Coronavirus live updates: Expert says virus could kill millions, seniors get special shopping hours

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 219,400
  • Global deaths: At least 8,946
  • US cases: At least 9,159
  • US deaths: At least 150

All data above is provided by Johns Hopkins University.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered 75% of the workforce in non-essential services to stay at home, approved mortgage relief and took other measures Thursday as the number of coronavirus cases across the state surged to 4,152 — with 1,769 new infections confirmed overnight.

Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, Cuomo ordered 75% of the workforce in non-essential services to stay at home, a 25% increase from a day earlier. Essential services include businesses dealing with food, pharmacies, healthcare, shipping, and supplies.

“These are major shifts in life, in the most emotional, stressful conditions that you can imagine,” Cuomo said during a press briefing in Albany. —Berkeley Lovelace Jr., Noah Higgins-Dunn

Millions of U.S. households are expected to face financial burdens in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. If you are facing reduced hours or job loss and are worried about making your rent or mortgage payment this month, stay calm — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the Department of Housing and Urban Development will suspend “all foreclosures and evictions” through the end of April.

That said, you will still want to discuss your options with your mortgage lender or landlord if you have experienced a disruption in your income. CNBC’s Make It offers advice on how to deal with landlords and lenders. —Alicia Adamczyk

Restaurant reservations made through OpenTable ground to a halt in five U.S. cities on Tuesday as restaurant dining room restrictions go into place, according to data from the company. Honolulu’s restaurant bookings have fallen the least, with a decline of 55% compared to a year ago. The Bookings Holdings platform only tracks reservations, not takeout or delivery. —Amelia Lucas

The owner of Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works said Thursday it is suspending all “new” online orders for lingerie in the U.S. and Canada from March 17 through March 29.

L Brands said, instead, its Bath & Body Works business online will be prioritizing hand sanitizer and soap sales. It said this business is being fulfilled by a third party.

L Brands said all workers will receive pay and benefits during the shutdown. It had already announced earlier in the week it was closing all of its stores temporarily. But it is trying to get some Bath & Body Works locations back up and running sooner. — Lauren Thomas

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/19/coronavirus-live-updates.html

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