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Restrictions on daily life grow as U.S. death toll climbs

Here are the latest updates from around the world.
A traveler talks with a security officer at Washington Union Station, a major transportation hub in the nation's capital, on March 16, 2020.
A traveler talks with a security officer at Washington Union Station, a major transportation hub in the nation's capital, on March 16, 2020.J. Scott Applewhite / AP

The Dow Jones plunged nearly 3,000 points as U.S. states and major cities are following European nations and capitals in shutting down schools, bars and theaters to try and delay the spread of coronavirus.

California officials announced a complete lockdown of the Bay Area, including San Francisco, that requires people to stay home except for essential needs, and the governor of Ohio is recommending postponing the state's primary elections originally scheduled for Tuesday.

New York, Los Angeles and Washington state have all announced public buildings will be shut temporarily, amid fears that the number of cases will continue to grow beyond the confirmed 4,000. The National Security Council stressed Sunday night that there is no U.S.-wide shutdown or national quarantine.

A long list of European nations that have enacted severe countrywide lockdowns, including France, Spain, Denmark, Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland. Italy, the worst affected European country, has recorded more than 1,800 coronavirus-related deaths so far and expects some 90,000 infections by the end of April.

The U.S. death toll climbed to at least 85, with 25 of those deaths associated with the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington.

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San Francisco to require people to stay home except for 'essential needs'

San Francisco will prohibit anyone from leaving their homes except for essential needs beginning at midnight Monday night, Mayor London Breed said.

“Necessary government functions & essential stores will remain open,” Breed said in a tweet. “These steps are based on the advice of public health experts to slow the spread of #COVID19.” 

The restriction is among the most extreme measures taken nationwide in response to the pandemic and echoes similar measures in European and Asian cities. San Francisco officials were planning a briefing at 1 p.m. PT, Breed said. 

“The most important thing you can do is remain home as much as possible. There is no need to rush out for food or supplies, as these stores will remain open,” she added. “We'll meet this challenge and we'll get through it together.” 

Similar orders will apply in six Bay Area counties covering 6.7 million people, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Nearly 1,700 members of the National Guard mobilized in 16 states

As of Monday morning, more than 670 Air and Army National Guard have been activated in 15 states, up from 400 in six states as of Friday morning. The vast majority of those activated are in Maryland (1,000) and New York (516).

All 50 states have declared emergencies - any state that has declared an emergency has the authority to call up the National Guard.

Most of the National Guard troops are currently assigned to disinfecting/cleaning of public areas, providing transport for health-care workers, providing support at drive-through testing facilities, collecting and delivering samples and delivering food and supplies.

More than 145 members of the Colorado National Guard who are trained in biological hazards have been activated to help out at drive-through testing facilities throughout the state. On Monday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan activated 1,000 members of his state’s National Guard. Eight West Virginia National Guard experts in chemical and biological response and civil support are training state first responders from West Virginia and Kentucky on how to mitigate coronavirus exposure.

Trump, Cuomo spar over coronavirus response

After a Monday morning press conference in which New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pleaded for the federal government to increasingly help states battle the coronavirus outbreak, President Donald Trump tweeted that he should "do more."

"Just had a very good tele-conference with Nation’s Governors," Trump wrote. "Went very well. Cuomo of New York has to "do more."

Cuomo quickly fired back on Twitter. 

"I have to do more? No — YOU have to do something! You’re supposed to be the President," he said.

Trump's remarks came after Cuomo called on the federal government to help build emergency hospital space and to provide states with uniform guidelines for shutdowns, like Cuomo announced Monday for restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters and casinos.

Billie Eilish urges young fans to stay home

Grammy Award-winning singer Billie Eilish is urging her younger fans to stay inside amid the coronavirus outbreak, saying the situation is “not a joke” and needs to be taken seriously.

In an Instagram story posted Monday afternoon, Eilish — who had to postpone several of her world tour dates because of the outbreak — said she feels that some younger people who haven’t seen the effect of the coronavirus with their own eyes are less likely to heed warnings to stay home and socially isolate.

“I’ve seen a lot of young people out in the world, like, all over the place going to the club or going to the beach or like just going out or hanging out and it’s really irresponsible,” Eilish, 18, said.

She added that at first, when she learned of COVID-19, she didn’t care about the virus, thinking she was young and “immune” but said she now understands the severity.   

“I did not realize it’s not about me … it’s not about you. It’s about if you do happen to get it or you're near somebody who gets it and you don’t even get it, you can transfer it to someone who is much more weak,” Eilish said. “Don’t panic, but don’t be an idiot.”

Idris Elba says on Twitter that he tested positive

"Luther" actor Idris Elba said in a tweet Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

"I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus," Elba said in the tweet. "Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing."

Stop nonessential social contact, U.K. PM tells Britons

Brits need to stop nonessential social contact and avoid clubs, pubs, theaters and all unnecessary travel as the coronavirus outbreak accelerates, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday.

"Now is the time for everyone to stop nonessential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel," Johnson said at a news conference from Downing Street.

He said anyone with symptoms of the coronavirus should isolate themselves along with their entire household for 14 days. Working at home, he said, should begin in earnest. "We need people to start working from home where they possibly can," Johnson said. 

"It looks as though we are now approaching the fast growth part of the upward curve, and without drastic action cases could double every five or six days," Johnson said.

Canada closing its borders to noncitizens

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday that Canada will be closing its borders to noncitizens.

Trudeau said there will be exceptions for air crews, diplomats, immediate family members of Canadian citizens and, notably, U.S. citizens. Trudeau implied the U.S. citizens exception could change, and said the order does not apply to permanent residents of Canada.

Canada has 339 reported cases of the coronavirus as of Monday, and one reported death.

Trudeau's announcement comes after many European nations enacted similar policies over the weekend to stem the spread of the virus. 

Lone GOP congressman delays House coronavirus relief bill from moving to Senate

WASHINGTON — Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, is holding up the House-passed coronavirus relief bill and preventing it from being delivered to the Senate for a vote.

The House was expected to make technical corrections Monday to the bipartisan measure, passed by the House early Saturday, but Gohmert is insisting on reading them, a Democratic leadership aide confirmed to NBC News on Monday.

The technical corrections package has not yet been finalized and the House wants to pass it by unanimous consent because the House is on recess this week.

If one member stands in opposition, the House can’t send the bill to the Senate without bringing the entire House back from their districts to Washington for a vote. The Senate is currently in session this week, but schedules have been fluid because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Italy announces nearly 28,000 coronavirus cases, 2,158 dead

Undertakers carry a coffin Monday at the cemetery in Bergamo, Italy, as burials of coronavirus victims are conducted approximately every half hour.Piero Cruciatti / AFP via Getty Images

The total number of coronavirus cases in Italy rose to 27,980 Monday, including the dead and recovered, the country's Civil Protection Department chief, Angelo Borrelli, said. 

The number had risen by more than 3,000 from the day before, Borrelli said. Nearly 350 more people had died, bringing the total number of dead to 2,158. 

More than 400 people had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recovered to 2,749. 

Just over 23,000 remain infected, and more than 11,000 are hospitalized. Nearly 2,000 of those hospitalized are in intensive care, while about 10,000 are isolated at home. 

Nearly. 138,000 people in the country have been tested for coronavirus. Much of Italy remains on lockdown in an effort to limit the spread of the virus.

The Department of Civil Protection released a map to show where cases have been confirmed