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May 10 coronavirus news

CDC director self-quarantining after exposure to virus

What you need to know

  • The numbers: More than 4 million cases of novel coronavirus have been recorded worldwide, including at least 281,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  • US advisers quarantine: CDC director Robert Redfield and top US advisor Anthony Fauci are self-isolating after two White House staffers tested positive.
  • South Korea spike: The country has recorded its highest number of new cases since April 9. Bars in Seoul are shut after a cluster of infections linked to nightclubs.
  • Brazil death toll rises: The South American country’s coronavirus epidemic is escalating, with more than 155,000 confirmed cases and at least 10,627 deaths.
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Sen. Lamar Alexander will self-quarantine after staffer tests positive

Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee, will self-quarantine after a staff member in his office tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a statement from Alexander’s chief of staff, David Cleary.

“Senator Alexander has no symptoms and tested negative for Covid-19 on Thursday afternoon, May 7. After discussing this with the Senate’s attending physician, Senator Alexander, out of an abundance of caution, has decided not to return to Washington, D.C., and will self-quarantine in Tennessee for 14 days. Almost all of the senator’s Washington, D.C., staff are working from home, and there is no need for any other staff member to self-quarantine,” Cleary said in the statement.

“The senator will be working remotely and will chair the Senate Health Committee hearing on Tuesday morning by video conference where the witnesses will be Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Robert Redfield, Dr. Brett Giroir and Dr. Stephen Hahn,” Cleary said.

Cleary said the staffer is “recovering at home and is doing well.”

Trump this weekend expressed concerns that aides contracting coronavirus would undercut message the outbreak is waning

US President Donald Trump participates in a meeting with senior military leadership and the national security team in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on May 9.

In conversations this weekend, President Donald Trump has expressed concern that aides contracting coronavirus would undercut his message that the outbreak is waning and states should begin reopening, according to a person who spoke to him.

Trump voiced frustration that two White House staffers tested positive for coronavirus and has asked why his valets weren’t ordered to wear masks before this week, according to the person.

Trump believes an economic rebound will come only when governors decide to lift restrictions and is concerned at any signs the virus is resurgent.

At the same time, he’s told people he doesn’t want to be near anyone who hasn’t been tested and has bristled when coming into contact with some people at the White House, according to the person who spoke to him.

US Chief of Naval Operations to quarantine

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday came in contact with a family member who has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a US official.

Gilday was tested Friday and although he is negative at this time, he will quarantine for several days, the official said.

This situation is why Gilday did not attend the White House meeting with the President on Saturday, according to the official.

There are at least 1,328,201 coronavirus cases in US

There are at least 1,328,201 cases of coronavirus in the United States and at least 79,508 people have died in the US from the virus, according to according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally of cases in the country.

The totals includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases.  

CNN has an interactive map tracking coronavirus across the United States.

Pence will not self-quarantine, plans to be at the White House Monday

Vice President Mike Pence is not planning to enter self-quarantine after his press secretary tested positive for coronavirus Friday, and he plans to be at the White House on Monday, a Pence spokesman said on Sunday.

Devin O’Malley, the vice president’s spokesman, said Pence “will continue to follow the advice of the White House Medical Unit and is not in quarantine.”

“Additionally, Vice President Pence has tested negative every single day and plans to be at the White House tomorrow,” O’Malley said in a statement.

Separately, an official said Pence’s schedule will probably be on the lighter side for the next few days but he’s not doing a full self-isolation.

This official also said there is extreme sensitivity inside the White House now at the current state of affairs – officials recognize the contradiction in telling states to reopen while the White House enhances protocols to prevent spread of the virus.

HHS Secretary and US Surgeon General do not plan to self-quarantine

From left, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and US Surgeon General Jerome Adams arrive at a coronavirus task force briefing on March 9.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and US Surgeon General Jerome Adams have been tested for Covid-19 and the results were negative, according to government spokespeople, so they are not planning to self-quarantine as of now.

“Secretary Azar will follow the advice of his physicians at the White House Medical Unit,” said Caitlin Oakley, HHS spokeswoman. “He has been tested for Covid-19 and the results of the test were negative.”

A spokesperson for Adams said he has not been in contact with “anyone who has tested positive and at this time, has had no known exposure to the virus.”

“Dr. Adams already participates in most meetings and events virtually, and will continue to do so,” the spokesperson said. “If the White House Medical Unit recommends any changes in Dr. Adams’ practices, he will of course comply.”  

About 3.5% of the NYPD's uniformed workforce is out sick, down from a high of 19.8%

The number of uniformed members of the New York Police Department who are out sick continues to decrease.

Sunday, 1,261 uniformed members were out sick – about 3.5% of the department’s uniformed workforce – down from a high of 19.8% a month ago, according to the NYPD’s daily coronavirus report.

To date:

  • 5,419 members of the NYPD have tested positive for coronavirus
  • 5,065 members of the NYPD have returned to full duty after recovering from a positive Covid-19 test
  • 313 NYPD members (240 uniformed and 73 civilian) are still out sick diagnosed with coronavirus, the report said.

Saturday, the NYPD issued one summons relating to social distancing enforcement, the report said.

London Chamber of Commerce says it would be 'foolish' for non-essential employees to return to work

The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry advises businesses in London to keep their employees at home, CEO Richard Burge tweeted Sunday, following UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s address to the nation.

Earlier Sunday in a taped address, Johnson called on employees across the United Kingdom to return to work if it’s not possible to work from home, as he laid out his vision for gradually restarting the economy.

Lebanon reverses decision to ease virus measures after increase in cases

Lebanese people exercise on an empty road by the Dbayeh seaside promenade in Beirut on May 8.

The Lebanese Ministry of Interior is reversing its decision to relax the daily curfew “due to the failure of many citizens to adhere to the measures of prevention and public safety, and because of selfishness, recklessness and indifference to their health and the health of their societies,” the ministry said on its website Sunday.

The country’s curfew will now start two hours earlier, and no one will be allowed out of their home between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily, the ministry said.

If some citizens continue to disregard preventive measures such as social distancing, wearing masks and avoiding crowds, “all public and private departments, institutions, companies and commercial stores will be closed … except for health and security services. And citizens will be completely prevented from going out onto the streets,” the statement added.

CNN staff in Lebanon have observed that people in public have recently become lax about social distancing and wearing masks.

Meanwhile, a statement issued by the Ministry of Public Health on Sunday affirmed the need “to adhere to domestic quarantine for those who were required to do so by the medical teams of the Ministry, especially those coming from abroad and those who were in contact with infected people, even if they do not show symptoms of the disease.”

If infection numbers “remain high, I will ask the cabinet to lock down the country for 48 hours,” said Hamad Hassan, the Lebanese minister of public health, in a television interview Saturday.

NYC MTA ridership down 90%, interim president says

People ride the subway in New York City on May 6.

Ridership on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York is down 90%, interim MTA President Sarah Feinberg told CNN affiliate WABC-TV on Sunday.

This means that about 500,000 people are using the system each weekday, and even fewer on the weekends.

Feinberg said more than 2,000 people are cleaning and disinfecting subways and stations over the course of 24 hours each day, including during a nightly shutdown.

Feinberg said cleaning during the overnight hours “gives us the ability to really surge into the system, make sure that we’ve gotten every train car, disinfect those stations for a second time, gives us that room where we can really make sure we’ve gotten to everything.”

She emphasized that the MTA has made a “surge” on bus service running additional express buses and enhanced local service in light of the overnight shutdown.

“There are some people who, you know, their bus service would require them to make more than two transfers, three, four transfers and their commute would take, you know, an hour and a half, two hours,” Feinberg said. “For those individuals, for those essential workers, we’re offering a vehicle for hire program. So we’re basically paying for their taxi or their livery car to get them where they need to go.”

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is not removing coronavirus checkpoints in South Dakota

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier.

Despite South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem requesting the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe take down its coronavirus checkpoints, tribe Chairman Harold Frazier told CNN they’re going to stay put.

The main purpose of the checkpoints set up by the tribe is to monitor and try to track coronavirus should it ever come into tribal lands, Frazier said.

“We want to ensure that people coming from ‘hot spots’ or highly infected areas, we ask them to go around our land,” Frazier tells CNN.

Noem’s request to take down the checkpoints came because she said they “interfere with regulating traffic on U.S. and state highways.” 

“With the lack of resources we have medically, this is our best tool we have right now to try to prevent (the spread of Covid-19),” Frazier told CNN.

Frazier said reservations are ill-equipped to deal with a coronavirus outbreak adding that, “the nearest health care, critical care is three hours away from where we live.”

Frazier said the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has only an eight-bed facility on the reservation and no intensive care unit for the 12,000 people who live on the reservation.

A letter written by Noem’s policy director, Maggie Seidel, points to a memorandum pertaining to road closures on tribal lands issued by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs, written April 8.

The memorandum states tribes “may restrict road use or close” tribal-owned roads temporarily without first consulting with the secretary of the interior or private landowners under conditions involving “immediate safety or life-threatening situations.” Seidel points out that the memorandum does not give tribes the authority to manage the flow of traffic to state and US highways.

“The checkpoints on state and U.S. highways are not legal, and if they don’t come down, the state will take the matter to Federal court, as Governor Noem noted in her Friday letter,” the letter reads.

Health care workers are seeking legal services to draw up wills during the pandemic

Some lawyers are offering free legal services to help health care workers draw up wills during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Attorney Natalie Elisha Gold, CEO of Gold Legal Group, said she was inspired to offer free services by her own sister, a nurse in Manhattan.

“I felt that it was my obligation, when you had the certain skills and opportunities to help others during a pandemic, you have to do what you can,” Gold said.

Her firm, which operates in New York, New Jersey and California, has received an “extraordinarily high volume” of roughly 200 inquiries so far, with about 40 health care workers embarking on the will process, Gold explained.

Gold said she created an online system that would allow people to submit their information immediately. They’ve also heard from health care workers and first responders in Alabama, Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania, she added.

“I am so grateful to Natalie for her dedication to helping health care workers, especially in a time like this,” said Dr. Alexandra Volo, a family medicine physician based Pennsylvania. “It’s very important to have a last will and testament to know exactly what our wishes are, especially in a time like this.”

“We don’t have a magic 8-ball, you don’t know what’s going to happen in the future,” Volo added.

Volo just came back to work following the birth of her child, now 4 months old. She works at Penn State Health St. Joseph in Redding, Pennsylvania, roughly an hour away from Philadelphia.

The hospital is seeing a surge of patients, Volo said. 

People flying into the UK will have to quarantine, prime minister says

A British Airways plane lands at London Heathrow Airport on May 10.

The United Kingdom will “soon” introduce a quarantine period on people coming into the country by air, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Sunday.

“To prevent re-infection from abroad, I’m serving notice that it will soon be the time – with transmission significantly lower – to impose quarantine on people coming into this country by air,” Johnson said during a taped address to the nation.

Some context: In a statement to CNN on Saturday, the chief executive of the UK Airport Operators Association, Karen Dee, warned that the introduction of a quarantine period could have a “devastating impact” on the UK aviation industry. 

“Quarantine would not only have a devastating impact on the UK aviation industry, but also on the wider economy…if the government believes quarantine is medically necessary, then it should be applied on a selective basis following the science, there should be a clear exit strategy and the economic impact on key sectors should be mitigated,” Dee told CNN. 

Dee continued: “Airports have done their utmost to stay open through this crisis to provide vital services to communities – from facilitating freight and repatriations to air ambulance, police, Royal Mail and HM Coastguard services – but cannot survive a further protracted period without passengers that would be the result of quarantine measures. If quarantine is a necessary tool for fighting Covid-19, then the Government should act decisively to protect the hundreds of thousands of airport-related and travel-related jobs across the UK.”

New alert system will help guide UK on social distancing measures, prime minister says

The United Kingdom is introducing a new Covid-19 alert system to help keep the rate of infection low, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced today.

During a taped address to the nation, Johnson said the new system would be run by a “new joint biosecurity centre” and will determine “how tough we have to be in our social distancing measures” in the weeks and months ahead. 

Under the new system, level 1 would indicate that “the disease is no longer present in the UK,” while level 5 indicates a “critical” level, with the National Health Service unable to cope. 

“The lower the level, the fewer the measures; the higher the level, the tougher and stricter we will have to be,” Johnson outlined.

According to the prime minister, the country has been at level 4 during the lockdown period, but can now begin to take the steps needed to move to level 3. 

Boris Johnson unveils "road map" for gradual relaxation of UK lockdown

As part of the government’s long-term “road map” for the gradual relaxation of the nationwide lockdown, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Sunday that the government will seek to re-open schools, shops and some aspects of the hospitality industry over the weeks and months ahead.   

“If we, as a nation, begin to fulfill the conditions I have set out, then in the next few weeks and months, we may be able to go further,” Johnson said after confirming that the nationwide stay-at-home order would be relaxed on Wednesday to allow for unlimited outdoor exercise. “At the earliest by June 1, after half term, we believe we may be in a position to begin the phased re-opening of shops and to get primary pupils back into school.”

“Our ambition is that secondary pupils facing exams next year will get at least some time with their teachers before the holidays,” he added.

Some more context: In his taped address from Downing Street, the prime minister also noted that the government will seek to re-open some aspects of the hospitality industry and other public spaces, “provided they are safe and enforce social distancing” measures.

“All of this is conditional. It all depends on a series of big ‘ifs’ – it depends on all of us, the entire country, to follow the advice, to observe social distancing,” Johnson said. “If we can’t do it by those dates, if the alert level won’t allow it, we will simply wait and go on until we’ve got it right.”

UK prime minister announces "careful steps" to ease stay-at-home order

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled the “careful steps” the government will take to ease the emergency restrictions implemented as part of the nationwide lockdown, relaxing the government’s stay-at-home order and allowing some people to return to work.

“From this Wednesday, we want to encourage people to take more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise,” Johnson said during his address to the nation on Sunday.

“You can sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even play sports, but only with members of your own household,” the prime minister continued, cautioning that those who disregard social distancing guidelines will face an increased fine.

In his taped address from Downing Street, the prime minister also confirmed that all those who are unable to work from home — such as those in construction and manufacturing — will be “actively encouraged” to return to work as of Monday.

“Work from home if you can, but you should go to work if you can’t work from home and when you do go to work, if possible, do so by car or, even better, by walking or bicycle,” Johnson said. “We want it to be safe for you to get to work, so you should avoid public transport if at all possible, because we must and will maintain social distancing, and capacity will therefore be limited.”

While the stay-at-home order has been relaxed, Johnson affirmed that there will be “no immediate end” to the nationwide lockdown.

“This is not the time simply to end the lockdown this week…we are taking the first careful steps to modify our measures,” Johnson said.

“It would be madness now to throw away that achievement by allowing a second spike…we must stay alert. We must continue to control the virus and save lives,” he added.

According to the prime minister, all modifications in the government’s restrictions will be monitored closely at a local, regional and national level so as to avoid the risk of a second peak.

“If there are outbreaks, if there are problems, we will not hesitate to put on the brakes,” Johnson asserted.

More than 79,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US

There has been approximately 1,320,362 cases of coronavirus in the US and at least 79,180 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

The totals includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases. 

New Jersey reports more than 1,500 new coronavirus cases

New Jersey saw at least 1,503 new confirmed positive cases of Covid-19, bringing the statewide total to approximately 138,532, Gov. Phil Murphy said.

“We’ve tragically lost 140 more lives, pushing our total to 9,255 lives lost,” Murphy said in a tweet Sunday.

By the numbers: Of the confirmed cases 4,308 patients that are in hospitals, 1,338 of them are in critical or intensive care and 994 are on ventilators.

Read Murphy’s tweet:

All administration witnesses at Tuesday's coronavirus hearing will now attend remotely

All of the administration witnesses at the Senate Covid-19 hearing on Tuesday, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, will now testify remotely, Sen. Lamar Alexander, the chairman of the Senate Health Committee, announced today.

As of Saturday night, Fauci and one other witness, Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Brett Giroir, were going to testify in person while two others were going to testify by teleconference.

Fauci was planning to wear a mask during the hearing.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn had already worked it out with the committee to testify remotely after deciding in the last few days they would self-quarantine once they had been exposed to the Vice President’s press secretary, Katie Miller, who testified positive for Covid-19 on Friday.

The hearing is titled: “Covid-19: Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School.”

“After consulting with Dr. Fauci, and in an abundance of caution for our witnesses, senators, and the staff, all four Administration witnesses will appear by videoconference due to these unusual circumstances,” Alexander said in a statement.

Alexander said he consulted with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows Saturday about making a change to administration policies. The administration has previously opposed having its officials testify remotely.

The Washington Post first reported the latest witness shift.

Lab-made antibodies could be available by end of summer, biotech company says

The CEO of biotechnology company Regeneron tells CNN that’s he’s optimistic about an artificial antibody treatment for coronavirus that could enter clinical trials next month – but says it’s too soon to know whether it will help prevent or treat infection.

“We should be optimistic about this approach, but we have to get real data. In this environment, there’s nothing that can substitute for real science and real data,” Dr. Leonard Schleifer, CEO of Regeneron, said.

Unlike a vaccine, which triggers the immune system to develop antibodies, lab-made antibodies are infused directly into the blood, providing temporary immunity. 

“Our approach takes advantage of what’s been known about the immune system for more than 100 years,” Schleifer told CNN.

The body naturally produces antibodies after being exposed to a virus, he said.

“Our approach is to generate these human antibodies artificially, so to speak, and give people those antibodies to either prevent them from getting infected if they’re at higher risk, or treat them,” Schleifer said.

The company is hoping to enter clinical trials next month and might have hundreds of thousands of doses available by the end of summer, according to Dr. George Yancopoulos, Regeneron’s chief scientific officer.

Yancopoulos described the therapy as an “important stopgap” until a vaccine is available and said they would be complementary, he said on ABC.

“Vaccines can provide permanent immunity to much larger numbers of people,” he said. “This is why we need all of these efforts.”

India to resume passenger train services despite nationwide lockdown

Trains sit idle at the Delhi Junction railway station in Delhi, India, on March 30.

Indian Railways announced passenger services will partially resume in the country starting Tuesday.

The railways will start with special trains on 15 selected routes, including the New Delhi-Mumbai route, according to the Railways Ministry. Indian Railways will then start additional special services on other routes based on availability.

Priority will be given to 20,000 coaches for Covid-19 care centers and then up to 300 trains every day to bring home stranded migrant workers across the country, the statement added.

Only passengers with valid confirmed tickets – which can be purchased Monday afternoon – will be allowed to enter the railway stations and it will be mandatory for the passengers to wear a face cover and undergo screening at departure. Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the trains.

Some context: Indian railways stopped passenger services for the first time in last 167 years on March 24 after a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus was announced.

India has been in lockdown since March 24 and will continue until at least May 17.

Catch up on the latest pandemic news

Stylists and patrons wear masks at a salon in Las Vegas on May 9.

It’s 1:00 p.m. ET in the US. If you’re just tuning in, here are the latest coronavirus headlines.

  • A billion vaccines: Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson is looking to produce a billion coronavirus vaccines for next year, the company’s chief scientific officer said. Clinical trials will start in September.
  • Masks will be the new normal: Although states are starting to reopen, people still need to wear a mask and practice physical distancing to prevent a “backlash,” Dr. Thomas File, the president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, said.
  • Depression-era unemployment: White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said he thinks the United States unemployment rate will “probably” be “close to 20%” in the May jobs report. Larry Kudlowthe chairman of the White House’s National Economic Council, also said there will be “difficult numbers” in May.
  • Funding for state and local governments: The White House thinks a new emergency relief bill is “premature” because money from previous relief bills is still being distributed, Kevin Hassett said. Capitol Hill has passed nearly $3 trillion in funding across several packages in response to the coronavirus already, including $150 billion for state and local governments.
  • New York investigating illness: New York state is investigating 85 cases of a coronavirus-related illness that is afflicting children across the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference Sunday.
  • UK lockdown: Prime Minister Boris Johnson is scheduled to present a plan for lifting the nation’s lockdown tonight, replacing “stay home” with “stay alert.” He said earlier in the week that he had hoped some restrictions could be eased on Monday.

Italy reports lowest daily increase in coronavirus deaths since the beginning of March

A total of at least 30,560 coronavirus patients have died in Italy, the Italian Civil Protection Agency confirmed Sunday, marking an increase of 165 – the lowest rise in deaths since March 9.

The total number of active cases across Italy has once again decreased, falling from 84,842 on Saturday to 83,324, which is down by about 1,518 cases.

A total of at least 1,027 patients continue to receive treatment in intensive care units.