May 17 coronavirus news

By Nicole Chavez, James Griffiths, Jenni Marsh, Tara John and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 10:41 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020
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1:35 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

New Jersey reports 107 new coronavirus-related deaths

From CNN's Sheena Jones

The state of New Jersey announced 1,272 new Covid-19 cases and 107 more deaths, Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted Sunday.

New Jersey has a total of 146,334 cases and 10,356 deaths from the virus, the tweet said.

Read Murphy's tweet:


1:29 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

Trump to meet with restaurant industry members on Monday

From CNN's Betsy Klein

President Trump will meet with members of the restaurant industry on Monday to discuss the impact of coronavirus at a roundtable meeting at the White House.

Attendees will include chefs and other restaurant executives, a source familiar with the meeting told CNN.

The meeting is expected to include representatives of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, a group organized during the pandemic to represent the interests of independent restaurants around the country. Its leadership includes Jose Andres, Sam Kass, Andrew Zimmern, and Tom Colicchio.

The group has expressed concerns about the Paycheck Protection Program and most recently has praised the House of Representatives for provisions in the newly-passed Heroes Act that include additional flexibilities for restaurants – something that is expected to come up at the Monday meeting, the source said.

Here's what else is going on in the White House this week:

  • Monday: Roundtable with restaurant executives and industry leaders, video teleconference with governors with the first lady.
  • Tuesday: Trump will speak about “farmers, ranchers and the food supply chain” and will hold a Cabinet meeting, the source said.
  • Wednesday: Host a meeting with Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Kansas Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly

The agenda was confirmed by a White House official and first reported by Politico.

12:46 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

UK official says it is "possible we may never find a successful coronavirus vaccine"

From CNN’s Nada Bashir

PA Video/PA Images via Getty Images
PA Video/PA Images via Getty Images

It is “possible that we may never find a successful coronavirus vaccine,” United Kingdom Business Secretary Alok Sharma said Sunday.

However, Sharma said “two of the world’s frontrunners to develop a vaccine are right here in the UK, at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London."

Sharma also announced new government funding for both of the vaccine programs.

“The first clinical trial of the Oxford vaccine is progressing well, with all phase one participants having received their vaccine dose on schedule earlier this week. They’re now being monitored closely by the clinical trial team," Sharma said.

“Imperial College is also making good progress, and we will be looking to move into clinical trials by mid-June, with larger scale trials planned to begin in October,” he added.

Sharma said the government is thinking about how the vaccine would be manufactured if it is successful.

“I can also confirm that, with government support, Oxford University has finalized a global licensing agreement with AstraZeneca for the commercialization and manufacturing of the Oxford vaccine. This means that, if the vaccine is successful, AstraZeneca will work to make 30 million doses available by September for the UK, as part of an agreement to develop 100 million doses in total,” Sharma said.

He promised the UK “will be the first to get access," and will also ensure that “we’re able to make the vaccine available to developing countries at the lowest possible cost."

Sharma also announced that six drugs aimed at fighting the virus have now entered live clinical trials.

12:40 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

There have been more than 88,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the US

According to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the United States, there are at least 1,471,674 cases of coronavirus in the country and at least 88,836 people have died from the disease.

The totals includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases.

1:31 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

Child abuse reports are down during the pandemic, which is a bad sign, experts say

From CNN's Paul LeBlanc

Joel Marklund/Bildbryan/Reuters
Joel Marklund/Bildbryan/Reuters

A drop in child abuse would usually be welcome news –– but with schools closed and kids at home, experts believe that the recent decline in calls to child abuse and neglect hotlines might really mean more cases are going unnoticed. 

Figures provided to CNN from states across the country show considerable drops in child abuse reports as social distancing measures have kept people home and kids out of sight. 

In Massachusetts alone, reports of alleged child abuse dropped almost 55% from 2,124 in the first week of March to just 972 by the last full week in April, according to data provided by the state. 

Compared to last year, Connecticut, California, Michigan, Kentucky, New Hampshire and Louisiana have all seen double-digit percentage drops as they've implemented their own stay-home orders. 

Teachers, coaches and other adults who interact with children and are legally required to report signs of abuse can't always see red flags over Zoom or other remote connections if they're able to get in touch with at-risk kids at all. 

And kids who are at-risk are less able to signal distress if their abusers are in the background of calls. 

"When children are no longer visible to the vast majority of people who are trained and required to report, and then you see this kind of decline, we get super concerned," said Melissa Jonson-Reid, a professor of social work research at Washington University in St. Louis.

Children's advocates say they're also having a harder time finding ways to intervene before abuse starts in at-risk families. Paula Wolfteich, intervention and clinical director of the National Children's Advocacy Center, told CNN that mitigation measures have hampered their contact with at-risk families and handicapped the organization's ability to help.

"The kids that we normally can see and support and –– and families that we can support, our hands are tied and we're unable to do that as well as we usually do," she said.

Wolfteich said because families are "sort of on lockdown and isolated," her organization has seen a stream of reports including "substance abuse involvement, there's domestic violence in the home and then, you know, physical abuse is going on."

Keep reading.

12:32 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo shows how easy it is to get a Covid-19 test

From CNN's Elise Hammond

Gov. Cuomo's Office
Gov. Cuomo's Office

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo got a coronavirus test during his daily news briefing on Sunday.

"It is so fast and so easy that even the governor can take this test," he said.

He said there should be no reason why people should not get tested.

"I'm going to show you how fast and easy to take a test and demonstrate why there should be no reluctance," Cuomo said.

New York is now conducting about 40,000 Covid-19 tests per day, Cuomo said.

Per capita, New York is doing “significantly more” diagnostic tests by population than other countries, he added.

There are over 700 coronavirus testing sites, across the state, Cuomo added.

Any individual who thinks they have a Covid-19 symptom can get a test, the governor said. 


12:33 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

India extends its lockdown until the end of May

From CNN’s Vedika Sud in New Delhi

Men wearing protective clothing ride in the back of a vehicle in New Delhi on May 4.
Men wearing protective clothing ride in the back of a vehicle in New Delhi on May 4. Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images

India’s coronavirus lockdown will continue until at least May 31, the Ministry of Home Affairs said Sunday.

Earlier Sunday, the country reported its biggest surge in infections with a record 4,987 cases reported in the past 24 hours. 

Under new guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, more power is being given to states and union territories to make decisions in the fourth phase of India’s lockdown.

The movement of passenger vehicles and buses around the country will be allowed in non-containment areas, with the mutual consent of states and union territories. There will also be red, green and orange containment zones decided by respective state and union territory governments, based on parameters shared by the India’s Health Ministry.

District authorities will draw containment and buffer areas in the red and orange zones and only essential activities will be allowed in those containment zones. There will be intensive contact tracing and house-to-house surveillance.

The new guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Sunday also encourage people to work from home. 

Some context: According to the Ministry's previous order, the movement of individuals will remain strictly prohibited between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., except for essential activities.

Schools and colleges will remain closed, with online and distance learning to be encouraged. Both domestic and international air travel for passengers is banned, except when permitted by the Health Ministry.

Metro rail services will not be allowed and movie halls, shopping malls and gymnasiums will remain closed. All social, political, sporting, religious and cultural functions and gatherings remain prohibited in India.

India has bee under a nationwide lockdown since late March.

12:21 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

The mental health crisis caused by the pandemic should not be underestimated, Gov. Cuomo says

From CNN's Elise Hammond

Gov. Cuomo's Office
Gov. Cuomo's Office

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the mental health crisis that goes along with the coronavirus pandemic is something that deserves more attention and that the trauma it has created for people shouldn't be underestimated.

"We've been talking about hospital dedications and deaths and infection rates but there's also a more subtle but very present mental health crisis that has been going on. Don't under estimate the trauma this has created for people," Cuomo said at his daily news briefing on Sunday.

"It's been incredibly anxiety producing, traumatic, disturbing, and we've felt and seen all along evidence this is creating a significant mental health challenge for people," he added.

Cuomo said the state has several resources people can use including the New York Emotional Support Hotline (1-844-863-9314). He said New Yorkers can call into the hotline to talk with mental health professionals.

"This is nothing to be ashamed of ever in life, but especially now," Cuomo said.

Additional mental health resources are also available at

12:05 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

New York state reports 139 coronavirus-related deaths over the past day

There have been 139 coronavirus-related deaths across New York state as the number of hospitalizations continue to fall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference today.

"In a different time and place, if I had that news to deliver, that would be incredibly shocking to people. Only in this environment is it not shocking. Relative to where we were, it's good news. Again, we're right about where we were when we started. We just want to make sure we never go back to where we were. The question is reopening or not. Everybody wants to reopen. Nobody wants to reopen more than I do," Cuomo said.

At least 157 people died from Covid-19 on May 15, Cuomo said Saturday.