May 17 coronavirus news

By Nicole Chavez, James Griffiths, Jenni Marsh, Tara John and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 10:41 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020
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9:10 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

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8:47 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

Kevin Harvick victorious in NASCAR’s first race in the coronavirus era

From CNN's Jabari Jackson and Claire Colbert

Kevin Harvick celebrates with a burnout after winning The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway on May 17 in South Carolina.
Kevin Harvick celebrates with a burnout after winning The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway on May 17 in South Carolina. Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Kevin Harvick won The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington on Sunday in NASCAR’s first race back since the season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This was Harvick's 50th career NASCAR Cup Series victory, making him the 14th driver to accomplish that milestone, NASCAR said.

With the win, Harvick broke a tie with Tony Stewart, and is now tied with Junior Johnson and Ned Jarrett for 12th place on the all-time list. 

No fans were in attendance to abide by health and safety guidelines.

The event honored health care workers as part of the The Real Heroes Project, a collaborative initiative among more than a dozen sports leagues to recognize and pay tribute to medical professionals on the front lines fighting Covid-19. 

NASCAR is one of the first professional sports leagues to resume competition amid the pandemic.

7:49 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

Nearly half of UK doctors fear for their health, Royal College of Physicians survey says

From CNN’s Sarah Dean

Nearly half of the doctors in the United Kingdom working during the coronavirus pandemic fear for their health, according to a new survey by the Royal College of Physicians.

The survey found 48% of the 1,582 respondents reported feeling concerned or very concerned for their health.

This figure rose to 76% among doctors from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

The results, released on Monday, come amid ongoing issues surrounding the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the UK.

7:47 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

South Africa reports single-day record of 1,160 new coronavirus cases

From CNN's Philip Wang

South Africa saw its highest single-day jump of reported coronavirus cases on Sunday with an increase of 1,160 infections, according to South Africa’s National Department of Health.

Sunday’s new positives brings the total number of cases to 15,515, with the Western Cape province accounting for nearly 60% of the national figures.

6:30 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

Over 5,400 NYPD members have returned to work after recovering from Covid-19

From CNN's Laura Ly

NYPD Mounted Unit officers ride up to Lenox Hill Hospital to show gratitude to the medical staff on May 15.
NYPD Mounted Unit officers ride up to Lenox Hill Hospital to show gratitude to the medical staff on May 15. Cindy Ord/Getty Images

As of Sunday, 5,457 members of the New York Police Department have returned to work full time after recovering from coronavirus, according to the daily NYPD coronavirus report.

In total, 5,648 NYPD members have tested positive for coronavirus. About 149 members (111 uniformed and 38 civilian) are still out sick with the virus, the NYPD said.

On Sunday, 1,045 uniformed members were out sick, accounting for about 2.9% of the NYPD’s uniformed workforce.

As far as enforcing social distancing, the NYPD said there were seven summonses issued Saturday.

Officers continue to visit restaurants, bars, supermarkets, salons and public spaces to remind individuals of the ban on congregating in public spaces and to practice social distancing, according to the NYPD.

5:50 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

There are at least 1,482,916 coronavirus cases in US

From CNN's Tina Burnside

There are at least 1,482,916 cases of coronavirus in the US and at least 89,318 people have died from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the United States.

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 cases across the country.

5:55 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

Draft of MLB coronavirus safety protocols includes some very un-MLB precautions, The Athletic and ESPN report

From CNN’s Kevin Dotson

A working draft of Major League Baseball's health and safety manual for the shortened 2020 season contains rigorous rules aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19 as well as protocols for frequent testing and screening, according to a copy first obtained by The Athletic and later by ESPN

The 67-page document, according to The Athletic and ESPN, is a draft and is subject to change.

Coronavirus testing measures outlined in the document would include frequent testing for players, and those who regularly come in close proximity to players, such as managers, coaches, and umpires. 

The MLB would strive to use the least invasive and fastest commercially available testing methods without impacting public health needs. Asymptomatic individuals would be screened at least twice a day, required to self-screen at home each morning and tested multiple times a week. Any individual testing positive or displaying symptoms would be required to immediately self-isolate and consult with medical staff.

Many of the rules proposed in the document would alter some traditional baseball norms. To name a few, teams would not physically exchange lineup cards and players would be prohibited from spitting, chewing tobacco or sunflower seeds, high-fiving, or throwing the ball "around the horn." 

Social distancing would also be encouraged in the dugout and during the national anthem, and non-playing personnel must wear masks in the dugout.

10:41 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

Italy must 'remain prudent' as country prepares to ease lockdown, health minister says

From Valentina Di Donato 

Filippo Attili/Handout/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Filippo Attili/Handout/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Italy’s Health Minister Roberto Speranza has called on citizens to “remain prudent” as the country prepares to relax its coronavirus lockdown on Monday, warning that the “hard part” will begin tomorrow.

“Tomorrow there will be many more people out and so there will be a higher possibility of crossing paths with someone ... tomorrow, the behaviors we have learned will be more necessary than before because there will be greater occasion for contagion,” Speranza said on Sunday. “The virus is still not defeated. It’s not present like it was weeks ago, but it’s still here, so we must remain prudent.”

Speaking during a televised interview on the eve of Italy’s reopening, Speranza acknowledged that while he had been reluctant to reopen the country too quickly, Italy’s economy and society “need to relaunch again” after 10 weeks of confinement.

Additionally, Speranza announced that the Italian government will increase its intensive care capacity by 115%, investing more than 3 billion Euros in creating more than 11,000 ICU beds.


2:50 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

Catch up on the latest coronavirus headlines

From CNN's Elise Hammond

It's almost 3 p.m. in New York and 8 p.m. in London. Here are some of the top coronavirus headlines you may have missed.

  • White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro slammed the Centers for Disease Control, saying “it let the country down” on testing. The comments come as tensions are rising between the White House and the nation's leading public health agency.
  • President Trump will meet with members of the restaurant industry tomorrow to discuss the impact of coronavirus at a roundtable meeting at the White House. Concerns about the Paycheck Protection Program are expected to come up.
  • Mental health: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the trauma the coronavirus pandemic has created for people shouldn't be underestimated. "This is nothing to be ashamed of ever in life, but especially now," Cuomo said.
  • Reopening: Gyms and fitness centers in Georgia are starting to reopen with new safety measures such as increased cleaning, no group classes and taking away some equipment.
  • Lockdown: India’s coronavirus lockdown will continue until at least May 31.