June 2 coronavirus news

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5:06 a.m. ET, June 2, 2020

New Delhi launches app for residents to check availability of hospital beds

From CNN's Esha Mitra in New Delhi

Medical staff worker at LNJP Hospital in New Delhi on May 25.
Medical staff worker at LNJP Hospital in New Delhi on May 25. Pankaj Nangia/India Today Group/Getty Images

New Delhi residents can check the number of beds available in the city's hospitals on a new mobile app, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said at a news conference on Tuesday.

"On the one hand we say that we have enough beds, but on the other hand we get messages from people saying they went from hospital to hospital but could not find a bed, so there is a gap in information," Kejriwal said. 

This gap will be bridged by the "Delhi Corona" app and a supporting website, which would allow citizens to determine which hospitals have empty beds, he added.

"We are four steps ahead of coronavirus, in Delhi even though the number of cases are rising, we are prepared for it. If someone is sick at your house, we have beds, ICUs etcetera," Kejriwal said, acknowledging that the primary issue in cities with a high number of cases was a lack of healthcare infrastructure. 

Although the Indian capital has reported more than 20,000 coronavirus cases, only 2,600 Covid-19 patients are currently admitted to hospitals in the city, Kejriwal said. Of more than 6,700 beds available in the city, 4,100 are currently empty, he added. 

4:47 a.m. ET, June 2, 2020

Spain saw a sharp fall in new jobless claims last month

From CNN's Max Ramsay in London and Al Goodman in Madrid

A bricklayer works at a construction site in Seville, Spain on May 8.
A bricklayer works at a construction site in Seville, Spain on May 8. Marcelo del Pozo/Getty Images

Spain recorded a steep decrease in new unemployment claims in May, as the country emerged from coronavirus confinement measures that shuttered businesses across the nation and put hundreds of thousands of people out of work.

There were 26,573 new jobless claims in May, far fewer than the increases of 282,891 in April and 302,265 in March, according to data released by Spain’s Labor Ministry today.

In a sign of modest economic improvement, the construction and manufacturing sectors recorded slight declines in jobless claims in May.

There are now a total of 3,857,776 unemployed in Spain. However, this doesn’t include another 3.7 million people using the government’s "ERTE" temporary furlough scheme, during the coronavirus crisis, and who are not counted among the unemployed.

ERTE is a legal mechanism allowing temporary layoffs during extraordinary events, such as the Covid-19 crisis.

4:26 a.m. ET, June 2, 2020

New church coronavirus clusters emerge in South Korea

From CNN's Jake Kwon in Seoul

A medical worker collects a sample at a coronavirus testing station in Seoul, South Korea, on May 29.
A medical worker collects a sample at a coronavirus testing station in Seoul, South Korea, on May 29. SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg/Getty Images

South Korea reported 38 new coronavirus cases and one death on Monday, health ministry official Sohn Young-rae said in a news briefing.

Of those, 36 were locally transmitted cases in the capital Seoul.

A cluster of cases came from a group of small churches in Incheon, where 45 people who attended services have now tested positive for Covid-19.

Sohn said the virus spread at the churches because congregations were praying and singing hymns in a small space without wearing a mask.

South Korea has recorded at least 11,541 total cases and 272 deaths nationwide.

5:07 a.m. ET, June 2, 2020

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern fears protesters are risking another outbreak

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is pictured during a news conference in Wellington, New Zealand on May 27.
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is pictured during a news conference in Wellington, New Zealand on May 27. Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today she was "horrified" by George Floyd's death in the US and welcomed peaceful solidarity protests in her country, but noted that protesters flouted coronavirus social distancing restrictions.

"I think I stand with everyone else in being horrified in what we've seen but at the same time, we need to show that and express that solidarity in a way that makes sure we're looking after one another as well," Ardern said in a news briefing.

Ardern said that as a nation, "where we see racism, where we see intolerance, where we see hatred, that we call it out," but also noted the risk of coronavirus infection remains.

"I utterly understand the sentiment, but we are in a global pandemic and I would hate for there to be an outbreak caused by someone who felt really moved to go and share their view and their opinion to then become ill. That's exactly what we're trying to prevent," she said.

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3:42 a.m. ET, June 2, 2020

Singapore to build new dormitories with better facilities for migrant workers, government says

From CNN’s Sophie Jeong

Migrant workers are seen at a quarantined dormitory building in Singapore on May 20.
Migrant workers are seen at a quarantined dormitory building in Singapore on May 20. Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

Singapore, which has been dealing with an outbreak of coronavirus infections among its migrant workers, is building new dormitories with improved standards.

By the end of this year, the country plans to create additional space to house about 60,000 workers, the Ministry of National Development and the Ministry of Manpower said in a joint media release.

Longer term, proposed new purpose-built dormitories are to house up to 100,000 workers to replace short to medium-term housing.

“We aim to make dormitory living and design more resilient to public health risks including pandemics, with improved living standards that are benchmarked both domestically and internationally,” the ministries said in the release. “We will take on board lessons learnt from the current COVID pandemic.”

To start, an improved set of standards will be piloted at new quick-build dormitories. Those standards include six or more square meters (64 or more square feet) per resident, 10 or fewer beds per room and at least one toilet, bathroom and sink to five beds, according to the ministries. 

Making up a significant portion of the Singaporean workforce, 1.4 million migrant workers live in the city-state -- mostly employed in construction, manual labor and housekeeping. Of these, about 200,000 live in 43 dormitories, according to Minister of Manpower Josephine Teo.

Each dorm room houses about 10 to 20 residents. They share toilet and shower facilities, eat in common areas, and sleep just feet away from each other. It's nearly impossible to conduct social distancing.

As of Monday, Singapore confirmed 408 new coronavirus cases -- all of whom were among work permit holders staying in dormitories. This brings the country’s total cases to 35,292, of which 33,027 (93.6%) are dorm residents. 

3:02 a.m. ET, June 2, 2020

Hong Kong outbreak linked to food warehouse

From Angus Watson in Sydney and Vanesse Chan in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has reported a new cluster of locally transmitted coronavirus cases -- the first in more than two weeks.

The cluster consists of nine new cases, the city's leader Carrie Lam said today.

Three of the new patients have been identified as workers at the same food logistics warehouse. The other six came into contact with one of those workers.

What happened: Sunday's positive diagnosis of a 34-year-old woman who works at the Kerry Logistics warehouse in the New Territories neighborhood of Kwai Chung led to the eight further positive tests, including her husband, four neighbors, two of her colleagues and a paramedic who assisted her, according to Hong Kong's Centre For Health Protection.

The warehouse serves consumer brands, including Marks & Spencer.  

"I am very worried about this outbreak in the community, not because the number involved nine confirmed patients ... because this particular cluster reflects some characteristics which we might not have seen before," Lam said today.

The concern: The woman had no recent travel history and it is unknown where she contracted the coronavirus, making this cluster the first locally transmitted cases in 16 days. 

Hong Kong now has 1,094 total coronavirus cases, with four known deaths.

CNN has reached out to Marks & Spencer to comment on measures to combat the apparent outbreak.

Earlier this year, the British company was forced to close all its Hong Kong stores and its corporate office in the city after three employees tested positive. 

2:42 a.m. ET, June 2, 2020

India reports 8,171 new coronavirus cases as lockdown begins to ease

From CNN's Swati Gupta and Vedika Sud in New Delhi

Hindu devotees offer evening prayers in the River Ganges in Prayagraj, India, on June 1.
Hindu devotees offer evening prayers in the River Ganges in Prayagraj, India, on June 1. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP

India reported 8,171 coronavirus cases and 204 more deaths on Monday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The total confirmed cases in the country stands at 198,706, including 5,598 deaths.

The update comes as multiple states and territories across India began lifting some coronavirus-related lockdown measures as part of the country's phased reopening plan.

As of Monday:

  • The curfew prohibiting the movement of people between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. will be shortened to 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nationwide.
  • The federal government will now allow states and union territories to lift restrictions on the interstate and intrastate movement of people and goods, if those jurisdictions so choose.
  • However, so-called "containment zones" -- where outbreaks of Covid-19 are more severe -- must remain under lockdown until June 30.

The official first phase of the plan, dubbed "Unlock 1," doesn't actually begin until June 8. During this phase, places of worship, hotels, restaurants, shopping malls and other hospitality services can reopen.

2:25 a.m. ET, June 2, 2020

The US reported more than 21,100 new coronavirus cases on Monday

A total of 1,811,172 cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported in the US -- and at least 105,167 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally

Johns Hopkins reported 21,118 new cases and 784 deaths on Monday.

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

For the latest figures, see CNN's interactive map:

2:01 a.m. ET, June 2, 2020

Pregnant woman and inmate die from coronavirus in LA

From CNN's Sarah Moon

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. 
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Los Angeles County saw two firsts on Monday.

A pregnant woman and a person incarcerated in a jail facility died from the coronavirus, health officials confirmed in a press conference.

They are the first known coronavirus-related deaths of each kind in the county.

The pregnant woman who died had significant underlying health conditions, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said. The baby passed away as well, Ferrer added.

There are 228 pregnant women in the county that have tested positive for the virus. 79% of them were symptomatic, according to Dr. Ferrer.

The incarcerated person who died was receiving care at a hospital before passing away, Ferrer said. 

There are a total of 55,968 cases and 2,384 deaths in Los Angeles County, which has a population of approximately 10 million people.