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.
All times below are in Eastern time.
- Global cases: More than 100,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
- Global deaths: At least 3,383, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
- US cases: At least 233, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
- US deaths: At least 14, according to the CDC and state health officials.
12:01 pm: US is considering discouraging some travelers from cruises
The United States is considering ways to discourage some U.S. travelers from taking cruises as part of a broader Trump administration effort to limit the spread of coronavirus, according to four officials familiar with the situation. The officials, who asked to remain anonymous, said no decision has been made. The discussions are taking place ahead of a meeting between Vice President Mike Pence, who is in charge of leading the U.S. response to the coronavirus, and the cruise industry this weekend. —Reuters
11:31 am: University of Washington to temporarily move all classes online
The University of Washington is moving all of its in-person classes and exams online, starting Monday, as the state deals with a large uptick in COVID-19 cases. It is among the first U.S. public university to do so due to the flu-like virus. The Seattle-located school plans to resume in-person classes on March 30. Campus services will remain open, including dining services, resident halls, and recreation facilities according to the memo, and athletic events will be held as scheduled. —Bursztynsky
11:27 am: Cameroon, Togo confirm first cases of coronavirus
Cameroon and Togo confirmed their first cases of coronavirus, bringing the number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa hit by the epidemic to five. The outbreak has largely spared that part of Africa so far, but since last month cases have been detected in Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa. North African countries have registered more than two dozen cases. In the central African country of Cameroon, the health ministry said a 58-year-old French citizen who arrived in the capital Yaounde on Feb. 24 had fallen ill with the virus. It later said the man’s female partner had also tested positive. Togo said its case was a 42-year-old female resident of the capital Lome who had visited Benin, Germany, France, and Turkey in late February and early March. She was in a stable condition. —Reuters
11:18 am: Airline stocks rally on hopes for federal aid to offset effects of coronavirus
Airline stocks rebounded sharply after chief economic advisor Larry Kudlow said the White House is considering “targeted measures” to offset the negative impact on the industry. American Airlines jumped 4%, while United Airlines surged more than 7%. Alaska Air Group surged 8% and Southwest Airlines rose 3%. — Fitzgerald
11:13 am: Google internal emails reveal how execs are prepping employees for coronavirus response
Alphabet’s top executives are urging employees to stay motivated to run Google’s global infrastructure amid coronavirus fears. Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said the company’s security and “resilience” teams are running a 24-hour command center to help executives monitor updates in real-time and coordinate across the company. It’s “kicked off a number of workstreams to prepare for how the virus could affect the welfare of our community,” Pichai said. The company told employees Thursday that all Bay Area employees would have the option to work from home on Friday “if roles allow,” a company spokesperson confirmed to CNBC. The company has several offices and thousands of employees across the region. By having a mostly-remote work day, Alphabet said it hopes to test its “business continuity processes.” —Elias
10:11 am: Three Biogen employees test positive for the virus
Three Biogen employees have tested positive for coronavirus after attending a meeting in Boston last week, the biotech company confirmed to CNBC. “At the present time, these individuals are doing well, improving and under the care of their health-care providers,” Biogen spokesman David Caouette said. He added that all meeting attendees, with or without flu-like symptoms, have been directed to work from home for two weeks out of “an abundance of caution.” —Lovelace
10:02 am: Pennsylvania announces first cases
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said the state has confirmed its first two cases. One patient is from Wayne County in northern Pennsylvania near Scranton, Wolf said in a statement. The other is from Delaware County, just outside of Philadelphia, Wolf said, adding that the patient recently returned from an area of U.S. where COVID-19 is already present. Both patients are in isolation in their respective homes, he said.
“Further spread of this virus throughout the nation will likely occur,” the state’s health secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said in a statement. “We encourage people to prepare for potential life disruptions. The same family emergency plans and kits that we use to prepare for flu or norovirus, and even snowstorms and floods, are important now.” —Feuer
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9:10 am: Employee at Seattle Seahawks stadium tests positive
Seattle-area officials announced late Thursday an employee of a 72,000-seat stadium in the city tested positive for COVID-19.
CenturyLink Field is home to the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders FC and the XFL football league’s Seattle Dragons. Local officials said the employee worked a Seattle Dragons XFL game on Feb. 22, which 22,060 people attended, according to the Seattle Times.
“Public Health has worked with the employee and the operator of the stadium, First and Goal, to evaluate potential exposures” at the Dragons game, King County said in a release, adding that the risk of infection to attendees was low. —Feuer
8:54 am: Coronavirus cases surpass 100,000 worldwide
COVID-19 cases surpassed 100,000 worldwide as the flu-like virus continues to spread outside of China, the epicenter of the outbreak.
The total number of cases now stands at 100,055 as of 8 a.m. ET on Friday, according to data compiled by John Hopkins. The majority of the cases are in mainland China, followed by South Korea, Iran and Italy. Deaths in the U.S. climbed to 14, the data shows.
On Thursday, the World Health Organization called on all nations to “pull out all the stops” to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus as it continues to spread outside of China. —Lovelace
8:50 am: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accuses China of setting back coronavirus prevention efforts
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused China of putting the rest of the world “behind the curve” in trying to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Pompeo said it has proven “incredibly frustrating” to work with the Chinese government around obtaining data on the coronavirus, “which will ultimately be the solution to both getting the vaccine and attacking this risk.”
“Remember, this is the Wuhan coronavirus that’s caused this, and the information that we got at the front end of this thing wasn’t perfect and has led us now to a place where much of the challenge we face today has put us behind the curve,” Pompeo said in an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” —Stankiewicz
8:21 am: Trump cancels CDC visit after Pence said he planned to sign coronavirus bill there
President Donald Trump is no longer planning to travel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta, an administration official said.
Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the government’s response to coronavirus, had said Thursday that Trump planned to sign an $8.3 billion emergency spending bill at the CDC. —Javers, Hirsch
7:20 am: What to do if you are boarding a plane
A health worker sprays disinfectant inside a Vietnam Airlines airplane to protect from the recent coronavirus outbreak, at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, Vietnam February 21, 2020.
Kham | Reuters
7:15 am: Costco gets a sales boost from the coronavirus
People load Clorox into their car in the Costco parking lot after the first confirmed case of coronavirus was announced in New York State, in Brooklyn, New York, March 2, 2020.
Andrew Kelly | Reuters
Costco reported stronger sales than analysts were expecting, thanks in part to a boost from consumers stocking up at its stores to prepare for the new coronavirus. Throngs of shoppers this past weekend and into this week have flocked to Costco stores across the country to stock up on water, paper towels, sanitizing wipes and other household goods. The company told analysts Thursday it has been receiving deliveries daily. It also said that in some instances, it is placing limits on how much people can purchase. “February sales benefited from an uptick in consumer demand in the fourth week of the reporting period,” the company said. “We attribute this to concerns over the coronavirus.” —Thomas
7:10 am: Egypt confirms 12 new cases on a cruise ship
Twelve new cases of coronavirus registered on a Nile cruise ship are all asymptomatic, the health ministry and World Health Organization said in a joint statement on Friday. The individuals are all Egyptian workers on the ship, which is heading to the southern city of Luxor, the statement said. The country had until now diagnosed three people with the virus, one of whom it said had fully recovered after receiving treatment. —Reuters
7:06 am: France’s Macron urges tight limits on retirement home visits
French President Emmanuel Macron urged citizens to avoid visiting relatives in retirement homes to prevent exposing them to possible coronavirus infection. “We must avoid visiting our elderly relatives as much as possible,” Macron said Friday during a visit to a retirement home in Paris. —Reuters
6:35 am: Iran says death toll rises by 17, to 124 people
Iran, which has one of the largest coronavirus outbreaks outside of China, reported a rise in its death toll to 124 people. A health ministry spokesman said in Tehran that there were 1,000-plus new infections, according to Reuters. —Clinch
5:35 am: Netherlands confirms first coronavirus-related death
The Netherlands’ National Health Institute on Friday confirmed the country’s first fatality as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. An 86-year-old man infected with coronavirus died in the port city of Rotterdam, health authorities said. As of Thursday, the WHO reported 38 cases of the coronavirus in the Netherlands. —Meredith
5:30 am: China invokes ‘force majeure’ to protect businesses — but companies may be in for a ‘rude awakening’
Widespread disruption brought on by the coronavirus outbreak has hammered global supply chains and spurred Chinese companies to declare “force majeure” — a provision that exempts them from contractual obligations. But experts warn that such a move may not work. According to the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, a government-linked entity, China has issued 4,811 force majeure certificates as of Tuesday due to the epidemic. They covered contracts worth 373.7 billion Chinese yuan ($53.79 billion), state media Xinhua reported. —Tan
4:40 am: Vatican City reports first coronavirus case
A tourist wear a protective mask in front of the Trevi Fountain downtown Rome, on March 3, 2020. – Italy urged tourists spooked by the coronavirus not to stay away, but efforts to reassure the world it was managing the outbreak were overshadowed by confusion over case numbers. Hotel bookings in Milan have plummeted to 20 percent, compared to nearly 90 percent normally at this time of year, while in Rome, far from the northern hotspots over 50 percent of bookings have been cancelled until the end of March, hotel association Federalberghi said. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP) (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)
The Vatican on Friday confirmed its first case of the coronavirus, Reuters reported, with health authorities confirming outpatient services in Vatican City clinics had been suspended to sanitize areas. A spokesperson for the city-state added that Italian authorities had been informed of the confirmed case. As of Thursday, Italy had reported 3,089 cases of coronavirus, with 107 deaths. —Meredith
Read CNBC’s coverage from the Asia-Pacific overnight: Vatican reports first case; ‘Impossible’ to cancel Tokyo Olympics
—CNBC’s Kevin Stankiewicz, Eamon Javers, Lauren Hirsch, Harriet Baskas, Lauren Thomas, Sam Meredith, Joanna Tan, Matthew Clinch and Reuters contributed to this report.
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