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March 7 coronavirus news

By Ben Westcott, Adam Renton, Rob Picheta, Fernando Alfonso III and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 9:00 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020
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5:57 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

New California coronavirus case may be linked to AIPAC Policy Conference, officials say

From CNN’s Shawn Nottingham 

A new case of coronavirus has been identified in Los Angeles County, according to a press release from the county's Department of Public Health.

The person who tested positive recently attended the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington D.C., where they may have been exposed.

Earlier this week, AIPAC organizers said two conference attendees from New York tested positive for coronavirus.

There are now 14 coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County, the release said.

5:39 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

CDC provides additional medical staff to Life Care Center in Washington

From CNN’s Melissa Alonso

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided "extra nurses, practitioners and doctors" to the Life Care Center, according to Tim Killian, the center's spokesperson in Kirkland, Washington.

"The amount of work and stress that these staff and employees and caregivers here are under is tremendous," Killian said. "They truly are heroes."  

5:38 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

Quarantined Egyptian cruise ship has 45 coronavirus cases

From CNN’s Jennifer Hauser 

A quarantined cruise ship in Egypt carrying 171 people now has 45 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to state-run Al-Ahram news agency. 

The Luxor Nile traveled from Aswan to Luxor, where it is now docked.

Of the 45 people infected, 19 were from other countries besides Egypt, said Egypt's health minister Hala Zayed.

"They [all the recently-announced cases] are now on their way to be isolated in a hospital in Marsa Matrouh," Zayed said.

The new cases aboard the cruise bring the total number of cases in Egypt to 48, according to Al Ahram.

5:15 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

Three South American countries announce new round of coronavirus cases

From CNN's Jennifer Hauser, Taylor Barnes, Ana Victoria Cucalón and Gerardo Lemos 

Brazil, Chile and Paraguay all announced new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday.


Paraguay's health ministry announced the country’s first case of the novel coronavirus. The health ministry wrote on its official Twitter account that the case is a young Paraguayan national who came from Ecuador and who is now in good health and in home quarantine.


Four more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Brazil, according to the country's health ministry, bringing the national total to 17.

The new cases include three people in Sao Paulo and one in Rio de Janeiro. The health ministry said all of the new cases were imported.


A 20-year-old who recently traveled in Europe, including in Spain, tested positive for coronavirus in Chile, according to the country’s health ministry.

The case is the seventh in Chile, the ministry said.

5:07 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

70 Life Care Center employees show symptoms of coronavirus, spokesperson says

From CNN's Melissa Alonso

Seventy employees at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, are showing symptoms of novel coronavirus, according to Tim Killian, spokesperson for the facility.

There were 180 staff members employed at Life Care Center as of February 19.

Employees showing symptoms have been asked not to return to work, Killian said at a briefing on Saturday. 

There were 120 residents at the facility on February 19, 54 residents have since been transferred to various hospitals, Killian said. 

All current residents are confined to their rooms, Killian added.

On Thursday, the facility received 45 coronavirus tests, the results of which are still pending, according to Killian.

4:57 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

Critically ill passenger taken off Grand Princess cruise ship by Coast Guard

From CNN's Hollie Silverman, Cheri Mossburg and Sarah Moon

A critically ill passenger and her husband were "medically disembarked" from the Grand Princess cruise ship by the US Coast Guard Saturday morning, according to a press release from Princess Cruises.

The passenger, a woman in her 70s, was taken to a shoreside hospital for treatment unrelated to coronavirus, according to a US Coast Guard press release. The woman and her husband were taken by helicopter.

Personal protective gear -- including gloves and face masks -- was delivered to the ship by the US Coast Guard on Friday night to supplement the current supply, the release said.

The ship remains 50 miles off the coast of San Francisco as cruise operators await the guidance of health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and California Department of Public Health.

4:32 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

Portugal reports total of 21 confirmed coronavirus cases

From CNN's Vasco Cotovio in London

Portugal's national health directorate is reporting 21 total confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country.

Four patients came from Italy, one from Spain and the others were local transmissions.

4:10 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

Greece reports 21 new cases of coronavirus

From CNN's Chris Liakos in Athens

Greece's health ministry announced 21 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country, bringing the total to 66. 

Forty-seven of the 66 cases were all part of a tour group to Israel and Egypt. One patient is in serious condition and all the rest are in stable condition.

8:59 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

Pence: It's "essential that we find ways to mitigate that risk to prevent the spread of coronavirus"

From CNN's Jamie Crawford

Vice President Mike Pence spoke of the cruise ship off the coast of San Francisco in a meeting with members of the cruise line industry in Florida today amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

Pence said state and federal officials have “developed a plan which is being implemented this weekend to bring the ship into a non-commercial port. All passengers and crew will be tested for the coronavirus and quarantined as appropriate. Those that require additional medical attention will also receive it."

Pence also said “while the risk to the average American of contracting the coronavirus remains low, it is essential that we find ways to mitigate that risk to prevent the spread of coronavirus and I’m here today on behalf of President Trump to learn ways that this industry, the cruise line industry, can work with our health officials at the federal level, here at the state level with port authorities to give the passengers, communities and the country safe and healthy.”

Adam Goldstein, global chairman of the Cruise Lines International Association, told Pence it was the “commitment” of the cruise line industry to “work closely with government and to go above and beyond anything we are currently doing to screen even more stringently to prevent those who should not be allowed to board, to monitor and test and care for those who are on board and to transition and help pay for any sick guests or crew to move to locations staffed and equipped COVID-19 cases."

“We will work aggressively with government to further develop and strengthen all necessary protocols for prevention, for detection and for care,” Goldstein said.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, as well as officials from Carnival Cruise, MSC and Royal Caribbean were also part of the meeting with Pence.