Coronavirus live updates: France closes most stores, Spain to impose lockdown, US restricts UK travel

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  • Global cases: More than 147,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University
  • Global deaths: At least 5,539, according to data from Johns Hopkins University
  • U.S.cases: At least 2,174, according to data from Johns Hopkins University
  • U.S. deaths: At least 47, according to data from Johns Hopkins University

Here are today’s key headlines:

France will close all nonessential stores in order to stop the rapid spread of the coronavirus in Europe, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Saturday in a press conference. 

The order applies to restaurants, cafes, movie theaters and nightclubs, Philippe said. Grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations will remain open to the public.  

There are at least 3,667 confirmed cases of coronavirus in France, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. —Spencer Kimball

Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, is awaiting results from a coronavirus test, the RNC’s communications director said on Twitter.

McDaniel tested negative for the normal flu and strep throat, and she and her family are self-quarantining, according to the statement.

McDaniel is the latest high-profile Republican to either take a test or self-quarantine because of the virus. President Donald Trump said Saturday that he has also taken the test and is awaiting results. Several Republican senators, including Ted Cruz of Texas and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, are self-isolating after coming into contact with people who contracted the virus. —Jesse Pound

Amazon notified employees Friday that an employee in Seattle tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The employee has not returned to the office since they were diagnosed with the virus. Amazon employees at the company’s Seattle and Bellevue, Washington offices have been working remotely since March 5. 

It marks the second known case of an Amazon employee contracting the coronavirus. Amazon confirmed March 3 that an employee working out of its Brazil office building in Seattle tested positive for the virus. —Annie Palmer

Speaking at a coronavirus briefing on Saturday, President Donald Trump said further travel restrictions, possibly within the United States from places with high numbers of cases, is possible.

“If you don’t have to travel, I wouldn’t do it,” Trump said, when asked whether people should travel domestically. His administration is considering domestic travel restrictions “from certain areas,” he said, without elaborating. “We’re working with the states and considering other restrictions.”


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