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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1:23 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

US House speaker announces new rules to limit people on House floor

From CNN's Lauren Fox and Suzanne Malveaux

Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images/FILE
Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images/FILE

In an interesting step, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has told members in a letter that the House will take additional measures to limit the number of people on the House floor.

Specifically, Pelosi says that all House floor documents, like bills or resolutions, will now be submitted electronically. 

“Beginning Tuesday, staff must electronically submit all Floor documents – including bills, resolutions, co-sponsors and extensions of remarks – to a dedicated and secure email system, rather than deliver these materials by hand to staff in the Speaker’s Lobby or Cloakrooms," she said in a letter to her colleagues.

She added:

"At this time, Members may still drop off materials in person. Electronic submissions will be accepted when the House is in pro forma session, as well as 15 minutes immediately before and after. This upcoming week’s pro forma sessions will be held Tuesday at 11:30 AM E.T. and Friday at 9:00 AM E.T.  Pro forma sessions for the remainder of the month are expected to follow a similar schedule.  Later today, the Clerk’s Office will send out detailed guidance on where and how to submit materials.”
12:57 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

New York governor increases fines to $1,000 for violating state's social distancing directive

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants local law enforcement to demonstrate “more aggressive” enforcement of social distancing. He said he is increasing the fine of violating state directives from $500 to $1,000.

“It’s not about your life, you don’t have the right to risk someone else’s life,” the governor said. 

He added that individuals “don’t have the right” to take the lives of health care staff and people who are “literally putting their lives on the line” and be “cavalier or reckless with them.”

Watch the moment:

12:37 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

New York governor: "We have to continue the social distancing"

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the rate of infection in the state is going down, which means that social distancing is working.

“In any event, plateau or not plateau, we have to extend the New York pause,” he said at a news conference today. “One of the reasons the rate of infection is going down is because social distancing is working. We have to continue the social distancing.”

He said there is a “danger” in being “over-confident,” adding other places have made that mistake — “and we’re not going to make that mistake.”

The number of deaths due to coronavirus in New York state has remained “effectively flat for two days,” he said.

12:45 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

New projection suggests New York could be at the apex of coronavirus cases

From CNN's Elise Hammond

Jim Malatras, the president of SUNY Empire State College
Jim Malatras, the president of SUNY Empire State College State of New York

New York could be at the apex of coronavirus cases according to new projections shown at a press briefing.

Jim Malatras, the president of SUNY Empire State College, said new models show a much lower projection.

“This could suggest that we are indeed, potentially, at the apex or beginning to be at the apex at this moment," he said.

Some of the initial models predicted that up to 110,000 beds would be needed for coronavirus patients alone, and another that suggested 55,000 beds were needed. Both of the early models showed the peak — or apex — occurring at the end of April.

Malatras said a new, more optimistic projection can be attributed to social distancing.

“We saw the folks looking at those types of model says it was going so what activities and actions could you take to aggressively lower that overall number," Malatras said. "The answer really was, and what the governor’s been doing, was aggressively enforce and enact social distancing to lower the overall number and this number, and the current data suggests that is exactly what's happening.”

Remember: Malatras said that while the new model is hopeful, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will continue to take it one day at a time.

Watch more:

12:29 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

New York's schools and non-essential businesses will stay closed until April 29

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia


State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended the state's “pause act” – which closes schools and non-essential businesses — until April 29th.

He said the situation is “turning” and the “rate of infection is going down” and that is because “social distancing is working.”

“I know that’s a negative for many many reasons, I know what it does for the economy” but he said since day one he would not choose “between public health and economic activity.”

12:22 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

New York governor says he will ask that Navy ship treat coronavirus patients

 Kena Betancur/Getty Images
 Kena Betancur/Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he is going to ask the President to shift the USNS Comfort "from non-Covid to Covid."

The Navy ship was initially dispatched to New York to treat non-coronavirus patients. "We don't need the comfort for non-Covid cases," the governor said.

The Comfort is outfitted with 1,000 hospital beds and is currently docked in New York City. Cuomo said utilizing those beds for coronavirus patients would "make a significant difference" for the state.

Cuomo said he is going to call Trump today to put in the request.

12:28 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

New York governor says it's a "good sign" that new hospitalizations are down in the state

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that new hospitalizations, ICU admissions and daily intubations are all down for the state.

"Those are all good signs," the governor said.

He added that those numbers, "would suggest a possible flattening of the curve."

Here were the number of new hospitalizations in New York over the past three days that the governor reported today:

  • Friday, April 3: 1,095
  • Saturday, April 4: 574
  • Sunday, April 5: 358

See more:

12:12 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

There are at least 130,689 coronavirus cases in New York

State of New York
State of New York

At least 130,689 people across New York have tested positive for coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

At least 16,837 people are currently hospitalized.

Cuomo said there have been 4,758 deaths — that's up from 4,159 yesterday.

"Which is effectively flat for two days. While none of this is good news, the flattening, the possible flattening of the curve is better than the increases that we've seen," he added.
11:49 a.m. ET, April 6, 2020

Former US Federal Reserve chair warns unemployment rate may go to depression levels "for a time"

Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen
Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen Jessica McGowan/Getty Images/FILE

Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen believes that unemployment may go to depression levels “for a time.”

In an interview with CNBC on Monday, Yellen called the initial jobless claims “absolutely shocking” and said the unemployment rate is likely at 12% or 13% and moving higher.

“I think the toll is continuing to rise and how bad it gets, I think it really depends on how quickly people can get back to business,” Yellen said. 

Yellen also said that the focus should be on testing and getting the pandemic under control.

Here's what Yellen said when she was asked about US employment:

"Well I think that unemployment rates for a time may go to depression levels, but this is very different from the Great Depression or the recession US economy that we experienced in 2009 and after. This is, we started with an economy that was in good shape, with a financial sector that was basically sound and this is a health crisis. It is having severe economic effects but if we are successful in supporting people’s incomes during this time that the government can be, I believe that we’ll be able to get back to a normally functioning economy in much shorter order that during the Great Depression, after the Great Depression or after the Great Recession."