A CPAC attendee infected with coronavirus attended multiple days of the conference on a gold-level VIP ticket as well as a Friday night Shabbat dinner associated with the event, according to people familiar with the situation.
The infected attendee was a CPAC regular who made a hobby of meeting high-profile conference speakers and taking photographs with them. His gold-level ticket gave him access to a private lounge directly outside the green room for speakers on the conference’s main stage.
As of early Monday evening, event organizers have contacted “just over a dozen” people who they have identified as having direct contact with the infected attendee, according to Ian Walters, spokesman for the American Conservative Union, which organizes the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
The ACU’s handling of the case has led to grumbling from some conferencegoers, who have complained of a two-tiered system: VIPs have been notified directly even to be told they did not interact with the infected man, while ordinary rank-and-file attendees have by and large been left to wonder, receiving only vaguer information in mass emails. Meanwhile, critics have noted the irony of prominent officials downplaying the outbreak even as the disease may silently have been spreading among the Trump administration’s own members and supporters.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and other health officials will testify March 11 about the U.S. response to the novel coronavirus. More than 1,000 cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed across the country, as health officials search for answers about how the virus spreads and the best ways to contain it.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo is also about to announce the closing of Broadway shows in New York city.
Theatre industry meetings were underway earlier and it’s now about to be official, Broadway theatre, the famous “Great White Way” of lights and razzle dazzle and world-leading drama and musicals, will go dark for several weeks.
New York’s Broadway theatres have become the latest mass entertainment venues to temporarily shut down for coronavirus.
State governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to suspend shows as part of new regulations to prevent public gatherings over 500 people. Carnegie Hall, one of New York’s premier concert venues, will also suspend performances through 31 March, and the Metropolitan Museum of New York will close indefinitely from 13 March.
The decision is a reversal of sorts for Broadway, which seemed to anticipate a financial hit from the virus but have kept tickets on sale. Trade group The Broadway League, who held an emergency closed-door meeting today, previously reassured customers in a statement that “We have significantly increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in all public and backstage areas beyond the standard daily schedule, and we have added alcohol-based sanitizer dispensers for public use in the lobby of every theatre. The League also discouraged anyone experiencing cold or flu symptoms from attending performances.
The press secretary of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for the coronavirus within days of interacting with President Donald Trump during a visit by his boss to Mar-a-Lago, according to reports Thursday.
Trump said he’s “not concerned” about his contact with the Brazilian spokesman, Fabio Wajngarten, at his Florida resort last weekend, and that he would not be tested for the disease.
But Bolsonaro has been tested for the virus, according to his son, Eduardo Bolsonaro. And two Republican senators who visited Mar-a-Lago over the weekend announced later Thursday that they would quarantine themselves as a precautionary measure.
Bolsonaro is showing no symptoms of the virus, his son tweeted. Neither of the senators, Rick Scott of Florida and South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, said that they are experiencing any symptoms.
President Donald Trump is likely to make an emergency declaration on Friday afternoon that would free up tens of billions of federal dollars to combat coronavirus, according to two people familiar with the decision.
Trump, who is under pressure to take more decisive action as the virus begins altering everyday life for nearly every American, announced on Friday morning he would convene a news conference to discuss coronavirus at 3 p.m. ET. On Thursday, CNN reported that Trump had decided to make the declaration but that it was still undergoing legal review at the White House.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, spoke to Vice President Mike Pence Thursday and requested the Trump administration declare an emergency to provide vital assistance to states such as Washington on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis, a Washington state official told CNN.
The official told CNN they are "hopeful that (Friday's) announcement will provide the kinds of assistance that the governor requested."
White House aides have been weighing the move for the past several days as a way to provide more resources for combating the coronavirus outbreak. Trump is also debating whether to support a legislative package to combat the outbreak negotiated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and his Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.