March 25 coronavirus news

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2:35 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

NBA All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns says his mother is in a medically-induced coma after contracting coronavirus

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, California, Monday, February 3.
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, California, Monday, February 3. Rich Pedroncelli

Karl-Anthony Towns of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves said that his mother contracted coronavirus and is currently in a coma.

Towns said that his mother went to the hospital after not improving over a period of a couple days.

"She kept getting worse," Towns said. "Her fever was never cutting from 103, maybe going down to 101.9 with the meds ... her lungs were getting worse, her cough was getting worse. She was deteriorating."

Towns said that there was a day where it appeared his mother had turned a corner, but the condition of her lungs deteriorated further and she needed to be put on a ventilator.

She was later put in a medically-induced coma.

"It's rough," he said. "Day by day, we'll just see how it goes. We're being positive."

The two-time NBA All-Star shared his mother's story on social media in order to emphasize just how serious the global pandemic is.

"The severity of this disease is real. This disease needs to not be taken lightly. Please protect your families, your loved ones, your friends, yourself. Practice social distancing. Please don't be in places with a lot of people.

Watch his message:

2:26 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

More than 6,000 fans attended a sports event in Japan, despite calls for its cancellation

By CNN's Emiko Jozuka

Fans enter the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on Sunday, March 22, for the K-1 World GP event.
Fans enter the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on Sunday, March 22, for the K-1 World GP event. The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images

The organizers of a mixed martial arts competition held in front of 6,500 fans at an indoor arena in Japan are facing a backlash after ignoring calls for its cancellation.

The “K-1 World GP” event went ahead at the Saitama Super Arena on Sunday, defying government guidelines on social distancing and large public gatherings.

“It is regrettable (that the event went ahead), as we asked them several times for cooperation,” Saitama Governor Motohiro Ono said in a statement.

Saitama prefecture requested the event be canceled before it was held and relayed the message to the Saitama Super Arena, which provides guidelines to events organizers on its website, but does not enforce a ban on public gatherings. 

The K1 event organizers insisted they would take adequate measures to protect the thousands of attendees from the novel coronavirus by providing masks and making sure hand sanitizer was available, in a statement released on March 19.

On that same day, a central government expert panel called on organizers of large-scale events to exercise caution, including canceling plans, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

2:13 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

New Zealand sends emergency alert to citizens: "We are depending on you"

Starting from 11:59 p.m. local time (6:59 a.m. ET) on Wednesday, New Zealand will elevate its "Alert Level" to 4.

The country has also declared a state of national emergency.

All citizens who don't work in essential services have been told to stay at home. Public transport and domestic air travel will be limited to people undertaking essential services. 

The move comes as coronavirus cases in the country jumped by 30% on Wednesday, according to Ashley Bloomfield, New Zealand’s director of health. There were 47 new confirmed cases and three new probable cases, bringing the country’s count up to 205.

On Wednesday evening, New Zealanders received the following emergency alert on their phones. The message tells citizens to "act as if you have Covid-19."

"This message is for all of New Zealand. We are depending on you," it reads.

The alert signs off with the Maori phrase “Kia kaha," which means stand tall, or stay strong.

2:01 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Coronavirus cases in New York continue to rise. Other cities are bracing for the same

Nearly 15,000 of the 52,976 coronavirus patients in the United States are in the greater New York City metro area, the country's largest population center.

The rapid spread of the virus has prompted authorities to take a series of drastic measures -- asking most residents to stay home, releasing inmates from prisons where the virus could spread, and closing streets to create outdoor space for residents to exercise while still abiding by social distancing guidelines.

The Trump administration is particularly worried about the region. Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of the White House's coronavirus task force, has advised anyone who has visited the area to self-quarantine for the next 14 days.

“About 56% of all the cases in the United States are coming out of that metro area and 60% of all the new cases are coming out of the metro New York Area and 31% of the people succumbing to this disease,” said Birx.

Experts say that other major cities in the US and worldwide could be forced to make similar choices in the coming days and weeks. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said his city is about six to 12 days behind the surge in coronavirus cases and deaths reported in New York City. On Tuesday, he enacted an emergency order requiring most residents to stay in their homes.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has asked his constituents to stay home and avoid riding the tube, which has been operating at limited capacity.

1:51 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Russia "ready to help" US fight coronavirus

From Samantha Beech in Atlanta

Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov on November 18, 2019, in Washington, DC.
Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov on November 18, 2019, in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Moscow is ready to help Washington in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak if necessary, according to the Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov.

"Our test kits have shown their high quality in China, Iran, have been transferred to Italy. Ordinary Americans should know -- Russia, if necessary, will be ready to help the United States as it has repeatedly offered assistance in putting out fires in California," said Antonov, as cited in the Russian state-owned news agency Sputnik.

The US faced its deadliest day of the outbreak on Tuesday, with at least 163 people dying. The death toll rose past 700, as the World Health Organization warned the country could be the next epicenter of the virus.

1:42 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Why are these three presidents downplaying coronavirus warnings?

From CNN's Matt Rivers and Natalie Gallón in Mexico City

Brazilians have been tricked by the media over a "little flu," according to president Jair Bolsonaro. Families should still go out to eat despite coronavirus fears, says Mexico's President Andres Manuél Lopez Obrador. And Nicaragua's leader Daniel Ortega has all but disappeared, while political marches and rallies continue.

As global leaders race to contain the brutal threat of a growing pandemic, a triumvirate of denial has emerged in Latin America, with the leaders of Brazil, Mexico and Nicaragua downplaying the danger of a looming outbreak.

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1:32 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Half of the US population is now under stay at home orders

Playground equipment is cordoned off with yellow caution tape at the Veteran's Memorial Park on Harrison Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, March 24.
Playground equipment is cordoned off with yellow caution tape at the Veteran's Memorial Park on Harrison Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, March 24. Jason Whitman/Image of Sport via AP

More than half the population of the United States has been ordered to stay at home as states ramp up efforts to contain the novel coronavirus.

The situation now: At least 15 states and 30 municipalities have ordered more than 166 million people, or 51% of the US population to stay home, according to data compiled by CNN using US Census population estimates. 

What's next: At least two additional states and five municipalities will have orders going into effect later this week for their full population.

The total: When all orders take effect, more than 180 million people will be impacted by the orders, or 55% of the US population. 

10:03 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

White House and Senate reach deal on massive coronavirus stimulus proposal

From CNN's Manu Raju, Ted Barrett, and Kristin Wilson

White House Legislative Affairs Director Eric Ueland speaks on a phone on Capitol Hill, Monday, March 23, in Washington.
White House Legislative Affairs Director Eric Ueland speaks on a phone on Capitol Hill, Monday, March 23, in Washington. Andrew Harnik/AP

The White House and Senate leaders struck a major deal early Wednesday morning over a $2-trillion package to provide a jolt to an economy struggling through the coronavirus pandemic.

The deal caps days of marathon negotiations that produced one of the most expensive and far-reaching measures in the history of Congress.

"Ladies and gentleman, we are done," White House legislative affairs director Eric Ueland said right before 1 a.m. ET. "We have a deal."

Negotiations have spanned around the clock since last Friday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to take to the floor to announce that a deal had been reached on the proposal.

The full details have yet to be released.

But over the past 24 hours, the elements of the proposal have come into sharper focus, with $250 billion set aside for direct payments to individuals and families, $350 billion in small business loans, $250 billion in unemployment insurance benefits and $500 billion in loans for distressed companies.

1:18 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Domestic train and air travel suspended in Pakistan

From CNN’s Sophia Saifi in Islamabad

Pakistan will suspend all domestic flights from Thursday until April 2, in an attempt to combat the spread of Covid-19, according to government officials.

Passenger train services will be suspended immediately until March 31.

Pakistan has reported 972 cases and seven deaths from the coronavirus, according to the country’s health ministry.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced a rescue and stimulus package worth about 1.13 trillion rupees ($7 billion), aimed at supporting various sectors of society and the economy during the pandemic.