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Coronavirus updates: Countries across the world step up restrictions to combat crisis

Coronavirus updates: Countries across the world step up restrictions to combat crisis

Reuters

9m ago / 1:50 PM UTC

Euro 2020 championship postponed over coronavirus, Sweden and Norway’s soccer authorities say

Soccer’s 2020 European Championship has been postponed for a year as the world fights to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Norwegian and Swedish football associations said on Tuesday.

Swedish Football Association chairman Karl-Erik Nilsson said in a message to Reuters during a UEFA video conference call that the tournament will now take place in summer of 2021.

The Norwegian FA tweeted the news from its official account.

UEFA, who is yet to confirm the decision, was under pressure to push back the tournament to give suspended domestic leagues time to be completed.

Rebecca Shabad

11m ago / 1:48 PM UTC

Senate Democrats have prepped third coronavirus aid package

WASHINGTON — As Congress and the White House are already eyeing a third aid package to address the coronavirus outbreak, Senate Democrats have prepared their own package that would cost at least $750 billion.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., plans to present it to his Democratic caucus during a powerpoint during a tele-lunch they are having Tuesday.

He plans to “explain the contrast to the GOP’s expected proposals of industry bailouts and tax cuts,” a senior Democratic aide said.

Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is preparing an aid package that is expected to total $850 billion, according to two administration officials.

Minyvonne Burke

13m ago / 1:45 PM UTC

Dierks Bentley donates $90K to employees after closing Nashville bar

Dierks Bentley performs at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas in 2018.Mike Blake / Reuters file

Country music star Dierks Bentley said he is donating $90,000 to help his hourly employees after he was forced to close his Whiskey Row bar and grill in Nashville, Tennessee, due to the coronavirus. 

“Just gave last call at @whiskeyrownashville as we close the doors for a while. My heart goes out to all the guys/girls down on Lower Broad. Feels like yesterday that it was me down there working for tips,” he said in a tweet.

“I am going to immediately give each of our 90 hourly employees $1,000 to help in the short run as our community and country try to get a handle on the situation,” he said.

Read the full story here. 

Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann

16m ago / 1:43 PM UTC

First Read: Dem race could be frozen in place after Tuesday’s primaries

It’s likely — if not certain — that tonight’s Democratic presidential primaries in Arizona, Florida and Illinois will be the last ones for the next two months.

And it’s unclear what, exactly, is going to happen today in Ohio, where the state’s governor said he wouldn’t open the state’s polling places, defying a judge who declined to postpone the state’s primary.

It all freezes into place a Democratic nominating contest — with uncertainty about when it all begins again.

Read the full story here.

NBC News

17m ago / 1:41 PM UTC

A woman wearing a protective mask speaks over a phone as she stands inside a train at Fort railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday.Dinuka Liyanawatte / Reuters

Daniel Arkin

20m ago / 1:38 PM UTC

Kentucky Derby to be postponed until September

The Kentucky Derby, the iconic annual horse race, will be postponed from May to September, according to a news release.

The race will now be held on Sept. 5.

The Derby is the latest major sporting event to be postponed or called off because of the global coronavirus outbreak.

Lucy Bayly

22m ago / 1:37 PM UTC

Dow bounces back nervously as coronavirus continues to slam markets

The stock market bounced back nervously on Tuesday, the morning after the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its worst single-day points drop ever as traders grappled with almost unprecedented economic volatility.

The Dow opened with a modest rebound of around 400 points, and the S&P and Nasdaq notched up gains of around 2.5 percent each.

While analysts, economists, and even President Donald Trump make mention of the possibility of a recession, some are now even contemplating whether the massive social and economic upheaval could throw the U.S. into a depression.

Monday was the worst day for the Dow and the S&P 500 since the Black Monday crash of 1987.

Monica Alba and Lauren Egan

29m ago / 1:30 PM UTC

RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel was tested for coronavirus, no results yet

Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel was tested for coronavirus Friday night in Michigan after presenting flu-like symptoms and testing negative for both the flu and strep throat. 

McDaniel has not received the results of her test yet, according to an RNC spokeswoman. 

In the meantime, McDaniel and her family have been self-quarantining at home. 

McDaniel has been in close proximity with President Donald Trump and other lawmakers in the past few weeks. She attended a fundraiser with Trump in Orlando on March 9 and flew back to Washington on Air Force One. She also attended a Senate GOP lunch on March 10 with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Yuliya Talmazan

37m ago / 1:22 PM UTC

U.K. advises against all non-essential international travel for 30 days

After a slew of tougher measures announced by the U.K. government Monday to help control the spread of the coronavirus, British nationals are being asked to avoid all non-essential international travel for at least 30 days. 

“This change in travel advice reflects the pace at which other countries are either closing their borders or implementing restrictive measures in response to the global coronavirus pandemic,” U.K.’s foreign office said in a statement. 

British people who decide that they still need to travel abroad should be fully aware of the increased risks of doing so, the statement added. That includes the risk that they may not be able to get home if travel restrictions are put in place. 

Foreign office said in the last week alone, 430 changes have been made to their travel advice, more than in the entirety of 2019.

Carlo Angerer

1h ago / 12:37 PM UTC

Contestants on Germany’s ‘Big Brother’ to be told about coronavirus pandemic

Contestants on the German edition of the “Big Brother” reality show will be told about the coronavirus pandemic for the fist time Tuesday night.

TV channel Sat.1 said most contestants where shut off from the outside world on Feb. 6 and are, therefore, theoretically aware of the virus outbreak in Wuhan and first infections outside of China, but have no idea how far the virus has spread since. 

It said the decision to inform them about the pandemic was made together with the contestants’ families.

The show’s moderator and consulting physician will break the news of the full scale of the global health crisis to the group during a live broadcast.

Contestants will then be able to ask questions about the pandemic and receive video messages from their loved ones. 

Four new housemates joined the show last week, but were not allowed to talk about the virus, the channel said. 

Kristen Welker and Rebecca Shabad

1h ago / 12:31 PM UTC

Trump’s outgoing acting chief of staff Mulvaney under voluntary self-isolation

Outgoing acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is under voluntary self-isolation in South Carolina, NBC News has confirmed. 

“He had contact with someone whose test results are pending, so out of an abundance of caution due to his proximity to the President, he’s teleworking pending those results,” a White House official told NBC News. “He tested negative on Friday and had no symptoms. White House docs blessed his travel.”

The Biorports reported that Mulvaney decided to isolate himself because his niece had been in contact with a Brazilian official who tested positive for coronavirus. Mulvaney had tested negative for the virus, the report said.

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump tapped on of his stanchest allies, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., to be his new chief of staff.

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