New York governor signs bill that provides death benefits to families of frontline workers
From CNN's Elise Hammond
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that gives death benefits to families of frontline workers who died battling the coronavirus pandemic.
"It is the least we can do to say thank you, and we honor you, and we remember you. You gave your lives for us. We will be there to support your families going forward," Cuomo said at a news conference on Saturday.
"We grieve for your loss, and we will always be there for you the way you were there for us. Thank you," the governor added.
4:39 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020
Roughly 5 regions in upstate New York entered phase 2 or reopening on Friday, governor says
From CNN's Sheena Jones
At least five regions in upstate New York have entered phase two as of Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during his Covid-19 news briefing Saturday.
Next week, the capital region and western New York will end 14 days of being in phase one and will have to make a decision if they will move to phase two of the reopening, the governor said.
"We made that decision by reviewing the data and the numbers," Cuomo said.
4:40 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020
NYC mayor says large gatherings are 'inherently dangerous in the context of this pandemic'
From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was asked to what extent he expects a rise in Covid-19 cases as a result of the demonstrations and large gatherings around the city.
“I would still wish that everyone would realize that when people gather it's inherently dangerous in the context of this pandemic and I’m going to keep urging people not to use that approach and if they do they focus on social distancing and wearing face coverings," de Blasio said in a news briefing today.
De Blasio said “you cannot see overt racism, you cannot see overt racist murder and not feel something profoundly deep, so I understand that."
"But the last thing we would want to see is members of our community harmed because the virus spread in one of these settings," de Blasio said. “It’s a very very complicated reality."
11:59 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020
Coronavirus hospitalizations and intubations continue to drop in New York state, governor says
From CNN's Elise Hammond
At least 67 people in New York state have died from coronavirus on Friday – the same number as the day before.
"Overall, that has been tremendous, tremendous progress from where we were," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference on Saturday.
The number of total hospitalizations, new hospitalizations and intubations have all decreased, Cuomo said.
"That is all good news," he said.
4:40 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020
Coronavirus hospitalizations in France continue to decline
From CNN's Eva Tapiero and Zahid Mahmood
The number of coronavirus patients hospitalized in France continues to decline, according to figures released by the French Health Ministry on Saturday.
There are currently 14,380 hospital patients with the virus, a decrease of 315 from Friday, the ministry said.
The statement said the number of Covid-19 hospital deaths has risen by 57 from Friday.
France has reported 28,717 coronavirus-related deaths in total, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.
11:30 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020
More than 38,000 people have died from coronavirus in the UK
From CNN’s Sarah Dean
At least 215 people died from coronavirus in the United Kingdom in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to approximately 38,376, according to UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.
Dowden, speaking at the daily Downing Street press conference on Saturday, said roughly 127,722 tests were carried out on Friday.
12:47 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020
CDC to resume regular Covid-19 briefings
From CNN's Kristen Holmes
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will resume its regular briefings as the administration continues its coronavirus response, CNN has learned.
The CDC held a briefing Friday in which director Robert Redfield said the agency was "never blind" to the early spread of the coronavirus in the United States.
That session was the first of the resumption of the regular press briefings, a senior Health and Human Services official told CNN.
Some context: The last of the regular briefings was on March 9. That is a short time after a top CDC official, Dr. Nancy Messonier, the agency’s director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, surprised the Trump administration by predicting the coronavirus would be spreading more rapidly at a time when the White House was downplaying the seriousness of it.
Her comments sent the stock market tumbling and in turn, angered President Trump.
The move comes as the White House has been under fire recently for sidelining the administration’s health experts on its own coronavirus task force. The doctors, including Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci, have appeared less and less as the country begins to reopen, despite fears of a potential resurgence.
8:21 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020
Spain announces further easing of coronavirus restrictions
From CNN's Helena de Moura and Laura Pérez Maestro
The Spanish government said Saturday that it would further relax coronavirus restrictions in certain areas from Monday.
Four islands will lead the way by embarking on phase 3 of the government's de-escalation plan, the government said. They are La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa, in the Canaries, and Formentera, in the Balearic islands -- all well-known tourist destinations in Spain.
Phase 3 seeks to allow a transition into relatively normal activities, including attending cinemas, theaters, restaurants and circuses, as long as establishments limit capacity. People may sit by the bar and there won’t be time restrictions by age group any more.
However, most of the islands in both archipelagos will remain on phase 2, together with 70% of mainland Spain, which is expected to remain on phase 2 until June 8.
Some relaxation of measures was announced Saturday for those regions under phase 2: indoor sporting venues are allowed to open at very limited capacity with rigorous hygiene protocols. Swimming pools may open at very limited capacity, with a two-meter requirement between swimmers.
The government also offered some respite for a number of regions still under phase 1, including capital city Madrid. Residents will be allowed visits to parks and restricted indoor sports activities. Open-air terraces are also allowed to reopen but not at full capacity.
4:41 p.m. ET, May 30, 2020
London Mayor urges caution amid fears government is “rushing” to lift lockdown
From CNN's Nada Bashir
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged citizens to “act with caution” as the UK government prepares to ease lockdown measures on Monday.
“I am deeply concerned we are now rushing too fast to lift lockdown measures,” Khan tweeted Saturday.
“The Joint Biosecurity Centre has said we’re not ready to move from Level 4 to 3, and the 5 tests are not met. I urge Londoners to act with caution -- lives depend on it,” he said.
Earlier on Saturday, members of the scientific advisory board to the UK government -- SAGE -- warned that a premature easing of the coronavirus lockdown could lead to a “significant” number of new cases and deaths across the country.
Speaking to Sky News on Saturday, SAGE adviser and epidemiologist Professor John Edmunds said that the easing of the lockdown would be “risky” and warned that a relaxation of containment measures could lead to some 8,000 new cases of coronavirus every day.
“Significant numbers of cases, unfortunately, means we will get deaths,” he said.