June 20 coronavirus news

By Julia Hollingsworth, Brett McKeehan and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 0447 GMT (1247 HKT) June 21, 2020
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12:39 p.m. ET, June 20, 2020

Two MLB teams to move spring training to New York, governor says

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

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Al Bello/Getty Images

The Mets and Yankees will move their spring training from Florida to New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

The Yankees will be at Yankee Stadium, the Mets will be at Citi Field – their respective stadiums. The state will “review their protocols in place to make sure they are doing it safely and appropriately.”

The governor said it's really “exciting news” and he can’t remember the last time spring training was in New York.

The Mets have a soft opening this week, he added. 

There has not been a final decision if there will be a Mayor League Baseball season but Cuomo said he is “hopeful."

He said he spoke with the owners of both teams and plans to "drop in" on spring training.

On reopening: Cuomo said New York City is still on track to further reopen into phase two in the coming days.

The city is at a 1.1% infection rate – which is where it was on Thursday.

12:53 p.m. ET, June 20, 2020

Washington county reporting staffing shortages, hospitals exceeding capacity

From CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian

Over the past week, all hospitals in Yakima County, Washington, reported critical staffing shortages, with a majority of those shortages due to healthcare workers dealing with Covid-related issues, according to Yakima Health District. 

As of Friday night, Virginia Mason Memorial had no intensive care or non-intensive care beds available, Yakima Health District reported.

There were multiple patients waiting for hospital bed space overnight after at least 17 patients had already been transferred out of the county. Several individuals are still currently waiting for available bed space, according to a statement from the Yakima Health District.

More context: Yakima County represented 22% (61 new cases out of 242) of all hospitalized Covid-19 patients in Washington State, the statement said.

On Friday, the Health District reported an increase of 180 cases, one of the largest single day increases of Covid-19 positive cases to date.

12:42 p.m. ET, June 20, 2020

Pennsylvania reports more than 500 new coronavirus cases

From CNN's Sheena Jones

The state of Pennsylvania is reporting 504 new cases of Covid-19 – bringing the statewide total to at least 81,266 cases, according to the Department of Health.

There has been an additional 20 deaths since yesterday. There are 6,419 people who have died so far from the virus, according to state numbers.

As the state continues to lift restrictions, people need to take precautions, Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said in a statement Saturday.

"The virus has not gone away. Each of us has a responsibility to continue to protect ourselves, our loved ones and others by wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and washing our hands frequently. Together we can protect our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, our essential workers and our healthcare system," the statement said.
11:42 a.m. ET, June 20, 2020

Florida reports highest single day increase of Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Melissa Alonso

The state of Florida has reported the most cases of coronavirus in a single day since the pandemic began. 

The Florida Department of Health is reporting an additional 4,049 cases of coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the state total to at least 93,797, according to data released by the state. 

As of Friday, the state of Florida had reported a total of approximately 89,748 cases.  

Saturday's numbers mark the highest number of reported cases in a single day the state has seen, according to to the Florida Department of Health. 

12:36 p.m. ET, June 20, 2020

NIH halts hydroxychloroquine trial, says drug didn't provide additional benefits to Covid-19 patients

From CNN's Gisela Crespo

Narinder Nanu/AFP via Getty Images
Narinder Nanu/AFP via Getty Images

The National Institutes of Health announced Saturday that it has halted its trial of the drug hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of adults hospitalized with Covid-19.

"A data and safety monitoring board met late Friday and determined that while there was no harm, the study drug was very unlikely to be beneficial to hospitalized patients with Covid-19," the NIH said in a statement.

The trial enrolled more than 470 adults patients hospitalized with coronavirus, or in an emergency department with anticipated hospitalization. The study found that those patients who were randomly assigned to receive the hydroxychloroquine treatment didn't benefit from the drug, compared to those in the placebo group.

Hydroxychloroquine is typically used to treat malaria and rheumatoid conditions, such as arthritis.

"In various studies, the drug had demonstrated antiviral activity, an ability to modify the activity of the immune system, and it has an established safety profile at appropriate doses, leading to the hypothesis that it may have also been useful in the treatment of Covid-19," the NIH said in its statement.

On Monday: The US Food and Drug Administration revoked its emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine to treat hospitalized patients with coronavirus, saying it was unlikely to provide any benefit based on the latest scientific research.

9:49 a.m. ET, June 20, 2020

Pope Francis warns against reverting to individualism after Covid-19 pandemic

From CNN's Livia Borghese

Pope Francis speaks at the Vatican on June 20.
Pope Francis speaks at the Vatican on June 20. Vatican News via AP

Pope Francis has warned people against falling back into the “illusion of individualism” after the coronavirus pandemic passes.

In statement from the Vatican, Francis praised healthcare workers in Italy’s Lombardy region who stood by their patients during the “troubled months."

Francis warned people to “be careful” to not fall back into making “individualism the guiding principle of society."

The Pope used healthcare workers as an example, saying their professionalism has been “one of the pillars of the country."

“Patients often felt they had ‘angels beside them,' who helped them to recover their health and, at the same time, comforted, supported and sometimes accompanied them to the threshold of the final encounter with the Lord,” Francis said. “It is easy to quickly forget that we need others, someone to take care of us to give us courage."

Lombardy was Italy’s worst affected region by the virus. 

9:30 a.m. ET, June 20, 2020

Trump rally attendees will get their temperature checked before they're allowed in, campaign says

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather to attend his campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 20.
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather to attend his campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 20. Win McNamee/Getty Images

Tim Murtaugh, the director of communications for the Trump campaign, said everyone attending the President's rally tonight in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will have to have their temperature checked before entering the building due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The campaign will also have masks that people can wear if they want, and will be supplying hand sanitizer.

"People are certainly aware of the situation," Murtaugh told CNN on Saturday, adding that people have the freedom fo choice.

"People come in with their eyes wide open and they know that we have taken the precautions to protect them," Murtaugh said.

When asked about the waiver attendees had to sign prior to the rally that says the Trump campaign is not liable if they get sick at the event, Murtaugh said it is just "standard language."

"If you buy a ticket to a baseball game, on the back of that, it's a waiver that says watch out you may get hit by a flying ball if it leaves the field of play. That's just standard," he said.

Tulsa's Bank of Oklahoma Center arena holds 19,000 people. More people are also expected to be outside in the overflow area.

10:06 a.m. ET, June 20, 2020

More than 1,000 people test positive for Covid-19 at German meat plant

From CNN’s Fred Pleitgen in Berlin

A member of the security walks in front of the Toennies meatpacking plant in Rheda-Wiedenbrueck, Germany, on June 18.
A member of the security walks in front of the Toennies meatpacking plant in Rheda-Wiedenbrueck, Germany, on June 18. Martin Meissner/AP

More than 1,000 people have now tested positive for coronavirus at a German meat plant, the local district administrator Sven-Georg Adenauer said on Saturday. 

Adenuer said the district has received more then 3,127 test results back after the Tönnies meat processing plant in North Rhine-Westphalia was closed. So far, 1,029 tests have come back positive. 

So far, the outbreak does not seem to have spread from plant workers to the general population, Adenuer said.

8:05 a.m. ET, June 20, 2020

It's 1 p.m. in London and 8 a.m. in New York. Here's the latest on the pandemic

Rafael Yaghobzadeh/AP
Rafael Yaghobzadeh/AP

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 8.6 million people worldwide and killed more than 460,000. Here's what you need to know.

Greta Thunberg speaks out over pandemic: The teen activist compared the worldwide reaction to the action taken over the climate crisis.

Protesters spray French Health Ministry with paint: The demonstrators are from associations which have been critical of the French government's treatment of health workers.

Stonehenge asks solstice revelers to stay away: Organizers have urged people to enjoy the midsummer celebration virtually due to the pandemic.

More than 2.2 million cases in the US: Coronavirus cases continue to rise despite US President Donald Trump claiming that Covid-19 is dying out in the country.