August 12 coronavirus news

By Nectar Gan, Adam Renton, Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 5:24 PM ET, Thu August 13, 2020
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3:21 p.m. ET, August 12, 2020

More than 165,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US

From CNN's Haley Brink

There are at least 5,171,343 cases of coronavirus in the US, and at least 165,328 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

As of Wednesday at 2:45 p.m ET, Johns Hopkins has reported 30,135 new cases and 791 reported deaths. 

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

3:15 p.m. ET, August 12, 2020

Here are the latest probable and confirmed deaths in New York City

From CNN's Rob Frehse

People walk in New York's Times Square on August 5.
People walk in New York's Times Square on August 5. Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

New York City has 18,970 confirmed and 4,632 probable coronavirus deaths as of Aug. 12, according to the most recent data on the city website. 

The New York City Health Department defines probable deaths as people who did not have a positive Covid-19 laboratory test, but their death certificate lists as the cause of death “Covid-19” or an equivalent.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus deaths and probable coronavirus deaths in New York City is 23,602.

There have been 225,284 coronavirus cases in the city and 56,618 people have been hospitalized, according to the city.

Some details: The data is from the New York City Health Department and was updated on Aug. 12 at 1 p.m., according to the website.

The numbers may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.

2:57 p.m. ET, August 12, 2020

NBA reports three-straight weeks of zero positive Covid-19 tests

From CNN Sports Cesar Marin 

Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac dunks during a game against Dallas on Thursday.
Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac dunks during a game against Dallas on Thursday. Ashley Landis/AP

For a third-straight week, no NBA players within the Disney World based campus have tested positive for Covid-19. 

On Wednesday, the NBA and the players union jointly announced that 342 players were tested with zero returning positive for coronavirus. 

The last time the NBA reported positive test results was on July 13 when 322 players were tested with two confirmed positives. 

The 2020 NBA Playoffs are set to begin Monday, Aug. 17.

2:35 p.m. ET, August 12, 2020

France sees biggest jump in daily Covid-19 cases since easing lockdown restrictions

From Alexander Durie and Benjamin Berteau in Paris

French Prime Minister Jean Castex, left, is helped into a protective suit before visiting a hospital in Montpellier, France, on Tuesday.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex, left, is helped into a protective suit before visiting a hospital in Montpellier, France, on Tuesday. Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images

France has recorded its biggest jump in daily Covid-19 cases since around the time it began to ease its lockdown.

The French health ministry on Wednesday reported an increase of 2,524 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours.

This is the biggest single-day increase in coronavirus cases since May 6, five days before France eased lockdown restrictions.

This rise comes after French Prime Minister Jean Castex said Tuesday that the coronavirus situation in France has been "trending in the wrong direction."

2:24 p.m. ET, August 12, 2020

Greece reports most Covid-19 cases in one day since pandemic began

From CNN's Chris Liakos in Kefalonia, Greece

Greece has reported its highest daily increase of Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began, with 262 new cases recorded on Wednesday, according to Greece’s National Public Health Organization.

The majority of new cases were reported in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece’s two largest cities. The Greek health minister tweeted that the average age of those who have been infected in August has dropped to 36 

Two more people with Covid-19 have died, bringing the country's total to at least 216. A total of 24 people are currently intubated with the virus.  

Earlier this week, the Greek government announced new measures including a mandatory negative Covid test for visitors entering the country coming from Spain, Sweden, Belgium, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. It also announced a midnight curfew for bars and restaurants in 16 areas of Greece.

2:02 p.m. ET, August 12, 2020

Rescheduled Kentucky Derby will limit crowd to less than 14% of previous attendance

From CNN's David Close

More than 170,000 people attended the Kentucky Derby in 2015, setting an attendance record for Churchill Downs.
More than 170,000 people attended the Kentucky Derby in 2015, setting an attendance record for Churchill Downs. Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Churchill Downs racetrack has announced that the rescheduled Kentucky Derby will limit attendance to fewer than 23,000 spectators.

The new crowd figure represents less than 14% of the attendance record set in 2015. The Derby says 170,513 people attended that year.

The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Sept. 5. Officials say new safety measures will apply to all live race days during Derby week.

No general admission and infield tickets will be offered for this year's Run for the Roses.

Churchill Downs CEO Bill Carstanjen said in a statement his organization’s responsibility is to “ensure the safety of our fans, team members and participants.”

Carstanjen added that he had worked with the governor of Kentucky to “develop safety protocols that are best-in-class while staying flexible and ready to incorporate changes and new learnings.” 

1:50 p.m. ET, August 12, 2020

New Jersey reports 484 new cases of Covid-19

From CNN's Sheena Jones

New Jersey reported 484 new cases of Covid-19 and nine more deaths from the virus, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday. 

The state has a total of 185,938 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the pandemic started and 14,046 statewide deaths related to the virus, he said. 

“New cases hovered just under 500 for the last two days,” Murphy said. 

At least 592 people are hospitalized with Covid-19 and 111 people are in ICUs.

New Jersey has a 2.09% positive infection rate from Aug. 8, which is up slightly the governor said. The state’s positive transmission rate is .92% and that is “down a little bit,” Murphy said. 

Note: The numbers listed were released by the state of New Jersey and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database, which is drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project. 

1:51 p.m. ET, August 12, 2020

Boston seeing slight uptick in coronavirus cases, mayor says 

From CNN’s Laurie Ure

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, left, addresses the media on Wednesday.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, left, addresses the media on Wednesday. WFXT/Pool

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said today the city's Tuesday numbers show 38 new Covid-19 cases, bringing that total to 14,609. There were two new deaths, for a total of 743. 

Health officials in Boston have noticed a slight uptick, "but not an established trend," in the percentage of positive tests, going from 2.1% to 2.8%, but the most recent seven-day analysis brings the city's average down to 2.5%, he said.

Emergency room visits are "not alarming increases yet, but we are seeing slight increases," the mayor said. 

Walsh said the numbers "have not reached a level that would cause us to look at rolling back any of the openings that we've already had here in the city of Boston." 

He said that increased testing may partly explain the rise.

The mayor also addressed the delay in deciding when to reopen Boston's schools. 

While acknowledging parent and teacher angst regarding safety concerns and planning, Walsh said school leaders and facility professionals continue to monitor Covid-19 data, and to work with education and union leaders, while coming up with a complete plan. 

Walsh said the schools will not be starting with all in-person learning.

"We will either be starting with a hybrid model, or a period of all-remote learning," Walsh said. 

The mayor noted that his primary focus is on building equity between children of means and those in lower income situations, and bridging the learning gap therein.

Asked how parents who work remotely can tend to children who are learning from home, Walsh said the city is going to be working with child care providers. 

"It's complicated," Walsh said. "We'll have to make a decision fairly quickly, for parents to have that predictability."

"I hope that there will be in-person learning this year," he said.

Boston school openings are currently scheduled for Sept. 10. 

Note: These numbers were released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.

1:53 p.m. ET, August 12, 2020

São Paulo governor becomes the 11th governor in Brazil to test positive for Covid-19

From journalists Fernanda Wenzel in Porto Alegre and Marcia Reverdosa in Sao Paulo

São Paulo Gov. João Dória speaks in San Pablo, Brazil, on Monday.
São Paulo Gov. João Dória speaks in San Pablo, Brazil, on Monday. São Paulo Government/Latin America News Agency

Brazil’s governor of São Paulo, João Dória announced, via Twitter, he has tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. Dória said he is asymptomatic at the moment.

"I'm fine, with no symptoms. I will continue working from home, following isolation protocols. I have faith in God that I will overcome the disease", the governor said.

São Paulo's government released a statement announcing that Dória is in isolation at his residence and will be under medical observation for the next ten days.

According to the State Health Secretary, Jean Carlo Gorinchteyn, this was the sixth test done by Dória, who used to take tests as a precaution.

Some more context: Dória becomes the 11th Brazilian governor who has tested positive for Covid-19 since the pandemic started. The last one was the governor of Rio Grande do Sul, Eduardo Leite, diagnosed in late July. 

São Paulo records around a quarter of the total number of Covid-19 deaths registered in Brazil, according to the Ministry of Health. 

On Wednesday, the State Health Secretary reported a total of 655,181 coronavirus cases while the death toll has reached 25,869.