May 26 coronavirus news

By Joshua Berlinger, Brett McKeehan and Zamira Rahim, CNN

Updated 0226 GMT (1026 HKT) May 27, 2020
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12:22 a.m. ET, May 26, 2020

The US reported more than 19,000 coronavirus cases on Monday

A Marine Color Guard presents colors during a Memorial Day ceremony at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on May 25, in San Diego, California.
A Marine Color Guard presents colors during a Memorial Day ceremony at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on May 25, in San Diego, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The US now has at least  1,662,302 cases of coronavirus and 98,220 virus-related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally.

On Monday, Johns Hopkins reported 19,056 new cases and 500 fatalities. 

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

New York remains the hardest hit state, with 362,764 cases and 29,229 deaths. New Jersey, Illinois and California follow.

11:53 p.m. ET, May 25, 2020

This Chinese city has Covid-19 under control. Now authorities want to rank residents on their health

From CNN's Nectar Gan in Hong Kong

Imagine a smartphone app that has access to your medical records and assigns you a daily score based on your preconditions, recent checkups and lifestyle habits -- how much you've drunk, smoked, exercised and slept on any given day can all affect your points total, boosting or lowering your ranking.

That "health score" is then embedded in a digital QR code accessible on your cell phone, ready to be scanned whenever needed.

This is what the city government of Hangzhou in eastern China has envisioned for its 10 million residents, inspired by a "health code" system it adopted during the Covid-19 pandemic to profile people based on their risk of infection.

Across the globe, governments have stepped up the collection of personal data in their fight against the novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 346,000 people and infected close to 5.5 million, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

But there are also fears that some of these extraordinary measures could be here to stay even after the public health crisis is over, posing a long-term threat to privacy.

Read more:

11:37 p.m. ET, May 25, 2020

South Korea reported 19 new coronavirus cases today. Mainland China found 11

From CNN's Vanesse Chan and Yoonjung Seo

People sit before the city skyline and Han River in Seoul, South Korea, on May 24.
People sit before the city skyline and Han River in Seoul, South Korea, on May 24. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

Health authorities in South Korea identified 19 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday. Three are believed to be imported, while the other 16 are thought to be locally transmitted.

Authorities in mainland China said 11 cases were identified in the country Tuesday.

Here are each country's totals, as per the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and China's National Health Commission:

South Korea

  • 11,225 total cases
  • 10,275 patients recovered
  • 681 patients being treated
  • 269 deaths

Mainland China

  • 82,985 total cases
  • 78,268 patients recovered and discharged from hospital
  • 4,634 deaths
  • 396 asymptomatic patients still under medical observation
10:47 p.m. ET, May 25, 2020

Singapore confirmed 344 new coronavirus cases on Monday

From CNN's Eric Cheung in Hong Kong

A volunteer packs personal protective equipment to be distributed to migrant workers on May 23 in Singapore.
A volunteer packs personal protective equipment to be distributed to migrant workers on May 23 in Singapore. Ore Huiying/Getty Images

Singapore reported 344 new Covid-19 cases on Monday -- all but six of which were located in foreign worker dormitories.

The government said in a statement that 99% of those cases are linked to known clusters.

Singapore initially appeared to have the pandemic under control, but a dramatic spike in cases among the city's foreign workers -- who live in small, cramped spaces where it is easy for the virus to spread -- forced authorities in the city-state to take drastic measures.

Singapore is home to about 1.4 million migrant workers who come largely from South and Southeast Asia. As housekeepers, domestic helpers, construction workers and manual laborers, these migrants are essential to keeping Singapore functioning -- but are also some of the lowest paid and most vulnerable people in the city.

The rate of infection among migrant workers appears to have slowed in recent days, and more appear to be recovering.

The numbers: Singapore has confirmed 31,960 Covid-19 cases and 23 virus-related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. The government said Tuesday that 862 more patients were discharged from medical facilities, and that 15,738 have recovered.

Eight Covid-19 patients are in critical condition in ICUs, while upwards of 607 that are still in hospital are either stable or improving. The government said 15,592 patients who either have mild symptoms or are clinically well but still testing positive are being isolated.

Read more about the outbreak in the city's dormitories here:

10:20 p.m. ET, May 25, 2020

Space X astronauts spent three week in “ultimate quarantine”

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken, left, and Doug Hurley speak to the media after arriving at the Kennedy Space Center on May 20, in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken, left, and Doug Hurley speak to the media after arriving at the Kennedy Space Center on May 20, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

To further protect the crew of Space X’s first astronaut launch from any potential Covid-19 exposure, the company and NASA set up a three-week “ultimate quarantine” -- and outfitted them “looking like ninjas,” a mission official said Monday.

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission is a flight test with crew, prior to certification of systems by NASA for operational missions to the International Space Station. 

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are expected to fly on the Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Wednesday.

“Making sure that the crew is healthy and isn't going to be bringing potential virus or anything up to the crew on station... this is a very serious process that people go through,” Kathy Lueders, manager of NASA's commercial crew program, told reporters during a teleconference.

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission is a flight test with crew, prior to certification of systems by NASA for operational missions to the International Space Station, the space agency said. 

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are expected to fly on the Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Wednesday.

“They're like doing the ultimate quarantine... They and all the people that have been interacting with them and working with them are suited and checked and tested and to make sure that Bob and Doug are going up to station safe... They look like ninjas."

9:54 p.m. ET, May 25, 2020

Top UK aide defends lockdown trip: "I don't regret what I did"

From CNN's Nada Bashir

Dominic Cummings.
Dominic Cummings. Jonathan Brady-WPA Pool/Getty Images

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top adviser, Dominic Cummings, has defended his actions after receiving widespread criticism for traveling more than 250 miles (402 kilometers) 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.  

“I thought, and I think today, that the rules, including those regarding small children and extreme circumstances, allowed me to exercise my judgment about the situation I found myself in,” Cummings said during the televised briefing.

“I can understand that some people will argue that I should have stayed at my home in London throughout. I understand these views, I know the intense hardship and sacrifice the entire country has had to go through, however I respectfully disagree.” 

Cummings also told reporters that he believes his actions were “reasonable in these circumstances,” detailing the series of events which preceded his decision to leave London. 

“I was worried that if both my wife and I were seriously ill, possibly hospitalized, there is nobody in London that we could reasonably ask to look after our child and expose themselves to Covid,” the Prime Minister’s adviser said. 

“I don’t regret what I did…I think what I did was actually reasonable in these circumstances.”  

Some context: Following an investigation by the Mirror and Guardian newspapers, Cummings was revealed to have traveled to Durham – more than 250 miles from his home in London – during the lockdown, despite his wife having developed symptoms of coronavirus.

While Johnson has offered his support for Cummings, saying on Sunday that he believes his adviser acted “responsibly, legally and with integrity,” Cummings confirmed on Monday that he did not inform the Prime Minister of his decision prior to leaving for Durham. 

“I did not ask the Prime Minister about this decision. He was ill himself, and he had huge problems to deal with…I thought that I would speak to him when the situation clarified over coming days,” Cummings said.

“Arguably this was a mistake and I understand that some will say that I should have spoken to the Prime Minister before deciding what to do."

9:50 p.m. ET, May 25, 2020

The White House's travel ban for Brazil starts tomorrow

From CNN's Nikki Carvajal

President Donald Trump has issued a proclamation suspending entry into the US for any individual who has been in Brazil within 14 days immediately preceding their arrival.

The new travel suspension begins May 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

It's aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus coming into the US from Brazil, the country with the second-most cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The proclamation reads in part, "I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Federative Republic of Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States."

Read more here:

9:43 p.m. ET, May 25, 2020

Brazil reports more than 11,000 new coronavirus cases in past 24 hours

From CNN's Shasta Darlington and Taylor Barnes

A member of a municipal sanitization crew sprays disinfectant at a bus terminal on May 25, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
A member of a municipal sanitization crew sprays disinfectant at a bus terminal on May 25, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Miguel Schincariol/Getty Images

Brazil recorded 11,687 new coronavirus cases within 24 hours, the country's health ministry said on Monday.

This raises the nationwide total to 374,898 confirmed cases.

The country also recorded 807 new deaths, raising the death toll to 23,473.

The South American nation is now second only to the United States in reported cases. 

9:42 p.m. ET, May 25, 2020

Peru reports more than 4,000 new coronavirus cases

From CNN’s Taylor Barnes

Workers stand next to coffins of Covid-19 victims at El Angel cemetery, in Lima on May 21.
Workers stand next to coffins of Covid-19 victims at El Angel cemetery, in Lima on May 21. Ernesto Benavides/AFP/Getty Images

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Peru rose to at least 123,979 on Monday -- a jump of 4,020 from the previous day, according to the country's health ministry.

The ministry also reported 173 new deaths since the previous day, raising the national death toll to 3,629.

Peru has the second-highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Latin America, behind Brazil.