July 3 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Melissa Macaya, Amy Woodyatt and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 2311 GMT (0711 HKT) February 1, 2021
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12:03 p.m. ET, July 3, 2020

MLB cancels 2020 All-Star game

From CNN's Jacob Lev

Dodger Stadium stands in this aerial photograph taken over Los Angeles.
Dodger Stadium stands in this aerial photograph taken over Los Angeles. Bing Guan/Bloomberg/Bloomberg

Major League Baseball announced Friday in a statement that the 2020 All-Star game has been canceled.

The Los Angeles Dodgers were supposed to host it, but they will now host it the event in 2022. 

“Once it became clear we were unable to hold this year’s All-Star festivities, we wanted to award the Dodgers with the next available All-Star Game, which is 2022,” said MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. “I want to thank the Dodgers organization and the City of Los Angeles for being collaborative partners in the early stages of All-Star preparation and for being patient and understanding in navigating the uncertainty created by the pandemic. The 2022 All-Star celebration promises to be a memorable one with events throughout the city and at picturesque Dodger Stadium.”

Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten said that "as excited as we were to host this year’s All-Star Game, we know that it will be worth the wait and that Dodger Stadium and Los Angeles will host a world-class event in 2022."

The Major League Baseball season resumed on Wednesday with players reporting to training and games are scheduled to start on July 23 or 24.

12:32 p.m. ET, July 3, 2020

Arizona only has 156 ICU beds left today as state battles Covid-19 surge

From CNN’s Konstantin Toropin

A person walks into the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix on June 17.
A person walks into the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix on June 17. Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Arizona only has 156 intensive care unit beds remaining today as it fights off a surge of Covid-19 cases, state health data shows.

This is the lowest number of available beds the state has had available, according to records that go back to late March.

Currently, 1,520 of the state’s ICU beds are in use – that's 91% of its capacity, state data shows. At least 741 of those patients are being treated for Covid-19, the data shows.

The state also reported a record-high spike in emergency room admissions from Covid-19 patients today – 1,847 people. This a significant jump from the previous record high of 1,371 patients that was reported yesterday.

Earlier this week, in one of the most drastic rollbacks of reopenings yet, Arizona announced it was closing bars, gyms, movie theaters and other businesses for 30 days amid a "brutal" increase in Covid-19 cases, Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday. 

11:50 a.m. ET, July 3, 2020

Social distancing guidelines will not be required at Trump's Mt. Rushmore event

From CNN's Betsy Klein

Visitors walk to see the Mount Rushmore National Monument in Keystone, South Dakota on July 2.
Visitors walk to see the Mount Rushmore National Monument in Keystone, South Dakota on July 2. Andrew Caballero/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump head to Mount Rushmore National Memorial on Friday to celebrate an early Fourth of July at a gathering of an estimated 7,500 people during a global pandemic.

No social distancing is planned for the event despite the record-high new coronavirus cases in the US.

"We told those folks that have concerns that they can stay home, but those who want to come and join us, we'll be giving out free face masks if they choose to wear one. But we won't be social distancing," Republican Gov. Kristi Noem said during a Monday appearance on Fox News.

There may be health screening for ticketed guests in one area, according to recreation.gov. A recording on the park's main telephone line Monday said: "There are no social distancing requirements in place at this time."

The 7,500 tickets for Friday's event are lower than the typical visitor flow during the busy summer season.

On normal days, 28,000 to 32,000 visitors come to Mount Rushmore during a 10-hour period. Amid the pandemic, the park never closed but visitation has been down to around 20,000 people, said Maureen McGee-Ballinger, Mount Rushmore's chief of interpretation and education.

Latest on the state's cases: Coronavirus cases in South Dakota currently remain stable, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, with 6,893 confirmed cases and 97 deaths as of Thursday  — but it remains to be seen how many attendees will travel from other states. Thirty-six states are currently experiencing a rise in new cases.

11:36 a.m. ET, July 3, 2020

More US states are issuing sweeping mask mandates as Covid-19 cases rise

From CNN's Faith Karimi and Steve Almasy

People wear facemasks while visiting Santa Monica Pier on June 26 in Santa Monica, California.
People wear facemasks while visiting Santa Monica Pier on June 26 in Santa Monica, California. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

When mask mandates for Texas and Kansas go into effect Friday, at least 19 states and Washington, DC will have such requirements.

In a major change of heart, Texas won't allow people who are in counties with 20 or more active Covid-19 cases to go out without a face covering. About 95% of Texans live in those areas.

"We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another  — and that means wearing a face covering in public spaces," Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said.

Texans younger than 10 and people who have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask are exempted. Repeat violations can result in a fine, the order says.

These states have mandated masks when out in public:

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas

At least 36 states are currently seeing a rise in new cases compared to the previous week, nine of them have increased by over 50%. They are Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alaska and Delaware.

Read more about the individual state mandates:

11:34 a.m. ET, July 3, 2020

Anyone traveling from the US to England will have to quarantine for 14 days

From CNN's Nada Bashir

The UK government has revealed a new “travel corridor” list – including 59 states and 14 British Overseas Territories – from which travelers will now be exempted from the formerly established 14-day isolation period. 

“The government is satisfied that it is now safe to ease these measures in England and has introduced travel corridors for some countries and territories,” the Department for Transport said Friday in a statement. 

“This applies to all travel to England, by train, ferry, coach, air or any other route,” the statement added. 

According to the announcement, starting on July 10, unless they have visited or stopped in any other country or territory in the preceding 14 days, passengers arriving from the countries and territories that are part of the "travel corridor" list will not be required to self-isolate on arrival into England.

The United States is not included in the list. Earlier on Friday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed that the country would not be included, due to the high infection rate in country. 

“Here, we've got things under control, but we know that [the virus] is still raging in parts of the world…so I'm afraid there is a red list," Shapps told BBC Radio 4. 

“The US, from a very early stage, banned flights from the UK and from Europe, so there isn’t a reciprocal arrangement in place,” he added, highlighting that the US still has a “very high” rate of infection.

While travelers will not be required to self-isolate on arrival to the UK, the government has confirmed that travelers from the UK must comply with coronavirus requirements in the country they travel to. 

“This may include self-isolating or providing your details to local authorities,” the Department for Transport outlined. 

Before arriving in the UK, travelers will also be required to complete a “passenger locator” form. 

“We will keep the conditions in these countries and territories under review. If they worsen, we will not hesitate to reintroduce self-isolation requirements,” the Department for Transport said. 

“This list may be added to over the coming days following further discussions between the UK and international partners,” the statement added.

Here are the countries and territories that are part of the "travel corridor" list: Andorra, Germany, New Zealand, Antigua and Barbuda, Greece, Norway, Aruba, Greenland, Poland, Australia, Grenada, Réunion, Austria, Guadeloupe, San Marino, Bahamas, Hong Kong, Serbia, Barbados, Hungary, Seychelles, Belgium, Iceland, South Korea, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Jamaica, St Barthélemy, Curaçao, Japan, St Kitts and Nevis, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, St Lucia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, St Pierre and Miquelon, Denmark, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Dominica, Macau, Taiwan, Faroe Islands, Malta, Trinidad and Tobago, Fiji, Mauritius, Turkey, Finland, Monaco, Vatican City, France, Netherlands, Vietnam, French Polynesia, New Caledonia

10:55 a.m. ET, July 3, 2020

"There's nothing more American” than staying home July 4 to protect others, Miami Beach mayor says

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber speaks with CNN’s Jim Sciutto on July 3.
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber speaks with CNN’s Jim Sciutto on July 3. CNN

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber says there should be a statewide mask mandate in Florida and across the whole US.

“There's over 1,300 Covid patients in my county right now and 1,000 people have died. … It's not time to make political statements about wearing a mask. It's time to comply and make sacrifices for everybody else,” he told CNN’s Jim Sciutto.

Beaches in Miami Beach are now closed for the holiday weekend. There is a curfew in place and masks are mandatory in public places. Gelber encouraged his residents to stay home and celebrate the Fourth of July.

“There's nothing more American than making a sacrifice by staying home, to keep a family member safe, a neighbor safe or a stranger safe,” he said.

Gelber said there have been mixed messages about the coronavirus from state and national leaders, which confuses people and is daunting for city officials.

“It would be help, like [during] a hurricane, we all stand up and we say the right things to the community so they don't wonder whether they need to do something,” he said.

The mayor took aim at President Trump’s remarks that there’s only more coronavirus cases in the country because there is more testing.

“This whole argument that there's more Covid simply because we're testing more is absurd. You can't fake being so sick you have to be hospitalized or so absolutely sick, you’ve got to be in intensive care or on a ventilator,” Gelber said.

Watch the interview:

10:58 a.m. ET, July 3, 2020

Pakistan's foreign minister tests positive for Covid-19

From CNN’s Sophia Saifi, Jane Lee and Hamdi Alkhshali

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi speaks during a news conference on March 1 in Doha, Qatar.
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi speaks during a news conference on March 1 in Doha, Qatar. Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi confirms he has tested positive for Covid-19 via his official Twitter account on Friday.

According to the foreign minister, he felt a slight fever and immediately quarantined at home. He plans on carrying his duties from home. It's not clear when he was infected. 

Qureshi Tweeted:

“This afternoon I felt a slight fever and immediately quarantined myself at home. I have now tested positive for Covid 19. By the grace of Allah, I feel strong and energetic. I will continue to carry on my duties from home. Please keep me in your prayers.”

Qureshi met the US Special Representative for Afghanistan on Wednesday, according to the Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry.

11:03 a.m. ET, July 3, 2020

How states with surging Covid-19 cases are preparing for July 4 weekend

From CNN's Faith Karimi and Steve Almasy

A sign is posted at a closed entrance to the beach on July 3 in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, Florida.
A sign is posted at a closed entrance to the beach on July 3 in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, Florida. Lynne Sladky/AP

Officials fear Fourth of July weekend could bring a surge in cases, and are urging Americans to limit their festivities to avoid more outbreaks.

The holiday weekend could be the "perfect storm" for a spike in coronavirus cases due to travel, easing restrictions and people not following preventive guidelines, according to Dr. Joshua Barocas, an infectious disease physician at Boston Medical Center.

The US reported more than 52,000 new cases of the virus on Thursday, a new daily record, surpassing one set the previous day.

California, Arizona, Texas and Florida all posted record new cases this week. Florida reported more than 10,000 additional coronavirus cases Thursday, while Texas had about 8,000.

CNN's correspondents in Florida, Texas, Arizona and California report on how the states are preparing for Fourth of July:

4:32 p.m. ET, July 3, 2020

US surgeon general urges caution on US Covid-19 death rate: “We know deaths lag at least two weeks”

From CNN's Gisela Crespo and Arman Azad

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams urged caution when looking at the US death rate for the virus remaining flat while the number of new cases increases. 

"We know deaths lag at least two weeks and can lag even more," Adams said, speaking on "Fox & Friends" on Friday. "In the beginning, nursing homes were hit really hard, and the majority of our deaths were occurring on people who were 60, 65 and older. Now the majority of cases are in people who have an average age of 35, and so those folks are gonna have less comorbidities, they're gonna be less likely to end up in the hospital and to die." 

However, Adams said, "What we're really worried about  — particularly with young people  — is that they get it and then they spread it to their grandmother, to their grandfather." 

Adams called on the younger population to wear a face covering, practice social distancing when going out this weekend, and to take extra precautions if they live with someone who is older or vulnerable. 

The latest figures: According to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the US, at least 128,740 people have died in the country from coronavirus. 

An ensemble forecast published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now projects nearly 148,000 coronavirus deaths in the country by July 25.

This week’s national forecast relies on 24 individual forecasts from outside institutions and researchers. The new projections, published Thursday, forecast 147,865 deaths by July 25, with a possible range of about 139,000 to 161,000 deaths.

Unlike some individual models, the CDC’s ensemble forecast only offers projections for the next month. The previous ensemble forecast, published last Wednesday, projected about 139,000 coronavirus deaths by July 18.

Watch Surgeon General's call to wear face coverings: