June 30 coronavirus news

By Nectar Gan, Adam Renton, Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 12:02 a.m. ET, July 1, 2020
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3:15 p.m. ET, June 30, 2020

More than 126,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US

There are at least 2,612,259 cases of coronavirus in the US, and at least 126,512 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases.

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

On Tuesday, Johns Hopkins has reported 21,707 new cases and 372 reported deaths. 

3:15 p.m. ET, June 30, 2020

There's no proof back-to-college coronavirus tests prevent virus spread, CDC says

From CNN's Maggie Fox

There’s no evidence that testing people before they come back to campus would do anything to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said — and so it’s recommending against it. 

While colleges and universities can feed “rapid and pervasive spread” of the virus, there may be better ways to control it, the CDC said in updated guidance for institutions of higher learning.

“Testing of all students, faculty and staff for COVID-19 before allowing campus entry (entry testing) has not been systematically studied,” the CDC said in the new guidance posted Tuesday. 

The agency said it's not known if entry testing at colleges "provides any additional reduction in person-to-person transmission of the virus beyond what would be expected" with other preventive measures, such as social distancing and mask wearing.

"Therefore, CDC does not recommend entry testing of all returning students, faculty, and staff," the CDC said.

But, the CDC noted, some universities are going to do it, anyway. They should take into account that doing one test, once, is likely to miss cases. People can catch the virus later, or may have early stage infections that don’t show up on tests.

Plus, some campuses may be at lower risk. “Residential college communities that do not have frequent interaction with surrounding communities might have less potential exposure" than a campus with commuter students, the CDC noted.

But there are high-risk settings at most colleges or universities, including “Residence halls, laboratory facilities, and lecture rooms," the CDC said.

What can colleges do? Smart testing would include contact tracing approaches. “Expanded testing might include testing of all people who were in proximity of an individual confirmed to have COVID-19 (e.g., those who shared communal spaces or bathrooms), or testing all individuals within a shared setting (e.g., testing all residents on a floor or an entire residence hall),” the CDC said. 

“Testing in these situations can be helpful because in high density settings it can be particularly challenging to accurately identify everyone who had close contact with an individual confirmed to have COVID-19. For example, students who do not know each other could potentially be close contacts if they are both in a shared communal space.”

3:08 p.m. ET, June 30, 2020

Nearly 8 million people out of work in Brazil due to Covid-19

From CNN’s Rodrigo Pedroso in Sao Paulo

At least 7.8 million Brazilians lost work between March and May, according to new figures released by the country’s statistical agency on Tuesday.  

The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, IGBE, released its report for the trimester, showing a record number of people lost work in the country, 5.8 million of which were in the informal sector.

“For the first time in the historical survey series, the level of occupation was below 50%,” according to a statement released by the institute, quoting their analyst Adriana Beringuy.

IGBE put the figure for people working in the formal and informal sectors at 49.5% at the end of May.

Since data collection started in 2012, “this had never happened” wrote Beringuy in the IGBE statement. “This means that less than half of the working age population is working," he added. Brazil’s legal working age is 14.

The total number of Brazilians in the work force stands at 85.9 million, an 8.3% contraction from the same period past year.

Some context: The unemployment rate in Latin America’s largest economy rose to 12.3% at the end of May, affecting 12.7 million people, the highest level since the same three-month period in 2018. 

Economists are pointing to a historic economic recession in Brazil due to Covid-19. The Brazilian Central Bank estimates a 6.4% drop in GDP for this year, while The Monetary International Fund is more pessimistic and predicts a 9.1% fall for 2020.

2:59 p.m. ET, June 30, 2020

These US states require people wear masks in public

From CNN's Allen Kim, Scottie Andrew and James Froio

A growing number of US states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public.

With many states starting to lift coronavirus restrictions, more people are venturing out in public, but the number of cases is still rising in nearly half of them.

That's where masks come in. A recent study found that the use of masks and face coverings has been the most effective way to reduce person-to-person spread of coronavirus.

Here are the states that require the use of masks or face coverings in public settings:

  • California (as of June 18)
  • Connecticut (as of April 20)
  • Delaware (as of April 28)
  • District of Columbia (as of May 16)
  • Hawaii (as of April 20)
  • Illinois (as of May 1)
  • Kansas (as of July 3)
  • Kentucky (as of May 11)
  • Maine (as of May 1)
  • Maryland (as of April 18)
  • Massachusetts (as of May 6)
  • Michigan (as of June 18)
  • Nevada (as of June 24)
  • New Jersey (as of April 8)
  • New Mexico (as of May 16)
  • New York (as of April 17)
  • Oregon (as of July 1)
  • Pennsylvania (as of April 19)
  • Rhode Island (as of May 8)

Read more about the individual state mandates here.

2:35 p.m. ET, June 30, 2020

California records more than 6,300 new coronavirus cases in a day

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

Motorists line up at a coronavirus testing site at Dodger Stadium Monday, June 29, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Motorists line up at a coronavirus testing site at Dodger Stadium Monday, June 29, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

More than 6,300 coronavirus cases were reported in California in the last day.

The total number of new cases in California is now at least 222,917 and nearly 6,000 people have died from the virus in the state. People between the ages of 18 and 49 represent a majority of the cases.

Hospitalizations and intensive care rates are also at an all-time high in California.

With more than 4.1 million tests having been performed, the state’s positivity rate stands at 5.6%.

2:18 p.m. ET, June 30, 2020

Massachusetts will decide by end of week about next phase of reopening, governor says

From CNN’s Taylor Romine

Gov. Charlie Baker
Gov. Charlie Baker Pool

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said there are 101 new cases of coronavirus statewide and the seven-day average of positive cases remains at 1.9%.

There are also 762 patients hospitalized, including 138 in intensive care.

Baker said he will decide by the end of the week if the state will move forward with phase three of reopening.

In phase three, fitness centers, museums, theaters and some other businesses can begin to reopen, according to the state's reopening website.


2:04 p.m. ET, June 30, 2020

Biden: "Everyone needs to wear a mask in public. Period."

From CNN's Maureen Chowdhury

Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden slammed President Trump and his administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic during a speech in Wilmington, Delaware.

“Despite the administration's propaganda that their response should be cause for celebration, despite President Trump's request that we should slow down testing because he thinks it makes him look bad, the Covid-19 is still here and the daily threat to the American health and prosperity is continuing. It didn't have to be this way. Month after month, as other leaders in other countries took the necessary steps to get the virus under control, Donald Trump failed us. Month after month, as many of us urged him to step up and do his job, he failed us,” Biden said.

Biden added that there needs to be a clear message about the importance of wearing masks.

"We absolutely need a clear message from the very top of the federal government that everyone needs to wear a mask in public. Period," he said.

Biden went on to say that "it's a simple measure. It's also one of the most effective ways we can do the right thing."

1:59 p.m. ET, June 30, 2020

This Florida county is not expected to close its beaches for Fourth of July

From CNN's Tina Burnside

Cocoa Beach is seen packed with beachgoers on  Saturday, May 23, Memorial Day weekend, in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  Brevard County is expected to keep beaches open for the upcoming July 4th holiday.
Cocoa Beach is seen packed with beachgoers on Saturday, May 23, Memorial Day weekend, in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Brevard County is expected to keep beaches open for the upcoming July 4th holiday. Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images/FILE

Authorities in Brevard County, Florida, say beaches will remain open for the Fourth of July holiday. 

Don Walker, spokesperson for the county, tells CNN that they are expecting a high number of people on their beaches. Walker says the county has 72 miles of shoreline which is ample space for people to safely socially distance. 

The county is recommending all beachgoers follow all social distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Walker says hotel bookings are down as they head into the holiday weekend which leads them to believe people are watching the numbers and are either opting to stay home or they're making last minute plans based on their own "risk tolerance."

Brevard County officials are expected to meet later today to determine if they will issue a mandate for face masks, Walker said. 

1:45 p.m. ET, June 30, 2020

New Jersey reports 47 more coronavirus deaths

From CNN's Elizabeth Hartfield

Gov. Phil Murphy
Gov. Phil Murphy Pool

New Jersey announced 461 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to more than 171,600, Gov. Phil Murphy announced today.

The state reported 47 new deaths. The total number of confirmed Covid-19-related fatalities in New Jersey is now 13,181. 

Murphy noted that he and the state’s health commissioner believe that the low number of fatalities reported on Monday — 18 — may have been the result of a glitch in the state’s recording systems.