July 7 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Steve George, Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 11:32 p.m. ET, July 7, 2020
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2:05 p.m. ET, July 7, 2020

Trump administration informs Congress the US is withdrawing from WHO

From CNN's Sara Murray, Kylie Atwood, Zachary Cohen and Vivian Salama

The World Health Organization (WHO) sign stands at their headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
The World Health Organization (WHO) sign stands at their headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration has notified Congress that it is formally withdrawing the United States from the World Health Organization amid the coronavirus pandemic, multiple officials tell CNN.

Sen. Robert Menendez, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tweeted about the development as well. "Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the U.S. from the ⁦‪@WHO⁩ in the midst of a pandemic," he tweeted.

A source briefed on the letter told CNN that the letter was very short, around three sentences, and confirmed it will trigger a one-year withdrawal timeline, but cautioned that they cannot confirm it was the final version. 

Still, the letter indicates that the administration intends to move forward with its plan to withdraw from WHO after members of the GOP China task force urged President Trump last month to reconsider his decision to terminate relations with the international body, arguing the US can do more to affect change as a member.

Trump initially announced his intention to withdraw from WHO in May and has consistently accused the organization of aiding China in covering up the origins of the virus. 

2:04 p.m. ET, July 7, 2020

Airlines bookings start to tumble again as coronavirus cases spike

From CNN’s Chris Isidore

Airline travel is bouncing back — but so are American coronavirus cases. That spike could put the aviation rebound in reverse.

United Airlines presented sobering facts to employees Monday that bookings are tumbling as Covid cases soar. Also hurting travel demand: regulations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut that mandate travelers from the pandemic's US hotspots quarantine themselves for 14 days. The Wall Street Journal first reported the memo.

Near-term bookings at United's hub in Newark were only 16% of 2019 bookings through July 1. Just a few weeks earlier, United's bookings were down "only" 33% from a year earlier. Although United would not release the details of the briefing being given to its employees this week, it confirmed the facts detailed in the Journal's report. 

Delta Air Lines confirmed to CNN that its booking trends in the New York area are similar to United's, although it did not release statistics.

Other airlines aren't commenting on their bookings. But other airlines' bookings are probably also falling as Covid-19 cases increase, said Philip Baggaley, chief credit analyst for airlines at Standard & Poor's.

"It certainly could be a jagged recovery," he said. "The initial surge in bookings, there was probably some pent-up demand in there. There's no doubt that the increase in [Covid-19] cases and quarantines throws a monkey wrench into it." 

He said travel to the New York area, as well as Florida, Texas and Arizona will be particularly hard hit.

Read more here.

1:59 p.m. ET, July 7, 2020

Jacksonville mayor to self-quarantine after being exposed to Covid-19

From CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian

Mayor of Jacksonville Lenny Curry speaks during a luncheon at Florida State University on January 7, 2019.
Mayor of Jacksonville Lenny Curry speaks during a luncheon at Florida State University on January 7, 2019.  Tori Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat/USA Today

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry was notified this past Sunday that he had come into contact with someone who had tested positive for Covid-19 last week, according to Jacksonville Director of Public Affairs Nikki Kimbleton.

Curry was immediately screened for the virus and tested negative, Kimbleton tells CNN.

“He and his family are in self quarantine in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for the safety of their friends, family and neighbors,” Kimbleton said.
1:47 p.m. ET, July 7, 2020

One of the first games in MLS's return tournament postponed after players get Covid-19

From CNN's Wayne Sterling

Nashville SC fans cheer before the game against Atlanta United at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee on February 29.
Nashville SC fans cheer before the game against Atlanta United at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee on February 29. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Major League Soccer's MLS is Back Tournament match between Nashville SC and Chicago Fire FC has been postponed, the league announced in a statement Tuesday.

Five Nashville players have tested positive for coronavirus since arriving in Orlando, Florida, last week. Two players received positive results last weekend and the other three received positive results Monday night.

Four other players have received test results that were inconclusive and require more testing.

The two clubs were scheduled to play Wednesday as the league kicks off the season-starting tournament at Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports complex near Orlando, Florida. The now-postponed game was scheduled to be one of two matches played on the first day of the tournament, according to the league''s official lineup.

The league will evaluate the Nashville SC's participation in the tournament after the results of additional testing. Further details regarding when this match will be played will be announced at a later date.

On Monday, MLS withdrew FC Dallas from the tournament after 10 players and one staff member tested positive for the virus. The MLS Players Association acknowledged the complex nature of hosting a tournament during the pandemic.  

In a statement posted to Twitter on Monday, the union wrote, "The removal of FC Dallas from competition in Orlando is a reminder of how difficult the circumstances involving returning to work remain across all sports amidst this pandemic."

CNN has asked the MLSPA for comment following the Nashville SC news.

1:42 p.m. ET, July 7, 2020

Mexico's Covid-19 cases and deaths have nearly tripled since new reopening measures

From CNN's Natalie Gallón and Tatiana Arias

A man digs graves in the Xico-Chalco Civil Pantheon, State of Mexico, on June 26.
A man digs graves in the Xico-Chalco Civil Pantheon, State of Mexico, on June 26. Gerardo Vieyra/NurPhoto/Getty Images

Since Mexico entered its "new normal" phase of reopening on June 1, the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths have almost tripled in the country.

According to official data tallied by CNN, the number of coronavirus cases in Mexico have risen by 180% since June 1, and the number of deaths have also increased by 206% during the same period of time.

On June 1, Mexico entered the new Covid-19 phase, reopening certain sectors of the economy under what they deemed the “new normal.” Meanwhile, the country reported 93,435 cases and 10,167 deaths that day. 

On July 6, Mexico reported 261,750 cases of coronavirus and 31,119 virus-related deaths, according to official data.


1:21 p.m. ET, July 7, 2020

Iraq reports nearly 2,500 new Covid-19 cases

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

Iraq on Tuesday recorded 2,426 new coronavirus cases, according to the country's health ministry.

Iraq now has a total of 64,701 cases of coronavirus.

The health ministry also reported 118 new Covid-19-related fatalities, bringing the total to 2,685 deaths across the country.

1:15 p.m. ET, July 7, 2020

More than 130,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US

From CNN's Amanda Watts

There are at least 2,953,423 cases of coronavirus in the US, and at least 130,546 people have died from the virus in the country, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases.

So far on Monday, Johns Hopkins reported 17,346 new cases and 261 deaths. 

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

1:17 p.m. ET, July 7, 2020

More than 16,000 Covid-19 cases were from meat and poultry processing facilities, CDC reports

From CNN’s Marisa Peryer

New data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 16,233 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in meat and poultry processing facilities across 23 states through May 31. 

Of the confirmed cases, 87% were among racial and ethnic minorities. There were also 86 Covid-19-associated deaths among workers in these facilities. 

There are an 525,000 workers within the animal slaughtering and processing industry across 3,500 facilities in the US, the report says. Because of missing data and asymptomatic and unrecognized cases, the prevalence of Covid-19 in the workforce is likely underestimated. 

Covid-19 has been known to spread rapidly in congregate settings where social distancing is not possible. Because of this, meat and poultry processing facility conditions often pose “distinctive” risks for workers. The CDC stated prolonged, close contact with other employees during 8- to 12-hour shifts in these facilities may increase transmission. Other risks include shared work spaces, transportation and housing. 

“Targeted workplace interventions and prevention efforts that are appropriately tailored to the groups most affected by COVID-19 are critical to reducing both COVID-19–associated occupational risk and health disparities among vulnerable populations,” the CDC stated. 

Of the 239 meat and poultry processing facilities in the report, common efforts to mitigate coronavirus transmission included mandating face coverings and adding hand hygiene stations and physical barriers between workers. 

11:32 p.m. ET, July 7, 2020

Texas county judge wants to issue stay-at-home order

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Lina Hidalgo, judge of Harris County, Texas, which includes the city of Houston, is advocating for a stay-at-home order in her county as coronavirus cases rise. 

“If we want to get ahead of this, we need a stay-home order. We need to keep it in place until a curve comes down on the other side to 10%, 20% of peak, as other communities have done it, [and] at that point, open more responsibly,” Hidalgo said. “…We know this virus is going to be with us for the long haul and our strategy needs to be long-term as well.” 

Hidalgo, the chief administrator of the county, said that she doesn’t want to shut the economy again, but a patchwork method won’t quell coronavirus in the long run. 

“A long-term solution based on data instead of wishful thinking is what's going to put our economy in the position to succeed,” Hidalgo told CNN’s Kate Bolduan. 

Texas has more than 200,000 Covid-19 cases, and Harris County has more than 37,000 cases so far. 

Hidalgo said that a mask mandate will not solely bring the number of cases down, which is why she’s looking for a stay-at-home order as well. 

“We can’t just put our head in the sand and hope that somehow it’s going to go differently over here,” she said.