April 11 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Brett McKeehan, Amy Woodyatt, Fernando Alfonso III and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 1710 GMT (0110 HKT) December 27, 2020
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4:52 p.m. ET, April 11, 2020

550 crew members of USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for Covid-19

From CNN's Ryan Browne

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is seen docked at Naval Base Guam in Apra Harbor on April 10.
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is seen docked at Naval Base Guam in Apra Harbor on April 10. Tony Azios/AFP via Getty Images

There are 550 sailors from the USS Theodore Roosevelt who have tested positive for coronavirus as of Saturday, according to a statement from the US Navy.

So far, 92% of the sailors have been tested and 3,696 of them have now been moved ashore.

Some context: CNN reported on Thursday that a sailor from the USS Theodore Roosevelt who had tested positive for coronavirus was admitted to an intensive care unit in Guam after being found unresponsive.

4:53 p.m. ET, April 11, 2020

Florida and Idaho families can now use EBT cards online to buy food

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida and Idaho families who use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits are now allowed to use their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards online due to the coronavirus pandemic, an announcement from US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said in a press release Saturday.

The approval allows states to expedite the implementation of online purchasing by stores that are already authorized to take SNAP benefits, according to the release.

People who receive such benefits should be able to use them for online retailers later this month, the release said.

4:55 p.m. ET, April 11, 2020

Air Force medically evacuated three contractors from Afghanistan due to coronavirus

From CNN's Ryan Browne

The US Air Force medically evacuated three contractors who tested positive for Covid-19 from Afghanistan to Germany on Friday, according to a statement from Air Mobility Command spokeswoman Rose Ripley.

This is the first time the Air Force has medically evacuated someone sick from coronavirus, and marks the first operational use of the "Transport Isolation System," according to the statement. 

The system was developed during the Ebola outbreak and is designed to move patients ill with an infectious disease. 

4:57 p.m. ET, April 11, 2020

714 members of the New York Fire Department have tested positive for coronavirus

The New York Fire Department says 714 members have tested positive for the coronavirus, FDNY spokesman Jim Long told CNN. This figure includes firefighters, EMS and civilian personnel.

Overall, 2,700 members are currently out sick or on medical leave. This includes all injuries and other illnesses, in addition to coronavirus cases.

On Friday, EMS received 4,459 medical calls. FDNY tweeted on Saturday urging people to only call 911 if it's a real emergency.

See FDNY's tweet:

4:58 p.m. ET, April 11, 2020

Coronavirus death toll in New Jersey surpasses 2,100

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

New Jersey has recorded 3,599 new coronavirus cases bringing the statewide total to 58,151, according to Gov. Phil Murphy.

Murphy said 251 with the virus have died in the past 24 hours, bringing the state total to 2,183.

“We’re slowing the rate at which new cases are doubling,” Murphy said.

“The curve is flattening,” but “were not in the end zone folks, we cannot spike any footballs, we're not even first in goal," he added.

In a series of announcements made on Twitter, Murphy called on all NJ Transit and "private carriers to cut the capacity on all trains, buses, light rail vehicles, and paratransit vehicles to 50% of their maximum."

Murphy is also "expanding the requirement to wear a face covering to ALL customers heading into one of the restaurants and bars that remain in operation as they get their takeout orders," he said in a tweet.

Red Murphy's tweets:

1:14 p.m. ET, April 11, 2020

Queen Elizabeth II shares Easter message of hope in the face of coronavirus

From Max Foster and Simon Cullen

An image of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and quotes from her historic television broadcast commenting on the coronavirus pandemic are displayed on a big screen behind the Eros statue and a London underground train station entrance at Piccadilly Circus in London on April 9.
An image of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and quotes from her historic television broadcast commenting on the coronavirus pandemic are displayed on a big screen behind the Eros statue and a London underground train station entrance at Piccadilly Circus in London on April 9. Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

The Queen has used her Easter message to encourage hope in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, saying it “will not overcome us."

In a written message released from Windsor Castle, she said that Easter is a time of “light overcoming darkness."

“This year, Easter will be different for many of us, but by keeping apart we keep others safe. But Easter isn't cancelled; indeed, we need Easter as much as ever,” she said. “The discovery of the risen Christ on the first Easter Day gave his followers new hope and fresh purpose, and we can all take heart from this."

The Queen added: “We know that coronavirus will not overcome us. As dark as death can be — particularly for those suffering with grief — light and life are greater. May the living flame of the Easter hope be a steady guide as we face the future.”

 

5:02 p.m. ET, April 11, 2020

United Kingdom launches domestic violence campaign amid coronavirus restrictions

From Rob Iddiols in London

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel speaks from Downing Street in London on April 11.
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel speaks from Downing Street in London on April 11. PA Video/PA Images via Getty Images

The United Kingdom government is launching a campaign to support domestic violence victims during the coronavirus restrictions, Home Secretary Priti Patel announced Saturday.

“Coronavirus has opened Britain’s enormous heart,” Patel said. “I am now asking this nation to use that amazing compassion and community spirit to embrace those trapped in the horrific cycle of abuse.”

The campaign, under the hashtag #YouAreNotAlone, will aim to reassure those affected by domestic abuse that support services remain available.

The government has asked members of the public to show their solidarity by sharing a photo of a heart on their palm, and then asking others to do the same. This aims to “show victims that they are not alone and to convey to perpetrators that domestic abuse is unacceptable in any circumstances,” the home secretary said in a statement.

Advertisement aimed at raising awareness of where people can seek help will run across social media, and materials will be made available to a wide range of partners including charities and supermarkets.

Citing a surge in calls to domestic abuse charities, the Home Secretary pledged an additional $2.4 million (£2 million) to immediately bolster domestic abuse helplines and online support. 

Speaking from Downing Street at the daily press briefing, Patel also addressed other crime-related issues, such as fraud, during the nationwide response to the pandemic.

5:03 p.m. ET, April 11, 2020

About 453 people have been treated at the Javits Center in New York City

From CNN's Cristina Alesci 

The temporary hospital at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York on March 30.
The temporary hospital at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York on March 30. Noam Galai/Getty Images

The Javits Center in New York City has treated about 453 people so far.

There are 319 patients in the facility now, Terry Lynam, senior vice president and chief PIO at Northwell Health, told CNN.

The USNS Comfort, US Navy hospital ship also in New York City, has treated 96 patients, and there are 66 patients currently there, Lynam says.

Lynam confirmed to CNN that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo installed Northwell Health CEO Michael Dowling to oversee clinical operations at the Javits Center and at the USNS Comfort.

Dowling is charged with keeping in constant contact with hospitals, checking on their capacity and whether it makes sense to move patients to the Javits Center.

Some context: The Javits Center and the USNS Comfort were approved to help alleviate the burden the coronavirus is placing on civilian hospital infrastructure.

Both facilities are staffed with hundreds of military doctors and nurses.

5:03 p.m. ET, April 11, 2020

Governor says decision on reopening New York businesses and schools will be coordinated by metro-area

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

State of New York
State of New York

No decisions have been made on whether or not to reopen businesses in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday at a press conference.

He said he will not reopen businesses in the city without coordinating it with other localities.

“Coordinate school and business, and coordinate geographically,” he said.

“I reject any elected official or any expert who says I can tell you whats going to happen four weeks from today,” Cuomo added. “I accept it, I hear it, but I'm not prepared to act on it.”

He said there are a variety of options on how to proceed with, and when, to reopen the economy in the state.

"We’ll discuss it, we’ll coordinate it but at the end of the day the decision must be at a minimum for the metropolitan area, hopefully statewide, ideally regional with Connecticut and New Jersey. So that’s my goal," Cuomo said.

Cuomo acknowledged Mayor Bill de Blasio who said earlier today that New York City schools will remained closed for the rest of the academic school year.

“There has been no decision, that’s the mayor's opinion, I value it” along with all the other county executives but “the decision will be coordinated among all of them," Cuomo said.

Regarding the mayor’s position of closing schools until June, Cuomo said “we may do that, but we're going to do it in a coordinated sense with the other localities,” including the counties in New York.

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