October 19 coronavirus news

By Joshua Berlinger, Adam Renton, Melissa Macaya and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 12:03 a.m. ET, October 20, 2020
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5:15 p.m. ET, October 19, 2020

Ireland imposes strict restrictions to tackle surge in Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Hilary McGann

Pedestrians wearing face masks are seen in Dublin, Ireland on October 19.
Pedestrians wearing face masks are seen in Dublin, Ireland on October 19. Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland will move to "Level 5" alert — the country's highest level of coronavirus restrictions — for six weeks to tackle a surge in cases, Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced on Monday.  

The new restrictions will be imposed starting midnight local time Wednesday, but schools and childcare services will remain open unlike the lockdown at the beginning of the pandemic.  

Last week, Ireland's National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) recommended to the government for the second time this month that the country should impose stricter measures to stop the spread of the virus. 

In early October, the Irish government went against NPHET's recommendation, and instead chose to impose "Level 3" restrictions throughout the country for three weeks. 

Under the new restrictions, there should be no social gatherings at homes or in gardens, and restaurants, cafes and bars can only open to provide takeaway services.  

Despite the original outline for "Level 5" stating only six people could attend weddings, Martin said they will continue to allow an attendance of 25. The government is also asking people to work from home, unless considered an essential worker. 

Last week, Ireland recorded 7,495 new cases and 26 deaths. Two of those deaths recorded occurred in September, and one happened back in June. 

This marked a considerable jump in cases from the week before, where 4,510 cases and 17 news deaths were recorded. 

On Monday, the total number of cases recorded in the country since the start of the pandemic also surpassed 50,000. 

"The days are getting shorter and colder, but I ask you to remember this; even as the winter comes in there is hope, and there is light. If we pull together over the next six weeks, we will have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas in a meaningful way," Martin said during his address to the nation on Monday.  

  

4:20 p.m. ET, October 19, 2020

States have their Covid-19 vaccine plans filed — but no money to pay for them

From CNN’s Maggie Fox

A participant for a COVID-19 vaccine trial receives a dose at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida, on August 13.
A participant for a COVID-19 vaccine trial receives a dose at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida, on August 13. Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Friday was the deadline for states to file their plans for distributing any coronavirus vaccine, but they still don’t have the needed federal money to help them do it, state health officials said Monday.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked states to file their plans by last week. 

“As it stands now, we do not have any capability to fund the imminent implementation of the plan,” James Blumenstock, senior vice president for pandemic response and recovery at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), told reporters on Monday.

He said the CDC has distributed $200 million to states for preparedness and planning. “That certainly would not be sufficient at all for a campaign of this magnitude and duration that we are thinking of,” Blumenstock said.

ASTHO has asked Congress for $8.4 billion to help states distribute and administer vaccines to people, once they became available.

“Even if the money was appropriated today, it would take time for those funds to reach the jurisdictions that in turn would need it,” Blumenstock said.

He compared the current response to the rollout of vaccines for the H1N1 swine flu pandemic in 2009. What’s been provided now compared to what was provided then seems “woefully inadequate,” he said.

Dr. Nirav Shah, director of Maine’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said his state and likely others could probably get started vaccinating frontline health care workers once a vaccine became available, because they will be in easy-to-reach places such as hospitals and clinics. 

What will be more difficult, he said, will be reaching the people designated as high risk of severe complications for coronavirus who are not frontline medical and emergency workers, such as people with underlying health conditions.

States will face considerable difficulties distributing coronavirus vaccines, especially as some require special ultra-cold handling conditions. Record-keeping will also be complicated because some vaccines will require two doses. The vaccines made by different companies have very different formulations, so if more than one is authorized, clinics will have to keep careful note of which vaccines patients get so they get a second dose of the same brand of vaccine.

4:07 p.m. ET, October 19, 2020

Carolina Panthers working virtually following inconclusive Covid-19 test result

From CNN's Kevin Dotson

 Grant Halverson/Getty Images/FILE
 Grant Halverson/Getty Images/FILE

The NFL’s Carolina Panthers instructed players, coaches, and staff to work virtually Monday and Tuesday after receiving an unconfirmed positive Covid-19 test result, according to a statement from a team spokesperson, who said the decision was made out of an abundance of caution.

The training room at the team’s Bank of America Stadium remains open to essential personnel and players. The team plans to return to its regular itinerary on Wednesday.  

The team also announced that there is no impact on early voting activities at Bank of America Stadium.

3:23 p.m. ET, October 19, 2020

Mexican president getting tested for Covid-19 on Tuesday

From CNN's Fidel Gutierrez and Natalie Gallón in Mexico City

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gives his daily, morning news conference at the presidential palace in Mexico City, on October 16.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gives his daily, morning news conference at the presidential palace in Mexico City, on October 16. Marco Ugarte/AP

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will be tested for Covid-19 on Tuesday following news that the Secretary of Marine, José Rafael Ojeda Duran, tested positive for the virus last week. 

Speaking at his daily morning news conference, López Obrador said he usually gets tested weekly to be sure. “I take care and keep safe distance, that is key. Fortunately, I have had no symptoms,” he said Monday. 

This is the first time he makes a public statement of getting tested on a weekly basis.

Several members of his cabinet have tested positive in recent weeks, including some in his inner circle such as Mexico’s finance minister, Arturo Herrera, and the director of the social health institute, Zoé Robledo.  

As of Sunday, Mexico has at least 851,227 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with 86,167 Covid-19 related deaths.

3:19 p.m. ET, October 19, 2020

Dow sinks on dashed hopes for stimulus

From CNN’s David Goldman

Pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, October 14, in New York.
Pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, October 14, in New York. Frank Franklin II/AP

The Dow has swung wildly Monday. It opened slightly higher on China’s strong economic news and hopes that a stimulus deal could get done ahead of the election.

But those hopes were dashed later in the day.

The Dow is now trading down over 430 points.

3:16 p.m. ET, October 19, 2020

More than 219,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US

From CNN’s Virginia Langmaid

The group Marked by COVID holds a vigil and listens to the stories of people who have lost close relatives from the COVID-19 pandemic in a public memorial for the dead on October 8 in Greely Square, New York.
The group Marked by COVID holds a vigil and listens to the stories of people who have lost close relatives from the COVID-19 pandemic in a public memorial for the dead on October 8 in Greely Square, New York. Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis/Getty Images

There are at least 8,180,502 cases of coronavirus in the US and at least 219,891 people have died from the virus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

So far today, Johns Hopkins has recorded 25,908 new cases and 217 reported deaths.

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

3:08 p.m. ET, October 19, 2020

Speaker Pelosi lays out differences that remain on stimulus 

From CNN's Lauren Fox and Manu Raju

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a television interview at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. on October 9.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a television interview at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. on October 9. Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg/Getty Images

In a call with her caucus, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi highlighted the differences that remain between the White House and House Democrats in the stimulus negotiations according to two sources on the call.

While Pelosi told her caucus she continues to remain optimistic, she noted that there are a number of outstanding issues. She told her caucus that the White House is coming in their direction on the topline number, but Pelosi remains concerned that the White House and House Democrats have different ideas of how the money should be used. 

According to one source on the call, Pelosi told her caucus “I don’t want to keep repeating that they don’t share our values, but they don’t.”

Two sources on the call also told CNN that the message has been the same as her previous messages to the caucus: Criticizing the White House for not going far enough and saying that she's optimistic they can still get a deal.

Speaker Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are set to speak by phone at 3 p.m. today.

Read more about the latest on the stimulus negotiations here.

2:56 p.m. ET, October 19, 2020

Here are the latest coronavirus numbers from Rhode Island

From CNN's Gregory Lemos 

The Rhode Island Department of Health reported 582 new Covid-19 cases and two deaths since Friday, according to department spokesperson Joseph Wendelken.

According to the state's Covid-19 dashboard, Rhode Island had a positivity rate of 2.9% on Sunday, up from the 1.6% rate from the previous week. 

At least 1,159 residents have died due to complications from Covid-19, according to the dashboard. There are currently 124 people hospitalized, according to the dashboard.  

Wendelken told CNN the state sometimes goes back and adjusts data retroactively and they are not currently experiencing delays in data reporting.  

One thing to note: These numbers were released by Rhode Island’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.  

2:18 p.m. ET, October 19, 2020

Spain recorded almost 38,000 Covid-19 cases over the weekend

From CNN’s Claudia Rebaza in London

A woman walks with her daughter next to an installation at Isidoro Medina Park by the National Association of Victims and People Affected by Coronavirus (ANVAC) on October 18, in Murcia, Spain. The Spanish flags are a tribute to COVID-19 deaths in the country.
A woman walks with her daughter next to an installation at Isidoro Medina Park by the National Association of Victims and People Affected by Coronavirus (ANVAC) on October 18, in Murcia, Spain. The Spanish flags are a tribute to COVID-19 deaths in the country. Javi Carrión/Europa Press/Getty Images

Spain has added 37,889 Covid-19 cases to its tally over the weekend, bringing the total number to 974,449, according to data released by the country’s health ministry Monday.

The country’s death toll reached 33,992 with 217 new fatalities. 

Also on Monday, Navarra’s regional president, Maria Chivite, announced a lockdown and the closure of hospitality services starting Thursday in the region due to the increase of Covid-19 cases. The measures will last for 15 days, Chivite said. 

Navarra has reported a total of 25,799 cases, according to the same data released Monday.