April 13 coronavirus news

By Ben Westcott, Amy Woodyatt, Adam Renton, Meg Wagner and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 9:11 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020
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9:29 p.m. ET, April 12, 2020

New York City now has more than 100,000 cases of the novel coronavirus

A medical workers takes in a patient at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, on April 12.
A medical workers takes in a patient at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, on April 12. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A rise of at least 5,695 cases on Sunday has put New York City's total number of coronavirus infections at over 104,000, with at least 6,182 fatalities.

More than 189,000 cases have been reported in New York state -- the most heavily-affected state in the US. Hundreds of people are currently dying every day from coronavirus-related complications.

Speaking on Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said authorities wanted to reopen the state as soon as possible but said it was hard to know how the virus would continue to develop.

"I don't think anyone can make an informed decision right now," he said.
9:23 p.m. ET, April 12, 2020

Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Texas jail more than doubles

From CNN’s Andy Rose

There are now 25 inmates in Harris County, Texas, who are confirmed to have coronavirus, which more than doubles the previous count of nine within the jail population, according to a tweet Sunday evening from the sheriff’s office. 

The sheriff’s office says "dozens more inmates with symptoms are still awaiting test results." Harris County is home to Houston and is the most populous county in Texas.

8:54 p.m. ET, April 12, 2020

Ivanka Trump: "Wear a mask or face covering when out in public"

From CNN’s Jessica Durando 

Ivanka Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to urge people to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to "wear a mask or face covering when out in public."

8:42 p.m. ET, April 12, 2020

More than 170,000 sign petition rejecting UK Parliament's "work-from-home" allowance

From CNN’s Robert Iddiols 

A petition calling for British MPs to be stripped of an additional £10,000, or almost $12,500, work-from-home allowance has gathered more than 170,000 signatures online.

The one-off sum is designed to cover increased costs as members of parliament and their staff work from home during the coronavirus lockdown.

"We are requesting that Parliament discuss this allowance and identify whether the funds could be put to better use," wrote Lucy Pearson, the petition's author.

Pearson cited personal protective equipment for frontline health workers as an example.

As of Sunday night, more than 172,000 people had signed the petition on the Change.org website.

8:53 p.m. ET, April 12, 2020

18% of the New York Police Department are out sick

From CNN’s Laura Ly

NYPD officers stand outside a temporary hospital located at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York, on April 10.
NYPD officers stand outside a temporary hospital located at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York, on April 10. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

At least 6,522 uniformed members of the New York Police Department -- 18% of the department’s uniformed workforce -- were out sick on Sunday, according to a daily NYPD coronavirus report.

Currently, 2,344 uniformed members and 489 civilian members have tested positive for coronavirus, the report said.

8:43 p.m. ET, April 12, 2020

Wisconsin governor seeks to open second facility for Covid-19 patients

From CNN’s Melissa Alonso

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has asked FEMA to begin the development of a second alternative care facility to prepare for a potential surge in Covid-19 cases, Evers said in a statement.

The facility would be housed in the Alliant Energy Center, a large multi-venue complex in Madison. 

"Dane County is proud to partner with Governor Evers and make our facility available to the state," said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, who oversees the space.

"This second alternative care facility will be an essential backup facility to ensure our healthcare system in the south central region is not overwhelmed," Evers said. "Hopefully this second site will not be needed, but we must prepare for it now so we are ready."

9:32 p.m. ET, April 12, 2020

Turkish President rejects interior minister resignation after problematic coronavirus lockdown

From CNN’s Gul Tuysuz

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejected the resignation submitted by Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu after the minister came under heavy criticism for his implementation of a surprise lockdown in Turkey.

In a written statement about his resignation, Soylu said the scenes created after the lockdown announcement did not fit into the "perfectly managed process" by the government against the spread of Covid-19.

After the announcement of the curfew, people rushed out to markets to stock up on goods before the start of the lockdown leading to close contact between people.

In his statement, Soylu took near complete blame for the chaos and asked for "forgiveness from my dear nation, which I have never wanted to harm, and my President to whom I will be loyal till the end of my life."

The responsibility for the implementation of the decision for the weekend belongs to me in all aspects," he said in the written statement.

The offer of resignation was submitted to the President and was rejected, according to a written statement by the Turkish presidency.

"The decision to offer a resignation rests with the office holder but to accept it is the decision of the President. The resignation has not been accepted and the minister will continue his post," the statement said.

The statement praised Soylu's past performance across a wide range of policy issues as well as more recently on the Covid-19 measures.

Soylu has been a pivotal figure in Turkey's fight against terrorism and is known as a nationalist hardliner. 

8:50 p.m. ET, April 12, 2020

New Hampshire governor receives 7 million pieces of PPE to combat coronavirus

From CNN’s Jaide Timm-Garcia

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu helped unload a FedEx cargo plane containing nearly 7 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) Sunday to help fight the coronavirus pandemic

"Today is truly a jumping off point for the state and the healthcare facilities and individuals who can start benefiting from getting this PPE," Sununu said. "We're going to get it out the door as fast as we can in a variety of different areas."

The governor said some of the equipment will be shared with neighboring states.

"Whether Vermont or Maine, we'll find out what their need is and be part of the solution as well," he said.  

The state won't be charging those that receive today's shipment of supplies, a news release from the governor's office said.

8:44 p.m. ET, April 12, 2020

Canadian province creates new health data platform to aid researchers

From CNN’s Artemis Moshtaghian 

The Ontario government is developing a new health data platform called the Pandemic Threat Response (PANTHR) that hopes to better detect, plan and respond to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a news release from the Ontario government.

The PANTHR platform is expected to hold secure health data that will allow researchers to better support health system planning and responsiveness, including the immediate need to analyze the coronavirus outbreak.

"Better access to integrated data will improve modelling and research to determine how Covid-19 is evolving, ensuring frontline staff are as prepared as possible in these unprecedented times," said Christine Elliott, Ontario's deputy premier and health minister.

The new platform will contain clinical data from special registry collections and clinical data extracted from public health, hospital, laboratory and diagnostic imaging information systems.