Va. to enforce 10-person limit in some businesses, as DC area sees jump in coronavirus cases

Pharmacist Evelyn Kim, wears a mask and gloves at the CVS pharmacy at Target in the Tenleytown area of Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

As testing for the novel coronavirus ramps up, the number of cases in Maryland and Virginia took dramatic leaps on Tuesday morning, as the virus continued to spread through the country and change the pace of life in the area.

Maryland’s coronavirus case count jumped from 37 to 57 on Tuesday, as Virginia’s went from 45 to 67. A second Virginian died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, on Monday.

In D.C., where the number of cases increased to 31 Tuesday, American University reported that a student had tested positive for coronavirus; Howard University noted that a guest who attended a March 7 dinner on campus had tested positive; and Gonzaga College High School’s president tested positive after he had run a fever starting last Friday.

On Tuesday, Alexandria Health Department is investigating three new positive cases of COVID-19. One patient was tested in New York but gave an Alexandria address. Another patient recently traveled internationally. And another patient came in close contact with a confirmed case in D.C.

D.C. Fire and EMS said it was notified on Monday that one its staff tested positive for COVID-19. The city’s health department is undertaking contact testing that will include next steps for self-quarantine for other fire and EMS staff and members of the community.

Also, a Metro Transit Police officer who lives in Prince George’s County, Maryland, but is based in Springfield, Virginia, tested positive for the virus.


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The Maryland political landscape changed Tuesday as well, when Gov. Larry Hogan announced the postponement of the April 28 presidential primary and switched the special U.S. House election to succeed Elijah Cummings to mail-only.

If you do have to go out, and you rely on public transportation, be sure to check the schedules before you go, as Metro is only running every 12 minutes, and MARC and VRE have announced cutbacks as well.

If you’re driving, be aware that reversible roads will be in rush-hour mode, even with fewer drivers, as will toll lanes — though the prices are much lower than usual. Parking rules in D.C. remain on a weekday timetable, though street sweeping restrictions do not apply.

Maryland

Rising coronavirus cases, test kit shortage

The Maryland coronavirus cases jumped more than 50% as Monday turned to Tuesday, and Hogan said at a news conference that the number is likely “much, much higher.”

Speaking in Annapolis, the governor said the state is still grappling with a shortage of test kits, and as more people are tested, the numbers are rising.

“And the fact that we’ve now got community spread, but those numbers are likely to be much, much higher,” Hogan said.

Regarding the lack of testing kits, Hogan said governors across the U.S. are frustrated.

“We don’t have enough test kits. Neither does any other state. And no, the federal government does not have an answer,” he said.

When testing does ramp up, Maryland plans to repurpose its vehicle emission inspection locations — which Hogan ordered closed — into drive-through coronavirus testing centers across the state.

But Hogan cautioned against reading too much into that development: “Ramping up the drive-throughs is a relatively easy part; we can do that,” he said. “But we don’t want to do it if we can’t get the lab capability because we’re just giving false hope and creating chaos and crisis.”

Hogan also attributed the jump in cases to “community spread” of the virus, meaning people are now acquiring the virus from other infected people in Maryland as opposed to through international travel.

“The next time you see a report, it will continue to speed up at probably faster rates than what we saw this morning,” Hogan said.

A spokesman for the governor later tweeted that, as it stands now, 68% of COVID-19 cases in Maryland came through community transmission.

National Guard

Hogan, who activated the National Guard last week, said 2,200 members have now been been put to work, including three units of medical professionals. For now, members of the National Guard are helping transport stockpiles of medical equipment, Hogan said.

“These are citizen soldiers who’ve stepped up to help the community,” he said.

He acknowledged the sight of uniformed personnel “may look a little intimidating,” but he added: “Look, we’re running a crisis in the middle of a state of emergency and you’re going to see people in uniform; you’re going to see an increased increased police presence; and you’re going to see National Guard airmen and soldiers, who are going to be across the state and they’re all here to help.”

Medical tents?

Don’t be alarmed to see tents popping up in the parking lots of local emergency room as hospitals attempt to keep potential coronavirus cases separate from the rest of the population seeking emergency care.

WTOP’s news partner NBC Washington had aerial video of the tents erected outside Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring on Monday evening, showing two tents close together near the patient drop-off area.

NBC Washington reported that six hospitals in Montgomery County alone are planning to do this as the number of cases continues to grow.

The tents, provided by Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, are used for triage.

“It creates an opportunity to increase the volume and ability to be able to screen and test individuals that have symptoms concerning for COVID-19,” Dr. Travis Gayles, the chief of Public Health Services for Montgomery County, told NBC Washington.

Cashless tolling

Hogan also announced that all tolling in Maryland would be cashless. Drivers can drive through toll booths and will be sent a bill.

REAL ID

Hogan also said he sent a letter to President Trump requesting that the deadline for states to become REAL ID-compliant be moved.

Virginia

Arlington opens drive-thru sample collection site

Arlington County and the Virginia Hospital Center are partnering to open a drive-thru coronavirus sample collection site.

The sample collection center at 1429 N. Quincy St. will open Wednesday at 9 a.m. and will remain open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Self-quarantine for those over 65

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said at a news conference Tuesday morning that another 48 tests are pending in the state laboratory in Richmond, and more at private labs around the state.

He ordered the Department of Motor Vehicles to close, and urged Virginians older than 65 to self-quarantine. He also waived the one-week waiting requirement for workers who lose their jobs due to the virus to receive benefits.

He also said that “everyone who needs food assistance will be able to get it.”

He added, “Our state agencies, our food banks, faith-based groups and other nutrition-based organizations are working hard to coordinate food services.”

Northam referred to the new federal guidelines that discourage the gathering of more than 10 people in one place, saying, “We understand that the 10-person standard will have an impact on a number of businesses across our society. It means that all restaurants, malls, fitness centers and theaters must significantly reduce their capacity in compliance.”

He did not, however, order them closed, as Hogan and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser have done in their jurisdictions.

“A lot of restaurants will have more than 10 people in them,” Northam said. “That’s just the way they operate. And if that’s the case, we’re not mandating that they close.”

However on Tuesday afternoon, Northam issued an order allowing enforcement of a ban on large gatherings in Virginia, which gives law enforcement the ability to enforce a 10-person limit in restaurants, fitness centers and theaters. The order is effective immediately and violation could lead to revocation of permits and other charges.

University of Virginia moves to online classes for the spring semester

The University of Virginia announced that all classes will remain online throughout the spring semester, and no classes will be held on campus.

Commencement activities have been canceled. The school is developing alternatives to mark the occasion.

Counties respond to the outbreak

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved the declaration of a local state of emergency in order to better handle its response to the coronavirus.

In Fairfax County, home to about 1.15 million people, 10 have tested positive for coronavirus.

In the discussion of the measure, Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay said the declaration “does not allow the county executive to do anything that’s inconsistent with state law or orders that the governor has put out. I just want to be clear on ordering a store to be closed, that’s not something the county would be doing.”

The county’s attorney, Elizabeth Teare, said the declaration serves as a foundational document “for additional actions, if any, that the board may wish to take in regards to this emergency going forward.”

McKay noted that the primary reason for the declaration is that it allows the county to apply for state and federal assistance when funding becomes available.

Supervisor John Foust, of the Dranesville district, said “it sends a message to the community that this is an emergency situation. I think this will help in that regard.”

McKay reminded the county of its preparation for emergencies.

“We will do everything we can to get through this. We are in a better position than about anywhere else in the world to get through this because of our talented staff and community,” McKay said.

Neighboring Prince William County approved a similar declaration Monday. Northam declared a state of emergency in Virginia on March 12.

Elsewhere, such as in Loudoun County, officials are temporarily closing county departments to the public while they work out social distancing measures. The county said that the closures would last a day or two, and they’re also suspending the use of their public conference rooms.

The latest coronavirus-related death in Virginia

“It is a sad day in our community as we learn that a local resident has died from COVID-19,” said Peninsula Health Department Acting Director Dr. Steve Julian of the second Virginia death, a man from the Newport News area.

Northam said that he is deeply saddened to hear about the latest death.

“It’s important that we all look out for each other during this difficult time for our commonwealth and our country,” Northam said in a statement.

This is the second death in the Newport News area from COVID-19. Virginia reported its first coronavirus-related death on Saturday. The first victim was a man also in his 70s.

As of 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, there are 67 positive coronavirus cases in Virginia.

DC

D.C. Council passes emergency benefits package

The D.C. Council unanimously passed an emergency bill to provide relief for small businesses and workers.

The bill extends unemployment insurance; issues grants to nonprofits and independent contractors; prohibits stockpiling; allows people to refill prescriptions before the due date; prohibits evictions and utility shutoff; and extends the state of emergency in D.C. to 45 days.

National Shrine closes

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception announced on Tuesday that it would close to the public until further notice.

“This was a difficult decision because we know that the faithful rely on Mary’s Shrine for the peace and solace that is found in this sacred place,” Monsignor Walter R. Rossi, rector of the National Shrine, said in a statement. “Still, we also recognize that we must listen to scientific and medical experts and do our part to help prevent the spread of this virus.”

The basilica had suspended public mass and confession last Friday, but had remained open for private prayer. They said in the statement that it was the first time in nearly 100 years they had closed for a reason other than the weather.

The basilica will livestream its Sunday noon masses on its website.

Local homeless shelters face challenges

Homeless shelters around the area are facing challenges of their own as concerns around
the spread of coronavirus continue.

Proactive measures, such as washing hands to ensure proper hygiene, have been a challenge in the homeless community, one of the most vulnerable populations.

“They typically have compromised immune systems and often times already have chronic health issues,” said Joseph Mettimano, president of the nonprofit Central Union Mission in D.C.

Mettimano said their focus is mainly around preventive work, because coronavirus in a shelter would spread quickly.

“We’ve gone the extra step of taking folks’ body temperature during check-in, and if somebody is showing signs of fever and other symptoms, we are sending them to get medical attention.”

In addition to ensuring the health of those in need, access to hand sanitizer has also been a challenge. Central Union Mission is now asking the public to assist in any way, whether through financial donations or hygiene products.

They’re also urging city leaders to plan for the possibility of the coronavirus showing up within the homeless community.

“The city needs to be prepared to take those folks in, in order to quarantine them. There is no such thing as quarantining within a homeless shelter,” Mettimano said.

If you do see someone on the street who could possibly be ill, contact EMS or local officials to get them help.

WTOP’s Abigail Constantino, Megan Cloherty, Melissa Howell, Jack Moore, Will Vitka and Dan Friedell contributed to this report.

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A giant television over the A57 Motorway screen urges people to stay home on March 26, 2020 in Manchester, England.

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A woman rests on the balcony of a building as people stay in their houses to prevent the spread of coronavirus,, in Vitoria, northern Spain, Thursday, March 19, 2020.

A masked couple walks on the empty Trocadero next to the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron said that starting on Tuesday, people would be allowed to leave the place they live only for necessary activities such as shopping for food, going to work or taking a walk. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A masked couple walks on the empty Trocadero next to the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron said that starting on Tuesday, people would be allowed to leave the place they live only for necessary activities such as shopping for food, going to work or taking a walk. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness.

Chef José Andres talks to journalists about why he is converting Zaytinya into a grab-and-go meal restaurant in response to the novel coronavirus on March 17, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Andres will convert all his D.C. restaurants into “community kitchens” in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Workers use a tape measure to mark spaces 6 feet apart for people to wait in line safely as they convert the outdoor plaza in front of chef José Andres’ Zaytinya into a grab-and-go meal restaurant in response to the novel coronavirus March 17, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

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An elderly woman enters a novel coronavirus testing booth outside the Yangji hospital in Seoul on March 17, 2020.

A deserted view of Safdarjung Tomb, closed for tourists to prevent spread of COVID-19 on March 17, 2020 in New Delhi, India.

A worker of the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) measures a passenger’s temperature at a control point at the Bole International Airport, in Addis Ababa, on March 17, 2020.

A man walks past closed shops at Marrakesh’s Jamaa el-Fna square on March 16, 2020.

The Don Afonso Henriques garden or Alameda garden in the city of Lisbon is shown to be solitary on March 17, 2020, due to the voluntary confinement of many of the citizens and tourists.

A newspaper headline warns of the potential of further measures to attempt to fight the coronavirus pandemic on March 17, 2020 in London, England.

A scene of ‘Rue de l’Ile’ on March 17, 2020 in Annecy, France.

A woman wearing the mask walks past a restaurant as its employee looks at her through the locked glass door, in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 17, 2020.

People walk in Union Station in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. The U.S. surgeon general says the number of coronavirus cases in the United States has reached the level that Italy recorded two weeks ago. It’s a sign that infections are expected to rise in America as the government steps up testing and financial markets continue to fall.

Union Station, a major transportation hub in the nation’s capital, is nearly empty during morning rush hour as many government and private sector workers stay home during the coronavirus outbreak, in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020.

Washington Union Station, a major transportation hub in the nation’s capital, is nearly empty during morning rush hour as many government and private sector workers stay home during the coronavirus outbreak, in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020.

Palestinian volunteers spray disinfectant down a street at al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City on March 16, 2020, during a campaign by Hamas to stem a novel coronavirus outbreak.

Workers look on at Laurel Park Race Track in an event that allowed no spectators Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Laurel, Md.

Local resident Adrian W. Chan, who works as a banker, walks on his way to find face masks for his parents in Vancouver as a precautionary measure against the novel coronavirus, in Hong Kong on March 17, 2020.

Laurie Kuypers, a registered nurse, reaches into a car to take a nasopharyngeal swab from a patient at a drive-through COVID-19 coronavirus testing station for University of Washington Medicine patients Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Seattle.

Medical assistant Miriam Fuentes gives a patient instructions via sign at a drive-through COVID-19 coronavirus testing station for University of Washington Medicine patients Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Seattle.

A man pushes a stroller along the National Mall, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Washington.

A sign announces the closure of the National Gallery of Art on the National Mall, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Washington.

The Dome of the U.S. Capitol is visible as a tour group of only two people on Segways, usually in a much bigger group this time of year, moves along the National Mall, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Washington.

Deanna Butts reaches for one of the last packages of toilet paper at Target in the Tenleytown area of Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Associated Press journalist Kevin Freking has his temperature checked before a coronavirus task force briefing, at the White House, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Washington.

A downtown Bethesda, Md., restaurant is closed as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order takes effect, closing bars, restaurants, gyms and movie theaters across the state in response to coronavirus, Monday, March 16, 2020.

A downtown Bethesda, Md., restaurant is closed as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order takes effect, closing bars, restaurants, gyms and movie theaters across the state in response to coronavirus, Monday, March 16, 2020.

Michaella Pratt and her children Preston Pratt, 6, Aubrey Pratt, 4, from Arlington, Va., use their time with school closing because of the coronavirus outbreak, to visit the near-empty Tidal Basin in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020.

Rhonda Lassen, right, visiting Washington from LeMars, Iowa, walks with her grandchildren Claire and Harper Rueter, center, from Virginia, along a path at an almost empty Tidal Basin lined with cherry blossom that are about to peak, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Washington.

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A passenger arriving from Brussels wearing a mask to protect himself from the new coronavirus looks for his relatives in the international arrivals zone at Dulles airport, outside Washington, on March 13 2020.

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Pharmacist Evelyn Kim, wears a mask and gloves at the CVS pharmacy at Target in the Tenleytown area of Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. As they remain open, she is wearing a mask and gloves to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

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Clay Colehouse of Crownsville, Md., second from left, gives the dog Marty a treat as he and his friends, from left, Erin Carroll of Severna Park, Md., Jessica Goblin of Severna Park, Md., Travis Victorio of Millersville, Md., and Mary Fitzell of Millersville, Md., have lunch during a visit to Annapolis, Monday, March 16, 2020.

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Anne Arundel County residents receive free breakfast, lunch and dinner, at a mobile stop in Annapolis, Monday, March 16, 2020. Anne Arundel County is providing free meals for students while schools are closed for two weeks due to coronavirus concerns. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan closed all public schools in the state from March 16 to March 27.

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The Lincoln Memorial is lightly visited on the National Mall, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Washington. The National Mall, usually busy with tourists, remains lightly visited amid concerns over the coronavirus.

A video display with a message from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reads “Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands” on the Gallery Place Metro subway train platform in Washington, Friday, March 13, 2020, to inform commuters on how to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

There are no visitors touring the Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 13, 2020, which has been closed to tourists because of the coronavirus.

Carroll Rodgers of Washington, cleans steps in the Capitol Visitor Center on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 13, 2020. Because the Capitol Visitor Center is closed, employees are able to do their regular cleaning later in the day instead of only in the very early hours of the days before tourists come through.

The Capitol Visitor Center is empty early Friday, March 13, 2020, in Washington, after the Capitol was shut down to tourists.

Peru’s Alianza Lima and Argentina’s Racing Club play a Copa Libertadores soccer match at the Presidente Peron stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, March 12, 2020. The match was played in an empty, closed door stadium as part of the government’s measures to contain transmission of the new coronavirus. For most people the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness including pneumonia.

Pakistani cricket teams practice in an empty National Stadium, ahead of their match in the Pakistan Super League in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, March 13, 2020. The Pakistan Cricket Board decides the Pakistan Super League will go ahead despite the coronavirus outbreak and the withdrawal Friday of 10 foreign players. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness.

A man walks near the entrance of the Louvre Museum, in Paris, Friday, March 13, 2020. The Louvre Museum in Paris and the Versailles Palace both said that they are closing “until further notice” amid the French government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A waiter waits for customers in central Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, March 13, 2020.

A bus conductor disinfects the hands of a passenger, after the government directed all operators of “matatus”, or public minibuses, to provide hand sanitizer to their clients, on a busy street in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Friday, March 13, 2020. Authorities in Kenya said Friday that a Kenyan woman who recently traveled from the United States via London has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the first case in the East African country.

A woman looks at an empty bread aisle at a supermarket in Antwerp, Belgium, Friday, March 13, 2020.

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Students sanitize hands to avoid the contact of coronavirus before their morning class at a high school in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.

People wear masks at a shopping district in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Panic and pollution drive the market for protective face masks, so business is booming in Asia, where fear of the coronavirus from China is straining supplies and helping make mask-wearing the new normal.

Hospital staff wash the emergency entrance of Wuhan Medical Treatment Center, where some infected with a new virus are being treated, in Wuhan, China, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.

Children wearing face masks pose for photos at a display for the upcoming Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rat, at the Beijing West Railway Station in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020.

Workers wearing protective clothing disinfect the main hall of the Parliament, in Ankara Turkey, Friday, March 13, 2020, as a precaution against the coronavirus.

A woman walks through Chinatown along quiet Grant Avenue, Friday, March 13, 2020, in San Francisco. A wave of closures and postponements spanning everything from government offices to cultural events and sports followed California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s call this week for cancellation of all non-essential gatherings of 250 people or more because of the coronavirus threat.

A general view of Mayor square in central Madrid, Spain, Friday, March 13, 2020. Exhibitions, conferences, sports centers and museums are closing in Madrid, including the Spanish capital’s Prado Museum for the first time in eight decades.

A student, wearing a homemade protective mask as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus, lines up for class in Havana, Cuba, Friday, March 13, 2020.

A man walks through the empty hall of Terminal II at the airport in Munich, Germany, Friday, March 13, 2020. Due to the Coronavirus a large number of flights have to be cancelled.

A private security man walks at one of the biggest malls in Lebanon which has closed its shops in an effort to spread the coronavirus outbreak in the country, at Hazmiyeh area east of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, March 13, 2020.

A woman passes the empty and closed Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, March 13, 2020, a closure in line with the national policy relating to the coronavirus.

People wear face masks as they shop at a market in Beijing, Saturday, March 14, 2020.

A woman shops among empty shelves at a Hy-Vee food store Friday, March 13, 2020, in Overland Park, Kan.

A sign at a strip club advertises “coronavirus-free lap dances” Friday, March 13, 2020, in Las Vegas.

Shoppers browse barren shelves at a supermarket, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Larchmont, N.Y.

Several airlines with canceled flights are shown on a departures board at JFK airport’s Terminal 1, Friday, March 13, 2020, in New York.

Zhili Sun, practices tai chi under a blooming cherry tree while wearing a mask, Sunday, March 15, 2020, along the tidal basin in Washington.

Souvenir vendor Julio Saavedra wears rubber gloves and a face mask as he works adjacent to the Charging Bull statue, in New York, Sunday, March 15, 2020.

A voter wearing a mask to protect from the new coronavirus casts a vote at a voting center in the French-Italian border city of Menton, southern France, Sunday, March 15, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. France pressed ahead with plans for nationwide municipal elections on Sunday but ordered special measures to keep people at a safe distance and to sanitize surfaces.

Two women wear face masks as they walk along a main street in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, March 15, 2020. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that schools, universities, restaurants and places of entertainment will be closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus. He also encouraged people not to go to their workplaces unless absolutely necessary.

People wear protective masks and gloves while voting in the municipal elections held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Sunday, March 15, 2020. Municipal elections took place on Feb. 16 but were cancelled midway and reprogrammed for Sunday due to a technical glitch.

A woman wearing a face mask shops at a store in Bamland shopping mall, in Western Tehran, Iran, Sunday, March 15, 2020. Many people in Tehran shrugged off warnings over the new coronavirus as authorities complained that most people in the capital are not treating the crisis seriously enough.

A woman covers her face with a Brazilian flag during rally supporting Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 15, 2020. Thousands took to the streets on Sunday to demonstrate in favor of Bolsonaro, challenging in some states the ban on agglomerations due to coronavirus and ignoring his suggestion to postpone the acts.

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People wearing face-masks line up to buy supplies from a shop during the coronavirus outbreak in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, April 4, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
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Customers keep distances between each other to avoid a infection with the coronavirus as they visit the market on the cathedral square in Mainz, Germany, April 4, 2020.  For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
In this March 16, 2020 file photo, a woman walks through a lightly trafficked Times Square in New York, March 16, 2020. As of Sunday, nearly 2,000 people with the virus have been hospitalized in the state of New York and 114 have died, officials said. More than 15,000 have tested positive statewide, including 9,000 in New York City. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Coffins with the bodies of victims of coronavirus are stored waiting for burial or cremation at the Collserola morgue in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, April 2, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
A man wearing a face mask and gloves to protect against the new coronavirus carries his shopping as he walks past closed shops at the Tajrish traditional bazaar in northern Tehran, Iran, Saturday, April 4, 2020. In the first working day after Iranian New Year holidays authorities have allowed some government offices and businesses to re-open with limited working hours, when schools, universities, and many businesses still are ordered to be closed aimed to prevent the spread of the virus.  (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
People from an apartment complex board an ambulance to be taken to a hospital for quarantine after a contact was found to be COVID-19 positive, in Gauhati, India, Saturday, April 4, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
A giant television over the A57 Motorway screen urges people to stay home on March 26, 2020 in Manchester, England. British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced strict lockdown measures urging people to stay at home and only leave the house for basic food shopping, exercise once a day and essential travel to and from work.
The Ministry of antiquities lights up the pyramids in an expression of support for health workers battling the coronavirus outbreak, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Giza, Egypt. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Subway riders wear protective masks and gloves on a sparsely populated car during morning hours due to COVID-19 concerns that are driving down ridership, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tightened work-from-home rules Thursday as confirmed cases continued to climb in New York, an expected jump as testing becomes more widespread. But he stressed that roadblocks and martial law for New York City were merely rumors.
A couple walks along a usually busy Fremont Street after casinos were ordered to shut down due to the coronavirus  outbreak, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Las Vegas.
A woman rests on the balcony of a building as people stay in their houses to prevent the spread of coronavirus,, in Vitoria, northern Spain, Thursday, March 19, 2020. Spain will mobilize 200 billion euros or the equivalent to one fifth of the country's annual output in loans, credit guarantees and subsidies for workers and vulnerable citizens, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced Tuesday. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems.
A masked couple walks on the empty Trocadero next to the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron said that starting on Tuesday, people would be allowed to leave the place they live only for necessary activities such as shopping for food, going to work or taking a walk. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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