June 28 coronavirus news

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10:11 a.m. ET, June 28, 2020

Nancy Pelosi says a federal mask mandate is "long overdue"

From CNN's Kevin Bohn

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she believes a federal mandate on mask wearing is “long overdue" and that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not require mask wearing because they did not want to “offend the President.”

Pelosi urged President Trump to wear a mask during an interview on ABC Sunday morning.

"[T]he President should be example, real men wear masks, be an example to the country, and wear the mask,” she said.

Pelosi's mask could be seen on her neck during the interview.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden said earlier this week that he would make wearing face masks mandatory for Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.

7:09 a.m. ET, June 28, 2020

Only two US states are reporting a decline in new coronavirus cases

From CNN's Christina Maxouris

A man wearing a PPE mask passes a mural on the side of a building in midtown New York City on June 26.
A man wearing a PPE mask passes a mural on the side of a building in midtown New York City on June 26. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Only two US states are reporting a decline in new coronavirus cases compared to last week -- Connecticut and Rhode Island.

A staggering rise was reported in 36 states, including Florida, which some experts have cautioned could be the next epicenter.

Florida reported 9,585 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a single-day record high since the start of the pandemic. The number rivals that of New York's peak in daily cases in early April.

While Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state's surge in cases in the past week was the result of a "test dump," officials there and across the US have also warned of an increase in cases among younger groups.

That's all as the US broke another record, reporting the highest number of new cases in a single day Friday with at least 40,173 new infections.

But the daunting numbers could be the tip of the iceberg: A new survey by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the total number of coronavirus infections across the US could actually be six to 24 times greater than reported.

As cases spike, US travelers are "unlikely" to be allowed into the European Union as the bloc begins opening up to international travel, several EU diplomats told CNN.

Officials in parts of the US are now trying to reel in the spread of the virus -- which many experts have said is spiraling out of control -- by making pleas to the country's young population to keep their distance, urging the use of face masks and halting their reopening plans.

The US has now hit more than 2.5 million infections and at least 125,539 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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7:22 a.m. ET, June 28, 2020

British city braces for localized lockdown after case spike

From CNN's Nada Bashir in London

The British government will offer support to authorities in Leicester, a city in the East Midlands, amid suggestions that it could become the first place in the UK to enter a local lockdown following a concentrated coronavirus flare-up. 

Pressed by the BBC’s Andrew Marr on whether a “local lockdown” would be introduced in Leicester, Home Secretary Priti Patel said “that is correct.” 

“There will be support going into Leicester…the Health Secretary has been in touch with many of us over the weekend explaining some of the measures,” Patel said Sunday.

“With local flare-ups, it is right that we have a localized solution in terms of infection control, social distancing and testing,” she added. 

Britain is in the process of easing its lockdown restrictions, which have been in place since March.

Groups of up to six people can now meet outside in England. But on Friday Downing Street warned that if coronavirus case numbers increased, the government would put local lockdowns in place.

According to Patel, the government has developed a new mechanism to deal with local flare-ups, telling Marr that there have been a number of instances reported across the country over recent weeks. 

“We have a new mechanism, a Joint Biosecurity Center, which is very much geared up. It has been developed to address local flare-ups,” she said. 

In a tweet on Saturday, Leicester City Council warned that there has been a rise in positive coronavirus tests in the area, urging members of the public to continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines. 

“Until the number of cases in Leicester comes down, please be extra cautious and continue to keep 2 meters apart from people you don’t live with,” the local authority added. 

6:48 a.m. ET, June 28, 2020

JUST IN: Global coronavirus cases surpass 10 million

From CNN's Hande Atay Alam in Atlanta

Volunteers, health care workers and doctors participate in a protest in April in Miami.
Volunteers, health care workers and doctors participate in a protest in April in Miami. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide surpassed 10 million on Sunday, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.

The terrible milestone comes six months after initial cases were first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in mid-December, before continuing to spread across the globe.

Covid-19 has infected 10,001,527 and killed at least 499,123 people globally.

The figure comes as numerous countries like the UK ease lockdown restrictions, yet the pandemic continues to course through nations. Countries like Germany, which effectively handled the first wave, are seeing an uptick in new infections -- a problem that experts say will recur until a vaccine is found.

Other countries are seeing more than 10,000 infections a day. In India, authorities are scrambling to open a Covid-19 treatment facility to deal with the surge in cases in the nation's capital, New Delhi.

The US leads with the most deaths and confirmed cases worldwide. There are at least 2,510,323 coronavirus cases and 125,539 deaths from the disease in the country.

After managing to slow the spread in May, coronavirus numbers have skyrocketed in inland states, including Texas and Arizona. Now only two US states are reporting a decline in new cases compared to last week -- Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Florida reported 9,585 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a single-day record high since the start of the pandemic. The number rivals that of New York's peak in daily cases in early April.

Track the spread of the virus here:

7:06 a.m. ET, June 28, 2020

Coronavirus cases in the US top 2.51 million

From CNN's Rebekah Riess

There are at least 2,510,323 cases of coronavirus in the US, and at least 125,539 people have died in the country from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the United States.

On Sunday, Johns Hopkins has reported 172 new cases. 

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

5:37 a.m. ET, June 28, 2020

The pandemic could lead to longer power outages following a hurricane, industry leaders warn

From CNN's Meteorologist Tyler Mauldin

The massive eye of Hurricane Florence is shown from space in 2018.
The massive eye of Hurricane Florence is shown from space in 2018.

Power companies across hurricane-prone states are forced to face a prospect they've never dealt with before: restoring power after a major storm amid a global pandemic.

Long restoration times are likely depending on how the coronavirus plays out during the six-month Atlantic hurricane season, which started June 1 and is predicted to be extremely active.

"While we are committed to restoring power to customers as quickly as possible following a hurricane, I am not willing to sacrifice safety for speed," Florida Power & Light Company President and CEO Eric Silagy noted Friday after the company concluded its two-week storm preparedness drill.

"The No. 1 priority of every employee and contractor working to restore power is to return home safely to loved ones," he said. "This has always been at the core of our hurricane response and it remains at the heart of everything we do this hurricane season."

It means everyone living in hurricane-prone communities must be ready to be without power longer following a major hurricane. Just as important is adding hand sanitizer and face masks to a storm-preparedness checklist, as well as checking with local emergency management officials for changes to shelters and evacuation orders due to the coronavirus.

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4:45 a.m. ET, June 28, 2020

The US is more alone than ever, just at the moment the world needs its leadership

Analysis by CNN's Nic Robertson

The United States is in uncharted territory, on an exponential path to becoming a Covid-19 pariah and an unreliable ally to its friends.

America's fall in global esteem is turning into an international horror show as the world watches the superpower struggle to match the efforts of many poorer nations to get the coronavirus pandemic under control.

Three-and-a-half years of President Donald Trump in office has changed America's international reputation and perhaps its future role in a way that seemed unimaginable when he took the oath of office on the steps on the Lincoln Memorial on January 20, 2017.

He set the tone in the drizzle that day: "We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs."

Trump's early decisions were deliberate, turbulent and at times seemed giddy.

Three days after his inauguration, he abandoned the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a potentially lucrative 12-nation Pacific trade deal. Executive Order 13769 swiftly followed, banning citizens of seven Muslim nations from travel to the US.

So when European Union leaders gathered in Malta for an emergency summit in February 2017, "America First" was very much on their minds. EU Council President Donald Tusk wrote to the bloc's leaders: "The change in Washington puts the European Union in a difficult situation; with the new administration seeming to put into question the last 70 years of American foreign policy." 

Read the full analysis here.

3:47 a.m. ET, June 28, 2020

For the first time this year, China's industrial firms have posted profit gains

From CNN's Anna Kam

An employee works at a textile machine factory in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province on June 15.
An employee works at a textile machine factory in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province on June 15. STR/AFP/Getty Images

Chinese industrial firms have posted profit gains for the first time in 2020, the National Bureau of Statistics said Sunday. 

In May, firms reported a 6% rise in profits, year on year, the National Bureau of Statistics said Sunday in a statement. By comparison, profits in April fell by 4.3%, compared to the same month last year.

The bureau said May's results are an indication that business activity is slowly improving. Lockdowns across China in February to contain the coronavirus outbreak caused many businesses to stop working.

2:04 a.m. ET, June 28, 2020

India reports biggest single-day jump with over 19,000 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Rishabh Pratap

Staff at Shiva's Signature hair salon wearing Personal Protective Equipment  suits and face shields attend customers after personal grooming services were allowed to resume following relaxation of lockdown norms amidst Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, in Mumbai on June 28, 2020. - India now has more than 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to government figures released on June 27 that showed a record daily leap of 18,500 new infections. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP) (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images)
Staff at Shiva's Signature hair salon wearing Personal Protective Equipment suits and face shields attend customers after personal grooming services were allowed to resume following relaxation of lockdown norms amidst Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, in Mumbai on June 28, 2020. - India now has more than 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to government figures released on June 27 that showed a record daily leap of 18,500 new infections. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP) (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images) Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images

India reported 19,906 new coronavirus cases on Sunday -- the country's biggest one-day jump.

Another 410 deaths due to the pandemic were recorded, according to India’s Health Ministry.

That brings India's total reported coronavirus cases to 528,859, including 16,095 deaths and 309,712 recovered cases.

The west Indian state of Maharashtra has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country, with 159,133 reported cases.

That's followed by national capital Delhi, which has reported 80,188 cases.

Read more about Delhi's outbreak here.