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Trump contradicts nurse over PPE, Costco sees drop off as customers stay at home

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The World Health Organization says 'there can be no going back to business as usual' after pandemic ends

Governors and health officials are warning against easing social distancing restrictions too soon, as New York reports the bulk of new Covid-19 cases were found in residents who had been largely sheltering at home. Meanwhile layoffs and lockdown orders continue to plague the tech sector. Uber announced Wednesday it would cut about 14% of its workforce, and Lyft will offer a quarterly update after the market close. Stay-at-home stock Peloton and contactless payment companies PayPal and Square will also report quarterly results.

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  • Global cases: More than 3.7 million
  • Global deaths: At least 259,796
  • US cases: More than 1.2 million
  • US deaths: At least 71,526

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

6:48 pm: Carvana not immune to Covid-19 impact

Shares of Carvana tumbled double digits during after-market trading after the auto retailer reported a net loss of $183.6 million for the first quarter.

Shares of the used-car e-commerce platform fell by about 11% before recovering to about $83.45, down 8.5%. The stock is down 1% this year.

In a letter to shareholders, Carvana cited the coronavirus as an "unexpected detour" that "brought unprecedented change at an unprecedented pace."

Carvana said its margin for the quarter was in the red at 12.6%, including 2.4 percentage points related to the coronavirus, highlighting the toll the pandemic has taken on even online retailers such as Carvana. —Michael Wayland

6:30 pm: Bye bye Michael Kors, hello Domino's Pizza

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Capri Holdings, the parent company of luxury brands like Versace, Jimmy Choo and Michael Kors, is being kicked off the S&P 500. The change is effective prior to Tuesday's open.

With stores shuttered across the country during the pandemic, investors have been dumping retail stocks. A few weeks ago Macy's found itself in a similar situation. Just like Macy's, Capri is being dropped from the large cap S&P 500 index all the way down to the small cap S&P 600 index — entirely skipping the midcap S&P 400 index. Capri has a market cap of just $2 billion now. It was nearly $6 billion back in December. Only oil services company Helmerich & Payne and athletic apparel maker Under Armour Class C have smaller market caps than Capri in the S&P 500.

Department stores Gap and Kohl's are noticeably right near the bottom of the S&P 500, hovering right around just $2.6 billion in market cap now. Under Armour Class A is also only slightly larger than Capri. Outside of the retailers, keep an eye on News Corp., Alliance Data, Norwegian Cruise in case they're eventually bumped off the index.

And while all these retailers suffer, more pizzas are being sold. Replacing Capri in the S&P 500 is Domino's Pizza, with a market cap of more than $14 billion. It moves up from the S&P 400 Midcap Index. —Robert Hum

6 pm: California's recovery from the coronavirus will take 'longer than people think,' governor says

A worker installs plywood over the windows of a business on Valencia Street on March 20, 2020 in San Francisco, California.
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Gov. Gavin Newsom said California's economic recovery will take "longer than people think" as the state continues to see record unemployment numbers. Newsom said that his economic advisors, including Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, have warned him that the state will likely not see a sharp bounce back in its economy after the Covid-19 crisis ends and its economy reopens, saying that its financial challenges may last for "the next few years." He said the state's upcoming budget is now facing holes that will leave it falling "tens of billions of dollars" short of where it needs to be.

More than 3.7 million people have filed for unemployment since the beginning of March, according to U.S. Department of Labor.

"This is Depression-era numbers in terms of the unemployment you'll see across this country, not just in the state of California," Newsom said. "These numbers are jaw-dropping and it is alarming." —Noah Higgins-Dunn

5:45 pm: Google tells employees 'no,' they can't expense perks like free meals and home fitness

Ruth Porat, Alphabet CFO
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Google employees won't be able to expense perks like food or fitness while working from home — even if they have extra money from unused budgets, according to materials viewed by CNBC Wednesday.

These unused budgets also cannot be used for workers' choice of charity, under the new policy. Google workers have grown accustomed to free food and drinks — a recruiting draw that's become common among tech companies. But, workers, who were hoping some of that would be carried over to the remote work environment, lamented the new policy through internal chatter and memes. —Jennifer Elias

5:35 pm: As coronavirus kills another Amazon worker, the company's response is adding to employees' fears

A worker assembles a box for delivery at the Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., April 30, 2019.
Clodagh Kilcoyne | Reuters

A worker at Amazon's Waukegan, Illinois facility, known as MDW8, has died from the coronavirus, the company confirmed to CNBC. The employee, who was 50 years old, passed away on April 18. His last day at the facility was on March 19 and he tested positive for the virus on March 24.

"We are saddened by the loss of an associate at our site in Waukegan, Illinois," Amazon spokesperson Lisa Levandowski told CNBC in a statement. "His family and loved ones are in our thoughts, and we are supporting his fellow colleagues." So far, Amazon has declined to provide a total number of workers who have tested positive from the virus or who have died from the virus at its facilities.

The Illinois worker's passing marks the fourth known case of an Amazon worker who has died from the virus. Tensions have been growing between Amazon and warehouse workers nationwide, as the number of confirmed cases and deaths at its facilities have climbed.

Amazon workers previously told CNBC they've become paranoid that managers aren't being honest about whether employees are sick with the virus. Additionally, when there are confirmed cases or deaths at their facility, workers claim Amazon isn't notifying them quickly enough. Additionally, one MDW8 worker, who asked to remain anonymous, claims not everyone at the facility knew of the employee's passing. The worker added: "If someone I know doesn't show up one day and it's because they got sick and died, are we just not going to acknowledge that loss?" —Annie Palmer

5:15 pm: Airline lobbyist says cash refunds for all travelers could push carriers toward bankruptcy

Flight attendants talk in a nearly empty cabin on a Delta Airlines flight operated by SkyWest Airlines as travel has cutback, amid concerns of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during a flight departing from Salt Lake City, Utah, April 11, 2020.
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Cash refunds for all travelers who cancel their trips could push airlines toward bankruptcy, warned the president of Airlines for America, a lobbying group that represents most large U.S. carriers.

The Department of Transportation requires airlines to provide cash refunds for travelers when airlines cancel the flight, but they can provide vouchers if the passenger decided not to travel. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D.-Conn., told Calio in a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing that: "in effect, you are -- forgive me, screwing -- the very taxpayers whose money is going into your pockets" through the $50 billion in federal aid set aside for passenger airlines in the CARES Act.

Three Senate Democrats -- Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) are also seeking Treasury Department intervention to stop airlines from cutting worker schedules amid a slump in demand, saying it violates the terms of the aid, that prohibit them from laying off or reducing the pay rates of employees through Sept. 30. —Leslie Josephs

5:10 pm: After initial surge, Costco sees drop off as customers stay at home

Shoppers walk out with full carts from a Costco store in Washington, DC, on May 5, 2020.
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Even with their bulk cleaning supplies, aisles of frozen entrees and supersized packs of toilet paper, Costco is feeling squeezed by the pandemic.

The membership-based warehouse club and grocer – which got an initial bounce from stockpiling – had flat same-store sales in the U.S. for the four-week period that ended May 3, excluding impacts from the change in gas prices and foreign exchange. Same-store sales were down by 3.3%, without those excluded.

Costco said in a news release that April sales were hurt by "stay-at home orders, social distancing requirements and some mandatory closures." Most of its optical, hearing aid and photo departments were closed.

David Sherwood, the company's assistant vice president of finance and investor relations, said in a recorded call that Costco "did see week to week improvement in sales and traffic for all four weeks."

The retailer saw sharp increase in one area, though: E-commerce sales were up nearly 88%. —Melissa Repko

5 pm: April was best month in history of Papa John's 

Papa John's had the best month in company history in April, with comparable sales for North America rising nearly 27%. Rob Lynch, CEO of the pizza chain, told CNBC that factors beyond the coronavirus pandemic contributed to the growth such as menu innovation and its rewards program. "We feel very confident that we have the infrastructure in place to deliver long-term, sustainable growth," Lynch said on "Power Lunch." —Kevin Stankiewicz

4:45 pm: Trump contradicts nurse in testy Oval Office exchange over protective gear

President Donald Trump seemed miffed Wednesday when a nurse told reporters in the Oval Office that access to personal protective gear during the coronavirus outbreak "has been sporadic."

"Sporadic for you, but not sporadic for a lot of other people," snapped Trump at Sophia Thomas, president of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners, at the National Nurses Day event in the White House.
Trump has disputed claims that U.S. hospitals have had shortages of PPE, or personal protective equipment, that have put doctors, nurses and other health-care workers at risk as they treat Covid-19 patients.
"I've heard that we have tremendous supply to almost all places," the president said. —Dan Mangan

4:45 pm: Trump contradicts nurse in testy Oval Office exchange over protective gear

President Donald Trump seemed miffed Wednesday when a nurse told reporters in the Oval Office that access to personal protective gear during the coronavirus outbreak "has been sporadic."

"Sporadic for you, but not sporadic for a lot of other people," snapped Trump at Sophia Thomas, president of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners, at the National Nurses Day event in the White House.

Trump has disputed claims that U.S. hospitals have had shortages of PPE, or personal protective equipment, that have put doctors, nurses and other health-care workers at risk as they treat Covid-19 patients. "I've heard that we have tremendous supply to almost all places," the president said. —Dan Mangan

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4:30 pm: Peloton sales surge as people work out at home

Cari Gundee rides her Peloton exercise bike at her home on April 06, 2020 in San Anselmo, California. More people are turning to Peloton due to shelter-in-place orders because of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
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More people are purchasing Peloton's fitness equipment and watching its live classes as they try to stay in shape while living under stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Peloton reported a revenue spike of 66% in its third-quarter financials, despite closing its retail stores to the public in March. The company held its largest class ever last month, with more than 23,000 people streaming from home.  

Despite a spike in sales, Peloton reported a loss of 20 cents per share.

The company sells spinning bikes for $2,245 and treadmills for $4,295. Customers can also sign up for streaming classes for $39 a month. —Lauren Thomas, Spencer Kimball 

4:00 pm: Shanghai Disneyland is reopening — it could offer a blueprint for how to run a theme park in the pandemic age

Visitors watch fireworks explode over the Shanghai Disneyland castle at an event to mark the first anniversary of the opening of the park.
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Disney is reopening its theme park in Shanghai next week after a three-month-long shutdown. 

The measures the company is implementing could serve as a model for the theme park industry. A government mandate will force Shanghai Disneyland to operate at 30% capacity, or 24,000 visitors per day, but the park will operate below that intially and ramp up to 30% over the next several weeks. 

Guests will have to purchase their admission tickets prior to arriving and will need to pick a date. They will also have to wear masks, except when they are dining. Employees at the park will also have to wear masks and will receive training on how to interact with guests while maintaining social distance.  

Disney will also implement a government-mandated contact tracing and early detection system at the park, using smartphone QR codes. —Sarah Whitten, Spencer Kimball 

3:48 pm: The pandemic is changing people's everyday health-care habits — perhaps forever

The coronavirus pandemic is dramatically changing people's health-care habits, according CVS CEO Larry Merlo. 

With much of the country under virtual house arrest, CVS has seen a huge spike in people using the drugstore chain's remote services. Virtual visits through its Minute Clinic are up 600% compared to the same quarter a year ago, and home delivery of prescriptions has surged by 1,000%. Use of the company's app is also up double-digits. 

Merlo said CVS is seeing "a new normal emerge." 

"We expect that elements of today's new norm will become part of tomorrow's everyday routines," Merlo said. —Spencer Kimball, Melissa Repko.

3:37 pm: Keep an eye on this jobs number as the economy reopens

A key indicator of how the national economy is faring for American workers is set to be released tomorrow. 

The number of workers who remain on unemployment and have not returned to work will indicate whether the economy and the labor market can quickly bounce back as parts of the country reopen after a weekslong quarantine. 

Continuing unemployment claims are expected to reach 20 million, up from 18 million. The hope is that number will decline as workers return to their jobs. 

"It's a lot more timely. What will be important to pay attention to as the economy opens more and more is what does hiring look like, and what does continuing claims look like, and how quickly can we bring back those tens of millions of jobs lost," said Jon Hill, fixed income strategist at BMO. —Spencer Kimball, Patti Domm

3:09 pm: Airlines seek relief from federally mandated minimum flight requirements

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United Airlines to cut at least 30% of management, administrative jobs

Federally mandated minimum service requirements for carriers are "unsustainable," a lobbying group representing U.S. airlines said, as the coronavirus pandemic sends passenger numbers to lowest levels since the 1950s.  

Airlines have to keep a certain number of flights, depending on the carrier, in order to receive portions of $25 billion in federal payroll grants under the coronavirus rescue package. Airlines are among the hardest-hit industries by the global pandemic.

The industry group estimates U.S. airlines are burning about $10 billion of cash a month, as half of their planes are parked and thousands of flights are cut to try to save money. —Jasmine Kim, Leslie Josephs

2:46 pm: Iceland eases social distancing after most patients recover

Tourists with masks walking down Laugavegur street in downtown Reykjavik, April 3, 2020.
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Iceland has begun easing social distancing measures after the North Atlantic island nation virtually eliminated Covid-19.

Ninety-seven percent of patients in Iceland have recovered, or 1,750 out of the 1,799 individuals who tested positive for coronavirus. Ten people have died from the disease.

"We have been pleasantly surprised to see a very fast deceleration of the pandemic in Iceland," said Thorolfur Gudnason, the nation's chief epidemiologist.

There are currently 39 known infections in Iceland with 3 people hospitalized. None of those patients are currently in intensive care.

Iceland banned gatherings of more than 20 people on March 22. On Monday, the country eased those restrictions to allow gatherings of up to 50 people. "If we see any signs of a re-emerging of the virus, we will be prepared to implement appropriate measures to extinguish any localized infection clusters," Gudnason said. —Spencer Kimball

2:33 pm: Full-service restaurants in Texas and Georgia are slow to reopen dining rooms

Full-service restaurants in Texas and Georgia reopened less than half of their locations on May 1 when the two states allowed dining rooms to reopen at limited capacity.

On average, only 40% of Texan operators and 31% of Georgian operators chose to reopen locations that day, according to data from industry tracker Black Box Intellingence.

Those who did likely saw a lift in sales, though. Black Box found that full-service restaurants in Texas, which are operating at 25% capacity, saw same-store sales declines of 36% on Saturday — nearly 30 percentage points better than the national average on the same day. —Amelia Lucas

2:22 pm: UK struggles to sustain pace of 100,000 tests per day 

Live samples in test tubes are held in a container Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland, on April 22, 2020.
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The United Kingdom is struggling to sustain its goal of testing 100,000 residents per day, according to a report from Reuters. The country has failed to meet the benchmark for four straight days, after announcing success in testing that many people last week.

In the 24 hours leading up to 8 a.m. GMT, the country was able to test just under 69,500 people, Reuters reported. Higher testing levels are central to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's efforts to ease lockdown restrictions as early as Monday.

The United Kingdom has recorded more than 202,000 cases of Covid-19 and more than 30,000 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. —Sara Salinas

2:17 pm: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy extends public health emergency by 30 days

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order to extend the state's public health emergency by 30 days.

"This ensures we will continue on our current war footing for the coming month. The conditions underpinning this declaration have not changed. We are still in a public health emergency," he said. 

However, the governor clarified that the new executive order does not mean "we're seeing anything in the data, which would pause our path forward, and it should not be interpreted by anyone to mean we're going to be tightening any of the restrictions currently in place."

Last week, Murphy reopened the state's parks, golf courses and county parks with social distancing guidelines still in place. New Jersey reported 1,513 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total to 131,890. It also reported 308 new deaths for a total of 8,549. —Jasmine Kim

2:13 pm: Klobuchar, Warren ask for more fraud protection for small businesses 

Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren urged the Federal Trade Commission to take additional measures to protect small businesses from fraud as they try to get loans during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter to FTC Chairman Joseph Simons signed by 11 senators, the Democrats pointed to reports of scammers using fake Small Business Administration aid offers to steal personal information. They asked what steps the agency is taking to identify schemes, share information about scams and help victims as millions of struggling small business owners desperately seek financial aid.

The senators asked if the FTC is taking any specific steps to protect businesses owned by women, minorities and veterans, who they said are more likely to lack access to capital. —Jacob Pramuk

2:06 pm: Scammers go after federal virus aid 

Scammers have their eyes on trillions of dollars in federal aid being doled out to combat the economic fallout of the coronavirus.

The $2.2 trillion relief package enacted in March extended low-interest loans to small business owners, expanded unemployment benefits for jobless workers and established one-time stimulus payments to American households.

Federal officials have warned in recent weeks that con artists are increasingly targeting these groups with attacks. They attempt to steal personal information, install malicious computer programs and trick victims into sending money, among other things. —Greg Iacurci

1:58 pm: WHO says it's in talks with China to send mission to investigate source of outbreak

A World Health Organization official said the UN agency is in talks with China to send its fourth mission to the country in order to investigate the zoonotic source of the outbreak.

Scientists believe the virus emerged from a wet market in Wuhan, China. Previous research has shown it likely originated in bats and jumped to an intermediate host before infecting people. However, scientists have been unable to conclude from which species the virus originated.

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO's emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, said understanding the origin of the virus is "critical because without knowing where the animal origin is it's difficult for us to prevent this from happening again." —Will Feuer

1:32 pm: New York City begins disinfecting subway trains

A New York City Mass Transit Authority (MTA) transit worker cleans a subway car at the Coney Island station in Brooklyn, New York on May 6, 2020.
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New York City shut down its 24-hour subway system early Wednesday to disinfect trains as part of the state's effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, moving more than 250 homeless people out of the subway as part of the closure. 

On April 30, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that New York City would suspend its service to disinfect subway cars during the global pandemic. Cuomo said the cleaning service will occur from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. every night.

New York City has a total of 171,723 positive cases of Covid-19 and 13,724 confirmed deaths, according to data from the Department of Health. —Jasmine Kim

1:10 pm: 66% of recent New York coronavirus hospitalizations are people who were staying home

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it's 'shocking' most new coronavirus cases were people who stayed at home

New data from New York hospitals show the majority of recent coronavirus hospitalizations are people who are mostly staying home and not venturing much outside, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

He called the results of a survey of hospitals in the state "shocking" and a "surprise."

"We thought maybe they were taking public transportation, and we've taken special precautions on public transportation," Cuomo said at a press conference. "But actually no, because these people were literally at home." —Kevin Breuninger

12:56 pm: WHO says risk of returning to a lockdown 'remains very real' if social distancing guidelines are relaxed too soon

People have fun at Washington Square Park in New York, the United States, as temperature rises on May 3, 2020.
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World Health Organization officials warned global leaders about easing social distancing restrictions, saying the risk of returning to lockdown "remains very real."

While reported cases are beginning to decline in regions such as Western Europe, more cases are being reported every day in Eastern Europe, Africa, South-East Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Americas, the WHO said, adding that an average of around 80,000 new cases have been reported to the agency every day.

"This virus likes to find opportunities to spread and if these lockdown measures are lifted too quickly, the virus can take off," said Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO's lead scientist on Covid-19. —Berkeley Lovelace Jr.

12:37 pm: Gap to reopen 800 stores by the end of May

Gap is preparing the reopen 800 stores by the end of May with a number of precautionary measures in place to try to keep customers and workers safe.

"Our whole goal is to be the gold standard when it comes to safe retailing," CEO Sonia Syngal told CNBC. "Being trusted in this process is paramount for us."

Gap on April 23 warned investors it might not have enough cash to sufficiently fund operations, with its shops temporarily shut to try and help curb the spread of Covid-19. A day later, Gap issued $2.25 billion of new secured bonds to help it repay existing debt. Gap also said it stopped paying rent to landlords last month, in a bid to cut costs.

"We are fully engaged in conversations with landlords regarding these decisions and plans to reopen," Syngal said. — Lauren Thomas

12:20 pm: London widening sidewalks to accommodate social distancing

Camden High Street is one area of London where sidewalks have been widened to enable social distancing.

Authorities in London have unveiled measures designed to accommodate potential increases in both walking and cycling once the city's lockdown starts to relax.

Among other things, the London Streetspace program will see space provided for new cycle lanes and sidewalks widened to accommodate social-distancing measures. —Anmar Frangoul

12:07 pm: Nordstrom to close 16 department stores

Pedestrians pass in front of a Nordstrom Inc. store in the Midtown neighborhood of New York, on March 20, 2020.
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Nordstrom announced Tuesday evening it plans to permanently shut 16 of its full-line department store locations, after assessing the market during the coronavirus pandemic. A list of those locations was not immediately available.

"We've been investing in our digital and physical capabilities to keep pace with rapidly changing customer expectations. The impact of Covid-19 is only accelerating the importance of these capabilities in serving customers," CEO Erik Nordstrom said in a statement.

The retailer said it will also be restructuring its regions, support roles and corporate organization in a bid to cut costs by about $150 million. Nordstrom said its stores will be reopening on a market-by-market basis, based on local mandates. It said it will be moving its annual Anniversary Sale to August from July. —Lauren Thomas

11:54 am: Treasury Department issuing 20-year bond to finance escalating debt

The Treasury Department will be issuing a 20-year bond as it copes with a burgeoning national debt. As part of its quarterly refinancing, Treasury will auction $20 billion worth of the new bond, followed by sales of $17 billion apiece in the following two months.

The announcement comes two days after Treasury announced it would be borrowing $3 trillion this quarter to fund the rescue programs put in place during the coronavirus pandemic. The national debt is now nearly $25 trillion. —Jeff Cox

11:40 am: Poll finds 74% of swing-state voters approve of continuing payments to Americans until economy restarts

A server wearing a protective mask serves a drink to a customer in the outside dining area of a restaurant in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Monday, May 4, 2020.
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As government coronavirus payments trickle into Americans' bank accounts and mailboxes, most 2020 swing-state voters support more direct relief during the pandemic, a new CNBC/Change Research poll found.

About three-quarters, or 74%, of likely voters in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin approve of continuing payments until economic activity can safely restart, the States of Play survey found. Majorities across the ideological spectrum back sustained relief: 96% of Democrats, 74% of independents and 53% of Republicans, according to the poll.

Congress approved direct payments of up to $1,200 for individuals and $500 for every child as part of the $2 trillion rescue package in March. As lawmakers consider the next steps in their attempt to curb the economic devastation from the outbreak, Democratic leaders have pushed for at least one more round of relief checks.

About six-in-10, or 61%, of respondents to the poll said they have received their stimulus payment. Another 24% of voters said they anticipate one in the future, while 11% responded that they do not expect a payment.

The poll surveyed 3,544 likely voters across the six states from May 1 to 3, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.7 percentage points. —Jacob Pramuk

11:18 am: Pandemic fallout is severely threatening US dairy farms

U.S. dairy farmers had expected 2020 to be a better year than the previous five. Low prices that had hurt milk producers around the country were finally starting to rise toward the end of 2019. But coronavirus has wrecked the dairy supply chain — foodservice customers such as restaurants and school cafeterias account for about half of all the dairy consumed in the U.S., and those have mostly shut down. The U.S. government has offered farmers aid to help them through the crisis, but the industry worries it may not be enough. —Robert Ferris

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11:04 am: Cash-strapped Norwegian raises $2 billion in fresh funding

The Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Bliss cruise ship passes through John Hopkins Inlet in Glacier Bay, Alaska, July 11, 2019.
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After warning earlier this week of potential bankruptcy protection if it couldn't raise adequate funding, Norwegian Cruise Line raised more than $2 billion in stock and debt to outlast the Covid-19 downturn, the company said.

The company said it will now have about $3.5 billion in liquidity, which will help it weather "well over 12 months of voyage suspensions," but the company hinted that it believes the industry will recover before then.

"This significantly strengthens the company's financial position and liquidity runway and it now expects to be positioned to withstand well over 12 months of voyage suspensions in a potential downside scenario," Norwegian said Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, competitor Royal Caribbean reportedly extended its coronavirus cancellation policy through April, 2022. That update could be an attempt to drum up demand for cruising at a time when the U.S. government has warned passengers to be wary of cruise travel amid the coronavirus pandemic. —Will Feuer

10:54 am: UK could start lifting lockdown measures on Monday

The U.K. could start easing its coronavirus lockdown restrictions as early as Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

"We will want, if we possibly can, to get going with some of these measures on Monday," Johnson told Parliament in his first Prime Minister's Questions session since falling ill with Covid-19.

He added that a statement will be made on Sunday after the government reviews the latest data, adding it would be a "good thing" if people knew what to expect the following day. —Ryan Browne

10:50 am: Ford, 3M begin shipping respirators

Ford Motor is beginning to deliver powered air-purifying respirators to frontline health-care workers, the automaker said Wednesday. Since late March, Ford has been working with 3M to create the personal protection equipment, using design guidance from 3M.

Approximately 90 paid volunteers from the United Auto Workers union have assembled more than 10,000 of the respirators at a Ford facility near Flat Rock, Michigan, according to the automaker. Ford said the facility has the ability to make 100,000 or more respirators, however the company has declined to provide a timeframe for such production.

3M is selling and distributing the Ford-designed respirators through 3M-authorized distributors. Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle is the first customer to order and take delivery of the Ford-built supplies, the automaker said. —Michael Wayland

10:32 am: Demand for refunds intensifies among college students

As American universities embraced distance learning in response to the pandemic, students have found college isn't what it used to be — but the steep costs remain the same. Many colleges and universities have been offering refunds of fees, and room and board, but nearly all of them have drawn the line at refunding or reducing tuition.

CNBC's Jessica Dickler reports that now, a growing number of undergraduates are taking their cases for refunds to court. —Terri Cullen

10:24 am: Trump says coronavirus task force will keep working 'indefinitely'

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases speaks as President Donald Trump listens during the daily briefing of the White House Coronavirus Task Force at the White House April 13, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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President Donald Trump tweeted that the White House coronavirus task force will keep working "indefinitely" – but some members may be replaced, and its focus will shift toward reopening the U.S. economy.

The tweets marked a reversal for Trump, who said Tuesday that he was, in fact, winding down the task force "because we can't keep our country closed for the next five years."

The task force has been nudged from the national spotlight as the president turns his attention away from slowing the spread of the disease and toward reinvigorating the ailing economy. —Kevin Breuninger

10:21 am: PwC is rolling out a contact-tracing app to help workers get back to the office

Consulting firm PwC is working on a mobile app that will allow corporate clients to track employees' contact with each other and allow human resources departments to identify those who are at risk for coronavirus infection. 

PwC will require its own 275,000 employees to use the app when they return to work, and it's making the tracker available for corporate purchase, too. Its app uses signals from users' phones to tell how far apart two employees were from each other and how long any two people are in contact.

Read more of Kif Leswing's full CNBC report here. —Elisabeth Butler Cordova

10:18 am: Tyson Foods to restart limited pork production after closure

Tyson Foods will restart limited production at its largest U.S. pork plant on Thursday after weeks of being shuttered, according to a report from Reuters.

The reopening follows an executive order by President Donald Trump to keep meat facilities operational in order to shore up the country's food supply.

Tyson said all employees who will be returning to the plant have been tested for Covid-19. —Sara Salinas

10:15 am: Uber lays off 3,700 employees

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi during the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York, September 25, 2019.
Shannon Stapleton | Reuters

Uber is laying off 3,700 employees, or roughly 14% of its staff, the company announced in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The cuts will impact Uber's recruiting and customer support teams, according to the filing. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will also forgo his base salary for the rest of the year. In 2019, he made $1 million in base salary though most of his compensation came from stock awards and bonuses.

Global gross bookings are down 80% during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent report in The Information. Investors will get a deeper look into Uber's business on Thursday when the company reports earnings. —Lauren Feiner

10:06 am: Private payrolls lose record 20.2 million in April, ADP reports

Private payrolls suffered their biggest decline in history during April, with ADP reporting a job loss of 20.2 million as companies laid off workers amid efforts to stop the coronavirus spread. The biggest job losses came in the hospitality industries, which lost 8.6 million workers. Trade, transportation and utilities were next with 3.4 million while construction dropped 2.48 million. The numbers come two days before the Labor Department's nonfarm payrolls report, which is expected to show an unemployment rate of 15%. —Jeff Cox

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9:58 am: Fed President Bullard says April jobs report will be 'one of the worst ever'

St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard told CNBC the Labor Department's upcoming report on April unemployment will likely be one of the worst the U.S. has ever seen.

The Fed leader said the unemployment rate will be "extremely high" and could exceed 20% in the next few months. "We're going to see crazy ADP numbers today and the jobs report will probably be one of the worst ever on Friday," he said.

His comments to CNBC came minutes before ADP reported that private payrolls shed more than 20 million jobs in April, by far the worst loss in the survey's 18-year history. —Thomas Franck 

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9:52 am: Dr. Scott Gottlieb says coronavirus mutation study 'doesn't prove' new strain more contagious

Dr. Scott Gottlieb stressed to CNBC the need for caution around a new study that suggests a new strain of the coronavirus could be more contagious than the original strain that emerged in Wuhan, China. "It doesn't prove that this new strain is in fact more infectious," Gottlieb said of the study, which was published by researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Gottlieb argued that more work needs to be done beyond the initial study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed. He said it's only based on computational analysis and "we don't have any other data to support it, including cell culture data." —Kevin Stankiewicz

Disclosure: Gottlieb is a CNBC contributor who sits on the boards of Pfizer and biotech company Illumina.

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9:46 am: Customers rushed to CVS for prescriptions and essentials, driving up drugstore chain's sales

As the pandemic intensified, CVS customers ordered 90-day prescriptions, refilled medications early and stocked up on essentials in the front of stores.

That shift in shopping patterns led to a 9% jump in the drugstore chain's same-store sales in the fiscal first quarter.

Customers' use of digital services surged, too, CVS chief executive Larry Merlo said in an earnings call. Virtual visits with CVS's urgent care service, Minute Clinic, are up 600% compared to the same quarter a year ago, he said. Home delivery of prescriptions is up more than 1,000%. And the company saw a four-fold increase in customers adding front store items, such as toilet paper, to their prescription deliveries.

Merlo said the company is still trying to figure out how the pandemic may change customers' long-term habits. But, he said, "We expect that elements of today's new norm will become part of tomorrow's everyday routines." —Melissa Repko

9:04 am: Concerns over coronavirus drop in 2020 swing states, CNBC/Change Research poll finds

Detroit residents line-up to be tested for free for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Sheffield Center in Detroit, Michigan, April 28, 2020.
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About 68% of likely voters in six key 2020 swing states said they have "somewhat" or "very" serious concerns about Covid-19, a new CNBC/Change Research poll found. The share dipped from 76% in mid-April.

Fears among Republicans dwindled, while Democratic worries stayed about the same. Only 39% of likely GOP voters responded that they have "somewhat" or "very" serious concerns, a slide from 55% when the States of Play survey was last taken on April 17 and 18.

About 7 in 10 Republicans said the effects of the pandemic are getting better rather than worse. Only 12% of Democratic respondents said the same.

Larger shares of Democrats than Republicans said they are taking a range of precautions during the outbreak, from engaging in social distancing to sheltering at home and wearing a face mask in public.

The poll surveyed 3,544 likely voters in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin from May 1 to 3, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.7 percentage points. —Jacob Pramuk

8:41 am: Wendy's US customers are returning 

Wendy's customers are starting to come back for Frosties and burgers. While the company's weekly same-store sales for the U.S. remain negative, last week's same-store sales only fell 2.1%.

Despite more consumers eating breakfast at home, Wendy's U.S. sales are getting a boost from the breakfast menu, which launched nationwide in March.

Wendy's U.S. business hit its low in early April, with same-store sales plunging 25.8%.

Read more on Wendy's first-quarter results from CNBC's Amelia Lucas. —Amelia Lucas

7:46 am: US Foods CEO says the industry will recover

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7:03 am: German federal and state governments agree on path to easing restrictions

Germany has launched a nationwide policy that people should wear protective face masks in stores and public transportation after easing lockdown measures.
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The German government and its 16 states have agreed on a path to reopening large parts of the economy, according to a document viewed by Reuters.

Shops can reopen and some sports can resume with certain conditions, schools will gradually reopen and states will decide on their own about the reopening of restaurants, hotels and gyms, according to the document dated Tuesday. Reuters reported the document was prepared by federal chancellery chief Helge Braun and heads of regional chancelleries for a conference call Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to hold with state premiers on Wednesday.

States will decide whether to reopen universities, bars, trade fairs, cosmetic studious, brothels, theaters, cinemas and discos based on infection levels, Reuters reported. —Will Feuer

Read CNBC's coverage from CNBC's Asia-Pacific and Europe teams overnight here: Spain's daily death toll rises again; EU to see sharp economic decline