Florida reports more than 10,000 new cases — a new daily record
From CNN's Tina Burnside
The Florida Department of Health is reporting 10,109 additional coronavirus cases, bringing the state total to 169,106, according to data released by the state.
Today's numbers mark a new record daily high of infections in the state of Florida since the start of the pandemic. The previous record was set on Saturday, when the start reported just more than 9,500 new cases.
11:07 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020
New York City mayor says schools will open in September
From CNN's Sheena Jones
New York City Public Schools will open in September, Mayor Bill de Blasio said during today's Covid-19 presser.
The mayor said schools will have a maximum number of students who can attend school in September based on space they can convert to learning areas that supports social distancing.
In some cases where all students can’t attend class, they may have staggering schedules, the mayor said.
Remember: Ultimately, the decision will be made by the governor on whether schools will open in the fall.
Schools are still in the process of putting together back to school plans, New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said during the press conference.
11:03 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020
At least 22 additional New York City streets will be opened up for outdoor dining, mayor says
From CNN's Sheena Jones
At least 22 additional streets will be opened to restaurants to use for outdoor seating, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
This will add about 2.62 additional miles for restaurants to have seating.
This will take place across all five boroughs on Friday nights and weekends, those days were picked because they are busy days for going out, de Blasio said.
Next Covid-19 relief proposal could include funding for schools, treasury secretary says
From CNN's Maegan Vazquez
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Thursday that the Trump administration is considering whether to give money to schools to better equip them to be ready for classes to begin in the fall.
“We’re working with schools and universities. And I think in most cases, schools will be able to open safely. Some schools will need to spend money. One of the things we’ll look at in CARES 4 is if we need to give money to schools to properly equip their areas,” Mnuchin said in the White House briefing room.
Mnuchin said the administration would “absolutely” support the legislation if it included funding for schools.
“We want to make sure that kids are safe and that if there is money that schools need to spend to safely have people in classrooms, social distance, spread things out, change hours — these are all the things we’re looking at,” he added.
10:37 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020
Georgia governor: "We're not out of the woods yet”
From CNN’s Jason Morris and Maria Cartaya
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said today Covid-19 continues to spread in the state. “We’re not out of the woods yet,” said Kemp.
“We cannot get complacent,” added Kemp during his stop in Dalton, Georgia, while on his "Wear a Mask" fly-around tour of Georgia ahead of the holiday weekend.
Kemp encouraged Georgians to continue social distancing, washing their hands, and wearing a mask or face covering.
“We don’t need a mandate to do the right thing,” said Kemp. “I just trust Georgians to do the right thing,” added Kemp.
When asked to elaborate, Kemp said "We got a speed limit all over the state, here in town, on the interstate. Not everybody obeys by that.”
“On the rise in cases, I don’t think that surprises me in light of what we’ve been dealing with,” said Kemp.
Kemp said the state’s surge capacity "continues to remain solid."
"Our hospitals are prepared," added Kemp.
“There is good news in our fight. Our case mortality rate continues to decline. Our testing continues to rise,” added Kemp.
10:16 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020
Taj Mahal and Red Fort will reopen to tourists Monday
From CNN’s Vedika Sud in Delhi and Philip Wang
Famous Indian monuments such as the Taj Mahal and Red Fort will reopen to tourists on July 6, India’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced on Thursday.
The popular attractions, along with thousands of monuments, have been closed since March due to coronavirus outbreak in India.
According to India’s Ministry of Homes Affairs, the nation is currently at the second phase, or “Unlock 2,” of the lockdown. During this phase, domestic transportation is allowed to operate in a limited manner, while international traveling is still not permitted.
As of Thursday, India has a total of 604,641 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
10:12 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020
US will have capacity to perform 40 to 50 million tests per month by fall, health expert estimates
From CNN Amanda Watts
Admiral Dr. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health for the US Department of Health and Human Services, told lawmakers Thursday that to date, the US has performed more than 35 million Covid-19 tests and is now averaging "over 550,000 tests per day."
Speaking to the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis about the national stockpile, Giroir said he estimates the nation will have the capacity to perform 40 to 50 million tests per month by the fall.
Giroir did not specify which type of test he is referring to – those that check for current infection or those that check for past infection. It is also important to note many individuals have received multiple tests.
“With emerging new techniques like pooling of samples, combined with investments and point of care technologies, that number could easily be 80 million available per month if they are needed,” Giroir said.
10:04 a.m. ET, July 2, 2020
Trump touts economy as the US reports a record number of new coronavirus cases
The appearance came a day after theUS set a record number of new coronavirus cases in a single day, with more than 50,000 cases reported. It took a little more than two months for the US to record its first 50,000 coronavirus cases.
The President said June’s job numbers, with almost 5 million jobs added, shattered all expectations.
“This is the largest monthly job gain in the history of our country,” he said.
Remember: The numbers today won't necessarily show any cracks in the recovery that may have emerged in recent days as the Covid-19 outlook deteriorates.
President Trump did not take questions after his comments.