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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6:10 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

Georgia governor extends state of emergency and other safety measures

From CNN’s Maria Cartaya 

Brian Kemp is greeted as he visits the House Chambers in Atlanta, on Friday, June 26.
Brian Kemp is greeted as he visits the House Chambers in Atlanta, on Friday, June 26. Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/AP

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed two executive orders on Monday to keep safety measures in place as the state works to contain coronavirus.

One order will extend the Public Health State of Emergency through 11:59 p.m. on August 11. The Public Health State of Emergency allows for enhanced coordination across government and the private sector for supply procurement, comprehensive testing and healthcare capacity.

An additional executive order will continue to require social distancing, bans gatherings of more than 50 people unless there is six feet between each person, outlines mandatory criteria for businesses, and requires sheltering in place for those living in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile.

The order also outlines that the State Board of Education must provide "rules, regulations, and guidance for the operation of public elementary and secondary schools for local boards of education" in accordance with guidance from Dr. Kathleen Toomey, the Department of Public Health, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. That order runs through 11:59 p.m. on July 15.

"While we continue to see a decreasing case fatality rate, expanded testing, and adequate hospital surge capacity, in recent days, Georgia has seen an increase in new cases reported and current hospitalizations,” Kemp said.

“Together, we can win the fight against Covid-19 and emerge stronger,” he added.

The latest numbers: On Monday afternoon, Georgia Department of Public Health confirmed 79,417 cases of Covid-19, 2,784 deaths, 10,824 hospitalizations, and 2,289 admissions into intensive care units in the state. 

6:20 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

Peru reports 2,946 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Claudia Rebaza

Peru reports 2,946 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total to 282,365, according to data released by the country’s health ministry.

Peru’s capital, Lima, continued to show the highest number of cases in the country with 157,050 people infected.

The death toll has reached 9,504, with 187 new fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. On Sunday, the ministry’s data reported 181 new deaths. 

Peru has now the sixth-highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases globally, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.  

5:49 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

New Jersey pausing restart of indoor dining: "This isn't forever"

From CNN's Leinz Vales

Restaurant staff wearing the protective masks work in the kitchen as the city reopens from the coronavirus lockdown on June 15 in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Restaurant staff wearing the protective masks work in the kitchen as the city reopens from the coronavirus lockdown on June 15 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Jeenah Moon/Getty Images

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday that a “number of factors” went into his decision to not reopen indoor dining after seeing a surge in coronavirus cases in states that reopened their indoor dining.

“This isn’t a forever and for always, but this virus indoors, sedentary, lack of ventilation, close proximity is just a lot more lethal than it is outdoors,” Murphy said. “You look at what’s going on in other parts of the country right now, we have gone through hell in New Jersey. We’ve lost over 13,000 people. We’re trying to do everything we can to not go through hell again.”

Indoor dining in New Jersey was scheduled to resume Thursday, ahead of the Fourth of July holiday.

Murphy insisted that the pause in reopening indoor dining would not be permanent. 

“We think if we can push off indoor dining even for a few weeks, we can better run the virus to the ground,” Murphy said. 

Asked if the New Jersey governor believes that premature reopening was to blame for the surge in coronavirus cases health officials are seeing across the nation, Murphy said:

“We’re not in the end zone ourselves. We announced fatalities today, but I personally believe that series of events or that series of steps is the right way to think about this, incremental, outside first, be aggressive when you shut, and be cautious when you open.”
5:52 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

UK prime minister to announce infrastructure initiative to kickstart economic recovery from Covid-19

From CNN's Luke McGee

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he visits the construction site of Ealing Fields High School on June 29 in London.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he visits the construction site of Ealing Fields High School on June 29 in London. Toby Melville/WPA Pool/Getty Images

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce a major new initiative to deliver "jobs, skills and infrastructure" to Britain as its economy reels from the coronavirus crisis. 

In a speech in the West Midlands on Tuesday, Johnson will set out the plan to invest five billion pounds (approximately $6.1 billion) for infrastructure projects, according to a Downing Street statement previewing the prime minister's address.

Johnson is expected to say: “It sounds positively Rooseveltian. It sounds like a New Deal. All I can say is that if so, then that is how it is meant to sound and to be, because that is what the times demand ... This is a government that is wholly committed not just to defeating coronavirus but to using this crisis finally to tackle this country’s great unresolved challenges of the last three decades."

US President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal has traditionally been credited with helping lift the nation out of the Great Depression. When Roosevelt took office in 1933, he pushed through a sprawling set of laws and public works programs geared to revive the economy.

The UK government investment is expected to improve hospital maintenance, eradicate mental health dormitories, build hospitals and improve emergency room capacity, the statement says. The money will also be spent on improving the road and rail network, repairing bridges, upgrading schools and maintenance of prisons.

5:50 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

Los Angeles has only enough hospital beds for a few weeks, health official says

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

With the current rate of case increases in Los Angeles, hospital beds will reach capacity within just a few weeks. Currently, there are only 200 intensive care unit beds available in the county, according to data presented by Health Services Director Dr. Christina Ghaly.

“The number of hospital beds could become inadequate in the next few weeks,” Ghaly said.

She added there are only enough ventilators in the county to last four weeks and says the county’s projections show a marked increase in mortality rates.

The hospital system does have the ability to increase capacity by once again canceling all elective surgeries and adding beds in non-traditional areas like emergency rooms. 

“We want to avoid the need to surge at all costs,” Ghaly warned.

One in 140 people in Los Angeles are likely infectious right now. Just last week, that number was only about one in 400, according to Ghaly.

“We can’t sustain this rate of increases. We just can’t,” Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “This train can be a runaway train if we don’t put the brakes on it.”

5:25 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

CDC official calls spread of Covid-19 in US "discouraging"

From CNN's Naomi Thomas

Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC.
Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC. Sarah Silbiger/Getty Im

The extent of the spread of coronavirus across the US is discouraging and it could be difficult to control, Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday.

“What we hope is we can take it seriously and slow the transmission in these places,” Schuchat said at a JAMA Live event. “But what I think is very discouraging is we’re clearly not at a point where there’s so little virus being spread that it’s going to be easy to snuff out.” 

While the spread of the virus cannot necessarily be stopped, it can be modified by personal behavior, Schuchat said. She said people need to continue to wear face coverings, practice good hand hygiene and socially distance to try to help slow and control the spread. 

“I think there was a lot of wishful thinking around the country that, hey, summer, everything’s going to be fine, we’re over this. And we are not even beginning to be over this,” she said.

“We just need to expect this virus to continue to circulate, but in terms of the weather or the season helping us, I don’t think we can count on that,” Schuchat added. 

5:15 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

Oregon governor enacts statewide face mask requirement

From CNN’s Konstantin Toropin

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has now required the state’s residents to wear face coverings in all indoor public spaces beginning July 1, according to a statement released today.

Face covering requirements are already mandated in eight counties but this would broaden the mandate to the whole state, the statement explained.

“I do not want to have to close down businesses again like other states are now doing,” Brown said in the statement. 

“If you want your local shops and restaurants to stay open, then wear a face covering when out in public,” she added.

5:08 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

There have been more than 100,000 Covid-19 cases in Los Angeles

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

Cars wait in line at a Covid-19 testing center at Dodger Stadium, on June 25, in Los Angeles, California.
Cars wait in line at a Covid-19 testing center at Dodger Stadium, on June 25, in Los Angeles, California. Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images

Since beginning to reopen several weeks ago, Los Angeles is seeing an alarming rise in cases, positivity rates, and hospitalizations, Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.

There are now more than 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Los Angeles, with yet another single-day high of at least 2,903 new cases reported today.

"We did not expect to see this steep an increase this quickly," Ferrer said in a news conference.

The positivity rate in Los Angeles has jumped to almost 9%. About a month ago, the positivity rate in the county was at 4.6%.

Speaking specifically to those not taking health orders seriously, Ferrer said, “If you’re not part of the solution… you’re part of the problem.”

About half of the bars surveyed did not comply with physical distancing and employees were not wearing masks. Retail shops were in compliance about 65% of the time, and about 83% of restaurants were following orders.

“While it’s disappointing to take a step back on our recovery journey, it’s critical that we work together to protect the health of our residents and the capacity of our health system,” Ferrer said.
5:10 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

Governor warns that Oregon hospitals could be overwhelmed "within weeks"

From CNN’s Konstantin Toropin

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown warned that the state needs to take further action to keep the number of new Covid-19 cases under control and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed.

“Modeling from the Oregon Health Authority shows that if we don’t take further action to reduce the spread of the disease, our hospitals could be overwhelmed by new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations within weeks,” Brown said in a statement on Monday.

She said "over the last month, we have seen the disease spread at an alarming rate in both urban and rural counties." The governor urged people to keep Fourth of July celebrations “small and local.”

“Another spike in cases after the upcoming holiday weekend could put Oregon in a dangerous position,” Brown added.

Some context: Oregon has seen a steep growth in Covid-19 cases in June including the state’s highest day of new cases, 222, on June 16, according to the state’s health authority.