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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1:47 p.m. ET, May 10, 2020

Lab-made antibodies could be available by end of summer, biotech company says

From CNN Arman Azad

The CEO of biotechnology company Regeneron tells CNN that’s he’s optimistic about an artificial antibody treatment for coronavirus that could enter clinical trials next month – but says it’s too soon to know whether it will help prevent or treat infection.

“We should be optimistic about this approach, but we have to get real data. In this environment, there’s nothing that can substitute for real science and real data,” Dr. Leonard Schleifer, CEO of Regeneron, said.

Unlike a vaccine, which triggers the immune system to develop antibodies, lab-made antibodies are infused directly into the blood, providing temporary immunity. 

“Our approach takes advantage of what’s been known about the immune system for more than 100 years,” Schleifer told CNN.

The body naturally produces antibodies after being exposed to a virus, he said.

“Our approach is to generate these human antibodies artificially, so to speak, and give people those antibodies to either prevent them from getting infected if they’re at higher risk, or treat them," Schleifer said.

The company is hoping to enter clinical trials next month and might have hundreds of thousands of doses available by the end of summer, according to Dr. George Yancopoulos, Regeneron’s chief scientific officer.

Yancopoulos described the therapy as an “important stopgap” until a vaccine is available and said they would be complementary, he said on ABC.

“Vaccines can provide permanent immunity to much larger numbers of people,” he said. “This is why we need all of these efforts.”

1:38 p.m. ET, May 10, 2020

India to resume passenger train services despite nationwide lockdown

From CNN’s Rishabh Pratap

Trains sit idle at the Delhi Junction railway station in Delhi, India, on March 30.
Trains sit idle at the Delhi Junction railway station in Delhi, India, on March 30. T. Narayan/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Indian Railways announced passenger services will partially resume in the country starting Tuesday.

The railways will start with special trains on 15 selected routes, including the New Delhi-Mumbai route, according to the Railways Ministry. Indian Railways will then start additional special services on other routes based on availability.

Priority will be given to 20,000 coaches for Covid-19 care centers and then up to 300 trains every day to bring home stranded migrant workers across the country, the statement added.

Only passengers with valid confirmed tickets – which can be purchased Monday afternoon – will be allowed to enter the railway stations and it will be mandatory for the passengers to wear a face cover and undergo screening at departure. Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the trains.

Some context: Indian railways stopped passenger services for the first time in last 167 years on March 24 after a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus was announced.

India has been in lockdown since March 24 and will continue until at least May 17.

1:04 p.m. ET, May 10, 2020

Catch up on the latest pandemic news

From CNN's Elise Hammond

Stylists and patrons wear masks at a salon in Las Vegas on May 9.
Stylists and patrons wear masks at a salon in Las Vegas on May 9. Joe Buglewicz/Bloomberg via Getty Images

It's 1:00 p.m. ET in the US. If you're just tuning in, here are the latest coronavirus headlines.

  • A billion vaccines: Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson is looking to produce a billion coronavirus vaccines for next year, the company’s chief scientific officer said. Clinical trials will start in September.
  • Masks will be the new normal: 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.
  • Depression-era unemployment: White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said he thinks the United States unemployment rate will "probably" be "close to 20%" in the May jobs report. Larry Kudlowthe chairman of the White House’s National Economic Council, also said there will be "difficult numbers" in May.
  • Funding for state and local governments: The White House thinks a new emergency relief bill is "premature" because money from previous relief bills is still being distributed, Kevin Hassett said. Capitol Hill has passed nearly $3 trillion in funding across several packages in response to the coronavirus already, including $150 billion for state and local governments.
  • New York investigating illness: New York state is investigating 85 cases of a coronavirus-related illness that is afflicting children across the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference Sunday.
  • UK lockdown: Prime Minister Boris Johnson is scheduled to present a plan for lifting the nation's lockdown tonight, replacing "stay home" with "stay alert." He said earlier in the week that he had hoped some restrictions could be eased on Monday.
1:30 p.m. ET, May 10, 2020

Italy reports lowest daily increase in coronavirus deaths since the beginning of March

From CNN’s Livia Borghese

A total of at least 30,560 coronavirus patients have died in Italy, the Italian Civil Protection Agency confirmed Sunday, marking an increase of 165 – the lowest rise in deaths since March 9.

The total number of active cases across Italy has once again decreased, falling from 84,842 on Saturday to 83,324, which is down by about 1,518 cases.

A total of at least 1,027 patients continue to receive treatment in intensive care units.

12:46 p.m. ET, May 10, 2020

New York governor says government cannot subsidize big corporations to lay off workers

From CNN's Elise Hammond

Gov. Cuomo’s Office
Gov. Cuomo’s Office

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that the federal government needs to have a plan in place that prioritizes getting American workers' jobs back as big corporations start to reopen.

"You will see corporations using this pandemic to layoff workers," he said at a news briefing on Sunday. "We're going to 'right size' during this period. What does that mean? It means they're not going to rehire the same number of employees so they're going to boost their corporate profits by reducing the number of employees."

Cuomo said the "government should not subsidize their reduction of employees" and suggested the Americans First Law as a possible solution. The law states that if a corporation does not rehire the same number of employees they had before the pandemic, they have to return any government money they received, Cuomo said.

"We're not going to subsidize you to layoff workers. If you can layoff workers and you're saving money by laying off workers – you don't need the American taxpayer to subsidize you. Otherwise, you will never get those employment numbers back because that's what's going to happen all across the country," Cuomo said.
12:36 p.m. ET, May 10, 2020

Gov. Cuomo to look "region by region" to determine where to reopen New York

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

Gov. Cuomo’s Office
Gov. Cuomo’s Office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is going "region to region across the state" to determine what parts can reopen when New York's close down order expires on May 15.

The state has a “clear” and “uniformed” set of criteria based on data and science, the governor said Sunday during a news conference.

Local governments should start to look into two factors, the governor said:

  • Does data indicate spread under control
  • Does the region have their operation in place – hospital capacity/ testing/ tracing/ isolating – and compliance function

More will come this week as the May 15 date approaches, Cuomo said.

12:27 p.m. ET, May 10, 2020

New York governor lays out new guidelines for nursing homes

From CNN's Elise Hammond

Gov. Cuomo’s Office
Gov. Cuomo’s Office

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined new guidelines that nursing homes and hospitals must follow in order to protect the elderly.

Cuomo said nursing homes are "ground zero" for Covid-19.

"They are the vulnerable population in the vulnerable location. Today we're taking additional steps to protect seniors in nursing homes," he said at a news briefing on Sunday.

Here are the new safety measures nursing homes must follow:

  • Visitation is restricted, except for end-of-life visits.
  • Personal protective equipment is required for staff when interacting with residents who are suspected to have coronavirus or have tested positive.
  • Face masks are required when staff interacts with all residents.
  • All staff must be checked for coronavirus symptoms, including temperature checks every 12 hours and diagnostic tests every two weeks.
  • Facilities must notify all residents and family members within 24 hours of a positive coronavirus test or death.
  • The facilities must separate residents and staff in the event of an outbreak.

Cuomo said facilities must transfer any residents that they cannot take care of.

"If a nursing home cannot take care of a person, we have facilities that can," he said. "If they have a Covid positive person and they can't treat a Covid positive person, they must transfer the person or call the state Department of Health and the state Department of Health will transfer that person."

Cuomo said hospitals will also not be allowed to discharge patients to nursing homes unless they test negative for Covid-19.

"We're just not going to send a person who is positive to a nursing home after hospital visit. Period," Cuomo said. "If there's any issue, the resident must be referred to the department of health which will find alternative care."

If nursing homes do not follow these guidelines, Cuomo said they will lose their license.

"That's harsh. No. Harsh is having a nursing home resident who doesn't get the appropriate care. That's what's harsh. Having someone's parent or mother or brother where they're in a facility. They can't get a visitor. They're isolated. They feel alone and they're not getting the appropriate care. That is what is harsh," he said.

12:22 p.m. ET, May 10, 2020

New York is investigating 85 cases of a coronavirus-related illness in children

New York state is investigating 85 cases of a coronavirus-related illness that is afflicting children across the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a news conference Sunday.

"Its symptoms are similar to toxic shock-like syndrome. This does not present as a normal Covid case. Covid cases tend to be respiratory," Cuomo said. "This presents as an inflammation of the blood vessels. Sometimes inflammation of the heart. It's possible that these cases were coming in and were not diagnosed as related to Covid because they don't appear as Covid. It is a situation that is taken the lives of three New Yorkers."

More background: The three young New Yorkers who died from an illness that may be related to Covid-19 include a teenager in Suffolk County, as well as a 7-year-old in Westchester County and a 5-year-old in New York City, according to the governor’s office.

Details of the children who passed away were reported in a press release from Cuomo’s office following his news conference Saturday.

12:12 p.m. ET, May 10, 2020

New York state reports 207 new coronavirus-related deaths

Gov. Cuomo’s Office
Gov. Cuomo’s Office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported that New York has seen 207 coronavirus-related deaths over the past 24 hours.

Cuomo also said the state recorded 521 new coronavirus cases, which brings New York "back to where we started this hellish journey," he said during a new conference Sunday.

"March 20th is when we did the close down order. Where we are today is basically, with the number of new cases, is right where we were when we started. It has been a painful period of time between March 20th and May 9th," Cuomo said.

In regards to the number of deaths, Cuomo said the number is "still terribly high but better."

On May 8, Cuomo said 226 people had died from Covid-19 in the state.