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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8:22 p.m. ET, April 4, 2020

There are more than 300,000 coronavirus cases reported in the US

There are now 300,915 cases of coronavirus and 8,162 deaths in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally.

On Saturday, at least 22,962 new cases and at least 1,010 new deaths were reported in the US, according to Johns Hopkins.

8:23 p.m. ET, April 4, 2020

Brooklyn medical center to use rain ponchos and garbage bags due to gown shortage

From CNN's Elise Hammond 

A medical worker walks past a testing tent outside SUNY Downstate Medical Center on March 27.
A medical worker walks past a testing tent outside SUNY Downstate Medical Center on March 27. John Minchillo/AP

Dr. Wayne Riley, the president of the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, said medical staff will have to start using rain ponchos and garbage bags instead of surgical gowns.

Riley told CNN the medical center only has enough gowns to last about one and half days.

"We cannot wait for the national stockpile to supply us. As we all know, the national stockpile is pretty diminished. So we're going to get creative," he said Saturday.
8:24 p.m. ET, April 4, 2020

Some of your coronavirus questions answered

From CNN's Elise Hammond 

A panel of experts have been answering your questions about life in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Here are some of the most common questions:

Q: Should I worry about contracting the virus from mail and newspapers?

A: Dr. Darria Long, emergency room physician: "There is not evidence you may contract the coronavirus from mail and newspapers but that said if you want to be on the safer side we know that Covid can live on cardboard for about 24 hours. If you want to take the extra precaution you can effectively quarantine that mail, say in your garage or someplace, for about 24 hours then open it up and wash your hands well after you do it."

Q: There's a lot of talk about social distancing but what do you do when you are on an overcrowded subway or bus?

A: Dr. Darria Long, emergency room physician: "For one, of course, maintain social distancing as much as you can. If you can stay six feet away from other people on the bus or subway, do so. Other than that, I would absolutely want someone to be wearing a mask the entire time they are on there, even a cloth mask. Then you can do two other things. You can wear an outer layer you carefully remove when you get out of the subway or bus or wear gloves. But key point, we are seeing a lot of people wear gloves and I do have t say you have to remove them carefully or you eliminate the effect. So you pinch the outer glove with one hand and take your clean finger to remove the other so you're not touching the outside. Of course wash your hands afterwards."

Q: How do I talk to my 65-year-old father about limiting his visits to the store without sounding like I am scolding him?

A: Dr. Gail Saltz, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst: "The relationships that are happening between adult children and their parents and kids who suddenly arrive back home, there is pressure going on and anxiety going on that things are being heard in critical ways or people are saying things in irritable ways which is all very understandable. But if you realize that your parent is used to being 'the parent' and you simply say, hey, I love you and I'm really just worried about you so I'm asking you not to do this because I understand it puts you at greater risk and for me, my worry, my anxiety, I would really feel better if you wouldn't do it which is different than saying, hey. I know better and I told you so."

Q: Mosquito season is about to start. Should we be concerned about mosquitos transmitting Covid-19?

A: Dr. Darria Long, emergency room physician: "We know mosquitos can carry other viruses, but there is not evidence right now they can actually transmit coronavirus from one person to another."

3:18 p.m. ET, April 4, 2020

Coronavirus death toll in France climbs to 7,560

From CNN's Barbara Wojazer in Paris

A total of 7,560 people in France have died after contracting coronavirus, France's Director-General of Health Jérôme Salomon said Friday.

Of those who have died, 5,532 individuals had been hospitalized, while 2,028 died in care homes for the elderly, Salomon added.

Speaking during a press briefing in Paris, Salomon confirmed that a total of 68,605 people have so far tested positive for the virus; of those, 28,143 have been hospitalized, while 6,838 people are currently being treated in intensive care units. 

Some context: On Friday, Salomon announced that the increase in patients needing intensive care is slowing down, telling members of the press that the "constant need to find new places in ICU is increasing less rapidly" across the country. 

3:16 p.m. ET, April 4, 2020

There are at least 297,575 coronavirus cases in the US

There are at least 297,575 cases of coronavirus in the US and 8,098 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally.

On Saturday, at least 19,622 new cases and 946 deaths in the US have been reported, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins. 


8:25 p.m. ET, April 4, 2020

Coral Princess cruise ship, with 2 dead and several ill aboard, has docked in Miami

From CNN's Melissa Alonso 

The Coral Princess cruise ship arrives at PortMiami on April 4.
The Coral Princess cruise ship arrives at PortMiami on April 4. Lynne Sladky/AP

The Coral Princess cruise arrived at Port Miami Saturday with two deceased passengers and several others who "are not fit to travel," Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in a briefing on Zoom.  

"I want to offer my condolences to the families of loved ones of the two people who died from Covid-19 on that ship, it is heartbreaking news," Gimenez said. 

There are two other passengers on the ship who "need immediate medical attention" and will be taken to Larkin Hospital. There are more people "that will be transported to other hospitals in Florida," Gimenez said. 

There are about 15 passengers "that are not fit to travel" because they are "still ill," they will remain onboard until cleared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to Gimenez. 

"All of the passengers are being screened before heading to the airport to get to their final destination," Gimenez said. 

The Coral Princess had 1,020 passengers and 878 crew; of those 993 passengers and 840 crew were "deemed fit to travel," Gimenez says. 

In a statement to CNN, a spokesperson for Princess Cruises said: "All of us at Princess Cruises are deeply saddened to report that two guests passed away on Coral Princess. Our hearts go out to their family, friends, and all who are impacted by this loss. All of us at Princess Cruises offer our sincere condolences." 

The Coral Princess departed Santiago, Chile, on March 5 and attempted to disembark guests in Brazil and later Fort Lauderdale before arriving in Miami.

3:03 p.m. ET, April 4, 2020

India's prime minister and Trump discuss combating coronavirus

From Vedika Sud in New Delhi and Sharif Paget in Atlanta

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Trump spoke on the phone Saturday to discuss how to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the global economy, India’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

Modi and Trump “exchanged notes on the respective steps taken in each country for mitigating the health and economic impacts of the pandemic,” the foreign ministry said.

“The two leaders agreed to deploy the full strength of the India – US partnership to resolutely and effectively combat COVID-19,” it added.

Modi and Trump “touched upon the significance of practices such as yoga and ayurveda (traditional Indian herbal medicine practice) for ensuring physical and mental well-being in these difficult times,” the foreign ministry noted.

4:05 p.m. ET, April 4, 2020

The demographics of New Jersey's coronavirus deaths

New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith M. Persichilli provided a breakdown of the 846 reported coronavirus-related deaths in the state today during a press conference.

Here is the demographic breakdown:

  • 61% were male
  • 39% were female
  • Six patients (1%) were under the age of 30
  • 47 patients (6%) were between 30 – 49
  • 136 (16%) were between ages of 50- 64
  • 268 (32%) were between ages of 65- 79
  • 389 (46%) were over age of 80
  • 9% of deaths associated with long term care
  • 300 people had underlying health conditions (which is 35%)

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy shared the following tweet:

2:30 p.m. ET, April 4, 2020

Louisiana passes 12,000 confirmed coronavirus cases  

From CNN’s Ashley Killough and Ed Lavandera in New Orleans

A temporary hospital set up in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center as overflow for local hospitals in New Orleans is seen on April 4.
A temporary hospital set up in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center as overflow for local hospitals in New Orleans is seen on April 4. Gerald Herbert/AP

There are at least 12,496 total cases of coronavirus reported in the state of Louisiana, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.

At least 1,726 people in Louisiana are hospitalized; of those, 571 are on ventilators, according to new state health figures released on Saturday.

That’s a slight increase from Friday when the state reported 1,707 patients were hospitalized and 535 of those were on ventilators.

The state has reported 39 new deaths, for a total of 409 in the state. 

There are 12,496 reported cases in the state. That is up from 10,297 cases on Friday. That’s a 21% increase in cases reported from Friday.