Mexico sees the largest single-day increase in new cases and deaths
From CNN’s Matt Rivers in Mexico City
Mexico has recorded its largest single-day increases in both newly confirmed cases and reported deaths from novel coronavirus since the outbreak began. Mexican health officials reported on Tuesday an additional 3,455 cases, bringing the total to 74,560. Officials also recorded an additional 501 deaths, bringing the total reported death toll to 8,134. It is the first time Mexico has reported more than 500 deaths in one day. The new records come as Mexico’s government is moving ahead with plans for a slow, phased re-opening of certain parts of its economy in locations less affected by the virus.
Peru reports more than 5,000 new coronavirus cases
From Helena DeMoura in Atlanta
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Peru rose to at least 129,751 on Tuesday — a jump of 5,772 from the previous day, according to the country's health ministry. The country also added at least 159 new coronavirus-related deaths, raising the national death toll to 3,788, the ministry said in a statement. Peru has the second-highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Latin America, behind Brazil. Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra announced Friday that a national state of emergency, which includes mandatory social isolation measures, will be extended through June 30.
Brazil surpasses US daily coronavirus death toll
From CNN's Shasta Darlington and Jonny Hallam
Brazil’s daily coronavirus deaths were higher than fatalities in the United States over the last two days. The Brazilian health ministry said Tuesday that the country reported at least 1,039 deaths over the last 24 hours. At least 683 people died in the US during the same time period, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally of cases. Brazil reported at least 807 coronavirus deaths on Monday. The US had 498 deaths during the same period. As of Tuesday night, at least 24,512 people have died in Brazil. The Brazilian health ministry on Tuesday said there were at least 16,324 new cases of novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total of cases to at least 391,222.
Germany extends coronavirus social distancing rules to June 29
From Nadine Schmidt in Berlin
The German government and its sixteen federal states agreed to extend social distancing restrictions to June 29, the government announced in a statement on Tuesday. A limit of 10 people, or two households, will be allowed to meet in public places. The statement added that “this decision is based on the assessment that the number of SARS CoV2 new infections in Germany is at a low level a month after the start of easing the measures.“ Germany's success is largely based on its citizens adhering to social distancing guidelines and hygiene rules.
The numbers: Germany reported on Monday that the number of active coronavirus cases fell to 9,113, with the total number of confirmed cases reaching 178,570.
Brazil inaugurates its first hospital wing dedicated to indigenous people
From CNN's Helena DeMoura and Shasta Darlington
Brazil inaugurated what it calls the nation’s first hospital wing dedicated specifically to treat indigenous people infected by a coronavirus. The “indigenous wing” built at a hospital in Manaus — one of the worst-hit cities by the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil — was designed by both indigenous leaders, and local and federal government agencies, Robson Santos da Silva of the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) said at a news conference on Tuesday. The wing is designed to replicate the indigenous daily life, with hammocks and special accommodations for tribal leaders, da Silva said. Activists have long been demanding a field hospital in Brazil dedicated to the indigenous population, a group they claim are often more vulnerable to diseases because of pre-existing conditions or isolation from much of the outside world. Activists also argue that the indigenous people are often treated as second class citizens in the country. While responding to reporters' claims that there were some disparities between the number of coronavirus cases and deaths among tribal groups provided by the central government and indigenous advocacy groups, da Silva said, “We have to talk about how many people have been cured as well. There were 40 deaths but 300 cured, let's be positive.” The advocacy group Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) — which tracks the number of cases and deaths among the country's 900,000 indigenous people — released their own numbers on their official Facebook page on Tuesday, reporting 143 indigenous people have so far died as a result of Covid-19 and more than 1,200 have been infected.
Boris Johnson discusses coronavirus with top officials at the UN and WHO
From Zahid Mahmood in London
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday spoke with the UN Secretary-General and with the head of the World Health Organization to discuss efforts on defeating coronavirus, Downing Street said. In a statement sent to CNN, Johnson spoke separately to António Guterres and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to set out the UK’s support for international efforts on defeating coronavirus and for the work of the UN and WHO in helping to coordinate the global response. “The Prime Minister and Dr. Tedros agreed on the importance of an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus outbreak, so we can learn lessons to prevent future pandemics,” the statement said. “The Prime Minister also confirmed he will participate via video message in the UN’s upcoming Financing For Development in the Era of COVID-19 event to map out an equitable, green recovery from this crisis. The statement added Tedros and Guterres reiterated their support for the UK-hosted Global Vaccine Summit on June 4.
Two Chilean government officials test positive for coronavirus
From Florencia Trucco and Tatiana Arias
Chile's Minister of Energy Juan Carlos Jobet and Public Works Minister Alfredo Moreno tested positive for novel coronavirus, according to official statements published Monday. Both ministers went into a preventive quarantine at the end of last week after showing mild symptoms of the virus, according to the statements. "Minister Jobet has not had any direct contact with President Sebastian Piñera or with other members of the cabinet in the last days," the statement from the Ministry of Energy said. The Ministry of Public Works said, “It's important to highlight that Minister Alfredo Moreno has not had any close contact in the last days with president Sebastian Piñera or any other member of the cabinet."
The numbers: Chile reported 3,964 new cases of novel coronavirus and 45 new deaths on Tuesday, bringing the country's total number of cases to 77,961 and 806 deaths, the Ministry of Health reported during a daily briefing. As of Tuesday, Chile had one of the highest infection rates in Latin America after Brazil and Peru.
Spain's virus-tracking system was adjusted. Here are the latest numbers.
From CNN’s Al Goodman and Ingrid Formanek in Spain and Mia Alberti in Lisbon
Spain reported Tuesday a one-day increase of 194 newly diagnosed coronavirus infections from the previous day.
Remember: Spain's Health Ministry instituted a new country-wide system for reporting and tracking coronavirus cases two weeks ago, resulting in a sharp recalculation of infections and deaths. The total figure for cumulative infections confirmed by PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests since the start of the pandemic now stands at more than 236,000, according to the ministry’s data.
What changed: Under the new system, health authorities in Spain say infections are now calculated on the day they are diagnosed — not the day they are reported, which has resulted in this week’s fluctuating numbers. Some Spanish media have been wryly calling this "the data dance". In one example of the new reporting, an additional 35 new deaths have been added to the figures published Tuesday, however, these deaths occurred over the past week, according to the country’s health ministry. Spain’s latest death toll figure of at least 27,117 is lower than what was previously reported by the by the Health Ministry. This is because the ministry recalculated the overall figure Monday and nearly 2,000 deaths were suddenly removed from the tally. A top Spanish health official, Dr. Fernando Simón said on Monday that the withdrawn cases from the total were not confirmed Covid-19 deaths and therefore did not meet the Health Ministry's updated criteria to be included in the total count. Simón added that the purpose of the revised tally "is to evaluate the pace of the epidemic in the past seven days," so that medical personnel across the country can have more current data in real-time. The Health Ministry website says the discrepancy between previously reported numbers and those being reported now could persist for several days, as a consequence of a “new strategy of diagnosis, monitoring, and control of the transition phase of the Covid-19 pandemic."
Here are the latest coronavirus numbers in France, according to health officials
From CNN's Ya Chung Wang and Benjamin Berteau
The number of coronavirus cases in France has continued to stabilize while the number of hospitalizations dropped by at least 534 cases, for a total of at least 16,264 on Tuesday, according to French health officials. The French Ministry of Health says there has been a small increase in the number of deaths, with 73 reported in the last 24 hours, but this number remains on the decline overall. The total number of reported deaths in France is at least 28,530, the ministry said. The number of patients in the ICU is also declining, with at least 1,555 patients in intensive care, officials said.
US travel ban will affect relations with Brazil, Sao Paulo governor says
From CNN’s Anna Gorzkowska, Flora Charner and Hira Humayun
The new US travel ban on Brazil may affect the diplomatic and economic relationship between the two countries, Sao Paulo Gov. Joao Doria told CNN’s Isa Soares on Tuesday.
“In my opinion, my personal opinion, even the diplomatic and economic relationship with the US will be affected by Mr. Trump’s decision,” Doria said. The ban is scheduled to go into effect Tuesday night at 11:59 p.m. ET and will limit the entry of any foreign nationals, including Brazilians, who traveled to the country within the past 14 days. Doria said President Jair Bolsonaro was undermining his message and that of governors who represent some of the states hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. “With the example of the president of Brazil, everything is more difficult to us,” he said, because when local authorities ask people to stay home and use masks, the president sends the “opposite message.” “He goes to the streets without masks. A wrong behavior and wrong indication. This is very sad for Brazil and makes everything more difficult [for] the governors in the states of Brazil,” Doria said. “In fact, we have today two viruses to combat in Brazil: the coronavirus and Bolsonaro virus." Bolsonaro has frequently dismissed the threat of the coronavirus and has said the financial impact of preventive measures, such as social distancing and quarantines, will be worse than the virus itself. “The behavior of President Bolsonaro is the wrong behavior. He is against social isolation. He’s against the orientation of the science,” Doria said, adding the priority should be saving lives before saving the economy. Doria denied Sao Paulo’s health care system was near collapse at the moment, saying hospitals have received ventilators and the necessary support, and that the situation "is under control." The state of Sao Paulo has the highest cases in Brazil, with more than 83,000 infections and 6,220 deaths, according to the latest data from the Brazilian health ministry.
UK official says Boris Johnson's aide acted within guidelines when he traveled during the lockdown
From CNN's Lindsay Isaac
Boris Johnson's senior adviser acted "within the guidelines" issued by the government when he traveled to northern England during the nationwide lockdown in March, the UK’s Health Minister Matt Hancock said Tuesday. Hancock, who established the country's coronavirus restrictions, came to the defense of Boris Johnson’s senior advisor during several rounds of questions from journalists during a daily government press briefing. "My view is that what he did was within the guidelines.. though I can understand that reasonable people would take a different view,” Hancock said.
Some background: Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s chief advisor, traveled more than 250 miles from his London home during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown in March with his sick wife and child. Yesterday, Cummings refused to apologize, saying "I don't regret what I did." Hancock said the trip is considered an “exceptional circumstance“ allowed for childcare purposes and was not in violation of the rules,
Italy's active Covid-19 cases drop to almost half of those recorded during the peak
From CNN's Hada Messia, Nicola Ruotolo and Mia Alberti
The number of active Covid-19 cases in Italy has dropped to 52,942, the Civil Protection Agency said Tuesday. The number marks an encouraging decrease - close to half of the highest number of cases recorded during the peak of the pandemic, which stood at 108,257. There have been 78 deaths in the past day, a small increase of 0.24%, raising the total number of fatalities to 32,955. Since Monday, 2,677 people have recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 144,658. There are also 521 patients still in ICU. The total number of cases in Italy currently stands at 230,555, with 397 new registered cases on the last day, according to the latest Civil Protection Agency numbers.
Canadian prime minister says he is "shocked" by conditions in nursing homes during a pandemic
From CNN’s Paula Newton
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he’s "deeply disturbed" by a military report detailing conditions witnessed by soldiers when they were called in to help in senior living facilities during the coronavirus pandemic. “I read the report in full yesterday, we shared it with the provincial government of Ontario on the weekend, it is deeply disturbing,” Trudeau said during his daily news conference from Ottawa Tuesday. “There are things in there that are extremely troubling and we need to take action,” he said without going into specifics. He indicated the province of Ontario would release more specific details later in the day. As of Tuesday, Canada reported more than 6,555 deaths from Covid-19. According to Health Canada, nearly 80% of all coronavirus deaths in the country are related to long-term care institutions for the elderly.
Some background: Both Ontario and Quebec requested help from the Canadian military as outbreaks of Covid-19 in long-term care institutions worsened and staff shortages persisted. In April, Trudeau said "soldiers shouldn’t be taking care of seniors," but his government was left with little choice but to grant a request for military help due to uncontrollable outbreaks of the virus, a spike in deaths, and a crippling shortage of health care staff experienced by long-term care facilities.
Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity reopens
From CNN's Abeer Salman in Bethlehem and Kareem Khadder and Andrew Carey in Jerusalem
In a highly symbolic reopening, Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity — which Christians believe stands on the site of the birthplace of Jesus — has opened its doors for the first time in 82 days. CNN visited the church early Tuesday afternoon and saw five local people at prayer, as well as five Palestinian police officers who were there to maintain appropriate social distancing. Louis Michel, who has a tourist shop in Bethlehem and also works as a guide in the city, told CNN that tears came to his eyes as he saw the church open again. “I have missed the church as much as I miss my children who are studying in Italy at the moment. For me, it has felt like I have been isolated from everything I love, my children, and the church,” Michel said. Louis Michel pictured in his tourist shop. Abeer Salman/CNN Michel said he has worked as a tour guide since 1996 and has never felt the mood of the city to be as sad as it is. “I don’t see how life will get back to normal in tourism; we need to wait until Christmas to see what will happen,” he added. Palestinian Tourism Minister Rula Ma’ayah urged travelers to return to Bethlehem "Today, the reopening of the Church of the Nativity is a symbol of hope. We pray to God that this pandemic will end, that life will return to normal and that believers and tourists from all over the world can visit the holy places in the Holy Land in Palestine again," she told CNN. On Monday evening, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh announced the re-opening of shops, businesses, and government ministries, as well as religious buildings, as long as safety requirements were maintained. The entrance to the Church of Nativity, which in the past would usually be full of tour groups. Abeer Salman/CNN
Northern Ireland becomes first of UK nations to record zero deaths
From Niamh Kennedy
Northern Ireland has become the first of the four UK nations to record zero deaths during the coronavirus crisis, Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann said Tuesday. It is the first time no deaths have been recorded in Northern Ireland since March 18. Although Swann called the downward trend in deaths and cases “positive,” he was quick to issue a “serious note of caution,” adding there are “no grounds for complacency.”
“Covid-19 is still infecting people in our community. And sadly there will be more lives lost in the days and weeks ahead,” Swann said.
Northern Ireland's deputy leader Michelle O’Neill called this “heartening news” but warned that “the battle is not over.” Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar also announced on Monday that no Covid-19 deaths had been recorded since March 21. Varadkar hailed it as a “significant milestone,” telling Irish citizens that “we will prevail” against the virus.
Saudi Arabia to allow prayers in mosques starting Sunday
From CNN’s Nada AlTaher and Mostafa Salem
Saudi Arabia announced Tuesday that prayers will be held in mosques across the country as of May 31, including Friday prayers, except for the holy sites of Mecca, state news agency (SPA) said. In April, the Saudi government applied one of the strictest lockdown measures in the Gulf, with 24-hour curfews in many cities. Authorities said they will be lifting curfew measures gradually starting Thursday, according to SPA. Domestic flights in the kingdom will also resume, although gyms, cinemas, and beauty salons remain closed. Saudi Arabia has the highest number of recorded cases in the Gulf with more than 76,000 infections.
Dubai to reopen cinemas and gyms starting tomorrow
From CNN’s Nada AlTaher and Mostafa Salem
Dubai has announced a plan to reopen cinemas, fitness centers, and entertainment outlets starting Wednesday as it continues to ease coronavirus curfew measures, according to state media on Monday. The Emirate went through a strict 24-hour lockdown in April, however, it started easing restrictions during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in May, allowing malls and shopping centers to open with limited capacity. “The decision was made following a comprehensive assessment of the committee’s reports, various health, and socio-economic aspects and a thorough review of the Covid-19 situation,” Dubai’s Crown Prince Hamdan Bin Mohammed tweeted Monday. “We understand the pressure experienced by numerous sectors due to the Covid-19 crisis, but the UAE community remains strong,” he said. The United Arab Emirates announced Monday it had conducted over 2 million coronavirus tests nationwide. More than 30,000 cases have been reported in the country and 253 deaths.
Italy's Andrea Bocelli says he has recovered from Covid-19
From CNN's Nicola Ruotolo in Rome
Italian singer Andrea Bocelli said Tuesday he had Covid-19 but has now fully recovered. "The pandemic that troubled the world, involved — although in a very slight and almost asymptomatic way — also my person and some members of my family," Bocelli wrote on Facebook. The classical singer said he didn't reveal he was sick sooner "not to unnecessarily alarm" his fans and protect his family's privacy. Bocelli said he decided to reveal this now because he is donating blood to participate in a clinical study to find a cure for Covid-19. In April, as the historic Duomo Cathedral in Milan, Italy, sat close to the public on Easter because of the pandemic, Bocelli gave a special audience-free concert.