April 7 coronavirus news

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

Updated 9:24 p.m. ET, April 7, 2020
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10:20 a.m. ET, April 7, 2020

More than 11,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US

A medical worker moves a body to a refrigerated trailer serving as a makeshift morgue at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Monday, April 6, in New York.
A medical worker moves a body to a refrigerated trailer serving as a makeshift morgue at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Monday, April 6, in New York. John Minchillo/AP

At least 11,008 people have died due to coronavirus across the United States, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.

Johns Hopkins is reporting 368,449 cases in the United States. 

10:10 a.m. ET, April 7, 2020

Coronavirus survivor says he doesn’t remember his time on a ventilator

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

David Lat is an attorney and writer of the "'Above the Law" blog. He was diagnosed with coronavirus a few days ago and is now on a ventilator.
David Lat is an attorney and writer of the "'Above the Law" blog. He was diagnosed with coronavirus a few days ago and is now on a ventilator. Courtesy David Lat

David Lat spent 17 days hospitalized with Covid-19, including six days on a ventilator before being discharged last week. 

“It was like a scene out of ‘ER’ or ‘Chicago Hope’ or something. But I have no recollection of my time on the ventilator, which is interesting because I've since read that some ventilator patients have hallucinations, delusions. I don’t remember anything,” said Lat, a lawyer and legal writer whose tweets during his time in the hospital were shared widely on social media.

While he was in good health, didn’t smoke and has run two New York City marathons, he told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota he did experience exercise-induced asthma. 

“There probably are a lot of people out there who have conditions that are similar that don't make a big impact on their day-to-day lives, but they should be aware of because if you get coronavirus or Covid-19, it can make things a lot worse for you,” he said. 

He said he was treated with a few different drugs, including hydroxychloroquine and Zithromax, but doctors were unable to tell him definitely if they helped him recover.

10:20 a.m. ET, April 7, 2020

Why UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is unlikely to accept US "help"

Analysis from CNN's Luke McGee

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters following a meeting of his coronavirus task force  at the White House on Monday, April 6.
President Donald Trump speaks to reporters following a meeting of his coronavirus task force at the White House on Monday, April 6. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters last night that he had asked US medical companies to "help" with the treatment of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is currently in intensive care after he tested positive for Covid-19 nearly two weeks ago. 

While the spirit of Trump's offer was no doubt sincere and greeted with gratitude in Downing Street, it is unlikely to have been welcomed — at least at a political level. 

One of the UK government's top priorities during this time has been to keep the public calm and reiterate its total confidence in the National Health Service.

In an off-camera briefing today, Johnson’s official spokesperson said the UK government was in "constant contact" with the US government, but that he was "confident" Johnson was getting the "best care from the NHS" and that any decision regarding his treatment would decided by Johnson's doctors — who are NHS doctors. 

Those of you with British friends will be familiar with tone in this message — thank you, but please stop. 

The optics of an unpopular US president offering US services that are not available on the NHS is one of the least helpful things that Trump could have done during this time. Which is probably why Downing Street was so quick to bat away any suggestion that the PM's doctors would countenance taking him up on the offer. 

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9:58 a.m. ET, April 7, 2020

Queen sends well wishes to Boris Johnson and his family

The Queen has sent a message of support to the British Prime Minister, his pregnant partner and the rest of his family. 

Boris Johnson remains in hospital with coronavirus.

An official Royal Family tweet said:

"Earlier today The Queen sent a message to Carrie Symonds and to the Johnson family. Her Majesty said they were in her thoughts and that she wished the Prime Minister a full and speedy recovery.”

Meanhwile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also tweeted their well wishes to Boris Johnson. 

“Our thoughts are with the Prime Minister and his family, who like so many in the UK and around the world are affected by coronavirus. We wish him a speedy recovery at this difficult time," William and Kate's official Twitter account read.

9:39 a.m. ET, April 7, 2020

US stocks open higher

From CNN’s Anneken Tappe

US stocks kicked off higher on Tuesday, adding on from the prior session’s gains which was the best day on Wall Street in two weeks.

Here's where the markets opened:

  • The Dow opened up 3.9%, or 890 points.
  • The Nasdaq Composite climbed 2.7%.
  • The S&P 500 rose 3.2%.

If the S&P finishes the day at this level, it will have risen more than 20% from its low-point on March 23, and enter a new bull run. Whether the bear market is over will, however, not be clear until a few months from now.

You can follow live updates on how the markets are reacting to the pandemic here.

9:40 a.m. ET, April 7, 2020

Miami Beach requires workers and customers to wear face masks

From CNN's Sara Weisfeldt and Rosa Flores

A police patrol vehicle is parked in front of the City of Miami Beach’s municipal parking lot which houses a MedRite COVID-19 testing site on April 05, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida.
A police patrol vehicle is parked in front of the City of Miami Beach’s municipal parking lot which houses a MedRite COVID-19 testing site on April 05, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

The City of Miami Beach issued an emergency order today requiring all grocery store, pharmacy and restaurant employees and customers to wear face coverings to cover their noses and mouths. 

The mandate also applies to delivery service workers, according to a press release from the city. 

"Acceptable coverings may include a face mask, homemade mask or other cloth covering, such as a scarf, bandana or handkerchief, and should complement — not substitute for — social distancing practices," the statement said 

The statement also points out that medical and surgical face masks, such as N95 masks, should be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders. 

9:34 a.m. ET, April 7, 2020

This nurse came out of retirement to help with coronavirus

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Juliana Morawski was an emergency room nurse for 30 years before retiring. But once the coronavirus outbreak broke out, she said she felt compelled to come out of retirement to assist in any way she could. 

“We’re under threat, more than any other time I can remember in emergency medicine,” Morawski told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota. “I’ve never seen emergency departments or nursing or any of the services, actually, in general, under so much threat. And it's a family. So when family is threatened, you try to step up as much as you can.”

Morawski said most health care workers are simply doing their jobs, even though there’s a huge amount of stress in some areas, trying to treat as many patients as possible. 

“Everybody lionizes the emergency responders and first responders as essential workers … but we're not martyrs. And I think it's very difficult for those of us who have worked this many years to actually … feel threat from our own environment also,” she said. 

Morawski said that right now she’s answering phones for the Department of Health, but she’s eager to get into the ER once the coronavirus peak happens in the Chicago area. 

“I want to be in the thick of it,” she said. She said she’s concerned about coronavirus, but isn’t letting that stop her. “I don’t want to have worry or fear rule my life, so I’m cautious but not worried,” she said.

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9:29 a.m. ET, April 7, 2020

Treasury Secretary expresses optimism about reopening the US economy

From CNN's Betsy Klein

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin appeared on Fox Business this morning, touting the small business loan program.

Mnuchin expressed some optimism regarding reopening the economy.

Asked whether he thinks the shutdown will last longer than eight weeks, he said this:

“I hope not. I hope we can get back to the point — I think everything I hear from the medical professionals in many places where we’re quite close to the worst point, they’re beginning to peak and I think then things are going to get better. And I know the President is very much looking at how we can reopen parts of the economy. There are parts of the country, like New York, where obviously this is very, very concerning, there’s other parts of the country where it’s not, and I know he is meeting with the task force and the medical professionals and getting posted on this every day.”

He reiterated that there is openness to seeking more funding for small businesses: “If we run out of money, we’ll go back for more,” he said, citing “extraordinary demand” for the program thus far.

Mnuchin said “we have been in discussions” regarding another stimulus package but the first priority is getting funds out from the last package.

“When we need to go back to Congress for more money, we’re prepared to do that,” he said.

Asked whether another bill should have a provision for bringing supply chains back to the US, he said he didn’t think that was necessary in another bill.

He declined to comment on dire economic warnings from former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen yesterday.

9:21 a.m. ET, April 7, 2020

How to help restaurants and their employees during the pandemic

From CNN's Mayra Cuevas, Chris Dawson, Jennifer Grubb and AJ Willingham

Chris Graythen/Getty Images/FILE
Chris Graythen/Getty Images/FILE

The coronavirus pandemic is overwhelming, and one of the most excruciating parts for many people is the feeling of utter helplessness in the face of widespread suffering and hardship.

Here's how to help restaurants and food workers in your community during the coronavirus pandemic.

CNN’s Impact Your World has compiled a list of donation opportunities and tips to help those affected by the crisis. You can read the full list here.