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Top Story: 4 cruise ship companies will suspend trips to U.S. for 30 days.
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Accessed on 14 March 2020, 0225 UTC, Post 20417.
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Trump said that Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and MSC Cruises all agreed to the suspensions. He said the cruise line industry is a “great and important industry — it will be kept that way!” Read more
The company said it is monitoring developments closely. Read more
Hawaii Health Department recommends postponing large public events, urges caution during spring break
The Health Department is calling for public events of more than 100 people to be postponed or cancelled and is urging families to minimize their risk of infection with coronavirus as tens of thousands of children go on spring break. Read more
The suspension of activities includes practices. Read more
Honolulu will renew driver’s licenses and issue state IDs by appointment only as a social distancing measure
The change will not affect other types of transactions typically done at satellite city halls such as vehicle transfers and payment of property taxes. Read more
Hawaiian plans to reduce its flights by 8-10 percent in April and 15-20 percent in May. The carrier said it would make schedule changes over the next week. Read more
Kawaiaha‘o Church announced today it is closing its doors to public gatherings for the next 60 days, effective immediately. Read more
A flash flood watch is in effect starting Sunday night for all Hawaiian islands. Read more
Speaking from the Rose Garden, Trump said, “I am officially declaring a national emergency,” unleashing as much as $50 billion for state and local governments to respond to the outbreak. Read more
As it became apparent the NCAA basketball tournaments could not be held during their usual three-week window because of concerns about the coronavirus, organizers scrambled to devise a plan for a 16-team event to salvage the postseason in one long weekend. Read more
The NCAA is planning to extend the eligibility of athletes on spring sports teams by one year to make up for the season lost to the new coronavirus. Read more
Spain is second only to Italy in the number of infections among European countries — overtaking the larger nations of France and Germany — and faces the fastest spreading contagion on the Continent. Read more
Depending on how bad the crisis gets, the sick could find themselves waiting on stretchers in emergency room hallways for hospital beds to open up, or could be required to share rooms with others infected. Read more
Here’s a list of Hawaii event cancellations, closures and postponements due to the coronavirus outbreak
From the Merrie Monarch Festival to University of Hawaii sports, find out which events have been affected by the coronavirus. Read more
Investors have been clamoring for strong action from the U.S. government to combat the economic impact of the outbreak on businesses and workers. All told, the Dow jumped 1,985 points, or 9.4%. Read more
Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced this afternoon that all neighborhood board meetings are being canceled effective immediately, in an effort to stop the potential spread of the novel coronavirus. Read more
Visitor demand has dropped at the Polynesian Cultural Center since concern over the global spread of the coronavirus has ramped up. Read more
The stabbing occurred at Island West Apartments at 607 N. King St. shortly before 6 a.m. on March 2. Read more
Just as the spread of the disease is stabilizing in much of Asia, following a major outbreak in China and sizable ones in South Korea and Japan, it is popping up in new hot spots around the world. Read more
Police were notified after she was reported missing from a 10:30 p.m. headcount. Read more
Patients with the new coronavirus keep the pathogen in their respiratory tract for as long as 37 days, a new study found, suggesting they could remain infectious for many weeks. Read more