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 1,450,300
- Global deaths: At least 83,568
- US cases: More than 401,100
- US deaths: At least 12,912
The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
12:51 pm: As Trump attacks, WHO warns against politicizing coronavirus if you don’t want ‘many more body bags’
The World Health Organization asked the United States and China for “honest leadership” on the coronavirus pandemic, warning global leaders against politicizing the COVID-19 outbreak “if you don’t want to have many more body bags,” Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
President Donald Trump criticized the international agency’s response to the outbreak Tuesday, saying the WHO “really called, I would say, every aspect of it wrong.” He also threatened to withhold U.S. funding for the WHO.
“At the end of the day, the people belong to all political parties. The focus of all political parties should be to save their people, please do not politicize this virus,” Tedros said. —Berkeley Lovelace Jr.
12:35 pm: A student created a computer program that tells you when an Amazon Fresh or Whole Foods delivery slot opens up
With most of the U.S. locked down at home and many people afraid to risk their health with a visit to the grocery store, it’s become almost impossible to find a delivery window for groceries. Services such as Amazon Fresh, Whole Foods delivery, Instacart and others usually let you choose a window for delivery. But with demand so high, the slots are almost impossible to find.
That’s a problem for people who are afraid to go out to grocery stores.
So Adrian Hertel, a computer science minor at Georgetown University, created a simple computer program that automatically notifies you when an Amazon Fresh or Whole Foods delivery slot opens up, letting you place your order. It works on Macs in the Safari web browser. Hertel told me he built it because he was worried about his parents, both of whom have immune deficiencies. —Todd Haselton
12:24 pm: Italy’s daily coronavirus death toll falls, but new cases accelerate
Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy rose by 542, a lower tally than the 604 the day before, but the number of new cases pushed higher to 3,836 compared with a previous 3,039.
The total death toll since the outbreak came to light on Feb. 21 rose to 17,669, the Civil Protection Agency said, the highest in the world.
The number of confirmed cases climbed to 139,422, the third-highest global tally behind that of the United States and Spain.
There were 3,693 people in intensive care on Wednesday against 3,792 on Tuesday — a fifth consecutive daily decline, underscoring growing hopes that the illness is on the retreat thanks to a nationwide lockdown introduced on March 9. —Reuters
12:17 pm: 1 in 4 Americans have either lost their job or had pay cut from coronavirus shutdowns, survey shows
A quarter of Americans have either lost their job or seen their wages cut as a result of the coronavirus shutdown, according to the CNBC All-America Economic Survey, which registered the biggest and fastest decline ever in the public’s view of the economy.
At the same time, it found that a majority of Americans remains optimistic that the economy will bounce back in the next year, and President Donald Trump‘s approval rating has improved.
The poll of 800 Americans across the nation, conducted Friday through Monday, found 10% saying they have lost their job and 16% reporting they have seen their wages or salary reduced due to the economic shutdown that has accompanied the spread of the virus. —Steve Liesman
12:05 pm: Broadway to remain closed until at least June 7
A man walks past Broadway show posters on Shubert Alley in Times Square after it was announced that Broadway shows will cancel performances due to the coronavirus outbreak in New York, U.S., March 12, 2020.
Mike Segar | Reuters
Broadway theaters will remain dark through June 7, the Broadway League said.
The new date was set in accordance with guidelines from the CDC and the direction of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Previously, Broadway theaters were expected to reopen on April 13 after a 30-day suspension.
“Our top priority continues to be the health and well-being of Broadway theatergoers and the thousands of people who work in the theatre industry every day, including actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers, and many other dedicated professionals,” Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, said in a statement.
Those that have purchased tickets for performances through the new June date should contact their point of purchase for more information about ticket exchanges and refunds. According to the Broadway League, local tri-state area residents make up 35% of Broadway’s annual audience while tourists account for the other 65%. —Sarah Whitten
11:49 am: New York City needs to ‘double down’ on social distancing as coronavirus hospitalizations start to stabilize, Mayor de Blasio says
Coronavirus hospitalizations in New York City appear to have stabilized and reduced the immediate need for ventilators, showing that the city needs to needs to “double down” on social distancing measures that are helping to curb the pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.
De Blasio cautioned that the data was preliminary and there is a risk that coronavirus cases could begin to increase at a faster rate if residents do not adhere to social distancing and shelter-in-place policies.
The data, the mayor said at a press conference, “tells us we actually have to double down, stick to the strategies that are working.”
“We know we’re not out of the woods, it’s too early,” de Blasio said, cautioning that the data should not be used to draw “bigger conclusions.” —Dan Mangan
11:42 am: Dupont and FedEx airlift 450,000 protective garments to the US
As hospitals and testing centers across the U.S. face a shortage of protective gear for health care professionals, Dupont, with Fedex’s help, is airlifting 450,000 Tyvek suits from Vietnam to the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile.
Logistics have proven to be a hurdle for U.S. industrial companies that specialize in personal protective equipment and manufacture some or parts of their products overseas. Dupont says shipping the protective gear via air versus sea will expedite the delivery of its Tyvek suits that are seen as essential in safeguarding medical professionals and first responders.
“Operation Airbridge, in collaboration with FEDEX and the Department of Health and Human Services, will shorten our garment supply chain from 90 days to 10 days by transporting Tyvek(R) fabric to our Vietnam converter, and finished garments back into the US for distribution by FEMA,” John Richard, VP & GM of Dupont Safety told CNBC.
In March, Dupont delivered 3 million more garments to the U.S. than it typically delivers in a month. “Expect more in April,” Richard said. —Seema Mody
11:20 am: TSA screens fewer than 100,000 people at US airports, a record low
The Transportation Security Administration screened just 97,130 people at U.S. airports on Tuesday, a record daily low and the latest sign of near-absent travel demand because of the coronavirus pandemic and measures to contain it like stay-at-home orders.
The decline in air travel is giving whiplash to an industry that was boasting record numbers of travelers last year. Tuesday’s figure is down 95% from a year ago, TSA says. — Leslie Josephs
10:58 am: Wuhan lifts travel restrictions after 11-week lockdown. Here are some photos
Pilot of flight MU2527 of China Eastern airlines gestures before takeoff at the Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province, April 8, 2020.
Cheng Ming | Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images
Wuhan, China, lifted travel restrictions on April 8, after an 11-week lockdown that put the city in a virtual quarantine by not allowing people to leave or enter ground zero of the coronavirus pandemic. See scenes of residents taking advantage of their new freedoms and leaving the city via planes, trains and automobiles. —Adam Jeffery
10:30 am: Mnuchin expects New York will take longer to ‘reopen’ from coronavirus than other parts of US
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he expects New York, the epicenter of the nation’s coronavirus outbreak, will take longer to “reopen” its economy than other parts of the country.
Mnuchin, a member of President Donald Trump‘s coronavirus task force, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that the administration is eager to restart the areas of the U.S. economy that have been ground to a halt by the deadly pandemic.
But he expects that “we’ll be opening it up based on medical conditions,” rather than prioritizing states’ economic output.
“So obviously we’d like to open up as much GDP as we can,” Mnuchin said, but “my expectations are that places like New York are going to take a little bit longer.” —Kevin Breuninger
10:13 am: Coronavirus outbreak should begin to turn around after ‘bad week for deaths,’ White House advisor Dr. Fauci says
Coronavirus deaths will continue to climb in the U.S. this week even as new cases near their peak and the rate of hospitalizations slow, White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said.
“It’s going to be a bad week for deaths,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said on Fox News.
Fauci said deaths generally lag behind other aspects of the outbreak such as new cases and hospitalization. New cases appear to be nearing their peak and the rate of hospitalizations is down, he said.
After this week, the U.S. should see the “beginning of a turnaround,” Fauci said. —Berkeley Lovelace Jr.
9:40 am: Treasury Secretary Mnuchin says the government won’t run out of money for small businesses
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC that small businesses should not worry about their odds of receiving relief funding from the federal government.
Asked by CNBC’s Jim Cramer about the White House’s work with the Small Business Administration, Mnuchin said he’s confident Congress will approve additional funding on top of the original $350 billion already being distributed.
“Jim, we’re raising over $2 trillion for our COVID relief. We’re raising it all across the curve and we have tremendous demand for U.S. Treasurys,” Mnuchin said. “Everybody wants to buy U.S. Treasurys: It’s the safe haven.” —Thomas Franck
9:34 am: Dow jumps 300 points after Fauci says virus turnaround likely after this week
Stocks rose amid hope that the number of new coronavirus cases is starting to decline. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 300 points at Wednesday’s open, or 1.4%. The S&P 500 climbed 1.1% while the Nasdaq Composite advanced 1.3%.
In the U.S., the number of daily increases in coronavirus cases has fallen since Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Daily increases in global cases have also fallen since then.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Wednesday the U.S. death count related to the coronavirus is now lower than initially thought and added that there should be a turnaround after this week. However, he stressed that mitigation efforts should be intensified. —Fred Imbert, Maggie Fitzgerald
9:25 am: Animated map showing the latest spread of the coronavirus worldwide
8:33 am: WHO responds to Trump’s threat to cut funding — ‘Now is not the time’
The WHO has responded to President Donald Trump’s threat to cut its funding, saying the move would not be appropriate during the global coronavirus pandemic.
“We are still in the acute phase of a pandemic so now is not the time to cut back on funding,” Dr. Hans Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe, told a virtual briefing Wednesday, Reuters reported.
Trump on Tuesday lashed out at the United Nations’ health agency, claiming it got “every aspect” of the coronavirus pandemic wrong and threatening to withhold funding from the body. —Holly Ellyatt, Dawn Kopecki, Berkeley Lovelace
8:22 am: Pelosi and Schumer push for emergency coronavirus bill with at least $500 billion more in aid
The top Democrats in Congress pushed for an “interim” emergency coronavirus bill to include at least $500 billion in relief for small businesses, hospitals, states and food assistance programs.
In a joint statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer supported another $250 billion in loans to small companies — a sum the Trump administration has requested and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell aims to pass through the Senate on Thursday. It would add to the $350 billion in aid approved as part of the $2 trillion emergency package passed last month. The Trump administration has reported high demand for the loans.
Democrats want the stopgap legislation to go further as the coronavirus pandemic rips across the country, stretching health care resources and state budgets and shutting down schools and businesses. Here’s what Pelosi and Schumer called for. —Jacob Pramuk
8:07 am: UK’s Boris Johnson ‘responding to treatment’ after spending a second night in intensive care
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is stable and “responding to treatment” after spending a second night in intensive care, his spokesman said Wednesday.
The spokesman made clear that the prime minister is “not working” but has the ability to contact those he needs to reach. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is currently deputizing for Johnson.
Johnson, 55, was moved to the intensive care unit at London’s St. Thomas’ Hospital on Monday evening after his coronavirus symptoms worsened. —Holly Ellyatt
7:21 am: Empty hotels convert into coronavirus quarantines, emergency housing to ‘keep the lights on’
The Kent quarantine motel is pictured in Kent, Washington state on March 9, 2020. A plan to set up “quarantine motels” in the US coronavirus epicenter of Washington state has infuriated local residents who fear they will be exposed to a high risk of infection.
Michelle W. Martin | AFP | Getty Images
Cash-strapped and empty hotels across the country are finding ways to keep the lights on by converting themselves into coronavirus wards or temporary housing for the National Guard or exhausted doctors and nurses.
It provides some much needed revenue for an industry that’s been brought to its knees by the COVID-19 outbreak that’s spread to more than 1.4 million people in nearly every country across the globe. World, national, state and local leaders have imposed various travel restrictions, shuttered tourist attractions, issued broad shelter-in-place orders and even authorized hefty fines for people who don’t adhere to social distancing rules.
Hotels big and small are looking for ways to survive the unprecedented economic fallout, with some finding financial relief in government partnerships housing front-line medical workers and military personnel. —Will Feuer, Emma Newburger
7:13 am: US announces contract with GM to produce ventilators
GM’s contract is worth $489.4 million, HHS said in a release, and the carmaker is expected to produce 30,000 ventilators for the Strategic National Stockpile by August.
“GM and Ventec Life Systems are working with speed and urgency to arm front-line medical professionals with the critical care ventilators they need to treat seriously ill patients,” GM said in a statement. “We remain dedicated to working with the Administration to ensure American innovation and manufacturing meet the needs of the country during this global pandemic.”
Trump ordered GM to produce the devices under the Defense Production Act on March 27, hours after the automaker announced a partnership with Ventec to build critical-care ventilators at one of GM’s components plants in Indiana. —Will Feuer
7:05 am: ‘Corona bonds’: Here’s why Germany and the Netherlands oppose the idea
6:55 am: Tesla will slash employee pay and furlough employees
SpaceX founder Elon Musk looks on at a post-launch news conference after the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifted off on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, March 2, 2019.
Mike Blake | Reuters
Tesla will cut pay for all of its salaried employees and will furlough hourly workers until May 4, when it intends to resume production of electric cars, according to an internal e-mail that multiple employees shared with CNBC. The pay reductions are expected to be in place until the end of the second quarter.
Health orders, implemented to curb the spread of COVID-19, forced Elon Musk’s electric car company to wind down production at its main vehicle assembly plant in Fremont, California.
The new pay cuts follow Tesla’s first-quarter vehicle production and deliveries report, which pleased investors — the company said it delivered approximately 88,400 vehicles and produced 103,000 in Q1. Tesla has yet to withdraw guidance it gave investors for 2020, saying it should “comfortably exceed” 500,000 vehicle deliveries for the year. —Lora Kolodny
6:04 am: Daily death toll in Spain rises by 757 to 14,555 fatalities
The number of daily coronavirus deaths rose in Spain for the second day as 757 people died over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said. On Tuesday, the death toll had risen by 743 from the previous day.
The total number of fatalities has risen to 14,555, the ministry said. The overall number of confirmed cases in the country rose to 146,690 up from 140,510 on Tuesday, it added. —Sam Meredith
5:33 am: US coronavirus cases top 400,000, doubling in one week
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. surpassed 400,000, according to figures provided by NBC, with 12,864 fatalities nationwide.
The world’s largest economy has recorded by far the most COVID-19 infections of any country around the globe, with the total number of cases nationwide now almost five times that of China — where the virus was first identified in December. However, U.S. officials have questioned whether China has reported all of the confirmed cases in the country.
The U.S. confirmed an additional 169 cases in Missouri on Wednesday, data provided by NBC showed, taking the nationwide number of infections to 400,018. NBC’s count is slightly higher than that of Johns Hopkins University, which counted 399,929 cases as of Wednesday morning. —Sam Meredith
5:27 am: European markets decline as hopes for imminent recovery fade
European markets traded lower as optimism over an imminent recovery from the coronavirus started to fade.
The pan-European Stoxx 600 fell 1% in early trade, with oil and gas stocks shedding 2.7% to lead losses, while the tech sector bucked the trend to edge 0.3% higher.
Global markets continue to seesaw on hopes and fears over the direction that the coronavirus pandemic is taking. There was optimism that the virus could begin to slow its spread, but an end to the outbreak appears to be some way off. —Elliot Smith and Holly Ellyatt
Read CNBC’s coverage from CNBC’s Asia-Pacific and Europe teams overnight here: US coronavirus cases top 400,000; Spain’s death toll rises above 14,500