May 13 coronavirus news

By Ben Westcott, Adam Renton and Zamira Rahim, CNN

Updated 9:26 p.m. ET, May 13, 2020
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6:21 a.m. ET, May 13, 2020

Locally transmitted cases confirmed in Hong Kong for the first time in 22 days

From CNN's Isaac Yee

Pedestrians and vehicles make their way along a street in the Kwun Tong district of Hong Kong on May 6.
Pedestrians and vehicles make their way along a street in the Kwun Tong district of Hong Kong on May 6. Paul Yeung/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Hong Kong officials confirmed that two new locally transmitted coronavirus cases have been recorded in the city, for the first time in 22 days.

"After 22 days of no locally transmitted coronavirus, we have the first today, we are all very concerned," Dr. Chui Tak-yi of Hong Kong's Food and Health Bureau told a news conference Wednesday.

The two cases are a 66-year old grandmother and her five-year old granddaughter who do not live together.

Health officials are tracing their close contacts. The pair's neighbors, along with the students and teachers at the five-year-old's tutorial center, will be tested for Covid-19, said Dr. Chuang Shuk Kwan of the Hong Kong Department of Health.

Chuang warned that the new cases showed an “invisible transmission chain,” and added that officials would not rule out the possibility of future locally-transmitted cases and a community outbreak.

Officials also confirmed one new imported case from Pakistan. The individual initially tested negative upon arrival in Hong Kong on May 8 but subsequently tested positive on Wednesday while in quarantine.

Hong Kong now has 1,051 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus including four deaths.

6:42 a.m. ET, May 13, 2020

Amazon France will keep distribution centers closed until May 18

From CNN's Pierre Bairin

An Amazon logistics center is pictured in Lauwin-Planque, northern France, on April 16.
An Amazon logistics center is pictured in Lauwin-Planque, northern France, on April 16. Denis Charlet/AFP/Getty Images

Amazon France has said it is extending the closure of its distribution centers in the country through May 18.

The online retail company closed the centers on April 15, after a French court ordered Amazon France to stop all non-essential deliveries during the pandemic. The ruling was upheld by the Versailles court of appeal on April 24.

The court ordered the corporation to limit its sales to technology, DIY, pet-related items, medical, hygiene, and grocery products until it resolved issues with workers’ groups about measures the company put in place to protect workers against coronavirus. The court added that a fine of 100,000 euros would apply to each item sold from a non-approved category.

“The potential penalty outlined by the Versailles Court of Appeal means that even a rate of 0.1% of handling or shipping items that are not included in the judgement could lead to a fine of more than a billion euros per week," Amazon said in a statement.

Amazon had earlier blamed the ruling on labor unions, which brought the complaint accusing the online delivery giant of endangering the lives of workers by not instituting enough safety precautions to protect against the virus.

Amazon said on Wednesday that it was continuing to talk with workers’ representatives and had received their request to include an independent expert in the negotiations.

5:05 a.m. ET, May 13, 2020

Russia reports over 10,000 new cases for 11th consecutive day

From CNN’s Mary Ilyushina in Moscow

Medical workers are seen at a hospital that treats Covid-19 patients in Khimki, Russia, on May 12.
Medical workers are seen at a hospital that treats Covid-19 patients in Khimki, Russia, on May 12. Sergei Bobylev/TASS/Getty Images

Russia reported 10,028 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing its total to 242,271, according to data released by the country’s virus response headquarters.

The country has recorded 2,212 Covid-19 related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

Russia has recorded the second-highest number of cases worldwide, after the United States. It has now reported over 10,000 cases per day for 11 consecutive days. 

4:40 a.m. ET, May 13, 2020

Brits would be taking a chance by booking summer holidays now, minister says

From CNN's Max Ramsay in London

British Airways planes are seen parked on May 5 at Gatwick airport in London.
British Airways planes are seen parked on May 5 at Gatwick airport in London. Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

British holidaymakers may not necessarily be able to travel abroad this summer, the UK transport minister said today.

Asked in a BBC television interview whether people should book flights in the summer, for instance in July, Grant Shapps said:

“I’m saying, right now you can’t travel abroad. If you are booking it you are clearly by very nature taking a chance of where the direction of this virus goes and therefore where the travel advice is in the future.”

Asked about confusion over the UK’s new measures to ease the nationwide lockdown, Shapps said the government had to make a decision on rules to start lifting restrictions.

“There has to be a line drawn where we say this is OK and this isn’t in order to gradually release things and this is where the line is at the moment,” he said.

4:30 a.m. ET, May 13, 2020

It's just past 9:30 a.m. in London and 1:30 p.m. in Karachi. Here's what you may have missed

More than 4.2 million people have been infected by Covid-19 worldwide, including at least 291,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. If you're just joining us, here are the latest developments from around the globe:

  • Virus hits British business: The UK economy shrank by 2% in the first quarter of 2020, with GDP contracting by 5.8% in March alone -- the biggest monthly fall since the data series began in 1997, the Office for National Statistics said.
  • Pakistan's highest spike: More than 2,250 new coronavirus infections were recorded on Tuesday -- the highest spike in daily infections yet. The total number of confirmed cases in Pakistan officially stands at over 34,000.
  • South Korea nightclub cluster grows: Nearly 120 cases have been linked to an outbreak in Seoul's Itaewon nightlife district. With fears of a second wave, authorities have tested more than 20,000 people in relation to the outbreak.
  • Chinese province tightens restrictions: Six more people have become infected with coronavirus in northeastern China, prompting authorities to implement tighter lockdown measures in parts of Jilin province, which borders North Korea.
  • Smoking danger: Smokers and former smokers, including e-cigarette users, have a significantly greater risk of developing severe cases of Covid-19 and dying from the illness than their non-smoking counterparts, according to a new study.
  • Russia cases surge: The country is reporting the second highest number of infections in the world, with more than 232,000 officially confirmed. Tuesday was the 10th consecutive day that Russia reported more than 10,000 new cases.
  • US death toll could rise substantially: A key coronavirus model often cited by the White House has again raised its coronavirus death projection, now predicting there could be 147,000 deaths in the United States by August 4.
4:20 a.m. ET, May 13, 2020

One of the world's largest tourism businesses warns it may cut 8,000 jobs worldwide

From CNN's Nadine Schmidt in Berlin 

Shareholders arrive to attend the annual general meeting of tourism group TUI in Hanover, Germany, on February 9, 2016.
Shareholders arrive to attend the annual general meeting of tourism group TUI in Hanover, Germany, on February 9, 2016. Julian Stratenschulte/DPA/AFP/Getty Images

TUI Group -- one of the world's largest tourism operators -- is making significant cuts following a severe loss over the last few months, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Germany-headquartered travel group announced today that it will gradually resume its travel activities after suspending the vast majority of operations in March due to the coronavirus.

However, as many as 8,000 jobs worldwide could be cut or not filled at all in order to reduce administrative costs by up to 30%, a statement posted on the company website reads.

The statement said TUI's hotels in the German regions of Sylt and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania will reopen in the coming days, while hotels and clubs in European destinations are also ready to welcome tourists.

TUI is devising a 10-point catalog for increased hygiene, and protection measures are currently being implemented. 

"The safety and well-being of our guests and employees around the world continue to have top priority. Summer holidays in Europe can now gradually be made possible again -- responsibly and with clear rules,'' CEO Fritz Joussen said. 
4:12 a.m. ET, May 13, 2020

UNICEF issues dire report on coronavirus' deadly impact on children

From CNN's Karen Smith in Atlanta

UNICEF published a report on Tuesday saying an additional 6,000 children could die every day from preventable causes over the next six months as the coronavirus pandemic continues to weaken health systems and disrupt routine services.

The report from the UN children's agency is based on an analysis by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, newly published in The Lancet Global Health journal.

The organization said that based on the worst case of three scenarios in 118 low- and middle-income countries, the analysis estimates that an additional 1.2 million deaths of children under the age of 5 could occur in just six months, due to reductions in routine health service coverage levels.

UNICEF also added some 56,700 more maternal deaths could occur in just six months, in addition to the 144,000 deaths that already taken place in the same countries over the same period.

According to the modeling, the 10 countries that could potentially have the largest number of additional child deaths are: Bangladesh, Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uganda and Tanzania.

4:01 a.m. ET, May 13, 2020

Sumo wrestler, 28, dies after coronavirus infection

By CNN's Yoko Wakatsuki and Emiko Jozuka in Tokyo

A 28-year-old sumo wrestler died of complications from coronavirus on Wednesday, according to Japan’s Sumo Association.

Shobushi -- real name Kiyotaka Suetake -- died from multiple organ failures caused by pneumonia, and was the first person in the sport to succumb to the virus.

The wrestler belonged to the Takadagawa stable and competed in sumo's seventh division. There are eleven divisions in all.

Shobushi was admitted to hospital on April 8 after he developed a fever on April 4. He had been in intensive care since April 19, but his condition deteriorated. 

"He fought tenaciously against the disease, enduring the pain and suffering for more than a month like a sumo wrestler. We hope he will rest in peace now. We are very grateful to everyone in the medical institutes who treated him with utmost care," said Japan's Sumo Association in a statement on Wednesday.  

Last month, Takadagawa's stable master also tested positive for coronavirus. So far, six members of the sumo association have been diagnosed with the virus.

The Sumo Association held its annual March tournament without spectators after the Japanese government requested the cancellation of large sports events.

Earlier this month, the sumo association canceled the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament and changed the venue of its July 2020 tournament. It will now take place at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan behind closed doors.

3:37 a.m. ET, May 13, 2020

Austria's border with Germany will reopen in 2 steps

A German police officer stops a car at a checkpoint at the border to Austria, near Fussen, Germany on on April 5.
A German police officer stops a car at a checkpoint at the border to Austria, near Fussen, Germany on on April 5. Andreas Gebert/Getty Images

The border between Austria and Germany will start to gradually reopen from Friday, the Austrian tourism ministry said today.

A spokesman for the ministry said the chancellors of the two countries agreed to reopen the border for day-trippers and commuters in a first step towards full normalization.

The second step would see a full reopening on June 15, taking into account coronavirus numbers at the time, the spokesman said.