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Top Story: State officials are trying to reach anyone who may have had contact with a mainland couple who tested positive for the coronavirus after they visited Kauai and Maui.
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Accessed on 15 March 2020, 0310 UTC, Post 20423.
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State officials are working to retrace the footsteps of the man and woman in the islands before they tested positive for the coronavirus. Read more
Millions of Americans braced for the week ahead with no school for their children for many days to come, no clue how to effectively do their jobs without child care, and a growing sense of dread about how to stay safe and sane amid the relentless spread of the coronavirus. Read more
President Donald Trump has tested negative for the new coronavirus, according to the president’s personal physician. Read more
The Defense Department has instituted new travel restrictions for service members, civilians, and their families assigned to defense installations within the United States. Read more
U.S. travel ban extends to United Kingdom and Ireland over coronavirus concerns as Trump eyes limits
Under the restrictions on European travel, American citizens, green card holders and others are still allowed to return home to the U.S., but will be funneled to 13 airports and be subjected to health screenings and quarantine orders. Read more
Georgia’s March 24 presidential primaries have been postponed until May because of fears over the new coronavirus, state election officials announced today, a day after Louisiana also pushed back its primaries. Read more
Spain locked down its 46 million citizens and France ordered the closing of just about everything the rest of the world loves about it — the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the cafes and restaurants — as governments took increasingly desperate measures to put more space between people and contain the coronavirus. Read more
Thousands of police in the Philippines, backed by the army and coast guard, started sealing the densely populated capital from most domestic travelers Sunday in one of Southeast Asia’s most drastic containment moves against the new coronavirus. Read more
The UFC hasn’t canceled any competitions, even those previously scheduled for areas where large gatherings are now banned. Read more
“Our goal is to protect the nation,” French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said at a press conference in Paris today. “Too many people still go to cafes and restaurants,” Philipe said. “We must show more discipline.” Read more
Iran is suffering from the worst outbreak in the Middle East, with 12,729 cases and even senior officials testing positive. Read more
The U.S. launched airstrikes on Thursday in Iraq, targeting the Iranian-backed Shiite militia members believed responsible for a rocket attack that killed and wounded American and British troops at a base north of Baghdad. Read more
There was not a sector of the entertainment business left untouched by the unprecedented decisions made Thursday to try to slow the spread of the virus. Read more
Hawaii health officials have tested 31 random samples for the novel coronavirus and all have come back negative as part of a statewide surveillance program to identify undetected cases and community spread in the islands. 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
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
Gates is stepping down from the board of Microsoft, the software giant he helped found more than four decades ago. Read more
Police said at least one of two suspicious package calls tonight turned out to be a hoax by the sender. Read more
President Donald Trump said today he will “most likely” be tested for the novel coronavirus, as questions swirled about why he, his top aides and his family weren’t doing more to protect themselves and others after repeated exposure to COVID-19. 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
As the rest of the world mobilized to fight the widening coronavirus pandemic on Saturday, China continued to ease up lockdown measures in its hardest-hit region, where the number of new cases has dwindled. Read more
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