May 14 coronavirus news

By Julia Hollingsworth and Brad Lendon, CNN

Updated 0002 GMT (0802 HKT) May 15, 2021
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1:08 a.m. ET, May 14, 2021

As Covid cases rise, Nepal's Prime Minister is reappointed leader

From journalists Nishant Khanal, Kosh Raj Koirala and Asha Thapa in Kathmandu, Nepal, and CNN's Sugam Pokharel in Atlanta

Nepal's leader K.P. Sharma Oli speaks at parliament in Kathmandu, Nepal, on May 10.
Nepal's leader K.P. Sharma Oli speaks at parliament in Kathmandu, Nepal, on May 10. Nisha Bhandari/AFP/Getty Images

Nepal’s leader K.P. Sharma Oli was reappointed as the country’s Prime Minister Thursday after losing a vote of confidence earlier in the week as a deadly second wave of Covid-19 ravages the country.

What happened?

Nepal's cases have grown dramatically over the past month, with the country now reporting more than 9,000 new Covid-19 cases a day.

Critics said Oli could have done more to stop the second wave, which has stretched hospitals to breaking point. The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) -- which was earlier part of the ruling party --- withdrew its support for Oli's government.

Oli then sought a confidence vote in Parliament Monday -- which Oli lost.

That threw the country into political turmoil. Oli was forced to step down, and the opposition parties were given until Thursday to form a coalition government.

But the opposition parties failed to gather support of majority lawmakers to form the next government by the deadline set by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari.

What's next?

Oli will take an oath of office on Friday, according to Nepal's Office of the President.

The Prime Minister now needs to prove majority in Parliament within 30 days. If he fails to do so, the country will go to midterm elections so leaders can win a fresh mandate.

Why is this important?

Onlookers worry that Nepal could soon face a crisis as bad as neighboring India. Already, oxygen is in short supply and patients are running out of beds.

And in Nepal, which has a fragile health care system at the best of times, things may only get worse.

Despite that, some critics worry that Nepal's leaders are more concerned with politics than the unfolding health crisis.

8:23 a.m. ET, May 14, 2021

Hawaii governor says state’s public mask mandate will stay in place

From CNN’s Andy Rose

Hawaii Governor David Ige speaks at a community meeting in Pahoa, Hawaii, on May 7.
Hawaii Governor David Ige speaks at a community meeting in Pahoa, Hawaii, on May 7. Mario Tama/Getty Images

Despite new CDC guidelines issued Thursday saying it is safe for fully vaccinated people to be indoors without a mask, the governor of Hawaii says that state’s rules will not change right away.

“The statewide mask mandate -- my mask mandate -- continues to be enforced,” Gov. David Ige, a Democrat, said in a hastily scheduled news conference Thursday afternoon.

Masks are required in all indoor public spaces in Hawaii and are also required outdoors in situations where people cannot socially distance.

Ige said he’s concerned that unvaccinated people could take advantage of the new guidance and endanger others.

“I think that challenge is that it's impossible to determine who's vaccinated and who's not vaccinated,” he said.

The governor said the mandate could be changed if a practical way could be found to let people prove their vaccination status, but he hasn’t found one yet.

“For a law enforcement officer or someone to determine whether they have probable cause to stop someone who is wearing a mask or not wearing a mask becomes a real enforcement nightmare,” Ige said.

Ige also said the mandate can be revisited as more of the state's population gets vaccinated, but he would not commit to a specific percentage. “We won't have a hard-and-fast cutoff,” said the governor.