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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5:19 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

At least 2,033 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the US

From CNN's Allison Flexner

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (orange)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the US, emerging from the surface of cells (gray) cultured in the lab.
This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (orange)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the US, emerging from the surface of cells (gray) cultured in the lab. NIAID-RML

There are at least 2,033 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 1,963 cases in 48 states and the District of Columbia, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases to 2,033. In total, 47 people have died.  

5:11 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

DHS directs passengers from Europe zone to 13 airports

From CNN's Geneva Sands

Americans returning from all restricted countries, including the European zone, China and Iran, will be required to travel through one of 13 US airports, according to guidance from the Department of Homeland Security. 

The mandate is effective for flights taking off at 11:59 p.m. tonight. Eleven airports have already been in use for travelers from China and Iran.

Those include: 

  1. California: San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  2. California: Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX)
  3. Georgia: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  4. Hawaii: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)
  5. Illinois: Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  6. Michigan: Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
  7. New Jersey: Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  8. New York: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  9. Texas: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  10. Virginia: Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  11. Washington state: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

Miami International Airport and Logan International Airport in Boston will be added to the list.

When people arrive, they will proceed through standard customs processing, then they will then continue to "enhanced entry screening" where they will be asked about medical history, current condition, and asked for contact information for local health authorities, DHS said. 

Passengers will be given written guidance about COVID-19, directed to proceed to their final destination and "immediately home-quarantine."

5:08 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Ukraine to close borders to foreign nationals for two weeks

From CNN’s Nathan Hodge in Moscow

The Ukrainian government will close the Ukrainian border to foreign nationals for two weeks by Monday, a statement on the Ukrainian presidential website said.

A readout of a meeting of the country’s National Security and Defense Council posted late Friday afternoon said the Ukrainian border would be closed to foreign nationals for two weeks within 48 hours.

Ukraine has had three confirmed cases of novel coronavirus and one death, according to Johns Hopkins University.

5:04 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

DC metro system to reduce service for rail and buses


A woman reads a public awareness sign in response to the coronavirus outbreak as she waits for a train in the DC Metro on March 10.
A woman reads a public awareness sign in response to the coronavirus outbreak as she waits for a train in the DC Metro on March 10. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

The Washington Metro system will reduce service starting on Monday for both rail and buses.

During the week, trains and buses will now run on a Saturday frequency.

The system has also raised its response to Phase 3 of its Pandemic Flu Plan – the highest level.

4:53 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" suspends production 

From CNN’s Sandra Gonzalez

Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images/FILE
Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images/FILE

ABC television has announced that “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will suspend production starting March 16.

According to an ABC Entertainment spokesperson, they “hope to be back on the air with new shows Monday, March 30.” 

The network’s long-running soap opera, “General Hospital,” will also suspend production through Friday, April 10. The network does not anticipate “an interruption in the broadcast of original episodes.”

5:13 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Trump says he'll "most likely" get tested for coronavirus

Alex Brandon/AP
Alex Brandon/AP

Push by reporters on why he hasn't been tested for coronavirus after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus, President Trump said, "I didn't say I wasn't going to be tested."

He followed up that "most likely" he'll get tested but didn't say when.

More on this: Fabio Wajngarten, the press secretary for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday.

Trump was in close physical proximity with the Wajngarten Saturday night in Florida, two people familiar tell CNN. The Brazilian press secretary attended the dinner Trump hosted at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, took a photo with the President and later stood feet away from Trump as he spoke during Kimberly Guilfoyle's birthday, the sources said.


4:27 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Trump: "Anyone can be a carrier" of coronavirus

From CNN's Betsy Klein

Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump on Friday said that the threat of novel coronavirus to young, healthy Americans "remains very low," but warned that "anyone can be a carrier" of the virus.

The remarks came as he has not been tested for coronavirus despite extended contact with someone who has been diagnosed

"While the risks to young and healthy Americans remains very low — read a lot about this in the last two weeks — anyone can be a carrier for the virus and risk transmission to older Americans and those with underlying health conditions, and those who are most at risk, they have not done very well," Trump said in the Rose Garden. 

He continued: "Older Americans, who are — especially if they have a health problem — have not done well. We must take all precautions and be responsible for the actions that we take." 

Trump has previously said "the risk to the American people remains very low" — today, he added the "young" and "healthy" caveats. 

The White House has said repeatedly that the President is asymptomatic and will not be tested, however, as CNN has reported, officials are now weighing whether Trump, who is in the age group of those who are more likely to get seriously ill if infected, should be tested. 

Other politicians who have had similar types of contact with those who have tested positive for the virus have self-quarantined out of an abundance of caution

4:26 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Trump says he does not support House coronavirus bill

From CNN's Sarah Westwood and Jason Hoffman

Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump said Friday he does not currently support the House Democrats’ coronavirus bill, which would among other things provide paid leave to Americans who can’t go into work during the pandemic. 

 “We just don’t think they’re giving enough, we don’t think the Democrats are giving enough,” Trump said during an appearance in the Rose Garden.

"We thought we had something, but all of a sudden they didn’t agree to certain things,” Trump said of Democrats.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin spoke eight times Friday as they worked to negotiate a coronavirus response all sides can support, although sticking points over the paid leave aspects of the legislation remain. 

"They’re not doing what’s right for the country,” Trump said.

4:24 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Trump says he's experiencing "no symptoms" despite contact with infected Brazilian official

President Trump said he is experiencing no symptoms of the coronavirus despite meeting last week with a Brazilian official who tested positive for coronavirus.

"No. We have no symptoms whatsoever," Trump said, in response to a question from a reporter in the Rose Garden about whether he is planning to take any kind of precautionary measure to protect him and his staff.

He said he had a "fantastic meeting" with Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro whose aide tested positive for coronavirus after the meeting with Trump. Trump pointed out that Bolsonaro tested negative.