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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8:26 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Delta cuts international and domestic flights because of lack of demand

From CNN’s Chris Isidore

Delta Air Lines is the latest US airline to slash its schedule to adjust for the sharp decline in bookings during the coronavirus outbreak.

Delta executives said it will cut its international flights between 20% to 25%. It's also making a 10% to 15% cut in domestic flights.

"We are prepared to do more as the situation evolves," said CEO Ed Bastian at JP Morgan’s Industrials Conference. 

8:22 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

This airline is canceling 3,000 flights and temporarily laying off some employees

 Budget airline Norwegian is cancelling 3,000 flights between mid-March and mid-June because of coronavirus. The airline says it has experienced reduced demand for flights in the past week.

The cancellations represent around 15% of its total capacity, and will effect all of its routes.

Norwegian is also implementing temporary layoffs for some flight crews and ground staff.

8:17 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

CNN's Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction podcast is answering your pandemic questions 

Each day, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is breaking down the latest news about the coronavirus on the Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction podcast.

In today's episode, he explains why CNN is now calling the coronavirus outbreak a "pandemic" and answers key questions about how the spread of the virus may impact our daily lives going forward.

You can listen to it here.

8:01 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Iran cases surge to over 8,000, the second highest outside China

From CNN’s Ramin Mostaghim in Tehran

Medical workers talk in a hospital ward for coronavirus patients in Tehran, Iran, on March 8.
Medical workers talk in a hospital ward for coronavirus patients in Tehran, Iran, on March 8. Credit: Mohammad Ghadamali/AP

Iran on Tuesday confirmed 8,042 coronavirus cases, the second-highest number outside of China, after Italy.

The Middle East country had 291 deaths from the virus, a Health Ministry spokesman said on state TV.

The vast majority of cases -- 2,114 -- were in the capital Tehran.

Here's a quick recap of the top five countries with confirmed cases, from CNN's latest tally:

Globally: 114,633 cases (4,072 deaths)

Mainland China: 80,754 (3,136)

Italy: 9,172 (463)

Iran: 8,042 (291)

South Korea: 7,513 (54)

Japan: 1,210 (16)

9:22 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

“We don’t know” how many coronavirus tests have been done, says US health secretary

From CNN’s Amanda Watts

The CDC's laboratory test kit for the 2019 novel coronavirus.
The CDC's laboratory test kit for the 2019 novel coronavirus. Credit: CDC

US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says his department isn’t sure how many tests for the novel coronavirus have been performed in the United States.

Speaking to CNN’s John Berman on New Day Tuesday, Azar said: “We don't know exactly how many because of hundreds of thousands of our tests have gone out to private labs and hospitals that currently do not report in to CDC.

"We're working with the CDC and those partners to get an IT reporting system up and running hopefully this week where we would be able to get that data to keep track of how many we're testing,” he added.

Azar went on to say: “We think we've got probably 10,000 a day could be getting tested by the end of the week -- 20,000 a day according to a study by AEI that I've heard about. We've got 2.1 million tests available, 1.1 million have shipped. We actually have a surplus at the moment that are awaiting orders to be shipped.”

“A private vendor shipped most of those 1.1 million that shipped were from a private vendor selling to their customers, and those entities that used their tests do not have to report back to CDC. But we're trying to set up a reporting system where they would in effect do that,” Azar said.

Watch:

7:33 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Czech Republic becomes latest European country to shut schools

From Tomas Etzler in Prague and Ivana Kottasova in London

Czech Health Minister Adam Vojtech, left, and Prime Minister Andrej Babis speak at a press conference in Prague, Czech Republic, on Tuesday.
Czech Health Minister Adam Vojtech, left, and Prime Minister Andrej Babis speak at a press conference in Prague, Czech Republic, on Tuesday. Credit: Katerina Sulova/CTK/AP Images

From tomorrow, all schools and universities in the Czech Republic will close, following in the footsteps of dozens of countries around the world which have shut educational institutions in a bid to stem the spread of coronavirus.

Only kindergartens will remain open, under the measures announced by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš at a press conference Tuesday.

Gatherings of more than 100 people will also be banned, he added.

It follows similar clampdowns in Italy and Spain, forcing parents to rethink their routines and wreaking havoc on daily life.

The "global scale and speed of the current educational disruption is unparalleled," the United Nations warned last week.

CNN's Ben Wedeman spoke to Italian parents about coping with the strain of kids in lockdown here.

7:13 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Barcelona-Napoli football match will happen behind closed doors

From CNN’s Aleks Klosok in London

Next week's UEFA Champions League clash between Barcelona and Napoli will happen without any fans in the stands due to fears over coronavirus spreading, FC Barcelona said on Twitter Tuesday.

The match, slated for Wednesday March 18, is the latest UEFA fixture to be affected by the virus.

Valencia's match against Atalanta on Tuesday March 10, and Paris St Germain's fixture with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, March 11 are also set to go ahead without supporters.

A gate of the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris is pictured on Monday, ahead of UEFA Champions League Group A match between Paris Saint-Germain and Dortmund scheduled for Wednesday.
A gate of the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris is pictured on Monday, ahead of UEFA Champions League Group A match between Paris Saint-Germain and Dortmund scheduled for Wednesday. Credit: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

7:07 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Coronavirus is now in every EU country, as Cyprus detects its first two cases

From CNN’s Ivana Kottasova and Eliza Mackintosh

Members of the EU Parliament arrive at the beginning of a plenary session in Brussels on Tuesday, which has been reduced to a single day due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Members of the EU Parliament arrive at the beginning of a plenary session in Brussels on Tuesday, which has been reduced to a single day due to the coronavirus outbreak. Credit: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Every country in the European Union now has cases of coronavirus, with Cyprus having detected two cases as of Tuesday, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said.

6:31 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Coronavirus cases in Florida rise to 15

Broward County commissioner Michael Udine, Mayor Dale V.C. Holness, and Dr. Paula Thaqi, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Broward County take questions from the media about coronavirus cases in Plantation, Florida, on March 7.
Broward County commissioner Michael Udine, Mayor Dale V.C. Holness, and Dr. Paula Thaqi, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Broward County take questions from the media about coronavirus cases in Plantation, Florida, on March 7. Credit: Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/Tribune News Service/Getty Images

The Florida Department of Health has announced a new positive case of coronavirus this morning.

The patient is a 69-year-old woman in South Florida's Broward County. She is in isolation and will remain so "until cleared by public health officials,” according to a news release from the state's health department. 

The state of Florida has now identified 15 coronavirus patients, two of whom have died.