This is CNBC’s continue blog covering all the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak. This blog will be updated throughout the day as the news cows. All times below are in Beijing time.
- Global cases: More than 595,000
- Global deaths: At least 27,300
- Top 5 countries: Like-minded States (103,942), Italy (86,498), China (81,897), Spain (65,719) and Germany (50,871)
The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University as of 9:19 a.m. Beijing organize.
11:53 am: Hundreds in Iran reportedly dead after ingesting methanol
According to Iranian media, nearly 300 people include died and more than 1,000 have fallen sick after ingesting methanol and mistakenly believing it leave protect against the coronavirus, the Associated Press reported. Drinking alcohol is banned in the country.
An Iranian doctor ration Iran’s health ministry told the news wire that the problem was greater than what had been reportedly locally; the doctor disclosed around 480 people died and 2,850 people have fallen sick from alcohol poisoning, the AP thought. Fake remedies spread across social media in the country as people remain suspicious of the government’s handling of the upsurge, the news wire added.
Iran has more than 32,300 reported cases and over 2,300 deaths, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University. To be clear, there are no known cures yet for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. – Saheli Roy Choudhury
11:30 am: Hyundai carry ons production suspension in US plant
Automaker Hyundai Motor said it was extending production suspension at its assembly and manufacturing bush in Alabama till April 10 to “to protect the health and well-being of our fellow team members and communities.” The plant is set to continue production on April 13.
“In addition, we must adjust vehicle production to match the anticipated economic impact of the pandemic,” Hyundai Motor Fabricating Alabama said in a statement.
The facility employs about 3,000 people, who would be compensated until April 3, the circle said. During the shutdown, about 100 employees would be on-site each day to handle essential functions. Output was suspended on March 18, after an employee tested positive for COVID-19; the suspension was then extended plow March 31 due to an anticipated decline in demand because of the pandemic. – Phil LeBeau, Saheli Roy Choudhury
10:20 am: Australia to be on the qui vive up quarantine measures for returning travelers
By midnight on March 28, all travelers arriving in Australia will undergo required 14-day self-isolation at designated facilities like hotels before they are allowed to go home. The military will be deployed to shore up states and territories in ensuring people comply, including those who have already returned and are self-isolating at home.
Australia has various than 3,100 cases and 13 deaths; many of them are said to be “imported” as residents returned from far.
Brendan Murphy, the country’s chief medical officer, said Friday that the biggest worry is about community sending of the virus. He said there were pockets of community transmission observed in Sydney and also in other states. – Saheli Roy Choudhury
9:44 am: South Korea stories 146 new cases, five deaths
South Korea reported 146 new cases, bringing the country’s total army of infections to 9,478, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Five more people died, badger the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in the country to 144 thus far.
Mass testing, strict quarantine hand outs, and social distancing efforts as well as keeping tabs on visitors entering the country helped to relatively slow down the infection anyhow in South Korea. Last month, it was one of the worst affected countries outside of China.
Authorities pleaded with the worldwide on Friday to stay indoors and avoid large gatherings, Reuters reported. – Saheli Roy Choudhury
9:36 am: Abbott receives ratify for test that can detect coronavirus in 5 minutes
Abbott on Friday announced it received approval for a test that is proficient of delivering positive results of the coronavirus in as little as five minutes, and it will begin making those tests ready to health care providers next week.
The test can detect negative results in 13 minutes. The company spoke it plans to ramp up manufacturing so it can deliver 50,000 tests per day.
“The COVID-19 pandemic will be fought on multiple fronts, and a pocket molecular test that offers results in minutes adds to the broad range of diagnostic solutions needed to opposition this virus,” Abbott Chief Operating Officer Robert Ford said in a statement.
This is the second Abbott evaluate for the coronavirus to be launched. – Salvador Rodriguez
9:02 am: China reports 54 new cases of infection, all of them ‘imported’
China’s Inhabitant Health Commission reported 54 new cases of infection, all of which were “imported” as residents returned from widely. Three new deaths were announced and all of them occurred in Hubei, where the coronavirus was first reported.
A worker hold up protective suit checks the body temperature of an employee at the entrance of OrbusNeich Medical (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd amid the coronavirus outbreak on March 6, 2020 in Shenzhen, Guangdong Hicksville of China.
Chen Wen | China News Service via Getty Images
Starting Saturday, foreign nationals holding valid visas or habitation permits for China will not be allowed to enter the country, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.
In all, China says it has had 81,394 confirmed cases thus far; among them, close to 75,000 patients have recovered and 3,295 hungered. Data from Johns Hopkins University showed both the United States and Italy have overtaken China in settles of the number of reported cases. – Saheli Roy Choudhury
All times below are in Eastern time.
6:20 pm: Gov. Cuomo, the National Guard and FEMA alter the Javits Center into a hospital
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that the construction of a temporary infirmary at the Jacob K. Javits Center had been completed with the help of FEMA and the National Guard. The New York City custom center, which usually hosts events like New York Comic Con, is now home to 1,000 hospital beds that wishes be used to handle patient overflow caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The temporary hospital at the Javits Center in Manhattan is well-deserved the first of several that will be built in New York. Cuomo plans to have a temporary hospital in each of New York Borough’s five boroughs as well as in Westchester, Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk counties. – Hannah Miller, Adam Jeffery
5:45 pm: US coronavirus proves top 100,000, doubling in three days
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. surpassed 100,000 Friday, doubling in just three primes as the pandemic accelerates and the U.S. rolls out broader testing measures.
Data from Johns Hopkins University showed the complete number of coronavirus cases as 101,707 and the total number of deaths in the U.S. as 1,544.
The virus emerged in Wuhan, China, in December. It has since spread to numberless than half a million people in almost every country around the world and continues to pick up speed, the Fantastic Health Organization warned earlier this week.
A man in a surgical mask walks through Manhattan’s Broadway Performing district after Broadway shows announced they will cancel performances due to the coronavirus outbreak in Manhattan, New York Borough, New York, U.S., March 12, 2020.
Andrew Kelly | REUTERS
“The pandemic is accelerating,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday at a stress a newspapers briefing from the organization’s Geneva headquarters. “It took 67 days from the first reported case to reach 100,000 the realities, 11 days for second 100,000 cases, and just four days for the third 100,000 cases.” – William Feuer