March 25 coronavirus news

By Helen Regan, Joshua Berlinger, Adam Renton, Ivana Kottasová and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 9:34 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020
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4:44 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Los Angeles County orders coronavirus patients to self-isolate

From CNN's Alexandra Meeks

An aerial view of Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California, on March 23.
An aerial view of Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California, on March 23. Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images

Los Angeles County will issue a public order Wednesday that requires the self-isolation of any person who has tested positive for Covid-19, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said at a news conference.

The order also requires the self-isolation of any person who is presumed by their physician or clinician to be positive for Covid-19 and those who have been in close contact including household members and caregivers, Ferrer said.

"Notify your close contacts including intimate partners, caregivers, people who live in your home or people with whom you spend a significant amount of time each day face to face with less than six feet apart so they can begin their quarantine," Ferrer said.
4:05 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

One million Californians have filed unemployment claims since March 13

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

In just over a week and a half, more than one million Californians have filed for unemployment benefits, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in a news conference.

Unemployment payments will be made, and leaders are working with banks specifically to extend a 90-day waiver for mortgage payments, Newsom said.

Wells Fargo, Chase, US Bank, and Citibank have agreed to 90-day waiver of payments for those affected by Covid-19. Bank of America did not join in, the governor said, and is currently only offering 30-days leeway.

4:03 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

The Tony Awards has been postponed due to coronavirus

From CNN's Sandra Gonzalez

The 74th Annual Tony Awards, scheduled to take place on June 7, will be moved to a new date amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus, according to a statement from the show's production company.

The event, which honors the year's best theater and Broadway productions, was set to take place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, which, as of Wednesday, has more than 17,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

"The health and safety of the Broadway community, artists and fans is of the utmost importance to us," the statement from Tony Award Productions said.

A new date for the show has not been set but the decision will be made "in coordination" with broadcast partner CBS, according to the statement.

"We will announce new dates and additional information once Broadway opens again," the statement added. "We are looking forward to celebrating Broadway and our industry when it is safe to do so."

4:00 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Idaho governor issues "stay home" order

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has issued a "stay home" order for the state.

Citing confirmed community transmission in the state, Little said that the order is in effect immediately and initially extends for 21 days.

People in the state can still leave home to obtain essential services, but the governor has closed all non-essential businesses and directed restaurants to only delivery or take out options.

Little has also activated elements of the Idaho National Guard to "assist civil authorities and local jurisdictions" with executing the state's coronavirus response.

Little did not specify any specific mission or role for the national guard but did say they are preparing to "stand up a joint task force, if requested." The size and mission could vary.

4:28 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Israel's Netanyahu warns of possible "complete lockdown" if situation worsens

From CNN's Oren Liebermann in Jerusalem

Medical staff disinfect beds and equipment at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center on Thursday, March 19.
Medical staff disinfect beds and equipment at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center on Thursday, March 19. Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a potential "complete lockdown" if coronavirus continued to spread throughout the country.

"In two weeks, we are liable to find ourselves with thousands of patients, many of whom will be in danger of death," Netanyahu said in a statement Wednesday night, shortly after Israel imposed a new set of more stringent restrictions.

"I am already telling you that if we do not see an immediate improvement in the trend, there will be no alternative but to impose a complete lockdown, except for essential needs such as food and medicines," he added.

Netanyahu said such a decision would be made within a few days and authorities were working on legal and logistical preparations.

As of Wednesday night, there were five confirmed deaths from coronavirus in Israel and 2,369 cases.

3:58 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

First Palestinian fatality from coronavirus reported

From CNN's Abeer Salman

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has announced the first fatality from coronavirus in the West Bank.

In a statement, a PA government spokesperson said the woman was in her sixties and from the village of Biddu, to the west of Ramallah.

The PA reports 62 cases of coronavirus in the West Bank and two in Gaza.

3:56 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Tennessee reports spike of 117 cases in one day

From CNN's David Wright

Tennessee has reported 117 new cases today alone, bringing the state total to 784 cases, according to the Department of Health. 

The state has reported three deaths.

3:56 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

A famous New York City hotel is providing free rooms for medical workers

From CNN's Kate Trafecante and Sonia Moghe

The famous Four Seasons hotel says it will offer housing to medical staff "free of charge" as they help respond to the coronavirus pandemic in New York City.

“Our health care workers are working tirelessly on the front lines of this crisis,” said founder and chairman Ty Warner in a statement.  “Many of those working in New York City have to travel long distances to and from their homes after putting in 18-hour days. They need a place close to work where they can rest and regenerate."

New York City agencies including the Office of Emergency Management and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are also helping health care workers and recently discharged Covid-19 patients get hotel rooms, so they don’t have to go home and potentially expose their families to the highly contagious virus.

OEM spokesperson Omar Bourne said that both individual hotels and hotel associations have given “a tremendous outpouring of support and offers to help.”

CNN has asked the agencies if the individuals are expected to pay for the rooms or if they are covered with public funding.

4:24 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Minnesota governor orders residents to shelter in place

From CNN's Melissa Alonso 

Mike Stevenson flips his barber shop sign to closed in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, on Wednesday, March 18.
Mike Stevenson flips his barber shop sign to closed in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, on Wednesday, March 18. Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune/AP

Minnesota's 5.6 million residents will shelter in place starting at midnight on Saturday, Gov. Tim Walz said at a news conference today. 

He asked residents to stay at home for two weeks and limit their movement outside to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Residents can still leave their homes for groceries and exercise, Walz said. 

The order lasts until April 10. 

During that period, the state plans to convert stadiums and arenas into hospitals, and stock up on supplies, the governor said. State officials also hope to alleviate capacity on its intensive care unit.

Walz said he hopes to "strike a proper balance" and make sure "our economy can function" while protecting the most vulnerable and slowing the rate of infection. 

"We can get ahead of it," Walz said.