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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1:19 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

About half of all US coronavirus deaths are in New York and New Jersey, CDC says

From CNN Health’s Arman Azad

A funeral director wheels a body outside The Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York, on April 9.
A funeral director wheels a body outside The Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York, on April 9. John Minchillo/AP

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Friday that about half of all US deaths have been reported in two states: New York and New Jersey.

The CDC’s numbers lag behind those maintained by other sources, such as Johns Hopkins University, but the agency on Friday released a detailed report outlining the geographic distribution of coronavirus in the US.

New York City has had the highest “cumulative incidence” of reported cases, with 915.3 cases per 100,000 people, according to the CDC. Minnesota had the lowest incidence, at 20.6 cases per 100,000 people.

Some context: A variety of factors could explain why some regions have more cases and deaths, the CDC said. 

Differences in population density, age distribution and the prevalence of underlying medical conditions among Covid-19 patients could be factors, according to the agency.

The variation between regions could also reflect differences in when coronavirus was first introduced into a population. And the timing and extent of community mitigation measures could also be at play, according to the agency.

The CDC also said that differences in testing capacity – and public health reporting practices – could be factors.

The agency cautioned, however, that its report has limitations.

Case counts are likely “underestimated” because of incomplete detection of cases and delays in reporting, according to the CDC. And deaths are also likely to be underreported, the agency said, because people might die from the virus without receiving a Covid-19 diagnosis.

1:04 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

IRS says some stimulus payments will start going out next week

From CNN’s Katie Lobosco

The Internal Revenue Service building in Washington on March 27, 2019.
The Internal Revenue Service building in Washington on March 27, 2019. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The Internal Revenue Service said Friday that some stimulus payments will start going out next week. Payments will start with those people who have filed their 2018 or 2019 tax returns and have authorized a direct deposit. Those payments will be made automatically.

Social Security beneficiaries will also receive their payments automatically. Those payments will go out “in the near future,” the IRS said Friday.

Others — who haven’t filed those returns, authorized direct deposits, or receive Social Security — will likely have to wait weeks and even months before seeing their money. Some will have to first file a return or register online in order to receive the payment.

Also on Friday, the IRS launched a new tool to help low-income people who aren’t normally required to file returns to input some basic information so that they can receive the stimulus money. They’ll have to provide their Social Security number, name, address, and the number of their dependents – as well as bank account information if they want to receive a direct deposit.

Next week: The IRS plans to roll out another online tool. This will allow people a chance to provide their bank account information so they can receive their payment more quickly rather than waiting for a paper check.

This feature will be unavailable if the payment has already been scheduled for delivery, the agency said. It will also help people check on the status of their payments.

1:05 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

A remote Amazon tribe just recorded its first coronavirus death

From Mia Alberti in London

A 15-year-old teen from the Yanomami indigenous tribe died Thursday from coronavirus-related causes in northern Brazil, according to a statement from the country’s health ministry. 

The teen had been hospitalized since last Friday in the state of Roraima’s General Hospital in capital Boa Vista, according to the statement.

The Association of the Indigenous People of Brazil (APIB), a watchdog group that defends indigenous rights, told CNN at least two other indigenous people have died from coronavirus complications. However, this is the first indigenous death confirmed by the Brazilian Health Ministry. 

The teen was from the Rehebe village, an area that indigenous activist groups say has been affected by illegal mining. 

"Today, without a doubt, the main vector for the spread of COVID-19 inside the Yanomami Indigenous Territory is the more than 20.000 illegal miners that go in and out of the territory without any control,” the Socioenvironmental Institute (ISA) NGO said in a statement. “The Yanomami, as many other indigenous people, are among the groups most vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19 and should be urgently protected, under the risk of genocide with the complicity of the Brazilian State."

Brazil’s Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said during a press conference this week the spread among indigenous groups is “worrisome” and said a national crisis committee has been created to monitor cases in indigenous territories. 

12:57 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Trump asks for prayers of healing on Good Friday

From CNN's Nikki Carvajal

President Donald Trump prays during an Easter blessing event in the Oval Office of the White House on April 10.
President Donald Trump prays during an Easter blessing event in the Oval Office of the White House on April 10. Evan Vucci/AP

President Trump focused on the battle against Covid-19 in a scripted message on Good Friday, thanking first responders and calling on Americans to pray for the nation.

“At this holy time, our nation is engaged in a battle like never before, the invisible enemy,” the President said from the Oval Office.

“Though we will not be able to gather together with one another as we normally would on Easter,” he continued, “we can use this sacred time to focus on prayer, reflection, and growing in our personal relationship with God.”

The President thanked “the many families who have prayed” for him, and asked for continued prayers for healing and “comfort for those who are grieving.”

“As our nation battles the invisible enemy,” the President said, “we reaffirm that Americans believe in the power of prayer.”

The President was joined by Vice President Mike Pence and Bishop Harry Jackson. He did not take questions from reporters in the room.

12:50 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

There are at least 473,093 coronavirus cases in the US

A sign about Covid-19 testing is seen in Indio, California, on April 9.
A sign about Covid-19 testing is seen in Indio, California, on April 9. Rich Fury/Getty Images

According to Johns Hopkins University's tally, there are at least 473,093 cases of coronavirus in the US and at least 17,836 people have died from the disease.

So far on Friday, Johns Hopkins has reported 7,343 new cases and 1,152 reported deaths.

The total includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories, as well as all repatriated cases. Wyoming is the only state or territory that is not reporting a death from coronavirus.

12:46 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Ireland extends coronavirus restrictions until May 5

From Peter Taggart in Belfast

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar speaks at the annual Friends Of Ireland luncheon hosted by the United States Congress in Washington on March 12.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar speaks at the annual Friends Of Ireland luncheon hosted by the United States Congress in Washington on March 12. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

The restrictions imposed to stop the spread of coronavirus in Ireland will be extended until May 5, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announced at a briefing on Friday. 

"All we can do for now is to take one day at a time to think of others. To choose hope and solidarity over self interest and fear. Your decisions will save lives. What may be inconvenient for some will be life saving for others. So I am calling on everyone to do what is asked for them to be tolerant and compassionate, think about others before ourselves." Varadkar said.

Under the new rules, people can go out only to "shop for food or household goods, to attend medical appointments and collect medicines, vital family reasons such as providing care to children and the elderly, to take brief individual physical exercise, for farming purposes and food production," Varadkar announced.

Prime Minister said all visits to hospitals and prisons have stopped and public transport is limited to “essential workers and people providing essential services." 

Public and private gatherings among people outside of the same household are also banned.

12:42 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

CDC debunks theory that coronavirus is the leading cause of death in America

From CNN's Jacqueline Howard

Even though the coronavirus pandemic continues to take lives across the United States, Covid-19 has not become the leading cause of death in the nation, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed to CNN.

"There are no data to support that theory," Jeff Lancashire, a spokesperson for the National Center for Health Statistics, said in an email on Friday.

"We have limited data on 2020 deaths by cause, and no final official numbers yet for 2019, but we do know by looking at the final death totals in 2018 for the two leading causes of death in the US, Heart Disease and Cancer, there is no way that at this point COVID-19 comes anywhere close to those totals," Lancashire said in the email.

What the data shows: Lancashire noted that between January and April in 2018, more than 234,000 people in the United States died of heart disease and nearly 199,000 died of cancer.

So far during the coronavirus pandemic, there have been about 16,700 Covid-19 deaths in the United States, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

12:41 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Oklahoma labs are working on coronavirus antibody testing

Labs in the state of Oklahoma are working on antibody testing, Gov. Kevin Stitt said during a news conference today.

Stitt said the state is in contact with labs and working to identify those who may have developed antibodies.

Earlier today, Dr. Anthony Fauci says antibody tests — which show who has already been infected with the coronavirus — will be available in the US soon. 

12:34 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Connecticut governor to extend social distancing measures at least through May 20

From CNN's Rashard Rose 

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said he plans to sign an executive order Friday extending previously enacted closures, social distancing and safety measures until at least May 20. 

"This is no doubt a difficult situation, but I cannot stress enough that these actions are saving lives by staying home." Lamont tweeted. “While data is starting to show a flattening of the curve, we're not out of the woods. Returning to normal too soon will have too many negative consequences.” 

Connecticut has 9,784 confirmed coronavirus cases and 380 deaths, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.

Read Lamont's tweet: