Coronavirus live updates: Louisiana postpones Democratic primary, Apple moves conference online

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:

New York state now has more cases than any other state in the U.S. as the number of newly confirmed infections surged by 30% overnight to 421, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

“This is not going to be a quick situation. This is going to be weeks, months,” Cuomo said at a press conference in Albany, N.Y. “My guess is there are thousands and thousands of cases walking around the state of New York.”

Earlier in the day, Cuomo’s office confirmed that New York will begin its first “drive-through” testing center for COVID-19 in New Rochelle, where cases have surged in recent weeks. —Berkeley Lovelace, William Feuer, Noah Higgins-Dunn

Disney‘s ESPN has long called itself the worldwide leader in sports. Now it will have to figure out what to do when there aren’t any.

On what could be called Black Thursday for major sports leagues, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League suspended play, following the National Basketball Association’s lead on Wednesday. 

That leaves all-sports networks — particularly ESPN, which owns more rights to live games than any other media entity — with several unprecedented problems.

Most urgently, ESPN will need to broadcast replacement programming for the games that won’t be happening. In the near term, that includes NCAA conference championship games, NBA games, and first round NCAA women’s basketball tournament games. Beyond that, ESPN has additional live college sports on ESPN+, its streaming service, and other linear networks including ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.  —Alex Sherman

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn said the coronavirus sell-off has made some stocks so cheap they’re being “given away.”

“Now it’s reached a point that there are some companies that are sort of just given away,” Icahn said on CNBC’s “Halftime Report.” “Some of these companies are awfully cheap, they’re very cheap,” he added.

But Icahn, who was bearish prior to the recent sell-off, doesn’t see the turmoil that has sent the Dow and S&P 500 into bear market territory ending anytime soon.

“I’m not quite as bearish as I was even though it has a longer way to go down,” he said. —Pippa Stevens

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


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