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Target makes $15 minimum wage permanent

The coronavirus outbreak continues to expand in some states across the U.S., with Arizona on Tuesday reporting a record high number of new confirmed cases and Texas reporting a record number of people in the hospital with Covid-19. Some state and federal officials, including Vice President Mike Pence continue to downplay the outbreak, calling it “overblown.”

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 8.19 million
  • Global deaths: At least 444,111
  • U.S. cases: More than 2.13 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 116,963

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Texas hospitalizations jump 11% in a day, up 84% since Memorial Day

A medical student treats a COVID-19 patient, in Houston, Texas at United Memorial Medical Center.

Carolyn Cole | Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

11:18 a.m. ET — Texas Covid-19 hospitalizations hit another new high, surging about 11% in a single day. The new total marks the eighth new high in less than two weeks as the state continues to reopen.

Hospitalizations in the state are now up more than 84% since Memorial Day.

During a press briefing Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott defended the state’s reopening plan by pointing to the total available hospital beds and the ability to create surge capacity if necessary. However, the total number of available beds fell further Wednesday, down to 13,815, according to state data. —Berkeley Lovelace Jr.

Tulsa officials ask Trump to cancel rally as virus spikes in Oklahoma 

10:45 a.m. ET — Tulsa officials are asking President Trump’s campaign to cancel, or at least move outdoors, the rally planned for Saturday over concerns that it will become a “super spreader” event that worsens the state’s recent spike in coronavirus infections, the New York Times reported.

The rally is currently scheduled to take place in a 20,000-person indoor arena. “It’s the perfect storm of potential over-the-top disease transmission,” said Bruce Dart, the executive director of Tulsa’s health department, to the Times.

The coronavirus can spread through respiratory droplets that hang in the air, so lengthy periods spent in a densely packed indoors area — such as would happen during a Trump speech, many of which last over an hour — raise the risk of infection, according to the Times.

The Trump campaign said Monday that it would take people’s temperatures and hand out masks and hand sanitizer. It has also required attendees to waive their right to sue the campaign if they do catch the virus at the rally. —Michelle Gao 

Cinemark to reopen all U.S. theater locations by July 17

Front facade of Cinemark Paradise 24 movie theater in the style of an Egyptian temple in Davie, Florida, USA

Holly Guerrio

10:37 a.m. ET — The third-largest movie theater chain in the U.S. is looking to reopen all of its more than 500 cinemas by July 17.

Cinemark announced that its phased reopening plan would see…

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