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Tennis great Novak Djokovic tests positive

White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci told Congress Tuesday that some parts of the U.S. are seeing a “disturbing surge” of infections and he’s concerned about the increased community spread. Top officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services are discussing what each agency has done in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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 9.11 million
  • Global deaths: At least 472,541
  • U.S. cases: More than 2.31 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 120,402

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Arizona reports record single-day increase in cases ahead of Trump’s visit

4:45 p.m. ET — The coronavirus infected 3,593 people, another record in additional daily cases in Arizona, and killed an additional 42 people since Monday, bringing the states’ death toll to 1,384, according to the Arizona Department of Health.

While the rise in daily case numbers could reflect a lag in data reporting or increased testing in certain locations throughout the state, Arizona is averaging about 2,500 daily new cases as of Monday, which is about a 94% increase since one week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins University data. The increase in cases comes as Trump travels to the state’s border and to Phoenix, where he’s scheduled to attend a campaign rally at a local church. Infectious disease experts have warned against large indoor gatherings, such as Trump’s recent rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as cases surge in the West and South. —Noah Higgins-Dunn

14% of business owners expect layoffs

4:09 p.m. ET — About 14% of business owners expect to lay off workers after using up funds through the Paycheck Protection Program, a forgivable loan program created by the CARES Act. 

White House officials have credited the program for the stark turnaround in employment last month, when 2.5 million Americans went back to work.

Recipients of the federal aid can only receive full loan forgiveness by rehiring laid-off or furloughed workers.

However, businesses are struggling even as states have begun reopening their economies. Absent additional funding authorized by federal lawmakers, the employment rebound seen in May could prove short-lived. —Greg Iacurci

Djokovic apologizes for hosting tennis matches where coronavirus spread

2:59 p.m. ET — Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic apologized on Twitter for organizing a tennis exhibition series during the outbreak. Djokovic and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus after attending the tournament. 

Djokovic said he and other organizers believed health protocols were met and that the region had combated the virus well enough to gather, but “we were wrong and it was too soon.” The Associated Press reported earlier Tuesday that social distancing was…

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