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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5:36 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Health officials issue warning over relaxing lockdown too soon

From CNN's Emma Reynolds, Mary Ilyushina and Sharif Paget

People enjoy the sunshine at Victoria Park in east London on May 30.
People enjoy the sunshine at Victoria Park in east London on May 30. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Health officials across the world have issued warnings that some countries could be relaxing their coronavirus lockdowns too early, raising the chances of new waves of infection.

As the rules were eased in the UK on Monday, the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) said it was "increasingly concerned that the government is misjudging this balancing act and lifting too many restrictions, too quickly."

ADPH president Jeanelle de Gruchy said leading scientists and public health experts believed that recent national policy announcements in England -- including reopening schools and non-essential businesses and allowing more social contact -- were not "supported by the science."

Prof Sally Bloomfield, Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said the lifting of so many measures at once "does not look like gently lifting the lid" and meant that if the situation deteriorates, a full lockdown will need to be reimposed.

I fear that our desire to socialise means that the critical nature of our situation is being forgotten," she added.

Dr Stephen Griffin, Associate Professor at the University of Leeds' School of Medicine, said the relaxing of measures for the most at-risk "appears to have little grounding in reality."

It is imperative that the sacrifices made during lockdown are not undone by relaxing measures in haste," he said.

Other countries reopening: Moscow will also begin to gradually ease some coronavirus lockdown restrictions starting Monday.

Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said in a videoconference with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week that the Russian capital would allow some non-essential businesses to reopen and scheduled walks.

“I’m just afraid that the streets of Moscow will be like the Labor Day holiday, so we will begin in a test mode,” he said.

Russia’s official number of Covid-19 deaths has been relatively low compared to countries with similar numbers of overall infections, but observers have questioned official counting methods that permit ascribing deaths in patients who tested positive for coronavirus to other chronic conditions. 

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte also approved a recommendation to relax Covid-19 lockdown measures in the capital Manila from Monday, according to CNN Philippines.

According to CNN Philippines, this decision is also in line with the recommendation of all 17 mayors of Metro Manila who would like to see nonessential businesses reopen to help restart the ailing economy.

4:49 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Hurricane season in the US starts today, and it's going to be very different this year

From CNN's Rosa Flores, Faith Karimi and Sara Weisfeldt

When disaster strikes, state emergency officials prepare for the worst-case scenarios. But most plans don't include a hurricane season coinciding with a ravaging pandemic that drains resources and shows no signs of slowing down.

As hurricane season officially starts Monday, Florida and other states along the Atlantic coast are faced with the daunting reality, and are rewriting nearly every aspect of their storm preparedness.

With predictions of a busy hurricane season, officials are changing their pleas from remain indoors to combat coronavirus -- to leave home and go to shelters when asked to evacuate.

"The biggest challenge that we're facing is that when the evacuation order comes, that the people won't leave," said Frank Rollason, director of Emergency Management at Miami-Dade County. "That they'll think they're better off taking their chances at home than they are in groups of people who may be Covid positive. If they are ordered to evacuate they are safer in an evacuation center than in their home in an evacuation zone."

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

Mothers are still doing most of the parenting during a pandemic

From CNN's Katie Hunt in London

I sat down to write this story at 10 a.m.

10:05: Younger daughter asks for a snack.

10:10: She gets logged out of her online learning program and needs help logging back in.

10:12: Elder daughter asks why her sister has a snack and she doesn't.

10:15: Younger daughter asks for another snack. Request denied.

10:47: "Mummy, I'm bored."

And on it goes. Most of these requests are addressed to me even though my husband is also working from home and we've taken turns "running interference" in two-hour slots while the kids are off school.

Parenting these past few months has been immensely hard for both mothers and fathers, with the pandemic putting unprecedented demands on families around the world. But as we mark UN Global Day of Parents on June 1, it's clear that it's moms that are doing most of the heavy lifting and may ultimately end up paying the biggest price.

Mothers are only able to do one hour of uninterrupted work for every three hours done by dads, according to new research from the United Kingdom that also found mothers taking on more chores and spending more time with children in homes where there is both a working mother and father.

Before lockdown in the UK, mothers completed on average around 60% of the uninterrupted work hours that fathers did. That's now diminished to a third.

What's more, mothers are more likely than fathers to have left paid work and seen a bigger reduction in their hours. Among those doing paid work at home, mothers are more likely than fathers to be spending their work hours simultaneously trying to care for children.

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4:01 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Germany identifies 333 new coronavirus cases

From CNN's Stephanie Halasz

Public health authorities in Germany said Monday that 333 new coronavirus infections have been identified in the past 24 hours.

Eleven deaths were reported during that time, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany's agency for disease control and prevention.

Total cases: At least 181,815 people have contracted the virus in Germany, 8,511 of whom have died, according to the RKI.

3:42 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

New Delhi will close its borders for a week

From CNN's Swati Gupta in New Delhi

A fruit vendor waits for customers in New Delhi on May 31.
A fruit vendor waits for customers in New Delhi on May 31. Sajjad Hussain AFP via Getty Images

The chief minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, said India's capital territory will seal its borders for the next week to stop the spread of novel coronavirus.

However, Kejriwal said the new restriction would not stop the movement of essential goods and services across the city's borders.

All shops across the city will be allowed to open every day, but a curfew will be in place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. in accordance with guidelines issued by the Indian government. All industries will be allowed to operate, but with a staggered workforce.

Kejriwal also said that hair salons and barbers will be allowed to operate but spas will not reopen yet. The government has also removed restrictions on public and private transport and on the number of passengers who can travel in a car or autorickshaw.

States adjoining New Delhi will continue to only allow minimal movement across their borders, but government officials will be able to travel so long as they present proper identification.

3:08 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

At least 23 coronavirus cases are linked to several small churches in South Korea

From CNN's Yoonjung Seo in Seoul, South Korea

South Korean public health officials said at least 23 newly identified coronavirus cases are tied to 13 small churches -- 11 small parishes in the city of Incheon, west of Seoul, and two churches in Gyeonggi province, which surrounds the South Korean capital.

One of the 23 patients, a man in his 70s, was confirmed to have contracted the virus on May 20 and died four days later. Another septuagenarian in the church cluster is in critical condition, the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.

Updates on two other clusters: Most of the 4,360 people tied to a a logistics center in Bucheon, a satellite city near Seoul, have been tested for the virus, according to Jung Eun-kyeong, the director of the KCDC. Authorities say 112 cases of Covid-19 have been identified in that cluster.

Scores of cases have also been linked to Itaewon, a popular nightlife district in Seoul. Jung said Monday that authorities have now identified 270 coronavirus patients tied to that outbreak -- 96 of whom visited the clubs and 174 who contracted the virus after being in close contact with confirmed cases.

8:37 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Hitachi plans to make working-from-home standard practice

From CNN's Kaorji Enjoji in Tokyo

Hitachi aims to make working-from-home standard practice from April 2021.
Hitachi aims to make working-from-home standard practice from April 2021. Shutterstock

Japanese electronics giant Hitachi announced last week that it will aim to make working-from-home the new normal from April 2021, surprising many in Japan -- a country famous for its demanding work culture, where "salarymen" clock in up to 80 hours a week.

Hitachi said it will give employees 3,000 yen ($28) a month to buy masks and sanitizers, while it will also look to help employees pay for furniture, WiFi and monitors so they can improve their work-from-home environments.

The tech conglomerate's eventual goal is to have 70% of its workforce -- about 23,000 people -- work remotely for two or three days a week.

2:08 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Thailand relaxes some coronavirus restrictions

From CNN's Kocha Olarn in Bangkok

A worker cleans the food counter at a cinema in Bangkok on June 1.
A worker cleans the food counter at a cinema in Bangkok on June 1. Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images

Thailand will ease some of its coronavirus-related restrictions from today, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's office has announced.  

The new rules include:

  • A shorter nationwide curfew, which now extends from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
  • Schools and educational facilities can reopen, but only to prepare for when students return and to host exams, meetings and certain sporting events.
  • Shopping malls, markets and exhibitions can now stay open until 9 p.m., provided people practice social distancing.
  • Gyms are allowed to reopen, provided they only let in a limited number of users at a time.
  • Beauty clinics and tattoo shops can also reopen.
  • Spas and massage parlors can reopen but cannot let people use steam rooms or provide facial treatments.
  • Sporting arenas can open for practice, but not competition.
  • Cinemas and theaters can reopen, with an audience limit of 200 people. Concerts remain banned.
  • Zoos and marine parks may reopen, but not to full capacity.
1:58 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Thermal imaging will play a major part in Japan's reopening

From CNN's Kaori Enjoji in Tokyo

An infrared thermography device used to check body temperature at the Tocho-mae station in Tokyo on March 5.
An infrared thermography device used to check body temperature at the Tocho-mae station in Tokyo on March 5. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

Thermal imaging cameras are expected to play a big part as Japan begins to reopen following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Retailers in Tokyo are embracing the technology as a way to quickly scan multiple customers for fevers.

The iconic 109 department store in Tokyo’s trendy Shibuya district reopened today equipped with thermal imaging cameras at its entrance, while Isetan Mitsukoshi’s flagship department store opened over the weekend with thermal cameras at its entrances.

The Tokyo metropolitan government has announced that it will set aside 4.2 billion yen ($39 million) to help schools adopt the technology.