France closes most stores on coronavirus fears, Spain imposes lockdown, US restricts UK travel

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  • Global cases: More than 147,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University
  • Global deaths: At least 5,539, according to data from Johns Hopkins University
  • U.S. cases: At least 2,174, according to data from Johns Hopkins University
  • U.S. deaths: At least 47, according to data from Johns Hopkins University

Here are today’s key headlines:

Walmart is reducing hours at its U.S. stores to allow more time to replenish shelves and clean and sanitize stores. The national retailer said its stores will be open from 6 am to 11 pm until further notice. The new hours take effect Sunday.

Walmart has more than 4,700 Walmart and Neighborhood Market locations in the U.S. The shortened hours affect about 2,200 stores across the country that are open 24 hours a day.

Other grocers are taking different steps to deal with a surge of shoppers stocking up on food, toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other items. Some, including H-E-B, are limiting customers’ purchases of food and cleaning supplies. Others like Kroger are advertising immediate job openings to keep up with heightened demand. — Melissa Repko

Georgia will delay its presidential primary scheduled for next week over concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Democratic Committee confirmed to CNBC. 

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Saturday said he was declaring a public health state of emergency in response to a growing number of coronavirus cases. He also encouraged faith-based organizations and similar entities to consider canceling public events and services

The state will now hold its presidential primary on May 19 instead of March 24.

Georgia’s decision follows a similar move by Louisiana, which announced Friday it will push back its presidential nominating contests planned for April 4 to June 20.

President Donald Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus, according to the White House physician. 

Trump opted to take the test after the press secretary for Brazil’s president tested positive for the virus. Trump dined with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his press secretary at Mar-a-Lago. Bolsonaro said Friday that he tested negative for the virus. 

According to the note from the White House physician, “last night after an in-depth discussion with the President regarding COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed.”

“This evening,” the White House physician said, “I received confirmation that the test is negative.”

The White House physician added that he has been in “daily contact” with the Center for Disease Control and White House Coronavirus Task Force.

“We are encouraging the implementation of all their best practices for exposure reduction and transmission mitigation,” he said. —Lauren Hirsch

Delta Air Lines and the union that represents its more than 14,000 have agreed to let the carrier offer partially paid time off for aviators through June, and possibly longer, as coronavirus devastates travel demand.

Delta and other carriers are scrambling to cut costs, instituting hiring freezes, asking employees to take unpaid leave and other measures to save cash.

The Atlanta-based carrier on Friday announced it would cut its flying by 40% in the next few months, the biggest cuts in the airline’s more than 90-year history.

Some executives have told CNBC that they expect further cuts from other airlines. —Leslie Josephs

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/14/coronavirus-live-updates-florida-cases-increase-apple-shuts-stores-outside-china.html

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