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8:39 a.m. ET, May 10, 2020

Secret Service agents seen wearing masks in the White House

From CNN's Jeremy Diamond, Jason Hoffman and Priscilla Alvarez

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Secret Service agents who are part of the President’s protective detail were seen Saturday evening wearing masks in the Cabinet Room. 

There are 11 Secret Service employees who currently have Covid-19, a congressional source confirmed to CNN.

Yahoo News, which first reported the figure basing it on a Department of Homeland Security document, also said 60 employees are self-quarantining. This is a small fraction of the 7,600 Secret Service employees who work for the agency in posts worldwide.

A Secret Service spokesperson refused to confirm how many currently have tested positive, would not say where those employees worked nor specify how many are agents.

“To protect the privacy of our employee’s health information and for operational security, the Secret Service is not releasing how many of its employees have tested positive for Covid-19, nor how many of its employees were, or currently are, quarantined," the spokesperson said.

8:53 a.m. ET, May 10, 2020

People still need to wears masks even as states reopen, Infectious Diseases Society president says

By CNN's Elise Hammond

Employees at Kona Grill in Las Vegas work with facemasks on May 9 as some businesses are allowed to reopen.
Employees at Kona Grill in Las Vegas work with facemasks on May 9 as some businesses are allowed to reopen. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Although states are starting to reopen, people still need to wear a mask and practice physical distancing to prevent a "backlash," Dr. Thomas File, the president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, said.

"We still have to use the personal practices that have led us to the present state now where we're starting to at least, you know, flatten the curve," he told CNN on Sunday.

"That means continue to use physical distancing, continue to use masks when we're out in public –– because until we have widely available antimicrobial or antiviral therapy and a vaccine, the best defense is physical distancing," File added.

He said state leaders have to acknowledge the pandemic has had a "significant impact on both public health and the economy."

File said it is going to be important to take measures to reopen states safety to avoid making the economic situation worse.

"If there's an increase in cases and increase in admissions to hospitals, that's going to hurt the economy. You certainly don't want to go back to lockdown of businesses because that's going to hurt the economy worse," File said.

8:47 a.m. ET, May 10, 2020

Fire breaks out at Moscow coronavirus hospital, one dead

From CNN’s Nathan Hodge

Medical workers work to evacuate patients at Spasokukotskogo Hospital in Moscow on May 9.
Medical workers work to evacuate patients at Spasokukotskogo Hospital in Moscow on May 9. Pavel Golovkin/AP

A fire broke out late Saturday at a Moscow hospital treating coronavirus patients, killing one person and forcing the evacuation of patients, Russian state news agencies report.

In a statement, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said the blaze occurred at City Clinical Hospital No. 50.

“The fire was quickly extinguished,” he said. “All patients are evacuated and will be transported to other hospitals. Unfortunately, there were some casualties. According to preliminary data, one of the patients died. I express condolences to their family and friends.”

Sobyanin said the causes of the fire would be investigated. Russian state news agency TASS, citing preliminary data, said the fire in an intensive care unit was caused by the malfunction of medical equipment. Five people were saved from the burning ward and 200 were evacuated elsewhere, TASS said.

TASS, citing emergency services, said the fire broke out in a unit with coronavirus patients on Saturday evening.

7:26 a.m. ET, May 10, 2020

Pope calls on European leaders to adopt spirit of cooperation in the face of pandemic

From CNN’s Hada Messia in Rome

Pope Francis has called on European leaders to act in the spirit of “agreement and collaboration” in the face of the global coronavirus pandemic.

His made his comments during his weekly Sunday Angelus, in which he marked the 70th anniversary of the Schuman declaration, on which the initial framework for European Union was founded.

“To Europe, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Schuman declaration ... it inspired the process of European integration which allowed for the reconciliation of the people of the continent after the Second World War, and the long period of stability and peace from which we benefit today,” the Pope said.

“The spirit of Schuman’s declaration should not stop inspiring those who are responsible in the European Union, who are called on to face, in the spirit of agreement and collaboration, the economic and social consequences created by the pandemic."

European officials were widely criticized for lacking a unified response in the initial months of the outbreak in the region.

7:03 a.m. ET, May 10, 2020

Alec Baldwin's Trump returns to SNL to congratulate the "class of Covid-19"

From CNN's Frank Pallotta in New Yo

Alec Baldwin being stuck at home didn't stop him from playing President Donald Trump one last time this season.

The season finale of NBC's "Saturday Night Live," which took place remotely, opened with Baldwin's Trump acting as the keynote speaker for this year's graduating class of seniors.

"Hello, everyone, I'm Principal O'Grady. Welcome to the St. Mary Magdalene By The Expressway class of 2020 virtual graduation," Kate McKinnon said to a zoom conference of the entire class playing students. "I know this isn't how you expected your high school career to come to an end, but we're all making sacrifices. I have had to share my child's Adderall with him."

McKinnon's principal told the class that she tried to get the class's preferred speakers of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, but they said no as did the next five choices.

"So I moved on to your eighth choice, receiving one vote, President Donald Trump," she said.

Baldwin's Trump, wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat, appeared on the call from home.

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

Trump says "Get the sports leagues back. Let’s play" in message that aired before UFC 249

From CNN's Noah Broder

US President Donald Trump congratulated the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and its president, Dana White, for bringing sports back with a "big match" in a recorded message that aired on ESPN before the UFC 249 Saturday night.

Justin Gaethje, right, punches Tony Ferguson in their interim lightweight title fight during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida.
Justin Gaethje, right, punches Tony Ferguson in their interim lightweight title fight during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

The fight, which saw Justin Gaethje win the battle against Tony Ferguson in Florida, was the first major US sporting event to return since coronavirus restrictions were put in place.

In his message, the President said it's important to "get the sports leagues back."

"Let's play," Trump said. "You do the social distancing and whatever else you have to do. But we need sports. We want our sports back."

White has been a supporter of Trump in the past and spoke at the 2016 RNC on Trump’s behalf. He is also a current adviser to Trump on helping sports return. Per previous CNN reporting, White has said that he's been on some "great" conference calls with Trump, adding "everyone is motivated to try to figure this thing out and bring back sports."

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

Boris Johnson expected to drop "stay home" slogan, reports say, but Scotland won't follow

From CNN's Simon Cullen

The UK media has widely published a new slogan expected to be unveiled by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday evening, in which the advice to "stay home" will be replaced with "stay alert."

Johnson said earlier this week that he will present a plan to begin easing the country's lockdown, and that he hoped some measures could be relaxed by Monday.

But Johnson has struggled to get all four countries within the UK on the same page, and Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Sunday she would stick with the older "stay at home" message for her people.

The UK's Press Association reported the new slogan, and said that Johnson was also expected to encourage people unable to work from home to return to their workplaces while practicing social distancing. 

Restrictions limiting outdoor exercise to once per day will be lifted and garden centers will be allowed to reopen, though fines for breaking lockdown rules will be increased, PA said.

Johnson's government has come under intense criticism over its messaging around the coronavirus response.

On Sunday, the BBC's Andrew Marr pressed Robert Jenrick, a Cabinet minister, on how the slogan and other details were leaked to some journalists before the Prime Minister's announcement.

Jenrick added that despite the new slogan, the government would still encourage people to stay at home.

"Staying at home will still be an important part of the message. We want people to stay at home as much as possible," he said.

But the government wanted to issue a more nuanced message, he explained, that emphasized vigilance, such as hand-washing and maintaining social distancing, for people who were returning to work or look after the vulnerable.

He rejected criticism that the government was being bold in its easing, despite the country's death toll now reaching above 31,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

"There will be no grand reopening of the economy tonight," he said.

"We will help to control the virus and in time ... we will be able to gradually reopen the economy and other aspects of our lives."

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

Pizza and beer in the park: People in London break lockdown rules

From CNN's Ivana Kottosová, Angela Dewan and Simon Cullen

Police in London have been struggling to keep people from breaking lockdown rules over the long weekend, as warm weather has tempted crowds of people outdoors.

Police in the eastern borough of Hackney posted a photo on Twitter of people drinking beer and wine, and eating pizza at a park, saying "sadly we’re fighting a losing battle in the parks today."

Images from Greenwich Park in the city's southeast also showed police patrolling while asking people having picnics and drinking in the sun to leave.

A police officer patrols in Greenwich Park in London, on May 9.
A police officer patrols in Greenwich Park in London, on May 9. Yui Mok/PA via AP

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is scheduled on Sunday evening to present a plan for lifting the nation's lockdown. He said earlier in the week that he had hoped some restrictions could be eased on Monday.

But without ministers giving details on the record about which measures may be loosened, British media has speculated on what new freedoms they may have next week.

Meanwhile, the country’s Housing Minister Robert Jenrick spoke Sunday of a new five-tier alert system to rank the virus' threat level. Johnson is expected to announce the system when he unveils a plan this evening to ease the nation out of lockdown.

The UK is likely on level four of the alert system, Jenrick told Sky News. UK reports suggested the alert system would only initially apply to England and that the government would work with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to establish similar systems.

“At the moment, we believe the country is at four on a scale of five, with five being the most concerning,” Jenrick told Sky News. “Our aspiration is to bring that down as swiftly as possible to three.

“This will be a cautious approach.”

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.