Virus update: Quarantines, event cancellations cause disruption worldwide

The escalating virus outbreak brought more disruption to the sporting world on Saturday, with games canceled or played without spectators and news of possible quarantine for some athletes.

The NBA wants its teams to prepare to play games without fans if necessary, but LeBron James already says he won’t play basketball in an empty arena.

Meanwhile, cruise ships hit by coronavirus outbreaks have quickly found themselves with no ports for thousands of passengers as countries on four continents have quarantined vessels or kept them at sea for days.

A ship with about 3,500 people aboard was sailing in circles off the coast of California on Saturday after 19 crew members and two passengers tested positive for the new virus. Originally bound for San Francisco, the Grand Princess might be sent instead to a non-commercial port, officials said.

Here’s a look at developments from the past 24 hours:

The death toll in the U.S. now stands at 19. Sixteen of the deaths occurred in Washington state. Two people have died in Florida and one has died in California.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging older adults and people with severe medical conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease to “stay home as much as possible” and avoid crowds to avoid contracting the coronavirus.The U.S. military’s European Command says an American sailor has tested positive for the coronavirus, the first U.S. service member in Europe to be infected.The number of people in France diagnosed with the new coronavirus jumped by 336 to 949 on Saturday. That’s the biggest daily increase France has recorded.Italy has seen its biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases since the outbreak broke out in the north of the country on Feb. 21.Spain has deployed police in a northern town to help enforce a home quarantine placed on a neighborhood with a high number of residents infected by the coronavirus.Iran says 21 more people have died from the coronavirus, raising the country’s death toll to 145. More than 1,000 infections were also confirmed overnight, bringing the country’s total to 5,823 cases.

For deeper coverage of the latest developments, select from the stories below. Scroll further for a gallery showing life inside the halted cruise ships:

Photos: Coronavirus leaves cruise ships in quarantine

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