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♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: breaking news tonight, america shuts down. a new reality sets in with the coronavirus crisis. the national guard moving in, handing out food and cleaning public spaces as more schools and businesses close. america's top infectious disease doctor calling the slow testing a failing system. financial free-fall. on wall street, the dow plunges more than 2,300 points, a 10% drop, the worst since the crash of '87. tonight the questions: are we heading into a recession? game over. college basketball's march madness canceled as professional and college sports teams delay or end their seasons. plus disneyland closing on
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saturday, even the neon lights of broadway going dark. travel ban chaos. confusion at airports as the president shuts down flights from europe. americans now scrambling to get home. plus what happens on board one flight when a passenger learns he's tested positive. anyone can be affected. hollywood superstar tom hanks and his wife rita wilson reveal they have the virus, one of america's most beloved stars and the underlying condition that makes his case more dangerous. and serving with purpose. a one-of-a-kind café giving a chance to children often forgotten by others. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'd this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening and thank you for joining us. as we come on the air tonight, life here in america is changing.
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we want to provide you depth and understanding during this pandemic. the full scope of the coronavirus outbreak is coming into focus, and it is a bleak picture. schools in entire cities and states have been ordered closed, including in ohio and maryland and in the cities of atlanta and san francisco. millions of students will now have to stay home, and wall street had its worst day since the 1987 crash. nearly all major sporting events have also been called off, including march madness. and tonight the death toll in the u.s. now tops 40. more than 1,500 cases have been confirmed in nearly every state and washington, d.c. and then new york city, which is home to more than eight million people, just declared a state of emergency. meg oliver leads off our coverage just north of there in new rochelle where one of the largest virus clusters is located, and meg, i know you have been reporting there for several days. what changed today? >> reporter: a lot changed today. the national guard moved in to
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try and contain the outbreak here in new rochelle with large gatherings banned, schools and houses of worship closed. it seems eerily quiet, an image that soon could become reality for more towns across america. tonight america is shutting down as cancellations multiply across a wide swath of the country. professional hockey, soccer, and baseball stopped operations, joining the n.b.a. which suspended its season after a player was confirmed to have the virus. cruise lines princess and viking are canceling upcoming sailings. broadway is going dark through mid-april, and disneyland parks in california will close for the month. hundreds of thousands of students are out of school and more soon will be. all public schools in the state of maryland and ohio will shut down next week. it's even a new world getting groceries. this is the line outside a costco near los angeles. and dr. anthony fauci of the
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n.i.h. says we're even failing toget people properly tested. >> the idea of anybody getting it easily the way people in other countries are doing it, we're not set up for that. do i think we should be? yes, but we're not. >> reporter: so far only 11,000 tests have been done in this country while south korea is california00 a day. the entire state of california has just 8,000 tests for nearly 40 million people. some don't even work. >> the tests are not complete. >> reporter: one person who did get tested took a jetblue flight to palm beach international. flight attendants found out during the descent that the passenger learned he had tested positive. here in new rochelle, the epicenter of the state's outbreak, a one-mile containment zone went into effect today, leading to empty streets. the national guard is helping clean public spaces and deliver food to hundreds of families. the containment area here will
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last until march 25th. now, governors in florida, rhode island, and washington have also called in the national guard for help. all right, meg. thank yo >> o'donnell: all right, meg. thank you. and now to wall street, which had not experienced a sell-off like this in nearly 33 years. the dow plummeted, losing 2,300 points. that's nearly 10%. the s&p 500 fell 9.5%. the nasdaq about the same. jill schlesinger tonight on a brutal day for investors. >> reporter: the anxiety was on traders' faces all day, triggered by investor fear that the government has not done enough. the latest slide began last night after the president's address to the nation. futures plummeted and the fall continued through the opening bell. stocks dropped by more than 7%, forcing a 15-minute halt in trading for the second time this week. >> today is definitely the worst day we've seen. >> reporter: without details of a recovery plan from washington,
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traders bailed. hardest hit: energy companies, airlines, and cruise operators like carnival, which was down more than 30% today. the federal reserve tried to blunt the pressure by announcing more than $1.5 trillion in funding to help businesses operate smoothly. >> the economy by a technical measure will just barely skirt recession, so we'll avoid it, but over the next four to six months, it is sure going to feel like a recession. >> reporter: it has been a staggering three weeks. the dow going from a record high in february to a bear market in just 19 days. that is the fastest slide since 1931, norah. >> o'donnell: that is extraordinary. jill, thank you. and now to the unprecedented shutdown of virtually all professional and college sports in this country. the virus had already scared
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many fans away from arenas and stadiums before the leagues and players' associations pulled the plug today. dana jacobson joins us now from new york city's madison square garden. dana? >> reporter: norah, sports is often an escape, but that is no longer the case. the real world collided with the sports word, and in less than 24 hours, athletic competition around the country came to an unprecedented halt. >> with the coronavirus, we don't know entirely what that means for the future. >> reporter: an extraordinary day as the dominoes began falling early. first the conference tournament. >> we believe that it's the right decision to make. r march madness, college basketball's premier event canceled, along with all other n.c.a.a. winter and spring championships. a second n.b.a. player with the coronavirus diagnosed today. donovan mitchell, a teammate of utah jz center ry gobert,
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whose positive test led to the suspension of the n.b.a. season lat night just days after he'd made light of the n.b.a.'s social distancing policy. and on a day like no other, while games were being played, major league baseball announced it is canceling the rest of spring training and delaying the start of the regular season. >> i'm going to go enjoy the game. this might be the last one for a while. >> reporter: the national hockey league has suspended its season, as has major league soccer. the p.g.a. will play without fans. most in the sports world agree, this had to be done. >> reporter: this is not a basketball issue. it's not an n.b.a. issue. it's not a march madness issue. this is a united states-- this is a global issue. >> reporter: this would have been the 82nd year of the n.c.a.a. tournament, which had never been disrupted until now. that includes games being played during world war ii, norah, which was the last time we saw this type of mass sports cancellation. >> o'donnell: so much it's hard to believe, dana. thank you. president trump's ban on some travel from europe announced in
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wednesday night's oval office address has led to confusion from u.s. carriers, a backlash from u.s. allies and panic at european airports. kris van cleave is standing by at reagan national airport outside washington. and kris, so many people are wondering, how are these restrictions going to work? >> reporter: well, norah, we're all going to find out late tomorrow night when they go into effect, but these new restrictions caught a lot of people by surprise, including european leaders, and americans traveling overseas. and there was confusion, because at least initially it wasn't exactly clear what action the white house was taking. crowds and chaos at european airports as americans fear being stranded abroad, and this startling image from paris, a couple wearing industrial masks with a sea of fellow passengers around them. >> definitely been like a lot of uncertainty, which has caused a lot of panic. >> reporter: panic after the president said this last night.
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>> we will be suspending all travel from europe to the united states for the next 30 days. >> reporter: but not exactly. the regulations only apply to non-u.s. citizens who have traveled to 26 european countries in the last 14 days. that's most of europe. the united kingdom is exempt, and americans can continue european travel, but they will be screened upon returning and asked to self-quarantine for two weeks. president trump shrugged off the backlash from european leaders. >> we get along very well with european leaders, but we had to make a decision and i didn't want to take time. >> reporter: cbs news national security analyst fran townsend. >> travel bans are most effective before there is a widespread infection rate inside the borders of the country. and so this sort of travel restriction would have been most effective earlier on, but it's not meaningless. >> reporter: the state department is now urging all americans to reconsider any
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travel abroad, and the president was asked about the possibility of domestic flight restrictions here in the u.s. he said that's not something they have talked about yet, but he didn't rule it out, norah. >> o'donnell: all right, kris. thank you. the president also said he could invoke emergency powers to deal with the crisis, and there is new information suggesting the president himself may have been exposed to the virus last weekend at mar-a-lago. weijia jiang joins us now from the white house. first, weijia, how is the administration responding to some of that criticism that the president's address led to more confusion than clarity? >> reporter: well, norah, one white house official defended president trump, saying he provided straightforward and strong leadership, but a white house adviser says the speech was just okay and described it to cbs news as lacking information and inspiration. >> it's an honor to be with... >> reporter: from the oval office today, president trump claimed the u.s. has a grip on the coronavirus. >> it's just a question of time, and i think it will go pretty quickly.
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>> reporter: but democrats pounced on the president's prime time address. >> the president's speech fell far short of what americans needed to hear. the speech was almost robotic, lacking any empathy. >> reporter: mr. trump did not offer details abouhis administration is containing the virus in the u.s. even some republicans have expressed frustration over the lack of testing. >> no one is satisfied with where we are right now. >> he's doing a fantastic job. >> reporter: the bipartisan criticism comes as president trump may once again have been exposed to the virus himself. this video shows mr. trump last weekend at mar-a-lago next to a man who has since tested positive for the virus. he is the press secretary for brazil's president, who has also been given a test for covid-19. the white house insists mr. trump does not need one. >> let's put it this way, i'm not concerned. >> reporter: but president trump said he is considering declaring a national emergency under the stafford act, which would free
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up more federal resources. >> if i need to do something, i'll do it. >> reporter: the race to control the coronavirus led senate majority leader mitch mcconnell to cancel next week's recess as democratic lawmakers and the administration try to work out an emergency aid package. norah? >> o'donnell: weijia, thank you. we want to bring in dr. anthony fauci. he's the country's top expert on infectious diseases and has served as scientific adviser for every president since ronald reagan. dr. fauci, good to see you. thank you for joining us. >> good to be with you. >> o'donnell: i want to ask you about what you said today before congress, that our system is failing. how so? >> what i was referring to at the hearing was that the system of testing was originally designed for a doctor-patient type of interaction where you go into a doctor's office or a clinic with symptoms and the reason you want a test is either you've been exposed or you have symptoms.
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that goes to a public health laboratory that the c.d.c. made the test for. it works very well for that, but what it doesn't work for is if you want to do broad, blanket type of screening to answer the question that so many people are asking, how many people in this country are infected? that system now is going to be up and running i would imagine really quite soon, probably in a week. >> o'donnell: will that be too late? >> no, i don't think there's things like "too late." but what we can do right now is what we call both containment and mitigation. those are the things you do to stop spread. so therefore i don't like to say it's too late. it's certainly not too late. >> o'donnell: we had a viewer write in that her sister has a low-grade fever, she has a cough, but the doctor won't test her for coronavirus because she doesn't meet the "government standards." what are the standards and why can't she get a test? >> well, i must tell you, noraha
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misunderstanding of what the standards are. the standards used to be more stringent, they are much more relaxed right now. >> o'donnell: are you sure that message is getting to doctors? >> well, obviously it may not be because you're giving me an example of how that message didn't get out. i think we need do a better job of getting that message out. hopefully my talking to you today will be going a step in that direction to get that message out. >> o'donnell: we know the symptoms of covid-19 are dry cough, fever, and shortness of breath. if someone has those symptoms, should they go to the emergency room? >> no. thank you for the question. they should stay home, call their healthcare provider, call their physician, or even call the emergency room and say, these are symptoms that i have had. i'm staying home. what can i do to get a test? and then you will get instructed about what the proper, safe way to do that. >> o'donnell: dr. fauci, america has changed so rapidly in the last week, when is life going to
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get back to normal? how long is this going to last? >> you know, norah, we don't know how long it lasts. if you look at what's happened in china, they went way up, and they're starting to come right down now. the korea curve is peaking. it's starting to kind of flatten out. so you usually measure in a matter of several weeks to a couple of months. >> o'donnell: dr. fauci, good luck with all your efforts and thank you so much for the information. >> good to be with you, norah. >> o'donnell: there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," a health update on tom hanks and his wife rita. they have coronavirus. and why people like them with underlying health conditions may be at an increased risk. and later, the coffee shop where hope is the first thing on the menu. s go to a commercial. nooooooo! not another commercial! when you bundle your home, auto and life insurance with allstate you could save 25%. in fact, the more you bundle the more you can save. put the other game on
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tonight carter evans has an update on their health. >> reporter: tom hanks seen here doing push-ups on the oscars red carpet confirms he and his wife rita wilson are now in isolation in australia. on twitter hanks said, "we felt a bit tired, like we had colds and some body aches." as a precaution, they were tested for the coronavirus and found to be positive. both are 63 with underlying medical conditions. wilson had breast cancer, and hanks has diabetes. >> both of those increase their susceptibility to significant effects of the virus. >> reporter: hanks is filming a movie in australia where tests are readily available. wilson recently performed at the sydney opera house. >> people who have come in close contact with tom hanks and rita wilson will now need to self- isolate and quarantine. >> reporter: hanks had mild symptoms, yet he was able to get tested right away. >> in certain countries, testing is not limited. they test everybody who has mild symptoms. i wish we were doing that here. >> reporter: why aren't we doing that here?
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>> o'donnell: with all that's going wrong these days, it's worth remembering there's a lot of good in the world. and they're serving it up at a café in dallas. here's mireya villarreal. here's mireya villarreal. >> hi. welcome in, guys. >> reporter: it's hard to imagine that this bubbly barista behind the counter at lala land kind cafe was struggling a year ago. what would have happened if you didn't work here? >> i would probably still be homeless. >> reporter: the dallas coffee shop has become a safe haven for foster kids. in texas alone, more than 1,200 youth aged out of the system last year. many end up on the streets. >> we're not in the business of coffee. we serve coffee. we're definitely in the business of kindness. >> reporter: lala land owner francois reihani created a program where foster youth work and learn how to make it in the real world. so far he's hired nine kids in the year they've been open. >> reporter: but that cuts into your profits. >> of course, but we have a duty to our society to help the ones
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in need. >> reporter: ciara morton was placed with a foster family after her father sexually abused her when she was 15. nearly five years later it's still difficult. >> i just try to push it behind me because it happened, and i just want to move forward. >> reporter: ciara says lala land is finally a place she can call home. the best part of working here? >> having people who believe in me. it lets me work after my goals and believe in myself. here you go, sir. >> reporter: mireya villarreal, cbs news, dallas. >> o'donnell: think about that, they're in the business of kindness. we'll be right back. dreamed of seeing the world... ...but i'm not chasing my dream anymore. i made a financial plan to live it...every day. ♪ at northwestern mutual,
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is spread very quickly in a school. let's take a couple weeks where we don't have school. schools out because of coronavirus. the bay area districts making tough choices. this march one event after another getting scrapped including the massive ncaa basketball tournament. the economic impact of this is incredible. hotels the hospitality industry. fans paying for tickets. they are at risk for possible exposure. a handful of firefighters testing positive for vis. dozens of their colleagues are quarantined. what it means for one of the biggest bay area fire departments. extreme measures bay area schools


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