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More than 142,000 people worldwide are infected with the coronavirus, which is the source of COVID-19, and the number of deaths from the epidemic continues to rise. Authorities are trying to contain the epidemic in the United States while schools, businesses and public events are closed or canceled.

the Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention follows cases in the United States here.

Live updates from Saturday March 14, continue below:

Coronavirus screening test for 2 members of the New York State Assembly

Update 10:15 p.m. EDT March 14: Two members of the New York State Assembly, Helene Weinstein and Charles Barron, tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said.

The two members have not been in Albany since the beginning of March, Carl E. Heastie, president of the New York State Assembly, says on social networks.

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“I have spoken with the governor and the Senate and we are undertaking an intensive cleanup of the capital and the legislative office building”, Heastie said on social networks. “In addition, all legislators and staff who have come into contact with these members will be tested to ensure the safety of all.”

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President Trump calls for national day of prayer, says he will connect to Georgia church service

Update 9:20 p.m. EDT March 14: President Donald Trump announced Sunday, he is calling for a national day of prayer and he will listen to an online sermon by a pastor from Georgia.

“Tomorrow I called for a national day of prayer,” Trump said in social media on Saturday evening. “I will listen to the pastor (Jentezen Franklin) at the FreeChapel Church in Gainesville, Georgia at 11:00 am. God bless the United States!”

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Franklin, pastor of Free Chapel Church, announced a “special experience in line with worship” on Saturday.

Walmart, Kroger cut the hours

Update 8:50 p.m. EDT March 14: The world’s largest retailer has cut its hours amid fears of the coronavirus, company officials said on Saturday.

Walmart will begin closing stores at 11 p.m. Sunday, CNN reported. Neighborhood market grocery stores will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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The Kroger grocery chain also announced a reduction in hours on Saturday. Stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. starting Monday, WHIO-TV reported.

Trump tests negative coronavirus

Update 7:24 p.m. EDT March 14: President Donald Trump tested negative for coronavirus on Saturday, The New York Times reported.

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Georgia postpones presidential primary to May

Update 6:40 p.m. EDT March 14: Georgia postponed presidential primary until May due to fears of coronavirus, The Associated Press reported.

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The state primary was scheduled for March 24.

Pentagon restricts workers’ access to building

Update 6:25 p.m. EDT March 14: Pentagon officials imposed new access restrictions on Saturday, saying that staff who need to access classified information as part of their work may enter, but as of Monday, employees who can work remotely are encouraged to do so.

People who were abroad were told to stay away from the building for two weeks, The Associated Press reported.

The personnel who come to work at the Pentagon will not have their temperature taken for the moment.

There have been 21 reported cases of Defense Department personnel worldwide testing positive for the coronavirus.

the Associated press contributed to this report.

Virginia, Louisiana announce first coronavirus deaths

Update 5:50 p.m. EDT March 14: Officials in Virginia and Louisiana announced the first coronavirus-related deaths in their state on Saturday afternoon.

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In Virginia, 70-year-old patient died after acquiring COVID-19 from an unknown source, health officials said.

“Pam and I were deeply saddened to learn that a Virginian died from COVID-19”, Governor Ralph Northam said on social media. “The health of Virginians continues to be my top priority. I will meet with local representatives from the peninsula tomorrow and we will talk to the community about the next steps. “

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Health officials said there were 41 cases in Virginia.

In Louisiana, a 58-year-old man from the parish of Orléans with underlying health problems died at the Touro Infirmary hospital and medical center.

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“We send our prayers and condolences to the family of the deceased”, Governor John Bel Edwards said in a statement. “In addition, we now have 10 new suspected positive cases, bringing our total to 77. Now more than ever, we must remain vigilant against the spread of this disease by taking care of ourselves and each other, avoiding going into public places if you’re sick, socializing and washing your hands frequently with soap and water. “

Spain announces national lockout

Update 4:24 p.m. EDT March 14: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced a national lockout on Saturday, which means residents must stay at home and can only leave for essential reasons, The Washington Post reported.

Events, including religious services and courses in schools and universities, were also prohibited.

The measures are in place for 15 days but could be extended.

French Prime Minister orders closure of non-core businesses

Update 3:26 p.m. EDT March 14: Edouard Philippe, the French Prime Minister, announced that from midnight Saturday, all non-essential businesses will be closed until further notice, The Washington Post reported. This includes cafes, restaurants and theaters, the newspaper reported.

Banks, petrol stations, supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open.

Royal Caribbean Cruises suspends all world voyages

Update 14:53 EDT March 14: Royal Caribbean Cruises officials released a statement on Saturday announcing the suspension of all world crossings at 12:01 p.m. Sunday, according to a statement from the cruise company.

Service is expected to resume on April 11, the company said in a statement.

Friday, Royal Caribbean announced the suspension of all cruises in the United States until April 10, CNN reported.

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New York firefighter positive, mayor says

Update 2:21 p.m. EDT March 14: Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that there were 29 new cases of coronavirus in New York City, including a Brooklyn firefighter, WABC reported. De Blasio said the firefighter had not received a fire or recent medical calls.

Fauci on virus: “We have not reached our peak”

Update 1:18 p.m. EDT March 14: The United States has “not reached our peak” regarding the coronavirus, said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases during a briefing Saturday at the White House.

Fauci predicted that there would be more cases and deaths, especially in older people and therefore more vulnerable to the virus.

“Now all the systems are working,” said Fauci. “Let’s look to the future.”

Pence: UK travel restrictions to start midnight Monday

Update 12:27 p.m. EDT March 14: Vice President Mike Pence said at a White House coronavirus briefing that travel restrictions will be implemented in the UK starting at midnight Monday evening.

“Americans in the UK and Ireland can go home,” said Pence, adding that travelers will have to be screened upon return.

Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of internal security, added that the ban would affect foreign nationals who have been in the United States for the past two weeks.

“This does not apply to American citizens,” said Wolf.

Wolf added that American tourists returning from the United Kingdom and Ireland would undergo a medical examination and be self-quarantined for 14 days.

Trump takes stock of virus and welcomes stock market rebound

Update 12:27 p.m. EDT March 14: President Donald Trump held a press conference on Saturday afternoon to take stock of the coronavirus. The president, wearing a black hat adorned with the “USA” logo, said he was using “the full powers of the federal government” to control the virus.

Trump also said he took his temperature before Saturday’s press conference and said he had a coronavirus test on Friday evening. The president said he did not yet know the results of the tests, adding that it would take one to two days to find out. Trump said his temperature was normal.

“We are all in the same boat,” said Trump. “The American people have been incredible.”

Trump also welcomed the stock market rebound on Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained nearly 2,000 points.

Trump, responding to a question about possible travel restrictions to the UK, said he “planned” but hadn’t made a decision.

White House medical officials performing temperature checks

Update 12:04 pm EDT March 14: White House officials are currently conducting temperature checks on anyone who has been in close contact with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, The Associated Press reported.

White House spokesperson Judd Deere said the temperature checks were “done with great care” regarding the coronavirus outbreak,

Trump has had direct and indirect contact with people who tested positive for the virus, the AP reported.

Positive test of 47 employees in a Washington State nursing home

Update at 11:16 a.m. EDT March 14: Forty-seven employees of the Life Care Center of Kirkland, Washington, have tested positive for the virus, according to Tweeter of KIRO-TV in Seattle. The results, from Public

Results from Public Health-Seattle & King County, the health agency serving the Greater Seattle area, include 24 employees who tested negative. A test was not conclusive.

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First virus-related death in New York confirmed

Update at 10:37 a.m. EDT March 14: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on a conference call on Saturday morning that an 82-year-old woman who tested positive for coronavirus died Friday in a Manhattan hospital, marking the first related death to a coronavirus in New York.

The woman suffered from “emphysema,” Cuomo said.

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declares state of emergency

Update at 10:37 a.m. EDT March 14: Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a statewide public health emergency Saturday morning, WSB-TV reported.

The move gives the governor the power to suspend laws and take “direct operational control” of state civil forces, Kemp said at a press conference. The declaration also gives health authorities the power to isolate or quarantine residents of Georgia, restrict travel within or within the state, and limit – or even cancel – large public gatherings.

“I don’t take this lightly,” said Kemp.

Spain announces national lockout

Update at 10:02 a.m. EDT March 14: Spain declares a national lock-out to slow the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, according to Spanish media.

The Associated Press indicated that Spain would follow the example of Italy and impose strict restrictions on its population of more than 46 million inhabitants. Spanish health officials said on Saturday that coronavirus infections had reached 5,753 people, more than half of them in the capital, Madrid. An increase of more than 1,500 in 24 hours, the AP reported. Spain now has 136 deaths from coronavirus.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez is positive

Update at 8:03 a.m. EDT March 14: Francis Suarez, mayor of Miami, announced that it had tested positive for the coronavirus, the Miami herald reported.

Suarez, 42, said in a statement that he had no symptoms. He advised anyone who had contacted him since Monday to be isolated for 14 days, WTVJ reported. Monday, Suarez attended an event with Fabio Wajngarten, press secretary to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the Herald reported. Wajngarten tested positive after returning to Brazil Thursday urging Suarez to isolate himself, the TV station reported.

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Confirmation of the first cases of coronavirus in Rwanda and Mauritania

Update at 6:41 a.m. EDT March 14: African nations of Rwanda and Mauritania have confirmed their first cases of novel coronavirus.

The case in Rwanda concerns an Indian citizen, who was asymptomatic when he arrived from Mumbai on March 8, confirmed the country’s Ministry of Health.

Meanwhile, the case of Mauritania also concerns a visitor, who entered the country on March 9 from Europe.

Mauritanian Minister of Health Mohamed Nazir Ould Hamid told the Associated Press Friday night late that the patient “was immediately removed and all medical measures taken to treat him and contain this first case of (the coronavirus) in our country”.

Only 19 of 54 African countries have yet to confirm new cases of coronavirus.

Gabon and Ghana reported their first cases on Thursday, followed by Friday by Kenya, Guinea and Ethiopia.

Coronavirus cases continue to increase in Italy and Iran

Updated at 5:31 a.m. EDT March 14: According to the latest figures released by the World Health Organization, the new coronavirus has infected 142,320 people worldwide.

The cumulative total – which has resulted in 5,388 virus-related deaths to date – covers 129 countries and territories.

Although China remains the most affected country with nearly 81,000 cases recorded, Italy has now confirmed more than 17,000 infections, while I ran has identified nearly 13,000 cases.

According to the Associated Press, new infections in Italy increased by more than 2,500 cases on Friday, with virus-related deaths having experienced their biggest day-to-day jump to 250. In total, the virus made 17,600 and 1,266 sick lives.

Iranian public television said on Saturday that the coronavirus had killed 97 others out of a total of 12,729 cases, bringing the death toll to 611 across the country.

Meanwhile, France Friday, 800 new cases brought its national total to 3,600 infections, and Great Britain recorded 208 new cases for a total of 798.

Grand Ole Opry pausing on live audience amid fears of coronaviruses; radio show to continue

Update 5:07 a.m. EDT March 14: Starting this evening, Saturday Night Grand Ole Opry will temporarily resume its original format as live radio broadcasts without audiences.

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The move marks the latest high-profile shuffle as the country’s entertainment industry struggles with cancellations amid the new coronavirus epidemic.

While the managers of the Opry and Ryman auditorium decide on the procedure to follow for future reservations, the emblematic place of Nashville takes the precautionary measure to suspend the live audience and visits until April 4. until April 4.

Publix changes store hours to help stop the spread of coronaviruses

Update 4:43 a.m. EDT March 14: Publix announced Friday night that all of its stores would close earlier in response to the new coronavirus epidemic that has swept across the nation.

Starting March 14, the Lakeland, Florida grocer will adjust company-wide store and drug store hours to close at 8 p.m.

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The change aims to “better serve our customers, give our store better serve our customers, give our store teams time to carry out additional preventive remediation and restock the products on our shelves”.

Apple Closes All Retail Stores Outside China Until March 27

Update at 3:23 a.m. EDT March 14: Apple CEO Tim Cook announced via Twitter early Saturday morning that all of the company’s retail sites China will be closed until March 27.

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In his letter to the staff, Cook encouraged team members to adopt some of the “best practices” developed during the closing of retail stores in mainland China which ended on Friday.

“What we have learned together has helped us all to develop best practices that contribute enormously to our global response,” Cooko wrote, adding, “One of these lessons is that the most effective way to minimize the risk of Transmission of the virus is to reduce density and maximize social distance. As new infection rates continue to rise in other places, we are taking additional steps to protect our team members and our customers. “

Cook’s letter also announced that Apple’s committed donations to the global pandemic response have reached $ 15 million.

“We are also announcing that we are matching our employees’ donations two by one to support COVID-19 response efforts locally, nationally and internationally,” Cook wrote.

Statewide school closings escalate amid spread of coronavirus, DC follows suit

3:02 a.m. EDT update March 14: The District of Columbia announced on Saturday morning that all public schools will be closed from Monday to March 31 to fight the spread of the new coronavirus.

Washington DC. is now joining 18 states closing schools in an effort to minimize virus transmission.

The scope of the closings varies, but most of those announced to date have an impact on kindergarten to grade 12 schools. And while the measures in some states apply only to public schools, some will also affect private schools and charter schools.

To date, the following states have announced the closure of schools related to the coronavirus.

• Alabama

• Alaska

• Delaware

• Illinois

• Kentucky

• Louisiana

• Maryland

• Michigan

• New Mexico

• Ohio

• Oregon

• Pennsylvania

• Rhode Island

• Utah

• Virginie

• Washington

• West Virginia

• Wisconsin

White House doctor says Trump doesn’t need coronavirus tests or quarantine

Update at 2:45 p.m. EDT March 14: Despite his recent proximity to infected dignitaries visiting Mar-A-Lago, US President Donald Trump does not need coronavirus tests or quarantine measures, the White House doctor said in a statement released Friday evening.

According to CNN, three members of a Brazilian delegation – one of whom was seated at the same dinner table as Trump’s Mar-A-Lago on Saturday – tested positive for the virus. Another allegedly shook the president’s hand and took a photo with him.

“These interactions would be classified as LOW risk for transmission according to CDC guidelines, and as such, there is no indication of home quarantine at this time”, read the doctor’s statement, adding, “Since the President himself remains symptom-free, screening for COVID-19 is currently not indicated.”

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Coronavirus relief bill moves to US House 363-40

Update at 1:48 a.m. EDT March 14: The House of Representatives adopted a bipartisan coronavirus rescue program just before 2 a.m. Saturday to cushion American citizens from the hardships caused by the spread of the new coronavirus.

The legislative body, known as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, was adopted with a final tally of 363-40. All 40 no’s were registered by Republicans, and independent Justin Amash voted “present” CNN reported.

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State-by-state breakdown of 2,204 cases of coronavirus in the United States, 49 deaths

Update at 12:55 p.m. EDT March 14: The number of new cases of coronavirus in the United States has overshadowed 2,200 in 49 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, CNN reported late Friday.

New York Times infection tracking database fixed the number of cases slightly less than 2,110. Infections have killed at least 49 people, including 37 Washington state, five inches California, two in Florida and one each Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, New Jersey and South Dakota.

Alabama, Idaho and Montana confirmed its first positive tests on Friday, leaving West Virginia as the only states with no cases diagnosed. Meanwhile, Colorado confirmed his first death, and six other people in Washington died of the virus on Friday, Time reported.

According to CNN, Washington state remains the most affected, with 468 patients and 37 deaths.

The latest figures include 21 people aboard the cruise ship Grand Princess, which arrived Monday in the port of Oakland, California. The figures also include 49 returnee citizens, including 46 sick on the cruise ship Diamond Princess and three others recovered at the epicenter of the epidemic in Wuhan, China.

The entire state breakdown – including suspected cases – of the 2134 cases detected on American soil are the following:

Alabama, utah: 5 each

Alaska, Idaho, North Dakota, Wyoming: 1 each

Arkansas: 9

Arizona, District of Columbia, New Mexico: 10 each

California: 241, including 5 deaths

Colorado: 77, including 1 dead

Connecticut, Kentucky: 11 each

Delaware, Missouri, Montana: 4 each

Florida: 51, including 2 deaths

Georgia: 42, including 1 dead

Hawaii, Vermont: 2

Illinois: 46

Indiana: 12

Iowa, Maryland, Nevada: 17 each

Kansas: 6, including 1 dead

Louisiana: 36

Maine, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico: 3 each

Massachusetts: 123

Michigan: 25

Minnesota, Nebraska, Rhode Island: 14 each

Mississippi, New Hampshire: 6

New Jersey: 50, including 1 dead

New York: 421

North Carolina: 14

Ohio, South Carolina: 13

Pennsylvania: 41

South Dakota: 9, including 1 dead

Tennessee: 26

Texas: 39

Virginia: 30

Washington: 568, including 37 deaths

West Virginia: No case reported

Wisconsin: 19

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