Coronavirus live updates: Global death toll reaches nearly 3,000; Rhode Island announces 1st presumptive positive

The global death toll of coronavirus has reached nearly 3,000 people as countries around the world continue to report their findings to the World Health Organization.

At least 70 cases and one death have been detected in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here is how the situation is unfolding on Sunday (all times eastern).

12:30 p.m. Rhode Island officials provide update on presumptive confirmed case

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo stressed to residents not to panic at the news that the first presumptive case of coronavirus has been confirmed in the state.

"My primary message to the people of Rhode Island this morning is that the risk in Rhode Island at this point is low and that we have been preparing for this for weeks," Raimondo said during a news conference Sunday afternoon. "We did not wake up today and just get started in our preparation."

MORE: Secretary Alex Azar says HHS is 'ramping up' testing for coronavirus

Raimondo urged residents to "be careful and be vigilant but don’t panic."

The case was discovered on Saturday, Raimondo said. The patient is in his or her 40s and had recently traveled to , France and Spain, Rhode Island Department of Health Director Nicole Alexander-Scott told reporters.

The patient did not go to work once he or she arrived back into the U.S. and had limited travel within Rhode Island, Alexander-Scott said. People who came in contact with the patient are being asked to self-quarantine, she added.

PHOTO: Customers wearing face masks amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus give their orders inside a restaurant, in Hong Kong, March 1, 2020. (Vivek Prakash/AFP/Getty Images)

PHOTO: Customers wearing face masks amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus give their orders inside a restaurant, in Hong Kong, March 1, 2020. (Vivek Prakash/AFP/Getty Images)

PHOTO: Customers wearing face masks amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus give their orders inside a restaurant, in Hong Kong, March 1, 2020. (Vivek Prakash/AFP/Getty Images)

The case is considered presumptive until it is confirmed by laboratories at the CDC, Alexander-Scott said.

12:20 p.m. Department of Health and Human Services 'ramping up' testing for virus

Department of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said on "This Week" on Sunday that the department is "ramping up" testing for COVID-19.

"I think it's very important that we treat the American people like adults and explain to them that we don't know where this will go, that we will see more cases, that we will see continued community spreading in the United States, as we're seeing around the world," Azar said.

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11:57 am. Sen. Charles Schumer pushes full Medicare coverage for coronavirus vaccine

New York Sen. Charles Schumer is pushing for the coronavirus vaccine to be fully covered by Medicare once it is ready.

Schumer said that senior citizens are among the population that needs the vaccine the most and should not "have to choose between shelling out or going without."

Immunization coverage varies by vaccine under current Medicare rules, Schumer said.

11:50 a.m. Delta suspends flights between New York and Milan

Delta Airlines announced Sunday it has suspended flights between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Milan Malpensa Airport until May 1.

American Airlines previously said it was suspending flights between JFK and Milan until April 25.

Delta, American and United Airlines are currently offering travel waivers to .

The three carriers had previously suspended flights to mainland China and Hong Kong through late April.

PHOTO: Medics check the body temperature of passengers, as a preventive measure against the coronavirus, upon their arrival by bus in Syria's Kurdish area from Iraqi Kurdistan via the Semalka border crossing in Syria, March 1, 2020. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

PHOTO: Medics check the body temperature of passengers, as a preventive measure against the coronavirus, upon their arrival by bus in Syria's Kurdish area from Iraqi Kurdistan via the Semalka border crossing in Syria, March 1, 2020. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

PHOTO: Medics check the body temperature of passengers, as a preventive measure against the coronavirus, upon their arrival by bus in Syria's Kurdish area from Iraqi Kurdistan via the Semalka border crossing in Syria, March 1, 2020. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

11:22 a.m. The Louvre Museum not opening on Sunday

The famed Louvre Museum in Paris announced Sunday that it would not be opening due to the threat of the coronavirus.

The museum had announced earlier that it was delaying the opening following instructions from officials.

On Saturday, French officials announced that collective gatherings "in confined spaces" of more than 5,000 and all big events susceptible of bringing foreigners coming from "risk zones"were banned.

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Those who bought advance tickets to the museum will be refunded.

10:12 a.m. 1st presumptive case of coronavirus detected in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Department of Health has announced the first presumptive positive case of coronavirus in the state.

The patient is in his or her 40s and had traveled to in mid-February and had limited travel within the state -- and not returned to work -- since arriving back in the U.S., according to the health agency.

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All infection protocols are being followed at the hospital where the patient is being treated.

"The Rhode Island Department of Health has been preparing for weeks to ensure that we have a structure in place to, to the best of our ability, limit or prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Rhode Island. We fully anticipated having a first case of COVID-19," said Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, in a statement. "We are not seeing widespread community transmission in Rhode Island, and the general level of risk for Rhode Islanders is still low. However, everyone in Rhode Island has a role to play in helping us prevent the spread of viruses, just like the flu. It is very important that people wash their hands regularly, cover their coughs and sneezes, and stay home if they are sick."

9:19 a.m. U.S. Surgeon General releases information to "stop the spread of rumors"

The U.S. Surgeon General has released a thread of information on Twitter to prevent the spread of misinformation on the coronavirus.

The first issue the agency tackled was the apparent racism against Asian Americans that has been spreading as a result of the virus.

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"Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity," the tweet read. "People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID19 than any other American."

The Surgeon General also said that while the disease is serious, immediate health risk to the general public is "considered low" and reminded people to know the signs and symptoms of the virus as well as the steps to take to keep you and those around you safe.

PHOTO: Soldiers wearing protective gear spray disinfectant as part of preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus, at Dongdaegu railway station in Daegu, South Korea, Feb. 29, 2020. (Yonhap/AFP/Getty Images)

PHOTO: Soldiers wearing protective gear spray disinfectant as part of preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus, at Dongdaegu railway station in Daegu, South Korea, Feb. 29, 2020. (Yonhap/AFP/Getty Images)

PHOTO: Soldiers wearing protective gear spray disinfectant as part of preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus, at Dongdaegu railway station in Daegu, South Korea, Feb. 29, 2020. (Yonhap/AFP/Getty Images)

Earlier

One death has been recorded in the U.S. after a man in his 50s succumbed to the virus in Washington State, officials announced on Saturday.

Washington state is also looking into a number of illnesses at a long-term care facility, health officials said.

There have been 87,138 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in at least 60 countries and 2,980 deaths, according to the latest figures released by WHO.

MORE: California, Oregon confirm 2 more coronavirus diagnoses from community spread

On Sunday, Iran's Health Ministry raised the number of people who died from the virus to 54 after the tally of infected jumped overnight to 978, The Associated Press reported.

Symptoms of the coronavirus are similar to pneumonia, and can range from mild symptoms, like a slight cough, to more severe symptoms, including fever and difficulty breathing, according to the CDC.

The first cases of COVID-19 were believed to be linked to a live-animal market in China, but the virus has since been spreading from person to person -- likely within close contact of at least 6 feet.

The CDC doesn’t currently recommend any healthy person wear a face mask, as fiddling with the mask could risk more exposure of hands to the face.

ABC News' Alexandra Faul, Benjamin Stein, Rashid Haddou and Erin Schumaker contributed to this report.

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