Coronavirus live updates: Spain to impose nationwide lockdown, Trump attends meetings at White House

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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

MGM will temporarily close Empire City Casino in Yonkers, New York, effective today. It also suspended operations of all nightclubs and day clubs, and all spas and salons will be suspended as of Monday.

In a letter to employees, Bill Hornbuckle, President and COO of MGM Resorts International, announced that furloughs and layoffs will begin next week.

“As the nation grapples with the effort to contain the coronavirus, the travel industry has been challenged, and our company is no different,” he wrote. “Business demand has decreased significantly.”

The letter came after “several of our employees have tested presumptive positive for the coronavirus, and we expect that there will be more in the coming days,” added Hornbuckle.  — Kathleen Elkins

Health authorities in England announced a further 10 deaths caused by coronavirus, almost doubling the number of fatalities in Britain since Friday.

“I am sorry to confirm 10 further patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 in England have died,” Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England, said in a statement. “All 10 individuals were in the at-risk groups.” — Reuters

President Donald Trump said in a tweet that he is attending meetings on the coronavirus at the White House and will issue a report later.

The federal government is working with state and local governments, Trump said.

The president declared a national emergency for the pandemic on Friday, releasing up to $50 billion that can be used in relief efforts. 

The U.S. House of Representatives has also passed a relief package, which includes more money for Medicaid, but the Senate has not yet voted on the bill. Trump said on Twitter that the bill showed “good teamwork” by Democrats and Republicans.  —Jesse Pound

More than 200 colleges and universities across the U.S. have closed in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

College administrators find themselves in a chaotic situation with little precedent. Still, many families who find their children sent home early from college will want to see a refund for the meals and housing their children won’t be able to use.

Many colleges have swiftly devised plans to pay back families. Erin Kramer, associate vice president for news, communication and media at Duke University, said the college is “planning to reimburse residential students for paid but unused housing and dining fees.”

Other colleges aren’t making it so easy. 

“Some colleges do not mention refunds,” said Mark Kantrowitz, a higher education expert. “I would not be surprised if colleges that refuse to provide room and board refunds will face class action lawsuits.” —Annie Nova

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/14/coronavirus-live-updates-florida-cases-increase-apple-shuts-stores-outside-china.html

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