Coronavirus live updates: France cases jump, Wall Street reroutes traders, GM tightens travel

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 At least 101,587, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Global deaths: At least 3,460, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US cases: At least 245, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US deaths: At least 14, according to the CDC and state health officials.

France has 613 confirmed cases of coronavirus, the head of the public health service, Jerome Salomon, said on Friday, which is an increase of 190 compared to a day earlier. During a press briefing, he added the death toll from the disease was still at nine and that 39 persons were in intensive care. —Reuters

Correction: Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in France rose by 190 to 613. An earlier version of this headline misstated the increase. 

Hundreds of Wall Street traders are changing their commutes. Starting Monday, Citigroup is sending traders and salespeople from its headquarters in downtown Manhattan to a backup facility in Rutherford, New Jersey in contingency plans tied to the coronavirus, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. JPMorgan Chase told traders yesterday that some of them can expect to work from locations in New Jersey and Brooklyn, while Morgan Stanley has begun to send some employees to its Purchase, New York office, according to people with knowledge of the plans.

As of Friday, there are 33 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York state, with several thousand people under precautionary quarantine. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday confirmed four cases in the city and warned against community spread. —Son

General Motors is tightening its travel protocols for employees amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Domestic and international travel for GM employees effective Friday “requires senior leader approval,” a company spokesman told CNBC. The Detroit automaker previously required such approval for international travel. A travel ban for GM employees remains in effect for China, South Korea, Italy and Japan, according to the company. —Wayland

New York Gov. Cuomo criticized the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, calling it “absurd and nonsensical.”

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were slow to initially test people for the virus, he said, before — “in a tardy fashion” — changing the policy to allow states to test. The Trump administration’s management of the outbreak isn’t just “bad government and poor planning,” Cuomo said at a press conference, but will also “increase the fear.”

Local and state officials across the country have criticized the CDC’s testing criteria, scarcity of tests and poor communication. —Feuer


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