June 8 coronavirus news

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9:21 a.m. ET, June 8, 2020

New York mayor says the city could proceed with reopening on Monday

From CNN's Laura Ly

A virtually empty subway car leaves Union Square Station during what would normally be the morning rush hour in Manhattan on June 1, in New York City.
A virtually empty subway car leaves Union Square Station during what would normally be the morning rush hour in Manhattan on June 1, in New York City. John Moore/Getty Images

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is within parameters regarding its Covid-19 data to proceed as planned with their phase one reopening on Monday.

The statewide thresholds to enter phase one include:

  • Having less than 200 people admitted to hospitals per day
  • Having under 375 intensive care unit patients across the city
  • Having less than 15% of city residents testing positive for Covid-19

As of Sunday, NYC hospitals have admitted 72 people due to Covid-19, 324 people remain in ICUs, and 4% of the city is currently testing positive for Covid-19, de Blasio said.

“That is what you’ve achieved together, that’s another way we’re going to move forward in this city,” de Blasio said.
2:42 a.m. ET, June 8, 2020

The US government's supply of the only proven Covid-19 drug runs out at the end of the month

From CNN's Elizabeth Cohen and Arman Azad

Remdesivir
Remdesivir Ulrich Perrey/AFP/Getty Images

The US government's current supply of remdesivir, the only drug known to work against Covid-19, will run out at the end of the month, a federal health official told CNN.

The government's last shipment of the drug will go out the week of June 29. Gilead Sciences, the company that makes the drug, is ramping up to make more, but it's unclear how much will be available this summer.

"Right now, we're waiting to hear from Gilead what is their expected delivery availability of the drug as we go from June to July," said Dr. Robert Kadlec, a US Department of Health and Human Services official.
"We're kind of not in negotiations, but in discussions with Gilead as they project what the availability of their product will be."

Last month, the US Food and Drug Administration gave emergency authorization for remdesivir, an intravenous antiviral medication studied to treat Ebola but now used on hospitalized Covid patients.

While not a blockbuster drug, a study shows it shaves four days off a hospital stay, from 15 to 11 days.

Read the full story here.

9:21 a.m. ET, June 8, 2020

Latin America is losing the battle against coronavirus

From CNN's Matt Rivers

Cemetery workers wearing protective clothing carry a coffin at the municipal cemetery Recanto da Paz, in Breves, Brazil, on June 7.
Cemetery workers wearing protective clothing carry a coffin at the municipal cemetery Recanto da Paz, in Breves, Brazil, on June 7. Tarso Sarraf/AFP/Getty Images

Coronavirus-related cases and deaths across Latin America are rising faster than anywhere in the world. And in the worst-hit countries, they show no signs of slowing down. The region has recorded nearly 1.2 million cases and more than 60,000 deaths.

"We are especially worried about Central and South America, where many countries are witnessing accelerating epidemics," World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.

The WHO does not believe either Central or South America have reached peak transmission, meaning the number of people getting sick and dying might continue to rise.

Brazil is stuck in crisis mode. The country has recorded at least 645,771 coronavirus cases and 35,026 deaths.

It recently passed Italy to become the country with the third-highest deaths in the world and will likely surpass the United Kingdom soon.

Mexico recorded its worst week of the outbreak, both in confirmed cases and deaths.

It recorded more than 1,000 deaths in a single day for the first time. And for three consecutive days, it recorded single-day highs in new cases.

Despite the bleak numbers, and conflicting messages from government leaders, officials have pushed ahead with a phased reopening plan across the country.

Peru has one of Latin America's worst outbreaks. It has 187,400 cases, the second highest in the region behind Brazil.

People in the city of Callao lined up for hours this week to get their oxygen tanks refilled. But once they got to the front of the line, relatives of patients with Covid-19 found skyrocketing prices.

Uruguay is the success story. The country of roughly 3.5 million people borders Brazil, which has the worst outbreak in Latin America.

But Uruguay has recorded just 834 cases. It has recorded one death since May 24 and just 23 fatalities in total.

Experts say the reasons for the country's success are numerous -- a robust early response including quarantine measures, a large and efficient system of tracing and isolating those infected, randomized testing and the creation of a crisis response committee.