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This is CNBC’s live blog covering all the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak. All times below are in Eastern time. This blog will be updated throughout the day as the news breaks. 

  • Global cases: More than 1,359,300
  • Global deaths: At least 75,945
  • US cases: At least 368,449
  • US deaths: At least 10,993

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

10:10 am: House Democrats to hold conference call with Pence, Fauci, Birx on coronavirus response 

Vice President Mike Pence and other key members of the White House coronavirus task force will hold a conference call with House Democrats on Wednesday to provide an update and field questions about the U.S. response to the pandemic.

The White House team, which is led by Pence, will update the House Democratic caucus on multiple facets of the response effort, including the status of supplies and supply chains, a source familiar with the task force told CNBC. The team will also provide a breakdown of current data and modeling on the virus, the source said.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci and coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx are also set to attend the phone conference, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. —Kevin Breuninger, Lauren Hirsch 

9:47 am: India allows limited exports of anti-malaria drug after Trump warns of retaliation 

India, the world’s main supplier of generic drugs, said on Tuesday it will allow limited exports of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine that U.S. President Donald Trump has touted as a potential weapon in the fight against the coronavirus.

The Indian government had put a hold on exports of hydroxychloroquine as well as on the pain reliever, paracetamol, saying stocks were depleting because of the hit to global supply chains after the coronavirus emerged in China late last year. 

But Trump spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the weekend seeking supplies and on Monday said India may face retaliation if it didn’t withdraw the ban on exports.

India’s neighbors, including Nepal, have also sought the anti-malaria drug. —Reuters 

9:33 am: Stocks surge for second day amid apparent slowdown in new virus cases, Dow jumps 800 points 

Stocks rallied on Tuesday, building on the strong gains from the previous session, as investors grew more optimistic about a decline in new coronavirus cases.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded 846 points higher at the open, or more than 3%. The S&P 500 gained 3.2% while the Nasdaq Composite surged 2.8%.

Stocks surged on Monday as a slew of coronavirus headlines pointed to a potential stabilization in the U.S. The Dow soared 1,600 points, posting its third biggest point gain ever. The S&P 500 jumped 7% to its highest level since March 13. With Monday’s rally, the S&P 500 bounced about 20% from its 52-week low on March 23. —Fred Imbert, Yun Li 

9:28 am: NJ Democratic says the Garden State flattening coronavirus curve 

Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., told CNBC on Tuesday that New Jersey is beginning to see signs that the coronavirus pandemic is nearing a peak in his state.

“What we’re doing is working,” Gottheimer said on “Squawk Box.” “Our death toll is still way too high, and it’s just awful the number of people who are sick. … But the good news is it seems there is some light on the horizon.” 

There are more than 41,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, according to Johns Hopkins University data. More than 1,000 people have died. 

Gottheimer, who represents a portion of northern New Jersey that includes Bergen and Sussex counties, said about 20% of the state’s cases have been in his congressional district. —Kevin Stankiewicz

9:24 am: US coronavirus test results 

9:12 am: Major League Baseball discussing plan to play all games in Arizona after coronavirus stoppage

Major League Baseball has discussed the possibility of playing all games in Arizona, with teams stationed in confined environments, according to multiple reports. Clubs would play games at spring training ballparks around the Phoenix area as part of MLB’s plan to resume operations after the coronavirus pandemic forced the worldwide suspension of sports. Chase Field, the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, is also an option.

The Associated Press said league officials discussed the plan with the MLB Players Association on Monday, days after President Donald Trump spoke U.S. with sports commissioners to examine the economic effect the virus is having on leagues. 

Trump met with reporters after the call, saying he wants to see fans back in arenas as soon as possible. —Jabari Young 

8:42 am: The latest US case counts

8:19 am: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson ‘stable’ but remains in intensive care

A spokesperson for U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “stable” and in “good spirits,” but remained in intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened Monday afternoon.

Speaking to reporters, the spokesperson said Johnson had received oxygen treatment but was breathing without any other assistance. —Holly Ellyatt

8:09 am: Walgreens to open 15 drive-thru testing sites for the coronavirus across 7 states

Walgreens plans to open 15 drive-thru testing locations for the coronavirus across seven states, starting later this week.

The sites will be in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas, the drugstore chain said in a news release. They will use Abbott Laboratories‘ rapid COVID-19 test.

Walgreens said in a news release that it chose the new sites with the Department of Health and Human Services based on anticipated hot spots for cases of COVID-19. It said it expects to test up to 3,000 people per day across the sites.

Testing is free for people who meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s criteria. The rapid COVID-19 test, which the sites will use, delivers positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results within 13 minutes. —Melissa Repko

7:10 am: USNS Comfort crewmember tests positive

A military officer next to the USNS Comfort Navy hospital ship located at Pier 90 to care for patients not related to Covic-19 on March 31, 2020 in New York City.

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A crewmember on the Navy hospital ship sent to New York City to originally treat noncoronavirus patients tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, the Navy said. 

“The crewmember is isolated from patients and other crewmembers,” the Navy said in a statement to NBC. “There is no impact to Comfort’s mission, and this will not affect the ability for Comfort to receive patients. The ship is following protocols and taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of all crewmembers and patients on board.”

The Comfort, which is docked on Manhattan’s West Side, was deployed to relieve the city’s hospitals of noncoronavirus patients. However, President Donald Trump agreed on Monday to allow the 1,000-bed hospital ship to be used to treat COVID-19 patients.

The ship until now has been used to treat just a handful of patients without COVID-19, leading to criticism that it has been of little or no help with the hospital crisis in New York. —Will Feuer

6:55 am: VW plans to partially reopen a plant in Spain on April 20

Volkswagen hopes to partially reopen its plant in Spain’s Navarra region on April 20 after its closure in mid-March, a spokesman said.

The plant in northern Spain should reopen with one of its three daily shifts working four days in the first week, the plant spokesman said. The goal is to add a second shift the following week, depending on how well the supply chain works, he said.

All workers would wear masks and gloves, and the plant’s disinfection would be intensified, he added. The plant has around 4,800 workers and produces the Polo and T-Cross models. —Reuters

6:30 am: Another UK minister self-isolates, media reports

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Environment Secretary Michael Gove leave 10 Downing Street on June 15, 2017 in London, England.

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U.K. Cabinet minister Michael Gove has gone into self-isolation for seven days after a member of his family came down with symptoms of COVID-19, Sky News and other news agencies reported.

Gove is the latest in a string of U.K. politicians and officials who have self-isolated after they, or family members, displayed symptoms of the virus. Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened Monday—Holly Ellyatt

5:30 am: Spain sees uptick in daily deaths

Mortuary employees wearing face masks transport a coffin of a COVID-19 coronavirus victim at La Almudena cemetery on April 04, 2020 in Madrid, Spain.

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Spain reported 5,478 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number to 140,510, the health ministry said.

The number of deaths has risen by 743 cases to 13,798, that’s above the 637 deaths recorded the previous day. —Holly Ellyatt

4:47 am: Japan declares state of emergency, prepares near $1 trillion stimulus

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency to fight coronavirus infections in major population centers and has unveiled a stimulus package worth 108 trillion yen ($990 billion).

Abe announced the state of emergency targeting the capital Tokyo and six other prefectures — accounting for about 44% of Japan’s population — for a period of about one month, Reuters reported.

“We have decided to declare a state of emergency because we’ve judged that a fast spread of the coronavirus nationwide would have an enormous impact on lives and the economy,” he told parliament earlier.

His Cabinet will also finalize the stimulus package — which is equal to 20% of Japan’s economic output — to cushion the impact of the epidemic on the world’s third-largest economy. — Holly Ellyatt

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