Coronavirus live updates: US cases surpass 5,000, 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.

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

Apple‘s U.S. retail stores are closed ‘until further notice,’ according to a notice posted on the company’s website on Tuesday.

On Monday, the Trump administration urged Americans not to gather in groups of more than 10 people amid increasing concerns about the spread of coronavirus. However, other countries as well as local governments have implemented health guidelines differently, which will affect how quickly Apple can re-open its stores. —Kif Leswing

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

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