The number of confirmed coronavirus cases globally has risen above 4.9 million, data compiled by Johns Hopkins University showed, with Russia cementing its position as the second worst-hit country in the world, after the U.S., and Brazil seeing its largest spike in new cases and deaths.
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- Global cases: Around 4.9 million
- Global deaths: More than 323,000
- Top 5 countries: United States (More than 1.5 million), Russia (299,941), Brazil (271,885), United Kingdom (250,138), Spain (232,037)
The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University as at 12:32 p.m. Beijing time.
A rolling cycle of 50 days of lockdown followed by 30 days where measures are relaxed could be the best way to keep deaths from Covid-19 down while ensuring some economic protection, scientists have argued.
In a paper published on Wednesday, researchers modeled various lockdown scenarios across 16 countries.
Implementing no social distancing or hygiene measures at all would result in 7.8 million deaths in those countries, the study found, while the '50 days on, 30 days off' approach could reduce deaths during the pandemic to 130,000 across the 16 countries in the analysis. — Chloe Taylor
11:17 a.m. (London time): Indian ride-hailing firm Ola is laying off 1,400 employees to help it weather the coronavirus crisis.
The company, which counts Uber-backer SoftBank as an investor, said its revenues had plunged 95% in the past two months as shelter-in-place measures dried up demand for its taxi app.
Ola co-founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal described the downsizing as "the toughest decision I have ever taken." — Ryan Browne
11:00 a.m. (London time): Poland's employment rate fell much more than expected in April at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, data showed Wednesday.
Corporate employment fell by 2.1% year-on-year to 6,259 million people last month, the statistics office data showed. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected a decline of 0.5%, the news agency noted that the decline is the steepest fall since November 2009. — Holly Ellyatt
10:44 a.m. (London time): The coronavirus has posed a number of challenges to the renewable energy sector, disrupting supply chains and forcing some factories to close their doors.
On Wednesday, the International Energy Agency said that the pandemic would hit renewable installations in 2020, with its Renewable Market Update report projecting that 167 gigawatts of renewable capacity will be added this year, a 13% fall compared to 2019.
Earlier this week, the Solar Energy Industries Association said the solar industry in the U.S. had cut 65,000 jobs since the end of February, noting that these losses were a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. — Anmar Frangoul
10:20 a.m. (London time): Brexit negotiators have complained about the lack of progress after their third round of trade talks, which are taking place just as Europe tries to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
David Frost, the U.K.'s negotiator, said Friday there had been "very little progress towards (an) agreement on the most significant outstanding issues between us."
In Brussels, the EU's negotiator, said Friday it was a "disappointing" round. There are differences over level playing field, fisheries and the implementation of previous agreements.
This raises uncertainty about whether they will reach an agreement before the end of the year. Failure to get a trade deal with bring further economic challenges for both sides, at time when they are grappling with the most severe crisis since the 1930s. — Silvia Amaro
9:30 a.m. (London time): Greece's economy could shrink by 10-13% in 2020 following the country's coronavirus lockdown, the country's finance minister said on Wednesday, according to Reuters.
The government will take steps to limit the impact of the recession and support businesses, Finance Minister Christos Staikouras told Greek radio Real FM.
"We aim for the economy to gradually return to the dynamic it had before the health crisis, in February," Staikouras said. — Holly Ellyatt
8:40 a.m. (London time): Russia's coronavirus cases surpassed 300,000 on Wednesday, cementing its position as the second worst-hit country from the virus after the U.S.
The total number of confirmed cases hit 308,705 after it reported a further 8,764 cases, its coronavirus crisis center said. The death toll rose by 135 to total 2,972 fatalities, a figure that appears markedly low when compared to Russia's regional peers.
Experts like political analyst Anton Barbashin have questioned the accuracy of the Russian data, telling CNBC that "there are many questions" relating to the number of people reported dead because of Covid-19 in Russia. — Holly Ellyatt
1:30 pm (Singapore time) — A man was sentenced to death in Singapore via a Zoom video call last week, reported Reuters, citing court documents.
The man, a 37-year-old Malaysian national named Punithan Genasan, received the sentence for his role in a heroin transaction in 2011, according to the report. Singapore has a zero-tolerance stance toward illegal drugs and has one of the world's toughest drug laws.
The remote delivery of a capital punishment came as the city state remains under partial lockdown, which came into effect in early April and is scheduled to be gradually lifted next month. Singapore has reported a total of 28,794 coronavirus cases as of Tuesday — one of the highest in Asia. —Yen Nee Lee
1:00 pm (Singapore time) — Brazil recorded its largest single-day jump in coronavirus cases and deaths on Tuesday, reported Reuters, citing the latest data by the health ministry.
The country reported an increase of 17,408 cases to bring its tally to 271,628, the report said. Brazil now has the third-highest number of cumulative cases globally behind the U.S. and Russia, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The country's death toll rose by a record 1,179 to 17,971, reported Reuters. —Yen Nee Lee
12:15 pm (Singapore time) — China, which has limited arable land, has been stocking up on food as the coronavirus pandemic compounded worries about a supply shortage.
In the first four months of the year, Chinese imports of meat — including pork, beef and poultry — surged 82% compared to the same period a year ago. The country also stepped up purchase of rice for its national reserves, reported state news agency Xinhua.
Read this report by CNBC's Huileng Tan for more on what China is stockpiling. —Yen Nee Lee
9:15 am (Singapore time) — CVS Health said it will return the $43.3 million it received from the federal government as part of the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund.
In a letter addressed to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, CVS CEO Larry Merlo said: "We have made the decision to return the funds and forgo participation in subsequent disbursements. In doing so, we hope to help HHS provide additional support to other providers who are facing significant financial challenges as a result of the pandemic."
Merlo said in his letter that CVS did not seek out the funds but received them from the Department of Health and Human Services as part of an automatic distribution. "We understand we're qualified to receive financial support, but this funding should be focused on other providers who are facing financial hardship due to the pandemic," a CVS spokesperson said. — Riya Bhattacharjee
7:30 pm ET — California Gov. Gavin Newsom told CNBC that he is not worried about Tesla CEO Elon Musk's recent threats to move the company out of the state "anytime soon."
"I've had a lot of conversations with him, and we're committed to the success and the innovation and the low-carbon, green growth economy that he's been promoting for decades and the state of California is accelerating in," Newsom said in an interview that aired on "Fast Money." —Kevin Stankiewicz
Apple paid about $70 million for 15 years of streaming rights to the film, people close to the matter told CNBC's Julia Boorstin. Sony retains distribution rights in China, where it could eventually get to theaters.
This is the first time that Hanks, who had to approve the move, has skipped theaters and gone to streaming. —Chris Eudaily
6:56 pm ET — Parking lots partially reopened at 27 California state parks. The state's 280 state parks and beaches closed their parking lots to discourage visitors, the Associated Press reports. Visitors can check online to see if a park or beach has available parking. —Hannah Miller
6:38 pm ET — With small businesses hit hard by the coronavirus, many have had to apply for loans from the government's Paycheck Protection Program. However, up to 90% of minority and women small business owners could be denied a PPP loan, CNBC's Courtney Connley reports.
For those who aren't able to get a PPP loan, there are grant programs and relief funds specially designated for women and minority business owners in order to stay afloat. —Hannah Miller
6:20 pm ET — California Gov. Gavin Newsom appeared on CNBC's Fast Money to discuss the reopening of his state as well as federal aid.
5:50 pm ET — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Ma., pressured the Senate to include in the next coronavirus stimulus package a total of $4 billion for the expansion of mail-in voting for the general election.
"The House has already taken action to include vote by mail, she said in a press call with reporters, "and now the Senate must step up and make sure that voting is safe, fair and accessible for everyone." Last Friday, House Democrats passed a $3 trillion relief package that enables states greater access for mail-in voting. But the GOP-run Senate has indicated the bill is unlikely to pass in the upper chamber. The pandemic has upended 2020 elections, forcing multiple states and U.S. territories to either delay or adjust their presidential primaries. More than a dozen states are anticipating that more voters will choose mail-in ballots over in-person voting in the upcoming general election. —Yelena Dzhanova
5:20 pm ET — Landry's CEO Tilman Fertitta criticized New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to force companies receiving government aid during the crisis to have the same amount of employees as they had before the pandemic.
Fertitta, who also owns the NBA's Houston Rockets, said Cuomo's plan "makes no sense whatsoever." He knows nothing about running businesses. You can't hire everybody back. Our business is not coming back for years," Fertitta said. Cuomo said during his press briefing on Tuesday that it would be "such a scandal, and a fraud" if companies were allowed to layoff workers permanently after taking money from the government. —Jesse Pound
4:50 pm ET — San Francisco has made significant steps forward in its coronavirus response due to residents' compliance with social-distancing orders, according to Mayor London Breed.
"We have seen a decline in the curve and that is something to be proud of, but our goal is to get rid of it entirely and that's going to take continued work," Breed said at a press briefing Tuesday. She said that continuing to expand testing availability is critical to the city reopening. Breed will undergo a Covid-19 test in the city's Bayview neighborhood to help end "stigma" around testing. The city's public health officials are studying health indicators in two-week phases in order to determine how the city should continue to move forward and more updates on children's summer activities will be provided later this week. —Hannah Miller
4:30 pm ET — The Oregon Supreme Court kept the state's coronavirus restrictions in place late Monday after halting a county judge's order to remove them. Wyoming national parks like Yellowstone saw their first full day of visitors on Tuesday after being allowed to reopen Monday afternoon. Yellowstone had been closed since March 24. For more on states' reopening progress, click here. —Hannah Miller
4 pm ET — Health officials in Arkansas tracked a rural outbreak back to a church, raising concerns about viral spread at religious gatherings as states begin to ease restrictions, the CDC said in a new study.
After a pastor and his wife became the first two confirmed cases in their county, health officials found a total of 61 infections and four deaths connected to the pastor's church. "This outbreak highlights the potential for widespread transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, both at group gatherings during church events and within the broader community," CDC researchers wrote. Governors have placed varying degrees of restrictions on faith-based organizations from the start of the outbreak with several providing specific exemptions for religious activity. —Will Feuer
3:30 pm ET — Moderna announced Monday that its potential Covid-19 vaccine appeared to be generating an immune response in human trial subjects.
However, several vaccine experts say the pharmaceutical company did not provide enough information to determine how effective the vaccine is, according to a STAT News report. The experts suggested that the recent announcement from Moderna should be taken "with a big grain of salt." —Hannah Miller
3:10 pm ET — President Donald Trump told reporters that the World Health Organization must "clean up" its act or the United States won't "be involved with them anymore."
Trump has repeatedly criticized the WHO's response to the coronavirus, which has hit the U.S. worse than any other country in the world. The president this week threatened to permanently cut off U.S. funding of the WHO.
The WHO has "to do a better job," Trump told reporters during a White House meeting about American farmers. "They have to be much more fair to other countries, including the United States, or we are not going to be involved with them anymore. We will do it a separate way." —Berkeley Lovelace Jr.
3:02 pm ET — The Ford Motor Company said President Donald Trump needs to wear a mask when he visits the company's ventilator production factory in Michigan on Thursday, but won't say it will stop Trump from entering if he refuses to put on a facial covering.
Ford's policy at its Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti is "that everyone wears PPE [personal protective equipment] to prevent the spread of COVID-19."
And the automaker had told the White House about that and other safety protocols, the company said. But it's not clear that Trump, who has declined to wear masks during the coronavirus outbreak, will comply with Ford's policy.
Trump earlier this month refused to wear a mask while touring a Honeywell mask-production plant in Arizona, where workers were all wearing masks per plant policy. Trump's visit itself will violate an order by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that bars manufacturers from hosting "all non-essential in-person visits, including tours." But Whitmer's spokesman said she will not try to block Trump from touring the Ford plant. —Dan Mangan
2:47 pm ET — Vice President Mike Pence said he is not taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventive treatment for the coronavirus.
"My physician hasn't recommended that, but I wouldn't hesitate to take the counsel of my doctor. Any American should do likewise," Pence said when asked by Fox News about whether he was doing so. The interview came a day after President Donald Trump said he has been taking a daily dose of the anti-malaria drug for the past week.
No drug has been proven effective in treating the coronavirus or preventing transmission of the disease.
After a lunch with GOP senators on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Trump said that deciding whether to take hydroxychloroquine is a personal decision, but that he believes it provides an additional level of safety. —Kevin Breuninger
2:36 pm ET — New York's coronavirus outbreak has returned to levels not seen since March, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, adding that 105 people died of Covid-19 in the state on Monday, down from an average of nearly 800 per day at the peak of the outbreak.
"We're basically back to where we started before this tragedy descended upon us," he said at a news briefing. "When someone asks, 'Well why did we go through all this pain for two months, three months?' Because we saved lives. That's why."
More than 352,845 people have been infected by the coronavirus in New York and at least 28,339 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. —Will Feuer
2:26 pm ET — The Food and Drug Administration said that taking hydroxychloroquine is "ultimately" a choice between patients and their doctors after President Donald Trump said he has been taking the anti-malaria drug to prevent infection from the coronavirus.
The FDA's statement appeared to soften its earlier advisory against taking the anti-malaria drug outside of a hospital. The FDA had advised consumers against taking drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19 outside a hospital or formal clinical trial due to the risk of "serious heart rhythm problems."
If a health-care professional is considering use of hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19, they should check for a suitable clinical trial and consider enrolling the patient, the FDA said last month. —Berkeley Lovelace Jr.
2:21 pm ET — The FTC warned about contact tracing scams in a blog post. Scammers pretend to be contact tracers working for public health departments to slow the spread of Covid-19, but they're really trying to steal private information, the FTC said.
The emergence of these scams raises questions about public trust as contact tracing has become a key part of the U.S. strategy to fight Covid-19 and the CDC says that public engagement is critical for contact tracing to work.
Contact tracing is currently growing: One estimate suggests that 11,000 contact tracers are already working, and states have said they will hire tens of thousands more. —Kif Leswing
Crowded kitchens make it nearly impossible for workers to practice social distancing, according to the lawsuit, and the plaintiffs say that they have not received training on how to protect themselves or customers.
The suit comes as McDonald's prepares to reopen dining rooms across the country.
"Crew and managers are the heart and soul of the restaurants in which they work, and their safety and well-being is a top priority that guides our decision making," McDonald's USA said in a statement. —Amelia Lucas
2:07 pm ET — Former NBA great Magic Johnson collaborated with MBE Capital Partners to offer $100 million in loans to minority- and women-owned companies hurt by stay-at-home orders due to Covid-19.
The loans, which are offered provided through the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program are targeted for African-American and Latino businesses left out of the new PPP funds.
"We have to remember that these businesses have been in urban communities for a long time," Johnson told CNBC's "Squawk Box. "They've been doing great things, and they probably didn't have a relationship with the banks when the stimulus package went out. So now, we're able to say, 'Hey, you can have a relationship with us.'
Rafael Martinez, the CEO of MBE, said the funds would look to help 100,000 businesses in urban communities. Applicants are vetted using the SBA guidelines. Martinez added the application process is now simplified, making "it easier to qualify for these loans." —Jabari Young
1:53 pm ET — Coronavirus particles spread by talking can linger in the air for 8 to 14 minutes, according to a recent study from the National Institutes of Health. These findings indicate that the viral droplets generated when asymptomatic carriers speak could be a likely mode of how the disease spreads, CNBC's Natasha Turak reports. The study also found that loud talkers could present a greater risk for transmitting the disease. —Hannah Miller
1:38 pm ET — Omada Health raised $57 million from Perceptive Investors and spent about $30 million of it to acquire a start-up that provides virtual physical therapy services called Physera.
The deal marks Omada Health's first acquisition in the space. Omada, which is one of the most highly valued digital health start-ups, specializes in helping people with chronic conditions. Omada and Physera both sell to health plans and employers. —Christina Farr
1:26 pm ET — Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said that the Treasury and the Fed are prepared to take losses in "certain scenarios" on business bailouts distributed from the CARES Act.
He did not elaborate on what these scenarios would be while testifying in a virtual Senate hearing, CNBC's Christina Wilkie reports.
The government initially appropriated $500 billion for businesses affected by the coronavirus. —Hannah Miller
1:09 pm ET — Global investor Barry Sternlicht suggested that the U.S. government should pay people to enroll in contact tracing programs.
"Once we can track the virus, we can deal with this virus," the Starwood Capital founder said on "Squawk Box."
Sternlicht said the payment could be between $500 to $1,000, serving as an incentive to get people to sign up.
"I think this contact tracing is a really big deal," Sternlicht said, calling the public-health strategy "a game changer" in helping accelerate the U.S. economic recovery. —Kevin Stankiewicz
California business leaders call for $1 trillion more in relief for local governments facing massive budget cuts
12:48 pm ET — Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom's business task force called on both houses of Congress to give $1 trillion in coronavirus relief funding for cash-strapped state and local governments.
The Democrat-controlled House already passed a new relief package last week that includes $1 trillion in funding for state and local governments, but the Republican-controlled Senate is not expected to pass the bill. —Steve Kovach
12:28 pm ET — Real estate investment trusts in most sectors are still receiving the majority of their rents despite the economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus. However, retail REITs are not faring nearly as well as the industry faces mass store closures, CNBC's Diana Olick reports. Shopping center REITs reported just 48% of typical rents collected in May. —Hannah Miller
12:14 pm ET — Walmart has had strong sales in stores and online during the pandemic, but even CEO Doug McMillon isn't expecting a smooth and simple path forward.
On Tuesday, McMillon told analysts in an earnings call that the retailer expects volatility, even as states loosen lockdowns and shoppers try to return to routines. The company withdrew its financial outlook, citing economic uncertainty during Covid-19.
The big-box retailer has seen a gradual recovery in China, as all of its stores are open and customers shop for more discretionary items. McMillon said the U.S. has taken a different approach, though, and analysts shouldn't expect the same patterns.
"We may see a bit of a two-step in some places where we make progress; two steps forward, take a step back, and then move forward again," he said. "Obviously, there are a lot of pieces that have to be put in place from testing to exposure notification."
He added, "it will be volatile and we'll just manage it." —Melissa Repko
11:54 am ET — Annie Glenn, the widow of astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn, died at the age of 100 from complications related to the coronavirus.
Annie Glenn served as a communication disorders advocate after overcoming a severe stutter, the Associated Press reports. She had been married to her husband for 73 years when he died in 2016. —Hannah Miller
11:45 am ET — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called on the state government to approve line-of-duty death benefits for the survivors of municipal employees who died while responding to the Covid-19 outbreak.
He said that more than 270 public servants have lost their lives to Covid-19. Line-of-duty death benefits would provide the families of police, transit and other deceased city workers with a portion of their wages after their death.
The city has already extended health insurance for an additional 45 days to the families of city employees who died from the coronavirus, de Blasio said. —Noah Higgins-Dunn
11:23 am ET — Home Depot said in its first-quarter earnings report that it spent about $640 million on efforts to boost wages and protect workers in a bid to keep employees coming in during spring, its busiest season of the year.
The company said it has increased wages, doubled overtime pay and is providing weekly bonuses. It's one of the few retailers that appear to have picked up business during the coronavirus pandemic with revenue rising more than 7% as the company saw accelerating growth of its e-commerce platform.
"As shelter-in-place orders rolled out across the country in mid- to late-March, we saw our digital businesses accelerate from approximately 30% growth in early March to triple-digit growth in early April," executive vice president of merchandising Ted Decker told investors. "During the last three weeks of the quarter, traffic to HomeDepot.com was consistently above Black Friday levels." —William Feuer
11:07 am ET — President Donald Trump plans to come to Capitol Hill around noon to have lunch with Republicans, two GOP sources told NBC News.
Vice President Pence was scheduled to meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin earlier Tuesday morning.
The president's lunch meeting comes as Republicans and Democrats trade barbs over what provisions should be included in additional legislation to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Tuesday morning began testifying remotely before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee about the CARES Act, which Trump signed into law in late March. —Kevin Breuninger
10:58 am ET — A bulk of Google employees will return to the office by the end of the year, but the days and times they come in will be on a rotating schedule to continue social distancing.
"I expect by the end of the year, we'll be at 20% to 30% capacity. Which may still mean we are able to get 60% of our employees in once a week, or something like that," Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said on "The Vergecast" podcast.
Google will start off with having 10% to 15% of workers in the office at any time, he said. —Jessica Bursztynsky
10:52 am ET — House Minority Leader McCarthy, R-Calif., told CNBC that "liability protections would be the No. 1 thing I would look at" in an additional coronavirus relief bill. "No bill will pass without it," McCarthy said on CNBC's "Squawk Box."
McCarthy and other Republican leaders including Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., were scheduled to meet on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning to discuss their priorities for another coronavirus relief bill. —Kevin Breuninger