Latest coronavirus updates: Airport tower shuts down, Kevin Durant reportedly tests positive, first death in Illinois

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This daily live blog will provide the latest updates, news and details of COVID-19 from media outlets and social media sources nationally and around the world.

6:32 p.m. The tower at Chicago Midway Airport closed, according to the FAA, after "several" air traffic controllers tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus.

6:15 p.m. Disney reportedly will release "Mulan" on Disney+ if virus "continues to linger."

6:10 p.m. Florida schools will be closed through April 15, according to the governor.

5:42 p.m. The PGA Championship has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

5:29 p.m. Kevin Durant reportedly has tested positive for COVID-19.

4:13 p.m. Dow regains 1,049 points as Trump takes steps to shore up economy, promising checks to American households. The S&P 500 rose 6% and the Dow rose 5.2%.

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2:44 p.m. France confirms 175 coronavirus-related deaths and 7,730 cases across country. Meanwhile, the United States tops 5,000 confirmed cases.

2:39 p.m. Marriott Hotels are closing around the globe due to COVID-19. Recent reports say they will furlough tens of thousands of employees without pay.

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2:01 p.m. President Donald Trump wants the government to send checks to Americans in the next two weeks in an effort to curb the economic cost of the coronavirus outbreak, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

1:25 p.m. The ACC announced that it has canceled "all athletic related activities including all competition and practice through the end of the 2019-20 academic year" in order to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19.

Number of cases in Georgia reaches 146.

12:35 p.m.: Uber decides to suspend its uberpool options.

Amid the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s call for social distancing, ride-sharing company Uber has opted to suspend its practice of riding with multiple passengers.

11:30 a.m.: Maryland delays its primary.

Maryland has been added to the list of states that will not hold presidential primaries this spring to minimize the threat of coronavirus.

11 a.m.: Amazon suspends most shipment from independent retailers.

Amazon has temporarily suspended new shipments of all products by independent merchants unless the items are considered “high demand” like medical supplies and household cleaning products used to stop the spread of coronavirus.

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