Amazon won’t dock warehouse workers’ pay, US politicians self-quarantine

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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 111,200, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Global deaths: At least 3,890, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US cases: At least 564, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US deaths: At least 22, according to Johns Hopkins University.

7:23 am: Amazon won’t dock warehouse workers for missing shifts

A man wearing a face mask holds a box of the American electronic commerce company Amazon in Central district, Hong Kong.

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Amazon is relaxing its attendance policy for warehouse workers and other employees due to the continued spread of coronavirus. The company informed employees Sunday that it will not count any unpaid time off should they need to take it during the month of March. Amazon told CNBC it made the change to ensure there are no repercussions for needing to stay home due to illness. The change of policy applies to employees whose job requires them to “work from an office, store, fulfillment center, delivery station or sort center,” according to a document obtained by CNBC. Amazon also told employees it will not assign attendance points if they’re unable to come to work. The company uses a point system to track employee infractions in a given period of time. —Palmer

7:17 am: US politicians self-quarantine after interaction with CPAC attendee

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., are self-quarantining after interacting with a COVID-19 patient at the Conservative Political Action Conference in late February. Gosar said he, along with three of his senior staff, are officially under self-quarantine after sustained contact at CPAC with a person who has since been hospitalized. He said they are all asymptomatic. Cruz said his interaction with an infected individual consisted of “a brief conversation and a handshake.” Cruz said that while he does not meet the CDC criteria for a self-quarantine, he is opting to do it anyway. —Hirsch

7:13 am: Germany aims to avoid any firm becoming insolvent

The German government’s goal is to avoid any business falling into insolvency as a result of the coronavirus, spokesman Steffen Seibert said. “The government will do everything to support businesses and workers in this great economic challenge,” Seibert told a regular news conference. “Our goal is that, ideally, no business in Germany will fall into insolvency due to the coronavirus outbreak, and ideally no job will be lost,” he added. An Economy Ministry spokeswoman said some firms had already sought liquidity support from the government, and that businesses from the tourism and trade fair sectors, in particular, were informing themselves about aid options. —Reuters

7:10 am: Tokyo 2020 Games torch-lighting ceremony to be held without spectators

A man wearing a face mask has his photograph taken in front of the Olympic Rings in Odaiba on March 5, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch-lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia this week will be staged without spectators as organizers seek to protect the event from the coronavirus, Greece’s Olympic Committee said. The Olympic torch will be lighted in Olympia at a scaled-down ceremony on Thursday before a seven-day relay that will culminate with a handover ceremony in Greece a week later. —Reuters

7:04 am: 7,161 infected in Iran, 237 deaths

Iran has had 237 coronavirus deaths and 7,161 infections, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said on state TV. The figures included 595 new infections and 43 new deaths within the previous 24 hours. Iran has had one of the highest death rates from the illness outside of China, where the virus originated. —Reuters

5:15 am: Staff worker at Disneyland Paris tests positive for coronavirus

Disney character Mickey Mouse is seen above the entrance at Disneyland Paris during the 25th anniversary of the park, in Marne-la-Vallee, near Paris, France.

Benoit Tessier | Reuters

A maintenance worker at Disneyland Paris has tested positive for the coronavirus, Reuters reported Monday, citing a spokesperson for the resort. The technician has not been in contact with visitors, according to management, but his colleagues have been asked to stay in quarantine. The resort, which receives around 15 million visitors a year on average, remains open to visitors Monday.

4:55 am: Nigeria confirms the second case of coronavirus

Nigeria’s health minister has confirmed the second case of coronavirus in the country. “The new case is an Ogun State contact of the index case, one of 40 persons in isolation being closely monitored. He is clinically stable,” Health Minister Osagie Ehanire said via Twitter on Monday.

3:35 am: South Korea reports 96 new coronavirus cases, taking total up to 7,478

South Korea has reported 96 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the total number of infections to 7,478. It comes shortly after the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 69 new cases earlier in the day. It marks the slowest daily increase of infections in 11 days. Outside mainland China, South Korea has recorded the highest number of coronavirus cases. —Meredith

Read CNBC’s coverage from CNBC’s Asia-Pacific and Europe teams overnight here: Staff worker at Disneyland Paris tests positive for virus.

Reuters and CNBC’s Sam MeredithJoanna TanWeizhen Tan contributed to this report.

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