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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6:38 p.m. ET, March 10, 2020

South Dakota reports one coronavirus death

From CNN's Rebekah Riess

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announced that five people in the state have coronavirus and one of the infected people has died.

The person who died today was a man in his 60s, who had underlying medical conditions that complicated the situation, according Kim Malsam-Rysdon, South Dakota Secretary of Health.

The other four cases are not in the hospital at this time, but are at home recovering, Malsam-Rysdon said.

According to Malsam-Rysdon, these cases include two men in their 40s, one man in his 50s, and one woman in her 30s.

6:36 p.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Turkey confirms first case of coronavirus

From CNN's Gul Tuysuz

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca speaks during a press conference in Ankara, Turkey on Wednesday March 11.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca speaks during a press conference in Ankara, Turkey on Wednesday March 11. Aytug Can Sencar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Turkey confirmed its first case of coronavirus, said the country's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca in at a news conference in Ankara.

The male patient came in contact with the virus through Europe and has been in isolation, the minister said.

He continued: “All family and close contacts are also being monitored. Please do not travel abroad unless necessary…For those returning from abroad, we are asking that they self isolate.”

Koca said medical personnel and hospitals have taken precautions.

"One or two cases should not be considered an outbreak, it just means that the virus has entered within our borders. This was a strong possibility and has come true," he said. 
6:27 p.m. ET, March 10, 2020

NCAA says decision on March Madness will be made in coming days

From CNN's Kevin Dotson

The NCAA said Monday it continues to assess how coronavirus impacts its tournaments and events and it will make decisions in the coming days.

Here's a statement from the NCAA:

"The NCAA continues to assess how COVID-19 impacts the conduct of our tournaments and events. We are consulting with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory panel, who are leading experts in epidemiology and public health, and will make decisions in the coming days."
6:50 p.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Pence says decision to hold campaign rallies is "made literally on a day-to-day basis”

From CNN's Betsy Klein and Dana Bash

Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Vice President Mike Pence was pressed Tuesday on whether the Trump campaign would continue to hold campaign rallies in spite of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance encouraging Americans to avoid large gatherings.

"That’ll be a decision that’s made literally on a day-to-day basis,” he said. 

Pence continued: “I’m very confident that the campaign will take the very best information and make the very best decision going forward.”

A Trump campaign source told CNN again Tuesday evening that a forthcoming presidential rally would be announced today, but so far no such announcement has been made. 

CNN first reported Monday that planning for a Trump rally was underway.  

And a source familiar with the campaign’s plans told CNN, “They are proceeding as normal until told not to” by the President.

The source suggested that the campaign is waiting to see what Trump’s Democratic rivals do as coronavirus progresses.

“They will not want to take the lead on canceling campaign events, and will only do so if and when the Sanders and Biden campaigns cancel events,” the source said.

Both Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders’ campaigns canceled rallies citing the coronavirus outbreak on Tuesday evening. 


6:20 p.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Trump didn't attend today's coronavirus briefing

From CNN's Betsy Klein 

President Trump did not attend the coronavirus news conference Tuesday, despite telling reporters Monday that he would return to brief this afternoon. 

“We'll be coming back from the Senate, and we have a lot of very important meetings set up. And we'll have a press conference sometime after that, and we'll explain what we're doing on an economic standpoint and from an economic standpoint,” he told reporters in the briefing room Monday, adding, “I will be here tomorrow afternoon to let you know about some of the economic steps we're taking, which will be major.”

Instead, Vice President Mike Pence is leading Tuesday's briefing with other members of the coronavirus task force. 

As for the President, he is tweeting about unemployment, posting during the briefing, “Best unemployment numbers in the history of our Country. Best employment number EVER, almost 160 million people working right now. Vote Republican, unless you want to see these numbers obliterated!”

He did briefly address reporters on Capitol Hill after his lunch with Republican senators earlier Tuesday.

6:50 p.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Google recommends US employees work from home

From CNN’s Jon Passantino

People walk past a Google office building on 9th Avenue in Chelsea district on December 30, 2017 in New York City.
People walk past a Google office building on 9th Avenue in Chelsea district on December 30, 2017 in New York City. Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Google is recommending all employees in North America work from home for the next month, according to an email shown to CNN.

“Out of an abundance of caution, and for the protection of Alphabet and the broader community, we now recommend the you work from home if your role allows,” the email from Chris Rackow, Google’s vice president of global security, says in part.

All 11 offices in the US and Canada are affected, with the Bay Area and New York offices upgrading from a voluntary work from home status to recommended.

“The goal of businesses moving to work from home (WFH) arrangements it to significantly reduce the density of people and lower the health risk in offices, and also reduce the burden on the local community and health resourced, enabling those in need to get quicker support,” the email states.

Rackow’s email says Google is “carefully monitoring the situation and will update the timeline as necessary.”

6:50 p.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Top US health official: Americans "can't be doing the kinds of things we were doing a few months ago"

From CNN's Betsy Klein 

Dr. Anthony Fauci
Dr. Anthony Fauci Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, provided an update — and a warning — on the novel coronavirus at the White House Tuesday.

As of this morning, he said, there are 712 confirmed cases in the US with 27 deaths.

“By this evening, that’s going to be up. The question is, what are we going to do about that?” he said.

Fauci said there are a number of things that can be done to “interfere with the natural flow” of an outbreak such that it infects less people, leading to less deaths.

“We would like the country to realize that as a nation, we can’t be doing the kinds of things we were doing a few months ago. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a state that has no cases or one case,” Fauci said, referring Americans to the website for precautionary methods for the workplace, home, and commercial establishments.

“If and when the infections will come — and they will come, sorry to say, sad to say — when you’re dealing with an infectious disease… we want to be where the infection is going to be, as well as where it is,” Fauci said.

Everyone should be taking those precautions, he said, “whether you live in the zone that has community spread or not.”

“Everybody should say, ‘all hands on deck,’” he said.

Americans who live in places with community spread, according Fauci, should ratchet up those mitigations. That includes the states of Washington, California, New York, and Florida.


5:52 p.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Biden plans to talk about coronavirus tonight

From CNN's Dana Bash and Sarah Mucha

Biden speaks at a campaign event in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 10.
Biden speaks at a campaign event in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 10. Paul Vernon/AP

Former Vice President Joe Biden plans to speak about coronavirus in his address tonight, his senior adviser tells CNN.

The remarks are still being written. Biden will make remarks in Philadelphia tonight at the National Constitution Center, the campaign tells CNN.

Earlier today, the Biden and Bernie Sanders' campaigns announced that they were canceling rallies in Cleveland tonight out an abundance of caution over the coronavirus outbreak.

5:41 p.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Nearly 300 passengers have departed the Grand Princess cruise ship today

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

Passengers disembark from the Grand Princess cruise ship as it sits docked in the Port of Oakland on Tuesday, March 10.
Passengers disembark from the Grand Princess cruise ship as it sits docked in the Port of Oakland on Tuesday, March 10. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Hundreds of passengers have departed the Grand Princess cruise ship in Oakland, according to California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

About two thirds of those passengers are asymptomatic Californians who are being taken to Travis Air Force Base near Sacramento. The others are residents of other states.

Newsom said the plan is still for US citizens to be taken to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Georgia.

In an announcement recorded aboard the ship, Capt. John Harry Smith told passengers that the remaining US citizens and UK residents traveling on charter flights are expected to exit the ship today.

The majority of guests are expected to be off the ship by end of day tomorrow, the captain said.