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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3:57 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

At least 1,459 coronavirus cases have been reported in US

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Will Lanzoni/CNN

There are at least 1,459 cases of the 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. According to CNN Health’s tally of US cases that are detected and tested in the United States through US public health systems, there are 1,389 cases in 46 states and the District of Columbia, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases to 1,459. In total, 39 people have died. 

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.

3:45 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Large-scale concerts and events postponed through the end of March

From CNN's Stephanie Elam

Live entertainment organizers are collectively postponing concerts and other events through the end of March. This includes concerts presented by Live Nation, AEG and talent agency Elite.

A task force with representatives from the top executives managing the events and the star performers is working to ensure a unified response to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a statement from Live Nation.

"At this time, we collectively recommend large scale events through the end of March be postponed," the statement said. "We continue to support that small scale events follow guidance set by their local government officials. We feel fortunate to have the flexibility to reschedule concerts, festivals, and live events as needed, and look forward to connecting fans with all their favorite artists and live entertainment soon."


4:05 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Ohio governor closes schools Monday through at least April 3

From CNN's Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio

Tony Dejak/AP/File
Tony Dejak/AP/File

All Ohio K-12 public, private and charter schools will close Monday evening through at least April 3, Gov. Mike DeWine announced.

DeWine said this was not an action he took “lightly.”

What we know: School districts in at least five states have announced long-term school closures for K-12 public school students. That means 403,233 students will be out of school over the coming days.

4:08 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Drive-up line at coronavirus testing lab will be cut off due to high volume

From CNN's Rebekah Riess

RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post/Getty Images/File
RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post/Getty Images/File

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is working to establish and communicate a cut-off point for the line at the drive-up testing site in Lowry, due to the high volume of people looking to be tested for novel coronavirus.

According to a department statement, CDPHE is currently determining, based on resources and staff capacity, which vehicle will be the last one and whose occupants can be served Thursday.

Those who are already in line behind the cut off-point will get priority for testing Friday, according to the department.

How it works: South Korea has also used drive-through coronavirus testing stations. In the northern city of Goyang, drivers pull in to a parking lot where they are met by health workers dressed in hazmat suits. Motorists then drive to several stations where nurses in protective plastic suits, masks and face shields register drivers, check their temperatures, and use swabs to take samples from their throats and nasal passages.

3:27 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Norway reports its first coronavirus death

From CNN’s James Frater in London

An elderly patient in Norway has died from coronavirus, Oslo University Hospital said. This is the country's first coronavirus-related death.

Norway has at least 489 confirmed cases of coronavirus.


3:25 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Schools in France will close over coronavirus

France will impose measures to try and contain the spread of coronavirus including closing schools, postponing non-essential medical procedures and advising elderly people to stay at home, according to French President Emmanuel Macron.

According to the World Health Organization, France has 2,281 cases of coronavirus.


3:19 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Major League Baseball delays opening day by at least two weeks

From CNN's David Close

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Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Major League Baseball (MLB) has announced that the start of the season will be delayed by at least two weeks and has canceled the remaining Spring Training schedule.

The MLB season was set to start on March 26.

"Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our players, employees and fans. MLB will continue to undertake the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts. We send our best wishes to all individuals and communities that have been impacted by coronavirus," the MLB said in a statement.
3:29 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

A rush of news just happened. We'll catch you up on what's closed, canceled and postponed.

From CNN's Brian Stelter

The country's slow-motion coronavirus shutdown is speeding up. Companies and organizations are making new announcements almost every minute. These are just some of the announcements from the past few hours:

  • Broadway is going dark.
  • The PGA Tour is banning fans.
  • The NFL is cancelling its annual meeting.
  • Numerous basketball tournaments are canceled.
  • Major League Soccer's season has been suspended.
  • The National Hockey League's season has been suspended.
  • This month's release of "A Quiet Place II" has been postponed.
  • The next "Fast and Furious" movie has been rescheduled for April 2021.
  • Some scripted television shows are pausing production. Additional talk shows are forgoing studio audiences.
  • The Montclair Film Festival is being rescheduled.
  • Jerry Seinfeld's comedy shows are being postponed.
  • Billy Joel's performances at Madison Square Garden are being delayed until the fall.
  • The Metropolitan Museum, Carnegie Hall and other New York museums are temporarily closing.
  • In Washington, The National Archives has canceled events through the beginning of March.
  • In Los Angeles, City Hall will close to all non-city hall employees.
  • Sunday's Democratic debate on CNN is being moved from Phoenix to Washington.
  • The Association of Tennis Professionals suspended the men's pro tour.
  • NASCAR will hold races without fans.

And within minutes of writing this post, the 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland was postponed and Duke University suspended all athletic competition.


3:22 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Bernie Sanders calls for Trump to declare a national emergency

Charles Krupa/AP
Charles Krupa/AP

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders said today that it's time for President Trump to declare a national emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He also criticized the President, calling him "incompetent."