Coronavirus Update: 75 Million Told to Stay Home, Trump Hotels Shut Down, Air Traffic Interrupted

By Anna Breuer on 21 March 2020
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IN BRIEF

At least 75 million people – over 20% of the U.S. population – are being asked to stay home as much as possible, healthcare officials in over a dozen states are warning of dwindling medical supplies and protective gear, and a member of Vice President Mike Pence’s staff tested positive for the virus.

Meanwhile, President Trump’s beloved Mar-a-Lago golf resort is being shut down amidst the coronavirus outbreak, as are numerous other Trump hotels and golf courses.

TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES

The number of coronavirus cases across the globe is now 301,644, of which 94,625 have recovered.  The death toll now stands at 12,955.

China, which had reported zero new cases for several days, reported 41 new cases and seven deaths.  Out of a total of 81,008 cases, only 6,013 are active.

The number of known Covid-19 cases in the United States is now 22,813, up by 3,430 as testing in the country expands.

As Friday drew to a close, officials In New York City reported 5,683 confirmed novel coronavirus cases and 43 deaths.

CORONAVIRUS NEWS

03-21 Air traffic in the United States was briefly disrupted due to an air-traffic control staffing issue after a trainee on Long Island tested positive for the virus.

03-21 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the green light to a coronavirus testing kit that provides results in 45 minutes. The test kit is manufactured by the diagnostic company Cepheid.

03-21 Hong Kong is grappling with a second wave of Covid-19 infections. To contain the spread, Carrie Lam, the semiautonomous region’s chief executive, told government workers to telecommute and postponed college entrance exams.

03-21 National Olympic officials, along with athletes and fans, are increasingly calling for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to be postponed.

03-20 Across the country, thousands of members of the National Guard members have been activated by governors over two dozen states.

03-20 Officials in Puerto Rico plan to have the National Guard screen arriving passengers to the island at airports including Ceiba, Aguadilla, Ponce, and Luis Muñoz Marín in Carolina.  Those with a fever of 103° F (39.4° C) will be referred for quarantine. People arriving at the Maritime Transport Authority’s boat terminal as well as at the port of San Juan, where arriving travelers will be screened as well.

03-20 Combat medics from the Florida National Guard are swabbing people’s noses to test for the coronavirus at a testing center at a park in Pembroke Pines near Miami, and in Wisconsin, they are escorted 29 cruise ship passengers who were on the Grand Princess, the vessel that docked at the Port of Oakland in California last week, back home for quarantine.

03-20 Lime Rock Park, a natural-terrain motorsport road racing venue located in Lakeville, Connecticut, said it would remain closed to the public through April 30, 2020, after Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont asked all non-essential businesses to remain closed to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.

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