View” this week that he was raising about $400,000 per day in online donations.

That same evening, Michael Halle, a top strategist for Mr. Buttigieg, was in Washington meeting with donors, with contribution levels up to $1,000 (other Buttigieg advisers, including Lis Smith and Michael Schmuhl have previously headlined fund-raisers).

Both Mr. Biden and Mr. Buttigieg have been assisted by super PACs, which are legally barred from coordinating strategy with the campaigns. Mr. Halle drew some criticism for a post on Twitter two days after the Iowa caucuses all-but-directing where such support could best be used.

The Buttigieg campaign announced expanding its Super Tuesday operations on Thursday, saying it would have “boots on the ground” in each of the states as of next Monday. That is far later than Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders, who ramped up operations in 2019.

Not all of Mr. Buttigieg’s staff in Iowa and New Hampshire are keeping their jobs. The campaign said it was following the terms of the union contract.

“When positions in Iowa ended after the caucuses, we’ve been offering new positions as they become available as directed by the collective bargaining agreement,” said Chris Meagher, Mr. Buttigieg’s spokesman. “We’re glad to have already offered the vast majority of them new positions on our team.”

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Pete Buttigieg’s Dash for Cash: 10 Fund-Raisers in Two Weeks

In the compressed and crucial weeks between the New Hampshire primary and Super Tuesday, Pete Buttigieg is moving aggressively to replenish his campaign coffers with an ambitious schedule of 10 fund-raisers held across six states in a 14-day period.

The money chase for Mr. Buttigieg began in Indianapolis on Thursday at the 16,000-square foot home of a supporter as donors noshed on egg salad and cucumber sandwiches — “What a thrill to be back home again in Indiana,” Mr. Buttigieg said — and continued on Friday in California, as he traveled from San Francisco to Silicon Valley to the state capital of Sacramento for a photo line with contributors.

He will soon visit Seattle, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, the Washington D.C. area, Miami and Palm Beach — with most of the events built around states that will vote in early March.

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In addition to Mr. Buttigieg himself, his national policy director, Sonal Shah, a veteran of the Obama administration and Goldman Sachs, is hitting the road to headline events in Virginia, Maryland and Ohio, where donors are asked for up to $2,800 to become a “champion” and join in a “policy conversation” (some tickets can be had for as little as $54). And Mr. Buttigieg’s husband, Chasten, is featured at another five events, with two stops in Wisconsin, two in Denver and one in Phoenix.

The frenetic fund-raising pace opens up Mr. Buttigieg to potential criticism from progressives that he is the preferred candidate of the wealthy. That is a line of attack that both Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (“I don’t have 40 billionaires, Pete”) and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (“The mayor just recently had a fund-raiser that was held in a wine cave full of crystals”) have relished in recent months.

A virtually unknown small-town mayor a year ago, Mr. Buttigieg built a sizable list of small online donors and a formidable big bundler operation in 2019.

The need for money is acute as the candidates enter one of the most intense phases of the primary with consequential contests on each of the next two Saturdays, in Nevada and South Carolina. The latter state will be followed almost immediately by 15 states and territories on the next Tuesday, including the big prizes of California and Texas, where the cost of advertising can be prohibitive.

With the most delegates after the first two contests, Mr. Buttigieg, who ended two terms as mayor of South Bend, Ind., last month, now faces one rival in Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York City mayor, who has almost limitless money, and another in Mr. Sanders whose army of small contributors have been giving in accelerating amounts. Tom Steyer, a hedge fund billionaire from California, has been spending heavily, and rising in the polls, in Nevada and South Carolina.

Mr. Buttigieg had entered 2020 with $14.5 million in the bank. But his pace of spending since then burned through much of that sum and some of his money is earmarked for the general election and cannot be spent in the primary.

His monthly payroll had climbed to $2.7 million by December, federal filings showed. He spent $2.5 million on Facebook and Google ads since Jan. 1, company records show. And Mr. Buttigieg invested $6.5 million in television ads from Jan 1. through the New Hampshire primary this past Tuesday, according to Advertising Analytics, a media tracking firm. Plus, there are the other costs to run for president that are only growing — chartered planes, renting event space, polling, consulting fees and more. His campaign reported a single $761,039 credit card payment in December, for instance.

In the final quarter, Mr. Buttigieg raised $24.7 million, though he spent far more than that during the three-month period, about $34 million. Other candidates, including Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren, similarly spent more than they raised as the primaries neared.

His advisers have previously told donors that they were investing almost everything in Iowa, where he earned the most state delegate equivalents, and New Hampshire, where he finished a strong second, in hopes that command performances in those two states would open up political and financial opportunities beyond.

“All the chips were on the table for Iowa,” said David Jacobson, a Buttigieg fund-raiser and former ambassador.

“It was money well spent,” said Robert Mandell, another former ambassador and Buttigieg fund-raiser.

But the impact of Mr. Buttigieg’s apparent win in Iowa was dampened by the delayed and muddled results that are still subject to a recanvass. His campaign announced he had raised $4 million in the four days afterward. That is a significant sum but still less than what rival strategists said might have otherwise been expected for winning the opening contest.

Mr. Sanders was raising money at a clip of well above $1 million per day online in early February, according to an estimate based on figures released by his campaign. And that was before he won the New Hampshire primary. Ms. Warren’s campaign told supporters this week she had raised $5 million in the nine days following the Iowa caucuses. Neither senator is accepting contributions from elite donors.

One of Mr. Buttigieg’s events will be on Feb. 23 at the home of Representative Don Beyer, a Virginia Democrat and the first member of Congress to endorse him, with five other congressional co-hosts. Three days later, he will hold three fund-raisers across Florida — which does not hold its primary until March 17 — including one in Palm Beach whose hosts include Cynthia Friedman, a longtime Democratic contributor.

The campaign had sent invitations to even more events, including in Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., on Feb. 27 — the $500 level ticket is listed as sold out online for the Atlanta gathering — but Buttigieg aides said those events have been canceled.

Mr. Buttigieg is not alone on the fund-raising circuit. Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. organized a conference call with his national finance committee after his fifth place New Hampshire finish to reassure skittish donors. He has upcoming fund-raisers in Colorado, Nevada and South Carolina, the latter two in states that vote later this month.

On Thursday, Mr. Biden held two events in New York that drew a notable group of Wall Street contributors. Organizers said the events raised almost $800,000, a large haul for a candidate who had sagged to fourth and fifth place in the first two contests. Mr. Biden also said on “The View” this week that he was raising about $400,000 per day in online donations.

That same evening, Michael Halle, a top strategist for Mr. Buttigieg, was in Washington meeting with donors, with contribution levels up to $1,000 (other Buttigieg advisers, including Lis Smith and Michael Schmuhl have previously headlined fund-raisers).

Both Mr. Biden and Mr. Buttigieg have been assisted by super PACs, which are legally barred from coordinating strategy with the campaigns. Mr. Halle drew some criticism for a post on Twitter two days after the Iowa caucuses all-but-directing where such support could best be used.

The Buttigieg campaign announced expanding its Super Tuesday operations on Thursday, saying it would have “boots on the ground” in each of the states as of next Monday. That is far later than Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders, who ramped up operations in 2019.

Not all of Mr. Buttigieg’s staff in Iowa and New Hampshire are keeping their jobs. The campaign said it was following the terms of the union contract.

“When positions in Iowa ended after the caucuses, we’ve been offering new positions as they become available as directed by the collective bargaining agreement,” said Chris Meagher, Mr. Buttigieg’s spokesman. “We’re glad to have already offered the vast majority of them new positions on our team.”

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Coronavirus Live Updates: France Reports First Death From Virus in Europe

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The United States will evacuate Americans from the cruise ship that has been quarantined for more than a week in Japan due to coronavirus infections on board, the United States Embassy in Tokyo told Americans aboard the ship on Saturday.

American passengers and crew members were told in an email from the embassy that a chartered flight would arrive on Sunday for those who wanted to return to the United States.

“We recognize this has been a stressful experience and we remain dedicated to providing all the support we can and seeing you safely and expeditiously reunited with family and friends in the United States,” the letter said.

The ship, the Diamond Princess, was placed under quarantine at the city of Yokohama early last week with about 3,700 passengers and crew members aboard, after a man who had disembarked in Hong Kong was diagnosed with the coronavirus. Since then, at least 218 cases have been confirmed aboard the ship.

There are hundreds of Americans aboard, and at least 40 who were infected with the virus have been taken off the ship for treatment.

Japan has more confirmed coronavirus cases — the vast majority of them from the Diamond Princess — than any country outside China, and it reported its first death from the virus on Thursday.

Infections and deaths continued to climb after the government this week changed the criteria by which it tracks cases. Officials early Saturday reported 2,641 new coronavirus cases and 143 additional deaths in the previous 24 hours.

Most of the new cases and deaths were reported in Hubei Province, the center of the epidemic.

In all, more than 66,000 people have been infected and at least 1,523 have died worldwide. The vast majority of cases, and all but a few of the deaths, have been in mainland China, with the heaviest concentration there in Hubei, the center of the epidemic.

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    • What is a Coronavirus?
      It is a novel virus named for the crown-like spikes that protrude from its surface. The coronavirus can infect both animals and people, and can cause a range of respiratory illnesses from the common cold to more dangerous conditions like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS.
    • How contagious is the virus?
      According to preliminary research, it seems moderately infectious, similar to SARS, and is possibly transmitted through the air. Scientists have estimated that each infected person could spread it to somewhere between 1.5 and 3.5 people without effective containment measures.
    • How worried should I be?
      While the virus is a serious public health concern, the risk to most people outside China remains very low, and seasonal flu is a more immediate threat.
    • Who is working to contain the virus?
      World Health Organization officials have praised China’s aggressive response to the virus by closing transportation, schools and markets. This week, a team of experts from the W.H.O. arrived in Beijing to offer assistance.
    • What if I’m traveling?
      The United States and Australia are temporarily denying entry to noncitizens who recently traveled to China and several airlines have canceled flights.
    • How do I keep myself and others safe?
      Washing your hands frequently is the most important thing you can do, along with staying at home when you’re sick.

The tally in Hubei jumped drastically on Thursday after the authorities changed the diagnostic criteria for counting new cases. The government now takes into account cases diagnosed in clinical settings, including the use of CT scans, and not just those confirmed with specialized testing kits.

Chinese state-run television announced on its website on Friday evening that everyone returning to Beijing would be required to isolate themselves for 14 days.

Anyone who does not comply “shall be held accountable according to law,” according to a text of the order released by state television. The order was issued by a Communist Party “leading group” at the municipal level, not the national Communist Party.

It was the latest sign that China’s leaders were still struggling to set the right balance between restarting the economy and continuing to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

Tens of millions had gone home to celebrate Lunar New Year holidays before the government acknowledged the seriousness of the epidemic. They have faced local government checkpoints on the way back to work and then lengthy quarantines upon their return to big cities.

The new rules also require those returning to the city to give advance warning of their arrival to the authorities in their residential area.

A man who became ill while on a vacation in Hawaii has tested positive for the coronavirus, health officials said. The man, who is in his 60s, had returned to his home in Japan, where he received the diagnosis this week.

The man, who traveled to Hawaii with his wife in late January and early February, fell ill during the second week of the vacation, while the couple were staying at a time-share in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. Before that, the couple had been in Maui, but the man showed no symptoms while he was there.

Officials said that the man began showing symptoms on Feb. 3, and wore a mask when he went outside the time-share, the Grand Waikikian. Dr. Sarah Park, the state epidemiologist, said that the man was most likely infected either before he came to Hawaii or while he was on his way to Hawaii in late January.

Lt. Gov. Josh Green, who is an emergency physician, said in an interview on Friday that the authorities were contacting the management at the guest facilities where the man stayed, as well as those who were working there.

“The only way to do this right is to contact everyone,” he said. “We are not worried about minimal contact, but those who had extensive contact will be given whatever support is necessary.”

It has become an iconic image of the coronavirus outbreak in China: a masked official aiming what appears to be a small white pistol at a traveler’s forehead.

For weeks, these ominous-looking devices have been deployed at checkpoints across China — tollbooths, apartment complexes, hotels, grocery stores, train stations — as government officials and private citizens screen people for fevers in an effort to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

But experts say the “thermometer guns” are unlikely to stop the outbreak.

The thermometers determine temperature by measuring the heat emanating from the surface of a person’s body. Often, however, those wielding the tools don’t hold them close enough to the subject’s forehead, generating unusually low temperature readings, or hold them too close and get a high reading. The measurements can be imprecise in certain environments, like a dusty roadside, or when someone has taken medication to suppress a fever.

“These devices are notoriously not accurate and reliable,” said James Lawler, a medical expert at the University of Nebraska’s Global Center for Health Security. “Some of it is quite frankly for show.”

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A Quarantine Becomes a Violin Bootcamp

When Anthea Kreston found out that her student Kevin Tang was stuck at home because of the coronavirus, she decided to use music to improve his mood.

So tune the whole thing. It was pretty good. But only, like, 55 percent — it needed to be way more solid. All the orchestra stuff, OK, and then you go: [violin playing] If you do that bowing, make sure that your dotted 8th note is long enough. Can you have vibrato on all of your notes be exactly the same? [violin playing]

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When Anthea Kreston found out that her student Kevin Tang was stuck at home because of the coronavirus, she decided to use music to improve his mood.CreditCredit…Kevin Tang

Anthea Kreston, an acclaimed American violinist, has been giving Yunhe Tang, a talented Chinese 14-year-old, lessons via Skype once a week since last summer. But something seemed very wrong this month: He had not practiced, and he always practices.

The teenager, who prefers the name Kevin, lives in Chengdu, one of dozens of Chinese cities that are effectively on lockdown because of the coronavirus crisis. Schools are closed for the rest of the month and most businesses are struggling to reopen. Kevin’s family is healthy, but he has mostly been stuck inside.

Ms. Kreston said she couldn’t stop thinking about Kevin, and decided to help take his mind off the lockdown. She messaged his family and asked if they would like to temporarily step up Kevin’s lessons at no extra cost. As long as he was shut indoors, she wanted to have daily contact with him, and run a kind of violinist’s boot camp. The family agreed.

Kevin’s challenge would be to learn a new concerto — Lalo’s “Symphonie Espagnole” — in a few weeks, something she said would normally take 100 days. Ms. Kreston also gave him daily exercises to practice.

Two weeks into the boot camp, Kevin is feeling much better, though he longs for the outdoors. He now practices four hours every day, and said his technique has improved and his sound has become more beautiful.

“The virus is terrible,” Kevin said, “but music gives us the confidence to overcome.”

Reporting and research were contributed by Motoko Rich, David Yaffe-Bellany, Keith Bradsher, Alex Marshall and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs.

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Snow Angels And Dancing: Obamas Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Sweet Pictures

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“Happy Valentine’s Day, my loves. You make even the coldest days feel warm,” former FLOTUS Michelle captioned this throwback snap of her husband doing what appeared to be snow angels with their daughters, Malia and Sasha:

The former president described his wife as “my forever dance partner” with this image:

Obama era White House chief photographer Pete Souza, meanwhile, marked the occasion with this picture of his former boss on Valentine’s Day in 2013:

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Bernie Sanders Promises to Legalize Marijuana Federally by Executive Order, Expunge Records of Those Convicted of Pot Crimes

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San Francisco mayor admits past romance, $5G car-repair loan from subject of FBI corruption probe

San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Friday admitted having a 20-year friendship and brief romantic relationship with a former city worker now under FBI investigation, prompting some to call for her resignation.

“I write this in the spirit of transparency because in the wake of a scandal at City Hall, I think San Franciscans are entitled to hear directly from their Mayor,” Breed wrote in a post on Medium of her association with former San Francisco public works director Mohammed Nuru, who was indicted for public corruption last month.

At a news conference, Breed explained she wrote the post because there were “a number of rumors” swirling and she wanted San Franciscans to hear about the relationship directly from her, the Bay Area’s FOX 2 reported.

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Former director of San Francisco Public Works Mohammed Nuru (left) and San Francisco Mayor London Breed (right). (AP/Office of Mayor London Breed )

Breed wrote she was profoundly shocked and disappointed when she heard about the charges against Nuru.

“To be clear,” she wrote. “I never asked Mohammed Nuru to do anything improper, and he never asked me to do anything improper.”

Still, she admitted accepting $5,600 from Nuru last year for a car repair she hasn’t paid back yet. She said the disclosure was not required but she did it out of transparency.

Supervisor Gordon Mar suggested the mayor should temporarily step back from her duties, according to FOX 2.

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“Mayor Breed’s admission of thousands of dollars in unreported gifts from a subordinate is likely illegal, certainly unethical, and part of a culture of casual corruption that is eroding the faith of the public,” Mar said in a statement. “Given the seriousness of this admission, the direct connection to the central figure in the FBI’s investigation into public corruption, I believe we need to put the people of San Francisco first. I believe Mayor Breed should do the right thing and temporarily step back from her duties until a full, independent investigation can be completed.”

“Mayor Breed’s admission of thousands of dollars in unreported gifts from a subordinate is likely illegal, certainly unethical, and part of a culture of casual corruption that is eroding the faith of the public.”

— San Francisco Supervisor Gordon Mar

Supervisor Hillary Ronen, a political opponent, called the admission “troubling” and said Breed should resign.

Supervisor Dean Preston said Breed should appear before the  Board of Supervisors.

“I am deeply concerned with revelations today that Mayor London Breed violated San Francisco law by taking thousands of dollars in gifts from a City Hall subordinate,” he tweeted.

Breed added, “I will not apologize for dating someone two decades ago. I will not apologize for remaining close friends with him and his family for 20 more years. But neither will I make excuses for any misdeeds.”

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Nuru and restaurant owner Nick Bovis were arrested late last month and charged with corruption and lying to the FBI.

They are accused of attempting to bribe an airport commissioner to vote in favor of allowing a business owned by Bovis at the airport and accepting gifts from a Chinese developer in town for business, FOX 2 reported.

Nuru resigned this week but both men deny the accusations.

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