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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10:11 a.m. ET, March 11, 2020

Chicago St. Patrick's Day parade canceled because of coronavirus concerns

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Brian Kersey/Getty Images

The Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade — one of the largest St. Patrick's Day parades in the US — has been canceled, organizers announced on their website. 

The parade was slated for Saturday afternoon. Each year, Chicago's parade and river dyeing attracts hundreds of thousands of people to downtown.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker are expected to give updates at a novel coronavirus briefing later this morning. 

Illinois has reported 19 coronavirus cases as of yesterday. 

9:59 a.m. ET, March 11, 2020

When will the coronavirus epidemic end?

Your questions, answered

No one knows for sure. President Trump suggested this coronavirus could subside by the warmer summer months — but scientists say it's too early to tell.

"The short answer is that while we may expect modest declines in the contagiousness of (novel coronavirus) in warmer, wetter weather and perhaps with the closing of schools ... it is not reasonable to expect these declines alone to slow transmission enough to make a big dent," wrote Dr. Marc Lipsitch, director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar responded to Trump's suggestion that coronavirus could weaken in warmer weather.

"What the President is saying is, we hope it will respond the way regular coronaviruses do and be heat responsive," Azar said.

"But it also could just as equally respond the way SARS — a coronavirus adaptation — responds and continue in the warm season."

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

Lufthansa airline cancels 23,000 flights in April

From CNN’s Eoin McSweeney

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Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Lufthansa has canceled 23,000 short-, medium- and long-haul flights between March 29 and April 24 because of coronavirus.

The German airline says the cancellations will mainly impact flights in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. It is warning that further cancellations are expected in the coming weeks.

9:53 a.m. ET, March 11, 2020

Another university closes campus classrooms during the coronavirus outbreak

From CNN's Crama Hassan

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Alex Wong/Getty Images

Georgetown University in Washington, DC, will move classes online starting on Monday due to concerns over the novel coronavirus outbreak, they announced in a statement on their website. 

The university is currently on spring break. 

“We are suspending all in-person, on-campus classroom instruction. This will continue until further notice,” the statement said.

All undergraduate students are advised to return home, but the campus will remain open. No guests will be allowed into any residential facilities starting this Sunday, according to the school's website. 

Washington, DC, is currently reporting four cases of coronavirus.

Georgetown is the latest school to close campus classrooms during the coronavirus outbreak.

The cancellations have been focused in states and areas hardest hit by the virus, including the Seattle area, California and New York. The Ohio State University, which has an enrollment of more than 60,000 students, and Harvard University, the Ivy League institution, were some of the most recent schools to announce they are closing classrooms.

9:51 a.m. ET, March 11, 2020

Trump administration considers delaying the April 15 tax deadline

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

The Trump administration is considering a delay in the April 15 tax filing deadline as a response to the coronavirus, two people familiar with the plans said.

The idea has been discussed among White House and Treasury Department officials over the past few days, the people said. The IRS would likely extend the deadline by at least several months or waive fees associated with late filing.

Last week, when asked about the notion of delaying the deadline, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers it wasn't under consideration.

But since then, the White House has heard from some allies, along with public statements from certain Democrats, that extending the deadline could be a way to reduce the economic fallout from coronavirus.

The possible delay in the deadline was reported earlier today by the Wall Street Journal.

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

Stocks tumble as coronavirus fears continue

From CNN’s Anneken Tappe 

US stocks opened in the red this morning, retracing yesterday's sharp gains, as worries about the coronavirus outbreak once again took over.

Here's how things look:

  • The Dow opened 700 points, or 2.9%, lower.
  • The S&P 500 kicked off 2.6% lower.
  • The Nasdaq Composite fell 2.5%.      

You can follow live updates on how the markets are reacting to coronavirus fears here.

9:34 a.m. ET, March 11, 2020

Your coronavirus questions, answered

CNN is collecting your questions about coronavirus. We'll be answering some of them here throughout the day.

9:40 a.m. ET, March 11, 2020

What it's like under coronavirus quarantine in Georgia

Clay Bentley is under quarantine in a hospital in Rome, Georgia, which is just outside Atlanta. He spoke with CNN this morning from his hospital room.

"It's been a long road. But I'm getting through it. I'm improving daily," he told CNN

He said he went to the hospital when he first started feeling sick — but when a flu test came back negative, staffers sent him home. He went back when he kept getting worse, and he was initially diagnosed with coronavirus.

He said he's been given fluids, antibiotics and breathing treatments.

Bentley said he hopes more people will be tested so the community can contain the spread.

"You know, this is what I see, instead of dealing with it, doing the testing and testing the people that need to be tested, everybody's running in fear," he said. "I feel like everybody's running in mass hysteria trying to take care of things instead of finding the people who need to be tested and let's take care of the problem."


9:46 a.m. ET, March 11, 2020

These 3 New York-based talk shows will tape without studio audiences

From CNN's Chloe Melas

Studio audiences for several Disney-owned talk shows will be suspended over concern for the growing number of coronavirus cases in New York, the Walt Disney Television announced today.

"LIVE with Kelly and Ryan," "The Tameron Hall Show" and "The View," — three nationally broadcast ABC shows based in New York — will no longer have studio audiences in attendance.

Presenters of Walt Disney Television's show "The View" are pictured on set in March 2019.
Presenters of Walt Disney Television's show "The View" are pictured on set in March 2019. Credit: Paula Lobo/Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

"Given the current developing situation in New York City, we have made the decision to suspend live audiences from attending our news broadcasts and talk shows," a Walt Disney Television spokesperson told CNN.

"The Wendy Williams Show" announced a similar change on Tuesday.