June 22 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Nectar Gan, Steve George, Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 12:07 a.m. ET, June 23, 2020
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10:33 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020

Arizona’s new Covid-19 cases are trending up as 10 states see highest average of new daily cases

From CNN’s Ethan Cohen

As President Trump prepares to travel to Arizona tomorrow, here’s a look at the coronavirus trends in that state:

  • Arizona continues to see its new case numbers climb. The state averaged about 2,412 new reported cases per day over the week ending June 21, up about 94% from the previous 7-day period, according to a CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.
  • Arizona is one of 10 states that saw their highest 7-day average of daily new coronavirus cases on June 21 according to data from Johns Hopkins. The others are California, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.
  • According to Johns Hopkins data, Arizona had the fourth most new reported coronavirus cases during the week that ended June 21, following California, Texas and Florida.
  • The number of people hospitalized with coronavirus in Arizona has been climbing since the start of June, according to data collected by the COVID Tracking Project.
  • Maricopa County, where Phoenix is located, is reporting 29,891 total coronavirus cases and 602 deaths. In its most recent report (dated June 20), the Maricopa County Department of Public Health reported.

10:16 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020

Mexico reports more than 1,000 coronavirus deaths in 24-hour period

From CNN's Kay Guerrero

Oscar Espindola of the Mexican Red Cross is disinfected after responding to a probable Covid-19 call on June 19 in Mexico City.
Oscar Espindola of the Mexican Red Cross is disinfected after responding to a probable Covid-19 call on June 19 in Mexico City. Hector Vivas/Getty Images

According to Mexico's Ministry of Health, on Sunday evening the country reported an additional 1,044 new deaths, bringing the nationwide total to at least 21,825.

It's one of the highest death tolls reported in the country in a 24-hour period.

Mexico also reported at least 5,343 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the country's total to at least 180,545 confirmed cases.

Mexico City and the Valley of Mexico are the areas with the highest number of active cases in the country. 

10:12 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020

Less than 1% of the daily tests in New York came back positive, governor says

From CNN's Elizabeth Joseph

There were 10 coronavirus-related deaths in New York State on Sunday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted Monday morning.

At least 552 of 56,780 — less than 1% — of coronavirus tests performed Sunday were back positive, he tweeted, adding that hospitalizations fell to 1,122.

Read his tweet:

10:11 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020

Former FDA chief says there could be "exponential growth" in Covid-19 cases in some states this week

From CNN Health’s Amanda Watts

In this October 25, 2017 file photo, former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing concerning federal efforts to combat the opioid crisis in Washington.
In this October 25, 2017 file photo, former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing concerning federal efforts to combat the opioid crisis in Washington. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, says some areas of the country are “seeing significant outbreaks on top of a background rate of spread that was quite high.”

Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Gottlieb said, “We are seeing a resurgence in the South and Southeast” because those areas were “never really rid of their epidemics.”

Gottlieb said the cases are “building quite quickly” in places such as Texas, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Arizona. They could see “exponential growth” this week, he said.

“The challenge with exponential growth is that everything looks okay, until suddenly it doesn't,” he said.

“When the epidemic is expanding, it’s always worse than what you are measuring – so there are a lot more cases in these states that are going to get turned over this coming week, given the rate of growth we have seen,” Gottlieb added.

Gottlieb warned, “This is going to be hard to get under control,” saying, “there is no quick intervention that is going to bring this to an end.”

“The challenge is there is not a clear end point,” Gottlieb added.

“We are becoming more and more dependent on a therapeutic intervention in the fall, because we are taking a lot of virus through the summer. We really shouldn't be where we are in June right now,” he said.

When it comes to universal masking, Gottlieb said it’s a mistake for some states not to, “they are losing precious time.”

“Masking has becoming controversial. It shouldn't be. It’s a simple intervention. It’s a collective action we can all take to help protect our fellow citizens and also protect ourselves and try to reopen the economy safely,” he said.

10:34 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020

Miami mayor: We would not hold rally here even if White House asked

From CNN's Haley Draznin

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez Source: CNN

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said that the city would not hold a presidential campaign rally, even if the White House asked.

"We decided last week, and we're probably going to maintain that, that we're not going into phase three. Phase three means we're not opening nightclubs. We're not opening large venues where you can have any sort of large congregation of people, whether a sporting event, whether it's a rally. So none of those kinds of things are open in the city and won't be open after today's data which is worse than last Monday's was," Suarez told CNN's Poppy Harlow.

Asked if the mayor would say no if the White House asked him to hold a rally, Suarez answered, "it's not about who asks. It's just about those things are not available, not open. They're not going to be open. that's not going to change for anyone. That's our policy, and until the data shows that it's safe to open those kinds of facilities, we're not going to open them."

The mayor's comments come as Florida is seeing a rise in coronavirus cases. The Florida Department of Health reported 3,494 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the state total to 97,291. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has said that cases are "shifting in a radical direction" toward populations in their 20s and 30s.

DeSantis said Friday that the median age was 37 for newly diagnosed coronavirus infections over the last week. In the state, 62% of new cases for the week of June 7 are under 45 years old, he said.


9:56 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020

Temperature checks now voluntary at White House, staffers told

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins

White House staff got an email yesterday saying that temperature checks would now be voluntary going forward and would no longer be conducted at entrances, an official who received the email told CNN.

The checks had become a routine part of entering the White House grounds for the last several months.

Photos outside the White House this morning showed that the temperature screening tent has been taken down:

Jay McMichael, CNN
Jay McMichael, CNN

9:47 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020

US stocks slide as Covid-19 cases rise in parts of the country

From CNN’s Anneken Tappe 

US stocks were mostly lower at Monday’s opening bell. 

Rising Covid-19 infections in some areas of the country already scared investors last week. A second lockdown to contain the virus could weigh heavily on the newly reopened economy.

Here's how the markets opened: 

  • The Dow opened 0.3%, or 80 points, lower.
  • The S&P 500 kicked off 0.2% lower.
  • The Nasdaq Composite opened flat.
9:50 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020

Drug company plans to test inhaled version of remdesivir as potential Covid-19 treatment

From CNN Health's Jacqueline Howard

The Gilead Science headquarters on April 29 in Foster City, California.
The Gilead Science headquarters on April 29 in Foster City, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Gilead Sciences, the company that makes the antiviral drug remdesivir, announced on Monday that it is about to start trials of an inhaled version of the medication. 

Remdesivir — which is currently administered intravenously through infusions — is the only drug that has an emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration to treat coronavirus infections.

"After receiving the green light from the FDA to move forward, Gilead is about to start trials of an inhaled version of remdesivir. We will screen healthy volunteers for Phase 1 trials this week and hope to begin studies in patients with COVID-19 in August," Daniel O'Day, Gilead Sciences chairman and CEO, said in an open letter on Monday.

"If the trials are successful, this could represent important progress. Remdesivir, our investigational antiviral medicine, is currently given to patients intravenously through daily infusions in the hospital," O'Day added. "An inhaled formulation would be given through a nebulizer, which could potentially allow for easier administration outside the hospital, at earlier stages of disease. That could have significant implications in helping to stem the tide of the pandemic."

The letter went on to explain how there are also plans to study remdesivir in treating Covid-19 earlier in the progression of the disease, in combination with other therapies and in additional patient groups. Last week, Gilead announced it would begin advanced trials of the drug in children. 

Remdesivir was originally studied as a potential treatment for Ebola, but lab experiments revealed that it could work against coronavirus. 

Monday's letter from Gilead noted that the company expects to have more than 2 million remdesivir treatment courses manufactured by the end of the year, and many millions more by 2021.

10:15 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020

Disneyland Paris announces a phased reopening starting on July 15

From CNN's Eva Tapiero, Frank Pallotta and Lilit Marcus

In this Monday, March 16 photo, Disneyland Paris
In this Monday, March 16 photo, Disneyland Paris Rafael Yaghobzadeh/AP

Disneyland Paris announced a phased reopening as of July 15.

“We’re pleased to announce that we will begin a phased reopening of the resort starting with the Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel and Disney Village as of 15th July 2020,” the company said on Twitter.

This announcement comes as other Disney parks have announced their reopening plans in the US. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure — Disney's flagship theme parks in California — said they are reopening after months of being closed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The original Disney resort — which is located in Anaheim, California — plans to begin a phased reopening on July 17, the company said in May, pending state and local government approvals. July 17 is the 65th anniversary of the opening day of Disneyland park.

Disney World in Orlando, Florida, will begin a phased reopening on July 11 for its Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks and July 15 for EPCOT and Hollywood Studios, the company also said in May.

On June 18, Hong Kong Disneyland became the world's second Disney park to reopen.

One of the smallest Disney theme parks, it closed on January 26 due to the global coronavirus crisis and has remained shut since then, with a few exceptions — namely its hotels and a few on-site restaurants.

Shanghai Disneyland was the first park to reopen, welcoming guests back on May 11.

Disney is implementing several measures to reopen safely and prevent the spread of the coronavirus at its parks