April 5 coronavirus news

By Joshua Berlinger, Jenni Marsh, Rob Picheta, Peter Wilkinson, Fernando Alfonso III and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 9:30 p.m. ET, April 5, 2020
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9:30 p.m. ET, April 5, 2020

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9:10 p.m. ET, April 5, 2020

Third Coral Princess passenger dies after being taken to the hospital

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

A third passenger from the Coral Princess cruise ship has died after being transported by a private ambulance to a hospital in Hialeah, Florida, according to a press release from the office of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

The Coral Princess departed Santiago, Chile, on March 5. Princess Cruises announced operations were halting one week later.

On Saturday, Princess Cruises confirmed the ship arrived in Miami, Florida. The cruise line said Saturday that disembarkation of guests is expected to take several days due to limited flight availability and passengers "requiring shoreside medical care will be prioritized to disembark first."

Two passengers died on board the ship before it docked and six others were transported from the ship for treatment at local hospitals on Saturday, the release from Gimenez's office said.

Eight additional passengers were transported from the Coral Princess to local hospitals on Sunday, according to the release. Information on the condition of those patients is not known.

The county is not able to clear passengers to leave the ship, the release said. Vessels are required to report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Customs and Border Protection and the US Coast Guard, to have their passengers offloaded, the release said.

Passengers and crew who have received medical screenings and clearance for travel are driven on charter buses to an isolated area of Miami International Airport and go directly to board charter flights coordinated by the cruise line, the release said.

Gimenez sent additional medical staff to assist the Coral Princess Sunday, the release said. The county also replaced the ship's oxygen cylinders with full ones after learning the supply on board was critically low, the release said.

8:37 p.m. ET, April 5, 2020

Trump on face masks: 'I would wear one if I thought it was important'

From CNN's Nikki Carvajal

Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images
Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

President Donald Trump said he would wear a face mask if he "thought it was important." Trump was asked at the White House briefing Sunday about his wife Melania Trump, who for days has tweeted encouraging the use of masks.

"She likes the idea of wearing it," Trump said, "A lot of people do."

Trump said he would wear one.

"I'm just generally not in a, like, I should, would you like me to wear one right now in answering your question? That would be a little awkward I guess."

"I would wear one if I thought it was important," he said.

Asked if his family in New York would start wearing masks and if he was encouraging them to wear them, Trump answered: "Wouldn’t be surprised."

Dr. Anthony Fauci said he tested negative for coronavirus Saturday when asked why he wasn't wearing a face mask.

"The major reason to wear a face mask is to protect you from infecting you," Fauci said. "I had my test yesterday and it’s negative."

President Trump added: "Very good answer."

8:30 p.m. ET, April 5, 2020

Here's what it's like inside a New York ER during the coronavirus outbreak

From CNN's Lauren del Valle and Miguel Marquez

At one New York hospital emergency room, six patients went into cardiac arrest in a span of 40 minutes. Four died before they made it out of the ER. It's not chaos, but to an onlooker, it seems like hell.

"They're so sick you lose them in a heartbeat, they're that sick," respiratory therapist Julie Eason told CNN. "They're talking to you and then a few minutes later you're putting a tube down their throat and you're hoping that you can set the ventilator in such a way that it actually helps them."

This is the truth of what coronavirus is doing to thousands of Americans, and likely will to many thousand more. It has been largely unseen because visitors are not allowed to be in hospitals, and everyone else is staying home.

CNN was invited to witness the scenes inside the University Hospital of Brooklyn, New York, part of the SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University. All the patients the hospital treats now are suffering from coronavirus. The hospital is one of three in the state ordered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to dedicate itself entirely to dealing with the pandemic.

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8:18 p.m. ET, April 5, 2020

Pence announces hydroxychloroquine trial in Detroit hospital

From CNN's Nikki Robertson

A packet of hydroxychloroquine pills.
A packet of hydroxychloroquine pills. Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Hydroxychloroquine will be used in a trial of 3,000 patients at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and the results will be tracked in a formal study, Vice President Mike Pence announced Sunday.

Pence added that they are "more than prepared" to make hydroxychloroquine available to doctor's offices and pharmacies in the Detroit area "as they deem appropriate."

Rear Adm. John Polowczyk of the Supply Chain Logistics Task Force said that the government is working to put out millions of doses of hydroxychloroquine into areas with increasing number of coronavirus cases.

President Donald Trump has frequently claimed the drug has high efficacy against Covid-19 despite no evidence the drug is effective and safe for preventing or treating the coronavirus.

However, there is no "definitive information to be able to make any comment" on whether the drug can be used to treat coronavirus, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, at the White House briefing on Saturday. There are currently no products approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to prevent Covid-19.

8:12 p.m. ET, April 5, 2020

VA to begin opening beds to civilians in multiple states

From CNN's Gregory Clary

The Department of Veterans Affairs will open about 1,500 beds at hospitals in multiple states to civilians to alleviate the burden on civilian hospitals, according VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.

"We provide a bridge from the federal government to states and localities during these emergencies," Wilkie said.

In the metropolitan New York area, the VA is opening up approximately 100 beds in Brooklyn, Manhattan and East Orange in New Jersey, Wilkie said.

Louisiana will gain access to the VA medical center in Shreveport, Wilkie said.

In Michigan, access to hospital beds will be provided in both Ann Arbor and Detroit as as providing a pharmaceutical trailer for the state's use, Wilkie said.

Wilkie said the VA will help Massachusetts officials "in their efforts to protect the most vulnerable citizens in two of their nursing homes."

7:52 p.m. ET, April 5, 2020

Trump: 'We see light at the end of the tunnel'

From CNN's Nicky Robertson

Patrick Semansky/AP
Patrick Semansky/AP

President Donald Trump showed optimism during a press briefing Sunday evening about the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

"We see light at the end of the tunnel. Things are happening, things are happening. We are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully in the not too-distant future, we’ll be very proud of the job we all did," Trump said.

In an interview this morning, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and a member of the White House coronavirus task force, said the government is struggling to get the coronavirus under control.

8:11 p.m. ET, April 5, 2020

Italy records lowest coronavirus death rate in two weeks

From CNN's Lindsay Isaac

Italy has recorded its lowest death rate in a 24-hour period with 525 deaths, the Italian Civil Protection Ministry said Sunday.

A total of 15,877 people have died of Covid-19 in Italy. There was a small decrease in patients in critical condition with hospital intensive care units reporting 17 fewer patients. A total of 2,972 new cases have been diagnosed, another decline, bringing the total active cases to 91,246. 

A total of 21,815 people have recovered from the coronavirus, an increase of 819. There are now almost 130,000 coronavirus cases in Italy.

Italy has been in a lockdown for almost four weeks now.

8:11 p.m. ET, April 5, 2020

Trump claims 1.6 million people in the US have been tested and received results

From CNN's Nicky Roberston

Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images
Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump claimed Sunday that 1.6 million people in the United States have been tested for coronavirus and been given results.

"That's far more than any country’s been able to do," Trump said.

He also said that Abbott Laboratories will produce 1,200 of its new 15-minute coronavirus test weekly. Abbott's test was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on March 27.