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
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1:21 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

There have been 2,373 coronavirus-related deaths in New York

State of New York
State of New York

There have been 2,373 coronavirus-related deaths across the state of New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday during a press conference.

This is up from 1,941 deaths reported on Wednesday.


12:43 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

British Airways to furlough 28,000 employees

From CNN’s Chris Liakos in London

Ethan Miller/Getty Images/FILE
Ethan Miller/Getty Images/FILE

British Airways will furlough 28,000 workers due to the coronavirus crisis, according to the United Kingdom's leading union.

Unite, which represents thousands of workers employed by British Airways, said it has reached an agreement with the airline about how workers will be protected during the coronavirus crisis.

Unite said that 28,000 workers will be suspended and will receive 80% of their pay. Under the plan, the UK government will pay 80% of salaries up to £2,500 ($3,093) a month. British Airways will then cover any earnings above that, to ensure that all employees earn 80% of their monthly salary.

Unite and British Airways agreed that there will be no unpaid temporary lay offs and no redundancies during this period, according to the press release.

The deal awaits final approval by Unite’s members at British Airways.

12:36 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

About 1/3 of coronavirus cases in this California county tied to churches, health official says

From CNN's Stella Chan

Almost a third of coronavirus cases in Sacramento County are connected to gatherings related to churches, according to the county's Department of Public Health.

“While the case increase was expected, what was not is Sacramento County Public Health’s discovery that approximately one-third of the confirmed cases are linked to gatherings related to churches. Sacramento County is urging – and, not just because the Public Health Order calls for it – all residents, from all faiths and all backgrounds to stay home – lives in our communities depend on it,” according to the department’s website.

“Social distancing works. We must keep our distance from others and not gather with any non-household members. Period. If we do not slow the spread of cases, a surge of sick people could have the potential to overwhelm our hospitals, doctors and equipment resources and could result in additional deaths,” said, Dr. Peter Beilenson, Director of the Department of Health Services in a statement.

As of yesterday, the county reports 314 cases including 9 deaths.

1:12 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on coronavirus diagnosis: "I see why it takes people out"

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo just joined his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, at a news conference via video conference.

Chris Cuomo — who was diagnosed with coronavirus earlier this week — is isolating in his family's basement.

“I see why it takes people out, you've got to rest,” Chris Cuomo said. He said he’s feeling OK but still has a fever. 

They had some brotherly banter back-and-forth, joking about haircuts and fishing. At one point, Chris Cuomo described a dream he had, in which Gov. Cuomo appeared in a ballet outfit and was dancing.

“Obviously, the fever has affected your mental capacity,” Gov. Cuomo cracked, adding that he wouldn't make cracks at his brother because, “rule one is never hit a brother when he's down — and you’re literally in the basement.” 

Both Cuomos then said they were proud of and love each other, and Gov. Cuomo expressed his reassurances to his brother.

“This is going to be fine. You’re going to get through it and you’re going do a beautiful public service in the meantime. And I am proud of you. And then we'll go fishing, we'll have a drink and we'll laugh about it. Go get some rest," the governor said.


12:25 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

Canada now has more than 10,000 coronavirus cases

From CNN’s Paula Newton

Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP
Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP

Canadian public health officials are now reporting at least 10,132 cases of Covid-19 across the country and 127 deaths.

Officials stressed that the next two weeks will be crucial in determining the shape of the pandemic curve in Canada.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced questions Thursday about why modeling data had not yet been released in Canada, as the Trump administration has done in the US.

"I know a lot of people are still wondering when this will get better, or how much worse it might become," said Trudeau during his daily press conference in Ottawa.

Trudeau said that modeling information would be released soon but stressed his government is reviewing data to ensure more accurate modeling.

“How do we make sure the analysis that we apply to the data that’s coming in, that’s being published daily so Canadians can see it, actually makes sense and reflects what’s going to happen in various regions across the country,” he said.

The vast majority of Canadians are now under "stay at home" orders and most public schools have been closed for more than two weeks.

12:14 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee gets rescheduled

From CNN's Dan Merica

The Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee is moving to week of August 17, a source with knowledge told CNN.

“In our current climate of uncertainty, we believe the smartest approach is to take additional time to monitor how this situation unfolds so we can best position our party for a safe and successful convention. During this critical time, when the scope and scale of the pandemic and its impact remain unknown, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of health care professionals and emergency responders,” said Joe Solmonese, CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee said in a statement.
12:11 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo joins New York governor's press conference

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is holding a news conference on coronavirus. His brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, just joined the briefing video conference.

Chris Cuomo was diagnosed with coronavirus earlier this week.

"This is very tough. I get it now," the news anchor told the governor.

1:33 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

New York has a six-day supply of ventilators, governor says

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state has enough ventilators to last about six days if the rate of people needing them stays stable.

"If that rate continues, in our stock pile we have about six days," Cuomo said. "If the apex increases, if the apex is longer, we have an issue with ventilators."

Cuomo said he's working on finding more ventilators, but he has "no desire to acquire more ventilators than we need

"If a person comes in and needs a ventilator and you don't have one, the person dies. That's the blunt equation here," he said.


12:05 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

"Covid only" temporary hospital to open in Staten Island, governor says

From CNN's Elizabeth Joseph

State of New York
State of New York

A “Covid only” temporary hospital in Staten Island is expected to open next week, New York Gov. Cuomo said.

Construction has started at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in New York City as well, he added.

The facility – expected to be open to patients next week – will have 750 beds.