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.Â
- Global cases: More than 137,445, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
- Global deaths: At least 5,088,Â according toÂ 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 the most coronavirus cases in the US as new cases jump 30% overnight
- Trump declares national emergency over coronavirus
- Louisiana postponesÂ its Democratic primary, the first state to do so
- Europe is now the ‘epicenter’ of the coronavirus pandemic, WHO says
- The Masters and other major golf tournaments are postponed
- Warren Buffett says Berkshire’s annual meeting will be held without shareholders
President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic.
The declaration will free up as much as $50 billion in financial resources to assist Americans affected by the outbreak.
Trump said he expected the U.S. to have 1.4 million coronavirus test kits available within a week, and a total of 5 million kits within the next month. He then said he doubted the country will “need anywhere near” 5 million kits. âDan Mangan, Christina Wilkie
Delta Air Lines will cut passenger-carrying capacity by 40% to deal with a nosedive in travel demand, and it is talking to the White House and Congress about assistance to get through a downturn caused by the new coronavirus. The 40% cut in capacity is the largest in Delta’s history, surpassing reductions that were made after the September 2001 terror attacks. “The speed of the demand fall-off is unlike anything we’ve seen â and we’ve seen a lot in our business,” CEO Ed Bastian said in a memo to Delta’s 90,000 employees Friday. âAssociated Press
President Donald Trump on Friday is expected to declare a national emergency over the deadly coronavirus, according to administration officials who spoke to NBC News. The move would free up financial resources to assist Americans affected by the outbreak.
The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic on Wednesday, saying it expects “to see the number of cases, the number of deaths and the number of affected countries to climb even higher.”Â Â
Watch the livestream here. âYelena DzhanovaÂ
BioReference Laboratories, the company behind the drive-through testing in New Rochelle, NY, will be able conduct up 10,000 coronavirus tests per day across the U.S., executive chairman Dr. Jon Cohen told CNBC. Appearing on “Power Lunch,” Cohen said they will be able to provide up to 5,000 tests per day in New York State due to an automated testing system being launched in the coming days. âKevin Stankiewicz