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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11:34 a.m. ET, April 4, 2020

New York has 113,704 confirmed Covid-19 cases across the state

From CNN’s Kristina Sgueglia and Sheena Jones

New York has a total 113,704 Covid-19 cases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today during a press conference.

The state recorded a new high of positive cases Friday with 10,841. There are 15,905 people in the hospital and 4,126 in ICU, Cuomo said.

As of today, 3,565 people have died due to Covid-19.

"By the numbers we're not yet at the apex. We're getting closer," Cuomo said. 

New York City’s numbers are dropping and Long island positive case numbers are growing, Cuomo said.

New York City's Javits Convention Center will have 2,500 beds and will be staffed entirely by the federal government, Cuomo said.


11:06 a.m. ET, April 4, 2020

A woman flying to see her dying mother was the plane's only passenger

By CNN's Christina Zdanowicz

courtesy Sheryl Pardo
courtesy Sheryl Pardo

Sheryl Pardo was preoccupied with one fact as she boarded her flight; this would be the last time she saw her mother.

A surprise awaited her as she learned she was the only passenger on the plane because of the coronavirus pandemic. She met Jessica and Dion, two flight attendants who turned her trip into something to remember in a good way.

The American Airlines flight attendants bumped her up to first class and addressed her personally over the loudspeaker. Pardo spent the flight telling them about her mom and the loving, get-things-done person she was.

"I think in moments like this the pain of losing your mom is exacerbated by being in this frightening time," Pardo told CNN. "Other people's kindness is what's going to get us to through this."

"I want them to know how much it meant to me," the 59-year-old said. "It was super positive, which I didn't expect from that trip."

10:47 a.m. ET, April 4, 2020

London mayor warns public spaces will only remain open if stay-at-home rules are followed

From CNN's Nada Bashir in London and Simon Cullen in the Gold Coast, Australia 

Peter Summers/Getty Images
Peter Summers/Getty Images

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has warned that the capital's public spaces will only remain open if the government's stay-at home order is adhered to. 

"Our public spaces will only stay open if Londoners follow the rules," Khan tweeted Saturday. "If you were planning to meet people outside this weekend, don’t. If someone asks you to meet, say no."

Some context: The mayor's warning follows an earlier call by the British government for members of the public to stay at home over the weekend, amid concerns that the sunny weather could see an uptick in the number of people gathering outside. 

“If you go out this weekend, you might catch more than the sun," Downing Street said in a tweet Saturday. 

The UK National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) has also confirmed that patrols will be taking place over the weekend to encourage people to follow the rules.

“Please continue to stay at home and only travel for essentials. We know the weather is going to be nice, but the sooner we can beat Covid-19, the sooner we can all go back to enjoying the great outdoors,” the NPCC said.

10:47 a.m. ET, April 4, 2020

Senator wants a registry to track who has recovered from coronavirus

From CNN's Elise Hammond 

Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Republican from Louisiana, wants to create a registry to track who has recovered from the coronavirus.

"We strongly suspect that once somebody has been infected they're now immune," Cassidy said.

He said a registry would be set up similar to the one that is used to document vaccinations. Once a patient has recovered, their name would be added to the registry.

They could then return to work and help treat people with coronavirus without worrying about getting sick. He said this information would also help protect the rest of the population who do not have the virus.

"If we say 95% of people are immune, even if a person is spewing virus it would mean the 95% of people are immune," he said.

Cassidy said there is some uncertainty around whether the presence of antibodies actually means a person won't get the virus again.

"I can see there's uncertainty here, but if we wait for absolute certainty our economy's going to be in the tank," he said. "So there's going to be a tradeoff on the absolute certainty on the medical aspect and opening up education and society for society to continue to flourish."

So far, 9,920 people have recovered from coronavirus in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University.

10:33 a.m. ET, April 4, 2020

Spanish prime minister: "We are facing the great crisis of our lives"

From Tim Lister and Isabel Tejera

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez speaks on March 25.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez speaks on March 25.  Mariscal/EFE/AFP via Getty Images

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has announced that the country’s state of alarm, which demands strict limits on people’s movements and continues the closure of schools and most businesses, will continue for a further two weeks, until April 26.

"We are facing the great crisis of our lives," Sanchez said in a nationwide address.

The state of alarm had already been extended until April 11. The government will ask the Spanish parliament to approve the extension on Tuesday.

Sanchez added: "Weeks of strict restrictions await us. We ask families to stay at home. To young people, to continue to study, to maintain momentum. To the elderly, to protect yourselves.” 

He said that he understood how difficult it is for the nation to continue isolating at home for a further two weeks.

“These days test our serenity. They are frenetic days. They make us anxious for our friends and family. They are the most difficult days of our life,” Sanchez added.

Sanchez also said that the government was preparing a plan for the eventual resumption of economic and social activity, once the curve of the coronavirus pandemic flattened.

"Once the curve clearly descends, a new scenario will open, a second stage, the progressive return to a new social normality and to a reconstruction of our economy and the social impact it is having in the form of job losses," Sanchez said. “In reconstruction we will have to protect the most vulnerable. In this emergency, no one will be left behind. Our strength will come from the union between business, administration and the different regions." 

10:02 a.m. ET, April 4, 2020

Coronavirus outbreaks in prisons could spread to the community

From CNN's Elise Hammond 

A US health expert is concerned that prisons and jails could cause the coronavirus to spread faster in those facilities and outside.

Dr. Barun Mathema, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, said that because of the high, concentrated number of people in these facilities, community spread is likely.

"The prison population in and of itself has a fairly sizable, vulnerable population within that, have a lot of chronic conditions, other types of infections," Mathema said. "We should also ensure that what happens in a prison, or a jail for that matter, does not pose an undue risk to the community. In this case, we know we have ample examples from many infectious diseases."

Once a virus or disease spreads within a prison, family members or staff can then bring it outside into the community.

Mathema said another reason why this could be a dangerous scenario is because of the frequency inmates are coming in and out of jails.

"It's particularly troublesome if we should see outbreaks, sort of occurring within jails, where sort of the incarcerated populations may be moving in and out," he said.

According to a 2018 report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), nearly 2.2 million adults were held in America's prisons and jails at the end of 2016.

9:29 a.m. ET, April 4, 2020

Coronavirus death toll in United Kingdom rises by 708

From CNN's Simon Cullen

The United Kingdom has recorded 708 new deaths from coronavirus, the largest one-day rise since the outbreak began.

According to figures released by the Department of Health and Social Care, a total of 4,313 have now died in the UK. The figures are current to 5 p.m. (12 p.m. ET) on April 3, but were released a day later.

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus as at 9 a.m. (4 a.m. ET) April 4 is 41,903, which is an increase of 3,735 from the previous day’s figures.

9:13 a.m. ET, April 4, 2020

Atlanta nurse battling coronavirus in NYC: "It's emotionally draining"

From CNN's Elise Hammond 

courtesy Letha Love
courtesy Letha Love

Nurses from Atlanta are flying to New York City to help treat coronavirus patients.

Letha Love, an Atlanta ICU nurse, said she was shocked by what she saw when she arrived.

"I wasn't expecting it to be the amount of people that it was and the severity of it," she told CNN this morning. "To hear the whole hospital calling codes all night, it's emotionally draining."

This comes after New York City sent an emergency alert to phones, asking all licensed health care workers to support the city's health facilities.

Love said she was originally planning to stay 3 to 6 weeks, but might return to Atlanta earlier.

"I do whatever it takes to protect myself so that I can go back to my kids healthy and strong. But this is a lot. It's a lot. And people need to take it serious," she said.

Love said most of the patients she has worked with in New York so far have been intubated, but she wants their family members to know that nurses and other health professionals are taking care of them.

"We wouldn't come here if we weren't going to take care of them," she said. "We came there to take care of them"

New York currently has 103,169 coronavirus cases and 2,935 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

8:49 a.m. ET, April 4, 2020

 Spain to extend "state of alarm" until April 26

From Laura Perez Maestro in Madrid

Las Ramblas in Barcelona on April 3.
Las Ramblas in Barcelona on April 3. Joan Valls/Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Spanish government is set to extend the nationwide "state of alarm" introduced on March 14 for a second time, until April 26.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is due to hold a news conference later Saturday (9 a.m. ET). A spokeswoman for the government told CNN: “The announcement will be made shortly but you can take it as true.”

The leader of the opposition Popular Party Pablo Casado Blanco tweeted that he had “received a call from Pedro Sánchez to inform me that he will request Congress to extend the State of Alarm. I have once again transmitted to you the support of the Popular Party for the containment measures against the coronavirus.”

The state of alarm involves tight restrictions on movement and allows only essential workers to perform their duties.