Coronavirus live updates: Deaths in Spain surge, broad testing weeks if not months away

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 343,421
  • Global deaths: At least 14,790
  • US cases: At least 35,224 
  • US deaths: At least 471

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University. 

Broad testing of every American, symptoms or not, could still be “weeks if not months” away, according to Severin Schwan, CEO of Roche, which has developed a coronavirus test being used in the U.S.

Schwan said his company has rolled out about 400,000 test kits over the past week. The kits are being used in every state, he said. Schwan added that U.S. testing capacity is still too low. “Demand continues to be much higher than supply,” he said. —Will Feuer

Cisco is committing $225 million while the rest of Silicon Valley initiates an investment blitz to help combat COVID-19. 

CEO Chuck Robbins recently hosted a call with Silicon Valley business leaders to discuss ways they can use their money and vast resources to fend off the virus. CEOs and executives from Facebook, Apple, the San Francisco 49ers, Twitter, Netflix, Alphabet, and Salesforce were invited to take part. —Brian Schwartz

Spain’s health ministry confirmed an additional 462 deaths overnight, bringing the country’s total number of fatalities nationwide to 2,182.

Spain has reported the fourth-highest number of COVID-19 infections worldwide to date, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, behind China, Italy and the U.S., respectively. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Sunday announced his intention to extend the country’s state of emergency by another 15 days. —Sam Meredith

The battle against the coronavirus pandemic is like “the fog of war,” said top American U.S. health official Dr. Anthony Fauci in an interview with Science magazine, adding that it was “premature” to assess whether the U.S. plan has failed or not.

Fauci, who serves as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been on the frontline of the government response to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

“It’s almost like the fog of war. After the war is over, you then look back and say, wow, this plan, as great as it was, didn’t quite work once they started that throwing hand grenades at us,” Fauci said. —Weizhen Tan

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/23/coronavirus-live-updates.html

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