March 23 coronavirus news

By Julia Hollingsworth, James Griffiths, Adam Renton, Meg Wagner, Mike Hayes and Amy Woodyatt, CNN

Updated 9:46 p.m. ET, March 23, 2020
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11:35 a.m. ET, March 23, 2020

More than 150 people have died from coronavirus in New York

As of Monday morning, at least 157 people who have tested positive for coronavirus have died, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference.

More than 20,000 people across the state have tested positive, Cuomo said.

11:35 a.m. ET, March 23, 2020

Germany calls for summer Olympics to be postponed

Germany has asked the International Olympic Committee to postpone the Olympic Games to 2021, a German National Olympic Committee spokesperson told CNN.

The spokesperson said the German committee's president, Alfons Hörmann, made the decision to call for a delay to the Games due to the global health situation and the absence of training possibilities for athletes.

Germany follows in the footsteps of several nations around the world who have already called for the Games to be postponed till 2021.

Canada and Australia are so far the only two nations to confirm that they will not sending athletes to Tokyo this year because of the risks associated with the virus.

The latest call for postponement comes after the head of the Japan Olympic Committee, Yasuhiro Yamashita, said on Monday postponing this summer’s Games should now be considered among the options.

11:34 a.m. ET, March 23, 2020

New York governor says the state was able to get more masks for hospitals

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state was "successful in getting more" respirator masks for health care workers.

Cuomo said, "today, we can get masks to anyone who needs them."

He added that he can't promise that next week or the week after he'll be able to make the same claim about mask availability.

He reiterated his call for President Trump to invoke the Defense Production Act so that the federal government can help the state deal with the shortage of masks and other needed personal protective equipment for health care workers.

11:20 a.m. ET, March 23, 2020

New York has more than 20,000 positive cases

More than 20,000 people across the state of New York have tested positive for coronavirus, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in a news conference Monday.

“In absolute terms, New York has by far the greatest need in the nation,” he said.

Here's a breakdown of the latest numbers in the state:

  • 20,875 positive cases, including 5,707 new cases.
  • 16,000 people were tested overnight.
  • To date, there have been around 78,000 people tested. About 25% of all testing nationwide is being done in New York.
  • 13% of positive cases are being hospitalized (has gone has high as 20, 21% previously). 24% of that 13% require hospital ICU beds.
11:18 a.m. ET, March 23, 2020

Michigan governor signs executive order telling people to stay home


Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is ordering people to stay home unless they are critical workers. The order goes in to effect at 12:01 a.m. local time tomorrow, according to a press release from her office. 

She signed a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order which lasts for the next three weeks. 

“This is an unprecedented crisis that requires all of us working together to protect our families and our communities. The most effective way we can slow down the virus is to stay home. I know this will be hard, but it will be temporary. If we all come together, get serious, and do our part by staying home, we can stay safe and save lives,” Whitmer said in a news release.

The order allows people to leave their homes for exercise, but Whitmer is now banning gatherings, public and private, “of any number of people occurring.” This does not apply to single households where people may already live together.

11:49 a.m. ET, March 23, 2020

New York governor says all hospitals must increase bed capacity by 50%


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an emergency order to hospitals to increase their bed capacity by 50%.

"You must increase your capacity by 50%," he said in an ongoing press conference in Albany.

“I think it’s unreasonable to say to every hospital basically, ‘double your capacity.’ I don’t think it’s unreasonable to say, ‘try to reach 100% increase’ but you must reach a 50% increase,'" he said.

Cuomo also confirmed that the state will build four emergency hospitals with the help of the federal government to deal with the need for increased hospital capacity due to the coronavirus outbreak. He called this "a big deal."

Cuomo was complimentary of the President in helping make that happen. "President Trump did deliver yesterday," Cuomo said.

He added: "That's government working, that's government working quickly, and I thank him for it."

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11:37 a.m. ET, March 23, 2020

New York governor: "We're doing more testing than anyone"

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is now testing 16,000 people a day for coronavirus.

That's up from 1,000 a day 10 days ago.

"How much is that? That's more than any other state in the United States is testing," Cuomo said. He added that South Korea — the "gold standard" of testing — tests 20,000 people a day, but their population is about double of New York state.

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11:27 a.m. ET, March 23, 2020

New York governor says there's "density control" issues in New York City

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this morning that the "greatest density control issue" in the state is in New York City.

He said he wants a plan today for how the city is going to reduce the density of people and wants it to focus on young people.

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11:34 a.m. ET, March 23, 2020

At least 23 Italian doctors have died in coronavirus epidemic

From CNN's Livia Borghese in Rome and Sharon Braithwaite in London

Medical workers wait by an ambulance outside a sports center where an intensive care unit was set up, near the San Raffaele hospital in Milan, on Monday, March 23.
Medical workers wait by an ambulance outside a sports center where an intensive care unit was set up, near the San Raffaele hospital in Milan, on Monday, March 23. Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

The number of doctors who have died in Italy since the coronavirus epidemic began has risen to 23, the Italian federation of doctors said today.

Unfortunately, the sad list of doctors who fell during the Covid-19 epidemic is getting longer. And while the official data of infected health workers increases, released every evening by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, many doctors die suddenly, even if the cause of death is not directly attributable to the virus," the federation says in a statement on its website.

Some 19 of the 23 deceased doctors worked in the Lombardy region, the worst affected by coronavirus. The other four worked in Naples (South Italy), Emilia Romagna (north Italy) and Marche (central Italy).

Some 4,824 health workers have been infected by coronavirus, according to the latest report by the institute published on Sunday.