States across the U.S. continue to chart their own paths forward, trying to thread the needle between public health concerns and efforts to restart the economy amid mass unemployment. Another 2.1 million people filed jobless claims last week while continuing claims, or those who have been collecting for at least two weeks, reached 21.05 million, a clearer picture of how many workers remain without work.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that Los Angeles County can reopen restaurants and hair salons, while Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will reopen on July 11 after receiving approval from the state of Florida
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- Global cases: More than 5.87 million
- Global deaths: At least 362,554
- U.S. cases: More than 1.73 million
- U.S. deaths: At least 102,201
The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
United cuts nearly 20% of officers in cash-saving scramble
A United Airlines Holdings Inc. employee waits for a traveler at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, April 2, 2020.
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6:07 p.m. ET — United Airlines is eliminating 13 of its 67 officers, the latest measure to save money as the coronavirus saps airlines’ of revenue.
“While there are glimmers of good news in our July schedule — we expect to be down about 75% versus 90% right now — travel demand is still a very long way from where it was at the end of last year and the financial impact on our business remains severe,” United told employees.
The cuts to the officer-level jobs include those working on the airline’s network, regional hubs and in community engagement. United declined to say how much money the resulting reorganization will save. —Leslie Josephs
Moderna says first participants dosed in mid-stage vaccine study
A sign marks the headquarters of Moderna Therapeutics, which is developing a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 18, 2020.
Brian Snyder | Reuters
5:15 p.m. — Biotech firm Moderna announced that the first participants in a phase two trial have been dosed with a potential vaccine for the coronavirus. The company said it intends to enroll 600 healthy participants across two cohorts.
Earlier this month, Moderna released data from its phase one trial, showing the potential vaccine produced neutralizing antibodies, which researchers say is important for acquiring protection against Covid-19, in eight participants whose data was available. All 45 participants produced binding antibodies, the company said. —Berkeley Lovelace Jr.
Los Angeles can reopen restaurants, hair salons, Newsom says
A man enters a Shoe City store as Los Angeles County retail businesses reopen while the COVID-19 pandemic continues on May 27, 2020 in Glendale, California.
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5 p.m. ET — Los Angeles County can move further into the second phase of California’s reopening plan, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.
The city will be able to reopen restaurants and personal care services like barbershops and hair salons under specific health guidelines.
Los Angeles has now surpassed nine other counties in its reopening, six of which are in the Bay Area.
Newsom has allowed counties to tailor their reopenings to their own needs, and the Bay Area has moved notably slower than the majority of the state. San Francisco released a detailed plan Thursday that would not open indoor retail until June 15. Barbershops and hair salons in the city currently remain closed through July 13. —Hannah Miller
Walt Disney World receives approval to reopen
The entrance to the Magic Kingdom at Disney World is seen on the first day of closure as theme parks in the Orlando area suspend operations for two weeks in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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4:40 p.m. ET — Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will reopen on July 11 after receiving approval from the state of Florida. It’s other two parks in Orlando, Epcot and Hollywood Studios, will follow on July 15.
Visitors and employees will need to wear face masks and undergo temperature checks prior to entering the parks. Additional hand washing stations will be available throughout the parks as well as social distancing measures at restaurants and in lines for rides.
FastPass ride reservations and Extra Magic Hours have been temporarily suspended along with park parades. —Sarah Whitten
States ramp up testing amid reopening
4:15 p.m. ET — Certain states have seen major boosts in coronavirus testing since they began reopening, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project.
South Carolina and Georgia saw the biggest increases in testing after lifting major restrictions. South Carolina, which has opened gyms, retailers and beaches, saw a 350% increase in total tests given since reopening when compared with total tests prior to easing restrictions. Nearby Georgia, which ignited controversy as one of the earliest states to reopen businesses, saw a 340% increase. —Hannah Miller
McConnell says the next coronavirus relief bill will be the ‘final’ one
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters following a closed Senate Republican policy lunch meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss the response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 19, 2020.
Yuri Gripas | Reuters
4 p.m. ET — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Congress may not pass another coronavirus relief package for a month.
In his home state, the Kentucky Republican said Congress is “taking a careful look at a fourth and final bill” to respond to the devastation wrought by the pandemic.
He has questioned the need for more immediate stimulus as GOP lawmakers try to assess how much efforts to reopen the U.S. economy have boosted the jobs market. House Democrats approved a $3 trillion relief package earlier this month. They have pushed the GOP-held Senate to start discussions on legislation that could get through both chambers of Congress. In a letter to colleagues Friday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., urged Republicans to take up another bill to mitigate the economic and health crisis when the chamber returns next week. – Jacob Pramuk
Delta CEO defends cutting workers’ hours after outcry from Senate Democrats
Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta Airlines
Anjali Sundaram | CNBC
3:51 p.m. ET — Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said the company wasn’t violating the terms of billions in federal coronavirus relief when it cut employees’ schedules by 25%.
Airlines that took portions of $25 billion in government grants and loans are prohibited from laying off or cutting the pay rates of workers through Sept. 30. But airlines including Delta, United and JetBlue have reduced workers’ schedules, which has meant smaller paychecks.
That’s drawn criticism from Democrat lawmakers, who have complained both to airline executives and urged Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to address the issue.
“Before receiving payroll support funds, and with our operation slowed, Delta made the difficult decision to reduce the work schedules of our hourly and merit ground employees by 25 percent,” Delta’s Bastian wrote to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), in response to a letter she sent to him last week. “Not only was there little work to be done, it was dangerous to keep Delta employees unnecessarily in large public spaces during a raging pandemic. The lack of travel resulting from government mandates and health advisories forced a reduction in hours for our pilots and flight attendants as well.” —Leslie Josephs
Trump says U.S. ‘terminating’ relationship with WHO
3:45 p.m. ET — President Donald Trump announced the U.S. will be “terminating” its relationship with the World Health Organization, cutting off funding.
Trump has repeatedly criticized WHO’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, claiming the agency is “China-centric” after the agency advised against China travel bans early in the outbreak.
“Fortunately, I was not convinced and suspended travel from China, saving untold numbers of lives,” Trump said on April 14.
The WHO’s funding runs in two-year budget cycles. For the 2018-2019 funding cycle, the U.S. paid a $237 million required assessment as well as $656 million in voluntary contributions, averaging $446 million a year and representing about 14.67% of the agency’s total budget, according to WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic.
It’s unclear exactly what mechanism Trump intends to use to terminate WHO funding, much of which is appropriated by Congress. The president typically does not have the authority to unilaterally redirect congressional funding. —Berkeley Lovelace Jr.
New cases jump in some states after reopening
3:07 p.m. ET — As states continue to lift restrictions, some have fared better than others in terms of new coronavirus cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Minnesota has seen 84% of its to-date total coronavirus cases reported after it began reopening. The state recently opened retail at 50% capacity, and plans to lift further restrictions next week when it allows outdoor dining at restaurants.
In Iowa, 62% of its total Covid-19 cases were recorded after the state started lifting restrictions. Though Iowa never had a stay-at-home order, the state did close nonessential businesses and has since reopened fitness centers, malls, libraries and other facilities.
States like New York and New Jersey still have many coronavirus restrictions in place and have had smaller percentages of their cases occur after early stages of reopening. New York City, the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S., has yet to enter the first phase of reopening unlike other parts of the state. New Jersey still does not allow indoor dining at restaurants and the state’s barbershops and hair salons remain closed. —Hannah Miller
Fed’s Powell says Main Street loans are ‘days away’
2:21 pm ET — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank’s program to lend to small- and medium-sized businesses will have its first transactions in “days.” The long-awaited Main Street lending facility has been “far and away” the toughest program the Fed has had to implement during the coronavirus pandemic response, Powell added. The program will lend up to $600 billion to businesses with fewer than 15,000 employees or annual revenue of $5 billion or less. –Jeff Cox
New York City is on track for phase one reopening on June 8
2:03 p.m. ET — New York City is expected to begin a “phase one” reopening on June 8, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced. The governor said the move should bring about 400,000 employees back to work in the city after many businesses closed due to social distancing measures intended to curb the spread of the virus. Cuomo also cautioned against too much excitement about reopening, saying, “this is not ‘happy days again, this is over.’ We have to be smart.” —Berkeley Lovelace Jr., Noah Higgins-Dunn
How businesses are trying to protect against coronavirus lawsuits
Source: Universal Orlando Resort
1:51 pm ET — Public parks, dental offices and even YMCA locations across the country are issuing statements and putting up signs to tell patrons that there is an inherent risk of exposure to coronavirus while in a public place.
These businesses want to reopen their doors to the public and are taking measures to ensure safety, but the risk of contracting Covid-19 won’t be zero.
Large brands like Disney and Universal have made these assumption-of-risk statements in regards to the reopening of their theme parks and shopping centers in Orlando, Florida. These statements don’t absolve companies of negligence, but can prevent customers from claiming that they were not aware of the risks of coronavirus.
Theme parks, in particular, have been using these kinds of statements for decades. For example, roller coasters come with safety warnings, advising people who are pregnant or have a back injury not to partake. —Sarah Whitten
Morgan Stanley will bring employees back to New York City headquarters in June, sources say
1:34 pm ET — Morgan Stanley is about to welcome the return of traders and other workers to its Times Square headquarters in mid to late June, people with knowledge of the situation told CNBC.
The firm expects that, at least at first, only a small number of employees will make use of the option, said the people.
Morgan Stanley’s plans make it one of the first Wall Street firms to bring more employees back to the trading floor after months of working from home. Rival Goldman Sachs has also said it would bring some trading personnel back to offices in the next several weeks, and together the firms will provide an early test of whether the financial capital of the world can safely reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Morgan Stanley managers have been plotting for weeks on how to bring employees back to its Times Square headquarters, helped in part by what they’ve learned in reopening Asia offices, according to the people. The bank is also part of an informal consortium of financial firms, including J.P. Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, UBS and Macquarie that share information on how the industry will reconfigure its physical spaces, the people said. —Hugh Son
CDC quietly revises reopening guidelines for houses of worship
1:27 p.m. ET — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly changed their guidelines on reopening religious sites to remove a warning about singing and add a note on the First Amendment.
The original guidance, published last week, asked faith leaders to consider limiting singing and chanting, which could create more spread of the virus, according to the previous version posted on the CDC’s website. The new post removes that language and adds a note to say that the guidelines are “not intended to infringe on rights protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”
“In addition, we note that while many types of gatherings are important for civic and economic well-being, religious worship has particularly profound significance to communities and individuals, including as a right protected by the First Amendment,” the new CDC guidance says. “State and local authorities are reminded to take this vital right into account when establishing their own re-opening plans.” —Will Feuer
Hydroxychloroquine coronavirus clinical trials are halted
A pharmacist shows a box of antimalarial tablets called “Plaquenil”, on March 23, 2020, in Rennes, western France
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1:10 p.m. ET — Sanofi is suspending the recruitment of new patients for its clinical trials looking at hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for the coronavirus while the World Health Organization reviews safety data.
It is also putting the drug on hold for off-label use.
“Patient safety is Sanofi’s primary focus,” a company spokesperson said in a statement. “In line with WHO’s decision and out of caution, Sanofi has decided to temporarily suspend the recruitment of new patients in both of its clinical trials in COVID-19 patients, pending reassurance on the safety profile of HCQ.” —Berkeley Lovelace Jr.
Google reportedly rescinded thousands of offers for contract and temporary workers
1:00 p.m. ET — Google rescinded offers for more than 2,000 people who had agreed to work as contractors or temporary employees, sources familiar with the decision told The New York Times.
In an email last week viewed by the Times, Google told contracting agencies it’s been “slowing our pace of hiring and investment, and are not bringing on as many new starters as we had planned at the beginning of the year.” Google said it would “not be moving forward to onboard” the workers it had brought on through the agencies.
A Google spokesperson would not comment on the Times report but said in a statement: “As we’ve publicly indicated, we’re slowing our pace of hiring and investment, and as a result are not bringing on as many new people – full-time and temporary – as we’d planned at the beginning of the year. We’re continuing to hire in a number of strategic areas.”
CEO Sundar Pichai acknowledged to employees last month that hiring and investments would slow amid the uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic.
Google’s reported decision to rescind contract offers once again shines a light on the disparities between Google’s full-time workers and the vast portion of the company’s workforce that does not enjoy the same benefits and protections. Such contracted and temporary workers, commonly known inside the company as TVCs (temporary, vendors and contractors) make up at least half of Google’s roughly 300,000-person workforce.
Still, at the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis Google moved to extend contracts by 60 days for temporary staff whose work was about to end, CNBC reported in March. —Lauren Feiner
New health measures bring up questions about what’s legal in the workplace
A customer exits the Apple Store on May 13, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina. Customers had temperatures taken and were required to wear masks at the store.
Sean Rayford | Getty Images
12:48 p.m. ET — Returning to the workplace could look different for many people as their employers consider whether to implement measures like temperature screenings and required Covid-19 tests.
These new practices shed light on changing regulations regarding health, privacy and safety in the workplace, but also bring up important legal questions.
In accordance with new workplace guidance from the CDC, legal experts say employers are allowed to temperature screen employees, check for symptoms of the virus and exclude those with symptoms from the workplace without fear of being sued. —Hannah Miller
Distressed rental car industry creates more pain for automakers
12:30 p.m. ET — Distress in the rental car market due to the coronavirus pandemic will place additional pressure on the already troubled U.S. auto industry.
New vehicle sales to rental car companies accounted for about 10%, or 1.7 million vehicles, last year. That demand came to a grinding halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, and some analysts expect such sales to be no more than 250,000 in 2020.
Such a rapid decline in sales could cause automakers to raise vehicle prices or discontinue vehicles that heavily rely on rental companies, which could mean fewer jobs at U.S. plants.
Hertz, the nation’s second-largest car rental agency, filed for bankruptcy protection last Friday, followed by Advantage Holdco – the parent company of Advantage Rent A Car, E-Z Rent A Car and several affiliate companies – late Tuesday. Both companies cited the declines in travel devastating their businesses as reasons for their filings.
Sales to rental car companies aren’t as profitable for automakers as those to dealers for individual customers, but they are a major lever for automakers to unload large amounts of vehicles.
General Motors, Ford Motor and Fiat Chrysler collectively accounted for about 56%, or 975,000 vehicles, to rental car companies last year. —Michael Wayland
Demand for mortgage bailouts falls
A customer exits a Wells Fargo & Co. bank branch in Hermosa Beach, California.
Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg | Getty Images
12:03 p.m. ET — Fewer homeowners appear to be in need of a mortgage bailout despite the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus, according to data from Black Knight.
As of Tuesday, 4.76 million homeowners were in forbearance plans, a rise of 7,000 from last week, CNBC’s Diana Olick reports. Bigger jumps in the number of people receiving bailouts were reported earlier in the pandemic.
In the first week of May, 325,000 additional borrowers were granted bailouts, while there was an increase of 1.4 million in the first week of April, according to Black Knight.
Most borrowers are participating in the government’s bailout program, meaning they can delay payments for up to a year. —Hannah Miller
South Africa says it has a massive testing backlog, cites limits on global test availability
11:33 a.m. ET — South Africa, which has the most confirmed cases in Africa, says it has a backlog of about 100,000 unprocessed coronavirus test kits, the Associated Press reports.
“This challenge is caused by the limited availability of test kits globally,” the health ministry said in a statement, according to the AP. The country’s backlog was at 96,480 as of Monday.
South Africa has 27,403 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 577 deaths from the virus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. —Chris Eudaily
GM increasing U.S. production of pickup trucks following coronavirus shutdowns
Trucks come off the assembly line at GM’s Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup truck plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, July 25, 2018.
John Gress | Reuters
10:29 a.m. ET — General Motors will return American plants that produce pickup trucks such as the Chevrolet Silverado to pre-coronavirus levels of three shifts. GM is expected to have the vast majority of its roughly 48,000 hourly workers back to work in U.S. plants by Monday.
Since restarting U.S. vehicle production on May 18, the automaker has slowly been increasing output at its North American plants. The slower pace is meant to allow for time for its suppliers to build inventory and employees to get accustomed to new plant safety protocols to lower the spread of Covid-19.
GM also will begin reopening a plant in Texas on one shift that builds large SUVs such as the Chevrolet Silverado and Cadillac Escalade. All are highly profitable products for the company and are in low supply on dealer lots.
GM spokesman Jim Cain confirmed Friday some employees have tested positive for Covid-19. He declined to comment on the exact number of positive cases and how many employees have been tested.
GM’s crosstown rival, Ford Motor, has paused production or sent workers home after employees tested positive for Covid-19 at least four times since restarting production May 18. —Michael Wayland
Prescriptions for Trump-touted drug surged in March
The drug hydroxychloroquine, pushed by U.S. President Donald Trump and others in recent months as a possible treatment to people infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is displayed at the Rock Canyon Pharmacy in Provo, Utah, May 27, 2020.
George Frey | Reuters
10:21 a.m. ET — A new JAMA study found that prescription fills for hydroxychloroquine surged nearly 2,000% in March when President Donald Trump first touted it as a potential treatment for the coronavirus.
There were 45,858 short-term prescription fills for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine during the week of March 15, according to researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The researchers said they used U.S. pharmacy data from 58,332 chains, independent and mail-order pharmacies across more than 14,000 zip codes in all 50 states.
The findings come a week after a study published in the medical journal The Lancet found that hospitalized Covid-19 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine had a higher risk of death than those who didn’t take it. —Berkeley Lovelace, Jr.
In a first, Chinese airlines operate more passenger flights than U.S. carriers
9:40 a.m. ET — Chinese airlines for the first time are on track to operate more passenger flights than their U.S. counterparts this month in a shift driven by the coronavirus. Chinese airlines sharply reduced their flying in January as the virus started to spread in China. U.S. airlines took similar measures in March and April, when the wave of infections hit America.
Chinese carriers operated close to 200,000 passenger jet flights through May 27, while U.S. airlines flew fewer than 170,000, according to aviation data consulting firm Cirium. Chinese carriers are now operating 35% below last year’s levels and U.S. airlines’ schedules are down nearly 75%, the firm said.
Carriers had slashed flights after the virus, travel restrictions and shelter-in-place orders drove demand down to the lowest points in decades. While bookings are picking up from the low point as the spring and summer peak travel season gets underway, U.S. demand is still down about 87% from a year ago, according to federal data. —Leslie Josephs
Dow slides 100 points ahead of Trump China news conference
9:34 a.m. ET — The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 148 points, or 0.6%, as traders braced for President Donald Trump’s news conference on U.S.-China relations. The S&P 500 slid 0.3% while the Nasdaq Composite was up just 0.1%.
Read updates on stock market activity from CNBC’s Fred Imbert. —Melodie Warner
U.S. savings rate hits record as coronavirus causes Americans to stockpile cash
9:13 a.m. ET — The personal savings rate hit a historic 33% in April, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis said. This rate — how much people save as a percentage of their disposable income — is by far the highest since the department started tracking in the 1960s.
The increase in savings came as spending declined by a record 13.6% for the month. The deadly virus, which has caused more than 40 million Americans to file for unemployment, has paralyzed consumer spending habits. —Maggie Fitzgerald
New cases continue to rise in Latin America
No-lockdown Sweden reports economic growth in the first three months of the year
People walk at Strandvagen in Stockholm on March 28, 2020, during the the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. – Sweden, which has stayed open for business with a softer approach to curbing the COVID-19 spread than most of Europe, on March 27, 2020 limited gatherings to 50 people, down from 500.
7:55 a.m. ET — Sweden’s economy expanded at an annual rate of 0.4% during the first three months of the year, official data published Friday showed, following the government’s contrarian decision not to impose a full coronavirus lockdown.
The Nordic country reported stronger-than-anticipated GDP data for the first quarter, even as many other European countries recorded a severe economic contraction over the same period.
As of Friday, Sweden had reported more than 35,000 infections, with 4,266 deaths nationwide, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. It has the highest Covid-19 death rate per capita of any country across the globe, according to a rolling average over the last seven days. —Sam Meredith
Russia sees record daily rise in Covid-19 deaths
An employee and a patient at an intensive care unit at the Republican Clinical Hospital treating patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus infection.
Yegor Aleyev | TASS | Getty Images
7:28 a.m. ET — Russia reported 232 fatalities as a result of the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, reflecting the country’s highest one-day spike in Covid-19 deaths since the outbreak began.
It means the country’s official coronavirus death toll has climbed to 4,374.
Only the U.S. and Brazil have recorded more cases of the coronavirus than Russia, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. —Sam Meredith
Expect delays in non-Covid clinical trials, former FDA chief says
7:20 a.m. ET — Clinical trials of drugs, treatments and vaccines unrelated to Covid-19 will likely face delays going forward as the agency focuses its resources on the virus, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said.
“A lot of drug companies put clinical trials on hold,” he said, adding that some companies didn’t go forward with planned trials and others suspended ongoing trials. “The agency has been keeping up” so far, Gottlieb added.
The FDA put out new guidance dated May 26 that said the agency might need to prioritize resources because its staff is stretched thin.
“With many staff members working on COVID-19 activities, it is possible that we will not be able to sustain our current performance level in meeting goal dates indefinitely,” the agency said. —Will Feuer
Disclosure: Scott Gottlieb is a CNBC contributor and is a member of the boards of Pfizer and biotech company Illumina.
EU promises quick review of remdesivir as potential treatment
A lab technician inspects filled vials of investigational coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment drug remdesivir at a Gilead Sciences facility in La Verne, California, U.S. March 11, 2020. Picture taken March 11, 2020.
Gilead Sciences Inc | Reuters
6:59 a.m. ET — The European Union will conduct an accelerated review of Gilead’s remdesivir as a potential treatment for Covid-19, the European Medicines Agency said, according to Reuters.
The health regulator said its human medicines committee will review the drug on a timeline “reduced to the absolute minimum,” adding that biopharmaceutical company Gilead has yet to submit an application for approval of the treatment, Reuters reported.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration earlier this month granted an emergency use authorization for the use of remdesivir to treat Covid-19 patients. That means doctors can use the drug on patients hospitalized with the disease even though the drug has not been formally approved by the agency. —Will Feuer
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