May 3 coronavirus news

By Helen Regan, Jenni Marsh, Fernando Alfonso III and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 9:01 p.m. ET, May 3, 2020
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12:10 a.m. ET, May 3, 2020

The US reported more than 1,400 coronavirus deaths on Saturday

From CNN's Alta Spells

A FDNY paramedic unloads a patient from an ambulance near the Emergency Room entrance to the Brooklyn Hospital Center on April 23 in New York City.
A FDNY paramedic unloads a patient from an ambulance near the Emergency Room entrance to the Brooklyn Hospital Center on April 23 in New York City. Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

There are at least 1,132,539 cases of coronavirus in the US and at least 66,369 people have died from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University's (JHU) tally of cases in the United States.

On Saturday, JHU reported 29,078 new cases and 1,426 deaths. 

The totals includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories, as well as repatriated cases and those in the US military, veterans hospitals and federal prisons.  

CNN has an interactive map tracking coronavirus cases across the country:

11:48 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

Japan reports 289 coronavirus cases

A staff member holds a coronavirus test swab at the Yokosuka Emergency Medical Center on April 23 in Yokosuka, Japan.
A staff member holds a coronavirus test swab at the Yokosuka Emergency Medical Center on April 23 in Yokosuka, Japan. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

Japan's Health Ministry reported 289 new coronavirus cases and 34 deaths on Saturday.

That brings the country's total infections to 15,551, with 712 of those from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

A total of 505 people have died, with 13 of those from the cruise ship.

The capital Tokyo has been hit hardest by the outbreak and has recorded at least 11,691 infections and 141 coronavirus deaths.

On Saturday, there were 160 additional infections and 15 people died in Tokyo, according to the city's metropolitan government.

11:22 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

Warren Buffett vows that US will recover from coronavirus

From CNN's Paul R. La Monica

Warren Buffett speaks during the "United State of Women Summit" at the Washington Convention Center on June 14, 2016 in Washington.
Warren Buffett speaks during the "United State of Women Summit" at the Washington Convention Center on June 14, 2016 in Washington. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said he remains convinced that nothing can stop the United States and that America will recover from the Covid-19 pandemic -- just as it did after other crises during the past century.

Buffett, who has long been bullish on the US economy and stock market, spoke at the company's annual shareholder meeting from a virtually empty CHI Health Center in Omaha Saturday. The remarks were webcast by Yahoo Finance.

Buffett discussed prior times of hardship he's lived through, such as the Cuban missile crisis and the Cold War, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Great Recession of 2008. Every time it seemed that the future was bleak, he said, but America eventually recovered.

He conceded that the coronavirus outbreak is a vastly different challenge than those other national emergencies. But he remains upbeat.

"This country, in 231 years, has exceeded anybody's dreams." Buffett said.

Selling airline stakes: But the billionaire Berkshire Hathaway CEO said the company recently sold its entire stakes in the four airline stocks that company had owned, calling it a mistake to invest in the industry.

Berkshire Hathaway revealed in early April that it trimmed its stakes in Delta and Southwest. But in response to a question from a Berkshire shareholder, Buffett said the company sold all its shares in Delta and Southwest, as well as United and American, because he believes it will take years for air travel to recover.

Read the full story:

11:07 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

South Korea reports 13 new coronavirus cases

From CNN's Yoonjung Seo

Nurses prepare for a shift caring for coronavirus patients at Keimyung University Daegu Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea on April 29.
Nurses prepare for a shift caring for coronavirus patients at Keimyung University Daegu Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea on April 29. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

South Korea reported 13 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, raising the national tally to 10,793.

Among the 13 new cases, five are imported and were picked up by the airport screening process, according to the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A total of 250 people have died from coronavirus in South Korea and 9,183 people have been released from quarantine.

10:58 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

Death toll from coronavirus continues to climb in Brazil

From CNN’s Claudia Dominguez in Atlanta

An aerial view of a burial at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 1.
An aerial view of a burial at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 1. Miguel Schincariol/Getty Images

Brazil's Ministry of Health is reporting 421 deaths from coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

The total number of coronavirus deaths in Brazil now stands at 6,750.

The health ministry said there are 4,970 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number to 96,559.

Brazil has the most reported cases in Latin America.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has downplayed the impact of the virus, likening it to "a little flu." 

Bolsonaro is also under pressure to show his Covid-19 test results. A federal judge from Sao Paulo had initially set a deadline of Saturday for the President to submit his results. However the 3rd Federal Regional Tribunal suspended the order that mandated the tests to be presented. An appeal was made on behalf of the Attorney General's office to extend the deadline for five more days for the case to be reviewed. 

10:47 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

China reports no deaths for a fifth straight day

From CNN's Isaac Yee in Hong Kong

China's National Health Commission (NHC) has reported two new cases of the coronavirus and no deaths for the fifth consecutive day.

One of the new cases was imported from abroad and the other was locally transmitted in northern Shanxi province.

Twelve asymptomatic infections were also reported. China previously did not include those patients not showing symptoms in some of its tallies.

Here's the country breakdown, according to the NHC:

  • Total confirmed infections: 82,877
  • Total deaths: 4,633
  • Total recovered and discharged: 77,713
  • Active cases remaining: 531

10:36 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

US urges Taliban to reduce violence and focus on Covid-19

From CNN's Ryan Browne in Washington and Jennifer Hauser in Atlanta

US Special Forces Afghanistan (USFOR) is again calling for the Taliban to cease violence and focus on slowing the spread of coronavirus.

This comes a day after a report from the Pentagon revealed a surge in attacks on America's Afghan allies since the reduction in violence agreement was signed in February.

USFOR Spokesman Col. Sonny Leggett called out Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid in a tweet Saturday, saying: "Now is the time to stop the violence."

On Tuesday the top US commander in Afghanistan, General Austin "Scott" Miller warned: "If the Taliban continue to attack, then what they should expect is a response."

Col. Leggett further addressed the Taliban Saturday saying: "This moment is an opportunity for Afghanistan -- for the people of Afghanistan to say clearly to all who will listen that they want peace."

Zabihullah Mujahid responded to Col. Leggett, tweeting: "Path to a resolution lies in the implementation of the #Doha agreement. Do not harm the current environment with pointless & provocative statements. We are committed to our end, honor your own obligations."

10:19 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

China's Russian border town closes restaurants, as other parts of the country ease restrictions  

From CNN's Phoebe Lai in Hong Kong and  Maija-Lisa Ehlinger in Atlanta 

At midnight on May 2, Harbin City, on the Russia-China border, closed all dine-in restaurants until further notice, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

The measures were to prevent crowds gathering in the city in China's north-east Heilongjiang province during the Labor Day holiday, according to the Heilongjiang government council.

Heilongjiang has recently seen a spike in locally transmitted coronavirus cases, leading to more restrictive controls. Meanwhile, other Chinese provinces are beginning to lift lockdown measures.  

The local government council urged Harbin residents to remain at home during the holiday and asked everyone to follow the principle of "going out less, no assemblies and group gatherings, including meal gatherings."

The Heilongjiang government said: "This year's Labour Day, we must put the health and safety of ourselves and our families as our top priority." 

China's Labor Day holiday runs from May 1 to 5.

10:07 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

It's 7 p.m. in Los Angeles and 10 a.m. in Beijing. Here's the latest on the coronavirus pandemic

A volunteer directs cars lining up for coronavirus testing in Los Angeles on May 2.
A volunteer directs cars lining up for coronavirus testing in Los Angeles on May 2. Richard Vogel/AP

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 3.4 million people and killed at least 243,000 worldwide. If you're just joining us now, here are the latest developments.

US cases: In the worst-hit country, there have been at least 1,132,315 cases of coronavirus and at least 66,364 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Congress turns down testing: President Donald Trump took to Twitter after US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected his offer of providing 1,000 rapid coronavirus tests to Congress. The duo said the tests should be saved for frontline health care workers.

France's deaths decline: The daily number of deaths from coronavirus in France continues to decline. At least 24,760 people have died there after contracting Covid-19, an increase of 166 since Friday, the Health Ministry announced Saturday. Meanwhile, the French government will extend its state of emergency for another two months.

China sends help: China has sent 149 medical experts to 16 countries for Covid-19 prevention and control work, its National Health Commission said.

Malaysia migrants: Police are using movement control laws to round up undocumented immigrants to prevent the spread of coronavirus, according to state-run media agency Bernama. Hundreds of undocumented immigrants have been detained across the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Turkey exports: Turkey has lifted trade restrictions imposed on the export of some medical equipment due to the pandemic. This equipment includes ventilators, intubation tubes and intensive care unit monitors.

More cases at US meat plants: About half of the people tested at the Tyson pork processing plant in Logansport, Indiana, have Covid-19. Of the roughly 2,200 employees at the plant, about 1,900 individuals were tested. Trump had signed an executive order aimed at keeping meat-processing facilities open but there are concerns over worker safety.

Baby names: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has named his newborn son in honor of doctors who treated him for coronavirus. The baby's name is Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson -- Nicholas is in honor of two doctors who treated Johnson.