October 9 coronavirus news

By Julia Hollingsworth, Brad Lendon and Eliza Mackintosh, CNN

Updated 2:18 a.m. ET, October 10, 2020
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1:46 p.m. ET, October 9, 2020

Here's the latest coronavirus update from Florida

From CNN's Melissa Alonso  

Health care workers greet people as they arrive at a temporary drive-through COVID-19 testing site at East Orange District Park on October 1 in Orlando.
Health care workers greet people as they arrive at a temporary drive-through COVID-19 testing site at East Orange District Park on October 1 in Orlando. Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto/Getty Images

Florida health officials reported at least 2,908 new cases of Covid-19 and 118 resident deaths on Friday, according to the Florida Department of Health.  

The health department has reported at least 2,200 new coronavirus cases daily for four consecutive days, CNN's tally shows. 

This brings the state’s total cases to at least 728,921 and Floridian death toll to 15,186, the department's data shows. 

At least 45,675 Florida residents with Covid-19 have been hospitalized since the start of the pandemic, the department's data shows.   

Note: These numbers were released by Florida’s public health agency, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.

1:39 p.m. ET, October 9, 2020

3 members of Louisiana governor's staff quarantined  

From CNN's Melissa Alonso and Kay Jones

Three members of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' staff have been quarantined after one of them tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement from the governor's office.  

The staffer, who was not identified, tested positive on Thursday, the statement said. 

"Two additional staff members who were deemed to have close contact with this person are quarantining for 14 days," the statement said.  

The person who tested positive did not have close contact with the governor, the statement said. 

12:37 p.m. ET, October 9, 2020

Trump has signed off on a $1.8 trillion stimulus counter-offer

From CNN's Phil Mattingly

President Donald Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on October 1 in Washington, DC.
President Donald Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on October 1 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump has signed off on a roughly $1.8 trillion stimulus offer to be presented to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.

The offer would mark the highest topline dollar figure the administration has put on the table to this point — up from $1.6 trillion earlier this week.

The number remains below the $2.2 trillion in the bill passed last week by House Democrats — and Pelosi has been unwilling to go below $2 trillion in negotiations up to this point, people familiar with the matter say.

And the details in the offer remain as important — if not more so — than the offer itself. The specifics are not currently known, though they are expected to be presented to Pelosi today.

Pelosi has said repeatedly that the actual legislative language — and where that language directs the funds — has become the most critical aspect of any agreement.

Trump’s willingness to “go big,” as he framed it on Twitter Friday, runs risks inside his own party. Republicans in both chambers have voiced concern over any price tag above $1 trillion. And many are opposed to any new aid at all.

12:19 p.m. ET, October 9, 2020

US Health Department hopes to have more than a million doses of monoclonal antibodies by the end of the year

From CNN's Amanda Watts, Jamie Gumbrecht and Jacqueline Howard

Paul Mango, deputy chief of staff for policy at the US Department of Health Human Services, said, “I can tell you that we currently – as of today – have access to a couple hundred thousand doses of the monoclonal antibodies.”

“We expect that volume to exceed a total of a million before year-end 2020,” he said during a Friday briefing.

Mango declined to provide further details, saying, “I think it's a little bit market sensitive to talk about which manufacturer has what,” he said. He added that if an emergency use authorization is granted, “We will have enough to take care of the Americans that need that from a clinical perspective, and that production will continue to ramp up as we go throughout the fall.”

Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, tampered expectations a bit, reminding the US, “How many doses [are] available of a therapeutic depends on the actual milligram dose that is show to be effective,” as well as the patient population across the nation.

Earlier in the briefing, Woodcock said, “We feel like the early indications of antiviral activity and potential impact on the clinical course of disease is very promising.”

“Of course we will see what decisions the FDA makes about perhaps making these more widely available,” she said. “In the meantime we continue to study these antibodies we plan to study more of them in our master protocols that we have ongoing.”

Some context: Eli Lilly and Company's monoclonal antibody combination therapy reduced virus levels, hospitalizations and emergency room visits in patients with mild-to-moderate Covid-19, the pharmaceutical company said Wednesday.

Based on new interim data and previous study results, the pharmaceutical company said it submitted a request to the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization for its single monoclonal antibody therapy, and said it expects to submit an EUA request for its combination therapy in November. 

12:29 p.m. ET, October 9, 2020

AstraZeneca clinical trial still paused, but HHS says there could be new information soon

From CNN's Amanda Watts and Maggie Fox

A sign featuring the AstraZeneca logo stands at the company's DaVinci building at the Melbourn Science Park in Cambridge, U.K., on June 8.
A sign featuring the AstraZeneca logo stands at the company's DaVinci building at the Melbourn Science Park in Cambridge, U.K., on June 8. Jason Alden/Bloomberg/Getty Images

The hold placed on the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine clinical trial continues, Paul Mango, deputy chief of staff for policy at the US Department of Health Human Services said during a briefing on Friday.

“That moratorium persists,” he said. “FDA continues to review safety information, and we'll just have to see over the next week or so where that turns out.”

Four of the six candidates for a vaccine are currently in Phase three clinical trails, he said. One of those is the paused AstraZeneca trial.

“The other three are doing exceptionally well,” Mango said, adding that minority recruiting has “exceeded the threshold necessary to ensure we have the appropriate diversity.”

“Both Moderna and Pfizer – as you've read – are essentially completed with their recruiting into their clinical trials,” Mango said.

“In Johnson and Johnson, the Janssen product, really just started just in the last couple of weeks. And just by way of reminder, again, that's a single dose vaccine, not two doses, so we anticipate that they'll get through their clinical trials a bit faster than the other two,” he added.

Some background:  AstraZeneca announced last month that it had paused global trials of its coronavirus vaccine because of an unexplained illness in one of the volunteers.

"As part of the ongoing randomized, controlled global trials of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine, our standard review process triggered a pause to vaccination to allow review of safety data," the company said in a statement sent to CNN.

National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins told a Senate hearing that it's a standard precaution in vaccine trials meant to ensure experimental vaccines don't cause serious reactions among participants.

"To have a clinical hold, as has been placed on AstraZeneca, as of yesterday, because of a single serious adverse event, is not at all unprecedented," Collins said at a hearing of the Senate Heath, Education, Labor and Pensions committee.

The company is testing its vaccine, called the Oxford vaccine because it was developed with Britain's University of Oxford, in the United States as well as the UK, Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa.

11:39 a.m. ET, October 9, 2020

Italy records highest daily Covid-19 increase since end of March

From Nicola Ruotolo in Rome

Medical staff perform rapid COVID-19 tests at a high school in Rome on September 28.
Medical staff perform rapid COVID-19 tests at a high school in Rome on September 28. Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse/AP

Italy has reported at least 5,372 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 343,770 since the pandemic began.

The increase represents the highest daily rise in new cases since March 28, when the country was under strict lockdown rules.

The death toll has increased by at least 28 during the past 24 hours to reach a total of at least 36,111.

9:49 a.m. ET, October 9, 2020

Broadway suspends shows through May 2021

From CNN’s Alison Kosik

Broadway theaters stand closed along an empty street in the theater district on June 30 in New York City.
Broadway theaters stand closed along an empty street in the theater district on June 30 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Broadway League announced on Friday that all ticket sales for Broadway performances in New York City will be suspended through May 30, 2021.

All 41 Broadway theaters have been closed since March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Broadway League, which is the national traded association for the Broadway Industry, has repeatedly extended the suspension of shows. Most recently, the league said shows would not be returning to the stage until at least January of 2021.

“With nearly 97,000 workers who rely on Broadway for their livelihood and an annual economic impact of $14.8 billion to the city, our membership is committed to re-opening as soon as conditions permit us to do so. We are working tirelessly with multiple partners on sustaining the industry once we raise our curtains” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. 

The Broadway League says theatergoers holding tickets for dates through May 30, 2021 should contact their point of purchase for details about exchanges and refunds. 

9:49 a.m. ET, October 9, 2020

Spanish government declares state of emergency in the Madrid region

From CNN’s Laura Pérez Maestro and Al Goodman in Madrid

Rodrigo Jiménez/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Rodrigo Jiménez/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Spanish Health Minister, Salvador Illa, announced at a news conference on Friday that the government is declaring a state of emergency in the Madrid region for 15 days.

This decision follows a court ruling overturning a government order a week ago that introduced new coronavirus restrictions in the capital.

The state of emergency will ensure that those measures stay in place, “the situation is the same as it was yesterday, only the legal form is different,” Illa said.

Here are some of the measures that will apply to nine municipalities of the Madrid region and include mobility and commercial restrictions:

  • People will not be able to leave their cities or neighborhoods, except to go to work, to school, go to the doctor and a few other exceptions.
  • Restaurants, shops, theaters and other establishments will be limited to a 50% of their capacity and will have to close their doors at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. local time in the case of restaurants and bars.
  • Meetings are allowed with a maximum of 6 people.

The state of emergency declaration came at the start of a bank holiday weekend when normally more than a million Madrid residents would leave the area, but Illa said authorities don't want them potentially spreading the virus elsewhere in Spain.

Spanish Interior Minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, announced the “deployment of national police and civil guards to guarantee that the announced measures are complied with , more than 7,000 police officers and civil guards will be deployed immediately and check points will be put in place in the affected municipalities." 

They can issue fines for non-compliance, he added.

The state of alarm cancels the measures announced by Madrid’s regional government earlier today. Regional health chief Enrique Ruiz Escudero, said at a news conference Friday morning that the region would continue with the Basic Health Zones, isolating only the areas and neighborhoods with 750 cases per 100,000 people in a 14-day -period.

Illa accused the Madrid regional government of “not doing anything”. He explained that the transmission levels in Madrid are “very high” and that hospitals are “at the risk of being overwhelmed”. “Patience has a limit, there is no one more blind than the one who does not want to see. It is important that the level of contagion in Madrid does not spread to the rest of the country”, he added.

9:42 a.m. ET, October 9, 2020

Only 2 US states are reporting declines in new Covid-19 cases. Here's a look at where infections are rising. 

From CNN's Amanda Watts

The United States on Thursday reported the most cases it has seen in a single day in nearly two months — more than 56,000 new cases were added yesterday, according to Johns Hopkins University.  

Meanwhile, only 2 states are showing a downward trend in new cases compared to the previous week — Hawaii and Alabama.

At least 28 states are showing upward trends and 20 states are holding steady.

Ten states saw their highest seven-day averages for new daily cases yesterday, per Johns Hopkins University data: Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.  

Here's a look at where new cases are rising across the country: