July 5 coronavirus news

By Ben Westcott, Jenni Marsh, Laura Smith-Spark, Fernando Alfonso III and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 0010 GMT (0810 HKT) July 6, 2020
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7:21 a.m. ET, July 5, 2020

"Crystal clear" that drunk people can't socially distance -- UK police officer

From CNN's Sara Spary and Zahid Mahmood

 Police officers are seen walking through heavy crowds in Soho on July 4 in London.
 Police officers are seen walking through heavy crowds in Soho on July 4 in London. Peter Summers/Getty Images

Drunk people can't properly socially distance, a UK police officer warned after finishing a late shift Saturday -- the first day that pubs reopened in England after the coronavirus shutdown.

"A predictably busy night and confirmed what we knew, alcohol and social distancing is not a good combination," tweeted John Apter, national chairman of the Police Federation, a staff association for police in England and Wales.

Apter, who was on duty in the southern England city of Southampton, said he and colleagues had dealt with "happy drunks, angry drunks, fights" and antisocial behavior. "What was crystal clear is that drunk people can’t/won’t socially distance," he said.

In a post on Twitter, London's Metropolitan Police urged people to "please be responsible, stay safe and follow social distancing and other guidance that has been put in place" as pubs reopened.

But images taken Saturday night in the central London district of Soho, known for its pubs and bars, showed crowded streets.

Five pubs in Nottinghamshire, East Midlands, decided to close early following anti-social behavior, police said, and officers made four arrests following reports of a smashed window and minor assault.

However, Inspector Craig Berry thanked "the majority of the public who have acted responsibly throughout Saturday."

Devon and Cornwall Police, in southwest England, said they had received more than 1,000 calls on Saturday from members of the public, mostly related to "drink related disorder."

And in Essex, southeast England, an officer tweeted to say police had made four arrests.

UK Health Minister Matt Hancock told Sky News' Sophy Ridge that he was pleased overall with how Saturday went.

"From what I have seen, although there are some pictures to the contrary, very, very largely people have acted responsibly and this balanced message is so important. People should enjoy summer safely,” he said Sunday.

“You have seen from Leicester and other places we don’t shirk from bringing in drastic measures if that is what is needed to control the virus. But the overall plan has always been through the lifting of the lockdown to try to lift the national measures -- but be absolutely crystal clear we will tackle local flare-ups when we see them."

6:42 a.m. ET, July 5, 2020

City on US-Mexico border too overcrowded to take more Covid-19 patients, governor says

CNN Espanol's Daniel Silva Fernandez and CNN's Maija Ehlinger

The governor of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, Francisco Cabeza de Vaca, tweeted Saturday that hospitals run by the Mexican Institute of Social Security in Reynosa, a city bordering the United States, are too "overcrowded to receive more patients" seeking treatment for coronavirus. 

Cabeza de Vaca also used his official Twitter account Friday to urge the Mexican government to establish "greater control of the non-essential flow of people" from the United States into Mexico, noting that the coronavirus situation in neighboring Texas had reached a critical point.  

Hours later, Cabeza de Vaca wrote that in the absence of a response from central authorities, his government had intensified efforts "to stop non-essential crossings" at bridges that connect the state of Tamaulipas and the US.  

On Thursday, Cabeza de Vaca announced that he had tested positive for Covid-19.

In a video released while in isolation, Cabeza de Vaca said: "Unfortunately, we have seen a great increase in the number of infections in the cities of Reynosa, Nuevo Laredo and Matamoros. I think that we are neglecting many of them, we are relaxing... that is why we are taking extraordinary measures to avoid an increase in the number of infections."

5:48 a.m. ET, July 5, 2020

New US record of highest single-day coronavirus case total set in Florida

From CNN's Alta Spells

A pedestrian walks down Ocean Drive in Miami July 4.
A pedestrian walks down Ocean Drive in Miami July 4. Wilfredo Lee/AP

Florida set a US record for coronavirus cases in a single day Saturday, with a total of 11,458 new cases, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU). 

Florida has now surpassed New York's previous highest single-day total of 11,434, which was recorded on April 15, by JHU.  

Florida also reported 18 new deaths Saturday.

There have been 190,052 total coronavirus cases reported in the state and 3,702 total deaths, according to JHU's tally.

Nationwide the United States has recorded at least 2,839,436 cases of coronavirus, including 129,676 deaths, JHU's figures indicate.

4:49 a.m. ET, July 5, 2020

Teen's coronavirus-themed prom dress made of duct tape is a work of art

From CNN's Kiely Westhoff

In January, 18-year-old Peyton Manker embarked on her journey to make a prom dress entirely out of duct tape for a contest to win a scholarship. After weeks of working on her submission, the Covid-19 outbreak not only canceled her prom but altered the course of her senior year.

Manker was not deterred by the fact that she would not get to wear her dress to prom. Instead, she felt inspired to create a dress that "documents a part of history."

Her coronavirus-themed dress features multiple images depicting life during the pandemic. Her vision for the dress began with wanting to capture her own experience. She represents her unforgettable senior year with a vibrant scene of students attending virtual graduation.

"It wasn't just high schoolers, it wasn't just America, it was the whole world being impacted by the pandemic so I wanted to show that," said Manker, from Sparta, Illinois.

She does so by showing an image of people running away from the giant coronavirus to signify the world trying to avoid catching the disease. Other designs pay tribute to frontline workers and people suffering from mental health issues as a result of the pandemic.

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4:07 a.m. ET, July 5, 2020

Why US tick season could be worse in the summer of Covid-19

From CNN's Ethan Harp

After more than three months of shutdowns, mandatory quarantines, self-imposed exile from society and working from home, nature-lovers looking for a well-earned breath of fresh air could face a possible collision course between coronavirus and tick-borne illnesses this summer.

A "perfect storm," warns Eva Sapi, a University of New Haven biology professor and group director for the Lyme Disease Research Group.

Noting the mild winter on the US East Coast, Sapi says: "We do have a bad year for the ticks."

Hikers, campers and anyone else eager for an escape could "just explode into the outdoors. And there may not be the same thoughtful approach" to preventing exposure, explains Dr. Sorana Segal-Maurer, director of the Dr. James J. Rahal, Jr. Division of Infectious Diseases at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens health care system.

"I'm a little nervous that their guard may be down just a slight bit," she adds.

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3:01 a.m. ET, July 5, 2020

India once again records its highest daily rise in cases, as pandemic grows

From CNN's Rishabh Pratap in New Delhi

Members of Nehru Yuva Kendra and Punjab Youth Development Board shows to people how to use face masks in Amritsar, India on July 4.
Members of Nehru Yuva Kendra and Punjab Youth Development Board shows to people how to use face masks in Amritsar, India on July 4. Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images

India reported 24,850 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday -- the country's largest single-day jump yet.

The country has now recorded 673,165 cases of the virus, and 19,268 deaths, according to its Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

India has 235,433 active cases, while 394,227 patients have recovered so far.

The western state of Maharashtra remains worst affected with 200,064 cases and 8,671 deaths, followed by the southern state of Tamil Nadu, which has recorded 107,001 cases, and the national capital Delhi, with known 97,200 cases. 

India has tested more than 9.7 million samples for Covid-19.

2:49 a.m. ET, July 5, 2020

US records more than 45,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day

According to Johns Hopkins University's tally, the United States has recorded at least 2,839,436 cases of coronavirus, including 129,676 deaths.

On Saturday, Johns Hopkins University reported 45,283 new cases and 242 new deaths. 

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

For the latest coronavirus numbers, please follow CNN’s map which is refreshed every 15 mins: 

1:17 a.m. ET, July 5, 2020

Japan reports 274 new Covid-19 infections, as cases continue to rise

From CNN’s Yoko Wakatsuki in Tokyo

A man casts his vote for the Tokyo gubernatorial election at a polling station in Shinjuku area in Tokyo on July 5.
A man casts his vote for the Tokyo gubernatorial election at a polling station in Shinjuku area in Tokyo on July 5. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

Japan reported 274 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, according to the country’s Health Ministry.

Nearly half of those infections were in Tokyo, where the city's metropolitan government said people in their 20s and 30s were driving the spike in infections.

Saturday's figures followed 249 news cases on Friday and 194 on Thursday.

Japan now reported 22,234 confirmed cases, including 990 recorded deaths.

Government minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Sunday that the resumption of a state of emergency was not necessary, describing the new cases as “light or asymptomatic” and not a burden to Japan’s healthcare system.

12:00 a.m. ET, July 5, 2020

Australian Medical Association calls for pause on easing Covid-19 restrictions as cases rise

From CNN’s Hilary Whiteman in Brisbane

Police speak to a man outside the North Melbourne Public housing flats on July 5, in Melbourne, Australia.
Police speak to a man outside the North Melbourne Public housing flats on July 5, in Melbourne, Australia. Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has called for a pause in easing Covid-19 restrictions and territories until clear evidence shows the outbreaks in Melbourne are under control.

There has been a spike in coronavirus cases in Melbourne, Australia, in recent days, leading to new lockdowns across the city, including over 3,000 people in public housing.

AMA President Tony Bartone said the new outbreaks are a stark reminder the fight against coronavirus is far from over, according to a press release from AMA.

“These new outbreaks send a strong signal that the other states should rethink the pace of easing of their Covid-19 restrictions until community transmission in Melbourne is under control to avoid the risk of a similar situation playing out in their own communities,” Bartone said.

Bartone said the outbreaks were “directly linked to failures to follow established and successful public health guidelines” and that Australia should play it safe before “rushing back to the pub, the footy crowds, or the big weddings and parties.”

Coronavirus cases have been rising sharply across the state of Victoria for nearly three weeks.