Macron Shutters Schools, Delays Tax Deadline To Combat “Epidemic Of The Century”: Live Updates

Thursday, March 12, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Thu, 03/12/2020

Summary:

Scott Gottlieb says US can still avoid “Italy-like” outcome
Cuomo closes Broadway, bans all events in NY with over 500 ppl, reduces venue max capacity by 50%
UK reports 2 more deaths
LA County has banned gatherings of 50+ people in city owned buildings
Trudeau and wife to self-quarantine after wife reports flu-like symptoms
France death toll climbs to 61
Spain death toll climbs to 86
Ohio bans gatherings with more than 100 ppl after confirming 5th case
PA. Gov. Tom Wolf shuts down much of Montgomery County
2nd Utah Jazz player tests positive
Slovakia closes all borders, international airports
NJ cutting off nightclub liquor sales after 10pm
Deaths in Italy above 1,000
NHL “pauses” play
MLB will delay start to 2020 season by 2 weeks
Dr. Fauci says test shortage is major government ‘failing’
Rick Scott 2nd Senator to self-quarantine over virus
Senate cancels recess, will stay open next week
Reporter claims Gobert was careless in the lockerroom
2020 champions league tournament postponed until next year
US Major League soccer suspends play
Trump says we may need to extend travel ban
Reports claim once again that Merkel is ready to whip out the checkbook
Goldman asks workers in NY to work from home in ‘staggered shifts’
EU officials condemned Trump’s travel ban
Trump says ‘markets are going to be fine’
Spain has approved a €2.8 billion rescue package
Olympic torch lit in front of just 100 spectators
La Liga suspends season after Real Madrid player tests positive
3 F1 racers quarantined
Blackstone advises portfolio companies to draw down revolving credit lines
NHL rumored to be planning a league play suspension as playoffs begin
Passenger on JetBlue flight from NY to FLA tests positive for virus
Spanish cabinet being tested for coronavirus
Scandinavia begins shuttering schools
Iran reaches out to 3 million Iranians who may have been infected
Market participants wary of dissipating bond market liquidity
Global deaths pass 4,600
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Update (1545ET): LA County is following in Cuomo’s footsteps (sort of) by banning gatherings of more than 50 people in government buildings.

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Update (1540ET): Macron is still speaking. Watch the rest of his statement below:

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Update (1510ET): As France and Germany scramble to suppress their own national outbreaks while casting a wary eye toward Italy – yet they stubbornly refuse to close borders like other European countries have – French President Emmanuel Macron has just announced that he plans to close schools and universities in the country beginning on Monday.

France also reported 595 new cases of coronavirus, and 13 new deaths, raising its total to 2,876 cases and 61 dead.

Italian officials said earlier allowed Italian citizens to defer mortgage payments due to the outbreak. Macron told citizens that the government would delay a March tax deadline to put more money in the hands of citizens.

Spain has reported 782 new cases of coronavirus and 31 new deaths so far today, raising the country’s total to 3,059 cases and 86 dead.

Slovakia, which was one of the last countries in Europe to confirm a case of the virus, announced that it’s planning to close all of its borders to non-residents and close all international airports as part of a drastic ban on international travelers that puts the US travel ban to shame. The country’s decision is a direct blow to the EU’s “open borders” agenda, one Twitter wit noted.

The decision to close borders comes just hours after Slovakia, The Czech Republic and Hungary declared state of emergencies over the outbreaks, despite having relatively few cases. Slovakia only has 5 confirmed cases, equivalent to the number of confirmed cases in the US state of Ohio.

Speaking of Ohio, the state just became the newest US state to ban large gatherings. A few minutes ago, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said the state is banning gatherings of 100 or more people, with some exceptions, after confirming a fifth case of Covid-19, a 55-year-old man in Trumbull County.

Finally, MLB said it would delay Opening Day by at least 2 weeks, meaning it will be more than a month from now before we see any MLB pro baseball played in the US.

Meanwhile…in Congress…

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