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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10:12 p.m. ET, March 21, 2020

Our live coverage of the coronavirus outbreak has moved here.

10:11 p.m. ET, March 21, 2020

A soldier at the US's Fort Carson base has tested positive for coronavirus

From CNN’s Leslie Perrot

A Fort Carson soldier has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement from the base.

The Colorado National Guard soldier was being housed at the Colorado National Guard’s 168th Regional Training Institute at Fort Carson.

The soldier will remain in isolation, is in good spirits and doesn’t require hospitalization at this time, the release sad.

More than 360 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Colorado, including four who have died.

10:07 p.m. ET, March 21, 2020

An airport officer in the US tested positive for coronavirus

A Transportation Security Administration officer working at Dulles International Airport in Virginia has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The individual has been quarantined and is resting at home, the TSA said in a statement.

Here's what else the statement said:

“TSA confirms that a Transportation Security Administration officer who works at Washington Dulles International Airport tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.
The individual is quarantined and resting at home. TSA employees who work the same shift and may have come in contact with the officer who tested positive during the past 14 days have been alerted about the situation so that they can take action as appropriate."  
9:59 p.m. ET, March 21, 2020

California Governor urges residents not to be selfish and stay home

People visit the beach in Huntington Beach, California, on March 21.
People visit the beach in Huntington Beach, California, on March 21. Michael Heiman/Getty Images

California Governor Gavin Newsom is telling young people at beaches that the outbreak is not the time to party -- it's time to stay home.

“Don’t be selfish,” Newsom said, adding that for young people “thinking this is a party, (it's) time to grow up,”

He encouraged everyone to stay at home to combat the coronavirus outbreak, saying that it was best to assume you are contagious and distance yourself from others. 

Testing issues: The Governor said the big issue around testing is about swabs and gathering evidence. There was a need for targeting testing, he said.

He said he was encouraged by the spirit of collaboration and offers of help from Tim Cook and Elon Musk.

Housing issues: Housing the homeless in hotel rooms and trailers is a priority, he said. His office has identified 1,000 additional nursing facility beds that could be readied for the senior community.

9:45 p.m. ET, March 21, 2020

Anyone who arrives in Hawaii will be subject to a 14-day quarantine

Anyone arriving in the state of Hawaii -- including returning residents -- will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

The mandate, which is the first of its kind in the United States, will go into effect Thursday at 12:01 a.m. and remain in place until further notice, the state's governor David Ige said.

“We want this action to send a message to visitors and residents: we appreciate their love for Hawaii, at this time we believe our community is very, very important and we need to come together as a community to fight this virus,” he said at a press conference.

Ige said that while the economy will suffer from this move, it was necessary. Violators could be subject to a $5,000 fine and a year imprisonment.

9:38 p.m. ET, March 21, 2020

Coronavirus is the most severe crisis since World War II, says Italian Prime Minister

From CNN's Valentina DiDonato in Rome

A girl watches Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announce the shut down of all non-essential production activities on March 21, in Rome, Italy.
A girl watches Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announce the shut down of all non-essential production activities on March 21, in Rome, Italy. Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that all "non-essential factories" must close as Italy faces "the most severe crisis since WWII."

That restriction applies to any factories not involved in producing food or medical equipment.

Speaking via Facebook live Saturday, Conte announced that the more severe measures were necessary due to the increasing number of coronavirus deaths.

Italy has recorded 53,578 cases and 4,825 deaths.

“The death of many of our citizens is a pain that we deal with everyday. The deaths we continue to hear of are not just numbers, they are people," he said.

All pharmacies, food stores, financial services and public transportation will continue to remain open in Italy, Conte said.

"(The measure) will allow us to return to our factories, our piazzas, hugging our friends again. We do this because we love Italy.”

9:27 p.m. ET, March 21, 2020

302 people have died from coronavirus in the United States

A doctor examines Juan Vasquez inside a testing tent at St. Barnabas hospital in New York City on March 20.
A doctor examines Juan Vasquez inside a testing tent at St. Barnabas hospital in New York City on March 20. Misha Friedman/Getty Images

There are now at least 23,649 cases of coronavirus in the United States and 302 people have died from the virus, according to a CNN tally.

This includes cases in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases.

Here are the worst affected states:

  • New York -- 10,356 cases, 53 deaths
  • Washington -- 1,793 cases, 94 deaths
  • New Jersey -- 1,327 cases, 16 deaths
  • California -- 1,200 cases, 24 deaths

9:20 p.m. ET, March 21, 2020

Eritrea has reported its first case of coronavirus

From CNN's Taylor Barnes in Atlanta

Eritrea's Ministry of Information has reported the east African country's first case of coronavirus.

A 39-year-old Eritrean man tested positive for coronavirus, the ministry said.

The man has permanent residence in Norway and flew back to Eritrea Saturday morning local time via airline FlyDubai.

The man was exhibiting symptoms during the screening at Asmara International Airport. He was immediately quarantined and tested. 

9:16 p.m. ET, March 21, 2020

US workers may get "unemployment insurance on steroids"

The United State's emergency stimulus package will help the workers hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

Schumer told CNN’s Wolf Blizter on The Situation Room on Saturday night that a tentpole of the stimulus package was putting “workers first” by giving them “unemployment insurance on steroids.” 

“If you can’t work because your business is closed for all the obvious reasons, you will get your full pay from the federal government and unemployment insurance on steroids will cover all workers," Schumer said.
"It will cover part-time workers, workers who are independent, it will cover the freelancers, and you will be able to stay on this for four months."

Under this scheme, Schumer noted that workers would be “furloughed by their employer so that you can go back to work.” 

About 75 million residents of Connecticut, Illinois, New York and California have been ordered to remain at home to slow the spread of coronavirus.