A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 338,000 people worldwide.
Over 5.2 million people worldwide are diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be higher due to test deficiencies, many uninformed cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their countries’ outbreaks.
Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has been the country’s worst affected, with more than 1.6 million cases being investigated and at least 95,972 deaths.
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9:28 p.m .: Government law will allow pro athletes in the country
The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will allow foreign professional athletes in the country. The government will work with a number of sports leagues to determine who will be allowed.
“In today’s environment, Americans need their sport,” DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement. “It’s time to reopen the economy and it’s time for our professional athletes to return to work.”
DHS said it will work with the leagues to allow “specific athletes, key staff, team and league leaders, spouses, and dependents to be covered by this exemption.”
Among the leagues included in the announcement are MLB, NBA, WNBA, PGA, LPGA, NHL, ATP and WTA. Each of the leagues has closed their seasons because of COVID-19.
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8:59 p.m .: Brazil is now 2nd worldwide in COVID-19 cases
Brazil had the fastest growing number of cases in the world over the last week and Brazil passed Russia Friday in total cases. It’s just behind the United States in a number of cases.
The poorest areas are São Paulo, where the mayor said the health system could collapse in the next week or two, and the regions of the Amazon where health infrastructure is poor and poor indigenous communities are affected. .
According to the country’s health ministry, Brazil now has 330,890 confirmed cases, an increase of 20,803 from yesterday, and 21,048 deaths – up to 1,001 from the day before. Russia has more than 326,000 cases.
President Jair Bolsonaro, under fire for his handling of the outbreak – through which he remains in disagreement with locks and continues to push for bad hydroxychloroquine drugs – is now facing another political scandal threatening his presidency.
Bolsonaro, a close ally of President Donald Trump, is angry that opponents in Congress are asking for the phone of Bolsonaro and his son Carlos as part of an investigation into allegations of former Minister of Justice Sergio Moro. Moro said Bolsonaro tried to interfere with federal police investigations.
7:30 p.m .: NBA legend hospitalized with coronavirus
New York Knicks Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing has been hospitalized for COVID-19, he wrote on Twitter.
“I would like to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” he tweeted. “This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourself and your loved ones.”
Ewing, who currently coaches his alma mater, the Georgetown Hoyas, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. The 7-footer was also inducted for the second time as a member of the 1992 Olympics Dream Team.
The 57-year-old former center played 17 seasons in the NBA and went to 11 All-Star Games, but did not win a competitive NBA title. He won the NCAA title in 1984.
5:30 p.m .: Residential home in Michigan is ordered extended until June 12
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will remain in her state’s house until June 12. The order is set to expire on May 28.
The closure of theaters, gyms and casinos has also been extended.
Whitmer said that as the data shows Michigan is moving forward, “We’re not out of the woods yet.”
“If we lower the chance of the second wave and continue to protect our neighbors and love the spread of this virus, we must continue our part by staying more secure at home,” he said.
Several Michigan businesses are open, including greenhouses and garden centers, auto repair shops and restaurants for pickout and curbside pickups.
4:15 p.m .: California will introduce guidelines for places of worship Monday
California Govin Newsom said he would introduce a reopening of guidelines for places of worship on Monday. Newsom’s comments came just hours after President Donald Trump considered places of worship “essential services.”
Trump has asked governors to allow them to reopen “this weekend,” threatening to “override” governors otherwise. He did not explain what legal basis he should take.
Newsom said California has been working on guidelines for places of worship for several weeks. He said officials would look at any of the CDC guidelines drawn from Trump’s announcement and possibly incorporate them into their own plans.
“We appreciate the CDC seems to be giving today, we are told, some recommendations. We will look at those. We take the issue very, very seriously and at heart and we are very aggressive in trying to put together guidelines that will do justice on people’s health and their basic need and desire to exercise their faith, “Newsom said. “We look forward to a very positive working relationship with faith leaders and look forward to working through this issue in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration.”
3:41 p.m .: Around 35% of people with COVID-19 are believed to be asymptomatic
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimates that almost 35% of people with COVID-19 do not show symptoms, a significant jump compared to what health officials think.
The CDC also estimates that 40% of deliveries are believed to occur before the onset of any symptoms.
The disclosure has raised serious concerns about how state and local officials can prevent about a third of Americans infected with the virus not knowing it.
Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, said scientists initially worked under the impression that around 11% to 15% of cases are asymptomatic.
He said knowledge of potential deliveries is a good reason to apply extensive testing to some communities, such as nursing nurses and meatpacking plants, where social travel is difficult.
“Now we know at least 35 [percent]. It’s bigger than the age-old expectation – that many people under 30 can have the virus and wash the virus and not know they have the virus, “he said.
The CDC said the estimate is likely to change as the agency learns more about the virus.
3:12 p.m .: Cases in Africa top 100,000
There are more than 100,000 cases of COVID-19 in Africa and every country on the continent has at least one case, according to the WHO.
Despite the touching milestones, the WHO says that pandemics “that have struck such devastating forces in almost all the world, appear to have a different path to Africa.”
“Case numbers have not grown at the same exponential rate as in other regions and to date Africa has not experienced the high mortality rates seen in some parts of the world. Today, there are 3100 confirmed deaths. on the continent, “according to the WHO.
An earlier WHO review suggests that Africa is farther away from other countries possibly because of its younger demographic. Africa is the youngest continent with over 60% of the population under the age of 25. In Europe, nearly 95% of deaths occur in those older than 60.
“So far COVID-19 has made a soft waterfall in Africa, and the continent has avoided the high number of deaths that have devastated other regions of the world,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa. “It’s possible our share of youth is paying off and leading to fewer deaths. But we should not be overly complacent because our health systems are fragile and can hardly cope with a sudden increase in cases.”
Even at relatively lower numbers, WHO warns that pandemics are a major threat to the continental health systems. A new WHO modeling study predicts that if placement measures fail, even in a lower number of cases requiring hospitalization than elsewhere, the medical capacity of almost all Africa is hurting.
1:30 p.m .: At least 80 million children at risk of losing routine immunizations: WHO
The World Health Organization has begun its day-to-day advocacy with an immediate warning that millions of children around the world are at risk of losing critical immunizations.
At least 80 million children under the age of 1 are at risk for diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio because pandemics interfere with regular immunization efforts, according to WHO and UNICEF.
World leaders will come together on June 4 for the Global Vaccine Summit to help maintain immunization programs and reduce the impact of pandemics in low-income countries, the WHO said.
“Interference with COVID-19 vaccination programs threatens to disallow decades of development against vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of WHO, in a statement.
The short-term WHO has also touched on the development of globalization, including South America “becoming a new epicenter.”
Brazil is said to be the most affected country at this point.
As for vaccines, the WHO says there are now 10 in clinical studies, meaning they are advancing to a stage where they are being tested on humans.
There are at least 114 vaccines still being tested in a lab, according to the WHO.
1:15 p.m .: Florida to open summer camps
Florida youth activities, including summer camps and athletes, will be allowed to begin immediately, Gov. said. Ron DeSantis.
DeSantis acknowledged that children are not immune to the virus.
“Some children are infected and some children end up with critical illness,” the governor said. “There have been some, not many in the United States who have died. I think even when the data is clear that for whatever reason, children haven’t been infected at the same rates that some other adults have been infected.”
12:46 p.m .: UK announces new quarantine measures for travelers from June 8
Travelers entering the United Kingdom will have to isolate themselves within 14 days from June 8, the government announced.
New quarantine requirements are expected and an effort to stop a second wave of infections.
Citizens of the U.K. is also required to quarantine.
Spot checks can be conducted for those entering on or after June 8 to enforce the new rule, and anyone who breaks the quarantine will be given a 1,000-pound fine.
12:30 p.m .: NJ to allow gatherings of up to 25 people
Deaths in New Jersey amount to 11,000, Gov. said. Phil Murphy.
The state’s current death toll is at 10,985, according to Murphy.
There are more than 152,000 positive cases throughout the State Garden, which are slowly opening up again. Murphy has announced that gatherings from 10 to 25 people will now be allowed and recreation centers will be reopened.
Any organized gathering, however, must have clear marks to maintain social travel and any participants are strongly encouraged to wear face masks.
12:24 p.m .: The beaches of Miami-Dade County may reopen June 1
Miami-Dade County officials, including Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, said they are aiming to reopen the beaches by June 1.
City officials will meet with county staff and medical experts over the weekend to determine policies that will be the place for a “safe and secure reopening,” according to a statement from the county.
The reopening will be accompanied by the expansion of hotel accommodations, the statement said.
11:47 a.m .: Deaths exceed 110,000 by June 13: CDC
Although COVID-19 deaths in the United States are likely to slow down, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects to surpass 110,000 by June 13.
The CDC said states with the lowest number of deaths reported to date are unlikely to see a rapid increase in the coming weeks, while states with the highest numbers to date are likely to. seeing increases “at different rates.”
An ABC News analysis predicts that the death toll could reach 100,000 over the next few days.
There are an average of 1,200 deaths per day, according to an analysis by ABC News.
The official death toll in the United States is 94,729, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
11:33 a.m .: 2 more NY regions may start to open again next week
Long Island and mid-Hudson may begin to reopen next week, Gob said. Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo said it depends on whether the deaths continue to decline and whether the contract is running.
Statewide, the number of hospitals and new cases dropped every day.
Cuomo called the daily death “stubborn.” An additional 109 people have been killed in the last 24 hours, according to the governor.
He announced that a new pilot program had been launched, with 52 independent hospitals that would allow the state to conduct 7,000 more tests each week. This is in addition to 700 plus locations where New Yorkers can be surveyed.
Cuomo urged all New Yorkers to check.
As Memorial Day weekend approached, he also asked residents to remain alert if they went out to the parks or beaches.
10:50 a.m .: Hydroxychloroquine given to 1,300 US veterans tested positive for COVID-19
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs administers hydroxychloroquine to some 1,300 American veterans who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday.
In response to Schumer’s questions in a letter sent earlier this month, US Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie wrote that around 13% of the more than 10,000 veterans currently being treated for COVID-19 in VA medical facilities have been given antimalarial medications so far. This includes residents of the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook, New York, who have one of the highest reported coronavirus-related deaths of any home care on Long Island.
Wilkie wrote in his letter, released by the New York Democrat in Friday’s press release, that more veterans are set to receive hydroxychloroquine as part of unannounced clinical trials.
“What VA information has shown me is that the original VA study on hydroxychloroquine that everyone was concerned about was really just the beginning,” Schumer said in a statement. “What I can say now is that over 1,000 vets have been given hydroxychloroquine, a clinical trial is set to launch in California and other states that could begin as soon as next week. Why don’t we know it until now? what happened to the 1,300 vets who took this medicine to this day and where the next trials will be. We need these answers and we need them now. ”
9:22 a.m .: Study shows coronavirus patients treated with Trump-touted antimalarial drug at increased risk of death
A study of more than 96,000 coronavirus patients in hospitals worldwide found that those treated with chloroquine or the hydroxychloroquine analogue had a higher risk of death than those who did not receive antimalarial drugs .
Findings from the study, published Friday in the Lancet medical journal, show that COVID-19 patients who received these drugs, alone or with macrolide antibiotics, were more likely to have of severe cardiac arrhythmias, causing the lower heart rate to beat quickly and irregularly.
“This is the first large-scale study to find statistically robust evidence that treatment with chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine does not benefit patients with COVID-19,” Dr. Mandeep Mehra, lead author of the study and executive director of the Brigham and Women’s Center for Advanced Heart Disease in Boston, said in a statement. “Instead, our findings suggest that they may be associated with an increased risk of serious heart problems and increased risk of death. Randomized clinical trials are important to confirm any injuries or benefits associated with of these agents. use as a treatment for COVID-19 outside of clinical trials. “
A team of researchers analyzed data from 96,032 patients hospitalized between December 20, 2019, and April 14 that tested positive for novel coronavirus in 671 hospitals across six of the seven continents in the world – North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Australia. All patients included in the study were discharged or died on April 21.
The team reviewed the outcomes of 1,868 chloroquine-treated patients alone, 3,016 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine, 3,783 chloroquine-treated patients combined with a macrolide and 6,221 hydroxychloroquine-treated patients along with a macrolide. Patients from these four groups were compared with the remaining control group of 81,144 patients.
At the end of the study, at least one of the 11 patients in the control group died in the hospital. All four treatment regimens were associated with an increased risk of hospital death. Of those treated with chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine, around one in six patients died. When drugs are used in combination with a macrolide, the death rate rises to more than one in five for chloroquine and almost one in four for hydroxychloroquine.
“Many countries have advocated the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, alone or together, as potential treatments for COVID-19,” Dr. Frank Ruschitzka, who is co-author of the study and the director of the Heart Center at University Hospital Zurich, said in a statement. “The justification for repurposing these drugs in this way is based on a small number of anecdotal experiences suggesting that they may have beneficial effects for people infected with the SARS-CoV- 2. However, previous small-scale studies have failed to identify stable evidence.of a benefit and larger, randomized controlled trials have not been completed. we study that the likelihood that these drugs will improve outcomes in COVID-19 is relatively low. “
Chloroquine is an antimalarial drug and its analogue, hydroxychloroquine, is used to treat autoimmune diseases, including arthritis and lupus. Both drugs are generally considered safe when used for certain conditions, and study findings do not indicate that patients should stop taking the medications as they are prescribed. Both drugs have also been shown in laboratory conditions to have antiviral properties as well as immunomodulatory effects, which is why they are seen as potential treatments for COVID-19.
The study’s revelations come just days after President Donald Trump announced he was taking a daily dose of hydroxychloroquine as a preventative measure against the novel coronavirus after two staff members tested positive of the White House last month. Trump has identified the drug as a possible “game changer” treatment for COVID-19, though there is no evidence that it works as a prophylactic for COVID-19.
8:28 a.m .: Italians say not to expect a vaccine this year
The head of the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA), the national authority responsible for drug regulation in Italy, said Friday that a vaccine for the novel coronavirus would not be ready until next year.
AIFA director general Nicola Magrini told reporters that studies of five or six vaccines show promise but “the only reasonable time to think about a vaccine is next spring, next spring. that summer. ”
“I don’t think there will be any vaccines available for September,” Magrini said. “They are expected to be formed next year and we hope to have more than one, and sufficient production capacities.”
Magrini’s comments echoed Marco Cavaleri, head of vaccines at the European Medicines Agency, who said last week that having a vaccine ready by the start of 2021 would be “optimistic” because the Development of medicine “should start from the beginning.”
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7:35 a.m .: Chechen leader is reportedly hospitalized on suspected COVID-19
There are widespread reports in the Russian media that the Chechnya-area region has been hospitalized in Moscow with suspected coronavirus symptoms.
At least two Russian state news agencies, RIA Novosti and Tass, have reported that Chechnya dictator Ramzan Kadyrov, has been admitted to a Moscow hospital. An anonymous source told Tass that Kadyrov’s condition was “stable” and that he was “under the supervision of doctors.”
Una nang naiulat ng Russian independiyenteng tabloid outlet na si Baza ang balita noong Huwebes, sinabi na si Kadyrov ay lumipad sa Moscow kung saan siya ay ginagamot para sa COVID-19 sa isa sa mga nangungunang mga klinika sa kapital ng Russia. Nabanggit ang hindi nagpapakilalang mga mapagkukunan, iniulat ni Baza na pinuno ng Chechen ang pinayuhan ng kanyang mga doktor na dalhin sa Moscow pagkatapos lumala ang kanyang kalagayan. Hindi pa siya opisyal na na-diagnose para sa COVID-19 ngunit maraming mga araw na nagdurusa sa mga sintomas ng paghinga, ayon sa mga mapagkukunan ni Baza.
Ang mga tracker ng flight ay nagpapakita na ang isang eroplano na nauugnay kay Kadyrov ay talagang lumipad sa Moscow mula sa Chechnya noong Huwebes.
Ang mga tagapagsalita ni Kadyrov ay hindi direktang itinanggi ang mga ulat. Sa halip, si Chechen information ministro, Dzhambulat Umarov, ay naglathala ng dalawang post sa social media huli Huwebes ng gabi, ang isa sa mga ito ay isang matandang video na nagpapakita kay Kadyrov na nagdarasal sa isa sa kanyang mga palasyo habang ang iba pa ay isang mapagbiro na nanunuya ng mga mamamahayag sa pagtatanong kung may sakit ang pinuno ng Chechen. .
6:51 a.m .: Ang India ay nag-ulat ng higit sa 6,000 bagong mga kaso sa pinakamalaking solong-araw na pagtalon
Iniulat ng India ang pinakamalaking pinakamalaking araw na pagtalon sa mga bagong kaso ng coronavirus noong Biyernes.
Ang Ministry of Health and Family Welfare ay nakarehistro ng 6,088 na bagong kaso ng COVID-19 sa huling 24 na oras, na nagdala sa kabuuan sa buong bansa sa 118,447.
Ang pagkamatay ng bansa dahil sa pandemya ng coronavirus ay tumaas din sa 3,583 nitong Biyernes. Samantala, higit sa 48,000 mga tao ang nakuhang muli mula sa sakit, ayon sa data na inilabas ng ministeryo sa kalusugan.
Ang Maharashtra ay nananatiling pinakamasamang hit sa India sa malayo, na may higit sa 41,642 COVID-19 na kaso na may 1,454 na pagkamatay.
Ang India, isang bansa na 1.3 bilyong tao, ay may ika-11 na pinakamaraming kaso sa mundo, ayon sa isang bilang na itinago ng Johns Hopkins University.
6:22 a.m .: Ang ulat ng Russia ay nagtala ng mataas na mga bagong pagkamatay
Habang ang Russia ay patuloy na nakakakita ng isang matatag na pagtaas ng mga bagong impeksyon sa coronavirus, ang pang-araw-araw na bilang ng mga bagong pagkamatay ay tumama sa isang buong oras sa bansa.
Ang punong tanggapan ng coronavirus tugon ng Russia ay nag-ulat ng 8,894 bagong mga kaso ng COVID-19 at 150 na pagkamatay sa nakaraang 24 na oras. Ang kabuuan sa buong bansa ngayon ay nasa 326,448 na na-diagnose na kaso na may 3,249 na pagkamatay.
Ang bilang ng mga bagong pagkamatay na naiulat na Biyernes ay sumira sa nakaraang record ng bansa ng 135 na iniulat lamang dalawang araw bago.
Samantala, ang pinakabagong pang-araw-araw na caseload ay bumaba mula sa isang rurok na 11,656 na bagong impeksyon na iniulat noong Mayo 11. Noong nakaraang Huwebes ay minarkahan ang pagtatapos ng isang 12-araw na guhitan kung saan nakarehistro ang Russia ng higit sa 10,000 mga bagong kaso bawat araw. Simula noon, ang pang-araw-araw na bilang ng mga bagong impeksyon ay lumipat sa paligid ng 9,000 bawat araw.
Ang Russia ay ang pangalawang pinakamataas na pinakamataas na pinakamataas na bilang ng mga na-diagnose na mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa mundo, sa likod ng Estados Unidos, ayon sa isang bilang na itinago ng Johns Hopkins University.
5:11 a.m .: Ang Italy ay nakakakita ng spike sa pagkamatay ng coronavirus araw-araw pagkatapos ng pag-drop-off
Iniulat ng Italya ang isang spike sa mga bagong pagkamatay mula sa nobelang coronavirus, makalipas lamang ang mga araw pagkatapos makita ang isang promising drop-off.
Nirehistro ng Civil Protection Department ng bansa ang 156 na pagkamatay mula sa COVID-19 sa huling 24 na oras, na nagdala ng pambansang toll sa 32,486.
Ang pang-araw-araw na caseload ay bumalik pagkatapos bumagsak sa ibaba ng 100 noong Lunes sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon mula nang magsimula ang pandemya.
Sa pangkalahatan, higit sa 228,000 katao sa Italya ang nasuri na may COVID-19.
Once the worst-hit country in Europe, Italy was the first nation in the world to put a nationwide lockdown in place due to the pandemic. The country began to slowly lift the strict lockdown earlier this month. Most businesses have since resumed activities but under social distancing rules, with shops, restaurants, hair salons and churches reopening Monday.
3:45 a.m.: Researchers aim to vaccinate over 10,000 adults and children across UK
University of Oxford researchers testing an experimental vaccine against the novel coronavirus now aim to immunize more than 10,000 people to determine if it works.
Scientists at the oldest university in the English-speaking world began immunizing more than 1,000 healthy adult volunteers in southern England in April with their vaccine candidate in the initial phase of a clinical trial. The University of Oxford announced on Friday that its researchers are moving into advanced studies, which would enroll up to 10,260 adults and children across the United Kingdom.
“The clinical studies are progressing very well and we are now initiating studies to evaluate how well the vaccine induces immune responses in older adults, and to test whether it can provide protection in the wider population,” Andrew Pollard, head of the university’s Oxford Vaccine Group, said in a statement Friday.
The potential vaccine is made from a virus, which is a weakened version of a common cold that causes infections in chimpanzees, that has been genetically changed so that it is impossible for it to replicate in humans. The harmless virus is used to carry the coronavirus spike protein into the body, according to the university.
Phase one of the human trials has been completed and follow-up is currently ongoing. The second phase will expand the age range of participants who receive the vaccine candidate to include a small number of older adults and children. Researchers will be assessing the immune response to the vaccine candidate in the different age groups to find out if there is variation in how well the immune system responds in older adults or children, the university said.
The third phase of the study involves assessing how the vaccine candidate works in a large number of people over the age of 18 to see how well it works to prevent them from becoming infected and unwell with COVID-19. Adult participants in both phase two and three will be randomized to receive one or two doses of either the vaccine candidate or a licensed meningitis vaccine that will be used as a “control” for comparison, according to the university.
Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca announced earlier this week it had booked orders for at least 400 million doses of the potential vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford. The U.K.-based multinational company said it has the capacity to manufacture 1 billion doses of the as yet unproven vaccine and would begin delivering them in September.
ABC News’ Clark Bentson, Mark Crudele, Aaron Katersky, Phoebe Natanson, Patrick Reevell, Eric Strauss, Tanya Stukalova, Brian Hartman, Marcus Wilford, Scott Withers, Jamie Aranoff, Kirit Radia, Elissa Nunez and Anne Flaherty contributed to this report.