Coronavirus live updates: Coachella and Stagecoach postponed, UK minister diagnosed with coronavirus

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 118,101, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Global deaths: At least 4,262, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • U.S. cases: At least 808, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • U.S. deaths: At least 28, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Organizers of Coachella and Stagecoach have rescheduled both the music festivals because of coronavirus concerns.

“At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns,” organizers said in an email. “While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials.”

According to the organizers, Coachella will now take place on Oct. 9, 10 and 11 and Oct. 16, 17 and 18 while Stagecoach will take place on Oct. 23, 24 and 25, 2020. “All purchases for the April dates will be honored for the rescheduled October dates,” organizers said, adding that purchasers will be notified by March 13 on how to obtain a refund if they are unable to attend. — Wang, Bhattacharjee

Nadine Dorries, a junior health minister in the UK, has been diagnosed with coronavirus after falling ill on Friday, the Times of London reported. Dorries, who is now in isolation and recovering, met hundreds of people in Parliament in the past week and attended a reception with Prime Minster Boris Johnson, the Times said. — Reuters

Google is telling all of its North American employees to stay home until at least April 10, as the COVID-19 coronavirus spreads.

“All offices in North America are now on recommended work from home status, if roles allow,” a Google spokesperson said in an email to CNBC. “Our goal is to reduce the density of people in offices, which expert advice suggests may slow down the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the burden on the local community and health resources.”

More than 100,000 Google employees are based in North America. —Elias

Google is temporarily banning ads for medical face masks, which have proliferated online as the coronavirus spreads. 

“Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to temporarily ban all medical face mask ads,” a Google spokeswoman said in an email to CNBC. “We’re actively monitoring the situation and will continue to take action as needed to protect users.”

The restriction only applies to face masks for now, and does not apply to ads for other products that could protect against the outbreak, like hazmat suits and sanitizers, which have also proliferated in recent weeks. Google said it is “continuing to evaluate” whether the ban should apply to other products, and said will take a “few days” to take down existing mask ads, meaning users are likely to still see them in the coming days. Google is temporarily banning ads for medical face masks, which have proliferated online as the coronavirus spreads.  — Elias, Graham

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/10/coronavirus-latest-updates-us-markets-set-to-pop-as-trump-eyes-stimulus.html

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