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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3:12 p.m. ET, June 25, 2020

Younger people are driving an increase in Ohio's Covid-19 cases, governor says

From CNN’s Rebekah Riess.

The Ohio Channel
The Ohio Channel

At least 892 cases of coronavirus have been reported in Ohio over the last 24 hours, bringing the total to at least 47,651, according to the state.

According to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, almost 60% of the new cases were between 20 and 49 years old. 

The average age of people infected in Ohio in March was 51, the governor said. So far in June, that number has decreased to 42.

“We have increased testing, but we do not believe this increase in cases is completely due to testing,” DeWine said.

Hospitalizations are also up, DeWine said, with 55 new hospitalizations and 11 admissions into intensive care units over the last 24 hours. 

The uptick in cases is being seen particularly in the region around Cincinnati.

3:06 p.m. ET, June 25, 2020

Apple is closing more reopened stores in Florida due to continued spread of coronavirus

From CNN's Kate Trafecante

Lynne Sladky/AP/FILE
Lynne Sladky/AP/FILE

Apple plans to close an additional 14 stores in Florida again after closing two last week due to an uptick in coronavirus cases in the state.

"Due to current Covid-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas," Apple said in a statement. "We take this step with an abundance of caution as we closely monitor the situation and we look forward to having our teams and customers back as soon as possible."

The following stores in Florida will be closing again on Friday: The Galleria, The Falls, Aventura, Lincoln Road, Dadeland, Brickell City Centre, Wellington Green, Boca Raton, The Gardens Mall, Millenia, Florida Mall, Altamonte, International Plaza and Brandon.

Some more context: Apple reopened dozens of its 271 United States stores last month after shutting them because of the coronavirus.

However, Apple decided to once again shutter 11 locations last week in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Arizona due to a surge in cases in those states.

CNN Business' Rishi Iyengar contributed to this report

2:58 p.m. ET, June 25, 2020

Massachusetts schools will reopen for as many students as possible this fall, governor says

From CNN's Evan Simko-Bednarski

Massachusetts will aim to reopen K-12 schools for as many students as possible in the fall, Gov. Charlie Baker said in a news conference.

"Continued isolation poses very real risks to our kids' mental and physical health," Baker said.

The announcement came as the state released guidelines meant to limit transmission of Covid-19 in school settings for the fall.

"Getting our children back to school in the fall is critical," Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said. "These rules take every precaution possible and are grounded in the best possible medical advice."

What the school guidelines say: The guidelines focus on hand washing, hygiene, and widespread use of masks or face coverings. They also call for a room, separate from a school nurses office, in which possibly symptomatic students can be isolated before being brought home.

Dr. Sandra Nelson, an infectious disease expert on the faculty at Harvard University and one of doctors consulted on the opening plan, said the guidance was the result of new information about the disease.

"We have learned an unprecedented amount in a short time," she said. 

"First, children are less likely to acquire Covid than adults," Nelson said. "When children are infected with Covid, they are less likely to acquire Covid than adults with Covid. Third, when children acquire Covid, they appear less likely to transmit infections to others relative to adults."

Baker also announced a fund of $200 million dollars to help school districts with the costs related to reopening and implementing the new recommendations.

2:47 p.m. ET, June 25, 2020

Mitch McConnell on mask wearing: "I think that's what people ought to do"

From CNN's Ali Zaslav

Alex Wong/Getty Images/FILE
Alex Wong/Getty Images/FILE

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was noncommittal Thursday on whether mask-wearing should be mandatory in public as coronavirus cases surge in several states.

But McConnell did say that senators are wearing masks.

"I think that's what people ought to do. And that's what we're doing in the Senate and what I'm counseling other people to do," he said. 

In the US, coronavirus has killed at least 121,979 people and infected nearly 2.4 million, according to Johns Hopkins.

2:39 p.m. ET, June 25, 2020

FIFA announces plan to financially support member federations impacted by Covid-19 

From CNN's Jabari Jackson

In a statement released on Thursday, FIFA Council unanimously announced the "FIFA Covid-19 Relief Plan” which was created to support members who were financially affected the most during the coronavirus pandemic.

The three-stage plan will make up to $1.5 billion available through grants and loans with a “minimum of 50% of released funds to be allocated to women’s football.” 

All 211 member associations will have access to a $1 million in grants while also having the option to apply for “interest-free” loans that amount up to 35% of their “audited” annual revenue.

Both grants and loans can be used to address wider football issues including “clubs, players, leagues, or others that have been affected,” according to FIFA’s statement.

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.