China new cases; White House warns of more deaths

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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 2,561,044.
  • Deaths worldwide: at least 176,984.
  • Most cases reported: United States (823,786), Spain (204,178), Italy (183,957), France (159,297) and Germany (148,291).

The above data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University at 8:30 am Beijing time.

All times below are in Beijing time.

12.51 p.m .: Santa Clara County, California, reports early deaths from coronavirus

Two people in Santa Clara County, California died of a coronavirus before what was previously considered the first United States death associated with Covid-19.

The county medical coroner conducted autopsies on two people who died at home on February 6 and 17. Their samples were sent to the CDC, which confirmed that they were positive for the disease.

The first American death from a coronavirus was originally a man in his 50s in Washington State who died on February 29.

The Santa Clara coroner-for-coroner also identified another early death of Covid-19 on March 6, a few days before what was originally considered the county’s first death.

He said the three “died at home at a time when very limited testing was only available through the CDC.” Santa Clara added that it expects to identify other deaths linked to the pandemic. –Christine Wang

12:30 p.m .: New cases in Germany jump by 2,237

Germany reported 2,237 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 145,694, according to the Robert Koch Institute, a federal government agency responsible for disease surveillance and prevention.

He also said there were 281 additional deaths, with a total of 4,879 deaths. – Weizhen Tan

11:35 a.m .: A member of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games committee is positive

A member of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games organizing committee has tested positive, according to a Reuters report. He is now under quarantine at home.

The games, which were scheduled to start on July 24 in Tokyo, have been delayed for about a year, after Japan insisted for months that the Olympics go ahead as planned. – Weizhen Tan

11:00 am: American-Chinese relations at a low point, because the “transfer of responsibility” delays the war against the virus

US-China relations are at their “worst moment in memory,” said a professor, who said the two countries have embarked on a “great exercise in devolution” about the coronavirus pandemic.

US President Donald Trump has accused Beijing of a lack of transparency on the real extent of the Covid-19 epidemic in China – where cases have been reported for the first time. In response, Beijing suggested that the United States could be the real source of the global pandemic.

“No camp wants to be blamed for its own response, so the Chinese and the Americans blame themselves,” said James Crabtree, associate professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. – Weizhen Tan

10:10 a.m .: 33 cases on an Italian cruise ship docked in Japan for repairs

Japan has reported 33 infections among crew members of an Italian cruise ship docked in the country for repairs, according to Reuters. The Costa Atlantica has 623 crew members and no passengers.

Additional tests on other crew members will be carried out, the report said. Those who tested positive without symptoms will remain on the ship, while others will be taken to medical facilities, he said. – Weizhen Tan

The Costa Atlantica which docked at the Marina Bay Cruise Center Singapore on May 3, 2013 in Singapore.

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9:45 a.m .: Singapore extends partial lockdown measures for an additional 4 weeks as it reports 1,111 cases

Singapore reported more than 1,000 cases for the second consecutive day on Tuesday. This brings its total to 9,125, making it the country with the highest number of confirmed cases in Southeast Asia.

The vast majority of the new cases involved migrant workers living in dormitories, said his ministry of health. Singapore relies on foreign migrant workers in its construction sector, which is largely made up of men from other Asian countries who work in labor-intensive jobs.

He said on Tuesday that partial blocking measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the country will be extended by four weeks until June 1. – Weizhen Tan, Yen Nee Lee

9:00 a.m .: China reports 30 new cases, no deaths

The National Health Commission of China (NHC) said there were 30 new confirmed cases as of April 21, 23 of which were attributed to travelers from abroad. This brings the country’s total to 82,788 cases, the NHC said.

No new deaths have been reported for the seventh consecutive day, which keeps the total number of deaths at 4,632, according to the NHC.

Separately, there have been 42 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 991, said the NHC. – Weizhen Tan

8:40 am: more than 700 new cases in Mexico

Mexico has reported a jump of more than 700 new cases, reaching a total of 9,501 cases, according to a Reuters report citing officials from the Ministry of Health.

It killed 145 more, bringing the country’s death toll to 857, the report said. – Weizhen Tan

All times below are Eastern Time.

7:02 p.m .: White House health advisor says Americans must prepare for more deaths as epidemic peaks

Americans should prepare to see more deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, especially in cities, as the epidemic in the United States exceeds its peak and infection rates decline, warned the coronavirus consultant from the White House, Dr. Deborah Birx.

Deaths are generally behind other aspects of the epidemic, she said at a White House press conference. “We really need to continue to come together and really, really support our health care providers who are always on the front lines. “

The coronavirus, which appeared in Wuhan, China nearly 4 months ago, sickened more than 820,000 people in the United States and killed at least 44,228 on Tuesday evening, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. US officials and infectious disease experts have already said deaths are the cause of new cases and hospitalizations.

Birx said Tuesday that US health officials are seeing improvements in several parts of the country, including Rhode Island, Connecticut, Detroit, New Orleans, Chicago, Boston and Atlanta. “This has been a big concern for us over the past few weeks. They seem to flatten, ”she said. –Berkeley Lovelace Jr.

6:49 p.m .: Quest Diagnostics deploys antibody tests for Covid-19

New Jersey-based Quest Diagnostics announced that it is currently testing antibodies to Covid-19 using blood samples, a practice known as serological testing. Quest Diagnostics can perform around 70,000 tests per day and is looking to expand this capacity to 150,000 tests per day early next month.

The company uses serological testing platforms that were originally developed by the Euroimmun diagnostic division of Abbott and PerkinElmer, but independently validated by Quest. Antibody tests can help healthcare professionals identify people who are infected with the new coronavirus, but who have subsequently developed an immune response.

Jay G. Wohlgemuth, senior vice president and medical director of Quest, said in a statement that antibody tests can also help doctors identify people who can bring in plasma to help treat those with severe coronavirus patients. –Lora Kolodny

3:38 p.m .: How your office could change in the post-coronavirus era

The battle between the states and the federal government is intensifying over when to open the economy and start letting people go back to work because of the coronavirus.

We still don’t know exactly when employees will return to work, but what is certain is that when this happens, things in the office will most likely be very different. Just as the pandemic is likely to have a lasting impact on our personal habits, it will also change the way we work. Among the key changes that companies are already considering: more space, sanitation and flexibility, with more employees working at home on a semi-regular basis.

According to a number of office designers, companies will install more sensors to reduce touch points, such as light and power switches and door handles, antimicrobial materials, more air filtration important and better, temperature monitoring at ports of entry, more distant offices apart, plus subtle design features that remind people to keep their distance. —Ellen Sheng

3:04 p.m .: FDA gives green light to first coronavirus test with home sample collection

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