April 3 coronavirus news

By Joshua Berlinger, Ben Westcott, Adam Renton, Rob Picheta, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 8:02 a.m. ET, April 4, 2020
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10:05 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

The whole country should be under stay-at-home orders, Fauci says


One of America's leading infectious disease experts has called for a federally mandated stay-at-home order.

Speaking at a CNN town hall on Thursday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he believed the order should be put in place, something President Donald Trump has been loathe to do.

"I don't understand why that's not happening. As you said, the tension between federally mandated versus states rights to do what they want is something I don't want to get into. But if you look at what is going on in this country, I do not understand why we are not doing that. We really should be," Fauci said.

Trump said Wednesday that he does not plan to issue such an order because different states have different levels of coronavirus cases.

“States are different and I understand that the governor of Florida, great Gov. Ron DeSantis issued one today and that’s good, that’s great. But there are some states that are different. There are some states that don't have much of a problem,” Trump said Wednesday afternoon.

The President said there should be some sort of flexibility among the states depending on how bad individual states situations might be.

“You have to look -- you have to give a little flexibility. If you have a state in the Midwest, or if Alaska for example doesn't have a problem, it's awfully tough to say close it down. We have to have a little bit of flexibility,” Trump said.
9:46 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

Tokyo records largest single-day rise in cases

From CNN's Junko Ogura in Tokyo

Japan reported 235 new cases of the novel coronavirus today, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the country to 3,329.

The East Asian country also reported three new coronavirus-related deaths.

Tokyo had its largest single-day rise yet, with 97 new cases. The number of cases reported in the capital is now 684.

Japan’s national total includes 2,617 cases on land and 712 related to the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was quarantined in Yokohama Bay for two weeks in February.

A total of 74 people have died from Covid-19 in Japan, including 63 on land and 11 related to the Diamond Princess.

9:57 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

Peru becomes the latest country to embrace gender-based quarantine

From CNN's Tatiana Arias in Atlanta

Peru will allow men and women out on separate days as part of a gender-based quarantine measure designed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country.

The new measures will begin in Peru today, President Martin Vizcarra announced to the nation on Thursday. So far, Peru has reported 1,414 cases of coronavirus and 55 deaths.

"Monday, Wednesday, and Friday," only men can be outside; "Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, only women are allowed to circulate," said Vizcarra. The gender-based measure will be in effect until Sunday, April 12.

It comes two days after Panama began restricting movement by gender, arguing the measure urges people to return home since their loves ones are not allowed to be outside.

Peru said it would adopt the same system following the positive results the gender-based measure has yielded in other countries and due to its simplicity in visually detecting who should and shouldn't be out on the streets, Vizcarra explained.

10:11 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

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.

10:11 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

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

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

10:10 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

Trump says a new guideline on masks is coming

From CNN's Kevin Liptak and Jim Acosta

President Donald 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 of 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.