Coronavirus live updates: NY state cases triple, Iran warns it may use force to halt 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. 

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  • Global cases: More than 100,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Global deaths: At least 3,383, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US cases: At least 233, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US deaths: At least 14, according to the CDC and state health officials.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is reporting four additional travel-related cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to five. Harris County Public Health and the Houston Health Department announced four cases on Thursday, March 5 in residents of Harris County who had recently traveled abroad. The first Texas case was announced by Fort Bend County Health and Human Services on March 4. These cases are among a group that traveled overseas together and were being monitored by public health because of a possible exposure to COVID-19. Travel-related cases in Texas don’t indicate spread within the state, Texas Department of State Health Services said. The immediate risk to most Texans remains low, the agency said. —Cullen

Iranian authorities warned they may use “force” to limit travel between cities and announced the new coronavirus has killed 124 people amid 4,747 confirmed cases in the Islamic Republic. Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour did not elaborate on the threat to use force, though he acknowledged the virus now was in all of Iran’s 31 provinces. The threat may be to stop people from using closed schools and universities as an excuse to go to the Caspian Sea and other Iranian vacation spots. Semiofficial news agencies in Iran posted images of long traffic lines as people tried to reach the Caspian coast from Tehran, despite authorities earlier telling people to remain in their cities. Iran on Thursday announced it would put checkpoints in place to limit travel between major cities, hoping to stem the spread of the virus. —Associated Press

German sportswear maker Adidas said it has one employee in Herzogenaurach who was tested positive for the coronavirus. “We can confirm that an Adidas employee in Herzogenaurach, Germany has been tested positive for the Coronavirus and is now receiving the appropriate medical care,” the company told CNBC. “As a precautionary measure, employees who are considered to be at risk because of close contact with that individual have been informed and were sent home immediately the day before yesterday, March 4, as was the affected employee. The affected employees will stay in home-quarantine for 14 days or can return to work if the test result is negative.” The company added that critical office areas at its headquarters were deep-cleaned on Wednesday evening to make the workplace safer for those that work onsite. “We continue to assess each situation on a case-by-case basis to determine what measures are necessary for our employees’ safety and wellbeing,” the company said. —Cullen

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported 65 more cases of coronavirus in the country, which includes cases reported by individual states that were yet to be confirmed by the agency. As of 4 pm on March 5, the number of confirmed and presumptive positive cases stood at 213, the agency said. Cases detected among former passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship remains at 46, while 3 cases were detected in citizens repatriated from Wuhan, China, the CDC said. —Reuters 

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/06/coronavirus-latest-updates-outbreak.html

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