March 14 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Brett McKeehan, Ivana Kottasová and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 1024 GMT (1824 HKT) March 15, 2020
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1:42 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

US coronavirus cases exceed 2,400

From CNN's Shawn Nottingham

A nurse wearing protective clothing emerges from a tent at a Coronavirus testing center at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle on March 13.
A nurse wearing protective clothing emerges from a tent at a Coronavirus testing center at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle on March 13. John Moore/Getty Images

There are at least 2,430 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 public health systems, there are 2,430 cases in 49 states, Washington, DC, and US territories.

In total, 50 people in the US have died. 

West Virginia is the only state yet to report a case of coronavirus.

1:34 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Italy introduces new emergency measures to control coronavirus

From CNN's Helena de Moura in Atlanta

People wait in line to shop at a supermarket in Padua, Italy, on March 14. The customers are respecting the safety distance of 1 meter imposed to avoid possible contagions.
People wait in line to shop at a supermarket in Padua, Italy, on March 14. The customers are respecting the safety distance of 1 meter imposed to avoid possible contagions. Roberto Silvino/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Italian government is introducing a series of emergency measures countrywide to address the coronavirus, including the ”protocol for workplace safety” which aims to protect healthcare workers and other types of professionals from contracting the virus and alleviating the economic and physical toll the pandemic has taken on society.

“After 18 hours of long and deep discussions, we have finally signed a protocol between trade unions and trade associations. It’s for the good of the country and the safety of our health workers,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte tweeted on Saturday.

“Italy will not stop,” Conte said.

Dubbed the “super-decree,” the measures include financial support for working families across the country in addition to mandatory workplace safety improvements to help avoid contracting the virus.

“The continuation of production activities can only take place if there are conditions that ensure that people working are adequately protected,” according to the official protocol.

Other measures include incentives to protect Italians economically.

There will be a pause on mortgages and bill reductions for workers, which includes suspension of home loan installments for people who rely on social safety programs. 

 

1:17 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

"We have not reached our peak” on coronavirus, top US infectious disease doctor says

From CNN Health’s Jamie Gumbrecht

Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images
Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

The US has "not reached our peak" in terms of novel coronavirus cases in the country, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, who addressed the country today in the White House briefing room.

Fauci added that there will be more cases and more deaths, primarily among vulnerable older individuals.

On testing, Fauci said, “Now it’s all systems go. Let’s look forward,” following the declaration of a national emergency on Friday.

1:14 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Trump administration expected to extend European travel ban to include UK and Ireland

From CNN's Jamie Crawford

 Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images
 Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

The Trump administration is expected to extend the travel ban to the United States from European countries to include the United Kingdom and Ireland. 

“We’re looking at it very seriously because they have had a little bit of activity unfortunately so we are going to be looking at that, actually we already have looked at it and that is going to be announced,” Trump said during a press conference with his coronavirus task force at the White House this afternoon.

Following Trump's remarks, Vice President Mike Pence said all travel from the United Kingdom and Ireland has been suspended, effective midnight on Monday.

The same exclusions that are a part of the already existing European travel restrictions will also apply to the UK and Ireland, Pence said.

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12:45 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Trump says he has taken coronavirus test

From CNN's Kevin Bohn

Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images
Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump just announced at a press conference that he has taken a coronavirus test. He took the test Friday night after getting questions at a press conference.

Trump said he did not know the results yet and that it usually takes 1-2 days.

Before coming out to the White House press briefing room today, Trump said he had his temperature taken and later when asked how it was, he said it was normal.

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12:28 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Trump: "We're using the full power of the federal government to defeat the virus"

CNN
CNN

During a press conference this afternoon, President Trump expressed his gratitude for all the people and organizations working to address the coronavirus pandemic.

"I want to express my appreciation for the hard work done by the people behind me and the people back in the various offices," Trump said. "We're using the full power of the federal government to defeat the virus and that's what we've been doing. Last week we secured an initial $8.3 billion from Congress for the coronavirus and that was quickly done and efficiently done and I want to thank all members of Congress."

About the legislation: The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan legislative package in response to the spread of coronavirus in the early hours of Saturday morning following intense negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Trump administration.

The bill passed with broad, bipartisan support and a final tally of 363-40 with 40 Republicans voting against it and Independent Justin Amash of Michigan voting "present."

Late in the day on Friday, Trump tweeted his support for the measure that includes provisions for paid emergency leave and free testing for COVID-19, after Pelosi announced that Democrats had struck a deal with the administration.

The legislation will provide, according to Pelosi, "paid emergency leave with two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave." It will also expand federal funding for Medicaid "to support our local, state, tribal and territorial governments and health systems, so that they have the resources necessary to combat this crisis."

12:16 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Kennedy Space Center to temporarily close visitor complex due to coronavirus

From CNN’s Devon Sayers

People visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in August 2019.
People visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in August 2019. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida will be temporarily closed as of March 16 until further notice for the health and safety of employees and guests to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, according to a statement released by the Space Center.

"When it became evident that the coronavirus disease posed a health concern to the public, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex upgraded the already comprehensive and extensive availability of hand sanitizer throughout the park," the Space Center said.

The Space Center will "monitor the situation and when it is deemed safe for guests to return, the entire facility will be cleaned and sanitized prior to re-opening. This will include Kennedy Space Center Tour buses, all attractions, eateries and theaters at the main campus and at the Apollo/Saturn V Center," it said.

12:11 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Journalist denied entry into White House press briefing after having fever

From CNN's Jason Hoffman

A journalist was denied entry into the White House press briefing on the coronavirus today after having a 99.9 fever.

He was trying to get access to the briefing and was turned away and is being held by the press office on the White House driveway.

A member of the White House physician’s office, along with a press aide, made the rounds of the press area to take everyone’s temperatures.

Temperature checks have become more common around airports in an attempt to screen for coronavirus.

12:06 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Spanish government expected to introduce restrictions on "people's movements"

From CNN’s Laura Perez-Maestro in Madrid

A man pushes an empty cart in Santiago de Compostela, on March 14, 2020 after regional authorities ordered all shops in the region be shuttered from today through March 26, save for those selling food, chemists and petrol stations, in order to slow the coronavirus spread. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via Getty Images)
A man pushes an empty cart in Santiago de Compostela, on March 14, 2020 after regional authorities ordered all shops in the region be shuttered from today through March 26, save for those selling food, chemists and petrol stations, in order to slow the coronavirus spread. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via Getty Images) Miguel Riopa/AFP via Getty Images

The Spanish government is expected to introduce new restrictions as part of its efforts to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, including “limitations on people’s movements,” a government source told CNN today.

While the Spanish government has yet to confirm the official details of its action plan, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is expected to give a press conference this afternoon to further outline the government’s official response to COVID-19, following a meeting of cabinet ministers.

Some context: Spain has become the latest epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe, having the most infections following Italy.

To date, there have been 133 deaths related to COVID-19 in Spain and 5,232 confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The surge in confirmed cases across Spain has led to the declaration of a 15-day state of emergency, Sanchez said Thursday.