March 28 coronavirus news

By James Griffiths, Brett McKeehan, Veronica Rocha, Amy Woodyatt and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 3:33 p.m. ET, March 29, 2020
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8:39 p.m. ET, March 28, 2020

New York governor says he will sue Rhode Island if it doesn't retract policy of stopping cars with NY plates

From CNN’s Laura Ly

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference at the Javits Center on March 27.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference at the Javits Center on March 27. Gabriele Holtermann-Gorden/Sipa USA/AP

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told CNN he would sue Rhode Island if they did not roll back a policy of stopping all cars with New York license plates, but that he expects the two states will be able to work it out amicably.

"That clearly is unconstitutional," Cuomo said, adding he understands Rhode Island's goal of trying to slow the spread of coronavirus.

"But there's a point of absurdity, and I think what Rhode Island did is at the point of absurdity. Again, it is not even legal," he said.

No state should be using police to prohibit interstate travel in any way, Cuomo said.

7:59 p.m. ET, March 28, 2020

A letter from UK Prime Minister will be sent to 30 million households urging people to stay home

From CNN's Lauren Kent 

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will write letters to households across the UK urging people to stay home, according to a Downing Street statement on Saturday.

The Prime Minister's letters will be sent to 30 million households next week and will say the following:

"We know things will get worse before they get better. But we are making the right preparations, and the more we all follow the rules, the fewer lives will be lost and the sooner life can return to normal. ...That is why, at this moment of national emergency, I urge you, please, to stay at home, protect the (National Health Service) and save lives.”

UK residents will receive a leaflet outlining the government’s coronavirus advice, with clear explanations of symptoms, rules on leaving the house and rules on self-isolating with symptoms. The letters and leaflets are expected to cost $7.2 million (£5.8 million) to print and distribute.

The statement added that Johnson "is continuing to lead the Government’s response to coronavirus as he self isolates after testing positive for the virus."

7:38 p.m. ET, March 28, 2020

At least 215 million Americans are under stay-at-home orders

From CNN’s Molly Silverman, Andie Garcia, Chuck Johnston and Hollie Silverman

A nearly empty street in Detroit, Michigan, on March 24.
A nearly empty street in Detroit, Michigan, on March 24. Seth Herald/AFP/Getty Images

At least 215 million Americans are under stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders as of 6 p.m. ET Saturday, according to a CNN count.

States have announced additional orders that will take effect late Saturday and Monday.

By Sunday morning, at least 216.9 million Americans will be under the same orders and by Monday that number will jump to at least 225 million.

This count includes local city and county orders as well. The numbers were tallied using census data.

8:39 p.m. ET, March 28, 2020

Cuomo on a possible mandatory short-term quarantine for NY, NJ and Connecticut: 'I don’t even believe it’s legal'


President Donald Trump said Saturday he's considering mandatory short-term (two-week) quarantine on New York, certain parts of New Jersey and Connecticut. Trump says it’d be an enforceable quarantine. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told CNN locking down states isn't legal and would lead to "total mayhem." He called Trump's suggestion a "federal declaration of war" on states.

"I don’t even believe it’s legal," Cuomo said. "That’s not a quarantine, that’d be a lockdown. If you said that we’re geographically confining people, that’d be a lockdown. Then we would be Wuhan, China, and that wouldn’t make sense." 

Cuomo says New York is the financial sector of the country and it’d be paralyzed if the state was put on lockdown. 

"How would you ever operationally stop goods from coming to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut? … I can’t believe he’s considering that," Cuomo said.

"As a governor, I’m not going to close down my borders."

8:00 p.m. ET, March 28, 2020

Florida governor says he doesn't regret leaving beaches open during spring break 

From CNN’s Melissa Alonso

People visit a beach in Clearwater Beach, Florida, on March 18.
People visit a beach in Clearwater Beach, Florida, on March 18. Chris O'Meara/AP

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says questions about his decision to not to issue a statewide mandate closing Florida's beaches during spring break is "more of a political issue."

The New York City subway is being "packed like sardines," but a family sitting outside in "sunshine, heat and humidity, that's not as big as a problem," DeSantis said.

"Do you hear the same people complaining about the New York City subway system being open? I mean, give me a break. Which one is more conducive to having Covid-19 spread or any respiratory virus? It's not even close," DeSantis said in response to keep beaches open.

DeSantis says he did impose "10-person limit" for groups and local officials maintained limited access to beaches for residents. Several Florida beaches were closed by local officials in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties. 

On Friday, DeSantis said he's suspending vacation rentals in Florida for the next two weeks and is planning to extend an executive order to require travelers coming from Louisiana to Florida to do a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine or isolation period. The order currently applies to travelers coming to Florida from airports in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

6:03 p.m. ET, March 28, 2020

There are at least 113,805 coronavirus cases in US

From CNN’s Shawn Nottingham 

A technician prepares samples for coronavirus testing at a laboratory in Long Island, New York.
A technician prepares samples for coronavirus testing at a laboratory in Long Island, New York. John Minchillo/AP

There are at least 113,805 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to CNN Health’s tally of cases that are detected and tested in the US through US public health systems.

At least 1,892 people have died in the United States from coronavirus. 

For the most up-to-date US numbers compiled by CNN, please check this map which automatically refreshes every 10 minutes.

5:53 p.m. ET, March 28, 2020

Trudeau announces additional Canadian travel restrictions starting Monday

From CNN’s Liz Turrell 

Justin Tang/The Canadian Press/AP
Justin Tang/The Canadian Press/AP

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday that he will be increasing travel restrictions in Canada for anyone showing symptoms of coronavirus.

As of Monday at noon, people showing any signs whatsoever of COVID 19 will be denied boarding on all domestic flights and intercity passenger trains," Trudeau announced.

Officials have encouraged people to stay home, especially if they are developing or have developed symptoms of the virus, Trudeau said.

"You need to stay home, you need to isolate, you need to not travel," he said.

Trudeau added that while Canadians have been largely respecting the travel restrictions, the additional restriction will help "formalize some of the domestic travel rules."

2:39 p.m. ET, March 29, 2020

12% of coronavirus patients hospitalized in Canada are under 40

From CNN's Paula Newton 

A hospital worker stands outside Lions Gate Hospital in British Columbia, on Thursday, March 19.
A hospital worker stands outside Lions Gate Hospital in British Columbia, on Thursday, March 19. Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press/AP

Canadian health officials on Sunday corrected erroneous data reported during a press conference held Saturday, saying that younger generations account for 12% of hospitalizations, not 30% as previously stated.

In a tweet, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam apologized for the error and said: “I misspoke on the percentage of hospitalized cases.”

“There was an error made. Based on a subset of case reports with age and hospitalization data, 12% (not 30%) of those hospitalized were under 40 years of age,” Health Canada wrote in an email sent to CNN.

“The case report forms lag behind the real time data, while they provide more in depth information for epidemiological analysis,” the statement said.

Other notable observations from the Public Health Agency of Canada analysis on Saturday showed that people over 60 were more likely to be hospitalized with 56% going to hospital for treatment. Of those, more than half were admitted to intensive care.

The information showed that most of the new cases in Canada were from community transmission and not from travel.

"We have now completed tests for over 184,000 people in Canada which is more than 84,000 additional people tested since Monday. In terms of the severity of Covid 19 in Canada, the percentage of cases that require hospitalization is approximately 7%. About 3% are critically ill and 1% of cases have been fatal," Tam said on Saturday.

UPDATE: This post was updated to reflect the latest data from Canadian officials. 

5:12 p.m. ET, March 28, 2020

Italian schools will remain closed beyond April 3

From CNN's Livia Borghese and Lauren Kent

Italian schools will remain closed beyond the initial April 3 deadline, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced from Rome on Saturday.

It is clear that the suspension of school activities will continue," Conte said. "There is no prospect of returning to ordinary activities at school and university."

The decision on suspending nonessential production activities will be taken next week, Conte said.

"We know this measure has a great impact, it's very costly, but our priority is the health of citizens," Conte said.