May 10 coronavirus news

By Ben Westcott, Jenni Marsh, Angela Dewan, Fernando Alfonso III and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 9:32 p.m. ET, May 10, 2020
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7:02 a.m. ET, May 10, 2020

Wuhan reports first new case in more than a month

From journalist Alexandra Lin in Hong Kong

Medical personnel work at a coronavirus testing site on April 16 in Wuhan, China.
Medical personnel work at a coronavirus testing site on April 16 in Wuhan, China. Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

The city of Wuhan, the original epicenter of the coronavirus crisis, on Sunday reported its first new coronavirus case since April 3, according to local health officials.

The patient is currently in a critical condition, and his wife has also tested positive and was reported as an asymptomatic case. The patient lives in a neighborhood that has recorded 20 confirmed cases overall.

The new case is lined to "past community infection," according to the Wuhan Health Commission, citing medical experts. Five patients from the community showing no symptoms, including the new case's wife, have been sent to hospitals for observation. China's national and local health commissions do not include asymptomatic cases in their confirmed case counts.

China reopened Wuhan’s borders after a 76-day lockdown on April 8. As of Saturday, 50,334 total cases have been confirmed in the city, according to the commission.

3:05 a.m. ET, May 10, 2020

It's 8a.m. in London and 4p.m. in Seoul, here is the top coronavirus news for today

The Rio de Janeiro State government opens the Maracanã field hospital on May 9 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Rio de Janeiro State government opens the Maracanã field hospital on May 9 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mauricio Bazilio/Rio de Janeiro State Department of Health via Getty Images

  • Global infections rise above four million: There are now 4.02 million confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus around the world, as cases rise rapidly in Brazil and Russia. The death toll globally is now at least 279,329, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  • UK PM to address the nation: Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce a five-tier Covid-19 warning system in a televised address to the nation today, according to the UK Press Association. Johnson is expected to announce a relaxation of coronavirus restrictions, including allowing unlimited exercise.
  • Deaths top 10,000 in Brazil: The epidemic is escalating in the South American country where the death toll is now above 10,000. Brazil has the eighth highest number of confirmed infections in the world, with 156,061 cases.
  • Quarantine in the White House: Several top US officials, including the CDC director, have gone into isolation after two White House staffers tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Parts of the building will undergo "heightened levels of cleaning" in the wake of the confirmed cases, according to a memo seen by CNN.
  • South Korea infections spike: The country reported 34 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, the highest rise in infections since April 9. South Korea's Centers for Disease Control and Protection said 26 of the cases were locally transmitted. All bars in Seoul were ordered to shut on Saturday after a cluster of infections at nightclubs.
  • Wuhan records its first case in a month: The epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak has confirmed its first symptomatic infection since April 4, according to the Wuhan Health Commission. The patient is in a critical condition. It comes as a top Chinese health official acknowledged that the outbreak had revealed weaknesses in the country public health system.
7:02 a.m. ET, May 10, 2020

Australia’s New South Wales to ease restrictions from May 15

From CNN's Sophie Jeong

A woman walks past a closed shopfront on May 7 in Sydney, Australia.
A woman walks past a closed shopfront on May 7 in Sydney, Australia. Jenny Evans/Getty Images

New South Wales, Australia's largest state, will begin easing restrictions on some gatherings and allow restaurants to open with new restrictions starting May 15, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Sunday.

Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to open for up to 10 patrons at a time. Outdoor gatherings, weddings, and religious services will be limited to 10 people, while outdoor funerals will be permitted with up to 30 mourners.

“The changes will allow New South Wales (NSW) to fire up the economy, while allowing more personal freedoms,” Berejiklian said during a televised press conference early Sunday.
"We do the easing of restrictions with caution and because we've demonstrated collectively our ability to listen to the restrictions, to respect them, and that is why I'm please asking everybody to show that same vigilance as we move forward."

In a statement released Sunday by the NSW Government, Health Minister Brad Hazzard reminded citizens to remain aware of the continuing coronavirus pandemic, adding that "without a vaccine we need to be vigilant, especially when restrictions lift." 

Australia’s Prime Minister outlined on Friday a three-step plan to reopen the economy and society, but said it would be up to individual states when they put it in place. The NSW will consider steps two and three of the plan in due course, the statement on Sunday said.

7:02 a.m. ET, May 10, 2020

South Korea reports biggest single-day jump since April 9 as Seoul nightclub cluster grows

From CNN's Jake Kwon in Seoul

South Korea registered 34 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, its biggest single-day jump in infections since April 9, according to the country’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

The spike in cases is believed to be linked to Seoul's nightclub scene -- specifically to a 29-year-old man who tested positive for the virus on Thursday, after visiting three night clubs in Seoul on May 2.

Until recently South Korea had almost completely contained its epidemic, with new cases being reported in single-digits in the days before the new cluster emerged.

As of Sunday noon, 54 cases had been linked to the nightclub cluster, 43 of whom had visited the night spots in question, while 11 were people who came into contact with those who had been there.

Officials said at least 1,946 people who had visited the establishments in question were being tracked down and put into self-isolation, the mayor Park Won-soon said. 

On Sunday, President Moon Jae-in warned of a second wave of the epidemic during his televised speech to mark the third anniversary of his inauguration. 

“It’s not over until it’s over. While keeping enhanced alertness till the end, we must never lower our guard regarding epidemic prevention,” Moon said. “It will be a long time before the Covid-19 outbreak has ended completely. We should also brace for the pandemic’s second wave.”

South Korea has recorded 10,874 cases of the virus, and 9,610 people have recovered, according to KCDC. Among the new cases, 26 were locally transmitted.

The death toll stands at 256 with no new deaths reported on Saturday.

7:02 a.m. ET, May 10, 2020

As virus draws closer to him, Trump turns to 2020 and stokes fears about voter fraud

From CNN's Maeve Reston

Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

As President Donald Trump tried to move past the pandemic, it edged even closer into his inner circle of advisers Saturday with news that top members of the coronavirus task force will self-quarantine in some form, after coming in contact with an individual who tested positive for the virus.

It was yet another blow to the President's argument that America has largely vanquished the coronavirus threat, as he looks to turn his focus toward the economic recovery that will be the lynchpin of his fall reelection campaign.

The news that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, are all entering either full or partial quarantine was a harsh reality check that the virus has now worked its way into the highest corridors of power. This followed revelations last week that Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary and Trump's personal valet tested positive for coronavirus.

Trump appeared only briefly Saturday for a photo op in the presidential setting of the White House Situation Room, where he met with top military brass. Neither the President nor the participants wore masks, even though the virus has clearly been in the West Wing.

The President took no questions during the photo spray, but on Twitter he seemed increasingly preoccupied by the looming 2020 election.

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7:01 a.m. ET, May 10, 2020

You might need a reservation for the beach this summer

From CNN's Al Goodman

This rendering shows how authorities will spread out nets in Canet d'en Berenguer.
This rendering shows how authorities will spread out nets in Canet d'en Berenguer. Canet d'en Berenguer City Hall

You make reservations at restaurants, sure. But how about booking in advance just to get a spot on the sand at the beach?

That's exactly what some beachgoers will have to do in Spain this summer, thanks to the coronavirus crisis.

Canet d'en Berenguer, a Mediterranean town located just north of Valencia, will only allow 5,000 daily sunbathers on its local beach, around half the usual number, in order to maintain social distancing.

These spaces will need to be reserved in advance via a mobile phone app.

"This summer will be very different," said Pere Joan Antoni Chordá, the town's mayor. "There'll be more space between your neighbor. Like a 'business-class' beach."

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7:01 a.m. ET, May 10, 2020

We're headed for a faceless future as masks become the norm. That's a big security concern, experts say

By Luke McGee, CNN

A woman wearing a face mask walks in Brooklyn Bridge Park on April 28 in New York City.
A woman wearing a face mask walks in Brooklyn Bridge Park on April 28 in New York City. Al Bello/Getty Images

As Western nations begin the slow crawl out of lockdown, it's increasingly clear that we're some way off society returning to anything resembling pre-Covid life.

To the surprise of many politicians, Western populations have largely obeyed instructions to remain indoors. In fact, lockdown efforts in many countries have been so effective that governments are now pondering how to gradually lift restrictions without freaking out compliant citizens.

In recent days, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson floated a way that citizens might feel comfortable emerging from isolation: face masks.

"As part of coming out of the lockdown, I do think face coverings will be useful," Johnson said at the start of this month, claiming that masks will help give the public "confidence that they can go back to work."

But the prospect of a new society in which the public conceals their faces from one another has wide-ranging implications for crime and security, as well as social interaction.

"The main problem that people wearing masks throws up is the sheer volume of people suddenly covering their faces," said Francis Dodsworth, senior lecturer in criminology at the University of Kingston, near London. "It could create opportunities for people who want to cover their face for nefarious reasons. They could potentially now do so without raising suspicion."

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7:01 a.m. ET, May 10, 2020

US reports more than 25,000 new cases, pushing total infections there to over 1.3 million

Nurses tend to a coronavirus patient at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Washington, on May 7.
Nurses tend to a coronavirus patient at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Washington, on May 7. Karen Ducey/Getty Images

There were 25,621 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus diagnosed in the United States on Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University, bringing the total number of infections to 1,309,550.

At least 78,795 people have died in the US from coronavirus, with 1,615 new fatalities reported on Saturday.

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

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7:01 a.m. ET, May 10, 2020

Our cities may never look the same again after the pandemic

From CNN's Oscar Holland

Commuters sit in a coach at the Cardona underground station in Milan, Italy, on May 4.
Commuters sit in a coach at the Cardona underground station in Milan, Italy, on May 4. Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

For advocates of walkable, unpolluted and vehicle-free cities, the past few weeks have offered an unprecedented opportunity to test the ideas they have long lobbied for.

With Covid-19 lockdowns vastly reducing the use of roads and public transit systems, city authorities -- from Liverpool to Lima -- are taking advantage by closing streets to cars, opening others to bicycles and widening sidewalks to help residents maintain the six-foot distancing recommended by global health authorities.

Like jellyfish returning to Venice's canals or flamingos flocking to Mumbai, pedestrians and cyclists are venturing out to places they previously hadn't dared.

In Oakland, California, almost 10% of roadways have been closed to through-traffic, while Bogota, Colombia, has opened 47 miles of temporary bike lanes. New York has begun trialing seven miles of "open streets" to ease crowding in parks, with AucklandMexico City and Quito among the dozens of other cities experimenting with similar measures.

There are many purported benefits of "reclaiming" the streets during a pandemic.

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