August 4 coronavirus news

By Adam Renton, Brad Lendon, Amy Woodyatt, Ed Upright, Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 12:02 a.m. ET, August 5, 2020
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11:30 a.m. ET, August 4, 2020

Latin America and the Caribbean surpass 5 million Covid-19 cases

From CNN’s Tatiana Arias and Tim Lister in Atlanta

Heath workers take a break near their ambulances after moving potential Covid-19 patients to the HRAN Hospital in Brasilia on Monday.
Heath workers take a break near their ambulances after moving potential Covid-19 patients to the HRAN Hospital in Brasilia on Monday. Eraldo Peres/AP

Latin America and the Caribbean have reached over five million cases of Covid-19, according to a CNN tally based on Johns Hopkins University (JHU) data.

As of Tuesday morning, the region has reported 5,021,760 coronavirus cases and 203,589 deaths, according to the data released by JHU.

Brazil continues to be second hardest-hit country worldwide following the US and the first in the Latin American region with 2,750,318 cases reported on Monday, according to JHU.

Among the top 10 countries with the most cases worldwide, five are from Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia, according to JHU.

Several countries in Latin America, including Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Peru, have seen an acceleration in the number of new cases over the past two to three weeks.

11:13 a.m. ET, August 4, 2020

New York City reported no Covid-19 deaths for the 3rd straight day

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

A man wearing a mask walks a bike in New York as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening on Monday.
A man wearing a mask walks a bike in New York as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening on Monday. Cindy Ord/Getty Images

For the third straight day, New York City saw no Covid-19 related deaths, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a release.

Cuomo reported three people died of the virus across the state Monday.

The state added 746 cases, a 1.05% positivity rate as a result of tests reported to the state Monday. 

New York State also added Rhode Island to its Covid-19 travel quarantine advisory, and removed Delaware and Washington, DC, according to the governor’s office.

11:07 a.m. ET, August 4, 2020

McConnell blames Pelosi and Schumer for "obstructing any action for our country”

From CNN's Ali Zaslav and Ted Barrett 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol on July 30 in Washington.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol on July 30 in Washington. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell again blasted Democratic leadership over inaction on the stimulus bill, which he called a “charade.”

He argued House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are “obstructing any action for our country,” even as Pelosi and Schumer continue to meet with administration officials almost daily, all of which, McConnell has not been participating in.

“What did the Speaker of the House and the Democratic Leader do with yet another day of deliberations,” McConnell asked during a heated speech. “Yet again, it was the exact same refrain. It never seems to change."

"‘We're feeling optimistic,’ 'We spoke very politely to the administration, but we're still nowhere close on substance,’” McConnell said mockingly of remarks the Democratic leaders have made leaving meetings with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in the last two weeks. 

He continued, “Here's the problem: Every day the Democratic leaders repeat the same actor in the Capitol they're letting down the struggling people who need our help.”

McConnell also pointed to the Republican’s HEALS Act and said “the Democrats are blocking it all.”

“It’s like they expect applause for merely keeping a civil tone with the President’s team, never mind they’re still obstructing any action for our country,” he said.

 McConnell added: “What American families need is an outcome.”

10:59 a.m. ET, August 4, 2020

Trump claims US doing better than other countries despite rising death toll

From CNN's Devan Cole

President Trump said the United States' staggering death toll from coronavirus "is what it is" in a new interview, again giving his administration credit for its response despite ongoing surges in new cases and a human toll that far outpaces that of any other nation.

When confronted with the US' daily death toll and Trump's messaging on the pandemic during an interview with Axios that aired Monday night, the President grew defensive and appeared frustrated by reporter Jonathan Swan's questions about the crisis.

"I've gone to your rallies. I've talked to your people. They love you. They listen to you. They listen to every word you say. They hang on your every word," Swan said. "And so when they hear you say, 'everything's under control. Don't worry about wearing masks,' I mean, these are people — many of them are older people."

"Well, what's your definition of control?" Trump replied, adding: "I think it's under control."

"How? A thousand Americans are dying a day," Swan said.

"They are dying. That's true. And you — it is what it is," Trump said emphatically. "But that doesn't mean we aren't doing everything we can. It's under control as much as you can control it."

Trump has frequently defended his administration's performance to the pandemic but rarely expresses grief for the victims. When the US surged past 100,000 confirmed deaths in late May — after weeks of Trump projecting a toll well short of that mark — the President declined to make a public statement until the next day, tweeting about the victims amid a morning tweetstorm of insults and grievances.

Read more about the interview here.

Watch a portion of the interview:

11:03 a.m. ET, August 4, 2020

Second Indian cabinet minister tests positive for Covid-19 

From CNN’s Swati Gupta in New Delhi

Dharmendra Pradhan during the opening ceremony of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) in Abu Dhabi on November 11, 2019.
Dharmendra Pradhan during the opening ceremony of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) in Abu Dhabi on November 11, 2019. AFP/Getty Images

Indian cabinet minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, is the latest Indian politician to test positive for Covid-19.

Pradhan manages multiple portfolios, including the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. He is the second minister from India’s federal cabinet to test positive.

Pradhan tweeted Tuesday evening that he was tested after showing symptoms.

“After displaying symptoms for Covid-19, I got tested, and the report is positive. According to the advice from my doctors, I have admitted myself to a hospital,” Pradhan wrote.

Pradhan’s positive test has followed a series of politicians, including India’s Home Minister, Amit Shah, who tested positive Sunday and was the first federal cabinet minister to test positive. 

The Chief Minister of Karnataka, B. S. Yediyurappa, also announced on his Twitter account Sunday that he had tested positive for coronavirus and was being hospitalized as a precaution. 

Some more context: India has recorded a steady uptick in number of cases in the past few weeks. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, more than 52,000 fresh cases were recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to about 1.8 million cases.

11:01 a.m. ET, August 4, 2020

Senate Majority Leader says “we”ll keep you all posted” on stimulus plans

From CNN's Lauren Fox

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks to the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol on July 30, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks to the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol on July 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell left the floor this morning, he would not say what the plan will be this week on the stimulus bill. 

“We”ll keep you all posted on any developments,” McConnell said. 

Where things stand: McConnell has a shell bill on the floor that could be used to hold amendment votes. As CNN's Phil Mattingly reported this morning, the plan is to discuss with members at lunch today the path forward. 

Read more on the latest on Congress' coronavirus stimulus negotiations.

10:53 a.m. ET, August 4, 2020

New Jersey adds Rhode Island to Covid-19 travel quarantine list, removes Delaware and Washington, DC

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

Beachgoers enjoy the weather at Island Beach State Park in Berkeley Township, NJ on July 27, 2020. 
Beachgoers enjoy the weather at Island Beach State Park in Berkeley Township, NJ on July 27, 2020.  Theo Wargo/Getty Images

New Jersey's updated travel quarantine list includes the addition of Rhode Island and the removal of Washington, DC and Delaware – bringing the total to 35 states and territories, according to the governor’s office.

The travel advisory which requires a person to quarantine for a 14-day period from last contact with that affected area, applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut jointly announced the initiative of a travel advisory in recent weeks. 

So far, New York and Connecticut have not updated their advisory list.

10:30 a.m. ET, August 4, 2020

Former Trump adviser says another lockdown may be necessary in some places

Kevin Hassett, former White House economic adviser, speaking to members of the press in front of the West Wing of the White House on May 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. 
Kevin Hassett, former White House economic adviser, speaking to members of the press in front of the West Wing of the White House on May 22, 2020 in Washington, DC.  Alex Wong/Getty Images

Kevin Hassett, a former senior adviser to President Trump and former chair of the White House's Council of Economic Advisers, said another lockdown order may be necessary in parts of the country.

"It does feel like there's some places that are too open," he said on CNN

The former administration member also admitted that “there’s a second wave going on” – something current administration members have been reluctant to do.

Watch more from Hassett:

10:23 a.m. ET, August 4, 2020

Japan coronavirus total tops 40,000 as Okinawa confirms record number of cases

From CNN's Junko Ogura and Sophie Jeong

People wait for a train at Shinjuku station on August 04, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.
People wait for a train at Shinjuku station on August 04, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

Japan's Ministry of Health confirmed 937 new cases of Covid-19 and 4 deaths from Monday.

The ministry announced the nationwide tally from Monday’s numbers on Tuesday, which takes the number of infections to 40,570. The total includes the number of cases detected on the Diamond Princess cruise ship —39,858 on land and 712 discovered on the Diamond Princess. 

Here are some of the country's latest figures:

  • Tokyo reported 309 new cases on Tuesday, the total number of cases in the capital now stands at 14,022. The government has asked restaurants and bars that serve alcohol to close at 10 pm local time through the end of August. 
  • Osaka reported 198 new cases and one death on Tuesday. Officials in that prefecture have also ordered restaurants and bars that serve alcohol to close at 8 pm local time.
  • Okinawa prefecture confirmed 83 new cases on Tuesday, which is the highest daily number of infections in Okinawa since the beginning of the pandemic. The total number of infections in Okinawa excluding the U.S. military personnel is 637 cases. 12 new cases were reported at Camp Hansen in Okinawa on Tuesday, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases among U.S. military bases in Okinawa to 285 since the pandemic began.

Okinawa has been under a state of emergency since Saturday. Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki announced last Friday that the state of emergency will last until August 15.