On Thursday afternoon, at 1pm ET, Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver an address on the coronavirus in Wilmington, Delaware. As WaPo’s Matt Viser pointed out, “Expect it, in many ways, to be different from the address just given from the Oval Office.”
Tom Hanks diagnosed
News from Trump’s speech was almost immediately overshadowed by news that Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson had been diagnosed with coronavirus. Deadline first broke the story, which was later confirmed by Hanks on Instagram. Hanks wrote that he and his wife were in Australia and started to feel “tired, like we had colds, and some body aches.” They received tests for the virus and were found to be positive.
“Well, now. What to do next?” Hanks rhetorically asked. “The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated.”
NBA suspends season
As Americans were digesting the stunning news about Hanks, there was another shocking development: the NBAannounced it will suspend its season after a player on the Utah Jazz tested positive for coronavirus. The NBA said the test result “was reported shortly prior to the tip-off” of the game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The NBA said when the game was canceled, the “affected player was not in the arena.” The NBA then further said it was “suspending game play” until “further notice.” The league added, “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
March Madness to be played in empty arenas
“The NCAA announced Wednesday that March Madness will go on as planned, but fans won’t be allowed to attend because of concerns over the coronavirus outbreak,” Theresa Waldrop and David Close reported for CNN Wednesday. “Only essential staff members and family members can attend, the NCAA said in its statement, which came just hours after the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, known as Covid-19, a pandemic.”