Drop in cargo at Port of Virginia partly due to coronavirus

Drop in cargo at Port of Virginia partly due to coronavirus
The Port of Virginia saw a drop in cargo last month that officials say is due in part to the coronavirus and its effects on the shipping industry. (Source: pixabay)

NORFOLK, Va. - The Port of Virginia saw a drop in cargo last month that officials say is due in part to the coronavirus and its effects on the shipping industry.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday the port handled a total of 207,816 containers last month, a 9% drop from February 2019.

Port officials attributed the decline to the spread of the virus and ongoing trade tariffs.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough.

For some, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

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