India records over 12,000 new coronavirus cases for fifth straight day
From CNN's Manveena Suri in New Delhi
India has recorded more than 12,000 daily new coronavirus cases for the fifth consecutive day, according to the country's health ministry.
The ministry said on Monday it had registered 14,821 new cases, bringing the nationwide total to 425,282.
India also recorded 445 new deaths -- the second-highest daily jump in coronavirus deaths within a 24-hour period.
In the past 8 days, India has recorded more than 104,000 new cases and 4,500 deaths.
2:21 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020
Beijing has capacity to test up to a million people each day, as screening drive ramps up
From CNN's Shanshan Wang in Beijing
The number of new coronavirus cases dropped into the single digits in Beijing on Sunday, with nine out of China's 18 new confirmed cases coming from the city, according to the National Health Commission (NHC).
The Chinese capital has been trying to contain the spread of a fresh outbreak that emerged from its largest wholesale food market earlier this month.
Mass testing has been rolled out across the city of 20 million, with mask-donning residents forming long lines at makeshift testing centers in sweltering summer heat.
Beijing authorities said they had collected samples from more than 2.29 million people as of Saturday for coronavirus tests.
There are currently 2,083 testing stations operating at 474 testing sites set up across the city, according to municipal authorities.
Since the new outbreak, Beijing's testing capacity has more than doubled, increasing from 100,000 to over 230,000 tests per day at 124 facilities, Gao Xiaojun, spokesman for the Beijing Health Commission, told a press briefing on Sunday.
If the samples taken from five individuals are combined together and tested in a single tube -- a method known as "pool testing," Beijing can get 1 million people tested daily, Gao added.
The method was adopted in Wuhan, the original epicenter of the pandemic, in May, when the central Chinese city conducted 6.5 million coronavirus tests in just nine days to prevent a second wave of infections.
2:13 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020
PepsiCo shuts a factory in Beijing after coronavirus cases reported
From CNN’s Philip Wang
PepsiCo shut down a factory in Beijing on Sunday after reporting eight cases of coronavirus, according to a company spokesperson.
Two of the workers confirmed of coronavirus had recently visited the Xinfadi market, a sprawling wholesale food market at the center of the capital's fresh coronavirus outbreak.
The spokesperson said 480 staff workers in the closed factory, along with 87 people who were in close contact with them, have been put in quarantine and tested for coronavirus. So far, none of them has been tested positive.
The factory, which produces potato chips, has been sealed for sterilization.
In its statement, PepsiCo said none of its bottling factories in China, including the ones in Beijing, have reported any coronavirus cases.
2:08 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020
Fiji plans to create a post-coronavirus travel bubble with New Zealand and Australia
From CNN's Lilit Marcus
Fiji is planning to create a travel bubble with Australia and New Zealand, the South Pacific island nation's leader said on Sunday.
"While Australia and New Zealand work out their trans-Tasman bubble, Fiji's equal -- or arguably, greater -- success against the virus puts us in a position to take the lead in the Pacific," Bainimarama said. "We're working on our own bubble -- a Bula Bubble -- between Fiji, New Zealand and Australia."
Bula is a greeting that means hello or welcome in Fijian.
How it would work:
Visitors from Australia and New Zealand would either need to show proof of a completed two-week quarantine in their home country immediately before travel, or complete one in an approved hotel or government facility upon arrival.
Arriving passengers will have to present a negative coronavirus test, completed no more than 48 hours before their flight.
Visitors coming to Fiji on personal boats or vessels need to prove they have been at sea for at least 14 days, and will be tested for coronavirus upon arrival. Those who have not been will need to quarantine while docked in Fiji.
Bulgarian tennis star tests positive for Covid-19 after playing in Adria Tour
The Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov announced on Sunday that he had tested positive for coronavirus, just a day after playing in an international tournament.
"I want to reach out and let my fans and friends know that I tested positive back in Monaco for Covid-19," the player said in an Instagram post. "I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during these past days gets tested and takes the necessary precautions. I am so sorry for any harm I might have caused."
He added that he was now recovering at home.
On Saturday, he had played in the Adria Tour tournament in Zadar, Croatia. Last week, he also played in the Belgrade, Serbia leg on the same tour.
12:51 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020
The NBA is offering players a “smart” ring to track Covid. But does it even work?
From CNN's Gisela Crespo and Maggie Fox
The NBA Board of Governors says it is offering basketball players a ring with embedded electronics which supposedly can predict symptoms of coronavirus -- but some doctors are lukewarm about its potential.
The $299 Oura ring is designed to monitor sleep, pulse, movement, heart activity and temperature, according to the company’s website.
But there’s not much information yet on how well the device works.
"There have been some studies that I’ve seen -- most of the studies are published by the device manufacturers,” Dr. Darria Long, an emergency room physician and clinical assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, told CNN.
Other doctors told CNN said there was too little solid information about the device for them to comment on it.
There is a little evidence to suggest that pulse and temperature can change before people notice symptoms of infections such as influenza, and Long said this could raise the potential to collect data on large groups of people -- but warned that the ring shouldn't be seen as a guaranteed protective measure.
“Just don’t let it give us a false sense of security. Don’t stop wearing your mask because your Oura ring says you’re okay. You know, don't skip testing because everybody's Oura ring says they’re fine," she said.
12:51 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020
Germany’s coronavirus reproduction rate soars after outbreak at meat processing plant
From CNN's Fred Pleitgen in Berlin
The reproduction number of the coronavirus has risen sharply in Germany, said the country's center for disease control, the Robert Koch Institute, on Sunday.
This figure, also called the R-number, stands at 2.88 in Germany.
An R-number of 1 means that each person with coronavirus infects one other person on average.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly warned that the country must keep the R-number below 1 to contain the disease, and that a rise in the rate could see restrictions reinforced.
This massive leap in the national R-number is due to a local outbreak at a meat processing plant in the town of Gutersloh, said the Robert Koch Institute. There are now at least 1,331 positive cases at the factory, said town authorities on Sunday.
“Since case numbers in Germany are generally low, these local outbreaks have a relatively strong influence on the value of the reproduction number,” the Robert Koch Institute said in its daily report.
12:50 a.m. ET, June 22, 2020
More than 7,000 Brazilians died of coronavirus in one week, pushing death toll past 50,000
From journalist Rodrigo Pedroso in São Paulo and CNN’s Taylor Barnes in Atlanta.
Brazil’s Health Ministry reported 641 new coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday, raising the country’s death toll to 50,617.
The Ministry also reported 17,459 new cases, bringing the nationwide total to 1,085,038.
Brazil saw 7,285 new deaths over the past seven days. It is now the country with the second-highest number of cases worldwide, the only other country besides the United States to surpass a million confirmed cases.