March 10 coronavirus news

By Meg Wagner, Joshua Berlinger, Jessie Yeung, Adam Renton and Sheena McKenzie, CNN

Updated 0215 GMT (1015 HKT) March 11, 2020
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12:35 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

White House says Trump has not been tested for coronavirus

From CNN's Maegan Vazquez and Betsy Klein in Washington

Donald Trump shakes hands with Georgia Rep. Doug Collins as he arrives at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia on March 6.
Donald Trump shakes hands with Georgia Rep. Doug Collins as he arrives at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia on March 6. Alex Brandon/AP

President Donald Trump has not been tested for coronavirus despite being in close contact with multiple lawmakers who are now self-quarantining due to their proximity to someone with the virus, the White House said late Monday.

Two Republican members of Congress, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins and Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, recently announced they would self-quarantine after being informed that they were in close proximity to someone at a major conservative conference last month, who has since been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Collins shook hands with Trump during a visit to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday. And Gaetz rode in the presidential limousine before riding on Air Force One with the President on Monday.

Trump's incoming White House chief of staff, North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, is also self-quarantining after attending CPAC.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said that Trump has not been tested "because he has neither had prolonged close contact with any known confirmed Covid-19 patients, nor does he have any symptoms."

"President Trump remains in excellent health, and his physician will continue to closely monitor him," she said. "Per current CDC guidelines, medical professionals should base testing decisions on patient symptoms and exposure history."

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12:24 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

India's Holi celebrations go on, despite coronavirus fears

From CNN's Hena Sharma

People attend a Holi celebration in Allahabad, India on March 6.
People attend a Holi celebration in Allahabad, India on March 6. Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images

Explosions of pink and purple powder. Rainbow dust tumbling through the air. Faces, hair, hands and clothes rendered in a kaleidoscope of colors.

Not even fears about the coronavirus could stop many people from taking to the streets in India to celebrate Holi, the spring festival that is one of the world's most photogenic religious events, although some donned face masks.

Those who chose to celebrate the festival did so despite warnings from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders. Modi said last week that he would not attend Holi celebrations because of advice from experts to avoid mass gatherings. Holi festivities at the presidential palace were also canceled.

Usually a huge draw for tourists, Holi is traditionally celebrated across India, South Asia and among the Indian diaspora as the spring equinox approaches in the northern hemisphere. This year, it's celebrated on March 9 and 10.

With participants ranging from the old to the young, irrespective of class, the Hindu festival generally is viewed as a bringing together of the community, with swathes of people collectively taking to the streets of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and other regions of India to celebrate.

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12:14 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

3 new cases identified in the US capital

From CNN's Joe Sutton in Atalanta

Authorities in the District of Columbia have announced three new presumptive positive coronavirus cases.

The US capital has now confirmed four patients, but there are concerns the number could rise because the first patient was a church rector who gave Communion and shook hands with worshippers. Hundreds of people who were at the service, at Christ Church in the neighborhood of Georgetown, have been asked to self-quarantine.

The church's organist also tested positive for the virus Monday evening, according to church parishioner Rob Volmer.

The Rev. Timothy Cole is hospitalized, Mayor Muriel Bowser said at a news conference Monday, referring to the man as "patient one."

The three new patients identified were all men, ages 39, 77 and 79. The 39-year-old had attended Christ Church.

Contact tracing is underway for all of them.

The United States now has 728 novel coronavirus cases in 36 states and the District of Columbia. Twenty-six people have died.

12:15 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Universities across the US are closing and conducting online classes

From CNN’s Chris Boyette, Sarah Moon, Kristina Sgueglia, Janine Mack and Laura Ly

People walk around the Columbia University campus in New York on March 9.
People walk around the Columbia University campus in New York on March 9.

As the coronavirus continues to spread across the US, schools and universities are starting to end semesters early or conduct classes online instead of in person.

Multiple schools are doing so in Washington state, which has been hardest hit in the nation.

In New York, Columbia University, New York University, Fordham University, and Barnard College have all announced they will start conducting online classes.

Amherst College has decided to end the semester entirely -- classes are canceled this Thursday and Friday, and the university has decreed no students are allowed on campus after March 16. Remote learning will continue after spring break, beginning March 23.

West Coast schools are also taking action -- Stanford, the University of Southern California, and UC San Diego have announced remote learning measures.

Brown University, in Rhode Island, hasn't cancelled classes -- but is taking other measures like canceling all events that have 100 or more attendees.

12:03 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

If you're just joining us, here's the latest on the coronavirus pandemic

A staff member walks through an empty makeshift hospital in Wuhan after the last group of cured coronavirus patients were discharged on Sunday.
A staff member walks through an empty makeshift hospital in Wuhan after the last group of cured coronavirus patients were discharged on Sunday. Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua/AP

The coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, sparking alarm and drastic emergency measures, even as the situation stabilizes in China.

Here are the latest developments:

China is stabilizing: The country only reported 19 new cases today, a drastic drop from the peak just a month or two ago, when it was still reporting thousands of new cases per day. Yesterday was also the third straight day in which there were zero locally transmitted cases outside of Hubei.

Xi is in Wuhan: Perhaps the strongest indicator that things are calming in China is Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, today. Xi will visit medical workers, army troops and police officers, volunteers and patients, and more, state media reported -- a symbolic show of confidence in China's containment of the virus.

South Korea slowdown: The number of new cases per day is also dropping in South Korea. It's only been a few days of improvement so it may be too early for celebration -- but the country's health minister told CNN he was "cautiously expecting we have passed the peak" of the outbreak.

Italy is locked down: In a complete contrast, Europe is now facing a worsening outbreak. All of Italy and its 60 million residents are under total lockdown -- this means restricted movement, school closures, a ban on all public events, and suspended religious services including weddings and funerals.

The drastic measures were taken in response to a healthcare system overwhelmed by the flood of patients -- but some Italian officials worry it still isn't enough.

US cases are rising: The US now has at least 728 cases and 26 deaths, sparking alarm from local and health officials. Many states are declaring states of emergency, and even congressmen are self-quarantining after coming in contact with an infected patient.

Schools nationwide are beginning to close and conduct online classes instead, and large employers like Amazon are asking workers in virus-hit areas to work from home.

All this comes as friction grows between local authorities and the Trump administration, with increasing dissonance between states' calls for action and federal reassurances.

11:57 p.m. ET, March 9, 2020

What will Xi be doing in Wuhan?

From CNN’s Steven Jiang in Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to visit healthcare workers, PLA troops, police officers, frontline officials, volunteers, patients and residents during his visit to Wuhan today, which was just announced.

This is Xi's first visit to the city since the coronavirus pandemic began. It will likely provide important propaganda value for the ruling Communist Party, a symbol that the outbreak in the epicenter is nearing its end and a huge vote of confidence for local officials. It's unlikely that Xi would have visited the area while it was still relatively dangerous.

The number of infections identified each day in Hubei province and its capital Wuhan was in the thousands just weeks ago. Today it was 17.

8:08 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Panama has just confirmed its first coronavirus case

 From CNN's Elizabeth Gonzalez and Jackie Castillo in Atlanta.

Panama's Health Minister Rosario Turner speaks during a news conference on Monday, where she announced Panama's first case of coronavirus.
Panama's Health Minister Rosario Turner speaks during a news conference on Monday, where she announced Panama's first case of coronavirus. Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images

The Panama Ministry of Health has announced the country’s first case of coronavirus.

The 40-year-old patient who contracted the virus had recently traveled to Spain, where at least 647 infections have been confirmed and 28 have died. She reported having a fever and cough and is now at home in isolation.

11:43 p.m. ET, March 9, 2020

An elementary school student in California has contracted the coronavirus

From CNN's Sarah

Sacramento County in Northern California announced that an elementary student has contracted the coronavirus there.

No other details were provided. A news conference scheduled at the school district today was canceled. 

California has now identified 107 coronavirus patients and reported two deaths.


11:37 p.m. ET, March 9, 2020

The coronavirus global death toll has topped 4,000

More than 4,000 people have now died globally from the coronavirus, as it continues spreading around the world.

Most of these cases and deaths are still in mainland China -- but the situation there appears to be stabilizing, with only 19 new cases on Monday (compare that to just a month or two ago, when there were 2,000 new cases a day). Instead, the outbreak is worsening in other parts of the world like the US, Italy, and Germany.

Here are the numbers broken down, according to CNN's tally:

  • In mainland China: 80,754 cases, 3,136 deaths 
  • Outside China: 32,255 cases, 882 deaths
  • Globally: 113,009 cases, 4,018 deaths

Those 882 deaths outside China break down like this:

  • Italy: 463
  • Iran: 237
  • South Korea: 54
  • France: 30
  • Spain: 28
  • United States: 26
  • Japan: 16
  • Iraq: 7
  • UK: 5
  • Hong Kong: 3
  • Australia: 3
  • Germany: 2
  • Philippines: 1
  • Switzerland: 1
  • Netherlands: 1
  • Argentina: 1
  • Egypt: 1
  • Taiwan: 1
  • Thailand: 1
  • Canada: 1