May 23 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Brett McKeehan, Rob Picheta, Fernando Alfonso III and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 8:36 p.m. ET, May 23, 2020
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4:03 p.m. ET, May 23, 2020

New Jersey reports 96 new coronavirus-related deaths

From CNN's Sheena Jones

People line up in their cars at the drive-through Covid-19 testing site at the Bergen Community College main campus, in Paramus, New Jersey, on May 12, 2020.
People line up in their cars at the drive-through Covid-19 testing site at the Bergen Community College main campus, in Paramus, New Jersey, on May 12, 2020. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

New Jersey has recorded 443 new Covid-19 cases and 96 deaths, Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted Saturday.

Several electronic lab reports have not been processed yet and that could be affecting the state’s total number of new cases, the governor said.

New Jersey has a total of 153,104 cases and 11,081 deaths from the virus, the tweet said.

Read Murphy's tweet:

4:03 p.m. ET, May 23, 2020

New York state records 1,772 new coronavirus cases

New York state recorded 1,772 additional Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the statewide total to 359,926, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

Some more news: Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order to allow groups of up to 10 people to gather as long as they are practicing social distancing protocols, according to an order on the governor’s website.

The order was signed, Friday, in time for the Memorial Day holiday.  

The full order can be read here.

4:02 p.m. ET, May 23, 2020

NBA in talks with Disney to resume season near Orlando in July

From CNN's Wayne Sterling

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida.
The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida. Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The NBA is in talks with The Walt Disney Company about resuming the 2019-2020 season in late July at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida, according to league's spokesperson Mike Bass.

Disney’s facility may be used as a single site for NBA games, practices and housing, Bass added.

"Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place," Bass said in a statement to CNN Saturday.

The current season was scheduled to conclude in June, but was suspended mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

4:05 p.m. ET, May 23, 2020

Adviser to UK prime minister says he will not consider resigning after allegedly violating lockdown

From CNN's Nada Bashir, Vasco Cotovio and Nada Bashir

Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images
Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images

Dominic Cummings, a senior adviser to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, says he will not consider resigning following allegations he broke national lockdown regulations in March. 

Asked by reporters whether he would consider his position, the prime minister’s adviser said "obviously not."

Pressed once again on whether he would resign in light of the general public’s probable anger, Cummings said "I don’t think so."

Some context: Cummings' remarks come after an investigation by the Guardian and Mirror newspapers revealed that he had been spotted in late March in Durham, more than 250 miles from his London home — seemingly in contravention of the government's lockdown regulations. 

Earlier on Saturday, Cummings addressed the allegations, telling reporters that he believes he behaved “reasonably and legally.”

The British Labour Party has, in a letter to the Cabinet Secretary, called for an "urgent investigation" into allegations Cummings.

"I am writing to request the Cabinet Office launch an urgent investigation into allegations Dominic Cummings broke the coronavirus lockdown rules," Labour Minister Rachel Reeves wrote Saturday. "The British people have made important and painful sacrifices to support the national effort … it is therefore vital that the Government can reassure the public that its most senior figures have been adhering to the same rules as everyone else."

According to a Downing Street spokesperson, Cummings acted "in line with coronavirus guidelines” and travelled to “ensure his young child could be properly cared for" after his wife had become infected with suspected coronavirus. 

1:28 p.m. ET, May 23, 2020

Hospital admissions due to coronavirus continue to decrease in France

From Barbara Wojazer in Paris 

The number of coronavirus patients currently in hospitals and intensive care units across France continue to decrease, the French Health Agency said Saturday.

According to the latest data from agency, there are now 17,178 patients in hospitals with coronavirus, which is 205 less than Friday.

ICU admissions are also decreasing. There are 1,665 patients currently in ICUs around the country, the agency said. 

12:54 p.m. ET, May 23, 2020

New York governor addresses executive order allowing groups of up to 10 people to gather

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

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

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo discussed the order he signed allowing gatherings of up to 10 people with appropriate mitigation and whether it would affect the infection rate in the state and its ability to reopen.

“Theoretically it shouldn’t,” Cuomo said at his news briefing today, adding it’s also a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guideline. “It depends on how people act.”

“You can have a safe gathering of 10 people, you can also have a wholly unsafe gathering of 10 people," the governor added.

Cuomo was also asked about a lawsuit filed by the NYCLU Friday which essentially asked for expansion of the original order which was first extended to Memorial Day gatherings and religious services.

“Having recognized that small events now can take place safely, the government does not get to pick who gets to exercise First Amendment rights," Christopher Dunn, legal director at the NYCLU and lead counsel on the case, said in a news release.

Cuomo responded, “I didn’t even know about a lawsuit on this one.”

12:46 p.m. ET, May 23, 2020

New TSA procedures for airline passengers outlined by acting Homeland Security chief 

From CNN’s Nicky Robertson

Alex Wong/Getty Images
Alex Wong/Getty Images

There will likely be longer air travel security lines as the Transportation Security Administration adjusts staffing with more people taking to the skies, according to Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf.

More than 300,000 people passed through airport security checkpoints on Thursday, the first time that has happened since March.

It’s also the first time in eight weeks that daily traffic at checkpoints was more than 10% of the number of people screened last year, according to data from the TSA.

There will be new efforts by the TSA to reduce person-to-person contact during security checks with travelers scanning their own boarding passes and they will also be asked to pack food in a separate bag, so fewer bags will have to be searched by officers, Wolf said an interview on Fox News on Saturday.

TSA officers will be wearing masks and travelers are also encouraged to do so though not required when going through checkpoints, Wolf said.

Wolf also said he thinks travel restrictions on China and parts of Europe need to stay in place “as we get the economy back up and running.”

12:08 p.m. ET, May 23, 2020

More regions of New York are close to reopening, Gov. Cuomo says

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

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

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the Mid-Hudson region, which includes Westchester County, has recorded a decline in the number of coronavirus-related deaths and is closer to reopening.

The only outstanding issue is that tracers must be trained, Cuomo said today during a news briefing. The region needs to train 857 contact tracers and if they do this, they can reopen on Tuesday, the governor said.

The number of deaths have also dropped on Long Island and if that continues, and the contact tracing comes online, “we could open by Wednesday," Cuomo said.

Other news: As the beaches opened this Memorial Day weekend, Cuomo showed photos of New York's Jones Beach Friday. 

“People were great, they’re doing what they're supposed to do and I thank them very much," Cuomo said.

4:00 p.m. ET, May 23, 2020

UK reports another 282 coronavirus-related deaths as downward trend continues

From CNN’s Vasco Cotovio in London

The United Kingdom has reported an additional 282 deaths from the novel coronavirus, continuing the stabilization trend seen in the past couple of weeks.

A total of 36,675 people have died since the outbreak began, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said at a daily government briefing on the disease Saturday.

“The only positive note from that number is that the deaths are starting to continuously to come down,” Dr. Jenny Harries, deputy chief medical officer for England, said at the briefing.

Harries added that the government expected the number of deaths to come down even further. 

Shapps said in the last 24 hours, 2,959 people were diagnosed with the virus, an increase of 1.2% to a total of 257,154.

“Very encouragingly, despite the increased upward trend in testing, we are maintaining a downward trend in new confirmed cases,” Harries said regarding Saturday’s numbers.