June 25 coronavirus news

By Helen Regan, Adam Renton, Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 4:35 p.m. ET, November 23, 2020
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2:24 p.m. ET, June 25, 2020

Mississippi reports its highest single-day increase in cases

From CNN's Hollie Silverman and Jamiel Lynch 

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,092 new coronavirus cases Thursday.

This is the highest single-day increase since case tracking began, the Health Department's Office of Communications confirmed to CNN.

Five new deaths were also reported Thursday.

At least 536 people are currently hospitalized and 50 new cases have been identified in long-term care facilities. There are 86 active outbreaks in long-term care facilities, according to the report. 

There have been a total of 24,516 coronavirus cases and a total of 1,016 deaths reported in the state. 

2:14 p.m. ET, June 25, 2020

Brazil's Sao Paulo state now has more Covid-19 cases than all of Italy

From CNN's Rodrigo Pedroso

COVID-19 patients lie on beds in a field hospital built inside a gym in Santo Andre, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 9.
COVID-19 patients lie on beds in a field hospital built inside a gym in Santo Andre, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 9. Andre Penner/AP

Brazil’s Sao Paulo state has reached a total of 248,587 cases of Covid-19, surpassing that of Italy, which has a total of 239,706 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) data.

As of Thursday, the state recorded 9,765 new cases, according to the state health secretary.

Sao Paulo also recorded 407 additional deaths due to coronavirus, bringing the state’s total to 13,759.

More than half of beds in intensive care units in the state are occupied, with the ICU bed occupancy rate at 65.5% and at 67.9% in the metropolitan region.

This is the state’s second highest increase in daily cases — the highest being on June 19 with 19,030 new cases.

2:08 p.m. ET, June 25, 2020

More than 259,000 Covid-19 cases have been reported in Chile

From Cristopher Ulloa, Florencia Trucco and Claudia Rebaza

Chile reported 4,648 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the total to at least 259,064, according to data released by the country’s health minister.

At least 4,903 people have died from coronavirus in the country.

Although the number of new cases is slightly higher than the previous 48 hours, Health Minister Enrique Paris said for a second day that there is some improvement in the evolution of the pandemic.

“There is slight improvement. There is 14% less cases at a national level and the number of positive (polymerise chain reaction) tests have also decreased. I see people reacting and there is less mobility in some areas,” Paris said.

The minister also acknowledged that the areas of Antofagasta, O’Higgins and Biobío continue to show high levels of transmission.

2:04 p.m. ET, June 25, 2020

Top US Army General warns troops virus is still a threat

From CNN's Barbara Starr and Michael Conte

General James McConville
General James McConville Blake Nissen for The Boston Globe via Getty Images/FILE

Amid a significant uptick in Covid-19 cases in several states, the Army’s top general says his commanders must still take the virus “seriously.”

General James McConville, Army chief of staff, says he put out a memo Wednesday to his commanders expressing concern.

“We’ve been pretty successful in doing some very difficult things because we’ve kind of held to the standards of wearing the mask, doing the testing, doing the screening, and very disciplined about it. But there’s many parts of the country as we see where they’re not—you go outside the gates and people think there’s no longer a threat,” McConville told reporters. 

“I think there is. And I think we need to take it seriously, and that’s the guidance that we put out to our unit commanders is we have to take it seriously,” he said.

McConville is the second member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in a week to warn troops to stay vigilant against the virus.

Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein told troops at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state June 18 that “More than anything, we have to understand that we are living with the virus in our midst and that virus is cyclical."

“We know enough about it to know what works: social distancing, wearing a mask and identifying early if you’re feeling any symptoms. If we can keep disciplined and diligent on the procedures we have put in place, we will continue to operate and survive. We can’t let our guard down," he said.

 

1:59 p.m. ET, June 25, 2020

UK records 165 coronavirus cases at meat factory

From CNN's Sharon Braithwaite in London

The Kober meat processing facilities seen on June 19, in Cleckheaton, England.
The Kober meat processing facilities seen on June 19, in Cleckheaton, England. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The UK registered 165 coronavirus cases at a meat factory in Cleckheaton, England, said Kirklees Council in a statement Thursday.

The site of the Kober factory, which supplies meat to the British supermarket chain ASDA, reopened this week after closing on June 15 to conduct coronavirus testing. 

“The whole workforce has been offered testing and 165 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19," the council statement said. "The testing is likely to have identified people who had mild illness, or even some not showing symptoms who may have otherwise gone undetected and could have infected others.”

The individuals were advised to self-isolate for seven days and “anyone identified as a close contact of a positive case is being advised to self-isolate for 14 days.”

“The site will re-open on a reduced capacity and only colleagues that have been tested and declared fit to return will be on site. Those colleagues who are self-isolating will continue to receive full pay until they return to work," ASDA said in a statement. “Whilst Kirklees Council were satisfied with our existing safety procedures, we have introduced some additional measures as a precaution. These include separation of colleagues on different shifts and checking the temperature of colleagues before they enter the site.” 

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, director of public health at Kirklees Council, said they are "satisfied with health and safety measures on site which include separation of colleagues on different shifts and as an additional precaution, checking the temperature of colleagues before they enter the site.” 

1:38 p.m. ET, June 25, 2020

At least 122,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US

There are at least 2,395,759 cases of coronavirus in the US, and at least 122,177 people have died from the virus in the country, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases.

So far on Thursday, Johns Hopkins reported 14,221 new cases and 198 deaths. 

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

1:31 p.m. ET, June 25, 2020

Spain reports at least 40 Covid-19 outbreaks

From CNN's Laura Pérez Maestro in Madrid

Dr. Fernando Simon, the Director of the Spanish Centre for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES), speaks at a press conference in Madrid on June 25.
Dr. Fernando Simon, the Director of the Spanish Centre for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES), speaks at a press conference in Madrid on June 25. Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Spain is dealing with at least 40 Covid-19 outbreaks, Dr. Fernando Simon, director of health emergencies, said at a news conference on Thursday.

Simon explained that the largest outbreak was in the region of Aragon, where four counties returned to phase two of the de-escalation process. "We have 250 cases there, 95% of them are asymptomatic," he said.

He explained that the outbreak in Aragon was linked to "temporary workers employed as fruit pickers." Other outbreaks were linked to slaughterhouses and immigrants reception centers, Simon said. "We could say they are controlled, we are most worried about the outbreaks in Malaga, Aragon and Cantabria," he said.

Simon said that despite these outbreaks Spaniards should be calm, "we are able to identify, define and treat them, we have a clear control of a good part of the infections that occur in Spain." 

Spain recorded 157 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 247,486 since the pandemic began. The Spanish Health Ministry's data also showed three deaths from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities to 28,330.

1:36 p.m. ET, June 25, 2020

Coronavirus pandemic has moved into younger populations in US, CDC says

From CNN's Maggie Fox, Christina Maxouris and Eric Levenson

Dr. Jay Butler, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases, addresses the media at The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on February 13.
Dr. Jay Butler, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases, addresses the media at The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on February 13. John Amis/AP

The coronavirus pandemic has moved into younger populations across much of the US, a change that could mean less serious illness and lower rates of death, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. 

“It is obvious that we are seeing right now infections that are targeting younger individuals,” CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said during a telebriefing.

Younger people may not be taking the risk of pandemic spread as seriously as they should, CDC’s Dr. Jay Butler added.

“We may need to get out the message that young people are not somehow naturally immune to this virus, although they may be at lower risk of severe infection,” he said.

The risk of serious complications and death rises with age, the CDC says, although there’s no clear age cutoff for higher or lower risk. People with diabetes, kidney disease, moderate to severe asthma, and obesity are also at higher risk.

In response to a question from CNN, Butler acknowledged that the US has a high proportion of younger people with obesity. “We have to recognize reality. Our nation isn’t as healthy as some other nations, particularly if you look at obesity and some other medical conditions,” he said.

It will be important to get the message out, Butler said. “Everyone needs to understand that there is still some risk of severe illness, including among younger people,” he said.

Butler said the CDC was exploring the use of social media tools such as TikTok to reach a younger audience.

Some background: The major thrust of new coronavirus cases in the United States is in the South and West, where officials say more young people are ignoring social distancing measures and testing positive.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, told Axios that the recent high number of cases in young people is "not surprising."

"They get infected first, then they come home, and then they infect the older people. The older people get the complications, and then they go to the hospitals," Fauci said. "The death rate always lags several weeks behind the infection rate."

1:29 p.m. ET, June 25, 2020

Louisiana reports more than 900 new coronavirus cases

From CNN's Kay Jones 

The Louisiana Department of Health announced 938 new coronavirus cases and 12 new deaths today.

There are now a total of 53,415 cases statewide and 3,051 deaths.

The positivity rate for new tests is 7.74% and hospitalization are up from 631 to 653 since Wednesday.

93% of new cases are due to community spread, according to the Gov. John Bel Edwards' office.

Orleans Parish has 28 new cases and zero new deaths. At least 2.47% of new tests in the parish were positive.

Jefferson Parish has 71 new cases and one new death. 6.01% of tests were positive, down from 10.47% on Wednesday.

Note: These numbers were released by the state’s public health agency, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project