October 12 coronavirus news

By Adam Renton and Steve George, CNN

Updated 12:00 a.m. ET, October 13, 2020
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5:46 a.m. ET, October 12, 2020

New coronavirus cases are up by at least 50% in 5 US states

From CNN's Madeline Holcombe

More than half of US states are seeing an increase in new Covid-19 cases, with five states -- Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee and Vermont -- reporting a jump of more than 50% in one week.

Health experts warned over the weekend that the US could have a surge in coronavirus cases and deaths in the coming months, adding to the more than 7.7 million cases and 214,764 deaths on record.

Only Maine, Texas and Washington are reporting fewer new daily cases on average from last week.

The number of new cases is holding steady in 16 states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

Everywhere else -- 31 states in all -- new cases have climbed compared with the week before.

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6:34 a.m. ET, October 12, 2020

Russia reports more than 13,000 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN’s Mary Ilyushina in Moscow

A medical professional treats a patient said to be suffering from Covid-19 at a hospital in Moscow on October 8.
A medical professional treats a patient said to be suffering from Covid-19 at a hospital in Moscow on October 8. Iliya Pitalev/Sputnik/AP

Russia reported 13,592 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, a slight decrease following three consecutive days of daily-high increases in new infections, according to the country’s coronavirus response headquarters.

Moscow is the most affected city with 4,395 new cases, followed by St. Petersburg with 538 infections.

On Sunday, Russia confirmed 13,634 new Covid-19 cases, the highest daily increase to date.

The total number of coronavirus cases reported in Russia stands at is 1,312,310. Only the United States, India and Brazil have reported more cases than Russia, according to Johns Hopkins University.

5:15 a.m. ET, October 12, 2020

US children are struggling with Covid-19 and its months of aftermath

From CNN's Ryan Prior

Veronica Richmond is just 15, but she's skipped three grades and is about to graduate from high school in the US state of Idaho. But the self-described photographer, biologist, poet, graphic designer and debater now has a new identity she never wanted.

She is a Covid-19 long hauler, along with her sister Audrey and mother Jamie.

One of her friends came home in March after spending two years in Wuhan, China. That may have been the source of the virus that would cut across the whole Richmond family and leave them with six months — and counting — of fatigue, pain and uncertainty in its wake.

Jamie Richmond has tallied $6,000 in medical bills for two girls who were healthy until March.

Both girls now have a host of problems, including postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, which causes a person's heart rate to shoot up upon standing and lead to dizziness or fainting.

"It's been horrific to go through this for so long," Richmond said.

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4:34 a.m. ET, October 12, 2020

Latin America and Caribbean top 10 million coronavirus cases

From CNN's Tatiana Arias and Jennifer Hauser in Atlanta

As the number of Covid-19 infections officially recorded worldwide tops 37 million, Latin America and the Caribbean make up more than 10 million of those cases.

At least 10,057,182 cases and 368,542 deaths have been recorded in the region, according to a CNN tally and data held by Johns Hopkins University.

Brazil has reported more than 5 million cases and more than 150,000 coronavirus deaths. Colombia, Argentina, Peru and Mexico also have some of the highest cases in the region. 

CNN is tracking worldwide cases:

4:05 a.m. ET, October 12, 2020

France to add more cities to maximum alert category amid rising Covid-19 infections

From CNN's Pierre Bairin in Paris

The French cities of Toulouse and Montpellier will be added to the “maximum alert” category as of Tuesday, the respective regional health agencies announced Sunday.

Paris, Marseille, Lille, Lyon, Grenoble, Saint-Etienne and the overseas department of Guadeloupe are already in the “maximum alert category” and are under stricter coronavirus measures, like the closure of bars and gyms.

A “maximum alert” is established when: the incidence rate of the virus is over 250 cases per 100,000 people, when the incidence rate for people aged 65 or over is more than 100, and when more than 30% of ICU beds are being used by coronavirus patients.

In a series of tweets late Sunday, French Health Minister Olivier Veran responded to criticism of the measures and suggestions that more ICU beds should be put in place:

“Our health workers gave a lot during the first wave and are tired. (More ICU beds) would imply a massive cancellation of planned surgeries, and a further delay in care. What we want is to slow down the virus, avoid severe forms, limit having people in ICUs and limit deaths. Beyond hospital capacities, it is the lives of French people that we protect.”

Rising cases: Nationally, the number of people testing positive has increased further, with 16,101 new cases in the previous 24 hours, the national health authority said Sunday. A single-day high of 26,896 new cases was announced on Saturday for the previous 24 hours.

The positivity rate is also rising and now stands at 11.5%. Aurelien Rousseau, head of the Paris regional health authority, said Monday morning that in the capital region alone, the positivity rate was 17%. Rousseau, speaking on CNN affiliate BFM, said “this is a number we have never reached.”

4:00 a.m. ET, October 12, 2020

Most people try to avoid Covid-19. But thousands are signing up to be deliberately exposed

From CNN's Mick Krever, Phil Black and Cristiana Moisescu

As most of us obsess with avoiding Covid-19 at all costs, a rapidly growing group of people around the world say they are prepared to deliberately take on the virus.

Tens of thousands of people have signed up to a campaign by a group called 1 Day Sooner to take an experimental vaccine candidate and then face coronavirus in a controlled setting.

Among them is Estefania Hidalgo, 32, a photography student in Bristol, England, who works at a gas station to pay the bills.

"I do night shifts there, and it can be very lonely," she recalled on a sunny day near her home. Passing those long lockdown hours with just podcasts to keep her company, she describes discovering the challenge trial movement -- and hearing volunteers' motivations -- as a revelatory moment.

"I was shaken," she said. "No one should be left behind. Old people, poor people, people of color. Everyone just deserves to be healthy."

"This was a way for me to take back control of the situation, to feel like I was in a less hopeless place, and a less hopeless world, and be like, OK, I can do this. To make it better, I chose not to be in fear."

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3:33 a.m. ET, October 12, 2020

Honduras extends nationwide curfew in effort to tame spread of Covid-19

From CNN’s Tatiana Arias in Atlanta

Honduras has extended its national coronavirus curfew for another week until October 18, according to a statement published late Sunday from the country's national police.

Hondurans will be able to circulate on a schedule based on the last digit of their IDs. Only authorized economic activities such as transportation, construction, government agencies, health and food services are authorized to operate during the national curfew, according to the police statement.

Additionally, the country’s National Risk Management System extended a national red alert for another week to try to slow the spread of the virus, the Health Ministry tweeted on Sunday.

Honduras has reported 84,081 cases of Covid-19 and 2,512 deaths, according to official health data Sunday.

3:06 a.m. ET, October 12, 2020

Singapore and Indonesia agree to open cross-border travel for essential business 

From CNN's Eric Cheung

A man stands on the Supertree Grove skyway at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, on September 9.
A man stands on the Supertree Grove skyway at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, on September 9. Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

Singapore and Indonesia have agreed to partially reopen cross-border travel for essential business and official purposes, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a joint statement with Indonesia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday.

The agreement of the "Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL)" will be available to Singaporean citizens and residents and Indonesian citizens, the statement read. The RGL will also be referred to by Indonesia as the Travel Corridor Arrangement (TCA).

Travelers will be required to abide by Covid-19 public health measures, including taking a swab test before departure and after arrival from mutually recognized health institutions, it said.

Applications for the scheme will start on October 26, it added. Further details about the health protocols and application process will be announced later in the month. 

3:21 a.m. ET, October 12, 2020

Chinese city tests 9 million residents for Covid-19 after hospital cluster emerges

From Eric Cheung in Hong Kong and CNN’s Beijing bureau 

A health worker takes a swab sample from a citizen for a Covid-19 test in Qingdao, China, on October 12.
A health worker takes a swab sample from a citizen for a Covid-19 test in Qingdao, China, on October 12. Li Ziheng/Xinhua/Sipa USA

All 9 million residents of Qingdao, eastern China will be tested for coronavirus over the next five days following an outbreak linked to a hospital treating imported infections, the city's Municipal Health Commission said in a statement on Monday.

Qingdao on Monday reported nine Covid-19 infections -- including four symptomatic and five asymptomatic cases, the Health Commission said. It added that epidemiological investigations showed that all cases were associated with the Qingdao Chest Hospital.

“Qingdao will conduct mass testing for the entire city over five days, and will publish the test results immediately,” the statement said.

As of Monday, a total of 114,862 people – including medical staff and newly hospitalized patients, have tested negative.

Authorities in the coastal city said the specific source of infection was still under investigation.

The neighboring city of Dalian has urged its residents not to visit Qingdao unless it is necessary, the Dalian Municipal Health Commission said on China's Twitter-like Weibo Sunday.

Qingdao is home to numerous beaches and is popular with tourists.

Isolated outbreaks: China's official reported virus numbers have stayed low since the spring. There have been a few flare-ups, including a cluster in Beijing in June, but these were met with immediate lockdown measures and mass testing, and the outbreaks were contained within a few weeks.

Mainland China has officially recorded 85,578 coronavirus cases, including 4,634 deaths, according to the National Health Commission.