Coronavirus live updates: San Francisco delays reopening of indoor dining and outdoor bars

San Francisco delays reopening of indoor dining and outdoor bars

Zoe looks for a little handout from diners on Grant Street in a makeshift outdoor dining area bounded by steel barricades in San Francisco, Calif., on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

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San Francisco Mayor London Breed said the city will not allow restaurants to operate indoors and bars to open outdoors as originally planned for July 13.

Breed said during a press conference Tuesday that the city’s coronavirus numbers are going up – though not as drastically as other cities – and the city is “not out of the woods.” While Breed noted the decision could be disappointing, she said health and safety is the priority.

The city reported 4,020 Covid-19 cases and 50 deaths as of Tuesday morning.

“What we are trying to do is adapt to our new normal,” Breed said. “And part of adapting to our new normal means that we not just want to keep ourselves safe, we want to keep the people around us safe.”

The city is evaluating other businesses that were originally expected to reopen between June 29 and July 13, including hair salons and gyms. The gradual reopening of business has been on pause since June 26 and will reconvene when it is deemed safe to do so, according to a release from Breed’s office.

The city has no plans to roll back businesses that have already reopened. –Alex Harring

No reopening date yet for Disneyland, but Downtown Disney to reopen July 9

A visitor to the Disneyland Resort takes a picture through a locked gate at the entrance to Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Monday, Mar 16, 2020.

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The Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, California will open on July 9, despite Disneyland not yet having a reopening date.

, Disneyland shared in a letter to Disneyland Resort pass holders that the reopening will include many of the shopping and dinning usually available. The only information as to a Disneyland reopening date was that it would be sometime after July 4 and would be once Disney receives state and local approvals. –Alex Harring

New York and New Jersey add states to list for traveler quarantine order

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy added Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma to their travel restriction list Tuesday. People traveling from one of the 19 listed states must self-quarantine for 14 days before visiting New York or New Jersey, CNBC’s Jasmine Kim reports.

The travel advisory is for people traveling from states with a positive coronavirus test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or with a 10% or higher positive rate over a 7-day rolling average.

Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah are already on the list.

“New Yorkers did the impossible — we went from the worst infection rate in the United States to one of the best — and the last thing we need is to see another spike of COVID-19,” Cuomo said in a statement.

Those traveling from these states who don’t quarantine for 14 days are subject to fines and a mandatory quarantine, Cuomo said last month. –Suzanne Blake

WHO evaluating role of airborne transmission

People wear face masks as they arrive at the beach during the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Oceanside, California, June 22, 2020.

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The World Health Organization said it is evaluating new research into how significantly the coronavirus can spread through particles in the air as the agency faces increased pressure from scientists around the world.

The WHO has long said the virus primarily spreads from one person to another through respiratory droplets, often emitted from coughing and sneezing. The agency previously said particles from such droplets might become airborne in certain environments, but said it’s not a primary driver of spread in the general population.

Now, after hundreds of scientists from around the world published a letter saying the role of airborne transmission must be more seriously considered, the WHO said it continues to evaluate the research.

“The body of evidence continues to grow and we adapt,” Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, the WHO’s chief scientist, said. “We take this very seriously. We are, of course, focused on public health guidance.” —Will Feuer

5 more airlines reach terms for billions in federal loans

Gate agents assist travelers at a Delta Air Lines Inc. bag drop counter at the San Diego International Airport (SAN) in San Diego, California, U.S., on Monday, April 27, 2020.

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Five more U.S. airlines — Delta, United, JetBlue, Southwest and Alaska — have reached agreements with the Treasury Department over the terms for billions in federal loans aimed at helping them weather the impact of the coronavirus. The terms, which weren’t disclosed, require borrowers to compensate taxpayers with instruments including warrants, stock or senior debt, the Treasury Department said.

Five other airlines, including American, already reached agreements, the Treasury Department said last week.

The $2.2 trillion CARES Act set aside $25 billion in loans for U.S. passenger airlines. It isn’t guaranteed that airlines will tap the loans. Carriers also received $25 billion in payroll support that requires them to keep employees paid through Sept. 30, but Delta and United have begun warning employees that government-mandated advance notice of potential furloughs could come this month for thousands of staff members.

Airlines are trying to exhaust voluntary measures like buyouts and early retirements before turning to involuntary cuts. —Leslie Josephs

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for coronavirus Tuesday. Bolsonaro said he began feeling sick on Sunday.

Bolsonaro confirmed he is taking azithromycin and hydroxychloroquine, neither of which are known to be effective against Covid-19, CNBC’s Sam Meredith and Kevin Breuninger report.

In recent months, the right-wing president has described Covid-19 as nothing more than “a little flu,” suggesting that his past as an athlete would make him immune to the most severe symptoms of the virus. Brazil, with more than 1.6 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 and over 65,000 related deaths, has the second-highest number of confirmed cases in the world, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. —Suzanne Blake

Moderna, U.S. government at odds in push for a vaccine

Moderna Therapeutics lab.

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The U.S. government has put nearly half a billion dollars and support into Moderna’s coronavirus vaccination project. But Reuters has learned the U.S. government and biotech company have squabbled over topics such as the trial process and the company’s relative inexperience in human trials.

The phase three trial for the project was originally supposed to launch July 10, but was pushed back, STAT News reported last week.

One source said Moderna, which has never produced an approved vaccine or run a large trial, “could be on schedule if they were more cooperative,” Reuters first reported Monday. Moderna has denied any missteps but did acknowledge “differences of opinion” between the company and the government experts involved.

The Department of Health and Human Services, which award $483 million to Moderna in April, said in a statement to Reuters that the collaboration has been positive and that Moderna’s vaccine project is the most promising out of all the current options. –Alex Harring

Herd immunity strategies called into question after coronavirus antibody study in Spain

Researchers from Spain and the U.S. have cast doubt on herd immunity strategies after finding only 5% of the Spanish population was carrying antibodies for Covid-19.

More than 251,700 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Spain to date, and the country has the third-highest number of deaths relative to population in the world, according to Our World in Data.

The prevalence of antibodies in Spain’s general population was “insufficient to provide herd immunity,” scientists argued, despite the nation being one of the worst-hit by the pandemic.

Experts at Johns Hopkins University estimate that at least 70% of the population would need to be immune to Covid-19 for herd immunity to be achieved. —Chloe Taylor

Economic activity fell in all states during first quarter, raising concerns of potential cuts

People wait in line as SF-Marin Food Bank hands out 1600 food bags in San Francisco on April 20, 2020. Work furloughs and layoffs created by coronavirus shelter-in-place orders are driving thousands to seek food assistance.

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Economic activity fell in every state in the first three months of the year as the pandemic brought activity to halt, according to government data.

No state’s economy grew during the quarter, the data showed, while the U.S. gross domestic product — the broadest measure of the nation’s economy — contracted by 5%.

While financial support was created through the CARES Act, estimates from the Tax Policy Center show states could see a $200 billion revenue shortfall in the 2020 fiscal year. States are currently weighing cuts to basic services, including education, health care and public safety as a result, CNBC’s Scott Cohn reports.

Credit agencies have also taken notice of the changing financial situation. In May, Moody’s Investors Service lowered its outlook for the U.S. State sector to “negative” from “stable” for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis. –Alex Harring

Dow falls 200 points as travel stocks slide

Stocks opened lower, led by stocks that would directly benefit from an economic recovery, reports CNBC’s Fred Imbert and Yun Li. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded 200 points lower, or 0.8%. The S&P 500 slid 0.6% and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.3%. —Melodie Warner

Regeneron signs $450 million contract with U.S. government for its coronavirus therapy

Brazil’s Bolsonaro tested for Covid-19 after feeling unwell

The President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro appears on the ramp of the Planalto Palace to wave to his supporters amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at the Planalto Palace on May 15, 2020 in Brasilia.

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been tested for the coronavirus, shortly after the presidential palace confirmed to NBC News that he had been feeling unwell and was running a high temperature. 

An affiliate to CNN in Brazil had reported that the right-wing leader tested positive for the virus, but this has not been verified by CNBC or officially confirmed.

The results of Bolsonaro’s test for Covid-19 are expected at around 11 a.m. ET. —Sam Meredith

Novavax joins Operation Warp Speed

Biotech company Novavax announced it was awarded $1.6 billion from the U.S. government to help accelerate the late-stage development and manufacturing of its coronavirus vaccine candidate, Reuters reported.

It is the largest investment made so far through Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s effort to expedite the development and production of drugs and vaccines to help combat the virus. Novavax stock soared more than 35% in premarket trading on the news.

The federal government has also made investments through Operation Warp Speed in Johnson & Johnson‘s vaccine candidate as well as Moderna‘s. The U.S. has also awarded funds to AstraZeneca’s potential vaccine, which is being developed with Oxford University.

Novavax said the award will help fund its phase three trial, expected to begin in the fall, and help it to ready 100 million doses for distribution as early as the end of the year if the vaccine proves safe and effective in humans. —Will Feuer

Read CNBC’s previous coronavirus live coverage here: Australia closes interstate border; California asks indoor businesses to close

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