April 4 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Brett McKeehan, Amy Woodyatt, Fernando Alfonso III and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 6:32 a.m. ET, April 5, 2020
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11:10 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

More spring breakers diagnosed with coronavirus 

People walk on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on March 23.
People walk on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on March 23. Shutterstock

A total of 49 of the 211 students from the University of Texas at Austin who traveled to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for spring break have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a statement from the university.

They went on the March 14-19 trip against the advice of White House officials who asked that people avoid gathering in groups of more than 10, and refrain from nonessential air travel.

Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen had a blunt message for the spring breakers.

"Quit being an a**," he told CNN affiliate KXAN. "Get over yourselves. Whether you think this is an issue or not, it is. Whether you think it could affect you or not, it does. The reality of it is, if I'm a college kid who's going to spring break in Mexico, you're affecting a lot of people. Grow up."

As some of the spring breakers took commercial flights home, public health officials said dozens of other passengers are being monitored.

The students who tested positive are in self-isolation, health officials said. The Department of State Health Services has been alerted.

10:46 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

Patients in New York seem sicker than before, nurse says

From CNN’s Athena Jones

Medical workers take in coronavirus patients at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York City, on April 3.
Medical workers take in coronavirus patients at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York City, on April 3. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Kelley Bradshaw, an intensive care unit nurse at a large New York hospital, told CNN the coronavirus patients she's seeing this week seem sicker, with more advanced symptoms.

"Compared to last week, the patients are sicker and that tends to happen with a virus that's this vicious," she said. "It starts with affecting one part of the body and then it starts to affect more and more body systems." 

Bradshaw said she was seeing more cases of the virus affecting patients' kidneys and hearts.

It's not clear if the patients seem sicker because the virus is presenting itself in a different way, or if the patients are trying to wait it out at home, so they are already sicker by the time they arrive at the hospital.

"It just feels like the longer someone battles this virus and the more critically ill they become, the harder our job gets," Bradshaw said. "The days are really, really long ... The only thing we can expect is to expect the unexpected."

10:23 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

China reports 19 new cases, all but one imported from overseas

From CNN's Shanshan Wang in Beijing and Chermaine Lee in Hong Kong

China confirmed 19 new coronavirus cases on Friday -- of which all but one were imported from overseas, according the country's National Health Commission (NHC).

There were also 64 new asymptomatic cases reported, which are counted separately. There are 1,030 such asymptomatic cases under medical observation.

The NHC also reported four new deaths.

This brings the national total to 81,639 cases and 3,326 deaths. According to the NHC, 76,751 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospital.

 

10:02 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

Hawaii activates the National Guard for coronavirus response

Gov. David Ige speaks to reporters at the state Department of Health's laboratory in Pearl City, Hawaii, on Tuesday, March 3.
Gov. David Ige speaks to reporters at the state Department of Health's laboratory in Pearl City, Hawaii, on Tuesday, March 3. Audrey McAvoy/AP

Hawaii has activated four units of the National Guard to assist with the state's coronavirus response, Gov. David Ige said on Friday.

“Effective immediately, there will be more than 250 men and women on state active duty," Ige said at a news conference.

Brig. Gen. Moses Kaoiwi, Jr. said the National Guard will help staff up the state’s emergency operations center and manage warehouses used to store medical and personal protective equipment. 

Some members of the Guard will also assist in airport screening, to make sure those entering the state adhere to Hawaii’s mandatory 14-day quarantine for visitors.

9:44 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

Los Angeles recorded 1,000 cases in 48 hours

From CNN's Alexandra Meeks

Medical personnel work at an RV park at Dockweiler State Beach where some coronavirus patients are being quarantined on Friday, April 3, in Los Angeles.
Medical personnel work at an RV park at Dockweiler State Beach where some coronavirus patients are being quarantined on Friday, April 3, in Los Angeles. Mark J. Terrill/AP

Los Angeles County has recorded 1,000 coronavirus cases in just 48 hours, the mayor said on Friday.

"To put that in perspective, it took us 23 days to get to the first thousand cases and we've done that in just the last two [days]," Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a news conference. "So even as we slow the rate of growth, the cases are still growing, and will continue to be hundreds and hundreds, possibly in coming days, more than 1,000 a day."

Los Angeles County had a 13% increase in cases Friday -- the third day in a row of low-teens or mid-teen increases, the mayor said. This is a decrease from the previous week, when the city saw almost a 27% increase on average each day. 

"A week ago, the rate of increase was about 50% more than it is right now," Garcetti said. "But on the other hand, before you start to get relaxed and say we can go outside, this is a moment to continue pressing on the accelerator."

More than 40,000 Angelenos have been tested for Covid-19, and Los Angeles has the capacity to do 3,500 tests a day in the coming week, Garcetti said.

It has been 15 days since California has been under stay-at-home orders -- and 19 days since Los Angeles started social distancing.

9:34 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

Thailand suspends international flight arrivals

From CNN’s Kocha Olarn in Bangkok

A nearly empty terminal at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 3, after the government announced that the country would be suspending all international arrivals.
A nearly empty terminal at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 3, after the government announced that the country would be suspending all international arrivals. Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images

Thailand’s Civil Aviation Authority has issued an order stopping flights from arriving in the country for three days.

The order went into effect midnight on Friday and will last until just before midnight on Monday, local time.

There are exceptions for state or military aircraft, emergency landing, technical landing, humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights, authorized repatriation flights and cargo aircraft.

The ban is meant to halt the spread of the coronavirus and support containment and mitigation efforts in the country.

Thailand has close to 2,000 cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

9:30 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

FEMA says it has obligated $1.1 billion in federal support to New York

From CNN’s Leyla Santiago

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said in a statement Friday that it has obligated $1.1 billion in support to New York state.

"Total medical supplies and equipment provided to New York include 1,096,922 N95 respirators, 1,836,891 surgical masks, 365,295 face shields, 219,811 surgical gowns, 8,059 coveralls, 1,435,129 gloves and 4,400 ventilators," FEMA said.

New York state has 102,987 confirmed coronavirus cases and 2,935 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

9:26 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

Trump on national stay-at-home order: "I leave it up to the governors"

From CNN's Sarah Westwood

US President Donald Trump.
US President Donald Trump. Win McNamee/Getty Images

US President Donald Trump again signaled his resistance to issuing a national stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus -- despite comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci this week questioning why such an order has not been issued for all states.

The majority of states have issued orders for residents to stay in their homes, but the federal government has not mandated people do so.

“I leave it up to the governors,” Trump said at Friday's coronavirus task force briefing.

“I guess we’re close to 90% anyway,” Trump said of the number of people mandated to stay home. At least 41 states and the District of Columbia have issued stay-at-home orders.

“States that we’re talking about are not in jeopardy,” Trump said, referring to the handful of states that have not yet issued such orders.

“I like that from the standpoint of governing, and even from the standpoint of our Constitution,” the President said of his inclination to allow states to make their own decisions about ordering people not to leave their houses.

The federal government has issued guidance recommending that people stay home as much as possible and avoid gathering in groups larger than 10.

12:25 a.m. ET, April 4, 2020

There are at least 277,828 coronavirus cases in the US

A medical worker transports a patient at Mount Sinai in New York on April 1.
A medical worker transports a patient at Mount Sinai in New York on April 1. Mary Altaffer/AP

There are at least 277,828 cases of coronavirus in the US, with 7,141 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the country.

So far on Friday, 32,615 new cases and 1,158 deaths have been reported. 

The total includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as all repatriated cases.

Wyoming is the only state not reporting a coronavirus death.

This post has been updated to reflect revised figures from Johns Hopkins.