April 12 coronavirus news

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1:57 a.m. ET, April 12, 2020

India reports over 900 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours

From CNN’s Vedika Sud in New Delhi

Fire brigade personnel sanitize an area following suspected cases of Covid-19 in Noida, a suburb of New Delhi, India, on April 8.
Fire brigade personnel sanitize an area following suspected cases of Covid-19 in Noida, a suburb of New Delhi, India, on April 8. Altaf Qadri/AP

India reported 910 new cases of coronavirus and 34 more coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, the country's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced on Sunday.

As of 9 a.m. Sunday local time, the ministry reported a nationwide total of 8,356 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 273 deaths.

The state of Maharashtra and the capital New Delhi have the highest number of cases, with 1,761 including 127 dead in Maharashtra, and 1,069 cases including 19 dead in Delhi.

India reported its biggest single-day jump in cases on Saturday, when it reported 1,035 new cases.

According to the Indian Council for Medical research (ICMR), 17,143 additional samples were tested on Saturday.

1:23 a.m. ET, April 12, 2020

'I woke up and couldn't taste or smell:' A possible early sign of coronavirus

From CNN's Sarah Deane

Londoner Holly Bourne has not had the widely recognized coronavirus symptoms -- a cough or high fever -- and therefore is not eligible to be tested by the UK's National Health Service (NHS). But her experience of suddenly losing her sense of smell, combined with "weird head rushes," headaches and exhaustion led her doctor to diagnose her "straight off the bat" with Covid-19 over the phone.

While there have yet to be robust studies on the link between coronavirus and smell, doctors have reported anecdotally that losing the ability to smell may be among the virus's symptoms -- but how widespread that is, and how long it might last, is unclear.

"I feel lucky I don't have the really scary symptoms," the 33-year-old author says. However, she describes her loss of the sense of smell, or anosmia, as "one of the most upsetting things I've ever gone through because you're not in the driving seat.... I just feel really powerless and scared."

Read more here.

1:13 a.m. ET, April 12, 2020

People around the world are dressing up to take their trash out as a way to enliven their self-isolation

From CNN's Leah Asmelash

In Australia, previously mundane chores are being turned into a fun public outing in the midst of self-isolation.

Just scroll down the Bin Isolation Outing Facebook group to see. Originally begun as a joke between friends, the page now has half a million members and counting -- and is filled with photos and videos of folks around Australia (and, increasingly, the world) taking their bins to the curb in fun costumes.

Danielle Askew created the page two weeks ago, after a friend jokingly wrote on Facebook that she was excited to take the bin out because it gave her a reason to leave the house.

So Askew, who lives in Hervey Bay, Australia, dared her to get dressed up for it. She did, as did Askew, who then started the Facebook page as a way to have a laugh with her friend group.

But that page quickly went beyond the group and Australia, reaching folks as far away as the US. What was supposed to be a private joke has turned into a source of joy for people everywhere, as more and more people find themselves stuck inside.

Read more here.

12:56 a.m. ET, April 12, 2020

Pope Francis says, 'Do not be afraid, do not yield to fear' this Easter

From CNN's Robert Iddiols

Pope Francis presides over an Easter vigil in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on April 11.
Pope Francis presides over an Easter vigil in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on April 11. Vatican News/AP

Pope Francis told followers to "not yield to fear" while leading an Easter Vigil the night before Easter Sunday inside an empty St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday.

Quoting Jesus upon the resurrection, Pope Francis said: "Do not be afraid, do not yield to fear. This is the message of hope. It is addressed to us today. These are the words that God repeats to us this very night."

The vigil, typically attended by thousands, was scaled back amid coronavirus lockdown measures.

"We are all brothers and sisters -- may we bring the song of life," he added.

The Pope also used the address to urge against the arms trade. "Let us silence the cries of death, no more wars! May we stop the production and trade of weapons, since we need bread, not guns."

The vigil was part of the Pope's Easter Triduum liturgies, a series of ceremonies given during the days leading to Easter Sunday -- beginning with Holy Thursday. The vigil is to be followed by Sunday's event, when the Pope will host Easter Sunday Mass at 5 a.m. EST or 11 a.m. Rome time.

12:49 a.m. ET, April 12, 2020

Trump is wrong in so many ways about hydroxychloroquine studies. Here are the facts.

From CNN's Elizabeth Cohen and Dr. Minali Nigam

President Donald Trump listens during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House on April 10.
President Donald Trump listens during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House on April 10. Evan Vucci/AP

There are several treatments being studied to prevent or treat coronavirus, but US President Donald Trump has been a cheerleader for one in particular: hydroxychloroquine, a drug currently used to treat malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Over the past month, he's made many optimistic statements about hydroxychloroquine. CNN has fact-checked the president multiple times -- such as herehere, and here -- and found that he's being unrealistically enthusiastic.

Physicians, including Trump's own advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, have emphasized that in order to know if a drug is going to work -- and be safe -- it has to be studied in clinical trials. It might work, but it might not. It might be safe, but it also could hurt patients.

Read the facts on hydroxychloroquine here.

12:18 a.m. ET, April 12, 2020

Kansas Supreme Court rules in favor of temporary ban on mass gatherings

From CNN's Alta Spells

People maintain their distance as they fish at Hillsdale Lake near Hillsdale, Kansas, on March 30.
People maintain their distance as they fish at Hillsdale Lake near Hillsdale, Kansas, on March 30. Charlie Riedel/AP

In a late evening decision the Kansas Supreme Court sided with Kansas Governor Laura Kelly saying the Legislative Coordinating Council (LCC) did not have the authority to override Gov. Kelly's Executive Order 20-18 which temporarily banned mass gatherings of 10 or more people.

The LCC, which is composed of House and Senate leaders, voted along party lines Wednesday to throw out the Gov. Kelly's order. Gov. Kelly's administration filed the lawsuit against the state's LCC Thursday evening.

With the court's ruling the governor's order will now be in place for Easter Sunday services.

1:23 a.m. ET, April 12, 2020

Japan announces record spike in number of coronavirus cases for fifth day in a row

From CNN’s Junko Ogura in Tokyo and Anna Kam in Hong Kong

People walk toward Shinjuku station in Tokyo on April 8.
People walk toward Shinjuku station in Tokyo on April 8. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

Japan's health ministry recorded 714 new coronavirus cases and four deaths on Saturday. This is the fifth day in a row the country has seen a record spike in the number of cases.

The latest spike brings the number of total infections to 7,460, including 712 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

The total number of deaths in Japan now stands at 109.

In Tokyo, a record 197 cases of infection were confirmed on Saturday, bringing the total to 1,902.

This post has been updated to reflect it was the fifth day in a row the country has seen a spike in cases.

10:53 p.m. ET, April 11, 2020

Venezuela extends national quarantine for 30 days

From CNN’s Stefano Pozzebon in Bogota and Taylor Barnes in Atlanta

People wait to get a coronavirus test outside a diagnosis center in Caracas, Venezuela, on April 10.
People wait to get a coronavirus test outside a diagnosis center in Caracas, Venezuela, on April 10. Ariana Cubillos/AP

Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that a national state of alarm due to novel coronavirus will be extended for thirty days.

"Today, April 11, I signed the state of alarm for 30 more days for Venezuela. Although we confined the contagion, we cannot sing victory," Maduro said in a phone call to state-run VTV.

As the current state of emergency was due to expire on Monday April 13, the new announcement appears to indicate that the lockdown will run through May 13, although Maduro did not mention specific dates.

Venezuela has 175 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and nine deaths related, according to the Maduro government. However, testing for the virus has not been widespread in the country.

Maduro first declared a state of alarm on March 13 and, shortly afterward, a nationwide quarantine in order to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.

10:29 p.m. ET, April 11, 2020

At least 529,740 coronavirus cases reported in the US, over 20,600 deaths

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

As of 10 p.m. Eastern time, there are at least 529,740 cases of coronavirus in the United States, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

So far, at least 20,602 people have died from coronavirus across the country.

The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and US territories, as well as all cases repatriated from overseas.

Wyoming is the only state that has not reported any deaths from coronavirus.