April 6 coronavirus news

By Helen Regan, Jessie Yeung, Adam Renton, Amy Woodyatt and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 9:18 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020
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6:11 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

South Carolina governor issues stay-at-home order

From CNN's Jessica King

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster speaks at a Covid-19 briefing in West Columbia, South Carolina, on April 3.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster speaks at a Covid-19 briefing in West Columbia, South Carolina, on April 3. Meg Kinnard/AP

One of the last states in the nation to not have a stay-at-home order will now have one starting tomorrow.

South Carolina Republican Gov. Henry McMaster announced a mandatory stay-at-home order in a press conference Monday. The order goes into effect Tuesday April 7 at 5 pm ET.

South Carolina residents should stay home unless they are working, visiting family, recreating outdoors, or obtaining necessary goods or services, he said.

5:42 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

When a newborn can only see her mother's eyes

From CNN's Dana Bash

Photo courtesy Dominique Shuminova 
Photo courtesy Dominique Shuminova 

The first time Dominique Shuminova saw her newborn daughter, Clara, after giving birth, it was only her eyes that could smile. The rest of her face was covered by a black mask, thanks to Covid-19.

Baby Clara will always have that picture to show her own children and grandchildren a world turned upside down when she came into it.

Shuminova will always have the combined joy and pain — both emotional and physical — of delivering her daughter in the time of the novel coronavirus.

She delivered in New York, a Covid-19 hot spot where partners of women delivering babies are not allowed to come to the hospital, per state order. So, her husband, Eldar, had to stay home with their son Henry.

Those of us who have given birth know it is hard in any circumstance. It turned out that she did it with more pain than she had planned for. She says she could not get an epidural because, when it was time, she was told that all of the hospital’s anesthesiologists were busy intubating patients with Covid-19.    

And why the mask? Shuminova says that when she was admitted to the hospital at 5 a.m. ET Sunday morning, the hospital had to test her for coronavirus. Because the test took about 18 hours to come back, they treated her as if she were positive — so she was told to wear one.

That meant that she went through the whole delivery alone, with no epidural, trying to breathe properly, as all women in labor do, all while wearing a mask.

Still, Shuminova has it all in perspective.

“Given the circumstances I am just grateful to have a bed and medical care,” she said in a text message.

She is healthy. Her newborn daughter is healthy. Especially in these times, that is nothing to be taken for granted.  

5:44 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

Boston Mayor: "We have to be consistent with our messaging"

From CNN's Elise Hammond

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said he wants Washington to stop sending mixed messages when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic.

"When you have people talking, the President talking about he might relax services, and let services be happening for Easter -- that's a mixed message," Walsh said. "We have to be consistent with our messaging now and let people know the impacts of the coronavirus and how serious this is in every city and state in the country."

He also said federal officials should stop criticizing governors for the way they are operating.

"We're in this together, and I think it's about us supporting each other and moving and getting the American people out of the situation we're in," Walsh said.

Walsh called for the federal government to deliver equipment to states that need it, including ventilators and personal protection equipment. Boston, he said, is expecting a surge of cases in the next two weeks.

"I would suggest to the federal government that they get on the ball here and get the equipment down here," he said. "No state or city should be begging for equipment."

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5:40 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

CDC is preparing to test more people for past infection with the novel coronavirus

From CNN's Wes Bruer

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is preparing to test more people in the United States for antibodies from the novel coronavirus to see whether they have already had the virus, according to a statement from CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund on Monday.

A set of serological assays, or blood-based tests, will be able to detect antibodies that are specific to the virus. The tests, which were designed and produced by the vaccine research center at the National Institutes of Health, have already been used to monitor immune response in several coronavirus contact investigations. 

“We are also preparing to deploy them to larger surveys within the coming weeks to further identify individuals who, due to mild infection, may have not known they were infected with SARS-CoV-2 and to monitor immunity in recovered individuals,” Nordlund said. 

The US Food and Drug Administration last week issued its first emergency use authorization for a coronavirus test that looks for antibodies in the blood.

5:30 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

Louisiana governor says hospital admissions in state for coronavirus are trending downward

From CNN's Pierre Meilhan

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks about the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on the state during an interview with the Associated Press in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on April 3.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks about the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on the state during an interview with the Associated Press in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on April 3. Gerald Herbert/AP

Hospital admissions in Louisiana for the novel coronavirus are trending downward, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday.

Edwards, a Democrat, said more than 70% of the deaths are African American patients, describing it as a “big disparity” because African Americans make up about 32% of the state’s population.

“We're going to try to figure out what that is attributable to and what we can do about that is as quickly as possible,” Edwards said.

5:59 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

Italian Prime Minister announces "biggest ever" $400 billion economic aid package

From CNN's Nicola Ruotolo and Mia Alberti

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks during a press conference in Rome, Italy, on March 4.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks during a press conference in Rome, Italy, on March 4. Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the government is allocating a record $400 billion euros to help families and businesses tackle the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

"This is the most powerful intervention of the story of our country," Conte said during a televised statement. "200 billion to finance the internal market and another 200 billion to strengthen the export market."

Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Conte said the government approved the suspension of various tax payments and contributions for the months of April and May.

"We are giving to the country a very efficient instrument to protect all businesses that have even the slightest strategic role in our country," he said. "This is not only a health emergency but also economic and social at the same time. The April law decree will contain social protection tools, to support families and workers."

Italy has 132,547 cases of coronavirus and has had 16,523 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases.

5:14 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

There are now 356,942 coronavirus cases in the US

There are at least 356,942 cases of coronavirus in the United States and at least 10,524 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases.

The totals 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 or territory that is not reporting a death from coronavirus.

4:57 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

NFL will hold a virtual draft this month, commissioner says

From CNN's David Close

The National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell has announced that all league and club facilities will remain closed indefinitely and that the upcoming three-day NFL Draft, set to start on April 23, will be conducted in a "fully virtual format" with coaches and team personnel making picks from their individual homes.

In a league-wide memo, first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Goodell said that all teams will be required to “conduct their Draft operations remotely, with club personnel separately located in their homes.”

Goodell acknowledged the challenges the league is currently facing by saying in part, “we are operating in an environment unlike anything we have experienced before.”

4:57 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

Missouri governor waives in-person notary requirements 

From CNN's Jennifer Henderson 

Missouri Governor Mike Parson signs executive order waiving state law requirements that notaries be physically present to authenticate documents. 

“To help protect the health & safety of Missourians who wish to execute changes in their important documents.  Today, I signed an Executive Order waiving that requirement,” tweeted Parson.