March 30 coronavirus news

By Amy Woodyatt, Julia Hollingsworth, Ben Westcott, Adam Renton, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 11:41 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020
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1:20 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Louisiana sees spike of 485 cases and 34 deaths 

From CNN's Kay Jones and Ed Lavandera 

A view of an empty street in the French Quarter amid the coronavirus pandemic on March 27, in New Orleans
A view of an empty street in the French Quarter amid the coronavirus pandemic on March 27, in New Orleans Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The Covid-19 case total continues to rise in Louisiana as the state health department reports 485 new cases with 34 new deaths today, bringing the total cases in the state to 4,025 with 185 total deaths reported.

There are 1,158 patients hospitalized and 385 of those are on ventilators, the department said.

1:09 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

There are more than 140,000 coronavirus cases in the US, CDC says

From CNN's Amanda Watts

Health care workers check in people at a coronavirus testing site setup by the the Florida National Guard in the parking lot of the Hard Rock stadium on March 30, in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Health care workers check in people at a coronavirus testing site setup by the the Florida National Guard in the parking lot of the Hard Rock stadium on March 30, in Miami Gardens, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

 

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says there are now 140,904 confirmed and presumptive positive cases of novel coronavirus in the United States. 

The CDC says 2,405 people have died. 

Remember: CNN’s tally relies on state totals and won’t always match the CDC’s count; CNN has counted more than 143,856 cases and 2,490 deaths.

The CDC says there are cases in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the US Virgin Islands. Of the cases the CDC is reporting, 886 are travel-related, 2,351 are from close contact and a majority, 137,667 are still under investigation, the CDC website says.

The CDC is updating its coronavirus case numbers daily. Their numbers close out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting. The most up-to-date case counts will come from states, CDC officials have said. 

12:58 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Hundreds of thousands of British people are struggling to get home, UK official says

From CNN’s Lauren Kent and Sarah Dean in London

Hundreds of thousands of Britons are still struggling to return to the UK from overseas, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said at a news conference.

“Many travelers haven’t yet managed to get back home, from young backpackers to retired couples on cruises and we appreciate the difficult predicament they find themselves in,” Raab said.

 “I want to assure them that this government, their government, is working around the clock to support, advise, and help British travelers to get home.”

Raab said the first priority is to keep as many commercial flights running as possible. He urged airlines to offer alternative flights at little to no cost and told travelers “please book your tickets as soon as possible” if commercial airlines are still running. 

Raab said he had spoken to foreign ministers in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, India and Pakistan to urge them to keep commercial routes flying.

“We’ve got a lot more to do,” he admitted. To give a sense of the scale of the task, Raab said 150,000 UK nationals have already returned from Spain, 8,500 travelers from Morocco and round 5,000 from Cyprus.

Where commercial routes do not exist, the government will provide up to 75 million pounds (approximately $92 million) financial support to enable charter flights to fly to priority countries to bring back UK residents, Raab announced.

12:49 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

WHO stands by recommendation to not wear masks if you are not sick

From CNN's Jacqueline Howard

Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO executive director of health emergencies program
Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO executive director of health emergencies program World Health Organization

World Health Organization officials on Monday said they still recommend not to wear face masks unless you are sick with Covid-19 or caring for someone who is sick.

"There is no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any potential benefit. In fact, there's some evidence to suggest the opposite in the misuse of wearing a mask properly or fitting it properly," Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO executive director of health emergencies program, said during a media briefing in Geneva on Monday.

"There also is the issue that we have a massive global shortage," Ryan said about masks and other medical supplies. "Right now the people most at risk from this virus are frontline health workers who are exposed to the virus every second of every day. The thought of them not having masks is horrific."

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO infectious disease epidemiologist, also said during Monday's briefing that it is important "we prioritize the use of masks for those who need it most," which would be frontline healthcare workers. 

"In the community, we do not recommend the use of wearing masks unless you yourself are sick and as a measure to prevent onward spread from you if you are ill," Van Kerkhove said. "The masks that we recommend are for people who are at home and who are sick and for those individuals who are caring for those people who are home that are sick."

12:50 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Capitol Hill will be closed to tours until May

Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images/FILE
Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images/FILE

The House and Senate Sergeant at Arms announced that Capitol Hill will be closed to tours until 8 a.m. ET on May 1.

This is an extension of the restricted access, first put in place on March 12. The tours were originally suspended until the end of March.

"We are taking this temporary action out of concern for the health and safety of congressional employees as well as the public. We appreciate the understanding of those with planned visits interrupted by this necessary, but prudent, decision," the sergeants said in a statement.
12:44 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Coronavirus won’t go away by itself, WHO says. It needs to be pushed down.

From CNN's Amanda Watts

Coronavirus will not go away by itself and rather it needs to be pushed down using public health care measures, said Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization health emergencies program.

Everyone has talked about flatting the curve, Ryan said, but “the question is how do you go down? And going down, isn’t just about a lockdown and let go. To get down from the numbers, not just stabilize, requires a re-doubling of public health efforts, to push down. It won't go down by itself, it will be pushed down.” 

“We have to now push the virus down and that will not happen by itself,” Ryan said.

Speaking on Monday, Ryan said lockdowns are essential, because it means fewer people will be exposed to the virus, “so there are less people at risk from any individual case. If you get those cases out of the community quickly, they’ll expose even less people, and that’s how you get ahead of an epidemic.”

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, World Health Organization infectious disease epidemiologist, added we need to focus on the now, “we need to focus on what must be done now to get us out of this.”  

12:36 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

NYC mayor to Trump: "Thank you, and we need more help"

NYC Media
NYC Media

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was just asked what he wanted to stay to President Trump after the US Navy Hospital Ship Comfort arrived in New York City.

"Thank you and we need more help," de Blasio said.

The mayor said he had an “emotional moment” and felt “a sense of peace” with the ship’s arrival to New York City, but “the toughest weeks are ahead.”

The federal government is the only force that can help New York City reach the level of preparedness it needs to save every life that it can, de Blasio said.

12:19 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

300 ventilators from national stockpile are on the way to New Jersey, governor says

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said that hundreds of ventilators will be provided to the state from the federal government's stockpile.

Murphy tweeted Monday:

“After multiple conversations with the White House, we just received word that 300 ventilators are on their way to New Jersey from the national stockpile. Ventilators are our number one need right now. I won’t stop fighting for the equipment we need to save every life we can."

12:18 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

More than 100,000 coronavirus cases reported in Italy

From CNN's Nicola Ruotolo in Rome

The total number of coronavirus cases in Italy, including those who have recovered and those who have died, has reached at least 101,739, the Civil Protection Agency said Monday.

However, the number of new cases of coronavirus in Italy has decreased for the fifth day in a row. 

Italy recorded 1,648 new cases on Monday, bringing the total of active cases to 75,528. The percentage increase of new active cases — 2.2% — is the lowest since the start of the outbreak in the country. 

The number of deaths increased slightly to a total of 11,591 (812 more than Sunday). There are also 1,590 people who have recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours, the biggest daily increase since the beginning of the crisis. A total of 14,620 people have recovered.