April 10 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Jenni Marsh, Rob Picheta, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 0138 GMT (0938 HKT) April 11, 2020
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11:11 a.m. ET, April 10, 2020

New Jersey governor will sign executive order that may allow some inmates to be released

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy tours an emergency field hospital being prepared at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey, on April 2.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy tours an emergency field hospital being prepared at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey, on April 2. Michael Mancuso/Pool/Getty Images

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced he is signing an executive order allowing the possible release of some low-risk, vulnerable inmates in the prison system in the wake of the pandemic.

Under this order, low-risk inmates whose age or health status puts them at risk, who have been denied parole within the last year or whose sentences are set to expire in the next three months “may be” – and he stresses “may be” – placed on temporary home confinement or granted parole if already eligible, through an expedited process, Murphy said.

No one convicted of a serious crime, such as murder or sex assault, will be eligible for consideration, he said.

A “robust” process will help determine whether an individual is eligible and each will have an individualized release plan addressing housing and medical services.

“No one who cannot meet these standards will be released,” he said. All under home confinement will be subject to Department of Corrections supervision, he said.

“We have dual or twin responsibilities here. Protecting those who work in our prisons, and those who are incarcerated,” he added.

Social distancing is “extremely hard to accomplish in a prison setting” Murphy added and “allowing some of our most vulnerable individuals who do not pose a public safety threat to temporarily leave prison will protect both their health and the health and safety of the men and women working in our correctional facilities”

10:56 a.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Ohio governor says that coronavirus guidelines are working but “we can't let this monster up”

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine praised residents of his state for following steps to help slow the spread of coronavirus, but warned that it’s not yet time to get back to normal. 

“Ohioans have done a great job. They've changed the future, but we've got to keep doing it. We're doing well but we can't let this monster up,” he said in an interview with CNN’s Jim Sciutto.

“We've got this monster down a little bit, but you're still seeing a significant number of Ohioans who are dying every day and going into the hospital, so we’re not through this yet.”

The Republican governor said that while institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati have increased testing, the state needs to ramp up its capabilities to truly get a handle on the virus. 

“Part of the plan we are now in the process of putting together will certainly involve robust testing. It's going to be absolutely necessary to be able to get people back to work,” he said.

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10:38 a.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Brazil's president booed as he physically interacts with crowds of people during virus outbreak

From CNN's Flora Charner

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, left, poses for a photo while visiting a local bakery.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, left, poses for a photo while visiting a local bakery. Eduardo Bolsonaro/From Twitter

Images of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro hugging supporters and posing with people at a local bakery circulated online Thursday evening.

A video was shared by his son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, and showed the Brazilian president with members of his cabinet interacting with a large group of people.

No one appeared to be wearing masks or any other protective gear. According to affiliate CNN Brasil, some people booed the president and banged pots from windows and balcony in protest.

Bolsonaro has dismissed the coronavirus in the past as a "little flu" and said he believes impact on Brazil's economy will be much worse. He has been pushing to lift self-isolation measures imposed by governors in several Brazilian states.

10:24 a.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Oakland is closing 74 miles of city streets to make more room for physical distancing

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

About 74 miles of Oakland, California, streets will be closed to give bicyclists and pedestrians more room to spread out during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor Libby Schaaf gave a preview of the new initiative, dubbed Oakland Slow Streets, in a virtual town hall Thursday night.

Parks are too crowded to maintain proper physical distancing, Chief Resilience Officer Alexandra McBride noted, so the city's creative solution is to take advantage of the 20% to 30% of land dedicated to roads.

City streets will close roads to vehicular traffic mostly in and around residential neighborhoods. The official rollout of this emergency and details are expected to be released later today.

10:18 a.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Melinda Gates says coronavirus will be "horrible in the developing world"

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Melinda Gates says she’s very concerned that vulnerable, poor populations in developing countries will not be able to handle the coronavirus crisis.

“It’s going to be horrible in the developing world. And part of the reason you're seeing the case numbers still don't look very bad, it’s because they don't have access to very many tests,” said Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is putting billions of dollars behind eight potential vaccines for the coronavirus. 

“If you live in a slum, you can't physical distance. You have to go out and get your meal. You don't have clean water to wash your hands,” she said in an interview with CNN’s Poppy Harlow. “We have a crisis on our hands that we aren't even talking about in the United States.” 

Gates said that the coronavirus pandemic will set the world back in terms of gender equity as well. 

“70% of the health care workers around the world are women. Women do more than two times the unpaid labor in their homes. So they're caring for people in the health system and they’re caring for people at home,” she said.

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

More than 16,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US

At least 16,703 people have died in the US from coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases.

There are at least 466,396 cases of coronavirus in the US, according to the Johns Hopkins tally. 

So far on Friday, Johns Hopkins has reported 646 new cases and 19 reported deaths. 

10:09 a.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Tokyo announces tighter restrictions as coronavirus spreads

From CNN's Yoko Wakatsuki in Tokyo

Signs urge people to stay home to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus in Tokyo, Japan, on April 10.
Signs urge people to stay home to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus in Tokyo, Japan, on April 10. Eugene Hoshiko/AP

Tokyo's Metropolitan Government announced the highest one-day spike with 189 new cases, bringing the total to 1,708 on Friday. 

Tokyo's local authorities have announced three days of rising positive cases: 144 on Wednesday and 181 on Thursday.

"The situation remains extremely tense. As I have been saying recently, there is no change to the fact that we are in a critical situation, on the brink of an explosive outbreak. And it's getting even more tense." Tokyo's Governor Yuriko Koike said.

The government will ask businesses to close starting this weekend as part of its measures to curb the spread of coronavirus. Entertainment facilities such as bars and internet cafes, universities & education centers, sports and amusement facilities, theaters, assembly halls & exhibition centers, and commercial facilities such as shopping centers, will all be asked to close from Saturday. 

Restaurants will still be allowed to operate between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. local time, but will be asked to stop service of alcohol after 7 p.m. 

The government of Tokyo says it will provide additional financial aid to the businesses. Businesses with one store will receive $4,600 USD (about 500,000 Japanese Yen) while businesses with more than two stores will receive $9,200 USD (1M Japanese Yen). No time frame yet has been announced on when those payments will start.

Tokyo was scheduled to host the Olympics this summer, but the Games have been postponed to 2021 because of the pandemic.

9:52 a.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Singapore suspends use of Zoom for online schooling after security concerns

From Eric Cheung in Hong Kong

Singapore has announced the suspension of Zoom for in home-based learning after a security breach was found, the Ministry of Education said in a statement Friday.

Aaron Loh, divisional director of the Educational Technology Division, said the ministry has been made aware of a number of "very serious incidents" involving the use of Zoom, and has decided to suspend the software to ensure online security.

 "We are already working with Zoom to enhance its security settings and make these security measures clear and easy to follow," he said. "As a precautionary measure, our teachers will suspend their use of Zoom until these security issues are ironed out."

Zoom said in a statement it was "deeply upset" to learn about the security breaches and added it has recently changed its settings to increase online security. 

"Zoom is committed to providing educators with the tools and resources they need on a safe and secure platform, and we are continuing to engage with all of our users on how they can best use Zoom and protect their meetings," according to the statement.

Earlier this month, Singapore moved to home-based learning across all levels of schooling to combat the spread of the virus.

9:48 a.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Defense secretary says another 300 military personnel will deploy to help NYC hospitals

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks at a press conference at the Pentagon on March 5.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks at a press conference at the Pentagon on March 5. Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says the military is sending another 300 medical personnel to help New York City hospitals. 

Appearing on CBS “This Morning” Esper said, "we've deployed to 11 New York City hospitals 350 doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists and today we will be deploying another 300 to help those local hospital workers who've been struggling mightily to keep on top of the (coronavirus) cases help them out provide them some additional relief from the Department of Defense".

CNN reported earlier this week that DoD would be “flooding the area with medical teams.” 

The Pentagon said Tuesday that 325 military medical personnel have arrived in New York and would start embedding in 11 public hospitals on Wednesday.

The deployment of military medical personnel directly to hospitals represents a recent change in tactics for the Defense Department. At first the military wanted to transfer equipment to the civilians and stay largely out of the way. Then it agreed to do overflow and non-coronavirus patients, then coronavirus overflow and now hundreds of military doctors are surging on the frontlines in New York-area hospitals.