June 4 coronavirus news

By Joshua Berlinger, Brett McKeehan, Laura Smith-Spark and Peter Wilkinson, CNN

Updated 7:57 a.m. ET, June 5, 2020
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7:30 a.m. ET, June 4, 2020

Prince Charles says he was "lucky" to have only mild coronavirus symptoms

Prince Charles is pictured on March 10.
Prince Charles is pictured on March 10. Tim P. Whitby/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Britain's Prince Charles has spoken publicly about contracting the coronavirus in March, saying he was "lucky" and had "got away with it quite lightly."

In an interview with UK broadcaster Sky News, the heir to the British throne indicated that his experience had if anything increased his longstanding commitment to environmental causes, particularly climate change and safeguarding biodiversity.

"It makes me even more determined to push and shove and shout and prod, if you see what I mean. Whatever I can do behind the scenes sometimes... I suppose it did partly, I mean I was lucky in my case and got away with it quite lightly," he told Sky News by video call from Scotland.

"But I've had it, and I can so understand what other people have gone through. And I feel particularly for those, for instance, who have lost their loved ones but were unable to be with them at the time. That to me is the most ghastly thing.

"But in order to prevent this happening to so many more people, this is why I'm so determined to find a way out of this."

He urged the world to listen to scientists and act to protect the environment in order to avoid more pandemics in the future.

"We should have been treating the planet as if it was a patient long ago. So no self-respecting doctor would ever have let the situation, if the planet is a patient, reach this stage before making an intervention," he said.

"The more we erode the natural world, the more we destroy what's called biodiversity --which is the immense diversity of life, plant life, tree life, everything else, marine life -- the more we expose ourselves to this kind of danger. We've had these other disasters with SARS and Ebola and goodness knows what else, all of these things are related to the loss of biodiversity."

7:17 a.m. ET, June 4, 2020

Tokyo’s Governor says rescheduled Olympics could be “simplified”

From CNN’s Yoko Wakatsuki in Tokyo

The Olympic rings, the Rainbow Bridge and the Tokyo Tower are seen at night in Tokyo on May 15.
The Olympic rings, the Rainbow Bridge and the Tokyo Tower are seen at night in Tokyo on May 15. Charly Triballeau/AFP via Getty Images

Japan could “simplify” the Olympics and Paralympics Games, which were pushed back to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said Thursday. 

Koike did not give details on the alterations that could be made, though local media speculated it could involve the presence of spectators.

“We need the understanding of the people of Tokyo and Japan to host the Olympic and Paralympic games. For that, we should rationalize what needs to be rationalized and simplify what needs to be simplified,” Koike told reporters. 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in March, when the 2020 Games were postponed, that Japan would hold the Olympic and Paralympic Games in "complete forms." 

The International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organization Committee have been discussing the exact implementation of the postponed event.

The cost of postponement is expected to be several billions of dollars, and the focal point of the discussion has been around how the cost will be paid and who will bear the financial burden. 

6:58 a.m. ET, June 4, 2020

Has the UK just canceled summer by imposing a 14-day quarantine?

From CNN's Joe Minihane

Passengers wearing PPE wait at a nearly deserted check-in desk in the Manchester Airport departure hall, in northern England, on May 11.
Passengers wearing PPE wait at a nearly deserted check-in desk in the Manchester Airport departure hall, in northern England, on May 11. Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Across Europe, beaches are getting ready for their first socially distanced foreign visitors, hotels are airing out rooms and restaurants are laying alfresco tables. With borders now open, the travel industry is trying to salvage as much of the peak tourist season as possible.

But for the UK, it seems, summer vacations could still be canceled.

Even as it appears to be emerging from one of the continent's worst coronavirus outbreaks, the country has decided to suddenly slam its borders shut by imposing a 14-day quarantine that critics say will torpedo the last shreds of hope for its travel industry.

Unless the rules change soon, millions of Britons who'd hoped to ease their post-lockdown blues with an escape to warmer climes will likely have to scrap their plans unless they want to endure enforced isolation on their return or risk a £1,000 fine -- about $1,250.

And for the UK's tourism industry, any prospect of soaking up some much-needed foreign tourist dollars is vanishing fast. Britain has many charms, but two weeks' incarceration inside the same room is not why people visit this sceptered isle.

If that wasn't enough to stoke frustrations, it seems that far from being stringently enforced, the new regulations will only be lightly policed after they come into effect on June 8, with spot checks that may actually miss the virus carriers they're designed to keep sequestered.

That stands in contrast to much more stringent measures in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, imposed much earlier in the pandemic.

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5:28 a.m. ET, June 4, 2020

Eager to get traveling again? Find out which top destinations are reopening to tourists

From CNN's Tamara Hardingham-Gill

People enjoy a day at Kavouri Beach in Vouliagmeni, Greece, on May 23, 2020.
People enjoy a day at Kavouri Beach in Vouliagmeni, Greece, on May 23, 2020.  Byron Smith/Getty Images

Most governments are still advising against "nonessential" international travel, but a host of popular destinations are beginning to ease their Covid-19 lockdown measures and border restrictions, while moving toward welcoming tourists back.

Earlier this month, the European Union unveiled a plan to reopen its internal borders in time for summer, while countries such as Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have formed "travel bubbles," lifting restrictions for each other's citizens.

A number of Caribbean islands are preparing to open their doors to foreign visitors in June, and destinations such as Mexico and Thailand are planning to open up again, region by region, in the coming weeks.

If you're one of many travelers eagerly awaiting news on where you can travel to this year, find out more here:

4:28 a.m. ET, June 4, 2020

39 more coronavirus cases reported in South Korea, where several new clusters have emerged

From CNN's Yoonjung Seo in Seoul, South Korea

A medical worker checks a man's temperature at a coronavirus testing station in Seoul, South Korea, on May 29.
A medical worker checks a man's temperature at a coronavirus testing station in Seoul, South Korea, on May 29. SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg/Getty Images

South Korea identified 39 new cases of Covid-19 Thursday -- 33 of which are locally transmitted, according to the country’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The new local cases are tied to several clusters in the capital, Seoul, and other surrounding areas. Yoon Tae-ho, an official with the South Korean Health Ministry, warned that because multiple clusters are growing, locally transmitted cases may become more difficult to trace.

The biggest new cluster includes 120 patients tied to a logistics center in Bucheon, a satellite city of Seoul, while 66 cases are linked to religious groups in the Seoul metropolitan area. Several other cases are tied to religious groups as well.

Total cases: South Korea has confirmed 11,629 cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began, 10,499 of which have recovered. Some 857 patients are still being treated, while the country's death toll stands at 273.

3:59 a.m. ET, June 4, 2020

When we go back to eating out, more of us will pay with our phones

From CNN Business' Danielle Wiener-Bronner

Major restaurant chains are trying to make it easier for customers to get their food without touching anything but their own phones.

It's a trend that started before the pandemic hit and has only accelerated as consumers and restaurants adjust to a new normal, where contact with others is discouraged. Now, restaurants are betting people will want to peruse digital menus instead of physical ones and opt for mobile ordering rather than paying at the register with cash or credit card.

"The handling of cash creates consumer concerns about the spread of viruses," Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson wrote in an open letter in early May describing the company's plan to reopen. He noted that Starbucks is adding new features to its app to include voice ordering through Siri and more opportunities for rewards. The app already shows which restaurants have mobile order and pickup so that customers can plan their visits and manage expectations before they get to the store.

Johnson predicted that "the mobile app will become the dominant form of payment."

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3:21 a.m. ET, June 4, 2020

An airline restarted flights. Then it had to cancel them when passengers couldn't follow Covid-19 regulations

From CNN's Lilit Marcus in Hong Kong

Just weeks after restarting domestic flights, Indonesian carrier Lion Air has canceled them again, citing issues with passengers not following Covid-19 regulations.

The Lion Air group, which also includes Batik Air and Wings Air, began reintroducing short-haul flights on May 10.

But the restored routes didn't last long.

The company has announced that all flights are again suspended as of June 5 due to widespread issues with passengers not observing coronavirus-related rules related to social distancing and health disclosures.

In a press release, a rep for Lion Air explains that "many prospective passengers were unable to carry out air travel because they did not complete the required documents and conditions during the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic alert period."

The limited international flights offered by the airline have been canceled as well. Under normal operations, Lion Air also flies to Saudi Arabia, ChinaMalaysia and Singapore.

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2:53 a.m. ET, June 4, 2020

Emergency room visits for non-Covid cases dropped 42% during the pandemic, US CDC says

From CNN's Jacqueline Howard

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that some people may be putting off emergency care for serious health conditions during the coronavirus pandemic -- and fewer visits for critical conditions could result in complications or even death.

During the pandemic, the total number of visits to hospital emergency departments across the United States for conditions other than Covid-19 was 42% lower than during this same time last year, according to a new CDC report.

The research, published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Wednesday, found that emergency department visits fell from about 2.1 million visits per week between March 31 and April 27 last year to 1.2 million between March 29 and April 25 this year.

The "steepest decreases" were among children 14 and younger, women and girls, and people living in the northeast region of the country, CDC researchers noted. For instance, in 2019, 12% of all emergency department visits were in children 10 and younger, compared with 6% during the same time period this year.

Yet overall, "the proportion of infectious disease-related visits was four times higher during the early pandemic period," according to the report.

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2:20 a.m. ET, June 4, 2020

Pakistan has more confirmed Covid-19 cases than China

From CNN's Sophia Saifi in Islamabad

People wearing facemasks buy fruit in Karachi, Pakistan, on June 2.
People wearing facemasks buy fruit in Karachi, Pakistan, on June 2. Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images

Pakistan now has 85,264 confirmed cases of Covid-19, authorities said, becoming the latest country to overtake the total in China, where the pandemic began.

At least 1,770 virus-related deaths have also been recorded in Pakistan.

The country lifted its nationwide lockdown in early May, though the rate of new infections continues to rise. That could be in part due to an increase in testing by the government, especially within the last 24 hours.

Prime Minister Imran Khan announced earlier this week that his government is working on measures to reopen domestic tourism. For now, hotels and restaurants remain closed.

China has reported 84,160 coronavirus cases and 4,638 deaths.