March 14 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Brett McKeehan, Ivana Kottasová and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 6:24 AM ET, Sun March 15, 2020
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11:59 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

18 US states have closed schools over coronavirus concerns

The gates are locked at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School for Science and Technology in New Orleans on March 13.
The gates are locked at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School for Science and Technology in New Orleans on March 13. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

States across the US are closing schools to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. The measures range from affecting all public, private and charter schools, to just public schools.

In the past few hours, Alaska and Delaware have joined the list. Here are the states deploying such measures:

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Delaware
  4. Illinois
  5. Kentucky
  6. Louisiana
  7. Maryland
  8. Michigan
  9. New Mexico
  10. Ohio
  11. Oregon
  12. Pennsylvania
  13. Rhode Island
  14. Utah
  15. Virginia
  16. Washington
  17. West Virginia
  18. Wisconsin
9:34 a.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Two more Brazilian delegates test positive, including one who sat with Trump

From CNN’s Jennifer Hansler, Jennifer Hauser and Taylor Barnes

Brazilian diplomat Nestor Forster, top left, is seen with Eduardo Bolsonaro, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, bottom left, and US President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, on March 7.
Brazilian diplomat Nestor Forster, top left, is seen with Eduardo Bolsonaro, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, bottom left, and US President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, on March 7. Alan Santos/PR/Palácio do Planalto

Two more members of a Brazilian delegation that traveled to the US, including one man who attended a dinner with President Donald Trump, have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The first is Nestor Forster, Brazil’s Chargé d'Affaires in Washington. The Brazilian Embassy in Washington announced on Twitter that Forster had tested positive. He will now be self-quarantined for two weeks.

He was seated at the same table as Trump last Saturday during the dinner at Mar-a-Lago, a source familiar with the incident told CNN.

The source could not say if there was any direct interaction between Forster and Trump. CNN has reached out to the White House for comment.

A group photo tweeted on March 8 by Brazil’s foreign minister shows Forster standing behind Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a short distance from Trump.

The second is Brazilian Senator Nelsinho Trad. Trad announced on Twitter late Friday that he tested positive.

“I was, as you all know, working, representing [the senate] on the trip with President Jair Bolsonaro to the US. Upon returning to Brazil, all of us in the delegation that traveled with the President were surprised when one of the people on the return flight tested positive for Covid-19,” he wrote. “I did the exam, the result was positive.”

That makes three infections: The first in the delegation to test positive was Bolsonaro’s press secretary, Fábio Wajngarten, who confirmed his result on Thursday.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, who shook hands with Forster during the trip, also tested positive on Friday.

And Bolsonaro's attorney, Karina Kufa, wrote on her unverified Twitter account Friday that she tested positive after visiting Miami on the same trip.

President Bolsonaro on Friday said his results came back negative after the trip.

11:34 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Aruba announces first two coronavirus cases

The Caribbean island of Aruba has confirmed its first two cases of the novel coronavirus, according to local travel agent Visit Aruba New, citing a press conference from Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes.

One patient is an Aruban national who recently entered the island from New York, and the other is an American national. Both patients have been isolated, the report said.

The Prime Minister also announced that as of Sunday, travelers from Europe will not be allowed to enter Aruba until at least March 31, with the exception of Aruban nationals.

11:23 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

An American in Italy has advice for anyone living under quarantine: Follow the rules

From CNN's Steve Almasy

Cristina Higgins.
Cristina Higgins. (CNN)

In northern Italy, life is difficult right now. In a country with more than 17,000 cases of the novel coronavirus, staying at home but for a solo trip to the store is the way of life.

American Cristina Higgins lives with her family in Bergamo, near Milan. On Friday, she told CNN's Erin Burnett that being in a country with a mandatory lockdown is like "living with dread."

Almost everything is closed and movement is restricted. Only supermarkets and pharmacies are open. Only one person from each household can go on a shopping run. Police write tickets for people who are out wandering. Lines sometimes form outside the stores because only a certain number of people are allowed inside at one time, and they must remain 3 feet apart.

Yet Higgins said it was in everyone's best interest to comply.

"I would encourage every family to try to think of it is a reason why you should do this," she told CNN. "I encourage everybody ... to comply. And we can all get through this together."

Not everyone is adhering to the rules, she said. A woman in her community who has COVID-19 recently went out in public.

"It's very difficult. It's very, very difficult," she said. "It is, unfortunately despite all that Italy has done, they think that it may not be enough (because not every person is complying)."

Read the full story here.

11:06 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Number of new coronavirus cases continues to decline in South Korea

A worker disinfects a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, on March 13.
A worker disinfects a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, on March 13. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

South Korea confirmed 107 new coronavirus cases Friday, bringing the national total to 8,086, according to the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

It was the lowest daily increase since February 22, and followed a week-long trend of diminishing case numbers.

Of the new cases, 62 are from the southern city of Daegu, where the outbreak has been concentrated. Another six are from North Gyeongsang Province, which surrounds Daegu. About 88% of all cases nationwide are from Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province.

Thirteen new cases are from Seoul, where a new cluster was identified at a call center this week.

The KCDC also confirmed another five coronavirus deaths, taking the country's toll to 72.

Slowdown after aggressive response: Earlier this week, South Korea's health minister told CNN he hoped the country had "passed the peak" of the outbreak.

Numbers spiked in February, with clusters linked to the Shincheonji religious group — and officials responded with fast, accessible testing, contact tracing, and a widespread public health campaign.

Authorities also turned to creative technologies like GPS to monitor home quarantines and a smartphone app to collect citizens' symptom reports every day.

10:49 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Turkey is suspending flights to nine European countries

Medical staff wearing protective suits wait for passengers and crew members returning from coronavirus-hit Iran to disembark at Esenboga International airport in Turkey on February 25.
Medical staff wearing protective suits wait for passengers and crew members returning from coronavirus-hit Iran to disembark at Esenboga International airport in Turkey on February 25. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey announced that it will halt travel to and from nine European countries, effective today.

Passengers coming from Germany, Spain, France, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands will not be allowed into Turkey, said Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, according to Turkey's state run news agency Anadolu.

Travel from Turkey to those countries will also be suspended.

Travelers who already have tickets from those countries to Turkey between today and April 17 can change their reservations free of charge, as long as the new reservation is a flight before May 31, Turkish Airlines said on its website.

Turkey has five confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to WHO and Johns Hopkins University & Medical.

10:30 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

New Zealand cancels Christchurch shooting memorial service because of the coronavirus

From CNN's Chermaine Lee in Hong Kong

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a press conference at the Justice and Emergency Services precinct on March 13 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a press conference at the Justice and Emergency Services precinct on March 13 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

New Zealand has canceled its National Remembrance Service for the first anniversary of the Christchurch mosque attacks over coronavirus safety fears.

The service, originally set for tomorrow, was “expected to attract a large crowd, with many travelling from around New Zealand and from overseas,” said a statement from the Christchurch City Council released today.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden was quoted in the statement saying that while there has been “no community transmission” of the coronavirus in the country, the government is “taking a cautious approach” as it would be difficult to trace who had come into contact with the participants.

New Zealand has four cases so far, several of whom had traveled to the hard-hit countries of Italy and Iran.

10:14 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Netflix is pausing production in the US and Canada due to restrictions and health precautions

From CNN’s Natasha Chen

 Filip Radwanski/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
 Filip Radwanski/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Netflix is pausing scripted TV and film production in the US and Canada for two weeks due to government restrictions and health and safety precautions, a source with knowledge of the situation tells CNN.

Entertainment sector hit: Netflix joins other shows and members of the entertainment industry suspending operations over the coronavirus. Ellen DeGeneres' daytime talk show is suspended until March 30, while two Comedy Central series, “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” and “Lights Out with David Spade,” are also suspending production. 

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” and “Real Time with Bill Maher,” and ABC's “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” are all temporarily halting production.

Disney has also paused production on some of its live-action movies, including "The Little Mermaid," "Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings," and "Peter Pan and Wendy."

10:05 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

There is only one US state left without coronavirus cases

The United States now has 2,204 cases of the coronavirus and 49 deaths, according to state and local health agencies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

70 cases are repatriated citizens, like those evacuated from mainland China and the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

2,134 cases were detected and tested in the US.

These include presumptive positive cases, that have tested positive in public health labs and are pending final confirmation from the CDC lab.

US territories have also reported cases; Puerto Rico just confirmed its first three cases today.

The virus has now been reported in 49 states -- making West Virginia the only state yet to report a case.