Coronavirus live updates: Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson released from hospital, Mulvaney self-quarantines

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.

Outgoing White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney is in self-quarantine in South Carolina after his niece got sick in the wake of interaction with the Brazilian delegation at the Trump resort Mar-a-Lago in Florida. Mulvaney has no symptoms now, a senior administration official said.

Mulvaney’s niece, who shares his residence in Washington, D.C., has made a full recovery but was ill for three to four days last week. Her test results for coronavirus are still pending, but she has tested negative for ordinary flu.

Mulvaney had no contact with President Donald Trump after Thursday morning, the senior administration official said. Mulvaney left Friday morning because of the incubation period. He had zero contact with the president after his test, which came back negative. The White House doctor has been in the loop on it all. —Eamon Javers

A monthly measure of homebuilder sentiment only partially reflected the escalating economic effects of the coronavirus. Sentiment fell 2 points to 72 in March, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.

Sentiment levels have stayed in a tight range in the low- to mid-70s for the past six months. Anything above 50 is considered positive. The HMI stood at 62 in March 2019.

Potential buyers worry about being out in public and about their financial health, as the stock market craters and businesses shut down. Real estate agents for existing homes saw a significant slowdown in buyer traffic at Sunday open houses this past weekend. Some companies have chosen to cancel open houses. —Diana Olick

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins told CNBC on Tuesday that the company’s video conferencing platform Webex saw a surge in user activity since the beginning of the month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“In the first 11 business days of March, we’ve had 5.5 billion meeting minutes,” Robbins said on “Squawk on the Street.” “Yesterday we held 3.2 million meetings globally on Webex, and that doesn’t include one on ones. Those are multi-individual meetings.”

Companies are shifting operations online in a bid to slow COVID-19. In the United States, at least 4,661 coronavirus cases have been confirmed and at least 85 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. —Jessica Bursztynsky

President Donald Trump and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo traded insults on Twitter, ramping up their attacks on each other over their efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Cuomo said Monday the federal government has been “behind from day one of this crisis.” Trump replied on social media that “Cuomo of New York has to ‘do more.'” Cuomo was quick to hit back: “I have to do more? No — YOU have to do something! You’re supposed to be the President.”

Trump took another swing at Cuomo on Tuesday morning, admonishing the New York governor to “keep politics out of” the coronavirus response. —Kevin Breuninger

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

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