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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8:12 a.m. ET, August 10, 2020

Former Indian president tests positive for Covid-19

Former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, attends the Sukumar Sen Memorial Lecture Series in New Delhi, India, on January 23.
Former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, attends the Sukumar Sen Memorial Lecture Series in New Delhi, India, on January 23. K Asif/India Today Group/Getty Images

Former Indian president Pranab Mukherjee has tested positive for coronavirus,

"On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for Covid-19 today," Mukherjee wrote in a post on his official Twitter account Monday.

"I request the people who came in contact with me in the last week, to please self isolate and get tested for Covid-19."

Mukherjee served as India's president from 2012 to 2017, following a career during which he held a string of prominent government roles.

India's Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah announced on August 2 that he had tested positive for the virus and B.S. Yediyurappa, the chief minister of India's southern state of Karnataka, announced his positive diagnosis on the same day.

India has more than 2.2 million recorded cases of the virus, and 44,386 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

5:46 a.m. ET, August 10, 2020

US college sports' "Power Five" leaders in discussions over postponing football season: Reports

From CNN's Kevin Dotson and Hollie Silverman

Leaders from US college sports' "Power Five" conferences discussed postponing the country's football season and other fall sports over the weekend amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports from multiple sports news outlets including ESPNSports Illustrated and CBS Sports, who all cited several sources.

No decision has been reached yet, and the discussions are expected to continue over the next few days.

"It's an ongoing conversation we've been having for weeks," Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told CBS Sports on Sunday night. "We talk almost every day. I'm not aware decisions have been made."

The discussion took place in the same weekend the US crossed 5 million cases of the virus. At least 5,044,864 people have tested positive and 162,938 have died as of Monday morning, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

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5:56 a.m. ET, August 10, 2020

Greece sees highest daily case count since the start of the pandemic

From CNN's Chris Liakos in Athens

Health workers prepare to perform Covid-19 tests in Corfu, Greece, on August 8.
Health workers prepare to perform Covid-19 tests in Corfu, Greece, on August 8. Siegfried Modola/Getty Images

Greece recorded its highest ever daily tally of Covid-19 cases on Sunday.

The country reported 203 new cases, most of which are in its two largest cities -- Athens and Thessaloniki. Twenty-two patients in Greece are intubated, up from 14 on Friday.

The Greek government is expected to announce new pandemic measures this week amid the rising numbers.

Greece had previously managed to keep its case count low by enforcing a strict and early lockdown.

The country reopened its borders to tourists from the European Union and a handful of other nations on July 1.

Greece has so far recorded 5,623 coronavirus cases and 212 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

5:16 a.m. ET, August 10, 2020

US and Taiwan sign memorandum of understanding on health cooperation

From CNN’s Paula Hancocks in Taipei, Taiwan

US Health Secretary and Human Rights Services Alex Azar (left) and Taiwan's Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung display the signed documents during a memorandum of understanding signing ceremony at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Taipei, Taiwan, on August 10.
US Health Secretary and Human Rights Services Alex Azar (left) and Taiwan's Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung display the signed documents during a memorandum of understanding signing ceremony at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Taipei, Taiwan, on August 10. Pei Chen/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

The United States and Taiwan have signed a memorandum of understanding on health cooperation.

According to a news release, the signing was witnessed by US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Taiwan's Minister of Health and Welfare Shih-Chung Chen.

"This visit represents an acknowledgement of the United States and Taiwan's deep friendship and partnership across security, economic, health care and democratic, open, transparent values," Azar said during a news conference after the signing. 

Chen added that it marked the beginning of a "new chapter in Taiwan-US relations."

"This MOU further expands ... cooperation in areas including global health security, infectious disease prevention and control, chronic disease prevention and health promotion, maternal infant and adolescent health, environmental health, occupational health, tobacco control, health inequality, digital health, misuse of opioids, health communication and human resources for health," the press release said.

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic Cultural Representative Office in the United States also signed a different MOU on health cooperation on "global health security, investigation and control of infectious disease, research, prevention and treatment of chronic disease, and the development of drugs and vaccines," a press release from the AIT said. 

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4:32 a.m. ET, August 10, 2020

How New Zealand went 100 days with no community coronavirus transmission

From CNN's Julia Hollingsworth

Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield speaks to media during a news conference at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand on August 6.
Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield speaks to media during a news conference at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand on August 6. Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

New Zealand has marked an enviable milestone -- more than 100 days since its last coronavirus case was acquired locally from an unknown source.

As of Monday, the country had reported 1,219 confirmed cases, including just 21 active infections, all in managed isolation facilities. No cases had emerged via community transmission in 100 days, authorities announced Sunday, with all new infections coming from abroad.

In total, the island nation of 5 million people has reported 22 coronavirus deaths. 

While other countries -- including Pacific neighbor Australia and the United States -- continue to battle outbreaks, New Zealand has been held up as an example of how to fight Covid-19. One key reason is that although the country appears to have the coronavirus under control, authorities are still testing thousands of people a day.

"We have seen overseas how quickly the virus can reemerge and spread in places where it was previously under control," Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said Sunday.
"We need to be prepared to quickly stamp out any future cases in New Zealand. Don't let the team down -- none of us can afford to do that."

Read more here about how New Zealand hit its 100-day milestone:

8:13 a.m. ET, August 10, 2020

Indian regional health minister tests positive for Covid-19

From CNN’s Esha Mitra in New Delhi 

B. Sriramulu during the oath taking ceremony of the 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka at Raj Bhawan on May 17, 2018 in Bengaluru, India.
B. Sriramulu during the oath taking ceremony of the 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka at Raj Bhawan on May 17, 2018 in Bengaluru, India. Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times/Getty Images

The Health Minister of southwest India's Karnataka state, B Sriramulu, tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday after showing flu-like symptoms, he said in a tweet.

He added that he is now receiving treatment at a government hospital in Bangalore.

In the last few months, Sriramulu has visited 30 different districts in performing his duties. He has asked anyone who has been in contact with him to take precautionary measures.  

Other politicians testing positive: Sriramulu is only the latest politician to test positive for coronavirus in India. Last week, the Indian Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah and the chief minister of Karnataka also tested positive for coronavirus. 

Kamal Rani Varun, the minister of technical education in Uttar Pradesh state, died earlier this month in the hospital where she was receiving treatment.

What's happening in India? Last week, India became only the third country in the world to report more than 2 million total coronavirus cases, only three weeks after announcing it had hit 1 million confirmed infections.

As of Monday, India has reported 2,215,074 cases of coronavirus, including 44,386 deaths and 1,535,743 recoveries. In India, not all patients require a test to be considered recovered.

Read more about India's outbreak:

2:24 a.m. ET, August 10, 2020

MLB postpones Cardinals' series against Pirates after more test positive for Covid-19

From CNN's Kevin Dotson, Cesar Marin and Hollie Silverman

An empty Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, as seen on August 7.
An empty Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, as seen on August 7. Jeff Roberson/AP

Major League Baseball has postponed scheduled games between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates after additional members of the Cardinals' team and staff tested positive for Covid-19.

The Cardinals organization told CNN Sunday that John Mozeliak, the team's president of baseball operations, confirmed one additional Cardinals player has tested positive.

A total of 17 members of the organization -- 10 players and seven staff -- have tested positive for the virus, resulting in the postponement of the three-game series between the teams scheduled for Monday through Wednesday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. 

The Cardinals have now had 13 games postponed. The team has not played a game since July 29.

"In light of the most recent positive test results, MLB and the Club believe it is prudent to conduct additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play," the MLB said of the postponement in a statement Sunday.

At least three teams in the league have had games postponed since the start of the shortened season after members tested positive for the virus.

The Miami Marlins had an outbreak that put their season on hold after 21 members of the organization tested positive. The Phildelphia Phillies have had two staff members test positive for the virus.

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8:13 a.m. ET, August 10, 2020

US reports nearly 47,000 new Covid-19 cases

An additional 46,935 coronavirus infections and 515 virus-related deaths were recorded in the United States on Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

That brings the cumulative national total to at least 5,044,864 cases, including 162,938 fatalities.

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

CNN's map, using JHU data, refreshes every 15 minutes:

1:08 a.m. ET, August 10, 2020

Japan reports nearly 1,500 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Yoko Wakatsuki in Tokyo and Eric Cheung in Hong Kong

Japan reported 1,492 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections to 48,702, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said in a statement on Monday. 

Among the new infections, 331 were reported in Tokyo. Okinawa prefecture, which recently announced a state of emergency, recorded a daily high of 196 new infections.

The country also reported seven additional fatalities, bringing the death toll to 1,060. 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday that he will not bring back a nationwide state of emergency as it will have a grave impact on the economy.

"Considering the impact on employment and people's lives, we must push forward measures to avoid the state of emergency as much as possible while controlling the infection," he said.