August 10 coronavirus news

By Julia Hollingsworth, Adam Renton, Meg Wagner and Melissa Macaya, CNN

Updated 12:01 a.m. ET, August 11, 2020
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11:28 p.m. ET, August 10, 2020

Expert says children may be able to spread coronavirus like they spread the common cold

From CNN Health’s Lauren Mascarenhas

Children may be able to spread Covid-19 just as easily as they spread another type of coronavirus -- the common cold, said William Haseltine, a former professor at Harvard Medical School.

“There’s every reason to suspect that this virus, even though it can kill you, behaves pretty much like a cold virus, in terms of transmission. Who drives colds? Children drive colds,” Haseltine told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Monday.
“And that's true of almost all respiratory diseases, including the colds that are caused by coronaviruses. And this is one of those cousins,” he added. “It even uses the same receptor in the nasal passages as one of the cold viruses. It just happens to be a cold virus that also kills.”

Haseltine warned that children can be infected and infect others, so they should wear masks.

He said that children up to 5 years old can be “highly infectious to other people."

"It turns out they have a thousand times more virus in their nose than you need to infect, so they're very, very contagious," Haseltine said.
11:03 p.m. ET, August 10, 2020

Mexico records more than 700 additional deaths from Covid-19

From journalist Karol Suarez in Mexico City

A cleaning worker disinfects the store of Morelia's Cathedral in Mexico on Aug. 10.
A cleaning worker disinfects the store of Morelia's Cathedral in Mexico on Aug. 10. Enrique Castro/AFP/Getty Images

Mexico recorded 705 new deaths from the novel coronavirus Monday, taking the total number of fatalities in the country resulting from the virus to 53,003.

Only the United States and Brazil have suffered more virus-related fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Mexico's Health Ministry said 5,558 new Covid-19 cases were identified on Monday, bringing the country’s total number of confirmed cases to 485,836.

10:19 p.m. ET, August 10, 2020

China reports 44 new Covid-19 cases

Another 44 Covid-19 cases were recorded in China on Monday, including 13 locally transmitted cases and 31 imported cases, the country's National Health Commission said in a statement on Tuesday.

All of the local cases were reported in the far western region of Xinjiang, according to the NHC. Another 17 asymptomatic cases were also reported Monday, authorities said. China records asymptomatic cases of the novel coronavirus separately.

Since the pandemic began, 84,712 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in China, according to the NHC.

8:43 p.m. ET, August 10, 2020

Global coronavirus cases surpass 20 million

The number of known cases of the novel coronavirus surpassed 20 million globally on Monday at 8:10 pm ET, according to data held by the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

JHU reports the current number of known cases around the world is now 20,001,019. At least 733,897 have died globally.

The United States has reported the most deaths and the most confirmed cases worldwide. At least 5,085,821 coronavirus cases have been recorded in the US, including at least 163,370 deaths.

CNN is tracking worldwide coronavirus cases here:

8:06 p.m. ET, August 10, 2020

Georgia school district reports 826 students in quarantine since opening

From CNN’s Jamiel Lynch and Jennifer Henderson 

The Cherokee County School District in Georgia reported Monday that 826 students are in quarantine due to possible exposure to Covid-19.

The school returned to in-person learning on Aug. 3.

According to a chart from the district, 42 staff members are in quarantine.

Thirty-eight students and 12 staff members have been tested positive for the virus, according to the district's website.

The district said it has approximately 42,500 students.

7:17 p.m. ET, August 10, 2020

The number of Covid-19 cases among US children has increased over the last 4 weeks, report says

From CNN’s Jen Christensen

There has been a 90% increase in the number of Covid-19 cases among US children over the last four weeks, according to a report published Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

According to this new report, expected to be updated weekly, there were 179,990 new Covid-19 cases among US children between July 9 and Aug. 6. The data comes from case numbers provided by state health departments of 49 states, New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. 

Some of the increase may be due to more testing, AAP said. Early in the pandemic, testing was reserved for the sickest. A broader number of tests may be identifying children that have fewer or milder symptoms than those who were tested earlier in the pandemic.

Children make up just over 9% of the total cases in states that report cases by age, according to the report. At least 380,174 total child Covid-19 cases reported as of Aug. 6.

As of now, it still appears that severe symptoms are rare among children with Covid-19 infections. Children were between 0.5% and 5.3% of total hospitalizations, according to data from the states that record that information. Children were 0% to 0.4% of all Covid-19 deaths. 

Nineteen states have reported no child deaths. In states that tracked the details, 0% to 0.5% of all child Covid-19 cases resulted in death.

The AAP called for an effective testing strategy so that communities can make the right choice about opening schools. 

“The data – while limited because of its reliance on how each state reports its cases – underscores the urgent need to control the virus in communities so schools may reopen,” a news release from the AAP said.

“In areas with rapid community spread, it’s likely that more children will also be infected, and these data show that,” AAP President Dr. Sally Goza said in the news release.  “As a pediatrician, I urge people to wear cloth face coverings and be diligent in social distancing and hand-washing. It is up to us to make the difference, community by community.”

The World Health Organization said last week that the coronavirus pandemic is starting to move into the younger population globally, while most cases, by far, are among people ages 25 to 64. 

7:13 p.m. ET, August 10, 2020

Participating in 2020 Census interview is "low risk" for Covid-19 transmission, CDC says

From CNN's Jen Christensen

Participating in a 2020 Census interview presents “a low risk of transmission” of Covid-19, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Census Bureau said in a joint statement on the CDC website Monday.

Census takers are highly trained in CDC recommendations to keep the risk low, the statement said, and follow these protocols rigorously. 

When participating in a census interview, census takers will wear a mask, keep a six-foot physical distance, have good hand hygiene, and will do the interview outside the home if possible. 

The CDC said it is ready to support the work of the Census Bureau and staff and provide technical assistance to make sure that staff and household members stay safe and healthy. 


7:09 p.m. ET, August 10, 2020

Treasury secretary says he hasn't spoken with Pelosi or Schumer since talks breakdown

From CNN's Maegan Vazquez  

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin speak to members of the press after a meeting at the office of Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi at the U.S. Capitol August 7 in Washington.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin speak to members of the press after a meeting at the office of Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi at the U.S. Capitol August 7 in Washington. Alex Wong/Getty Images

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he hasn’t spoken to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer about continuing negotiations for coronavirus relief legislation. 

“I’ve spoken to several Democrats. I have not spoken to Schumer and Pelosi since then,” Mnuchin said during a White House press briefing with President Trump on Monday.

Asked if he’d reach out to the Democratic leaders to restart negotiations, Mnuchin said, “Any time they want to meet and they’re willing to negotiate, have a new proposal, we’re more than happy to meet.”

Mnuchin also said he expects unemployment insurance payments to be ready to go out in most states within two weeks.

“I think within the next week or two, most of the states will be able to execute,” Mnuchin said during a White House press conference Monday.

Some background: With negotiations on a new deal stalled, President Trump on Saturday unveiled an executive action that would provide the unemployed $300 a week under a new "lost wages assistance" program, but only if states first agree to put up an additional $100 a week -- which the President cited as a total benefit of $400 a week.

With reporting from CNN's Tami Luhby.

6:49 p.m. ET, August 10, 2020

Trump postpones G7 summit until after November

From CNN's Sarah Westwood 

President Trump said he has asked that the G7 meeting be postponed until after the election in November, after a previous delay due to Covid-19 concerns.

“I’m much more inclined to do it sometime after the election,” Trump told reporters at the briefing. “We were going to do it in September.”

The summit was slated to be held at Camp David in June, and after a tentative plan to postpone the meeting and switch to a virtual conference, Trump had floated in May the idea of doing it in person in the fall.

Trump said the White House had not yet formally invited leaders. 

“We haven’t sent out invitations. We’re talking to them,” he said. He noted he planned on inviting countries that aren’t formal members of the group of seven.

Asked whether he would invite Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump said he would do so because Putin is an “important factor.”

“I certainly would invite him to the meeting. I think he’s an important factor.”