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 1,011,000
- Global deaths: At least 52,800
- US cases: At least 242,100
- US deaths: At least 5,607
The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
8 pm: Pence, Trump say CDC will issue new guidance in ‘next several days’ on wearing masks in public
President Trump and Vice President Pence said at a press briefing Thursday night that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will issue new nationwide guidance “in the next several days” about wearing masks in public to prevent transmission of the coronavirus.
The confirmation of new guidance followed New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recommendation that residents wear masks – or other face coverings, like scarves or bandanas – whenever they go outside.
Trump has previously recommended that people who want to cover their mouths and noses could wear scarves instead of official respirator masks, which are desperately needed by health care workers battling the surge of COVID-19 cases.”In many cases the scarf is better” than a respirator mask because “it’s thicker,” Trump said at the presser, without providing evidence. —Kevin Breuninger
7:30: Washington state extends stay home order until May 4
Washington has extended its order to stay home until May 4, Governor Jay Inslee announced on Thursday. The original order was announced on March 23 and ended on April 7.”May 4 is absolutely the soonest we could possibly achieve our ends to keep our loved ones safe,” Inslee said. “We unfortunately have yet to see the full weight of the virus in our state.” —Kif Leswing
6:59 pm: Instacart to provide workers with safety kits following strike over coronavirus protections
Instacart announced Thursday it will begin providing its full-service shoppers with health and safety kits in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The kits will contain a reusable cloth face mask, hand sanitizer and a thermometer. Instacart shoppers can request their kits beginning next week through a website the company built for its shoppers. In-store shoppers will also receive face masks from retail locations where the company has in-store operations, the company said.
The safety kits come days after some Instacart workers went on strike to protest the how the company was handling their safety during the pandemic. One of their demands was for the company to provide hand sanitizer and wipes.
Instacart also announced Thursday it created a COVID-19 resource center, which will include information for shoppers and customers. —Jessica Bursztynsky
6:48 pm: Job losses in March could be the worst in a decade, and that’s just the beginning
March’s employment report could show the most monthly job losses in a decade, but it’s only a fraction of the real hit to the workforce that came when many states issued stay-at-home orders late in the month.
Economists expect a consensus decline of 100,000 nonfarm payrolls, according to Refinitiv. But the survey for the report was done before many states began telling residents to stay home. For the final two weeks of the month, 10 million people sought unemployment benefits as businesses and schools closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“The main message is the labor market conditions started to slip in March, but obviously with the last two initial claims reports we’ve seen, we know April will be a disaster for labor markets,” said Michael Gapen, chief U.S. economist at Barclays. “We still have two more weeks, and we’re probably looking at an unemployment rate of more than 10% in April.”
“The suddenness with which it all slipped off a cliff in two weeks is shocking,” Gapen said. “We now have stay-at-home orders in states that account for 82% of GDP.” —Patti Domm
6:42 pm: HBO is making a bunch of its best shows, movies and documentaries free starting on Friday
AT&T WarnerMedia’s HBO will offer a bunch of TV shows and movies for free beginning on Friday. Customers will be able to access them on any platform where HBO Now and HBO Go are supported, which includes iPhones, Android devices, smart TVs, streaming boxes (like Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV) and more.
HBO said the initial plan is to provide the free content for a month. It’s one way WarnerMedia may attract fans to its upcoming HBO Max service, which launches in May for $14.99 a month and will include 10,000 hours of content including TV shows, movies and original content. It will also help keep people who are stuck indoors during the coronavirus lockdown a bit more entertained.
On Friday, the following free shows will be available through HBO Now and HBO Go: “Ballers,” “Barry,” “Silicon Valley,” “Six Feed Under,” “The Sopranos,” “Succession,” “True Blood,” Veep,” “The Wire.” — Todd Haselton
6:37 pm: New York funeral homes warn of a growing crisis
Funeral home and cemetery directors are warning of a growing crisis in their industry, NBC News’ Jonathan Dienst reported.
The wait time for a burial has dramatically increased for reasons related to the growing number of deaths in the coronavirus crisis, people speaking on the condition of anonymity told NBC News.
One director said that on a normal day she receives as many as 6 calls about funerals or visitations but on Thursday she had over 100 calls. —Kif Leswing
6:31 pm: American Airlines cutting international summer schedule by 60% as coronavirus drives down demand
American Airlines passenger planes (L) parked due to flight reductions made to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Tulsa International Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. March 23, 2020. The planes on the right are 737 MAX, parked for reasons other than the coronavirus.
Nick Oxford | Reuters
American Airlines plans to cut its international summer flights by 60% due as the coronavirus and government travel restrictions aimed at stopping the disease from spreading drive down travel demand at an unprecedented rate.
The airline and its competitors are slashing capacity to match the sharp drop in bookings and parking hundreds of planes in a bid to reduce costs, instead of flying planes with few passengers aboard. The flight reductions have shrunk their networks to the smallest in decades.
“Nobody is booking travel,” Vasu Raja, American’s senior vice president of network strategy told CNBC. “If we can reduce our capacity this summer we can reduce our expenses.”
Trans-Pacific flights will be the most impacted with an 80% decline compared with summer 2019, while trans-Atlantic flying will be down 65% and 48% between the U.S. and Latin America, respectively. —Leslie Josephs
6:24 pm: Paper stimulus checks could be delayed by up to 5 months
If you’re counting the days until you receive your stimulus money from the government, hold tight: It could take up to five months.
A House Ways and Means Committee memo obtained by NBC News outlined a potential timeline for how soon the money could go out.
For individuals who receive the funds via direct deposit, that money will start moving to them as soon as the week of April 13, according to the memo.
But for Americans who get paper checks by mail, the wait could be a lot longer – up to five months. —Lorie Konish
6:17 pm: Disney to furlough non-union park employees in the US starting April 19
Disney will furlough its non-union park employees starting on April 19 as the coronavirus pandemic keeps its theme parks closed.
“Disney employees have received full pay and benefits during this time, and we’ve committed to paying them through April 18, for a total of five additional weeks of compensation,” the company said in a statement Thursday. —Sarah Whitten
6 pm: New York’s Javits Center will treat COVID-19 patients
The temporary hospital is readied at the Jacob Javits Convention Center during the Coronavirus pandemic on March 30, 2020 in New York City.
Noam Galai | Getty Images
New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday that the Javits Center will be used to treat COVID-19 patients. The massive convention center in Manhattan was transformed over the weekend into a temporary hospital, but it was previously designated to be used by non-coronavirus patients to open up hospital beds if COVID-19 overwhelms New York’s healthcare system.
It has 1,000 hospital beds and is only one of several field hospitals being erected in the city. “I asked President Trump this morning to consider the request and the urgency of the matter, and the President has just informed me that he granted New York’s request,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“In Javits Center, we’re going to be converting that to a COVID-19 hospital, and it’s going to be staffed by the military and the federal government,” Trump said. —Kif Leswing
5:30 pm: White House says small business lending program will be running Friday, even as JPMorgan says it’s not ready
A few hours before the expected launch of a federal program to dole out at least $350 billion in loans to small businesses struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic, none of the participating banks interviewed by CNBC are sure they’ll be ready.
From massive global institutions with trillion dollar balance sheets to regional banks and small local lenders, the companies all have one thing in common: They are awaiting key guidance from the Small Business Administration and Treasury on exactly how to administer the program.
“They’re not ready at all, they’re desperately awaiting guidance on how to do this,” said Ami Kassar, CEO of small business loan advisory firm MultiFunding. “I think it’s going to be a mess for weeks.” —Hugh Son, Dawn Giel
5:15 pm: NYC Mayor de Blasio urges New Yorkers to cover face with scarves or bandanas when outside
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told New Yorkers to cover their faces when they go outside, even if it’s a home-made mask, reversing previous guidance advising only those who are sick wear face masks.
“We’re advising New Yorkers to wear a face covering when you go outside and near other people,” de Blasio said. “It can be a scarf, it can be something you create at home it can be a bandanna.”
On Wednesday, de Blasio said the city needs to find 3.3 million N95 masks, 2.1 million surgical mask, 100,000 isolation gowns and 400 ventilators by Sunday to get the city’s hospitals ready for a coming wave of coronavirus patients expected by Monday. —Noah Higgins-Dunn
4:49 pm: ClassPass reduces staff by more than half as social distancing drives fitness home
ClassPass told employees Thursday it was laying off or furloughing just over half of its staff as social distancing measures slashed its revenue, the company confirmed to CNBC.
The changes impact 53% of the staff, with 22% laid off and 31% furloughed.
The staffing changes will affect hundreds of employees. The company previously had about 700 workers, according to LinkedIn data. ClassPass has offices in New York City, San Francisco, London, Sydney and Missoula, Mont., according to its website. —Lauren Feiner
4:45 pm: California launches website for people who lost jobs due to COVID-19
California launched a new website on Thursday to match people unemployed due to COVID-19 with new jobs. The site includes a questionnaire that asks about users’ skill sets, desired wages, location, and other details and matches them up with open job listings, California governor Gavin Newsom said.
“Already 70,000 open jobs are listed on their site,” Newsom said. More than 1 million people filed for unemployment in the last two weeks in California. The site is developed by Bitwise Industries with help from Salesforce and LinkedIn, Newsom said. —Kif Leswing
4:40 pm: Need for nurses is driving record pay as coronavirus nears its peak
Across the country, the coronavirus pandemic is straining hospital systems, which are dealing with an influx of patients. State and health officials are responding by adding beds, canceling elective surgeries and reassigning staff. But more help is needed — especially more nurses.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been pleading for health-care workers to come to the state, which leads the nation in confirmed cases, with over 92,381 reported as of Thursday. —Contessa Brewer
4:30 pm: Bed Bath & Beyond is extending its temporary store closure from April 3 to May 2
Bed Bath & Beyond is extending its temporary store closure from April 3 to May 2, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company closed all its retail banner stores across the U.S. and Canada on March 23.
In addition to the extension, Bed Bath & Beyond announced that it will execute additional cost reductions, including a furlough of the majority of store associates and a portion of corporate associates until at least May 2. The retail giant is providing impacted corporate associates with pay and benefits through April 18. “This is a time of unprecedented disruption to our industry. We do not make these decisions lightly but, while the vast majority of our stores remain closed, we must now balance our ability to provide jobs and financial support for our associates in the short, medium and long-term, as well as prioritizing investments that will strengthen our business,” said Mark Tritton, President and CEO. —Jasmine Kim
4:02 pm: Dow rallies more than 450 points as Wall Street concludes another wild session
Stocks rallied to end the session, led by oil’s biggest one-day rally on record even after a massive spike in unemployment claims added to concerns over the coronavirus and its impact on the economy.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 466 points higher, or 2.2%. The S&P 500 was up 2.3% while the Nasdaq Composite climbed 1.7%. At its session high, the Dow was up 534 points, or more than 2%. —Fred Imbert, Pippa Stevens
3:49 pm: Worldwide coronavirus cases reach 1 million
Reported COVID-19 cases around the world surpassed 1 million, doubling in a week as the virus spreads across Europe and North America and establishes a toehold in Africa.
Just before global cases reached 1 million, the COVID-19 worldwide death toll passed 50,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The world knew almost nothing about the virus in December, when reports of a new coronavirus started to surface in Wuhan, China. Since then, it has spread to nearly every country in the world, disrupting daily life for millions under lockdown measures meant to curb the virus’ rapid spread. —Will Feuer
3:39 pm: Americans may have to wait months for relief checks
The first Americans to get relief payments from the government under the coronavirus legislation signed into law last month won’t see the money until at least the week of April 13, according to new estimates from the Trump administration provided to House Democrats and outlined in a memo circulated this week by Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee.
Many people who don’t have direct deposit information on file with the IRS might have to wait months to get the money.
The memo, obtained by NBC News, says that Americans who have their direct deposit information on file will receive their payments in mid-April, “likely” the week of April 13. The document estimates that about 60 million Americans will receive checks at that point.
About three weeks after those deposits go out, the IRS will start issuing paper checks, likely the week of May 4, according to the memo. The office that issues paper checks can process about 5 million checks per week, so it could take 20 weeks – nearly 5 months – to get them all out. —NBC News
3:34 pm: Churches allowed to stay open in states where millions are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus
Churches and other religious facilities will be allowed to remain open in more than half of the states that are the most vulnerable to coronavirus, often with special exemptions to mandated closures of non-essential businesses.
Of the 15 states in the nation home to the highest percentage of especially at-risk individuals, at least 11 were not barring religious gatherings as of Thursday morning, a nationwide CNBC review of emergency orders found.
It is not clear how many individuals are continuing to attend religious services or how many facilities have closed voluntarily or under city and local local orders. The White House is urging Americans to avoid all public gatherings of 10 or more until the end of April.
But the exemptions for religious institutions provide some obstacles to mitigation efforts like social distancing that public health officials have said will save possibly two million lives if carried out “perfectly.” —Tucker Higgins
2:46 pm: Global cases near 1 million
2:43 pm: Manhattan real estate sales ground to a halt in March. Prices could plunge next
Manhattan real estate sales ground to a halt at the end of March, and some industry experts say prices could fall 30% or more once activity resumes.
Total sales volume actually increased 14% for the first three months of 2020, boosted by a strong January and February, according to a report from Douglas Elliman and Miller Samuel. But the average sale price for a Manhattan apartment fell 11% in the quarter, to $1,887,740.
The last two weeks of March, when the coronavirus began to really hit the New York area, showed a market suddenly in shock. According to Olshan Realty’s market report, there were only two contracts over $4 million signed in the last week of March — the worst week since August 2009, when the financial crisis rocked markets. —Robert Frank
2:29 pm: GE Aviation to furlough 50% of its engine manufacturing staff
General Electric is planning to furlough half of its aviation unit’s engine-manufacturing staff as the coronavirus roils the industry, the company told CNBC. The move would involve thousands of jobs in the important unit and last for four weeks.
The additional reductions come less than a month after the company said it would cut 10% of its aviation unit, affecting roughly 2,600 workers. But the coronavirus’ devastating toll on travel demand has increased and airlines are parking hundreds of planes while deferring orders of new aircraft.
“Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on the commercial aviation industry, GE Aviation is implementing a temporary reduction in commercial engine assembly and some component manufacturing operations for up to four weeks,” a GE spokesperson said. “We appreciate the commitment of all our employees during this difficult time, and we regret having to take this action. We will continue to deliver for our customers and preserve our capability to respond when the industry recovers.” —Leslie Josephs
2:26 pm: US Secret Service warns coronavirus email scams are on the rise
Companies throughout the country trying to keep employees informed about coronavirus are facing another threat in the form of a flood of malicious emails, authorities say.
In a U.S. Secret Service alert sent this week to law enforcement and banking officials, the U.S. Secret Service warns corporate America about fraudulent emails that contain malicious attachments.
“During the coronavirus outbreak, many companies and organizations have sent emails containing COVID-19 updates to their customers to make them aware of their current response and status. As these types of emails have now become increasingly frequent, criminals have started to use this familiarity to their advantage,” the alert, obtained by CNBC, said.
The agency said in the alert that it is investigating attempted attacks in which the malicious email attachments would allow the attackers to remotely install malware on the infected system to “potentially harvest credentials, install keyloggers or lock down the system with ransomware.” —Scott Zamost, Jennifer Schlesinger
2:20 pm: Dow gives up 534-point rally and turns negative
2:09 pm: Moderna chairman updates on vaccine timelines and development
2:00 pm: China defends its coronavirus data after report says US intelligence doubted numbers
1:52 pm: Robert Herjavec: Possibly losing everything is scary whether you’re a ‘Shark’ or small business
The coronavirus takes an emotional toll on business owners who have invested their lives building a company and brand, “Shark Tank” investor and cybersecurity entrepreneur Robert Herjavec said.
He said he has had to lay off about 8% of Herjavec Group’s 350-person workforce, a “painfully brutal” move.
“The thought of it possibly all going away is really scary,” Herjavec said on CNBC’s “Squawk Alley.” “I don’t care if you’re a Shark. I don’t care how much money you’re worth. I don’t care if you’re a small business. People take a lot of pride in their small businesses.”
Entrepreneurs do not start businesses “just for a paycheck,” said the CEO and founder of Herjavec Group, which provides cybersecurity products and services to business.
“They have their entire ego and who they are and everything tied into that, so it’s been really hard,” he said. —Kevin Stankiewicz
1:47 pm: FDA eases blood donation restrictions to address blood supply shortage
The FDA revised guidelines to make it easier for some people to donate blood who were previously restricted.
The revised guidelines lift blood donation restrictions on those who have recently gotten tattoos and piercings, as well as sex workers and injection drug users. People will be able to donate blood three months after getting a new tattoo or piercing rather than one year. Sex workers and injection drug users were previously not allowed to give blood, but can now do so after refraining from sex work or injection drug use for three months.
Gay men will now be able to give blood if they refrain from sexual contact with another man for three months instead of one year.
These changes may be able to address issues with the blood supply in the U.S., according to the FDA. “As a result of this public health emergency, there is a significant shortage in the supply of blood in the United States,” the FDA said in the revised guidelines. —Hannah Miller
1:39 pm: Chanos says gig economy companies like Uber will emerge from coronavirus crisis ‘harmed’
The coronavirus pandemic may not be the boon for gig economy companies that some believe it will be, Kynikos Associates Founder Jim Chanos said on CNBC’s “Halftime Report.”
“I think the gig economy companies are going to come out of this harmed, not enhanced,” said the billionaire investor and famous short seller. “I know there’s a body of thought that oh, well everybody will just do food delivery and we’ll all take Ubers and no one is going to buy a car again and I think the flip side of it is that the labor pool issue for the gig economy companies is going to loom very very large coming out of this crisis.”
Chanos said the unemployment benefits being paid to gig economy workers, as outlined in the $2 trillion relief bill, could highlight certain issues with the models of companies like Uber, Lyft and GrubHub. Because these companies classify drivers as independent contractors, rather than employees, the companies have avoided paying into unemployment programs the way a traditional employer would, meaning the payments fall on taxpayers. —Lauren Feiner
1:33 pm: Walgreens sees surge of sales in first part of March before dropoff as lockdown orders went into effect across the US
Walgreens Boots Alliance Global Chief Financial Officer James Kehoe said the company saw a surge in sales in the first part of March and then a noticeable drop as lockdowns took effect. He said the company cannot reliably forecast the impact of COVID-19.
Walgreens executives dialed in from different locations to report fiscal second-quarter earnings as they hunkered down and socially distanced from one another.
The international drugstore chain offered clues about how retailers still open during the pandemic may fare. Walgreens leaders described the complexities of predicting business trends, as customer patterns shift rapidly during a global crisis. For example, they said, some customers bought many months of prescriptions. On the other hand, heavily trafficked stores like those on the Las Vegas Strip have been hit hard by closed casinos, restaurants and nearby businesses. —Melissa Repko
1:21 pm: Amazon blocks sale of N95 masks to the public, begins offering supplies to hospitals
Amazon is no longer offering N95 masks to the general public, as it prioritizes the delivery of essential supplies to hospitals, government agencies and other groups amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Earlier this week, the company rolled out a new section of its website dedicated to COVID-19 related supplies. There, any U.S.-accredited hospital or state or federal agency can fill out a form to access necessary items like N95 masks, surgical masks, facial shields, surgical gowns, surgical gloves and large-volume sanitizers. News of the website was first reported by Vox.
The site states it is not accepting requests from the general public, noting: “We are not accepting requests from individuals or non-qualified organizations at this time.” Amazon also noted it will not make a profit from the orders. —Annie Palmer
1:08 pm: Even with 6.6 million more workers seeking unemployment, millions more still need to file
People gather at the entrance for the New York State Department of Labor offices in Brooklyn, which closed to the public due to the coronavirus disease outbreak March 20, 2020.
Andrew Kelly | REUTERS
The 6.6 million claims workers filed for unemployment benefits last week is not expected to be an accurate reflection of the real number of Americans who found themselves suddenly out of work.
Weekly jobless claims for the week ending March 28, was double the already shocking 3.3 million record filings of the week earlier. It also is well above the 3.1 million consensus forecast of economists, which had become irrelevant by Wednesday, as a number of major firms put out estimates that were closer to 5 million. —Patti Domm
12:54 pm: Chime pilots way to get $1,200 stimulus checks to users instantly after talks with Mark Cuban
Chime, the biggest U.S. digital bank start-up, is piloting a way for its users to receive their federal $1,200 stimulus checks instantly, weeks before the government is expected to send the payments.
The San Francisco-based company said it randomly picked 1,000 of its customers to get the payments Thursday using a feature called SpotMe that typically allows members to go negative in their accounts without incurring fees.
Since the bank is using its own capital to front the money until the government makes those payments, part of the historic $2 trillion coronavirus relief package signed into law last week, it is taking on some risk, according to CEO Chris Britt. If he gets reassurance from the government that Chime users can’t redirect stimulus payments to other bank accounts, he plans on expanding it to more of the bank’s 8 million users, he said. —Hugh Son
12:46 pm: DNC postponed until August, delaying official presidential nomination as coronavirus spreads
The Democratic National Convention, which was set for July, has been delayed until August as the coronavirus continues to spread.
“In our current climate of uncertainty, we believe the smartest approach is to take additional time to monitor how this situation unfolds so we can best position our party for a safe and successful convention,” said DNC Convention Committee CEO Joe Solmonese in a press release.
“I have always believed that American innovation and ingenuity shine brightest during our darkest days, and for that reason, I’m confident our convention planning team and our partners will find a way to deliver a convention in Milwaukee this summer that places our Democratic nominee on the path to victory in November,” he said. —Yelena Dzhanova
12:37 pm: Small landlords struggle as renters either can’t or choose not to pay amid coronavirus layoffs
As job losses climb into the millions due to the coronavirus pandemic, laid-off workers increasingly can’t make the rent. That’s also bad news for small landlords.
Unlike large real estate companies and REITs that own multiple rental buildings, small, so-called “mom and pop” landlords have neither the cash nor the credit availability to cover their costs when the rent runs out.
There are about 8 million individual landlords in the United States, meaning those who typically own between one and 10 properties. They own and manage half the rental properties in the nation and house about 48 million renters, according to Avail, a software company that sells them the type of online rental platforms used by larger landlords. —Diana Olick
12:24 pm: Dow jumps more than 400 points after Trump tells CNBC Saudis and Russia will ease oil pressure
12:17 pm: Fed’s Kaplan sees the jobless rate rising to mid-teens then falling to 8% this year
U.S. unemployment will peak in the “low- to mid-teens” before falling to about 8% by the end of 2020, Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan said Thursday.
From there, the recovery likely will be more U-shaped as consumers struggle to recover from an economic near-stoppage brought on by efforts to contain the coronavirus, the central bank official said during a “Squawk on the Street” interview. Kaplan said he anticipates a “severe contraction” in the second quarter spilling into the third quarter before a recovery begins.
“The issue is, what’s the strength of the rebound?” he said. After unemployment peaks, Kapan said he sees it slipping “below 10%, probably closer to 8%.” —Jeff Cox
12:11 pm: Trump administration awards $25 billion in emergency transit funding
The U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced it was allocating $25 billion in emergency funding grants to public transportation systems to address a massive falloff in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The funds, including $5.4 billion to the New York City area, were approved by Congress last week and transit systems should start receiving payments in the coming weeks. —Reuters
12:06 pm: Uber said it would compensate drivers who test positive for COVID-19. This driver was still denied
When Attila Erzeybek, an Uber driver in Phoenix, tested positive for COVID-19 on March 23, he applied quickly for the financial assistance the ride-sharing company has promised it will offer to drivers who fall ill amid the pandemic.
His case was unambiguous: He sent Uber a letter from his doctor, which stated that he had the respiratory illness and needed to self-quarantine.
And so he was shocked when the company denied him.
“After reviewing your documents, we have determined that you’re not eligible for the financial assistance because the document does not show the symptoms or risk of COVID-19,” the company wrote him. It then deactivated his account. —Annie Nova
12:01 pm: Updated map of US cases, which now total 217,263
11:53 am: New York Gov. Cuomo says coronavirus outbreak in Long Island is ‘troubling’ as state cases surge to 92,381
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a coronavirus outbreak in Long Island is “troubling” as the infection has now spread to every county across the state, surging to 92,381.
“You look to see in Nassau County 1,000 new cases, Suffolk County 1,141 new cases. That is troubling news,” Cuomo said Thursday at a press conference in Albany, referring to the two counties that comprise Long Island. Suffolk County is home to the Hamptons, the wealthy playground for Manhattan’s rich.
Cuomo said the COVID-19 outbreak isn’t just hitting urban areas. The coronavirus has spread to Parts of upstate New York have more cows than people. New York state, don’t think of just New York City. Upstate New York is a rural community and you see that is not just urban areas, it’s suburban areas that’s Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk. … In many ways New York state is a microcosm of the United States” —Berkeley Lovelace Jr.
11:30 am: Google relaxes its broad ban on ads that mention coronavirus
Google is relaxing its policy on some ads related to COVID-19 after originally blocking all ads related to the pandemic.
Under its “sensitive events policy,” Google said it started blocking ads related to coronavirus in January. That policy was designed to block ads attempting to capitalize on shorter-term events like natural disasters, but as the pandemic continues as a major issue, the company said it’s adjusting enforcement “to ensure that we are protecting users while prioritizing critical information.”
11:26 am: Goldman CEO David Solomon says ‘no question’ that the initial US response to coronavirus was slow
Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon said that while there is “no question” that the initial U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic was slow, progress is now being made and a “path forward” from the crisis will emerge in coming weeks.
“There’s no question, David, that we were late to this, we were slow to adapt,” Solomon said Thursday on CNBC in response to a question from anchor David Faber.
“But I really see now lots of focus” from the government and private companies, Solomon said. “With the resources we have, the ingenuity we have, the creativity, I’m very optimistic we’ll make progress and start to plot a path forward in the coming weeks.”
Solomon said that as testing and other measures ramp up, it will eventually give policymakers confidence in the trajectory of the virus. That understanding will “give us the opportunity to start to slowly open up parts of the economy,” he said. —Hugh Son
11:18 am: This map shows which states are seeing the most job losses due to the coronavirus
Another record-breaking spike in U.S. jobless claims hit Americans across the country, but varied in impact by state as each governor takes a different tact in slowing the spread of COVID-19.
Claims for state unemployment benefits were most concentrated in Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington state and Massachusetts with claims of 73, 62, 50, 47 and 47 per 1,000 workers, respectively. The data is for jobless filings through the end of last week. —Thomas Franck, John W. Schoen
11:10 am: DOJ and HHS partner to distribute medical supplies confiscated from price gougers
The U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services plan to distribute more than half a million of personal protective equipment, or PPE, including approximately 192,000 N95 respirator masks, to health care workers in New York and New Jersey fighting the coronavirus, HHS said in a press release.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation confiscated the supplies during an enforcement operation by the DOJ’s COVID-19 hoarding and price gouging task force on March 30. In addition to the N95 respirator masks, the supplies found included 598,000 medical grade gloves and 130,000 surgical masks, procedure masks, N100 masks, surgical gowns, disinfectant towels, particulate filters, bottles of hand sanitizer, and bottles of spray disinfectant, the release said.
HHS said it will pay the owner of the hoarded PPE pre-coronavirus fair market value for the supplies. —Noah Higgins-Dunn
10:23 am: Volkswagen extends Tennessee plant shutdown
Volkswagen extended the temporary shutdown of its Chattanooga plant in Tennessee until 10 p.m. April 12 due to the coronavirus. The plant was expected to reopen earlier this week. It ended production on March 21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The health and safety of our team remains our highest priority,” the German automaker said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor the situation and will take any and all additional steps as they become necessary, communicating updates as they are available.”
VW said it will continue to pay all Chattanooga employees in full. However, all employees will be required to take paid time off on April 10. Hourly and salary non-exempt employees will have the option to take “no pay-no penalty” for this day, and salary-exempt employees may use comp time, the company said.
The planned reopening is still prior to President Donald Trump’s extension of national social-distancing guidelines through April. —Michael Wayland
10:15 am: Grubhub gives independent restaurants $250 to help drive delivery sales
Grubhub is giving independent restaurants and regional chain franchises $250 each to offer customers a promotion of $10 off any order of at least $30. Grubhub said that participating restaurants have seen sales spike 30%, compared with those who are not offering the promotion.The third-party delivery provider plans to spend almost $30 million through April on the program. Grubhub reported revenue of $1.3 billion in 2019. —Amelia Lucas
9:50 am: Amazon will start taking workers’ temperatures and provide face masks after public outcry
Amazon fulfillment center warehouse.
Amazon is taking greater steps to protect warehouse workers following weeks of public outcry.
In a blog post, Dave Clark, who runs Amazon’s retail operations, said the company will start taking employees’ temperatures when they report to work and supply them with face masks.
Temperature checks began last Sunday at select sites in the U.S. and will now begin to roll out to Amazon’s entire operations network and footprint of Whole Foods Stores in the U.S. and Europe by early next week, Clark said. Anyone who registers a fever over 100.4 will be told to go home and will only be allowed to return after they’ve gone three days without a fever, he added. —Annie Palmer
9:41 am: Ex-FDA chief warns ‘parts of our lives’ will stay shut down without a coronavirus drug by fall
“If we don’t have it, this virus is going to come back in the fall and it’s going to continue to shut down parts of our lives,” Gottlieb said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”
“This is going to circulate in the background. The consumer is not going to bounce back. People are going to be afraid to go out and we’re going to continue to see people succumb to this virus,” he added.
Gottlieb said the sense of “urgency” being applied to the development of a COVID-19 vaccine needs to be applied to developing a therapeutic. —Kevin Stankiewicz
9:33 am: Stocks open flat after US jobless claims surge by a record 6.6 million
Stocks opened flat as grim U.S. unemployment data offset a surge in oil prices and added to the fears surrounding the coronavirus outbreak and its economic ramifications. Thursday’s moves come after the market suffered steep losses in the previous session. Stocks were pressured on Wednesday by comments from Trump, who said the U.S. should prepare for a “very, very painful two weeks.” White House officials are projecting between 100,000 and 240,000 virus deaths in the U.S. —Fred Imbert, Pippa Stevens
9:23 am: San Diego hospital prepares for ‘slow-moving tsunami’ of coronavirus cases
San Diego-based hospital system Scripps Health is preparing for coronavirus cases in the city to “spike” in what CEO Chris Van Gorder describes as a “slow-moving tsunami” — even as it is already running out of surgical masks and doctors prepare to convert anesthesia machines into ventilators in a pinch.
“We know it’s coming,” he continued. “We can actually see it. We’ve got the early stages of it already coming ashore. You can see that with the positive patients we have in our hospital. But we don’t know how big that tsunami is actually going to be.”
Scripps Health operates five hospitals with 1,453 beds, 28 outpatient centers and treats roughly 600,000 patients each year. As of Monday, it had processed 4,822 coronavirus tests, identifying 217 COVID-19 patients, Van Gorder said. They had just nine coronavirus patients in the intensive care unit and five of them were using ventilators as of last week, he said. —Berkeley Lovelace Jr.
9:20 am: Jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr., songwriter Adam Schlesinger die from coronavirus complications
On Wednesday, complications from COVID-19 claimed the lives of pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis Jr. and singer-songwriter Adam Schlesinger, the New York Time reported.
Marsalis, who was 85 years old, contributed to a late-20th-century resurgence in jazz and influenced four musician sons on to prominent careers, including jazz artists Wynton and Branford.
Adam Schlesinger, 52, was a singer-songwriter for the bands Fountains of Wayne and Ivy. He had an award-winning second career writing songs for film, theater and television. —Melodie Warner
8:31 am: US weekly jobless claims soar to 6.6 million
The torrent of Americans filing for unemployment insurance continued last week as 6.6 million new claims were filed, the Labor Department reported Thursday.
Economists surveyed by Dow Jones estimated 3.1 million, a week after nearly 3.3 million filings in the first wave of what has been a record-shattering swelling of the jobless ranks.
Before the coronavirus shut down major parts of the U.S. economy, the highest weekly claims was 695,000 in 1982. The Great Recession high was 665,000 in March 2009.
The sudden stop spurred by social distancing policies caused a cascade of joblessness unlike anything the nation has ever seen. —Jeff Cox
8:02 am: Restaurants tack on extras to takeout orders
Buy a meal, get a free roll of toilet paper.
Restaurants are turning to bundling in-demand consumer products with food and drinks to reach out to their customers even as the future of their businesses is unclear.
States have closed dining rooms, forcing eateries to pivot to takeout and delivery. Total restaurant transactions plunged 36% during the week ended March 22 from a year earlier, according to the NPD Group.
Several weeks ago, Dave Goodside, owner of Beach Cafe on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, asked his paper vendor for 10 cases of toilet paper, or about 800 rolls. The cafe offers one free toilet paper roll and two pairs of polyethylene gloves, typically used for food preparation, with every order. Goodside estimates that Beach Cafe is filling about 20 to 30 orders a night. Other restaurants around the country are taking similar measures.—Amelia Lucas
7:52 am: Switzerland cases top 18,000
Switzerland’s public health agency reported the total number of coronavirus infections nationwide had climbed to 18,267, up from 17,139.
The country, which has recorded the ninth-highest number of infections worldwide, has confirmed 505 deaths as a result of COVID-19, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. —Sam Meredith
7:27 am: Small Business Association challenged to make $349 billion worth of loans fast
7:12 am: Boeing offers voluntary layoffs to employees
A worker applies sealer to a cargo door frame as the bottom section of a Boeing 737 fuselage is assembled at Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kansas.
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Boeing is offering buyout and early retirement packages to employees, according to a memo from Boeing Chief Executive Dave Calhoun. The memo says Boeing will offer a voluntary layoff plan that allows eligible employees who want to exit the company to do so with a pay and benefits package.
“This move aims to reduce the need for other workforce actions,” Calhoun wrote in the memo. —Will Feuer
7:05 am: US surgeon general asks CDC to see if face masks can prevent spread after all
US Surgeon General Jerome Adams speaks during a press briefing about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, March 14, 2020.
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America’s top doctor appears to have softened his stance over the effectiveness of face masks when it comes to preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams had initially advised against the general public wearing face masks, saying they were “not effective” in preventing people from contracting COVID-19 and amplified the risk of health-care providers being unable to get them.
However, Adams told NBC’s “TODAY” on Wednesday that he has now asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate whether this recommendation should change. —Sam Meredith
6 am: Spain’s death toll crosses 10,000
Spain’s health ministry reported that a record 950 people died overnight as a result of the coronavirus, bringing the country’s death toll to 10,003.
It becomes only the second country worldwide to surpass 10,000 coronavirus deaths. To date, Italy has reported that 13,155 people have lost their lives to COVID-19. —Sam Meredith
5:45 am: Spain reports nearly 900,000 people have lost their jobs since lockdown
A tourist wears a protective mask as she carries her suitcases past a closed Nike store at Las Ramblas on March 15, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain.
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Almost 900,000 Spanish workers have lost their jobs since the country went into lockdown, social security data showed.
The euro zone’s fourth-largest economy reported that 898,822 people have lost their jobs since March 12, when the lockdown measures were first introduced. More than half of those who lost work were temporary employees.
Spain has reported the third-highest number of cases of any country worldwide, with more than 104,000 infections. —Sam Meredith
4:50 am: Israel’s Netanyahu in self-isolation after health minister tests positive
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to go into self-quarantine for a second time after the government confirmed that Health Minister Yaakov Litzman tested positive for the coronavirus.
Several other senior government officials were also thought to be self-isolating after coming into contact with Litzman, Israeli media reported. More than 6,200 people have contracted the COVID-19 infection in Israel, with 30 deaths nationwide. —Sam Meredith
Read CNBC’s coverage from CNBC’s Asia-Pacific and Europe teams overnight here: Spain deaths surpass 10,000; Russia reports record spike in cases