11 Mar Jonathan Cartu Review: Coachella and Stagecoach postponed, UK minister diagnosed
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- Global cases: More than 118,101, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
- Global deaths: At least 4,262, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
- U.S. cases: At least 808, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
- U.S. deaths: At least 28, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
7:06 pm: Coachella and Stagecoach postponed due to COVID-19 concerns
Organizers of Coachella and Stagecoach have rescheduled both the music festivals because of coronavirus concerns.
“At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns,” organizers said in an email. “While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials.”
According to the organizers, Coachella will now take place on Oct. 9, 10 and 11 and Oct. 16, 17 and 18 while Stagecoach will take place on Oct. 23, 24 and 25, 2020. “All purchases for the April dates will be honored for the rescheduled October dates,” organizers said, adding that purchasers will be notified by March 13 on how to obtain a refund if they are unable to attend. — Wang, Bhattacharjee
6:50 pm: UK minister Nadine Dorries diagnosed with coronavirus, report says.
People wear medical masks as a precaution against coronavirus in central London.
Nadine Dorries, a junior health minister in the UK, has been diagnosed with coronavirus after falling ill on Friday, the Times of London reported. Dorries, who is now in isolation and recovering, met hundreds of people in Parliament in the past week and attended a reception with Prime Minster Boris Johnson, the Times said. — Reuters
6:16 pm: Google tells more than 100,000 North American employees to stay home amid coronavirus fears
Google is telling all of its North American employees to stay home until at least April 10, as the COVID-19 coronavirus spreads.
“All offices in North America are now on recommended work from home status, if roles allow,” a Google spokesperson said in an email to CNBC. “Our goal is to reduce the density of people in offices, which expert advice suggests may slow down the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the burden on the local community and health resources.”
More than 100,000 Google employees are based in North America. —Elias
6 pm: Google bans all ads for medical face masks amid coronavirus outbreak
Google is temporarily banning ads for medical face masks, which have proliferated online as the coronavirus spreads.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to temporarily ban all medical face mask ads,” a Google spokeswoman said in an email to CNBC. “We’re actively monitoring the situation and will continue to take action as needed to protect users.”
The restriction only applies to face masks for now, and does not apply to ads for other products that could protect against the outbreak, like hazmat suits and sanitizers, which have also proliferated in recent weeks. Google said it is “continuing to evaluate” whether the ban should apply to other products, and said will take a “few days” to take down existing mask ads, meaning users are likely to still see them in the coming days. Google is temporarily banning ads for medical face masks, which have proliferated online as the coronavirus spreads. — Elias, Graham
5:40: Seattle-area officials confirm 74 new cases
An ambulance leaves the Life Care Center on March 7, 2020 in Kirkland, Washington. As of today, 11 residents have died from COVID-19 since February 19th and others inside have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Karen Ducey | Getty Images
Seattle and King County officials announced 74 new cases and two deaths, bringing the total in the county to at least 190 infections and at least 22 deaths. Health officials said access to more testing is showing that COVID-19 is spreading more rapidly in King County. of the 22 deaths in King County, 19 were related to the Life Care residential home in Kirkland, Washington, that has become the source of an epidemic. —Lovelace
5:20 pm: Massachusetts declares emergency as coronavirus cases more than double overnight with 51 new infections
Massachusetts’ Governor Charlie Baker declared an emergency after the state’s coronavirus cases more than doubled overnight, surging by 51 new cases.
“Today there are 51 new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed or presumptive positive cases in the commonwealth to 92,” said Marylou Sudders, secretary of Massachusetts’ health and human services.
Sudders said 70 of the total cases all stem from a meeting of senior managers at in the Boston area late last month. Presumptive positive cases have been confirmed by state or local labs, but not by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The declaration of an emergency gives the state more flexibility to respond to the evolving outbreak, Baker said. —Higgins-Dunn
5:10 pm: New York auto show postponed for first time since WWII over coronavirus
The organizers of the New York International Auto Show will postpone the event until late-August due to coronavirus concerns. The show, which was scheduled to begin the week of April 6, will now go from Aug. 28 through Sept. 6, the show announced Tuesday. More than 50 new models were expected to be unveiled at the event. The show is put on by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association. The postponement comes weeks after the Geneva auto show in Switzerland was canceled days before opening to media due to the virus. —Wayland
4:40 pm: Sanders and Biden campaigns cancel Ohio rallies Tuesday due to coronavirus concerns
Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden’s presidential campaigns canceled rallies set for Cleveland on Tuesday night due to coronavirus concerns, the first disruptions the outbreak has caused in the 2020 Democratic primary.
“Out of concern for public health and safety, we are canceling tonight’s rally in Cleveland,” Sanders campaign communications director Mike Casca said in a statement. “We are heeding the public warnings from Ohio state officials, who have communicated concern about holding large, indoor events during the coronavirus outbreak. Sen. Sanders would like to express his regret to the thousands of Ohioans who had planned to attend the event tonight.”
He said the Vermont senator’s presidential campaign will evaluate future events “on a case by case basis.” —Pramuk
4:25 pm: Coronavirus cases in the military are probably more widespread than known, Pentagon official says
A Pentagon official said Tuesday that the number of the coronavirus cases within the military and the overall Defense Department is likely higher than the reported total.
“I think that it is likely that the number is higher,” U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Paul Friedrichs, the senior health official for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a press briefing. He added that currently there are nine known cases: three active-duty servicemembers, one civil servant, four dependents and one contractor.
“I think it is likely given what we are seeing around the world and the fact that we have people all over the world that there are more than nine people affiliated with the Department of Defense,” he explained. —Macias
4:04 pm: Dow rallies more than 1,100 points in a wild session, halves losses from Monday’s sell-off
Stocks rose in wild trading on Tuesday as investors weighed the prospects of fiscal stimulus to curb slower economic growth stemming from the coronavirus outbreak.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded 1,048 points higher, or 4.4%. Earlier in the day, the 30-stock average was down 160 points. The S&P 500 was up 4.5%. The Nasdaq Composite advanced 4.4%. —Imbert