This is CNBC’s live blog covering all the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak. All times below are in Eastern time. This blog will be updated throughout the day as the news breaks.
- Global cases: More than 800,000
- Global deaths: At least 38,714
- US cases: At least 164,610
- US deaths: At least 3,170
The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
10:29 am: More Americans have died of coronavirus than in 9/11 terror attacks
The outbreak has now killed more than 3,170 people in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University, which is more than the number of people who died in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. U.S. officials expect the COVID-19 death toll in so-called hot spots like New York to rise in the coming weeks as an influx of patients threaten to overwhelm hospital systems across the country. —William Feuer
9:53 am: First cell treatment to fight the coronavirus awaits FDA approval for clinical trial
New Jersey-based therapeutics company Celularity announced that its cancer treatment CYNK-001 is awaiting “investigational new drug” status for COVID-19 from the Food and Drug Administration, which could come any day. Once the treatment gets the status, it will immediately enter a preliminary clinical trial to see if it can help people suffering from the illness. Independent immunologists say the rationale for the treatment is solid but warn that it could exacerbate the most severe cases of the disease. If the new strategy proves effective, Celularity stands ready to rapidly increase production. —Charlie Wood
9:49 am: Belarus’ president dismisses coronavirus risk, encourages citizens to drink vodka and visit saunas
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko talks during a Russian-Belarusian talks on February 15, 2019 in Sochi, Russia.
Mikhail Svetlov | Getty Images
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has refused to implement a lockdown in the country of roughly 9.5 million people, reportedly suggesting that others have done so as an act of “frenzy and psychosis,” according to Sky News. The president of Belarus has urged citizens to drink vodka, go to saunas and return to work. In Belarus — a country that borders Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine — 152 people have contracted COVID-19 infections, with no deaths. —Sam Meredith
9:42 am: Airlines receiving coronavirus aid will be allowed to consolidate routes into fewer airports
The U.S. Department of Transportation will allow airlines that receive coronavirus aid to consolidate certain routes, giving carriers some breathing room in requirements for the relief.
Congress last week approved $50 billion in aid for U.S. airlines, part of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package. Half of the aid is available in grants that wouldn’t have to be paid back, a victory for the airline industry that lobbied against an all-loans package. The grants are dedicated to maintaining payroll, and airlines that accept them have to commit not to furlough workers through Sept. 30. —Leslie Josephs
9:35 am: Stocks fall as the Dow wraps up its worst first quarter ever
Stocks fell Tuesday morning, the last day of the first quarter, as investors wrapped up a period of historic market volatility sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded 88 points lower, or 0.4%. The S&P 500 slid 0.4% along with the Nasdaq Composite.
Tuesday’s losses gave back some of the sharp gains from the previous session. The Dow jumped nearly 700 points on Monday led by an 8% pop in Johnson & Johnson after it announced a vaccine candidate for the coronavirus. The S&P 500 rallied 3.4%. —Fred Imbert, Yun Li
9:32 am: Travelers through TSA checkpoints dropped to 154,080 Monday from 2.3 million last year
The Transportation Security Administration said 154,080 passengers went through a TSA checkpoint on Monday, a sharp drop from 2.3 million travelers on the same day a year earlier and down from 180,002 on Sunday. —Melodie Warner
9:28 am: Wimbledon tennis tournament to be canceled, reports say
England’s Wimbledon tennis tournament is likely to be canceled as organizers hold an emergency board meeting Wednesday, according to a report from the Financial Times. The Grand Slam tournament was set to start June 29. Major sporting events have been canceled or rescheduled around the world, including the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which was postponed on March 24. —Hannah Miller
9:19 am: Energy drink sales fell 5% last week as stay-at-home orders discourage convenience store visits
Energy drink sales fell 5% in the week ended March 22, according to a note from Stifel analyst Mark Astrachan. Three-quarters of Americans are under some kind of stay-at-home order, discouraging them from visiting convenience stores, which account for about 70% of energy drink sales. Monster Beverage’s sales were flat in the same time period. Coca-Cola Energy’s sales have declined 21% sequentially, and performance energy drink Bang has seen its sales fall 5% over the last two weeks ended March 22. —Amelia Lucas
9:06 am: CDC may recommend people cover their faces in public
Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are considering changing its official guidance to encourage people to cover their faces in public amid the coronavirus pandemic, The Washington Post reported, citing a federal official. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the new guidance would make clear that the general public should use do-it-yourself cloth coverings and not medical masks, which are in short supply and needed by health-care workers. —Washington Post
8:27 am: Stock futures fall more than 1% as the Dow heads for its worst first quarter ever
Stock futures dropped in choppy morning trading, as the market tries to make back some of the deep losses triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.
8:01 am: US continues rapid rise in cases
7:49 am: Walmart will start taking employees’ temperatures before shifts
The retailer also said it’s ordering masks for employees and will offer masks and gloves for them to wear, if they choose. The company said the masks will be high quality, but not the N95 respirators that at-risk health-care workers need.
In a post on Walmart’s website, John Furner, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., and Kath McLay, president and CEO of Sam’s Club, said the additional steps are new ways the retailer is trying to keep employees safe during the coronavirus pandemic. —Melissa Repko
7:47 am: Ford postpones reopening ‘key’ plants
Less than a week after Ford Motor said it would restart production at “key” plants in North America beginning in early April, the company has postponed those plans as the coronavirus spreads throughout the U.S.
Ford said it is delaying the restart of a car plant in Mexico as well as four truck, SUV and van plants in the U.S. ” to help protect its workers.” The company declined to provide a new timeline for reopening the plants.
“The health and safety of our workforce, dealers, customers, partners and communities remains our highest priority,” said Kumar Galhotra, Ford president of North America. “We are working very closely with union leaders — especially at the UAW — to develop additional health and safety procedures aimed at helping keep our workforce safe and healthy.” —Michael Wayland
7:33 am: EU executive warns emergency laws cannot flout democracy
Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, delivers a speech during a special address on day two of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.
The European Union’s executive warned member states that emergency measures adopted by governments to fight the coronavirus crisis cannot undercut democracy.
“It is of utmost importance that emergency measures are not at the expense of our fundamental principles and values … Democracy cannot work without free and independent media,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement. “Any emergency measures must be limited to what is necessary and strictly proportionate. They must not last indefinitely … governments must make sure that such measures are subject to regular scrutiny,” she added after Hungary’s rightist prime minister, Viktor Orban, secured the indefinite right to rule by decree. —Reuters
6:59 am: Spirit cancels New York area flights after CDC warning
Low-cost U.S. carrier Spirit Airlines said it will cancel all flights to and from New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey after U.S. officials warned against travel to the area because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Spirit, which appeared to be the first major U.S. carrier to cancel all flights to the tri-state region, said it was responding to this weekend’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory warning against all nonessential travel to and from the area. Spirit said it will suspend service to the airports it serves in the region, New York LaGuardia, Newark, Hartford, Niagara Falls, and Plattsburgh, New York, through at least May 4. —Reuters
6:23 am: Spain’s daily death toll hits 849, highest level since since epidemic started
A man wearing a face mask is wheeled into La Paz hospital on March 23, 2020 in Madrid, Spain.
Denis Doyle | Getty Images
Spain’s death toll reached 8,189, up from 7,340 the day before, the country’s health ministry said.
The 849 deaths in 24 hours is the highest daily death toll since the epidemic started in Spain, Reuters noted. The total number of coronavirus infections rose to 94,417, up from 85,195 on Monday. —Holly Ellyatt
5:51 am: Iran’s death toll from coronavirus climbs to 2,898, health official says
Iran’s death toll from coronavirus has reached 2,898, with 141 deaths in the past 24 hours, the country’s health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur told state TV, Reuters reported. The total number of infected cases has jumped to 44,606.
“In the past 24 hours, there have been 3,111 new cases of infected people. Unfortunately, 3,703 of the infected people are in a critical condition,” Jahanpur said. —Holly Ellyatt
4:43 am: China to start reporting asymptomatic cases from April 1
An official from China’s National Health Commission has said that the country is to start testing asymptomatic cases starting tomorrow, Reuters reported. It has 1,541 asymptomatic coronavirus patients under observation as of end of March 30.
The commission said 205 of the patients under observation are from overseas. —Holly Ellyatt
4:17 am: Germany’s RKI optimistic about flattening of coronavirus infection curve
The head of Germany’s Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases said his optimism about the flattening of the coronavirus infection curve was justified, adding that this would be clearer after Easter, Reuters reported.
However, Lothar Wieler, president of the institute, told a news conference that the current mortality rate of 0.8% in Germany would rise further. —Reuters
4:10 am: European markets climb as sentiment buoyed by China data
European markets advanced, following a positive lead set in Asia after Chinese manufacturing data rebounded in March, despite the coronavirus pandemic. The pan-European Stoxx 600 climbed 1.7% in early trade, with travel and leisure stocks jumping 4.7% to lead gains as all sectors and major bourses entered positive territory.
European stocks reacted positively to data showing that China’s official manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index for March came in better than some analysts expected. —Holly Ellyatt and Elliot Smith
Read CNBC’s coverage from CNBC’s Asia-Pacific and Europe teams overnight here: China to test asymptomatic cases; Iran’s new infections jump by 3,000