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 585,040
- Global deaths: At least 26,819
- US cases: At least 97,028
- US deaths: At least 1,475
The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
3:45 pm: Disneyland and Disney World to stay closed
Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed until further notice, according to an announcement from the Walt Disney Company. Hourly employees of the parks as well as resort cast members will continue to be paid through April 18, the company said.
Universal Orlando Resort previously extended its closure until April 19. After shutting down on March 16, the theme park originally planned to stay closed until the end of March. —Hannah Miller
3:30: San Francisco’s early restrictions seem to be helping hospitals avoid coronavirus overload — so far
In San Francisco, once feared to be a hotbed for the coronavirus, doctors are not yet seeing the dire overcrowding of hospitals that other areas like New York are are experiencing.
“I was on campus today, and it’s actually quite mellow,” said Dr. Bob Watcher, UC San Francisco’s Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine told CNBC on Thursday. “Because we’re not doing elective procedures that can be pushed back, it’s even quieter than usual.”
For now, UCSF clinicians are managing a steady trickle of patients entering into the emergency rooms with COVID-19 symptoms. while still bracing for a possible flood. As of Friday, San Francisco has 279 confirmed cases and the city saw its largest increase of COVID-19 diagnoses on Thursday. California now has more than 4,000 known COVID-19 cases. —Christina Farr
3:23 pm: Dow pares some losses, down 400 points
Major stock indexes pared some losses in late trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 400 points, or 1.7%, after falling as much as 1,000 earlier in the session. The S&P 500 slid 1.2% while the Nasdaq Composite traded 1.6% lower. —Fred Imbert
3:06 pm: Walmart, Kroger have already hired thousands of new employees
Thousands of new Walmart and Kroger employees are already restocking shelves, checking out customers and working at distribution centers across the country.
Kroger is the parent company of grocery chains, including Fred Meyer and Harris Teeter. It has hired more than 23,500 employees so far, and it plans to hire an additional 20,000 for its stores, manufacturing plants and distribution centers in the coming weeks, according to a company news release.
Walmart hired 25,000 employees in less than a week, after it announced plans to add a total of 150,000 part-time and full-time workers through the end of May.
The major U.S. grocers have some of the most aggressive plans to staff up as boxes of pasta, canned goods, toilet paper and other essential items continue to fly off shelves during the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve expedited hiring and received numerous applications from people laid off or fuloughed by restaurants, hotels or other hard-hit industries. —Melissa Repko
2:50 pm: Four dead on Carnival cruise ship amid new coronavirus outbreak aboard
Four passengers died aboard Holland America’s “Zaandam” cruise ship and two people on board tested positive for the coronavirus, the company said.
The company, which is owned by parent Carnival Corp., did not say how many passengers and crew were tested, but said 53 passengers and 85 crew members are exhibiting symptoms consistent with the coronavirus. There are more than 1,800 people aboard the ship, the company said, adding that four doctors and four nurses are also onboard.
The company said in a statement that “four older guests have passed away on Zaandam,” but did not specify whether they died of COVID-19. “No one has been off the ship since March 14 in Punta Arenas, Chile.” —Will Feuer
2:40 pm: France reports new spike in deaths
Members of the Charitable Brotherhood of Saint-Eloi de Bethune, each wearing a face mask, carry a coffin towards a grave, at Pierrette cemetery in Bethune, on March 27, 2020, as the country is under lockdown to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus.
Denis Charlet | AFP | Getty Images
French health authorities reported 299 new deaths from coronavirus, taking the total to 1,995, as the government has decided to extend by two weeks the national lockdown, now due to end on April 15 at the earliest.
The climb in the number of deaths represents a daily rise of 18%, a less-marked increase from the previous day.
During a press conference, health agency director Jerome Salomon added that the number of cases had risen to 32,964, a rise of 13% in 24 hours. —Reuters
2:11 pm: GM to start producing critical-care ventilators
Source Website France reports new spike in deaths, Disneyland and Disney World to stay closed