Live updates tracking the coronavirus pandemic from Yahoo News reporters in the United States and around the world.
The latest on the pandemic:
• President Trump declared a national emergency over the coronavirus in order to free up $50 billion in federal aid.
• Trump said he will “most likely” be tested for the novel disease.
• U.S. stocks rebounded by nearly 2,000 points, or more than 9 percent, a day after suffering the largest percentage drop since 1987.
• Deaths from coronavirus have now topped 5,000, with more than 132,000 cases worldwide. Europe has been declared the epicenter.
• Testing in the U.S. continues to be slow, with less than 100 tests performed nationwide this week, according to the CDC.
• Louisiana has postponed its presidential primary; Ohio, Michigan and Maryland have all closed K-12 schools.
• Multiple sports events were canceled or postponed including the Boston Marathon, the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Masters.
• Disney, Broadway and Mt. Everest have all temporarily shutdown.
Pelosi says House Democrats and White House reach deal on coronavirus aid package
House Democrats and Trump administration have reached a deal on a coronavirus aid package that includes free testing, paid emergency leave and other resources intended to help stem the crisis and stabilize the financial markets, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday. Read More.
Trump says he will ‘most likely’ be tested for coronavirus
Speaking to reporters in the White House Rose Garden after declaring a national emergency over the coronavirus, President Trump dismissed concerns that he posed for a photograph at Mar-a-Lago with someone who has since tested positive for the highly infectious disease.
“I have no idea who he is,” Trump said of the aide to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. “I take sometimes hundreds of pictures a day.”
Bolsanaro, who Trump sat next to for several hours at dinner, announced Friday his tests for COVID-19 came back negative.
But later when pressed, Trump said he will “most likely” be tested for the virus “fairly soon.”
“We’re working out a schedule,” he said.
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Trump declares national emergency
President Trump on Friday declared a national emergency over the coronavirus, invoking the Stafford Act in a move that he said will free up as much as $50 billion in federal aid for states and municipalities impacted by the pandemic.
“To unleash the full power of the government I am officially declaring a national emergency — two very big words,” Trump, flanked by members of his coronavirus task force, said in a statement from the White House Rose Garden.
He urged individual states to set up “emergency operations centers” and for hospitals to activate their emergency preparedness plans to deal with an expected influx of coronavirus patients as the disease spreads across the country.
The president announced that the government is partnering with Google to help those experiencing flu-like symptoms determine whether they should get tested for the COVID-19 virus, and to connect them with testing centers, including drive-thru locations.
Trump said that there will be up to 5 million test kits for the novel virus, but also said: “I doubt we’ll need anywhere near that.”
“We don’t want people to take a test if we don’t feel they should be doing it,” Trump explained, a week after asserting “anyone who wants a test can get a test.”
“This will pass and we’ll be even stronger for it,” the president added. Read more.
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How prepared is your state for the coronavirus?
The National Health Security Preparedness Index calculates an overall readiness score for each state, using 129 measures from 60 different data sources. The measures are pooled into six domains, each representing an important factor during a health disaster: health security surveillance, community planning and engagement, incident and information management, healthcare delivery, countermeasure management, and environmental and occupational health.
Find out where your state ranks here.
(Graphic: Quinn Lemmers/Yahoo Lifestyle)
Pedestrians wear masks as they walk down Hollywood Boulevard on Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
L.A., San Diego schools to close
California’s two largest school districts — Los Angeles Unified School District and the San Diego Unified School District — will close starting Monday due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“California has now entered a critical new phase in the fight to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic,” LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner and SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten said in a joint statement. “There is evidence the virus is already present in the communities we serve, and our efforts now must be aimed at preventing its spread. We believe closing the state’s two largest school districts will make an important contribution to this effort. For that reason, we plan to close, effective Monday.
“Later today, we will be providing students, parents and staff with more information on our plans to continue providing learning opportunities for students during the closure,” the statement added. “We have also directed staff at both districts to prepare to continue providing nutrition and other supports through family resource facilities.”