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for testing. health officials promising to bring drive through centers nationwide. rush to return, the president's travel ban on flights to and from europe going into effect just hours ago. the extra precautions for travelers arriving at u.s. airports. >> and coronavirus fears hitting store shelves. a run on grocery stores leaving some items on short supply. when will everything be respoked?
>> good morning. >> a lot going on. we'll guide you through it all. we have a team of analysts and reporters following the latest for us this hour. we begin with the coronavirus pandemic. there are at least 2,200 confirmed cases of the coronavirus across 49 states. 50 people have died. the house passed a coronavirus aid package. it includes free testing, paid emergency leave and other resources. the bill will go to the senate where a vote is expected to happen early next week. >> the speaker was able to make some changes just shortly coming out that i think does all of that and i think this is a really good sign that shows bipartisanship. i give her credit, i give the administration credit. i give everybody involved. we have a better product today because we waited, we looked at it and we worked together. >> this comes just hours after president trump facing criticism for his handling of coronavirus declared a national emergency
freeing up as much as $50 billion. >> the president also announcing friday, four major cruise operators, carnival, and others will suspend outbound cruises for 30 days. >> and today at the airports, president trump's 30 day european travel ban officially went into effect just hours ago. >> all americans returning to the u.s. from restricted countries will have to enter through one of 13 designated airports. >> this will help prevent travel related spread of the fie sirrus. one is at chicago o'hare. what are you seeing out there? how has the band affected operations so far? >> reporter: hi, good morning to both of you. as of this morning it's a lot more complicated to come home to the u.s. from europe. . ironically given that it's the spring travel season as we embark on mid march we haven't seen a whole lot of people here. the terminal is fairly empty. most of the counters are empty
and we've only seen people checking in basically to go to mexico. at this point though, there are several airlines scheduled to arrive back here on u.s. soil and that will put the new travel ban to the test. u.s. citizens will have to face extra screening and are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 day if they have visit issed any of the 26 european countries involved in this ban. 70% of the new cases originating in europe. right now, the uk is not on the flight ban list but it could be added if cases there continue to spike. at this point the ban is supposed to last 30 days. delta and united have already started reducing their flights from europe. airlines though are waiving change fees through the end of may. that is good news for travelers. we are expecting a flight back from heath row international
later this morning and it will be very interesting to see what those passengers have to say. >> all right. a sleepy chicago o'hare this morning. thank you. the number of coronavirus cases in new york now more than 400, many of them in new york city, prompting mayor to declare a state of emergency. you can see times square very quiet even for an early saturday morning. also in the city, broadway is dark, shows are cancelled through april 12th. >> and the store shelves are empty after a round of panic buying for essentially supplies. mass transit workers are cleaning handrails and walls. we're live in times square and it's so unusual to see times square empty at this hour. what kind of activity are you seeing? is it just people working out there? >> reporter: yeah, good morning. you're absolutely right. we spoke last hour and it was still quiet and that's often the case but right now this is
really strange to see. take a look at times square. all you see out here, security people and workers from the times square alliance who keep this area clean and safe during the day. we have seen a couple of tourists straggle through from time to time, but it usually on a nice fairly, you know, decent saturday morning it should be a lot more crowded than this and the one thing that is really striking me is the lack of traffic. by this time of day you usually have a lot more cars coming through this area and i want to show you a look down 46th street here. you can see a line of cabs outside the marriott marquee hotel. those cab byes have no one to pick up right now and if you look further down you mentioned broadway. the world famous richard rogers theater, the hamilton, the smash hit, as you mentioned that and 40 other broadway shows have been dark for the last couple of nights. on a normal friday night 60 degrees in the city, spring like temperatures, this area would be
packed with people. restaurants, you wouldn't be able to get a seat. last night it was easy to walk in. restaurant owners say it has just been slow and they don't know what's going to happen the longer that this goes. as you mentioned broadway going to be shut down they say until april. it's going to be very, very tough for people around here. mass transit, the subway, almost down 20% ridership. grand central station where metro north trains come into, yesterday afternoon at rush hour, 5:00 on a friday, not many people at all. so it's a surreal scene here in new york city as some people are going about their everyday life. some offices are still open. other people are working from home. people are trying to get the supplies going to the little tiny groern tiny grocery stores that dot the city but not finding a lot on the shelves. people are making the best of it but it's a different feeling here this morning. >> people we're told stay off of mass transit and that cab line a
stark reminder of the trickle down. people aren't traveling, cab drivers suffer. >> it's not like you're unemployed. you're going to sit there and spend money on gas and spend their time waiting for fares. >> let's talk about the drive through testing happening in the new york area. >> yeah, the state has really been trying to ramp up testing. as you mentioned more than 400 cases in the state. about 150 here in new york city but then just north of here a few miles north of the city limits, westchester county, the city of new ra shell. they just opened yesterday the state's first drive through testing area. the governor was looking at that yesterday. they ov're hoping because that such a cluster of coronavirus, people suffering from the virus right now they want to be able to test nearly 200 residents a day. all they have to do is make an appointment, drive up. once they get into the tents they'll be swabbed for the virus and then they'll find out in 24
to 48 hours whether they have it. but it is only for new rochelle residents. the governor wants to open many more centers like that for people around the state as this really ramps up. >> thank you. the entire country of italy is under a mandatory lockdown. streets looking bare in rome, a city typically packed with tourists. the situation is so dire that anyone leaving home without proper permission will be fined. we're live in rome. a nation of 60 million, a country in lockdown. some people hand painting banners with the slogan everything will be all right. how are people coping? >> reporter: that's right. good morning. well, what you're seeing in times square has been happening here in italy especially rome for the last few days. three days ago probably the government asked all italians as you said to stay home unless they have a real emergency and
that turns cities like rome into ghost towns. you can see behind me this is a popular area in rome. it's almost nobody walking around, but italians have found their own creative way to lift the spirits while they are locked in their houses. now, yesterday there was social media calls for everybody to show up on their balconies and terraces and windows to sing the national anthem or sing popular songs or play an instrument as some way to show support to each other and the initiative was so successful that there was another call today only a few minutes together at 6:00 eastern for italians to show up once again at their windows, terraces and balconies for a big nationwide round of applause for the thousands of doctors, nurses and social workers all across italy who are on the front line of the battle against coronavirus who are putting in exhausting hours and an exhausting effort.
well, here we heard a few people clapping. there was some more on the other side of the river but i'm sure there was a massive support for the doctors all across the nation. >> thank you for your report. now to msnbc's news hans nichols. the house approved legislation following the emergency declaration. what are the highlights? >> reporter: we're still americaning more. we're getting some sense of it. two things happened late last night. the president declared frees up billions of dollars for states and localities. it another designed to speed up the available of testing and as you mentioned the house passed that bipartisan relief measure. president says he supports it and it now awaits passage by the senate. >> overnight the house passing an emergency relief package for those financially hit by the coronavirus including unemployment and paid leave benefits and free coronavirus testing.
>> we thought it would be important to show the american people -- to assure the american people that we are willing and able to work together. >> reporter: before encouraging all republicans and democrats to come together and vote yes on twitter, president trump appearing in the rose garden to declare a national emergency to combat coronavirus. >> no resource will be spared. >> freeing up some $50 billion for states and localities. mr. trump also announced he was suspending interest payments on student loans, directing state to set up emergency operation centers and working on drive through test sites. >> the goal is for individuals to be able to drive up and be swabbed without having to leave your car. >> shaking hands with industry ceos with one elbow bump. >> okay. i like that. >> reporter: the president also placing limitations on who should get tested. >> we don't want everyone running out and taking it. only if you have certain symptoms. >> and while a member called it
the last task failing the president not taking the blame. >> do you take responsibility for that? >> yeah, no i don't take responsibility at all because we were given a set of circumstances and we were given rules, regulations and specifications from a different time. >> and after initially suggesting that he wasn't concerned about contracting the virus from a member of the brazilian delegation who was later diagnosed with covid-19. >> no, we have no symptoms whatsoever. >> president trump admitted that he may get tested himself. >> i didn't say i wasn't going to be tested. >> are you going to be? >> most likely, yeah. >> reporter: just before midnight the white house's physician released a statement, a memo saying that because the president's interaction with brazilian officials was quote, low risk and there's no need for him to home quarantine. also because the president isn't presenting any symptoms there's not a test for him indicated at this time.
>> thank you. joining us now, dr. peter ho tez founding dean at the national school of tropical medicine at baylor college and a practicing physician at john hopkins. you've worked on vaccines before. is there any possibility we could get ahead of that 12 to 18-month timeline we keep hearing about? >> well, that's the real problem. vaccines can take a long time because they have to be tested adequately for safety and that's really difficult to compress those timelines especially for coronavirus vaccines which have a peculiar aspect about them in that sometimes in laboratory animals the vaccines we've seen, not ours but others can actually make things worse. so what happens is after you get vaccinated and you're exposed to the virus you can actually see a worsening of the -- of the
pathology in the lungs. so we're -- i think we have to be really careful so the answer is sometimes you can accelerate vaccine timelines. there's a lot of opportunities for innovation but i'm not sure this is the kind of vaccine you want to do that for so i don't see that. so 12-18 month social security probably optimistic. we may looking at two years or so. so i think -- but we can look at other technologies now and maybe we can talk about that a little bit. >> there's a lot of concern right now over the availability of tests. we've seen some thridrive throu testing facilities. t some cities don't have those. so how will they go about testing? >> we still have that shortage of tests and despite kind of hearing about all the potential even to set up a drive through testing site requires actual test kits which are being produced, but certainly not at the rate which americans want them to. so as of today you still have to
rely on kind of going to a clinic or, you know, an urgent care or an emergency room which i would strongly frown upon just to avoid going if you don't need to, but you really do have to kind of consider whether you meet the qualifications to be tested and those are primarily still relying on a little bit of kind of outdated thinking, really people who have traveled when we know that we've got community spread person to person spread as well as exhibiting some compelling symptoms. i've seen patients who are being turned away for testing who have had concerning contacts in the community have low grade fevers, but are otherwise healthy and not really frail or elderly and they're being turned away and they're being told right now just quarantine yourself at home. to be candid, i don't think people understand how to quarantine themselves safely in the home. >> i know it's early in the process, but given the timeline everyone is talking about do we have any sense of whether or not
you could develop immunity to coronavirus after you have it once? if this is a year long pandemic people are going to get exposed over and over again. >> that's a great question. normally in the course of any viral illness you would expect kind of what you hear people say with your toddlers, oh it's great to expose them because they develop immunity. there's some controversy, some have been defending not closing schools and other measures. to date we don't know that we have that kind of immunity developing and one of the ways to look at that is to actually look at people who have had the infection, cleared the infection, and developing kind of testing to understand what they have that helped them either fight reinfection or what anti bodies are present and there are actually researchers, some as close as johns hopkins who are looking into how they can check for that immunity, whether that immunity can also
help in the development of some sort of treatment for people who are actually getting coronavirus. so unfortunately it's too early to tell, but people are working on that. >> and you said 12 to 18 months. optimistical optimistically that we could have a vaccine. is there anything doctors can do right now to reduce the severity of cases? >> i do and dr. pa tell alluded to the fact that some people do seem to make anti bodies to this virus and this has been well reported by the -- by chinese scientists working on the epidemic in wuhan and with colleagues at johns hopkins we've been really looking at the possibility of could we take advantage of the fact that some people develop anti bodies and actually harvest anti bodies from their serum to develop into a therapeutic. so the idea would be if people are coming into the hospital with this infection, after they've recovered, harvest the
anti bodies from their serum, process through the blood bank and you can actually devise a treatment within that setting. so i think there's an opportunity now to mobilize blood banks and all the university medical centers and maybe some of the community hospitals to collect those anti bodies and administer it as a therapeutic. this was actually done during the 1918 flu pandemic with some very important results and beneficial results and it's been reported now even from the original sars epidemic in 2003 that we could do this as well. so i think there's two opportunities. one is to harvest sufficient anti bodies to actually use as a treatment for very ill patients as they start to worsen. i think that's a possibility but also in smaller amounts you could use this as a type of prophylactic. in other words, give a few milliliters to a spirs responder to protect them against an
unfection or a health care worker to keep them in the work force. so i think this is an exciting opportunity. it's actually not very expensive but we need some federal coordination. we have to bring in the food and drug administration, we need to assemble a federal task force. this is something we could do right now. the vaccine is going to take time. we have a vaccine that's going to be moving into clinical trials. there are five or six others. it's going to take easily 12 to 18 months and so maybe it won't help so much for this epidemic but the idea of harvesting anti bodi bodies, i think it's something we need to take advantage of. some of the projections we're looking at some scary numbers. hundreds of thousands, even millions of infected individuals occupy hospitals. this is something we have to implement now. >> if the virus return social
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and welcome back to msnbc. here's a live look at the white house where public tours have been cancelled and starting today the washington monument is suspending tours. no word yet on when it will reopen. president trump overnight giving mixed messages on whether he will be tested for coronavirus. he came into contact with two people last weekend who have since tested positive for the virus. >> during his briefing yesterday the president told a reporter he'd likely get tested and said,
the white house is working out a schedule, but then this release from the president's physician saying he won't be quarantined or tested because his risk is low and he hasn't shown any symptoms. >> joining us now is a white house reporter for the hill and a practicing physician and fellow. and morgan we'll start with you. what do you make of this flip flopping on whether or not the president should be tested? he's been exposed, we know that at least in some capacity. what's going on here at the white house? >> reporter: there's quite a bit of confusion about this. essentially the president said yesterday that you know, he wasn't concerned about being in contact with the brazilian official who had tested positive for coronavirus, you know, minimize their contacts but at the same time said he'd likely be tested but not for that reason. then you see the memo from the white house physician last night that the president trump had with actually two people at mar
lo lo la go over the weekend and i think this is just an example of some of the mixed messages we're getting out from the white house and the trump administration at large with respect to the coronavirus and people are looking for answers and i'm sure next week the president's going to have to kind of explain, you know, why -- why he made the remarks yesterday, why the doctor is now saying he won't be tested or doesn't need to be tested for the coronavirus. >> and let's talk about maybe what advice you would give to somebody who was at a place like c pac or at a place like mar-a-lago where they were interacting with somebody who has since tested positive. would you encourage that person to get tested or self-quarantine? >> to be candid we don't have enough tests to offer people right now as of today, so the advice that even i've been giving is just self-quarantine, which i think again a lot of
people thinks just means close the door to the home and that's actually not true, but that's really what we're telling people who do not have symptoms or do not have other risk factors like being compromised for other reasons. >> the president would have access to a test. he's just not self-quarantining and then dr. patel, you mentioned twice now people don't know what self-quarantining means. do you want to clear up any confusion? >> yeah, absolutely. on the president i think more than anything it sends a signal if he can talk about this because i think the country is scared. i think when he does things like say oh, i'm at low risk, my doctor says i'm at low risk, i think part of it too is just kind of practicing what you preach. hand shaking and just being responsible even in the rose garden just sets the wrong kind of message and then on self-quarantining, it really means trying -- if you believe you're at risk, you are at one of these conferences or in touch with someone who told you they
are positive it really means isolating, not just yourself from your other family members, but includes like not actually sharing utensils or dishes and so it does mean kind of actually kind of isolating -- think of it like having something like lice where it's very clear people don't want to get close to you. so people in your home actually have to distance themselves if you live with other people. >> it's so much more onerous than i think people are thinking about. morgan, ivanka trump and william barr met with an australian official who has now tested positive. talk about that incident and the inef thatability that this is going to get into the white house, into the justice department, into the big institutions in washington. >> reporter: we've already seen officials from other governments that are testing positive. the australian official you mentioned so it seems inevitable that we'll see some people. tom hanks has the virus. we already see some high profile people who have tested positive. ivanka trump self-quarantined out of an abundance of caution
after learning that australia's home minister who was in the u.s. last week and met with ivanka trump, william barr and was photographed with them and kellyanne conway, that she had self-kwau self-quarantined out of precautions and has since been adviced that she doesn't need to do that. so it seems like people are taking precautions as they see fit and we'll see, you know, once tests are circulated here i'm sure we'll see more, you know, more cases pop up throughout the country and we'll find out more about who may have this who, you know, high level names. >> these washington institutions that are populated by older people, higher risk people i feel like it's going to be a big story when people in congress, in the house start getting sick. >> those vulnerable groups. >> thank you both. new ripple effects from the coronavirus outbreak. >> we'll tell you about the iconic sporting events delayed, even cancelled, plus the state that is yet to report a
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this morning americans around the country are waking up to a new reality as events are being cancelled in record numbers. schools are sus spending classes, broadway shows cancelled until at least april. >> we're joined from l.a. and erin, many people are anxious this morning. can you talk about what you're hearing on the west coast? what's the thinking out there? >> reporter: good morning. what we're seeing right now is an allout push to protect this country's most vulnerable, to stop a pandemic from spiraling. >> i am officially declaring a national emergency. >> reporter: friday reassured by
the president's message markets skyrocketed. as the virus continues to spread, so does fear. only west virginia has yet to report a confirmed case. late friday night the pentagon halting all travel for service members. in some states the national guard now helping with basic necessities. >> they told us that they needed help and that's what we're here to do. >> reporter: across the country, schools suspended, 13 statewide closures. this school was one of the first to close after four students showed symptoms. >> reporter: in l.a. the second largest school district, hundreds of thousands of kids now staying home. >> we will look back in this period and this will be the make or break days. >> reporter: in louisiana the presidential primary rescheduled for june 20th. in boston, church services cancelled. the iconic marathon delayed. >> this planet is going to
purell in a hand basket. >> reporter: production stops on shows. more sporting events cancelled, the masters and nascar races and all embarking u.s. cruises stopped, a request from the president himself to keep the deadly pandemic from spiraling. two major retailers also closing their doors, tech giant apple and outdoor gear label pat gonia. more than 2,200 cases and at least 50 dead. >> no health care system can take care of an uncontrolled pandemic. >> reporter: america known for the drive through usually restaurants and car washes, now coronavirus testing. >> it's also smarter and safer because you're not exposing people to a person who may be positive. >> reporter: meanwhile at this site in colorado, fear of the unknown. >> there are likely thousands of cases in colorado that have not yet been tested or whose tests are pending. >> reporter: seattle's now a ghost town, not a soul on the
street. sharp contrast to supermarkets across the country. another symptom that life as we know it has changed. the question now, for how long. health officials say this may get worse before it gets better. >> thank you. the coronavirus pandemic hitting disney fans especially hard. >> the company says it will be closing theme parks in california, florida and paris who is also suspending its cruise line. kerry sanders is in orlando for us this morning. when you think about all of the money that is wrapped up in these theme parks, the concessions, the entry fees, this decision couldn't have been an easy one. >> reporter: you know it was not an easy one. disney world and the other theme parks, they are open today. they'll all begin closing down tomorrow and getting to money, well, this unprecedented decision, the mayor here in orlando for orange county says
that the call by disney and the other theme parks that followed suit was a billion dollar decision. at disney world a last minute dash to enjoy what's left. at some rides lines were still long but elsewhere, clear evidence what was to be a robust spring break coming to an end. the family heading back to michigan after only a few days at disney. snool were you ever worried about maybe somebody in line has coronavirus? >> you know, we did when we went to animal kingdom. there was an elderly lady standing in line and she was coughing a lot so that kind of made us a little nervous. >> reporter: 126 million visitors come to orlando every year, so many drawn here by the mouse. disney was first to announce it would close sunday evening. universal orlando resort with
its wildly popular wizarding world of harry potter followed. then sea world and legoland. >> disney world opened in 1971. since then it has closed only four times and in each case because of hurricanes. it did shutter briefly during 9/11 but the county mayor says this decision to close to the end of the month is epic. >> disney, i believe, made the right call here. they put the people over profit. >> reporter: at universal orlando resort friday which is owned by universal, visitors told us they were trying to jam in as much as possible before sunday. >> just got to roll with it. it is what it is. >> reporter: nationwide attractions like six flags, and disneyland in california also closing. the country's theme parks effectively hanging a sign in the window that says, check back in april. >> reporter: with so much
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>> this was the scene in brussels. bars, restaurants and clubs in belgium's capital closed. sporting efforts cancelled, schools closed. essential businesses like supermarkets and pharmacies remain open. they're hoping to avoid a total lockdown. >> matt, belgium has 500 plus cases. what's going on? are there cultural factors, are there kaeperni there economic factors? >> europe is for sure the epicenter of the global pandemic right now and belgium, they -- this morning they announced 133
new cases and a fourth death. well j belgium is a small country. it certainly has not had an outbreak in the scale of france or certainly italy and we've had essentially a total shutdown of the government and excuse me of the economy, basically all but essential businesses are being told to close. the schools just closed. this is a sign that european governments are now trying to move fast so that they don't become the next italy. >> is there any sense that they waited too long to do that? >> yes. you know, but just as there are people who say government's waited too long to do that, there are also people dancing on bars in berlin. so just as we -- just as we americans are sort of divided, i think humans want to know how serious we should take this. the message resoundingly in
europe is please take this seriously. please stay indoors, please don't have mass gatherings, please don't go to restaurants. like i said, they've ordered schools closed. they've got curfews on restaurants. it's -- it's a big deal and they want people to take it seriously. >> that message has not gotten across the channel. the uk not closing borders, not closing schools. what's going on in the uk? >> yeah, the uk is an interesting case and in a lot of ways has really been, you know, the boris johnson government and the donald trump government, pretty much in lock step for quite some time in terms of the approach to testing and their approach to shutting things down, and you're hearing some criticism on a medical front from the uk when it comes to testing but i think there's also a sense that the uk not being part of the eu and certainly not being part of the shangun
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we are getting a first hand look of how the outbreak is impacting communities across the country. rochester, minnesota, the mayo clinic setting up drive-through testing. a reporter went through the procedure. >> reporter: the process is simple. just pull up. hello. >> we're just going to swab the back of the throat. the next one is going down through the nose. open your mouth. breathe through your mouth.
you will be notified of the results. >> reporter: thank you. >> in los angeles, cedars sinai preparing for an up tick in patients with a tent in the parking lot where teams can assess and treat peeople. the restaurants are taking a hit. >> the government is telling he eve everyone to avoid going out and gathering. >> this is what it means for service workers. we have the new york state restaurant association representative here. me melissa, thank you for joining us. how is this affecting the ability to make money for the workers? >> it is i mpacting the restaurant workers depending on the outbreak we have seen across the state. new york city, westchester, long island, are the first to feel it and sales have dropped.
least 50% or more is what we are hearing from members so far. >> that's incredible. are certain restaurants hit harder than others? i imagine a drive-thru is good for business? >> we have not seen one restaurant hit harder than the others. more are taking toward takeout or delivery to see he if that is a way to get customers to purchase at restaurants. >> let's talk about all of the back of the house people. if these restaurants are experiencing a 50% reduction in business, what about the dishwashers? the busisers and food runners? will they work enough to get the paycheck? >> i would say everybody is going to have to have reduction in hours. it is just not manageable. once you start to get to a point with that decline in sales and with the social gathering issue
of trying to limit the number of people in the restaurant, that's going to require fewer staff to manage tables and cook that food. it will have an impact across the employees in the restaurant as well as the restaurateur as we see this go forward. at this point, it hasn't been an issue as to how we manage it for illness. you know, as far as sales being down, that's the bigger impact. >> for tipped workers, hours won't cut the mustard. you have to be in there getting paid. from the washington perspective, what kind of government help is useful? are their steps congress could take in the next emergency response package they do? >> we have been focused at the state level here because we are the new york state restaurant association. we have been talking about things like remitting sales tax. rent abatement. things like that would help us. i think those are all issues.
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thank you for watching msnbc live. i'm lindsey riser with garrett haake. your coronavirus questions answered now on "velshi." good morning. it's saturday, march 14th. i'm ali velshi. it has been two months since covid-19 first arrived in the united states. since then it has wrought half in the united states and the world. overnight, the covid-19 aid package provides emergency leave and unemployment insurance and other measures. >> we thought it would be important to sho