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NCAA cancels March Madness because of coronavirus; states begin to close all schools

As the coronavirus continues to spread, phrases like “quarantine,” “isolation” and “social distancing” are making news. Here are the key differences of each. (Video: The Washington Post)
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It was a day of cancellations and closures as the coronavirus spread to more states in the United States, as the number of cases passed 1,600.

Disneyland and Walt Disney World are closing. Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico and Ohio announced statewide school closures to slow the rate of infections. And the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced it is indefinitely suspending all public gatherings, including worship services, worldwide.

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In sports, major announcements have poured out over the past 24 hours. The NCAA basketball tournaments are off. The National Hockey League and Major League Soccer suspended their seasons, following the National Basketball Association’s lead. Major League Baseball canceled the rest of spring training and postponed Opening Day by at least two weeks.

Here are some other significant developments:

  • A Brazilian official who met President Trump and Vice President Pence at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday has tested positive for coronavirus, though Trump said Thursday he “isn’t concerned.” The White House later said “exposures from the case are being assessed,” but that Trump and Pence “do not require being tested at this time.”
  • Upheaval persisted in global markets, as fears of a worldwide recession mounted.
  • Trump’s order restricting travel from Europe for 30 days over the coronavirus outbreak left many European officials blindsided. In a blunt statement, the European Union expressed exasperation.
  • The White House, U.S. Capitol and Pentagon have closed to tours. All Smithsonian museums in New York City and the Washington, D.C. area, including the National Zoo, will temporarily close to the public starting on Saturday.
  • Sophie Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister, said she tested positive for the virus as her husband said he is self-isolating. Tom Hanks became the first American celebrity to publicly announce a coronavirus diagnosis.

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