March 27 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, James Griffiths, Steve George, Amy Woodyatt, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 8:04 a.m. ET, March 28, 2020
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8:30 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Biden says he would recommend lockdown in every state

From CNN's Dan Merica

Joe Biden said Friday that he, as president, would recommend every governor lock down their states for several weeks to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“For the time being, I would, yes,” Biden told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “Here is the point… you don’t know who doesn’t have it. You don’t know who doesn’t have the virus. So a lot of people walking around looking like they're pretty healthy and they may very well have the virus and transmit it.”

The question stemmed from billionaire investor Bill Gates telling CNN on Thursday that the United States should shut down the entire country for a short period of time to control the spread of the coronavirus. Gates suggested closing for six to 10 weeks.

Biden added that “two weeks in what is going to be a long fight to deal with this is a small price to pay,” adding that is especially the case because the country can “compensate people for the lost time” with legislation like the sweeping bill that President Donald Trump signed on Friday.

Biden did not explicitly endorse the length of Gates' suggestion.

Biden’s comments stand in opposition to Trump, who has not called for a nationwide lockdown and has said he hopes the nation will re-open by mid-April.


9:06 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Joe Biden describes a typical day as he works from home

From CNN's Maeve Reston

Joe Biden said he’s trying to get through his days just like anyone else with a stay-at-home order at his home in Wilmington, Delaware.

The former vice president said his morning starts with a conference call with his campaign’s medical team where they give him a briefing on the latest Covid-19 numbers that spans 20 minutes to an hour.

That briefing covers “how much has been done…equipment we can get to people.” The medical briefing is followed by another meeting with his economic team, including economists who worked with him in the White House, about the recent legislation passed and “what the Trump administration has done, has not done.”

Biden said he speaks to all five of his grandkids either by phone or text. The two children who live a mile from his home walk through the woods to Biden’s house.

“We sit on our back porch and they sit out on the lawn with two chairs,” Biden said. "They talk through everything that’s happened during their day now that they are home from school, 'who’s driving who crazy.'"

Sometimes, Biden said, he and his wife Jill walk the track at a nearby school with their dog.

“I am doing things like we are doing with you now. I’m trying to keep abreast, and trying to keep on top of our President, and trying to do things that could’ve been done, or doing faster,” he said.


8:27 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Biden says he’s spoken with governors of Washington, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Louisiana

From CNN's Eric Bradner


Joe Biden said he’s spoken with several governors in recent days “to see what’s happening on the ground for them” as their states react to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Biden named four Democratic governors with whom he has spoken: Washington’s Jay Inslee, a one-time 2020 presidential rival; Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer, who is one of four co-chairs of Biden’s campaign; Pennsylvania’s Tom Wolf; and Louisiana’s John Bel Edwards — who Biden said he’d missed a call from earlier Friday afternoon. 

The former vice president also said he has spoken with Republican governors. 

Trump earlier Friday had singled out Inslee and Whitmer for criticism, saying they had not been appreciative enough of federal efforts as their states have become epicenters of the growing crisis. “I want them to be appreciative,” Trump said. 

He said he instructed Vice President Mike Pence not to speak with Inslee and Whitmer — but Pence has done so anyway. 

“I say ‘Mike, don’t call the governor of Washington, you’re wasting your time with him. Don’t call the woman in Michigan,’” Trump said. 


8:11 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Biden town hall is being conducted remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic


CNN town hall has taken unique steps to broadcast tonight due the coronavirus pandemic.

Host Anderson Cooper's camera is being robotically controlled in order to abide by social distancing guidelines while former Vice President Joe Biden is filmed from his home in Wilmington, Delaware.

8:01 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

NOW: Joe Biden discusses coronavirus outbreak at CNN town hall

From CNN's Kate Sullivan

Former Vice President Joe Biden is participating in a live CNN town hall tonight focused on the coronavirus outbreak

"The Coronavirus Pandemic A CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall with Joe Biden" will feature questions submitted by individuals living in some of the communities hit hardest by the coronavirus. CNN's Anderson Cooper will moderate the hourlong discussion on the impact to Americans' health, the repercussions for the nation's economy and the human toll to US society.

Biden will join the town hall via satellite from his home studio in Delaware.

The Democratic presidential candidate has been critical of President Donald Trump's response to the pandemic, and this week he told CNN's Jake Tapper that he thinks Trump should allow the experts and scientists to do the talking.

7:44 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

A 102-year-old Italian woman recovers from coronavirus

From CNN's Livia Borghese in Rome

Italica Grondona
Italica Grondona

A 102-year-old woman has recovered from coronavirus in the northern Italian city of Genoa after spending more than 20 days in hospital, doctors who treated her and her nephew told CNN.

"We nicknamed her 'Highlander' – the immortal," said doctor Vera Sicbaldi who treated Italica Grondona in the San Martino hospital in Genoa.

"Italica represents a hope for all the elderly facing this pandemic" Sicbaldi added. The average age of those who have tested positive for coronavirus and subsequently died in Italy is 78, according to the country's National Health Institute. 

Grondona was hospitalized at the beginning of March for "mild heart failure," Sicbaldi told CNN.

"She only had some mild coronavirus symptoms, so we tested her and she was positive, but we did very little, she recovered on her own," Sicbaldi added.

Doctors say her case impressed them so much that they decided to study it deeper.

"We got serological samples, she is the first patient we know that might have gone through the ‘Spanish flu’ since she was born in 1917," Sicbaldi explained, referring to the 1918/1919 flu pandemic that killed at least 50 million people, worldwide according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Grondona left the hospital on March 26 and will now spend time recovering in a care home. "I don’t know what her secret is, but I know she is a free and independent woman," her nephew Renato Villa Grondona told CNN.

Her only son died in the US a few decades ago. Grondona's nephew said she suffered from death. "But she loves life, dancing and music, she loves Freddy Mercury and Valentino Rossi," Villa Grondona said, referring to the multiple MotoGP World champion.

"The virus surrendered in front of her," he said.
7:42 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

WNBA player tests positive for coronavirus after returning from playing overseas

From CNN's Jill Martin

Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

WNBA player Sydney Wiese, a guard with the Los Angeles Sparks, tested positive for coronavirus after playing overseas in Spain, according to a statement from the Sparks.

Wiese has been in isolation in Phoenix, according to the statement.

"The Sparks are in direct communication with Sydney and wish her a speedy recovery," the statement said.
7:43 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Massachusetts public health commissioner tests positive for coronavirus

From CNN Health’s Jamie Gumbrecht

In a statement on Friday, the commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Dr. Monica Bharel, said she has tested positive for Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.   

“I want to notify the public that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” Bharel’s statement said. “I was tested Thursday night and received the results back today from the State Public Health Laboratory. As the public health commissioner and an essential state employee, I have been vigilant about practicing social distancing from my colleagues and members of the public. My symptoms so far have been mild. I have notified my appropriate close contacts and will rest and recuperate at home, while continuing to carry out my work responsibilities remotely. The Department of Public Health offices will be thoroughly cleaned over the weekend."

Bharel added: “I hope everyone will continue to take seriously the threat of COVID-19.”

7:41 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Pence says 685,000 tests have been completed but its not reflected on CDC website

From CNN's Jason Hoffman, Arman Azad and the Health Unit 

Alex Brandon/AP
Alex Brandon/AP

Vice President Mike Pence said more than 685,000 coronavirus tests have been completed in the United States as of Friday morning.

Pence said that hospitals across the country are now reporting their testing numbers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Federal Emergency Management Agency in real time, something that was not the case when testing first began. 

However, those numbers are not being reflected on the CDC’s US testing page, which paints a far different picture. 

The CDC's number are lower because they’re not reporting out data from private or commercial labs.