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3:00 a.m. ET, May 22, 2020

The UK will announce quarantine rules for travelers later today

From CNN's Simon Cullen

A passenger passes a sign reminding travelers to observe social distancing guidelines at almost-empty check-in desks in the departure hall at Terminal 1 of Manchester Airport in Manchester, England on May 11.
A passenger passes a sign reminding travelers to observe social distancing guidelines at almost-empty check-in desks in the departure hall at Terminal 1 of Manchester Airport in Manchester, England on May 11. Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

The United Kingdom will announce the details of its 14-day mandatory quarantine for international travelers later today, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis told Sky News.

The new arrangements will be explained by Home Secretary Priti Patel at the daily coronavirus press briefing, Lewis said.

“We’re a country that welcomes people from all over the world. But it is appropriate that we say that if you’re coming to the United Kingdom, we need to protect your own health and the health of the people of the United Kingdom,” he said.

“And the best way to do that is to ensure people do go through that quarantine period to ensure they have no symptoms and are not able to add to the spread of the virus.”

He added that British citizens will be able to complete the quarantine at home.

Airlines and airport operators have previously warned that a 14-day quarantine will cause significant economic damage to the UK’s tourism and travel industries.

2:42 a.m. ET, May 22, 2020

In South Korea, 95 people were infected in nightclubs. Then, 120 others got the virus

From CNN's Yoonjung Seo in Seoul

A man walks past a closed nightclub in Seoul's Itaewon district on May 12.
A man walks past a closed nightclub in Seoul's Itaewon district on May 12. Jung Yeon-Je/Getty Images

At least 215 cases of Covid-19 in South korea have now been linked to the nightclub cluster in Seoul's entertainment district of Itaewon.

The first cases began emerging in the area around May 9, and authorities sprang into action, gathering credit card records and cell phone data to track down who might have been in the area during that time.

More than 77,000 people have been found and tested, authorities said today.

Of the 215 confirmed cases, 95 patients contracted the virus from visiting nightclubs patronized by an infected person, said Jung Eun-kyeong, director of the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

The other 120 infections were traced to members of the original nightclub cluster.

South Korea has recorded a total of 11,142 cases and 264 deaths, according to the KCDC.

2:22 a.m. ET, May 22, 2020

Australia extends cruise ship ban to curb spread of coronavirus

The Spectrum of the Seas cruise ship departs Sydney Harbor on April 4, in Sydney, Australia.
The Spectrum of the Seas cruise ship departs Sydney Harbor on April 4, in Sydney, Australia. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Australia has extended a ban on cruise ships entering the country's waters for three more months, according to a statement from the Australian Border Force. 

"The current restriction on cruise ships entering Australian waters has been extended for a further three months until 17 September 2020. Any cruise ship capable of carrying more than 100 passengers is prohibited from operating cruises in Australia," the statement said. 

Some background: The ban was enacted on March 27 after a spike in coronavirus cases in the country was linked to the Ruby Princess cruise ship, which disembarked in Sydney earlier that month. 

More than 600 cases and 15 deaths are associated with the ship, according to Australian public broadcaster ABC.

1:51 a.m. ET, May 22, 2020

Watch the entire CNN coronavirus town hall

From CNN's Jodi Upchurch

CNN hosted a global town hall on Thursday, answering viewers' questions about what the future holds for the fight against Covid-19

CNN's Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta were joined by top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci and education experts, who discussed what it will take to get kids back in the classroom.

First lady Melania Trump also shared a special message for students.

Watch the highlights here:

2:06 a.m. ET, May 22, 2020

India reports more than 6,000 new cases in biggest one-day jump

From CNN's Vedika Sud in New Delhi 

A man tours on his bike in the villages of Telangana state to spread awareness about Covid-19 in Hyderabad on May 21.
A man tours on his bike in the villages of Telangana state to spread awareness about Covid-19 in Hyderabad on May 21. Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images

More than 6,000 people in India have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the country's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced on Friday.

The 6,088 new patients bring the national tally to 118,447 cases. This is India's biggest one-day jump in cases so far.

The death toll stands at 3,583.

Of the total cases, more than 48,500 patients have recovered, according to the ministry.

More than 2.7 million tests have been conducted nationwide, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research.

1:12 a.m. ET, May 22, 2020

Former Medicare official warns against overconfidence in US hospital capacity

CNN's Don Lemon (left) and Andy Slavitt, former acting director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
CNN's Don Lemon (left) and Andy Slavitt, former acting director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CNN

Communities in the United States may be getting overconfident in their ability to accommodate Covid-19 patients in hospitals, the former acting head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has warned.

Intensive care units need higher capacity than many people realize, former CMS acting director Andy Slavitt told CNN on Thursday night. 

“Once you get to about 70 to 75% of ICU bed capacity, because of how long it takes for a case to turn into hospitalization, you will quickly run out of hospital capacity,” Slavitt says. “You’ll be able to see it coming, but you might not see it until it’s too late.” 

Slavitt said the economy could reopen safely -- but only if there is enough testing to address hot spots.

“Nothing magic happened while we were staying home,” Slavitt says. “It’s not like the virus got less contagious or less deadly.”

12:58 a.m. ET, May 22, 2020

Japan lifts state of emergency in 3 prefectures

From CNN's Junko Ogura in Tokyo

A security guard wearing a face mask walks with a broom in Kyoto on May 21.
A security guard wearing a face mask walks with a broom in Kyoto on May 21. Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images

Japan on Thursday lifted the state of emergency in three prefectures: Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo.

The state of emergency -- enacted to curb the spread of coronavirus -- remains in place for five hardest-hit regions, including Tokyo and Hokkaido. The government will convene on Monday to decide whether to lift the order in those places

The government had imposed a nationwide state of emergency on April 16, and lifted it for most of the country last Thursday.

New cases: Japan recorded 43 new coronavirus cases and 19 deaths on Thursday, according to the health ministry.

That raises the national total to 17,051 cases and 809 deaths. Of those, more than 700 cases and at least 13 deaths are linked to the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was docked in quarantine at Yokohama Bay for two weeks in February.

12:39 a.m. ET, May 22, 2020

Drug smugglers used bottles of hand sanitizer to conceal meth shipments

From CNN's Amanda Jackson

Drugs found in hand sanitizer bottles on May 8.
Drugs found in hand sanitizer bottles on May 8. Source: Australian Border Force

Drug smugglers took advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to conceal methamphetamine in shipments of hand sanitizer and face masks sent to Australia, according to officials.

Earlier this month, officers with the Australian Border Force found 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of meth hidden in shipments of some of the most needed items during the pandemic.

"We know criminals will go to any length to smuggle drugs into the country, so it's no surprise they're trying to use in-demand items such as masks and hand sanitizer to hide them in," ABF Superintendent John Fleming said in a news release on Friday.

The packages were both shipped from Canada, according to the release. The drugs were found as officers inspected shipments at the Sydney Gateway Facility.

When officers opened the boxes to check them over everything initially seemed to be in order. Inside, packages of face masks and two bottles of hand sanitizer were wrapped in bubble wrap, officials said in the release.

But upon further inspection, the bottles had false bottoms, the release said. Inside the secret compartment was a crystal-like substance, which later tested positive for methamphetamine, officials said.

Read more here.

12:19 a.m. ET, May 22, 2020

The US coronavirus crisis is far from over, researchers say

From CNN's Maggie Fox

Wearing a face mask, a member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment places flags in front of each headstone for "Flags-In" at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia on May 21.
Wearing a face mask, a member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment places flags in front of each headstone for "Flags-In" at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia on May 21. Carolyn Kaster/AP

The coronavirus epidemic is far from over in the United States, with just 4% of Americans having been infected, according to a team of disease modelers at London's Imperial College in the United Kingdom.

Even in the worst affected states, less than a quarter of the population has been infected, they wrote in a report, which was posted on the university's website.

In New York, about 16.6% of people have been infected, compared to about 1% in California and less than 1% in Maine, the researchers said.  

“Our estimates suggest that the epidemic is not under control in much of the US,” they wrote, adding that "caution must be taken in loosening current restrictions if effective additional measures are not put in place.”

“We predict that deaths over the next two-month period could exceed current cumulative deaths by greater than two-fold,” they added.

Only a few states appear to have epidemics under control. The researchers measured this by looking at the virus' reproduction rate -- a rate of 1 means each infected person is only transmitting the virus to one other person. The higher the rate, the more people are getting infected.

The states that have a rate of less than 1 include Montana, Hawaii, Wyoming, Alaska, West Virginia, Vermont, Idaho, North Dakota and Maine.

States with the highest reproductions rates are Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Ohio, according to the researchers.