June 1 coronavirus news

By Joshua Berlinger, Adam Renton and Emma Reynolds, CNN

Updated 9:58 PM ET, Mon June 1, 2020
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8:30 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Italy launches a voluntary contact tracing app

From CNN's Livia Borghese in Rome

Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images
Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images

A voluntary contact tracing app has been launched in Italy after being approved by the national body which regulates privacy, Italian Health Ministry said on Monday. 

The app, called Immuni, "respects the Italian and European privacy norms” the Health Ministry statement says, and it can be downloaded for free from the Apple and Google stores. 

Using Bluetooth technology, smartphones, which download the app, will exchange random codes, but not information that could identify devices' owners such as names, emails, phone numbers or GPS data. 

"The app is able to determine that contact has taken place between two users without knowing who those users are and where the contact occurred," said the Milan-based company Bending Spoons, which developed the app.

When two smartphones which have installed the app and have Bluetooth activated are in proximity, they store each other's random code, taking note of the length of the meeting and the distance among the two devices.

If the device’s owner tests positive for Covid-19, with their consent a health care operator will transfer their device's encrypted code to a server, and then those individuals who also downloaded the app and have been is close contact with the infected person will receive a notification, the Health Ministry statement explained. 

Users must be at least 14 years old to use the Immuni app, and those between 14 and 18 must have the authorization of at least one parent or legal guardian to download it.

Bending Spoons said “enormous focus” was placed on the protection of privacy. All data is encrypted and will be deleted “when no longer relevant“ and in any case “no later than December 31, 2020,” the app webpage said.

The first four regions to roll out the app starting June 8 will be Abruzzo, Liguria, Marche and Puglia, according to the Italian Health Ministry.

5:52 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Rio de Janeiro will start gradual reopening of economy tomorrow

From journalist Rodrigo Pedroso in São Paulo and CNN’s Taylor Barnes in Atlanta

A pedestrian wearing a protective mask holds an umbrella while passing in front of businesses temporarily closed in the Campo Grande neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 7.
A pedestrian wearing a protective mask holds an umbrella while passing in front of businesses temporarily closed in the Campo Grande neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 7. Andre Coelho/Bloomberg/Getty Images

The city of Rio de Janeiro will begin opening some nonessential businesses and activities tomorrow, Mayor Marcelo Crivella announced on Monday.

Crivella said he expects the Brazilian city to “return to normal” in early August.

"If all parameters are followed, wearing masks and avoiding crowds, we will return to normal life, to the new normal, in August," he said.

The gradual reopening will work in six phases, Crivella said. In the first phase, churches, car shops and furniture stores will be allowed to resume activities. People will also be allowed to exercise on Rio’s iconic beachside promenade and swim in the ocean.

The relaxation of social isolation rules is occurring while Covid-19 cases are still on the rise in Brazil.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the state of Rio de Janeiro has recorded more than 54,000 cases of coronavirus and 5,462 deaths. The state’s death toll surpassed that reported in all of China last week.

Brazil is second only to the United States in its number of coronavirus cases.

5:48 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Coronavirus cases in DC spike

From CNN's Aaron Pellish

A medical professional administers a coronavirus test at a drive-thru testing site run by George Washington University Hospital in Washington, on May 26.
A medical professional administers a coronavirus test at a drive-thru testing site run by George Washington University Hospital in Washington, on May 26. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Washington, DC, reported on Monday a spike of coronavirus cases, pushing back the city’s timetable for moving to the second phase of reopening additional businesses and public spaces. 

In a statement, the DC Health Department confirmed a new peak in positive coronavirus cases recorded.

DC Health confirmed the spike in cases restarts phase one of the District's reopening program. DC would need to record a 14-day decline in cases of community spread in order to complete phase one and move on to phase two. 

The DC Department of Health reported 56 new positive coronavirus cases and two coronavirus deaths were confirmed on Sunday, raising the total number of cases to 8,857, and the total number of deaths due to coronavirus deaths to 468. 

4:36 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Peru reports more than 5,500 new coronavirus cases

From CNN’s Claudia Rebaza in London and Taylor Barnes in Atlanta

Relatives wearing face masks film and mourn at the "El Angel" cemetery during the burial of a relative who died of Covid-19 in Lima, Peru, on May 29.
Relatives wearing face masks film and mourn at the "El Angel" cemetery during the burial of a relative who died of Covid-19 in Lima, Peru, on May 29. Cesar Lanfranco/picture alliance/Getty Images

The number of coronavirus cases in Peru rose to 170,039 on Monday, an increase of 5,563 from the previous day, according to the country's Health Ministry. 

The country also reported 128 new coronavirus-related deaths, raising the national death toll to 4,634, according to the Ministry. 

Peru has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in Latin America, following Brazil. 

4:43 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Outdoor dining and nonessential retail in New Jersey allowed to reopen on June 15

From CNN's Lauren del Valle

Empty tables are seen at this restaurant in the Jersey Shore in New Jersey, on May 4.
Empty tables are seen at this restaurant in the Jersey Shore in New Jersey, on May 4. Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis/Getty Images

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that state is on track to move to stage two in the reopening process June 15.

Outdoor dining and nonessential retail will be permitted to open with limited capacity on June 15.

Personal care businesses like salons will be allowed to open June 22 and Murphy said he hopes fitness centers will be permitted to open in some capacity shortly after that. 

The governor stressed citizens should continue social distancing and face covering practices as the reopening stages continue.

4:21 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Louisiana can move into phase 2 this week — but New Orleans won't

From CNN’s Kay Jones in New Orleans and Pierre Meilhan

Louisiana can move to phase two of its reopening on Friday, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday.

However, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said that Orleans Parish will continue to stay in phase one.

“As we have said throughout this pandemic: we are watching the data, not the date. We don’t yet have sufficient data to authorize opening up further at this point,” Cantrell said in a statement. “We look forward to the return of visitors — but for that to happen, we have to be able to ensure New Orleans is the safest city to come to. That means being deliberate, and waiting until we have two to three weeks of additional data and the full confidence of our public health officials that restrictions can be further eased in a safe way.”

For the rest of the state, under phase two, bars as well as spas will be able to reopen and restaurants and businesses that have been operating at 25% capacity, will be able to move to a 50% occupancy starting Friday.

“We still have work to do, we still have restrictions that have to be in place and as I said many times, we’re not going to be back to normal but we are moving in the right direction,” Edwards told reporters in Baton Rouge.

4:05 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Italy records lowest increase in coronavirus infections since end of February

From CNN's Livia Borghese in Rome

After more than a month of gradually easing lockdown measures, coronavirus infections continue to steadily decrease in Italy, according to data from the country's Civil Protection Service.

There were 178 new infections on Monday, the lowest recorded increase since February 26, bringing the total number of cases, including deaths and recoveries, to 233,197. 

The number of active cases stands at 41,367, a decrease of 708 compared to Sunday. The number of those in intensive care is 424, a decrease of 11 cases.

The total number of fatalities is 33,475, an increase of 60 people, according to Italy's Civil Protection Service.

4:26 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Atlanta mayor extends hazard pay for the city’s frontline employees 

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks at a news conference about the George Floyd protests in Atlanta, on May 30.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks at a news conference about the George Floyd protests in Atlanta, on May 30. Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/AP

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an executive order to extend the hazard pay for the city’s Covid-19 frontline employees, her office said Monday.

The nearly 5,400 eligible employees will receive an additional $500 a month through Sept. 30, according to the order.

3:40 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Mexico begins reopening economic sectors under its "new normal" plan

From CNN’s Natalie Gallón in Mexico City.

Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images
Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images

Mexico has entered a new Covid-19 phase today, reopening certain sectors of the economy under its new plan deemed the “new normal.”

Mining, construction and the “fabrication of transport equipment” such as the auto parts industry are now considered essential as they slowly begin reopening with safety measures that factories and its employees must adhere to.

This comes as Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador begins a tour Monday in the state of Quintana Roo where Cancún is located, his first trip since late March.

The state is preparing to reopen the tourism sector among other activities.

During his press conference Monday morning held at Isla Mujeres, López Obrador addressed the importance of reactivating the national economy “for the good of the people,” while adding that this needs to be done cautiously and carefully.

The new phase also comes as Mexico’s newly reported cases and deaths continue to rise at the worst sustained levels since the outbreak began.

The death toll is expected to surpass 10,000 when new numbers are reported Monday evening. As of Sunday, Mexican health authorities reported 90,664 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 9,930 confirmed deaths.