Coronavirus live updates: US may discourage cruises, University of Washington goes 100% online

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: 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.

Seattle could implement a work-from-home policy for city employees if the coronavirus spread worsens, Mayor Jenny Durkan told CNBC on Friday. “If people don’t have to come into work and can work from home, we’re encouraging that and we may go to a mandatory state of that,” she said on “Squawk Alley.” King County, where Seattle is located, has at least 51 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. —Stankiewicz

It’s a “false hope” that coronavirus will be seasonal and subside in the summer, like the flu, the World Health Organization said Friday. “We have to assume that the virus will continue to have the capacity to spread,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s health emergencies program, said at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva. “It’s a false hope to say, yes, that it will disappear like the flu.” Earlier in the outbreak, U.S. health officials said there was a hypothesis among mathematical modelers that the outbreak “could potentially be seasonal” and relent in warmer conditions. —Lovelace, Higgins-Dunn

On Wednesday, MGM, Universal and “No Time to Die” producers were the first in Hollywood to delay the release of a film because of the coronavirus outbreak, leading people to wonder if more studios would move their release dates. “All the studios are considering what to do with safety and loss mitigation in mind,” Schuyler Moore, an entertainment attorney at Greenberg Glusker, said in an email to CNBC. But, what might work best for MGM may not be ideal for other Hollywood studios. Even if a studio wanted to move a film’s release date, there is little flexibility in the movie release schedule for the rest of 2020. —Whitten

Facebook said it is closing its London offices until Monday after a visiting employee from Singapore was diagnosed with coronavirus. “An employee based in our Singapore office who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 visited our London offices February 24-26, 2020,” Facebook said in a statement. “We are therefore closing our London offices until Monday for deep cleaning and employees are working from home until then.”

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

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