Coronavirus live updates: China reports 11 new cases and no deaths; Hong Kong will extend social restrictions

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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 2.4 million
  • Global deaths: More than 169,986
  • Most cases reported: United States (784,326), Spain (200,210), Italy (181,228), France (156,480), and Germany (147,065). 

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University as of 8:14 a.m. Beijing time. 

All times below are in Beijing time.

11:45 am: Hong Kong will extend social restrictions

Hong Kong will extend social restrictions targeted at containing the coronavirus outbreak for another 14 days from April 23, Reuters reported, citing the city’s leader Carrie Lam at a weekly press conference. This means they are now set to end on May 7.

It came even after Hong Kong reported zero new cases on Monday for the first time since early March.

The Chinese special administrative region has recorded a total of 1,026 cases and four deaths so far, according to the Hong Kong government.

Among other measures, Hong Kong has banned public gatherings of more than four people since March 29.

11:30 am: Australia lost 780,000 jobs due to coronavirus

Australia saw jobs numbers decline by 6% between March 14 and April 4 when large segments of the economy were shut to contain the coronavirus outbreak, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday.

That means the country could have lost 780,000 jobs by early April, according to Reuters calculations.

The largest impact of job losses was for those under 20 years old. This group saw jobs decrease by 9.9%, said Bjorn Jarvis, the bureau’s head of labor statistics.

The accommodation and food services sector saw the largest reduction in jobs at 25.6%, while arts and recreation services industry saw jobs decline by 18.7%, he added.

9:45 am: South Korea reports 9 new cases and 1 death

South Korea on Tuesday reported nine new cases of the coronavirus — the third straight day the country posted fewer than 15 cases of new infections.

That brought the country’s total infections to 10,683, said the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There was one death, bringing the country’s total death toll to 237.

On Sunday, South Korea reported eight new cases of the coronavirus — the first time in two months that the country reported single-digit figures.

South Korea is one of the hardest hit Asian countries in the pandemic, but has been praised for its efforts to reduce the spread of infection by mass testing its people and adopting strict measures to quarantine and track those who affected. — Huileng Tan

8:24 am: China reports 11 new cases and no deaths

China reported 11 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of April 20. There were no deaths for the sixth straight day, according to the country’s National Health Commission.

That brought China’s total number of confirmed cases to 82,758 and its cumulative death toll to 4,632.

Of the 11 new confirmed cases on Monday, the NHC attributed four to travelers from overseas.

It also said there were 37 asymptomatic cases, where people tested positive for the coronavirus but showed no symptoms. — Huileng Tan

All times below are in Eastern time.

7:08 pm: Disney is furloughing workers while other media giants aren’t

The entrance to the Magic Kingdom at Disney World is seen on the first day of closure as theme parks in the Orlando area suspend operations for two weeks in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Paul Hennessy | SOPA Images | LightRocket via Getty Images

On Monday, Disney began furloughing workers, temporarily stopping pay to as many as 100,000 workers, according to an estimate by the Financial Times.

Over the last few weeks Disney has laid out its plans to impose unpaid leave, first for some non-union employees, then in a subsequent deal with 43,000 union workers. The media giant will pay 100% of health insurance costs for workers currently covered for up to 12 months. While the majority of those furloughs are at the theme parks, they also extend to all of Disney’s other divisions, including the movie studio and TV division. Disney’s also asked its senior executives to accept a pay cut, with no set end.

Disney won’t comment on the number of furloughs.

Disney’s extensive furloughs stand in sharp contrast to the other two media giantsComcast, which owns NBCUniversal, and AT&T, which owns WarnerMedia – which haven’t yet announced any furloughs or layoffs.

These are the three largest media conglomerates, in a category above all the others: Disney’s market cap is $185 billion, Comcast’s is $169 billion, and AT&T’s is $222 billion. They do face some similar challenges: all three have movie studios that are suffering from the closure of theaters and all are seeing their ad revenue plummet as live sports has been halted. And all three are working to get ahead of the cord-cutting trend and have new services designed to own that direct-to-consumer relationship.

But the finances of these companies are incredibly different. Parks and Resorts is Disney’s largest division, responsible for 35% of its revenue in 2019. That division includes not only theme parks and resorts, but also a cruise line. In contrast, Comcast derived only 5.4% of its revenue from parks such as Universal Studios, and AT&T doesn’t own any parks. —Julia Boorstin

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6:41 pm: The plunge in oil prices is the last thing Boeing and Airbus need right now

Grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are seen parked in an aerial photo at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, July 1, 2019.

Lindsey Wasson | Reuters

The coronavirus pandemic, the threat of airline bankruptcies and a global recession. Now a historic oil glut and price crash are adding to the woes of Boeing and Airbus.

The duopoly that dominates most of the world’s aircraft production spent more than a decade racking up record orders for planes they boasted could save millions in fuel. 

“One thing that kept the industry aloft during the great financial meltdown [in 2008] is fuel prices actually rose,” said Richard Aboulafia, an aviation analyst at vice president at Teal Group, referring to record oil prices that year.

Rising oil prices can help boost sales of more fuel-efficient aircraft, the opposite of sales trends for larger personal vehicles like SUVs.

The Airbus A320neo and the Boeing 737 Max, each manufacturer’s best-selling narrow-body airplanes were developed after the Great Recession when fuel prices were again rising and airlines were on the hunt for models that would help them cut fuel costs.

But manufacturers have lost that selling point, adding to a slate of challenges that are expected to last at least into 2021, if not later, and a sharp turnaround from earlier this year when airlines couldn’t get new single-aisle airplanes fast enough. —Leslie Josephs

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