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Massachusetts tells most travelers to quarantine as NY adds states to its order

New York is cracking down further on travelers heading to the state from regions where hotspots are seeing steep increases in new Covid-19 cases. Gov. Andrew Cuomo added eight new states to New York’s travel advisory, bringing the total to 16 states from which residents who travel to New York are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The enhanced travel advisory comes as former Food and Drug Administration chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb said he estimates roughly 25% of New York City residents have likely been infected with the virus. 

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  • Global cases: More than 10.4 million 
  • Global deaths: At least 509,516
  • U.S. cases: More than 2.68 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 129,545

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

What top U.S. health officials say we should do differently for the next pandemic

5:02 p.m. ET — Appearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told lawmakers that the U.S. would need to do a better job of responding to any future pandemic “in a coordinated way” rather than facing challenges with disparate responses during future pandemics.

Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said now is the time to make greater investments in the nation’s public health infrastructure, saying that the U.S. has underinvested in the “core capabilities of public health” for decades.

Adm. Brett Giroir warned lawmakers that other preventative procedures, such as cancer screenings and immunizations, fell drastically during the nation’s Covid-19 response, posing a threat the health system. He added that the U.S. has to continue to focus on health disparities that have led to higher mortality rates for Black people and Hispanics. —Noah Higgins-Dunn

UAW wants GM to temporarily close SUV plant in Texas 

An employee uses a flash grinder to smooth out the metal frame of a sports utility vehicle (SUV) on the production line at the General Motors Co. (GM) assembly plant in Arlington, Texas.

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4:44 p.m. ET — A local chapter of the United Auto Workers union has asked General Motors to temporarily close its Arlington, Texas, SUV plant due to the growth of Covid-19 cases in the state.

“Due to the most recent data on the Covid -19 outbreak, the Bargaining Committee has asked General Motors to shut down Arlington Assembly until the curve is flattened for the benefit and well-being of our members,” reads a message on the organization’s website. “Every day we are setting new records in the number of people who are testing positive in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott last week announced he would roll back some of the state’s reopening plans, closing bars and reducing capacity for indoor dining, among other modifications and closures.

GM, in an emailed statement, said officials are aware of the request, but “there have been no changes to our production plans at Arlington because our safety protocols are working, thanks to a strong team effort.” —Michael Wayland

Cirque du Soleil CEO eyes beginning of 2021 for shows to return

4:07 p.m. ET — Cirque du Soleil is targeting early next year as the restart date for its shows, CEO Daniel Lamarre told CNBC. The circus would likely begin with its Las Vegas and Orlando shows because the cast and crew are based locally, Lamarre said on “Squawk on the Street.”

Lamarre’s comments come one day after the Montreal-based Cirque filed for bankruptcy protection, citing the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on its business.

While it may take about two years for the company to return to pre-pandemic profit levels, Lamarre said Cirque needs about 40% of its seats filled to break even. “With the social distancing, if we could operate with 50% of our capacity, we would start making a little bit of profit,” he said. —Kevin Stankiewicz

Massachusetts to require visitors from most states to self-quarantine

Mass. Gov Charlie Baker gives his daily update on the State on June 26, 2020 in Boston, MA.

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2:53 p.m. ET — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced that starting Wednesday, travelers arriving from most states will be instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Visitors from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York and New Jersey are exempt from the directive. Essential critical infrastructure workers are also exempt if they are traveling to Massachusetts for work purposes.

Massachusetts follows other states, including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, in implementing travel restrictions on out-of-state visitors. —Hannah Miller

Airbus to cut 15,000 jobs amid long travel industry recovery 

2:49 p.m. ET — European aircraft manufacturer Airbus announced it…

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