The White House coronavirus task force is scheduled to hold its first news briefing in nearly two months Friday, as new infections surge across large parts of the country. Vice President Mike Pence will lead the briefing, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, but the briefing will take place at HHS offices rather than at the White House, where past briefings have been held.
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- Global cases: More than 9.62 million
- Global deaths: At least 489,731
- U.S. cases: More than 2.42 million
- U.S. deaths: At least 124,415
The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Cases grow in more than 30 states as the U.S. sets a record for average daily cases
11:20 a.m. ET — The nation’s seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases reached a record high of more than 33,000 cases on Thursday, a rise of more than 38% compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins University data.
Cases were growing by 5% or more, based on the change in average new cases compared to last week, in 35 states across the country, including California, Florida, Georgia, Texas and Nevada. While the rise in daily case numbers could reflect increased testing in certain locations, some states are reporting higher positivity rates. The positivity rate indicates the percentage of tests that come back positive in a specific region.
Texas’ positivity rate has exceeded 10%, which is a level that raises a “warning flag,” according to Gov. Greg Abbott. Arizona’s rate is also averaging above 10%, according to the state’s department of health. Hospitalizations from Covid-19 were growing in 15 states as of Thursday, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by the Covid Tracking Project. —Noah Higgins-Dunn
American Airlines to resume full flights in July
10:59 a.m. ET — American Airlines said it will be resuming full-capacity flights starting July 1. The airline currently has a 70% capacity limit on flights amid the coronavirus pandemic.
American also said passengers will have to complete a Covid-19 questionnaire prior to boarding its flights and confirm they have not experienced symptoms of the virus in the past 14 days.
The airline will continue to notify passengers if their flights are full and allow them to switch to a less-crowded plane without paying an additional fee.
The CEOs of major airlines, including American, are expected to meet with Vice President Mike Pence today to discuss coronavirus-related travel issues. —Hannah Miller
Texas rolls back its reopening a day after pausing plans as cases rise
10:52 a.m. ET — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he will roll back some of the state’s reopening, only a day after he said he would place the state’s reopening plan on pause.
All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close by 12 p.m. Friday, according to the order. Rafting and tubing businesses must close and outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.
Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday.
“As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Abbott said in a press release. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars.”
Texas reported a 79% increase in its weekly average of coronavirus cases on Thursday, averaging 4,757 daily new cases, according to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins University data. —Noah Higgins-Dunn
N.J. governor sees K-12 schools reopening in the fall
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy
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10:10 a.m. ET — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy told CNBC he believes that K-12 schools in the state will hold in-person instruction this fall. But he cautioned that the coronavirus situation in the state could change in the coming months, complicating return-to-the-classroom plans.
“So with that big caveat, two months out, I believe we will be back in school. It will be a new normal. There will be protocols in place that had not been in place before,” Murphy said on “Squawk Box.”
New Jersey, which has seen its daily cases of Covid-19 fall dramatically since its April peak, announced plans last week for colleges and universities to restart on-campus class. Schools have to submit plans to the state Office of the Secretary of Higher Education at least 14 days before they intend to restart. —Kevin Stankiewicz
Coronavirus vaccine will not be a cure-all, virologist warns
9:27 a.m. ET — Robert Lambkin-Williams, an independent virologist at Virology Consult, told CNBC there is no clear evidence antibodies produced to fight off the coronavirus gave people any protection against being reinfected.
“That’s important because we don’t know if the vaccines that encourage those antibodies to be produced are going to work,” he said. Even if antibodies did prevent reinfection, a preliminary vaccine against the disease would not eliminate the pandemic, Lambkin-Williams added.
“The vaccine is not going to be a cure-all. We have not had a successful vaccine against this type of virus ever,” he said. “We will get a vaccine of some description in the next couple of years, but it will not be perfect and it will need to be developed going forward.” Lambkin-Williams urged the public to adhere to guidelines on how to reduce transmission of the virus, such as wearing face coverings and practicing good hand hygiene. —Chloe Taylor
U.S. consumer spending rebounds, despite falling income
8:48 a.m. ET — U.S. consumer spending in May rebounded sharply, despite a decline in personal income, according to data from the Commerce Department.
Consumer spending jumped 8.2% last month, after sinking 12.6% in April. Personal income in May, though, fell 4.2% and is expected to fall further as millions of Americans remain unemployed amid the pandemic. —Sara Salinas
The latest on U.S. hot spots
35 states using Salesforce technology for contract tracing
8:26 a.m. ET — Thirty-five states have adopted Salesforce platform Work.com to deploy contract tracing as a way to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff told CNBC’s Jim Cramer.
The platform was originally launched in May to help businesses survey employees and organize shifts to keep workers as healthy as possible. Now it’s used by companies and entire states, Benioff said.
Benioff called the platform “critical technology” because it allows for communication with sick people to know whom they were in contact with and slow the spread of Covid-19. —Alex Harring
Coronavirus mortgage bailouts surge
8:18 a.m. ET — The number of active mortgage forbearance plans rose by 79,000 in the past week, according to Black Knight, a mortgage data and technology firm, after three straight weeks of declines.
The recent increase in mortgage bailouts erased around half of the improvement in numbers since the peak of May 22, CNBC’s Diana Olick reports. As of Tuesday, 4.68 million homeowners were in forbearance plans, which is 8.8% of all active mortgages, up from 8.7% last week.
These plans allow homeowners to delay mortgage payments for at least three months. The surge indicates continuing struggles of homeowners amid the pandemic. —Suzanne Blake
Jobs recovery may be slowing, alternative data shows
8:11 a.m. ET — As cases of the coronavirus spike in major cities in the United States, some alternative data sources that track hourly employees show that the jobs recovery may be slowing.
Data from Homebase, a scheduling firm that works with many small and medium-sized businesses in the service sector, shows that employment may have declined over the past week in some areas, with fewer employees working on June 24 than the average from June 15-19 in the majority of states.
The Homebase data is not a representative sample of the U.S. labor force, but it does mirror the weekly jobless claims data, which showed that another 1.48 million people filed for unemployment last week for the first time. —Jesse Pound
Airline labor unions seek $32 billion more in federal aid to extend payroll support
8:08 a.m. ET — Unions representing tens of thousands of airline employees want $32 billion in additional government aid to maintain their jobs through the end of March.
While air travel is now higher than the more-than-five-decade lows hit in April, demand continues to suffer because of coronavirus.
Airlines received the aid under the $2.2 trillion CARES Act in March on the condition they wouldn’t lay off workers through Oct. 1. An additional $32 billion could save jobs through the end of March, the labor unions said. Congress is likely to begin negotiations on the next major coronavirus relief bill in July. —Leslie Josephs, Lauren Hirsch
Russia reports lowest daily rise of new cases since April
A man with an umbrella in Red Square against the background of St Basil’s Cathedral. From June 1 through 14, Moscow citizens are allowed to take walks and practise sports outside, including those older than 65 and suffering from chronic illnesses, according to schedules varying from house to house.
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7:14 a.m. ET — Russia reported its lowest daily rise of new infections since late April, Reuters reported, as the tally of Covid-19 cases climbed by 6,800 to 620,794.
The country’s coronavirus response center said this was the first time Russia had reported fewer than 7,000 new cases over a 24-hour period since late April.
To date, Russia has reported the third-highest number of infections, behind only the U.S. and Brazil, respectively. —Sam Meredith
Joe Biden says he would mandate masks
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden listens as he meets with local residents at the sports bar Carlette?s Hideaway during a campaign stop in Yeadon, Pennsylvania U.S., June 17, 2020.
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7:11 a.m. ET — Presumptive Democratic nominee for president Joe Biden said he would require that Americans wear masks nationwide if he were president.
“The one thing we do know is these masks make a gigantic difference,” he said while wearing a mask during a taped interview with KDKA in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
“I would insist that everybody out in public be wearing that mask. Anyone to reopen would have to make sure that they walked into a business that had masks.”
Asked specifically whether he would use executive authority to mandate masks, Biden responded, “Yes. Yes, I would.”
“I would do everything possible to make it required that people had to wear masks in public,” he said.
Biden’s stance on masks as an effective public health intervention stands in stark contrast to that of President Donald Trump, who has avoided appearing in public with a mask and has said that he thinks some people wear masks to signal disapproval of him. —Will Feuer
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