5 things to know for March 26: Coronavirus, economy, Dems, cruise, Great Barrier Reef

Dr. Anthony Fauci tells CNN's Chris Cuomo how he's able to stay "cautiously optimistic" while dealing with the global coronavirus pandemic, adding that he expects the world will see the virus again.

Posted: Mar 26, 2020 4:51 PM
Updated: Mar 26, 2020 4:51 PM

The Department of Justice isn't messing around. If for some reason you try to spread the coronavirus intentionally, you could be charged with terrorism.

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1. Coronavirus 

The number of coronavirus cases is closing in on half a million worldwide. More than 472,000 have been sickened and 21,000 have died from the virus, and the areas most deeply in crisis keep shifting. Spain now has more coronavirus deaths than China, second only to Italy. Japan and New Zealand have recorded their largest single-day spikes in diagnoses. Coronavirus has also reached the UK's royal family, which announced that 71-year-old Prince Charles, next in line to the throne, has tested positive. In the US, an epidemiologist says virus deaths could reach their peak in three weeks. The American epicenter of the outbreak is New York City, where the number cases is doubling about every three days. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has ordered a 60-day freeze on all troop movements overseas to prevent the spread of the virus. Follow the latest updates here. 

2. Economy 

The Senate has approved the massive $2 trillion stimulus package ... so now what? The House is due to vote on it Friday before it reaches the President's desk. Since several House members have tested positive for coronavirus, leading lawmakers are pushing for a voice vote, which would avoid forcing all members to return to Washington for a roll call vote. Though several Democrats have issues with the bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has urged critics to recognize the good in the bill to get it passed. What's actually in the package? Yes, there are stimulus checks, amounting to $1,200 per individual but varying by income and family situation. Student loan payments would be suspended through September. The airline industry would get billions in support, as would hospitals. The arts would get a little help too, with $100 million in relief. Not included in the package: money for Trump's southern border wall.

3. Election 2020

The Democrats are in a weird spot right now. With front-runner Joe Biden off the campaign trail and sequestered in his Delaware home, Democratic super PACs are filling the void when it comes to public criticism of President Trump and his coronavirus response. Groups are spending millions to whip up ads nailing the President for his handling of the pandemic. But while the crisis could be the defining issue of the election -- and Trump's presidency so far -- some experts fear attacking him on his response could be a gamble, since the situation still holds so much fear and uncertainty for Americans.

4. Norwegian Cruise Line

Florida's attorney general's office is investigating claims that Norwegian Cruise Line downplayed and dismissed coronavirus risks when communicating with customers. According to a Miami New Times story based on leaked internal emails, Norwegian provided its sales force with inaccurate or misleading one-liners, like, "The only thing you need to worry about for your cruise is do you have enough sunscreen." Norwegian told the newspaper it's "committed to operating with integrity" and is looking into the matter. Norwegian is among more than 50 cruise lines that have suspended operations to and from US ports because of the coronavirus pandemic. There are still dozens of cruise ships adrift at sea with no place to disembark amid the crisis. A Holland America ship with at least 77 sick passengers is expected to dock in Florida next week.

5. Great Barrier Reef 

Australia's Great Barrier Reef likely experienced its most widespread bleaching event on record, which could be a devastating blow to the already at-risk marine site. Bleaching happens when coral -- which are living things -- expel the algae that live in them as a stress response to warmer water. This greatly damages and often kills the coral over time. Scientists say the rapid warming of the planet and its oceans are to blame for these events. This marks the third mass bleaching event on the reef in just the last five years, and the last two ended up killing about half the reef's coral. The organisms can survive, if water temperatures go back down. Since this likely won't happen, scientists are greatly concerned for the reef's future.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

The National Cathedral donates 5,000 masks kept in its crypt for 10 years 

Why were there masks in the crypt?! There's a really good, kinda obvious, non-hoarding-related answer.

Obsessing over celebrity home interiors is the new fun TV thing to do

After all, everyone's home. Might as well critique their decor. 

Waffle House closes 420 stores amid the coronavirus pandemic 

Do you know how hard it is to close a Waffle House?!

Human teeth can contain a long record of life events 

And a short record of what you had for breakfast this morning.

Bindi Irwin got married in a private, secret zoo wedding

She's the daughter of the late conservationist Steve Irwin. And is there any phrase more legitimately romantic than "private, secret zoo wedding?"

WHAT'S FOR LUNCH

Eat your fruits and veggies 

There are some ways you can adjust your diet to keep your immune system as hale and hearty as possible  And yes, they all involve more produce.

TODAY'S NUMBER

1,000% 

That's how much ammunition sales in Colorado have risen over the past month, according to Ammo.com. Around the country, people seem to be stockpiling guns and ammo alongside their toilet paper in response to coronavirus restrictions, the data show.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"Just one more year to get better."

American Olympic swimming gold medalist Lilly King, one of the many Olympic athletes who responded with guarded optimism to the postponement of the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.

TODAY'S WEATHER

AND FINALLY

The art of Turkish water marbling

You know what will make your mind feel a little less heavy? Creating something. Write a few lines in a journal, pick up a favorite craft, cook something or just sketch a little bird today. Your brain needs it. You could also do some intricate Turkish water marbling, but hey, we all have our limits. (Click here to view.)

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 666516

Reported Deaths: 12726
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion912711659
Lake48687890
Allen36102644
Hamilton32445398
St. Joseph30306514
Elkhart25510420
Vanderburgh21326382
Tippecanoe20220205
Johnson16466363
Porter16068281
Hendricks15944302
Clark12060182
Madison11799323
Vigo11685234
Monroe10419164
Delaware9891179
LaPorte9831199
Howard9112201
Kosciusko8597111
Bartholomew7522147
Hancock7462134
Warrick7451153
Floyd7263173
Wayne6661192
Grant6462158
Boone616691
Morgan6129128
Dubois5936112
Dearborn551270
Cass5485100
Marshall5451105
Henry542995
Noble513178
Jackson465567
Shelby463391
Lawrence4195113
Gibson405185
Harrison403265
Clinton397553
Montgomery391684
DeKalb387478
Miami358263
Knox357885
Whitley351238
Huntington349477
Steuben340055
Putnam333960
Wabash333176
Ripley327962
Adams325449
Jasper319143
White298152
Jefferson296274
Daviess285996
Fayette272756
Decatur271688
Greene262680
Posey261432
Wells259075
Scott251850
LaGrange242470
Clay241644
Randolph226077
Spencer219430
Jennings216744
Washington213027
Sullivan203739
Fountain202842
Starke189951
Owen183654
Fulton179737
Jay178728
Carroll176919
Perry174036
Orange171451
Rush165622
Vermillion161543
Franklin159935
Tipton149541
Parke140216
Pike128533
Blackford120627
Pulaski107644
Newton96832
Brown95340
Benton92413
Crawford92213
Martin80314
Warren75914
Switzerland7558
Union67510
Ohio54211
Unassigned0427

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 977736

Reported Deaths: 17501
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1129551251
Cuyahoga968561881
Hamilton738821067
Montgomery47506923
Summit40668831
Butler35827531
Lucas35779720
Stark29581826
Warren22574275
Lorain22190424
Mahoning19578551
Lake18545332
Clermont18519205
Delaware16597121
Licking15089194
Fairfield14644188
Trumbull14423424
Greene13659221
Medina13517237
Clark12376256
Wood11656170
Portage11127172
Allen10820216
Richland10372188
Miami10059194
Muskingum8238117
Columbiana8168210
Pickaway8094111
Tuscarawas8075232
Marion8020127
Wayne7933199
Erie6961146
Ross6173132
Geauga6114142
Hancock6030121
Scioto600488
Ashtabula5998154
Lawrence527586
Union516341
Darke5052116
Belmont4999137
Huron4859108
Jefferson4836137
Sandusky4798112
Washington474396
Seneca4734111
Athens466149
Mercer459781
Auglaize456582
Shelby442679
Knox4054105
Putnam400593
Madison395455
Fulton383161
Ashland382683
Brown374852
Defiance373788
Crawford360098
Logan357373
Preble353987
Clinton342455
Highland328451
Ottawa325371
Williams303568
Jackson291846
Champaign290949
Guernsey288845
Perry271148
Fayette269943
Morrow261437
Henry247861
Hardin247359
Holmes244497
Coshocton240756
Van Wert230157
Gallia223938
Adams218239
Pike217228
Wyandot212450
Hocking195054
Carroll182143
Paulding161034
Meigs136031
Noble129233
Monroe117237
Morgan102120
Harrison100731
Vinton76613
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