Coronavirus live updates: France shutters schools, New York bans gatherings over 500

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 127,800, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Global deaths: At least 4,718, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US cases: At least 1,323, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US deaths: At least 38, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

With more than 127,000 COVID-19 cases worldwide, one question still lingers: “What should I do — and expect — if I think I have COVID-19?” The short answer is: It depends.

“The most important message is that if you’re young and otherwise relatively healthy, it will most likely be similar to a common cold — or, worst case, the flu,” Dr. Sandra Kesh, deputy medical director at Westmed Medical Group, tells CNBC Make It.

For more on main symptoms, when to see a doctor, how to get tested, and what happens if you test positive, read CNBC Make It’s full coverage. —Jessica Migala

France will from next week close all creches, schools and universities to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus, President Emmanuel Macron said in a televised address.

Describing the outbreak as France’s biggest public health crisis in a century, Macron also urged employers to let staff work from home, and said that the elderly and people with health conditions should stay indoors.

He said, however, that municipal elections scheduled for this weekend should go ahead. —Reuters

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is holding a press conference to address new restrictions on the city amid the COVID-19 outbreak, which has infected at least 62 people in the city and more than 300 people across the state. Watch de Blasio’s press conference live here. —Sara Salinas

Major League Baseball will delay opening day games and cancel spring training games due to the coronavirus, the league announced.

MLB will delay opening day by at least two weeks, the league said in a statement. 

MLB is the latest U.S. professional sports organization to halt its games due to the coronvirus. Earlier Thursday, the National Hockey League “paused” its season, and one day prior, the National Basketball Association suspended its regular-season after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for coronavirus. —Jabari Young


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