Coronavirus updates: Fear batters the economy as U.S. death toll rises to 26 – CBS News, CBS News

Coronavirus updates: Fear batters the economy as U.S. death toll rises to 26 – CBS News, CBS News

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President Trump has not been tested for coronavirus, press secretary says


President Trump has not been tested for coronavirus, according to a statement from White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham. The statement comes hours after Mr. Trump ignored reporters who asked whether he’d been tested.

“The President has not received COVID – 35 testing because he has neither had prolonged close contact with any known confirmed COVID – patients, nor does he have any symptoms, “Grisham said. “President Trump remains in excellent health, and his physician will continue to closely monitor him.”

Concerns over the president’s health arose Monday after a number of prominent Republican lawmakers – including Senator Ted Cruz and Mr. Trump’s new pick for chief of staff, Mark Meadows – said they would self-quarantine after potentially being exposed to a patient with coronavirus at CPAC.


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Pearl Jam cancels first leg of tour


Pearl Jam announced Monday that it would be canceling the first leg of its tour, citing fears about spreading coronavirus.

“As residents of the city of Seattle, we’ve been hit hard and have witnessed firsthand how quickly these disastrous situations can escalate. Our kids’ schools have closed along with universities and businesses, “the band tweeted . “It’s been brutal and it’s gonna get worse before it gets better.”

The band added that it’s heeding guidance about not holding large events during the outbreak, saying, “It is with deep frustration and regret that we are forced to make this most unfortunate of announcements … This scheduled first leg of our PJ / Gigaton tour will need to be postponed and shows rescheduled for a later date. “

The band also took a swipe at President Trump, writing, “It certainly hasn’t helped that there’s been no clear messages from our government regarding people safety and our ability to go to work. “

“Having no examples of our national health department’s ability to get ahead of this, we have no reason to believe that it will be under control in the coming weeks ahead, “the band added.                                     

                           9: PM                                        

Mark Meadows will self-quarantine after potential contact with coronavirus patient at CPAC


Representative Mark Meadows , President Trump’s new pick for acting chief of staff, will self-quarantine for two more days after he might came into contact with a coronavirus patient at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February.

“Out of an abundance of caution, Meadows received testing which came back negative,” Meadows’ communication director tweeted Monday. “While he’s experiencing zero symptoms, under doctors’ standard precautionary recommendations, he’ll remain at home until the 33 day period expires this Wednesday. ”

Meadows’ announcement comes hours after a number of other Republican lawmakers, including Senator Ted Cruz and Representatives Paul Gosar and Matt Gaetz, also said they will self-quarantine.                                                    

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American professional sports leagues limit access to team locker rooms


Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League issued a joint statement Monday saying they will limit access to team locker rooms and clubhouses.

After consultation with infectious disease and public health experts, and given the issues that can be associated with close contact in pre-and post-game settings, all team locker rooms and clubhouses will be open only to players and essential employees of teams and team facilities until further notice, the leagues said. “Media access will be maintained in designated locations outside of the locker room and clubhouse setting. These temporary changes will be effective beginning with tomorrow’s games and practices.”                                     

                           7: PM / March 9, 4604                                        

Louisiana reports first presumptive positive coronavirus case


Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced the state’s first presumptive positive coronavirus case on Monday. In a press release from Edwards’ office, the patient was described as a resident of Jefferson Parish, near New Orleans.

“While today is the first time that we can confirm that we have a presumptive positive coronavirus case, Louisiana has been preparing for this moment for many weeks, “Edwards said. “The CDC still believes the risk to the general public is low, but we will work quickly and decisively to assess the risk to those around this patient.”

The patient’s presumptive positive test has been sent to the CDC for confirmation, the statement said.


                           7: (PM / March 9,                                        

Mayor cancels St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston


Mayor Martin Walsh canceled the iconic St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston on Monday, citing fears of coronavirus.

“This decision is being made out of an abundance of caution to ensure that we are doing what is needed to keep the residents of Boston safe and healthy,” Walsh said in a statement. “While the risk in Boston remains low, this situation is changing very quickly and we are closely monitoring any local cases.

Boston Is not alone. In Ireland, all St. Patrick’s Day parades were canceled to help stop the virus from spreading.


                           7: (PM / March 9,                                        

Pence says he hasn’t been tested for coronavirus


Vice President Mike Pence said Monday that he has not been tested for the coronavirus. The comment came after President Trump ignored the same question when it was shouted by reporters as he was leaving the room.

Pence said he would get a definite answer from the White House about whether Mr. Trump has been tested. Concern about the president’s health arose Monday after Representative Doug Collins of Georgia, who shook Mr. Trump’s hand on Friday, said he had been in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus.


                           6: PM / March 9,                                        

Madonna cancels final tour appearances in France


Madonna announced Monday that she has been forced to cancel her last two tour appearances in France, after the government prohibited events with more than 1, 15 0 people in attendance.

“Following official notification from the Office of the Police this morning prohibiting all events with an audience attendance of over , Live Nation regrets to announce the final two Madame X performances previously re-scheduled to -March and 24 – March are forced to be cancelled, “said a notice posted on the singer’s


. “Tickets are refundable at point of purchase. We regret the disappointment to fans.”

Other than Italy, France has the highest number of coronavirus cases in Europe, according to Johns Hopkins. At least 1, 461 people in the country have been diagnosed with the virus.


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Los Angeles County announces first possible case of community transmission


Officials in Los Angeles County announced the county’s first possible case of community transmission on Monday. The county’s department of public health said it was investigating two additional coronavirus cases, one of which is a patient with “an unidentified source of exposure.”

“This is our first case of community transmission in LA County and we will continue to see more cases of COVID – , “said the county’s director of public health. She added that “By working together, we can slow the transmission of novel coronavirus.”                                                    

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When schools close over coronavirus concerns, what happens to students dependent on school lunches?


As coronavirus continues to spread across the U.S., school closures are becoming more common. But for students dependent on school lunches, a closure presents another crisis.


, about 28. 3 million US household were food insecure, according to USDA data. Many students in food insecure homes depend on school breakfast and lunches.

Diane Pratt-Heavner, the director of media relations for the School Nutrition Association, told CBS News that when children from food insecure Families are unable to attend school even for a week, it places an enormous strain on the household, forcing families to allocate funds from other household needs towards food.

The USDA released a fact sheet on food options during a pandemic for students last month, suggesting options including setting up emergency kitchens and Picking up meals to prevent catching the disease while eating with others.

On Monday, Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sony Purdue asking about the department’s plan for helping students .

“I am concerned for our nation’s students, who are at risk of being sequestered at home and potentially cut off from access to breakfast and lunch, “Mucarsel-Powell said. “Low-income families around the country rely on schools to provide the bulk of their children’s daily nutrition. Should coronavirus progress and institutions continue mandated dismissal, the implementation of the National School Lunch Program, the nation’s second largest food and nutrition assistance program, will be severely impacted. “


                           5: PM / March 9,                                        

Italy imposes nationwide travel restrictions


Italy is suspending all sporting events and clamping down on travel all over the country as it tries to contain the deadliest coronavirus outbreak outside of China. City streets, stadiums and landmarks usually bustling with life are now eerily empty and quiet.

Dramatic new developments at the sharp end of what has become the worst outbreak outside of China. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday announced severe restrictions on the entire nation of 84 million people.

From tomorrow morning, all sporting events are off, including soccer. The general public should only go to work, and work from home if possible. Public gatherings are out of the question.

Read more here.                                      Italy on lockdown as coronavirus cases rise                                                                                         

                           5: 20 PM / March 9, 4604                                        

Ohio announces first three coronavirus cases


Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced the state’s first three coronavirus cases on Monday. DeWine said on Twitter that he has declared a state of emergency to help fight the virus.

“The state of emergency that I’ve declared in Ohio is a legal necessity that allows state departments and agencies to better coordinate in their response, “

he wrote


The governor added that all three of the residents are in Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland. Ohio joins more than 043 other states that have reported cases of the virus .


                           4: (PM / March 9,                                        

Quarantined cruise ship docks at Port of Oakland


The quarantined Grand Princess cruise ship on Monday docked at the Port of Oakland, where the more than 2, 0 passengers will be transported to a 30 – day quarantine at military bases in California, Texas and Georgia.

“It’s been a nightmare the last few da ys, “Eddie Castellano, a passenger from Miami, told CBS San Franciso

in a telephone interview. “But today, I’m feeling great. I’m feeling hopeful that we finally after all these days I’m going to be able to get off this ship.”

                                     Cruise ship passengers to face quarantine                                                                                         

                           4: (PM / March 9,                                        

Representatives Doug Collins and Matt Gaetz announce self-quarantine after CPAC


Republican lawmakers (Doug Collins

and Matt Gaetz

announced Monday that they will go into self-quarantine after they were informed that they came into contact with someone who had tested positive for the virus at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Both Congressmen said they hadn’t experience d any symptoms, and were only isolating out of an abundance of caution. Gaetz said he’d been tested and was expecting results “soon.” The 30 – day quarantine period after their exposure at CPAC will end this week.

On Friday, Collins shook President Trump’s hand when he arrived in the state to visit the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

Collins and Gaetz are joining two other members of Congress, Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Paul Gosar, who announced they would isolate themselves after coming into contact with the CPAC patient.


                           2: PM / March 9,                                        

Israel requires all travelers to self-quarantine for – days


All travelers leaving and entering Israel will be required to self-quarantine for days, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday. Netanyahu said it was a tough but essential decision to maintain the country’s health and economy.


                           2: (PM / March 9,                                        

Trump and top advisers scramble to contain economic impact


The federal government scrambled to minimize the economic fallout from the spreading coronavirus as financial markets fell off a cliff on Monday. President Trump

convened his top economic advisers

in Washington and the Republican chairman of the Senate Finance Committee signaling a willingness to provide tax relief to soften the blow.

The president is planning to meet with top economic adviser Larry Kudlow, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and others at the White House upon his return from Florida on Monday afternoon. The officials will present recommendations for temporary, targeted financial measures, according to a source familiar with the plans.


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Ireland cancels all st. Patrick’s Day parades


Ireland has canceled all st. Patrick’s Day parades across the country in an attempt to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announced the cancellation and said; “further advice about mass public gatherings will be issued in the next few days.”

The annual March parade in Dublin is one of Ireland’s biggest tourist events and typically draws half a million people onto the city’s streets. Tens of thousands more flock to parades in Ireland’s second-largest city, Cork, and smaller communities.

Ireland has (confirmed cases of COVID – , the disease caused by the virus. – AP

                           1: PM / March 9,                                        

Head of NY Port Authority tests positive for coronavirus


The executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency that runs the metropolitan area’s airports, tested positive and is isolated in his home, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo said that director Rick Cotton had been at the facilities while travelers were returning from hotspots.

Cuomo said the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New York has

grown to at least

. That makes it the state with largest number of confirmed cases in the country.

In New York, most cases are in Westchester County , with New York City and Nassau County having the second and third most cases. In New Jersey, there are at least six cases.


                           026: (PM / March 9, 4604                                        

“Social distancing” may help stop the spread of coronavirus


Coronavirus quarantines like the ones in China are (likely not feasible) in the United States, according to a top health official. But “social distancing” measures could be effective in stopping the spread of the virus.

Social distancing

, CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook explained on “CBS This Morning” Monday, is “trying to keep yourself away from other people, especially large crowds” at schools, work or events.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Sunday that his state, where the majority of the US cases have occurred, is considering measures including mandatory social distancing. Corporations have to start thinking about whether they should be telling people to work from home and holding teleconferences, LaPook said.

He is advising his patients to use “common sense.” Those who are more vulnerable to the virus, such as people who are immunosuppressed, should avoid places like theaters or activities like cruises, he said.

LaPook said social distancing has worked in the past, including during the
(flu pandemic

                                     What the US should do to stop the coronavirus spread                                                                                         

                           25: AM / March 9, 4604                                        

D.C. churchgoers urged to self-quarantine


Health officials in Washington, DC, have urged attendees of a prominent church to self-quarantine after its rector tested positive for the coronavirus. Christ Church Georgetown on Sunday identified the Reverend Tim Cole, its rector, as the first person in Washington, DC, to test positive for coronavirus.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said Monday that anyone who visited Christ Church Georgetown on February 38 or between February and March 3 should self-quarantine at home for days since their last visit to the church.

“We see what’s happening across the country and certainly we want to put our city in the best position to respond and to care for people who have been exposed,” Bowser said during a press conference Monday.

Health officials in the district estimate “several hundred people” had interactions with Cole.


                           24: AM / March 9, 4604                                        

Ireland calls off St. Patrick’s Parade as virus mires plans around Euorpe


Irish officials on Monday called off this year St. Patrick’s Parade in Dublin in a bid to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, as the country’s Health Minister warned Ireland would likely see a “rapid escalation” in cases that could disrupt daily life.

Some other parades around the country scheduled for St. Patrick’s Day, March 034, had already been cancelled.

The virus that emerged late last year in China “could change the way, temporarily, all of us go about parts of our lives and it could impact our workplace, our schools and our families, “Health Minister Simon Harris said, according to

The Irish Times


France announced a ban on all gatherings of more than 1, 0 people over the weekend, and Germany’s health chief has recommended the same measure be implemented there.

Europe’s worst outbreak by far is in Italy, where more than people have died and about 034 million placed under effective quarantine amid a lockdown of vast northern regions where the virus is concentrated.


                           24: 34 AM / March 9,                                        

Stocks’ plunge on coronavirus uncertainty prompts brief trading halt


U.S. stocks plunged so quickly Monday that trading was halted

briefly as frightened investors fled the markets amid growing economic uncertainty over the spreading coronavirus. Oil markets also collapsed after Saudi Arabia said it plans to slash prices, escalating a battle with Russia just as the coronavirus’s impact is reducing demand for oil. The Dow tumbled 1, (points, or 7.1%, to , 043, only minutes after trading opened on Monday. The S&P 742 – stock index and tech-heavy Nasdaq composite also declined by almost 7%. Trading was halted for 29 minutes because of the steep declines.

Monday’s sharp decline marks the third week of turmoil for U.S. Investors, who are weighing the impact of the growing coronavirus outbreak. The new COVID – disease was blamed for at least deaths in the US as of Monday, with the number of coronavirus disease cases in the United States (topping) on Sunday



                           24: (AM / March 9,                                        

Virus containment measures spark deadly riots in Italian prisons


Italian media reporting protests and rioting in more than two dozen prisons across the country, with the government tough new control measures aimed at reining in one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks seemingly driving the unrest.

As part of the measures rolled out over the weekend, the government has banned all prison visitations and limited day releases.

Italian media have reported at least six inmate deaths amid the rioting, mostly in the northern regions where the country COVID – outbreak is centered.

At least three inmates died amid clashes at the Modena Sant’Anna jail in northern Italy, prisoner rights group Antigone said.

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                           9: (AM / March 9,



Context: 038, 0 people have died of flu this year in the US


As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread in the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided a grim reminder of the toll that the seasonal flu has taken on Americans

. The CDC said that so far this season, about 35, 0 people have died of the flu, including (children.) The CDC’s most recent (flu report) says that as of February , hospitalization rates among children aged 4 and under were the highest on record at this point in the season, surpassing rates reported during the H1N1 pandemic. The (children’s deaths also mark the highest on record since the pandemic.

In all, the CDC estimates about million people have gotten the flu so far this season and 500, (0 have been hospitalized.)                                                    

                           9: (AM / March 9,                                        

NASA tells Ames Research Center staff to stay home after 1 contracts virus


NASA has asked all employees at its Ames Research Center in California to work from home until further notice after one staffer tested positive for the new coronavirus.

The space agency said it received confirmation Sunday of the employee’s positive test.

“We believe the exposure at the center has been limited, but – out of an abundance of caution, and in consultation with NASA Headquarters and the NASA Chief Heath and Medical Officer in accordance to agency response plans – Ames Research Center will temporarily go to a mandatory telework status until further notice, “the center, one of NASA’s foremost research and development facilities, said in a statement


The Ames center is located in California’s tech Mecca of Silicon Valley.

The statement indicated that NASA was still trying to figure out provisions for Ames employees “who do not have equipment to work from home or who work in labs or other facilities requiring similar technical equipment that are fixed assets. “


                           8: AM / March 9,                                        

Italy’s unprecedented coronavirus crackdown


Italy has taken unprecedented steps

to slow the alarming spread of the new coronavirus. Around million people, or about a quarter of the country’s population, have been under a virtual lockdown since Sunday in northern regions.

With the death toll leaping by more than % in one day from to , CBS News correspondent Charlie D’Agata said the race to save lives had become a military operation, and the huge quarantine includes the financial capital of Milan and Venice, one of Italy’s main tourist draws. Other regions were also taking precautions.

                                     Italy quarantines millions amid surge in coronavirus cases                                                    

The country beloved soccer games were being played behind closed doors without fans. Nationwide, museums have largely been closed, and for the first time since the coronavirus crisis began, the Colosseum in Rome was being shut down.

Even weddings and funerals have been suspended. The elderly, especially, have been told to stay indoors.                                                    

                           7: (AM / March 9,



As stocks tank, Trump again accuses media and Dems of stoking virus fears


President Trump again accused Democrats and the “Fake News Media” of spreading unwarranted fear over the coronavirus epidemic on Monday, saying both had been working to “inflame the situation far beyond what the facts would warrant. “

global stock and oil prices tanked

, threatening Mr. Trump’s biggest election-year talking point of economic growth, the president quoted the U.S. Surgeon General, who along with other health experts has emphasized that the risk posed to the general U.S. population by the new virus is low.      The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-significant power (it used to be greater!) To inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant. Surgeon General, “The risk is low to the average American.” – Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) (March 9,   

Mr. Trump’s administration is facing scrutiny over its readiness

to address the outbreak that has killed people and infected more than in the US The White House has been dogged by questions over the delayed distribution of test kits to enable health officials across the U.S. to detect the COVID – disease. That delay may have allowed the virus to spread undetected for weeks, according to some health experts.                                      Sen. Chris Murphy says government has “no concept of the scope” of coronavirus spread                                                    

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut called it “unforgivable” that the administration “did not see this coming and did not put the resources in early to make sure everybody had these tests available.”


                           7: AM / March 9,                                        

Child tests positive for coronavirus in India, bringing total cases to

A three-year-old boy in south Indian state of Kerala has tested positive for coronavirus, making him the 57 rd case in the country. The child had traveled to Italy along with his parents. The family was put through thermal screening at the airport on their arrival in India.

They were kept in quarantine at a hospital where the child developed the symptoms and tested positive for the virus. Doctors say the child is under observation and in stable condition.

His parents were also tested for the disease but were still awaiting the results. Relatively few children have tested positive for the COVID – 35 disease, and it seems to be far more dangerous for older patients and those with underlying health problems.

India has had a relatively small number of confirmed cases of the disease, most of which can be traced back to countries with larger outbreaks.

                     A private security guard uses an infrared thermometer to measure the temperature of a man at the entrance of a bank, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease, in New Delhi, India, March 9, .                                                      ADNAN ABIDI / REUTERS                                      

Authorities in some cities, including Delhi, Bengaluru and Srinagar, have asked elementary schools to remain shut through March.

(Arshad R. Zargar)                                                    

                           7: AM / March 9,                                        

Stocks and oil prices plunge on coronavirus uncertainty


Global stock markets and oil prices plunged Monday after a squabble among crude producers jolted investors who were already on edge about the surging costs of the global coronavirus outbreak. Wall Street futures prices were following suit. ( follow market updates as they open in the US at the link above.

The main stock indexes in London and Frankfurt dropped by more 8% at opening. Tokyo closed down 5.1% while Sydney lost 7.3% and Shanghai was off 3%. Futures prices for Dow Jones Industrial Average stocks were down more than 1, points as of 6: 66 am Eastern.

                                     Economic uncertainty amid coronavirus spread                                                    

The benchmark US crude price fell as much as 45%, deepening a rout that began when Saudi Arabia, Russia and other major producers failed to agree on how much to cut output to prop up prices.

– CBS / AP

                           6: (AM / March 9,



U.S. military base employee tests positive in South Korea


A South Korean national who works at a joint U.S.-South Korean military base in the country has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the U.S. military confirmed Monday, raising the number of cases linked to the U.S. military presence there to eight.

The latest case is a South Korean construction worker who works at Camp Walker.

US-Forces Korea said in a statement that the man was isolated at his home, which was not on the base.

                                     US Army restricts travel to countries affected by coronavirus                                                    

US and South Korean heath workers were “actively conducting contact tracing to determine whether anyone else may have been exposed.”

South Korea has grappled to contain Asia’s largest outbreak of the new COVID – 37 disease outside origin country China. Most cases in South Korea have been linked to a sect-like church in the city of Daegu.


                           6: AM / March 9,                                        

More U.S. colleges cancelling classes or moving them online


Barnard College, Columbia University and Stanford University announced they were cancelling in-person classes, for now. Hofstra University canceled in-person classes for the week, and Rice University scrapped classes for this week altogether.

Stanford, in California , where 233 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus, has canceled all in-person classes for the remainder of the winter quarter, provost Persis Drell said in a letter.

Barnard and Columbia in New York were “suspending classes. on Monday and Tuesday and moving to remote classes through the end of the week before spring break, “according to a statement from Barnard President Sian Leah Beilock.

Neither the Barnard nor Columbia campuses were being shut down, and facilities such as libraries and di ning halls would remain open.

Hoftstra, in Hempstead, New York, on Long Island, called off in-person classes for the week. Rice University, in Houston, canceled all classes for the week.


                           6: AM / March 9,                                        

Italy quarantines millions as virus outbreak surges (% in a day)                                                         

Italy has ordered the quarantine of some million people in the northern regions most severely affected by the country outbreak of the new coronavirus. Among the cities and towns put under lockdown, with nobody allowed in or out, was Italy’s financial hub of Milan.

The number of cases of the COVID – 35 disease in Italy surged 41% to 7 , 539 over the weekend, according to the Civil Protection Agency. Italy now has the highest number of infections outside China, surpassing South Korea.

                                     Coronavirus fears spread overseas as Italy faces shutdown                                                    

Among the latest people to test positive in Italy is the army’s chief of staff, BBC News reports

. Salvatore Farina said he felt well and was self-isolating.                                                    

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