Atlanta mayor extends hazard pay for the city’s frontline employees
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an executive order to extend the hazard pay for the city’s Covid-19 frontline employees, her office said Monday.
The nearly 5,400 eligible employees will receive an additional $500 a month through Sept. 30, according to the order.
3:40 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020
Mexico begins reopening economic sectors under its "new normal" plan
From CNN’s Natalie Gallón in Mexico City.
Mexico has entered a new Covid-19 phase today, reopening certain sectors of the economy under its new plan deemed the “new normal.”
Mining, construction and the “fabrication of transport equipment” such as the auto parts industry are now considered essential as they slowly begin reopening with safety measures that factories and its employees must adhere to.
This comes as Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador begins a tour Monday in the state of Quintana Roo where Cancún is located, his first trip since late March.
The state is preparing to reopen the tourism sector among other activities.
During his press conference Monday morning held at Isla Mujeres, López Obrador addressed the importance of reactivating the national economy “for the good of the people,” while adding that this needs to be done cautiously and carefully.
The new phase also comes as Mexico’s newly reported cases and deaths continue to rise at the worst sustained levels since the outbreak began.
The death toll is expected to surpass 10,000 when new numbers are reported Monday evening. As of Sunday, Mexican health authorities reported 90,664 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 9,930 confirmed deaths.
2:38 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020
More than 104,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US
At least 1,797,457 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the US and at least 104,584 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally.
Johns Hopkins reported 7,285 new cases and 203 deaths on Monday.
The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases.
3:15 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020
Italy's museums and monuments gradually reopen
From CNN's Livia Borghese in Rome and Milena Veselinovic in London
The world famous Uffizi gallery in Florence will reopen on Wednesday, according to an announcement on its website.
It's the latest in the list of Italian monuments and museums to reopen as the country gradually lifts coronavirus restrictions.
Vatican Museums, which host the Sistine Chapel, have welcomed the public again starting Monday, as has the Coliseum, but under strict rules such as temperature checks for visitors, compulsory face coverings and maintaining distance during the visit.
Travelers from the European Union and the UK will be allowed to enter Italy without having to go into quarantine starting Wednesday, in a move the government has described as a "calculated risk."
Visitors were previously required to undergo a two-week quarantine before being allowed entry.
3:11 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020
Fauci hasn't spoken to or met with Trump in two weeks
From CNN’s Jim Sciutto
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the Coronavirus Task Force, says that he has not spoken to or met with President Trump in two weeks, and that his contact with the President has become much less frequent.
Their last interaction was May 18, when Trump invited Fauci to provide medical context during a teleconference with the nation’s governors.
The task force last met on May 28 and last held a White House press briefing on May 22.
1:40 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020
California correctional officer dies after testing positive for Covid-19
From CNN's Cheri Mossburg
A correctional officer with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation died Saturday after recently testing positive for Covid-19, according to the CDCR.
The Riverside County Coroner will determine the exact cause of death for officer Danny Mendoza, 53. He had been with the department for 24 years and had most recently worked at the Norco correctional facility.
By the numbers: The CDCR reported 309 positive cases total among staff. They reported 2,230 positive cases among inmates statewide including nine deaths, all at the men’s facility in Chino, California.
1:20 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020
No new Covid-19 deaths reported in Spain
From CNN’s Al Goodman and Ingrid Formanek
No new Covid-19 deaths were registered by Spain’s Health Ministry on Sunday, new data released on Monday shows.
The total Covid-19 death toll holds steady for a second day, at 27,127 since the start of the pandemic in Spain.
“The positive statistic is that we do not have any notification of deaths that occurred yesterday,” said Dr. Fernando Simón, Spain’s director of the Center for Health Emergencies.
Speaking at the government’s daily coronavirus briefing, Simón said 15 out of Spain’s 17 regions reported between zero and two deaths over the last week.
The Health Ministry did report a rise of 79 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the cumulative total to 239,638.
Asked about reported parties that exceeded the sanctioned number of people allowed to socialize, where infections were detected, Simón responded by saying “these things worry me.”
Simón said that localized reemergence cases of coronavirus in Spain are “controlled” due to the tracing and diagnosis by health authorities. However, he said he fears that activities, such as a drinking party attended by several hundred young people over the weekend in a small town south of Madrid, could constitute other points of the virus re-emerging.
12:53 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020
The Americas are seeing a rapid increase in coronavirus cases, WHO says
From CNN’s Amanda Watts
The Americas, especially Latin America and the Caribbean, are seeing a rapid increase in the number of new coronavirus cases, the World Health Organization said Monday.
“Five of the 10 countries worldwide reporting the highest new number of cases in the past 24 hours are in the Americas: Brazil, USA, Peru, Chile and Mexico,” said Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO executive director of Health Emergencies Program.
The countries reporting the biggest increases in new numbers: Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Haiti, Argentina and Bolivia.
Ryan said “many many weeks ago” the world was focused on South Asia and Africa as potential hot spots. Now, “to a certain extent, the situation in those two settings are still difficult, but it's stable. Clearly the situation in many South American countries is far from stable. There’s been a rapid increase in cases, and those systems are coming under increasing pressure,” he said.
“I would certainly characterize that Central and South America in particular have very much become the intense zones of transmission for this virus as we speak,” Ryan added.
“And I don't believe that we have reached the peak in that transmission, and at this point, I cannot predict when we will.”
12:46 p.m. ET, June 1, 2020
Coronavirus cases in California climb 11% in just five days
From CNN's Cheri Mossburg
As California continues to reopen, coronavirus cases are mounting with an 11% increase over just five days.
Sunday’s report from California Department of Public Health marked yet another single-day high with 3,705 cases.
The total number of confirmed cases in the state is 110,583. That’s an increase of more than 11,000 cases since Wednesday.
The number of coronavirus deaths in California stands at 4,213.