September 6 coronavirus news

By Helen Regan, Adam Renton and Amy Woodyatt, CNN

Updated 12:00 a.m. ET, September 7, 2020
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9:27 a.m. ET, September 6, 2020

Kamala Harris says Biden's federal mask mandate "would be a standard"

From CNN’s Jasmine Wright

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CNN

When asked to clarify her running mate Joe Biden’s stance on a federal mask mandate— Sen. Kamala Harris confirmed that it would just be a standard, appearing to walk back a legally enforceable action versus a strong suggestion.

“It would be a standard,” Harris said on CNN. “This is not about in terms of the priorities of Joe Biden and myself, this is not about punishment. It's not about big brother. It is simply about saying what a leader says in times of crisis. You look at world war II, you look at the great depression where leaders said, we each have to sacrifice for the sake of the nation and the collective. And that's what this is about.”

The California Senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate did not clarify how that standard would be enforceable, instead she faulted the President for playing politics on the issue making it difficult to bring everyone else along.

Watch:

9:35 p.m. ET, September 6, 2020

France now has 28 Covid-19 "red zones"

From CNN’s Martin Goillandeau in London 

Seven more areas in France have been added to the Covid-19 "active circulation zone," or "red zone," according to a decree published on Sunday, bringing the total number to 28. 

In red zones, the authorities have the power to apply measures such as making masks compulsory outdoors and closing bars and restaurants.

France is made up of 101 administrative divisions called "departments" and now 28 of these are "red zones."

The Nord, Bas-Rhin, Seine-Maritime, Côte-d'Or (four ‘departments’ home to the urban areas of Lille, Rouen, Le Havre, Strasbourg and Dijon), the two "departments" of Corsica (South Corsica and Haute-Corse) and the island of Reunion have been added to the list.

This post has been updated to accurately reflect the number of departments in France.

9:16 p.m. ET, September 6, 2020

Kamala Harris said she won't take Trump's word on a Covid-19 vaccine

From CNN’s Jasmine Wright

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CNN

Kamala Harris would not say whether she would take a vaccine for Covid-19 that is approved and distributed before the election, saying she does not trust President Trump, and that it would have to come from a credible source of information, according to an interview she did with CNN.

Harris spoke inside Founder’s Library at Howard University, her alma mater, in Washington, DC with CNN's Dana Bash.

“Well, I think that's going to be an issue for all of us,” the Democratic vice presidential candidate said. “I will say that I would not trust Donald Trump and it would have to be a credible source of information that talks about the efficacy and the reliability of whatever he's talking about. I will not take his word for it. He wants us to inject bleach. No, I will not take his word.”

Harris did not project confidence that public health experts and scientists would get the last word about a vaccine.

“[I]f past is prologue that they will not, they'll be muzzled, they'll be suppressed, they will be sidelined because he's looking at election coming up in less than 60 days. And he's grasping for whatever he can get to pretend that he has been a leader on this issue when it's not," she said.

9:11 a.m. ET, September 6, 2020

Kamala Harris criticizes the Trump administration over its coronavirus response

From CNN's Ryan Struyk

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CNN

As the death toll in the United States from the coronavirus pandemic approaches 200,000, Harris attacked the Trump administration for “minimizing the seriousness” of the coronavirus outbreak and failing to do enough for millions of American struggling to make ends meet.

“There is no question that Donald Trump has been an abject failure and incompetent when it comes to addressing the severe job loss that has happened as a result of the pandemic, because he has failed to address the pandemic itself,” Harris told CNN. “We need to talk about how the economy is doing based on how working people are doing. And right now, working people are suffering.”

The unemployment rate in the United States stands at 8.4%, according to new Labor Department data released on Friday. That’s down from a high of 14.7% in April, but still far from the pre-pandemic unemployment rate of 3.5% in February. 

Harris continued to say she would not trust Trump’s word alone on the safety and efficacy of a coronavirus vaccine, but said she "would trust the word of public health experts and scientists," including Dr. Anthony Fauci.

“Joe Biden and I have a plan,” Harris said on vaccine distribution. “Donald Trump does not.”

Some context: Trump said on Friday he believed a coronavirus vaccine could “probably” come sometime in the month of October, though experts agree it is more likely to come in November or December.

A new University of Washington coronavirus model, routinely cited by the White House in the early days of the pandemic, is now projecting more than 400,000 dead by the end of the year.

Asked whether she believes states should mandate a coronavirus vaccine for public school students along with other vaccinations, Harris said she would listen to public health experts.

Harris also declined to back a mask mandate on a federal level, instead vowing a “national standard.”

“This is not about punishment. It's not about big brother," she said. “We have a president of the United States who made this a partisan issue."

Harris added: “The virus could care less who you voted for in the last election or who you plan to vote for in the next election. We need leadership that appreciates that, on certain issues, they should not be partisan. Wearing a mask certainly shouldn't be one of them.”

 

8:42 a.m. ET, September 6, 2020

SOON: Kamala Harris discusses Covid-19 and the search for a vaccine on CNN

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Michael A. McCoy/Getty Images

Vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris will be discussing the coronavirus pandemic during an interview with CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union."

Watch the interview at 9 a.m. ET.

8:02 a.m. ET, September 6, 2020

Trump's coronavirus delusions risk corrupting the search for a vaccine

From CNN's Gregory Krieg

Anxieties over the process that could lead to the approval of a coronavirus vaccine are escalating as President Donald Trump, desperate to stamp an end date on the deadly pandemic nightmare, ratchets up pressure on top regulatory officials to deliver him a medical and political panacea ahead of the November election.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris registered her concerns during an interview with CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" airing Sunday, saying she would cast a skeptical eye on a vaccine made available in the less than nine weeks to go before Election Day -- a goal scientists have roundly said would be next-to-impossible to meet.

Harris also suggested that public health officials were likely to face pushback, potentially at the expense of their jobs, from the White House if they expressed reservations over a would-be vaccine or the standard for greenlighting it.

"If past is prologue, they will not, they'll be muzzled, they'll be suppressed, they will be sidelined," Harris said. "Because he's looking at an election coming up, in less than 60 days, and he's grasping for whatever he can get to pretend he has been a leader on this issue, when he is not."

The widespread distribution of a dodgy vaccine, with a shove from a President whose reelection campaign has been laid low by the pandemic and its crushing effect on the economy, would heap calamity on top of catastrophe. But it has emerged as a very real concern -- enough so that, according to the Wall Street Journal, at least three of the companies working to develop a coronavirus vaccine are now drafting a pledge to assure the public they would not seek approval for their vaccines before they are proven safe and effective.

Read the full analysis here:

7:29 a.m. ET, September 6, 2020

At least 188,538 dead, and 6.2 million cases in the US

There are at least 6,244,970 cases of coronavirus in the US, and at least 188,538 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the United States.

On Saturday, Johns Hopkins University reported 44,452 new cases and 783 new deaths. 

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

CNN is tracking coronavirus cases in the US here:

5:23 a.m. ET, September 6, 2020

The Labor Day gatherings health experts warned against during the coronavirus pandemic are popping up all over the US

From CNN's Madeline Holcombe

People enjoy the beach on September 5, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
People enjoy the beach on September 5, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Labor Day weekend celebrations are in full swing -- and many include the large crowds health experts feared.

Covid-19 doesn't have to stop Labor Day celebrations, health experts said this week. But with more than 6.2 million Americans infected with the virus and 188,538 killed by it, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, the festivities should look a lot different this year. To avoid outbreaks, experts including Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said people should continue to distance, wear masks and avoid groups as they enjoy the weekend.

"We don't want to see a repeat of the surges that we have seen following other holiday weekends," Fauci said, referring to the outbreaks that followed Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

We don't want to see a surge under any circumstances, but particularly as we go on the other side of Labor Day and enter into the fall."

Still, many gathered in large groups Saturday. Throngs of people are expected at Tybee Island beaches in Georgia over the weekend, CNN affiliate WTOC reported. And images from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, show umbrellas lined up side by side down the beach.

In Pennsylvania, the amusement park Kennywood is expected to have its busiest weekend of the season, CNN affiliate KDKA reported.

And in Atlanta, many weekend Labor Day parties are on the schedule including "The Biggest Labor Day Weekend Party in the City" hosted by rapper Gucci Mane and a "Sunday Funday" rooftop party advertised with an image of people standing close together, some without masks.

Read the full story.

4:51 a.m. ET, September 6, 2020

Putin's vaccine meets opposition from frontline workers in Russia

From CNN's Zahra Ullah and Anna Chernova, CNN

Vladimir Putin revealed the vaccine must be safe as one of his daughters has already taken it.
Vladimir Putin revealed the vaccine must be safe as one of his daughters has already taken it. Alexei Druzhinin / Sputnik via AP

Vladimir Putin announced the approval of Russia's Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine on August 11 amid much fanfare, saying it works "quite effectively" in forming a stable immunity.

How would he know this? Because the Russian President revealed one of his daughters had already taken it.

Speaking on Russian state TV at the time, Putin said his daughter had a slightly higher temperature after each dose of the two-stage coronavirus vaccine, but that "Now she feels well.

Russian authorities have singled out teachers -- as well as doctors -- as key workers who will get access to the vaccine first, even before crucial phase 3 human trials have finished.

But that's not gone down well with some sections of these frontline workers who don't buy Putin's claims of the efficacy of the vaccine and are reluctant to be used as human guinea pigs.

Schools opening, but not all teachers want the vaccine: On September 1, Russian classrooms reopened for the first time since March amid the Covid-19 pandemic -- the same day the country surpassed 1 million coronavirus cases. Teachers were meant to be among the first to benefit from Russia's new coronavirus vaccine, especially given the close contact with hundreds of children that they are exposed to on a daily basis. But CNN is learning that few -- if any -- have so far taken up the offer to be vaccinated.

Russia's claim of victory at being the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine in a worldwide pandemic was initially met with widespread concern and unanswered questions over its safety and effectiveness, and not just from outside the country.

Read the full story here.