Medical staff checking on a Covid-19 coronavirus patient at the Red Cross hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province.

March 8 coronavirus news

By Helen Regan, Jenni Marsh, Rob Picheta and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 11:07 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020
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1:41 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020

The US Army suspends travel for soldiers and families to and from South Korea and Italy

From CNN's Barbara Starr

The US Army is suspending travel for US soldiers and their families to and from South Korea and Italy.

This new order will have the greatest impact on soldiers and families who have been ordered to move to their next duty station.

1:36 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020

German citizen dies from coronavirus in Egypt

From Magdy Samaan in Cairo and Raja Razek in Atlanta

Egypt's Ministry of Health announced the death of a German citizen from the coronavirus on Sunday. This marks the first death from the coronavirus in Egypt.

Khaled Mujahid, the Minister of Health spokesperson, said in a statement on Sunday that the German citizen was 60-years-old and that he traveled from Luxor to the beachside, resort town of Hurghada, Egypt.

Once he arrived in Hurghada, he showed symptoms of a high temperature and went to the hospital to receive medical care on the evening of his arrival, March 6. He tested positive for the coronavirus and was placed later in the ICU due to respiratory failure and died Sunday.

Mujahid added that the German citizen was in Egypt for seven days.


1:36 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020

Reverend of US church tested positive for coronavirus

From CNN's Raymond Arke

Rev. Timothy A. R. Cole, the rector of Christ Church Georgetown in Washington, D.C., tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Rev. Crystal Hardin, assistant to the rector.

The DC Department of Health recommended a temporary pause of services at the church so the church canceled services for Sunday, the first cancellation of Sunday services in a 150 years, Hardin said.

In an email obtained by CNN’s Dana Bash to the church’s parishioners, Cole said, “There is no need to panic” and confirmed he is the DC resident who tested positive for the virus.

“I want to assure you that I will be okay. I am receiving excellent care and am in good spirts under the circumstances. I will remain quarantined for the next 14 days as will the rest of my family,” Cole said in the email.
1:24 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020

Crew members on Florida cruise ship tested for coronavirus

From CNN’s Rosa Flores

The Regal Princess is currently being held off the Florida coast as crew members, who previously served aboard the Grand Princess, are tested for novel coronavirus, according to Broward County. The crew members are being tested at the request of the Centers for Disease Control.

The US Coast Guard (USCG) told CNN they were notified of a no sail order for the Regal Princess by the Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A USCG crew delivered coronavirus test kits to the ship this morning.

The Regal Princess’ captain told passengers aboard the ship that they would await results of the test before docking.

Some context: The Grand Princess has been held off the California coast after 21 people on board tested positive for coronavirus. That ship is scheduled to dock in Oakland on Monday.

The cruise line has not returned CNN’s calls for comment.

1:08 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020

Iraq confirms a new case of coronavirus

From CNN’s Aqeel Najim in Baghdad and Raja Razek in Atlanta

Iraq’s Health Ministry announced one new coronavirus case today. This brings the country’s total number of confirmed cases to 55. 

The Health Ministry said that two more people died of the coronavirus in Iraq, bringing the total death toll to six.

12:48 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020

First coronavirus case in Memphis-area announced

From CNN's Melissa Alonso 

The first case of the novel coronavirus in the Memphis area was announced today by Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris. This is the second case confirmed in Tennessee.

Shelby County Health Department officials said the individual "traveled out of state recently," but would not provide additional details.

The individual tested positive for coronavirus yesterday and the specimen will now be tested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to state health officials. This presumptive positive case comes a few days after the first case of coronavirus was identified in Williamson County. 

"We're taking this situation very seriously," Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said.

Strickland has been communicating with the governor and state health officials regarding this case. All city facilities will be sanitized daily, Strickland said. The risk to the community is low, county officials said. 

12:22 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020

United Kingdom records 67 new coronavirus cases

The United Kingdom has recorded 67 new coronavirus cases, bringing its total to 273.

The figures were released by the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care and are current as of 9 a.m. local time (5 a.m. ET) Sunday.

Two people in the UK have died from the virus.

12:11 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020

Finland cancels joint military exercise with Norway due to coronavirus

Finland’s army says it will no longer participate in a joint military exercise being led by the Norwegian armed forces because of coronavirus concerns.

About 400 Finish personnel were due to travel to Norway for Cold Response 2020 training.

11:51 a.m. ET, March 8, 2020

There are now 470 coronavirus cases in the US

From CNN's Shawn Nottingham

There are 470 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to the state and local health agencies, governments and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

According to the CDC there are 49 cases from repatriated citizens from Wuhan (3) and the Diamond Princess (46). Twenty-one cases are from the Grand Princess.

According to CNN Health’s tally of US cases that are detected and tested in the United States through US public health systems, there are 400 in 32 states and the District of Columbia, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases to 470.

This figure includes presumptive positive cases that tested positive in a public health lab and are pending confirmation from the CDC, and confirmed cases have received positive results from the CDC.