This is CNBC’s live blog covering all the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak. This blog will be updated throughout the day as the news breaks.
- Global cases: More than 3.4 million
- Global deaths: More than 243,600
- Most cases reported: United States (more than 1.1 million), Spain (over 216,500), Italy (over 209,300), United Kingdom (over 183,000), France (over 168,500)
The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University as of 9:17 a.m. Beijing time.
All times below are in Beijing time.
11 am: Roche says it received US FDA emergency use approval for Covid-19 antibody test
Swiss drugmaker Roche said it received an emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an antibody test that can determine if people have ever been infected with the coronavirus and developed antibodies against it.
Roche said its Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody test has a specificity greater than 99.8% and that it can help assess people’s immune response to the virus.
The company said it has already started shipping the new antibody test to top laboratories globally and will step up production to “high double-digit millions per month.” — Saheli Roy Choudhury
10:51 am: China reports two new cases, says one of them ‘imported’
China’s National Health Commission said there were two new infection cases and one of them was attributed to a traveler from overseas. No additional deaths were reported, but there were 12 new asymptomatic cases.
Cumulatively, there have been 82,877 confirmed cases of infection reported on the mainland and 4,633 people have died.
On April 17, the cumulative death toll rose substantially after an investigation in the city of Wuhan, where the outbreak was first reported, added 1,290 deaths. — Saheli Roy Choudhury
10:23 am: France set to impose two-week quarantine for travelers
People traveling to France, including citizens returning home, will face a mandatory 14-day quarantine and possible isolation upon arrival, the health minister said Saturday, Reuters reported.
New quarantine rules will be included in a decree specifying measures laid out in a bill extending a state of emergency until July 24 that would allow the French government to restrict freedom of movement, Reuters said.
It was not immediately clear if the quarantine rules would only apply to people arriving from outside the open-border Schengen area, whether they would need to self-isolate at home or in hotels, and for how long the measures would last, Reuters reported.
France is among one of the worst-affected countries. More than 24,700 people have died from the virus, Hopkins data showed. — Saheli Roy Choudhury
9:48 am: South Korea confirms 13 new cases
There were 13 new cases of infection in South Korea and no additional deaths as of Sunday morning, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
South Korea has so far reported 10,793 cases of infection and 250 deaths. Social distancing efforts, mass testing and the reliance on technology helped contain the virus’ spread in the country, without resorting to severe lockdown measures seen elsewhere.
People wearing face masks over precations against the covid-19 novel coronavirus walk over a bridge before the Han river and city skyline, near the Yeouido district of Seoul on April 25, 2020.
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Infectious disease experts in South Korea on Thursday had said dead virus fragments were likely the cause of more than 260 recovered patients testing positive again, the Korea Herald reported. — Saheli Roy Choudhury
9:06 am: Mexico reports 1,349 new cases and 89 additional deaths
Mexico’s health ministry said there were 1,349 new known cases of infection and another 89 people died on Saturday, Reuters reported. The total number of cases in the country stands at 22,088 and at least 2,061 deaths.
Ricardo Sheffield, head of Mexico’s consumer protection agency, said on Twitter he tested positive, according to Reuters. — Saheli Roy Choudhury
8:58 am: Global cases exceed 3.4 million, death toll over 243,600
Over 3.4 million people have been infected worldwide by the coronavirus and more than 243,600 people have died from the respiratory disease Covid-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The United States reported the most number of cases, with over 1.1 million infections and more than 66,000 deaths, Hopkins data showed. Recently, the death toll from Covid-19 surpassed American fatalities from the Vietnam War.
Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, France and Germany remain some of the worst-affected countries after the U.S.
The virus outbreak was first reported in China’s Hubei province late last year before it spread rapidly to the rest of the world in just four months. — Saheli Roy Choudhury
All times below are in Eastern time.
5:06 pm: Buffett says US economy will overcome coronavirus
Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett addressed the coronavirus pandemic during the company’s annual shareholder meeting, saying, “Nothing can basically stop America.”
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“The American miracle, the American magic has always prevailed and it will do so again,” Buffett said from Omaha, Nebraska.
Buffett also said he owes White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci a “huge debt of gratitude” for his informative updates on the outbreak.
The shareholder meeting was held virtually for the first time in the company’s history to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Read more about what Buffett said on the coronavirus from CNBC’s Fred Imbert. —Sara Salinas
3:30 pm: Texas reports 1,000 new cases after some businesses start to reopen
Texas reported more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases for the third straight day as the state heads into its first weekend of reopening the economy with limited measures.
The Texas Department of Health reported 1,293 new positive cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, which is its second highest single-day infection rate. This also marks the first time Texas has recorded more than 1,000 cases three days in a row.
Texas now has a total of 30,552 positive cases and 847 fatalities. The spike in infection rate comes after Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on April 28 allowing certain businesses to reopen on May 1.
In-store retail services and dine-in restaurants may operate at up to 25% capacity. Movie theaters and shopping malls are also allowed to operate at up to 25% of the total occupancy. The governor enacted a “stay-at-home” order on April 2. —Jasmine Kim
Read CNBC’s coverage from the U.S. overnight: Texas posts third straight day of 1,000 new cases as state reopens