Coronavirus live updates: English Premier League suspended, US grants emergency approval for new test

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 135,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Global deaths: At least 4,977, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US cases: At least 1,701, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US deaths: At least 40, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

For decades, the NYSE has had contingency plans to continue to operate in the event the floor might have to close.  At one point, there was even a “mirror” floor in Brooklyn. Today, the NYSE has plans to continue to operate electronically should the floor need to close.  Last weekend, the NYSE conducted a test of their trading systems to ensure they could open electronically without the floor. —Bob Pisani

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued emergency authorization for a coronavirus test made by Swiss diagnostics maker Roche, a move aimed at boosting screening capacity to help contain the growing epidemic. The tests provide results in 3.5 hours and can produce up to 4,128 results in 24 hours, Roche said on Friday. The FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization allows the tests to be deployed in markets including the United States as well as others accepting the CE mark signifying they conform to European directives. —Reuters

The governing bodies of English soccer have announced in a joint statement that elite-level matches, including the Premier League, will be suspended until early April.

It becomes the latest sports league to have been temporarily halted as a result of the fast-spreading coronavirus, which has infected more than 135,000 people worldwide.

In the U.S., all four major and active leagues have ceased competition in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. — Sam Meredith

Croatia and Estonia have both moved to shut down schools for an extended period in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic announced Friday that schools and universities in the country would remain closed from Monday for two weeks. Meanwhile, Estonia’s government decided to close schools and ban public gatherings nationwide until May 1.

Croatia has reported 19 cases of the coronavirus, while Estonia has confirmed 16 infections. Neither country has recorded any deaths as a result of COVID-19. — Sam Meredith

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/13/coronavirus-live-updates-english-premier-league-suspended-us-approves-new-test.html

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