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11:25 a.m. ET, June 8, 2020

Pentagon removes coronavirus-related travel restrictions on 5 countries and 39 US states

From CNN's Ryan Browne

An aerial view of the Pentagon building is shown on December 26, 2011, in Washington. 
An aerial view of the Pentagon building is shown on December 26, 2011, in Washington.  Staff/AFP/Getty Images

The Pentagon announced Monday that it had lifted travel restrictions on 44 destinations which had been placed to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 44 locations include 39 US states and five countries: Bahrain, Belgium, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom. 

The Pentagon said in a statement that these locations “meet the conditions to lift travel restrictions, subject to the assessment of conditions at individual military installations within these areas.

These criteria include:

  1. Removal of shelter-in-place orders or other travel restrictions
  2. 14-day downward trajectory of flu-like and Covid-19-like symptoms
  3. 14-day downward trajectory of new Covid-19 cases or positive test.

Some states that have not yet met the criteria for the lifting of travel restrictions include California, Florida and North Carolina.

Here is the full list of destinations where travel restrictions will be lifted, according to the Pentagon:

11:18 a.m. ET, June 8, 2020

Guatemala's president will work remotely after 18 workers in his office test positive for coronavirus 

From CNN’s Ana Cucalón, Michelle Mendoza and Flora Charner

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei delivers a speech at the Congress of the Republic in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on March 18.
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei delivers a speech at the Congress of the Republic in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on March 18. Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images

At least 18 people who work in Guatemala’s Presidential House have tested positive for coronavirus, according to President Alejandro Giammattei who spoke in a televised address Sunday night.

Giammattei said both he and Vice President Guillermo Castillo have been tested for the virus, and both results came back negative.

Officials are still planning to limit access to the Presidential House for 72 hours, and all the workers at the Presidential House will be tested, he added.

The president also said he and his vice president will be working remotely.

Guatemala has at least 7,055 confirmed coronavirus cases and 252 deaths, according to John Hopkins University tally.

10:44 a.m. ET, June 8, 2020

No “significant spikes” in Covid-19-like illnesses reported at NYC emergency rooms during protests, official says

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

A sign at a Manhattan hospital treating coronavirus patients directs visitors to the emergency room entrance on May 12 in New York.
A sign at a Manhattan hospital treating coronavirus patients directs visitors to the emergency room entrance on May 12 in New York. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

When asked about the impact of recent New York City protests on the pandemic, the city's health commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said that to date, there have not been any "significant spikes" in the number of people visiting emergency departments for Covid-19-like illnesses.

The city monitors data from each of the emergency departments and Barbot said “to date thankfully we have not seen any significant spikes in the number of people that are visiting the emergency departments for Covid-like illness but we are paying really close attention to that.”

Individuals participating in protests are encouraged to wear a mask and maintain a 6 foot distance.

Overall, the city is still in a “moderate transmission phase,” Barbot said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said “thank god” the protests were outdoor activities, “which does change the equation,” though he is still “very worried” there may still be an impact. 

After a 78-day lockdown, the city enters phase one of reopening today, with some nonessential workers allowed to go back to work and retail stores allowed to reopen for pickup.

 

10:30 a.m. ET, June 8, 2020

These 4 US states are outpacing New York in rates of new coronavirus cases per day

From CNN's Ethan Cohen and Liz Stark

Four states – California, Texas, Florida and Illinois – are all outpacing New York state in their averages of daily new coronavirus cases, according to a CNN analysis.

California, on average, saw the most new cases per day over the week ending June 7, averaging about 2,666 daily new cases, Johns Hopkins University data shows.

Texas averaged about 1,537 daily new cases, followed by Florida with about 1,111 daily new cases and Illinois with about 1,071 daily new cases.

New York rounds out the top five states with an average of about 1,047 new cases per day.

While the number of new cases in California, Texas and Florida have generally been increasing, both Illinois and New York have seen a decrease in new cases reported.

10:13 a.m. ET, June 8, 2020

New York City Covid-19 indicators “very good," mayor says  

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

An Emergency medical Technician sorts through blood samples to test for COVID-19 antibodies at Abyssinian Baptist Church in the Harlem neighborhood of New York on May 14.
An Emergency medical Technician sorts through blood samples to test for COVID-19 antibodies at Abyssinian Baptist Church in the Harlem neighborhood of New York on May 14. Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

All markers for New York City indicators of the Covid-19 virus are under their thresholds, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.

“The news today is very good,” he added.

“We have the health data to continue to give us hope that things are moving in the right direction.”

People admitted to hospitals for suspected Covid-19 – which needs to be under the threshold of 200 – is at 67, the mayor said.

Daily number of people in health and hospitals ICUs – which needs to be under the threshold of 375, is today at 326, a number that “continues to go down,” de Blasio said.

Percentage of people city wide who tested positive for Covid-19 – which needs to be under the threshold of 15%, is at 3%. 

This is the “biggest” measure to show where the city stands in its fight against the virus, and “the lowest number we have seen.”

“That is a great great sign," he added. 

“If we would like reopening, we got to stick with it, and make sure we do it right…” the mayor warned.

10:03 a.m. ET, June 8, 2020

NYC adds more bus lanes as city begins reopening today

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

A commuter exits from a bus at a stop in New York on June 3.
A commuter exits from a bus at a stop in New York on June 3. Sarah Blesener/Bloomberg via Getty Images

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced 20 new miles of busways and bus lanes to help foster movement of New Yorkers as the city enters phase one of reopening.

The lanes will help 750,000 New Yorkers to have a “faster way to work, more frequent service, less crowding," the mayor said.

There will also be five new busways in the city, he said.

“They will be launching on an urgent basis,” he said. 

The busways will launch between June and October and will be on a one-year trial basis for each of the lines.The first one will launch from main street in Queens.

There will also be an increase in rush hour service on the Staten Island ferry, launching every 20 minutes. There will be social distancing markers, hand sanitizer and face coverings for free.

With regard to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the city will send 800 New York Police Department school safety agents throughout the system at high priority stations to provide face coverings and promote social distancing

Alternative side parking is suspended for the next two weeks.

10:01 a.m. ET, June 8, 2020

New York City mayor on reopening: "We are making that comeback"

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a coronavirus briefing in Brooklyn, New York, on June 8.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a coronavirus briefing in Brooklyn, New York, on June 8. NYC Media

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said that as the city moved into phase one of its reopening plan today, it's making it's long-awaited "comeback."

“We have been the epicenter of this crisis,” he said, adding that the city is a place where “it was going to be the hardest to make a comeback.”

“We are making that comeback,” he added. 

He thanked New Yorkers for their efforts to help toward beginning this “next chapter" and urged residents not to "forget the lessons we’ve learned."

“We knew we would get to this day, it would take a lot of work, but we are finally here," he added.

What's reopening today: Construction, manufacturing and wholesale suppliers will be allowed to resume work today, and non-essential retail outlets will be allowed to reopen for curbside and in-store pickup.

9:49 a.m. ET, June 8, 2020

More than 400,000 people flew yesterday, TSA says

From CNN's Greg Wallace and Pete Muntean

Travelers walk through the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, on June 4.
Travelers walk through the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, on June 4. Sandy Huffaker/Bloomberg/Getty Images

This weekend marked the most air travel since the coronavirus pandemic caused the industry to bottom out this spring.  

More than 400,000 people were screened by the Transportation Security Administration on two days – both Friday and Sunday, the agency said. It is the first time that has happened in nearly 11 weeks.  

But those numbers are still significantly smaller than normal. The 441,000 travelers on Sunday was only 17% of the same Sunday in 2019, according to TSA figures.  

American Airlines said this was its busiest weekend since early March, and Sunday was the busiest day since March.  

More travelers means more people are on each flight. Airlines for America, which represents the major airlines, says the average domestic flight departs with 54 passengers onboard – up from fewer than 20 at the low point. 

9:43 a.m. ET, June 8, 2020

US stocks climb further

From CNN’s Anneken Tappe

The New York Stock Exchange is pictured on May 26 at Wall Street in New York.
The New York Stock Exchange is pictured on May 26 at Wall Street in New York. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Momentum for the US stock market isn’t letting up. Stocks kicked off higher on Monday, adding onto their rally from last week.

Here's what happened at this week's opening:

  • The Nasdaq Composite is on track for a new closing record, if it exceeds it February 19 close. The index opened up 0.1%.
  •  The Dow opened 0.5%, or 144 points, higher.
  • The S&P 500 rose 0.2%.