June 8 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Steve George and Emma Reynolds, CNN

Updated 2:51 a.m. ET, June 9, 2020
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3:46 p.m. ET, June 8, 2020

North Carolina health official "concerned" about increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations

From CNN’s Jennifer Henderson

Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, answers a question during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Thursday, June 4.
Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, answers a question during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Thursday, June 4. Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer/AP

North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen said today, “The percent of tests that are positive" for the state "is now among the highest in the nation."

She continued: "I am concerned. These trends moving in the wrong direction is a signal we need to take very seriously.”

Here are the numbers: There have been 36,484 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the state. At least 938 new cases have been reported today, 739 people are hospitalized and 1,006 people are dead, according to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

Today marks the highest day of people hospitalized for Covid-19 since the pandemic began, Cooper said. On Saturday, North Carolina had the highest day of new cases — with 1,370. North Carolina is also seeing more viral spread of Covid-19. 

Cooper said Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus Task Force contacted Dr. Cohen on Friday with her concerns.

3:57 p.m. ET, June 8, 2020

Major League Baseball's latest proposal calls for 76-game season

From CNN's David Close

Major League Baseball is proposing a 76-game season in the league’s latest idea to save the 2020 season, per ESPN. The report details the latest proposal by the owners sent to the players union Monday morning.

ESPN, citing an unnamed source familiar with the negotiations, says in addition to a shortened season, the players would receive 75% of their prorated salaries. Last week, the league reportedly rejected a Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) proposal which offered a 114-game season with players receiving their full prorated salaries. In a statement on June 4, MLBPA Director Tony Clark said the players would resoundingly reject any proposals that asked for further reductions in salaries.

Neither MLB or MLBPA have responded to CNN’s request for details or comment.

Some context: In May, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred appeared on CNN and expressed hope that a new season could be salvaged

“I think it’s hopeful that we will have some Major League Baseball this summer…Me, personally, I have great confidence that we'll reach an agreement with the players association both that it's safe to come back to work and work out the economic issues that need to be resolved," Manfred said.

When asked about the economic impact if there was no MLB baseball this season, Manfred told CNN that losses would be “devastating” and would result in losses approaching $4 billion.

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3:51 p.m. ET, June 8, 2020

Cuba reports no coronavirus deaths for 9 consecutive days 

From CNN’s Patrick Oppmann in Havana

A man rides his bicycle along an empty street in Havana on May 19.
A man rides his bicycle along an empty street in Havana on May 19. Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images

Cuba has gone nine days without a coronavirus death as of Monday, Dr. Francisco Durán, national director of epidemiology at Cuba’s Ministry for Public Health, said at a news conference.

He also said there were only nine new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

Over the weekend, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel said the virus was “under control” in Cuba and the government would soon announce measures to gradually reopen the island.

Since the outbreak, Cuban officials have ended nearly all international travel to and from the island, made wearing a face mask in public mandatory and have required everyone ill with the coronavirus to quarantine at government-run hospitals.

Cuba has a total of 2,200 cases of coronavirus and a total of 83 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

3:53 p.m. ET, June 8, 2020

New Jersey governor says he'll get coronavirus test after attending protests

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy listens during a coronavirus news conference at the War Memorial in Trenton, New Jersey, on May 19.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy listens during a coronavirus news conference at the War Memorial in Trenton, New Jersey, on May 19. Chris Pedota/The Record/AP

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said he and family members took part in two protests this weekend, and plans to soon be tested for coronavirus.

“To say that black lives matter, that systemic racism must be relegated to history, and we must use this time to transform our society and ourselves so that we finally live up to our nation’s highest ideals," he said.

The governor said he was “honored” to walk alongside community leaders and residents in Hillside, and urged those protesting across the state to be tested for coronavirus.

“To everyone who took to their streets and town centers, please go out and get tested for Covid-19. We cannot let what happened across New Jersey this weekend be undone by an outbreak," he said.

Murphy said he and the first lady of New Jersey have scheduled their tests.

3:45 p.m. ET, June 8, 2020

Miami-Dade will reopen beaches no later than Wednesday

From CNN’s Kay Jones

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Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said that the county will open its beaches no later than Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters at the National Hurricane Center Monday, he said there is a good possibility that the curfew will be lifted tonight, and that they need a little time to prepare to open the beaches. 

Beaches were closed in March and were expected to open today. However, the closure was extended due to the curfew implemented May 30 during the protests over the death of George Floyd.

2:10 p.m. ET, June 8, 2020

Canada relaxes some border restrictions, but 14-day quarantine is still required

From CNN’s Paula Newton in Ottawa

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CTV Network

Canada announced Monday that it would relax some border restrictions for immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, including some who have been trying to enter from the United States.

Despite the change, a 14-day mandatory quarantine for anyone entering the country remains in place. 

"If you don't follow these rules, you could face serious penalties," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during a news conference in Ottawa. 

Trudeau acknowledged that this has been a hard time for some families kept apart because of the pandemic. 

"This is an incredibly difficult time to be apart from a spouse, a child, or mom or dad," Trudeau said. 

Nonessential travel into Canada is currently restricted, and that includes travel across the US-Canada border. 

That mutual border agreement is set to expire June 21 but Trudeau has indicated that "stronger measures" to contain the virus might be needed even if the border reopens to discretionary travel. 

 

1:52 p.m. ET, June 8, 2020

Covid-19 has triggered the deepest recession in decades

From CNN's Alison Kosik

The World Bank predicts global economic growth this year will shrink the most since World War II due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Economists at the World Bank say Covid-19 has triggered the deepest recession in decades. They expect the global economy in 2020 to shrink 5.2% — nearly three times as steep as the global recession in 2009.

“This is a deeply sobering outlook, with the crisis likely to leave long-lasting scars and pose major global challenges,” said World Bank Group vice president Ceyla Pazarbasioglu.

In its more than 200-page report on the global economy, the World Bank said it envisions a moderate recovery of 4.2% in 2021. However, it also said an “even worst scenario is possible” if the health crisis takes longer than expected to bring under control.

The World Bank also said the pandemic is taking a heavy human and economic toll on the poorest countries, and that “those already in extreme poverty could descend further into destitution.”

1:47 p.m. ET, June 8, 2020

More than 110,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US

From CNN's Keith Allen

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

There are at least 1,950,023 cases of coronavirus in the US, and at least 110,689 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the United States.

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

On Monday, Johns Hopkins has reported 7,660 new cases and 175 reported deaths. 

1:48 p.m. ET, June 8, 2020

The US coronavirus recession began in February

From CNN’s Matt Egan

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The National Bureau of Economic Research declared Monday that the coronavirus recession began in February.

The economy collapsed so rapidly that NBER wasted no time in announcing a recession, a stark contrast to previous downturns when the body took a year to declare what most people already knew.

Social distancing requirements imposed to fight the pandemic have crushed broad swaths of the US economy, from airlines and cruise ships to restaurants and Broadway shows.

"The unprecedented magnitude of the decline in employment and production, and its broad reach across the entire economy, warrants the designation of this episode as a recession, even if it turns out to be briefer than earlier contractions," NBER wrote.

More than 42 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits. Major companies including JCPenney, J.Crew and Hertz have filed for bankruptcy. And economists are predicting GDP imploded at an annualized rate of 40% during the second quarter.

The pandemic marked an end to the mediocre but long recovery from the Great Recession. In July 2019, that expansion officially became the longest period of uninterrupted growth in US history dating back to 1854. It spanned 128 months, easily breaking the prior record of 120 months set between March 1991 and March 2001 during the dotcom boom.