Stephanopoulos joined the growing list of morning TV personalities working remotely amid the COVID-19 health crisis.
Previously, his colleague Robin Roberts announced that she would be broadcasting from a makeshift studio in her home at the advice of her doctor, who urged her — a cancer survivor who also battled a rare blood and bone marrow disease — to stay away from New York City as it has become the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States.
Chief meteorologist Ginger Zee and Al Roker have also continued working from home, while anchors Savannah Guthrie and Craig Melvin since returned to shoot at the Good Morning America studio following some time social distancing at home.
The first cases of a mysterious respiratory illness — what is now known as COVID-19, a form of coronavirus — began in Wuhan, China in late December. Since then, the virus has spread worldwide, leading the World Health Organization to declare a public health emergency, the first since the zika epidemic in 2016.
As of Wednesday afternoon, there have been at least 206,233 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., with 4,576 deaths from coronavirus-related illness. The U.S. now has the most cases in the world, well ahead of China and Italy.
Worldwide, there are now 906,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 45,790 deaths.
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