Nearly 7.3 million people worldwide – including almost 2 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.
Live updates for Wednesday, June 10, continue below:
Arizona hospitals at 83% capacity, elective surgery may stop
Update 7:50 p.m. EDT June 10: Arizona hospitals that are expected to be able to treat new cases of coronavirus without going into crisis mode were above 80% capacity, a milestone that should trigger an automatic stop to elective surgeries at affected hospitals as the state becomes a hotspot.
The report showing statewide bed capacity of 83%, released Wednesday by the Department of Health Services, comes as the state deals with a surge in virus cases and hospitalizations that experts say is likely tied to Gov. Doug Ducey’s ending of statewide closure orders in mid-May.
Ducey has been criticized for not adding requirements that could prevent a surge, and some say the time to put those measures in place has come.
“If we don’t do some things right now we’re going to end up either at a stay-at-home order or over-capacity or both,” former state health director Will Humble said. “But the things that we can do now, they’re going to take time to work.”
They include better infection control in nursing homes, masks in public and allowing cities to crack down on bar districts where social distancing has been ignored, Humble said. Ducey did none of those things when he lifted his orders last month.
Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals canceled
Update 7:50 p.m. EDT June 10: Both the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals have been canceled after initially being postponed until October.
Trump plans 1st COVID-19 era rally next week
Update 5:20 p.m. EDT June 10: President Donald Trump says he's planning to hold his first rally of the COVID-19 era next Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. And he says he's planning more events in Florida, Texas and Arizona as well.
Trump made the announcement during a roundtable with African American supporters Wednesday afternoon that did not appear on his public schedule.
His signature rallies often draw tens of thousands of people but have been on hiatus since March 2 because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has now killed more than 110,000 people in the U.S.
Trump’s campaign has been planning to resume rallies as it tries to move past the pandemic, even as cases continue to rise in some parts of the country.
A Trump campaign spokesperson tweeted a movie trailer-style video earlier Wednesday that advertised: “This month we’re back.”
418 more coronavirus cases reported in Louisiana
Update 3:45 p.m. EDT June 10: Officials in Louisiana reported 418 new coronavirus infections Wednesday, raising the state's total number of infections to 44,030.
Statewide, at least 2,855 people have died of COVID-19 and at least 33,904 people have recovered from the viral infection, officials said.
Rhode Island students to return to classrooms in fall
Update 3:35 p.m. EDT June 10: Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island said Wednesday that she expects students will be able to return to classrooms statewide in the fall, according to The Providence Journal.
She said state officials will release guidelines for reopening schools June 19, the Journal reported. She added that she couldn't guarantee that schools would be allowed to reopen, but said that she expects the state to be in the third phase of reopening by then.
"Come Aug. 31st, we're going to be ready," she said, according to the Journal. "We're going to provide a safe learning environment for everybody involved."
North Carolina officials report another record-high number of COVID-19 hospitalizations
Update 2:30 p.m. EDT June 10: Health officials in North Carolina on Wednesday announced a new high-record for COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state with 780 people getting treatment for severe symptoms of the viral infection, according to WSOC-TV.
The report marked the fifth time so far this month that the number of hospitalizations in the state have hit a record-high, WSOC-TV reported.
Officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that 1,011 new coronavirus infections had been reported in the state, raising the total number of cases in North Carolina to 38,171.
Officials also reported 24 more deadly coronavirus cases, raising the statewide death toll related to the coronavirus pandemic to 1,053.
611 new cases of COVID-19 reported in New Jersey
Update 1:45 p.m. EDT June 10: Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey said Wednesday that 611 new coronavirus infections have been reported, raising the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state to 165,346.
“We’re still not out of the woods,” Murphy wrote Wednesday in a tweet. “We’re still near the top of some lists we don’t want to be atop of. Social distancing and personal responsibility must remain our priorities.”
Officials reported 74 more deaths associated with the coronavirus pandemic. As of Tuesday, 12,377 people have died statewide of COVID-19.
UK officials report 1,003 new COVID-19 cases
Update 12:45 p.m. EDT June 10: Officials in the United Kingdom reported 1,003 new coronavirus infections Wednesday, raising the country's total number of infections to 290,143.
Officials said that as of 5 p.m. local time Tuesday, the most recent date for which data was available, 41,128 people had died nationwide of COVID-19.
Pennsylvania legislature passes resolution to end governor’s COVID-19 disaster declaration
Update 12 p.m. EDT June 10: The Pennsylvania legislature passed a resolution Tuesday to end Gov. Tom Wolf's COVID-19 disaster declaration, WPXI reported.
The declaration, issued March 6, gave Wolf the ability to shut down non-essential businesses in an effort to slow the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus. On June 3, Wolf renewed the declaration for another 90 days, according to WPXI.
A spokesperson for Wolf told WPXI cancelling the declaration would affect a number of steps the governor has taken, including eligibility rules for unemployment.
63 new cases of COVID-19 reported in DC
Update 11:30 a.m. EDT June 10: Health officials in Washington D.C. said Wednesday that 63 new coronavirus infections have been reported in the area, raising the total number of cases in the area to 9,537.
Officials also announced that four more people between the ages of 61 and 82 have died of COVID-19 in Washington D.C., bringing the total number of deaths in the District to 499.
WHO ‘not correct’ to say asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 rare
Update 11:15 a.m. EDT June 10: The nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said Wednesday that the World Health Organization was "not correct" to say that the asymptomatic spread of coronavirus infections is rare.
“What happened the other day is that a member of the WHO was saying that transmission from an asymptomatic person to an uninfected person was very rare,” Fauci said during an appearance on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday. “They walked that back because there is no evidence to indicate that’s the case.”
Fauci said researchers have seen evidence that asymptomatic spread likely accounts for 25%-45% of infections.
On Tuesday, WHO’s technical lead for coronavirus response, Maria Van Kerkhove, clarified that it remained unclear how much COVID-19 can spread without symptoms.
“The majority of transmission that we know about is that people who have symptoms transmit the virus to other people through infectious droplets -- but there are a subset of people who don’t develop symptoms, and to truly understand how many people don’t have symptoms, we don’t actually have that answered yet,” Van Kerkhove said.
Major League Soccer to resume play in July
Update 10:20 a.m. EDT June 10: Officials with Major League Soccer announced that they plan to return to play beginning next month with a league-wide tournament dubbed "MLS is Back."
The tournament is slated to begin July 8 with a group stage that includes all 26 of the league’s clubs. Games will be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at World Disney World in Florida.
Officials suspended the league’s season in March due to the threat posed by the novel coronavirus.
Wall Street is off to a mixed start ahead of Fed statement
Update 9:50 a.m. EDT June 10: Stocks got off to a mixed start Wednesday on Wall Street as traders turned cautious ahead of a policy announcement on interest rates expected later in the day from the Federal Reserve.
The S&P 500 was up 0.1% in the first few minutes of trading. The index has staged a huge comeback since its late March low and is now within just 5% of the all-time high it reached in February, before the threat of the coronavirus pandemic prompted lockdowns nationwide.
Global markets were also mixed after the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said the coronavirus crisis has triggered the worst global recession in nearly a century. Bond yields fell.
Fauci says he’s optimistic but not certain US could have vaccine by end of 2020, early 2021
Update 9:30 a.m. EDT June 10: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Wednesday that he's optimistic that the U.S. remains on track to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 by early 2021, though he stressed that the timeline is not guaranteed.
"When you're developing vaccines there's never a guarantee that you're going to have a safe and effective vaccine," Fauci said during an appearance Wednesday on "Good Morning America."
“What I’m confident about is how well the process is proceeding in the development of more than one candidate that in early testing -- both in the animals and in the Phase 1 testing in humans -- looks quite promising.”
He said that if the process continues as planned, “We could have a vaccine by the end of this calendar year or in the first few months of 2021.”
Fauci told CNN that the U.S. government plans to fund and conduct studies on three experimental coronavirus vaccines, developed by Moderna, OxfordUniversity/AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, beginning in the summer.
Total cases approach 7.3M, global deaths near 412K
Update 7:37 a.m. EDT June 10: The global death toll attributed to the novel coronavirus neared 412,000 early Wednesday, 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 7,257,519 people worldwide and killed at least 411,681 people.
The 10 nations with the highest number of infections recorded to date are as follows:
• The United States has reported 1,979,893 cases, resulting in 112,006 deaths.
• Brazil has recorded 739,503 cases, resulting in 38,406 deaths.
• Russia has confirmed 493,023 cases, resulting in 6,350 deaths.
• The United Kingdom has reported 290,581 cases, resulting in 40,968 deaths.
• India has reported 276,583 cases, resulting in 7,745 deaths.
• Spain has confirmed 241,966 cases, resulting in 27,136 deaths.
• Italy has reported 235,561 cases, resulting in 34,043 deaths.
• Peru has reported 199,696 cases, resulting in 5,571 deaths.
• France has confirmed 191,523 cases, resulting in 29,299 deaths.
• Germany has reported 186,522 cases, resulting in 8,748 deaths.
Federal government to fund, conduct late-stage studies of 3 coronavirus vaccines this summer
Update 6:27 a.m. EDT June 10: The decisive studies of three experimental coronavirus vaccines will be funded and tested by the U.S. government beginning this summer, a lead government vaccine researcher told The Wall Street Journal.
The late-stage trials are expected to involve tens of thousands of participants at dozens of sites across the country, John Mascola, director of the vaccine research center at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the Journal.
Phase 3 trials for Moderna Inc.’s proposed vaccine are slated to begin in July, followed in August by one co-developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca PLC and finally Johnson & Johnson’s candidate in September, Mascola said.
GOP zeroes in on Florida for RNC convention after pandemic safeguard dispute with North Carolina
Update 5:44 a.m. EDT June 10: Republicans have tentatively selected Jacksonville, Florida, to host the 2020 Republican National Convention, three officials confirmed to The Washington Post.
The move comes after North Carolina officials chose to follow pandemic social distancing guidelines, meaning a packed arena in Charlotte could not be guaranteed.
In turn, Republican leadership began shopping around for a new site, apparently settling on the northern Florida town to host the Aug. 24-27 convention.
Brazil reports 4th day of new coronavirus cases exceeding 30K
Update 3:36 a.m. EDT June 10: Brazil recorded 32,091 new cases of the novel coronavirus Tuesday, bringing the country's total confirmed infections to 739,503, the Brazilian Health Ministry confirmed.
Tuesday’s figures marked the fourth single-day total exceeding 30,000 new cases since the outbreak began.
Meanwhile, the South American hot spot also reported 1,272 new virus-related deaths Tuesday, bringing the nationwide death toll to 38,406, the health ministry confirmed.
The Pan American Health Organization said during a Tuesday news briefing that COVID-19 "continues to spread aggressively" in Brazil, Peru and Chile, CNN reported.
Meanwhile, the organization's director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, said the Americas now account for nearly half of all confirmed global cases, or roughly 3.3 million of confirmed 7.2 million cases worldwide, the network reported.
AMC eyes July reopening of theaters across the globe as coronavirus fears linger
Update 2:56 a.m. EDT June 10: Following months of speculation that the novel coronavirus pandemic might squash its business model and future viability, AMC Entertainment announced Tuesday it is hopeful it can reopen almost all its movie theaters by July.
The company, the world's largest movie theater chain, reported "virtually no revenue" during a two-week stint in March when all of its theaters were shuttered, contributing substantially to a $2.2 billion net loss for the first quarter of 2020.
According to The Wall Street Journal, AMC Chief Executive Officer Adam Aron said roughly 97% of U.S. theaters are expected to be open in July.
Meanwhile, the company is consulting with faculty members from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to determine best practices for safely reopening its more than 1,000 global theaters, including the potential use of "high tech" ventilation filters, vacuums and disinfectant spray guns, The Washington Post reported.
US coronavirus cases approach 2M, deaths top 112K
Update 12:50 a.m. EDT June 10: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States continued to climb toward 2 million early Wednesday 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 1,979,928 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 112,006 deaths.
The hardest-hit states remain New York with 379,482 cases and 30,458 deaths and New Jersey with 164,796 cases and 12,303 deaths. California with 136,641 cases, Illinois with 129,212 and Massachusetts with 103,889 round out the top five.
Four other states have now confirmed at least 66,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including:
• Pennsylvania: 80,870 cases, resulting in 6,014 deaths
• Texas: 78,208 cases, resulting in 1,867 deaths
• Michigan: 71,179 cases, resulting in 6,243 deaths
• Florida: 66,000 cases, resulting in 2,765 deaths
Meanwhile, Maryland, Georgia and Virginia each has confirmed at least 51,000 cases; Connecticut and Louisiana each has confirmed at least 43,000 cases; Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina each has confirmed at least 37,000 cases; Minnesota, Colorado, Arizona, Tennessee, Washington, Iowa, Alabama and Wisconsin each has confirmed at least 21,000 cases, followed by Mississippi with 18,123; Nebraska, Rhode Island, Missouri and South Carolina each has confirmed at least 15,000 cases, followed by Utah with 12,559 and Kentucky with 11,707; Kansas, Arkansas, Nevada and Delaware each has confirmed at least 10,000 cases; the District of Columbia and New Mexico each has confirmed at least 9,000 cases, followed by Oklahoma with 7,363; South Dakota, Puerto Rico and New Hampshire each has confirmed at least 5,000 cases.
Only 13 states and territories have confirmed fewer than 5,000 cases each.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.