June 29 coronavirus news

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes, Julia Hollingsworth, Amy Woodyatt and Adam Renton, CNN

Updated 12:02 a.m. ET, June 30, 2020
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12:30 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

US travelers likely to be left off list of nations allowed to enter EU, diplomats say

From CNN's Luke McGee in London

European Union member states had been given till lunchtime tomorrow to sign off on a list of 15 non-EU states that would be allowed to travel into the bloc, two EU diplomats, who were not permitted to speak on the record about EU policy that is not yet formally agreed, have told CNN.

As expected, the US was not included in the list of nations allowed.

The first phase was only expected to include countries whose current coronavirus data shows they are handling the pandemic at least as well as the EU. The US does not currently meet this criteria, and it's unclear when it might be considered for inclusion on any EU safe travel list.

The list of approved countries includes China, where the virus originated, on the condition that China offered reciprocal arrangements.

The other 14 countries are:

  • Algeria
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Serbia
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay

The EU is also working on guidelines for how member states would lift travel restrictions, as border control is not handled at an EU level. 

12:33 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

Brazil's Federal District declares a "state of public calamity" as cases increase 

From journalist Rodrigo Pedroso in Sao Paulo

A demonstrator places flowers next to a cross during a protest in front of the National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, on Sunday.
A demonstrator places flowers next to a cross during a protest in front of the National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, on Sunday. Sergio Lima/AFP/Getty Images

The governor of the Brazilian Federal District, Ibaneis Rocha, has signed a decree declaring “a state of public calamity” in the region — which includes Brazil’s capital Brasilia — due to the rapid advance of Covid-19 cases. 

"A state of public calamity is declared within the Federal District, due to the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2," the decree states.

The measure, published on Monday morning, will stay in place “while the effects of the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus persist in Brazil.”

With the official decree, the Federal District will be legally allowed to receive resources from the federal government, such as social benefits, insurance claims, and the extension of federal loan payments.

The decree comes at a time of a significant increase in the number of cases of Covid-19 in the Federal District and after rallies both for and against President Jair Bolsonaro took place in the capital.

Last week, a federal judge ordered Bolsonaro to wear masks at all public events in the Federal District, after he was seen attending public events without one. 

What the numbers say: According to the Brazilian health ministry, between June 21 and June 28, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Federal District grew more than a third and reached a total of 44,905. The death toll in the same district has increased from 423 to 548 while bed rate occupation in intensive care units was at 88% on Monday.

Brazil reported 30,476 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday evening, bringing the country's total to 1,344,143. The health ministry also reported a death toll of 57,622, with 552 new fatalities in the country.

12:23 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

Greece extends ban on direct flights from UK until July 15

From CNN’s Chris Liakos

Travelers wear protective face masks and gloves as they arrive at the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in Athens, Greece, on June 15.
Travelers wear protective face masks and gloves as they arrive at the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in Athens, Greece, on June 15. Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Greece says it will extend an already existing ban on direct flights from the UK as the country gets ready to further open up travel starting July 1.

The Greek government in a meeting today decided to extend the ban until July 15. The current ban was due to end July 1. Direct flights from Sweden will also not be allowed until July 15.

When it comes to countries outside the European Union, Greece intends to comply with the list compiled by the EU, the Greek government said.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that “the whole opening process is dynamic and data will be constantly evaluated.” He added that the country is properly prepared at all levels to provide maximum security to both visitors and residents. 

12:13 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

St. Petersburg mayor slams Florida governor for lack of statewide action against the virus

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

Several beaches across Florida are closed for the Fourth of July weekend due to coronavirus concerns. However, that’s not the case yet for residents of St. Petersburg who have access to beaches within driving distance in their county. 

Mayor Rick Kriseman says he thinks that it’s a policy that the county has to consider.

“I think it's a policy [the county officials] have got to consider as we come up to July 4 weekend. We know it's always a busy time at our beaches that weekend.”

Kriseman also criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for not implementing statewide policies at this time to combat the surge in cases, and instead, leaving it up to the local governments to take action on a number of issues such as beach closures and wearing masks.

“This should be a statewide policy, but we don't have the leadership right now from the administration and the governor's office,” he said. “If we're going to get a handle on this, we need to be acting collectively, not just piece-meal, where individual local governments are putting policies in place.”

In further criticism, Kriseman said that DeSantis has been “very inaccessible” to mayors across Florida, which is an impediment to statewide action against the virus.

“That's one of the frustrations that myself and other mayors around the state have had. The governor has been very inaccessible to all of us, so we haven't had those conversations. I've certainly been very vocal about the fact that I think it works best when it's statewide policy and if we can't have that then countywide policy and if we can't have that then individual cities,” he said. “But it really should come down from the state.”

Kriseman also dismissed DeSantis’ claims that the surge in cases is partially due to a backlog in tests.

“That explanation is really quite frankly silly. What we look at is the percentage of positive tests. So we've had days where maybe we'll have 1,500 tests that are done. Other days where we'll have 3,500 tests that are done, but what really matters is what are those percentages of those tests that are being done that are coming back positive,” he explained. 

St. Petersburg, Florida, was seeing a percentage of 1.5% to 2% positive cases on a two-week rolling basis in late April and early May. In the last two weeks, the rolling average has risen to 10%, he said.

“That is very disconcerting, and the explanation isn't the number of tests. It's that more people are exposed right now.”

12:16 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

Cuomo urges Trump to issue executive order requiring everyone to wear masks  

From CNN's Melanie Schuman


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the federal government abandoned its responsibility in fighting the coronavirus. 

“It is time to wake up America. The White House has been in denial on coronavirus from the get-go and the federal response has just been wrong. That’s not a political statement. If you look at the facts, that’s exactly what it says," Cuomo said.

 Cuomo asked President Trump to do two things:

  1. Sign an executive order directing everyone to wear a mask akin to what New York did two months ago.
  2. To wear a mask. “Let the president lead by example and let the president put a mask on it," Cuomo said.

“They should start telling the people of this country the truth,” Cuomo said.

The governor also said reopening fast was not good for the economy and while the economy reopening is important, Cuomo noted, “When that virus spikes, the market goes down, not up.”

“This was not a smart policy to rush reopening. It did not help the economy. It’s the exact opposite.”

Cuomo said the federal government has only set up 41 testing sites across the country compared to 750 sites set up in in New York by others including local governments.


12:04 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

Cuomo on coronavirus spread: "We could have to do this all over again"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a large sculpture showing the curve of coronavirus cases in the state, warning that "we don't need to climb another mountain."

A marker at the peak of the mountain represented the 42 days that cases in New York increased before plateauing and the declining.

"If that spread comes to New York, we could have to do this all over again," Cuomo said, stressing the importance of phased reopening and quarantines for travelers into New York.

While coronavirus cases are steady in New York, they are increasing in many states across the country. At least 12 US states are pausing reopening plans because of the spikes in new cases.

"Doing this once in life is enough. We don't need to climb another mountain. one mountain was enough," Cuomo said.

12:12 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

Coronavirus pandemic "not even close to being over," WHO says

From CNN Health's Jacqueline Howard

World Health Organization
World Health Organization

The coronavirus pandemic is far from coming to an end any time soon, according to World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

"This is not even close to being over," Tedros said during a media briefing in Geneva on Monday.

"Although many countries have made some progress globally, the pandemic is actually speeding up. We're all in this together and we're all in this for the long haul," Tedros said. "We have already lost so much, but we can not lose hope."

Tedros also said that Tuesday marks six months since WHO first received reports of cases of pneumonia in China from an unknown cause — which would later be identified as caused by novel coronavirus infection.

 "The six-month anniversary of the outbreak coincides with reaching 10 million cases and 500,000 deaths," Tedros said.

"This is a moment for all of us to reflect on the progress we have made and the lessons we have learned, and to recommit ourselves to doing everything we can to save lives," Tedros said. "Six months ago, none of us could have imagined how our world -- and our lives -- would be thrown into turmoil by this new virus."

11:58 a.m. ET, June 29, 2020

VMAs will be held in Brooklyn in August, New York governor says

A view of Barclays Center is seen on June 1 in New York.
A view of Barclays Center is seen on June 1 in New York. Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

MTV's Video Music Awards will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on August 30, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo just announced.

He did not elaborate on any guidelines for the event.

11:58 a.m. ET, June 29, 2020

New York will decide by Wednesday whether NYC can have indoor dining in phase 3, Cuomo says

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks du
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks du NY1/Pool

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo noted two complications that have appeared in New York City as it moves toward phase three of reopening next Monday that may cause a delay in allowing indoor dining.

According to Cuomo, these include:

  1. A lack of compliance with social distancing, large congregations and a lack of enforcement from local government officials. Cuomo said the lack of social distancing in the city has been "undeniable."
  2. The spread of Covid-19 across the nation. Cuomo noted that New York City is not immune to having cases brought into the state from other parts of the country.

Cuomo said that he and his team are speaking with business owners and are going through the data to decide whether indoor dining, which is allowed in phase three, will be allowed in the city.

Cuomo said a final decision will be made on Wednesday.