March 13 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Joshua Berlinger, Adam Renton, Meg Wagner, Mike Hayes and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 9:49 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020
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10:31 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

NBA commissioner confirms hiatus will be "at least 30 days"

From CNN's Homero De La Fuente

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the media during a press conference at the United Center on February 15 in Chicago, Illinois.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the media during a press conference at the United Center on February 15 in Chicago, Illinois. Stacy Revere/Getty Images

NBA commissioner Adam Silver appeared on "NBA on TNT" tonight where he discussed the decision to suspend the league’s season after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus, saying that the NBA’s hiatus “will most likely be at least 30 days.” 

Silver didn’t rule out the possibility of the season being canceled.

10:40 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Fauci: "We will have a lot more cases" of coronavirus in the US

Dr. Anthony Fauci
Dr. Anthony Fauci CNN

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, believes the US will see "a lot more" coronavirus cases as the disease continues to spread.

Fauci's remarks were made tonight during CNN's coronavirus town hall where he also discussed the need to get the number of coronavirus cases in the US to stabilize.

"What we hope to do with both containment and mitigation is to get this peak to actually flatten out," Fauci said. "We will have a lot more cases. The question is are we going to blunt that peak? The things we are doing by preventing infections from coming outside in with the travel restrictions, which are totally appropriate, and I think very helpful as well as doing containment and mitigation from within."

Watch:

10:31 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Life is getting back to normal in China as the outbreak lifts

CNN Correspondent David Culver,
CNN Correspondent David Culver, CNN

CNN Correspondent David Culver, reporting from Shanghai, joined CNN's coronavirus town hall to describe the improving situation in China.

Just a few weeks ago, the country was reporting thousands of cases a day. Now, it's down to about a dozen a day on average — a huge drop.

"What we need to stress though is that it did not start out this way," said Culver. "Early on, go back seven weeks, they had allegations of cover ups, allegations of underreporting, really only 200 tests a day for a sitting population of 11 million."

Remember: Whistleblowers in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, like Dr. Li Wenliang, tried to warn people and sound the alarm as early as December — but were punished and censored by local officials. Li later died of the coronavirus.

What changed: The central government's involvement, Culver said.

"They pushed out the local government. They said, we're taking control. It became a military-like operation. They began ramping up production of face masks. Our daily lives changed drastically."

What China looks like now: Things are slowly getting back to normal, now that the outbreak seems largely contained in most of the country.

"Just today the parks are reopening in Shanghai, restaurants have given the all clear to have as many people as they need to party-wise to come in and book a table. Tourist attractions are starting to reopen," said Culver — a jarring difference from life in China just weeks ago, when people didn't dare go outside, and when major cities felt like ghost towns.

10:17 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

PGA Tour announces cancellation of The Players Championship

From CNN's Homero De La Fuente

The PGA Tour announced late Thursday night that they are canceling The Players Championship taking place this week in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and events across all Tours through the Valero Texas Open on April 2.

“We have pledged from the start to be responsible, thoughtful and transparent with our decision process. We did everything possible to create a safe environment for our players in order to continue the event throughout the weekend, and we were endeavoring to give our fans a much-needed respite from the current climate. But at this point — and as the situation continues to rapidly change — the right thing to do for our players and our fans is to pause," the PGA said.
10:30 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Life under lockdown in Italy: Empty plazas, closed churches and quiet streets

CNN has kicked off its two-hour coronavirus town hall with a look toward Europe, where every member country of the European Union has reported infections.

"It's fairly eerie here, where we arrived just a few days ago and the streets were full of people, full of traffic," said CNN Correspondent Ben Wedeman from Bologna, Italy, where he has been reporting on the nationwide lockdown.

"Now you go out in the main square, the piazza, just up the street from where we are, it's empty. By and large, it just has completely transformed ordinary life in this city."

People can still go outside for a walk, jog, or run errands, said Wedeman — but people have to keep a certain distance from each other, and all public events or gatherings are canceled. That means even things like a children's soccer game are now prohibited under the emergency restrictions.

Churches are closed, even for people going in for private prayer — something that has never happened, even during wartime, Wedeman said.

Some context: Italy has been under total lockdown since Monday. The nationwide lockdown extended measures already in place in the northern Lombardy region to the rest of the country, affecting about 60 million residents.

This means restricted movement, schools closed, public services suspended, events canceled, and more.

Watch:

10:24 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife tested positive for coronavirus

From CNN’s Patrick Cornell

Dave Chan/AFP/Getty Images
Dave Chan/AFP/Getty Images

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement from Trudeau’s office.

She is feeling well, only has mild symptoms, and will remain in isolation, the statement said.

The Prime Minister has no symptoms but will be in isolation for 14 days, according to the statement. He is not being tested at this time because he is asymptomatic, and will continue his duties as normal.

10:23 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

CNN's coronavirus town hall has begun

CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta are hosting a two-hour special "CNN Global Town Hall — Coronavirus: Fact and Fears with Facebook and Instagram" tonight.

Unlike last week's town hall, there is no audience tonight due to ongoing concerns around the coronavirus.

10:00 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Alaska reports its first coronavirus case

Alaska has identified its first coronavirus case, a "foreign national" traveler, according to Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

The case is a presumptive positive case -- meaning the patient has tested positive in public health labs but is still pending final confirmation by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The patient is a foreign national who was “transiting through” the state, according to State Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink.

“My heart goes out to this individual, as they are suddenly here and getting this news and information far away from loved ones and family,” Zink said today.

Alaskan officials are not identifying the patient’s country of origin, but say the individual came to the state by plane and has been cooperative.

The governor sought to reassure residents of the state. “No reason to panic. No reason to get upset,” Dunleavy said.

Zink says they consider this “an isolated case,” although they are prepared to see more coronavirus cases in the future.

Officials say they currently know of no one else in danger from exposure to the patient.

9:56 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

SOON: CNN hosts a coronavirus town hall

CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta will host a two-hour special "CNN Global Town Hall — Coronavirus: Fact and Fears with Facebook and Instagram" tonight.

The town hall will begin at 10 p.m. ET.

You can watch the town hall on the video player above, on air, on CNN.com and all digital platforms, and streaming devices on CNNgo.