July 10 coronavirus news

By Nectar Gan, Steve George, Laura Smith-Spark, Ed Upright, Meg Wagner and Melissa Macaya, CNN

Updated 8:15 PM ET, Fri July 10, 2020
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7:29 a.m. ET, July 10, 2020

Pathologist found blood clots in "almost every organ" during autopsies on Covid-19 patients

From CNN's Ralph Ellis and Andrea Kane

Autopsies on people who died of the coronavirus are helping doctors understand how the disease affects the body -- and one of the most remarkable findings concerned blood clotting, a pathologist says. 

Dr. Amy Rapkiewicz, the chairman of the department of pathology at NYU Langone Medical Center, spoke to Erin Burnett on OutFront Thursday night.

Some Covid-19 patients are known to develop blood clotting issues, but the degree and the extent to which that occurs was described as "dramatic" by Rapkiewicz.

In the early stages of the pandemic, bedside clinicians noticed a lot of blood clotting "in lines and various large vessels," she said.

"What we saw at autopsy was sort of an extension of that," she said. "The clotting was not only in the large vessels but also in the smaller vessels.
"And this was dramatic, because though we might have expected it in the lungs, we found it in almost every organ that we looked at in our autopsy study," she said.

Rapkiewicz's study outlining her findings was published at the end of June in The Lancet journal EClinicalMedicine.

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7:28 a.m. ET, July 10, 2020

Hong Kong to suspend all schools following a surge in locally transmitted cases

From CNN's Vanessa Chan

Hong Kong announced Friday the suspension of all schools in the city, following a surge in locally transmitted coronavirus cases.

“Due to the growth of confirmed COVID-19 cases, some parents are concerned about the hygiene of [schools]," said Secretary of Education Kevin Yeung.
"After consideration and listening to expert’s advice, we decided that all kindergarten, primary school, secondary school can start the summer holiday [early] from next Monday,” he said.

Summer holiday for public school students was originally scheduled to begin in late July.

The announcement comes after Hong Kong reported 42 coronavirus cases on Thursday, including 34 locally transmitted infections.

The Hong Kong government has tightened social distancing measures in a bid to contain the fresh outbreak.

Ben Cowling, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Hong Kong, said on Twitter that the "effective reproductive number" -- the average number of people each coronavirus carrier goes on to infect -- for local infections is now close to 3, which will take "a lot of effort to bring down."

That number was estimated to be around 2 during the previous wave of outbreak in late March, Cowling said.

4:35 a.m. ET, July 10, 2020

Seven prisoners with coronavirus died at San Quentin and hundreds more are dying in US jails

From CNN's Nicole Chavez

California Governor Gavin Newsom is facing mounting pressure to release inmates as corrections officials scramble to contain coronavirus outbreaks at state prisons. 

The cluster at San Quentin State Prison, where more than half of the Covid-19 cases in state prisons have been reported, has claimed the lives of at least seven incarcerated people, according to a tally from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

"It is incredibly frustrating that we had one person make the decision to transfer a few patients from one prison, Chino, into San Quentin," Newsom said Thursday in a news conference. "That decision created a chain of events that we are now addressing and dealing with. I'm not here to sugarcoat that."

The prison had escaped the early months of the pandemic unscathed until cases began soaring in late May after a transfer of detainees from the California Institution for Men in Chino.

Several advocates and lawmakers gathered outside San Quentin on Thursday, calling for the release of medically vulnerable and older detainees. 

"California has not had an execution since 2006, yet six people from my understanding in the past few weeks have been executed by Covid while on death row," said Adnan Khan, executive director for Re:Store Justice, a criminal justice reform advocacy group.

Authorities in California have been releasing prisoners who are close to finishing their sentences since March due to the pandemic. In San Quentin, more than 500 detainees have been released due to both expedited and natural releases, the CDCR has said.

Inside prison and jails, the pandemic couldn't feel more palpable as detainees were forced to live, work and eat in close quarters. Correctional facilities across the country have become major hotspots for the virus in the past months and San Quentin is just the latest.

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4:35 a.m. ET, July 10, 2020

Chinese officials warn of 'unknown pneumonia' in Kazakhstan that is potentially deadlier than coronavirus

From CNN's Jessie Yeung, Philip Wang and Martin Goillandeau

A new "unknown pneumonia" that is potentially deadlier than the novel coronavirus has reportedly killed more than 1,700 people this year in the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan, according to a warning issued by Chinese officials Thursday.

"Kazakhstani Health Department and other agencies are conducting comparative research and have not defined the nature of the pneumonia virus," said the Chinese Embassy in Kazakhstan in a statement to its citizens there.

New cases of the unidentified pneumonia have been increasing significantly since mid-June across the country, said the embassy, adding that in some places, authorities are reporting hundreds of new cases a day.

The rise has so far been concentrated in the regions of Atyrau, Aktobe and Shymkent, which together have almost 500 new cases and more than 30 critically ill patients, said the embassy statement, citing local media.

The disease has killed 1,772 people this year, some of whom were Chinese citizens, according to the embassy. 628 of those deaths took place in June alone.

"This disease is much deadlier than Covid-19," said the statement.

The number of pneumonia cases in the capital city Nursultan have more than doubled this June from the same time last year, according to Kazakhstan's prominent news agency Kazinform, which cited official data. 

"Up to 200 people are admitted to hospitals every day. Over the last few days some 300 people diagnosed with pneumonia were taken to hospitals a day. Besides some receive treatment at home," said the head of the Nursultan healthcare department, Kazinform reported.

CNN has been unable to independently verify the Chinese Embassy report and has reached out to Kazakhstan's Ministry of Healthcare for further details.

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3:28 a.m. ET, July 10, 2020

US Forces personnel based in Okinawa face increased coronavirus restrictions

From CNN's Brad Lendon in Hong Kong

A day after announcing a new Covid-19 outbreak in one of its bases on Okinawa, the US Marine Corps is imposing new restrictions on its thousands of personnel on the Japanese island.

Effective immediately, the Marine Forces Japan said its personnel may not use non-military public transportation; go to any off-base establishment that does not provide an essential service such as a grocery store, medical office, bank or gas station; or dine in any off base restaurant -- although take out will still be allowed.

“These changes are motivated by the current spread of COVID-19 and have been implemented to protect our forces, our families, and the local community,” a statement from Marine Forces Japan said.

A day earlier, the service said several personnel on Camp Butler on the island had been diagnosed with Covid-19. Those personnel are now in isolation, the Marines said.

“We are taking all prudent measures to prevent the further spread of COVID-19,” a statement said.

The Marines did not give specific numbers on the Covid-19 cases, citing US Defense Department guidelines and national security concerns.

About 19,000 Marines are on Okinawa.

2:57 a.m. ET, July 10, 2020

India continues to see record single-day jump in new coronavirus cases

From CNN's Manveena Suri in New Delhi

Migrant laborers wait to board a train in Kolkata on July 9.
Migrant laborers wait to board a train in Kolkata on July 9. Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images

India recorded 26,506 new coronavirus cases Thursday -- its largest single-day total to date, its health ministry announced Friday.

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India now stands at 793,802, with 21,604 deaths, according to the ministry.

So far, a total of 495,512 people have recovered from the virus.

Despite soaring cases, the health ministry insisted Thursday that there was no evidence of sustained community transmission of coronavirus across the country.

At a press briefing on Thursday, Rajesh Bhushan, a senior health ministry official, said that the spread of coronavirus cases is currently under control, with the number of recovered cases exceeding the number of active cases.

2:44 a.m. ET, July 10, 2020

Victoria records 288 new Covid-19 cases, highest single day rise in any Australian state

From CNN's Angus Watson in Sydney

Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews speaks to the media during the daily briefing on July 10, in Melbourne.
Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews speaks to the media during the daily briefing on July 10, in Melbourne. Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

The Australian state of Victoria registered a record 288 new coronavirus cases on Thursday -- the highest any Australian state has reported in a single day since the pandemic began, the state's Premier Daniel Andrews announced on Friday.

The vast majority of the new cases have not yet been traced, Andrews said at a press briefing.

Speaking at the same event, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the latest rise is a “very ugly number” and warned that “we will get worse numbers to follow.”

"Our numbers are the numbers that the US gets every ten minutes, so we are still in a fortunate position and we have gone into this lockdown in order to prevent us from those sorts of pressures," Sutton added.

Premier Daniel Andrews also advised Victorians, particularly those in Melbourne, to wear masks whenever they are outside and maintain social distance.

“It is our request, it is not compulsory,” Andrews said. “If you can wear a mask when you can’t distance, that's what you should do”.

2:24 a.m. ET, July 10, 2020

Australia to halve number of residents allowed to return from overseas

From CNN's Angus Watson in Sydney

Australia will slash the number of its citizens and permanent residents allowed to return home from overseas each week, in an effort to stem new Covid-19 cases, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Friday.

Currently 8,000 residents are allowed to fly into the country each week. That number will be reduced to 4,000, Morrison said.

There are no international flights currently allowed into Melbourne, which reintroduced strict lockdown measures this week as it grapples with a resurgence of coronavirus cases.

Returned travelers are subject to 14 days of enforced hotel quarantine.

Morrison said that the decision will be “damaging to our economy, that’s obvious, you don’t need modeling to tell you that,” but that the “news from Victoria remains very concerning. It is concerning. They have called for help, they are getting help.”

The Prime Minister thanked residents of Melbourne for complying with the six-week lockdown that came into force from midnight Wednesday.

“The whole country is with you, all the country is with you, the resources of the country are with you, to do what is necessary…but it will require your continued patience and continued discipline,” he said.
1:57 a.m. ET, July 10, 2020

Mexico records more than 7,000 new Covid-19 cases, its highest jump since the outbreak

From CNN's Karol Suarez and Tim Lister

People queue to receive free food from a Motorcycle Organization in Mexico City on July 9.
People queue to receive free food from a Motorcycle Organization in Mexico City on July 9. Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images

Mexico saw its third day of record highs in coronavirus cases over the past week, recording more than 7,000 cases in a single day.

The Mexican Health Ministry recorded 7,280 newly confirmed Covid-19 cases Thursday, bringing the country's total confirmed cases to 282,283.

The ministry also recorded 730 new deaths from the virus, bringing the nationwide death toll to 33,526.

A CNN analysis of figures from individual states and from World Health Organization shows that Mexico, among other Latin American countries, is at or close to its peak infection rate, as daily numbers are averaged over a week. 

In Mexico, the daily average of new cases in the week to July 8 was 6,176 -- the highest yet. A week ago, that average was 4,989, according to CNN's analysis of official data.

Deaths in Mexico from the coronavirus have fallen back from a daily average of 759 in the week to June 25 to 612 on July 8, but in recent days that daily average has begun to creep up again.