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March 7 coronavirus news

By Ben Westcott, Adam Renton, Rob Picheta, Fernando Alfonso III and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 9:00 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020
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10:13 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

FBI employee near San Francisco tests positive for coronavirus

From CNN's Shimon Prokupecz

An FBI employee out of the San Francisco field division is among those to test positive for the novel coronavirus, an FBI official confirmed Friday.

The infected person is based out of a smaller satellite office and not the main offices in San Francisco.

Employees of the satellite office were sent home and the FBI is taking all necessary steps to prevent further spread of the virus, the official said. 

It’s not clear how the employee contracted the virus. The FBI has notified local health officials and is tracking people who had contact with the employee.

10:05 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

Malaysia reports sharp jump in new cases of novel coronavirus

From Chermaine Lee in Hong Kong

There are now 83 nationwide cases of the novel coronavirus in Malaysia after the country's state news agency reported a rise of 28 new cases Friday.

According to state news agency Bernama, the 83 cases nationwide comprise of 65 Malaysians, 15 Chinese nationals, and one case each in citizens of the US, Japan, and Italy.

As of Friday, a total of 23 cases in Malaysia had fully recovered and been discharged from hospital, the report added.

10:03 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

South Korea confirms 483 new cases of coronavirus, bringing national total to 6,767

From CNN’s Sophie Jeong in Seoul and Taylor Barnes in Atlanta

The number of new infections in South Korea is continuing to grow rapidly, with the country's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcing 483 new cases today.

The national total for South Korea is now 6,767.

Two new deaths were also announced today, bringing the death toll to 44.

Out of the 483 new cases recorded on Friday, 390 are from the city of Daegu, where the outbreak has been concentrated. So far, 5,084 cases during the outbreak have been from Daegu, with about 90.6% of cases nationwide either from Daegu or the surrounding North Gyeongsang province.

9:59 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

California's Placer County confirms 3 cases of coronavirus tied to Grand Princess cruise ship

Placer County in northern California has confirmed three more presumptive positive cases of the novel coronavirus, all of whom were passengers on the Grand Princess cruise ship from San Francisco to Mexico.

Placer County Public Health said in a news release that all three had been isolated at home and didn't require hospitalization.

Placer County has a total of five cases, including one death. California's total is now 64.

In total, 10 confirmed US cases are from former passengers who were on the Grand Princess cruise ship. The vessel is now in quarantine off the coast of California.

9:52 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

Here's a breakdown of which US states have cases of the coronavirus

There are now at least 304 confirmed or presumptive confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States.

This includes 49 cases in repatriated citizens and 255 cases detected in 28 states.

Here is a state-by-state breakdown of the 255 cases:

Arizona: 3 cases

California: 60, including 1 death






Illinois: 6  

Indiana: 1

Kentucky: 1

Maryland: 3



Nebraska: 1  

Nevada: 1  

New Hampshire:

New Jersey:

New York: 44 

North Carolina: 2  




Rhode Island: 3  

South Carolina:

Tennessee: 1  


Washington: 80, including 14 deaths  


10:12 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

Facebook is going to ban ads for medical face masks

From CNN's Donie O’Sullivan

Facebook plans to temporarily ban medical face mask advertisements and commerce listings from its platform, according to the social media giant's director of product management.

Rob Leathern said in a tweet on Friday night that Facebook “will make necessary updates to our policies if we see people trying to exploit this public health emergency."

He said the change will be rolled out in the coming days.

9:43 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

Novel coronavirus death toll nears 3,500

From CNN’s Shanshan Wang in Beijing and Taylor Barnes in Atlanta

China's National Health Commission reported 28 new deaths from the coronavirus today, bringing the global death toll to 3,491 since the epidemic began.

The total number of deaths in mainland China is now 3,070, the vast majority of which have been in Hubei province -- ground zero for the outbreak. The total number of confirmed infections in China is now 80,651, with an increase of 99 new cases on Friday.

Outside of mainland China, there have been 421 deaths, as of this morning:

Italy: 197 deaths

Iran: 124

South Korea: 44

United States: 15

Japan: 12

France: 9

Spain: 8

Hong Kong, Iraq and Australia: 2 deaths each

Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands have each reported 1 death.

9:34 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

Hawaii confirms former Grand Princess passenger as first coronavirus case

From CNN's Andy Rose and Jon Passantino 

Hawaii has confirmed its first novel coronavirus case, according to state officials at a Friday news conference.

Governor David Ige said the patient is a Hawaii resident who traveled on the Grand Princess cruise ship, which is now in quarantine off the coast of California. 

It’s the seventh confirmed case tied to the cruise ship.

Ige said the Hawaiian patient disembarked in Mexico, but officials are aware that the cruise ship also stopped at four Hawaiian ports last month. 

The state is examining the manifest of Grand Princess passengers to contact those who stopped in Hawaii, asking that they self-quarantine, he said.

9:35 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

If you're just joining us, here's the latest on the novel coronavirus outbreak

  • 100,000 infections:  The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 3,400 people, and infected over 101,300, according to CNN's tally -- the vast majority in mainland China.
  • US cases top 300: There are now more than 300 cases of the virus in the United States, with at least 28 states announcing confirmed or presumptive confirmed cases. The US has recorded 15 deaths linked to the virus.
  • Senior citizens told to stay home: Older US citizens are being encouraged to avoid going out as much as possible by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as cases rise.
  • 21 infected onboard cruise ship: Passengers and crew were devastated to learn that 21 people had been diagnosed with the coronavirus aboard their cruise ship, which is in quarantine off the California coast. They were not informed before they heard it from a news conference by US Vice President Mike Pence.
  • South Korean cases rise above 6,700: Seoul announced over 480 new infections of the coronavirus today, bringing the country's total infections to 6,767. South Korea has the most cases of the virus outside of China.
  • Death toll grows in Iran: At least 124 people have died from the coronavirus in Iran, the government announced Friday, with 17 new fatalities confirmed in one day. Among those killed was a newly-elected female Iranian politician.
  • "This is not a drill," WHO says: The director-general of the World Health Organization has warned governments that the coronavirus spread is "not a drill." It said significant action would be required to contain the outbreak, with clusters expanding in South Korea, Japan, parts of Europe, Iran and the United States. 

And if you're told to self-quarantine, here's what you need to know.