March 5 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, James Griffiths, Adam Renton and Emma Reynolds, CNN

Updated 9:36 p.m. ET, March 5, 2020
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2:19 p.m. ET, March 5, 2020

There are 205 cases of novel coronavirus in the US

There are 205 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local governments. 

According to the CDC there are 49 cases from repatriated citizens. According to CNN Health’s tally of US cases that are detected and tested in the United States through US public health systems, there are 156 cases in 17 states, bringing the total of coronavirus cases to 205.

This includes presumptive positive cases that tested positive in a public health lab and are pending confirmation from the CDC, and confirmed cases have received positive results from the CDC.

 Here's a breakdown of the cases:

  • Arizona — 2  
  • California — 36 (includes 1 fatality)  
  • Florida — 4
  • Georgia — 2 
  • Illinois — 5  
  • Massachusetts — 2 
  • New Hampshire — 2 
  • New Jersey — 1 
  • New York — 22 
  • North Carolina — 1  
  • Oregon — 3 
  • Rhode Island — 2  
  • Washington state — 70 (includes 10 fatalities)  
  • Wisconsin — 1 
  • Texas  1
  • Tennessee — 1
  • Nevada — 1

 Remember: These numbers are constantly being updated as the situation is fluid. 

2:15 p.m. ET, March 5, 2020

Portuguese airline cancels 1,000 flights because of coronavirus fears

From CNN’s Mia Alberti

A plane of Portuguese airline TAP at Humberto Delgado airport in Lisbon on October 3, 2018.
A plane of Portuguese airline TAP at Humberto Delgado airport in Lisbon on October 3, 2018. Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images

Portuguese airline TAP has announced it will cancel 1,000 flights between March and April over fears surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, the airline said today in a statement.

The cancellations – which represents 4% of TAP’s global operations in March and 6% in April – follow a “strong slowdown” in the world’s economy following the COVID-19 outbreak and “lower demand” for flights, the airline said.

“The drop in demand naturally implies a decrease in revenue so, to protect the integrity of its treasury, TAP has already taken some fundamental decisions, such as the suspension of all non-critical investments, the review and cut of non-essential expenses for the business or the suspension of hiring and new admissions, in addition to adapting supply to demand,” TAP’s statement outlined.

According to TAP, the cancellations will focus on flights heading to the “most affected regions,” including Italy, Spain and France, but will also include some intercontinental flights.

TAP said it continues to prioritize “the protection of the health” of its passengers and employees.

2:10 p.m. ET, March 5, 2020

There are now 70 coronavirus cases in Washington state

Washington state health officials announced at a news conference today that they now have 70 confirmed coronavirus cases.

Ten people have died from the virus in Washington state.

According to Washington state's Department of Health website, here's a breakdown of the coronavirus cases:

  • 51 in King County
  • 18 in Snohomish County
  • 1 case is in Grant County
2:00 p.m. ET, March 5, 2020

Dr. Sanjay Gupta answers your questions on coronavirus

As the novel coronavirus — and fears surrounding it — continue to spread around the world, so too are bogus claims, conspiracy theories and misinformation about the disease.

Ahead of a CNN town hall tonight, Dr. Sanjay Gupta answers your questions on the virus and how to protect yourself.


2:00 p.m. ET, March 5, 2020

Coronavirus fears force Premier League to ban traditional pre-match handshakes

From CNN's David Close

Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

The English Premier League has announced traditional handshakes between teams and officials have been halted starting this weekend.

The tradition is suspended until further notice, the league's statement said.

"Coronavirus is spread via droplets from the nose and mouth and can be transmitted on to the hands and passed on via a handshake," the league said in a statement. "Clubs and match officials will still perform the rest of the traditional walk-out protocol ahead of each fixture. On entering the field of play, the two teams will continue to line up, accompanied by the Premier League music, then players from the home team will walk past their opposition without shaking their hands."
1:55 p.m. ET, March 5, 2020

Israel confirms 17 coronavirus cases 

From CNN's Oren Liebermann in Jerusalem

Israel confirmed 17 cases of coronavirus as the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the country's parliament, the Knesset, put in place new restrictions to try and limit the potential spread of the disease.

The IDF announced that as of noon on Friday, soldiers would not be able to travel overseas, unless the trip is approved by a special committee.

The IDF also ended early its joint exercise with the US military Juniper Cobra, which brings the IDF together with American forces from Germany and was supposed to conclude next week. After consulting with the Ministry of Health, the IDF announced Wednesday that it would cancel the remainder of the exercise.

Meanwhile, the Knesset, which is scheduled to have its swearing in ceremony on March 16, will only allow partners of Knesset members to attend the ceremony, which is normally open to a larger crowd.

2:05 p.m. ET, March 5, 2020

US Senate voting now on coronavirus funding package

From CNN's Clare Foran and Ted Barrett 

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Samuel Corum/Getty Images

The Senate is now voting on a $8.3 billion total coronavirus response package.

The measure is expected to pass and will then go to the White House for the President’s signature. It passed the House on Wednesday with broad bipartisan support.

The agreement provides $7.8 billion in appropriations to address the outbreak of coronavirus as well as an authorization for $500 million in mandatory spending to fund a telehealth program in an effort to expand access to health services for seniors for a total of $8.3 billion in all. 


2:09 p.m. ET, March 5, 2020

Italy confirms 41 more deaths from coronavirus

From CNN’s Ben Wedeman Hada Messia in Milan and Mia Alberti in London.

A deserted Piazza Duomo in Milan, Italy, on March 5, 2020.
A deserted Piazza Duomo in Milan, Italy, on March 5, 2020. Piero Cruciatti/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s Civil Protection Agency has announced that 41 additional people have died in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities to 148.

Angelo Borrelli, head of the Italian Civil Protection Agency, said Thursday that those who had died were between the ages of 66 and 99 years-old; most were in “frail conditions” and had underlying health problems, Borrelli added.

According to Borrelli, the number of those who have so far recovered from the virus has risen from 276 confirmed recoveries – as reported on Wednesday – to 414. Currently, 1790 patients remain in hospital, 351 individuals are in intensive care, and 1155 are in self-isolation.

1:26 p.m. ET, March 5, 2020

Brazil confirms its 4th coronavirus case

From CNN’s Flora Charner and Sharif Paget

Brazil’s Health Ministry confirmed its fourth case of novel coronavirus today, a 13-year-old girl who arrived from Italy, according to a statement.

The teenager did not show any symptoms after returning to Brazil from Italy on March 1, health officials said.

Italy has confirmed more than 3,000 cases of novel coronavirus and over 100 people have died after testing positive for it. 

The 13-year-old will remain in her home where she will be monitored by Sao Paulo’s state health department, Brazilian health officials said. The same protocol applies to anyone she’s had close contact with.