May 6 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Adam Renton and Angela Dewan, CNN

Updated 8:57 p.m. ET, May 6, 2020
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8:46 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020

California's weekly coronavirus deaths drops for the first time

California's weekly death toll from coronavirus has declined for the first time since the outbreak began.

Data provided by California’s Department of Public Health shows a quick rise in deaths in March and the first part of April, and numbers plateauing in the past three weeks, with just over 500 fatalities reported each week.

The week ending May 3 saw 505 deaths, a slight drop from the prior week’s report of 527 deaths.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Monday he’s feeling optimistic based on the apparent stabilization of these numbers, but advised that reports of deaths typically lag behind confirmation of coronavirus cases.

“This is an optimistic day, as we see a little bit of a ray of sunshine on the horizon,” Newsom said.
8:45 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020

Trump backs off promise of vaccine by the end of the year

From CNN's Jason Hoffman 

US President Donald Trump participates in a tour of a Honeywell International plant that manufactures personal protective equipment on Tuesday, in Phoenix, Arizona. 
US President Donald Trump participates in a tour of a Honeywell International plant that manufactures personal protective equipment on Tuesday, in Phoenix, Arizona.  Evan Vucci/AP

US President Donald Trump appeared to back off his claim that a coronavirus vaccine would be developed by the end of the year.

Trump was asked if he was still convinced that a vaccine would be developed by the end of the year. The President responded, “You can never be convinced.”
He continued: “I can’t be convinced of anything, but I think that we have a really good shot of having something very very substantial.”

Trump added that “we are doing really great” and he is getting daily reports from companies working to develop a vaccine.

On Sunday, Trump told a Fox News town hall, "We are very confident we are going to have a vaccine by the end of the year."

8:38 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020

More than 71,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US

At least 1,203,502 cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the US, including 71,031 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases

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

CNN is tracking US coronavirus cases here:

8:36 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020

UK coronavirus death toll overtakes Italy's to become highest in Europe

From CNN's Milena Veselinovic in London

A worker mops a corridor in the Intensive Care unit at the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, UK, on Tuesday, May 5.
A worker mops a corridor in the Intensive Care unit at the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, UK, on Tuesday, May 5. Neil Hall/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The number of people who have died from coronavirus in the UK is now the highest in Europe and second only to the US globally.

The UK on Tuesday surpassed Italy's death toll; the UK has now reported 29,502 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. In Italy, 29,315 people have died. The US has lost more than 71,000 people to the virus.

There was an increase of 4,406 cases in the UK on Tuesday, bringing the total number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus to 194,990, UK foreign minister Dominic Raab said.

So far, 1,383,842 coronavirus tests have been conducted in the UK.