Coronavirus live updates: Europe is now the epicenter of the pandemic, Louisiana postpones Democratic primary

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.

Here are today’s key headlines:

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said that, effective Monday, all of the state’s public and private schools will closed for three weeks through April 5 to combat the spread of a rising number of coronavirus cases.

The announcement during a late-night news conference came as officials said 10 more COVID-19 cases had been discovered in Michigan, raising the tally to 12. Already, some K-12 schools had announced weekslong closures and others had begun training staff to potentially move to online learning only. —Associated Press

Sutter Health, a Northern California hospital chain, emailed its patients over the weekend of March 7 to encourage them to use a new online tool if they have symptoms resembling the coronavirus. 

The app works by leading patients through a set of questions to find out how they’re feeling, how long they’ve experienced symptoms, their age and medical background, and whether they’ve traveled recently. Those who are concerned can opt to talk to a doctor via video chat. 

Fearing that the virus would spread across the Bay Area in the coming weeks, Sutter Health’s chief of digital patient experience Albert Chan pulled together a meeting with infectious disease experts, some clinicians and a small team of web developers. The hospital had an existing capability for video visits, but knew it needed to quickly scale up. “We worked late into the night… over many evenings and the through the weekend,” said Chan.

It went live March 7, and the video service immediately started getting booked up quickly, with most slots taken by noon. 

The tool is just one example of how hospitals across the United States are scrambling to prepare for a possible flood of COVID-19 coronavirus patients. —Christina  Farr

Sports leagues are ceasing competition, including all four major and active U.S. leagues, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Marty Conway, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, called the past two days of reckoning throughout sports “unprecedented.”

Conway, who spent time at AOL and served as a special advisor to former MLB Commissioner Peter Ueberroth, said the coronavirus’ impact on sports is “like a combination of 9/11 and when Magic Johnson was diagnosed with HIV.”

Here’s a look at what’s been canceled. —William Feuer, Jabari Young

Apple will move its annual developers conference, WWDC, online instead of hosting an in-person event due to the coronavirus, the company announced.

WWDC is Apple’s annual developer’s conference. It attracts thousands of developers, analysts and journalists each year. The company typically announces new software features and sometimes hardware products as people travel around the world to San Jose, California for workshops about building software for iPhones, iPads, and Macs hosted by Apple employees. 

“The current health situation has required that we create a new WWDC 2020 format that delivers a full program with an online keynote and sessions, offering a great learning experience for our entire developer community, all around the world,” Apple’s Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said in a statement. — Kif Leswing


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