The NBA has suspended the season for pro basketball, the league announced Wednesday night. The night’s games are the final games.
“The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic,” the league said in a statement.
The announcement came shortly after a game between the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma was canceled at the last minute. Fans were sent home.
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Coronavirus Now A Pandemic
With the number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus growing on a global scale, the World Health Organization on Wednesday officially declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a “pandemic.”
“WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock, and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels on inaction,” World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a tweet.
The World Health Organization has not declared an international pandemic since 2009, after the outbreak of the H1N1 virus.
The pandemic declaration, which had been expected, refers to the scope of the new coronavirus and means it has become a “worldwide spread of a new disease.”
In Washington state, the governor banned all gatherings of more than 250 people in the Seattle area; schools are canceling classes and extending spring breaks in the Northeast; and the National Guard has been called into one Westchester community to help clean public spaces.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 1,135 confirmed cases in the United States and 29 deaths as of Wednesday evening.
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Here are major developments surrounding the new coronavirus in the United States:
Trump Bans Travel From Europe
President Donald Trump Wednesday night announced he is suspending all travel between the U.S. and Europe for 30 days beginning Friday as he seeks to fight the new coronavirus outbreak in the United States.
Coronavirus In New Rochelle: Life At The Epicenter
At the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak in New York, an unsettling quiet hovers over a usually bustling Hudson Valley community filled with people darting in and out of shops and doctors’ offices and mothers pushing strollers on the sidewalks. It stands to become even more quiet Thursday with the beginning of a mile-wide containment zone centered around Young Israel of New Rochelle, a Jewish synagogue at the heart of one of the country’s largest cluster of COVID-19 cases.
World Health Organization Declares That Virus Crisis Is Now A Pandemic
Expressing alarm both about mounting infections and slow government responses, the World Health Organization declared Wednesday that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic but also said it’s not too late for countries to act.
Washington Bans Large Gatherings, Events To Slow Coronavirus
Gov. Jay Inslee announced a ban on gatherings and events with more than 250 participants in Washington’s three most populated counties, as the region works around the clock to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
NYC Cancels St. Patrick’s Day Parade Amid Coronavirus Fear: Report
New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, one of the largest celebration’s of the event in the world, will be canceled due to concerns about the spread of Coronavirus, NY1 first reported.
NCAA Bans Spectators From Upcoming March Madness Tournament
Amid growing fears of the new coronavirus outbreak in the United States, NCAA President Mark Emmert announced on Wednesday that the upcoming college championship events, including the Division 1 men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, will limit spectators to only essential staff and some family.
Coronavirus: Grand Princess Passengers Continue To Leave Ship
More than 1,400 passengers have disembarked from the Grand Princess cruise ship since it docked in Oakland on Monday, and Americans have begun arriving at quarantine centers at U.S. military bases in California and two other states including Travis Air Force Base in Solano County. Tests showed that 21 passengers and crew members have the new coronavirus.
Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade Canceled
A day after organizers said the Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day parade was still on, they reversed their decision, saying Saturday’s parade has been canceled amid coronavirus fears. The announcement comes after Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday that health officials were having conversations with organizers of large events, including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the South Side Irish Parade. The latter event also was canceled.
CUNY Closes Amid Student Outrage Over Handling Of Coronavirus
CUNY will close its 14 campuses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic after outraged students argued staying open forced them to choose between endangering their families or their grades.
What Massachusetts Emergency State Means
Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency Tuesday after new coronavirus cases in Massachusetts more than doubled to 92. During a state of emergency, state laws give the governor a wide range of powers for responding to the emergency.
Florida Reports Furry Of New Coronavirus Cases
Eight more cases of the new coronavirus were reported Tuesday night in Florida, including a Georgia woman who is in Alachua County, three people in Collier County, two people in Pinellas County, one person in Nassau County and one person in Pasco County.
New Georgia Cases Confirmed, Patients Quarantined
More new coronavirus cases were confirmed Tuesday night in Georgia — including a person under quarantine at a state park — bringing the total to 22 confirmed and presumed positive cases of coronavirus in the state. Five more presumed cases of COVID-19 were announced by Gov. Brian Kemp, who said only one of the patients appears to have traveled outside the country.
Coronavirus School Closures: NJ, CT, NYC, NY, MA, D.C.
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Philadelphia St Patrick’s Day Parade Canceled
The 250th St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Philadelphia has been canceled due to concerns regarding the novel coronavirus in the city, according to parade organizers.
First Coronavirus Fatality Hits LA County As Impact Spreads
A woman in her 60s died of coronavirus in Los Angeles County, making her LA’s first confirmed coronavirus fatality, authorities announced Wednesday. At the same time, authorities confirmed the region’s second known instance of “community transmission” of the illness.
MA Coronavirus Cases Hits 95, More Than 1,000 Quarantined
State officials on Wednesday announced three more cases of the new coronavirus, bringing the total to 95.
More than 1,000 people in Massachusetts have been subjected to self-quarantine due to coronavirus concerns, state health officials said in their weekly update Wednesday.
366 Coronavirus Cases In Washington, 4 More Dead In King County
State health officials have confirmed nearly 100 additional cases and five more deaths linked to the new coronavirus, the department of health announced Wednesday. According to the latest numbers, 366 people have been infected with COVID-19 in Washington and 29 people have died.
Illinois General Assembly Cancels Sessions
According to a statement on the Illinois State Democrats website, the Senate had been scheduled to be in session March 18 through 20.
Seattle Public Schools To Close
All Seattle Public Schools will close for at least two weeks in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, according to reports.