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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9:39 a.m. ET, April 6, 2020

At least 173 crew members of USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for Covid-19

From CNN's Ryan Browne

MC3 Nicholas Huynh/U.S. Navy/FILE
MC3 Nicholas Huynh/U.S. Navy/FILE

A US Navy official tells CNN that 173 crew members of the USS Theodore Roosevelt have now tested positive for coronavirus. 

About 61% of the crew has been tested. Approximately 2,000 people have been evacuated from the ship and moved ashore. 

Remember: The Navy said it wanted to move 2,700 ashore by Friday so they are still behind schedule.

9:47 a.m. ET, April 6, 2020

Top White House trade adviser explains he can disagree with Dr. Anthony Fauci on coronavirus treatments

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro CNN

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said he was qualified to engage and disagree with Dr. Anthony Fauci on the use of an anti-malarial drug as a coronavirus treatment — which is not yet proven as effective. 

“My qualifications in terms of looking at the science is that I’m a social scientist,” he told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.”

“I have a Ph.D. And I understand how to read statistical studies, whether it’s in medicine, the law, economics or whatever," he added.

CNN previously reported that a heated argument broke out in the Situation Room over the weekend, where Navarro feuded with other officials on the unproven efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in treating coronavirus, according to sources.

While discussing the latest on the anti-malaria drug, an exasperated Navarro lashed out at Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, who has urged caution around the drug.

Watch the moment:

9:13 a.m. ET, April 6, 2020

"There's no question that testing is tight," US health official says

From CNN's Jacqueline Howard

Admiral Dr. Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for US Department of Health and Human Services
Admiral Dr. Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for US Department of Health and Human Services Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images/FILE

Admiral Dr. Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for US Department of Health and Human Services, acknowledged that "testing is tight" for Covid-19.

"There's no question that testing is tight, but there are enough tests out there for people who need the test to get the test," Giroir said on the "Today" show this morning. 

"We are really going hospital to hospital to try to assure that the tests are available and I'm meeting with hospital associations from all the metroplex areas," Giroir added.

He said there would be "a million-plus" tests this week.

"We are not going to have tens of millions of tests this week — but we will have a million-plus tests, plus all the thousands of hospitals who do their own tests. That should be efficient to take care of the load we're going to see this week."

8:54 a.m. ET, April 6, 2020

US could have "another peak in a few weeks" if social distancing efforts stop, official says

From CNN's Gisela Crespo

Admiral Dr. Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health at the US Department of Health and Human Services, urged the country to continue social distancing efforts.  

"If we let our foot off the gas and start doing things that are ill-advised, we could have another peak in a few weeks," he said in an interview on the "Today" show. 

Over the weekend by Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, urged Americans to stay home, saying "This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy."

Giroir said he agreed with Birx, and explained, "That does not mean go without medication. If you need to go to the pharmacy to get your medications, if you need to get groceries, do it. But don't go every day ... Do it as infrequently as possible."

"Anything you can do to protect yourself, to avoid yourself from getting this virus and being in the hospital for a month or potentially facing death, I think it's advised to do that," Giroir told NBC's Savannah Guthrie. 

8:49 a.m. ET, April 6, 2020

South Florida could be the most impacted by new restrictions on cruise travelers

From CNN’s Rosa Flores and Sara Weisfeldt

An ambulance transports a patient from the Coral Princess cruise ship docked at the Port of Miami, Florida, on April 4.
An ambulance transports a patient from the Coral Princess cruise ship docked at the Port of Miami, Florida, on April 4. Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Miami is the cruising capital of the world, with millions of passengers traveling through the Port of Miami every year.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new rules for cruise line passengers overnight, requiring people to travel by charter flight and private transportation. Upon arrival home, the traveler must isolate for 14 days.

And South Florida could be the area of the country that is most impacted by the new CDC guidelines. 

The USCG announced this weekend that 114 cruise ships with 93,000 crew members on board were off the coast of the United States. The overwhelming majority of them – up to 90 – are in the Miami USCG area of responsibility, per USCG.  

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, expressed concern in a press conference this weekend, saying that he is trying to talk to the cruise lines to get crew members home.

“What we were trying to do with a cruise ships is a lot of them are out there with their crew and we're trying to tell the cruise industries, they need to start getting those healthy crew members, off the ships and just keep a very, very skeleton crew to operate the ship so that if anything does happen on any particular ship, the exposure to people is a heck of a lot less,” Gimenez said.
8:47 a.m. ET, April 6, 2020

Ireland's prime minister once worked as doctor. He reregistered to help in the coronavirus fight.

From CNN's Lauren Kent

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks at a press briefing about coronavirus in Dublin, Ireland, on March 27.
Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks at a press briefing about coronavirus in Dublin, Ireland, on March 27. Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie/PA Images/Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, reregistered as a medical practitioner last month to assist during the coronavirus crisis, a spokesperson for his office said on Monday.

"Dr Varadkar rejoined the Medical Register last month. He has offered his services to the HSE [Irish Health Service Executive] for one session a week in areas that are within his scope of practice," the Taoiseach spokesman said. 

Varadkar worked as a doctor before leaving medicine to work in politics. He was removed from the medical register in 2013 and became prime minister in 2017. 

"Many of his family and friends are working in the health service. He wanted to help out even in a small way," the spokesman said.

8:38 a.m. ET, April 6, 2020

US health official says everyone who "needs" a coronavirus test can get one this week

From CNN's Jacqueline Howard

Health care workers check in people at a testing site setup by the the Florida National Guard, in Miami Gardens, Florida, on March 30.
Health care workers check in people at a testing site setup by the the Florida National Guard, in Miami Gardens, Florida, on March 30. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Admiral Dr. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for US Department of Health and Human Services, touted efforts to ramp up testing during an interview on the “Today” show on Monday.

Still, there continue to be reports in the United States of a shortage of Covid-19 testing kits at hospitals.

"We've done over 1.67 million tests to date and this week we're going to have at least a million tests done and that's not even counting the thousands of hospital laboratories that do their own tests. So tests have ramped up dramatically in the past couple of weeks," Giroir told NBC's Savannah Guthrie.

"This week we'll have at least 250,000 of the Abbott point-of-care tests out," Giroir said. "So this is being remedied very quickly."

Some context: In late March, the US Food and Drug Administration authorized that Abbott Laboratories coronavirus test for emergency use, which can provide results in less than 15 minutes, using the same technology that powers some rapid flu tests. 

Giroir continued:

"Everyone who needs a test can get a test this week — if you're hospitalized, if you're a health care worker, if you're elderly and have symptoms — but we're not to the stage where tens of millions of people can get tests."
8:29 a.m. ET, April 6, 2020

British prime minister remains at London hospital

From CNN's Luke Mc Gee

The front door of 10 Downing Street is pictured in London on April 6, after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent the night in hospital.
The front door of 10 Downing Street is pictured in London on April 6, after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent the night in hospital. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had “a comfortable night” and remains under observation at a London hospital, a 10 Downing Street spokesperson said on Monday. 

Johnson is suffering from “persistent” Covid-10 symptoms and was admitted to St Thomas’ hospital for tests on Sunday night as a “precaution.”

Johnson is in "good spirits," according to the spokesperson, who declined questions about whether the prime minister receiving oxygen treatment.

9:22 a.m. ET, April 6, 2020

Romania will extend its state of the emergency for another month

From CNN's Stephanie Halasz

Police reinforce a lockdown curfew in Tandarei, Romania, on April 4.
Police reinforce a lockdown curfew in Tandarei, Romania, on April 4. Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

Romania will extend its state of emergency by 30 days more day, until mid-May, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis announced in a video statement Monday.

“It’s necessary to keep the evolution of the epidemic under control,” his statement says, as confirmed by a press officer at the Presidential Administration in Bucharest, Romania.

The current state of emergency runs out on April 15.