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This is CNBC’s live blog covering all the latest news on the coronavirus epidemic. This blog will be updated throughout the day as news becomes available.

  • Global cases: at least 2,790,986.
  • Deaths worldwide: at least 195,920.
  • Most cases reported: United States (890,524), Spain (219,764), Italy (192,994), France (159,495) and Germany (154,545).

The above data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University at 9:40 am Beijing time.

All times below are in Beijing time.

10:00 am: Singapore daily cases fall below 1000 for the first time this week

Singapore reported 897 new Covid-19 cases at noon on Friday, with its daily number falling below 1,000 for the first time this week.

Cases have soared last month. Singapore had barely 1,000 cases on April 1, but in less than a month, it reached more than 10,000. The majority of the explosion in cases has been attributed to an epidemic among its migrant worker population.

The country’s ambassador general at the Foreign Ministry, Chan Heng Chee, told CNBC that Singapore “knew that foreign workers would be a stress point” in its fight against the coronavirus, but that acting sooner would have not much changed. containing the tip in these cases. – Weizhen Tan

9:35 a.m .: Daily cases in Italy increase again, but deaths decrease

On Friday, new infections in Italy increased by 3,021, up from 2,646 the previous day, according to Reuters.

However, the death toll rose by 420, the smallest daily count since March 19, according to the report, citing the Italian Civil Protection Agency. It was down from 464 the day before.

This brought its total number of confirmed cases to 192,994, the third highest after the United States and Spain.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said last week that the country would begin lifting the lockdown from May 4, but that the reopening would be prudent and gradual, according to Reuters. – Weizhen Tan

An ambulance is seen in the Colosseum area during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) on April 21, 2020 in Rome, Italy.

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9:25 a.m .: China reports 12 new cases, no deaths

China has only reported 12 new cases as of April 24, according to its National Health Commission (NHC). 11 were attributed to travelers from abroad. This brings the country’s total to 82,816 cases, according to government data.

For the 10th consecutive day, there have been no new deaths, the total number of deaths remaining at 4,632, according to the NHC.

Separately, there have been 29 new asymptomatic cases, where people have tested positive for the virus but have shown no symptoms. This brings its number of asymptomatic cases currently under medical observation to 983, said the NHC. – Weizhen Tan

All times below are Eastern Time.

8:20 p.m .: Hollywood small businesses in crisis

Hollywood can be known for its large studios with thousands of employees and giant sound scenes. But of the 5,900 Hollywood businesses, 99.5% have fewer than 500 employees and more than 90% have fewer than 10 employees.

These are customers, accessory rentals, caterers and trailer rental companies, sound mixing specialists, and film editors – everything that goes into making movies, TV shows, or commercials .

After Covid-19 brought an abrupt halt to entertainment production, the vast majority of these companies saw their revenues drop to zero in the past month. forcing many to lay off or lay off employees. –Julia Boorstin

6:48 p.m .: FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn Discusses Ongoing Trials For Coronavirus Vaccines And Therapies

6:24 p.m .: As homework becomes more common, many say they don’t want to go back

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions of Americans to work from home. But when it’s all over, many people think that the trip from the kitchen to the living room may not be such a bad trip.

States of Play, joint CNBC / Change Research survey of swing states, finds 42% of respondents nationwide say they work from home – just 9% who say they work entirely at home before the pandemic . Some 14% say they work from home more than before, while 19% work from home for the first time.

A majority of 58% say they still work outside the home.

After the economy reopens, 24% say they would like to work all or more from home compared to how they worked before, while 55% plan to return to the office and 20% are unsure. –Jackson burke

4:35 pm: The barrels are bad because the coronavirus keeps restaurants closed. Boston Beer has a solution

As bars and restaurants remain closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Boston Beer turns millions of dollars of expired beer into ethanol to recover some of its lost sales.

Beer sales increased 11.6% in the week ended April 11, according to Nielsen data, with consumers drinking more at home. But the peak does not benefit artisanal brewers as much as they depend on sales in restaurants and bars. Changing consumer trends have led to the expiration of kegs for many craft beer manufacturers.

The disruption in the supply chain caused by the pandemic has led farmers to throw away milk and crush eggs, even though grocery stores are struggling to keep much-needed food in stock.

Boston Beer, Sam Adams’ parent company, takes a less unnecessary approach to the $ 5.8 million of beer returned by retailers and distributors in its first quarter.

Company founder and president Jim Koch said on CNBC’s The Exchange on Friday that he will distill the beer returned in ethanol so that it can be blended with gasoline. According to the Brewers Association, the company, the second largest craft brewer in the country, has been recycling stale beer like this for decades to ensure freshness, but has recently increased volume. –Amelia lucas

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