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May 25 coronavirus news
By Ben Westcott, Brett McKeehan, Zamira Rahim, Mike Hayes, Melissa Macaya and Meg Wagner, CNN
Peru reports more than 4,000 new coronavirus cases
From CNN’s Taylor Barnes
The Peruvian Health Ministry said on Monday that the total number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Peru rose to at least 123,979 — an increase of 4,020 from the previous day.
The ministry said on Friday that a total of 3,629 people have died, including 173 additional deaths reported since the previous day. The ministry reports countrywide totals each day for cases confirmed through midnight of the previous day.
Peru has the second highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Latin America behind Brazil.
Brazil reports more than 11,000 new coronavirus cases in past 24 hours
From CNN's Shasta Darlington and Taylor Barnes
The Brazilian health ministry said Monday the country registered 11,687 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total to 374,898.
The country recorded 807 new coronavirus deaths over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 23,473.
Brazil's growing outbreak has caused the country to rise in the global rankings of countries most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The South American nation is now second only to the United States in reported number of cases.
Daytona Beach mayor says city needs to remind visitors "they are guests" as it reopens to public
From CNN's Elise Hammond
The mayor of Daytona Beach, Florida, Derrick Henry said the city needs to educate visitors about the rules and regulations that have been put in place to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
"One of the things we have to do is educate our visitors of what our expectations are and remind them they are guests," Henry told CNN on Monday.
"We have to do it through our website and use messaging boards as people are entering the city to inform them of what we're expecting and what they can and cannot do," he added.
This comes after a video released by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office showed a crowd of people not socially distancing while celebrating Memorial Day weekend in Daytona Beach.
Henry said the crowd came from Orlando and Miami for "a big celebration of sorts because they were happy to be out."
"If you are going to be a guest, you are a guest and we want you to come with a guest mentality. Otherwise we want you to choose another destination," he said.
The latest numbers: There has been at least 659 coronavirus cases and 37 deaths in Volusia county where Daytona Beach is located, according to the Florida Department of Health.
Cases in Florida increased this weekend – from at least 563 on Saturday to about 997 on Sunday.
White House moves Brazil travel suspension to start tomorrow
From CNN's Nikki Carvajal
The White House released an amendment to the travel suspension for Brazil, moving the effective date up by two days to tomorrow, May 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET, instead of May 28.
The proclamation will suspend entry into the US for any individual who has been in Brazil within 14 days immediately preceding their attempt to enter the country.
It's aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus coming into the United States from Brazil, the country with the second most cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the change.
Coronavirus pandemic is "far from over," researcher says
From CNN's Leinz Vales
Dr. Chris Murray, a researcher behind an influential coronavirus model from the University of Washington, said Monday that the Covid-19 pandemic is "far from over."
"We continue to forecast, really, an awful lot of deaths right through to August," Murray told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room." "And if we think past August, the total will continue well past that date as well."
Murray cited new survey data on mask usage that shows "on average in the US, about 40% of Americans say in surveys that they wear a mask all the time. Eighty percent say they wear a mask some of the time or all of the time."
Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said Sunday that there is "clear scientific evidence" that masks work to mitigate the spread of the virus.
The researcher said he believed that social distancing and mask usage were factors for why the Covid-19 crisis was "not as bad as it could have been."
"We really think that's because of mask use and people being more cautious," Murray said. "But of course, the images this [Memorial] weekend make you wonder if people are starting to forget about that caution."
Catch up: The latest coronavirus headlines
It's almost 6 p.m. in New York and 11 p.m. in London. If you're just joining us, here's what you've missed:
- WHO warns there could be a second peak, not a second wave: During a media briefing, Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s health emergencies program, said the world is “right in the middle of the first wave, globally." Ryan warned that a second peak or wave could come during the normal influenza season, “which will greatly complicate things for disease control.” WHO also announced today that it has temporarily halted studying hydroxychloroquine as a potential Covid-19 treatment in its Solidarity Trial due to safety concerns.
- Trump administration's testing plan continues to place responsibility with states: The Trump administration is promising to buy 100 million testing swabs and vials by the end of the year and distribute them to states as part of the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report to Congress obtained by CNN. But the largest share of the responsibility to ramp up testing remains on the states themselves. Democratic leaders said in a written statement that Trump's plan is "disappointing" and they accused the administration of not taking responsibility for testing on a national scale.
- UK top aide defends lockdown trip: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top adviser, Dominic Cummings, defended his actions after receiving widespread criticism for traveling more than 250 miles from his London home during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, telling reporters on Monday that he traveled to Durham to ensure the welfare of his child and doesn't regret his decision.
- Americans crowd public places as Covid-19 cases rise in some states: Crowds packed beaches in Florida, Maryland, Georgia, Virginia and Indiana over the Memorial Day weekend — many venturing out without masks and others failing to keep their distance even as officials highlighted the continued importance of both in order to prevent another surge of infections.
Two-month lockdown in Palestine will be lifted this week
From CNN’s Taylor Barnes
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh announced Monday that a two-month lockdown in the Palestinian territories would come to an end in the coming days.
Speaking from Ramallah, Shtayyeh said that government offices will return to regular work on Wednesday morning after the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
He also said that shops, commercial and industrial establishments, and places of worship can reopen for prayers on Tuesday.
Shtayyeh still urged caution, saying, “If we see new cases developing, we will reinstate all previous measures,” according to Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency.
There are at least 122 active coronavirus cases in the Palestinian territories, according to Wafa.
More than 98,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US
There are at least 1,657,441 cases of coronavirus in the US, and at least 98,034 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases.
Johns Hopkins reported 14,195 new cases and 314 deaths on Monday.
The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases.