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Top Story: The U.S. Surgeon General says the U.S. is where Italy was two weeks ago when the coronavirus first starting killing large numbers of people.
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Accessed on 16 March 2020, 1615 UTC, Post 20431.
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Two weeks ago, Italy had 1,700 cases of coronavirus and had reported 34 deaths. Read more
The S&P 500 lost more than 7% at the open, triggering a 15-minute halt to trading, and losses deepened after trading resumed. Read more
Six of the nine justices are 65 and older, at higher risk of getting very sick from the illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more
The CDC is recommending that gatherings of 50 people or more in US be canceled or postponed over next eight weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more
‘Iolani School is suspending on-campus academic operations as of Monday due to coronavirus concerns. Read more
The new coronavirus is spurring Nevada schools and Wynn Las Vegas to plan closures. Read more
Kamehameha Schools Kapalama said Sunday it will begin spring break on Tuesday, earlier than scheduled in response to the developing COVID-19 situation. Read more
A flash flood watch remains in effect through Tuesday afternoon for all Hawaiian Islands. Read more
Ala Moana Center is cutting back its hours, starting Monday the mall hours will be noon to 7 p.m. for stores Monday through Saturday; some restaurants may be open later. Read more
The Federal Reserve took emergency action today and slashed its benchmark interest rate by a full percentage point to nearly zero. Read more
Former Vice President Joe Biden today committed to naming a woman as his running mate if he’s the Democratic presidential nominee, making a definitive assertion clamored for by some voters who have watched a historically diverse candidate field dwindle to two white men. Read more
President Donald Trump today called on people to stop hoarding groceries and other supplies as one of the nation’s most senior public health officials urged Americans to act with more urgency to protect themselves and others against the coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would like to see aggressive measures such as a 14-day national shutdown. Read more
First Hawaiian Bank is temporarily closing its Pearlridge Branch at 98-1071 Moanalua Road in Aiea. Read more
An Australian television network entertainment editor has tested positive for the new coronavirus after meeting Tom Hanks’ wife, Rita Wilson, in Sydney. Read more
Hawaiian Airlines to suspend service to Australia, New Zealand due to new government entry restrictions
Hawaiian Airlines is temporarily suspending nonstop service between Honolulu and its Australia and New Zealand destinations starting later this month due to new government entry restrictions being imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
A 78-year-old member of the Iranian clerical body that chooses the country’s supreme leader has died from the illness caused by the new coronavirus, news agencies reported Monday. He was the latest of several senior Iranian officials to have been infected in the worsening outbreak. Read more
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders sought in Sunday’s debate to cast themselves as best-positioned to lead the nation through a global pandemic, with Biden pledging to deploy the military to help with recovery efforts and Sanders using the crisis to pitch his long-sought overhaul of the country’s health care system. Read more
On Saturday night, revelers in many parts of the country ignored warnings against attending large gatherings to prevent the spread of coronavirus. On Sunday, it became clear that in many places, the party is over. Read more
The Brooklyn neighborhood of Dumbo is one of the richest in New York. Rachel Preston ventured there over the weekend and found markets completely cleared out of basics like bread. Read more
Joyce DiDonato and Piotr Beczala made sure the show went on, albeit in an unusual format and venue — from the living room of DiDonato’s New York City apartment. Read more
The federal government’s effort to rapidly expand testing for the coronavirus will initially focus on screening health care workers and the elderly, Trump administration officials said today. Read more