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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4:58 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

US now has over 2,500 cases of coronavirus

From CNN's Shawn Nottingham

Nurses work at a drive-through coronavirus testing center at the University of Washington Medical Campus in Seattle on Friday.
Nurses work at a drive-through coronavirus testing center at the University of Washington Medical Campus in Seattle on Friday. John Moore/Getty Images

There are at least 2,548 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.

A total of 50 people have died as of Saturday afternoon.

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 2,548 cases in 49 states, the District of Columbia and US territories.

4:45 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

South Carolina medical and nursing boards to issue emergency licenses

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

The South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners and the state's Board of Nursing will begin issuing temporary licenses to out-of-state medical professionals during the coronavirus outbreak, according to a news release from Gov. Henry McMaster.

This is another great tool to combat this virus' potential impact to our state," McMaster said. "The ability to expedite this licensure process gives us greater assurance that we will have the medical health professionals and resources we need in order to keep South Carolinians safe."

The Medical Board can issue temporary licenses for out-of-state physicians, physician assistants and respiratory care practitioners within 24 hours, the release said. There is no fee for these 90-day temporary licenses, the release said.

For nurses, South Carolina is part of the Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact (eNLC), meaning registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) from 32 other states can work in South Carolina at any time, the release states. The SC Board of Nursing can also expedite licenses of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), as well as RNs and LPNs from non-compact states. The license is good for 15 days, but may be renewed, the release said.

4:33 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Dallas Municipal Court rescheduling trials and jury duty because of coronavirus

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

The Dallas Municipal Court is rescheduling trials and jury duty in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus, according to a news release from the city of Dallas.

All cases set for trial from Monday to April 3 will be rescheduled to a later date, the release said.

All other hearings -- including pre-trial, contested and show cause hearings -- will continue as normal, according to the release.

4:09 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Bahamas won't permit cruise ship to dock due to coronavirus

From CNN's Patrick Oppmann in Havana

The Bahamas is not allowing the MS Braemar cruise ship, which has five coronavirus cases on board, to dock.

"The Ministry of Transport and local government reiterates that the MS Braemar cruise ship will not be permitted to dock at any port in the Bahamas and no persons will be permitted to disembark the vessel ... the government of the Bahamas will provide the Braemar with humanitarian assistance," a statement from the Bahamas Ministry of Transport said.
4:16 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

White House starts temperature checks for those who come into contact with Trump, Pence

From CNN's Jason Hoffman and Veronica Stracqualursi

A White House Physicians office staff member checks the temperature of a journalist at the White House on March 14.
A White House Physicians office staff member checks the temperature of a journalist at the White House on March 14. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

The White House said today it will start conducting temperature checks for individuals who come into close contact with President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence amid the coronavirus outbreak.

"Out of an abundance of caution, temperature checks are now being performed on any individuals who are in close contact with the President and Vice President," Judd Deere, deputy press secretary, said in a statement.

On Saturday, a member of the White House physician's office, accompanied by a press aide, made the rounds, taking the temperature of members of the media ahead of Trump, Pence and the White House task force's news conference.

Earlier today: A journalist was denied entry into the press briefing after having a temperature of 99.9 degrees.

The reporter, who was trying to gain access to the briefing, was turned away and held by the press office on the White House driveway. CNN was present for one of the temperature checks and saw the thermometer read 99.9 degrees.

4:03 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

2 cruise ships are quarantined off Chile's coast

From CNN's Helena de Moura and Marlon Sorto in Atlanta 

Two cruise ships with about 1,300 people on board are now quarantined off the coast of Chile as one passenger tested positive for coronavirus, Chile's Health Minister Jaime Manalich said during a press conference in Santiago on Saturday.

Manalich said an 83-year-old English man tested positive and is being treated at the Coyhaique hospital “in good condition." He was on board the Silver Explorer, a luxury expedition cruise ship.

The Silver Explorer is now docked in the city of Castro, the minister said.

The vessel is carrying 111 passengers and 120 crew members, according to Chilean officials.

And a second ship, the Azamara Pursuit, has not reported any cases but remains under quarantine; there are two suspected cases on that ship.

“We have a cruise ship with the name of Azamara which originated in the Argentinean city of Ushuaia that began its journey on March 8 carrying 675 passengers and 389 crewmembers,” the minister said.

3:36 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Seattle mayor to halt residential evictions due to coronavirus

From CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signed an emergency order to halt residential evictions in order to prevent Seattle families from losing their homes as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a statement released from the mayor’s office on Saturday.

The temporary moratorium goes into effect immediately for any residential eviction action related to the non-payment of rent, the statement reads.

“We have entered an unprecedented era for our city. Too many families are already struggling, and COVID-19 virus has disproportionately affected the communities who can least afford it. As we take steps to slow the spread of the virus across Seattle’s communities, a part of that response is to ensure that families are not displaced and forced into homelessness,” Durkan said.
3:26 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Trump says he spoke with Canada's prime minister about coronavirus

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with President Trump today about coronavirus and to update the US leader on the status of Canada's first lady, who recently tested positive for COVID-19.

"Just had a nice conversation with Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau of Canada. Great to hear that his wonderful wife Sophie is doing very well. The United States and Canada will continue to coordinate closely together on COVID-19," Trump tweeted this afternoon.

Trudeau isolated himself after his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week.

Grégoire Trudeau had mild symptoms and will remain in isolation for 14 days, the Prime Minister's office said in a statement late Thursday.

She came down with mild flu-like symptoms Wednesday following a speaking engagement in the UK. Health officials are reaching out to those who've been in contact with her, the office said

Read Trump's message below:

3:41 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

France to close all restaurants, cafes, cinemas and clubs due to coronavirus

From Barbara Wojazer in Paris

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announces new measures to limit the spread of coronavirus on March 14 in Paris.
French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announces new measures to limit the spread of coronavirus on March 14 in Paris. Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced on Saturday that his country will increase social distancing to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. 

In a televised press conference, Philippe said that starting at midnight Saturday all places that are not essential to French living, including restaurants, cafes, cinemas and clubs, will be closed.

The closure order includes all businesses except those that are essential.

“Markets and food shops, pharmacies, gas stations, banks, newspaper and tobacco stores will remain open,” Philippe said. "Places of worships will remain open, but religious ceremonies and gatherings will be postponed."

Philippe acknowledged that the French people find the concept of social distancing repugnant, "because we are a people that likes to gather, a joyful people, a people that likes to live together... Maybe even more when fear starts to spread."

“We have seen too many people in cafes and restaurants. In usual times, this would make me happy. Because this is the France we all love. But for a few weeks, this is not what we should be doing," Philippe added.