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Total coronavirus cases:
• 67,930 in California, including 2,717 deaths.
• 9,819 in the Bay Area, including 347 deaths.
• More than 1.3 million in the U.S., including more than 79,500 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 26,641; New Jersey with 9,256; Massachusetts with 4,979; Michigan with 4,555; and Pennsylvania with 3,806. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 4 million in the world, with more than 282,000 deaths. More than 1.3 million people have recovered.
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Latest updates from today:
5:44 a.m. U.S. poised to surpass 80,000 deaths: The United States has 1,329,799 confirmed coronavirus cases and 79,528 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. Worldwide, 4,126,154 coronavirus cases have been confirmed and 283,055 people have died of COVID-19.
12:06 a.m. South Korea reports 35 new cases: Officials in South Korea reported an additional 35 cases of the coronavirus Monday, the country’s second day in a row with more than 30 new cases. Concerns about a possible second wave of the virus have led to the closures of clubs and other nightlife spots in the Seoul area.
12:01 a.m. Face coverings required on Amtrak: Passengers riding on Amtrak trains and in stations must wear face coverings over their noses and mouths beginning Monday. The masks can be removed when customers are eating in designated areas or are seated alone or with a travel companion. Small children are exempt.
11:56 p.m. New Zealand lays out plan to reopen: Most businesses and services in New Zealand will reopen in the next 10 days, starting Thursday with shops, malls, restaurants, movie theaters and gyms, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced. Children can return to school May 18 and bars can reopen May 21. With just 19 active coronavirus cases as of Monday, she said, “we may have won a few battles … we have not won the war.”
11:48 p.m. UCSF cardiologist tweets about full flight from Newark: In a widely viewed Twitter thread, Ethan Weiss, a cardiologist at UCSF Health, said he flew on a United flight this weekend with “every seat full” — he included a photo — despite the airline saying it would leave middle seats empty for social distancing. Weiss wrote he was traveling home with a medical group who had been helping with coronavirus efforts in New York City hospitals; he said “people on this plane are scared/shocked.”
11:44 pm. China reports 17 new cases: China recorded another 17 COVID-19 cases for May 10, the highest daily increase since April 28, according to official data published on Monday. Seven of the cases were reported in travelers from overseas. Five were recorded in Wuhan where the outbreak first emerged in late 2019.
11:29 p.m. Avianca files for bankruptcy: The Colombian airline Avianca, the world’s second-oldest continually operating airline after KLM, filed for bankruptcy in New York on Sunday, after failing to meet a bond payment deadline, and failing to garner coronavirus aid from Bogota. If it goes under, it would be one of the first major carriers to do so as a result of the crippling pandemic.
11:20 p.m. Asian markets jump on recovery hopes: Asian markets jumped in early Monday trading on continuing hopes that the global economy will recover relatively quickly from the coronavirus outbreak. Hong Kong led the regional rise, which followed Friday’s similarly strong performance on Wall Street.
11:05 p.m. Some doors swinging open Monday in Alabama: Dine-in restaurants, bars, salons and gyms are allowed to reopen Monday when Alabama eases its coronavirus pandemic restrictions. Conditions include crowd limits and cleaning requirements. Also lifted will be bans on non-work gatherings of 10 or more people, including at churches, despite Alabama’s upswing in the number of virus cases.
10:48 p.m. Louisiana governor to announce decision Monday on reopening: Gov. John Bel Edwards is set to announce Monday whether he will lift some of the restrictions against spread of the coronavirus in Louisiana that expire at the end of the week. He has said he is hopeful the state can move into the first phase of relaxation envisioned by White House guidelines.
10:41 p.m. Singapore cases up more than 100-fold: Coronavirus infections in the affluent city-state of Singapore have jumped more than a hundredfold in two months — from 226 in mid-March to more than 23,000, the most in Asia after China, India and Pakistan. About 90% are linked to crowded foreign workers’ dormitories that were a blind spot in the government’s initial crisis management, the Associated Press reports.
10:34 p.m. French Open without fans a possibility: The French Open’s organizers are considering going ahead with the tennis tournament this year without spectators, according to Le Journal du Dimanche. A French tennis official told the paper that “would allow a part of the economy to keep turning” and is “not to be overlooked.” The tournament has been pushed back to Sept. 20 but could start later, the report said.
10:19 p.m. Disney reopens Shanghai theme park: Shanghai Disneyland reopened Monday with entry limited to a third of normal visitors, and required temperature checks and face coverings, the Associated Press reported. Closed since Jan. 25, the park had physical distancing marks on the ground, and limits on people aboard rides. Plans are to gradually increase admittance.
10:08 p.m. Santa Rita Jail confirms more inmate cases: Santa Rita Jail in Dublin recorded 13 active coronavirus cases among inmates, up from two a day earlier, an increase the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office attributed to “expanded testing” in a Twitter update. Of 167 inmates tested as of Sunday, 33 who tested positive recovered and remain in jail, two recovered and were released, one was released after testing positive and three are awaiting results, officials reported.
9:59 p.m. San Diego assemblywoman blasts Musk: Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, tweeted Sunday that she “probably could’ve expressed my frustration in a less aggressive way,” regarding Elon Musk, an apparent reference to her Saturday tweet, “F*ck Elon Musk,” which she posted after the Tesla CEO threatened to move the company headquarters out of California amid coronavirus restrictions. “Of course, no one would’ve cared if I tweeted that,” Gonzalez wrote Sunday. Tesla on Saturday sued Alameda County over the shut-down rules. Gonzalez on Sunday also tweeted that Tesla has “always disregarded worker safety” and “bullies public servants.”
8:59 p.m. New Jersey veterans’ home takes huge hit: As the coronavirus preys on nursing homes, claiming more than 4,850 lives in New Jersey alone, its lethal impact is especially stark at the state-run New Jersey Veterans Home at Paramus, the New York Times reports. The vets’ home has one of the nation’s biggest coronavirus outbreaks, with 60 percent of its more than 300 residents infected, and 72 COVID-19 deaths.
8:38 p.m. Blood may make men more susceptible to coronavirus, study shows: An enzyme the coronavirus uses to infect cells is more prevalent in men’s blood than women’s, according to a European study reported by Reuters. Researchers say that could help explain men’s higher infection and death rates. In California, men have accounted for 50.4% of cases and 56.8% of deaths from the virus as of Saturday, state tracking shows.
8:32 p.m. Illinois governor says state will reopen on its own: Gov. J.B. Pritzker, whose state has the fourth-most coronavirus cases in the country, said Sunday he’s confident Illinois can safely reopen without relying much on federal support “because there have been too many situations in which they have made promises, not delivered.” The Democratic governor said on CNN that the state will increase its testing for the coronavirus from 20,000 now to 64,000 a day.
8:19 p.m. Two-thirds of inmates at Los Angeles County federal prison are infected: Terminal Island, a low-security federal prison in San Pedro, has 693 active cases of the coronavirus among 1,042 total inmates, a 67% infection rate, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website. Seven inmates have died from the virus and 15 staff have also tested positive.
8:14 p.m. Newsom’s 1st-case comment mystifies: Gov. Gavin Newsom’s contention that California’s first case of community coronavirus transmission was from a nail salon has caused a stir, shining a spotlight on an industry run predominantly by women and foreign-born residents. And it doesn’t track with what The Chronicle’s Matthias Gafni has learned.
7:59 p.m. Outbreak grows at Santa Barbara County federal prison: Nearly 900 inmates and staff have active cases of the coronavirus at the Lompoc prison complex, the Federal Bureau of Prisons says. That includes 842 inmates at low-security FCI Lompoc and 21 at medium-security USP Lompoc. Two inmates have died, the bureau says.
7:45 pm. No closing despite outbreak in Brazil: While much of the world negotiates how to reopen, Brazil, the world’s latest coronavirus hot spot, with nearly 11,000 dead, cannot find a way to properly shut down, the Washington Post reports. People pack the streets of hard-hit Rio de Janeiro, beachgoers throng the boardwalks, and President Jair Bolsonaro still downplays the threat in a deeply polarized society.
7:29 p.m. New disease hits children in New York: Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday that 38 New York City children have been inflicted with a serious new inflammatory syndrome that’s apparently linked to a COVID-19 immune response. Symptoms resemble those of the rare Kawasaki disease, which hit a coronavirus-infected baby at a Stanford hospital. Statewide, officials are investigating 85 potential cases of the new syndrome, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, and three children have died.
7:09 p.m. Infection rate rises in Germany: Germany’s coronavirus transmission rate rose over the weekend, with the number of people infected by each confirmed case reported to be 1.13 on Sunday after being below 1 most of the last three weeks, the BBC reported. Germany last week began allowing shops to reopen and easing some social restrictions.
6:59 Sen. Lamar Alexander self-isolating; staffer tests positive: Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is self-quarantining for 14 days in “an abundance of caution” and will chair a Tuesday coronavirus health committee hearing via video, after a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus. Committee witnesses also will testify remotely due to their virus exposure at the White House, the Washington Post reports. Alexander tested negative Thursday, his chief of staff said Sunday.
6:40 p.m. Shorter MLB draft leaves Bay Area prospects in limbo: With the coronavirus cutting this year’s Major League Baseball draft from 40 to 5 rounds, some Bay Area prospects are now uncertain of being drafted. Canceled high school and college seasons means pro aspirants will have fewer chances to impress scouts. Read the story here.
6:28 p.m. Not your parents’ or older siblings’ AP exams: It’s Advanced Placement exam time for teens in the Bay Area and elsewhere who hope to earn college credit for high school coursework. Unsurprisingly, this year is different: The normally strictly proctored, in-person, three-hour ordeal now is a do-it-yourself online test that takes 45 minutes. Read Jill Tucker’s story.
6:22 p.m. US to accuse China of hacking vaccine research, report says: Federal officials are preparing a public warning, alleging hackers and spies from China are targeting U.S. research into coronavirus vaccines, treatments and testing, the New York Times reports. The warning accuses China of “illicit means” to try to acquire the information. It is expected to be issued in the coming days.
6:04 p.m. U.S. National Guard chief reportedly has conflicting test results: Gen. Joseph Lengyel tested positive and negative for the coronavirus in separate tests on Saturday, according to Reuters. Lengyel, who has a leading role in the U.S. response to the virus, will be tested again Monday, Reuters reported.
5:53 p.m. Stanford case may show link between the coronavirus and inflammatory disease in kids: A 6-month-old child hospitalized in Palo Alto for a rare inflammatory condition called Kawasaki disease also tested positive for the coronavirus, in the first recorded case of a patient having the two illnesses concurrently, physicians tell The Chronicle.
5:35 p.m. What, you mean my hairdryer can’t murder the coronavirus?: Bizarre myths about the coronavirus — and the worrisome fact that they often sound slightly plausible — has prompted a group UCSF med students to create a multi-language website, COVID-19 Fact Check, debunking some of the wackiest ones flooding social media. Read more.
5:19 p.m. Influential model ups death projections for California: California will record 6,086 coronavirus-related deaths by August, according to the latest projections of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. Sunday’s update increased the toll by 1,420 deaths from projections of a week ago, and factors in relaxation of some lockdown restrictions.
5:06 p.m. Glasses fogged up from the face mask?: For the 2 out of 3 people around the world who wear corrective eyewear, the coronavirus pandemic brings particular problems. Should you wear glasses or contacts? Schedule routine eye checkups? Accept foggy lenses when wearing face coverings? Read The Chronicle’s story.
4:52 p.m. Push from civic leaders for commercial use of San Jose outdoor areas: Civic leaders in San Jose are urging the city to let restaurants reopen on sidewalks, streets, parking lots and other outside spaces during the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal goes to a city rules committee this week, and then would face a City Council vote. Read what’s on the table.
4:44 p.m. US chief of naval operations reportedly to quarantine: Adm. Michael Gilday will self-quarantine for several days after a family member tested positive for the coronavirus, CNN reported, citing a federal official. Gilday tested negative for the virus on Friday, according to CNN.
4:35 p.m. Los Angeles County reports 18 more deaths: Officials in Los Angeles County confirmed 484 new cases of the coronavirus Sunday and 18 additional deaths. The county has reported a total of 31,677 cases and 1,530 deaths. Of more than 245,000 people tested in Los Angeles County, about 11% were infected, officials said.
4:24 pm. Pence heading to White House again, though aide was infected: Vice President Pence plans to be at the White House on Monday, “and is not in quarantine,” spokesman Devin O’Malley said Sunday, although a close aide tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday, causing some top health officials to self-isolate after potential contact with her. Pence “will continue to follow the advice of the White House Medical Unit,” O’Malley said, and has tested negative for the virus every day.
4:08 p.m. Very few MLB employees exposed to the coronavirus, tests find: Tests of nearly 6,000 Major League Baseball employees and family members found that 0.7% had antibodies indicating any past exposure to the coronavirus. The rate is lower than in surrounding populations, although study participants, including from the A’s and Giants, were almost entirely aged 20-64. Read the story.
3:39 p.m. New federal guidelines in the works to reopen nursing homes: Federal health regulators are developing guidelines for reopening nursing homes hit hard by the coronavirus, and some industry officials say they are too vague, the Wall Street Journal reports. A proposed multiphase reopening is raising their concerns and those of infection-control experts who worry that moving too fast could increase the risks for frail and elderly residents, the Journal writes.
3:32 p.m. Pence reported to be isolating after aide tests positive for coronavirus: Vice President Mike Pence is self-isolating after his press secretary, Katie Miller, tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday, Bloomberg reports. Pence tested negative for the virus Sunday but is isolating at home “out of an abundance of caution,” according to the report which cited three sources. Pence did not attend a meeting Saturday with President Trump and military officials.
2:57 p.m. Australian protest against lockdown orders ends in arrests: A Sunday protest in Melbourne, Australia, resulted in ten arrests as hundreds of people gathered to protest against the state of Victoria’s sheltering orders. Police there have said that they will try to identify the other protesters — reportedly 250 people, according to the Guardian — to fine them for defying public health orders.
2:40 p.m. Closed tribal casinos contribute to tough times on Native American reservations: The pandemic has forced 500 Native American casinos to voluntarily close during the pandemic, often taking away tribes’ main source of income in an effort to protect people’s health in communities with limited medical resources. The decision has had some pronounced affects on these populations.
2:24 p.m. Contact tracing app gets mixed results in UK: A trial run of a contact tracing app in Great Britain has had mixed results, and could be upgraded or replaced. The app, which was downloaded by roughly 40,000 people in the Isle of Wight, which is less than one-third of the island’s population, alerts people if they have been near suspected cases of the coronavirus. But the results have been mixed, reports The Guardian, and officials are considering whether to make adjustments or move on to another model.
2:15 p.m. SF rapper breaks world record, aids musicians affected by the virus: San Francisco-bred author, poet, and rapper George Watsky broke a Guinness World Record on Thursday by continuously freestyling for more than 33 hours. The event, which Watsky live-streamed on his social media channels, netted $147,000 (and counting) for the nonprofit Sweet Relief, which provides assistance to musicians and music industry workers affected by the pandemic. Datebook talks to Watsky about the feat.
2:02 p.m. TSA would back temperature checks for airline passengers: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Saturday that it would back airlines checking the temperatures of passengers and employees who interface with passengers, as a way to monitor the coronavirus, according to Reuters. A U.S. official said Saturday, Reuters reporters, no decision has been made on whether to mandate the checks, but said the issue is the subject of extensive talks among government agencies and with U.S. airlines and added a decision could potentially be made as early as next week.
1:49 p.m. Senior citizens in Turkey finally get time outside — for four hours: Turkey’s senior citizens got their first chance to venture outside in seven weeks Sunday under relaxed coronavirus restrictions. People aged 65 and over — the age group most at risk from the virus — were subjected to a stay-at-home curfew on March 21, reports the Associated Press. As part of a rolling program of reduced controls, they are now allowed out for four hours. People under 20, who are also subject to a curfew, will be allowed outside for a similar period later this week.
1:39 p.m. Portion of Iran sees its hospitalized cases triple: Iran has placed a county in the southwestern area of this nation into lockdown after a stark increase in people being hospitalized for the coronavirus, reports the Tasnim news group. The Khuzestan province, which borders Iraq, saw a 60% increase of hospitalizations, which tripled the amount of people admitted for care. This comes as Iran has started easing its sheltering mandates.
1:18 p.m. Alameda Country reports 41 new cases: Alameda County reported on Sunday 41 additional cases of coronavirus, raising the total to 2,064 since the pandemic began. The county, which also had 71 deaths, did not report any new deaths.
1:03 p.m. Coronavirus forces drug dealers to adjust business tactics: Add small time drug dealers to the list of people whose jobs have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Associated Press reports that uncertain supply chains, stricter oversight and customers with financial worries of their own are some of the problems solo drug entrepreneurs have encountered as Europe instituted sheltering rules. The conditions have forced the dealers to rethink how they conduct their business.
12:55 p.m. As the virus keep people at home, flamingo return to Albanian lagoons: With many humans confined to their homes as part of the pandemic containment flamingos in Albania are taking back parts of the land. Lagoons in this European nation on the Adriatic Sea are seeing more flamingos than usual, with about 3,000 spotted at Narta Lagoon, an important waterfowl habitat, reports the Associated Press.
12:49 p.m. Contra Costa County reports 11 new cases: Contra Costa County reported 11 new coronavirus cases on Sunday with no new deaths. That brings the county’s totals to 1,048 confirmed cases and 31 deaths.
12:41 p.m. Americans file coronavirus lawsuits against China: Dozens of American coronavirus patients, some U.S. businesses and the state of Missouri are attempting to sue China over the spread of the virus, which has killed more than 79,000 people in the United States. So far, at least nine lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. against China, reports the Associated Press. The suits claim Chinese authorities did not do enough to impede the virus and tried to conceal their actions and what they knew about the virus.
12:35 p.m. Santa Clara County cases continue to rise: Santa Clara County reported on Sunday 32 additional cases of confirmed coronavirus cases, raising the total to 2,339. The county has also reported one death, bringing the total to 129. Editor’s note: This report has been updated since initially posted.
12:24 p.m. Bay Area hospitalizations have been flat or declining for 14 days: The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 across the Bay Area declined on Saturday to 286, down from 290 on Friday, according to state data analyzed by The Chronicle. That marks the 14th straight day of flat or declining figures across the nine-county region, though numbers on individual county levels vary. Many local authorities want to see 14 days of level or declining hospitalizations, among other criteria, before loosening shelter-in-place restrictions.
12:01 p.m. Germany weighs whether to aid ailing airline company Lufthansa: Germany’s Economy Minister Peter Altmaier is working on a “concrete model” to aid Lufthansa, Reuters reported on Sunday, as the nation debates how or whether it should aid the ailing airline company. Lufthansa said on Thursday it was negotiating a 9 billion euro ($9.8 billion) bailout with Germany’s economic stabilization fund after the coronavirus pandemic slashed travel by 99% and forced it to ground 700 aircraft.
11:52 a.m. Pandemic pushes world’s longest running animated series into re-runs: The world’s longest running animated television show will air re-runs, this month, for the first time since 1976. “Sazae-san” has been airing on Japanese television every Sunday since 1969. But due to coronavirus complications, the series’ production schedule has been halted.
11:44 a.m. New York to mandate nursing home tests: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that all nursing homes in his state will be mandated to conduct twice-weekly coronavirus testing for all of its staff members. He also said that these institutions will no longer have COVID-19 patients sent to them after being released from hospitals.
11:30 a.m. State health care worker infections continue to rise: The state’s county health departments have confirmed 7,160 health workers with coronavirus infections as of Friday, and 38 have died. That’s an increase of 339 cases and one death from the previous day, according to state health department data released Sunday. Included are exposures both on and off the job.
11:18 a.m. Boris Johnson details Britain’s plan for next phase of containment: Weeks after he was released from the hospital for COVID-19 treatment, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson detailed his nation’s plan for its next phase of combating the coronavirus, and a new devotion to monitoring the “R.” In a prerecorded message, Johnson revealed a plan that hinges on observing the rate of infectious spread, or the R, with a tiered alert system displaying the potential level of contagious spread in the nation at a given time. “We will pick it up where it strikes. Our new system will be able to detect local flareups in your area,” he said. “Though we have made progress … we have by no means fulfilled all of them. No. This is not the time to simply end the lockdown this time. We’re taking the first careful steps to modify our measures.” He also reiterated the need for people to work from home and announced that fines for people who violate sheltering orders will be increased. “We’re going to be driven by the science, the data and the public health,” Johnson said. “All of this is conditional. It depends on a series of big ifs. … to keep that R down.”
10:49 a.m. Canada sees lowest daily death rate since outbreak began: Canada’s number of coronavirus deaths rose by 2.2%, to 4,728 on Sunday, one of the lowest daily increases the nation has seen since the pandemic began, reports Reuters.
10:38 a.m. Avianca airlines files for bankruptcy: The Colombian airline Avianca filed for bankruptcy Sunday, citing the global pandemic for 80% revenue drops since mid-March. Avianca is one of the largest commercial airline companies in Latin America. In April, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released projections that airline passenger revenues could drop by $314 billion in 2020, a 55% decline compared to 2019.
10:12 a.m. Australia’s most populated state to ease sheltering restrictions: New South Wales, Australia’s most populated state and home of Sydney, the nation’s most populated city, will ease its coronavirus restrictions on Friday, allowing restaurants, playgrounds and outdoor pools to reopen, according to a report from Reuters. The state contained about 45% of the nation’s confirmed cases of the virus. But Saturday yielded just two new cases out of 10,000 tests.
9:58 a.m. Greece reports no new cases as it relaxes sheltering regulations: On the eve of allowing more retail shops to open and high school seniors will be allowed to return to school, Greece reported no new COVID-19 deaths and only six new cases over the past 24 hours. The total of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country is now 2,716, with 151 deaths.
9:55 a.m. Italy records lowest daily death total since early March: Italy has registered its lowest total of daily new COVID-19 cases since the start of the nationwide lockdown in early March. According to Health Ministry data, 802 coronavirus infections were confirmed in the 24-hour period ending Sunday evening. The nation has also recorded its lowest daily death toll since since March 9, with 165 new deaths from COVID-19.
9:48 a.m. San Francisco reports 52 new cases: San Francisco reported 1,943 confirmed cases on Sunday, an increase of 52 over the previous day. The city also reported one new death, bringing the total to 34.
9:26 a.m. More than 90 percent of Tokyo’s hospital beds reserved for COVID-19 patients have been used: Over 90 percent of hospital beds secured for COVID-19 patients in Tokyo have already been occupied, the Japanese Health Ministry said on Sunday, according to a report from Reuters. Officials said 1,832 COVID-19 patients had been hospitalized by April 28, which is 91.6 percent of the 2,000 beds that were made available for virus patients.
9:19 a.m. Pope calls for European leaders to unite and work toward pandemic solutions: Pope Francis’ Sunday blessing called calling on leaders of European Union countries to come together and work toward solutions for the social and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. He prayed that the same spirit that inspired European integration efforts after World War II “not fail to inspire all those who have responsibility in the European Union” to deal with the coronavirus emergency in a “spirit of harmony and collaboration.”
9:15 a.m. SF offers 24/7 help to domestic abuse victims: The city and county of San Francisco asks anyone who is experiencing abuse or violence at home to visit SF.gov/DFVResources for help. Victims in immediate danger should call or text 911. Help is available 24 hours a day.
9:07 a.m. Lebanon reopens places of worship: Lebanon’s churches welcomed worshippers Sunday for the first time in nearly two months. Churches and mosques are now permitted to welcome worshippers for congregational prayers on Sundays and Fridays as long as capacities are limited and other safety guidelines including social distancing measures are respected.
9:04 a.m. South Korean city closes nightclubs amid fear of second wave of virus: The mayor of South Korean city Incheon, near Seoul, has ordered the temporary closure of clubs, discos and other nightlife establishments amid concerns of a second wave of coronavirus cases in the country. The order will last for two weeks and violators can be punished by up to two years in prison or a 20 million won ($16,380) fine. South Korea reported 34 new virus cases on Sunday, the first day that its daily tally was over 30 in about a month. Officials said that 24 out the 34 cases were linked to Itaewon nightclubs.
8:59 a.m. Parts of Spain to relax sheltering restrictions on Monday: Roughly half of Spain’s 47 million inhabitants will be able to enjoy their first drink or meal at an outdoor terrace on Monday, but residents of Madrid and Barcelona have to wait, reports the Associated Press. The two major cities have been hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak. Spain’s government is allowing other areas to further loosen restrictions that have been in place for nearly two months.
8:44 a.m. More German slaughterhouse workers test positive: The number of workers who tested positive for COVID-19 at a slaughterhouse in western Germany has risen to 205, the Associated Press reports. Authorities in Coesfeld county near the Dutch border say they have so far received results for half of the 950 staff at the slaughterhouse. Most of the workers are migrants from Eastern Europe and living in shared accommodation. The country’s public health agency said 1,251 new infections had been recorded over the past 24 hours.
8:40 a.m. Germany makes a Mother’s Day exception on border regulations: Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer is making an exception for cross-border entry to allow children who live outside Germany to enter the country for a Mother’s Day visit. The country’s pandemic restrictions currently forbid entry into the country except for “compelling reasons” such as work.
8:30 a.m. San Francisco’s coronavirus job losses pile up: More than 166,000 people work at San Francisco businesses that have fully or partially closed under the city’s shelter-in-place order, and the hours they’ve lost have resulted in an estimated $879 million-a-month plunge in wages, according to a new survey by the city controller’s office. This could just be the start.
8:26 a.m. UK’s Prime Minister to unveil new virus plan: The British government has replaced its “stay at home” coronavirus slogan with a new “stay alert” message, a move that has met with widespread criticism ahead of a speech Sunday in which Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lay out the stages for lifting the country’s lockdown. Johnson is expected to announce modest changes in his pre-recorded televised address, including quarantining anyone flying into the country for 14 days except those from Ireland
8:18 a.m. Johnson & Johnson looks to make coronavirus vaccine: Johnson & Johnson is looking to make 1 billion coronavirus vaccines for next year, its chief scientific officer Dr. Paul Stoffels told ABC Sunday. “We start clinical trials in September and hopefully have data by the end of the year,” he said.
8:10 a.m. White House advisor predicts staggering unemployment rate for May: White House economic advisor Kevin Hassett said Sunday the U.S. unemployment rate will “probably” hit close to 20% in the May jobs report, depending on the status of the coronavirus pandemic and the economy as states start to reopen. Hassett told CNN that the middle of the summer will be a “transition phase” before the economy hopefully starts picking up again at the end of the year.
8:03 a.m. Bay Area cities face grim financial outlook amid budget slashing: The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is leaving deep scars on the budgets of Bay Area cities. Sales tax revenues have plunged, as have hotel tax receipts, and income from parking, tourism and other funding sources. That has forced cities to confront difficult, complex spending choices while dealing with a still-unfolding pandemic as pressure mounts to reopen. The Chronicle’s Dominic Fracassa and Rachel Swan write about the potential cuts.
7:50 a.m. Pope Francis says moms are ‘peacekeepers’: Mothers around the world will be quarantined on their special day, in some cases separating them from loved ones. But in his tribute to them Sunday, Pope Francis said mothers are peacekeepers, calling them antidotes to individualism and “the greatest enemies of war.”
7:49 a.m. Online searches flooded by Mother’s Day queries: No surprise here. Many, many people are asking search engines for tips on how to celebrate Mother’s Day in quarantine. Google said the search term “Mother’s Day gifts during quarantine” rose by 600% in the United States. And on Pinterest, searches for “Mother’s Day at Home” surged by 2,971%, the company said.
7:43 a.m. Former Google CEO warns of online censorship: Eric Schmidt warned of the censorship of the online market as we adapt to using the internet in different and more relevant ways during the pandemic. The former Google CEO specifically worried about government censorship as more people use the internet to discuss the coronavirus. “The ones I worry about are countries censoring the internet, because they don’t like the content,” Schmidt said during an appearance on CNN Sunday morning. “Societies can’t function without a broad understanding of the truth and the internet can be a truth provider.”
7:34 a.m. Coronavirus costs Bay Area hospitals millions: Bay Area medical centers have spent millions to prepare for a huge COVID-19 surge that hasn’t materialized, delayed thousands of nonemergency surgeries, and put off countless other in-person appointments. Now, health care providers of every kind are struggling to balance the books. Chronicle reporter Mallory Moench has the full report.
7:27 a.m. Expect higher taxes in the post-pandemic world: Larry Summer, former U.S. Treasury Secretary, laid out a grim economic future for the post-pandemic world, including a prediction that the gig economy will suffer further. Summer said he expects the economy will go from “dismal to terrible, terrible to normal.” “When we recover we’re going to have to have higher taxes in the United States, like we did in the 1960s and 1970s,” Summers said Sunday morning on CNN. He suggested raising taxes on the rich to fill the gap.
7:15 a.m. Sao Paulo marks Mother’s Day quarantine-style: Like many cities around the world, Sao Paulo has gotten creative with its celebrations during quarantine. To mark Mother’s Day, musician Rodrigo Cunha played songs written by some of Brazil’s most famous composers on his piano as he rode through the city on a truck. He’s among the city’s many residents who celebrated mothers in non-traditional ways this year.
7:10 a.m. White House, Congress in talks for coronavirus legislation: The White House is in talks with Republicans and Democrats in Congress about potential coronavirus relief legislation. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told ABC’s “This Week” Sunday morning that the talks are informal so far and that they are brainstorming ideas for next steps, “which will undoubtedly be data-driven.”
7:03 a.m. Speedy contractor finishes SF freeway project early, due to pandemic: Renowned contractor C.C. Myers, of MacArthur Maze repair fame, has done it again — this time making millions for delivering the Alemany overpass rebuild ahead of schedule. Myers, now doing business as Myers & Sons, was the prime contractor on the just-completed $37 million rebuild of the Alemany Boulevard overpass on Highway 101 in San Francisco. The rebuild was originally scheduled to begin in July, but was moved up to April to take advantage of the drop in traffic brought on by the pandemic. The Chronicle’s Phil Matier writes about the project.
6:55 a.m. Russia totals top 200,000 confirmed cases: The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Russia has topped the 200,000 threshold, with more than 209,000 cases reported as of Sunday, with an additional 10,000 cases reported Saturday. This comes one day after the nation celebrated the 75th anniversary of its victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. The day was marked by relaxed celebrations, with parades canceled to restrict the spread of the pandemic.
6:47 a.m. China, South Korea report new cases: China reported 14 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, its first double-digit rise in 10 days as scientists watch Asia for characteristics of a potential second wave of the virus. Eleven of 12 domestic infections were in the northeastern province of Jilin, which prompted authorities to raise the threat level in one of its counties, Shulan, to high risk, just days after downgrading all regions to low risk, according to a report by the Associated Press. South Korea reported 34 more cases as new infections linked to nightclub-goers threatens the country’s hard-won gains against the virus. It was the first time that South Korea’s daily infections were above 30 in about a month.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
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