March 12 coronavirus news

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7:27 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

American Airline pilot tests positive for coronavirus

From CNN's Joshua Replogle and Greg Wallace

An American Airlines pilot has tested positive for coronavirus, according to the airline and a second source familiar with the matter.

“American’s Chief Medical Officer and leaders from our pilots’ office have been in touch with our Dallas Fort Worth based pilot who tested positive for COVID-19. We are in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health officials and are coordinating with them on all required health and safety measures," according to a statement from the airline.

The pilot is based out of Dallas-Fort Worth, according to the source familiar with the matter.

An airline official says on background that they believe the risk of transmission to passengers to be low. The airline provided no further information about the circumstances or condition of any other crew that worked with the infected pilot.

The airline official declined to provide any information on the pilot's condition, citing privacy reasons.  


7:24 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Obama: "We have to look out for each other"

Former President Barack Obama asked for people to consider each other as they wonder why so many places are shutting down due to the coronavirus outbreak.

While tweeting out a link to a Vox article about how canceling events and quarantines can save lives, he said, "We have to look out for each other."

Read Obama's tweet below:

7:11 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Trump was in physical proximity of infected Brazilian official, sources say

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins

President Trump was in close physical proximity with the Brazilian president's press secretary Saturday night — who has now tested positive for the coronavirus, two people familiar told CNN. 

The press secretary attended the dinner Trump hosted at his Mar a Lago resort in Florida, took a photo with Trump, and later stood feet away from the President as he spoke during Kimberly Guilfoyle's birthday, the sources said. 

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement Thursday saying, "Both the President and Vice President had almost no interactions with the individual who tested positive and do not require being tested at this time."

"The White House Medical Unit and the United States Secret Service has been working closely with various agencies to ensure every precaution is taken to keep the First & Second Families, and all White House staff healthy," Grisham added.

7:24 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Los Angeles Zoo and Universal Studios will close over coronavirus concerns

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

California's Universal Studios and the Los Angeles Zoo will close due to concerns surrounding coronavirus.  

Citing the health of team members and guests, Universal Studios will be closed starting Saturday, with hopes of reopening on March 28, according to a statement from the theme park.

The Los Angeles Zoo will close tomorrow, according to a post on their website. The animals will continue to be cared for, and employees are asked to report to work. 

“At this time, we do not have any indication that this virus is of immediate concern to any of our animals,” the statement from the zoo said.
7:04 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Arlington National Cemetery will close to visitors beginning Friday

From CNN's Jamie Crawford

Alex Wong/Getty Images/FILE
Alex Wong/Getty Images/FILE

Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia will close to visitors beginning Friday as "precautionary measures to protect the health of our employees, families and visitors" are taken amidst the coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement from the cemetery.

Funerals will be conducted as scheduled, the cemetery said.

“U.S. Army and Department of Defense guidance is clear: force health protection is paramount,” said Karen Durham-Aguilera, executive director of the Office of Army National Cemeteries and Arlington National Cemetery. “We have a responsibility to protect our employees, the families of our fallen service members paying respect to their loved ones, and to the thousands of visitors per day who come here to appreciate this national shrine. We do not make this decision lightly, but closing our doors to visitors allows us to focus our energy and resources on our core mission of safely laying our nation’s warriors to rest.” 
7:06 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Brazil's president says he expects results from his coronavirus test "in the next hours"

From CNN’s Taylor Barnes in Atlanta

Jair Messias Bolsonaro/Facebook
Jair Messias Bolsonaro/Facebook

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a face mask and speaking on Facebook Live, said he expects the results of his coronavirus test in the coming hours.

“I believe in the next hours we will have the result from [my test] and from some other people who were with me,” Bolsonaro said, referring to others who traveled to the United States with him last weekend.

Fabio Wajngarten, the president's press secretary, tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, according an official statement from the president’s office.

Wajngarten was with Bolsonaro on the US trip, during which the Brazilian president dined with President Trump at Mar-a-Largo. Wajngarten posted a picture of himself with Trump on Instagram a few days ago.

6:53 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

House plans to move coronavirus bill quickly tonight when an agreement is reached

From CNN's Phil Mattingly

House Democrats, at the moment, plan to move a bill addressing the coronavirus under suspension of the rules when a final deal is reached, according to two people involved.

That means they can skip the rules committee so long as the bill has two-thirds support.

The expectation is that the bill will pass easily if all parties sign off.

While it's not final yet, that’s the way this is going.

They're still working through some outstanding issues: The paid leave issue has been resolved by adding a tax credit to aid smaller employers, at the request of the White House.

Final thoughts: They are on the verge of a deal. Not there yet.

6:51 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

US Southern Command says there are no reports of coronavirus following Brazilian president's visit

From CNN's Barbara Starr and Ryan Browne

US Southern Command — the geographic combatant command that oversees military activities in South America, Central America and the Caribbean — said in a statement today that there are currently “no reports of suspected or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infections within the command,” following a visit by the Brazilian president and his team to the command this past weekend. 

"As of this afternoon the commander, Adm. Craig Faller, has not experienced symptoms and has not been tested. We will continue to implement actions, such as social distancing and restrictions to travel in accordance with DOD guidance, to minimize the risk of exposure. We continue to aggressively monitor the situation,” the release said.
6:56 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Head coach of English football club tests positive for coronavirus

From CNN's Homero De La Fuente

Julian Finney/Getty Images/FILE
Julian Finney/Getty Images/FILE

The Arsenal Football Club of the English Premier League announced today that head coach Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus.

"All club personnel who had recent close contact with Mikel will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines. We expect this to be a significant number of people from Colney, including the full first-team squad and coaching staff, as well as a smaller number of people from our Hale End Academy which we have also temporarily closed as a precaution," a statement from the club said.

Arteta discussed the diagnosis, saying, “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.”