Dr. Fauci says Americans aren’t taking virus seriously

Dr. Fauci says Americans aren't taking virus seriously


Global coronavirus cases now top 8.5 million, having added another 1 million cases in just over a week. Hot spots in Latin America and the Middle East have contributed to the rise, with cases still ticking higher in the U.S. and cases in Europe hitting a relative plateau. 

This is CNBC’s live blog covering all the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak. This blog will be updated throughout the day as the news breaks. 

  • Global cases: More than 8.5 million
  • Global deaths: At least 454,359
  • U.S. cases: More than 2.19 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 118,435

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Auto production begins to ramp up to pre-pandemic levels

11:32 a.m. ET — Ford Motor and Fiat Chrysler expect to return to pre-coronavirus pandemic production schedules at their U.S. plants on Monday.

The return of shifts, which were confirmed Friday, is a major milestone for the automakers as they attempt to meet consumer demand for profitable pickups and SUVs.

Automakers shuttered U.S. plants in March as the coronavirus rapidly spread across the country. The Detroit automakers started to resume vehicle production on May 18.

General Motors plans to return to full North American production levels by the end of June, if not sooner, GM CEO and Chairman Mary Barra has said. A GM spokesman confirmed those plans. —Michael Wayland

U.S. cases grow by more than 27,700 in a day as 7-day average jumps 15% from a week ago

11:28 a.m. ET — The U.S. reported more than 27,700 coronavirus cases on Thursday as the average number of daily new cases steadily increases, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Covid-19 cases are growing by 5% or more in 27 states across the U.S. and, as of Thursday, the nation’s seven-day average of new cases increased by more than 15% compared to a week ago.

The case numbers depend on the methodology of local state health departments and can fluctuate based on the level of testing conducted. Coronavirus hospitalizations, like new cases and deaths, are considered a key measure of the outbreak because it helps scientists gauge how severe it may be. Hospitalizations from Covid-19 were growing in 12 states as of Thursday, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by the Covid Tracking Project.

Meanwhile, 17 states and Washington, D.C., have reported a decline in cases, including Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, which was once considered the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S. —Noah Higgins-Dunn

Dr. Fauci is frustrated Americans aren’t following health guidelines

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci attends the daily coronavirus briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on April 09, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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11:25 a.m. ET — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, told CBS that he is frustrated Americans aren’t following recommended health guidelines for Covid-19.

The comment by Fauci came after coronavirus outbreaks in several states worsened this week. It also came as President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a rally Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which is expected to bring in thousands of people.

Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, made similar comments earlier this month to members of Congress. He told the House Appropriations Committee that he’s “very concerned” the agency’s public health message on the coronavirus isn’t “resonating.” —Berkeley Lovelace, Jr.

AMC faces backlash over its decision not to require masks to avoid ‘political controversy’

11:07 a.m. ET — In an effort not to be “drawn into political controversy,” it seems AMC Entertainment’s latest comments about its phased reopening has done just that.

On Thursday, the theater chain’s CEO said that the company had decided not to require customers to wear masks because it wanted to avoid making a political statement. Those comments caused backlash on social media, however, as users questioned why public safety measures would be considered a political opinion.

Rival theater chains Cinemark and Regal are also not requiring masks for entry unless mandated by local health officials. While health officials have touted the effectiveness of masks, President Donald Trump has suggested that some Americans are only wearing masks as a way to “signal disapproval of him.”

Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso, who is a doctor, told CNBC on Friday he is concerned about AMC’s decision. 

“I have a lot of concerns about that,” he said in an interview on “Squawk Box.” “You’re talking about a confined space where people are there for extended periods of time, breathing essentially the same air.”  —Sarah Whitten, Kevin Stankiewicz

New cases jump in Oklahoma ahead of Trump’s Tulsa rally

Coronavirus is helping DoorDash steal market share from its competitors

9:52 a.m. ET — DoorDash is cementing its position as the market leader for food delivery in the midst of the pandemic.

Edison Trends, which studies anonymized and aggregated e-receipts from millions of U.S. consumers, found that the company stole share from rivals Grubhub, Postmates and UberEats in March and April.

DoorDash announced Thursday that it raised $400 million in equity capital, at a valuation of nearly $16 billion. The food-delivery service earned the No. 12 spot on the 2020 CNBC Disruptor 50 list. —Amelia Lucas

Requiring masks is not political, ex-Trump FDA chief says

9:34 a.m. ET — Requiring people to wear masks in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus is not “denying people their liberty,” President Donald Trump’s former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC.

Gottlieb’s comments come after Trump said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal published Thursday that some Americans might wear masks to “signal disapproval of him.” Infectious disease specialists have repeatedly pointed to universal mask wearing as a simple, non-restrictive way to combat the virus.

“I don’t think this is a political issue,” Gottlieb said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “Universal masking is one of the simplest interventions that we can take that could probably reduce the odds that we have another epidemic.” —Will Feuer

Cases in Middle East and Asia surge

Pandemic may delay the arrival of new medicines 

8:43 a.m. ET — The pandemic postponed the start of clinical trials for potentially life-changing, new medicines as doctors focused on treating patients sickened with Covid-19.

It may now delay the market arrival of those medicines as the Food and Drug Administration faces a backlog once drugmakers finish their trials and submit their drugs for regulatory approval.

Reviews for new drug applications can take anywhere from several months to a year. The last time the FDA risked huge delays was during the partial government shutdown in early 2019. The FDA was able to keep most of its lights on, but the shutdown forced it to furlough almost half of its workforce and it was not able to accept new applications or fees. —Berkeley Lovelace Jr. 

Private jet companies court new flyers amid health fears

As people seek to avoid large airports and commercial flights, interest in charter flights is on the rise.

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8:30 a.m. ET — Private jet companies are flying 70% or more of their normal, pre-pandemic schedules, even as commercial traffic stands at 15% to 17% of 2019 totals.

Big names in the private flight field, including NetJets, PrivateFly and Vista Jet, have reported a higher than usual level of interest from people who have never flown private as health fears and lower prices draw them away from commercial. Though business travel is nearly nonexistent, private jet companies say the need for safe and secluded travel has spurred new demand.

Prices for certain private flights are now 30% to 50% cheaper than they were a year ago. The government also suspended the excise 7.5% tax on private-jet flights as part of the stimulus package. Read more on the fresh interest in private flying from CNBC’s Robert Frank. —Alex Harring

Coronavirus mortgage bailout shrinks for third straight week

8:17 a.m. ET — As the country reopens, the number of borrowers seeking relief on mortgage payments has decreased for a third straight week, CNBC’s Diana Olick reports.

Roughly 4.6 million homeowners were in forbearance plans as of June 16, representing 8.7% of all active mortgages. That’s just slightly below the 8.8% that were in forbearance in the previous period, according to Black Knight, a mortgage data and technology firm.

These forbearance plans allow homeowners to delay monthly payments for at least three months. The number of borrowers decreased by 57,000 from last week and by 158,000 from the peak week of May 22. Bank-held loans or loans in private-label securities, however, saw an increase in total forbearances by 6,000. –Suzanne Blake

India reports record rise of new cases, southern city of Chennai back in lockdown

A health worker collects swab sample from a man to test for COVID-19 infection, at a dispensary in Dilshad Garden, on June 18, 2020 in New Delhi, India.

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7:15 a.m. ET — India reported a record rise in the number of coronavirus cases on Friday, Reuters reported, as the country’s health ministry recorded more than 13,000 new infections and over 300 additional deaths in the last 24 hours.

India has reported the fourth-highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, behind only the U.S., Brazil and Russia, respectively.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had lifted most lockdown restrictions earlier this month, even as coronavirus cases continued to rise, but the southern city of Chennai has now been placed back into lockdown following a fresh outbreak of infections. —Sam Meredith

Germany’s contact tracing app downloaded nearly 10 million times, government says

People wearing protective face masks walk on the main shopping street in Munich, Germany during the coronavirus crisis on April 30 2020.

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7:01 a.m. ET — Germany’s contact tracing app, which was released on Tuesday, has been downloaded 9.6 million times, a government spokeswoman told Reuters.

The app, which was developed in part by SAP and Deutsche Telekom, uses Bluetooth technology to alert people who might have been exposed to someone who tests positive for the coronavirus. The app does not collect data in a central database, Reuters previously reported, quelling some privacy concerns.

Some countries, including South Korea and Singapore, had early success in containing the virus, in large part thanks to tech-enabled contact tracing. However, Europe and the U.S., where some say people are more skeptical of government and big technology companies, have been slower to adopt and develop such technology. —Will Feuer

Read CNBC’s previous coronavirus live coverage here: China publishes virus genome data from Beijing outbreak as capital city reports 25 cases



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