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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2:20 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

New Jersey reports more than 3,300 new coronavirus cases

From CNN's Laura Ly

New Jersey Office of the Governor
New Jersey Office of the Governor

New Jersey had at least 3,347 new Covid-19 cases and 37 new deaths in the last 24 hours, Gov. Phil Murphy said at a news conference today.

New Jersey's statewide total now stands at 16,636 cases and 198 deaths, Murphy said.


2:17 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Virginia governor issues stay-at-home order

From CNN's Stephanie Gallman

Virginia Governor's office
Virginia Governor's office

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced at a news conference today that he issued a stay-at-home order for the state.

Everyone must stay at home unless leaving to get food, supplies, going to work, seeking medical care or going outside to get exercise. 

Northam said his order is partially in response to seeing beaches in his state “literally packed” over the weekend. Beaches are now closed except to those exercising or fishing, Northam said. 

2:09 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

More than 400 people have died in France in last 24 hours

From CNN's Pierre Eliott Buet in Paris

Doctors tend to a patient arriving on a wheelchair at tent set up in a courtyard of the Henri Mondor Hospital in Creteil, France, on Monday, March 30.
Doctors tend to a patient arriving on a wheelchair at tent set up in a courtyard of the Henri Mondor Hospital in Creteil, France, on Monday, March 30. Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

An additional 418 people with coronavirus have died in the last 24 hours in France, Director-General of Health Jérôme Salomon said on Monday.

This is a 43% increase on Sunday's figures, bringing the overall French coronavirus death toll to more than 3,000 since March 1.

Salomon said France now has a total of 44,150 confirmed cases of the virus.

Among the 21,000 French coronavirus patients in hospitals, more than 5,000 patients are currently being treated in intensive care units.

2:06 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Trump asked if masks in New York are "going out the back door." Here's how the governor responded.

From CNN’s Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was just asked about President Trump's suggestion that personal protective equipment, such as masks, could be "going out the back door."

Cuomo said New York City has a warehouse of supplies — and said the city is creating a "stockpile" for the "high point" of the coronavirus pandemic.

“First, there is a warehouse and that is in New Jersey, it’s the New York City warehouse. We are creating a stockpile. For someone to say, 'well the warehouse has equipment in it, you should be using that equipment today' — that defies the basic concept of planning and the basic operation that we have to have working not just in this state but across the country," Cuomo said.

He added:

"If you are not preparing for the apex, and for the high point, you are missing the entire point of the operation. It is a fundamental blunder to only prepare for today. That’s why in some ways we are where we are."

Cuomo said he's not sure what Trump meant by the suggestion.

"In terms of a suggestion that the PPE equipment is not going to a correct place, I don’t know what that means, I don’t know what he’s trying to say, if he wants to make an accusation, then let him make an accusation. But I don’t know what he’s trying to say by inference," he said.

What this is about: At a briefing last night, Trump appeared to suggest, without evidence, that hospitals in New York are somehow stealing masks.

"Even though this is different, something is going on, and you ought to look into it as reporters. Where are the masks going? Are they going out the back door? How do you go from 10,000 to 300,000?" he asked.

1:39 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Rhode Island schools closed until end of April

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Monday that schools will be closed through the end of April.

Raimondo also said any household with a cell phone and plan from AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint will be able to access hotspot service for free until May 18. 

She added it is intended to help students without Wi-Fi at home.

1:44 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

New York governor says ventilator prices went from $20,000 to $50,000 in a matter of weeks

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said 50 states and the federal government are all competing for supplies and driving up prices.

"Ironically enough. We are fighting among ourselves, we competing among ourselves," he said.

"When we started buying ventilators, they were under $20,000. The ventilators are over $50,000 if you can find them. The ventilators didn't change that much in two weeks," Cuomo said. 
1:53 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

New York governor to out-of-state health care workers: "Come help us, please"

Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged health care workers from other states to join the fight against coronavirus in New York state.

"As governor of New York, I am asking health care professionals across the country: If you don't have a health care crisis in your community, please come help us in New York now," he said.

Cuomo said the state's health care workers need help and relief now — and he promised they'd "return the favor" if coronavirus outbreaks hit other states next.

"If you are not busy, come help us, please. We'll return the favor," he said. "The New York way is to be helpful."

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1:33 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Germany is treating roughly 7,000 coronavirus cases in hospitals

From Nadine Schmidt in Berlin

Germany is currently treating about 7,000 Covid-19 patients in hospitals, a spokesperson for the German Hospital Federation told CNN Monday.

Of these patients, 1,500 are in intensive care units and roughly 1,100 patients in the ICU units require ventilation. 

The hospital federation also confirmed to CNN that the available number of ventilation places in intensive care have now increased from 20,000 to 30,000, adding that ''in the medium-term we expect to double the original 20,000 ventilation places."

Earlier Monday, Germany's Robert Koch Institute — the country's agency for disease and control — said that coronavirus cases rose by 9% in the last 24 hours.

Germany now has 57,298 confirmed cases, an increase of 786 cases from Sunday to Monday. At least 455 people have died.

1:34 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Rate of coronavirus hospitalizations in New York is slowing, governor says

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the rate of hospitalizations for coronavirus cases in the state has slowed, citing the rate of "doubling" of people admitted to the hospital for Covid-19.

Cuomo said the rate of new hospitalizations is now doubling every six days, as compared to every two and three days like last week.

"So, while the overall number is going up, the rate of doubling is actually down," Cuomo said.