Deval Patrick dropped out of the presidential race on February 12, 2020. This page is no longer being updated.
Patrick made a late entrance into the race in November 2019 after initially passing on a presidential bid. The former two-term Massachusetts governor is pitching himself as a leader who can bring people together.
Harvard College, B.A., 1978; Harvard Law School, J.D., 1982
July 31, 1956
Sarah and Katherine
Managing director, Bain Capital, 2015-2019; Governor of Massachusetts, 2007-2015; Board of directors, ACC Capitol holdings, 2004-2006; Executive vice president and general counsel, Coca Cola 2001-2004; Vice president and general counsel, Texaco, 1999-2001; Lawyer, law firm Day, Berry & HowardAssistant US attorney general for civil rights, 1994-1997; Lawyer and later partner, law firm Hill & Barlow, 1986-1994; Lawyer at NAACP Legal Defense Fund, 1983-1986
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Joe Biden is endorsed by Deval Patrick, another former 2020 contender
Updated 4:48 PM ET, Fri Mar 6, 2020
Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Friday joined several other former 2020 presidential candidates in endorsing Joe Biden for president. "At a time when our democracy is at risk, our economy is not working for many Americans, and our role in the world is unsteady, America needs a unifying and experienced leader, who can and wants to make life better for everyone everywhere. Joe Biden is that leader," Patrick said in a statement provided by the Biden campaign. Visit CNN's Election Center for full coverage of the 2020 race "I am today proud to endorse him for the Democratic nomination for President," Patrick continued. He joins former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Maryland Rep. John Delaney in endorsing Biden this week. Buttigieg, Klobuchar and O'Rourke endorsed Biden on Monday, right before the Super Tuesday contests. Biden surged after his blowout win in South Carolina, and the Democratic centrist establishment has consolidated around the former vice president. CNN projected Biden would win 10 out of 14 states on Super Tuesday, including a dramatic upset victory in Texas and surprise wins in Minnesota and Massachusetts. Patrick said that when he was governor of Massachusetts he worked closely with Biden, who was vice president at the time. "I saw firsthand Joe's essential role in passing historic health care reform, saving the American auto industry and our country from another depression, leading our troops home from war, and championing historic civil rights and LGBTQ equality," Patrick said. He praised Biden's work on a number of other issues, and called the candidate a "genuinely caring and compassionate person." Patrick ended his own late-entry presidential bid in February after a disappointing performance in the New Hampshire primary. He had campaigned as a moderate, calling for a public option to be added to Obamacare rather than supporting "Medicare for All," a proposed government-run single-payer health care program.
After announcing his campaign in November 2019, Patrick named climate change as a priority.“We’re already late to climate change. The question is whether we are too late and if we continue to delay we will be too late,” he said in Iowa, The Gazette reported. In 2014, Patrick unveiled a $50 million plan while governor to assess and address vulnerabilities in Massachusetts surrounding climate preparedness. In 2014, Patrick called for Massachusetts to end all reliance on conventional coal generation by 2018 and move to natural gas. He said the state should migrate away from fossil fuels and double down on solar, wind and hydropower.
Patrick told CBS News in November 2019 he believes taxes should go up on the most wealthy. He said he envisions a “much, much simpler tax system for everyone where we eliminate all or most of the deductions and we smooth out and simplify the system we have.” He said he thinks greed is the problem, not wealth.
Patrick told CBS News in November 2019 that he would support eliminating or vastly reducing student debt. In 2007, Patrick unveiled a plan to make community college free in Massachusetts within 10 years. The plan also called for universal prekindergarten, full-day kindergarten and extending the school day and school year. In 2010, Patrick signed a bill to increase the number of charter schools in the state, give administrators the power to overhaul failing districts and make Massachusetts eligible for up to $250 million in federal dollars.
Patrick in 2014 signed into law an overhaul of Massachusetts’ gun laws. The legislation added the state to a national database for background checks, and allowed police chiefs to go to court to block individuals they deemed dangerous from acquiring shotguns and rifles.
Patrick told CBS News in November 2019 he did not support “Medicare for All” “in the terms we’ve been talking about,” and that he backs a public option. “If Medicare is that public option, I think it’s a great idea,” he said. Patrick last year called Medicare for All a “terrific idea” but said he would support keeping private options under the Affordable Care Act.
In 2018, Patrick called for overhauling immigration and was critical of the Trump administration’s immigration policy, including the actions from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “The sadistic policies and practices of ICE today have got to go, separating families, the walking away from DACA, the deportation of spouses of immigrants who serve in the military today. Really?” Patrick told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “We are better than that. And the opportunity to have comprehensive immigration reform has been on the table before. There is bipartisan support for it. It needs to come back. We need to be serious about it.”
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Coronavirus pandemic: Updates from around the world
Updated 3:01 PM ET, Mon May 25, 2020
The UK retail sector is set to begin reopening in mid-June as part of the government’s planned second phase in the gradual relaxation of lockdown restrictions, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Monday, giving the go ahead for thousands of stores across the country to prepare to open their doors for business. “Today, I want to give the retail sector notice of our intentions to reopen shops,” Johnson said during a news conference today. “From June 15, we intend to allow all nonessential retail – ranging from department stores to small independent shops – to reopen,” he continued, adding that outdoor markets will be permitted to reopen from June 1. According to a government statement, retail businesses will only be able to open from these dates once they have completed a risk assessment and taken the necessary steps to become Covid-19 secure, in line with current Health and Safety legislation. Those businesses failing to implement the safety measures set out by the government could face fines and even jail sentences of up to two years, the statement added. “This change will be contingent upon progress against the five tests, and will only be permitted for those premises that are Covid-secure,” the prime minister cautioned. ##Reopening## New York City has 16,482 confirmed coronavirus deaths and 4,777 probable coronavirus deaths as of May 25, according to the most recent data on the city's website. The New York City Health Department defines probable deaths as people who did not have a positive Covid-19 laboratory test, but their death certificate lists as the cause of death “COVID-19” or an equivalent. The total number of confirmed coronavirus deaths and probable coronavirus deaths in New York City is 21,259. There have been 196,098 cases of coronavirus in New York City and 51,197 people have been hospitalized, according to the city. ##Cases California issued guidelines on Monday that would allow places of worship to open, while still "strongly recommending" institutions hold remote services for vulnerable populations including older adults. Here are some of the suggestions included in the guidance: Religious leaders are asked to "strongly consider" discontinuing singing and group recitation where transmission of the virus through exhaled droplets is increased.
Sharing items like prayer books, prayer rugs, and hymn books are discouraged and single use or digital copies are suggested as alternatives.
Potlucks should be discontinued and communion is suggested to be modified by offering in the hand rather than on the tongue.
Attendance should be held to 25% of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower.
Holding services outside is encouraged.
Pews and other seating should be reconfigured to keep six feet of physical distance between households.
Shorter services and implementation of a reservation system to limit the number of attendees at one time are suggested. Despite the guidelines, the state cautions that “even with adherence to physical distancing, convening in a congregational setting of multiple different households to practice a personal faith carries a relatively higher risk for widespread transmission of COVID-19.” ##Reopening## Dubai will allow movement and business activity between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET - 3 p.m ET) starting on Wednesday, as the Emirate begins to ease restrictions imposed during Eid holidays to stop the spread of coronavirus, Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed tweeted. “The decision was made based on a careful assessment of the current situation, with its various health, economic and social dimensions," he said, according to the Dubai Media Office. "We followed how the pandemic impacted most countries of the world, but what distinguishes us is our ability to deal positively with the changes," he added. Some context: The United Arab Emirates had imposed a strict nationwide curfew during Eid holidays, a time where families gather and people go out. Reported cases and deaths during the month of May continued to rise in the UAE, which now has over 30,000 cases in total and 248 deaths, according to the Health Ministry. Other Emirates have not yet announced the easing of curfew. ##Reopening## The mayor of Houston, Texas, Sylvester Turner, said "we have to pump the brakes" on relaxing coronavirus restrictions after seeing images of crowds not complying with social distancing over the weekend. "There are some pretending as though this virus no longer exists, and quite frankly, it's not only endangering themselves and those who are at these gatherings, but they're engaging everybody else when they leave these gatherings, they go back home, they go to their jobs and respected places, other people are being jeopardized," Turner told CNN on Monday. In response to the crowds, Turner announced yesterday that he will enforce the 25% capacity rule in bars and clubs –– two days after saying the rule would not be enforced. The city also will enforce the 50% rule for restaurants, he said. Turner said if businesses do not voluntarily comply with the capacity rules, the city can close the establishment for that particular night. He said they received 180 complaints yesterday. "The fire marshals went out, talked to the establishments, the managers or the owners and in all cases where they went out, the people agreed to voluntarily comply," Turner said. "That's a good sign and we're hoping that others will follow suit." The latest predictions: Texas is one of a handful of southern states at risk of seeing a rapid surge of new coronavirus cases in some areas, according to a new projection model. That model predicts that Harris County, which includes Houston, could see more than 2,000 new cases each day by June. ##Reopening## The city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in North Carolina released a joint statement Monday addressing preparations for the Republican National Convention set to be held in August. “We are working with stakeholders to develop guidelines for several large events planned for Charlotte in the coming months including the RNC and anticipate providing that guidance in June,” the statement said. According to the statement, the city, county and “other local entities will continue to plan for the RNC while respecting national and state guidance regarding the pandemic.” In a series of tweets Monday morning, President Trump threatened to pull the convention out of North Carolina if the state's governor did not "immediately" give on answer on whether the site of the convention would be allowed to be fully occupied. Italy has recorded 300 new confirmed cases of coronavirus over the last 24 hours, the national Civil Protection Agency confirmed Monday –– the lowest daily increase in new infections since February 29. According to the latest data, the number of active cases has also dropped by 2.29% to at least 55,300 on Monday. The total number of patients in intensive care is now at 541 –– a decrease of 12 patents over the last 24 hours. Italy is also reporting 92 new coronavirus deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 32,877, the agency said. There has been at least 230,158 coronavirus cases in the country so far, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. ##Cases## Patrick Ewing Jr. revealed today that his father Patrick Ewing has returned home after a brief stay in a local hospital due to a positive coronavirus test. Ewing Jr. tweeted: "I want to thank all of the doctors and hospital staff for taking care of my father during his stay, as well as everyone who has reached out with thoughts and prayers to us and since his diagnosis. My father is now home and getting better. We'll continue to watch his symptoms and follow the CDC guidelines. I hope everyone continues to stay safe and protect yourselves and your loved ones." The Hall of Famer and current head coach of the Georgetown University men's basketball team announced on Friday via Twitter that he had tested positive for Covid-19, and encouraged everyone to remain safe during this time. Read Ewing Jr's full tweet: An additional 121 coronavirus patients in the United Kingdom have died as of 4 a.m. ET Monday, the Department of Health and Social Care confirmed, bringing the total number of fatalities in all settings to 36,914. According to the latest data from the government, a total of 261,184 people in the UK have so far tested positive for the virus, with an additional 1,625 confirmed cases registered over the last 24 hours. While the total number of people tested for coronavirus so far was not immediately available in Monday’s data due to technical difficulties, the government has confirmed that 3,532,634 tests have been carried out, with the daily increase totaling at 73,726 on Monday. Important note: Due to a lag in the data provided by health care institutions over the weekend, the government has cautioned that the latest data is “likely to represent an undercount” in confirmed figures. ##Cases## At least 965 new Covid-19 cases and 16 additional deaths were reported in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted today. The state has approximately 155,092 coronavirus cases and 11,144 deaths, he said. At least 2,755 patients are in the hospital and 719 people are in critical or intensive care, Murphy tweeted. Read Murphy's tweet: ##Cases## The World Health Organization said the downward trend of coronavirus cases didn’t occur naturally, and is warning countries not to become complacent. “Many countries have paid a heavy price in doing the measures that have needed to be done to suppress the transmission of this disease, and they deserve credit,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s health emergencies program, said during a Monday briefing. “My concern right now is that people may be assuming that the current drop of infections represents a natural seasonality, and I think that's a dangerous assumption,” he said. Ryan said it’s “worrisome” when people assume the downward trend occurred naturally. In reality, Ryan said, “that has occurred because of very, very, very tough public health measures that have been tough on the population.” Maria Van Kerkhove, a WHO infectious disease epidemiologist, said “there's a certain predictability of this virus,” adding, “anytime you become complacent and you think you know, it will surprise you.” “I understand very well and I am in the same boat as you – we all want this to be over, but we have a long way to go," Van Kerkhove said. Ryan said removing pressure on the virus at this point and assuming “the real next danger point is sometime in October or November” is a “dangerous assumption.” Van Kerkhove said it could get worse if we have “co-infection or co-circulation of influenza and Covid-19.” “That could complicate our understanding because if we don’t have testing in place, we don't know what people are infected with. And so it could potentially flood the system, it could potentially overwhelm the system,” she said. ##Cases## The World Health Organization is warning of a second peak – not necessarily a second wave – of coronavirus cases. During a media briefing on Monday, Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, said right now, we are “right in the middle of the first wave, globally." “We're still very much in a phase where the disease is actually on the way up," he added. “We need to be also cognizant of the fact that the disease can jump up at any time. We cannot make assumptions that just because the disease is on the way down now that it's going to keep going down, and the way to get a number of months to get ready for a second wave – we may get a second peak in this way,” Ryan said. Ryan warned that a second peak or wave could come during the normal influenza season, “which will greatly complicate things for disease control.” Maria Van Kerkhove, a WHO infectious disease epidemiologist, said “all countries need to remain on high alert here. All countries need to be ready to rapidly detect cases, even countries that have had success in suppression. … Even countries that have seen a decline in cases must remain ready.��� Van Kerkhove said if given the opportunity, the virus will start an outbreak. “A hallmark of coronaviruses is its ability to amplify in certain settings, its ability to cause transmission – or super spreading events. And we are seeing in a number of situations in these closed settings. When the virus has an opportunity, it can transmit readily," she said. ##Cases## In an effort to restart the 2019-2020 season, the National Hockey League (NHL) says it is aiming to reopen team facilities in early June. In a league-wide memorandum sent on Sunday, the NHL outlines a ‘Phase 2’ return to sport protocol that allows small groups of players to utilize home team facilities and ice. Here are some of the reopening requirements: A maximum of six players will be able to train and skate together at a time.
Players must wear face coverings except while on the ice or exercising.
Coaches are not allowed to participate in on-ice sessions. The league does not give a specific date in June for teams to open. The 22-page memorandum also outlines cleaning and disinfecting requirements and includes a checklist form for team staff to utilize. ##Reopening## President Trump attended a second event commemorating Memorial Day on Monday, speaking at a patriotic ceremony in Baltimore, Maryland, where he acknowledged the US military’s fight against coronavirus as the US death toll approaches the grim milestone of 100,000 Americans. “In recent months, our nation and the world have been engaged in a new form of battle against an invisible enemy. Once more, the men and women of the United States military have answered the call to duty and raced into danger. Tens of thousands of servicemembers and national guardsmen are on the frontlines of our war against this terrible virus, caring for patients, delivering critical supplies and working night and day to safeguard our citizens,” Trump said. “As one nation, we mourn alongside every single family that has lost loved ones, including the families of our great veterans. Together, we will vanquish the virus and America will rise from this crisis to new and greater heights," he added. Some background: The remarks, which also cast a patriotic and historic tone with Francis Scott Key references, came after a morning of tweets threatening to pull the Republican National Convention from North Carolina and railing against media criticism of his weekend golf outings. Trump and the vice president also made a trip to Arlington National Ceremony, where they observed a moment of silence at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. ##Politics## WATCH: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top adviser, Dominic Cummings, has defended his actions after receiving widespread criticism for traveling more than 250 miles from his London home during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, telling reporters on Monday that he traveled to Durham to ensure the welfare of his child. “I thought, and I think today, that the rules, including those regarding small children and extreme circumstances, allowed me to exercise my judgment about the situation I found myself in,” Cummings told reporters during the televised briefing. “I can understand that some people will argue that I should have stayed at my home in London throughout. I understand these views, I know the intense hardship and sacrifice the entire country has had to go through, however I respectfully disagree,” he added. Cummings also told reporters that he believes his actions were “reasonable in these circumstances,” detailing the series of events which preceded his decision to leave London. “I was worried that if both my wife and I were seriously ill, possibly hospitalized, there is nobody in London that we could reasonably ask to look after our child and expose themselves to Covid,” the prime minister’s adviser said. “I don’t regret what I did…I think what I did was actually reasonable in these circumstances,” Cummings told reporters after explaining why he made the decision to travel to Durham during the nationwide lockdown. Some context: Following an investigation by the Mirror and Guardian newspapers, Cummings was revealed to have traveled to Durham – more than 250 miles from his home in London – during the lockdown, despite his wife having developed symptoms of coronavirus. While Johnson has offered his support for Cummings, saying on Sunday that he believes his adviser acted “responsibly, legally and with integrity,” Cummings confirmed on Monday that he did not inform the prime minister of his decision prior to leaving for Durham. “I did not ask the prime minister about this decision. He was ill himself, and he had huge problems to deal with…I thought that I would speak to him when the situation clarified over coming days,” Cummings said. “Arguably this was a mistake and I understand that some will say that I should have spoken to the prime minister before deciding what to do,” he added. The World Health Organization has temporarily halted studying hydroxychloroquine as a potential Covid-19 treatment in its Solidarity Trial due to safety concerns, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a briefing in Geneva on Monday. The decision was made after an observational study was published in the medical journal The Lancet on Friday, which described how seriously ill Covid-19 patients who were treated with hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine were more likely to die. Tedros said that an independent executive group is now reviewing the use of hydroxychloroquine in WHO's Solidarity Trial. The trial, which involves actively recruiting patients from more than 400 hospitals in 35 countries, is a global research effort to find safe and effective therapeutics for Covid-19. "The Executive Group of the Solidarity Trial, representing 10 of the participating countries, met on Saturday and has agreed to review a comprehensive analysis and critical appraisal of all evidence available globally," Tedros said on Monday. "The review will consider data collected so far in the Solidarity Trial and, in particular robust randomized available data, to adequately evaluate the potential benefits and harms from this drug," Tedros said. "The Executive Group has implemented a temporary pause of the hydroxychloroquine arm within the Solidarity Trial while the data is reviewed by the Data Safety Monitoring Board." Tedros added that the other arms of the trial are continuing. "This concern relates to the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine in Covid-19," Tedros said. "I wish to reiterate that these drugs are accepted as generally safe for use in patients with autoimmune diseases or malaria." ##Cases## Japan is set to expand its travel ban list to 111 countries effective Wednesday, now including the United States, India, and South Africa, the government ministries said. The ban list, which will add 11 more countries this week, forbids foreign nationals who stayed in those countries from entering Japan, to protect against the spread of coronavirus. Japanese citizens are still allowed to enter the country, although they will need to go through medical tests and self-quarantine for 14 days. The travel ban expansion comes after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted the country’s nationwide state of emergency earlier today. It lasted almost a month. The state of New York and local governments will provide death benefits to frontline workers, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday at the state’s daily Covid-19 news conference. “Today we are announcing that the state and local governments will provide death benefits for public heroes who died from Covid-19 during this emergency,” Cuomo said. The governor said public employees who work in the state, whether in a city or county, can qualify and the local or state pension fund will pay for those death benefits. "Frontline workers we have a full list, but they're the people we've been discussing. It's the frontline public health care workers, police workers, EMS workers, fire department workers. The people who showed up. Look, they showed up because I asked them to show up, they showed up because I required them to show up," Cuomo said. At the start of the presser, the governor took a brief moment of silence to honor those who have fallen and to give thanks to them on Memorial Day. The governor then went on to thank all frontline workers for the work they are doing today to fight the pandemic. We needed the frontline workers to show up so others could stay home and be safe and healthy, Cuomo said. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at least 96 people died from coronavirus across the state yesterday — down from 109 on Saturday. "It's still painfully high but only in the relative absurdity of our situation, is that relatively good news," Cuomo said. He noted that the overall hospitalization rate, the number of intubations and day-to-day hospitalizations are all down. "We are making progress here in New York," he said. ##Cases## WATCH GOV. CUOMO: There have been 1,646,495 cases of coronavirus reported in the US, and at least 97,794 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases. The totals includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases. ##Cases## Sweden has recorded a total of 4,029 deaths from coronavirus, a spokesperson for the national Public Health Agency confirmed to CNN on Monday. This latest increase in deaths comes after a study carried out by Sweden’s chief epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, revealed last week that 7.3% of Stockholm residents have developed the antibodies needed to fight coronavirus. The results produced by the study, which was carried out to determine the potential herd immunity in the Swedish population, were a “little lower” than expected, according to Tegnell. The Public Health Agency says it plans to release results from other regions, which will help to provide a clearer picture of the level of herd immunity in the Swedish population. Remember: In a divergent approach from its Nordic neighbors, Sweden decided not to impose a mandatory lockdown, allowing businesses and schools to remain open despite the outbreak of Covid-19 within the country. ##Cases## Four top congressional Democrats have issued a written statement Monday responding to the Trump Administration's Covid-19 Strategic Testing Plan, calling it "disappointing" and accusing the Administration of not taking responsibility for testing on a national scale. The leaders are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee ranking member Patty Murray and House Energy and Commerce committee chair Frank Pallone. "This disappointing report confirms that President Trump’s national testing strategy is to deny the truth that there aren’t enough tests and supplies, reject responsibility and dump the burden onto the states," said Speaker Pelosi, Sen. Schumer, Chairman Pallone and Sen.Murray. They continued: "We still need clear explanations for how targets were set, how they will be met and what will be done if they are not. The Trump Administration still does not take any responsibility for ramping up our nation’s testing capacity, instead pushing the burden onto the states," they said. More on the report: The 81-page report was submitted to Congress late Sunday. It commits the Administration to obtaining 100 million testing swabs by years-end and distribute them to states. ##Politics## President Trump will soon attend a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery to mark Memorial Day. The coronavirus pandemic has changed some of traditions at the cemetery, CNN's Barbara Starr reported. She noted that the officials attending the ceremony today are standing far apart to maintain social distance. "This year is different — visually different, of course," Starr said. Starr explained that burials at the cemetery also look different during the pandemic. Families attending those burials are wearing masks. The "iconic visual" of a folded flag being handed to a relative is also gone: Now, folded flags are left on a table next to the grave site for contact-less retrieval. WATCH: Spain will lift quarantine measures for arriving international tourists starting July 1, the Spanish government announced Monday. “The worst is behind us” tweeted Arancha Gonzales Laya, Spain’s Foreign Minister, referring the country’s fight to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. “In July we will gradually open to international tourists, lift the quarantine, ensure the highest standards of health safety. We look forward 2 welcoming you!” she tweeted, in French and English. What this is about: Spain currently enforces a two-week quarantine for all international travelers to the country, a measure in effect since May 15. The quarantine measure applies to Spanish, as well as foreign arrivals. Some more context: Spain’s tourism and hospitality sector have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the government has come under pressure to revive this part of the economy, which accounts for 12% of GDP and 2.6 million jobs. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez signaled the country will reactivate foreign tourism in July, during a press conference Saturday. The country, under strict confinement measures since March 14 to limit the spread of the coronavirus, is now on a gradual reopening. Just over half of the population is on Phase 1, including Madrid and Barcelona, and the rest is on the more advanced Phase 2, which allows even more businesses to re-open and more social activities, including weddings with up to 100 guests. ##Reopening## Anger is mounting among Britons who have sacrificed family gatherings during the country’s lockdown, after Boris Johnson defended his chief aide for breaching restrictions by driving across the country while his wife had Covid-19 symptoms. John Wilson shared a letter to his MP on Twitter on Monday in which he described being unable to visit his wife while she died in hospital with the coronavirus. “I have delayed writing to you for 15 hours to try and let my rage subside so that I can be coherent and civil,” he wrote in the letter, which has gone viral. "On the day she died I could not be with her to hold her hand, I just sat by the telephone, I was not able to see her body," Wilson wrote. "In other words under severe mental and emotional distress I, like the vast majority of the population, have complied with your government's instructions in order to protect my fellow citizens.” Wilson asked his Conservative MP Greg Smith what his view is on Dominic Cummings’ trip to the north of England, and Boris Johnson’s decision to stand by the aide despite outrage in the UK that he was allowed to travel while the public were being told to stay at home. “This is a letter about the actions and judgment of Mr. Johnson -- not, as many people seem to think, about Mr. Cummings,” Wilson explained too CNN. His message exemplifies the sentiment of many Brits, who are asking why Cummings has avoided discipline while funerals of more than 10 mourners have been banned and Britons have been asked to stay away from family events. The Prime Minister said on Sunday that Cummings had "no alternative" but to drive 260 miles across England to stay with his parents while his wife was sick with Covid-19 symptoms, insisting he acted "responsibly, legally and with integrity." "I think he followed the instincts of every father and every parent, and I do not mark him down for that," Johnson added at the government's daily coronavirus briefing on Sunday. But the scandal has rumbled into a fourth day and has derailed the government’s coronavirus response. "There cannot be one rule for Dominic Cummings and another for the British people," the opposition Labour Party said in a statement. Vice President Mike Pence reiterated President Trump’s threat to move the Republican National Convention from North Carolina. “It’s an issue we’ve been talking about because these national conventions literally take many months to organize and prepare and there are, there are states around the country — we think of Texas, we think of Florida, Georgia — the last two states I visited last week that have made tremendous progress on reopening their communities and reopening their economies," Pence said during a Monday appearance on Fox News. He continued: "And I think the President is absolutely intent on ensuring that as we see our nation continue to make steady progress on putting the coronavirus epidemic in the past, that come this August, we’ll be able to come together in a safe and responsible venue and re-nominate President Donald Trump for four more years." Pence said Trump’s request of Gov. Roy Cooper was “very reasonable.” Some background: Trump began a solemn Memorial Day railing against North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, ahead of the 2020 Republican National Convention, threatening to pull it out of Charlotte, where the convention is expected to be held August 24 to 27. Trump contended that Cooper is "unable to guarantee" that the arena can be filled to capacity. After the tweets, Pence insisted "we all want to be in Charlotte, we love North Carolina, but having a sense now is absolutely essential because of the rules and regulations that are involved." "We look forward to working with Gov. Cooper, getting a swift response, and, if need be, moving the national convention to a state that is farther along on reopening and can say with confidence that we can gather there,” Pence said. While Montgomery, Alabama, has seen an increase in available ICU beds, the city is "still at a crisis level," Mayor Steven Reed told CNN today. The number of beds grew from just one on Thursday to six as of this morning. "It is not the type of improvement we like to see," Reed told CNN's Alisyn Camerota. "We still have issues right now with more positive cases coming in and patients coming in in much worse condition." Reed sounded the alarm last week when he revealed the city had just one ICU bed. When asked about his states upward trend in positive cases, the mayor told Camerota that "people have decided the pandemic is over," and aren't doing things like social distancing or wearing masks. He said he was not comfortable with Gov. Kay Ivey's decision to reopen the state and depend on residents to be personally responsible. "I think that we have to ask people to be personally responsible but I also think the government has to set the tone," Reed told Camerota. Reed told Camerota's the governor's decision to allow high-school sports to resume training June 1 was "another example of us moving too fast, moving too soon." "I'm concerned that we may put not only the students at risk but we may also put their loved ones, their families at risk as well," Reed told Camerota. ##Cases## WATCH: Vienna’s medical university successfully conducted the first coronavirus lung transplant in Europe last week, the medical center said in a press release Monday. The hospital said the 45-year-old COVID-19 patient would not have survived otherwise but is now recovering well. “In our view, she is doing exceptionally well and there are not major problems,” said Walter Klepetko, the head of surgery at the clinic. The hospital said the patient was in good health without prior illnesses before coming down with coronavirus eight weeks ago. Shortly after falling ill, her condition deteriorated dramatically. “The situation was hopeless," Klepetko said. "The lung was like a block, there was nothing left,” The hospital describes the operation as being “highly complicated” but successful. Klepetko added, “All organs are working and we are very satisfied. But it will still be a long way ahead until we can hopefully discharge her from the hospital." ##Cases## Global cases rise above 5.4 million: The number of cases around the world has risen to 5,423,388, according to Johns Hopkins University. At least 345,360 people have died from the disease.
US bans arrivals from Brazil: Anyone who has been in Brazil in the previous 14 days will not be allowed to enter the US. Meanwhile, the country's president was called a “killer” and “trash” by an angry crowd in the country’s capital Brasilia.
Japan to lift state of emergency: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the measure would be lifted on Monday night.
Boris Johnson struggles to contain aide scandal: The UK leader is under fire from party colleagues, government scientists and Church of England bishops after refusing to fire top aide Dominic Cummings, despite multiple reported lockdown breaches.
New Zealand aiming for no transport restrictions by June 22: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country should aim to reduce its Covid-19 alert level from 2 to 1 by June 22. Alert level 1 means no restrictions on domestic transport or gatherings and all schools and workplaces can open.
South Africa kick-starts its economy: President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday that South Africa would reopen the majority of its economy on June 1, while maintaining social distancing and health safety measures. South Africa had its largest spike in new infections yet on Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University figures, with more than 1,200 cases confirmed. ##Catch Up## White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said he thinks that the unemployment rate will reach "north of 20%" for the month of May. He said he expects the rate will be even higher in June than in May, but after that "it should start to trend down." Hassett, speaking on CNN's "State of the Union" yesterday, said that he thinks it is possible that the unemployment rate could still be in double digits in November, but he said he thinks "all the signs of economic recovery are going to be raging everywhere." Pressed further by CNN's Dana Bash, Hassett doubled down on his prediction for November, saying it would take a while for the unemployment rate to go down and adding that a vaccine breakthrough could change things. "I think that, yes, unemployment will be something that moves back slower. I think it could be better than that. But you're going to be starting at a number in the 20s and working your way down. And so of course you could still not be back to full employment by September or October. Again if there were a vaccine in July, then I would be way more optimistic about it. Hassett said President Trump is "going through all the options" related to another phase of economic stimulus. Bash ticked through a series of potential proposals for future legislation. On extending unemployment insurance, Hassett expressed hesitation about incentivizing not working and said the benefit would need reform. Watch more: ##Economy## The political scandal consuming the UK’s government continues to develop, with police officers asked to investigate the facts of a trip made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings. Cummings is accused of breaching lockdown rules by driving 260 miles across England in March to stay with his parents in Durham while his wife was sick with Covid-19 symptoms. He denies any wrongdoing. Johnson has defended his aide and refused to sack him. Steve White, the commissioner overseeing Durham Police, said he had written to the police force's chief constable on Monday, “asking her to establish the facts concerning any potential breach of the law or regulations in this matter at any juncture”. “It is vital that the force can show it has the interests of the people of County Durham and Darlington at its heart, so that the model of policing by consent, independent of government but answerable to the law, is maintained,” White said. He added that he believed the police force had responded “proportionately and appropriately” to the issues surrounding Cummings’ visit to Durham. “It is clear however that there is a plethora of additional information circulating in the public domain which deserves appropriate examination,” he said. ##Politics## Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will end the state of emergency across the whole country tonight, he said in a briefing on Monday. Much of Japan entered the state of emergency on April 7, as the country tried to rein in the coronavirus pandemic. It has since been lifted across most of the nation and businesses have reopened and social activities have slowly resumed. The country has recorded 16,550 cases of the virus and 820 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. “We were able to end the outbreak in about one month and a half with Japan’s own way," Abe said Monday, adding that Japan would gradually increase social and economic activities to create a “new life” with the coronavirus. Abe will have a task force meeting Monday night after which the lifting of the state of emergency will take effect. Abe also announced he would put together a second supplementary budget on Wednesday, to boost the government's stimulus packages. The amount provided by the two stimulus efforts comes to over 200 trillion yen ($1.87 trillion). "The economic revival would be the first priority for my administration," Abe said. Museums and sports facilities will open in Tokyo from Tuesday, the city's governor Yuriko Koike said, while schools in the capital will reopen with a phased approach. While taking questions after the briefing Abe also discussed the Tokyo Olympics. He said that the development of a coronavirus vaccine was “significant” for the country being able to host the event in its complete form. The Games are scheduled to begin on July 23 2021, after being postponed for a year due to the pandemic. The Japanese leader was also asked about the dispute between the US and China over the origins of Covid-19. Abe said in response that he believed the coronavirus started in China. ##Reopening## UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has "trashed" the recommendations of scientific advisers by refusing to sack his embattled chief aide Dominic Cummings, according to one of the professors working with the government on Covid-19. Johnson has stood by Cummings, who is accused of breaking the UK's lockdown restrictions by driving 260 miles across England in March to stay with his parents while his wife was sick with Covid-19 symptoms. Professor Stephen Reicher, a member of the UK Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B), responded on Twitter to Johnson’s defense of Cummings. “Boris Johnson has trashed all the advice we have given on how to build trust and secure adherence to the measures necessary to control COVID-19,” he tweeted.
“Be open and honest, we said. Trashed. Respect the public, we said. Trashed. Ensure equity, so everyone is treated the same, we said. Trashed. Be consistent we said. Trashed. Make clear 'we are all in it together'. Trashed."
“It is very hard to provide scientific advice to a government which doesn't want to listen to science. I hope, however, that the public will read our papers ... and continue to make up for this bad government with their own good sense.” In an interview with BBC on Sunday, Reicher added: "I'm not particularly concerned what happens to Dominic Cummings -- it's what happens to the rest of us." "If we undermine the unity between the population and the government, if people lose trust and lose adherence, if they stop complying with the measures which have contained the infection, then all of us will lose out because the infection will spike again and many more people will die." Reicher's comments have been echoed by his SPI-B colleagues. "People have to feel that everyone's doing the same thing and pulling their weight in the same way. And once you start to see that crumble, that's a problem," said University College London health psychology professor Robert West, another government adviser. "But even more problematic, I think, unfortunately, in relation to the prime minister's statement on it, is that in interpreting the rules he seemed to be blurring the boundaries," West said. "And another very important principle with this kind of behavior change is that the rules have to have very clear boundaries." "As soon as they start to get leaky, then people start to say, 'Okay I'm sure I must be in this exceptional case.'" ##Politics## Russia reported 8,946 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, the country's coronavirus headquarters said in a statement Monday. The nation has the third-highest number of confirmed cases globally, with 353,427 recorded cases according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Officially, Russia has recorded 3,633 deaths caused by the virus. ##Cases## At least 97,722 people have died in the US from coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The country has record at least 1,643,499 cases of the disease, the most anywhere in the world. The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases. CNN is tracking Covid-19's spread across the US here. ##Cases## The number of active coronavirus cases in Germany has fallen below 10,000, according to the latest data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the national agency for disease control and prevention. There are 9,113 active cases in Germany, which has recorded a total of 178,570 cases. Among the total number of confirmed cases, 161,200 people have recovered, while 8,257 have died. ##Cases## Far from hospitals and often lacking access to basic infrastructure, Brazil's indigenous people are dying from Covid-19 at an alarming rate -- and there's little help in sight. The mortality rate is double that of the rest of Brazil's population, according to advocacy group Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB), which tracks the number of cases and deaths among the country's 900,000 indigenous people. APIB has recorded more than 980 official cases of coronavirus and at least 125 deaths, which suggests a mortality rate of 12.6% -- compared to the national rate of 6.4%. While the Health Ministry's Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health has reported only 695 cases of coronavirus in indigenous communities and 34 deaths, the group monitors a smaller group of people -- only those living in traditional villages and registered at local health clinics, and not indigenous people who have moved to towns and cities. Indigenous people who have moved to larger towns or urban areas to study or work can end up in precarious living conditions with few public services, increasing their vulnerability to health issues. Meanwhile, those living in remote areas may not have basic sanitation and health facilities -- a 15-year-old Yanomami boy from a remote village in the Amazon was one of the first indigenous Brazilians to die of Covid-19, in April. Read more here: Austria's president Alexander Van der Bellen has apologized after breaking the country's coronavirus curfew. Van der Bellen remained at a restaurant on Saturday night after the 11 p.m. curfew time put in place by the Austrian government, according to the AFP news agency which cited Austria's Kurier newspaper. "I went out for the first time since the lockdown with two friends and my wife," Van der Bellen said Sunday on Twitter, in reference to the Kurier report. "We then lost track of time while chatting. I'm sincerely sorry. It was a mistake." Restaurants in Austria were allowed to reopen from May 15 but have to observe a number of social distancing restrictions and the 11 p.m. closing time. The restaurant Van der Bellen visited could be fined for the curfew breach. The Austrian president said he would "take responsibility" if the owner incurred any losses from a fine. ##Politics## Several Church of England bishops have criticized UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson after he refused to sack his chief aide Dominic Cummings, who is accused of breaking lockdown restrictions multiple times. Cummings drove 260 miles across England in March to stay with his parents while his wife was sick with Covid-19 symptoms. His movements, during a time when most of the UK was in lockdown, have sparked a political scandal in Britain. Johnson claimed on Sunday that his chief aide acted "responsibly, legally and with integrity." The prime minister's decision to stand by Cummings has opened up a rare public rift between the UK government and the Church of England. "Unless very soon we see clear repentance, including the sacking of Cummings, I no longer know how we can trust what ministers say sufficiently for [the Church of England] to work together with them on the pandemic," Bishop of Manchester David Walker said on Twitter on Sunday evening. Bishop of Bristol Vivienne Faul accused Johnson of having "no respect for the people." "The bonds of peace and our common life... have been dangerously undermined this evening," she added. "I find myself deeply worried by the [prime minister's] judgement call on this one," said Bishop of Reading Olivia Graham. "Not from a political perspective but a moral one. His response lacks both integrity and respect and he has just made his task of leading us through this crisis much, much harder." The bishops of Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, Ripon and Truro also voiced dismay on Twitter over Johnson's decision to retain Cummings. ##Politics## Production has begun on a rapid saliva-based coronavirus test that delivers readings in under an hour, it was announced today. The French consortium, formed by biotechnology company SKILLCELL, laboratory CNRS SYS2DIAG and digital company VOGO, said in a press release that the test would be available from mid-June for European markets. The test -- named “EasyCov” -- is performed by healthcare professionals and involves collecting less than 1 millilitre of saliva from under a patient’s tongue. Earlier this month, the US Food and Drug Administration authorized a Covid-19 saliva test in which a patient can collect a saliva sample at home but would need to mail it to a lab and wait for the results to be processed. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the country should aim to reduce its Covid-19 alert level from 2 to 1 by June 22. Alert level 1 means no restrictions on domestic transport or gatherings, and all schools and workplaces can open. If measures were relaxed to this level, the government risk assessment would be that "the disease is contained in New Zealand," and only "isolated household transmission could be occurring," according to the country's alert system website. "It's the government's view that we should move as quickly as we safely can to alert level 1. On that basis, Cabinet will check in again on alert level 2 settings on June 8, and we've agreed that no later than June 22, four weeks from today, we will consider the move to alert level 1," Ardern said in a post-Cabinet media conference.
"The fact that we are even making these decisions shows the success we've had to date in fighting the virus. It highlights we can now make choices many other countries can't." Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was abused by onlookers in the capital Brasilia after going out for a hotdog and drink on Saturday, in a video seen by CNN. In the video, Bolsonaro eats and drinks while onlookers yell "killer" and "trash" in the background. The President is surrounded by a security team and at one point turns and wags his finger at the crowd. Brazil became the country with the second-highest number of cases in the world over the weekend, with daily five-figure increases pushing it above Russia and the United Kingdom. On Sunday, Brazil reported 15,813 new cases of the coronavirus -- pushing its total to at least 362,000. So far, at least 22,000 people have died in the country. Bolsonaro has frequently dismissed the coronavirus threat, calling it a “fantasy” or “little flu.” He claims the economic impacts of shutdowns and quarantine measures will have a much more negative effect on the country. A total of 20,634 new coronavirus cases were reported in the US on Sunday, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University, with another 633 deaths. The totals includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases. The new infections took the country's total to 1,643,246 cases, with least 97,720 people killed. You can follow CNN's total count here, updated every 15 minutes: South Korea will adopt a cell phone QR code-based logging system for patrons of entertainment venues from June to aid contact tracing, it was announced Monday. Places like clubs, karaoke bars and restaurants must use the system, having been designated as high-risk facilities by authorities. Customers will need to receive a QR code at venue entrances using an app, with their information then logged by management. People who refuse to use QR code downloading, or who don’t have cell phones, must still log their identification details with staff. According to the government, the information provided will be available for epidemiological investigation purposes only, and automatically discarded after four weeks. The system will be used when the country’s infectious disease alert level is at its two highest levels, health official Yoon Tae-ho said at a briefing. Domestic flight operations resumed in India today after two months of a nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Flights to and from all states, except for southern Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal in the east, will restart in a limited capacity. Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal will resume flights on Tuesday and Thursday respectively, according to a tweet from Hardeep Singh Puri, the country’s Minister for Civil Aviation. "It was important and essential to have an early lockdown to ensure the pandemic didn’t spread, it is equally important that at some stage you have to open up,” Puri said at a press conference in New Delhi on Friday,
“This order, which is being issued today, shall remain in force until 23:59 hours IST on August 24.” Only asymptomatic passengers are allowed to fly and must wear a face mask and carry sanitizer. Passengers must arrive at the airport two hours before their departure, having already checked in online as physical check-in services will not be provided. Travelers will also have to fill in self-declaration forms and download the government’s contact tracing app, Aarogya Setu. A new Trump administration ban announced Sunday for passengers coming to the US from Brazil won't undermine "important" cooperation between the two countries, the Brazilian Foreign Ministry said today. In an email to CNN, the ministry emphasized examples of collaboration between the two countries to fight the virus and similar travel measures taken by Brazil to restrict travelers, including Americans. “Brazil and the United States have maintained important bilateral cooperation to combat Covid-19,” the foreign ministry wrote, citing an announcement by White House representatives on Sunday to donate 1,000 respirators to Brazil. The ministry also mentioned earlier announcements of US donations which they said were valued at about $6.5 million in support of Brazilian efforts to mitigate the health and socioeconomic impacts of the virus. “The decision by the US government was based on technical criteria which take into account a combination of factors such as total number of cases, growth trends, travel volume, among others,” the ministry wrote.
“The US restriction has the same purpose as an analogous measure taken by Brazil regarding citizens of all origins, including Americans, and similar measures taken by a wide variety of countries.” On March 27, Brazil barred all non-resident foreigners from entering the country by airplane due to the coronavirus pandemic. Brazil had already closed all of its land borders and restricted entry to foreigners arriving from countries and regions with a high level of coronavirus infection. Global cases rise above 5.4 million: The number of novel coronavirus infections internationally has risen to 5,407,701, according to Johns Hopkins University, amid surges in Brazil and India. The global death toll stands at 345,060.
US bans arrivals from Brazil: Anyone who has been in Brazil in the previous 14 days will not be allowed to enter the United States. Brazil's Health Ministry told CNN the decision won't undermine cooperation between the two countries.
Brazilian government defiant: Speaking at a rally in Brazil Sunday, minister Gen. Augusto Heleno said that "everything will work out." The country's total number of infections is now at 363,211 -- the second-highest in the world. President Jair Bolsonaro appeared at the rally and greeted crowds without a face mask.
British political aide in hot water: UK leader Boris Johnson said he will not fire top aide Dominic Cummings despite multiple reported lockdown breaches. Speaking at a press conference Sunday, Johnson said Cummings had acted "responsibly, legally and with integrity."
South Africa kick-starts its economy: President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday that South Africa would reopen the majority of its economy on June 1, while maintaining social distancing and health safety measures. South Africa had its largest spike in new infections yet on Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University figures, with more than 1,200 cases confirmed.
Schools reopen in Australia's largest state: New South Wales has sent children back to classes for the first time in months, with Australia's coronavirus epidemic mostly brought under control. Some precautions will remain in place, including no assemblies or excursions, hinting at long-term fallout from the pandemic. Brazil's Ministry of Health announced on Sunday 15,813 new coronavirus infections over the previous 24 hours -- taking the country's total to 362,211. Another 653 deaths were also confirmed over the previous 24 hours, meaning 22,666 people have now died of coronavirus in Brazil. Brazil is behind only the United States for total coronavirus infections. China has reported 11 new imported coronavirus cases, including 10 from Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region bordering Mongolia. The other is in Sichuan province. China's National Health Commission said the total number of confirmed cases in the country is now 82,985, with 83 still active. It comes after China reported no new symptomatic coronavirus cases on Saturday for the first time since the global pandemic began. In addition, 40 new asymptomatic cases were reported today. A total of 396 asymptomatic patients remain under medical observation. No new deaths were reported, leaving China's death toll at 4,634. To date, 78,268 confirmed coronavirus patients have recovered and been discharged. The UK Cabinet Office is investigating how an “unauthorised tweet” was sent from the official Civil Service Twitter account that appeared to be critical of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government. The tweet – sent just after Johnson gave a televised press briefing – said: “arrogant and offensive. Can you imagine having to work with these truth twisters?” The tweet went viral before it was deleted, with screenshots shared widely on social media and the post liked by thousands of people. While it is not confirmed what prompted the tweet, many have speculated that it was directed at Johnson after he defended the actions of his senior adviser, Dominic Cummings. Cummings has come under fire for allegedly breaching national lockdown regulations after traveling to Durham – more than 250 miles (402 kilometers) from his home in London – on two separate occasions. During his briefing on Sunday, Johnson said that while he acknowledges why people may feel “offended” by Cummings’ apparent disregard for the government’s emergency restrictions, he believes “most people will understand” his adviser’s actions. According to a Downing Street spokesperson, Cummings acted “in line with coronavirus guidelines” and traveled to “ensure his young child could be properly cared for” after his wife became infected with suspected coronavirus. The number of coronavirus patients in hospitals across France has increased by seven over 24 hours, to 17,185 -- the first rise since April 15, according to the French Health Agency. An agency spokesperson told CNN on Sunday that the additional hospitalizations “could be explained by a delay in record keeping due to the public holiday weekend,” which began on Thursday. According to the spokesperson, the holiday weekend “could also have led to the prolongation of some hospitalization cases” across the country. Meanwhile, agency data shows the number of patients in ICU continues to decrease, with a total of 1,655 now in intensive care in the country – down by 10 since Saturday. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attended a pro-government rally Sunday in the capital Brasilia, where he greeted supporters without wearing a mask. Bolsonaro was flanked by a cabinet minister and two conservative lawmakers. In a video taken by the Brazilian presidency, Bolsonaro can be seen surrounded by his security team – who were wearing masks – as the President waves to supporters. Although the President was seen wearing a mask when he arrived at the event, it had been removed by the time he got closer to the crowds. According to CNN Brasil, his in-person appearance was unexpected. During the walk, the Chief Minister of the Cabinet of Institutional Security, Gen. Augusto Heleno, can be heard saying: "We will win this war." "This is a calculated risk and everything will work out," he said. Brazil cases spike: It came as the US announced it will deny entry to anyone who has been in Brazil in the previous 14 days. The country now has 363,211 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University -- making it the worst-affected country in the world after the US. Schools in the Australian state of New South Wales will fully reopen Monday, according to a news release from the state's education department. State Premier Gladys Berejiklian said a return to full-time, face-to-face teaching and learning was both safe and "crucial for the educational progress of every child in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12.” Schools will need to maintain safety precautions, including no assemblies and excursions, Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said. As of Saturday, New South Wales had 3,087 confirmed cases of Covid-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. There has been a spike in coronavirus cases in Washington, DC, according to data from the DC Department of Health.The increase could pose a setback for the criteria Mayor Muriel Bowser is using to decide when the city will begin stage one of its reopening. Until this weekend, Washington had 11 days of declining community spread of the coronavirus. The city said 14 days of decline were needed as one of the measurements necessary before moving to stage one of reopening. Sunday would have been the 13th day of decline -- but instead there was a small spike over the last two days. Since the spike was small, the DC Department of Health said Sunday it would consider this a reset back to day 11 of the decline because the number of cases was fewer than the department’s calculation of the standard deviation for the number of cases. "We don't have to go to day zero," Director of the DC Department of Health, Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, said in a news conference call. Bowser said last week that Washington could begin stage one of its reopening on Friday, May 29, barring any spikes in cases. With this increase in cases, DC could still have 14 days of decline before potentially reopening this Friday. Nesbitt would not comment on whether this reset affects when Washington could begin reopening. There are two other factors for reopening: A less than 20% positivity rate and hospital capacity less than 80%. As of Sunday, the positivity rate is 19%, and the hospital capacity is 74%. President Donald Trump on Sunday issued a proclamation suspending entry to the US for any individual who has been in Brazil within the 14 days immediately prior to their arrival. "I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Federative Republic of Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States," the proclamation reads in part. The policy is aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus. As of Sunday evening, Brazil had more than 347,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, the second-most of any country, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. "Today's action will help ensure foreign nationals who have been in Brazil do not become a source of additional infections in our country," White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Sunday. "These new restrictions do not apply to the flow of commerce between the United States and Brazil." Some context: Coronavirus has yet to peak in Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest and worst-affected city, but the health care system is already beginning to break down. As the crisis deepens and the number of deaths continues to rise, President Jair Bolsonaro is urging businesses to reopen. He opposes many governors who are stressing social distancing measures to slow the spread. Far from hospitals, Brazil's indigenous people are dying at an alarming rate. The death toll is double that of the rest of Brazil's population, according to the advocacy group Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil. New York state reported an additional 1,589 Covid-19 cases over 24 hours, bringing the statewide total to 361,515, according to a news release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. Earlier Sunday, Cuomo said intubations and hospitalizations were down. New coronavirus cases are up slightly on the rolling average but generally, “all part of the decline," Cuomo said. The commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration on Sunday urged Americans observing Memorial Day weekend to follow federal guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, saying the deadly virus "is not yet contained." "With the country starting to open up this holiday weekend, I again remind everyone that the coronavirus is not yet contained. It is up to every individual to protect themselves and their community. Social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks protect us all," Dr. Stephen Hahn wrote in a tweet. Some context: The commissioner's Memorial Day warning comes as some states begin to reopen, allowing people to go to beaches, cookouts and bars as they observe one of the more popular holidays taking place amid the pandemic. But as social activities increase, health experts like Hahn warn the US is not out of the woods. "Even as states and some state officials rush to reopen it's on us to make smart and safe decisions," Dr. Seema Yasmin, a former disease detective at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told CNN Saturday night. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, told the public last week that going outside was fine, with cautious measures. "Go out, wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from anyone so you can have the physical distancing," he told a CNN coronavirus town hall. "Go for a run. Go for a walk. Go fishing. As long as you're not in a crowd and you're not in a situation where you can physically transmit the virus." Chile's Ministry of Health reported 3,709 new cases of the novel coronavirus in a single day, taking the country's total to 69,102. Health authorities also reported 45 new deaths, with 718 people in the country now killed by coronavirus.