WHO sees ‘upticks’ in cases amid reopening; global deaths cross 390,000

WHO sees ‘upticks’ in cases amid reopening; global deaths cross 390,000


As the global death toll of Covid-19 surpasses 390,000, the spread of the virus continues to accelerate in parts of Latin America and Eastern Europe, according to the World Health Organization. Daily new confirmed cases are pushing new highs, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, with an all-time high of 130,400 new cases confirmed around the world on Wednesday.  

In the U.S., cases have been on a gradual rise since Memorial Day weekend, a CNBC analysis of Hopkins data shows. The country is nonetheless pushing forward with reopening. Some of the largest Las Vegas casinos reopened on Thursday, and New York City, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, is slated to move into its first phase of reopening on Monday. 

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  • Global cases: More than 6.65 million
  • Global deaths: At least 391,588
  • U.S. cases: More than 1.87 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 108,211

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Will likely take weeks to observe rise in cases from protests, former FDA chief says

7:30 a.m. ET — There is “no question” that the coronavirus will spread among the George Floyd protesters filling the streets in cities across the U.S., but it will take a number of weeks to detect an uptick in cases, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said. 

“It’s still a little early to see the impact. You probably want to wait two weeks and a couple replication cycles, or maybe three replications cycles, before you see it,” he said in an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “It’s a younger crowd, more likely to have asymptomatic illness, so if it starts chains of transmission it’s going to take time for those chains to grow into the kinds of numbers where you could detect it.”

The U.S. is already beginning to see an uptick since about Memorial Day weekend, when some states eased restrictions on businesses and outdoor areas like beaches. Some states still have an “expanding epidemic,” Gottlieb said, adding that we’ll have to wait and see what the impact of the protests will be.

“There will be cases coming out of it. There’s no question about it,” he said. “Whether or not we see an epidemic in these states, that’s harder to tell.” —Will Feuer

Disclosure: Scott Gottlieb is a CNBC contributor and is a member of the boards of Pfizer and biotech company Illumina.

WHO sees ‘upticks’ in countries around the world

Gravediggers carry the coffin of Avelino Fernandes Filho, 74, during his funeral who passed away from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 18, 2020.

Ricardo Moraes | Reuters

6:56 a.m. ET — Countries around the world that have eased restrictions meant to curb the spread of the virus have begun to see upticks in infections, the World Health Organization said.

“On upticks, yes we have seen in countries around the world — I’m not talking specifically about Europe — when the lockdowns ease, when the social distancing measures ease, people sometimes interpret this as ‘OK, it’s over’,” WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told a U.N. briefing in Geneva, according to Reuters.

“It’s not over,” she said, according to Reuters. She added that U.S. protesters should take precautions when gathering. “It’s not over until there is no virus anywhere in the world.” —Will Feuer

Read CNBC’s previous coronavirus live coverage here: Brazil’s death toll surpasses Italy’s, Lancet retracts hydroxychloroquine study


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