CDC Contradicts White House, Says Lockdowns May Be Necessary If COVID-19 Makes Dramatic Comeback: Live Updates

Friday, June 12, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Fri, 06/12/2020


CDC says dramatic increase in new COVID cases might require more ‘mitigation measures’
Arizona sees another record jump in cases
ASU makes wearing facemasks mandatory on campus
Italy reports just 56 deaths
Cuomo bashes states where numbers are rising
NY’s latest numbers in line with 7 day average
Florida reports largest jump in new cases since May 1
Kudlow says WH sees ‘no evidence’ of second wave
For first time, India reports more than 10k cases in a day
Delhi accused of undercounting COVID-19 deaths
WHO warns global outbreak is worsening
England sees encouraging reduction in viral spread
Brazil, Russia, Mexico, India lead surge in global cases
Brazil crosses 800k cases
Beijing delays school reopening after finding 3 new cases
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Update (1220ET): After Steven Mnuchin and Larry Kudlow insisted that the US wouldn’t shut down its economy again even if COVID-19 cases rebound, the CDC said Friday during a conference call that new mitigation measures might be necessary if there’s a dramatic increase in cases, and those measures might be similar to measures from March.

Trump himself will likely now need to get involved and repudiate this claim with a tweet before it starts to rattle the market’s confidence.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Thursday that another economic shutdown would harm the US, even in the event of a second wave of COVID-19 cases.

“We can’t shut down the economy again,” Mnuchin said during an interview with CNBC. “I think we’ve learned that if you shut down the economy, you’re going to create more damage.”

We suspect governors – particularly GOP governors – will be reluctant to shut down their economies again; even some Democrats might be unwilling, even if it might hurt Trump’s reelection chances (because it also might impact their own).

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Update (1210ET): Arizona just reported another record jump in new cases, with 1,654 infections and 17 new deaths confirmed over the last 24 hours, as Italy sees another day of deaths below 60. The statewide total is now 32,918, with 1,144 deaths. There are now 17,023 positive cases and 514 deaths in Maricopa County alone.

The total number of cases have roughly doubled since Memorial Day

ASU just made wearing face masks mandatory on campus.

Italy’s recovery has been notably smooth following its extremely strict lockdown.

Circling back to Arizona, the number of cases in the state have doubled since Memorial day, and tripled since May 1. Az reported just over 1,400 cases yesterday, another record, and roughly twice as high as last week’s 7-day averages, and Florida reported a second straight highest jump since early May.

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