Coronavirus live updates: US cases jump to 197, deaths now total 12

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 97,800, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Global deaths: At least 3,347, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US cases: At least 197, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US deaths: At least 12, according to the CDC and state health officials.

Seattle and King County officials announced 20 new cases of the virus, bringing total confirmed cases in the county to 51. That brings the total in Washington state to 70, according to the state Department of Health. The new infections outside of Seattle drove the U.S. case count to 197. Local health officials also confirmed a new fatality, bringing the total number of deaths in the U.S. to 12. “This is a critical moment in the growing outbreak of COVID-19 in King County,” Seattle and King County said in a statement. —Feuer

Kroger said in a statement to CNBC that it will be limiting the number of sanitary, cold and flu-related products to five each per order. The nation’s largest grocer attributed the change in policy to high demand and a desire to serve all of its customers. —Lucas

San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced the city’s first two cases.  “These individuals are contained,” Breed said.

The first patient is a man in his 90’s who is in “serious condition” with underlying health conditions, San Francisco Public Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax said. The second person is a woman in her 40’s who is in “fair” condition. Neither patient has a known connection to an infected individual or travel history to an outbreak area. “They are indicative of community transmission of COVID-19,” he said. —Feuer

The Senate gathered enough votes to pass a multibillion-dollar spending package to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The bill will now head to the White House, where President Donald Trump is expected to sign it. 

The $8.3 billion emergency funding plan sailed through the House a day earlier in a 415-2 vote, just hours after it was unveiled by Senate and House appropriations leaders. 

The bill, which includes more than $3 billion in vaccine research and $2.2 billion in prevention and preparedness efforts, far exceeds the $2.5 billion proposal that the White House put forward last week. —Breuninger 

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/05/coronavirus-latest-updates-outbreak.html

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