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Coronavirus Live Updates: House Passes Sweeping Relief Package
The measure includes two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave.

RIGHT NOWNew Zealand’s prime minister announces that all visitors must isolate themselves for 14 days.
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Here’s what you need to know:
House passes a sweeping relief package as the coronavirus spreads to 49 states.
New Zealand will require all visitors to isolate themselves for two weeks.
Department of Defense bans official travel for service members in U.S.
At U.S. airports, lax screening raises concern.
China, a top maker of face masks, is only now sharing them with the world.
Trump promised a testing website by Google. He got key details wrong.
Your home dynamics have changed. Here’s how to manage the shift.

ImageNancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, negotiated the relief package with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, negotiated the relief package with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.Credit…Samuel Corum for The New York Times
House passes a sweeping relief package as the coronavirus spreads to 49 states.
The House early Saturday morning passed a sweeping relief package to assist people affected by the outbreak of the coronavirus, moving to confront a growing pandemic that has upended lives and wreaked havoc on financial markets.

The vote followed a roller-coaster day of negotiations that threatened to veer off track as President Trump criticized the plan during a White House Rose Garden news conference in which he declared a national emergency. Instead, by dusk, Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote to House Democrats saying they had reached an agreement with the administration, and Mr. Trump later tweeted that he would sign the bill “ASAP!”

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The measure includes two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave for Americans who work for businesses with less than 500 employees or the government and are infected by the virus, quarantined, have a sick family member or are impacted by school closures. The relief package also includes enhanced unemployment benefits, free virus testing for those who lack insurance, and additional food aid and federal funds for Medicaid.

How Every House Member Voted on the Coronavirus Relief Bill
The sweeping legislation passed the House, 363-40, and will allow for free testing, paid sick leave, stronger unemployment benefits and food security assistance.

The deal was a product of an intense round of talks that unfolded between Ms. Pelosi and Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, as financial markets swung wildly amid uncertainty about the spiraling crisis. It must still be approved by the Senate, which is expected to take up the measure when it returns next week.

Confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States have climbed to more than 2,100, even with sparse testing, and the death toll has risen to at least 48. West Virginia was the only state yet to report a known case of the virus by Friday evening. The United States is facing the prospect that those numbers could soar, as they did in China, Italy, South Korea and other countries.

AID PACKAGE Details on the agreement reached between Democratic leaders and the White House.
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New Zealand will require all visitors to isolate themselves for two weeks.

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaking at a press conference in Christchurch on Friday.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaking at a press conference in Christchurch on Friday.Credit…Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand has announced that everyone arriving in the country after Sunday night will have to isolate themselves for 14 days in what she described as “the widest ranging and toughest restrictions of any country in the world.”

Quarantine for travelers and self-isolation, she said, was the only way to protect the country from community outbreak.

“We must go hard, and we must go early,” she said, speaking a news conference Saturday. “We must do everything we can to protect the health of New Zealanders.”

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Ms. Ardern emphasized that products and trade would not be restricted and warned people not to make a run on their supermarkets

She said the travel restrictions will be reviewed in 16 days, and she also announced that a suspension of all cruise ship arrivals until at least the end of June.

Her announcement about the restrictions came just a few hours after New Zealand canceled a national remembrance service marking the one-year anniversary of the Christchurch mosque attacks over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

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The event had been scheduled for Sunday in Christchurch. Ms. Ardern said that while there was no community transmission of Covid-19 in New Zealand, extra caution was required.

“We’re very saddened to cancel, but in remembering such a terrible tragedy, we shouldn’t create the risk of further harm being done,” she said.

Department of Defense bans official travel for service members in U.S.

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David L. Norquist, the deputy defense secretary, announcing a travel ban for service members at a press conference where journalists sat apart to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the virus.
David L. Norquist, the deputy defense secretary, announcing a travel ban for service members at a press conference where journalists sat apart to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the virus.Credit…Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
The Pentagon on Friday said it was halting all official travel for military service members in the United States beginning on Monday and extending for nearly three months.

The decision by David L. Norquist, the deputy defense secretary, was another severe measure taken by an American institution to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus, which has now infected more than 2,100 people in 49 states and killed at least 48 people.

The new travel restrictions apply to service members, civilians employed by the Department of Defense, and families who are assigned to Department of Defense facilities in the United States and apply only to official travel. In an unsigned statement, the department said there may be exemptions for “compelling cases” in which the travel is essential to a mission, warranted for humanitarian reasons or necessary because of “extreme hardship.”

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At U.S. airports, lax screening raises concern.

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The arrivals terminal at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia, on Thursday.
The arrivals terminal at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia, on Thursday.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times
As thousands of Americans flee from Europe and other centers of the coronavirus outbreak, many travelers are reporting no health screenings upon departure and few impediments at U.S. airports.

Since January, officers from Customs and Border Protection have been on heightened alert for travelers who could potentially spread the virus. The Department of Homeland Security has told employees to look for physical symptoms and search through their travel documents and a federal database that tracks where they came from. Those customs officers will soon have to spot symptoms among a flood of more Americans funneled to 13 designated airports from multiple countries in Europe.

But travelers, including some who say they showed visible signs of illness, say screening has been lax. Members of Congress this week grilled senior officials from the Department of Homeland Security over what some described as a porous screening process.

Even top officials at the department acknowledge the task of sealing the United States from the virus is impossible.

“This has never been from Day 1 intended to be a hermetically sealed process,” said Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the acting deputy secretary of homeland security. “We are trying to reduce and delay the biggest peak in the virus wave hitting on the United States of America. And all of these steps reduce and delay. They do not stop the virus.”

AT THE AIRPORT Read more about screening efforts, and their shortcomings.

Coronavirus Map: Tracking the Spread of the Outbreak
The virus has infected more than 143,600 people in at least 122 countries.

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China, a top maker of face masks, is only now sharing them with the world.

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Making masks at a factory in Handan, China.
Making masks at a factory in Handan, China.Credit…EPA, via Shutterstock
As hospitals and governments hunt for respirators and surgical masks to protect doctors and nurses from the coronavirus pandemic, they face a difficult reality: The world depends on China to make them, and the country is only beginning to share.

China made half the world’s masks before the coronavirus emerged there, and it has expanded production nearly 12-fold since then. But it has been claiming that output for itself in large part.

“Mask exports are still not authorized, but we are following the situation every day,” said Guillaume Laverdure, chief operating officer of Medicom, a Canadian manufacturer that makes three million masks a day at its Shanghai factory.

Worries about mask supplies are rising worldwide, putting pressure on China to meet the needs, even as it continues to grapple with the coronavirus itself. Although government data suggests China has brought infection rates under control, epidemiologists warn that its outbreak could flare again as officials loosen travel limits and more people return to work.

The rate of new infections in China has continued to slow. On Friday, just 11 new cases were confirmed, officials said — four in Wuhan, the city where the outbreak began, and seven among travelers who had arrived from abroad. Thirteen deaths were also reported, bringing China’s total official death toll from the outbreak to 3,189, out of 80,824 infections.

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Trump promised a testing website by Google. He got key details wrong.

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President Donald Trump at a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on Friday.
President Donald Trump at a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on Friday.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times
Verily, a life sciences unit of Google’s parent company Alphabet, is working on a way to direct individuals with a high risk of coronavirus infection to testing sites. But the program will not be as sweeping as President Trump suggested in his public remarks.

“I want to thank Google,” Mr. Trump said from the Rose Garden. “Google is helping to develop a website, it’s going to be very quickly done, unlike websites of the past, to determine whether a test is warranted and to facilitate testing at a nearby convenient location.”

Google’s shares surged, to a gain of more than 9 percent, as Mr. Trump spoke.

Late Friday, Carolyn Wang, a spokeswoman for Verily, said that the aim was to make a website that helps triage people for virus screening available by Monday, but that it would be limited to testing sites in the Bay Area. If the pilot goes well, Verily aims to deploy the project nationwide, but there is no timetable for a national rollout.

The website was originally intended only for health care workers, Ms. Wang said, but Mr. Trump’s statement prompted the company to plan to make it available to the public.

Your home dynamics have changed. Here’s how to manage the shift.
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And here is more coverage on how the coronavirus affects your day-to-day life here.

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In London, the show goes on.

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“Macbeth” at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. A spokeswoman for the theater said Saturday’s performance was sold out.
“Macbeth” at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. A spokeswoman for the theater said Saturday’s performance was sold out.Credit…Ellie Kurttz
On Broadway, theater doors are shut. In Milan, the Teatro alla Scala opera house is silent. In Paris, theaters including the storied Comédie-Française announced on Friday they were closing down too.

Across the United States and across Europe, theaters and other cultural venues have drawn the curtains as authorities try to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

But on Friday afternoon, inside the National Theater in London, the show was going on. Dozens of people milled around in the foyer of the concrete building on the south bank of the river Thames, many of them with a drink in hand. They were about to go in and see “The Seven Streams of the River Ota,” Robert Lepage’s seven-hour saga about the repercussions of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Tasha Kitcher, 22, said she wasn’t worried about sitting next to a stranger for such a long time. “We’re British,” she said, “so it’s, like, whatever.”

A RELAXED APPROACH Read more about London theaters and how they are carrying on.
A silver lining: Social isolation reduces carbon emissions.

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Cyclists crossing the Brooklyn Bridge. Some New York commuters are seeking alternatives to the subway.
Cyclists crossing the Brooklyn Bridge. Some New York commuters are seeking alternatives to the subway.Credit…Kevin Hagen for The New York Times
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Can social isolation help reduce the production of greenhouse gases and end up having unexpected consequences for climate change?

“Any time you can avoid getting on a plane, getting in a car or eating animal products, that’s a substantial climate savings,” said Kimberly Nicholas, a researcher at the Lund University Center for Sustainability Studies in Sweden.

Many people trying to avoid the coronavirus are already two-thirds of the way there.

“For average Americans, the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions is driving,” Dr. Nicholas said. Anything that reduces driving, including working from home, “has a big impact on our climate pollution.”

Avoiding air travel can have a large effect as well: One round-trip flight from New York to London, she said, produces as much greenhouse gas emissions as the preventive climate impact of nearly eight years of recycling.

THE CLIMATE EFFECTRead how some steps may reduce your carbon footprint.
Reporting was contributed by Emily Cochrane, Damien Cave, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Keith Bradsher, Liz Alderman, Alex Marshall and John Schwartz.

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The Coronavirus Outbreak
Answers to your most common questions:
Updated March 13, 2020

What is a coronavirus?
It is a novel virus named for the crownlike spikes that protrude from its surface. The coronavirus can infect both animals and people and can cause a range of respiratory illnesses from the common cold to lung lesions and pneumonia.
How contagious is the virus?
It seems to spread very easily from person to person, especially in homes, hospitals and other confined spaces. The pathogen can travel through the air, enveloped in tiny respiratory droplets that are produced when a sick person breathes, talks, coughs or sneezes.
Where has the virus spread?
The virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has sickened more than 142,100 in at least 113 countries and more than 5,300 have died. The spread has slowed in China but is gaining speed in Europe and the United States. World Health Organization officials said the outbreak qualifies as a pandemic.
What symptoms should I look out for?
Symptoms, which can take between two to 14 days to appear, include fever, a dry cough, fatigue and difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. Milder cases may resemble the flu or a bad cold, but people may be able to pass on the virus even before they develop symptoms.
How do I keep myself and others safe?
Washing your hands frequently is the most important thing you can do, along with staying at home when you’re sick and avoiding touching your face.
How can I prepare for a possible outbreak?
Keep a 30-day supply of essential medicines. Get a flu shot. Have essential household items on hand. Have a support system in place for elderly family members.
What if I’m traveling?
The State Department has issued a global Level 3 health advisory telling United States citizens to “reconsider travel” to all countries because of the worldwide effects of the coronavirus. This is the department’s second-highest advisory.
How long will it take to develop a treatment or vaccine?
Several drugs are being tested, and some initial findings are expected soon. A vaccine to stop the spread is still at least a year away.
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