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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Coronavirus vaccine test opens with 1st doses
SEATTLE — U.S. researchers gave the first shot to the first person in a test of an experimental coronavirus vaccine Monday — leading off a worldwide hunt for protection even as the pandemic surges.
With a careful jab in a healthy volunteer’s arm, scientists at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute in Seattle begin an anxiously awaited first-stage study of a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed in record time after the new virus exploded from China and fanned across the globe.
Pennsylvania shuts down all non-essential businesses
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that he would order all non-essential businesses and services across the state to shut down as part of the effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
"This isn't a decision I take lightly at all," Wolf told reporters. "It's one that I'm making because medical experts believe it is the only way to prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed by patients."
Wolf's order does not apply to municipal services such as trash collection or businesses deemed essential, such as grocery stores and pharmacies.
"For example, if you need to go to the pharmacy, go to the pharmacy,” Wolf said. “But don’t stop at several other stores or places on the way in and make contact with a dozen other people.”
Trump advises Americans to avoid restaurants, schools in strongest coronavirus guidelines yet
President Donald Trump said Monday his administration's coronavirus task force updated its guidelines amid the coronavirus outbreak.
He said the administration recommends all Americans, including young and healthy, should homeschool children, avoid gatherings of 10 or more people, stop discretionary travel and avoid bars and restaurants.
"It’s important for the young and healthy people to understand that while they may experience mild symptoms, they can easily spread this virus and they will spread it indeed, putting countless others in harm's way," he said.
The administration later clarified the guidelines are in effect for 15 days and may change after that time.
A day earlier, many states made similar guidelines mandatory.
Universal to stream newly released movies
Universal Pictures has said it will stream some newly released movies and one upcoming title, as many people are staying home and scores of movie theaters are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Universal, owned by NBCUniversal, which is the parent company of NBC News, confirmed it will let customers watch “Trolls World Tour” on demand through a range of services including Apple, Amazon, Google and Fandango, among others. The movie is scheduled to open in theaters on April 10.
The movies that are currently on theatrical release, including “The Hunt,” “The Invisible Man,” and “Emma,” will cost $19.99 and will be available for a 48-hour rental period. Until now, theaters have been strict about keeping a 90-day period before movies are released for home viewing.
Disney released "Frozen 2" on its streaming service, Disney+, on Sunday — three months earlier than scheduled.
Indiana records first coronavirus death, U.S. death toll at 71
The state of Indiana has recorded its first coronavirus-related death on Monday, according to the state's health department.
An adult over the age of 60 died Monday morning at a Community Health Network hospital after being hospitalized with COVID-19, the disease associated with coronavirus. The unidentified patient had an underlying medical condition, though the health department did not say what that was.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb encouraged state residents to stay home and follow the precautionary measures laid out by the state.
“A family today is suffering the ultimate loss due to COVID-19, and this sadly underscores how severe the virus can be — especially for some high-risk Hoosiers," Holcomb said on Monday.
The death of the Indiana patient brings the U.S. death toll to 71.
Baseball season pushed back eight weeks, per CDC guidance
Major League Baseball said Monday that the start of its season will be pushed back eight weeks, citing guidance from the CDC.
Ohio governor recommends state push back in-person primary voting until June
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Monday that he is recommending that in-person primary voting be pushed back until June amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Ohio's primary is set to take place Tuesday, as are contests in Illinois, Arizona and Florida.
"It is my recommendation that we postpone in-person voting until June 2, 2020," DeWine tweeted. "We cannot tell people to stay inside, but also tell them to go out and vote."
"I'm making this recommendation because we must also look out for our poll workers," he continued. "I believe when we look back on this, we'll be happy we did this. The votes that have already been cast will still be counted - and this recommendation would allow others to vote in the future."
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.