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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5:50 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

There are at least 1,482,916 coronavirus cases in US

From CNN's Tina Burnside

There are at least 1,482,916 cases of coronavirus in the US and at least 89,318 people have died from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the United States.

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

CNN has an interactive map tracking coronavirus cases across the country.

5:55 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

Draft of MLB coronavirus safety protocols includes some very un-MLB precautions, The Athletic and ESPN report

From CNN’s Kevin Dotson

A working draft of Major League Baseball's health and safety manual for the shortened 2020 season contains rigorous rules aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19 as well as protocols for frequent testing and screening, according to a copy first obtained by The Athletic and later by ESPN

The 67-page document, according to The Athletic and ESPN, is a draft and is subject to change.

Coronavirus testing measures outlined in the document would include frequent testing for players, and those who regularly come in close proximity to players, such as managers, coaches, and umpires. 

The MLB would strive to use the least invasive and fastest commercially available testing methods without impacting public health needs. Asymptomatic individuals would be screened at least twice a day, required to self-screen at home each morning and tested multiple times a week. Any individual testing positive or displaying symptoms would be required to immediately self-isolate and consult with medical staff.

Many of the rules proposed in the document would alter some traditional baseball norms. To name a few, teams would not physically exchange lineup cards and players would be prohibited from spitting, chewing tobacco or sunflower seeds, high-fiving, or throwing the ball "around the horn." 

Social distancing would also be encouraged in the dugout and during the national anthem, and non-playing personnel must wear masks in the dugout.

10:41 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

Italy must 'remain prudent' as country prepares to ease lockdown, health minister says

From Valentina Di Donato 

Filippo Attili/Handout/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Filippo Attili/Handout/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Italy’s Health Minister Roberto Speranza has called on citizens to “remain prudent” as the country prepares to relax its coronavirus lockdown on Monday, warning that the “hard part” will begin tomorrow.

“Tomorrow there will be many more people out and so there will be a higher possibility of crossing paths with someone ... tomorrow, the behaviors we have learned will be more necessary than before because there will be greater occasion for contagion,” Speranza said on Sunday. “The virus is still not defeated. It’s not present like it was weeks ago, but it’s still here, so we must remain prudent.”

Speaking during a televised interview on the eve of Italy’s reopening, Speranza acknowledged that while he had been reluctant to reopen the country too quickly, Italy’s economy and society “need to relaunch again” after 10 weeks of confinement.

Additionally, Speranza announced that the Italian government will increase its intensive care capacity by 115%, investing more than 3 billion Euros in creating more than 11,000 ICU beds.


2:50 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

Catch up on the latest coronavirus headlines

From CNN's Elise Hammond

It's almost 3 p.m. in New York and 8 p.m. in London. Here are some of the top coronavirus headlines you may have missed.

  • White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro slammed the Centers for Disease Control, saying “it let the country down” on testing. The comments come as tensions are rising between the White House and the nation's leading public health agency.
  • President Trump will meet with members of the restaurant industry tomorrow to discuss the impact of coronavirus at a roundtable meeting at the White House. Concerns about the Paycheck Protection Program are expected to come up.
  • Mental health: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the trauma the coronavirus pandemic has created for people shouldn't be underestimated. "This is nothing to be ashamed of ever in life, but especially now," Cuomo said.
  • Reopening: Gyms and fitness centers in Georgia are starting to reopen with new safety measures such as increased cleaning, no group classes and taking away some equipment.
  • Lockdown: India’s coronavirus lockdown will continue until at least May 31.
3:00 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

Here's how some gyms in Georgia are starting to reopen

From CNN's Deanna Hackney

A person works out at a boxing gym in Woodstock, Georgia, on April 27.
A person works out at a boxing gym in Woodstock, Georgia, on April 27. Dustin Chambers/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Gyms and fitness center in the state of Georgia have begun to reopen adhering to social distancing guidelines set by Gov. Brian Kemp.

Although Kemp allowed for gyms to reopen their doors on April 24, many gyms opted to remain closed.

LA Fitness says that Georgia is one of their first markets to reopen. All of their Atlanta locations are offering a staggered start to their full services, with no group fitness classes until June 1, and limited hours between then and their opening date of May 22. 

Temporarily, the spa, sauna, basketball court and Kids Klub will be closed.  

Other changes they have made include checking in one by one, limiting building occupancy and removing or making some equipment unavailable. There is also contactless check-in and hand sanitizing upon entry.

There is additional staff dedicated to sanitizing equipment and frequent-touch areas and pre-shift screening, masks and gloves required for all employees.

Popular chain Planet Fitness is opening many of their locations on either May 15 or May 16, and sent word to their clients via email that “the safety of our team and members is our top priority."

Atlanta-area Crunch Fitness gyms were one of the first to open last week.

“Our gym is open and we’re waiting for you! We have disinfectant wipes and/or sprays to clean off machines immediately following a workout and cleaning crews that thoroughly clean every day," the Roswell facility posted on Facebook on May 15.

2:34 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

Coronavirus has killed more than 28,000 people in France

From CNN's Ya Chun Wang in Paris 

A pall bearer helps carry the coffin of a coronavirus victim through Saint Francois Xavier church at a funeral service in Paris, France, on April 16.
A pall bearer helps carry the coffin of a coronavirus victim through Saint Francois Xavier church at a funeral service in Paris, France, on April 16. Nathan Laine/Bloomberg/Getty Images

An additional 483 coronavirus patients in France have died over the past 24 hours, the National Health Agency confirmed Sunday, bringing the total death toll to 28,108.

According to the government data, the latest figures include 17,466 deaths in hospitals and 10,642 deaths in nursing homes.

Some background: France began easing its lockdown restrictions on May 11. The country officially went into lockdown on March 17.

2:02 p.m. ET, May 17, 2020

Italy records its smallest increase in coronavirus deaths in over 2 months

From CNN's Barbie Nadeau and Valentina Di Donato in Rome 

A total of 31,908 coronavirus patients across Italy have died, the national Civil Protection Agency confirmed Sunday, marking an increase of 145 deaths over the last 24 hours. This is the lowest daily increase recorded since March 4.

There are currently 68,351 active cases of coronavirus across Italy — down by 1,836 since Saturday — with 762 patients currently in intensive care unit, according to the latest data released by the Civil Protection Agency.

Some context: On Saturday, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the country is taking a “calculated risk” as it prepares to ease emergency confinement measures on Monday, some 10 weeks after the nationwide lockdown was first imposed.

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.