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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4:13 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

New York City declares a state of emergency because of coronavirus

From CNN's Sheena Jones

New York City has declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak, Mayor Bill de Blasio said moments ago at a news conference.

“The last 24-hours have been very very sobering,” de Blasio said.

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

"Spring Break is over," says Miami Beach mayor

From CNN's Rosa Flores and Sara Weisfeldt

The city of Miami Beach has declared a state of emergency, Mayor Dan Gelber said at a news conference.

“Spring Break is over,” he said.

Gelber said restaurants will remain open but that he is discouraging people from visiting Miami Beach and encouraging social-distancing guidelines issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

4:07 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Trump is concerned about coming into contact with people infected with coronavirus, source says

From CNN's Jim Acosta

President Trump is telling people close to him that he is indeed concerned about coming into contact with people who have contracted coronavirus, including a Brazilian official who tested positive after coming face-to-face with him at Mar-a-Lago, a source close to the President said.

“He is very concerned about all the people he met who have it including the Brazilian,” the source said.

Earlier today in the Oval Office the President insisted he is not concerned about being exposed. 

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham later issued a statement saying, "Both the President and Vice President had almost no interactions with the individual who tested positive and do not require being tested at this time."

The source did not know whether the President has been tested or not. 

4:17 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Israeli airline El Al suspends most operations

From CNN's Oren Liebermann and Amir Tal

Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images/File
Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images/File

Israeli airline El Al announced that it is suspending most of its operations beginning this Sunday, the company said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

The airline will maintain connections to New York, Newark, Toronto, London, Paris and Johannesburg, but flights to other locations, such as Moscow, Mumbai, and most destinations in Europe will be suspended.

The statement made no mention of when flights may resume.

3:56 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Greece closes courts, theaters and gyms

From CNN's Chris Liakos

Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images
Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

Greece will close all of its courts and entertainment venues for at least two weeks, the health ministry said today.

This includes:

  • playgrounds
  • theaters
  • cinemas
  • entertainment centers
  • gyms

There were 18 new cases diagnosed today, bringing the total number to 117 cases. 

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

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

Will Lanzoni/CNN
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.