July 2 coronavirus news

By Nectar Gan, Brett McKeehan, Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 8:02 PM ET, Thu July 2, 2020
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3:22 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020

Hawaii to add hundreds of weekly flights ahead of scrapping quarantine rules in August

CNN's Gregory Wallace

After three months of encouraging tourists to stay away from Hawaii, the state will begin easing its mandatory quarantine on August 1.

"Now is the time to work together as a community to ensure that our residents and local businesses can safely return to a larger volume of travelers," Gov. David Ige said in a press conference at Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

Hawaiian Airlines said on July 1 it will add hundreds of weekly flights to its schedule between Hawaii and the US mainland, as the state government eases its quarantine rules. 

The restrictions have mandated a 14-day quarantine for nearly all travelers in and out of the state, as well as for travel among its islands. 

Those rules have made travel into the state almost nonexistent since April, according to a major airline industry group.

Starting August 1, the state will allow travelers to avoid the quarantine as long as they can show that they've tested negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of their arrival. 

The state said it will not provide testing for passengers at the airport, and travelers will still be required to undergo temperature checks.

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2:39 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020

A healthy 30-year-old man went to a crowded bar. He ended up in a hospital on a breathing tube

From CNN's Theresa Waldrop

Covid-19 was the last thing on his mind when he went to a crowded bar in Scottsdale, Arizona, Jimmy Flores said.

We were on the verge of reopening, and we didn't really care about Covid, to be honest with you," Flores said.

Two days later, he awoke with a fever and body sores, Flores told CNN's Erin Burnett. A week later, he was in the hospital and put on a breathing tube.

Arizona has been one of the harder hit areas in the pandemic recently, with cases soaring. The state has at least 84,093 people infected, up from 46,689 reported June 19.

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1:49 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020

6 FC Dallas players test positive for coronavirus as team prepares for tournament

CNN's Nicole Chavez and David Close

Six FC Dallas players have tested positive for Covid-19 since arriving in Florida ahead of the upcoming "MLS is Back Tournament," the league says.

Two of the players tested positive for Covid-19 after the team was tested Saturday when they arrived in Orlando, Florida. Four others tested positive in the past two days, MLS said in a statement on Wednesday.

The players, who have not been identified, are in isolation at the team's hotel in the Walt Disney World Resort, which is hosting the tournament set to begin on July 8.

The announcement comes as major league sports in the US begin executing their plans to play in the midst of the pandemic, as coronavirus cases across the country soar.

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1:24 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020

US saw highest single day of new COVID-19 cases

From CNN’s Dave Alsup and Joe Sutton

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The United States saw a record number of new coronavirus cases in a single day on Wednesday, with 50,203 new infections reported, according to Johns Hopkins University.

There are at least 2,685,806 cases of coronavirus in the U.S., according to the university.  

Wednesday’s total eclipses the previous high of new US cases reached on June 26, when 45,255 new coronavirus cases were reported across the country, according to Johns Hopkins data.

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1:15 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020

Mexico overtakes Spain in Covid-19 death toll

from CNN's Matt Rivers and Karol Suarez

A woman wearing a face mask pours holy water into a grave during the funeral of a COVID 19 death victim at the San Isidro cemetery in Mexico, on June 24.
A woman wearing a face mask pours holy water into a grave during the funeral of a COVID 19 death victim at the San Isidro cemetery in Mexico, on June 24. Jacky Muniello/picture-alliance/dpa/AP

Mexico's coronavirus death toll surpassed Spain's on Wednesday, according to numbers released by the Mexican Health Ministry.

Mexico reported 741 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing its death toll to 28,510. Spain's total number of fatalities stood at 28,364 on Wednesday evening, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally.

Mexico now has the sixth highest number of Covid-19 deaths in the world.

The Mexican health ministry also reported 5,681 new confirmed cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 231,770. 

1:04 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in double digits in Victoria, Australia

From CNN’s Angus Watson

Police check drivers at a roadblock in Melbourne, Australia, on Thursday, on July 2.
Police check drivers at a roadblock in Melbourne, Australia, on Thursday, on July 2. Daniel Pockett/AAP Image/AP

The Australian state of Victoria recorded 77 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, its 17th consecutive day of double-digit growth in new infections.

The majority of the cases detected on Wednesday were in the 10 "hot zone" suburbs around Melbourne, where 300,000 people have been ordered to stay at home, Victoria's Chief Medical Officer Brett Sutton said Thursday.

Victoria now has 415 active cases, with 20 patients hospitalized and four in intensive care.

All residents in the 10 zones have been encouraged to get tested, regardless of whether they show any symptoms -- and 26,320 tests were conducted on Wednesday.

“There are other infections still to be found out there and they are all a risk of transmitting to others,” Sutton said. “People should be limiting their movement to the fullest extent possible.”

1:00 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020

Cuba will partially reopen its capital on Friday

From CNN's Patrick Oppmann

Fishermen wearing protective face masks clean a freshly caught fish while people line up to buy portions of the fish, in Havana, Cuba, on Saturday, June 27.
Fishermen wearing protective face masks clean a freshly caught fish while people line up to buy portions of the fish, in Havana, Cuba, on Saturday, June 27. Ismael Francisco/AP

Havana will begin a partial reopening on Friday, Cuban Prime Minister Marrero Cruz said Wednesday night of the country's capital city.

Cuba closed its borders in March, canceling all regular commercial flights to and from the island, and went under a strict lockdown after three Italian tourists were diagnosed with coronavirus.

But recently it began a gradual easing of restrictions as infections dropped.

The reopening in Havana will allow restaurants, bars and other businesses to reopen but with restricted capacity, the prime minister said. Havana residents will also be able to visit the beach for the first time in nearly three months.

However, international travel to and from most of Cuba will remain suspended.

Cuba's main island, where Havana is located, remains closed to international tourists. Visitors will, however, be able to travel to five offshore islands, which the Cuban government has developed for tourism.

As of Wednesday, the country had recorded 86 deaths and 2,348 cases of coronavirus, according to Cuban health officials.

12:54 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020

China reports three new coronavirus cases 

From CNN's Shanshan Wang

Beijing health authorities wear protective suits while packing disposals after conducting a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to detect novel coronavirus infections in Beijing, China, on June 30.
Beijing health authorities wear protective suits while packing disposals after conducting a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to detect novel coronavirus infections in Beijing, China, on June 30. The Yomiuri Shimbun/AP

China recorded three new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, the country's National Health Commission (NHC) announced today. 

Two of the cases were imported. The third was a local transmission in Beijing, where a new coronavirus outbreak emerged from a wholesale food market last month.

The country also reported two new asymptomatic cases on Thursday. Currently, 99 asymptomatic cases are under medical observation in China, among which 60 were imported.

As of Wednesday, China had recorded 83,537 confirmed coronavirus cases and 4,634 deaths.

1:53 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020

New Zealand's health minister resigns after series of blunders ... including breaching lockdown

From CNN's Angus Watson and Sol Han

New Zealand Health Minister David Clark, center, announces his resignation during a press conference on July 2.
New Zealand Health Minister David Clark, center, announces his resignation during a press conference on July 2. Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald/AP

New Zealand's embattled Health Minister David Clark has resigned after a series of political blunders -- including breaching his own government's lockdown rules.

Clark has been under fire since April, when he admitted to breaking the country's stay-at-home order to take his family to the beach. 

He had offered his resignation at the time. However Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern did not accept it, saying it could cause a “massive disruption" in the health sector while the country was battling the virus.

Instead, Clark was stripped of his role as associate finance minister and demoted to the bottom of the Cabinet rankings. Last month, he faced another backlash after pinning responsibility for failures at the border on the Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield. 

On Thursday, Clark again tendered his resignation. This time, it was accepted by the Prime Minister.

“It has become increasingly clear to me that my continuation in the role is detracting from the Government's overall response to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic,” Clark wrote in a statement on Facebook.

New Zealand had 22 active Covid-19 cases as of Wednesday, with one in hospital. In total, it has recorded 1,528 confirmed or probable cases and 22 deaths, according to the New Zealand Health Ministry.