Italy imposes nationwide travel restrictions to contain coronavirus, placing millions more on lockdown

Breaking update: Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte says travel restrictions and other strict public health measures will be imposed nationwide starting Tuesday to try to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. Conte said Monday night that a new government decree will require people throughout the country of 60 million people to demonstrate a need to work, health conditions or other limited reasons to travel outside the areas where they live. The restrictions will take effect on Tuesday and, like those already in place in northern Italy, will last until April 3., he said. “There won’t be just a red zone,” Conte told reporters referring to the quarantine order he signed for a vast swath of northern Italy with a population of 16 million over the weekend. “There will be Italy” as a protected area, he said. The nationwide decree also extends school closures in Italy until April 3. Schools in the center and south of Italy that were closed because of the virus had been slated to reopen on March 16. Italy registered 1,807 more confirmed cases as of Monday evening, for a national total…

Led Zeppelin did not steal ‘Stairway to Heaven’ riff from Spirit, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules

A federal appeals court on Monday restored a jury verdict that found Led Zeppelin did not steal “Stairway to Heaven.” The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco handed the major win to guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant and dealt a blow to the estate of Randy Wolfe of the band Spirit. The estate claimed that the 1971 mega-hit “Stairway to Heaven” violated the copyright of the 1968 song “Taurus.” A majority of an 11-judge panel overturned a previous ruling that the jury in the 2016 trial should have heard the recording of “Taurus” and was given poor instructions before jurors found in favor of Page and Plant. The composition of the two songs, not their recordings, were at issue in the case, but the plaintiffs had sought to play the two recordings for jurors as part of their argument that Page had access to the song “Taurus” as required to prove a copyright violation. The attorney for the estate, Francis Malofiy, said that Led Zeppelin prevailed because of technicalities and judges’ misunderstanding of copyright law with their insistence that sheet-music…

Project Boon, Inland Valley Recovery Services host free Easter event for local families

Spring is approaching, which means Easter will be here soon. For many people, Easter is a time for celebration with family. However, some underserved families in San Bernardino County are able to provide very little to celebrate the holiday. With the hope of giving these families an Easter to remember, Project Boon is partnering with Inland Valley Recovery Services (IVRS) once again for their annual FREE Easter event. Project Boon and IVRS partner to support underserved communities and those in recovery by providing a holiday meal, health services, The Easter Bunny, and Easter baskets. The Annual Easter Event will be on Wednesday March 25, 2020 from 12:00pm-4:00pm at IVRS, located at 939 North D St, San Bernardino, CA 92410. During the event, over 800 residents from local underserved communities will come together for a warm meal, needed resources, and Easter fun! The day includes: A hot meal Health and resource vendors Clothing for men, women, and children An opportunity for a photo with The Easter Bunny Easter basket and egg hunt for children Raffle giveaways For families with transportation limitations, OnmiTrans will be providing all…

3 more coronavirus cases in Coachella Valley; community spread suspected for earlier case

Three people in the Coachella Valley have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, in addition to the case announced over the weekend, Riverside health officials said Monday, March 9. Two of the individuals have been isolated at home, while the third is being cared for at a Coachella Valley hospital, Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County public health officer, said in a news release. Health investigators think the three new infections resulted either from travel into areas where COVID-19 has been confirmed or from contact with a known case, Kaiser said in the release. The announcement comes after Kaiser reported late Saturday that a Riverside County resident acquired coronavirus and is under under treatment at Eisenhower Health in Rancho Mirage. Public health officials said they have not been able to determine how that individual was infected. That means the case is considered “community spread.” Community spread — the transmission of an illness where there isn’t a known source such as recent travel or contact with a known case — suggests that COVID-19 is present in the community, Kaiser said. Kaiser said he is recommending those in…

Murrieta Valley High cleaned; coronavirus test results due in days

Custodians and groundskeepers have finished cleaning and disinfecting Murrieta Valley High School, which is closed Monday, March 9, while a school employee is being tested for coronavirus infection, a district spokeswoman said. Monica Gutierrez, spokeswoman for the Murrieta Valley Unified School District, said the high school will remain closed until test results return “out of an abundance of caution.” Test results are expected by Wednesday or Thursday, said Jose Arballo Jr., a spokesman for the Riverside County health department. The school district referred questions about what the employee does for the school to county health officials. Arballo said he could not say whether the employee was a teacher. Murrieta Valley High School, seen Monday, March 9, 2020, was cleaned over the weekend after an employee was tested for the coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Foulk, Contributing Photographer) A car drives past Murrieta Valley High School on Monday, March 9, 2020. The school was closed after an employee was tested for the coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Foulk, Contributing Photographer) Murrieta Valley High School, was closed Monday, March 9, 2020, after workers scrubbed the campus after an employee…

Coronavirus concerns, rain predictions cancel Redlands’ Craft Beer and Wine Tasting Festival

The fifth annual Craft Beer and Wine Tasting Festival that was scheduled for Friday, March 13, at the Esri Cafe in Redlands, has been canceled. The event, sponsored by Gerrards Market, was to be a fundraiser for Family Service Association of Redlands. Family Service has canceled the festival out of an abundance of caution concerning the new coronavirus and because of predictions of rain, according to a press release from Family Service Association. Those who have tickets may get refunds at Gerrards Market, 705 W. Cypress Ave., Redlands, or at other Redlands businesses where they bought the tickets. Those who bought tickets online may call Family Service Association of Redlands at 909-793-2673 to ask for refunds. For information, go to

So Say We All: New season of Incoming podcasts telling true veterans stories

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Incoming is launching its fifth season of true stories by American veterans and their family members that helps bridge the military-civilian divide by introducing civilians to the individuals that make up our armed forces. Executive director and host of So Say We All, Justin Hudnall, and Army veteran and contributing storyteller, Ashli Taylor, joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the podcast. For more information click here. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, In Studio Guests

Coronavirus death toll in United States climbs to 26

(AP) – Officials in the United States are reporting four more deaths of people infected with the new coronavirus, bringing the total in the country to 26, most of them in Washington state. Health officials in Washington on Monday reported three more coronavirus deaths, all residents of a Seattle-area nursing home that has been racked by COVID-19. Washington state has now at least 22 deaths linked to the coronavirus. Authorities say 19 of those are associated with the Life Care Center of Kirkland. In California, officials reported the second COVID-19 death in the state after a Santa Clara County woman in her 60s died Monday. The other two U.S. virus-related deaths took place in Florida. The virus has infected at least 600 people in the U.S. Categories: California News, Health, National & International News

High school coach starts nonprofit to create student scholarships

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The head football coach for San Diego High School recently started a nonprofit to help young students in San Diego. The Charles James Education Foundation aims to year raise funds to scholarship 4 students $1500 scholarships toward Tuition books and room and board. That we will be awarding this year at the annual Charles James education foundation banquet June 11 2020. James said he started his Charles James Education Foundation to set a focus on not only helping athletes but helping all students achieve their goal of not only becoming a college student but helping the college student. “I started my nonprofit this year to not only help student athletes but to help all students reach their dream of becoming a college student,” said Charles James. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, In Studio Guests

SoCal Rep. Julia Brownley among 4 members of Congress to self-quarantine after possible coronavirus exposure

Two more members of Congress — including one who recently shook President Donald Trump’s hand and another who rode on Air Force One on Monday — have announced that they would self-quarantine after coming into contact with an individual who has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference. Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida are now the third and fourth congressmen to take the step, following the same announcements from Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona on Sunday. In separate development, Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley of California also announced that she would be “self-monitoring and maintaining social distancing practices” along with her Washington staff after interacting with an individual with the coronavirus last week. This brought the number of congressional lawmakers currently self-quarantining up to five as of Monday afternoon. Collins shook hands with Trump when the President visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta last week. Gaetz rode on Air Force Once with the President on Monday. Collins announced…

3 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Coachella Valley

There are now four people being treated for the novel coronavirus in Riverside County, public health officials said Monday. Officials believe three new cases announced Monday involve people who either traveled into “areas where COVID-19 has been confirmed” or came into contact with another known patient, Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the county’s public health office, said in a news release. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health released this infographic on Feb. 29, 2020 showing facts about the novel coronavirus, including how it spreads, its symptoms and what people can do to protect themselves. On Sunday, Kaiser confirmed the county’s first known case of community spread, and said that person is being treated at Eisenhower Health in Rancho Mirage. A countywide public health emergency was subsequently declared. Later on Sunday, the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament set to kick off Monday in Indian Wells was canceled by organizers. The move has many speculating whether the massive Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival — scheduled across two weekends in April — will be able to go ahead as scheduled. However, health officials on Monday told the Desert Sun…

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