March 12 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Adam Renton, Sheena McKenzie and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 0206 GMT (1006 HKT) March 13, 2020
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3:30 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Virginia declares state of emergency due to coronavirus concerns

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Zach Gibson/Getty Images/File

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in response to novel coronavirus.

This will create more flexibility in the commonwealth’s ability to respond to the health crisis and resulting issues, Northam said.

At least 21 states plus Washington, D.C., have declared emergencies, which allows them to waive certain regulations. However, a governor has to ask the President to issue a declaration that would free up federal funds and kickstart the process to provide additional resources.

3:05 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Germany’s coronavirus cases rise by 802 new patients

From CNN's Lindsay Isaac

Germany has seen a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours rising by 802 to 2,369 cases, the Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases said on Thursday.

This includes five deaths since the outbreak began.

2:58 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

India reports first death from coronavirus

From CNN's Sugam Pokharel

The Indian Health Ministry announced Thursday the death of a 76-year-old man who was infected with the coronavirus.

According to the statement, the man had traveled to Saudi Arabia from Jan. 29 to Feb. 29.

This is the first death from coronavirus reported in India.

3:32 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Duke University men's basketball team will not participate in March Madness

From CNN's David Close

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Grant Halverson/Getty Images

The Duke University men’s basketball team, despite being ranked tenth in the country, will not participate in the upcoming March Madness basketball tournament, following the university’s decision to suspended all athletic competition.

Duke’s Director of Sports Information Mike DeGeorge confirmed the news to CNN.

Duke’s famed basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski, applauded the news, saying in a statement, “We emphatically support the decision made by (Duke University President) Dr. Price today regarding the suspension of athletic competition at Duke.”

3:35 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

New York's Broadway theaters suspend shows until next month

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Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Broadway shows in New York City will suspend all performances “immediately” through April 12, according to The Broadway League, a national trade association for the Broadway industry. 

The move comes in “support of the health and well-being of the theatre going public, as well as those who work in the theatre industry,” the association said.   

“Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of Broadway theatregoers and the thousands of people who work in the theatre industry every day, including actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers, and many other dedicated professionals,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League.

Earlier today, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Broadway theaters would be required to have maximum capacity of 50% of total seating.

3:40 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Supreme Court building to close to the public

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images/File

Beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET, the Supreme Court building will be closed to the public until further notice, according to a note sent out by the court's public information officer.

The building will remain open for official business, and case filing deadlines are not extended under Rule 30.1, according to the statement.

Rule 30.1 of the "Rules of the Supreme Court" reads:

In the computation of any period of time prescribed or allowed by these Rules, by order of the Court, or by an applicable statute, the day of the act, event, or default from which the designated period begins to run is not included. The last day of the period shall be included, unless it is a Saturday, Sunday, federal legal holiday listed in 5 U. S. C. § 6103, or day on which the Court building is closed by order of the Court or the Chief Justice, in which event the period shall extend until the end of the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, federal legal holiday, or day on which the Court building is closed. 
3:47 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

NFL cancels annual league meetings

From CNN's David Close

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Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images/File

The National Football League has announced the cancellation of its annual league meetings that were scheduled to start on March 29 in Palm Beach, Florida.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s statement does not address April’s annual NFL Draft, set to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.

3:50 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Los Angeles City Hall will close over coronavirus concerns

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Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images/File

Los Angeles City Hall will close to all non-city hall employees, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced at a news conference.

All large public events have been canceled or postponed, and meetings will move to video conferencing until the emergency ends, the mayor said. 

Additional hand washing and sanitizing stations are being set up in public buildings and all non-essential travel is being stopped.

Noting that Los Angeles has seen earthquakes, unrest, and fires, the mayor expressed his confidence that the city will survive this outbreak as well. He called on the public to take part, saying “We are all first responders in this emergency.”

3:51 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Miami mayor is in self-quarantine after being in same room as Brazilian president and entourage  

From CNN's Rosa Flores and Sara Weisfeldt 

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images/File

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has gone into self-quarantine after he was in the room with Brazil's president and his entourage, according to a video message that was played during a news conference.

In the recorded video message, Suarez said he was in the same room as Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro and his entourage. Suarez said he feels well, but he has taken this step out of an abundance of caution.

More on this: Concerns arose among political officials after a Brazilian government aide tested positive for coronavirus.

Fabio Wajngarten, Brazilian president's press secretary, tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, according an official statement from the Brazilian president’s office, Thursday.

The health of the Brazilian president is being monitored.

Wajngarten was with Bolsonaro on last weekend’s US trip, during which the Brazilian president dined with President Trump at Mar-a-Largo. Wajngarten posted a picture of himself with Trump on Instagram a few days ago.