Cases rise in Eastern Europe; Gottlieb warns of ‘low-level spread’ during the summer

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  • Global cases: More than 6.28 million
  • Global deaths: At least 375,987
  • U.S. cases: More than 1.81 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 105,147

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Coronavirus sends more planes to an early retirement

A Delta Airlines passenger aircraft (McDonnell Douglas MD-88) takes off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City, New York.

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9:08 a.m. ET — Delta Air Lines will fly its last two passenger flights with its MD-88 and MD-90 planes on Tuesday after it pushed up their retirement on because of coronavirus. Delta has parked more than 600 planes because of a plunge in demand over the past few months. The move ends the life of the MD-88 and MD-90s in U.S. passenger airline fleets. American retired its MD-80s last September.

Nicknamed by pilots the “Mad Dog,” the MD-88s are now a vestige of a noisier era of air travel. Delta first took delivery of its MD-88s in 1987, while American got its first MD-80s, or “Super 80” fleet started in 1983. Airlines have since turned to planes that have quieter and more fuel-efficient high-bypass engines.

When Delta removed them from its LaGuardia service in March 2017 Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said: “We welcome Delta Air Lines’ positive and responsive decision to retire these aircraft, which will provide some much-needed noise relief to all nearby neighborhoods.” —Leslie Josephs 

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Low-level spread through the summer means a risky fall, Dr. Scott Gottlieb says

7:12 a.m. ET — What appears to be a seasonal nature of the coronavirus could prevent a spike in confirmed Covid-19 cases in the U.S. this summer, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said. However, if daily new cases remain as stubbornly high as they are now, it could set the country up for a nasty fall season, he said.

“I think what happens is we get low-level spread all through the summer. We don’t really see cases come down a lot. We don’t see them go up a lot, and so all the benefits of what could have been a seasonal effect kind of get washed out by the fact that we’re doing more,” he said in an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “We’re going to accept that, but that sets up risk for the fall.”

The U.S. continues to report nearly 20,000 new cases per day, Gottlieb said, as spread of the virus shifts from the hardest hit cities like New York and Detroit to other communities across the country. With new cases popping up all over and a still-constrained testing infrastructure, Gottlieb said the slow burn of cases could “seed” infections for another major fall outbreak. —Will Feuer

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

Cases continue to rise in Eastern Europe, WHO says

A man seen in a street during a snowfall. Since 30 March 2020, Moscow has been on lockdown.

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6:52 a.m. ET — As daily new cases continue to decline across Western Europe, hotspots in Russia and Eastern Europe continue to worsen, the World Health Organization said, according to Reuters.

“At the moment in Europe, in Western Europe, we are seeing a steady decline,” spokeswoman Margaret Harris told reporters. “It’s not speedy but there’s a steady decline in new cases being reported daily, so that means that the number of new cases are still significant but the number is coming down except for Russia and Eastern Europe where we are still seeing the rise.”

The coronavirus has infected more than 423,186 people in Russia and killed at least 5,031 people, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. It is the third largest coronavirus outbreak in the world, behind only the U.S. and Brazil. —Will Feuer

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