April 2 coronavirus news

By Ben Westcott, Helen Regan, Adam Renton, Rob Picheta, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 11:23 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020
147 Posts
Sort byDropdown arrow
8:06 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

Trump approves Tennessee's disaster declaration

From CNN's Jason Hoffman and Betsy Klein 

President Trump has approved a disaster declaration for Tennessee in response to coronavirus.

This is the 35th such declaration Trump has made in response to the coronavirus pandemic, including 30 states, the US Virgin islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.

8:01 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

CNN's coronavirus town hall has begun

CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta are hosting a two-hour special tonight on the coronavirus pandemic.

There is no audience tonight due to ongoing concerns around the coronavirus.

7:50 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

SOON: CNN's coronavirus town hall

CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta will host a two-hour special tonight focusing on the coronavirus.

The town hall will begin at 8 p.m. ET.

7:42 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

Disney furloughs employees "whose jobs aren't necessary at this time"

From CNN’s Jason Farkas and Frank Pallotta

A lock hangs on a gate at the entrance to Disneyland in Anaheim, California on March 16.
A lock hangs on a gate at the entrance to Disneyland in Anaheim, California on March 16. Jeff Gritchen/Orange County Register via Getty Images

Facing a complete standstill across its entertainment empire due to the coronavirus crisis, the Walt Disney Company notified its employees that it would furlough employees "whose jobs aren't necessary at this time" starting on April 19.

Disney has been crippled by the coronavirus pandemic. Its theme parks around the world have shuttered, its cruise line is suspended and many of its biggest films of the year have been delayed. Live sporting events, the lifeblood of the Disney-owned ESPN, have also been suspended.

Shares of Disney have plummeted more than 30% year to date.

The impact is hitting Disney's theme park employees especially hard. All of Disney's 12 theme parks have been shuttered since March 12, after which the company committed to paying salaries through April 18.

In the statement, the company said there was "no clear indication of when we can restart our businesses," and that it was "forced to make the difficult decision to take the next step and furlough employees." 

Among those impacted would be the Disney Parks' storied "Imagineers," the designers of the parks, rides and hotels.

The furloughed workers would remain employees of the company and keep their health benefits, while also being able to access federal and state aid like unemployment benefits. 

7:43 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

Brazil's third consecutive day reporting more than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus

From CNN's Shasta Darlington in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Tatiana Arias in Atlanta

A volunteer worker disinfects a public bus station in Curitiba, Brazil on April 1.
A volunteer worker disinfects a public bus station in Curitiba, Brazil on April 1. Daniel Castellano/AFP/Getty Images

For third day in a row, Brazil's health authorities reported a consecutive spike of more than 1,000 new novel coronavirus cases in a single day.

During a press conference on Thursday, 1,074 new cases were announced, bringing the country's total number of cases to 7,910 and 299 deaths.

Some context: On Wednesday, Brazil reported 1,119 new cases, and on Tuesday, 1,138 were announced.

8:01 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

US health expert says the coronavirus task force is still missing 50% of testing data

From CNN's Jason Hoffman 

Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator for the White House's coronavirus task force, said the task force is missing 50% of the testing data for coronavirus tests that have been conducted.

Birx said that part of the economic stimulus measure, that was signed into law, requires that all tests conducted get reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but said she has not received that data yet.

“Well I'm telling you, I'm still missing 50% of the data from reporting. I have 660 (thousand) tests reported in. We've done 1.3 million, so there is, and it could be those sites, so we do need to see, the bill said you need to report. We are still not receiving 100% of the tests," she said.

When pressed about the possibility that one in three tests had produced false negatives, Birx said, “I haven't seen that kind of anomaly.”

Birx added that “the number of positive tests is tracking very closely with a number of cases diagnosed.”


7:31 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

Hawaii confirms state's second coronavirus death

From CNN's Andy Rose

An Oahu resident is the second person in Hawaii to die of coronavirus, according to the state's Department of Health.

The deaths come as the state has taken unprecedented steps to avoid spread of the virus, including asking tourists to stay away for 30 days, with everyone entering the state or traveling between islands required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell did not provide details Thursday on the person who died, but did say the local government is now asking all residents to wear masks when they go out in public. 

The mayor says people should not buy surgical-quality masks, but instead should use simple or homemade masks so that there will not be a run on supplies that are critical to healthcare workers.


7:27 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

California coronavirus cases top 9,000

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

Los Angeles Fire Department officials wearing protective gear administer coronavirus tests at a drive-up testing site in Elysian Park, Los Angeles on April 2.
Los Angeles Fire Department officials wearing protective gear administer coronavirus tests at a drive-up testing site in Elysian Park, Los Angeles on April 2. Damian Dovarganes/AP

With more than 1,000 cases added in one day, there are now 9,191 people in California with coronavirus and 203 have died as a result of Covid-19, according to a release from the California Department of Public Health.

Nearly 2,000 people in California are hospitalized, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Of those, 816 people are in intensive care units. Despite the 5.4% increase in the past day, Newsom says those numbers are well within California’s current capacity to treat.

More than 92,400 people in California have been tested, but results for at least 59,500 are still pending, the state health department says. 

Cases in Los Angeles alone have climbed to over 4,000. 

There are 4,045 people who have been infected with coronavirus in Los Angeles County and a total of 78 deaths, according to Health Director Barbara Ferrer.

Roughly two-thirds of those hospitalized with coronavirus have been otherwise healthy individuals with no underlying health conditions. Ferrer emphasized that they are seeing people suffering very serious illness due to the coronavirus.

Announcing 534 new cases on Thursday, Ferrer points out that more than 1,000 cases have come in just the past two days.

7:25 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

Trump says a new guideline on masks is coming

From CNN's Kevin Liptak and Jim Acosta

Alex Brandon/AP
Alex Brandon/AP

President Trump tonight was asked whether Americans should wear masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus and again suggested scarves, saying "If people wanted to wear them they can. In many ways, the scarf is better. It's thicker."

Trump also said a new guideline on masks is coming. 

"I think they're going to be coming out with regulations on that. And if people want to abide by them, frankly, I don't think they'll be mandatory. Because some people don't want to do that. But If people want to — as an example on the masks — if people wanted to wear them they can," Trump said. 

Two people familiar told CNN that upon recommendation from the Coronavirus Task Force, the President was expected to more forcefully encourage all Americans to wear face coverings outside their house.

Some more background: The administration was working Thursday to complete the recommendations, which would advise Americans to use a face covering when leaving their homes.

However, Trump said Thursday night, "A recommendation is coming out. We'll see what that recommendation is but I will say this: They can pretty much decide for themselves right now.

CNN reported on Wednesday that most members the task force have come to agree that Americans should begin wearing face coverings in public and could issue formal guidance on the matter soon.