March 21 coronavirus news

By Joshua Berlinger, Brett McKeehan, Jack Guy, Fernando Alfonso III and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 0215 GMT (1015 HKT) March 22, 2020
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5:51 p.m. ET, March 21, 2020

Missouri governor says social distancing order will go into effect Monday

From CNN’s Deanna Hackney 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said the social distancing order he announced Friday will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday and last until April 6 unless it is extended.

At a Saturday press conference, Parson said:

  • Missourians should avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • Avoid eating or drinking at restaurants, bars, or food courts. The use of drive-through delivery or pickup is allowed.
  • No visiting nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes or assisted living homes unless it is to provide “critical assistance."
  • All schools will remain closed.

In addition, the filing and/or payment of state income taxes has been extended to July 15 and an automatic extension of driver's license renewals and vehicle registrations by two months has been granted. 

6:00 p.m. ET, March 21, 2020

Lebanon to use security patrols and checkpoints to prevent people from leaving homes

From CNN’s Ghazi Balkiz

Police patrol a street in Beirut, Lebanon, on March 16.
Police patrol a street in Beirut, Lebanon, on March 16. Bilal Jawich/Xinhua/Getty Images

Lebanese Security Forces are implementing a plan to prevent people from leaving their homes to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country, Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said during a press briefing Saturday.

These plans include security patrols, setting up checkpoints on small, main and international roads to impose the procedures," Diab said, adding that “violators will be prosecuted by the judicial authorities.”

Diab asked the Lebanese people to cooperate with the government.

"I call upon you to implement a self-curfew, because the state alone cannot face this crawling epidemic, the responsibility here is, an individual, social and official responsibility, we are in grave danger, and our victory can only be achieved through the integration of the state, the society and the citizen."

Earlier Saturday, the Lebanese Minister of Public Health Hamad Hassan tweeted that the country has "slipped into the (virus) outbreak" phase, as the number of cases increased by 81 cases in the last 48 hours.

On Sunday, Lebanese Minister of Information Manal Abdul Samad said in a press conference that "public and private gatherings are banned" and that people are "obligated to stay in their homes unless there is an extreme necessity" to leave them.

5:48 p.m. ET, March 21, 2020

FAA lifts ground stops at New York area airports after air traffic controller and trainee test positive for coronavirus

From CNN's Michael Callahan

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Saturday via Twitter that ground stops in New York have been lifted after an air traffic controller and a trainee tested positive for coronavirus.

5:21 p.m. ET, March 21, 2020

Apple to donate masks in US and Europe, CEO says

Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted Saturday that the tech company will be donating "millions of masks for health professionals in the US and Europe."

To every one of the heroes on the front lines, we thank you," Cook tweeted.

5:12 p.m. ET, March 21, 2020

Coronavirus global cases surpass 300,000, Johns Hopkins reports

From CNN's Jennifer Hauser

The number of cases of coronavirus worldwide is now at 303,001, according to the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center

The total deaths globally is 12,944.

The countries with the highest number of cases are China, Italy and Spain, respectively.

The countries with the highest number of deaths, in order, are Italy, China and Iran.

5:17 p.m. ET, March 21, 2020

South Carolina extends tax deadline and allows curbside alcohol sales

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

More than half of employees in South Carolina are working from home, according to a press release from state Gov. Henry McMaster.

For 52 of 74 state agencies, a reported 13,902 employees were either working from home or taking leave while 11,411 employees remained at work, the release said.

McMaster extended the state's income tax deadline to July 15 to match the new federal deadline, the release said. He issued an executive order to direct the state's Department of Revenue to waive additional regulations allowing restaurants to sell wine and beer "to go" for curbside pickup orders, the release said.

5:13 p.m. ET, March 21, 2020

Second NHL player tests positive for coronavirus

From CNN’s Kevin Dotson 

The Ottawa Senators announced that a second player on the team has tested positive for coronavirus. This news comes days after another player on the team had tested positive. Neither player has been identified. 

"The player was part of the recent away trip that included games in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles. The total number of people that travelled with the club is 52, including players, staff, media, guests and flight crew. Of those on the trip, 44 have shown no symptoms, eight people have been tested, and two positive results were received. We are awaiting the results from tests that took place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday," the team said in a statement.

The team had been asked to self-quarantine since March 13. So far, the Senators are the only team in the NHL to announce that a player has tested positive for coronavirus.

5:08 p.m. ET, March 21, 2020

Pro soccer star tests positive for coronavirus

From CNN’s Kevin Dotson 

Soccer player Paulo Dybala, a forward for Italian Serie A club Juventus, tested positive for coronavirus, according to an announcement on his Twitter account.

Dybala's girlfriend, singer, actress and model Oriana Sabatini, also tested positive.


Dybala is the third Juventus player known to have contracted Covid-19 after Blaise Matuidi and Daniele Rugani.

Dybala is an Argentinian national who also plays for Argentina's national team.

4:49 p.m. ET, March 21, 2020

Illinois 'stay at home' order takes effect at 6 p.m.

From CNN’s Deanna Hackney 

A person walks down a sidewalk in Chicago, Illinois, on March 20.
A person walks down a sidewalk in Chicago, Illinois, on March 20. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker reminded Illinois residents that a "stay at home" order will go into effect for the state at 6 p.m. Saturday – an announcement he originally made on Friday.

“Please remember that the grocery stores and gas stations and pharmacies will all be open tomorrow and Monday and Tuesday, and every day after that, and they are constantly being restocked," Pritzker said at a press conference Saturday.

Pritzker issued a "call to action" for all former physicians, nurses, physicians assistants, nurse practitioners and respiratory care therapists who have recently left their fields to "come back and join the fight against Covid-19."

Pritzker said the state will be waiving fees and expediting license renewals so the health care professionals can rejoin the workforce quickly.