June 9 coronavirus news

Helen Regan, Steve George and Adam Renton, CNN

Updated 0641 GMT (1441 HKT) June 10, 2020
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3:06 p.m. ET, June 9, 2020

Sao Paulo state sets daily record for Covid-19 deaths as cases top 150,000

From Marcia Reverdosa and CNN’s Shasta Darlington in Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo state on Tuesday reported 334 new deaths from Covid-19, a new daily record, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 9,522. 

During a news conference, officials said the number of confirmed cases was up 5,545 raising the total number of cases to 150,138.

The data was released as Sao Paulo city, the capital of the state and the largest city in South America, prepares to reopen retail stores on Wednesday and shopping malls on Thursday. 

Establishments will have reduced hours and authorities have justified the move, arguing that the curve is flattening and they have added new beds in intensive care units. 

Other cities in Sao Paulo state started relaxing restrictions at the beginning of the month.

The Sao Paulo metropolitan area now has 74.1% of ICU occupation, while the state has 68.6%. There are 4,481 ICU patients being treated and 8,073 in less complex beds. 

Nonetheless, Sao Paulo city has long been considered the epicenter of the outbreak in Brazil, with the highest absolute numbers of cases and deaths.

2:54 p.m. ET, June 9, 2020

Greece to gradually lift travel restrictions for Italian tourists starting June 15

From Elinda Labropoulou in Athens and Valentina DiDonato in Rome

The village of Oia on the northwestern tip of the Greek island of Santorini on May 20. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said that the gradual easing of restrictions should be completed by the end of June and expressed hope that Italians would choose Greece as their holiday destination.
The village of Oia on the northwestern tip of the Greek island of Santorini on May 20. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said that the gradual easing of restrictions should be completed by the end of June and expressed hope that Italians would choose Greece as their holiday destination. Dimitris Lambropoulos/AFP/Getty Images

Greece will gradually begin allowing tourists from Italy to visit the country starting June 15, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said on Tuesday.

He said this gradual easing of restrictions should be completed by the end of June and expressed hope that Italians would choose Greece as their holiday destination.

Italy was not originally included in list of 29 countries Greece said it would open its borders to as of June 15, when international flights to the country's two main cities Athens and Thessaloniki resume. 

Tourists from the approved countries may be subjected to random coronavirus tests on arrival. If their departure airport is on the European Union Safety Aviation Agency (EASA) list, they will have to undergo compulsory testing and quarantine. Currently, some Italian airports are on the EASA list, the Greek Foreign Ministry website says. 

2:48 p.m. ET, June 9, 2020

"There's a lot we need to learn" about the long-term effects of Covid-19, Fauci says

From CNN's Health Gisela Crespo

Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in April.
Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in April. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

There's still a lot to learn about the long-term negative effects of the Covid-19 infection on patients, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said.

"The thing that we don't yet fully appreciate is what happens when you get infected and you get serious disease and you recover? What are the long-term durable negative effects of that infection?" Fauci said during an interview released Tuesday at the BIO International Convention.

Fauci explained that because there still is not enough experience with the virus, scientists don't know what patients who have recovered will be like six months from now.

"We don't know the extent of full recovery or partial recovery, so there's a lot we need to learn," he said.

2:36 p.m. ET, June 9, 2020

There will be "more than one winner" in Covid-19 vaccine field, Fauci says

From CNN's Health Gisela Crespo

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Tuesday there will be "more than one winner" in the Covid-19 vaccine field.

"There's going to be more than one winner in the vaccine field, because we're going to need vaccines for the entire world — billions and billions of doses," Fauci said in a taped interview with Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath, president and CEO of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, released for the organization's convention.

Fauci praised the "unprecedented" rapid response of pharmaceutical companies in working toward a vaccine and therapeutics for coronavirus, saying it "even outpaced the public health response in some respect, which you usually see it opposite."

The nation's top infectious disease expert said he hopes the work that is being done to fight Covid-19 will bring "a degree of capability and preparedness to respond even better than we've responded right now" in the future. 

2:12 p.m. ET, June 9, 2020

Lollapalooza and Chicago Jazz Festival canceled

From CNN's Chris Boyette 

People attend the Lollapalooza music festival in 2019.
People attend the Lollapalooza music festival in 2019. Josh Brasted/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Chicago announced Tuesday all large outdoor events across the city are canceled through Labor Day, including Lollapalooza music festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, most programs at the Chicago Riverwalk and others, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“We must provide ways for people to enjoy the spirit of a Chicago summer while prioritizing health and safety,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement. “As difficult as it is to remove these in-person events from our calendar, we are pulling out all the stops for an inventive, engaging and fun festival season this summer.” 

The city previously canceled its annual Memorial Day Parade, and house music, gospel and blues festivals.

Lollapalooza said in a statement on its webpage it would host virtual events on the days they had planned to have the festival. 

“Keep July 30 — August 2, 2020 on your calendars as we honor our annual tradition by bringing Chicago, and the world, together around our common bond of community, civic engagement and, of course, live music. The weekend-long virtual event will include performances from around the city and beyond, epic archival sets from Chicago and the festival's six international editions, never-before-seen footage from the 1990's and much more,” the statement said.

The city also said many of the canceled events would be “reimagined” and “at-home dance parties, drive-in movies, virtual concerts and community meals for frontline workers — in lieu of summer festivals.”

 

1:49 p.m. ET, June 9, 2020

New Jersey increases limits on gatherings

From CNN’s Mirna Alsharif

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is signing an executive order today that will increase the number of people permitted to gather outdoors to 100, and will permit the number of people to gather indoors to 25% of the building’s capacity or 50 people – whichever number is lower, he said in a news conference and on Twitter. 

All outdoor recreational and entertainment businesses in New Jersey — except for amusement parks, water parks, and arcades — will be permitted to open on June 22, Murphy said.

The governor said he anticipates being able to raise the limit on “non-protest” and “non-religious” activities to 250 people on June 22 and 500 people on July 3.

“School districts planning graduations should prepare for a 500-person limit to be in place by the time graduations can resume on July 6,” he said.

 

1:29 p.m. ET, June 9, 2020

Protesters in Los Angeles encouraged to monitor for Covid-19 symptoms

 

Protesters march through downtown Los Angeles on June 3.
Protesters march through downtown Los Angeles on June 3. Warrick Page/Getty Images

People who have attended a protest should self-quarantine and monitor for coronavirus symptoms, according to a tweet from Los Angeles County Tuesday morning.

The tweet reiterated L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer’s advice to self-quarantine for two weeks. She said those who found themselves in a very crowded situation for more than 15 minutes and who were near others without face coverings should isolate for the full incubation period.

“Being part of a protest is really no different than having an exposure to an indoor mall or even at a restaurant or at the beach. In all of these sites, there are going to be people who may become or may, or may be positive for Covid-19 and when you're out and about. That's why we asked you to protect yourself and protect others by keeping your distance and using that cost base covering because you could have an exposure and it will not come through a contact tracing system. Nobody knows that you were there nobody has your name,” she said during a news conference on Monday.

As of Monday, L.A. County has 64,644 cases, including 2,655 deaths.

12:44 p.m. ET, June 9, 2020

Retail outlets can open starting June 15, UK official says

From CNN’s Lauren Kent in London

An employee locks a Vans Inc footwear store at the Westgate shopping centre in Oxford on Wednesday, May 27. Retail outlets can reopen starting June 15 as long as they comply with government coronavirus-secure guidelines.
An employee locks a Vans Inc footwear store at the Westgate shopping centre in Oxford on Wednesday, May 27. Retail outlets can reopen starting June 15 as long as they comply with government coronavirus-secure guidelines. Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Retail outlets can reopen starting June 15 as long as they comply with government coronavirus-secure guidelines, UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma said Tuesday.

“This is the latest step in the careful restarting of our economy and will enable high streets up and down the country to spring back to life,” Sharma said at a daily Downing Street news conference.

Shops for essential items, such as food and medicines, were allowed to remain open during the lockdown but this announcement means outlets selling nonessential items can now reopen. 

Sharma said that stores should display in their shop window or outside their door a sign to show their customers that they have read and taken steps to follow the government guidance on reopening.

“If a shop reopens without putting in place responsible steps to reduce transmission of the virus, we can take a range of actions including issuing enforcement notices. Local authorities and the health and safety executive regularly carry out checks and respond to requests from the public regarding risks in the workplace,” Sharma said.

Restaurants, pubs and bars, as well as hairdressers, barbers, nail bars and related services will remain closed. Sharma said the government’s goal is to reopen these business sectors starting July 4 at the earliest.

12:27 p.m. ET, June 9, 2020

HHS announces new funding for health care providers following criticism over delays

From CNN's Tami Luhby

The Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that it is taking additional steps to provide federal coronavirus relief funding to health care providers and hospitals that care for the poor and uninsured.

The agency, which has come under fire in recent weeks for delays in distributing the $175 billion in federal support that Congress authorized in late March and April, expects to dole out about $15 billion to providers that participate in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program but have not yet received payments from the relief fund that Congress authorized. The money is intended to compensate those that lost revenue or had increased expenses because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The additional funding is expected to support several hundred thousand more providers, including pediatricians, obstetrician-gynecologists, dentists, opioid treatment and mental health specialists, assisted living facilities and other home and community providers.

Also, safety net hospitals that serve a large share of low-income Americans and the uninsured will receive $10 billion this week.