Coronavirus live updates: Italy death toll jumps, Mnuchin says Americans need cash now

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 183,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  • Global deaths: At least 7,167, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  • U.S. cases: At least 4,661, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  • U.S. deaths: At least 85, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has risen in the last 24 hours by 345 to 2,503, an increase of 16%, the Civil Protection Agency said on Tuesday.

The total number of cases in Italy, the European country hardest hit by the virus, rose to 31,506 from a previous 27,980, up 12.6%, the slowest rate of increase since the contagion came to light on Feb. 21.

Of those originally infected, 2,941 had fully recovered compared to 2,749 the day before. Some 2,060 people were in intensive care against a previous 1,851. —Reuters

Several U.S. airlines reversed from multi-year lows after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Trump administration is seeking to pass an aid package for the ailing sector and others “very quickly.” 

American Airlines surged more than 7%, while Southwest Airlines was up more than 4%. Alaska Air rose close to 9%. Delta was little changed. United was still down 3% but off the day’s lows, after Mnuchin’s comments. —Leslie Josephs

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed 5,000 in the United States on Tuesday, increasing fivefold over seven days as states ramp up testing and the new flu-like coronavirus sweeps across the country.

Across the country, the virus has infected more than 5,145 and killed at least 91 people as of noon Tuesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Globally, the virus has infected more than 189,386 people and killed at least 7,504, according to Hopkins. The number of cases changes by the minute as test results roll in and countries and U.S. states expand their testing capacity. —Will Feuer

The French Open has been delayed until the fall because of the coronavirus, the tournament’s organizers announced Tuesday. Initially scheduled for May 24 to June 7, the tennis season’s second Grand Slam will now take place Sept. 20 to Oct. 4.

“While no one today can predict what the health situation will be like on May 18 (when qualifications were due to start), the lockdown measures in force make it impossible to prepare for it and therefore to organize it on the dates initially planned,” the French tennis federation said in a statement. —Hannah Miller

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/17/coronavirus-live-updates.html

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