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What you need to know

  • The numbers worldwide: More than 300,000 people have contracted the novel coronavirus and at least 12,944 have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Threat of severe economic downturn: A global recession is on us and experts believe coronavirus could drag the world economy into a depression.
  • US death toll rises: More than 302 people have now died from the virus in the United States.
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A soldier at the US's Fort Carson base has tested positive for coronavirus

A Fort Carson soldier has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement from the base.

The Colorado National Guard soldier was being housed at the Colorado National Guard’s 168th Regional Training Institute at Fort Carson.

The soldier will remain in isolation, is in good spirits and doesn’t require hospitalization at this time, the release sad.

More than 360 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Colorado, including four who have died.

An airport officer in the US tested positive for coronavirus

A Transportation Security Administration officer working at Dulles International Airport in Virginia has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The individual has been quarantined and is resting at home, the TSA said in a statement.

Here’s what else the statement said:

“TSA confirms that a Transportation Security Administration officer who works at Washington Dulles International Airport tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.
The individual is quarantined and resting at home. TSA employees who work the same shift and may have come in contact with the officer who tested positive during the past 14 days have been alerted about the situation so that they can take action as appropriate.”  

California Governor urges residents not to be selfish and stay home

People visit the beach in Huntington Beach, California, on March 21.

California Governor Gavin Newsom is telling young people at beaches that the outbreak is not the time to party – it’s time to stay home.

“Don’t be selfish,” Newsom said, adding that for young people “thinking this is a party, (it’s) time to grow up,”

He encouraged everyone to stay at home to combat the coronavirus outbreak, saying that it was best to assume you are contagious and distance yourself from others. 

Testing issues: The Governor said the big issue around testing is about swabs and gathering evidence. There was a need for targeting testing, he said.

He said he was encouraged by the spirit of collaboration and offers of help from Tim Cook and Elon Musk.

Housing issues: Housing the homeless in hotel rooms and trailers is a priority, he said. His office has identified 1,000 additional nursing facility beds that could be readied for the senior community.

Anyone who arrives in Hawaii will be subject to a 14-day quarantine

Anyone arriving in the state of Hawaii – including returning residents – will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

The mandate, which is the first of its kind in the United States, will go into effect Thursday at 12:01 a.m. and remain in place until further notice, the state’s governor David Ige said.

“We want this action to send a message to visitors and residents: we appreciate their love for Hawaii, at this time we believe our community is very, very important and we need to come together as a community to fight this virus,” he said at a press conference.

Ige said that while the economy will suffer from this move, it was necessary. Violators could be subject to a $5,000 fine and a year imprisonment.

Coronavirus is the most severe crisis since World War II, says Italian Prime Minister

A girl watches Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announce the shut down of all non-essential production activities on March 21, in Rome, Italy.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that all “non-essential factories” must close as Italy faces “the most severe crisis since WWII.”

That restriction applies to any factories not involved in producing food or medical equipment.

Speaking via Facebook live Saturday, Conte announced that the more severe measures were necessary due to the increasing number of coronavirus deaths.

Italy has recorded 53,578 cases and 4,825 deaths.

All pharmacies, food stores, financial services and public transportation will continue to remain open in Italy, Conte said.

302 people have died from coronavirus in the United States

A doctor examines Juan Vasquez inside a testing tent at St. Barnabas hospital in New York City on March 20.

There are now at least 23,649 cases of coronavirus in the United States and 302 people have died from the virus, according to a CNN tally.

This includes cases in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases.

Here are the worst affected states:

  • New York – 10,356 cases, 53 deaths
  • Washington – 1,793 cases, 94 deaths
  • New Jersey – 1,327 cases, 16 deaths
  • California – 1,200 cases, 24 deaths

Eritrea has reported its first case of coronavirus

Eritrea’s Ministry of Information has reported the east African country’s first case of coronavirus.

A 39-year-old Eritrean man tested positive for coronavirus, the ministry said.

The man has permanent residence in Norway and flew back to Eritrea Saturday morning local time via airline FlyDubai.

The man was exhibiting symptoms during the screening at Asmara International Airport. He was immediately quarantined and tested. 

US workers may get "unemployment insurance on steroids"

The United State’s emergency stimulus package will help the workers hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

Schumer told CNN’s Wolf Blizter on The Situation Room on Saturday night that a tentpole of the stimulus package was putting “workers first” by giving them “unemployment insurance on steroids.” 

“If you can’t work because your business is closed for all the obvious reasons, you will get your full pay from the federal government and unemployment insurance on steroids will cover all workers,” Schumer said.
“It will cover part-time workers, workers who are independent, it will cover the freelancers, and you will be able to stay on this for four months.”

Under this scheme, Schumer noted that workers would be “furloughed by their employer so that you can go back to work.” 

About 75 million residents of Connecticut, Illinois, New York and California have been ordered to remain at home to slow the spread of coronavirus.

US Department of Justice proposes denying visas to people who test positive for coronavirus

The United States Department of Justice is petitioning Congress to change the law to deny asylum or visas to people who test positive for the coronavirus, according to a document obtained by CNN.

CNN previously reported that the Trump administration was trying to block asylum seekers, citing the virus. The State Department temporarily stopped processing routine visas at all embassies and consulates on Friday.

The Department of Justice has submitted a multitude of legislative proposals to Congress in order to deal with the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the judicial system, according to a document obtained by CNN.

Those include:

  • Requesting the suspension of the statute of limitations while the country is in a state of emergency;
  • Using video teleconferencing for preliminary court hearings;
  • Priority virus testing for federal agents.

DOJ has not responded to CNN’s request for comment.

United Airlines slashed international flights. Now it's bringing some of them back

United Airlines is bringing back some of its international flights just one day after making significant international flight schedule cuts.

On Friday, United said it was slashing its April international schedule by 95%. However, on Saturday evening, the airline said it “knows some people around the globe are displaced and still need to get home” and will be adding some capacity back to its schedules. 

The changes mean the airline will operate at about 90% international capacity, it said. 

US Vice President Mike Pence has tested negative for coronavirus

United States Vice President Mike Pence and his wife have tested negative for coronavirus, his spokeswoman announced Saturday evening.

“Pleased to report that the Covid-19 test results came back negative for both Vice President @Mike_Pence and Second Lady @KarenPence,” his spokesperson tweeted.

Pence announced he and his wife would be tested Saturday afternoon after a staff member at his office tested positive for coronavirus.

Bolivians should be at home "24 hours a day," the country's interim president says

Bolivia has announced a nationwide, 14-day “total quarantine” starting Sunday, according to Bolivian state media agency ABI.

The country’s interim president, Jeanine Áñez, said Bolivians should “be at home 24 hours a day” and that only one person per family can leave at a time to go shopping. Public and private transport will be suspended.

Still operating: Pharmacies, hospitals and health centers will remain open as normal, she said. Permits will be given to employees in sectors that remain open.

Questions over election: On Saturday, the Bolivian electoral tribunal issued a notice on its website saying that the quarantine order impedes the body from carrying out preparatory activities ahead of May 3 elections.

The tribunal said that political groups and authorities should work together to decide on a “new date” that takes into account “scientific evaluations based on serious estimates about the probably evolution of the pandemic.”

An interim government has ruled Bolivia since former President Evo Morales fled the country following allegations of fraud in an October vote that would have given him a fourth term in office. Morales has said he was the victim of a coup.

Apple is donating millions of industrial masks

Apple is donating 2 million masks to health professionals in the US and Europe.  

Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed the news in a tweet.

The company has also temporarily closed all of its stores outside of greater China and committed $15 million to helping with the worldwide recovery from novel coronavirus.

Federal Bureau of Prisons reports first coronavirus case

The exterior of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York.

An inmate at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn has tested posted for the coronavirus, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

This is the first known case of an inmate detained in the federal prison system to contract the virus.

The inmate initially complained about chest pains and was taken to local hospital, where he was tested for coronavirus, according to a news release from the Bureau of Prisons.

Two Bureau of Prison staff members, one at Leavenworth, Kansas, and another in Grand Prairie, Texas, tested positive for the virus and are the only known staff members to be infected at this point.

US Embassy in Peru says it is arranging charter flights

The US Embassy in Lima said Saturday it “is coordinating closely with the Peruvian Government on all options for US citizens to depart the country and are arranging charter aircraft,” an alert from the embassy said Saturday.

“A flight of 264 American citizens departed Lima for Washington, DC on March 20, and the Embassy understands that LATAM flight 2488 departed Lima for Miami today with over 175 U.S. citizens,” the embassy said in an alert. “Please stay attuned to U.S. Embassy messaging as we continue to arrange for more flights over the coming days. These flights will be subject to reimbursement.”

Kuwait to impose 11-hour curfew following 'non-compliance' with health instructions

Kuwaiti Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Anas Al-Saleh announced an 11-hour curfew from 5 p.m. Sunday to 4 a.m. Monday (local time), according to the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

Al-Saleh said the government was “forced” to impose the partial curfew due to “non-compliance with the Ministry of Health’s instructions to stay indoors.”

There are more than 23,000 coronavirus cases in the US and 295 deaths

Health care workers put on personal protective equipment at a drive-through testing site in Arlington, Virginia, on March 20, 2020.

There are at least 23,572 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to CNN Health’s tally of cases that are detected and tested in the United States through US public health systems.

At least 295 people have died. The total includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, plus all repatriated cases.

Former Italian soccer star Paolo Maldini and his son test positive for coronavirus, AC Milan says

Italian soccer club AC Milan announced on its website Saturday that former player Paolo Maldini and his son, Daniel, have tested positive for coronavirus.

Maldini, 51, a former Italian national team star, is considered one of the greatest defenders to come out of Italy. He is currently the technical director with AC Milan.

Read AC Milan’s full statement below:

AC Milan confirms that Paolo Maldini, the club’s Technical Director, became aware of contact with a person who subsequently tested positive for Coronavirus and began to display symptoms of the virus himself. He was administered with a swab test yesterday, the result of which was positive. His son Daniel, a forward in AC Milan’s youth team who had previously been training with the First Team, also tested positive.
Paolo and Daniel are both well and have already completed two weeks at home without contact with others. They will now remain in quarantine until clinically recovered, as per the medical protocols outlined by the health authorities.

Spanish PM calls for unity as he predicts 'hard days ahead'

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez asked Spaniards on Saturday to remain strong, as new cases and the number of deaths due to novel coronavirus are expected to increase in the coming days and weeks.

Speaking from the Presidential Palace La Moncloa in Madrid, Sanchez said the worst is to yet come.

To strengthen Spain’s response to the crisis, Sanchez announced national production of masks, ventilators and tests will begin. Meanwhile, the government has bought 640,000 reliable ratified fast tests, and within the next few hours, Sanchez said 1.3 million masks will be handed to health personnel and patients.

Earlier on Saturday, the Spanish government said approximately 15,000 tests were being administered daily, and that the government is working to acquire four robots to increase testing capacity to almost 80,000 tests a day.

The statement said that it’s important to note that the number of tests do not equal the number of patients; sometimes a single patient may require multiple testing for a proper diagnosis.

Bolivia announces 14-day 'total quarantine'

A view of an empty street in La Paz, Bolivia, on March 18.

Jeanine Áñez, Bolivia’s interim president, announced a nationwide, 14-day “total quarantine” starting Sunday to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to Bolivian state media agency ABI.

Áñez said that Bolivians should “be at home 24 hours a day” and that only one person per family can leave at a time to go shopping. 

Pharmacies, hospitals and health centers will remain open as normal, she said, adding that public and private transport will be suspended and that permits will be given to employees in sectors that remain open.

More than 22,000 coronavirus cases in the US

There are 22,782 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to CNN Health’s tally of cases that are detected and tested in the United States through US public health systems.

At least 281 people have died. The total includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as all repatriated cases.

Despite federal guidelines, President Donald Trump suggests 'sanitizing' and reusing medical masks

Despite federal guidelines, President Trump Saturday suggested health care workers sanitize and reuse masks when treating coronavirus patients, rather than “throwing away” masks that are in short supply.

Suggesting that health care workers instead clean and reuse the masks, the President said:

It is unclear which type of mask the President was describing, but FDA guidelines for the common N95 respirator masks state they “should not be shared or reused.”

Neither the FDA nor CDC guidelines suggest the possibility of sanitizing masks for safe reuse.

St. Louis to begin 30-day mandatory 'stay at home' order Monday, mayor says

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson has issued a mandatory “stay at home order” for city residents beginning 6 p.m. Monday “to prevent further spread” of coronavirus.

The new restrictions will last for 30 days, Krewson said at a press conference Saturday. Thirty days was chosen because it spans the approximate length of two Covid-19 incubation cy