TED CRUZ HAS VIRUS CONTACT — GOP REP, TOO Some Republican lawmakers said they will quarantine themselves after discovering they interacted with an individual at last month’s Conservative Political Action Conference who later tested positive for the coronavirus. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced his decision to self-quarantine, and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) followed, adding that three of his staff members will also quarantine themselves. [HuffPost]
WHITE HOUSE NIXED CDC VIRUS PLAN The White House overruled Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials who wanted to recommend that elderly and physically fragile Americans be advised not to fly on commercial airlines because of the new coronavirus. This comes amid mounting concerns over hospitals’ capacity to cope with an influx of patients, and the news that a cruise ship hit by the coronavirus is to dock in Oakland, California. [AP]
TRUMP ‘CAN’T BLUFF HIS WAY THROUGH CRISIS’ Trump is revealing how “deeply unsuited he is to deal with a genuine crisis that he can’t bluff his way through,” according to an editorial published Sunday in the Washington Examiner, a conservative political news site and weekly magazine that often has the president’s back. The Examiner has a serious problem with the president’s deceitful approach to the coronavirus threat. [HuffPost]
Italy to impose quarantine in multiple provinces as 133 die of coronavirus: here.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is leaving millions vulnerable to a coronavirus epidemic, as popular anxiety rises over the spread of the disease. The number of confirmed cases in the country has risen to 30, including a Gaziabad local who tested positive on Thursday, and 16 Italian visitors diagnosed on March 3. According to Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, 27,000 people have been placed under community surveillance so far: here.