March 25 coronavirus news

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11:29 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

London City Airport is suspending commercial and private flights

London City Airport is temporarily suspending commercial and private flights starting Wednesday evening.

The airport says the suspension is expected to last until the end of April.

In a statement, the airport says it made the decision following the UK Government’s latest instructions in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

All of its staff will continue to be employed by the airport during the closure.  

11:12 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Los Angeles County Sheriff suspends efforts to close gun stores

Sheriff’s deputies in Los Angeles county are not forcing gun stores to close and “efforts to close non-essential businesses have been suspended,” according to a tweet from LASD Sheriff Alex Villanueva.

The department is requesting voluntary compliance with the public.

“CA Gov. Gavin Newsom to determine what qualifies as a non-essential business,” continued Sheriff Villanueva’s tweet.

Last week, he said buying guns in this climate is a bad idea and encouraged current gun owners to lock up their weapons properly.

11:04 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Trump tweets that he had a "good conversation" with New York's governor

From CNN's From Nikki Carvajal

President Trump tweeted that he had a good conversation New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, just one day after the two traded criticism of one another about the coronavirus response.

Trump also said that the FEMA construction of additional hospitals in New York are happening "ahead of schedule."

 More context: Cuomo was highly critical of the federal government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak in New York at a press conference Tuesday — but stopped short of calling the President out by name.


10:57 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Dick's Sporting Goods temporarily cuts executive pay and suspends stocks buybacks

From CNN’s Alison Kosik

Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images/FILE
Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images/FILE

Dick's Sporting Goods, the US's biggest sporting goods retailer, announced today that Chairman and CEO Ed Stack and President Lauren Hobart will receive no salary, other than an amount covering benefits provided by the company. 

This will start on March 29.

Dick's also announced temporary reductions by 50% in base salaries of named executive officers. 

The company is also significantly reducing its planned capital expenditures, temporarily suspending its share repurchases, and evaluating its dividend program. 

10:34 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

House will likely vote on stimulus plan tomorrow

From CNN's Manu Raju

The House came in quickly today and gaveled out of session — and the chamber doesn't return until tomorrow morning. This would suggest that the House will now wait until tomorrow to give the stimulus measure final passage.

A Democratic leadership aide said the House still has emergency convening authority and can quickly come back into session today. But the aide said it's "more likely" the House vote would wait until tomorrow since it's still unclear when the Senate will act on the legislation, which has yet to be released.

The House still plans to vote — likely by voice vote — without bringing all its members back to Washington.

The Senate is still expected to vote today.

10:48 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

UN launches $2 billion humanitarian response plan

From CNN's Amanda Watts

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Salvatore Di Nolfi/POOL/AFP/Getty Images/FILE

The United Nations has launched its $2 billion Global Humanitarian Response Plan in the fight against coronavirus in the world’s poorest countries.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres outlined the plan saying it will be coordinated by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, along with existing appeals from the World Health Organization and other UN partners. 

“Properly funded, it will save many lives and arm humanitarian agencies and NGO’s with laboratory supplies for testing, and with medical equipment to treat the sick while protecting health care workers,” Guterres said. 

He added:

“COVID-19 is menacing the whole of humanity – and so the whole of humanity must fight back. Individual country responses are not going to be enough. Wealthy countries with strong health systems are buckling under the pressure."

Guterres said now is the time to help protect countries who are already in the midst of humanitarian crises, like conflicts, natural disaster and climate change, “We must come to the aid of the ultra-vulnerable – millions upon millions of people who are least able to protect themselves.”

“This is a matter of basic human solidarity. It is also crucial for combatting the virus,” Guterres said.

10:32 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Spanish Football Federation offers up facilities and staff to government

From CNN’s Aleks Klosok in London

Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) President Luis Rubiales has offered the country's health service access to the national team’s hotel as well as some of its staff to help cope with its coronavirus crisis.

In a statement on the RFEF website, Rubiales said that the Federation would offer the services of its psychologists and physiotherapists to support health service workers.

He also said that the national team’s hotel – Hotel Residencia Ciudad Del Fútbol, located in Las Rozas, Madrid – would also be at the disposal of the authorities as a hospital for health workers to stay in.

More on this: With the Spanish football season currently on hold indefinitely, Rubiales additionally pledged to open a line of credit worth 500 million euros — or $540 million — to help clubs who would require financial support because of the Coronavirus crisis hitting their earnings.

The news comes after Spain’s Ministries of Health and Science announced on Wednesday that the country has recorded 3,434 deaths from Coronavirus – making it the country with the second highest death toll in the world.

As of Wednesday, Spain has 47,610 registered cases of coronavirus.

10:19 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

NFL will close team facilities today

David Eulitt/Getty Images/FILE
David Eulitt/Getty Images/FILE

The National Football League is closing all its team facilities starting later today due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a memo sent to teams Tuesday night, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell detailed league-wide guidelines "to ensure that all clubs operate on a level playing field, and that the NFL continues to conduct itself in a responsible way at this time."

The league set guidelines, according to the memo, that all teams' facilities will remain closed starting today at 6 p.m. local time to all personnel, except the following:

  • Employees who are providing ongoing medical treatment to players, such as athletic trainers and physicians
  • Employees necessary to maintain the physical security of the facility and its contents, such as director of facilities, security personnel and independent contractors
  • Employees necessary to maintain the security and operational capabilities of the club’s IT network to enable remote work by club football and business staff, such as technology personnel

"The challenges we face are not unique – many businesses and individuals throughout the country are experiencing and addressing similar issues," Goodell wrote in the memo. "Please be assured that the NFL is well-positioned to meet these operational challenges as we prepare to offer our fans and the country an outstanding 2020 NFL season.

On April 8, the league will reassess with public health and medical officials "to determine whether it is safe and appropriate for facilities to reopen or to extend the period of closure."

Teams can continue conducting off-season business during this time such as signing players and evaluating draft-eligible prospects to prepare for the 2020 season.

10:14 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

New York center will collect blood plasma donations to treat coronavirus patients 

Cindy Ord/Getty Images
Cindy Ord/Getty Images

New York Blood Center will be the first blood center to collect blood plasma donations from individuals who have recovered from Covid-19 in order to treat other patients with serious or immediately life-threatening coronavirus infections, NYBC said in a press statement today.

The process, known as convalescent plasma, involves doctors testing the plasma of people who recovered for antibodies to the virus and then injecting that plasma, or a derivative of it, into the sick person.  

The US Food and Drug Administration announced it’s expediting the use of a blood plasma treatment for patients seriously ill with the coronavirus, making it easier for doctors to try another tool to attack the illness.

“If this treatment proves to be effective, we are prepared to quickly scale our process and activate our network to serve hospitals nationwide,” Beth H. Shaz, MD, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer at New York Blood Center said.

New York Blood Center will maintain a bank for patients after it collects donations and processes the plasma for infusions.

“Qualified donors will be referred to NYBC by area hospitals and the Food and Drug Administration will approve patients for the treatment on a case-by-case basis,” according to the center.