Coronavirus live updates: Death toll in Italy jumps, CDC recommends canceling events with 50 or more
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The CDC said that it is urging organizers to cancel or postpone in-person events with 50 people or more in attendance throughout the U.S.
An operator of Amiat (Multiservice Environmental Hygiene Company Turin) wears a respiratory mask prior to sanitizing streets in Via po, Turin in Italy. Nicolò Campo | LightRocket | Getty Images

This is a live blog. Please check back for updates. Global cases: At least 153,648, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization

Global deaths: At least 5,746, according to the latest figures from the WHO All times below are in Beijing time.

8:27 am: Wynn Resorts will temporarily close Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn Resorts said it has decided to temporarily close Wynn Las Vegas and Encore hotels and casinos as part of the company's efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It said it has committed to pay all full-time Wynn and Encore employees during the closure, which will be effective Tuesday, March 17 at 6 p.m. local time. The closure is set to stay in effect for at least two weeks. — Contessa Brewer

8:04 am: US futures sink, Australia's ASX 200 tumbles 5%

U.S. stock futures plunged even after the Federal Reserve announced a massive monetary stimulus campaign to curb slower economic growth in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures dropped by more than 1,000 points, which triggered a limit down level. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures were also at their downside limits. In Asia Pacific, the situation appeared mixed: Australia's ASX 200 fell almost 5% in morning trade. Japan's Nikkei 225 opened in positive territory, as did South Korea's benchmark Kospi index. — Fred Imbert, Saheli Roy Choudhury

7:40 am: CDC recommends cancellation of events with 50 or more people

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that it is urging organizers to cancel or…
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