April 1 coronavirus news

By Ben Westcott, Helen Regan, Adam Renton, Tara John, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 9:37 p.m. ET, April 1, 2020
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10:20 a.m. ET, April 1, 2020

At least one Indian territory is tracking the phones of suspected coronavirus patients

From CNN's Swati Gupta in New Delhi

Roads are seen deserted during a lockdown in Greater Noida, a suburb of New Delhi, India, on March 26.
Roads are seen deserted during a lockdown in Greater Noida, a suburb of New Delhi, India, on March 26. Altaf Qadri/AP

The Delhi government has announced that it has started tracking the phones of people who are suspected to have coronavirus and have been quarantined at their home.

“We have made a decision and with help from the police, people who have been asked to quarantine themselves at home, we will track their phones over the past few days to ensure that they were staying at home,” said Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi chief minister.

A total of 25,429 phone numbers have been provided to police for tracking, according to Kejriwal.

“People who are leaving the quarantine, we will take strict action and we will also trace people they came in contact with,” said Kejriwal.

10:07 a.m. ET, April 1, 2020

Will coronavirus cases decrease in the summer? "It's not like the weather," former CDC official says.

From CNN's Health Gisela Crespo

Dr. Tom Frieden in 2016
Dr. Tom Frieden in 2016 Win McNamee/Getty Images

Dr. Tom Frieden, the former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Covid-19 is "not like the weather" when asked if he expected cases to decrease in the summer.

Frieden appeared on “CBS This Morning" and said "we can't expect seasons here," However, he added the US "should be able to gradually reopen if we do the rights things."

"Look at countries around the world that have been able to tamp this down and then gradually loosen the faucet and get back to a new normal, normal, but a new normal, but not open the floodgates," Frieden said. "What does that mean? That means that people who are over the age of 60 or who have underlying medical problems may need to stay home for longer."
10:03 a.m. ET, April 1, 2020

US Surgeon General says "aggressive mitigation" helped Washington and California "flatten their curve" 

From CNN Health’s Jacqueline Howard

Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The US coronavirus crisis has hit all 50 states but there is some good news, US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said on the "Today" show on Wednesday.

“The good news is that states like Washington, like California, countries like Italy, when they leaned into aggressive mitigation, they’re being able to flatten their curve and we know that if you do this that it usually takes about three to four weeks from the time you start to lean into it before you level it off,” Adams told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. Washington and California were home to some of the earliest Covid-19 cases in the United States.

“We want nationally people to understand the importance of social distancing,” Adams said. 

Yet each state has its own curve and “the governors get to make the decisions, but we’re going to give them the best possible guidance we can and that's to stay at home and social distance," Adams said. 

“Everyone is on a different place on their curve. Some places aren’t going to hit their peak until after 30 days and they’re going to need to continue social distancing. Other places that leaned in early may be able to relax some of their recommendations earlier.”
9:54 a.m. ET, April 1, 2020

UK records highest number of deaths in one day with 563 new fatalities

The UK is reporting 563 more deaths from Covid-19 — the most deaths recorded in a 24 hour time period yet.

According to the British Department of Health and Social Care, 2,352 people have died as of 5 p.m. local time. There have been 4,324 new diagnoses for a total of 29,474 positive cases in Britain.

9:53 a.m. ET, April 1, 2020

Switzerland reports 963 new coronavirus cases

Switzerland now has 17,139 coronavirus cases, an increase of 963 cases from Tuesday, according to the Swiss Federal Office For Health. 

That is a rate of 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the office said. At least 378 people have died, according to the online report.


9:51 a.m. ET, April 1, 2020

US social distancing guidelines would be better than "piecemeal approach," doctor says

From CNN's Amanda Watts

People enjoy the outdoors around Brookside golf course and the Rose Bowl while trying to social distance in Pasadena, California, on March 28.
People enjoy the outdoors around Brookside golf course and the Rose Bowl while trying to social distance in Pasadena, California, on March 28. Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images

Dr. Leana Wen, former health commissioner for the city of Baltimore, said the United States' “piecemeal approach” to social distancing is only delaying Americans getting back to normal.

Right now, states, counties and cities are deciding their own social distancing guidelines. Wen said a national response would be better.  

“It is important to mention that the longer we have this piecemeal approach, the longer it will take for all of us to get back to normal,” Wen said, adding, “But the sooner we can get everything under control and having national coordinated response, the better it is.” 

Wen said, “most people would speculate that we need at least 8 to 10 weeks of social distancing for this to work at all.” 

"We also need the federal government to do a lot more, too. Because that rationing of ventilators, the rationing of supplies, that is also going to be what leads to unnecessary deaths. And every day that we waste is one more day that we could have been saving people instead,” Wen added.

9:57 a.m. ET, April 1, 2020

NYPD commissioner: “We are scrambling” but still fighting crime

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt


As of Wednesday morning, more than 1,400 NYPD employees have tested positive for coronavirus, a law enforcement source tells CNN.

6,172 uniformed officers -- about 17% of the police department -- are out sick, according to the source.

“It has been a clearly a difficult time for New York City as a whole. The message is to all New Yorkers that we're all in this together,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said to CNN’s Jim Sciutto. 

Shea said the NYPD is in “a constant state of planning” to respond to the coronavirus in the city and among officers.

“We are scrambling, but that shouldn’t have a negative connotation. We are able to handle many, many different tasks here. We’re still fighting crime,” Shea said, adding that officers are on patrol, as well as delivering food and calling domestic violence survivors. 

“Right now, we're in good shape in New York City. But the bottom line is anyone that can help will be asked upon to help to keep people safe,” Shea said when asked if state police may provide backup to city police in the future.

9:41 a.m. ET, April 1, 2020

US stocks open lower

From CNN’s Anneken Tappe

US stocks kicked off the second quarter in the red. 

Equities are down across the globe as investors grapple with new White House estimates for how many Americans could die from the coronavirus.

Here's how the markets opened today:

  • The Dow opened 4%, or 870 points, lower
  • The S&P 500 fell 3.7%.
  • The Nasdaq Composite opened down 3.1%.

You can follow live updates of the markets here.

9:41 a.m. ET, April 1, 2020

Projected 100,000 US coronavirus deaths "don’t have to be our reality," Surgeon General says

From CNN Health's Jacqueline Howard

Patrick Semansky/AP
Patrick Semansky/AP

While models show that the coronavirus pandemic could result in some 100,000 to 200,000 deaths in the United States, US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said on the “Today” show that level of death can be prevented.

"Those numbers don't have to be a reality," Adams told NBC's Savannah Guthrie on Wednesday.

He continued: “Those projections are definitely sobering, but they don’t have to be our reality. If we really do our part — stay at home, social distance — then we can flatten our curve even below those projections, but it really depends on all of us," Adams said. "As surgeon general, I'm going to do my best to get you the information you need. We're going to do our best as the Task Force to make sure the federal support is there, but we need state and we need local people to come together with federal support to make this possible."