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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3:11 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Trump economic adviser says economy will be reopened "on a rolling basis"

From Betsy Klein

White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a television interview along Pebble Beach on the North Lawn of the White House on April 9.
White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a television interview along Pebble Beach on the North Lawn of the White House on April 9. Andrew Harnik/AP

Top Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow suggested on Fox Business this afternoon that the economy will be reopened on a "rolling basis."

"What we're looking at here, I hope, will be a two month gap interference, if you will. March, end of April. The next month or two, we should be able to restart, at least on a rolling basis." 

Kudlow touted the $2.3 trillion from the Federal Reserve geared at helping medium-sized "Main Street" businesses, but didn't provide many details, saying that he didn't "know all of the parameters" for the loans yet and that is still being worked out with the Treasury Department. 

However, he said, "Everybody who wants one is going to be able to get one. That is our goal. That’s the essential message: we want to keep you in business, we know just how difficult this is. We know the hardships are enormous."

He added that mitigation efforts "seem to be bearing fruit," and that it is his hope that the economy will reopen in a four to eight week time frame (something he's said previously). 

He again acknowledged "glitches" with the small business loan program but expressed praise for Mnuchin and the SBA. 

As of today at 2 p.m., he said, 500,000 loans have been approved, worth $128 billion, via almost 4,000 bank lenders. 

One viewer who owns a hair salon asked him about issues with getting employees to want to come back to work. 

"If I may, it's cool to work," Kudlow said. "Working has become cool again."

3:06 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

It's been 100 days since the World Health Organization was first notified about coronavirus

From CNN's Sharif Paget in Atlanta

WHO via Reuters
WHO via Reuters

Today marks the 100th day since the World Health Organization was notified of the first cases of novel coronavirus in China, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on his Twitter account.

Since then, more than 1.5 million cases of coronavirus have been reported around the world, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.

“For the past 100 days, our unwavering commitment has been to serve all people of the world with equity, objectivity and neutrality. That will continue to be our sole focus in the days, weeks and months ahead,” Tedros wrote.

“We've been especially concerned with protecting the world’s poorest & most vulnerable, not just in the poorest countries, but in all countries,” Tedros said.

He added that the health organization will be releasing an updated strategy and a “revised Strategic Preparedness & Response Plan in the next few days.” 

2:53 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

South Africa extends lockdown until the end of April

From CNN’s David McKenzie in Johannesburg, South Africa

In a live address on Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a two-week extension to South Africa’s current 21-day lockdown, keeping restrictions in place until at least the end of April.

Ramaphosa said that the strict nationwide lockdown had slowed the rate of confirmed infections in the country over the past two weeks.

“While it is too early to make a definitive analysis in South Africa, there is sufficient evidence that the lockdown is working,” he said. “But the struggle against the coronavirus is far from over. We are only at the beginning of a monumental struggle. This evening I ask you to endure even longer.”

During his address, Ramaphosa also announced that senior government officials, including himself, will take a one-third pay cut over the next three-months. The portion will be donated to the country’s solidarity fund, set up to aid the country’s coronavirus response.

Ramaphosa said that any decisions to ease restrictions needed to be cautious and calibrated.

“Our immediate priority must remain to slow down the spread of the virus and prevent a massive loss of life,” he said. “This is a matter of survival and we will not fail.”


2:39 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

New Jersey's peak could come in the next few days, health official says

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

New Jersey's peak could occur in the next 2 to 3 days, according to Commissioner of Health Judy M. Persichilli.

At that point, New Jersey would have 14,400 hospitalizations and 2,880 critical care cases in the state, according to model projections as of last night.

“We look at this every day. It changes every day,” Persichilli noted.

2:32 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Spain extends state of emergency until April 26

From CNN’s Mia Alberti, Vasco Cotovio and Ingrid Formanek

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez delivers a speech at Lower Chamber of Spanish Parliament in Madrid on April 9.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez delivers a speech at Lower Chamber of Spanish Parliament in Madrid on April 9. Mariscal/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

The Spanish Parliament has voted to extend the state of emergency in the country for the second time, until April 26.

Speaking in front of an almost empty Parliament, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the country has reached the "peak" of the pandemic.

"[T]he last thing we should allow is a step backward because that would be more than a setback," he said.

Sánchez also added that he is "convinced" he'll have to request a new extension of the state of emergency in 15 days, extending it into May.

The vote happened as the country prepares the "de-escalation" phase where some easing in measures could happen, like allowing non-essential workers in certain sectors to go back to work.

The state of emergency was first declared on March 14 and extended for the first time on March 27.

2:22 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Boris Johnson is out of intensive care

From CNN's Schams Elwazer

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson "has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery," Downing Street said in a statement Thursday.

“He is in extremely good spirits,” the statement added.

Some background: The 55-year-old was taken to London's St. Thomas' Hospital on Sunday because he was displaying "persistent" symptoms 10 days after testing positive for the virus.

Johnson's condition worsened on Monday, and he was taken to the ICU. On Tuesday, Downing Street said he was in a stable condition.

He did not require mechanical or invasive ventilation and did not have pneumonia, according to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is deputizing for the Prime Minister.

2:22 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Canadians told to expect many more weeks of sheltering in place

From CNN’s Paula Newton in Ottawa

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses Canadians on the COVID-19 pandemic from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Ontario, on Thursday, April 9.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses Canadians on the COVID-19 pandemic from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Ontario, on Thursday, April 9. Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP

Canadian public health officials for the first time released national projections on the spread of Covid-19 and warned that social distancing measures were unlikely to end soon.

Projections released and provided to CNN indicate there could be as many as 700 deaths in Canada by mid-April and anywhere from 11,000 to 22,000 deaths throughout the duration of the pandemic, depending on social distancing measures.

“These stark numbers tell us that we must do everything that we can now to remain in that best-case scenario,” said Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer.

“We don’t know if we’ve reached the peak anywhere in Canada as of yet, so it’s too early to tell,” Dr. Tam said. She added that Canada is at an earlier stage of the pandemic than other countries.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was blunt as he discussed the projections, saying there would be no "return to normal" until a widely available vaccine is found.

“We have the chance to determine what our country looks like in the weeks and months to come. Our health care systems across the country are coping for the time being, but we're at a fork in the road, between the best and the worst possible outcomes," Trudeau said.

Trudeau told Canadians to expect many more weeks of sheltering in place with immediate family.

By the numbers: Canada has reported 19,260 cases of Covid-19 and 436 deaths. Nearly half of those deaths are among residents of long-term care homes as health officials deal with outbreaks at those facilities right across the country.

2:14 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Connecticut schools will stay closed for "at least" another month, governor says

From CNN's Elizabeth Hartfield

Connecticut schools will stay closed for “at least another month,” Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday.

Schools had previously been closed until April 20 and now they will stay closed until at least May 20, the governor said. An official announcement will be released by the state “within a day or two” Lamont said.

Lamont said it’s likely that the state will issue a similar extension for bars and restaurants and other non-essential businesses, though that has not been officially decided yet.

2:16 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

American Heart Association issues new CPR guidelines amid coronavirus pandemic

From CNN Health’s Shelby Lin Erdman


The American Heart Association (AHA) has issued an interim set of guidelines for emergency workers responding to cardiac arrest victims amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The guidelines, “Interim Guidance for Basic and Advanced Life Support in Adults, Children and Neonates with Suspected or Confirmed Covid-19,” were published Thursday in the AHA journal Circulation.

“The goal is to ensure that patients with or without COVID-19 who experience cardiac arrest have the best possible chance of survival without compromising the safety of rescuers,” the AHA said in a press release on the changes.

The new rules include limiting the number of people in a room or on the scene when responding to a cardiac arrest call, and minimizing the airborne spread of the virus by “prioritizing oxygenation and ventilation strategies” to lower the risk of aerosol spray.

The AHA also recommends that health care systems and EMS agencies implement policies for frontline workers addressing whether to start or continue resuscitation efforts for Covid-19 patients based on the person’s chances of survival. 

The agency is still encouraging bystanders to perform CPR or defibrillation on potential Covid-19 patients, especially if they’re family members living in the same home. For a bystander in a public setting, the AHA recommends using a face mask or face covering for both the rescuer and the victim during hands-only CPR to reduce virus transmission risks.

Some context: The executive director of Rescue Care at the University of Chicago and co-author of the guidelines, Dr. Dana Edelson, said in a statement that while CPR is critical for many patients, it does put rescuers at increased risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

“This guidance draws on evolving science and expert opinion to help health systems and providers mitigate that risk with the hopes of maintaining the survival gains for cardiac arrest achieved over the past two decades,” she said.

Other health groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Association of Respiratory Care and the American College of Emergency Physicians, among others, collaborated with the AHA on the new guidelines.