Coronavirus live updates: Google creating coronavirus site, Trump says UK could be added to European travel restrictions

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 137,445, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Global deaths: At least 5,088, 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:

President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.K. could be added to sweeping restrictions on travel for much of Europe, measures aimed at curbing the coronavirus.

The restrictions that Trump announced earlier this week and that take effect at midnight prohibit the entry of foreigners who have been in 26 European countries for 30 days. They currently exclude Great Britain and Ireland. —Leslie Josephs

Patagonia is closing all of its stores and its online operations because of the coronavirus.

In a memo posted on its website as of Friday afternoon, the privately held sporting goods retailer said, in part, “the scale of impact is still unknown, and we want to do our part to protect our community especially while testing availability is unknown.”

All of its stores, offices and other operations will cease at the end of business Friday. It said it will continue to pay workers their regular pay in the interim. —Lauren Thomas

President Donald Trump said Friday that he will “most likely” be tested for coronavirus – minutes after he said that he will not take any precautionary measures following his close contact at Mar-a-Lago with a Brazilian official who was diagnosed with the disease.

Trump, who said earlier this week that he was “not concerned” about his exposure to people who may be at risk of transmitting the disease, made the comments at the White House after declaring a national emergency. —Kevin Breuninger

Pfizer just made it mandatory for all “customer-facing” employees in the United States and Puerto Rico to work remotely, according to an email viewed by CNBC. 

The drug maker, in a note to workers from its newly formed COVID-19 “task force,” said that employee health and safety is the priority. The policy will be implemented on Monday of next week, and the company said it would hold phone calls to discuss the new guidance with its workers. —Christina Farr

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

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