President Donald Trump has been examined for the coronavirus and is awaiting outcomes, he mentioned Saturday at a press briefing, a day after he declared the coronavirus pandemic to be a nationwide emergency.
The president has had a number of direct and oblique contact with individuals who have examined optimistic for the pandemic virus. Test outcomes usually take at the least 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the president mentioned the U.S. is extending its Europe journey ban to cowl the United Kingdom and Ireland in order that residents of these international locations is not going to be allowed to journey right here for 30 days starting Monday.
At least 50 individuals have died within the U.S., the place there have been greater than 2,100 confirmed circumstances of the virus. Worldwide, circumstances have been nearing 150,000 on Saturday with greater than 5,500 deaths.
Refresh this web page for the most recent updates on coronavirus. Here are some vital issues to know:
- What economists say: The coronavirus aid invoice will present assist to contaminated Americans, hourly staff and people who lose jobs, but it surely doubtless wouldn’t maintain the broader economic system from slipping into recession.
- Trump is pledging to hurry up coronavirus testing. And he’s drafted the personal sector to assist him do it. Here’s how the federal government is working with Walmart, Target, CVS and others.
- Students are in a frenzy to go away due to the coronavirus however marvel if they’ll get the expertise they paid for.
- Preparing for the coronavirus: Shoppers are discovering empty cabinets and lengthy strains at shops nationwide.
Trump provides UK, Ireland to journey restrictions
Trump on Saturday mentioned the United Kingdom and Ireland will probably be added to the Europe journey restrictions that went into impact late Friday. This means residents of these international locations is not going to be allowed to journey to the United States for 30 days starting Monday.
U.S. residents and authorized everlasting residents will not be banned however they’ll face airport screenings upon their return and will probably be requested to self quarantine for 14 days.
In response to the broadened ban and the ensuing falloff in journey demand, airways are prone to sharply lower flights between the U.S. and London and Ireland. Delta and American Airlines suspended all flights between the U. and the 26 European international locations coated by the preliminary ban.
Meanwhile, Trump mentioned he’s contemplating home journey restrictions “specifically from certain areas,” after Pentagon restricted service members’ home journey. “If you don’t have to travel I wouldn’t do it … we want this thing to end.”
Ahead of Pence briefing, White House checks temperatures for these round Trump, Pence
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham introduced that Vice President Mike Pence and members of the Coronavirus Task Force will maintain a information convention on coronavirus at midday EDT.
Grisham mentioned President Donald Trump was main the assembly, which had began at 10 a.m. “@Mike_Pence will host a news conference with members of the Task Force from the @WhiteHouse briefing room,” she tweeted.
Meanwhile, a member of the White House Physicians Office took the temperature of reporters and tv crews attending Pence’s press convention Saturday.
“Out of an abundance of caution, temperature checks are now being performed on any individuals who are in close contact with the President and Vice President,” mentioned White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere.
One symptom of the coronavirus, which has been named COVID-19, is a fever.
Trump examined for coronavirus
Trump mentioned Saturday he had taken the take a look at for the coronavirus following his latest publicity to 2 Brazilian officers who later examined optimistic for the virus.
Trump advised reporters his temperature was “totally normal” and that he took the take a look at Friday evening, and the outcomes would take “few days” whereas it was despatched to a lab.
A White House physician issued a press release late Friday saying the president did not must get examined or self-quarantined for coronavirus as a result of he had not exhibited any signs.
New York reviews first virus-related dying
An 82-year-old girl with emphysema died Saturday in Manhattan, marking New York state’s first dying linked to the coronavirus, in accordance with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The unidentified girl, who died in a New York City hospital, was first admitted to the hospital March 3, Cuomo mentioned.
The results of COVID-19, the illness attributable to the novel coronavirus, may be considerably exacerbated by an underlying respiratory sickness, like emphysema, that may trigger shortness of breath.
The variety of confirmed circumstances jumped to 524 on Saturday, a one-day enhance of 103 circumstances.
Royal Caribbean to droop operations
Royal Caribbean will droop operations globally as of midnight Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic. “We will conclude all current sailings as scheduled and assist our guests with their safe return home,” in accordance with a press release on the cruise line’s web site. “As with our announcement yesterday regarding U.S. sailings, we expect to return to service on April 11, 2020.”
Harris Teeter, Fred Meyer cease 24-hour service
Kroger is ending 24-hour service in some cities to permit crews to wash and restock shops. Here’s the place shops are affected:
- All QFC shops, primarily based within the Pacific Northwest (Seattle, Oregon), have moved away from 24 hours
- Most Fred Meyer shops within the Pacific Northwest have adopted swimsuit
- Harris Teeter, primarily based in North Carolina and serving the Southeast from Florida to Washington, D.C., are closing nightly
Kroger didn’t say whether or not or not hours have modified in Cincinnati, the place it’s primarily based, or in different areas. The firm mentioned choices on hours have been being made by native administration
Kroger rival Publix, primarily based in Florida and serving the Southeast, has additionally curtailed 24-hour service.
“We are focused on having clean, open and stocked stores for our customers and some 24-hour store locations are making this decision based on local circumstances,” Kroger mentioned Saturday. “We will continue to make decisions that allow us to operate efficiently to serve our customers and support our associates.”
Trump guarantees ‘full report’ after COVID-19 conferences
In a collection of tweets Saturday morning, President Donald Trump promised a “full report” after holding conferences by way of the weekend on the coronavirus.
“Working with States and local governments, many of whom have done a great job,” Trump wrote.
The Trump administration’s emergency declaration Friday unlocked over $50 billion for states and native governments to struggle the coronavirus, which has been named COVID-19.
Trump capped off his collection of tweets Saturday with an advisory for Americans echoing the recommendation of medical consultants: “SOCIAL DISTANCING!”
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Virus halts justice system
Courts throughout the nation are suspending circumstances to attenuate neighborhood publicity to COVID-19. Here’s a have a look at what is going on on:
- Many felony and civil circumstances in Cook County, Illinois, the place Chicago is positioned, will probably be postponed for a 30-day interval beginning Tuesday. “We will continue to identify the appropriate balance between allowing access to justice and minimizing the threat to public health,” Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans mentioned in a press launch Friday.
- Florida has suspended jury trials all through the State Courts System till March 27.
- The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court postponed all jury trial empanelments till April 21. The order doesn’t have an effect on juries already chosen. No new grand juries will probably be empaneled earlier than April 21. The court docket additionally prohibited individuals who have signs of, or any publicity to, COVID-19 from coming into a courthouse or different state court docket facility.
- The Supreme Court of North Carolina suspended superior court and district court proceedings for at the least 30 days, with some exceptions.
- Connecticut has suspended all jury trials for the subsequent 30 day, except jury trials already in progress and felony jury trials necessitated by the submitting and granting of a speedy trial movement.
House approves Trump-backed deal on financial aid
The House overwhelmingly handed laws to offer financial aid to Americans affected by coronavirus after President Donald Trump mentioned Friday he would assist the sweeping measure.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was adopted 363-40 with each Democrat and most Republicans voting in favor of the measure. The vote was carried out shortly after midnight Friday following two days of around-the-clock negotiations between Democratic leaders and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
The laws would guarantee sick depart for affected staff and embody cash for testing for Americans, together with the uninsured. Trump and lawmakers have been beneath stress to ease fears over the unfold of the lethal coronavirus, which has halted many components of public life, compelled the closure of faculties and pummeled monetary markets.
The invoice now heads to the Senate for an anticipated vote Monday.
Apple to shut shops for two weeks
Apple introduced it can shut all its retail shops exterior Greater China till March 27 because of the coronavirus outbreak.
“The most effective way to minimize risk of the virus’s transmission is to reduce density and maximize social distance,” Apple CEO, Tim Cook, mentioned in a press release late Friday.
Cook mentioned its on-line shops will stay open, in addition to the Apple Store app. Workers will proceed to obtain pay, in accordance with the submit.
All Apple shops in Greater China have reopened as of Friday. The firm started closing shops there because the virus unfold.
Apple additionally mentioned Friday that its annual builders convention held in June will shift on-line amid the spreading coronavirus pandemic.
At least 15 states shut all colleges
At least 15 states and quite a lot of giant city faculty districts — together with Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest — are shutting down all Ok-12 colleges as a part of a sweeping try and comprise the unfold of the coronavirus.
Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico. Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Washington have all ordered all colleges closed.
In addition to Los Angeles, main metropolitan districts in Atlanta, Austin, Denver, Miami-Dade, San Francisco, San Diego, and Washington, D.C., have additionally shuttered. A rising variety of smaller districts across the nation have additionally chosen to shut.
According to a count updated mid-afternoon Friday by Education Week journal, a couple of quarter of American schoolchildren had been or have been scheduled to be affected by a faculty closure — and that was earlier than some states introduced their actions.
The journal mentioned at the least 46,000 colleges have been closed are scheduled to shut, or have been closed and later reopened, affecting at the least 21 million college students.
Spain’s state of emergency tracks Italy-style lockdown
Spain was set to declare a two-week state of emergency Saturday, ordering the form of strict lockdown that Italy has invoked to severely cut back contact between residents to sluggish the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a duplicate of the royal decree seen by the Associated Press, Spain’s authorities was to announce that it’s putting tight restrictions on motion for the nation of 46 million individuals.
In Italy, mayors of many cities, together with Rome and Milan, determined to shut public playgrounds and parks as European international locations style completely different polices to attempt to fight the unfold of the virus.
Spain’s purported declaration comes as coronavirus circumstances soared to over 4,000 infections. The measure would permit the federal government to restrict free motion, confiscate items and take over management of industries and personal services, together with personal hospitals.
Residents of Madrid, which has round half the infections, and northeastern Catalonia awoke to shuttered bars and eating places and different non-essential business retailers as ordered by regional authorities.
Elsewhere, Denmark and Poland turned the most recent international locations to close their borders to most vacationers.
NAACP anxious communities of colour could face one other ‘Katrina-like’ response
Concerned that communities of colour could face one other “Katrina-like” response from the federal authorities, the NAACP is internet hosting an emergency nationwide tele-town corridor Sunday to ensure they’ve info to acknowledge and get therapy for the coronavirus.
Civil rights teams and lawmakers – already involved about well being disparities in communities of colour – fear there may additionally be a sluggish response to the coronavirus disaster, together with entry to exams and therapy. Democrats and advocates have criticized the Trump administration for not doing sufficient to deal with the disaster.
“I’m extraordinarily involved that our lack of preparedness … would lead to a Katrina-like response the place there was huge inequities between who obtain companies and who didn’t obtain companies and that line was drawn primarily based on race, primarily, and sophistication,’’ Derrick Johnson, president of the nationwide NAACP, advised USA TODAY.
Former President George W. Bush and his administration got here beneath hearth in 2005 for the sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina. The hurricane left greater than 1,800 useless within the area and devastated communities, lots of them African American.
The tele-town corridor scheduled for 8 p.m. EST will give attention to find out how to determine signs and find out how to put together. It goals to offer listeners with info on “find out how to navigate on this present actuality,’’ mentioned Johnson.
Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California, who will probably be a part of the city corridor,mentioned she’s involved in regards to the influence of the coronavirus on communities of colours and about whether or not there are sufficient exams. “As it connects to each different public well being problem our people are the final to have entry to what’s wanted to permit them to be identified and handled,” she mentioned.
Johnson mentioned whereas all communities will probably be impacted, he’s anxious about completely different response in communities of colour.
“I think our president has undermined the ability of our medical health professions both in government and outside of government from implementing an aggressive plan to address this pandemic,’’ said Johnson, adding that Trump hasn’t listened to medical professionals. “He is the problem on top of the problem.”
Separately, members of the congressional Tri-Caucus, known as on well being officers to present info in languages aside from English. The Tri-Caucus embody the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.
‘Now it is actual’: Long strains, naked cabinets at shops across the nation
With cabinets in lots of shops picked naked, the coronavirus is spurring panicked consumers to fill up on merchandise starting from cleaning wipes to peanut butter as they put together to hunker down within the midst of the rising pandemic.
Shoppers at a Walmart in Gardena, California, have been greeted by a discover saying they could not purchase greater than two packages of bathroom paper, hand sanitizer or cleansing wipes, solely to find that by 9:30 a.m., they have been already too late. At a Coscto in Lawndale, California, consumers needed to wait an hour for 2 circumstances of bottled water, probably the most water they have been capable of purchase.
“Before it was a scare,” Chiquita Thursby said. “Now it is actual.”
Trump pledges to hurry up testing by bringing collectively leaders from Walmart, CVS, LabCorp
Executives from Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, LabCorp, Quest Diagnostics, Roche Diagnostics and different corporations started working with the White House on Friday to assist expedite testing for the fast spreading virus.
Trump mentioned the collaboration will assist extra exams into affected communities together with with drive-thru services in parking heaps. By early subsequent week, a half million extra exams will probably be accessible and 5 million exams inside a month, Trump mentioned.
Demand has outpaced testing as sick individuals throughout the nation complain they’ve been denied screenings, whilst the dying toll from the pandemic mounts. Concern is deepening over a scarcity of exams and provides of the merchandise and chemical compounds wanted to run them.
Map: Which states have coronavirus circumstances?
Trump mentioned Saturday there have been 50 deaths within the U.S. More than 2,170 circumstances of coronavirus within the U.S., according to a dashboard run by Johns Hopkins University. The majority of the deaths have been in Washington state, whereas California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, New Jersey and South Dakota have all reported deaths. At least 12 individuals have recovered within the nation.