The latest on the coronavirus pandemic

By Ben Westcott, Helen Regan, Laura Smith-Spark, Ed Upright and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 12:10 a.m. ET, July 25, 2020
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12:33 p.m. ET, July 24, 2020

A vaccine could stop Covid-19 "dead in its tracks," Fauci says

From CNN's Naomi Thomas

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from Fox News

Consistent public health measures can control the coronavirus pandemic, but a good vaccine “could really stop it dead in its tracks,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Fox’s America’s Newsroom Friday.

“If we can do the kind of public health measures to keep the viral outbreak at a very low baseline level, I don’t think we are going to eradicate it, I think it’s just so easily transmissible that I don’t think that that could happen, but we certainly could control it better than we’re doing,” Fauci said. 

“And if we can do that at the global level, when we get a vaccine I think we could really stop it dead in its tracks.” 

Fauci said that he is cautiously optimistic that a vaccine will be available in a reasonable time — “likely by the end of this year or the beginning of 2021.”

 

12:25 p.m. ET, July 24, 2020

New York reports its lowest number of hospitalizations since mid-March

From CNN's Elizabeth Hartfield

New York state reported its lowest number of hospitalizations since March 18, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.

The state reported 650 hospitalizations on Friday, about 56 fewer hospitalizations than Thursday. The state also reported the lowest number of individuals in intensive care units – 156 – since March 16.

The state reported nine new Covid-19 related fatalities yesterday. Seven of those deaths were in hospitals and two were in nursing homes, Cuomo said.

The infection rate in the state was at .98% positive.

Note: The numbers listed were released by the New York governor’s office and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.

12:24 p.m. ET, July 24, 2020

Fauci says it's not necessary to shut down the country, but some places can take a step back

From CNN’s Naomi Thomas

from Fox News
from Fox News

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said on Friday that he doesn’t think it’s necessary to shut down the country at this point, but some places seeing a resurgence of Covid-19 cases could take a step back. 

Asked about shutting down the United States on Fox’s America’s Newsroom, Fauci said, “I don’t think it’s necessary to do that.”

“You know it might come to that, but right now, I think if you look at what’s going on in some of these southern states particularly that are having the resurging of cases, you can put a pause on what you are doing or even maybe take a step back," he said.

Fauci gave the example of states or cities in phase two of the opening guidelines either pausing or going back to phase one and those in phase one going back to the gateway component of the guideline.  

“I’m not so sure you need to, all of a sudden, everybody go back to complete lockdown,” he said. “You know it could come to that, you always got to leave it on the table. But I think we can probably get around what we're doing now, and put a lid on it and stop this surging” by being more cautious.

Fauci said that there are fundamental things that can be done in every state and city including everybody wearing a mask, avoiding crowded places, continuing to practice social distancing, closing the bars and practicing good hand hygiene. 

“If we just do that, I believe we can have a major step in the direction that we want to go,” he said. 

12:12 p.m. ET, July 24, 2020

Massachusetts governor announces new travel order to go into effect on August 1

From CNN's Evan Simko-Bednarski 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced an executive order Friday that will go into effect on August 1 and require any travelers to the state to quarantine for 14 days unless they can provide a negative test result for Covid-19. 

The order will apply to Massachusetts residents returning from out of state as well as other travelers, Baker told reporters.

Travelers from states with lower rates of transmission will be exempt, the governor said. 

As of Friday, that list included the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Hawaii. 

Failure to quarantine will result in a $500 daily fine, Baker said.

12:16 p.m. ET, July 24, 2020

Fauci says he has a good relationship with Trump and they had a "nice, long" talk recently

From CNN's Naomi Thomas

Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images
Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

 

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said he has a good relationship with President Trump and they spoke recently. 

“It’s good,” Fauci said on Fox’s America’s Newsroom today. “And I’m not just saying that for the sake of saying it.” 

Fauci said that he had a “nice, long” conversation with the President just few days ago, and. “It was constructive, it was good," he added.

“I believe we’ve always had, and still to this day, have a good relationship,” he said. “And I’m sure, as you know, as you ask the president, he would say the same thing, and he’s being honest.”

Earlier this month, CNN reported that Trump were Fauci are no longer speaking. The President had taken to openly criticizing him on television, Fauci had expressed puzzlement at some of Trump's claims.

But this week, Fauci has insisted he does have a "good relationship" with the President.

10 times Dr. Fauci has refuted Trump's Covid-19 statements:

 

11:44 a.m. ET, July 24, 2020

Florida reports more than 12,000 more Covid-19 cases 

From CNN's Melissa Alonso

The state of Florida is reporting at least 12,329 new cases of Covid-19 and 135 additional deaths on Friday, according to the Florida Department of Health.

This marks the ninth time since the start of the pandemic that daily deaths have surpassed 100 in Florida. All of those cases have been in the month of July, according to CNN's tally.   

This brings the state's total for coronavirus cases since the pandemic began to at least 397,470, according to state's health officials. The statewide death toll is now 5,653.

11:11 a.m. ET, July 24, 2020

Mike Pence will meet with Massachusetts' governor this weekend about coronavirus

From CNN's Betsy Kline

Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Nantucket, Massachusetts, tomorrow, where he'll meet with the state's governor, Charlie Baker.

The two will discuss "efforts to combat COVID-19," Pence's office said in a statement.

Pence is in Indiana, today, where he's expected to participate in a roundtable about reopening schools, according to his official schedule.

11:09 a.m. ET, July 24, 2020

Here are the latest coronavirus numbers from New York City

From CNN's Sheena Jones

 

People visit Domino Park in Brooklyn, New York, on July 16.
People visit Domino Park in Brooklyn, New York, on July 16. Noam Galai/Getty Images

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city continues to meet the coronavirus indicator thresholds in order to keep the city open, even as some day-to-day numbers ticked up slightly.

Here are the latest numbers: 

  • 72 people were admitted to the hospital with suspected Covid-19, which is up slightly from 69 reported the day before.
  • 295 people are in ICUs being treated for Covid-19, which is up from the 279 reported the day before.
  • 2% of people tested for Covid-19 have tested positive, according to De Blasio’s office. That figure has stayed the same. 

NOTE: The numbers listed were released by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database, which is drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.

10:40 a.m. ET, July 24, 2020

New York City will open 1.5 miles of streets for kids to play while social distancing

From CNN's Sheena Jones

 New York City will open an additional 1.5 miles of city streets for “Play Streets,” a program that will allow children to have a safe, touch-less space to play outside, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. He made the announcement during the city’s daily Covid-19 presser on Friday. 

The open space will allow for reading corners, frisbee, kickball and other outdoor activities that will allow for social distancing, de Blasio Said.