Coronavirus live updates: Amazon wont dock warehouse workers pay, US politicians self-quarantine

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 111,200, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Global deaths: At least 3,890, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US cases: At least 564, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US deaths: At least 22, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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 made the change to ensure there are no repercussions for needing to stay home due to illness, the company told CNBC. The change of policy applies to any employee 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 both self-quarantining after interacting with a coronavirus patient at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in late February. Rep 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. Sen. 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 government 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

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch-lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia this week will be staged without spectators as organizers seek to protect the event from COVID-19, Greece’s Olympic Committee said. The Olympic torch will be lit in Olympia at a scaled-down ceremony on March 12 before a seven-day relay that will culminate with a handover ceremony in Greece on March 19. —Reuters


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