March 30 coronavirus news

By Amy Woodyatt, Julia Hollingsworth, Ben Westcott, Adam Renton, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 11:41 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020
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1:53 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

New York governor to out-of-state health care workers: "Come help us, please"

Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged health care workers from other states to join the fight against coronavirus in New York state.

"As governor of New York, I am asking health care professionals across the country: If you don't have a health care crisis in your community, please come help us in New York now," he said.

Cuomo said the state's health care workers need help and relief now — and he promised they'd "return the favor" if coronavirus outbreaks hit other states next.

"If you are not busy, come help us, please. We'll return the favor," he said. "The New York way is to be helpful."

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1:33 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Germany is treating roughly 7,000 coronavirus cases in hospitals

From Nadine Schmidt in Berlin

Germany is currently treating about 7,000 Covid-19 patients in hospitals, a spokesperson for the German Hospital Federation told CNN Monday.

Of these patients, 1,500 are in intensive care units and roughly 1,100 patients in the ICU units require ventilation. 

The hospital federation also confirmed to CNN that the available number of ventilation places in intensive care have now increased from 20,000 to 30,000, adding that ''in the medium-term we expect to double the original 20,000 ventilation places."

Earlier Monday, Germany's Robert Koch Institute — the country's agency for disease and control — said that coronavirus cases rose by 9% in the last 24 hours.

Germany now has 57,298 confirmed cases, an increase of 786 cases from Sunday to Monday. At least 455 people have died.

1:34 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Rate of coronavirus hospitalizations in New York is slowing, governor says

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the rate of hospitalizations for coronavirus cases in the state has slowed, citing the rate of "doubling" of people admitted to the hospital for Covid-19.

Cuomo said the rate of new hospitalizations is now doubling every six days, as compared to every two and three days like last week.

"So, while the overall number is going up, the rate of doubling is actually down," Cuomo said.
1:26 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

US Marine Corps temporarily suspends new recruit training 

From CNN's Ryan Browne

The US Marine Corps said Monday that due to coronavirus concerns, it is "temporarily suspending the shipping of new recruits" to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina," where some 50% of enlisted Marines receive their basic training.

There has been a significant amount of Covid-19 cases at Paris Island, according to a Marine Corps official.

"Amid the national emergency caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and out of an abundance of caution, the Marine Corps is taking steps to protect its recruits, recruit training personnel, their families and the communities where they live and serve by temporarily suspending the shipping of new recruits to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina," the Marines said in a statement.

"Recruit training for individuals already at the Depot will continue as planned, with continued emphasis on personal and environmental cleanliness and social distancing," the statement added.

Enlisted entry level training also takes place at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. No announcement about training there has been made at this time. 

With suspension of training at Paris Island, this includes basic training for all female enlisted Marines.

“The preservation of our Marines, recruits and their families is the highest priority for Marine Corps Recruiting during this national emergency,” said Gen. David H. Berger, Commandant of the Marine Corps said in the statement Monday.

“With that in mind, we’ve paused this week’s shipping of new recruits to Parris Island and will revise our overall shipping plan to ensure we are able to meet the Nation’s needs while protecting its next generation of Marines,” he added.

1:25 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Governor: "What is happening to New York is not an anomaly"

So far, 66,497 people have tested positive for coronavirus across New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference.

He stressed that New York — the state with the most coronavirus cases in the US — is a "canary in the coal mine" for the rest of the country.

"There is no American that is immune. What is happening to New York is not an anomaly," Cuomo said.

Cuomo added that 9,517 patients are currently hospitalized.

1:20 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Louisiana sees spike of 485 cases and 34 deaths 

From CNN's Kay Jones and Ed Lavandera 

A view of an empty street in the French Quarter amid the coronavirus pandemic on March 27, in New Orleans
A view of an empty street in the French Quarter amid the coronavirus pandemic on March 27, in New Orleans Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The Covid-19 case total continues to rise in Louisiana as the state health department reports 485 new cases with 34 new deaths today, bringing the total cases in the state to 4,025 with 185 total deaths reported.

There are 1,158 patients hospitalized and 385 of those are on ventilators, the department said.

1:09 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

There are more than 140,000 coronavirus cases in the US, CDC says

From CNN's Amanda Watts

Health care workers check in people at a coronavirus testing site setup by the the Florida National Guard in the parking lot of the Hard Rock stadium on March 30, in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Health care workers check in people at a coronavirus testing site setup by the the Florida National Guard in the parking lot of the Hard Rock stadium on March 30, in Miami Gardens, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images


The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says there are now 140,904 confirmed and presumptive positive cases of novel coronavirus in the United States. 

The CDC says 2,405 people have died. 

Remember: CNN’s tally relies on state totals and won’t always match the CDC’s count; CNN has counted more than 143,856 cases and 2,490 deaths.

The CDC says there are cases in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the US Virgin Islands. Of the cases the CDC is reporting, 886 are travel-related, 2,351 are from close contact and a majority, 137,667 are still under investigation, the CDC website says.

The CDC is updating its coronavirus case numbers daily. Their numbers close out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting. The most up-to-date case counts will come from states, CDC officials have said. 

12:58 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Hundreds of thousands of British people are struggling to get home, UK official says

From CNN’s Lauren Kent and Sarah Dean in London

Hundreds of thousands of Britons are still struggling to return to the UK from overseas, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said at a news conference.

“Many travelers haven’t yet managed to get back home, from young backpackers to retired couples on cruises and we appreciate the difficult predicament they find themselves in,” Raab said.

 “I want to assure them that this government, their government, is working around the clock to support, advise, and help British travelers to get home.”

Raab said the first priority is to keep as many commercial flights running as possible. He urged airlines to offer alternative flights at little to no cost and told travelers “please book your tickets as soon as possible” if commercial airlines are still running. 

Raab said he had spoken to foreign ministers in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, India and Pakistan to urge them to keep commercial routes flying.

“We’ve got a lot more to do,” he admitted. To give a sense of the scale of the task, Raab said 150,000 UK nationals have already returned from Spain, 8,500 travelers from Morocco and round 5,000 from Cyprus.

Where commercial routes do not exist, the government will provide up to 75 million pounds (approximately $92 million) financial support to enable charter flights to fly to priority countries to bring back UK residents, Raab announced.

12:49 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

WHO stands by recommendation to not wear masks if you are not sick

From CNN's Jacqueline Howard

Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO executive director of health emergencies program
Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO executive director of health emergencies program World Health Organization

World Health Organization officials on Monday said they still recommend not to wear face masks unless you are sick with Covid-19 or caring for someone who is sick.

"There is no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any potential benefit. In fact, there's some evidence to suggest the opposite in the misuse of wearing a mask properly or fitting it properly," Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO executive director of health emergencies program, said during a media briefing in Geneva on Monday.

"There also is the issue that we have a massive global shortage," Ryan said about masks and other medical supplies. "Right now the people most at risk from this virus are frontline health workers who are exposed to the virus every second of every day. The thought of them not having masks is horrific."

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO infectious disease epidemiologist, also said during Monday's briefing that it is important "we prioritize the use of masks for those who need it most," which would be frontline healthcare workers. 

"In the community, we do not recommend the use of wearing masks unless you yourself are sick and as a measure to prevent onward spread from you if you are ill," Van Kerkhove said. "The masks that we recommend are for people who are at home and who are sick and for those individuals who are caring for those people who are home that are sick."