April 9 coronavirus news

By Ben Westcott, Julia Hollingsworth, Adam Renton, Jack Guy, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 0236 GMT (1036 HKT) April 10, 2020
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1:24 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

New Jersey reports 1,700 coronavirus deaths

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

Pool/News 12 New Jersey
Pool/News 12 New Jersey

The state of New Jersey is reporting an additional 3,748 cases over the last 24 hours, bringing the statewide total to 51,027.

There has also been an additional 198 deaths in the past 24 hours.

The statewide death toll is now 1,700, according to Gov. Phil Murphy.

This is "well north now of two times the fatalities – blessed fatalities — that we suffered in New Jersey on 9/11," he said.

1:17 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

UK's foreign secretary has not spoken to Boris Johnson since taking over his duties

From CNN's Schams Elwazer

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street via AP

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has not spoken to Prime Minister Boris Johnson since taking over his duties.

“I think it’s important, particularly while [Johnson] is intensive care, to let him focus on recovery. We in the government have got this covered,” Raab said during the daily Downing Street press conference.

Johnson has been in intensive care since Monday – one day after being admitted to St. Thomas hospital — and the government has insisted his condition continues to improve and he is in “good spirits.”

CORRECTION: This post has been updated to reflect that Johnson was admitted to the hospital on Sunday, and entered intensive care on Monday.

12:53 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

United Kingdom coronavirus death toll nears 8,000

From Seb Shukla in London

The number of people who have died of Covid-19 in the United Kingdom hospitals has increased to 7,978, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Thursday – an increase of 881 since Wednesday’s update.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases has reached 65,077, an increase of 4,304. 

12:45 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

8 members of US Capitol police positive for coronavirus

From Sunlen Serfaty

In the past three weeks, eight United States Capitol Police (USCP) personnel have informed the department that they have tested positive for coronavirus. 

“The health and well-being of USCP employees is the Department’s top priority,” spokesperson Eva Malecki told CNN, “We are implementing a number of proactive measures to respond to the pandemic.”

The USCP has adapted what they are calling a “progressive staffing posture” aimed at preserving employee health. 

They have issued personal protective equipment (PPE) to all police officers, have enhanced agency-wide telework capabilities and are providing the option of temporary lodging for on-duty officers and civilian employees to address concerns about the potential of community transmission to family members.  

The department is also delivering daily box lunches to on-duty officers and civilian employees to help employees practice responsible social distancing while on duty.  

In addition, USCP sworn personnel who are exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 may receive priority testing. 

12:29 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Maine's Department of Education gives tablets to students for remote learning 

From CNN's Melissa Alonso 

Maine's Department of Education is distributing WiFi-enabled tablets to students without internet for remote learning, according to a release from the department. 

"The 500 devices were procured through a collection of donations, and are being offered in Piscataquis County first because data shows they have the highest percentage of students without connectivity," the release said. 

Maine schools will continue virtual learning for the remainder of the academic year, the DOE said on its website. 

12:30 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Almost 20% of the New York Police Department is out sick

From CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz

Kena Betancur/Getty Images/FILE
Kena Betancur/Getty Images/FILE

Roughly 20% of the NYPD is out sick, according to a law enforcement official.

As of today, there are 7,155 uniformed members out sick, which accounts for 19.8% of the force.

At least 243 members have returned to work after being out sick.

Overall, there have been 3,119 members who have tested positive for coronavirus. Of those, 508 have returned to work.

12:23 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Dallas mayor closes all parks for Easter weekend to maintain social distancing

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson announced that he is closing all parks in the city for the Easter weekend in an effort to maintain social distancing and continue to combat the spread of coronavirus, he said in a tweet Thursday.

Johnson said that keeping the parks open and staffed to enforce social distancing would have put staff, public safety personnel and the public "in harm's way."

Instead, he encouraged residents to celebrate the holiday at home.

12:22 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Hungary extends restrictions on movement extended "indefinitely"

From Niamh Kennedy in Dublin and Sharif Paget in Atlanta

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced that current restrictions on movement will be extended “indefinitely."

"We will reconsider the restrictions on a weekly basis,” Orban said on Thursday, according to a government spokesperson.

Last week, Hungary's parliament voted to allow Orban to rule by decree indefinitely to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The bill, which gives the populist leader powers to unilaterally enact sweeping measures, has been criticized by European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen and international human rights groups.

The Hungarian government led by Orban has pushed back against accusations of a power grab and said the bill seeks to help slow down the spread of the coronavirus.  

There are 980 cases of coronavirus in Hungary and 66 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University

12:26 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Number of airline passengers has dropped nearly 96%

From CNN's Greg Wallace

A worker walks through a baggage claim area at a nearly-empty O'Hare International Airport on April 2,  in Chicago.
A worker walks through a baggage claim area at a nearly-empty O'Hare International Airport on April 2, in Chicago. Scott Olson/Getty Images

The number of people traveling by plane has dropped by about 96%, according to multiple metrics reviewed by CNN. 

One is the number of people screened by the Transportation Security Administration at airports. That number is about 96% lower than it was this time last year. 

On Wednesday, TSA officers screened just shy of 95,000 people, a dramatic drop from the 2.3 million who passed through checkpoints on the equivalent day in 2019. 

Airlines for America, a major industry group, also reports a 96% drop in passengers. It said its US airline members have cut 71% of their capacity. Only about one in every 10 seats on the US domestic planes that do fly are occupied, according to the group. On the limited number of international flights that are operating, about one in five seats are occupied. 

With fewer flights, airlines need fewer planes. US airlines currently have about 1,800 planes, or 1,500 more than in December, parked, representing about 30% of the US fleet, according to Airlines for America. 

The numbers are similarly significant worldwide. At the beginning of the year, about 111,000 commercial flights were operated daily, according to Airlines for America. In the most recent week, it said there were only 31,000 flights. 

Several regional airlines have been forced to suspend operations or close because of the dramatic drop in bookings. 

The Federal Aviation Administration says employees at 38 of its air traffic control facilities have tested positive for the virus, prompting altered operations and cleanings. Most recently, it said employees in Orlando and Newark tested positive. 

At TSA checkpoints, officers now wear masks and – in some cases – face shields. The agency says 327 employees have tested positive for the virus and two have died. TSA employees at the Dulles airport outside Washington, D.C. created a food pantry for their colleagues in the aviation world.