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11:11 a.m. ET, June 30, 2020

Americans will not be allowed to travel to the EU as countries open borders

From CNN's Stephanie Halasz

An Air Corsica aircraft lands at Paris Orly Airport near Paris on June 26.
An Air Corsica aircraft lands at Paris Orly Airport near Paris on June 26. Aurelien Morissard/Xinhua via Getty Images

The European Union published its list of countries to start lifting travel restrictions. The US is not on that list.

“Council agrees to start lifting travel restrictions for residents of some third countries," a readout says.

Based on the criteria and conditions set out, starting tomorrow, member states should start lifting the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following third countries:

  • Algeria
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Serbia
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay

China is also on the list, but subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

According to the readout, regarding the epidemiological situation, the countries on the list should meet the following criteria:

  • Number of new Covid-19 cases over the last 14 days and per 100,000 inhabitants close to or below the EU average (as it stood on June 15)
  • Stable or decreasing trend of new cases over this period in comparison to the previous 14 days
  • The countries' overall response to Covid-19 taking into account available information, including on aspects such as testing, surveillance, contact tracing, containment, treatment and reporting, as well as the reliability of the information and, if needed, the total average score for International Health Regulations (IHR). Information provided by EU delegations on these aspects should also be taken into account.

The European Union said this list of countries allowed to enter the EU should be reviewed every two weeks and may be updated.

11:03 a.m. ET, June 30, 2020

Stocks dip as reopening setbacks weigh on the market

From CNN’s Anneken Tappe

A stock trader arrives at the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street on June 29 in New York.
A stock trader arrives at the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street on June 29 in New York. Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

US stocks opened lower on Tuesday, taking back some of the prior session’s big gains.

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite had their best day in nearly two weeks Monday, while the Dow recorded its best session since June 5.

Rising Covid-19 infections and setbacks to reopening schedules are weighing on market sentiment with no positive news there to outweigh the negative.

Here's how the market opened:

  • The Dow opened 0.4%, or 100 points, lower.
  • The S&P slipped 0.1%.
  • The Nasdaq opened flat.
10:04 a.m. ET, June 30, 2020

Ecuador announces more Covid-19 measures in Quito as country's cases pass 55,000

From CNN's Claudia Rebaza

Police and funeral staff remove the body of a person said to have died from Covid-19 in a peripheral neighborhood of Quito, Ecuador, on May 7.
Police and funeral staff remove the body of a person said to have died from Covid-19 in a peripheral neighborhood of Quito, Ecuador, on May 7. Jose Jacome/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno announced additional controls for the country’s capital Quito due to the coronavirus pandemic, while he again implored the populaiton to follow the government’s health safety guidance, social distancing and hygiene rules.

In a speech via social media on Monday evening, Moreno announced more controls will be established across four areas in Quito: the capital’s historical centre, Panecillo, Chilibulo, and La Ecuatoriana neighborhoods, in order to reduce the movement of people. 

The president also announced stronger controls on informal street vendors in the city, as well as improving the capacity of the health services.

Moreno told Ecuadoreans that after more than 3 months of fighting the pandemic, no measure is enough if each citizen does not take individual responsibility in fighting the pandemic.

The president also said that during the first 15 days of June, a total of 1,200 social parties were stopped by the National Police, while 106,000 citizens were fined for breaching curfew.

Moreno implored Ecuador’s citizens to keep wearing face masks, keep social distance and wash their hands at all times. “We can’t assign a policeman for each citizen”, he said.

 “Even if you have experienced symptoms, mild symptoms, and you feel better in a few weeks, you can still spread the virus to your parents, your grandparents” the President added.

On Monday, Ecuador’s Health Ministry reported a total of 55,255 Covid-19 cases, while the death toll stands at 4,429.

9:52 a.m. ET, June 30, 2020

There "won’t be social distancing" at Mount Rushmore July 4th event attended by Trump, governor says

From CNN's Betsy Klein

Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, South Dakota, is pictured on April 23.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, South Dakota, is pictured on April 23. Kerem Yucel/AFP/Getty Images

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said there "won’t be social distancing" and masks will be optional at this weekend's Fourth of July celebration at Mount Rushmore, which President Trump said he'll attend.

In an interview with Fox News, Noem said those who are concerned about the event — which is actually taking place on July 3 — should stay home.

"We told those folks that have concerns that they can stay home, but those who want to come and join us, we'll be giving out free face masks, if they choose to wear one," she said.

However, she added:

"But we won’t be social distancing. We’re asking them to come, be ready to celebrate, to enjoy the freedoms and the liberties that we have in this country and to talk about our history and what it brought us today with an opportunity to raise our kids in the greatest country in the world.”

What we know about the event: According to Recreation.gov, there was an online lottery for tickets, and the park will be closed to general visitation during the event, opening to ticketed guests at 3:00 p.m. local time. 

There may be health screening for ticketed guests in one area, but the website warns: “This event will be attended by thousands. Participants will be in close contact for an extended amount of time, please plan accordingly.”

CNN put in requests with the park, the National Park Service, and the Governor’s office for details on how many tickets have been distributed and what, if any, measures will be taken to enforce social distancing or the wearing of face coverings.

A recording on the park’s main telephone line Monday said, “There are no social distancing requirements in place at this time.” 

9:44 a.m. ET, June 30, 2020

Major League Baseball is coming back — but spitting will be banned

From CNN's David Close

A pair of baseballs are in the dugout prior to a spring training game between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Florida, on March 1.
A pair of baseballs are in the dugout prior to a spring training game between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Florida, on March 1. Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos/Getty Images

As Major League Baseball gets ready to restart its season next month, the league is encouraging players to not socialize or come within six feet of each other during upcoming games. The league is banning spitting of any kind with chewing gum permitted as an alternative.

On Monday, MLB revealed a sampling of the unique on-field rules and procedures teams will adhere to starting this week. Players and staff are required to report to their teams this Wednesday.

MLB said all personnel will be required to complete Covid-19 screening and testing before entering club facilities. Clubs can begin full workouts starting Friday with Opening Day games on either July 23 or 24.  

The league has told all 30 clubs that they must submit coronavirus health and safety action plans for league approval. Clubs are also being told that they need to physically expand dugout and bullpen spaces at their respective ballparks.

As for players socializing, the league said this:

“Players on opposite teams should not socialize, fraternize, or come within six feet of each other before the game, during warm-ups, in between innings, or after the game.”

New non-traditional rules will be in place when the season starts including the addition of a designated hitter in the National League and placing a runner on second base at the start of each teams’ extra-inning frame.

8:57 a.m. ET, June 30, 2020

Boris Johnson announces so-called "New Deal" recovery plan for UK economy

From CNN's Sarah Dean and Amy Woodyatt

 

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes questions after delivering a speech during his visit to Dudley College of Technology in Dudley, England, on June 30.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes questions after delivering a speech during his visit to Dudley College of Technology in Dudley, England, on June 30. Paul Ellis/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to “unleash the potential of the entire country” as he announced what he described as a "New Deal" for Britain to help its struggling economy recover from coronavirus. 

Likening his ambitions to rebuild the country to the achievements of Franklin D Roosevelt, who carried out an overhaul of the US economy in the wake of the Great Depression, Johnson said his government would be "powerful and determined and [put] its arms around people at a time of crisis.”

The £5 billion ($6.2bn) plan will focus on infrastructure projects, which the government has said will fuel jobs and economic recovery.

In recent weeks, Johnson's pandemic response has been attacked across the political spectrum, as the UK has suffered one of the worst death tolls in the world.

The country went into lockdown later than many other European nations, and the government's core strategy to protect the national health service and abandon testing in the wider public on March 12 was widely criticized by public health experts, who believe it has led to thousands of unnecessary deaths in the community.

Johnson has also been embroiled in a scandal surrounding his chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, who it emerged had traveled over 260 miles with his wife and child after developing virus symptoms.

In economic terms, the UK is trying to stave off its worst downturn in more than 300 years. The country's GDP contracted by more than 20% in April, a record, following a 6% decline in March. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned in June that the UK would suffer the worst downturn of any major economy this year.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon responded to Johnson's plan on Tuesday, saying the stimulus fell "woefully short" of the money needed to put the UK "on a par with Germany."

"I also suspect there will be less to it than meets the eye in terms of genuinely new money," she said on Twitter.

8:52 a.m. ET, June 30, 2020

More people get and die from Covid-19 in the US than anywhere else in the world

From CNN's Scottie Andrew

The United States has long prided itself as the world's shining beacon. But its current status is a much darker one: the globe's leader in coronavirus cases.

More than 125,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the US, and more than 2.5 million Americans have been infected.

American life has been irrevocably altered by the worst pandemic in a century. And as the country struggles to reopen, cases of Covid-19 have surged again -- this time in young people and in states that had previously avoided the brunt of the virus.

Read the full story about the pandemic's devastating toll on the US.

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

At least 16 US states have paused reopening over fears of Covid-19 spread

From CNN's Christina Maxouris

At least 16 states have halted their reopening plans in response to a surge in new infections, but some health officials say the spread of coronavirus will be difficult to control.

Meanwhile, at least 36 states are seeing a rise in new coronavirus cases compared to last week. At least 11 states are seeing a 50% or more rise in cases.

The virus has been especially rampant in Arizona, and the state is closing bars, gyms and other businesses for another 30 days as a precaution. In Florida, some jurisdictions are requiring the use of face masks, including in Jacksonville, where President Trump is expected to accept the Republican presidential nomination in less than two months.

"What we hope is we can take it seriously and slow the transmission in these places," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the principal deputy director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "But what I think is very discouraging is we're clearly not at a point where there's so little virus being spread that it's going to be easy to snuff out."

The US has reported more than 2.5 million cases of the virus and at least 126,140 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. State and local leaders have said the rise in cases are in part driven by gatherings, both in homes and in places like bars — which some experts called the perfect breeding ground for the virus.

Here's where cases are increasing across the US:

8:48 a.m. ET, June 30, 2020

Miami Beach mayor on mask mandate: "We're trying everything we can to stop this spread"

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Miami Beach, Florida, Mayor Dan Gelber said the city is implementing a face mask mandate today, in part because there “hasn't been a unity of purpose in the community.”

The city still gets hundreds of thousands of visitors almost every day, Gelber said, and there will be civil penalties those those who don’t comply. 

“We don't have a lot of tools left in the kit right now, so we're trying everything we can to stop this spread and reverse what is a very enormous spike in our community and in our state. And, you know, we don't want to go back to sheltering in place because of the impact that has,” Gelber said. 

The mayor said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis should make mask-wearing mandatory, and it’s been a “problem” to get people to wear them.  

“There are people who think it's a political statement to wear a mask, and it's like an insult to the family and they're fighting us about it, and I can't imagine why that has become something right now, other than that, you know, the President has made it something,” Gelber said.  

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