The latest on the coronavirus pandemic

By Jessie Yeung, Adam Renton, Zamira Rahim, Vasco Cotovio, Melissa Macaya and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 1:52 a.m. ET, October 31, 2020
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8:35 p.m. ET, October 30, 2020

Dr. Ruth offers relationship advice in the age of Covid-19

From CNN's Jason Kurtz

The iconic Ruth Westheimer — known colloquially as Dr. Ruth — shared some pearls of wisdom tonight during "Anderson Cooper Full Circle" on fostering relationships during the pandemic.

"If you have somebody that you like, then say, 'thank God, I'm in a relationship that survived these difficult times,'" she said.

The legendary sex and relationship expert joined Cooper from her home for an episode of "You and Your Quarantine," during which she answered questions from viewers on how to handle this unprecedented time of loneliness and isolation.

"Don't be such a pessimist," she cautioned Cooper, on the notion that the Covid-19 pandemic could stretch for many more months, or perhaps even years.

The 92-year-old encouraged Cooper to be present for his new son, Wyatt.

"Despite the fact that you are busy, despite the fact that you are brilliant and famous, [you have an obligation] to take time out just to be with that little baby," Westheimer preached, adding that "the core of survival is the early years of socialization."

As for love in the age of Covid-19? Westheimer isn't ruling that out for herself.

"Who knows? Maybe I'll even find a guy," she said.

"Hey, ya know? It's 2020, anything can happen," Cooper said.

Watch full episode of Anderson Cooper Full Circle:

7:44 p.m. ET, October 30, 2020

US records its highest single-day record for Covid-19 infections

From CNN’s Haley Brink

There have been 89,361 daily new coronavirus cases in the United States, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

This is now the highest single-day reporting since the pandemic began.


6:16 p.m. ET, October 30, 2020

New Mexico reports more than 1,000 new Covid-19 cases for second day in a row

From CNN’s Andy Rose

For the second day in a row, there were more than 1,000 new Covid-19 cases reported in New Mexico on Friday.

The state Department of Health reported 1,010 additional coronavirus cases, one day after Thursday’s record high of 1,082 new cases.

Prior to this month, New Mexico’s single-day record for coronavirus cases had been 449, reported on July 27.   

There are now a total of 45,909 coronavirus cases and 1,007 deaths statewide, according to the state's Covid-19 website. 

5:10 p.m. ET, October 30, 2020

Florida becomes third state to surpass 800,000 total Covid-19 cases

From CNN’s Haley Brink

Florida has surpassed 800,000 total Covid-19 cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University Covid-19 dashboard, becoming the third state in the US to surpass this mark, behind California and Texas.

There are 5,114 new cases and 72 additional deaths reported so far on Friday, for a total of 800,216 confirmed cases and 16,720 total deaths statewide, according to the dashboard.

California currently has 925,711 total cases and Texas has 920,024 total cases.

4:35 p.m. ET, October 30, 2020

Belgium will go back into lockdown on Sunday night

From CNN's James Frater and Barbara Wojazer

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo gives a press conference in Brussels on October 30.
Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo gives a press conference in Brussels on October 30. Philip Renaers/Belga/AFP/Getty Images

Against sharply rising coronavirus infections, hospital admissions and deaths, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced Friday that strict new lockdown measures will be imposed on the country for six weeks starting Sunday night.

“There is only one choice, and that is for all of us to support our healthcare sector as much as we can. We have to limit our physical contacts as much as possible," De Croo said at a news conference. "We are going back into a strict lockdown, which has only one purpose: to ensure that our healthcare system does not collapse."

The measures are Belgium’s “last chance if we want to bring this curve down,” he added. They will take effect on Sunday night and will remain in place until Dec. 13.

The new lockdown measures include:

  • Closure of all non-essential stores, but home delivery and collections are allowed.
  • Supermarkets and grocery stores will remain open and De Croo emphasized that “there is no reason to hoard.”
  • Non-medical professions that require close contact such as hairdressers, barbers or beauticians will be forced to close.
  •  Working from home will remain mandatory for those that are able to. Where it’s not possible, masks or ventilation will be mandatory, it these rules are applied then people can continue to work in the office.
  • School holidays will be extended until Nov. 15.
4:16 p.m. ET, October 30, 2020

Hospitalizations from Covid-19 increase across Missouri

From CNN's Kay Jones

Hospitalizations for Covid-19 continue to rise in Missouri, according to the state's Covid-19 dashboard.

The latest dashboard showed 1,612 patients are hospitalized due to the virus with the seven-day average at 1,503. The latest charts showed that 42% of the state's hospital beds are currently available. 

The latest numbers released by the state show 13,158 new positive cases reported this week, for a daily average of 1,880. There are now 180,200 total cases statewide. 

Missouri Health and Senior Services reported 98 deaths over the past seven days, bringing the state's total to 2,925.

To note: These numbers were released by the Missouri Health and Senior Services and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.

4:32 p.m. ET, October 30, 2020

US surpasses 9 million coronavirus cases

From CNN’s Haley Brink

Salt Lake County Health Department public health nurse Lee Cherie Booth performs a coronavirus test outside the Salt Lake County Health Department on October 23 in Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake County Health Department public health nurse Lee Cherie Booth performs a coronavirus test outside the Salt Lake County Health Department on October 23 in Salt Lake City. Rick Bowmer/AP

There have been at least 9,007,298 cases of coronavirus in the United States and at least 229,293 people have died in the country from coronavirus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

This is the fastest the United States has added one million new cases since the pandemic began. 

Here's a look at the progression of cases:

  • Johns Hopkins recorded the first case of coronavirus in the United States on Jan. 21. 
  • 98 days later, on April 28, the US hit 1 million cases
  • 44 days later, on June 11, the US hit 2 million cases
  • 27 days later, on July 8, the US hit 3 million cases
  • 15 days later, on July 23, the US hit 4 million cases
  • 17 days later, on Aug. 9, the US hit 5 million cases
  • 22 days later, on Aug. 31, the US hit 6 million cases
  • 25 days later, on Sept. 25, the US hit 7 million cases
  • 21 days later on Oct. 16, the US hit 8 million cases
  • 14 days later, today, the US hit 9 million cases

 Seven other countries in the world have reported more than 1 million total Covid-19 cases:

  • India has more than 8 million total cases
  • Brazil has more than 5 million total cases
  • Russia, France, Spain, Argentina and Colombia have more than 1 million total cases


3:52 p.m. ET, October 30, 2020

San Francisco pauses planned reopening due to increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations

From CNN's Sarah Moon

A pedestrian passes a boarded up entrance to the Omni San Francisco Hotel on October 21 in San Francisco, California.
A pedestrian passes a boarded up entrance to the Omni San Francisco Hotel on October 21 in San Francisco, California. Noah Berger/AP

San Francisco will temporarily pause the planned reopening of some businesses and activities due to a recent increase of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, Mayor London Breed announced in a briefing on Friday.

“We are starting to see a slight uptick in the number of hospitalizations, which puts us in a situation where things could possibly get worse than what they are,” Breed said. “As a result of some changes that we’ve seen in the numbers, what we will have to do as a result is put a pause on some of our reopening efforts that we have planned for next week.”

In a press release, city officials said the reopening pause was due to an uptick of cases and hospitalizations in San Francisco following an increase in cases across the state and nation.

“Today is not unexpected with regard to our pause in reopening,” San Francisco Department of Public Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax said. “As our activity increased, we realize, we know, we expected an increase in infections was likely.”

Colfax added that “this increase is a cause for concern.”

“We want to pause on increasing the capacity of riskier activities because we do not want the virus to get too far ahead of us,” Colfaxm said.

The pause means that the indoor capacity for businesses will remain at 25%, according to Breed. The city had planned to expand the capacity for some indoor businesses to 50% starting next week.

2:41 p.m. ET, October 30, 2020

Herd immunity would entail "so much suffering and death," Fauci says

From CNN’s Virginia Langmaid

Reaching natural herd immunity in the United states would mean “so much suffering and death in the country, it would be unacceptable,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, told SirusXM’s Doctor Radio Reports on Friday.

“We only have 10% or a little bit more of the population that has already been infected, and we have 225,000 deaths,” Fauci said. “If you want to get to a 75% protection, just multiply that and you see how many deaths you have to have to have herd immunity through natural infection.” 

“What you need is a combination of a heavy, heavy element of vaccine-induced protection, together with the protection that those who unfortunately have already been infected have,” Fauci said. “That’s the reason why a vaccine is so important in a much safer approach towards herd immunity.”

Fauci also discussed the importance of “equitable” vaccine distribution.

“Obviously the first ones are going to be health care providers, but then also we're going to have people who are frontline essential workers, and then those who are vulnerable – people with underlying conditions,” Fauci said.

“We know from painful experience with this pandemic that our minority populations, our Latinx and our African Americans, are especially vulnerable because of the prevalence of their underlying conditions,” he said. “You’ve got to access them and get them to be vaccinated, when we get a safe and effective vaccine.”