Coronavirus live updates: North Carolina reports ‘notable and concerning’ increase in cases

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A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 338,000 people worldwide.Over 5.2 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.The United States is the worst-affected country in the world, with more than 1.6 million diagnosed cases and at least 96,082 deaths.Today’s biggest developments:US nears 100,000 deaths Symptomatic hair stylist ‘potentially directly exposed’ 84 clientsHere’s how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates.2:20 p.m.: NBA seeks to restart at Disney WorldThe NBA is in talks with The Walt Disney Company to continue the 2019-2020 season in July at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.”The Walt Disney Company has a great, long-standing relationship with the NBA. We are engaged in conversations with them about completing the 2019-2020 season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World Resort,” according to a Disney spokesperson.The NBA suspended its season indefinitely on March 11, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.It remains unclear whether the NBA will play the remainder of its regular season or proceed directly to the playoffs. But the 220-acre ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, with its three arenas and ample hotel accommodations, would allow the league to restart play while limiting outside exposures.”Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place,” said Mike Bass, a spokesman for the NBA.Disney is the parent company of ABC News.12:25 p.m.: Daily deaths in NY fall below 100Daily deaths in New York fell to 84, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, marking the first time since late March the number was below 100.Cuomo said that while the number was painful for those families, it is a sign the state is “making real progress.”He recalled a conversation he had with a health care worker when New York deaths were in the hundreds each day. Cuomo asked what number he should be aiming for as a positive sign.”If you can get under 100, I think you can breathe a sigh of relief,” Cuomo said the worker told him. “When he said this, we were in the hundreds and hundreds, and getting below 100 was almost impossible, but I made a little note. You need something in life to shoot for, you need something to aim for.”PHOTO: People are seen practicing social distancing in white circles at the Madison Square Park during Covid-19 pandemic in Manhattan, New York City, United States on May 22, 2020. (Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)With the metrics still down, Cuomo said that the mid-Hudson region could reopen beginning Tuesday and Long Island could start reopening on Wednesday.He also applauded those who went to the beaches Friday, saying they followed safety measures.11:51 a.m.: North Carolina sees highest 1-day increase in casesNorth Carolina reported its highest one-day increase of confirmed cases, with 1,107 cases, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.“This is a notable and concerning increase. As we head into a holiday weekend, please practice the three Ws — wear a face covering, wait six feet apart, and wash your hands frequently. When it comes to our health, we need to work together to protect our families, friends and neighbors,” NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen said in a statement.The health department said epidemiologists were analyzing the data to determine if there were any significant contributing factors.In addition, 10% of total tests were positive among labs that report both negative and positive tests into the state electronic reporting system.There are 22,725 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 737 deaths in North Carolina as of Saturday, according to the health department.PHOTO: Circles designed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus by encouraging social distancing line San Francisco’s Dolores Park, May 21, 2020. (Noah Berger/AP Photo)11:20 a.m.: Spain opening to tourism starting in JulySpain will reopen to international tourism beginning in July, President of Spanish Government Pedro Sanchez announced.”As you know, Spain receives more than 80 million visitors per year. I do announce that starting from July, Spain will reopen foreign tourism with safety conditions. Foreign tourists can start planning their holidays in our country,” Sanchez said.Sanchez added that the country needs tourism and “tourism needs safety from origin to destination.”PHOTO: People in Barcelona visit the Guell Park on May 20, 2020. (Jordi Boixareu/ZUMAPRESS.com)”We will guarantee that tourists will not take any risks, and will not bring any risk to our country,” he said.Professional soccer will also reopen starting on June 8, but without fans in attendance.Spain was among the countries hardest hit by the virus. There were more than 234,000 confirmed cases and more than 28,000 deaths, the fourth-highest fatality rate in the world, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. There will be 10 days of national mourning for the victims of the pandemic, Sanchez said, beginning Tuesday.10:24 a.m.: Stay-at-home orders sparking some violence, DHS warnsStay-at-home orders and social distancing requirements have sparked some violence in the United States, and it could continue under further restrictions, according to a new federal report obtained by ABC News from analysts at the Department of Homeland Security Counterterrorism Mission Center.”A variety of illicit actors are responding violently to stay-at-home orders and social distancing measures in place due to COVID-19, and we assess both public and private authority figures and essential workers are at highest risk of being targeted, particularly as the pandemic persists,” the DHS reported in the notice issued to law enforcement and federal government leadership Thursday. “Even as parts of the country begin lifting some of these measures, some illicit actors probably will view any continued state-mandated ordersas government overreach, and anticipated safety guidelines and policies—specifically the use of face masks—probably also will serve as a driving factor behind continued violent incidents related to the pandemic.”PHOTO: A person tries to help Angela Rigas as she gets a ticket for being a disorderly person as she cuts hair at the Michigan Conservative Coalition organized ‘Operation Haircut’ outside the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on May 20, 2020. (Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images)The DHS report was issued the same day President Trump told reporters in Michigan that he would oppose renewed stay-home rules even if a second-wave outbreak occurs this fall, as many public-health experts fear.The report does not offer any political or health judgments, but instead bluntly warns about possible future violent acts.”Public health officials are warning of a possible second-wave of COVID-19 in late 2020, which would likely result in at least some states re-implementing stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the virus, according to press reporting. Should this occur, we would expect a repeat of current responses, including additional incidents of hostility against these restrictions, some of which could result in violence targeting law enforcement or other individuals attempting to enforce the stay-at-home orders,” according to the report.There has already been at least one incident early this month. Officials said a sheriff’s private information was published online by white supremacists who were angry about an arrest.A Colorado man was arrested for encouraging people to illegally open-carry firearms at a planned “anti-shutdown protest,” according to the report.The data was provided in the wake of President Donald Trump deeming houses of worship “essential.” Trump demanded on Friday governors allow them to reopen “this weekend,” threatening to “override” the governors if they didn’t. He did not explain what legal grounds he had to do so.Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said the demand was “irresponsible and reckless — and tragically, will lead to more deaths.””This scenario is well within our capacity for staff to contact trace and hopefully contain,” Clay Goddard, director of health for Springfield-Greene County, said at a news conference Friday. “But I’m going to be honest with you, we can’t have many more of these. We can’t make this a regular habit or our capability as a community will be strained and we will have to reevaluate what things look like going forward.”All potentially exposed individuals will be notified and offered testing, Goddard said. Officials are hoping for a minimal spread of COVID-19 from this incident because all parties concerned were wearing masks.He said as the state and local communities reopen, it’s important for citizens to realize the social responsibility they have to others. Don’t assume your slight cold or allergies are just that; make sure to get tested, Goddard said.If people don’t do this, it will put a strain on the local health care system and could force officials to rethink their economic reopening plans.ABC News’ Mina Kaji, Liz Alesse, Luke Barr, Josh Margolin, Aicha El Hammar and Joshua Hoyos contributed to this report.Coronavirus live updates: North Carolina reports ‘notable and concerning’ increase in cases originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
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