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Coronavirus updates: May 30, 2020

Coronavirus updates: May 30, 2020

Coronavirus outbreak: What you need to know

Coronavirus updates: May 30, 2020

Nearly 6 million people worldwide -- including more than 1.7 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. While efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak continue, states have begun to shift their focus toward reopening their economies.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking cases in the U.S. here.

Live updates for Saturday, May 30, continue below

Trump postpones G7 after Germany backs out amid pandemic concerns

Update 9:24 p.m. EDT May 30: President Donald Trump is postponing the Group of Seven summit, or G7, until later this year after Germany said it could not confirm participation, citing concerns about the coronavirus.

Trump said he would like to move the meeting to September and include four other countries; Russia, Australia, India and South Korea, CNN reported. The G7 are the U.S., Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Japan.

"I'm postponing it because I don't feel as a G7 it probably represents what's going on in the world. It's a very outdated group of countries," Trump said.

Trump had previously planned to hold the event in person in Washington D.C. next month.

“The Chancellor thanks President Trump for his invitation to the G7 summit in Washington at the end of June,” Merkel’s spokesperson said in a statement, CNN reported. “As of today, given the overall pandemic situation, she cannot confirm her personal participation, that is, a trip to Washington.”

Minnesota governor expects spike in coronavirus infections amid protests

Update 9:04 p.m. EDT May 30: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz expects to see a spike in coronavirus cases following the protests that have encompassed Minneapolis the last few days.

"I am deeply concerned about a super-spreader type of incident," Walz said, CNN reported. "We're going to see a spike in Covid-19. It's inevitable."

He has warned residents to stay indoors as protests have grown increasingly violent.

Walz had already issued an 8 p.m. curfew that took effect Friday, CNN reported. Earlier Saturday he activated the Minnesota National Guard. Highways into Minneapolis were also shutdown at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Walz said jails have the capacity to hold everyone taken into custody.

There are 24,200 confirmed cases and 1,036 deaths from the coronavirus in Minnesota, according to The New York Times.

EU urges Trump to reconsider relationship with WHO

Update 4:25 p.m. EDT May 30: The European Union on Saturday urged President Donald Trump to rethink his decision to terminate the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization as spiking infection rates in India and elsewhere reinforced that the pandemic is far from contained.

Trump on Friday charged that the WHO didn’t respond adequately to the pandemic and accused the U.N. agency of being under China’s “total control.” The U.S. is the largest source of financial support for the WHO, and its exit is expected to significantly weaken the organization.

The head of the EU’s executive arm urged Trump to reconsider.

“The WHO needs to continue being able to lead the international response to pandemics, current and future,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told Germany’s Funke media group that Trump’s decision was the “wrong signal at the wrong time.”

US cities fear protests may fuel new wave of virus outbreaks

Update 4:20 p.m. EDT May 30: The massive protests sweeping across U.S. cities following the police killing of a handcuffed black man, George Floyd, in Minnesota have elevated fears of a new surge in cases of the coronavirus.

Thousands of unmasked protesters have sent shudders through the health community, which worries its calls for social distancing during the demonstrations are unlikely to be heard.

Minnesota’s governor said Saturday that too many protesters weren't socially distancing or wearing masks after heeding the call earlier in the week.

But many seemed undeterred.

“It’s not OK that in the middle of a pandemic we have to be out here risking our lives,” Spence Ingram, a 25-year-old black woman with a preexisting condition, told the Associated Press on Friday after marching with other protesters to the state Capitol in Atlanta. “But I have to protest for my life and fight for my life all the time.”

Health experts fear that silent carriers of the virus who have no symptoms could unknowingly infect others gathering in large crowds.

Images from many demonstrations show most protesters have been wearing masks, but that doesn’t guarantee protection from the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends cloth masks because they can make it more difficult for infected people to spread the virus, but they are not designed to protect the person wearing the mask from getting the virus.

Supreme Court allows California virus restrictions on churches in 5-4 split

Update 1:45 p.m. EDT May 30: A divided U.S. Supreme Court late Friday upheld coronavirus restrictions placed on church gatherings by the state of California, as Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the four more liberal justices in backing the power of states to enforce measures for public health.

“Although California’s guidelines place restrictions on places of worship, those restrictions appear consistent with the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment,” the chief justice wrote in the late-night ruling.

“The notion that it is ‘indisputably clear’ that the government’s limitations are unconstitutional seems quite improbable,” Roberts added in a three-page 5-4 opinion.

The ruling came on a request from a California church to dispense with limits on church gatherings imposed by Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Golden State.

The decision came just over a week after President Trump had very publicly pressured states to drop coronavirus restrictions on houses of worship.

Cuomo signs bill for essential workers who have died due to COVID-19

Update 1:45 p.m. EDT May 30: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Saturday granting death benefits to the families of police officers, public health workers and other front-line workers who have died of the coronavirus.

“You gave your lives for us, we will be there for your families going forward,” Cuomo said as he signed the legislation at his daily briefing on the virus.

The bill passed by state lawmakers this past week provides an accidental death benefit that is more substantial than the regular death benefit that public workers’ families receive. Dozens of police officers, public health workers, transit workers and paramedics have died of COVID-19 in the months since New York became the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States.

Coronavirus cases in New York continue to fall

Update 1:30 p.m. EDT May 30: New York City will begin phase one of its plan to reopen starting June 8, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. The city has seen a significant decline in the number of new cases of the novel coronavirus since a peak in the city in early April. The numbers of new hospitalizations and deaths each day are also decreasing.

At least five counties in the state have entered phase two of reopening.

“Overall, that has been tremendous, tremendous progress from where we were,” Cuomo said Saturday.

So far, 373,108 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the state, according to the New York Times. The Times reported 29,535 people have died.

These statistics, provided by the New York Times, show trends in the state over the last week:

Peak -- April 4: 12,312 new cases; April 7: 1,055 deaths

May 22: 1,678 new cases; 139 deaths

May 23: 1,754 new cases; 98 deaths

May 24: 1,601 new cases; 146 deaths

May 25: 1,279 new cases; 92 deaths

May 26: 1,044 new cases; 103 deaths

May 27: 1,132 new cases; 98 deaths

May 28: 1,758 new cases; 99 deaths

US death toll passes 102,000

Update 8:27 a.m. EDT May 30: At least 102,836 people have died in the United States from coronavirus, according to the latest numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University. There have been at least 1,747,087 cases recorded nationwide.

On Saturday, Johns Hopkins reported 1,068 new cases and 27 deaths.

The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories.

Global cases near 6M, death toll tops 365K

Update 7:49 a.m. EDT May 30: The global death toll attributed to the novel coronavirus reached 365,368 early Saturday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

In the four months since the virus was first identified in Wuhan, China, it has infected at least 5,945,737 people worldwide. Meanwhile, 15 nations now have total infection counts higher than China’s 84,123.

The 10 nations with the highest number of infections recorded to date are as follows:

• The United States has reported 1,747,087 cases, resulting in 102,836 deaths.

• Brazil has recorded 465,166 cases, resulting in 27,878 deaths.

• Russia has confirmed 396,575 cases, resulting in 4,555 deaths.

• The United Kingdom has reported 272,607 cases, resulting in 38,243 deaths.

• Spain has confirmed 238,564 cases, resulting in 27,121 deaths.

• Italy has reported 232,248 cases, resulting in 33,229 deaths.

• France has confirmed 186,924 cases, resulting in 28,717 deaths.

• Germany has reported 183,025 cases, resulting in 8,520 deaths.

• India has recorded 174,301 cases, resulting in 4,981 deaths.

• Turkey has recorded 162,120 cases, resulting in 4,489 deaths

Washington’s stay-at-home order to end Sunday 

Update 5:37 a.m. EDT May 30Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said the state’s stay-at-home order will expire on Sunday as planned.

“Under this approach, counties will have more flexibility to demonstrate that they have the capability to stay on top of the virus,” Inslee said in a Friday news conference.

“This does not mean, obviously, that we’re returning to normal. It means that, three months to the day after we declared a state of emergency, we’re successfully moving forward.”

Mexico’s coronavirus death toll doubles in 2 weeks; Brazil’s deaths overtake Spain’s 

Update 5:21 a.m. EDT May 30: Mexico’s novel coronavirus-related death toll stands at 9,415, the second-highest count in Latin America, meaning it has nearly doubled in only two weeks and trails only Brazil in the region.

According to a Johns Hopkins University tallyMexico has confirmed a total of 84,627 cases, more than 3,200 of which were diagnosed Friday.

Meanwhile, Brazil recorded an additional 1,124 virus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing its cumulative count to 27,878 and pushing the country past Spain’s total fatalities of 27,121. The South American nation also confirmed 26,928 new cases in the same 24-hour period, bringing the nationwide infection count to 465,166.

US military personnel in South Korea test positive for COVID-19

Update 5:02 a.m. EDT May 30: A pair of newly assigned U.S. Forces Korea service members have tested positive for COVID-19, USFK said in a statement.

The soldiers, who are being treated in the designated COVID-19 isolation barracks at Camp Humphreys, arrived at Osan Air Base May 27 on a U.S. government-chartered flight, USFK said.

The pair were placed in mandatory quarantine upon arrival and have since tested positive for the virus.

SCOTUS rejects request from California church to block restrictions on in-person services

Update 3:42 a.m. EDT May 30: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Friday to reject a request from a California church to block restrictions on the number of people allowed to attend religious services during the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Although California’s guidelines place restrictions on places of worship, those restrictions appear consistent with the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, explaining his break with fellow conservative justices in denying the request. 

“Similar or more severe restrictions apply to comparable secular gatherings, including lectures, concerts, movie showings, spectator sports, and theatrical performances, where large groups of people gather in close proximity for extended periods of time,” Roberts wrote.

US coronavirus cases surpass 1.7M, deaths near 103K

Published 12:51 a.m. EDT May 30: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States continued to climb past 1.7 million early Saturday across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, there are at least 1,747,085 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 102,836 deaths. 

The hardest-hit states remain New York with 368,284 cases and 29,646 deaths and New Jersey with 158,844 cases and 11,409 deaths. Massachusetts, with 95,512 cases, has the third-highest number of deaths with 6,718, while Illinois has the third-highest number of cases with 117,455. Only 16 states and territories have confirmed fewer than 6,000 cases each.

Six other states have now confirmed at least 50,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including:

• California: 106,910 cases, resulting in 4,088 deaths

• Pennsylvania: 74,984 cases, resulting in 5,464 deaths

• Texas: 61,630 cases, resulting in 1,635 deaths

• Michigan: 56,621 cases, resulting in 5,406 deaths

• Florida: 54,497 cases, resulting in 2,413 deaths

• Maryland: 50,988 cases, resulting in 2,466 deaths

Meanwhile, Georgia, Virginia and Connecticut each has confirmed at least 41,000 cases; Louisiana, Ohio and Indiana each has confirmed at least 33,000 cases; North Carolina, Colorado, Minnesota, Tennessee and Washington each has confirmed at least 21,000 cases; Iowa and Arizona each has confirmed at least 18,000 cases; Wisconsin and Alabama each has confirmed at least 17,000 cases; Mississippi and Rhode Island each has confirmed at least 14,000 cases; Nebraska and Missouri each has confirmed at least 13,000 cases, followed by South Carolina with 11,131; Kansas, Kentucky, Utah and Delaware each has confirmed at least 9,000 cases; the District of Columbia and Nevada each has confirmed at least 8,000 cases, followed by New Mexico with 7,493; Arkansas and Oklahoma each has confirmed at least 6,000 cases.

Click here to see CNN’s state-by-state breakdown.

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