April 9 coronavirus news

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1:26 a.m. ET, April 9, 2020

India’s two largest cities make wearing face masks mandatory

A man wearing a face mask sits in front of a closed shop during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in New Delhi on April 6.
A man wearing a face mask sits in front of a closed shop during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in New Delhi on April 6. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Mumbai and New Delhi have both mandated face masks for people who leave their homes, in joint announcements made Wednesday.

Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “Wearing of facial masks can reduce the spread of corona virus substantially. Therefore, it has been decided that facial masks will be compulsory for anyone stepping out of their house. Cloth mask shall be eligible too.” 

In Mumbai, the Maharashtra government announced that a three-ply mask or a cloth mask will be mandatory in the city limits and that local police will take legal action against violators.

A total of 5,916 cases of coronavirus, including 178 deaths, have been recorded in India, according to Johns Hopkins University.

1:16 a.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Tokyo hits another record high in new cases amid growing Japan epidemic

A man walks toward Shinjuku station, the world's busiest railway station, on April 8, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.
A man walks toward Shinjuku station, the world's busiest railway station, on April 8, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

At least 1,338 cases of the novel coronavirus have been recorded in Tokyo, after a rise of 144 new infections in Japan's capital on Wednesday -- the largest increase yet in a single day.

Across the country, at least 5,480 people have been infected with the virus, including 712 cases linked to the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama in February.

The death toll currently stands at 96, with four more fatalities recorded on Wednesday.

State of emergency: Large parts of Japan are under a state of emergency as the government tries to control the spread of the virus.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the move on Tuesday, saying it would last for one month and apply to seven prefectures, including Tokyo and Osaka.

Abe said public transport and supermarkets would stay open during the state of emergency.

1:01 a.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Korean Air to suspend more than 70% of employees for six months

A Korea Airport Service staff member drives a trailer truck to move cargo at the Korean Air cargo terminal at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, on Wednesday, January 1.
A Korea Airport Service staff member drives a trailer truck to move cargo at the Korean Air cargo terminal at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, on Wednesday, January 1. SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images

South Korea’s flag carrier Korean Air has instructed more than 70% of its employees to take paid leave, at a reduced rate, for six months from April 16 until October 15.

It's an attempt to overcome the worsening business environment caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus, according to a company statement.

Korean Air said that the leave would apply to employees working in South Korea and cover most workers except a very few considered “essential.” 

The Korean Air labor union agreed to join the burden-sharing effort so the company can resume normal business management as soon as possible. 

The company's executives had already decided to take pay cuts of 30% to 50% starting from April until business returns to normal.

“In addition to sales of idle assets as previously announced, the company plans to further strengthen its financial condition by expanding capital assets through consultations with the board of directors,” the statement said.
12:47 a.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Crew member tests positive for coronavirus on hospital ship docked in Los Angeles

A man watches from a roof as the USNS Mercy Navy hospital ship arrives in the port of Los Angeles to assist with the coronavirus pandemic on March 27, 2020 in San Pedro, California.
A man watches from a roof as the USNS Mercy Navy hospital ship arrives in the port of Los Angeles to assist with the coronavirus pandemic on March 27, 2020 in San Pedro, California. Mario Tama/Getty Images

A crew member aboard the USNS Mercy Hospital ship, which is docked in Los Angeles to provide medical support during the pandemic, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

US Navy Lt. Andrew Bertucci told CNN the crew member is "currently isolated aboard the ship, and will soon transfer to an off-ship isolation facility where they will self-monitor for severe symptoms."

Bertucci said it will not affect the ability for the Mercy to receive patients, and all protocols are being taken to protect the health and safety of patients and crew members on board. 

As of Wednesday morning, the USNS Mercy has treated 28 patients with 11 beds currently occupied. 

12:38 a.m. ET, April 9, 2020

China restores 40% of flights amid easing of coronavirus restrictions

China says it has restored 40% of its flights, according to state-run news agency Xinhua, as the country begins to unwind tight restrictions designed to stop the spread of novel coronavirus.

Xinhua said most of the flights are to areas in the northwest and southwest of the country where migrant workers are more concentrated, and industrial areas in the Yangtze River and Pear River Deltas.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China says an average of 6,533 civil aviation flights operated per day in March, an increase of 20.5% from February.

As of April 1, 970 flights were arranged to get more than 59,000 workers back to their work locations.

International flights remain largely down as the country continues with heavy restrictions on travelers entering from overseas.

12:25 a.m. ET, April 9, 2020

US coronavirus cases rise by more than 33,000 in just one day

At least 432,132 cases of the novel coronavirus have been recorded in the United States, after 33,323 new infections were reported on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University,

The country's death toll stands at 14,817, following 1,922 fatalities reported on Wednesday -- the largest increase in one day.

The US totals includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as all repatriated cases. 

Wyoming is still the only state or territory that is not reporting a death from coronavirus.

CNN is tracking the spread of coronavirus in the US here:

12:14 a.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Ecuador’s President calls for investigation on mishandling of bodies 

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno speaks at the United Nations summit on climate change on September 23, 2019 in New York City.
Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno speaks at the United Nations summit on climate change on September 23, 2019 in New York City. Dew Angerer/Getty Images

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno has called for an investigation into allegations that the bodies of coronavirus victims are being mistreated.

In a tweet Wednesday, Moreno said,” we will not allow anyone to be buried without being identified.” He added the deceased are “our brothers who deserve a goodbye with dignity.” 

The coronavirus pandemic is overloading public services in the country's most populous city of Guayaquil. Ecuador has recorded 4,450 cases of the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University, causing at least 242 deaths.

Bodies left in the streets: Hospitals have no beds left to accept patients, and morgues, cemeteries and funeral homes are straining.

With no place left to put them, some residents say they have no choice but to place bodies outside. 

Government officials have admitted making errors earlier this month and insist they are working tirelessly to meet residents' needs.

 

2:12 a.m. ET, April 9, 2020

New Zealand cases fall again as quarantine rules are tightened

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to media during a news conference at Parliament on April 9 in Wellington, New Zealand.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to media during a news conference at Parliament on April 9 in Wellington, New Zealand. Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

New Zealand reported its fourth straight day of decreases in new cases today, according to a government statement. 

There were just 29 new cases of the coronavirus reported in New Zealand today, which is half way through its month-long lockdown. New Zealand includes both confirmed and suspected cases in its count.

"At the halfway mark I have no hesitation in saying, that what New Zealanders have done over the last two weeks is huge," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a speech today. "In the face of the greatest threat to human health we have seen in over a century, Kiwis have quietly and collectively implemented a nationwide wall of defense.
"You are breaking the chain of transmission. And you did it for each other."

The national total stands at 1,239. Some 317 patients have recovered and been discharged from the hospital. 

Starting Friday, residents and citizens returning to New Zealand must quarantine "in an approved facility" and will no longer be allowed to self-isolate at home.

"To succeed, we need it to keep working. Success does not mean we change the course," Ardern said. Removing restrictions now would allow the virus to spread rapidly once again and we would be back to the starting line within two weeks. That’s also why we will keep enforcing the rules.
"As an island nation we have a distinct advantage in our ability to eliminate the virus, but our borders are also our biggest risk."
11:49 p.m. ET, April 8, 2020

Chinese city goes into lockdown along Russian border

A city of 70,000 on the Chinese side of the border with Russia went into lockdown this morning to try to contain the spread of novel coronavirus, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

The city of Suifenhe’s government said all residents will be confined to their homes, while estate gates and doors to residences would be strictly guarded. 

Residents will be allowed to send one person per household to shop every three days. They must abide by QR code scanning, registration and temperature checks, and wear masks.

Between March 21 and April 7, at least 84 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed from people who entered China at the border in Suifenhe, according to CCTV. Most of them are reported to be Chinese business travelers returning from Russia.