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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12:43 a.m. ET, March 13, 2020

President Donald Trump is the first world leader to suggest postponing this summer's Olympics

From CNN’s Emiko Jozuka and Junko Ogura

A man walks in a metro station with an advertisement for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Wednesday.
A man walks in a metro station with an advertisement for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Wednesday. Credit: Philip Fong/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump has become the first world leader to suggest postponing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as the coronavirus pandemic spreads.

"This is just my idea … Maybe they postpone it for a year," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, 134 days before the opening ceremony is scheduled to take place in Tokyo's Olympic Stadium. 

Trump added that delaying the Olympics by a year would be a better option than holding it with no crowds. However, he said he would not relay the message to Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, according to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK. The pair held telephone talks Friday Japan local time.  

In response to Trump’s comments, Japan’s Olympics minister, Seiko Hashimoto, stressed the preparations for a “safe and secure” Games was still underway. 

“I’m aware of President Trump’s remarks, however, neither the IOC nor the organizing committee has considered any postponement or cancellation of the Games," she said.

Trump’s latest comments came as the Olympic flame lighting ceremony kicked off in Greece Thursday, and as International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Tokyo 2020 would go ahead as planned.

12:32 a.m. ET, March 13, 2020

"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" will tape without an audience tonight

Stephen Colbert's late-night talk show is slated to go on tonight without a studio audience, but will be canceled next week, the comedian said on Twitter.

Here's what he said:

12:21 a.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Chelsea soccer player Hudson-Odoi tests positive for coronavirus

From CNN's Scott Reeves in Atlanta

Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on December 29, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.
Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on December 29, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Callum Hudson-Odoi of the English Premier League soccer club Chelsea has tested positive for coronavirus, the team announced on Thursday.

The 19-year-old player is the latest soccer figure to test positive for the virus. The English Premier League is set to hold an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss future matches. 

Chelsea said in a club statement that personnel who had recent close contact with the player will now self-isolate.

Earlier Thursday, Arsenal football club announced that manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus.

The English Premier League previously said that this weekend’s fixtures will go ahead as planned. Football leagues in Spain, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, Ireland and the United States have all been suspended amid the outbreak, while the German Bundesliga and France’s Ligue 1 are holding matches behind closed doors.

12:10 a.m. ET, March 13, 2020

CNN's Anderson Cooper: This pandemic will be difficult, but "we'll get through it"

CNN wrapped up its coronavirus town hall tonight with one final question, that is likely on the minds of many Americans: How worried should I actually be?

This isn't the end of the world, said CNN's Anderson Cooper. "The water is not going to shut down. The electricity is not going to go off. The grid is not going to go offline."

Unfortunately, people will get sick, and some will die, he warned. But "the vast majority will recover."

And though we don't yet have an available vaccine, we have determined the necessary effective measures, like quarantine, contact tracing, and social distancing. Already, at least 62,000 people have recovered fully from the illness.

"It's going to be unpleasant, uncomfortable, difficult, but it is not an alien life form coming from another planet that is going to destroy the universe. It is something that is manageable and doctors know how to deal with it. It's going to be tough, but we'll get through that," Cooper said.

And as we've learned from Asia, it's important not to panic. The most important things you can do are be informed, follow officials' advice, take the necessary precautions like avoiding crowded areas and washing your hands often, and notify your local authorities if you notice symptoms.

12:08 a.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Coronavirus patient says he's still testing positive a month after contracting the virus

From CNN’s Michael Nedelman

Carl Goldman said he would remain in isolation for the coming days.
Carl Goldman said he would remain in isolation for the coming days. CNN

Coronavirus patient Carl Goldman is still testing positive for coronavirus about one month after contracting it, he told Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Thursday during CNN’s Global Town Hall, “Coronavirus: Facts and Fears.”

Goldman said he last tested positive on Thursday, meaning he would remain in isolation in Omaha, Nebraska, for the coming days while health officials continue to take samples.

"I'm not the only one," he said. "There's a bunch of us from the Diamond Princess ... that are still in the same boat I'm in."

A retrospective study published Wednesday in medical journal The Lancet found that, among nearly 200 hospitalized coronavirus patients in China, viral shedding ranged from eight to 37 days among survivors, with a median of 20 days.

12:01 a.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Managing stress is key as coronavirus pandemic spreads

Aside from washing your hands regularly, there is a lot more people should be doing to take care of themselves as coronavirus creeps into every facet of society.

This advice was shared by Dr. Christine Moutier, a psychiatrist, during CNN's coronavirus town hall.

"When we look at the data and actually past events, what we see is that during time of stress, even wartime or natural disasters, we tend to come together and that can introduce a protective effect," Moutier said. "Because this has this social distancing piece and the infectious disease contagion piece to it, I think we have to think thoughtfully about are we connecting with our loved ones? Are we checking in? Are we using technology if we need to? This is a time we can use that for good."

12:00 a.m. ET, March 13, 2020

A fourth person in Hong Kong has died after contracting the coronavirus

From journalist Anna Kam

Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority confirmed that a coronavirus patient died on Friday morning, the fourth fatality in the city related to the global pandemic. 

As of Friday, the citywide total number of cases is 131, the Hospital Authority said.

11:56 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

The residents inside Washington state nursing home have nowhere to go

A cleaning crew wearing protective clothing enters the Life Care Center on Thursday, March 12, in Kirkland, Washington. The nursing home in the Seattle suburbs has had the most deaths due to COVID-19 of anywhere in the United States.
A cleaning crew wearing protective clothing enters the Life Care Center on Thursday, March 12, in Kirkland, Washington. The nursing home in the Seattle suburbs has had the most deaths due to COVID-19 of anywhere in the United States. John Moore/Getty Images

At CNN's coronavirus town hall, one viewer brought up the Life Care Center — the nursing home in Washington state at the heart of the outbreak there.

So far, 22 deaths in Washington state are associated with the nursing home. There are still 26 other infected residents living there. Twelve residents have tested negative, while nine more have results that are either pending or inconclusive.

"Why hasn't the Life Care Center in Washington been evacuated?" one viewer asked. "Shouldn't the staff be self-quarantining? The government is leaving these people to die."

CNN National Correspondent Sara Sidner weighed in from Kirkland, Washington:

"The number one the reason this nursing facility didn't evacuate and just move patients out and get rid of the staff, was that there was no one that was willing to take these patients," Sidner said. 

Hospitals didn't want to take patients unless they had very acute, life-threatening symptoms, because of the risk they could infect other patients who are already sick in the hospital, Sidner said. And the residents' families often aren't in a position to care for their medical needs — that's why these residents are in a nursing home in the first place.

"And with some of the patients testing positive for coronavirus, they didn't want to infect families and communities. There was nowhere else for the patients to go," Sidner said.
11:54 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Los Angeles Pride organizers postpone all events in June

From CNN's Joe Sutton

Organizers of Los Angeles Pride have announced that all events related to this year’s 50th anniversary of the annual festival and parade have been postponed.

“Due to the concerns of COVID-19, CSW will postpone all events related to the 50th Anniversary of LA Pride that were scheduled for June 2020. Organizers are assessing the situation. More information to be provided around the postponement as details become available," the organization said on Twitter.