Cases to rise in May; ‘Not surprising’ virus was in France in December, WHO says


As many states are re-opening for business, sobering estimates about the potential spread of Covid-19 in the U.S. are emerging. An interagency report from the U.S. departments of Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services projected the number of coronavirus deaths will increase to about 3,000 each day by early June. The analysis also reportedly forecasts that the U.S. will see about 200,000 new cases each day by the end of this month.

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  • Global cases: More than 3.6 million
  • Global deaths: At least 251,898
  • US cases: More than 1.1 million
  • US deaths: At least 68,934

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

8:13 am: Starbucks plans to have 85% of US cafes open by the end of the week

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said that over 85% of the U.S. company-operated locations will be reopened by the end of the week, with modified operations and hours.

The company plans to have more than 90% of cafes open by early June. Starbucks shares rose 3% in premarket trading. —Amelia Lucas

8:11 am: Experimental vaccine begins human testing in the US

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced that its experimental coronavirus vaccine, BNT162, began human testing in the United States.

Pfizer, which is working alongside German drugmaker BioNTech, will test the potential vaccine on adults between the ages of 18 and 55 in the first stage before moving on to older groups, the company said. It hopes to test up to 360 people.

The effort by Pfizer and BioNTech is one of several working toward a potential vaccine to prevent Covid-19. There are more than 100 vaccines in development globally as of April 30, according to the World Health Organization, with at least eight vaccine candidates already in human trials. —Berkeley Lovelace Jr. 

7:06 am: Cases will likely rise in May, former FDA chief says

6:53 am: WHO says it’s ‘not surprising’ virus was in France in December

In this photo illustration the World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is seen on a screen of pc and a coronavirus image displayed on a screen of a smartphone in Kiev, Ukraine.

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The World Health Organization said it is “not surprising” that reports have emerged of Covid-19 circulating in France as early as December, Reuters reported. China officially alerted the WHO to the outbreak of a new coronavirus on Dec. 31, though cases were circulating before then as officials in the country sought to identify the mysterious virus.

A hospital in France retested old samples from pneumonia patients and discovered the presence of the virus that causes Covid-19 in the patient, who was treated as early as Dec. 27, according to Reuters. The French government would not confirm its first case of Covid-19 for nearly a month. 

“It’s also possible there are more early cases to be found,” WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told a U.N. briefing in Geneva. He encouraged other countries to investigate whether the virus was circulating earlier than was previously known in order to identify a “new and clearer picture” of the outbreak. —Will Feuer

5:50 am: Iran’s death toll rises to 6,340

The number of deaths due to coronavirus reported in Iran has risen by 63 in the past 24 hours to reach 6,340, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said in a statement on state TV on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Iran has reached 99,970, he said. —Holly Ellyatt

5:20 am: Spain reports 185 new deaths

A woman wearing a sanitary mask as a preventive measure, leaving the train during the first day of work for non-essential sectors. Barcelona faces its 31st day of house confinement due to the contagion of Covid-19.

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The number of daily deaths caused by coronavirus in Spain has risen by 185 on Tuesday, the health ministry said, marking the third consecutive day that the number of deaths has remained below 200.

The country’s health ministry said the total number of fatalities has risen to 25,613. The overall number of confirmed cases has risen to 219,329, up from 218,011 the day before. —Holly Ellyatt

5:04 am: Russia reports more than 10,000 new cases for the third day in a row

Patients suspected of the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection are brought by health officials wearing protective gear with ambulances to Kommunarka Hospital in Moscow, Russia on May 3, 2020.

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Russia has reported 10,102 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 155,370. It’s the third day in a row that Russia has reported more than 10,000 new cases.

The country’s crisis response center said 1,451 people have now died from the virus. It said 4.4 million tests have been carried out. —Holly Ellyatt

Read CNBC’s coverage from CNBC’s Asia-Pacific and Europe teams overnight here: Russia sees a further 10,000+ cases; Spain’s daily death toll stable



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