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Total coronavirus cases:
• 80,177 in California, including 3,240 deaths.
• 10,888 in the Bay Area, including 390 deaths.
• More than 1.4 million in the U.S., including 89,549 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 28,232; New Jersey with 10,363; Massachusetts with 5,705; Michigan with 4,891; and Pennsylvania with 4,495. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 4.7 million in the world, with more than 314,000 deaths. More than 1.7 million people have recovered.
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Latest updates from today:
12:00 a.m. US auto plants begin reopening: Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler will rev up U.S. vehicle assembly plants Monday following a two-month coronavirus shutdown, Reuters reports. The auto industry, with nearly 1 million employees and accounting for some 6% of U.S. economic activity, will reopen with new worker safety measures including temperature checks, face masks and shields and deep-cleaned facilities.
11:46 p.m. El Salvador slammed for decrepit ‘containment centers’: Thousands of people in El Salvador have been held for weeks in quarantine centers where detainees described cramped and dirty conditions contributing to spread of the coronavirus, the Associated Press is reporting. Human rights groups argue the country is ignoring its Supreme Court ruling the centers are unconstitutional. A health official said the centers are a contagion risk “because they are designed to hold” people who might have the virus.
11:40 p.m. Service members sticking with military for now: Uncertainty about future jobs or college is driving military members to re-enlist or at least postpone their departures, the Associated Press reports. In a massive economic downturn, that job security and paycheck is looking more appealing. As of last week, the Army had exceeded its retention goal of 50,000 soldiers for the fiscal year ending in September, re-enlisting more than 52,000 so far.
11:31 p.m. WHO meeting could air Trump complaint against China: The World Health Organization’s decision-making body begins a virtual meeting Monday with all 194 member states, and a key question will be whether the United States and other countries call for the body to investigate China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. Trump has sought to deflect criticism of his own response by attacking China and WHO actions on the virus.
11:11 p.m. Asian markets up after Fed chief’s comments: Asian stock markets rose Monday after the chief U.S. central banker expressed optimism the the American economy might start to recover this year from the coronavirus pandemic. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Australia all advanced.
11:06 p.m. Keeping transit on the move takes toll on workers: As public buses and rail systems continue to carry essential workers and others during the pandemic, the coronavirus has sickened or killed transit workers in nearly every major system in the country. Officials have scrambled to employ safety measures like more cleanings, better isolation of drivers and requiring passengers to wear face coverings.
10:59 p.m. India reports record rise in cases: Officials in India reported 5,242 new cases of the coronavirus in a 24-hour period Monday, the country’s largest single-day increase, CNN reports. India has confirmed 96,169 total cases and 3,029 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
10:56 p.m. New Orleans opens to skittish response: As New Orleans allowed stores to reopen, with capacity restrictions, this weekend, many residents were hesitant to venture back out in a city that had been an epicenter of the coronavirus, even though infection rates have dropped sharply. Some businesses stayed closed and tourists also were scarce, the Washington Post reports.
10:46 p.m. Australians return to work: Officials in New South Wales are urging people to avoid peak-hour public transportation and are opening pop-up parking lots to help with social distancing, as Australia’s most populous state returns to work this week, Reuters reported. New South Wales has reported about half of Australia’s coronavirus cases but on Monday confirmed just one in the previous 24 hours.
10:39 p.m. Something odd about those ‘fans’ in soccer stands: FC Seoul of South Korea’s K League, playing in a fan-less stadium due to fears of the coronavirus, filled some empty seats at a match with mannequins — then apologized after fans pointed out they appeared to be sex dolls, the BBC reported. A team official told the BBC they were “premium mannequins” and that FC Seoul didn’t realize the manufacturer produces sex toys.
10:31 p.m. Start of opening for retail arrives: Monday marks a new day in the coronavirus saga for many shuttered San Francisco shops that now can open their doors for storefront pickup. Marin, San Mateo, Sonoma, Solano and Napa counties also are either already allowing curbside retail or will begin on Monday. Small-business owners are scrambling for masks and gloves, and grappling with new safety guidelines.
10:19 p.m. Telehealth is booming: Unsurprisingly for anyone who’s had to “see” a doctor in the last few weeks, telehealth visits are all the rage in the coronavirus pandemic era. Such video visits, for symptoms of COVID-19 and everything else, are projected to climb to 1 billion by the end of 2020, according to Forrester Research. The uptick started in mid-March when state stay-at-home orders began.
10:05 p.m. Not-so-open houses: Real estate is deemed an essential service in California and the Bay Area, but there’s not a lot of business as usual in the process of buying and selling a home. That’s changed dramatically under shelter-in-place orders and continues shifting as those orders are revised. Kathleen Pender explains.
9:51 p.m. More than 500 cases at Chino state prison: The California Institution for Men in Chino (San Bernardino County) has confirmed 555 inmate cases of the coronavirus, with 438 active cases in jail as of Sunday. Six infected inmates have been released and five have died, according to state prison officials. The nearby California Institution for Women has 49 inmates with active COVID-19 and one who has recovered.
9:46 p.m. Venezuela single-day increase is largest yet: Venezuela reported its biggest one-day increase, 45 cases, in coronavirus infections since the pandemic hit. Johns Hopkins University data shows the country with 541 cases so far, with 10 deaths — not a big outbreak by world standards, but health experts say hospitals are especially vulnerable to being overwhelmed, after political and economic turmoil have left health care in shambles.
9:24 p.m. British, Italian leaders say get on with it: Two major European leaders bluntly told their citizens the world must adapt to living with the coronavirus and cannot wait to be saved by a vaccine. The comments by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson came as nations and U.S. states are struggling with restarting economies even amid risks of new infection waves.
9:09 p.m. New cases in Sonoma County: Sonoma County reported 14 new cases of the coronavirus Sunday, bringing the county’s total to 387. A high infection rate continues among Latino residents, who account for 61% of confirmed cases for which the county has racial and ethnic data, according to its website.
9:02 p.m. Ohio prisons will take inmates again: The Ohio prison system plans to resume accepting inmates from county jails to serve their sentences, after suspending the practice to reduce overcrowding during the coronavirus pandemic. Beginning Monday, the state will take up to 50 a day at the Correctional Reception Center even as COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to increase in Ohio prisons.
8:47 p.m. Kids still spinning wheels awaiting driving tests: Thousands of California teens are in limbo after having to put the brakes on getting their driver’s licenses. Even as the DMV starts reopening its offices around the state, officials don’t know when they will resume the behind-the-wheel tests applicants need to pair with their written tests. Read more.
8:33 p.m. Not so fast, judge tells convicted ‘Pharma Bro’: A judge rejected the request of convicted pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli to be let out of prison to research a coronavirus treatment, noting that probation officials viewed that claim as the type of “delusional self-aggrandizing behavior” that led to his conviction.
8:21 p.m. Santa Rosa opening homeless site during pandemic: Santa Rosa will begin admitting homeless people to a managed parking-lot camp this week. The Finley Community Center site will hold up to 70 tents spaced 12 feet apart, and include portable toilets, meal delivery and security, the city said. Officials expect to operate the camp for the duration of Sonoma County’s shelter-in-place order, for “some of the most vulnerable to the spread of the coronavirus.”
8:01 p.m. Japan in recession: Japan’s economic growth plunged into recession in the first quarter as the coronavirus pandemic squelched production, exports and spending — and analysts predict it will get worse for the world’s third-largest economy. The government reports a drop of 3.4% annual pace in seasonally adjusted real GDP for the January-March period, compared to the previous quarter.
7:49 p.m. Roosevelt carrier moves toward return to sea: Sailors aboard the carrier Theodore Roosevelt, stuck in Guam since a shipboard coronavirus outbreak, are simulating operational conditions and testing systems in a “major milestone” toward the ship’s return to sea, the Navy announced. More than half the crew, 2,900 sailors, returned to the ship last week after completing quarantine. They are “wearing masks and maintaining social distance,” the Navy said.
7:41 p.m. Whistleblower Bright warns there’s no cohesive plan: The whistleblower accusing the Trump administration of removing him as head of a key vaccine and drug development agency while ignoring his alarms about the seriousness of the coronavirus crisis says the federal response remains chaotic. “We don’t yet have a national strategy to respond fully … The best scientists that we have in our government who are working really hard to try to figure this out aren’t getting that clear, cohesive leadership, strategic plan message yet,” Rick Bright said Sunday in a “60 Minutes” interview.
7:27 p.m. Fed chair emphasizes ‘medical metrics’: “Medical metrics” matter most to curtail the coronavirus spread, Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell said Sunday, but to help Americans weather the crisis, the Fed and Congress might need “to do more” in stimulus. He urged personal behavior like social distancing, handwashing and face coverings as crucial to recovery as well, saying, “The big thing we have to avoid … is a second wave of the virus.”
7:14 p.m. Marin County uptick due to testing, contact tracing: Marin County’s 38 new coronavirus cases in the last three days — for a total of 317 — are linked more and targeted tests, health officer Dr. Matt Willis said Sunday. With wide contact tracing, the county is finding more infections among asymptomatic people, he said, adding that the increase is “a bigger spike than I would have expected” but “doesn’t signify a trend” yet. As of Sunday, the county had just one patient hospitalized with COVID-19.
6:56 p.m. Going (back) to Graceland — Graceland, Tennessee: Elvis Presley’s Graceland announced it will reopen May 21, after its coronavirus shutdown, with new safety protocols: mansion tours at 25% capacity, restaurants at 50%; temperature checks for guests and staff; required face masks and handwashing breaks for employees; “highly encouraged” masks for tourists.
6:46 p.m. LA police want all arrestees tested on the spot: The Los Angeles Police Department wants to test everyone arrested by its officers, to determine coronavirus infection, and is asking city officials to purchase a rapid-result testing system. Chief Michael Moore said that real-time data would help police isolate sick detainees and quickly alert them to potential exposure.
6:22 p.m. Travel, entertainment face long recovery, Fed chair says: Economic sectors facing slower recovery from coronavirus shutdowns include “travel, entertainment, things that we do that involve being around lots of other people,” Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Sunday. Asked in a “60 Minutes” interview about sports events and theaters, Powell said: “I would think those would be very difficult.” Activity with “people being in the same place, very close together” will likely “be challenged until people feel really safe again,” he said.
6:11 p.m. Tests lie ahead for higher education itself: As colleges and universities grapple with how to conduct business this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, they also face long-term challenges in balancing traditional instruction and digital innovation. California State University, the nation’s largest four-year system, magnified the moment with its decision to keep nearly all classes online in fall. Read The Chronicle’s story.
6:05 p.m. Former A’s manager out of hospital: Art Howe was released from the hospital Sunday after battling the coronavirus, the Houston Chronicle reported. Howe, 73, told Houston media he was hospitalized last Tuesday and was in the ICU as of Thursday. Howe played for and managed the Houston Astros before managing the A’s to 100-win seasons in 2001 and 2002.
6:00 p.m. AP exams to have new safeguards: The College Board is introducing new safeguards for high school students to submit at-home Advanced Placement exams this week, following widespread reports of technical problems that impacted students in the Bay Area and nationwide. Read the full story here.
5:53 p.m. Touchstone bakery and sandwich shop gone for good: Even after that someday when the Bay Area is allowed to get back to business, there won’t be any more aroma of morning muffins, homemade bread or fresh-baked giant cookies in neighborhoods that savored their Specialty’s cafes.The Pleasanton chain announced this weekend that due to coronavirus-related hardship, it will close for good Tuesday after 33 years in business.
5:46 p.m. Marin County sees jump in cases: Marin County reported 18 new cases of the coronavirus Sunday, the county’s highest one-day total since March. Of its 317 total cases, 38 — or about 12% — were recorded in the last three days. The county is set to ease some shut-down restrictions on businesses and parks use starting Monday.
5:35 p.m. Alameda County Fairgrounds test site expands criteria: All residents of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore aged 10 or older can get a coronavirus test at the Alameda County Fairgrounds starting Monday, regardless of symptoms and with no appointment, the cities announced. Tests are weekdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The site can test 1,200 people a week.
5:28 p.m. Fed chair suggests peak unemployment, up to 25%, yet to come: Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, said Sunday he expects the U.S. will see “a couple more months of net job losses” due to the coronavirus. Adding to the 20 million currently jobless, the unemployment “peak may be” 20-25% before a potential drop in the second half of 2020, Powell said in a “60 Minutes” interview. “Then, assuming that the economy does begin to reopen and we do that successfully, you’ll see people going back to work,” he said.
5:20 p.m. Reopen fever hits South Carolina beach: One of South Carolina’s most popular beaches was swarmed by sun worshippers this weekend as stay-home orders were eased. Isle of Palms Mayor Jimmy Carroll said Saturday was the busiest day he has ever seen on his island southeast of Charleston in his more than 60 years living there. Traffic backed up all the way to the mainland.
5:09 p.m. California cases climb over 80,000: The state of California now has recorded 80,141 cases of the coronavirus, the latest reminder that infection is still spreading even as California and other states begin lifting restrictions on movement and economic activity. California recorded 3,240 deaths as of Sunday, including 390 in the Bay Area, which has logged 10,874 infections.
4:56 p.m. LA County reports 29 more deaths: Los Angeles County confirmed 694 new cases of the coronavirus and 29 additional deaths, health officials reported Sunday. Patients hospitalized numbered 1,648, more than 1 in 4 of them in intensive care. Eleven percent of the 309,000 tested people thus far have tested positive, the county said.
4:47 p.m. Apple says it has reopened nearly 100 stores: Nearly 100 Apple stores worldwide are reopened to customers, Apple announced in an online letter Sunday. Apple is requiring face coverings for employees and customers, temperature checks at entrances, self-screening health questions and a focus on limited capacity, the letter says. Bay Area stores remain closed for now, but stores in Sacramento’s Arden Fair and Roseville will open Monday, according to the store list on Apple’s website.
4:36 p.m. Cases at Santa Rita Jail hold steady: Officials have not reported any new cases of the coronavirus at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin since May 12. As of Sunday, 53 inmates had tested positive — 14 with active cases, 33 recovered and still in jail, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said.
4:24 p.m. Santa Clara County case numbers rise: Officials in Santa Clara County reported 37 new cases of the coronavirus Sunday, bringing the county’s total to 2,453. No additional deaths were reported, leaving the fatality toll at 135.
4:18 p.m. Bay Area hospitalizations drop again: The number of confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the Bay Area dipped to 244 on Saturday, the lowest total since at least April 1 and a 26.9% decline from two weeks earlier, according to state data reviewed by The Chronicle. COVID-19 intensive care patients decreased 16.4% in two weeks, to 112. San Francisco’s hospitalizations were down 45.7%, to 44 patients. Statewide, 3,025 hospital cases were reported Saturday, a one-day 3.2% drop; confirmed ICU cases fell 2.5% to 1,266.
4:05 p.m. Back to work for Arizona House but not Senate: The Arizona House plans to return to work this week after a two-month coronavirus-triggered pandemic and despite the state Senate’s decision to try to adjourn for the year. A top priority is enacting a measure to shield reopened businesses from lawsuits by workers or members of the public who get infected, unless the businesses are grossly negligent.
3:57 p.m. Federal immigration agency nearly broke: The U.S. agency that processes citizenship applications and work visas is running out of money due to a nosedive in applications during the COVID-19 pandemic. It says it needs to raise fees and is asking Congress for $1.2 billion. With much of the immigration system ground to a halt, it’s not receiving its usual fees from applicants.
3:39 p.m. Tests on hand, but not enough people step forward: With crippling shortages of coronavirus tests in many states finally giving way to wide availability — four months into the U.S. pandemic — a new problem has emerged: too few people lining up to get tested. A Washington Post survey of governors’ offices and state health departments found at least a dozen states where testing capacity outstrips patients who are staying away for a variety of reasons.
3:25 p.m. UC Berkeley lecturers fear for their jobs: UC Berkeley expanded its hiring freeze in response to the pandemic, leaving more than 750 lecturers — who shoulder a substantial portion of the university’s teaching load — fearful that their jobs are in jeopardy. Read the full story here.
3:05 p.m. President Trump calls into live golf broadcast, talks vaccine: President Donald Trump called into a charity golf tournament broadcast Sunday and promised Americans a speedy return to normalcy. Trump hailed the event — broadcast on NBC — and said he’d like to see crowds packing into sports venues by this fall, whether or not a cure for the coronavirus is developed. “We’re looking at vaccines, we’re looking at cures and we are very, very far down the line,” he said. “I think that’s not going to be in the very distant future. But even before that, I think we’ll be back to normal.”
3:01 p.m. Canadian Armed Forces plane crashes during pandemic airshow: A Canadian Armed Forces Snowbird plane participating in a cross-country tour aimed at boosting the morale of Canadians dealing with the pandemic crashed Sunday in a residential neighborhood of Kamloops in British Columbia, sending people pouring onto the street where they said debris was scattered and a house was on fire. The Snowbirds are Canada’s equivalent of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels. British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix said one person was in the hospital after paramedics and air ambulances responded to the crash.
2:56 p.m. Concerns about migrant workers streaming into Alaska’s salmon season: After a second fisher in Alaska has tested positive for the coronavirus, there’s growing concern about thousands of seasonal workers coming into the state to harvest the annual salmon crop, and what these migrant workers might bring with them. The New York Times examines this issue.
2:44 p.m. Chairman of Federal Reserve cautious about economic recovery: Jerome Powell, chairman of the Federal Reserve, said it could take a while for the U.S. economy to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic. “It may take a period of time. It could stretch through the end of next year. We really don’t know,” Powell said during a teased segment to tonight’s episode of “60 Minutes.” “Assuming there is not a second wave of the coronavirus, I think you’ll see the economy recover steadily through the second half of this year.” But, he did offer a caveat: “For the economy to fully recovery, people will have to be fully confident and that may have to await the arrival of a vaccine.” The episode airs at 7 p.m. on CBS.
2:26 p.m. Track the Bay Area’s layoffs during pandemic: The Chronicle’s regional database of layoffs shows you the number of job cuts by company and city. Click here to see the latest numbers.
2:15 p.m. State health care worker infections continue to rise: As of May 16, the number of California health care workers with coronavirus infections rose by 271, based on reports by local health departments, which tallied 8,248 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 46 deaths statewide.
2:09 p.m. New York mayor says city won’t reopen beaches: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will not reopen the city’s beaches for Memorial Day, and he’s considering fencing them off from the public. “I’ve said before, I’m going to say again, we are not opening our beaches on Memorial Day, we are not opening our beaches in the near term. It is not safe. It is not the right thing to do in the epicenter of this crisis,” de Blasio said Sunday during an appearance on Fox News.
1:58 p.m. Eric Trump suggests coronavirus is a political ploy: Eric Trump, the president’s son, has suggested that the coronavirus is nothing more than a political ploy that is being used by democrats to disrupt the Nov. 3 presidential election. During an interview on Fox News Saturday night, Trump said, “Guess what? After Nov. 3 the coronavirus will magically all of a sudden go away and disappear and everybody will be able to reopen.”
1:44 p.m. Where to get outside in the Bay Area: The Chronicle has compiled an interactive map of all the beaches, trails and parks you can visit now.
1:35 p.m. San Francisco sees 37 new coronavirus cases: San Francisco number of coronavirus cases rose by 37, to a total of 2,091. No new deaths were reported. The city’s death total is 36.
1:32 p.m. Alameda reports 41 more coronavirus cases: Alameda County reported on Sunday 41 additional confirmed coronavirus cases, no new deaths. The county’s total number of cases is now 2,392 with 83 reported deaths.
1:29 p.m. Contra Costa County confirms 25 more coronavirus cases: On Sunday Contra Costa County reported 25 additional confirmed cases of coronavirus, with no additional deaths. That raises the total number of cases to 1,142 with 33 deaths.
1:18 p.m. Coronavirus hits Brazil’s Amazon region the hardest: Brazil has Latin America’s highest COVID-19 death toll, with more than 15,000 as of Sunday. The country’s hardest hit major city per capita is in the Amazon — Manaus, where mass graves are filling up with bodies. That fact illustrates the danger from the coronavirus as it spreads to rainforest areas where tribe members live in close quarters with limited medical services, the Associated Press reports. Most are reachable only by boat or small aircraft.
1:14 p.m. Egypt to close shops, beaches, parks during Muslim holiday: Egypt has announced it will close shops, malls, beaches and parks during the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr in an effort to prevent the coronavirus’ spread. During the week-long holiday, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a nighttime curfew will be in place from 5 p.m. until 6 a.m. starting May 17. All public and private transportation will also be halted until May 29.
1:09 p.m. Brazilian President poses for photos with protesters: Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro wore a mask Sunday, but still flouted social distancing guidelines as the leader of the South American nation posed for photographs with his supporters who were protesting against the country’s sheltering orders. Brazil has the world’s fourth largest amount of confirmed infections, with more than 233,000.
12:51 p.m. Graceland will reopen this week: Elvis Presley’s Graceland says it will reopen Thursday after it shut down tours and exhibits due to the new coronavirus outbreak. The tourist attraction in Memphis, Tenn., said Sunday that it has adjusted its tours, and restaurant and retail operations, since it closed in March.
11:52 a.m. Mexico death totals don’t reflect firsthand accounts: The official COVID-19 death totals in Mexico are low, 5,045, compared to other nations. But people in our bordering nation share anecdotes of crowded hospitals, morgue and funeral homes that suggest the death numbers could be much higher. The L.A. Times reports on the disparity.
11:45 a.m. People stream into Thailand’s malls: People in Thailand have been streaming into shopping malls as the country eased another restriction imposed to fight the threat of the coronavirus. The government decided to allow the malls to reopen as Thailand’s number of new COVID-19 cases dwindled to single digits for all but one day over more than two weeks. Malls had been closed since March as a measure to combat the spread of the virus.
11:31 a.m. Nepal extends lockdown: Nepal has extended is government issued lockdown until June 2. The nation’s order began on March 24.
11:30 a.m. Greece reports one death, 15 additional cases: Greek authorities have announced one new fatality from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 163. The average age of the victims is 75. There were also 15 new confirmed cases and the total now stands at 2,834. There are 22 patients on ventilators.
11:27 a.m. Colorado governor expects schools to open in fall: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis says he expects to see many K-12 public schools open this fall in his state and elsewhere despite the coronavirus threat, though “it’s not going to look like any other school year.” Polis told “Fox News Sunday” that Colorado schools will likely run in a “hybrid” fashion that limits social interactions in hallways and during lunchtime, and has up to 20% of kids continue with online classes at home if that’s their parents’ preference. The Democratic governor says schools also may close periodically when “there’s an inevitable outbreak.”
11:21 a.m. Barcelona closes makeshift morgue: A funeral home in Barcelona has closed a temporary morgue it had set up inside its parking garage to handle the overflow of victims of the Spanish city’s coronavirus outbreak. The last coffin was removed and buried on Sunday. The home said more than 3,200 victims of COVID passed through the temporary morgue since it was set up in March.
11:18 a.m. Turkey reports 44 more deaths: Turkey’s health ministry has said 44 more people have died from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 4,140. An additional 1,368 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours. The total number of confirmed infections in the country of more than 83 million people is now 149,435 with more than 1.6 million people tested.
11:15 a.m. Britain reports latest death toll numbers: Britain is reporting that 170 more people have died from the coronavirus, raising its overall death toll to 34,636. It’s the U.K.’s lowest daily death toll since the day after the country’s lockdown was announced on March 23. Another 3,142 people in Britain tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the number of total confirmed cases to 243,303. Though, testing numbers from parts of Ireland were not available for these totals.
11:11 a.m. White House adviser says CDC ‘let the country down’: One of President Donald Trump’s top economic advisers is criticizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s early response to the coronavirus outbreak, saying it “let the country down” after initial delays with testing. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro declined to say, when asked Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” whether Trump had confidence in the CDC to lead the U.S. pandemic response, saying that was a question for the president. But Navarro says the CDC “set us back” in the early weeks of the outbreak. Meanwhile, on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Sunday Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said, “I don’t believe the CDC let this country down.”
11:02 a.m. Zoom suffers outages Sunday morning: San Jose-based video conferencing service Zoom says it’s investigating the cause of outages that affected some users’ ability to host and join in meetings on Sunday. The problems appeared to have peaked around 2 a.m., with another spike around 9 a.m., according to the website Down Detector, which tracks disruptions in tech services and collects reports. “Our team is investigating the root cause of issues joining Zoom Meetings,” the company said on Twitter. “These issues appear to be limited to a subset of users. Please visit http://status.zoom.us for updates.”
10:57 a.m. Price of gas goes up, expected to continue to rise: The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline rose a nickel over the past three weeks, to $1.97 per gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the slight jump comes after prices at the pump crashed for nine weeks straight during the coronavirus pandemic. She says gas prices are likely to continue to rise amid increased demand as widespread stay-at-home orders are eased. According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of gas in California is $2.80.
10:52 a.m. SF shuts newsstand as a nonessential business: For the past 25 years, Russian Hill residents have been picking up their Sunday Chronicle, New York Times or any of 1,500 other newspapers and magazines at Smoke Signals newsstand on Polk Street, but not today. Last week Smoke Signals was ordered to close shop, as it’s not considered an essential business. The closure has stirred up neighborhood residents, who consider the newsstand a vital information center, especially for seniors with limited internet skills and immigrants with limited language skills. The Chronicle’s Phil Matier writes about the situation.
10:49 a.m. Italy to allow some businesses to reopen Monday: Italy will see various businesses, such as shops, restaurants and hair saloons reopen Monday as the nation eases it’s strict coronavirus lockdown. The government said it was taking “calculated risk” to put the country back on its feet, Reuters reported. This comes as the country reported its lowest daily death toll since March 9, with 145 deaths on Sunday. The total new cases were 675, the lowest since March 4.
10:41 a.m. China’s ‘Dr. Fauci’ says virus was not created in a lab: Dr. Zhong Nanshan, a leading Chinese medical expert sometimes described as the “Dr. Fauci of China,” said during an interview with CNN on Sunday that he believes the coronavirus originated from animals, not in a lab as theorized by some. Though Dr. Zhong said, “the origin is very difficult to draw any conclusion at the moment,” he said he does not believe the virus was created in a Chinese laboratory. He also said that, despite any political tensions, U.S. and Chinese scientists are still working together to combat the virus.
10:18 a.m. Survey reveals dire state of SF restaurants during SIP: The numbers are striking: 47% of San Francisco restaurant owners laid off all of their employees during shelter-in-place. And among the 73% of restaurants open for takeout, 60% are losing money by doing so. Those statistics come from a survey of 216 San Francisco restaurant owners conducted by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association. Janelle Bitker writes about the survey results, obtained exclusively by The Chronicle, revealing the challenges restaurateurs are facing during shelter-in-place as well as their reopening prospects.
10:08 a.m. San Francisco’s largest landlord plans to repay debated small business loan: Veritas Investments, which manages more than 250 San Francisco properties and has more than $3 billion in assets, plans to repay its Paycheck Protection Program loan within the two years allotted by the federal government. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday called for Veritas to return the loan, saying the $3.6 million the company accepted was intended for small businesses. A Veritas spokesperson said in a statement: “We are also a business that needed the loan for its intended purpose, to meet our payroll and employ the people responsible for maintaining the buildings that house more than 8,000 San Franciscans. We understand that some recipients of the loan are applying to make it a grant, however that is not our intention. We will not keep it.”
10:04 a.m. Changes could be coming to PPP: Small business owners who received funding from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help with economic challenges of the coronavirus pandemic could soon see some revisions to the program. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the U.S. government is anticipated to revise the program to include more ways to send spend the funds and more time to spend the loans beyond the two month limit.
9:48 a.m. Middle Eastern countries impose harsh penalties for not wearing masks: People who refuse to wear a mask in Kuwait or Qatar will soon face some stiff penalties, reported Reuters. In Kuwait, people could be fined up to 5,000 dinars ($16,200) and serve up to three months in prison while Qatar will issue fines of up to 200,000 riyals ($55,000) and a maximum penalty of three years in prison.
9:23 a.m. NY Gov. Cuomo takes coronavirus test on live TV: In an effort to help people get over the fear of taking the coronavirus test, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo used his Sunday press briefing to show his constituents, and everyone watching across the nation, how “easy” it is to be tested by getting himself tested. After being swabbed by a medical professional in full protective gear, Cuomo said, “That is the whole test. I’m not in pain. I’m not in discomfort. There is no reason why you should not get the test. You don’t even have to be New York tough to take that test.”
9:15 a.m. Pelosi says there’s immediate need for relief bill: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said there is an immediate need for Congress to pass another coronavirus relief bill, despite arguments from Senate Republicans that lawmakers should wait a few more weeks to craft a more effective bill. “They may think it’s OK to pause,” Pelosi said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “Well people are hungry across America. Hunger doesn’t take a pause. People are jobless across America. That doesn’t take a pause.” The House passed the HEROES Act Friday, a three trillion dollar package that would provide another round of stimulus checks to Americans and extend unemployment benefits, among other things.
9:12 a.m. Italian leader says world can’t wait for virus: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte bluntly told its citizens that the world needs to adapt to living with the coronavirus and cannot wait to be saved by the development of a vaccine. “We are facing a calculated risk, in the awareness … that the epidemiological curve could go back up,” Conte said late Saturday. “We are confronting this risk, and we need to accept it, otherwise we would never be able to relaunch.”
9:07 a.m. What will offices look like when San Francisco reopens? The Chronicle’s Roland Li looks at this question through the prism of Salesforce, writing that there will be temperature scans on every floor, mandatory masks, and 6-foot separations for all workers. Hand sanitizer will be everywhere and cleaners will work throughout the day. Read more for the full picture of what’s to come.
9:03 a.m. Russia will let foreign athletes, coaches into country: Russia has relaxed border restrictions for athletes and coaches in a move that will help soccer to restart in the country next month. The government says athletes and coaches will be allowed in if they have a contract with a Russian sports team or organization. They will have to spend 14 days in isolation on arrival and will be observed by doctors.
8:57 a.m. Author Lawrence Wright calls pandemic a ‘scar on history’: Lawrence Wright, the acclaimed author whose books have examined 9/11 and Scientology, described the coronavirus pandemic as a “scar on history.” The writer’s latest book, “The End of October,” is a bit of uncanny prophecy, a novel about a virus that begins in Asia and spreads to the rest of world. Speaking on CNN Sunday, Wright talked about the coronavirus pandemic in striking terms: “We’ll look back on it as something more than the Great Depression. And it hasn’t finished yet … people feel like we’re coming out of it, but there could be a second or third wave as there was in 1918.”
8:42 a.m. India extends its lockdown in key regions: India has extended a nearly two-month-old stringent lockdown by another two weeks with Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and some other key regions still battling to control the rising curve of coronavirus infections. A government statement on Sunday said travel by air and metro will remain shut down nationwide until the end of May. Schools, hotels, restaurants, bars, shopping malls, cinemas and places of worship will also be closed nationally.
8:38 a.m. Coronavirus vaccine could come from California, with no shot needed: Bay Area researchers’ proximity to leading health care centers and Silicon Valley has given them a leading role in developing drugs to treat COVID-19. It could also give local companies and institutions a leg up in the global race to create a vaccine, with or without a shot. The Chronicle’s J.D. Morris reports on the local develops in trying to find a vaccine.
8:35 a.m. British police break up illegal rave: Police in the British city of Telford say they broke up a rave in a country park that was attended by dozens of people, who were ignoring social distancing rules because they were tired of self-isolating.
8:31 a.m. Russia reports fewer deaths: Russia on Sunday reported 9,709 new cases of COVID-19, the second consecutive day the number of new cases was less than 10,000. Total new cases for the week were 2,937 lower than in the previous week. Russia has recorded more than 281,000 coronavirus cases and 2,631 deaths — a mortality rate well below the world average. However, Russian health officials are not counting deaths the same way as in other countries. The Moscow health department says more than 60% of deaths of people with the coronavirus in Moscow were ascribed to other causes, including cardiovascular ailments, cancer and diseases involving organ failure.
8:29 a.m. Health and Human Services Secretary refuses to criticize local governments: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is declining to criticize local leaders amid images of crowded bars and boardwalks in areas where coronavirus restrictions are being lifted. Azar told CNN in an interview Sunday that “the president has left it up to states to know their local situation the best,” and said it’s therefore “very hard to judge in any community whether a bar being open, a restaurant, a school is the right thing.”
8:20 a.m. Butte County resident who attended church service tests positive for COVID-19: A person who attended a religious service with 180 other people on Mother’s Day in Butte County has tested positive for the coronavirus, officials announced Friday, May 15. The infected person received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis the day after the service and is in home isolation, the county health department said. Church attendees were notified of their exposure and have been instructed to self-quarantine. “Organizations that hold in-person services or gatherings are putting the health and safety of their congregations, the general public and our local ability to open up at great risk,” said Danette York, director of Butte County Public Health. “We all need to do our part to follow the orders and mitigation efforts so that our Reopen Butte County plan can continue to move forward.”
7:59 a.m. Marin health director’s own illness changes his view of COVID-19: The top public health officer in Marin County could hardly breathe, oxygen levels in his body had hit rock bottom and, he admitted, he was scared because “this is the sickest I’ve ever been.” The Chronicle’s Peter Fimrite writes about how the coronavirus infections affected Dr. Matt Willis’ view of the virus.
7:54 a.m. Australian opera singer to perform for quarantined people: Australian opera singer Jane Ede will perform Monday, May 18, for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of live shows, but in an unusual location. Ede, Opera Australia’s principal soprano, will join several other musicians for about 450 guests who have spent two weeks in government-ordered hotel quarantine after returning from overseas locations.
7:47 a.m. South Korea hopes nightclub outbreak is waning: South Korea has reported 13 new cases of the coronavirus over a 24-hour period, raising hopes that a new outbreak linked to nightclubs in Seoul may be waning. The additional figures released Sunday by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention brought the national tally to 11,050 with 262 deaths.
7:40 Tesla says it will re-open in the ‘upcoming week’: Tesla told employees it has been cleared to continue operations at its Fremont factory in the coming week, Bloomberg reported Sunday. In an email obtained by Bloomberg, Tesla’s vice president for environmental, health, and safety, Laurie Shelby, told employees “we have local support to get back to full production at the factory starting this upcoming week” after a visit by Alameda County officials. It follows threats by CEO Elon Musk to move the company headquarters out of state after the county blocked Tesla’s re-opening.
7:34 a.m. The best pandemic film of 2020 is almost a decade old: The 2011 pandemic film “Contagion” covered Potrero Hill in garbage, rolled a few military vehicles in front of San Francisco’s City Hall and had characters passing judgment on teens sneaking outside their pods like the people. The Chronicle’s Peter Hartlaub writes how, despite being 9 years old, “Contagion” feels like the film of 2020.
7:26 a.m. Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery to close: Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery, a chain cafe headquartered in Pleasanton, announced its closing Tuesday after 33 years in business. “Current market conditions attributed to COVID-19 and shelter-in-place policies have decimated company revenues,” the company said on its website. It’s last day of operations is Tuesday, May 19.
7:22 a.m. UN warns of increasing issues againt queer cultures: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning of the increasing vulnerability of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people during the COVID-19 pandemic on the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. Guterres said many LGBTI people who already face bias, attacks and murder “simply for who they are or whom they love … are experiencing heightened stigma as a result of the virus, as well as new obstacles when seeking health care.”
7:15 a.m. Bay Area counties take divergent paths toward reopening: Bay Area counties mostly have been in lockstep in their response to the coronavirus since the first shelter-in-place orders took effect two months ago, but as outbreaks begin to subside, counties are starting down divergent paths, and that parting of ways is causing some confusion and impatience across the region. Erin Allday writes about the differences for The Chronicle.
7:08 a.m. Greece allows church services for first time in two months: Even though they limited the number of congregants and dispensed disinfectant outside, churches throughout Greece have opened their doors to the faithful after two months. Congregants sat three chairs apart and observed social distancing of at least 1.5 meters (5 feet) from each other. The number of people attending was limited to 1 per 10 square meters (108 sq ft). Many were left outside, but avoided crowding, and churches used loudspeakers to broadcast Mass.
7:04 a.m. British PM says a virus vaccine may never come: The British government is giving 93 million pounds ($110 million) in funding to speed up the opening of the new Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Center, but British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says there might never be a vaccine for COVID-19 despite the huge global effort to develop one. He wrote in the Mail on Sunday newspaper “there remains a very long way to go, and I must be frank that a vaccine might not come to fruition.”
7 a.m. Newsom says government has ‘obligation’ to help states: The federal government has an “ethical obligation” to help states and counties during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom told CNN Sunday. “We have an obligation, a moral, an ethical obligation to American citizens across this country to help support cities, states and counties,” Newsom said on Jake Tapper’s “State of the Union.” California had been “managing our budget effectively” before the pandemic, Newsom said.
6:51 a.m. In SF, used face masks pile up on dirty streets: San Francisco has a new problem with its already dirty streets — people tossing their used masks and gloves onto the sidewalks. “We don’t keep numbers, but cleanup crews are reporting masks and gloves showing up in all parts of the city,” Public Works spokeswoman Rachel Gordon said. The Chronicle’s Phil Matier writes about this pandemic fallout.
6:47 a.m. Great Britain continues to hire contact tracers: Britain has hired most of the 18,000 contact tracers it needs for a testing and tracking program it plans to roll out next month when lockdown restrictions are eased further. Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove told the BBC on Sunday that 17,200 people had been recruited, allowing the government to meet its hiring goal by next week.
6:43 a.m. Spain could make face masks mandatory: The health minister of Spain says the European nation will consider making the use of face masks required when its citizens are in public spaces. Health Minister Salvador Illa said Sunday that “there is a wide consensus (among Spain’s regional governors) to reinforce the obligation to wear masks.”
Latest updates from May 16:
11:55 p.m. Pediatric hospitals enduring financial pain: Children have largely escaped the ravages of COVID-19, but children’s hospitals have not eluded pandemic-related financial pain. Pediatric hospitals, like Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, suspended nonemergency surgeries and stockpiled protective gear and virus test kits for a surge that did not come. Read more.
11:43 p.m. Top medical official warns China vulnerable to 2nd wave: China’s senior medical adviser Zhong Nanshan told CNN that the country, experiencing a reprieve from the coronavirus, is still vulnerable to a second wave. The majority of Chinese “are still susceptible of the Covid-19 infection, because (of) a lack of immunity,” Zhong said.
11:22 p.m. Federal government to collect data on nursing home infections: Nursing homes have been directed to report their numbers of coronavirus infections and deaths to the federal government by midnight Sunday, the Washington Post reports. Federal officials said they will collect the data weekly and publish it online, along with the names of nursing homes, by the end of May.
11:11 pm. Back to the shore in Greece, with distancing rules: Greece reopened beaches Saturday under strict social distancing measures during a heat wave. Residents flocked to the shore while temperatures reached 98 degrees. Businesses faced fines of more than 21,000 for any violation of restrictions.
11:03 p.m. Vegas allows sidewalk commerce: The city of Las Vegas announced that restaurants and businesses operating under the first two phases of state reopening orders can extend operations to the sidewalk during regular business hours. Each business must continue social distancing measures by keeping tables and chairs6 feet from pedestrian paths.
10:55 p.m. New Orleans starts to come back: The city of New Orleans, which was slammed by the coronavirus, took its first steps Saturday to loosen restrictions that have been in place for two months. The rest of Louisiana took that step Friday as many businesses and houses of worship were allowed to reopen at 25% capacity. Casinos, video poker, live entertainment and bars are still closed.
10:48 p.m. Lifeline remittances sent to Latin America plummet: With millions of Central American immigrants out of work in the U.S. along with the rest of the newly unemployed, the remittances they send to their home countries are projected to fall nearly 20% this year, making life even harder for relatives back home, the BBC reports.
10:34 p.m. Central Valley city declares itself ‘sanctuary’ for businesses: The Merced County city of Atwater proclaimed itself a “sanctuary city” for businesses and churches that want to reopen in defiance of the California shelter-in-place policy. The City Council took the step Friday after hearing from local businesses about the hardships of the coronavirus shutdown.
10:17 p.m. Cases declining nationwide: The number of new coronavirus cases confirmed in the United States has steadily declined in recent days — dropping in New York over the past month and plunging in hard-hit Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with Vermont, Hawaii and Alaska, are reporting few new cases at all. But that progress is tenuous and uncertain as the nation reaches a perious time, the New York Times reports.
10:13 p.m. Santa Clara County cases climb: Public health officials reported 15 new coronavirus cases on Saturday in Santa Clara County, bringing the county’s case total to 2,418. The county’s COVID-19 data
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