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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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.

3:25 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Oklahoma governor suspends abortions during pandemic

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

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Alonzo Adams/AP

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt suspended elective surgeries on Tuesday in an executive order.

On Friday, Stitt's office issued a clarification that classifies abortion services as elective if they are not deemed a medical emergency.

Abortions will only be deemed a medical emergency if they pose serious health risks to the mother, the statement from the governor's office said. 

“We must ensure that our health care professionals, first responders and medical facilities have all of the resources they need to combat Covid-19,” Stitt said in the statement. “I am committed to doing whatever necessary to protect those who are on the front lines fighting against this virus.”
3:25 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Florida governor says travelers coming from Louisiana must self-isolate

From CNN's Stephanie Gallman

Brendan Farrington/AP
Brendan Farrington/AP

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said travelers coming from Louisiana to Florida must do a mandatory 14-day self-isolation, as New Orleans becomes a potential coronavirus “hotspot.” 

DeSantis said he plans to extend his executive order and the guidelines.

The governor said he’s also suspending vacation rentals in Florida for the next two weeks.

3:13 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Los Angeles County is closing all public beaches

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

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Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

All public beaches in Los Angeles County are being closed in an effort to thwart the spread of coronavirus, County Supervisor Janice Hahn announced.

“We want you to enjoy outdoor spaces, but keep six feet apart,” Supervisor Kathryn Barger said in a news conference Friday.

Just last weekend, the shores were packed with beachgoers.

“The crowds we saw at our beaches last weekend were unacceptable,” Hahn said. “In order to save lives, beaches in L.A. County will be temporarily closed. I understand that this is a huge sacrifice for everyone who enjoys going to our beaches. But we cannot risk another sunny weekend with crowds at the beach spreading this virus. This closure is temporary and we can always reopen these beaches when it is safe to do so.”
3:24 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Trump will sign the stimulus bill this afternoon

From CNN's Jason Hoffman

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Andrew Harnik/AP

President Trump will sign the Senate's coronavirus stimulus package at 4 p.m. ET today in the Oval Office.

About the bill: The far-reaching legislation stands as the largest emergency aid package in US history. It injects a massive financial boost into a struggling economy with provisions aimed at helping American workers, small businesses and industries grappling with the economic disruption.

Key elements of the package include sending checks directly to individuals and families, an expansion of unemployment benefits, money for hard-hit hospitals and health care providers, financial assistance for small businesses and $500 billion in loans for distressed companies.

3:08 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

51 Italian doctors who contracted coronavirus have died since the start of the pandemic

From Sharon Braithwaite in London

Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis in Italy, 51 doctors who tested positive for the disease have died, the Italian Association of Doctors said Friday.

The news of the death toll comes after an urgent call for medical protective equipment from the president of the association, Filippo Anelli, on Thursday.

By the numbers: Since the beginning of the epidemic, 6,414 health workers have been infected by coronavirus as of Thursday, according to the Italian National Institute of Health.

Out of the 51 deceased doctors, 32 were working in Lombardy, the Italian region worst-hit by coronavirus.

2:59 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Today marks the most reported coronavirus deaths in the US in a single day

From CNN's Chuck Johnston

There have been at least 265 reported coronavirus deaths in the US on Friday, according to a count by CNN. 

This is the most reported deaths in the United States since the pandemic outbreak.

  • Thursday: There were 253 reported deaths in the US.
  • Wednesday: There were 233 reported deaths in the US.
  • Tuesday: There were 164 reported deaths in the US. 

There have been at least 1,451 total reported deaths in the US.