March 22 coronavirus news

By Julia Hollingsworth, Jenni Marsh, Rob Picheta, Fernando Alfonso III and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 10:30 p.m. ET, March 22, 2020
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8:39 p.m. ET, March 22, 2020

Philadelphia announces stay-at-home order

From CNN’s Anna Sturla

A pedestrian walks past Independence Hall in Philadelphia on Monday, March 16.
A pedestrian walks past Independence Hall in Philadelphia on Monday, March 16. Matt Rourke/AP

Pennsylvania’s largest city announced a stay-at-home order Sunday, prohibiting "all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit," according to a press release from the Philadelphia mayor's office.

The order will go into effect Monday at 8 a.m.

Essential personal activities, such as obtaining essential goods and services, seeking medical attention, caring for family members in another household, or reporting to a job at an essential business, are exempt from the restriction.

7:43 p.m. ET, March 22, 2020

Two Chicago police officers test positive for coronavirus

From CNN’s Deanna Hackney 

Nam Y. Huh/AP
Nam Y. Huh/AP

Two Chicago Police Department officers have tested positive for coronavirus, according to city police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. 

In a statement on his Twitter account, Guglielmi says that "both officers are in good spirits & all cases appear separate and distinct from one another."

Chicago police are working closely with the city's health department to "implement best possible infection controls for affected officers & areas," Guglielmi said.

The total number of Chicago police officers who have tested positive is now three, according to Officer Steve Rusanov.

7:37 p.m. ET, March 22, 2020

23 dead in prison riots in Colombia prompted by coronavirus fears, Ministry of Justice says

From CNN’s Radina Gigova, Jackie Castillo and Taylor Barnes 

Nationwide prison riots in Colombia prompted by coronavirus fears have left at least 23 inmates dead and 83 injured, the country's Ministry of Justice said on Sunday

Today is a very sad and painful day for the country," Justice Minister Margarita Cabello said in a video address. 

"I have to inform you that last night there was a massive and criminal escape attempt at the La Modelo prison and revolts at different penitentiary centers in the country," she said. 

The escape attempt at Bogota’s La Modelo prison, one of the country’s largest and most overpopulated prisons, resulted in the reported 23 dead and 83 injured Cabello said. 

"There were no escapes," said Cabello, adding, "Nor was there was a sanitary problem that could have prompted this plan and these revolts."

Cabello said as of Sunday, there are zero inmates or prison personnel who have tested positive for coronavirus or who have been isolated because of coronavirus.

Earlier Sunday, Colombian President Ivan Duque said security forces and prison authorities are responding to "disorders in different parts of the country."

7:41 p.m. ET, March 22, 2020

President Trump outlines aid to three major US coronavirus hot spots

From Nicky Robertson

Patrick Semansky/AP
Patrick Semansky/AP

President Donald Trump outlined on Sunday the aid being sent to New York, Washington and California, the three major hot spots of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

He announced federal medical stations that will be delivered within the next 48 hours:

  • Four large federal medical stations with 1,000 beds to New York
  • Eight large federal medical stations with 2,000 beds to California
  • Three large and four small federal medical stations with 1,000 beds total to Washington

 Trump outlined the specific number of items being sent to New York and Washington.

 Supplies sent to New York as of March 19:

  • 186,416 N95 respirators
  • 444,000 O-78 surgical masks
  • 84,560 face shields
  • 68,944 surgical masks
  • 352 coveralls
  • 245,486 gloves

 Supplies sent to Washington as of "about 3 days ago:"

  • 369,000 N-95 respirators
  • 575,406 surgical masks
  • 63,788 face shields
  • 107,850 surgical gowns
  • 240,376 gloves

7:45 p.m. ET, March 22, 2020

McDonald's will close all restaurants in the UK and Ireland on Monday

CNN's Mia Alberti and Mohammed Tawfeeq

A customer orders from a self-service kiosk at a McDonald's in Milton Keynes, England, on March 20.
A customer orders from a self-service kiosk at a McDonald's in Milton Keynes, England, on March 20. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

All McDonald's restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland will close at 7 p.m. Monday, according to a statement from Paul Pomroy, McDonald’s UK and Ireland CEO.

"Over the last 24 hours, it has become clear that maintaining safe social distancing whilst operating busy takeaway and Drive Thru restaurants is increasingly difficult," Pomroy said. "We have not taken this decision lightly and know that our restaurants have been playing an important role in the community providing hundreds of thousands of free drinks to frontline health and social workers and emergency services personnel."

Pomroy thanked the 135,000 employees for "adapting so quickly to a constantly evolving work environment, taking every step to keep our customers, couriers and teams safe and looking after each other so very well."

It was unclear when the restaurants would reopen.

7:01 p.m. ET, March 22, 2020

Procedural Senate vote fails to move ahead with stimulus amid Democratic opposition

From CNN’s Clare Foran and Ted Barrett

A key procedural vote to advance a massive stimulus package failed Sunday afternoon as Senate Democrats lined up against it.

The vote was 47-47. Lawmakers needed to clear a 60-vote threshold to succeed.

Democrats have been expressing concerns over the legislation as it stands throughout the day as talks continue and the vote, originally set for 3 p.m. ET, was delayed until 6 p.m. as Democrats dug in against it and to allow for more time for negotiations.

A final bipartisan deal to respond to the devastating toll the spread of coronavirus has not yet been reached, but talks are expected to continue.

Senators were voting instead on a shell bill that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is using as a placeholder until a final deal is reached.

6:59 p.m. ET, March 22, 2020

Federal disaster declaration issued for Washington

From CNN’s Sara Sidner and Leslie Perrot

The White House approved a request by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee for a federal disaster declaration Sunday, Inslee said in a tweet Sunday.

Inslee asked for the declaration in a letter to President Trump Friday to unlock a host of additional federal assistance programs for Washington residents affected by coronavirus, according to a statement from Inslee's office.

"We appreciate that the federal government has recognized the severity of the public health emergency in Washington state by declaring a major disaster and taking the first step toward additional assistance for Washingtonians," Inslee said. "However, today’s declaration does not unlock many forms of federal assistance we have requested to help workers and families who are badly hurting. We will continue working with our federal partners to deliver the full suite of disaster assistance that is sorely needed in our state, such as expanded unemployment benefits for workers who lose their paychecks as a result of the COVID-19 crisis."

The declaration grants the state’s request for assistance with crisis counseling and training to address the impact of the outbreak on the mental health of affected Washingtonians, Inslee's statement read. Other disaster assistance programs requested in Inslee’s letter remain under review by the White House, the statement read, including expanded unemployment assistance and basic food benefits.

6:53 p.m. ET, March 22, 2020

At least 254,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus

From CNN's Jason Hoffman

A nurse holds a coronavirus test kit at a drive-through test station in Royal Oak, Michigan, on Monday, March 16.
A nurse holds a coronavirus test kit at a drive-through test station in Royal Oak, Michigan, on Monday, March 16. Paul Sancya/AP

At least 254,000 Americans have so far been tested and received results for coronavirus and more than 30,000 have tested positive, Vice President Mike Pence said.

Pence noted that those numbers do not include local hospitals or private labs that have conducted tests.

The Vice President said that commercial labs should be caught up in the backlog of testing by the middle of the week. Commercial labs should prioritize inpatient testing, and new guidance will be sent on that tomorrow, Pence said.

This is the most explicit figure given by the administration about the actual numbers of persons tested versus the number of tests conducted. Each person would have at least a couple of tests.

6:43 p.m. ET, March 22, 2020

More than 32,000 US coronavirus cases and 400 deaths

From CNN's Jamiel Lynch

There are at least 32,149 cases of novel coronavirus in the United States, according to CNN Health's tally of cases that are detected and tested through US public health systems.

At least 400 people have died. The total includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as all repatriated cases.