June 9 coronavirus news

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8:32 a.m. ET, June 9, 2020

Delhi could have 550,000 cases by July 31, deputy chief minister says

From  Rishabh Madhavendra Pratap in New Delhi

A medical worker handles a sample collected for coronavirus testing inside a mobile clinic in New Delhi, India, on June 8.
A medical worker handles a sample collected for coronavirus testing inside a mobile clinic in New Delhi, India, on June 8. Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times/Getty Images

Delhi's Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) in India forecast on Tuesday that as the number of virus cases in Delhi doubles, the nation's capital should expect the number to grow to almost 550,000 cases by July 31.

"We will need 80,000 additional beds in hospitals," Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said after attending the DDMA meeting.

DDMA met on Tuesday to discuss the Covid-19 situation in India’s national capital.

As of Tuesday morning, Delhi reported a total of 29,943 positive Covid-19 cases including 874 deaths as per India's health ministry.

8:17 a.m. ET, June 9, 2020

Tanzania's president claims the country is free from coronavirus 

From CNN's Bethlehem Feleke in Nairobi

Tanzanian President John Magufuli is pictured delivering a speech in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in November 2015.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli is pictured delivering a speech in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in November 2015. Daniel Hayduk/AFP/Getty Images

Tanzanian President John Magufuli claims his country has eradicated coronavirus "by the grace of God," but urged people to continue taking precautions, in a speech at a church congregation in the capital city of Dodoma on Sunday.

The president attributed the result to citizens' prayers and the efforts of local health officials and frontline healthcare workers. 

Last week, the president said hospitals in the country's largest city, Dar es Salaam, had only four Covid-19 patients remaining.

Tanzania has not released any data on coronavirus cases since April 29. At the last count, there were 509 reported cases and 21 deaths in Tanzania, according to Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

How Tanzania tackled the virus: Regional World Health Organization (WHO) officials have expressed concern over Tanzania's lackluster implementation of social distancing and its decision to keep places of worship open.

In May, the US Embassy in Tanzania issued a health alert warning that the risk of contracting Covid-19 was "extremely high" as hospitals in Dar es Salaam were "overwhelmed."

Early on in the pandemic, Magufuli dismissed the seriousness of coronavirus in Tanzania, urging his citizens to "pray coronavirus away," believing that the "satanic virus can't live in the body of Jesus Christ." He blamed the growing number of positive cases on faulty test kits that he claimed were registering animals and fruit as positive. 

Tanzania has eased coronavirus restrictions as universities, high schools, and international travel have all reopened. Primary and secondary schools remain closed. 

On Sunday, Magufuli celebrated churchgoers for not wearing masks, claiming that was a sign the country had overcome coronavirus and people were no longer afraid. 

7:58 a.m. ET, June 9, 2020

New York City begins to reopen -- but global crisis is "far from over"

From CNN's Eliza Mackintosh

New York City, once the US epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, is beginning to reopen. 

After months battling a devastating Covid-19 outbreak — which killed more than 500 people a day in the city at its peak — the Big Apple is officially back in business.

Monday marked the first phase of New York's four-part reopening plan, when manufacturers and the construction industry returned to work.

This is a triumphant moment for New Yorkers who fought back against the disease," NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "My message is to stick to it."

But that may be easier said than done. Almost half of US states are seeing higher rates of new coronavirus cases since their lockdowns were lifted. 

And there's proof that the global crisis is "far from over." The number of coronavirus cases hit a new daily high on Sunday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, warning that the situation is "worsening" worldwide, and the pandemic has yet to reach its peak in central America

While successes in limiting new infections in Europe and Asia suggest it is possible to keep the virus at bay, disease experts still caution that some degree of social distancing will need to remain in place until a vaccine is available.

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7:52 a.m. ET, June 9, 2020

Why a wellness routine is a priority amid protests and the pandemic — and how to start

From CNN's Lisa Drayer

As the world gradually reopens, even as the coronavirus pandemic wears on, many of us are concerned about our health and well-being. Especially now, with some continuing to stay at home and social distance while others join the throngs at nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, it may even be a priority.

Creating a wellness routine allows you to shift from diet culture and adopt healthy habits that easily fit into your daily lifestyle. What's more, having a routine allows you to focus on health goals by creating structure and organization, which can be particularly beneficial when things seem out of your control, like life during an unprecedented pandemic and simultaneous upheaval as people fight against social injustice.

Engaging in a wellness routine with a focus on good nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress management can boost our health and well-being and strengthen our immunity during a time when we may need it most. 

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7:48 a.m. ET, June 9, 2020

More than half of states may be undercounting coronavirus cases by not following CDC guidelines

From CNN's Madeline Holcombe

At least 28 states are not following US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on reporting new Covid-19 cases -- half of which saw the trend of new cases increasing in the last week.

Those states are not reporting probable cases, according to the daily case count listed on the CDC's website. Probable cases include those that show evidence of an infection without the confirmation of a lab test and cases where coronavirus was listed as a cause or contributing cause of death but has not been confirmed with a lab test.

Some of the states with the largest populations -- like California, Florida, New York and Texas -- are among those listed as not reporting probable cases, despite CDC guidance that they should be included in the case count. 

The numbers: This comes as 26 states see an increased or steady rate of new cases. More than 1.9 million Americans have been infected, and more than 111,000 have died in just over four months, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Though coronavirus reporting guidelines are voluntary, states not reporting probable cases likely undercount the number of people infected and make it difficult for officials to get the true picture of where the nation stands as they make decisions about how to reopen.

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6:59 a.m. ET, June 9, 2020

The saddest Zoom call there ever was

From CNN's Thomas Lake

On April 22, Jose Andrade-Garcia turned 62. There should have been ice cream cake, and a big party with the grandchildren at home in Marshalltown, but the patriarch was in Iowa City, about 100 miles away, and a Zoom call was the best anyone could do.

Through the rectangular frame of her cellphone, Maria Andrade saw her father. He wore a white gown. His eyes were closed; his eyelids swollen. His dark hair was turning white. His face was unshaven. He had a feeding tube in his nose and a breathing tube in his mouth. Was this the same man she'd known all her life? Just three weeks earlier, he was strong and healthy and going to work.

At the JBS pork processing plant in Marshalltown, Jose spent more than 20 years cutting the meat from the bones. Some days he couldn't wash the smell away. But he kept working to support his children and give them a chance to find something better.

It's not clear when the first worker at the Marshalltown plant tested positive for Covid-19. Responding to the pandemic, the company instituted new safety measures: physical distancing, enhanced disinfection, mandatory use of masks, requiring sick workers to stay home, and many others.

The virus tore through American meatpacking plants in April and May. At a JBS plant in Greeley, Colorado, eight workers died.

No one can know where or how Jose contracted the virus. According to Maria, her father said his coworkers appeared to be sick in early April. A few days later, he told her he was feeling short of breath. He kept working until April 13. He took a coronavirus test on April 16. On April 17, when he could barely draw enough breath to speak a full sentence, Maria called for an ambulance.

She watched him on the birthday Zoom call, in a coma from which he would never emerge, and after his death she wondered what else she could have done.

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6:13 a.m. ET, June 9, 2020

UK's Covid-19 death toll surpasses 50,000

From CNN's Mick Krever in London

A volunteer walks past coffins in a temporary morgue for coronavirus victims at the Central Jamia Mosque Ghamkol Sharif in Birmingham, England, in April.
A volunteer walks past coffins in a temporary morgue for coronavirus victims at the Central Jamia Mosque Ghamkol Sharif in Birmingham, England, in April. Jacob King/PA Images/Getty Images

More than 50,000 people in the United Kingdom have died after contracting Covid-19, according to statistics bodies from all nations within the UK on Tuesday. 

The total number of confirmed deaths where Covid-19 is listed on the death certificate now stands at 50,413 -- more than any country except the United States.

England and Wales

45,748 deaths mentioned Covid-19 up to May 29 (Office For National Statistics figure)

Scotland

3,911 deaths mentioned Covid-19 up to May 31

Northern Ireland

754 deaths mentioned Covid-19 up to May 29

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5:33 a.m. ET, June 9, 2020

UK travel group says it has "private assurances" that travel corridors will be in place June 29

From CNN's Seb Shukla in London

Quash Quarantine, a group representing 500 UK travel and hospitality companies has "received private assurances from senior Government sources that travel corridors will be in place from 29th June," according to a statement sent to CNN. 

The group, whose aim is to overturn the recently introduced quarantine measures, said it was urging the UK government to "signal to the travel industry publicly and urgently that this is the case, as well as amend FCO [Foreign and Commonwealth Office] advice on non-essential travel."

The group's spokesman, Paul Charles added "the industry needs urgent visibility on a timetable for travel to begin again."

The UK Government's quarantine measures, requiring people to self-isolate for two weeks when they arrive in the UK, came into force on Monday.

4:40 a.m. ET, June 9, 2020

Former US Army medical research commander: It would be "terrible" if political pressure rushed vaccine

From CNN's Elizabeth Cohen

A retired major general who helped develop vaccines and ran the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research warns that it "could be terrible" if political pressure rushed a Covid-19 vaccine. 

"I trust the FDA won't roll over for politics, but there's always a possibility. (US President Donald) Trump is not a very good scientist, to say the least," said Dr. Philip Russell, a retired major general and former commander of the US Army Medical Research and Development Command.

Trump says the effort to create a vaccine, which his administration has dubbed "Operation Warp Speed," is moving with "record, record, record speed." 

Before it goes on the market, a vaccine must first be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), after undergoing a rigorous, three-phased trial process. 

"I would hope the FDA stands fast and demands enough safety data that we won't kill somebody with it," said Russell, a recipient of the Legion of Merit who helped develop vaccines against malaria, hepatitis A and adenovirus.

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