The number of coronavirus cases confirmed globally increased over 5.4 million, data compiled by Johns Hopkins University revealed. In Japan, the government is trying to cancel the emergency situation for Tokyo and other areas, while considering $ 1 trillion in fresh stimulus for the battered economy.
Before the Memorial Day weekend, all states in the United States began to lift some restrictions that were implemented to stop the spread of coronavirus. Government officials still encourage people to practice social distance and to wear masks in public.
Changing the opinions of researchers and health officials has helped some people refuse to wear masks because the public health authorities initially recommended wearing masks and said there was little evidence that it would help people get sick.
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- Global cases: More than 5.4 million
- Global deaths: At least 345 059
- Countries with the most cases: United States (more than 1.6 million), Brazil (363,211), Russia (344,481), United Kingdom (260,916), Spain (235,772)
The above information was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
New Zealand allows gatherings of 100 people from Friday
12:55 Singapore time – New Zealand allows gatherings of up to 100 people from 12 noon on Friday, the government announced.
It is an increase from the limit of ten people now and will apply to meetings at home, events outside the home and in public places. It will also apply to church services, weddings and funerals.
New Zealand applied stringent coronavirus containment measures early and has managed to get the outbreak under control with just two cases last week. –Huileng Tan
Japan tries to lift emergency for Tokyo
At 10:45 am Singapore time – Japan is trying to lift an emergency for Tokyo and other remaining areas, Reuters reported, citing newspaper Nikkei. The government is also reportedly considering nearly 100 trillion yen ($ 930 billion) in new stimulus for the battered economy.
Social distance restrictions were lifted for most of Japan on May 14 as the number of new cases decreased, but the government had kept Tokyo and four other prefectures under observation.
The Japanese government will seek the approval of key advisors to lift the emergency later on Monday. If approved, Japan would no longer have any regions during the emergency first introduced on April 7. —Huileng Tan
Trump cancels the trip from Brazil
President Donald Trump talks about the country’s food chain during a pandemic response to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, May 19, 2020.
Leah Millis | Reuters
17:21 ET – US President Donald Trump interrupted travel to the country from Brazil, citing the South American country’s growing coronavirus case.
All travelers who have been to Brazil within a 14-day period will not be admitted, as of May 28.
“Today’s measures will help foreign nationals who have been to Brazil not become a source of further infections in our country. These new restrictions do not apply to the flow of US-Brazil trade,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in A statement.
Earlier in the day, Brazil surpassed Russia in total confirmed cases of Covid-19, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Brazil has registered 347,398 cases of the virus, second only to US 1,639,872. Russia has registered 344,481. —Sara Salinas
Spain to open beaches, relax restaurant restrictions in Barcelona and Madrid
People train in Valencia on May 2, 2020, during the hours that the government has allowed to go out and train, for the first time since the start of a national lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19 disease. All Spaniards are allowed to leave their homes again today to walk or play sports after 48 days with very strict containment to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
Jose Jordan | AFP | Getty Images
14-18 ET – Spain will open some beaches on Monday and relax the restrictions on restaurants in Barcelona and the capital Madrid, according to a report from the Associated Press. Restaurants in the two cities can accommodate 50% of their outdoor seating capacity.
Madrid and Barcelona account for more than half of Spain’s 28,700 confirmed deaths as a result of Covid-19, reports the AP. But the country has reported fewer than 100 deaths for eight consecutive days, a significant drop from the hard-hit nation’s peak at more than 900 deaths per day. —Sara Salinas
The US may ban travelers from Brazil on Sunday, says national security adviser O’Brien
Passengers wearing protective masks at Estacao da Luz, the central region of the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 11, 2020.
Kl. 12:35 PM ET – National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said the US is likely to impose new travel restrictions on Brazil.
The administration is likely to make the decision on Sunday and “will look at other countries” on a case-by-case basis, “O’Brien said in an interview on CBS:” Face the Nation. “
President Donald Trump recently said he was considering imposing a travel ban on Brazil shortly after the deadly day of the South American country from the virus.
Brazil has the third highest number of confirmed coronavirus infections worldwide behind the United States and Russia, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. – Emma Newburger
New York professional sports leagues will be able to start training camps, says NY Gov. Cuomo
12:29 PM ET – New York’s professional athletes will start training camps in the state, states statesman Andrew Cuomo.
“We want you up. We want people to be able to watch sports. It gives people something to do. It’s a return to normalcy. We work and encourage all sports teams to start their training camp as soon as possible,” he said during a news briefs.
Last week, Cuomo asked major league sports teams to start planning to reopen or start their seasons without fans. While the stadiums may not have fans, he said the games could still be broadcast. – Jasmine Kim
Main Street Lending programs to provide loans to medium-sized businesses, says Boston Fed President Rosengren
Eric Rosengren, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, attends the Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference in Hong Kong, China, Tuesday, March 26, 2019.
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11:56 pm ET – Boston Federal Reserve Bank President Eric Rosengren said the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending program will begin lending to medium-sized companies damaged by the corona virus over the next two weeks.
“Money will go out in the next two weeks. This is a program that is just beginning,” Rosengren said in an interview on CBS: “Face the Nation.”
The $ 600 billion program provides four-year loans to companies that are too large to meet the criteria for the Paycheck Protection Program, but too small to access the credit markets.
Companies that are eligible must have 15,000 employees or fewer. – Emma Newburger
Mental health apps are attracting new users when experts demand more monitoring
At 11:30 AM ET – With personalized therapy paused under ongoing restrictions on on-site protection, Americans continue to turn to their smartphones for help.
App makers of therapies – including Talkspace and BetterHelp – have rushed to meet a flood of new customers, but health experts are still divided on how to introduce more transparency and monitoring into the ecosystem.
“Data is really the currency of the app market,” said Quinn Grundy, assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Nursing, in an interview. “What this pandemic is doing is just adding existing problems.”
CNBC spoke with six mental health experts, all of whom reiterated these concerns about integrity and efficiency, especially in the midst of the coronavirus-induced increase in demand.
According to the app marketing company Sensor Tower, downloads of the top 20 mental health appliances in the US for the first time hit 4 million in April. That’s a 29 percent bolt from 3.1 million in January. However, for the first time, downloads of the top 20 apps fell 30 percent over the same period last year. -J.R. Sharp
Spain’s daily coronavirus deaths increase by 70
RT: Mortuary workers wearing protective gear are seen at the San Juan de la Cruz funeral home, in the midst of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Segovia, Spain, April 23, 2020.
Susana Vera | REUTERS
11:07 ET – Spain’s overnight coronavirus death rate increased by 70 to a total of 28,752, Reuters reported, citing the Ministry of Health.
The number of diagnosed cases increased to 235,772 from 235,290. – Melody Warner
Pandemic will drive major changes in the healthcare industry
At 10:30 am ET – Nurses and residential care throughout the country stopped allowing family members to visit elderly or sick loved ones as the new corona virus spreads across the country.
Many families with loved ones in these facilities are desperate to be able to visit them again. But the so-called return to normality takes time.
Virtual visits via Zoom and WebEx are likely to be the norm for the foreseeable future and family members should also be prepared to undergo tests to visit.
Read the full report on how nursing homes will return to a new normal from CNBC’s Lorie Konish. —Melodie Warner
Wearing a mask is not about politics, says Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Republican Gubernatorial Election Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine holds his victory after winning the Ohio gubernatorial race at the Ohio Republican Party Election Party at Sheraton Capitol Square on November 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.
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10:10 PM ET – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine told NBC’s Chuck Todd that the ongoing debate about wearing masks should not be about choosing a political party but about protecting each other.
“It’s not about being liberal or conservative, left or right, Republican or Democrat. You wear the mask to not protect yourself as much as to protect others,” De Wine said.
In response to North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum’s emotional announcement on Friday to be more empathetic instead of embarrassing those wearing masks, DeWine agreed, saying Burgum is “spot on.”
“This is a time when we are really together in this. What we do directly affects others,” he added.
Ohio reopened its retail and personal care services earlier this month. The governor said the state’s reopening plan has “gone well.”
Although Ohio is not ready to allow mass gatherings of people yet, DeWine said that restaurants and businesses are adapting well to public health measures. – Jasmine Kim
American unemployment may still be at double figures in November, says White House advisers
Kevin Hassett, President of the White House Council for Economic Advisers, speaks during a press conference at the White House in Washington, USA, on Monday, September 10, 2018.
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9:36 am ET – US unemployment may still be at double digits in November as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to White House senior adviser Kevin Hassett.
Unemployment rose to 14.7% in April, with more than 38 million people submitting unemployment claims since mid-March when the outbreak forced national closures.
Hassett told CNN’s Dana Bash that there would be other promising signs of economic improvement, as unemployment rates may go slower than other indicators. But he said unemployment is likely to reach north of 20% in May.
“Unemployment will be higher in June than in May, but then after that the trend should start,” Hassett said. – Emma Newburger
Flights will look different in the summer due to coronavirus
9:03 pm ET – Memorial Day weekend is the traditional kickoff to the peak travel season and while demand shows some signs of life, it’s still down about 90% from a year ago. The virus and the concern about it spread has led to new procedures by airlines and federal authorities.
The Department of Homeland Security, which includes TSA and customs, is investigating temperature controls at airports. The Transportation Security Administration also changes some policies to restrict physical contact, such as asking travelers to scan their own boarding passes and removing food and other items from their bags so officers do not need to move compartments.
As of this month, US airlines require travelers to wear masks on board. They adjust boarding to fill back and forth places to limit contact with other travelers. Some airlines limit the number of passengers on board, or let travelers know when their flights are full. However, experts warn it is almost impossible to socially distribute an aircraft. —Leslie Josephs
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