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

OPINION: Contagion within the White House would be catastrophic for our national security

By Samantha Vinograd

Editor's note: Samantha Vinograd is a CNN national security analyst. She is a senior adviser at the University of Delaware's Biden Institute, which is not affiliated with the Biden campaign. Vinograd served on President Barack Obama's National Security Council from 2009 to 2013 and at the Treasury Department under President George W. Bush. The views expressed in this commentary are her own.

President Trump's personal valet, the vice president's spokeswoman, Katie Miller, and Ivanka Trump's personal assistant (who has been teleworking for nearly two months) all tested positive for Covid-19, illustrating the manifold threats the pandemic poses to our government.

The news raises questions about the legitimacy of the White House's own narrative about its ability to keep Americans safe, while highlighting the potential havoc the coronavirus could wreak on our government and national security.

News that the coronavirus has infiltrated the White House presents a direct threat to the administration's narrative that it is taking the necessary measures to keep the American people safe.

Earlier this week, the White House rejected the very guidelines it asked for from the Centers for Disease Control and Protection on how to safely reopen the country because the CDC's 17-page draft was "overly prescriptive."

Instead of relying on experts, the White House is flying blind, putting itself in charge of determining how to keep Americans safe. To make matters worse, the failure to protect the President and Vice President Mike Pence doesn't inspire much confidence that the administration is doing everything possible to protect the rest of us. It also undercuts the President's assertions that it's time to reopen the country because it's clear that new infections are a reality — even in the White House.

More directly, this news threatens the functioning of our government. 

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

UK sends 50,000 coronavirus tests to the US due to "operational issues" in lab network

From CNN's Mitchell McCluskey in Atlanta

The UK sent 50,000 coronavirus tests to the US earlier this week due to operational issues in the government's network of labs, a Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson told CNN on Saturday.

“When problems arise, we have contingencies in place which include creating extra temporary capacity for our labs or sending swabs abroad to partner labs for completion. Of course, our partner labs must match our high standards," the spokesperson said.

Validation of these tests will be completed in the UK and results will be returned to patients "as quickly as possible," the spokesperson said.

The Department of Health and Social Care is working the resolve the lab issues and return them to full capacity.

The UK government's attempt to expand testing has faltered in recent days as it has struggled to regularly achieve the goal of completing 100,000 tests per day.

7:00 a.m. ET, May 10, 2020

Chinese health official admits to public health system weaknesses

From Alexandra Lin in Hong Kong

Volunteers spray disinfectant at a market on May 6 as the city of Suifenhe, China prepares to reopen.
Volunteers spray disinfectant at a market on May 6 as the city of Suifenhe, China prepares to reopen. STR/AFP/Getty Images

The coronavirus epidemic has revealed weaknesses in China's public health system, a Chinese health official said on Saturday, in a rare public admission of deficiency from within the authoritarian government.

“It’s a big test of our country’s capacity and system of governance. While we are dealing with the epidemic, it has revealed that China still has weaknesses in major epidemic prevention and control systems (as well as) public health systems," Li Bin, deputy head of the National Health Commission, said during a press conference on Saturday.

Li said China will now improve its disease prevention, public health system and data collection operations.

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has repeatedly lashed out at China over its handling of the outbreak, questioning its death toll and criticizing its early response to the virus. 

China reported 14 new cases of novel coronavirus as of May 9, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 82,901, according to the National Health Commission.

11:12 p.m. ET, May 9, 2020

Coronavirus leaves the Gulf's migrant workers in limbo, with no income and no easy way out

From CNN's Sam Kiley and Mostafa Salem

Six Indian workers lie in bunk beds in the middle of a workday. Beyond the four walls of their small room in the United Arab Emirates, their options for maintaining a livelihood are becoming increasingly slim.

Two months ago, they were laid off as Covid-19's spread dealt a blow to the UAE economy. Since then, they have been confined to their labor camp, surviving on a drip feed of monetary compensation.

Manjit Singh has worked in the UAE for 17 years, enduring tough living conditions to provide a lifeline for his impoverished family back home in India. After the coronavirus started to spread this year, his employer suspended operations, leaving him in limbo. Commercial flights in the UAE were grounded, India went into lockdown on March 24, and Singh stopped receiving an income.

"For the past two months, we have been sitting in the room and our company was giving us a salary, but now they are saying that they cannot give us a salary and we should buy a ticket to go home, but where should we buy the ticket?" the 44-year-old told CNN.

Singh is one of hundreds of thousands of migrant workers across the Gulf's Arab countries who are contending with stripped livelihoods, overcrowded camps and no easy path to repatriation, Amnesty International, Migrant-Rights.org and Business & Human Rights Resource Centre said.

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10:31 p.m. ET, May 9, 2020

It's 10:30pm in Washington and 11:30am in Seoul, here is the top coronavirus news for today

Cemetery workers wearing hazmat suits bury the coffin of a c in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, May 8.
Cemetery workers wearing hazmat suits bury the coffin of a c in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, May 8. Leo Correa/AP

  • 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 279,303, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  • 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 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 shut on Saturday after a cluster of infections at nightclubs.
  • UK PM to ease lockdown measures: Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce a new five-tier Covid-19 warning system in a televised address to the nation today, according to the UK Press Association. Johnson will also announce a relaxation of coronavirus restrictions, including allowing unlimited exercise.
6:59 a.m. ET, May 10, 2020

Pro sports are coming back around the world. Does that mean there's a light at the end of the tunnel for the US?

From CNN's Joshua Berlinger

A security guard watches a KBO baseball game between the SK Wyverns and Hanwha Eagles in Incheon, South Korea, on May 5.
A security guard watches a KBO baseball game between the SK Wyverns and Hanwha Eagles in Incheon, South Korea, on May 5. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

It's the bottom of the ninth inning. Kim Sang-su steps into the batter's box for the NC Dinos, who are down 4-0 to the Samsung Lions on Tuesday's opening day of the Korean Baseball Organization's (KBO) 2020 season.

This is the Dinos' final chance for a comeback. But play-by-play announcer Karl Ravech has disappeared.

Ravech, the host of ESPN's flagship MLB program "Baseball Tonight," is experiencing technical difficulties from his home in the northeast United States, where he's calling the game -- thousands of miles away from where it's taking place.

His partner in the virtual broadcast booth, longtime professional baseball player Eduardo Perez, takes the reins from his own home in the southeast of the country, filling in briefly before Ravech is able to return.

Ravech told viewers it was likely an internet dropout and to "be prepared, it might happen again."

That game was the first Korean baseball contest aired by ESPN as part of an agreement that will see the US sports network show six KBO games a week.

Technical difficulties, like those experienced during Tuesday's broadcast, are just one of the many challenges ESPN faces in its first major attempt to air live sports since professional sports in the United States paused play indefinitely amid the coronavirus pandemic. The network is betting that Americans are craving live sports enough to follow an unfamiliar league halfway around the world.

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6:59 a.m. ET, May 10, 2020

Coronavirus has created a rift between the US and China that may take a generation to heal

Analysis by CNN's Nectar Gan

The novel coronavirus has destroyed lives and livelihoods in both the United States and China. But instead of bonding the two nations in the fight against the pandemic, it has sent already strained relations on a rapid downward spiral -- and fanned the flames of a potentially dangerous strain of nationalism.

China has been criticized at home and abroad over its handling of the virus, especially during the initial outbreak. Pushing back on such criticism with increasingly fierce rhetoric, Beijing says it is merely "responding" to false accusations, particularly from the US.

In March, as the pandemic raged across the globe, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian publicly promoted an unfounded conspiracy theory that the virus might have been brought to China by the US military.

A few days later, US President Donald Trump called the coronavirus the "Chinese virus," pinning the blame on China as the outbreak began to take hold in major American cities.

Trump dropped the term a week later -- but the finger pointing did not stop there.

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