Coronavirus live updates: Amazon wont dock warehouse workers pay, Iran cases surpass 7,100

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 111,300, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Global deaths: At least 3,892, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US cases: At least 566, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US deaths: At least 22, according to Johns Hopkins University.

As the COVID-19 outbreak moves past the phase of possible containment, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who sits on the boards of Pfizer and biotech company Illumina, says the U.S. will have a “bailout.” “We’re going to end up with a massive fiscal package, a bailout on the back-end of this,” CNBC contributor Gottlieb said. “We are better off using that money up front to help buy some of the actions that we need to mitigate this epidemic rather than spending that money on the back end after we’ve had a very large epidemic.” —Feuer

Amazon is relaxing its attendance policy for warehouse workers and other employees due to the continued spread of coronavirus. The company informed employees Sunday that it will not count any unpaid time off should they need to take it during the month of March. Amazon told CNBC it made the change to ensure there are no repercussions for needing to stay home due to illness. The change of policy applies to employees whose job requires them to “work from an office, store, fulfillment center, delivery station or sort center,” according to a document obtained by CNBC. Amazon also told employees it will not assign attendance points if they’re unable to come to work. The company uses a point system to track employee infractions in a given period of time. —Palmer

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., are self-quarantining after interacting with a COVID-19 patient at the Conservative Political Action Conference in late February. Gosar said he, along with three of his senior staff, are officially under self-quarantine after sustained contact at CPAC with a person who has since been hospitalized. He said they are all asymptomatic. Cruz said his interaction with an infected individual consisted of “a brief conversation and a handshake.” Cruz said that while he does not meet the CDC criteria for a self-quarantine, he is opting to do it anyway. —Hirsch

The German government’s goal is to avoid any business falling into insolvency as a result of the coronavirus, spokesman Steffen Seibert said. “The government will do everything to support businesses and workers in this great economic challenge,” Seibert told a regular news conference. “Our goal is that, ideally, no business in Germany will fall into insolvency due to the coronavirus outbreak, and ideally no job will be lost,” he added. An Economy Ministry spokeswoman said some firms had already sought liquidity support from the government, and that businesses from the tourism and trade fair sectors, in particular, were informing themselves about aid options. —Reuters


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