May 14 coronavirus news

By Zamira Rahim, Joshua Berlinger and Adam Renton, CNN

Updated 8:24 a.m. ET, May 15, 2020
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3:23 a.m. ET, May 14, 2020

American pilot dies in plane crash while attempting to deliver Covid-19 tests to remote Indonesian village

From CNN's Leah Asmelash

An American pilot died when her plane malfunctioned while she was on her way to deliver Covid-19 rapid test kits to a remote Indonesian village, officials said.

Joyce Lin, 40, had just taken off Tuesday morning, leaving the airport in Sentani, in Papua province, in a Kodiak aircraft. She was a missionary with the Mission Aviation Fellowship, serving as a pilot and an information technology specialist.

She'd been with the MAF for about three years, according to the organization.

Lin was attempting to fly to Mamit, in the Papua highlands, in an effort to bring test kits to the local clinic. Within minutes of takeoff, she reported an emergency.

The aircraft fell into Lake Sentani, and divers confirmed she did not survive, according to the MAF. She was the only one aboard the plane. The MAF said it is working with local authorities to investigate the incident.

Lin had worked in Indonesia for two years, and joined the MAF after more than a decade of work as a computer specialist.

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3:00 a.m. ET, May 14, 2020

It's just past 9 a.m. in Rome and 5 p.m. in Sydney. Here's what you should know if you're just tuning in

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 4.3 million people worldwide, bringing countries to a standstill. The global death toll is closing in on 300,000.

Here are the latest headlines:

  • Job losses mount in Australia: Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday that nearly 600,000 people in the country have lost their jobs as a result of the financial impact of the pandemic. He said the number was "shocking" but somewhat anticipated.
  • Mass evacuations: Indian authorities said they will help bring home a further 30,000 citizens stranded abroad due to the pandemic. Some 8,500 of 14,800 citizens registered to leave in the first phase of the operation have already returned.
  • A spike in Chile: The Chilean health ministry said that 2,660 new cases of coronavirus were recorded in the country on Wednesday -- the highest number in a single day.
  • Covid-19's dire effects: Researchers reported Wednesday that the novel coronavirus can go far beyond the lungs and can attack organs throughout the body, including the heart, liver, brain, kidneys and intestines. The findings could help explain the wide range of symptoms caused by Covid-19 infection.
  • Italy spending billions: The Italian government has unveiled a $60 billion stimulus package to help the country recover from the economic impact of the crisis. Some of the money will go to the country's beleaguered health care sector to help it prepare for a potential second wave.
  • Brazil's epidemic: The country's health ministry said Wednesday that it recorded 11,385 new cases of the virus in a 24-hour period -- the highest spike in a single day. Brazil has recorded more than 190,000 cases, the sixth-highest total in the world.
2:45 a.m. ET, May 14, 2020

Fewer than 1,000 Covid-19 patients in Germany are on ventilators

From CNN's Frederik Pleitgen in Berlin

There are now fewer than 1,000 Covid-19 patients breathing with the help of ventilators in Germany, according to the country’s central register of intensive care capacities. 

The data from Germany’s Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive and Emergency Medicine shows that 1,353 Covid-19 patients are currently in intensive care beds, and of those, 924 are on ventilators.

Maintaining sufficient intensive care capacities is a cornerstone of Germany’s strategy to combat the disease. 

Germany has 32,466 intensive care beds to treat Covid-19 patients, according to the country's intensive care register. There are currently 15,000 active cases, authorities in the country say.

A total of more than 174,000 people have contracted the virus in Germany, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, 7,861 of whom have died.

2:42 a.m. ET, May 14, 2020

Nearly 600,000 people in Australia have lost their jobs during the pandemic

People queue outside a benefits payment center in Sydney on March 23.
People queue outside a benefits payment center in Sydney on March 23. Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday that nearly 600,000 people in the country have lost their jobs as a result of the financial impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, a number he called "shocking, although not unanticipated."

"This is a tough day for Australia, a very tough day," Morrison said at a news conference. "We knew there would be hard news as the pandemic wreaks an impact on Australia as it is on countries all around the world. And so it has been the case."

Morrison said that although the rate of infections is decreasing in Australia, the country should prepare for further economic hardship.

"In the months ahead, we can brace ourselves and must brace ourselves for further hard news for Australians to take. But it's important on a day like today that we remember to support each other again," he said. "It is important as a country that we stand firm and we stand together."

Nearly 7,000 people in Australia have been infected by the virus, killing 98, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Last week, Morrison announced a three-step plan to reopen the country if infections continue to trend downward.

2:14 a.m. ET, May 14, 2020

The city at coronavirus ground zero is trying to test all 11 million residents in 10 days

From journalist Alexandra Lin in Hong Kong and Steven Jiang in Beijing 

A medical worker takes a swab sample from a man to be tested for coronavirus in Wuhan, China on May 14.
A medical worker takes a swab sample from a man to be tested for coronavirus in Wuhan, China on May 14. Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

Health officials in Wuhan, the central Chinese city where Covid-19 emerged at the end of last year, have started a 10-day screening effort to curb any new local epidemic by testing all of its citizens, according to the state-run Global Times newspaper.  

Following an emergency notice that was issued on Monday, testing started on Wednesday; people who are classified as "high risk" will be tested first, according to the Global Times. 

The city is home to around 11 million people. 

Global Times cited a document from the health commission of Wuchang district, saying that "the testing period will last from Wednesday to May 20." 

District health authorities were advised to complete forms for residents, which show "personal information of residents, personal ID, phone numbers, address, whether they have tested before and if they belong to a "key cluster," according to the Global Times. 

Wuhan health authorities announced on Tuesday that all city residents would be targeted for large-scale testing, following the detection of six new cases in a local residential community last weekend. Priority for testing will be given to key groups and older communities with dense and fluid populations. 

Wuchang district health authorities told Global Times that they have set up both indoor and outdoor sites for testing, and are asking each community to keep organized and avoid gatherings, with different time slots for testing. 

Global Times reported that since Tuesday, around 70,000 people in Wuhan had undergone nucleic acid tests.

1:56 a.m. ET, May 14, 2020

Woman gives birth, then walks 99 miles with her newborn baby

From CNN's Swati Gupta and Rob Picheta

The baby girl was born on May 5 with India under nationwide lockdown measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The baby girl was born on May 5 with India under nationwide lockdown measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. Courtesy of Kavita Kanesh

A pregnant woman traveling through India by foot interrupted her journey to give birth and then kept walking for another 160 kilometers (99 miles) with her newborn baby.

The woman, whose identity is unknown to CNN, was walking with her husband and their four other children from the city of Nashik, in Maharashtra, to the town of Satna in the adjoining state of Madhya Pradesh.

The family had left Nashik because they had no place to live and the country's coronavirus lockdown had left them without any means to earn money, according to Kavita Kanesh, an official in Madhya Pradesh.

Somewhere along the trip, the woman stopped and gave birth to a baby girl. A few days later, she was stopped by Kanesh at a checkpoint in their home state.

"She just rested for about one and a half to two hours after she delivered. The family had no money, no means of transport, no one was giving them a lift," Kanesh said.

The baby was born on May 5, four days before they reached the checkpoint, Kanesh said.

Kanesh said she arranged for the woman to be taken to a quarantine facility and receive medical treatment.

Thousands of migrant workers have attempted to leave Indian cities and return to their villages since the country's coronavirus restrictions came into effect.

Due to widespread closures of public transport, some have been forced to make the journeys on foot.

India has so far recorded more than 78,000 coronavirus cases and 2,551 deaths, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University.

1:39 a.m. ET, May 14, 2020

India plans to bring 30,000 stranded citizens home in a single week

From CNN's Vedika Sud in New Delhi

Indian Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri, center, arrives to attend a ministerial plenary at the Wings India 2020 international exhibition at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad, on March 14.
Indian Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri, center, arrives to attend a ministerial plenary at the Wings India 2020 international exhibition at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad, on March 14. Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images

Indian authorities said they will evacuate 30,000 more citizens stranded abroad due to the novel coronavirus pandemic -- the second phase of a massive operation to bring Indians home from across the world.

Indian Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that the citizens will return from 31 countries across 149 flights during the week of May 16 to May 22.

"Flyers have to pay for these services & will undergo a paid 14-day quarantine in their destination states. All prescribed preventive measures will be taken," Puri said in a tweet.

A total of 8,500 citizens had already returned home of the 14,800 Indians registered to travel on 64 flights in the first phase of the operation, Puri said. More flights were underway, he added.

2:54 a.m. ET, May 14, 2020

Studies find that Covid-19 can infect intestines, kidneys and other organs

From CNN Health's Maggie Fox

The novel coronavirus can infect organs throughout the body, including the lungs, heart, liver, brain, kidneys and the intestines, researchers reported Wednesday.

Two separate reports suggest the virus goes far beyond the lungs and can attack various organs -- findings that can help explain the wide range of symptoms caused by Covid-19 infection.

The findings might help explain some of the puzzling symptoms seen in coronavirus patients. They include blood clots that cause strokes in younger people and that clog dialysis machines, headaches and kidney failure.

Covid-19 is classified as a respiratory virus and is transmitted through respiratory droplets, but it can also sometimes cause diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Researchers have found evidence of the virus in the stool of patients, and warn that it can be transmitted via what's known as the fecal-oral route.

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12:50 a.m. ET, May 14, 2020

South Korea reports 12 more Covid-19 cases tied to nightclubs in Seoul

From CNN's Yoonjung Seo in Seoul, South Korea

People wait in line to test for coronavirus at a virus testing station in the nightlife district of Itaewon in Seoul on May 12.
People wait in line to test for coronavirus at a virus testing station in the nightlife district of Itaewon in Seoul on May 12. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

South Korean authorities have identified another 12 locally transmitted infections of Covid-19 linked to nightclubs in the capital Seoul.

Authorities are particularly worried that the virus was widely transmitted when people started returning to the bars and clubs of the Itaewon nightlife district from the end of April.

A total of 131 positive cases have emerged in this cluster since May 6, according to the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). The KCDC has conducted 35,000 tests -- 15,000 alone on Wednesday -- in an attempt to quickly trace and contain this outbreak.

Anonymous testing: The government is urging citizens who visited the area from April 24 through May 6 to get tested and is allowing people to remain anonymous. Some of the clubs where the virus spread are frequented by members of South Korea's LGBT community, which sparked a backlash against gay people in local media and lead some to fear they would be outed.

The government of the local city of Incheon, which borders Seoul, said that 14 of the 131 cases are linked to one private academy instructor who visited clubs in Itaewon. The patient initially hid his movement but his GPS location tracking revealed his place of work in Incheon, a city bordering Seoul.

Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip said earlier that Incheon city announced it would pursue legal action against the tutor and if found guilty, he could be punished with up to two years in prison.

A total of 10,991 infections and 260 deaths have now been reported in the country, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. The KCDC said Thursday that 29 cases were identified in the previous 24 hours, 26 of which were locally transmitted.

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