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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10:00 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 and all digital platforms, and streaming devices on CNNgo.

10:04 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Here's the latest on the coronavirus

European Council President Charles Michel participates in a videoconference call with EU leaders at the European Council building in Brussels, Tuesday, March 10.
European Council President Charles Michel participates in a videoconference call with EU leaders at the European Council building in Brussels, Tuesday, March 10. Stephanie Lecocq, Pool Photo via AP

Europe reacts to Trump's travel ban

European Union leaders said Thursday they disapprove of President Donald Trump’s decision to ban travel from Europe to the US amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

In a statement, the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, said that the outbreak is a “global crisis, not limited to any continent and it requires cooperation rather than unilateral action.”

“The European Union disapproves of the fact that the US decision to impose a travel ban was taken unilaterally and without consultation,” the statement from Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen read.

The 30-day suspension, which begins Friday at midnight, marks a sharp escalation of measures taken to insulate Americans from the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump said he didn’t consult European leaders before announcing US travel restrictions on 26 European countries because it would have taken too long.

“We get along very well with European leaders, but we had to make a decision and I didn’t want to take time and, you know, it takes a long time make the individual calls and we are calling and we had spoken to some of them prior to (the announcement),” he said.

The move could cost the US travel industry billions of dollars, according to the US Travel Association.

"Temporarily shutting off travel from Europe is going to exacerbate the already-heavy impact of coronavirus on the travel industry and the 15.7 million Americans whose jobs depend on travel,” said US Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow in a statement today. 

The sports and entertainment worlds react

Major sports leagues including the NBA, Italy's Serie A and US Major League Soccer are suspending or postponing their seasons. College basketball's March Madness tournament was also canceled. Major League Baseball announced that the start of the season will be delayed by at least two weeks and it has canceled the remaining spring training schedule.

Disney Parks are closing their doors too.

New York City is taking swift action. Mayor Bill De Blasio said Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center, two major venues in the city, could be closed for months. Broadway is suspending all shows too.

In the entertainment world, two of the US' biggest late-night talk shows -- "The Tonight Show" and "Late Night with Seth Meyers" are suspending production until March 30. The Tribeca Film Festival was also postponed.

Markets continue to dive

Wall Street is now officially in a bear market. US stocks on Thursday recorded their worst day since the 1987 crash, on rising fears about the coronavirus pandemic.

The S&P 500 dropped more than 20% from its February 19 peak and was down 9.5% for the day -- its worst day since October 19, 1987, known as “Black Monday.”

The index dropped 7% in the first minutes of trading, which triggered a circuit breaker and led the New York Stock Exchange to suspend trading for 15 minutes.

The Dow finished 2,352 points, or nearly 10%, lower in its biggest one-day percentage drop since “Black Monday.” The index is now at a level not seen since summer 2017.

The Nasdaq Composite closed down 9.4%. It is now also in a bear market.

10:03 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

The US has at least 1,635 coronavirus cases

Servpro cleaning workers are sprayed as they exit the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, Thursday, March 12, 2020, at the end of a day spent cleaning inside the facility near Seattle.
Servpro cleaning workers are sprayed as they exit the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, Thursday, March 12, 2020, at the end of a day spent cleaning inside the facility near Seattle. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

There are at least 1,635 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to state and local health agencies, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

70 cases are repatriated citizens, like those evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship or from China.

1,565 cases were detected and tested in the US, and are spread out across 46 states and the District of Columbia.

41 people have died across the US, the majority in Washington state.

The tally includes presumptive positive cases -- patients who have tested positive in a public health lab and are pending final confirmation from the CDC.

9:19 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

No deal reached tonight on coronavirus response package, Pelosi says

From CNN's Phil Mattingly

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks to the media on Thursday in Washington, DC.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks to the media on Thursday in Washington, DC. Photo by Nicholas KammAFP via Getty Images

Top US negotiators were unable to clinch a final agreement on a sweeping legislative package to address the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis tonight, pushing talks into Friday as they sought to close out a handful of outstanding issues. 

After hours of talks and trading of proposals, including eight separate phone calls between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin -- who is President Donald Trump’s point person on the talks -- negotiators are still attempting to iron out differences on specific language.

The package is expected to include paid leave, expanded food assistance, extended unemployment insurance and free coverage for coronavirus testing. 

“It’s fair to say we’re close to an agreement, subject to the exchange of paper, and hope to have an agreement tomorrow,” Pelosi told reporters outside of her office this evening. “We’ve resolved most of our differences and those we haven’t, we’ll continue the conversation because there will be other bills.” 

Asked if she was confident that there would be a vote on a deal on Friday, Pelosi responded: “One way or another.”

9:07 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Kansas announces first coronavirus death

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced the state’s first death from coronavirus today.

The patient is a man in his 70s who lived in a long-term care facility in Wyandotte County, Kelly said.

According to the governor, the man had other underlying health conditions and was receiving care at a local hospital before he died.

The man was not mobile, so the state is treating this as a case of community spread and health officials are now conducting public health contact tracing.

Some context: Kelly said this situation demanded that she declare an emergency, which will grant her administration the ability to activate state resources and mobilize personnel to assist where needed.

This death is the state’s fifth confirmed case of coronavirus.

This is the 41st death in the US.

9:04 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Disney World, Disneyland Paris Resort to close over coronavirus concerns

From CNN’s Frank Pallotta

Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris Resort will close at the end of the business day Sunday through the end of the month due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, the company said in a statement.

Disney Cruise Line will also suspend all new departures beginning Saturday through the end of the month, the company added.

Disney cast members will be paid during the closure period, and hotels and dining complexes at both Disney World and Disneyland Paris will stay open until further notice, according to the company statement.