March 14 coronavirus news

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12:45 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Trump says he has taken coronavirus test

From CNN's Kevin Bohn

Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images
Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump just announced at a press conference that he has taken a coronavirus test. He took the test Friday night after getting questions at a press conference.

Trump said he did not know the results yet and that it usually takes 1-2 days.

Before coming out to the White House press briefing room today, Trump said he had his temperature taken and later when asked how it was, he said it was normal.

Watch:

12:28 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Trump: "We're using the full power of the federal government to defeat the virus"

CNN
CNN

During a press conference this afternoon, President Trump expressed his gratitude for all the people and organizations working to address the coronavirus pandemic.

"I want to express my appreciation for the hard work done by the people behind me and the people back in the various offices," Trump said. "We're using the full power of the federal government to defeat the virus and that's what we've been doing. Last week we secured an initial $8.3 billion from Congress for the coronavirus and that was quickly done and efficiently done and I want to thank all members of Congress."

About the legislation: The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan legislative package in response to the spread of coronavirus in the early hours of Saturday morning following intense negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Trump administration.

The bill passed with broad, bipartisan support and a final tally of 363-40 with 40 Republicans voting against it and Independent Justin Amash of Michigan voting "present."

Late in the day on Friday, Trump tweeted his support for the measure that includes provisions for paid emergency leave and free testing for COVID-19, after Pelosi announced that Democrats had struck a deal with the administration.

The legislation will provide, according to Pelosi, "paid emergency leave with two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave." It will also expand federal funding for Medicaid "to support our local, state, tribal and territorial governments and health systems, so that they have the resources necessary to combat this crisis."

12:16 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Kennedy Space Center to temporarily close visitor complex due to coronavirus

From CNN’s Devon Sayers

People visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in August 2019.
People visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in August 2019. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida will be temporarily closed as of March 16 until further notice for the health and safety of employees and guests to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, according to a statement released by the Space Center.

"When it became evident that the coronavirus disease posed a health concern to the public, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex upgraded the already comprehensive and extensive availability of hand sanitizer throughout the park," the Space Center said.

The Space Center will "monitor the situation and when it is deemed safe for guests to return, the entire facility will be cleaned and sanitized prior to re-opening. This will include Kennedy Space Center Tour buses, all attractions, eateries and theaters at the main campus and at the Apollo/Saturn V Center," it said.

12:11 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Journalist denied entry into White House press briefing after having fever

From CNN's Jason Hoffman

A journalist was denied entry into the White House press briefing on the coronavirus today after having a 99.9 fever.

He was trying to get access to the briefing and was turned away and is being held by the press office on the White House driveway.

A member of the White House physician’s office, along with a press aide, made the rounds of the press area to take everyone’s temperatures.

Temperature checks have become more common around airports in an attempt to screen for coronavirus.

12:06 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Spanish government expected to introduce restrictions on "people's movements"

From CNN’s Laura Perez-Maestro in Madrid

A man pushes an empty cart in Santiago de Compostela, on March 14, 2020 after regional authorities ordered all shops in the region be shuttered from today through March 26, save for those selling food, chemists and petrol stations, in order to slow the coronavirus spread. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via Getty Images)
A man pushes an empty cart in Santiago de Compostela, on March 14, 2020 after regional authorities ordered all shops in the region be shuttered from today through March 26, save for those selling food, chemists and petrol stations, in order to slow the coronavirus spread. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via Getty Images) Miguel Riopa/AFP via Getty Images

The Spanish government is expected to introduce new restrictions as part of its efforts to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, including “limitations on people’s movements,” a government source told CNN today.

While the Spanish government has yet to confirm the official details of its action plan, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is expected to give a press conference this afternoon to further outline the government’s official response to COVID-19, following a meeting of cabinet ministers.

Some context: Spain has become the latest epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe, having the most infections following Italy.

To date, there have been 133 deaths related to COVID-19 in Spain and 5,232 confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The surge in confirmed cases across Spain has led to the declaration of a 15-day state of emergency, Sanchez said Thursday.

11:54 a.m. ET, March 14, 2020

New York looking to open another drive-through coronavirus testing facility

From CNN’s Linh Tran in New Rochelle

A worker in protective suits checks the identification of a patient as people arrive by car to be tested for Coronavirus at the state's first drive-through testing center in New Rochelle, New York, on March 13.
A worker in protective suits checks the identification of a patient as people arrive by car to be tested for Coronavirus at the state's first drive-through testing center in New Rochelle, New York, on March 13. Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images

New York state is looking to open up another drive-through coronavirus testing facility, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press call this morning.

“We’re looking at Jones Beach on Long Island as a possible site. We need a large, open area. Jones Beach has large open parking lots that are available. So we’re looking at Jones Beach literally this morning as a possible location for the next drive-through,” Cuomo said.

On Friday, roughly 150 vehicles went through the New Rochelle drive-through facility in what Cuomo described as the first public drive-through coronavirus testing facility on the east coast

“The way the drive-in works is a person calls first and discusses their situation to fit our protocol, and they then get an appointment and they have a time to show up,” the governor said.

“We had set 15 minutes per car. The actual performance was a car was being done in less than 15 minutes, which was good news. It means we can process more people faster than we had originally anticipated," Cuomo added.

 

12:10 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

A physician with White House just took the temperatures of everyone in the press area

From CNN's Jason Hoffman

An aide takes the temperature of a member of the press before a Coronavirus briefing with Vice President Pence at the White House on March 14.
An aide takes the temperature of a member of the press before a Coronavirus briefing with Vice President Pence at the White House on March 14. Bill Alberter/CNN

A member of the White House physician’s office, along with a press aide, made the rounds of the press area this morning to take everyone’s temperatures.

Temperature checks have become more common around airports in an attempt to screen for coronavirus.

Soon: White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham announced that Vice President Mike Pence would hold a 12 p.m. ET news conference with members of the Coronavirus Task Force from the White House.

Grisham said President Trump is leading this morning's task force meeting. It is unclear if Trump will be at the conference.

11:48 a.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Switzerland bans public gatherings of more than 100 people to curb coronavirus spread

From Nadine Schmidt in Berlin

A man walks past an empty restaurant in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 13.
A man walks past an empty restaurant in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 13. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

The Swiss government announced its response to the coronavirus pandemic and has called for the closure of schools across the country until April 4 and the ban of public gathering of more than 100 people, according to a press conference Friday. 

During the televised event, the government also said the border with Italy would remain open but further restrictions would apply. 

To help support local businesses, the government also announced it has offered the equivalent of $10 billion in aid to support the economy.

Some context: As of Saturday, there are 1,189 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 11 deaths, according to the recent figures released by the Federal Office of Public Health on Saturday.

11:57 a.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Several medical sources disagree with White House decision to not test Trump for coronavirus

From CNN's Jamie Gangel

President Donald Trump touches the microphone while speaking at a news conference about Coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House on Friday, March 13.
President Donald Trump touches the microphone while speaking at a news conference about Coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House on Friday, March 13. Tasos Katopodis/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Two doctors who have knowledge of the White House medical office and normal procedure disagree with the decision by the current White House doctor to not test President Trump for the coronavirus

“While we would recommend that a patient who has been in direct contact with multiple people infected with COVID-19 self-quarantine, since the President of the United States has singular responsibilities, he should be tested so as to avoid having to isolate for 14 days," said renowned George Washington hospital cardiologist and professor Dr. Jonathan Reiner, who worked at the hospital that treated former Vice President Dick Cheney and has worked with and advised the White House medical team for many years.

A second doctor with knowledge of how the White House medical team works also believes Trump should be tested.

“It is truly unbelievable the spin that is used. This is political,” this doctor said.

This source characterized the White House decision as “spin, irresponsible, and an attempt to mitigate the political fall out from the lack of testing.”