Coronavirus live updates: US State Department embarks on reopening; magician dies from virus

By | May 9, 2020

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 3.93 million
  • Global deaths: At least 274,900
  • Most cases reported: United States (1,283,929), Spain (222,857), Italy (217,185), United Kingdom (212,629), and Russia (187,859). 

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University as of 1:17 p.m. Beijing time. 

All times below are in Beijing time.

12:16 pm: Australia’s largest states hold off on easing lockdown measures

New South Wales and Victoria, the largest states in Australia, held off from lifting lockdown measures on Saturday, Reuters reported.

It comes as other states begin easing restrictions on gatherings. The capital of Canberra started allowing people to visit one another again on Saturday, the news agency said. Gatherings with up to 10 people will reportedly be allowed. Outdoor dining and cafes will also be able to operate from Monday in South Australia, while pubs and bars in the Northern Territory will be allowed to reopen from Friday, Reuters reported.

Meanwhile, New South Wales and Victoria, which make up about 57% of the country’s population, will outline measures for lifting restrictions next week, Reuters said.

Australia has been hailed for its early mitigation efforts in containing the outbreak. It has reported 6,927 cases and 97 deaths so far, according to Johns Hopkins University. — Joanna Tan

11:51 am: Germany reports more than 1,250 new cases and 103 deaths

Germany reported an additional 1,251 cases, bringing the cumulative cases in the country to 168,551, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Saturday. Europe’s largest economy also reported another 103 additional deaths, taking the total fatalities to 7,369.

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Germany has the seventh highest number of reported cases in the world, data from Johns Hopkins University showed. — Joanna Tan

11:05 am: US State Department embarks on reopening plans

The U.S. State Department started implementing its reopening plan last week, internal documents obtained by CNBC showed.

In the plan, which began on May 1, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo detailed policies on travel, telework, face coverings, and social distancing measures.

Entitled “Diplomacy Strong,” it is a roadmap aimed at bringing back operations for 13,000 U.S. diplomats and 11,000 civil servants. The three-phased strategy complies with guidance from the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the documents viewed by CNBC. — Amanda Macias

10:47 am: Famed magician Roy Horn dies from coronavirus

Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn, right, celebrate the first birthday of five of their tiger cubs at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage on May 12, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Denise Truscello | WireImage

“Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend,” Fischbacher said in a statement on Friday. “From the moment we met, I knew Roy and I, together, would change the world. There could be no Siegfried without Roy, and no Roy without Siegfried.”

Horn tested positive for the coronavirus in late April. The pair have entertained in Las Vegas for decades and are best known for their work with lions and tigers. — Joanna Tan

9:17 am: US lawmakers call for Taiwan to be included in WHO

U.S. lawmakers are calling for more than 50 countries to support Taiwan’s inclusion in the World Health Organization as they urge nations to place the fight against the pandemic above politics, according to Reuters.

Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, due to China’s objections. As such, Taiwan is not part of the WHO, a UN agency.

“As the world works to combat the spread of the COVID-19, a novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, it has never been more important to ensure all countries prioritize global health and safety over politics,” leaders from the congressional foreign affairs committees said in a letter on Friday, according to Reuters. — Joanna Tan

All times below are in Eastern time.

9:01 pm: Investors await reports that will shed light on reopening of the economy

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