March 11 coronavirus news

By Veronica Rocha, Fernando Alfonso III, Joshua Berlinger, Jessie Yeung, Adam Renton and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 12:02 a.m. ET, March 12, 2020
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11:03 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

Trump will suspend all travel from Europe to the US for next 30 days

President Trump announced tonight that all travel from Europe to the United States will be suspended for the next 30 days, except for the UK.

Trump made the decision in order to "keep new cases from entering our shores." He said the new rule will go into effect beginning Friday at midnight.

"We will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days. The new rules will go into effect Friday at midnight. These restrictions will be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground," the President said from the Oval Office.

Trump said there will be certain exemptions made for certain Americans "who have undergone appropriate screenings."

"These prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo, but various other things as we get approval. Anything coming from Europe to the United States is what we are discussing. These restrictions will also not apply to the United Kingdom," Trump added.


This post has been updated to clarify that Trump said the US is restricting travel from Europe, though the effect of the one-way ban will likely have broader ramifications for US travelers.

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

Trump is "confident" that the US will "expeditiously defeat" the coronavirus


President Trump was "confident" that the US will reduce the ongoing threat of the coronavirus tonight in an address to the nation from the Oval Office.

"We have been in frequent contact with our allies and we are marshaling the full power of the federal government and the private sector to protect the American people," Trump said.

Trump added: "I'm confident that by counting and continuing to take these tough measures we will significantly reduce the threat to our citizens and we'll ultimately and expeditiously defeat this virus. From the beginning of time, nations and people have faced unforeseen challenges including large scale and very dangerous health threats. This is the way it always was and always will be. It only matters how you respond and we are responding with great speed and professionalism."


8:53 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

SOON: Trump will deliver an address on coronavirus

From CNN's Jim Acosta

President Trump will soon discuss the coronavirus pandemic in an address from the Oval Office.

A source briefed on the speech said senior White House adviser Stephen Miller is a "driving force" behind tonight's speech.

Trump is expected to urge common sense to Americans, asking the public to follow the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to wash hands and social distancing. 

This is notable as Trump does not follow all of the CDC recommendations himself, as in shaking hands.

Trump is expected to discuss a batch of new travel restrictions, based on input from the scientific and medical communities. 

8:55 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

PaleyFest postponed in Los Angeles out of coronavirus concern

From CNN’s Sandra Gonzalez 

The organizers of PaleyFest have decided to postpone this year’s television festival. 

PaleyFest had been scheduled to take place March 12-22 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. 

The event was supposed to feature panels with talent and producers from shows including ABC’s “Modern Family,” CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Picard,” Starz’s “Outlander,” HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and Disney+’s “The Mandalorian.” 

No new dates have been announced but organizers said it would take place “later this year,” according to a statement. 

9:17 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

NBA game in Oklahoma City postponed Wednesday night

From CNN's David Close

The NBA game between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder was abruptly postponed on Wednesday night.

The players were on the court for warm-ups but were called back to the locker rooms before tip off.

The game broadcasters have said the decision to not play was made by the NBA and not by either team. 

8:38 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

Some members of Congress not comfortable gathering for virus briefings, source says

From CNN's Jamie Gangel

Some lawmakers are not comfortable with gathering for all-House member coronavirus briefings given the virus’ ability to spread, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Some members feel the move is in direct conflict with the advice health officials have been giving to avoid large gatherings, the source said. 

Several members were already exposed to the virus at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

One of those members, Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, has not been self-quarantining despite being told by officials that he had been in proximity to the individual at CPAC who was diagnosed with novel coronavirus. Gohmert was on the Hill today.

One question being raised is whether the briefings can be done via video conference.

8:36 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

Why Jared Kushner is now advising Trump on the coronavirus

From CNN's Jeremy Diamond, Dana Bash, and Jim Acosta

With the coronavirus outbreak reaching pandemic proportions, Jared Kushner is stepping in to help advise President Trump on the administration’s efforts.

Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has become more involved in the last few days, joining the President for several meetings on the topic and huddling with other top advisers about the administration’s response, a White House official and other sources familiar with the matter said.

One Trump ally said Kushner is becoming more involved because of concerns about how the administration’s coronavirus task force – now headed by Vice President Mike Pence – is being run. But there is also some quiet eye rolling among some Trump allies who point out it was Kushner urging the President last month to downplay the situation when coronavirus concerns first caused selloffs on Wall Street.

Some context: Kushner is stepping in as White House officials and others close to the President described a distinct shift in the President’s demeanor and approach to the coronavirus pandemic in the last 48 hours, recognizing privately that his administration needs to do more amid a plummeting stock market and spiking cases of coronavirus in the US.

Kushner’s new role also comes at a time when his power inside the West Wing is at a premium. Outgoing White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has been diminished and the incoming chief of staff Mark Meadows is in self-quarantine and has yet to set foot at the White House.

One Trump adviser said Kushner is now “in total control.”

A White House official pushed back on Kushner’s status, arguing that Kushner is merely stepping in at a time when the coronavirus fight has become the top priority at the White House.

“It’s a very serious thing that the President’s senior advisers are weighing in on,” one White House official said. “It makes sense that he should be in the room.”
8:30 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

El Salvador imposes 21 days of quarantine and prohibits entry of all foreigners

From CNN’s Merlin Delcid in San Salvador

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele announced a nationwide 21-day mandatory quarantine in a televised address to the nation late Wednesday. 

Bukele explained all school activities at all levels are now suspended and any gatherings of more than 500 people will be prohibited. 

The 21 days of quarantine will not impact trade and “all people should continue to go to work as usual,” Bukele said.

All diplomats, Guatemalans with valid passports and Salvadoran residents will be allowed into the country as long as they undergo the mandatory 30 days of isolation, according to the president. 

Currently, El Salvador does not have any confirmed cases of novel coronavirus.

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

More than 1,200 coronavirus cases reported in the US

From CNN's Allison Flexner

There are at least 1,237 cases of 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 70 cases from repatriated citizens. There are 1,167 cases in 41 states and the District of Columbia, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases to 1,237, according to CNN Health’s tally of US cases that are detected and tested in the United States through US public health systems.

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

Four more people in Washington state have died due to the coronavirus, bringing the US death toll to 37.