Coronavirus live updates: Travel restrictions create airport chaos, Walmart cuts hours, curfew in Hoboken

The race to get home was in full swing Sunday for Americans abroad amid a national state of emergency and U.S. travel bans that fueled long lines at entry points for some major airports.

The weekend brought more vitally important news on the coronavirus front: President Trump tested negative for the virus and the U.S. expanded its European travel ban to include the United Kingdom and Ireland. Stores and supermarkets curbed hours or shut down all together. Cities and states tightened restrictions.

Almost 3,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the U.S., with a death toll of more than 50. Globally, more than 150,000 cases and almost 6,000 deaths have been reported.

In Hoboken, New Jersey, the mayor has enacted a curfew and ordered restaurants to shut their dining rooms. Walmarts and many grocery stores are limiting their hours. Nike and Urban Outfitters are closing their stores worldwide.

Refresh this page for the latest updates on coronavirus. Here are some significant things to know:

Long lines greet Americans returning from abroad

Long lines greeted airline passengers awaiting medical screenings as the impact of U.S. travel bans took their toll on the nation’s airports. Some passengers waited up to four hours at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, a situation Gov. J.B. Pritzker described as “unacceptable.”

“@realDonaldTrump and @VP, since this is the only communication medium you pay attention to—you need to do something NOW,” Pritzker tweeted. “These crowds are waiting to get through customs which is under federal jurisdiction.”

Department of Homeland Security’s acting secretary said the screenings take about a minute per passenger, and that efforts were being made to increase capacity. Chad Wolf tweeted: “I understand this is very stressful. In these unprecedented times, we ask for your patience.”

Fauci: US should brace to ‘hunker down’ even more

A top official in the coronavirus response says the U.S. should be prepared “to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on NBC’s “Meet The Press” that it is not clear whether the spread of the virus has been blunted.

Asked if he would prefer something like a 14-day national shutdown, Fauci told NBC: “You know, I would prefer as much as we possibly could. I think we should really be overly aggressive and get criticized for overreacting.”

Fauci, making the Sunday talk show rounds, told ABC’s “This Week” that domestic travel restrictions have not been seriously considered by the federal task force – yet.

“I do not see that right now in the immediate future,” Faucie said. “But, remember, we are very open minded about whatever it takes to preserve the health of the American public.”

— David Jackson

Military restrictions slam brakes on moves for thousands of families

The Pentagon has issued new travel restrictions forcing thousands of  service members and their families to cancel trips and delay scheduled moves to installations across the nation. The restrictions, which also apply to civilians who work for the Defense Department, halt all change-of-station moves. Spring is usually the busiest time of year for the moves, and the restrictions take effect Monday through May 11 – at least. Some families have signed leases at new locations they now can’t go.

Troops also will be able to travel only locally during their leaves under the restrictions.

Lt. Col. Mike Burns, a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, said division officials are aware of the restrictions’ consequences. “We’re doing everything we can to help any soldier affected by this new change in policy,” he said.

– Steve DeVane, The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer

Walmart cuts hours at 24-hour stores, some other locations starting Sunday 

Walmart stores normally open 24 hours will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice, the company said late Saturday. Other stores, which are typically open until midnight, will also have reduced hours.

“This will help ensure associates are able to stock the products our customers are looking for and to perform cleaning and sanitizing,” Dacona Smith, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Walmart U.S., wrote in a blog post.

Grocery store chains including Florida-based Publix, New York-based Wegmans and H-E-B are among retailers closing earlier. Urban Outfitters is among retailers closing all of its stores globally because of the coronavirus. Apple announced it will close all its retail stores outside Greater China until March 27. Changes at more regional and national retailers are expected in the coming days.

– Kelly Tyko

How late is your store open?:Coronavirus cuts store hours at Walmart, Publix, Kroger, H-E-B, and more

In Hoboken, New Jersey: A curfew, and no going out to eat

Mayor Ravinder Bhalla tweeted that due to concerns over the coronavirus, bars and restaurants would no longer be permitted to serve food in their dining rooms. These businesses will only be allowed to offer food takeout and delivery services.

Hoboken bars that do not serve food are to shut down by 11 a.m. Sunday, March 15. They are no longer permitted to serve alcohol, the mayor said.

Bhalla did not give an end date for the new policy. The city also is imposing a curfew that will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily as of Monday, March 16, until further notice, requiring residents to remain in their homes outside of emergencies or being required to work.

– Debbie Waldeyer, Bergen Record

US hospitals will run out of beds if coronavirus cases spike

No state in the U.S. will have enough room to treat novel coronavirus patients if the surge in severe cases here mirrors that in other countries. 

A USA TODAY analysis shows that if the nation sees a major spike, there could be almost six seriously ill patients for every existing hospital bed. 

That analysis, based on data from the American Hospital Association, U.S. Census, CDC and World Health Organization, is conservative. For example, it assumes all 790,000 beds will be empty.

Since two thirds are not, the reality could be far worse: about 17 people competing for each open bed.

Read USA TODAY’s full analysis here.

– Jayme Fraser and Matt Wynn

Map: Which states have coronavirus cases?

There have been almost 3,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S., with amore than 50 deaths, according to a dashboard run by Johns Hopkins University. The majority of the deaths have been in Washington state, while California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, New Jersey and South Dakota have all reported deaths. 

Here’s a look at which U.S. states have reported cases of COVID-19:

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