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Friday’s grim monthly jobs report confirmed a record number of Americans out of work, but the markets took the number in stride as investors bet the worst of the pandemic and the toll it’s taken on the economy has passed. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Nasdaq Composite Index and the S&P 500 all posted their first weekly advance in the last three weeks. The Dow and S&P 500 rose 2.5% and 3.5% for the week, respectively, while the tech-dominated Nasdaq jumped 6%.

Still, Covid-19 cases worldwide continue to rise, with the death toll in the United States swiftly approaching 80,000. As states begin to re-open their economies, officials are hoping it’s possible to get Americans back to work while preventing a surge in new cases of the virus.

  • Global cases: More than 3.9 million
  • Global deaths: At least 275,188
  • U.S. cases: More than 1.2 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 77,180

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

12:08 pm: Three children have died from rare illness tied to coronavirus, NY Gov. Cuomo says

Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference of the Coronavirus briefing at Northwell Feinstein Institute For Medical Research in Manhasset.

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Three New York children have died from a rare inflammatory syndrome that health officials believe is linked to coronavirus, Governor Andrew Cuomo said. Cuomo on Friday said the syndrome affecting children shares symptoms with toxic shock and Kawasaki disease, according to CNBC’s Will Feuer and Kevin Breuninger.

New York has reported 226 deaths from the coronavirus, and 572 new cases in hospitals in the past day. —Terri Cullen

11:19 am: Alaska fisheries to get $50 million in federal aid

Alaska will receive $50 million in federal aid for fisheries, the U.S. Department of Commerce said — half of what state officials had expected, the Associated Press reported. Alaska was responsible for 58% of the nation’s seafood by volume in 2018.

Alaskan officials had expected the state to receive about $100 million, or one-third of the $300 million allocated to fisheries in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, Anchorage Daily News reported on Friday.

Despite Alaska’s expectations, however, Alaska is tied with Washington state for the most money given to any state, according to AP. —Terri Cullen

11:13 am: Experts think Tesla is in a better position than other US automakers to survive the recession

11:01 am: The coronavirus could kill the $2 billion US bail bond business

2.3 million are incarcerated in the U.S., the world’s largest prison population in any country, with nearly 83% in state prisons or local jails.

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One of the most vulnerable populations amid the coronavirus outbreak is the U.S. correctional system. Nearly 15,000 prisoners so far have tested positive for Covid-19, according to The Marshall Project.

To attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus, correctional facilities have released more than 16,000 prisoners. And, as Sully Barrett reports, with no bonds to post, many bail bond companies have had to lay off their entire staff. —Terri Cullen

10:24 am: Mazda Motor reportedly seeks $2.8 billion in loans to ride out the pandemic

Mazda Motor has been reaching out for loans totaling roughly $2.8 billion from Japan’s three main banks and other lenders as the pandemic batters the auto industry, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Mizuho Financial Group — as well as the Development Bank of Japan, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust and others — are expected to agree. Some have already extended the loans, Reuters reported. The loan request had initially been reported by the Nikkei business daily. —Terri Cullen

9:45 am: FDA approves emergency use of the first diagnostic ‘antigen’ test

This 2020 electron microscope made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention image shows the spherical coronavirus particles from the first U.S. case of COVID-19. On Monday, May 4, 2020, New York City health authorities issued an alert to doctors about severe inflammatory condition possibly linked with COVID-19 has been found in a cluster of U.S. children in New York City after first being reported in Europe.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized the first emergency use for a Covid-19 antigen test developed by diagnostic product maker Quidel Corp. This antigen test quickly detects fragments of proteins found on or in the virus by testing samples collected from the nasal cavity using swabs, the FDA said in a statement. The Sofia 2 SARS Antigen FIA test was designed for rapid detection of the virus that causes Covid-19.

As CNBC’s Sunny Kim reports, antigen tests have a higher chance of false negatives and a negative result may need to be confirmed with an additional test prior to further treatments. That said, positive test results from antigen tests are highly accurate. —Terri Cullen

9:12 am: Amazon and sellers struggle to adapt to demand amid the outbreak

Frustrated by long delays in receiving your online orders? Amazon is, too.

The retailing behemoth has been battling coronavirus-related problems on multiple fronts since the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. began to take hold in March. The resulting surge in online orders tested the company’s supply chain as Americans rushed to buy essential items such as toilet paper and sanitizers. Meanwhile, Amazon found itself suddenly needed to police a widespread price gouging problem and its grocery delivery services were buckling under the weight of online orders.

Amazon said it can’t predict when things will return to normal for sellers, as many logistical challenges remain, CNBC’s Annie Palmer reports. —Terri Cullen

8:56 am: Coronavirus has taken millions of jobs, but here’s where they’re coming back

While Friday’s monthly jobs report highlighted the economic toll the coronavirus outbreak has taken on the economy, some sectors of the labor market are bouncing back and new occupations are emerging. A growing number of positions are needed for noncritical health care. For example, job openings for temperature takers and contact tracers at workplaces are needed to help institute guidelines for employees returning to work.

As CNBC’s Jeff Cox reports, there’s also is a growing demand for logistics and supply, finance, pharmaceutical and telecommunications positions. —Terri Cullen

8:45 am: Egypt’s president expands powers, citing the pandemic

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi

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Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi approved amendments to the country’s state of emergency that grant him and security agencies additional powers amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Associated Press reported.

The new amendments allow the president broad new powers, including the ability to suspend education and quarantine individuals returning to the country from abroad, according to AP. The amendment also expands the authority to ban public and private meetings, protests, celebrations and other forms of assembly. —Terri Cullen

Read CNBC’s coverage from CNBC’s Asia-Pacific and Europe teams overnight here: Russia’s Victory Day celebrations pared back; Spain’s daily virus death tolls falls

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