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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11:34 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Aruba announces first two coronavirus cases

The Caribbean island of Aruba has confirmed its first two cases of the novel coronavirus, according to local travel agent Visit Aruba New, citing a press conference from Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes.

One patient is an Aruban national who recently entered the island from New York, and the other is an American national. Both patients have been isolated, the report said.

The Prime Minister also announced that as of Sunday, travelers from Europe will not be allowed to enter Aruba until at least March 31, with the exception of Aruban nationals.

11:23 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

An American in Italy has advice for anyone living under quarantine: Follow the rules

From CNN's Steve Almasy

Cristina Higgins.
Cristina Higgins. (CNN)

In northern Italy, life is difficult right now. In a country with more than 17,000 cases of the novel coronavirus, staying at home but for a solo trip to the store is the way of life.

American Cristina Higgins lives with her family in Bergamo, near Milan. On Friday, she told CNN's Erin Burnett that being in a country with a mandatory lockdown is like "living with dread."

Almost everything is closed and movement is restricted. Only supermarkets and pharmacies are open. Only one person from each household can go on a shopping run. Police write tickets for people who are out wandering. Lines sometimes form outside the stores because only a certain number of people are allowed inside at one time, and they must remain 3 feet apart.

Yet Higgins said it was in everyone's best interest to comply.

"I would encourage every family to try to think of it is a reason why you should do this," she told CNN. "I encourage everybody ... to comply. And we can all get through this together."

Not everyone is adhering to the rules, she said. A woman in her community who has COVID-19 recently went out in public.

"It's very difficult. It's very, very difficult," she said. "It is, unfortunately despite all that Italy has done, they think that it may not be enough (because not every person is complying)."

Read the full story here.

11:06 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Number of new coronavirus cases continues to decline in South Korea

A worker disinfects a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, on March 13.
A worker disinfects a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, on March 13. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

South Korea confirmed 107 new coronavirus cases Friday, bringing the national total to 8,086, according to the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

It was the lowest daily increase since February 22, and followed a week-long trend of diminishing case numbers.

Of the new cases, 62 are from the southern city of Daegu, where the outbreak has been concentrated. Another six are from North Gyeongsang Province, which surrounds Daegu. About 88% of all cases nationwide are from Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province.

Thirteen new cases are from Seoul, where a new cluster was identified at a call center this week.

The KCDC also confirmed another five coronavirus deaths, taking the country's toll to 72.

Slowdown after aggressive response: Earlier this week, South Korea's health minister told CNN he hoped the country had "passed the peak" of the outbreak.

Numbers spiked in February, with clusters linked to the Shincheonji religious group — and officials responded with fast, accessible testing, contact tracing, and a widespread public health campaign.

Authorities also turned to creative technologies like GPS to monitor home quarantines and a smartphone app to collect citizens' symptom reports every day.

10:49 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Turkey is suspending flights to nine European countries

Medical staff wearing protective suits wait for passengers and crew members returning from coronavirus-hit Iran to disembark at Esenboga International airport in Turkey on February 25.
Medical staff wearing protective suits wait for passengers and crew members returning from coronavirus-hit Iran to disembark at Esenboga International airport in Turkey on February 25. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey announced that it will halt travel to and from nine European countries, effective today.

Passengers coming from Germany, Spain, France, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands will not be allowed into Turkey, said Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, according to Turkey's state run news agency Anadolu.

Travel from Turkey to those countries will also be suspended.

Travelers who already have tickets from those countries to Turkey between today and April 17 can change their reservations free of charge, as long as the new reservation is a flight before May 31, Turkish Airlines said on its website.

Turkey has five confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to WHO and Johns Hopkins University & Medical.

10:30 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

New Zealand cancels Christchurch shooting memorial service because of the coronavirus

From CNN's Chermaine Lee in Hong Kong

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a press conference at the Justice and Emergency Services precinct on March 13 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a press conference at the Justice and Emergency Services precinct on March 13 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

New Zealand has canceled its National Remembrance Service for the first anniversary of the Christchurch mosque attacks over coronavirus safety fears.

The service, originally set for tomorrow, was “expected to attract a large crowd, with many travelling from around New Zealand and from overseas,” said a statement from the Christchurch City Council released today.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden was quoted in the statement saying that while there has been “no community transmission” of the coronavirus in the country, the government is “taking a cautious approach” as it would be difficult to trace who had come into contact with the participants.

New Zealand has four cases so far, several of whom had traveled to the hard-hit countries of Italy and Iran.

10:14 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Netflix is pausing production in the US and Canada due to restrictions and health precautions

From CNN’s Natasha Chen

 Filip Radwanski/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
 Filip Radwanski/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Netflix is pausing scripted TV and film production in the US and Canada for two weeks due to government restrictions and health and safety precautions, a source with knowledge of the situation tells CNN.

Entertainment sector hit: Netflix joins other shows and members of the entertainment industry suspending operations over the coronavirus. Ellen DeGeneres' daytime talk show is suspended until March 30, while two Comedy Central series, “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” and “Lights Out with David Spade,” are also suspending production. 

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” and “Real Time with Bill Maher,” and ABC's “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” are all temporarily halting production.

Disney has also paused production on some of its live-action movies, including "The Little Mermaid," "Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings," and "Peter Pan and Wendy."

10:05 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

There is only one US state left without coronavirus cases

The United States now has 2,204 cases of the coronavirus and 49 deaths, according to state and local health agencies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

70 cases are repatriated citizens, like those evacuated from mainland China and the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

2,134 cases were detected and tested in the US.

These include presumptive positive cases, that have tested positive in public health labs and are pending final confirmation from the CDC lab.

US territories have also reported cases; Puerto Rico just confirmed its first three cases today.

The virus has now been reported in 49 states -- making West Virginia the only state yet to report a case.

10:23 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

France confirms 800 new cases in a day

From CNN's Anastasia Graham-Yooll in London and Jennifer Hauser in Atlanta

A woman stands under a public health message in a shopping center in Saint-Herblain, France, on March 13.
A woman stands under a public health message in a shopping center in Saint-Herblain, France, on March 13. Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

The number of coronavirus cases in France jumped by 800 from Thursday to Friday, French Health Minister Olivier Veran said at a news conference.

A dramatic jump: Just a few days ago, France was reporting about 200 cases a day, which had already been enough to raise alarm of an outbreak in the country.

France now has 3,661 cases nationwide and 79 deaths, according to the health ministry and Johns Hopkins University & Medicine.

9:50 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Another patient died in California, raising the state death toll to 5

California's Santa Clara County has announced another death due to the coronavirus.

The patient was a woman in her 80s, who was hospitalized March 9, the county confirmed in a statement.

She was the second coronavirus death in the county, and fifth in the state.  

"The Public Health Department is saddened to share this news and expresses its condolences to her family," the statement said.