Coronavirus updates: Coronavirus cases top 300,000 worldwide

The number of coronavirus cases worldwide reached at least 303,180 on Saturday as Italy hit a grim milestone by recording record-breaking death tolls two days in a row. In the U.S., the Senate adjourned without voting on the coronavirus relief package, setting the stage for a possible vote on Monday.
Senators continued negotiations over the weekend on the expansive stimulus package. The finalized measure is expected to cost between $1 trillion and $2 trillion, according to Trump administration officials.
New York state surpassed 10,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with more than 6,000 in New York City. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that Manhattan's Javits Center tops his list of locations to be turned into field hospitals to test and possibly treat cases of COVID-19 infections.
Meanwhile, the superintendent of schools in New Rochelle, the hotspot of the New York outbreak, said she tested positive for coronavirus.
On Saturday,  New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy joined other states in directing all residents to stay home. California residents have been ordered to remain in their homes as much as possible, barring some essential exceptions. In New York and Illinois, similar orders are going into effect this weekend. 
There are over 24,000 confirmed cases in the United States, and more than 300 have died. 

California officials say the state has at least 1,224 confirmed cases

As of Friday, California had 1,224 confirmed cases and 23 people had died from coronavirus, the state health department said in a news release on Saturday. 
Of the 1,224 positive cases, 876 of them were among people between the ages of 18 and 64, the California Department of Public Health said in a statement. A total of 321 cases were among people 65 or older, and 19 cases were among people 17 and under. 
About 25,200 tests were conducted as of Friday in the state - a figure that includes the latest numbers the state has received from commercial and private labs, the health department said. At least 12,528 results have come back and more than 12,700 are pending. 
It said 22 state and county labs are conducting tests.

New Jersey governor issues stay-at-home order

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said Saturday he has signed an order directing residents to stay home. He said all gatherings are canceled.

BREAKING: I just signed an Executive Order directing nearly all residents to STAY AT HOME.

ALL gatherings are canceled.

ALL non-essential retail businesses must indefinitely close their physical stores to the public effective 9:00 p.m. tonight.

"Further, all non-essential retail businesses must indefinitely close their physical stores to the public" starting at 9 p.m. Saturday, he said in a video posted on Twitter.
"Only businesses critical to our response may remain open," he said.


Young people are still a not complying with social distancing orders

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that some "younger people" are still not complying with social distancing orders. Cuomo said non-compliance is at its worst in New York City and its parks. 
"We do have an issue with younger people who are not complying," Cuomo said at a press conference Saturday. "I mentioned this before, but it has not gotten better."
Cuomo said the false belief that young people cannot get sick from the virus is still prevalent. In reality, he said, 18-49 year-olds make up 54% of coronavirus cases in New York state. 
"You can have your own opinion, you cannot have your own facts," he said. 
"You can get this virus. And, you can transfer this virus, and can wind up hurting someone who you love, or hurting someone wholly inadvertently."
The governor emphasized the importance of following social distancing guidelines — especially in outdoor spaces.
"There's a significant amount of non-compliance, especially in New York City, especially in the parks," Cuomo said. "I'm going to go down there today, I want to see what the situation is myself."
"This is a public health issue, and you cannot endanger other people's health. You shouldn't be endangering your own, but you certainly have no right to endanger someone else's." 

Egypt closing archaeological sites and suspending Friday prayers

Egypt has announced that all museums and archaeological sites, including the famed pyramids at Giza, will close starting Monday through the end of March. Mostafa Waziri, head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said authorities would sterilize all sites during the closure.
The most populous Arab nation, home to more than 100 million people, also announced the temporary suspension of Friday prayers and other congregations in all mosques. 
The Coptic Orthodox Church canceled all services and wedding parties, and said funeral processions will be limited to family members of the deceased.
Egypt has reported 285 cases and eight deaths, and there are increasing calls for a curfew.

Three inmates test positive at Georgia prison

The Georgia Department of Corrections announced Friday night that three inmates that were housed at Lee State Prison have tested positive for coronavirus. 
One inmate was hospitalized on March 15, and the other two were hospitalized a day later, the department said in a press release. All had flu-like symptoms at the time, and they remain hospitalized.  
There are three other inmates at Lee State who are under observation for showing flu-like symptoms, the department added.
"Measures have been taken to screen and quarantine the entire inmate population at that facility," it said in the release, adding that all staff are being screened prior to entry. Currently, no staff members have shown signs of flu or COVID-19, according to the release. 

Pelosi says McConnell's proposal for "phase 3" of relief bill a "non-starter"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a letter Friday evening that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's proposal for "phase 3" of an emergency coronavirus relief bill is a "non-starter."
"As you know, Senator McConnell has released his proposal for a third coronavirus response package, which is not at all pro-worker and puts corporations ahead of working people," Pelosi wrote. "As written, it is a non-starter."
As it stands, the proposed bill includes rebates of $1,200 for most individuals who reported less than $75,000 on their 2018 tax returns, or $2,400 per couple who filed their taxes jointly and made less than $150,000. McConnell said Thursday that the package aims to hit "four pillars": relief for small businesses, cash assistance for taxpayers, loans to businesses in major industries and resources to combat the virus.
Pelosi said that to be acceptable, the bill must rebuild health care infrastructure and secure more resources for testing and treatment, as well as "increase Unemployment Insurance and Medicaid, help small businesses survive, expand paid sick and family leave and put money directly into the hands of those who need it most."

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