The number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose to over 5.4 million worldwide, as data from Johns Hopkins University showed. In Japan, the government is trying to end the state of emergency for Tokyo and other areas, while considering $ 1 trillion for new impetus for the troubled economy.
Before the Memorial Day holiday weekend, all states began to lift some restrictions that were put in place to stop the spread of the corona virus. Government officials are still asking people to practice social distancing and to wear masks in public.
The changing attitudes of scientists and health authorities have contributed to some people refusing to wear masks, as health authorities initially advised against wearing masks. There is little evidence that this would help people not get sick.
This is CNBC’s live blog with the latest news on the Corona virus outbreak. This blog will be updated later in the day once the news is released.
- Global cases: More than 5.4 million
- Worldwide deaths: At least 345,059
- Countries with the most cases: USA (more than 1.6 million), Brazil (363,211), Russia (344,481), Great Britain (260,916), Spain (235,772)
The above data has been compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
New Zealand allows gatherings of 100 people as of Friday
12:55 pm Singapore time – New Zealand will allow gatherings of up to 100 people from midday this Friday, the government said.
This is an increase over the 10-person limit and applies to home gatherings, out-of-home events, and in public places. This also applies to services, weddings and funerals.
New Zealand took early measures to contain the coronavirus and managed to control the outbreak last week in only two cases. – –Huileng Tan
Japan wants to lift the state of emergency for Tokyo
10:45 a.m. Singapore time – Japan is trying to lift the state of emergency for Tokyo and other remaining areas, Reuters reported, citing the Nikkei newspaper. The government is also reported to be considering a nearly 100 trillion yen ($ 930 billion) new incentive for the troubled economy.
Restrictions on social distancing were lifted for most of Japan on May 14 as the number of new cases declined, but the government had kept Tokyo and four other prefectures under surveillance.
The Japanese government will seek approval from key advisors to lift the state of emergency later on Monday. If approved, Japan would no longer have any regions of emergency that were first created on April 7. – Huileng Tan
Trump suspends the trip from Brazil
President Donald Trump speaks about the country’s food supply chain during a pandemic response to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington on May 19, 2020.
Leah Millis | Reuters
5:21 PM ET – US President Donald Trump has suspended entry into the country from Brazil, citing the growing number of corona viruses in the South American country.
Travelers who have been to Brazil within a 14-day period will not be admitted from May 28th.
“Today’s measures will help prevent foreign nationals who have been to Brazil from becoming additional sources of infection in our country. These new restrictions do not apply to the flow of trade between the United States and Brazil,” said White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.
Earlier in the day, Brazil surpassed Russia in overall confirmed cases of Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Brazil has registered 347,398 cases of the virus, second only to 1,639,872 in the United States. Russia has registered 344,481. – Sara Salinas
Spain to open beaches, relax restaurant restrictions in Barcelona and Madrid
People are training in Valencia on May 2, 2020, during government-allowed hours, for the first time since a national ban began to prevent the spread of COVID-19 disease. As of today, all Spaniards have been allowed to leave their homes to go for a walk or to play sports after 48 days of very strict detention to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
Jose Jordan | AFP | Getty Images
2:18 p.m. ET – Spain will reopen some beaches on Monday and ease restrictions on restaurants in Barcelona and the capital, Madrid, according to an Associated Press report. Restaurants in the two cities are allowed to take 50% of their capacity for outdoor dining.
Madrid and Barcelona account for more than half of Spain’s 28,700 confirmed deaths from Covid-19, the AP reports. But the country has reported fewer than 100 deaths on eight consecutive days, a significant drop from the peak of the worst-hit nation, with more than 900 deaths per day. – Sara Salinas
The U.S. could ban travelers from Brazil on Sunday, says national security advisor O’Brien
Passengers wearing protective masks at Estacao da Luz, central region of the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 11, 2020.
12:35 PM ET – National security advisor Robert O’Brien said the US is likely to impose new travel restrictions on Brazil.
The government is likely to make the decision on Sunday and “take a look at other countries on a case-by-case basis,” said O’Brien in an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
President Donald Trump recently said he was considering banning Brazil shortly after the deadliest day in the South American country when the virus was detected.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Brazil has the third highest number of confirmed coronavirus infections worldwide after the United States and Russia. – Emma Newburger
According to Cuomo, governor of New York, New York’s professional athletes are allowed to open training camps
12:29 PM ET – New York professional sports leagues are allowed to open training camps in the state, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced.
“We want you to be awake. We want people to be able to watch sports. It gives people something to do. It’s a return to normal. We work and encourage all sports teams to start their training camps as soon as possible.” he said during a press conference.
Last week, Cuomo asked the big league sports teams to plan to reopen or start their season without fans. While the stadiums must not have fans, he said the games could still be broadcast on television. – Jasmin Kim
According to Rosengren, president of the Boston Fed, the Main Street Lending program is designed to offer loans to medium-sized companies
Eric Rosengren, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, will attend Credit Suisse’s Asian Investment Conference in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.
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11:56 AM ET – Eric Rosengren, president of the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, said the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending program will lend to corporations affected by the corona virus in the next two weeks.
“Money will run out in the next two weeks. This is a program that is just getting started,” said Rosengren in an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
The $ 600 billion program grants four-year loans to companies that are too large to meet the criteria of the paycheck protection program, but too small to access credit markets.
Companies that are eligible must employ a maximum of 15,000 people. – Emma Newburger
Mental health apps attract a wave of new users as experts demand more control
11:30 AM ET – Since personal therapy has been interrupted due to ongoing on-site restrictions, Americans continue to turn to their smartphones for help.
Therapy app manufacturers – including Talkspace and BetterHelp – are in a hurry to meet a flood of new customers, but health professionals continue to disagree on how they can bring more transparency and control to the ecosystem.
“Data is really the currency in the app market,” said Quinn Grundy, assistant professor at the University of Toronto Nursing Faculty, in an interview. “This pandemic will reveal existing problems.”
CNBC spoke to six mental health experts who repeated all of these privacy and efficacy concerns, particularly given the rise in demand caused by coronaviruses.
According to the App Market Intelligence company Sensor Tower, 4 million of the top apps for mental wellbeing in the USA were downloaded for the first time in April. That is 29 percent more than 3.1 million in January. In contrast, the initial downloads of the 20 best apps decreased by 30 percent in the same period last year. —J.R. reed
The number of deaths caused by corona viruses overnight in Spain increases by 70
RT: Undertakers in protective clothing are seen at the undertaker San Juan de la Cruz during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Segovia, Spain, on April 23, 2020.
Susana Vera | REUTERS
11:07 am ET – Spain’s overnight coronavirus death rate increased by 70 to a total of 28,752, Reuters reported, citing the Department of Health.
The number of diagnosed cases increased from 235,290 to 235,772. – Warner melody
The pandemic will fundamentally change the nursing home industry
10:30 a.m. ET – Nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the country have stopped enabling family members to visit elderly or sick relatives because the novel coronavirus has spread across the country.
Many families with relatives in these facilities want to visit them again. But this so-called return to normality will take some time.
Virtual visits via Zoom and WebEx are likely to be the norm for the foreseeable future, and family members should also be willing to take tests to visit them.
Read the full report on how CNBC’s Lorie Konish nursing homes will return to a new normal. – Warner melody
Wearing a mask isn’t about politics, says Mike DeWine, governor of Ohio
Elected Republican Attorney General of Ohio, Mike DeWine, delivers his victory speech after winning the Ohio governor race at the Ohio Republican Party election night party on November 6, 2018 in Sheraton Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio.
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10:10 am ET – Governor of Ohio, Mike DeWine, told NBC’s Chuck Todd that the ongoing mask-wearing debate should not be about choosing a political party, but protecting each other.
“It is not a question of whether you are liberal or conservative, left or right, republican or democratic. You wear the mask so as not to protect yourself as much as to protect others,” said De Wine.
In response to the emotional message from Governor of North Dakota, Doug Burgum on Friday, to be more empathetic than to shame those wearing masks, DeWine agreed, saying Burgum was “just right”.
“This is a time when we are really all together. What we do has a direct impact on others,” he added.
Ohio reopened its retail stores and personal care services earlier this month. The governor said the state’s reopening plan “went well”.
While Ohio is not yet ready to allow mass gatherings, restaurants and businesses are adapting well to public health measures, DeWine says. – Jasmin Kim
The US unemployment rate could still be in the double digits in November, the White House adviser says
Kevin Hassett, chairman of the White House Economic Advisory Council, speaks on Monday, September 10, 2018, during a press conference at the White House in Washington, DC, the United States.
Yuri Gripas | Bloomberg | Getty Images
9:36 am ET – According to Kevin Hassett, White House senior advisor, the US unemployment rate could still be in double digits in November due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The unemployment rate rose to 14.7% in April. Since mid-March, when the outbreak forced national closures, more than 38 million people have submitted applications for unemployment.
Hassett told CNN’s Dana Bash that there are other promising signs of economic improvement as unemployment figures may move more slowly than other indicators. But he said the unemployment rate in May is likely to be north of 20%.
“The unemployment rate will be higher in June than in May, but after that it should gradually decline,” said Hassett. – Emma Newburger
Air traffic will look different this summer due to the corona virus
9:03 am ET – Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start to the high season and although demand shows some signs of life, it is still down about 90% from last year. The virus and concerns about its spread have led to new procedures among airlines and federal agencies.
The Department of Homeland Security, which includes TSA and Customs, is investigating temperature controls at airports. The Transportation Security Administration is also changing some guidelines to limit physical contact, such as: For example, asking travelers to scan their own boarding passes and remove groceries and other items from their pockets so officials don’t have to touch trash cans.
As of this month, U.S. airlines will require travelers to wear masks on board. They optimize boarding to fill the seats from the back to the front and limit contact with other travelers. Some airlines limit the number of passengers on board or tell travelers when their flights are full. However, experts warn that it is almost impossible to distance yourself socially on an airplane. – Leslie Josephs
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