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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12:34 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

New York governor: "The worst is over" if we stay smart

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said "the worst is over" and the state is controlling the spread.

“If you isolate, if you take the precautions, your family won’t get infected. We can control the spread. Feel good about that,” he said at a coronavirus briefing today.

However, Cuomo warned New Yorkers need to "continued to be smart."

“The worst is over. Yeah, if we continue to be smart going forward. Because remember we have the hand on that valve. You turn that valve too fast, you will see that number jump right back," he added.

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12:30 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

New York governor: We can't reopen the economy without the transit system

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

John Minchillo/AP
John Minchillo/AP

While discussing reopening the economy, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo emphasized the importance of starting the transportation system along with the rest of the economy.

“You can’t start one system without starting the other systems. You can’t start the economic system without starting the transportation system. And if you can’t run the transportation system, then you can’t reopen the economy,” he said today at a coronavirus briefing.

“These systems work in coordination," he added.

Cuomo said the federal government also needs to work in coordination with these systems.

“You’re going to need federal support, and you’re going to need smart legislation passed by the federal government that actually attends to the need as opposed to normal political considerations," he said.

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11:58 a.m. ET, April 13, 2020

New York governor: I want this to be over now, "but that's not reality"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said recovering from the pandemic is not like flipping a switch on and off.

Cuomo said he often thinks about when this could be over — and he doesn't know.

"When is it over? I have this conversation a hundred times a day," he said, noting that many of the social distancing guidelines go against "human behavior and needs."

"It's not going to be, we flip a switch," Cuomo said. "I would love to say that's going to happen. It's not going to happen that way."

He added:

"There is going to be no morning where the headline says 'Hallelujah it's over.'"

He added that he thinks New York can "start on the path to normalcy."

"I want it to be over tomorrow," Cuomo said. "But that's not reality."

Later in the press conference, Cuomo said this wouldn't truly be over until there is a vaccine for Covid-19, which could be 12 to 18 months.

12:20 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

Here's what Gov. Cuomo says about "reopening" New York

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said whenever he "reopens" the state, it will mean easing isolation and reassessing what are considered "essential" businesses and workers.

Cuomo said this will increase economic activity.

"We never turned off the economy," he said. "We turned it way, way down."

The governor said that while this is happening, officials will monitor infection rates, saying it's "a delicate balance."

He added that he is not "interested in political opinions," and he will lean on advice from expertsWatch:

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12:11 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

Gov. Cuomo: Outbreak is "like watching a fire going through dry grass with a strong wind"

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he was worried about the coronavirus outbreak spreading from New York City to suburbs upstate.

"This is like watching a fire going through dry grass with a strong wind," he said. "And it’s blowing the fire, and a couple embers wind up on one side of the field and embers start to catch fire and that’s a cluster, and you have to run over to those embers and stamp them out right away before they grow."

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12:07 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

More than 10,000 people in New York have died from coronavirus

Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images
Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

At least 10,056 people have died from coronavirus across New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said — that's up from from 9,385 yesterday.

There were 671 deaths on Sunday, Cuomo said. He noted that was "not as bad as it has been in the past."

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11:50 a.m. ET, April 13, 2020

New York governor: Hospitalization curve continues to flatten

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the curve of hospitalizations for coronavirus continues to flatten.

"Here's the good news: The curve continues to flatten," he said. "It appears we have a plateau."

However, he added, it's hard to predict what will happen next.

"Nobody knows how long because nobody has been here before," he said.

Gov. Cuomo also noted that there are still about 2,000 people coming into the hospital system daily.

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11:25 a.m. ET, April 13, 2020

South Korea will send 600,000 Covid-19 test kits to the US

From CNN’s Yoonjung Seo

Medical workers administer coronavirus tests at a testing booth outside Incheon International Airport, in Incheon, South Korea, on April 1.
Medical workers administer coronavirus tests at a testing booth outside Incheon International Airport, in Incheon, South Korea, on April 1. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

South Korea will begin sending Covid-19 testing kits to the US as soon as tomorrow afternoon, an official with South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs told CNN.

Earlier today, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said in an interview with France 24 said the country will send 600,000 test kits to the US.  It is unclear how many kits of the 600,000 could be sent tomorrow.

South Korea’s ability to test large numbers of people in a short period of time has been a major contributing factor in its success in combating the virus.

Kang said the tests received preliminary FDA approval "as a result of conversation between my president and President Trump last month. I think the contracts have been signed and they should be ready for shipment anytime soon. “

Trump and Moon Jae-in spoke on the phone last month about the pandemic, and Trump had requested assistance procuring medical equipment from South Korea.

SolGent, the first South Korean coronavirus test kit manufacturer to register for stockpile procurement by FEMA, told CNN on Monday that the company had already shipped 150,000 new coronavirus test kits to the US last week. SolGent could not comment if these kits were included in the 600,000 Foreign Affairs Minister Kang referred to, and it is unclear how many of the 600,000 will be sent tomorrow.

11:21 a.m. ET, April 13, 2020

Gov. Cuomo says he talks to President Trump several times a week

From CNN’s Taylor Romine

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to the media and members of the National Guard on March 23, in New York City.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to the media and members of the National Guard on March 23, in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the coronavirus death toll has made him cry.

On Howard Stern's radio show this morning, Cuomo reiterated that President Trump has been accessible and quick to provide the state what it needs, adding that the President has also asked about the health of his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo.

He said of Trump: "He can be vicious in attacks. Again, he's a New Yorker, right? And he has felt the sharp end of the spear as a New Yorker, and he can attack," Cuomo said.

"The President has always makes a point of saying to me, 'how is Chris, is he doing okay,' and that's not in his usual character, you know. We are not chit-chatty when we are on the phone. But he always makes a point to say that about Chris and always remembers my mother," he said.

Cuomo said he talks to the President several times a week.

He was also asked about the conflicting messages on school closures between him and the New York City mayor Bill de Blasio – who has said he wants to keep schools closed until the end of the year – and reiterated that there is always a bit of tension between local and state government.

While he understands the position, Cuomo echoed his weekend comments that overall a uniform school closure policy is ideal.