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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7:50 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

IOC president says governing body will listen to WHO's recommendation about future of Tokyo Olympics

From CNN's Homero De La Fuente


If the World Health Organization says the Olympic Games should be canceled, they will be, the Olympics' governing body president said.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said in an interview with CNN affiliate ARD on Thursday that the IOC will listen to the advice of the WHO, and if the WHO tells the IOC to cancel the 2020 Tokyo Games, the IOC will follow that recommendation.

"We listen to the advice of the WHO that is the expert group who is responsible for exactly these questions," he told ARD. "That is why we have been linked to the WHO in a task force since mid-February and have constant contact. ... We will follow the advice of the WHO."
7:48 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Miami mayor says he's starting to feel the symptoms of coronavirus


Miami Mayor Francis Suarez learned Friday that he tested positive for coronavirus and he said he's already starting to feel the symptoms.

"You know it feels similar to the on set of a cold," he told CNN's Erin Burnett on Friday.

Suarez said he plans to share his experience in the hopes that "it calms people down because it's something I'm going through myself."

The mayor went on to say that he's not sure where he caught the virus, but noted that he was recently in close proximity of someone who tested positive for the virus.

In a statement that he released earlier, Suarez said, "If we did not shake hands or you did not come into contact with me if I coughed or sneezed, there is no action you need to take whatsoever. If we did, however, touch or shake hands, or if I sneezed or coughed near you since Monday, it is recommended that you self-isolate for 14 days, but you do not need to get tested."

7:48 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

ICE suspends social visitation at detention facilities because of coronavirus

From CNN's Priscilla Alvarez

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement is suspending social visitation at detention facilities “as a precautionary measure,” the agency announced Friday in a statement. 

There have not been any confirmed cases among detainees in custody, ICE said, adding that the agency is incorporating US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and instituting screening guidance for new arrivals. 

8:03 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Poland will close borders to foreigners due to coronavirus

From CNN’s Artur Osinski in London

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki
Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki Julien Warnand/Pool/AFP/Getty Images/FILE

Poland will not allow non-resident foreigners into the country for at least 10 days, starting Sunday midnight local time, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced Friday.

He said the measures were being implemented to tackle the spread of the novel coronavirus. Any Poles coming from abroad will be automatically put into quarantine for 14 days. Goods will be allowed to go through. All international flights and train services will be suspended. 

Starting Saturday midnight local time, shopping malls will be partially shut, with only pharmacies, grocery stores, laundromats and chemical stores open. All dine-in restaurants, pubs, bars, casinos and nightclubs will be shut for at least 14 days. It will be possible to order takeaway or delivery food. All gatherings of more than 50 people will be banned. 

At least 68 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Poland. Two deaths from coronavirus have also been reported there.

7:18 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Trump declares Sunday a national day of prayer

From CNN's Jason Hoffman

President Trump tweeted that he is declaring Sunday will be a National Day of Prayer as many churches around the country are closed due to the spread of coronavirus.

Large gatherings have been discouraged as social distancing is being used in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus.

"No matter where you may be, I encourage you to turn towards prayer in an act of faith. Together, we will easily PREVAIL!" he wrote in a subsequent tweet.

Read Trump's tweet:

7:16 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Uruguay reports first cases of coronavirus

From CNN's Jackie Castillo

Uruguay’s Ministry of Health reported four people have tested positive for coronavirus Friday. These are the first cases of coronavirus reported in Uruguay.

All four people entered the country earlier this month from Milan, Italy, the ministry tweeted.

According to statement, the patients are stable and at home.

7:14 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Three more shows suspend TV production over coronavirus concerns

From CNN’S Sandra Gonzalez

Three more series have decided to suspend production in wake of heightened concerns over coronavirus. 

On Friday, Ellen DeGeneres announced on Twitter her daytime talk show would suspend production until March 30. 

Comedy Central also said two of its series, “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” and “Lights Out with David Spade” would also suspend production. 

“Our top priority is the safety of our guests and staff. Beginning Monday, March 16th, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Lights Out with David Spade will temporarily suspend production as a precautionary measure. We will continue to closely monitor the situation per guidance issued by the CDC and public health authorities and hope to return Monday, March 30th," Comedy Central said in a statement.

6:53 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

16 states have closed schools over coronavirus concerns

States across the US are closing schools in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Here are some of the states that have deployed such measures:

  1. Alabama
  2. Wisconsin
  3. Maryland
  4. Ohio
  5. Kentucky
  6. Washington
  7. West Virginia
  8. Illinois
  9. Pennsylvania
  10. Louisiana
  11. Rhode Island
  12. Michigan
  13. New Mexico
  14. Oregon
  15. Virginia
  16. Utah
7:04 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Trump says some cruise lines will suspend outbound cruises for 30 days

President Trump tweeted that at his request, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and MSC cruise lines will suspend outbound cruises for 30 days.

In his Rose Garden address earlier Friday, the President said “we’ll be helping” the cruise line industry but did not directly answer if there would be a bailout provided.

Read the President's tweet:

Norwegian CEO Harry Sommer confirmed in a statement his company's cruise lines would not operate until April 12.

"While we have not had any confirmed cases across our 17-ship fleet and are taking this measure in an abundance of caution, we felt it necessary to do our part," he said.