Coronavirus live updates: Senate cancels recess to address pandemic, professional sports upended

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.

Major League Baseball will suspend all operations, including spring training, due to the coronavirus, according to NBC News.

MLB is expected to announce its plans later on Thursday. —Young

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on gatherings of 500 or more people across the state as public officials try to contain a fast-moving coronavirus outbreak that has infected at least 328 people in New York.

Cuomo said the state was trying to limit the contagion by reducing “density,” or events where a large number of people gather in a close environment.

“So, we’re going to take very dramatic actions in that regard to reduce the number of people in a contagious environment,” Cuomo said during a press briefing on Thursday. “No gatherings with 500 people or more.”

The rules take effect at 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, except for Broadway theaters in Manhattan, which will need to adhere by the rules starting at 5 p.m. tonight, he said.  —Feuer

Norwegian Air will scrap 4,000 flights and temporarily lay off around half its employees due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. 

Travel restrictions and falling demand due to the virus are increasingly hurting the airline industry’s ability to fly.

President Donald Trump has ordered sweeping restrictions on travel from the European mainland for the next 30 days in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus.

A pioneer in transatlantic budget travel since 2013, the ban is another severe blow to Norwegian, the largest foreign airline serving the New York region and several other U.S. cities. —Reuters

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is closing starting March 13 to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. The closure affects the Met’s main location on Fifth Avenue, the Met Breuer and the Met Cloisters. The museum did not give a reopening date.

“While we don’t have any confirmed cases connected to the Museum, we believe that we must do all that we can to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our community, which at this time calls for us to minimize gatherings while maintaining the cleanest environment possible,” Daniel Weiss, the Met’s president and chief executive, said in a statement to CNBC. The museum is undergoing a rigorous cleaning and will announce next steps early next week. The museum confirmed to CNBC that it has closed for two days only twice before: after 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. —Mill


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