NPR News: 03-14-2020 5PM ET
Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Jeanine herbst. President trump says he's considering domestic travel restrictions amid the growing corona virus outbreak and as NPR's Franco donas reports new international travel restrictions for those flying to the US from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Go into effect on Monday at midnight. President Trump gave a prize news conference Saturday in the White House. Briefing Room where he discussed the latest restrictions including Pentagon orders barring service members and their families from domestic travel. He was asked whether non military families should follow that advice. Well if you don't have to travel would if you don't have to. We want this thing to end. We don't want a lot of people getting infected. We wanted to end an end as quickly as possible. President trump also said that the administration was discussing potential domestic travel restrictions with state leaders in hard hit areas. Franko or Donas. Npr news the Whitehouse. Meanwhile in Italy the death toll from the virus rose almost fourteen percent from the total registered a day ago as NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports actress to hospitals. Say they're treating patients with the drug normally used for diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and what has become a regularly scheduled press conference the Civil Protection Agency announced that the death toll has risen to one thousand four hundred forty one. The total number of people who have tested positive for the virus has reached more than twenty one thousand. The news came as doctors at hospitals in Naples and Rome treating covert nineteen say. They've started using a drug normally used for people with chronic inflammatory autoimmune diseases. The government pharmaceutical regulator has given the okay to the drugs used for compassionate purposes. One doctor in Naples said that of the first six patients treated three showed signs of significant improvement of lung inflammation Soviet Pohjola Jolie. Npr News Rome tech giant apple is closing all of its stores outside China for two weeks. Npr's Leila reports apple's CEO. Tim Cook says the shuttering of hundreds of stores is part of the effort to battle the pandemic Cook said in our workplace and communities. We must do all we can to prevent the spread of cove in nineteen. He also said in a statement stores in Greater China have reopened as infection rates. Dropped but what? Apple learned from China's experience is that the most effective way to minimize risk of the viruses. Transmission is reduced density and maximize social distance the company's committing fifteen million dollars to worldwide recovering. Apple's online stores will stay open. It's hourly workers will continue to be paid while office staff will work remotely if possible. Apple is also expanding leave policies to accommodate people dealing with cove in nineteen challenges whether that's recovering from the illness. Caring for a sick loved one or watching kids because schools are closed Leyla. Npr News and the stores will remain closed until March twenty seventh. You're listening to NPR news. The Grand Old opry Nashville Tennessee is spending performances in front of a live audience as a precaution against the virus. The Country Music Radio Show made that announcement on Friday. Chaz Sisk with member station W. P. L. N. in Nashville reports. It's only the second time in the OPRY has halted live shows in. Its nearly one hundred year history. The last time. The Grand Ole opry didn't perform in front of an audience was in nineteen. Sixty eight Nashville was under a curfew following the assassination of Martin Luther King Junior so listeners. Instead heard a rerun this time the operate will do one live performance a week every Saturday in front of an empty auditorium. That show will be broadcast locally in Nashville of satellite radio and streamed online. Audiences won't return until at least early April Nashville has so far had thirteen confirmed cases of covered nineteen including three diagnose since yesterday for NPR news. I'm chas cysts in Nashville. Disney says. It will release the movie frozen two for streaming tomorrow. That's months ahead of schedule. This because of the corona virus the company says the film will be available on Disney plus and will be available in Canada the Netherlands Australia and New Zealand starting on Tuesday. It's already been available for rental or purchase on platforms including Amazon itunes since February most upcoming new releases have been postponed due to the virus including Disney's own lineup few march or April movies remain on the calendar. This week Disney also said it's closing. It's theme Parks Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida and suspending departures on the cruise. Line I'm Janine herbst. Npr News in Washington.