From the Associated Press
The latest about the coronavirus pandemic. The new corona virus causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, this can lead to more serious illnesses or death.
TOP OF THE HOUR:
– Trump extends home stay policy by another 30 days.
– New York State exceeds 1,000 coronavirus deaths
Two cruise ships sail through the Panama Canal
TOKYO – Toyota Motor Corp. announced on Monday that its auto factories in Europe will cease production at least until April 20 due to the new outbreak of the corona virus.
The European plants are located in France, Great Britain, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Turkey and Portugal.
All plants in China resumed normal production on Monday, spokeswoman Kayo Doi said. Japan̵
BEIJING – China’s National Health Commission reported 31 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, including only one domestic infection, while the others were recent arrivals from abroad.
With outbreaks increasing in the United States and the rest of the world, China’s reported cases have decreased four months after the unidentified disease first appeared in central Hubei.
The country is now easing the last controls that have restricted tens of millions of people to their homes as they try to curb the spread of the virus. At the height of Chinese restrictions, around 700 million people were located in areas covered by orders or government orders to stay at home and restrict activities.
The focus of China’s preventive measures has shifted to overseas arrivals, which have been the majority of new infections for more than two weeks. Almost all foreigners were no longer allowed to enter from Saturday.
KATHMANDU, Nepal – The Nepalese government has extended the nationwide blockade by one week to stop the spread of the corona virus.
A government announcement says the blockade last week would last until April 7th, closing businesses and key markets and ending transportation. Flights will also be discontinued by April 15.
A flight was arranged to take stranded Americans home on Tuesday. Another flight is scheduled for Wednesday to repatriate the Australians to Sydney.
The government also banned the import of alcohol, luxury vehicles, and gold, while ordering the rent and school fees for a month.
Nepal has reported five confirmed cases, including one who has recovered from it.
PORTLAND, Ore. – President Donald Trump has approved a statement of a major disaster for Oregon due to the Corona virus outbreak, the White House said on Sunday.
The statement orders federal support to support governmental, tribal, and local restoration efforts. The order dates back to January 20 and increases the number of states with coronavirus disaster relief to 18.
Governor Kate Brown declared the state of emergency on March 8. On March 23, it issued an executive order instructing residents to stay at home as much as possible and ordered retail stores to be closed, where close personal contact is hard to avoid, such as hair salons, gyms, and the like Theatre.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The outbreak of the new corona virus in a Tennessee nursing home has spread to dozens of its residents and employees, the governor’s office said. A hospital said without further details that a total of two of the residents had died.
The test results released on Sunday show that 59 other residents of the Gallatin Rehabilitation and Healing Center northeast of Nashville tested positive, while 33 employees with confirmed cases were isolated in their homes, the governor said.
According to the Sumner Regional Medical Center, 42 patients were admitted to the nursing home in isolation after some tested positive for the virus, while the 59 additional residents were scheduled to be transported there by Monday. A hospital statement did not reveal whether the two deceased nursing home patients had tested positive for coronavirus.
The nursing home is closed for thorough cleaning, and dozens of uncritical patients are transported to three other hospitals.
WASHINGTON officials in the country’s capital announced four new deaths and 59 new positive coronavirus infections on Sunday. That brings the total to eight deaths and 401 infections.
Last week, a high-ranking employee of Mayor Muriel Bowser was among the dead. Bowser has declared a state of emergency, closed all schools and closed all non-essential businesses. White House and Capitol tours were canceled, and the National Zoo, Smithsonian Museum Network, and Kennedy Center were closed.
Police have blocked dozens of roads, bridges, and traffic circles to prevent crowds from coming to see Washington’s signature blooming cherry blossom trees.
PANAMA CITY – The Panama Canal Authority reports that two cruise ships with more than 1,800 passengers and crew, including some infected with COVID-19, had started crossing the canal.
The announcement came after passengers on the Zaandam and their sister ship Rotterdam received mixed signals about their fate. While Panamanian officials said they would let the ships through the canal, Holland America Lines said no official permission had been given, and the Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Florida said he didn’t want to dock near his city as planned without extensive precautions.
On Sunday evening, the canal authority released a statement that the ships had started to cross the canal.
Holland America Lines announced on Friday that four people on board the Zaandam had died – although the cause was not reported – and at least two had tested positive for COVD-19. It has been at sea since it left Argentina on March 7th.
SYDNEY – Paramedics evacuated three crew members from a cruise ship that has become Australia’s largest source of the new corona virus.
New South Wales’ chief health officer, Kerry Chant, said Monday the three patients were not Australian citizens and had been taken to a Sydney hospital by the Ruby Princess with the help of the water police.
The authorities were criticized for allowing 2,700 passengers and crew to disembark when the ship landed in Sydney on March 19, although the COVID-19 test results were unknown.
Many of the passengers traveled between states and overseas before the health risk became known.
More than 300 people have been infected with the virus, including two women aged 77 and 75 who have died.
More than 1,100 crew members remain in quarantine on board.
The owner of the Ruby Princess, Carnival Corp., said in a statement that the three crew members were suffering from acute respiratory symptoms.
SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea reported 78 new coronavirus cases and six more deaths, totaling 9,661 infections and 158 deaths.
According to the South Korean Disease Control and Prevention Center, at least 476 infections were linked to new arrivals from abroad on Monday, most of which have been discovered in the past two weeks.
As of Wednesday, South Korea will enforce two-week quarantines for all overseas passengers as authorities strive to prevent the virus from re-entering as outbreaks increase in Europe, North America, and beyond.
The country had already issued two-week quarantines against South Korean nationals and foreigners with long-stay visas from Europe and the United States.
SALT LAKE – Former Utah House spokesman and auto manager Robert Garff died on Sunday of complications from COVID-19, his daughter said.
R-North Salt Lake MP Melissa Garff Ballard wrote on Facebook: “My loving father passed away peacefully from COVID-19 today. He has lived a long and happy life, full of strength and love for our state and our families. “
Garff, 77, was the third Utah resident to die from the virus.
Garff was a well-known Utah businessman and chairman of the Ken Garff Automotive Group. From 1985 to 1987 he was spokesman for the Utah House and chairman of the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Games.
NEW YORK – The state of New York passed a grim milestone on Sunday when the coronavirus outbreak increased the death toll to over 1,000, less than a month after the first case was discovered in the state.
New York City reported in the evening that the death toll had increased to 776. The total number of deaths across the state is not expected to be released until Monday, but with at least 250 additional deaths outside the city starting Sunday morning, this is the total number of state deaths that were at least 1,026.
The virus pierced New York at an alarming rate.
The first known infection in the state was discovered on March 1. A second case was confirmed two days later.
The first death in the state was March 10th.
Two days later, the state banned all gatherings of more than 500 people and obscured Broadway theaters and sports arenas. The Mayor of New York City, Bill De Blasio, closed the schools in New York City on March 15.
More severe restrictions came on March 20 when Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered all nonessential workers to stay at home, prohibited meetings of any size, and directed everyone in public to stay at least a meter away from other people. At that time, only 35 New Yorkers had been killed by the virus.
That was only nine days ago.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia has reported the state’s first death in connection with the new coronavirus pandemic.
The death affected an 88-year-old woman from Marion County, the Department of Health and Human Resources said in a press release. The statement said that no further details would be released.
“We extend our sincere condolences to this family,” said DHHR Secretary Bill J. Crouch in the statement.
West Virginia was the last state to report a confirmed case on March 17.
Hawaii and Wyoming are the only remaining states where no coronavirus deaths have been reported.
NEW ORLEANS – The order to close many Louisiana shops and keep people at home to slow the spread of COVID-19 may need to be extended beyond April 13, Governor John Bel Edwards said.
Edwards and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell spoke to reporters at a briefing broadcast live from outside the city’s convention center, which is being converted to a 1,000-bed hospital.
This hospital for the recovery of patients who no longer require ventilation or intensive care will open until April 5, as will a nearby 250-bed center for some people waiting for test results, Edwards said.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump says Congress should meet again if some Americans fail to get their money for coronavirus stimuli because outdated state-of-the-art computer systems are unable to quickly cope with the federal money sent to workers.
He wanted the money to be distributed by the federal government, but his opponents wanted it to be distributed through existing state unemployment systems.
Trump told reporters at the White House briefing on Sunday about the virus that if the Americans fail to get their money quickly, they will ask Congress to gather or find other ways to distribute the money.
He says the federal government is able to quickly distribute money from the huge $ 2.2 trillion stimulus package to support the US economy.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump extends the federal guidelines to keep people at home and away from each other for another 30 days as the coronavirus continues to spread across the country.
Trump made the announcement during a rose garden briefing. The guidelines, originally labeled “15 days to slow the spread”, expired on Monday.
Trump said last week that he hoped the country would “reopen” by Easter. But public health experts have raised the alarm, saying that a rollback would speed up the transmission and make the situation worse.
Federal guidelines recommend that older people and people with pre-existing conditions stay at home and away from other people, and recommend that all Americans avoid social gatherings, work from home, and stay away from bars and restaurants.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump says two health insurers are waiving patient payments for coronavirus treatment.
Both Cigna and Humana do not require additional payments or other forms of cost sharing for COVID-19 care from many of their customers. Healthcare providers would be reimbursed at insurers’ intra-network or Medicare rates.
Cigna said the waived payments would start on Monday and continue through May 31.
The move could save these patients thousands of dollars depending on their coverage and the amount of health care they have used to treat the coronavirus so far this year. They come after Aetna announced last week that it would waive payment for hospitalized patients tied to the coronavirus.
Many insurers have previously waived patient costs for testing or doctor visits and telemedicine to encourage people with coronavirus symptoms to get help.
WILMINGTON, Del. – The governor of Delaware issued an order asking visitors outside the state to quarantine themselves for two weeks.
Governor John Carney’s order takes effect on Monday morning and requires anyone who enters the state from another location to quarantine themselves for 14 days. It does not apply to people who only go through the state.
“Now is not the time to visit Delaware. We are facing a serious situation that is deteriorating,” Carney said in a statement.
Those who violate the order, which includes some exemptions for healthcare workers and other important tasks, could be prosecuted.
According to health authorities, there are more than 200 coronavirus cases nationwide and 31 hospital admissions on Sunday mornings.
WASHINGTON – Vice President Mike Pence has sent a letter to hospital administrators in the United States asking them to report their coronavirus test data directly to the Department of Health and Human Services and their officials.
He says the data is needed at the federal level so that the Federal Emergency Management Agency and disease control and prevention centers can fight the virus.
The letter said that, on the President’s instructions, all hospitals should report their data on COVID-19 tests performed outside of certain commercial laboratories. These commercial laboratories are LabCorp, BioReference Laboratories, Quest Diagnostics, Mayo Clinic Laboratories and ARUP Laboratories. In the letter, hospitals are asked to report the data every day at 5 p.m.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump says his government has identified cases of “hoarding” of medical care and equipment by hospitals and health care professionals.
As his government tries to correct urgent deficiencies in personal protective equipment and respirators for the coronavirus response, Trump urges them to release them in more affected areas.
Trump says: “We have some healthcare workers, some hospitals, individual hospitals, and hospital chains that are hoarding devices, including ventilators.”
Trump doesn’t name names, but says that in some cases, they’re in areas where they don’t expect the virus to have any major impact.
He says, “These are areas that in some cases are unlikely to be needed and in some cases, even if they do, they have too many.”
Trump adds, “So they have to release ventilators, if they have them, they have to release certain medical aids and devices.”