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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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. 

8:23 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

Novel coronavirus can last on contaminated plastic and stainless surfaces for up to 3 days

From CNN's Jacqueline Howard

A member of the cleaning staff disinfects screens aboard an Emirates Airbus A380-800 aircraft.
A member of the cleaning staff disinfects screens aboard an Emirates Airbus A380-800 aircraft. Emirates Airlines/AFP/Getty Images

A new study funded by the National Institutes of Health claims that novel coronavirus can remain on contaminated plastic and stainless surfaces for up to three days.

The study, posted online Tuesday, has not been published yet in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

For the study, researchers compared the "surface stability" of novel coronavirus with that of the SARS-CoV-1 virus, which sparked the SARS epidemic that started in 2002. The researchers found that the novel coronavirus could be detected on copper for up to four hours, on cardboard for up to 24 hours and on plastic and stainless steel for up to two to three days.  

Also, the coronavirus could linger in aerosols for up to three hours, according to the study.

HCoV-19 — the name of the novel coronavirus — and SARS-CoV-1 “exhibited similar 38 half-lives in aerosols, with median estimates around 2.7 hours," the researchers wrote in the study. "Both viruses show relatively long viability 39 on stainless steel and polypropylene compared to copper or cardboard: the median half-life estimate for 40 HCoV-19 is around 13 hours on steel and around 16 hours on polypropylene."

What we know: Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses common among animals. In rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans. Researchers have estimated that coronaviruses can linger on surfaces from just hours to more than a week.

A study published last month in The Journal of Hospital Infection found that human coronaviruses, such as SARS, have been found to persist on inanimate surfaces — including metal, glass or plastic surfaces — for as long as nine days if that surface had not been disinfected.

Dr. Stephen Redd, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, said during a Senate committee hearing last week that, depending on the type of surface, the novel coronavirus can linger on surfaces from hours to up to a day.

7:58 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

Trump expected to lay out "path" out of coronavirus crisis tonight, source says

From CNN's Jim Acosta

President Trump will lay out a "path" out of the coronavirus crisis, a source familiar with the Oval Office address told CNN.

Trump is expected to explain that "the crisis isn't America's doing but America is taking the proper course," according to the source who was read in on some of the language in the address but cautioned that the remarks are still being tweaked. 

The President's expected description of the crisis, the source said, is an indication that Trump will likely note that the virus was first detected in China. Trump made note of this during his meeting with banking executives earlier today.

The source said the White House is hoping Trump will come across as something of a "CEO" in the speech. But the source noted this is a critical moment for Trump.

"These TV moments define a presidency," the source said. 

A White House official says Trump will outline his economic stimulus proposals and will look to put forward a message of "unity" in the face of this crisis.

The President is expected to address the nation at 9 p.m. ET.

8:03 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

Multiple NCAA conferences barring fans from tournament games

From CNN's Homero De La Fuente

The NCAA’s Big 12 and Big Ten conferences announced Wednesday that they will play their conference tournament games without fans in attendance.

“After careful consideration and consulting with medical officials, other conferences, the NCAA and local officials, the Big 12 Conference announced that after tonight’s men’s first round games, all remaining Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship games will be played with only family, friends, media and essential staff permitted in the arenas," the conferences said.

According to the Big Ten, “all winter and spring sport competitions, including championship/tournament events, will also be limited to student-athletes, coaches, event staff, essential team and Conference staff, TV network partners, credentialed media, and immediate family members of the participating teams.”

The decision for limited access from the conferences comes after NCAA president Mark Emmert announced that the "March Madness" tournament will be held with only essential staff and family members on Thursday and suggesting that conference tournaments follow suit.   

 

8:03 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

US official says China's response to coronavirus cost the world "two months to respond"

From CNN's Vivian Salama and Mike Conte

Robert O’Brien, President Trump’s national security adviser,  speaking at the Heritage Foundation
Robert O’Brien, President Trump’s national security adviser, speaking at the Heritage Foundation CNN

Robert O’Brien, President Trump’s national security adviser, blasted the Chinese government for their response to the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, saying they “covered up” the outbreak and “probably” cost the world “two months to respond.”

“There’s lots of open source reporting from China, from Chinese nationals that the doctors involved were either silenced or, or put in isolation or that sort of thing so word of this virus could not get out,” O’Brien told a crowd at the Heritage Foundation in Washington.

“If we had those and been able to sequence the virus and had the cooperation necessary from the Chinese, had a WHO team been on the ground, had a CDC team which we’d offered been on the ground, I think we could’ve dramatically curtailed what happened both in China and what’s now happening across the world,” he continued.

O’Brien also urged Americans to heed the warnings of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention and take precautions to prevent further spread of coronavirus.

“If you’ve got a coworker who sneezes, send them home,” he said, adding that people should practice social distancing, wash their hands routinely, and take other protective measures. 

O’Brien, whose speech notably drew a smaller-than-usual crowd amid fears of crowded places, described the President’s response to the outbreak in the US as “courageous,” particularly for his decision to temporarily freeze air travel to highly affected areas. 

The coronavirus has currently spread to six continents, roiled financial and oil markets and have led to the cancellation of events, classes and other gatherings across the country.

7:38 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

NHL's San Jose Sharks to play in empty arena for next three home games

From CNN's Homero De La Fuente

The NHL’s San Jose Sharks announced today that the team will be playing their next three home games as scheduled but without fans in attendance. 

“Admission to games will be limited to home and visiting club personnel, approved credentialed media and broadcast partners, essential club and arena staff, and NHL officials," the team said.

The Sharks went on to say this:

“The safety of our fans, guests and partners is of the utmost importance. Sharks Sports & Entertainment and SAP Center management greatly appreciate your understanding during this unprecedented time.”
6:55 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

GLAAD Media Awards canceled because of coronavirus concerns

From CNN's Sheena Jones

The GLAAD Media Awards have been canceled because of concerns over coronavirus.

GLAAD is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, which was expected to hold its 31st annual awards in New York on March 19.

“Given GLAAD’s long-standing commitment to the safety of our members, sponsors, and guests, the GLAAD Media Awards will no longer take place on March 19th in New York City. The team at GLAAD has been in communication with the City of New York and is following the latest recommendations from Governor Cuomo," GLAAD’s Rich Ferraro, chief communications officer, said in a statement.
7:32 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

Italy records a jump of 2,313 coronavirus cases on Wednesday

From CNN's Valentina Di Donato in Rome and Nicola Ruotolo in Bologna 

Italy has recorded a jump of 2,313 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, with the total tally now at 12,462, the country's Civil Protection Agency said. 

This is the biggest recorded jump since the outbreak began, but the head of the Italian Civil Protection Agency Angelo Borelli said that authorities did not have all of the data for Lombardy, the worst hit region, on Tuesday so those numbers did not fully reflect the situation. 

6:52 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

Chicago hospital builds "forward triage" tent for coronavirus protection

From CNN’s Bill Kirkos

Rush University Medical Center
Rush University Medical Center

Rush University Medical Center in Chicago has built a large tent in its “forward triage” area, an enclosed area outside its emergency room, which was originally partly designed to receive infectious disease patients.

The area serves as the hospital’s ambulance and private vehicle bay for incoming patients suspected of having the virus.

Rush is considered one of the best suited Chicago hospitals to handle coronavirus patients.

Hospital spokesperson Charles Jolie told CNN that all the air inside the tent and the ambulance bay is sanitized before it is exhausted outside to reduce the chances of contamination elsewhere. Jolie said the purpose of the tent is to add one additional layer of protection to ensure that patients elsewhere in the hospital who may be at risk of contracting the virus do not get infected.