July 1 coronavirus news

By Ben Westcott, Adam Renton, Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 0400 GMT (1200 HKT) July 2, 2020
36 Posts
Sort byDropdown arrow
10:18 a.m. ET, July 1, 2020

New York City mayor says reopening indoor dining will be postponed

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city will mot move ahead with plans to reopen indoor dining next week.

"It is not the time to forge ahead with indoor dining," de Blasio said at a news conference.

Restaurants were set to resume indoor service on Monday as the city enters its third phase of reopening. De Blasio did not say when indoor dining will resume in the city.

The mayor said outdoor dining — which began last week — will continue. He said he is "very convinced" New Yorkers can help restaurants survive by dining outside.

"Outdoors is working — period," he said.

11:06 a.m. ET, July 1, 2020

15,000 policemen have been infected with Covid-19 in Peru, interior minister says

From CNN's Claudia Rebaza in London

At least 15,000 policemen have been infected with Covid-19 and 243 have died since the pandemic began in Peru, according to the country’s Interior Minister Gastón Rodríguez

Of the 15,000 affected by the virus, 6,000 have since recovered and returned to work while 289 remain in hospital, Rodríguez told journalists on Monday afternoon.

On Monday, Peru reported 2,848 new Covid-19 cases, its lowest rise in seven days, bringing the total number of cases to 285,213.

The country's death toll reached 9,677 with 173 new deaths. Peru has the second-highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Latin America, following Brazil.

The state of emergency in the country has been extended until July 31 while lockdown’s conditions have changed since Wednesday. While most of Peru including its capital Lima is now under what is called a "localized lockdown," 7 of Peru’s 24 regions remain under a "general" and stricter lockdown.

The South American country was one of the first countries in the region to impose a state of emergency and lockdown in order to fight the pandemic.

10:02 a.m. ET, July 1, 2020

Austin mayor says city has two weeks to change coronavirus trajectory

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Austin Mayor Steve Adler on "CNN Newsroom" on July 1.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler on "CNN Newsroom" on July 1. CNN

Austin Mayor Steve Adler said the Texas capital has about two weeks to stem the tide of rising coronavirus cases, and the “messaging war” between state and national leaders could lead to potentially devastating consequences. 

We have literally two weeks, if that, to be able to change the trajectory we're on, or we're going to be set at a place that overwhelms our hospitals,” he said to CNN’s Jim Sciutto.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said he’s going to stop listening to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and key member of the White House’s coronavirus task force. 

“It's that kind of messaging, it's the messaging also coming out of Washington that's really making for one of our most significant challenges and problems,” Adler said. 

“The messaging coming from our lieutenant governor and from Washington is that there isn't a problem, that we shouldn't be wearing masks. It creates a confused message for my community,” Adler said, adding that “this messaging war that we're on right now is not helpful.”

Watch more:

9:58 a.m. ET, July 1, 2020

California continues to set Covid-19 records. Here's the latest on the state's figures.

From CNN's Steve Almasy, Jason Hanna and Christina Maxouris

A health care worker takes a swab sample from a person being tested for Covid-19 in Tustin, California, on June 25.
A health care worker takes a swab sample from a person being tested for Covid-19 in Tustin, California, on June 25. Jae C. Hong/AP

California, the most populous US state and the first to implement a statewide lockdown to combat the coronavirus outbreak, continues to set records in cases.

The governor of the Golden State, who ordered bars in seven counties to close over the weekend, said he will announce more restrictions today.

As New York's daily case count continues to decline, California's numbers are going up.

The state currently has the second highest number of cases in the country with more than 222,000 coronavirus cases — about half of which are in Los Angeles County. On Tuesday, the state announced 6,367 cases, the second highest total for the state since the pandemic began.

Here is how California's cases and deaths compare to other states:

Here is how California and New York compare in total confirmed cases:

Los Angeles County has especially been hard-hit. Here is how the county's cases compare to other parts of the state:

9:45 a.m. ET, July 1, 2020

Stock open higher on positive vaccine trial news

From CNN’s Anneken Tappe 

US stocks bounced higher today on reports that drug maker Pfizer reported “positive data” from a Covid-19 vaccine trial, which led futures to turn positive just ahead of the opening bell.

Here's how the market opened:

  • The Dow opened up 0.4%, or 100 points.
  • The S&P 500 rose 0.3%.
  • The Nasdaq Composite opened 0.2% higher.

Remember: It’s a shortened trading week, with the stock market closed for the Independence Day holiday on Friday. 

Ahead of the end of the week, investors will be focused on the jobs report, as well as jobless claims numbers, which will be released simultaneously tomorrow morning.

9:43 a.m. ET, July 1, 2020

Switzerland will make masks mandatory on all public transportation

From CNN's Sharon Braithwaite in London 

Switzerland will introduce mandatory masks on all public transport in the country as of next week, the Swiss Federal Council announces.

This is a step up from mask-wearing during rush-hour, the website of the council says.

Anyone 12 years old and older will have to wear the masks. 

9:41 a.m. ET, July 1, 2020

Mike Pence is visiting Arizona today. Here's a look at the coronavirus numbers there.

From CNN's Jason Hoffman

Vice President Mike Pence is traveling to Phoenix, Arizona, today to meet with Gov. Doug Ducey about the state’s recent rise in coronavirus cases.

Cases have been spiking in Arizona, and last week, Ducey said the state's reopening plans are now “on pause” as a result. Ducey closed bars, gyms, movie theaters, water parks and tubing for at least 30 days. 

The latest numbers: Arizona has reported nearly 80,000 cases of coronavirus since the pandemic began and more than 1,600 deaths.

And here's a look at the new daily case counts in the state: 

9:38 a.m. ET, July 1, 2020

Iraq reports more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases

From CNN’s Hamdi Alkhshali in Atlanta and Aqeel Najim in Baghdad

A medical worker prepares to take a swab from a person being tested for Covid-19 in Basra, Iraq, on June 2.
A medical worker prepares to take a swab from a person being tested for Covid-19 in Basra, Iraq, on June 2. Hussein Faleh/AFP/Getty Images

Iraq on Wednesday registered 2,415 new coronavirus cases, according to the country's health ministry. 

Iraq now has more than 51,000 cases of coronavirus, according to the health ministry.

The health ministry also reported 107 new Covid-19-related deaths, which is also the highest daily tally recorded in the country since the pandemic began.

8:55 a.m. ET, July 1, 2020

California and Florida are taking different reopening paths as Covid-19 cases spike

From CNN's Madeline Holcombe

A lifeguard keeps watch in Huntington Beach, California, on June 27.
A lifeguard keeps watch in Huntington Beach, California, on June 27. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

Officials in California and Florida — two states where coronavirus cases are jumping — are taking different approaches toward reopening amid spikes in infections. Both states saw their highest 7-day averages for new daily cases Monday, per John Hopkins University data.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told the reporters that there's no going back to stricter measures, meanwhile California Gov. Gavin Newsom hinted that on Wednesday he'll tighten restrictions this Independence Day weekend, especially at beaches.

As the holiday weekend looms, Newsom warned that family gatherings — where households tend to let down their guards mixing with extended family — are the greatest concern.

"It's not just bars, not just out in the streets with people protesting, and the like," Newsom said.

Newsom ordered bars in seven counties to close over the weekend and said he will announce more restrictions today.

Newsom has repeatedly promised that reopening the state comes with the ability to "toggle back" if necessary.

Responding to a reporter's question about the beaches being closed in Los Angeles County for the Independence Day weekend, the governor hinted that state beaches could be part of his announcement.

In Florida, DeSantis assured reporters that his state can deal with the uptick in cases and it's not necessary to shut down shops and restaurants.

"We're not going back, closing things," he said. "I mean, people going to business is not what's driving it."

DeSantis' message to Floridians, particularly the younger ones: Protect the vulnerable.

"You have a responsibility not to come into close contact with folks who could be more vulnerable," he said.

Here's how the seven-day average of new cases in California compares to Florida: