CORONAVIRUS: News Roundup for Monday, March 30th

Here's a roundup of coronavirus news for Monday, March 30th

As of Sunday, there were more than 720,000 cases of coronavirus and 33,000 deaths worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins. (Yahoo! News)

There are now more than 140,800 cases in the U.S. with more than 2,460 deaths. (Los Angeles Times)

Donald Trump has extended social-distancing guidelines through April 30th. (FOX News)

Dr. Fauci predicts there could be up to 200,000 deaths in the U.S. (USA Today)

No one died when a tornado hit Jonesboro, Arkansas on Saturday because businesses were closed and citizens were hunkered down in their homes due to the coronavirus. (The New York Times)

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer says manufacturers were told "not to send her supplies" after Donald Trump's outburst against her. (Daily Mail)

An infant in Illinois became the youngest in the U.S. to die from coronavirus. (People)

Donald Trump has been bragging about his TV ratings as the death toll from coronavirus climbs. (Slate)

Texas Governor Abbott has expanded a mandatory coronavirus quarantine to include travelers from Louisiana. (FOX News)

Donald Trump suggested that some healthcare workers may be stealing protective gear. (Daily Mail)

Hundreds ignored ban on gatherings and attended church in Louisiana, where more than 3,500 have tested positive. (The Virginian-Pilot)

In Entertainment:

Music mogul David Geffen is getting blasted for sharing photos of his time in quarantine — aboard his multi-million-dollar yacht. He captioned the post: “Sunset last night…isolated in the Grenadines avoiding the virus. I’m hoping everybody is staying safe.” One critic wrote, “Did David Geffen just give everyone the middle finger?” (Page Six)

Up to one million stressed-out people tried log on for a live meditation with Deepak Chopra on Sunday, crashing the Vimeo-hosted website. The spiritual guru was forced to finish the session on Facebook Live. (Page Six)

Spain's PrincessMaria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma has become the first royal to die from the coronavirus. The 86-year-old was a cousin of Spain’s King Felipe the Sixth. (FOX News)

Queen Elizabeth’s footmen has tested positive for COVID-19, according to British tabloidThe Sun. The man, who regularly walks the Queen’s dogs and was in contact with the monarch, is now in self-isolation.

New York Knicks and Rangers owner JamesDolan has tested positive for COVID-19. The 64-year-old billionaire is said to be "experiencing little to no symptoms." (TMZ)

Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida will stay closed indefinitely. Disney originally said they planned to stay shuttered through the end of the month.


Here's a roundup of coronavirus news for Friday, March 27th

The number of coronavirus cases worldwide is now at more than 530,00 worldwide, with more than 24,000 dead.

The U.S. now has the most confirmed cases of coronavirus with more than 85,000. The death toll in the U.S. is now up to more than 1,200. (Yahoo! News)

Major League Baseball is making masks out of old jerseys for medical workers. (New York Post)

New York Governor Cuomo says there's enough protective gear, but nurses say no. (New York Post)

More than 5,000 sailors will be tested on an aircraft carrier after a coronavirus outbreak. (FOX News)

A woman was arrested for allegedly coughing on $35k worth of food, claiming she had the coronavirus. (New York Post)

The Indianapolis 500 has been postponed from Memorial Day weekend to August. (Indianapolis Star)

Mike Lindell, the founder and CEO of My Pillow, announced that his company is shifting 75 percent of its production to making face masks for hospitals. (The Hill)

The U.S. military has ordered a60-day freeze on all overseas troop movements, keeping all military personnel and their families in place for two months. 

Hertz announced Wednesday that it will provide free car rentals for health care workers in New York City to help them get to work. (CBS News)

Roman Reigns has pulled out of Wrestlemania 36. The WWE superstar was supposed to wrestle Goldberg for the Universal Championship during next month's event, but according toProWrestlingSheet, he decided it was too risky considering he's immuno-compromised because of his bouts with cancer.

As you'd expect, TV viewing is way up. During the week of March 16th, Nielsen says there was a "14% increase in Live TV usage from the prior week, a 35% increase in game console usage and a 28% increase in connected device usage among all U.S. consumers." During the week of March 16th to March 22nd, the three network newscasts were "collectively up 42 percent over the same week in 2019." That same week, "FOX News increased by 77 percent and MSNBC was up 38 percent year-over-year." (Hollywood Reporter)

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has changed their eligibility rules for the 2021 Golden Globes. Before, only movies released in theaters were eligible. Now they'll consider films that had a theatrical opening planned in Los Angeles between March 15th and April 30th. (Variety)

Josh Wallwork, who worked in the costume and wardrobe department on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, has died from coronavirus complications. He was 45. (TheWrap)

NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell has tested positive for coronavirus. (Variety)

A source close to Harvey Weinstein says he is "doing well" and "showing no symptoms" after testing positive for coronavirus in prison. He remains in isolation. (Page Six)

Universal Orlando Resort has extended its closure until April 19th. Earlier this month, the theme park announced it would be closed until the end of March.

The 74th Annual Tony Awards, set for June 7th, will be postponed. A new date has yet to be announced. (MSN)


Here's a roundup of coronavirus news for Thursday, March 26th

The number of coronavirus cases around the world has exceeded 465,000, and more than 21,000 have died.

In the U.S. there have been more than 65,000 confirmed cases and more than 1,000 deaths.

On Wednesday night, the U.S. Senate passed the $2 trillion stimulus bill by a vote of 96-0. (Yahoo! News)

Former Presiden Barack Obama tweeted on Wednesday urging Americans "maintain social distancing policies at least until we have comprehensive testing in place. Not just for our sake" — but for hospital workers. (Twitter)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill De Blasio are both criticizing the stimulus package for shortchanging the state and city, which have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. (The New York Times)

Americans are clogging toilets with wipes during the coronavirus pandemic. (NBC News)

A million have filed for unemployment in California and homeowners will be allowed to defer mortgage payments if they're affected by the pandemic. (Los Angeles Times)

At one New York City hospital, 13 coronavirus patients died in a 24-hour period. (The New York Times)

Donald Trump's virtual town hall on FOX News Tuesday set a record as the most-watched town hall in the history of cable news with an average of 4.4 million viewers, the networks announced Wednesday. (The Hill)

Trump's daily briefings are also a ratings hit, but some journalists and public health experts say they could be dangerous due to inaccurate information. (The New York Times)

Washington state public radio station, KUOW, has stopped running Trump's White House briefings "due to a pattern of false or misleading information provided that cannot be fact checked in real time." (The Hill)

NYU Medical School is letting students graduate three months early so that they could become interns and join New York's health care reserve to assist in treating patients with coronavirus.

Waffle House, which has its own index for measuring natural disasters, has declared a code Red and has closed 365 of its restaurants. More than 1,600 are still open.  

Amazon says workers at six of its warehouses in New York City; Oklahoma City; Jacksonville, Florida; Sheperdsville, Kentucky; Katy, Texas, and Brownstown, Michigan have tested positive. (USA Today)

Universal Orlando Resort has extended its closure until April 19th. Earlier this month, the theme park announced it would be closed until the end of March.

The74th Annual Tony Awards, set for June 7th, will be postponed. A new date has yet to be announced. (MSN)

Celebrity chef Floyd Cardoz, winner ofTop Chef Mastersseason 3, has died from the coronavirus a week after he was hospitalized in New York with a high fever. He was 59. (People)

NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves revealed in an emotional video that his mother is hospitalized in a medically-induced coma from the coronavirus.


Here's a roundup of coronavirus news for Wednesday, March 25th

Amazon says workers at six of its warehouses in New York City; Oklahoma City; Jacksonville, Florida; Sheperdsville, Kentucky; Katy, Texas, and Brownstown, Michigan have tested positive. (USA Today

The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has passed 422,000, with more than 18,000 fatalities. (Yahoo! News)

In the U.S., there are now more than 55,000 confirmed cases and more than 790 deaths. (Yahoo! News)

The House and the Senate agreed to a deal late Tuesday on a $2 trillion aid package, the largest in American history, to help U.S. workers and businesses through the economic fallout due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Yahoo! News)

In the wake of Mardi Gras, New Orleans has become an epicenter of coronavirus. (NBC News)

Los Angeles County had the first suspected coronavirus death of a person under 18, but there may have been other factors. (Los Angeles Times)

Stocks surged with the news Congress was close to agreeing to a coronavirus stimulus package. (Los Angeles Times)

Gun stores in Los Angeles were shutdown because they are considered "non-essential" during he coronavirus pandemic. (Los Angeles Times)

VP Mike Pence says the FDA is approving "off-label" use of hydroxychloroquine in the fight against coronavirus. (FOX News)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo warns the state may need 140,000 hospital beds. (FOX News)

The first immigrant in an ICE detention center has tested positive for coronavirus. (The Hill)

Harvey Weinstein is asking for a two-month extension for discovery in his civil case "due to the current coronavirus crisis." His lawyers, however, wont confirm whether the disgraced mogul has tested positive. His civil case is set to begin May 15th. (TMZ)

Ben Affleck isn't letting the lockdown slow down his romance with Ana de Armas. The two were spotted walking a dog Monday afternoon in Los Angeles -- and they even broke social-distancing rules to share a kiss. (TMZ)

CBS All Access is offering a month-free subscription to anyone in the U.S. through April 23rd. It comes just in time to watch Star Trek: Picard, whose season finale airs on Thursday. (Variety)

The release of Wonder Woman 1984 has been bumped from June 5th to August 14th. Warner Bros. has also indefinitely pulled the adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musica lIn the Heights as well as Scoob, an animated film based on Scooby-Doo. (Variety)

Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally died today (Tuesday) in a Sarasota, Florida hospital due to complications from the coronavirus. He was 81. The author of Master Class and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune was a lung cancer survivor with chronic pulmonary disease, according to Deadline.


Here's a roundup of coronavirus news for Tuesday, March 24th

The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has passed 370,000 to date, with more than 16,000 dead and 100,000 who have recovered. (Yahoo! News)

In the U.S., there have been more than 43,000 confirmed cases and more than 400 deaths. (Yahoo! News)

Donald Trump may push to re-open businesses, defying the advice of health experts. (The Washington Post)

An Arizona man has died, and his wife is in critical condition, after taking chloroquine, a drug some believe can help treat the coronavirus. (NBC News)

Chinese-Americans are fearing for their safety after Donald Trump called the coronavirus the "Chinese virus." (The New York Times)

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (not the sports commentator) said on FOX News Monday night that "lots of" grandparents would be willing to give up their lives in order to save the economy for their grandchildren. (Axios)

Doctor Who star Sophia Myles says her father has died after contracting the coronavirus. (FOX News)

Kim Kardashian's KKW Beauty line will stop shipping orders after closing the company's fulfillment center because of health orders being imposed in California. (TMZ)

Bond girl OlgaKurylenko says she has “completely recovered” from the coronavirus. The actress, who revealed her diagnosis earlier this month, said on Instagram that by the second week her "fever was gone but some light cough appeared and I felt very tired...[and that] by the end of the second week I felt totally fine.” (Page Six)

Bad Boys for Life, which opened in theaters on January 15th, will hit video on demand on March 31st.

The New York Philharmonic has canceled the rest of its season, which was set to run through the second week of June and include a European tour in the beginning of May. (New York Times)


Here's a roundup of coronavirus news for Monday, March 23rd

According to John Hopkins University, the number of coronavirus cases worldwide has passed 300,000 to date. There have been more than 14,000 deaths and 90,000 who have recovered. (Yahoo! News)

New York City is now considered an epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic with roughly five percent of the world's cases. (The New York Times)

California Governor Gavin Newsom is frustrated young people are ignoring social distancing orders. (Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles is closing some parks after too many people are showing up on hiking trails. (Time Out)

The coronavirus stimulus package has stalled in the Senate, as Democrats oppose parts of the plan. (FOX News)

Donald Trump has activated the National Guard in California, New York and Washington state. (CNBC)

The FBI says white supremacists are encouraging their members to spread coronavirus to Jews and police. (ABC News)

Rand Pau lbecame the first senator to announce that he's tested positive for coronavirus. (NBC News)

German Chancellor Angela Merke lis in quarantine after her doctor tested positive for coronavirus. (CNBC)

North Korea says Donald Trump offered to help Kim Jong Un with his country's battle with coronavirus. (FOX News)


Here's a roundup of coronavirus news for Friday, March 20th

Prince Harry has called off the Invictus Games, which are an Olympics-like competition among wounded service people. (Independent)

The U.S. and Mexico have agreed to close the border. (USA Today)

New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo has followed California's lead and ordered a near-complete shutdown of the state. (WNBC-TV)

Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin announced that the tax deadline has been moved from April 15th to July 15th.

New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut have ordered all barber shops, hair and nail salons, and tattoo parlors to close by 8 p.m. Saturday. (NY Daily News)

The number of deaths worldwide due to the coronavirus has surpassed 10,000, with more than 240,000 cases of the virus. (John Hopkins)

In the U.S., there are more than 13,000 people infected with the virus, and more than 200 deaths. (USA Today)

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday ordered all residents of the state to stay at home. (Los Angeles Times)

Two members of the Los Angeles Lakers, Celtics guard Marcus Smart, and three individuals within the Philadelphia 76ers organization have tested positive for coronavirus. There are now 14 known cases in the NBA. (ESPN)

It's not only the elderly who are being affected. A 34-year-old California man, who recently visited Disney World in Florida, died Thursday. (TMZ)

The State Department warns Americans to not travel abroad and come home if they're overseas. (Politico)

Coronavirus deaths in Italy have surpassed China. (USA Today)

Florida Governor DeSantis finally announces "the party's over" for spring breakers. (FOX News)

New Orleans Saints head coach SeanPayton has tested positive for coronavirus. The 56-year-old says he has no fever and no cough, and expects to make a full recovery. (TMZ)


Here's a roundup of coronavirus news for Thursday, March 19th

Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a bill to ensure employees get paid for sick leave. Now Congress is working on a relief package that would give Americans checks of $1,000 or more.(USA Today)

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp isn't shutting down restaurants and bars for dining, despite the fact most of the other states have. (AJC)

Congressmen Mario Diaz-Balart and Ben McAdams are first lawmakers to announce testing positive for coronavirus. (FOX News)

Donald Trump says hospital ships heading to help coronavirus battle, but the Navy says they're not ready. (NBC News)

5.7-magnitude earthquake knocked out Utah's coronavirus hotline. (ABC News)

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says taxpayers can delay payments 90 days, but must still file by April 15th. (CNBC)

New York City Mayor Bill de Balasio still pushing for shelter in place order as cases up to nearly 1,900 in the city (CNBC)

The Census Bureau has suspended field operations. (Talking Points Memo)

President Trump is invoking some wartime powers to speed the supply of medical supplies like masks and respirators. (Forbes)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced more drastic measures, including a statewide mandate that no business can have more than 50 percent of their workforce report to work outside of their home. (Newsday)

Donald Trump announced that the U.S. is closing the border with Canada to "non-essential" traffic. (CNBC)

Target announced that all stores will close everyday by 9 p.m. to allow more time for cleaning, and the first hour of shopping each Wednesday will be open only to customers who are elderly or vulnerable. Whole Foods is reserving the first hour of shopping each day for customers 60 and older.

At least 265 flights were canceled this morning at Chicago's Midway Airport after three techs in the air traffic control tower tested positive for coronavirus. (WGN-TV)

The U.S. death toll has reached 150, across 22 states. There are 9,400 confirmed cases. (USA Today)

Kansas is the first state to announce that schools would remain closed for in-person teaching for the rest of the school year. 

Department stores Macy's, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's and Saks Fifth Avenue announced they are closing all stores for two weeks because of the coronavirus. Their online stores will remain open. (NY Post)

Carpools are no longer available with Uber and Lyft in an effort to promote social distancing. (The Next Web)

Residents of Venice, Italy say for the first time in their lifetime the canals are crystal clear. Thanks to quarantines, a severe drop in tourism and gondoliers on hiatus. The polluted waters have been swept away by the ocean tides.


Here's a roundup of coronavirus news for Wednesday, March 18th

Coronavirus has now spread to all 50 states and the death toll has passed 100 with more than 5,800 confirmed cases in the U.S. (CNBC)

California schools may not open for the rest of the academic year. (Politico)

Mayor Bill de Blasio says New Yorkers should be prepared for "shelter-in-place order, but New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he doesn't have the authority. (N.Y. Magazine)

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has refused to close the state's beaches, despite concerns about the spread of coronavirus. (NBC News)

Gun sales have gone up amid fears of coronavirus and a financial collapse. (NBC News)

Orange County, California has closed bars and restaurants and has banned gatherings of any size after there are 29 confirmed cases there. (KTLA 5)

The White House has a plan to offer Americans cash payments as part of a stimulus package. (The Washington Post)

The governor of Nevada has ordered the closure of all casinos and restaurants for 30 days. (The Nevada Independent)

Tax deadline will be extended by 90 days by the IRS to help those affected by the coronavirus. (CNBC)

A player on the NHL team the Ottawa Senators has tested positive for corona virus. (NHL)

A New Jersey coronavirus patient gave hospital fake name and address and left, but was later found. (NBC News)

The Dow Jones Industrial Average clawed back more than 1,000 points today after yesterday's record losses. Investors were encouraged by talk of a federal stimulus package. (USA Today)

Kevin Durant and three other players on the Brooklyn Nets have tested positive for the coronavirus. Only one is showing symptoms. (USA Today)

Churchill Downs has rescheduled the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby to Saturday, September 5th. It had been scheduled for May 2nd. (WDRB-TV)

Al Roker and Craig Melvin of the Today show stayed home again today out of an abundance of caution after a colleague tested positive. Roker actually did the weather report from his home. 

A Delta flight scheduled to take off from New York's JFK for Seattle was returned to the terminal last night after a passenger told a flight attendant they may have been exposed to coronavirus. (NY Post)

The infected Grand Princess cruise ship, which docked in Oakland on March 9th, has finally disembarked all passengers and half of the crew and is moving to a secluded dock in San Francisco where the remaining crew members will spent another 14 days under quarantine. (USA Today)  


Here's a roundup of coronavirus news for Tuesday, March 17th

Donald Trump said the coronavirus outbreak could last until summer and new guidelines from the White House say people should avoid "groups of more than 10 people." (CNBC)

Seven Northern California counties have ordered residents to "shelter in place" for the next three weeks to slow the spread of the coronavirus there. (Los Angeles Times)

A coronavirus relief bill is stuck in the Senate over paid sick leave. (CNBC)

Donald Trump told a group of governors on Monday that the shouldn't wait for federal help to get respirators needed to treat patients with coronavirus. He told them, "Try getting it yourselves." (The New York Times)

Ohio has closed its primary polls due to "an unacceptable health risk," the governor says. (CNBC)

For the first time since World War 2,the Kentucky Derby will not run in the month of May. The horse race has been postponed until September, when it's believed the coronavirus risk will have passed. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Some supermarkets, including Vallarta on the West Coast and Stop and Shop back east, are offering special hours for elderly shoppers.

Hong Kong is quarantining people who visit from outside the city. (CNBC)

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down just shy of 3000 points, obliterating Thursday's record for a single-day points decline. (MarketWatch)

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, the founder of E-commerce site Alibaba, is donating test kits and surgical masks to the U.S. (CBS News)

The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut banded together today for a joint press call announcing the closures of all theaters, gyms and casinos effective at 8 p.m. today. Bars and restaurants will be open for take-out only. (New York Post)

The NFL announced that the 2020 Draft, from April 23-25 in Las Vegas, will go on as scheduled, but only on TV. All public events tied to it have been canceled. (CBS Sports)

The Supreme Court is postponing oral arguments indefinitely. Among the cases on the docket was one concerning the subpoenas of President Trump's tax documents. (USA Today)

U.S. stocks plunged again today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 2,400 points and the S&P 500 dropped more than 7 percent, which shut down trading for about 15 minutes. (USA Today)

Italy reported 368 new deaths from the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, the largest number in a single day. It brings the total death toll in the country to at least 1,809. (Sky News)

United Airlines says it is cutting flights by 50-percent and reducing payroll. Corporate officers have agree to take a 50-percent salary cut. (USA Today)

The U.S. death toll has risen to 69 with the total number of cases surpassing 3,770. The global death toll has surpassed 6,500. (USA Today)

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

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