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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 114,578, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Global deaths: At least 4,028, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • U.S. cases: At least 755, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • U.S. deaths: At least 26, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The death toll in the United Kingdom from the coronavirus outbreak has risen to six, British health officials said on Tuesday. The latest death comes as the health ministry said the number of people who had tested positive for the virus had risen to 373 from 319.

The patient, who died on Monday evening, was being treated at Watford General Hospital, north of London, and had tested positive for COVID-19. He was in his early 80s and had underlying health conditions, health officials said.

“It appears the virus was acquired in the U.K. and full contact tracing has begun,” Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, said in a statement. —Reuters

Officials in Washington state, struggling to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, have an advantage when it comes to the Democratic presidential primary taking place Tuesday: The state votes entirely by mail.

“Whether healthy or sick, please don’t lick,” reads a graphic posted to Twitter by an account run by the office of Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman.

The lack of in-person voting is a rare spot of good news for the state as it bears the brunt of the new contagion. —Higgins

Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed its first case of coronavirus, a health ministry spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

The patient is a Belgian citizen, who has been placed in quarantine after testing positive for the virus at the airport of the capital Kinshasa, the spokeswoman said. —Reuters

Target detailed the steps it’s taking to keep its stores safe amid the virus outbreak. Among the steps it’s outlined is adding staff hours to put more effort toward cleaning. Target CEO Brian Cornell said the company is wiping down checkout lanes and touchscreens at least every 30 minutes. Food sampling at stores has been halted and the retailer is prepping for more demand for its order pickup and drive-up services. Over the weekend, Target put in place product limits for on-demand items like cleaning products. —Cheddar Berk


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