More than 3.3 million people worldwide -- including more than 1.1 million people in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. While efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak continue, states have begun shifting their focus to reopening their economies.
Live updates for Saturday, May 2, continue below:
China reports no deaths five straight days
Update 11:12 p.m. EDT May 2: There have not been any coronavirus-related deaths in China for five consecutive days, according to the country’s National Health Commission.
The country did report two new cases -- a patient from abroad as well as someone from Shanxi province, CNN reported.
The health commission said the country has 82,877 confirmed cases and 4,633 deaths from the coronavirus, CNN reported.
Hundreds protest Oregon’s stay-at-home order
Update 9:56 p.m. EDT May 2: Amid rainy conditions, hundreds of maskless protesters rallied against Oregon’s stay-at-home order Saturday at the Capitol.
Opponents to the measures held signs that read "Reopen Oregon" and "Let me earn a living," the Associated Press reported.
Health officials also announced five additional deaths Saturday. There are 2,636 confirmed cases and 109 deaths from the coronavirus in Oregon, according to The New York Times.
A group of healthcare workers also demonstrated, asking for a phased plan to ease social distance restrictions in the state.
Gov. Kate Brown closed many businesses, parks and campgrounds and required schools to implement distance learning in mid-March.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
More than 30 people arrested at protests at California capitol
Update 8:24 p.m. EDT May 2: Authorities arrested 32 protesters who defied California’s stay-at-home order and instead rallied on the capitol steps to reopen the state.
There were more than 1,000 people at the “Re-Open California” rally calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to lift the state’s stay-at-home mandate, KCRA reported.
Organizers had planned for supporters to obey social distance measures and stay in their cars while circling the capitol, however video showed protesters holding signs while gathered on the grounds, KCRA reported.
The California Highway Patrol said the event was unpermitted, the Los Angeles Times reported. The agency banned large in-person gatherings at the capitol last week.
The protest occurred during Newsom’s Friday afternoon briefing.
"All I ask for is this, and this is take care of yourself. Wear a face covering, do justice to physical distancing. You don’t want to contract this disease,” Newsom said. “This disease doesn’t know if you’re a protester, Democrat, Republican, support the election of one candidate or the ouster of another. It just knows one thing, and that is its host. And it has a remarkable ability: people with asymptomatic conditions to transfer to someone else.”
Another group held a similar protest April 21.
There are 52,632 confirmed cases and 2,171 deaths from the coronavirus in California, according to the New York Times.
Oklahoma city rescinds face mask requirement after customers make death threats at restaurant, store workers
Update 7:04 p.m. EDT May 2: A requirement for customers to wear face masks in stores and restaurants in Stillwater, Oklahoma, was met with such fierce opposition it was amended hours after it took effect.
Employees were physically threatened and verbally abused by customers who objected to the mandate, forcing officials to amend the order in a matter of hours to now encourage businesses to have patrons wear masks, not require them to.
"In the short time beginning on (Friday) that face coverings have been required for entry into stores/restaurants, store employees have been threatened with physical violence and showered with verbal abuse. In addition, there has been one threat of violence using a firearm. This has occurred in three short hours and in the face of clear medical evidence that face coverings helps contain the spread of COVID-19," Stillwater City Manager Norman McNickle said in a statement. "It is unfortunate and distressing that those who refuse and threaten violence are so self-absorbed as to not follow what is a simple show of respect and kindness to others."
There are 3,851 confirmed cases and 238 deaths from the coronavirus in Oklahoma, according to The New York Times.
Large crowds gather at NYC Central Park, DC National Mall
Update 6:38 p.m. EDT May 2: Large crowds of people enjoying a sunny spring day amid relaxed isolation orders were seen gathered along New York City’s Central Park and the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
"If everyone follows the rules that’s great but if not there’s going to be very intense enforcement," Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN. "The vast majority of people got the message and that's the story of NYC over these last weeks."
The city is not planning to rush into easing restrictions.
"The way we’re gonna ensure the worst is behind us is by keeping up these tough rules," de Blasio told CNN. "Of course we all want to restart, but we're not going to restart until we have harder evidence that we’ve turned the corner."
The flight teams flew over Washington, Baltimore and Atlanta on Saturday.
World death toll tops 240,000
Update 2:24 p.m. EDT May 2: The world death continued to inch closer to a quarter-million people, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Saturday afternoon, the number of people who have died from the coronavirus was at least 240,654, with 3,386,519 confirmed cases worldwide.
The total death toll in the United States is at least 65,415, with 1,117,979 confirmed cases nationally, according to the university. The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories.
Blue Angels, Thunderbirds fly over 3 US cities to honor workers
Update 2:14 p.m. EDT May 2: Three U.S. cities were treated to flyovers by the Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds, who were honoring frontline health care workers and first responders battling coronavirus.
The planes flew over Atlanta, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., CNN reported.
“America Strong is a way for both teams to show appreciation to the thousands of doctors, nurses, first responders and essential workers out there serving on the frontline day-in and day-out,” Cmdr. Brian Kesselring, the Blue Angels’ commanding officer and flight leader for the flyover, said a news release. “This is an extraordinary and unprecedented time but we will get through this. We are all in this together."
US death toll rises past 65,000
Update 11:44 a.m. EDT May 2: The death toll in the United States topped 65,000 Saturday morning, and there are at least 1,106,373 cases of coronavirus in the country, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The total death toll is at least 65,173, according to the university. The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories.
Worldwide there have been at least 3,369,208 positive cases of COVI-19, with at least 239,448 confirmed deaths.
Pennsylvania reopening some state parks
Update 11:34 a.m. EDT May 2: The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced a phased reopening of state parks and forest facilities, according to a statement Saturday.
According to the statement, people can still access trails, lakes, rivers, streams, forests, roads and parking areas statewide. Playgrounds, nature play areas, interpretive centers, amphitheaters and group camping facilities will remain closed indefinitely, according to CNN .
Beaches will remain closed until June 6.
Up to 98 NYC nursing home residents may have died of COVID-19
Update 10:42 a.m. EDT May 2: Nearly 98 residents of a New York City nursing home may have died of coronavirus, The Washington Post reported. The Isabella Geriatric Center in Manhattan made an announcement in a statement, CNN reported.
The announcement comes after New York Rep. Adriano Espaillat accused nursing homes of inaccurately reporting COVID-19 deaths to the Department of Health, the network reported.
‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling donates $1.25M
Update 9:37 a.m. EDT May 2: “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling announced on Twitter that she is donating $1.25 million to two charities helping vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic.
Rowling noted that on the 22nd anniversary of the “Battle of Hogwarts” -- it was inappropriate to speak about fictional deaths while “many people are losing loved ones in the real world.”
Rowling said the donation will be split between two charities in the United Kingdom -- one for homeless people, and the other, which gives refuge to people suffering from domestic abuse.
Boris Johnson names son in honor of doctors who treated him
Update 9:29 a.m. EDT May 2: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner, Carrie Symonds, named their newborn son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson. The boy was born Wednesday.
The infant’s middle name, Nicholas, honors the two doctors who treated Boris Johnson while he suffered from coronavirus last month. Symonds announced the baby’s name on her private Instagram account Saturday.
“Wilfred after Boris’ grandfather, Lawrie after my grandfather, Nicholas after Dr. Nick Price and Dr. Nick Hart -- the two doctors that saved Boris’ life last month,” the Instagram message said. “Thank you so, so much to the incredible NHS maternity team at UCLH that looked after us so well. I couldn’t be happier. My heart is full.”
British brewer giving away beer for donations
Update 8:59 a.m. EDT May 2: A brewery in northeast England has been giving away gallons of free beer to local residents the past three weeks after the coronavirus pandemic left it with a surplus. The only catch? Recipients must make a voluntary donation to the United Kingdom’s National Health Service.
Alnwick Brewery, located in Northumberland, was stuck with 5,000 pints of beer after it was unable to supply local restaurants and pubs, which had closed down by order of the government.
"We produced around 80 casks of beer for Easter, and almost immediately the government closed the pubs and restaurants so we were left with it,” brewery co-owner Ian Robinson told CNN. “The casks were virtually dead money.”
Worldwide cases surge toward 3.4M, total deaths approach 240K
Update 7:52 a.m. EDT May 2: The global death toll attributed to the novel coronavirus reached 239,090 early Saturday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.
In the four months since the virus was first identified in Wuhan, China, it has infected at least 3,359,055 people worldwide. Meanwhile, nearly one in every four deaths reported worldwide has occurred in the United States. Meanwhile, 10 nations now have total infection counts higher than China’s with Brazil’s cases surging past 92,000.
The 10 nations with the highest number of infections recorded to date are as follows:
• The United States has reported 1,104,161 cases, resulting in 65,068 deaths.
• Spain has confirmed 213,435 cases, resulting in 24,543 deaths.
• Italy has reported 207,428 infections, resulting in 28,236 deaths.
• The United Kingdom has reported 178,685 cases, resulting in 27,583 deaths.
• France has confirmed 167,305 infections, resulting in 24,628 deaths.
• Germany has reported 164,077 cases, resulting in 6,736 deaths.
• Russia has confirmed 124,054 cases, resulting in 1,222 deaths.
• Turkey has recorded 122,392 cases, resulting in 3,258 deaths
• Iran has recorded 96,448 cases, resulting in 6,156 deaths.
• Brazil has recorded 92,202 cases, resulting in 6,412 deaths.
Arizona’s Maricopa County jail system reports first COVID-19 case
Update 4:14 a.m. EDT May 2: Arizona’s Maricopa County jail system reported its first case of the novel coronavirus in an inmate on Friday, The Washington Post reported.
According to a statement from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the inmate, who was arrested April 26, complained of a cough and sore throat during his intake screening and was placed in an isolation cell before being transferred to a medical observation facility segregated from the general population.
The inmate, who was released on Wednesday, tested positive for COVID-19 the following day, the Post reported.
“The screening protocol that was developed and implemented worked exactly as it was intended to — it allowed staff to immediately identify and isolate an individual with symptoms, so they were not in the general population, which prevents exposure to other inmates,” the sheriff’s office said.
According to the sheriff’s office, a total of 123 of the jail systems inmates had been tested by Friday, with 15 placed in isolation while they await results. The remaining 108 tested negative.
The Maricopa County jail system is the fourth-largest jail system in the nation, booking an estimated 100,000 inmates per year, the Post reported.
Governor closes all roads leading to New Mexico coronavirus hot spot
Update 3:23 a.m. EDT May 2: New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Friday the immediate closure of all roads leading into the city of Gallup in a bid to blunt the recent surge in novel coronavirus cases there.
Gallup, located about 140 miles west of Albuquerque, is found in McKinley County, where 1,027 positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, or nearly one-third of the state’s total 3,513 cases. According to data provided by Lujan Grisham’s office, that figure skyrocketed by 207 cases during a two-day span this week, prompting her to invoke New Mexico’s Riot Control Act, which authorizes her to “enact further temporary restrictions to mitigate the uninhibited spread of COVID-19 in that city.” As a result, the following temporary measures are effective immediately:
• All roads into Gallup are closed.
• All Gallup businesses will close nightly from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.
• Only two people per vehicle will be allowed.
• Residents are advised to remain at home except for emergency outings and those essential for health, safety and welfare.”
“The spread of this virus in McKinley County is frightful, and it shows that physical distancing has not occurred and is not occurring,” Lujan Grisham said in the statement. “The virus is running amok there. It must be stopped, and stricter measures are necessary. A problem in one part of our state, with a virus this dangerous and this contagious, is a problem for our entire state.”
The emergency order is slated to expire at noon Monday.
Fauci to testify before US Senate health committee May 12
Update 2:43 a.m. EDT May 2: Dr. Anthony Fauci will testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on May 12, an aide to Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander confirmed to CNN.
“Chairman Alexander looks forward to hearing from Dr. Fauci and other administration officials at the Senate health committee’s second hearing back,” the aide said.
The comments come hours after White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere issued a statement calling it “counterproductive” for Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to appear next week before a House Appropriations subcommittee.
“While the Trump Administration continues its whole-of-government response to COVID-19, including safely opening up America again and expediting vaccine development, it is counter-productive to have the very individuals involved in those efforts appearing at congressional hearings,” Deere said.
US coronavirus deaths hit 63,006, total cases near 1.1M
Published 12:45 a.m. EDT May 2: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States surpassed 1.1 million early Saturday across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, there are at least 1,103,781 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 64,943 deaths. Of those cases, more than 308,000 have been reported in New York, meaning the state has, itself, confirmed more cases than any other nation outside the United States, including Germany with 164,077, France with 167,305, the United Kingdom with 178,685, Italy with 207,428 and Spain with 213,435.
Of the confirmed U.S. deaths, 24,039 – or roughly 39% of the nationwide total – have occurred in New York, 7,538 in New Jersey and 3,866 in Michigan.
In terms of diagnosed cases, New York remains the epicenter of the nation’s outbreak with at least 308,314 confirmed cases, followed by New Jersey with 121,190 and Massachusetts with 64,311.
Ten other states have now confirmed at least 20,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including:
• Illinois: 56,055 cases, resulting in 2,457 deaths
• California: 52,198 cases, resulting in 2,136 deaths
• Pennsylvania: 49,579 cases, resulting in 2,635
• Michigan: 42,356 cases, resulting in 3,866 deaths
• Florida: 34,728, resulting in 1,314 deaths
• Texas: 29,834, resulting in 841 deaths
• Connecticut: 28,764, resulting in 2,339 deaths
• Louisiana: 28,711, resulting in 1,970 deaths
• Georgia: 27,494, resulting in 1,169 deaths
• Maryland: 23,472, resulting in 1,080 deaths
Meanwhile, Ohio and Indiana each has confirmed at least 18,000 cases, followed closely by Virginia with 16,902 and Colorado with 15,793; Washington state, Tennessee and North Carolina each has confirmed at least 11,000 cases; Rhode Island and Missouri each has confirmed at least 8,000 cases; Arizona, Iowa, Wisconsin, Alabama and Mississippi each has confirmed at least 7,000 cases, followed closely by South Carolina with 6,258; Minnesota, Nevada and Nebraska each has confirmed at least 5,000 cases; Delaware, Kentucky, Utah, Kansas, the District of Columbia and Kansas each has confirmed at least 4,000 cases; Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arkansas each has confirmed at least 3,000 cases; and Oregon, South Dakota, New Hampshire and Idaho each has confirmed at least 2,000 cases.