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- Global cases: More than 305,234
- Global deaths: At least 13,000
The data above is from Johns Hopkins University.
All times below are in Beijing time.
11:54 am: Singapore bars short-term visitors
Singapore will bar entry and transit to all short-term visitors starting from 11:59 p.m. on Monday, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.
Citing the “heightened risk” of imported coronavirus cases, the ministry said this measure is meant to “conserve resources so we can focus on Singaporeans.” In its statement, the ministry said nearly 80% of cases in the past three days were imported from residents or long-term pass holders returning from overseas.
The health ministry also said that Singapore will also restrict reentry for long-term work pass holders and their dependents to workers who provide “essential services, such as in healthcare and transport.” — Christine Wang
11:03 am: Australia unveils more stimulus
Australia announced a second stimulus package to help the economy weather the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The new measures include 66.1 billion Australian dollars (about $38.3 billion) worth of support for households, businesses and workers.
“The next few months are going to be a difficult journey but we all have a role to play to adapt to the changes we’re facing, to cushion the impact of what is happening and to pull together so we can bounce back when we get to the other side,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the government’s total stimulus, 189 billion Australian dollars (about $109.5 billion), amounted to about 9.7% of GDP.
As of 6:30 a.m., Australia confirmed a total of 1,098 cases and seven deaths. The country’s health ministry said 224 of those cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours. — Christine Wang
10:20 am: India begins 14-hour curfew
India started a 14-hour curfew as part of the efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the curfew would help India prepare to fight the pandemic. As the curfew was set to begin, Modi said it “will add tremendous strength to the fight against COVID-19 menace. The steps we take now will help in the times to come.”
As of Saturday evening, India has confirmed 315 cases and four deaths. — Christine Wang
9:33 am: South Korea reports another 98 cases, 2 deaths
South Korea confirmed 98 more cases and two additional deaths as of Saturday. The country now has 8,897 confirmed cases and 104 deaths, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. — Christine Wang
9:25 am: China reports 46 more cases, 6 additional deaths
China’s National Health Commission reported 46 new confirmed cases and six more deaths as of Saturday. That brings the country’s total to 81,054 cases and 3,261 deaths. Of the new cases, China said 45 were imported. — Christine Wang
Police officers wearing protective suits check information of an inbound passenger at Pudong International Airport amid the coronavirus outbreak on March 20, 2020 in Shanghai, China.
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All times below are in Eastern time.
9:16 pm: Vice President Mike Pence tests negative
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence have both tested negative for the coronavirus, the vice president’s press secretary said.
The vice president said earlier Saturday he would be tested for the coronavirus after a member of his office tested positive. The staff member’s positive diagnosis was announced Friday. — Kevin Stankiewicz
6:00 pm: Cases top 300,000 worldwide as US becomes one of worst hit countries
The number of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus, or COVID-19, has crossed 300,000 as the disease continues to spread around the world, with the situation in the U.S., Italy and Spain deteriorating even as the pandemic has stabilized in China, where the virus first emerged.
At least 303,180 people have tested positive for the virus worldwide as of Saturday at 5:13 pm ET, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The number of cases in the U.S. has surged to at least 24,148, making it one of the worst hit countries in the world. Only China, Italy and Spain are harder hit than the U.S. — Spencer Kimball, Emma Newburger
4:41 pm: US should rally G-7, NATO and other global allies together in fight against coronavirus, Kempe says
The U.S. should bring together its global allies in a coordinated fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Atlantic Council CEO Frederick Kempe wrote in a CNBC op-ed.
“As the current chairman of the G-7, the United States could convene a ‘Coalition Countering COVID-19’ that would rally the seven leading industrial democracies, the European Union, NATO and, perhaps most importantly, the G-20,” Kempe wrote.
“It would thus also involve China as a central and collaborative actor against a common foe,” wrote Kempe. — Kevin Stankiewicz
Read CNBC’s coverage from the U.S. overnight: FDA approves ’emergency use’ test, global cases top 300,000