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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2:47 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

New Jersey will "hit pause" on indoor dining for foreseeable future, governor says

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday the state “must hit pause” on the resumption of indoor dining, which was set to resume Thursday.

“Under our revised plan indoor dining will now be reset to resume at a later date to be determined," Murphy said.

The state does not want to experience spikes similar to what has been happening across the US. The governor said it brings him “no joy” to do this.

The “national situation compounded by instances of knucklehead behavior here at home are requiring us to hit pause on the restart of indoor dining for the foreseeable future," Murphy said.

The governor mentioned some instances in which establishments across the state have seen “overcrowding” and a “complete disregard for social distancing” and “very few, if any, face coverings.”

“Compliance is not a polite suggestion, it is required," Murphy said.

The governor also said shopping malls opened Monday to limited capacity as the state prepares for the reopening of outdoor amusement centers as well on Thursday along with indoor recreational facilities and museums and libraries.

2:45 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

Vermont governor says he will not make masks mandatory right now

From CNN’s Joe Youorski

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott speaks during a press conference in Montpelier, Vermont, on March 13.
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott speaks during a press conference in Montpelier, Vermont, on March 13. Jeb Wallace-Brodeur/The Times Argus/AP

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said he does not want to issue a mask mandate right now.

Speaking at a news conference, Scott said enforcement has proven difficult in states that have made masks mandatory. He said he instead wanted to focus on education and guidance to get more people wearing face coverings and maintain physical distancing.

What the numbers say: The state has 1,208 total cases of Covid-19 and 56 deaths to date. There have been six new cases of Covid-19 in Vermont since yesterday, according to the state's online Covid-19 dashboard. 

Both the governor and Dr. Mark Levine of the state health department said they are confident in Vermont's current approach to containing and mitigating coronavirus.

2:38 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

Here are the latest coronavirus updates from Chile

From CNN's Ingrid Formanek

 

A healthcare worker holds a sample of a nasal swab after testing a passenger at a drive-thru new coronavirus testing site outside a supermarket in Santiago, Chile, on June 27.
A healthcare worker holds a sample of a nasal swab after testing a passenger at a drive-thru new coronavirus testing site outside a supermarket in Santiago, Chile, on June 27. Esteban Felix/AP

Chile reported a total of 4,017 new cases of Covid-19 Monday, according to figures published by the country’s Ministry of Health on Monday.

The total number of infections since the start of the pandemic stands at 275,999, with 34,270 of those being active cases, the ministry’s figures show.

The 66 new deaths were reported Monday, according to the statistics.

Speaking at the government’s daily coronavirus briefing, Chile’s Health Minister Enrique Paris said the country is “maintaining a trend of emerging improvement.” In recent days, he has praised the “sacrifices” made by Chileans, saying their efforts are starting to show. 

Chile has the third highest number of Covid-19 cases in Latin America.

 

2:27 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

Here's how MLB will conduct its upcoming season

From CNN's David Close

People sit on a hill overlooking Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on what was supposed to be Major League Baseball's opening day, on March 26.
People sit on a hill overlooking Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on what was supposed to be Major League Baseball's opening day, on March 26. Mario Tama/Getty Images

Major League Baseball revealed Monday a sampling of the unique on-field rules and procedures teams will adhere to starting this week. Players and staff are required to report to their teams this Wednesday.

Here are some of the guidelines:

  • MLB is encouraging players to not socialize or come within six feet of each other during games this upcoming season.
  • The league is banning spitting of any kind with chewing gum permitted as an alternative.
  • MLB says all personnel will be required to complete Covid-19 screening and testing before entering club facilities. Clubs can begin full workouts starting Friday with Opening Day games on either July 23 or 24. 
  • The league has told all 30 clubs that they must submit coronavirus health and safety action plans for league approval.
  • Clubs are also being told that they need to physically expand dugout and bullpen spaces at their respective ballparks.
  • As for players socializing, the statement says that players on opposite teams should "not socialize, fraternize, or come within six feet of each other before the game, during warm-ups, in between innings, or after the game.”

New non-traditional rules will be in place when the season starts including the addition of a designated hitter in the National League and placing a runner on second base at the start of each teams’ extra-inning frame.

2:25 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

Cirque du Soleil to file for bankruptcy due to coronavirus shutdown

From CNN’s Konstantin Toropin

Performers hold hands in 'One Night For One Drop' by Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas, on March 18, 2016.
Performers hold hands in 'One Night For One Drop' by Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas, on March 18, 2016. Mediapunch/Shutterstock

Cirque du Soleil, the Montreal-based entertainment company and one of the largest circus companies in the world, has announced it will file for bankruptcy protection in Canada and the US, according to a statement on the company’s website.

“With zero revenues since the forced closure of all of our shows due to Covid-19, management had to act decisively to protect the Company’s future,” Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, said in the statement.

As part of their restructuring plans, the troupe plans to fire about 3,480 previously furloughed employees following the halt in revenue caused by the government-mandated shutdowns in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The company says it currently employs “4,000 people, including 1,300 artists, who originate from nearly 50 countries” on its official website.

Cirque du Soleil has also received $300 million in new funding in an effort to "support a successful restart, provide relief for Cirque du Soleil's affected employees and partners, and assume certain of the company's outstanding liabilities," the statement said.

The company also hopes to raise at least $20 million from its largest backers through a "stalking horse" bid.

2:10 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

Antiviral drug combo doesn't help coronavirus patients, UK study shows

From CNN's Maggie Fox

A combination of two HIV drugs did not help hospitalized patients better recover from coronavirus infections, UK researchers reported Monday. 

The combination of lopinavir and ritonavir is being tested by several groups, but preliminary results from a large, ongoing UK study called the Recovery trial found the antiviral drugs did not help patients hospitalized for treatment for Covid-19.

How the study worked: The Recovery trial team had randomly assigned about 1,600 patients to get the combination, and compared them to 3,400 patients who got the usual care alone.

“There was no significant difference in the primary endpoint of 28-day mortality,” the team wrote on the Recovery website. About 22% of patients who got the two drugs died, compared to 21% of those who did not.

“There was also no evidence of beneficial effects on the risk of progression to mechanical ventilation or length of hospital stay,” the team added.

“Today, the trial Steering Committee concluded that there is no beneficial effect of lopinavir-ritonavir in patients hospitalized with Covid-19 and closed randomization to that treatment arm," they said.

What the study found: The results held among different subgroups of patients.

“These data convincingly rule out any meaningful mortality benefit of lopinavir-ritonavir in the hospitalized Covid-19 patients we studied,” the team concluded. “We were unable to study a large number of patients on invasive mechanical ventilation because of difficulty administering the drug to patients on ventilators. As such, we cannot make conclusions about the effectiveness in mechanically ventilated patients. Full results will be made available as soon as possible. “

The same study has found that hydroxychloroquine did not help coronavirus patients and found that the steroid dexamethasone did help. 

1:53 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

Jacksonville is not closing its beaches for Fourth of July

From CNN's Tina Burnside

People walk down the beach in Jacksonville Beach, Florida on April 19.
People walk down the beach in Jacksonville Beach, Florida on April 19. Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Jacksonville, Florida, will not be closing its beaches for the Fourth of July holiday, Nikki Kimbleton, the city's spokesperson, announced on Monday. 

Kimbleton said the city will still hold their annual Fourth of July fireworks display this year. The city will offer six different locations for people to watch the fireworks so that social distancing guidelines will remain in place. 

What happened today: The city announced earlier today that it will adopt a mandatory face mask requirement for public and indoor locations.

1:45 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

What it's like inside a Houston hospital battling Covid-19 

CNN’s Miguel Marquez was granted rare access into a hospital in Houston that has been treating Covid-19 patients. 

Texas is among at least 10 states that are seeing a 50% or more rise in coronavirus cases compared to the previous week. Cases in Texas have jumped from about 2,000 a day to 5,000 a day.

If the current Texas trajectory continues, officials fear Houston could be the hardest-hit city in the US with numbers rivaling those in Brazil.

Here’s what the CNN team saw: 

1:36 p.m. ET, June 29, 2020

Pelosi extends House's remote voting into August due to coronavirus

From CNN's Sam Fossum

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks at her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on June 26.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks at her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on June 26. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

In a letter circulated Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she has extended remote voting for the House chamber through Aug. 18 due to the pandemic.

The House of Representatives passed a rules change back in May to allow lawmakers to vote remotely. The change allowed the chamber to operate remotely for the first time in its more than 200-year history.