June 26 coronavirus news

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya, Jessie Yeung and Adam Renton, Zamira Rahim and Lindsay Isaac CNN

Updated 8:03 PM ET, Fri June 26, 2020
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8:44 a.m. ET, June 26, 2020

Miami mayor says "you can't discount" the possibility of another stay-at-home order

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said “all options have to be on the table” when asked if he would consider implementing another stay-at-home order for the Florida city as Covid-19 cases rise. 

“I hope we don't get to that point, but you can't discount that option as a possibility,” he told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota. 

As of last night, the city of Miami is now mandating the wearing of face masks in public. Suarez said that he would recommend a mask mandate across the entire state.

“Frankly, we really don't want to have to go backwards and undo some of the openings and potentially reimpose a stay-at-home order,” Suarez said. 

Florida has seen a sharp rise in coronavirus cases over the past week, particularly among younger people.

“The state is four times greater than the high-water mark in March. … In Miami-Dade County, we’re twice as intense as we were in March,” Suarez said.

The mayor, who tested positive for Covid-19 back in March, attributes the increase to complacency of some residents after the city reopened in late May. 

“People believed this thing was over,” he said. 

Watch more:

8:45 a.m. ET, June 26, 2020

The White House coronavirus task force will hold its first public briefing today since April 27

From CNN's Matthew Hoye and Caroline Kelly

Vice President Mike Pence at Lordstown Motors Corporation, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Lordstown, Ohio. 
Vice President Mike Pence at Lordstown Motors Corporation, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Lordstown, Ohio.  Tony Dejak/AP

The White House announced that Vice President Mike Pence would lead a public coronavirus task force briefing today at 12:30 p.m. ET, the first public meeting in almost two months. The last formal briefing was held on April 27.

Today's briefing comes as at least 32 states are seeing an increase in cases of Covid-19, and California, Oklahoma and Texas are seeing fresh high peaks.

The briefing will not take place at the White House, but at the Department of Health and Human Services, according to a schedule released by the White House.

In recent days, President Trump has tried to declare the pandemic "over" despite the rising numbers, and has instead focused his administration's energy on reopening the economy.

Since Pence was tapped to lead the coronavirus task force on February 27, there have been a total of 47 briefings at the White House, most led by President Trump, and a few led by the vice president.

Note: This briefing count does not include a Rose Garden event in which President Trump touted the administration's testing efforts on May 11, since it was not an official coronavirus task force briefing. 

8:27 a.m. ET, June 26, 2020

New coronavirus cases are declining in just 7 US states

At least 32 states are reporting an increase in new coronavirus cases in the past week compared to the previous week.

Of those, 11 states — included as Florida, Texas and Arizona — have seen a 50% increase or more.

New cases are declining in just seven states: Connecticut, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire and South Dakota.

Here's a look at where things stand:

8:36 a.m. ET, June 26, 2020

These countries have the highest number of Covid-19 cases in Latin America

From CNN's Gisela Crespo and Mia Alberti

Aerial view showing the burial of a victim of COVID-19 at the General Cemetery in Santiago, Chile on June 23, 2020
Aerial view showing the burial of a victim of COVID-19 at the General Cemetery in Santiago, Chile on June 23, 2020 Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images

The number of Covid-19 cases in Latin America reached a total of more than 2 million infections this week, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). 

Cases of Covid-19 in Latin America tripled from almost 690,000 on May 23 to more than 2 million as of yesterday, PAHO's director Dr. Carissa Etienne said Wednesday.

This week, Brazil has surpassed 1 million Covid-19 cases, joining the United States as the only other country in the world with cases in the seven digits, PAHO said. Mexico also rose to the fourth country with most cases in the continent. On Thursday, Colombia reported a new record high number of daily Covid-19 deaths.

There is now widespread transmission in most of Central America, while the Caribbean has hotspots on the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, as well as in northern South America, according to Etienne.

The 10 countries with the highest number of Covid-19 infections and deaths in Latin America are:

  1. Brazil: 1,228,114 cases, 54,971 deaths
  2. Peru: 268,602 cases, 8,761 deaths
  3. Chile: 259.064 cases, 4,903 deaths
  4. Mexico: 202,951 cases, 25,060 deaths 
  5. Colombia: 80,599 cases, 2,654 deaths
  6. Ecuador: 53,156 cases, 4,343 deaths
  7. Argentina: 52,457 cases, 1,150 deaths
  8. Dominican Republic: 29,141 cases, 698 deaths (last updated on June 24)
  9. Panama: 29,037 cases, 564 deaths
  10. Bolivia: 28,503 cases, 913 deaths

Those figures current as of 6:00 a.m. ET today.

Nearly 400,000 people will die from Covid-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean by October, according to a new study released Thursday from The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington projects.

8:13 a.m. ET, June 26, 2020

Austin mayor says Covid-19 trajectory right now "has us in danger"

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Following Texas' announcement that it will pause any further phases to reopen the state as Covid-19 cases increase, Austin Mayor Steve Adler says that “pausing will not make things better.”

“The trajectory that we're on right now has our hospitals being overwhelmed, probably about mid-July. So the status quo, the path we're on right now is the path that right now has us in danger. We need to do something that's different than that. We need our people in our community here to act differently. The status quo will not protect us,” he told CNN’s John Berman. 

In Austin, the hospitalization count is more than 200% higher than what it was two weeks ago, the mayor said. 

Adler said the state opened up before it had sufficient testing and tracing in place — but the key issue is that wearing masks is not mandatory in the state. 

“When you open up an economy, [you have] to couple that with religiously wearing face masks and religiously maintaining social distancing. That has to be part of opening up the economy, and that's something that did not happen here,” he said. 

President Trump and Gov. Greg Abbott undercut the message to wear masks, Adler said, and that people in the state need to change their behavior now.  

“Our governor wears face masks. The problem is that by not making it mandatory, even he sends a conflicting message. We have to make it mandatory,” Adler said. 

WATCH the interview:

8:19 a.m. ET, June 26, 2020

Millions more could die in a possible 2nd coronavirus wave, WHO official warns

From CNN's Valentina Di Donato

Crowds on the beach in Bournemouth, southern England, on June 25, 2020.
Crowds on the beach in Bournemouth, southern England, on June 25, 2020. Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Millions of people could die if the coronavirus pandemic sees a second wave of infections, a World Health Organization official warned Friday, adding that the deadly outbreak has so far unfolded much like officials at WHO had anticipated.

“The comparison is with the Spanish Flu, which behaved exactly like Covid: it went down in the summer and fiercely resumed in September and October, creating 50 million deaths during the second wave,” Dr Ranieri Guerra, WHO assistant director-general for strategic initiatives told Italy’s Rai TV. 

“The pandemic is behaving as we hypothesized,” he added. 

Guerra’s remarks come as several countries in Europe – and across the globe – begin to relax national confinement measures, originally introduced to limit the spread of coronavirus. 

EU officials today are set to decide which countries will be subject to travel restrictions after countries reopen their borders to international travel. With high rates of infection and mortality still being recorded in the US and parts of South America, it is expected that visitors from the region may still be subjected to travel restrictions in Europe. 

8:34 a.m. ET, June 26, 2020

Germany and France pledge hundreds of millions of extra funding to World Health Organization

German Health Minister Jens Spahn looks on during a press conference at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 25, following a meeting about the COVID-19 outbreak.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn looks on during a press conference at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 25, following a meeting about the COVID-19 outbreak. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Germany and France have pledged hundreds of millions in extra funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) just weeks after Donald Trump announced the US would terminate its relationship with the body.

German Health Minister Jens Spahn announced at a press conference in Geneva on Thursday that his government was set to provide an extra €266 million ($298 million) in funding to the WHO.

"We... are supporting WHO with an additional €41 million for its core mandate until 2023," Spahn said Thursday.

"Additional to this we are providing [an] additional €25 million for the implementation for the strategic preparedness response plan."

"And due to the still remaining major funding gap to implement the strategic preparedness response plan until the end of this year, the German government has decided to provide [an] additional €200 million to the WHO on top of the €110 million ... which we have already pledged."

Spahn said the funding had not been approved by the German parliament but added that the government was "very confident" it would be approved.

Germany will also provide medical masks and equipment, including ventilators, for countries in need.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Twitter that the organization was "very grateful" for the country's pledge.

"All this with the previous pledge of €110M brings [Germany's] contribution to €500 million in 2020, its highest ever in a year," he said.

France will give €90 million to a WHO center, a further €50 million towards the WHO's coronavirus response effort and €100 million worth of masks.

The funding effort comes after President Trump said he would end the US' relationship with the international health organization on May 29.

The US was previously by far the agency's largest donor; in the two-year funding cycle of 2018 to 2019, it gave $893 million to WHO.

8:02 a.m. ET, June 26, 2020

It's just past 1 p.m. in London and 8 a.m. in New York. Here's the latest on the pandemic.

A University of South Florida Health administrator talks to a driver at a coronavirus testing site in Tampa, Florida, on June 25.
A University of South Florida Health administrator talks to a driver at a coronavirus testing site in Tampa, Florida, on June 25. Octavio Jones/Getty Images

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 9.6 million people worldwide and killed more than 489,000. Here's what you need to know about coronavirus today.

  • US spike: The United States saw its biggest single-day jump in coronavirus cases on Thursday, with 39,972 new infections and 2,425 deaths reported, according to Johns Hopkins University. Federal health officials warned that the number of people who have been infected is vastly undercounted.
  • Danish PM postpones wedding to attend Covid-19 meeting: Mette Frederiksen has delayed her nuptials to attend the European Council meeting next month, she said in an Instagram post Thursday.
  • Many Brits enjoying lockdown: A third of British people have enjoyed the country's coronavirus lockdown, according to a massive study that tracked the emotions of more than 70,000 people in the last 14 weeks.
  • Germany and France pledge extra WHO funding: The announcement comes just weeks after the US said it will terminate its relationship with the body.
  • Delhi cases surge: The Indian capital territory's chief minister said experimental plasma therapy at one Delhi hospital had reduced the number of deaths in half. Elsewhere in the city, hospitals are scrambling for beds and medics.

 

7:55 a.m. ET, June 26, 2020

The Northeast leads the US in mask-wearing

Analysis from CNN's Harry Enten

Commuters wearing protective masks on a New York subway station platform on June 22.
Commuters wearing protective masks on a New York subway station platform on June 22. Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Scientific evidence suggests that wearing a face mask can help stop the spread of Covid-19. New polling confirms that some regions of the US are taking that message to heart more than others.

Specifically, residents of the Northeast (led by New York) said they're wearing masks at a significantly greater rate than the majority of the country.

That's the finding of an aggregation of more than 6,000 respondents from Ipsos Knowledge Panel polling done for Axios (Axios/Ipsos poll). Over the last month and a half (May 8 to June 22), a fairly stable 48% to 51% of Americans told the pollster that they wore masks at all times when leaving home. Other pollsters, who have asked analogous questions during the same period, have shown similar numbers overall.

In the Axios/Ipsos polling, you can clearly see how much ahead of the curve New York (among the 28 states for which we had at least 75 respondents) and the Mid-Atlantic (see here for all Census division subsets) portion of the Northeast are when it comes to mask wearing.

Of the over 750 Mid-Atlantic respondents, 64% say they are always wearing masks when they go out. As Ipsos did in a recent poll with the Washington Post, they were able to drill down to the state level in some instances too.

In New York, 67% say they're wearing a mask at all times when they leave their house. That's the highest percentage for any state for which there were at least 75 respondents polled.

Read more here.