Coronavirus live updates: Europe is now the epicenter of the pandemic, The Masters is postponed

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:

Europe has become the new epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, World Health Organization officials said Friday.

“More cases are now being reported [in Europe] every day than were reported in China at the height of its epidemic,” WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference at the organization’s Geneva headquarters. —William Feuer, Noah Higgins-Dunn, Berkeley Lovelace

President Donald Trump plans to declare a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, according to adminstration officials who spoke to NBC News.

The president has scheduled a 3 p.m. ET press conference Friday at the White House.

The conference is set to occur shortly after Trump is scheduled to meet at the White House with major laboratory company executives about the response to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.—Dan Mangan

The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered the doors to major sporting events, concerts, and Broadway plays. It could also keep the public from hearing major arguments at the Supreme Court, which announced it would close indefinitely on Thursday.

That includes high-profile cases scheduled for later this month over whether President Donald Trump may keep his tax returns shielded from investigators and an April dispute over a policy that makes it easier for employers to deny insurance coverage for contraception.

Eleven national progressive and civil rights groups representing millions of members urged the top court not to let that happen. The coalition is pressing the justices to broadcast all of its arguments live to the public while the building remains closed to spectators. —Tucker Higgins

Ford Motor and General Motors have instructed employees who can work from home to do so beginning Monday due to the coronavirus.

The new guidelines do not include factory workers or those who must physically be present to do their duties.

The protocols come days after Michigan, where both automakers have major operations, confirmed its first cases of COVID-19. —Michael Wayland


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