Coronavirus live updates: Mnuchin says Americans need cash now, Poland closes border

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.

Poland is largely closed off to foreigners, resulting in massive traffic jams on its borders with Germany, Lithuania and the Czech Republic.

In Lithuania, trucks seeking to enter Poland were backed up in a line 37 miles long, and the country has sent military planes and trains to Germany to help hundreds of its citizens who are stuck at crossing points with Poland. German police organized a convoy of vehicles to a ferry port on one of its Baltic Sea islands to help stranded citizens from Estonia and Lithuania get home. —Hannah Miller

The more than $50 billion in government aid U.S. airlines are seeking as coronavirus ravages their businesses must include worker and consumer protections, some lawmakers and labor unions said.

Airlines are reeling from what executives have called an unprecedented collapse in travel demand as COVID-19 spreads, prompting millions of Americans to stay at home. More than 4,600 cases of coronavirus have been detected so far in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. 

As a result, airlines are culling thousands of flights, parking airplanes, deferring orders and asking workers to take unpaid leave in a bid to preserve cash. U.S. airlines employ close to 750,000 people. —Leslie Josephs, Lauren Hirsch

A U.K. TV ad campaign featuring people eating KFC’s fried chicken and sensuously licking their fingers has been paused in light of the outbreak, as health bodies around the world encourage people to frequently and thoroughly wash their hands and avoid personal contact.

It didn’t seem like the right time to air the ads, according to a KFC U.K. spokesperson. “We’ve decided to pause it for now — but we’re really proud of it and look forward to bringing it back at a later date,” the spokesperson told CNBC via email on Monday.

KFC, which is owned by Yum Brands, coined its catchphrase “finger-lickin’ good” more than 60 years ago. —Lucy Handley

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday that the Trump administration wants to get emergency funds in Americans’ pockets “immediately” amid the coronavirus crisis.

“Americans need cash now,” Mnuchin said during a White House press briefing on the administration’s latest efforts to combat the disease. “I mean now in the next two weeks.” —Kevin Breuninger

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

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