August 25 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Adam Renton, Amy Woodyatt, Ed Upright, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 12:01 a.m. ET, August 26, 2020
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1:14 p.m. ET, August 25, 2020

Brazilian president's son tests positive for Covid-19

From CNN's Rodrigo Pedroso in Sao Paulo

Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, son of the Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, arrives to the swearing in of the newly appointed Health Minister at the Planalto Palace on April 17 in Brasilia.
Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, son of the Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, arrives to the swearing in of the newly appointed Health Minister at the Planalto Palace on April 17 in Brasilia. Andressa Anholete/Getty Images

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro´s eldest son, Flávio Bolsonaro tested positive for Covid-19 today, according to his press officer. 

Bolsonaro, a Rio de Janeiro senator, has not reported symptoms and is currently working from his home in Brasilia. 

The president's son is taking hydroxychloroquine as treatment, according to his press officer. President Bolsonaro has continually advocated the controversial anti-malarial drug with no scientifically proven effectiveness in treating Covid-19.

The President tested positive for the virus on July 7 and on subsequent occasions. On July 25, he announced via Twitter that he had tested negative. 

11:57 a.m. ET, August 25, 2020

American Airlines says it will cut 19,000 jobs unless it gets more help from Congress

From CNN’s Chris Isidore

An American Airlines plane approaches a gate at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on July 10 in Arlington, Virginia.
An American Airlines plane approaches a gate at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on July 10 in Arlington, Virginia. Daniel Slim/AFP/Getty Images

American Airlines says it will lay off or involuntarily furlough 19,000 employees as of Oct. 1 unless the airline industry gets more help from Congress.

The world's largest airline, which had 133,700 employees heading into this year, says it will need to reduce headcount by "at least" 40,000 employees. It said that 12,500 had agreed to leave the company with early retirement or buyout packages, and another 11,000 had agreed to voluntary furloughs for October.

"Even with those sacrifices, approximately 19,000 of our team members will be involuntarily furloughed or separated from the company on Oct. 1, unless there is an extension of the [federal help]," said the letter than American CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom sent to employees. 
11:53 a.m. ET, August 25, 2020

World’s fastest man Usain Bolt tests positive for coronavirus

From CNN’s Ravi Ubha and Aleks Klosok in London

Usain Bolt prepares to compete during the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 12, 2017 in London. 
Usain Bolt prepares to compete during the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 12, 2017 in London.  Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF

Usain Bolt has tested positive for the coronavirus, and the government in his native Jamaica says the fastest man on the planet won’t be spared punishment if he broke the rules stemming from a party held for his 34th birthday on Friday, according to Jamaica’s Health minister.

“It is now public knowledge that Mr. Bolt has been tested positive,” Dr. Christopher Tufton, the Jamaican Minister of Health and Wellness, said in a virtual press conference on Monday.

“He has been formally notified – I’m told – by the authorities and in keeping with standard protocols once there is a positive case, irrespective of the individual, it triggers an approach to questioning, interrogation if you will, which would then follow through with contact tracing." Tufton said.

Ricky Simms, Bolt’s agent, confirmed his positive test to CNN.

“The Covid test was positive, but Usain is not showing any symptoms,” he wrote to CNN in an email.

Bolt, the world-record holder in the 100m and 200m and an eight-time Olympic gold medalist, had posted a video on social media earlier Monday prior to the test results.

He had been given the test on Saturday, he said, and wasn’t showing any symptoms. He intended to quarantine and urged those who had been around him to also isolate.

“I did a test on Saturday because I have work,” Bolt said. “I'm trying to be responsible so I'm going to stay in and stay in for my friends. Also, I’m having no symptoms.”

“I'm going to quarantine myself and wait to see what the protocol is […] Until then […] I'm quarantined by myself and just taking it easy. Be safe out there.”

11:30 a.m. ET, August 25, 2020

New York removes 5 states from its travel advisory list

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

New York has removed five states from its Covid-19 quarantine travel advisory, and it has added Guam, according to the governor's office. 

Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland and Montana were removed, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said in a release. 

Remember: We can expect the same measures to be taken in Connecticut and New Jersey as the three states set up the quarantine travel advisory collectively. Dozens of states and territories remain. 

There were two deaths reported in the state yesterday, matching the state's previous low. No deaths were reported in New York City.

For the 18th straight day, the state remained under a 1% rate of positivity in testing.

Here's the full list of states and territories on the travel advisory list:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Virgin Islands
  • Wisconsin
11:23 a.m. ET, August 25, 2020

Iowa State University reports 130 Covid-19 cases after first week of class

From CNN's Konstantin Toropin

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Iowa State University announced it has 130 reported cases of Covid-19 on campus after the school's first week of class, a statement from the university said.

The university said it tested 957 students, faculty and staff on campus between Aug. 17 and Aug. 23 to arrive at the 130 positive cases, giving the school a positivity rate of 13.6%. These results also include the athletic department, the statement noted.

The positivity rate is a sharp rise from the rest of the month when the school said its testing showed a rate of 8.8%, the statement explained.

“We are monitoring the data closely to quickly identify and address trends,” Kristen Obbink, the school's Covid-19 public health coordinator, said in the statement. 

“We also have adequate isolation and quarantine housing available," she added.

Some context: Iowa State has been operating under a hybrid instruction model with 44% of its fall courses having an "in-person component," while just more than a third of its courses are fully virtual, an earlier statement from the school explained. 

Iowa state, located in Ames, has more than 30,000 students and 6,000 full time faculty and staff, according to its website.

11:10 a.m. ET, August 25, 2020

Florida reports more than 2,600 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN’s Dan Shepherd

State Emergency Response Team members register drivers to receive a COVID-19 test at the Maingate Complex at Walt Disney World on August 14 in Kissimmee, Florida.
State Emergency Response Team members register drivers to receive a COVID-19 test at the Maingate Complex at Walt Disney World on August 14 in Kissimmee, Florida. Octavio Jones/Getty Images

Florida health officials reported 2,673 new Covid-19 cases and 183 additional resident deaths on Monday, according to the Florida Department of Health (DOH).    

The state has reported at least 599,176 coronavirus cases among Florida residents and 605,502 total cases across the state, DOH data shows.   

The Florida Department of Health shows the total Covid-19 death toll in the state standing at 10,580 Florida residents.

The three hotspots of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties account for 4,490 deaths, which is 42.4%  of all deaths in the State of Florida. 

Remember: These numbers were released by Florida’s public health agency, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.  

10:54 a.m. ET, August 25, 2020

Spanish capital will mandate masks in schools for children

From CNN's Laura Pérez Maestro in Madrid

The president of Spain's Madrid region, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, speaks during a presentation of the regional government's strategy for the return to the schools on August 25 in Madrid.
The president of Spain's Madrid region, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, speaks during a presentation of the regional government's strategy for the return to the schools on August 25 in Madrid. Óscar J.Barroso/Europa Press/Getty Images

The president of Spain's Madrid region, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, announced at a press conference on Tuesday the measures under which the education centers will open in the capital. 

Díaz Ayuso said masks will be mandatory for children from 6 years of age at all times while in the center. "This measure could be changed to 11 years of age if the situation in the region improved," she added.

She also explained that classes will be reduced to 20 pupils and that 11,000 new teachers will be hired to allow that ratio. All centers will be provided with disinfectant gel, thermometers and masks, and the cleaning procedures will be made more thorough. Díaz Ayuso added that 100.000 tests will be performed to centre's personnel.

Catalonia's President, Quim Torra, announced similar measures on Monday. He said children 12 years old and up in Catalonia will have to wear masks at school, and from the age of six in those territories with "higher risk of contagion." Classes will also be reduced to 20 students and 500,000 tests will be carried out in Catalan schools and high schools.

In Spain, the regional governments retain the responsibility and the decision power on education, as well as health, so each of the 17 regions will have to decide which measures they see fit for the schools and other educational centers to reopen in their territory. 

10:24 a.m. ET, August 25, 2020

Students in this Connecticut city will start the school year online after Covid-19 outbreak

From CNN’s Anna Sturla

Children in public schools in Danbury, Connecticut, will start the year with entirely remote learning, superintendent Sal Pascarella told CNN. 

The move comes as the city is facing a "serious outbreak" of Covid-19, according to Gov. Ned Lamont.

"In order to safeguard the health and safety of our students and staff, I have decided to accept the recommendation of local health officials to start the school year this Fall in Distance Learning for all students," Pascarella said in a letter to the community.

The superintendent will revisit the decision on Oct. 1, with full-day childcare available in the meantime, he added.

Some background: There were at least 178 new Covid-19 cases reported in Danbury between Aug. 2 and 20, compared to the 40 new cases recorded in the two weeks before, according to the state department of public health. That represents a 345% increase in new reported cases.

10:17 a.m. ET, August 25, 2020

North Carolina State pauses athletic activities due to Covid-19 clusters

From CNN's Wayne Sterling

Students walk at the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh on August 7.
Students walk at the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh on August 7. Jonathan Drake/Reuters

North Carolina State Athletics has temporarily paused all athletic-related activities, including football, "due to an identified cluster within its programs," the school announced Monday in a statement.

"Based on the information available to us, we are making the necessary and swift decision to pause athletic-related activities until we have additional information," said Boo Corrigan, Director of Athletics. "We will continue to work with all appropriate parties to evaluate the most responsible path moving forward and will provide further details when available."  

NC State said it will continue to follow established protocols in consultation with campus and local health officials.