March 27 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, James Griffiths, Steve George, Amy Woodyatt, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 8:04 a.m. ET, March 28, 2020
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4:15 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Illinois reports 488 new cases of coronavirus

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

At least 488 new cases of coronavirus have been identified in Illinois Friday, bringing the state total to 3026 cases, a news release from the Illinois Department of Public Health said.

Eight new deaths were reported, bringing the number of deaths to 34, the release said.

Patients with confirmed cases range in age from under 1 to 99, according to the release.

About 86% of fatalities are in those older than 60, the release said.

4:10 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Army Corps of Engineers will convert Chicago convention center to treat coronavirus patients

From CNN's Ryan Browne


The Army Corps of Engineers said it will convert a Chicago convention center to treat 3,000 coronavirus patients.

The head of the Army Corps of Engineers said Friday that the military is working to convert the Chicago McCormick Place convention center into a hospital capable of treating some 3,000 coronavirus patients.

“What we’re doing in McCormick—we basically got turned on by FEMA to do a $75 million build,” Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite told reporters at the Pentagon Friday.

“Our goal is to have that one done somewhere around the 24th April,” he said, adding that the new hospital will be treating some 3,000 patients and that those patients will all be coronavirus related.

“All Covid...I did not think we could meet the Covid standard in a big building but my engineers are telling we think we’ve got the capability to do that,” Semonite said.

The Army Corps of Engineers will not be treating coronavirus patients at the Javits center in New York

4:03 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Disneyland and Walt Disney World will remain closed "until further notice"

From CNN's Richard Davis

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David McNew/AFP/Getty Images

Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida will remain closed until further notice, according to a statement from The Walt Disney Company. 

Disney previously announced theme park closures through the end of March.

On Friday, the company also announced that it would extend paying hourly parks and resorts cast members through April 18. 

“The safety and well-being of our guests and employees remains The Walt Disney Company’s top priority,” the company said
4:05 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Coronavirus cases triple in Los Angeles in past 6 days

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

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Damian Dovarganes/AP

Coronavirus cases in Los Angeles have more than tripled in the past six days, going from 409 at the beginning of the week to 1,465 on Friday.

Speaking at a news conference Friday, Health Director Barbara Ferrer noted that limited testing has been done so far in Los Angeles.

She said that she expects to see cases double every four days for the next two to three weeks.

3:56 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Fort Lauderdale issues stay at home order

The mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Dean Trantalis, has issued an emergency declaration requiring residents to stay at home in an effort to slow spread of coronavirus in the city.

Travel is restricted in the city to visiting essential businesses only.

This goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. ET on Saturday.

3:45 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Amazon will donate more than $3 million to support coronavirus response in France

From Fanny Bobille in Paris

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Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Amazon has announced that it will donate 3.5 million euros (approximately $3.8 million) to support those most affected by the coronavirus outbreak in France.

"Amazon is now committing 3.5 million euros to support those who are most affected by the Covid-19 crisis in France. This donation includes a donation of 2.5 million euros in favor of the French Red Cross, and 1 million euros to support organizations that carry out actions across the territory and, in particular, near our employees," Amazon said Friday. 

In Amazon's statement, the French Red Cross commended the move and thanked the company for its support.

"It is more important than ever to mobilize everyone to help those who need it most, and we thank Amazon for this exceptional gift," said director general of the French Red Cross, Jean-Christophe Combe. "We are working hard with all of our volunteers and employees in the fight against COVID-19, and the support of companies like Amazon is a very important element in supporting us in these efforts." 

According to Amazon, a new "donation call button" will also be included on all of its sites across Europe to add to the company's contribution. 

"This gift is in addition to the constant work that Amazon and its employees have done in France and around the world," the statement added. 

3:37 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Top cruise operators get left out of stimulus bill

From CNN’s Paul R. La Monica

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Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Cruise line operators Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. But the three companies aren't getting any help from Washington, D.C., as of now.

Shares of all three stocks plunged between 12% and 20% Friday after the Senate and House passed a more than $2 trillion coronavirus aid package that did not include any money for them.

The reason? The cruise lines all have headquarters in Miami, but none of them is legally based in the United States — which allows them to pay fewer taxes. Carnival is incorporated in Panama, while Royal Caribbean is headquartered in Liberia. Norwegian is incorporated in Bermuda.

Republican US Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri noted that fact in a tweet earlier this week, urging them to move to America in order to qualify for aid.

President Trump said in a news briefing Thursday that “it’s very hard to make a loan to a company when they’re based in a different country." But he also noted the cruise companies employ thousands in the United States and that "we’re going to try and work something out.”

Carnival CEO Arnold Donald said in an interview on the "Axios on HBO" show that the company is not looking for a government bailout. But Donald acknowledged that "capital markets are constrained right now." (HBO is a part of WarnerMedia, the AT&T-owned parent company of CNN.)


3:38 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Michigan reports more than 800 new cases

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Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images

Michigan is reporting 801 new cases of novel coronavirus and 32 new deaths on Friday.

The total number of cases in Michigan is now at 3,657 and the total number of deaths is 92, according to the state’s website.

3:28 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Paris menswear and haute couture fashion weeks canceled

From CNN's Barbara Wojazer in Paris

The Paris menswear and haute couture fashion weeks have been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, the French Federation of Haute Couture and Fashion said in a statement on Friday. 

"In light of the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic worldwide, strong decisions are required to ensure the safety and health of Houses, their employees and everyone working in our industry. Consequently, the Board of Directors of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode has come to the decision that, in the present conditions, the Paris Fashion Week®️ Menswear, scheduled from June 23rd to June 28th, 2020, and the Haute Couture Week scheduled from July 5 to July 9, 2020, cannot take place," the statement said. 

The Federation added that it is "actively working" with its members on possible alternatives.