April 25 coronavirus news

By Julia Hollingsworth, Brett McKeehan, Tara John, Fernando Alfonso III and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 9:00 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020
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8:44 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Hawaii governor extends stay-at-home and quarantine orders until May 31

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

The statewide stay at home order for Hawaii set to expire April 30 has been extended until May 31, Gov. David Ige announced during a press conference Saturday. 

Ige said he has extended the order that travelers quarantine for 14 days after their arrival to the state until May 31.

8:43 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Army to proceed with West Point graduation

From CNN’s Ryan Browne & Barbara Starr

Graduates toss their hats in the air at the end of the US Military Academy Class of 2019 graduation ceremony on May 25, 2019, in West Point, New York. 
Graduates toss their hats in the air at the end of the US Military Academy Class of 2019 graduation ceremony on May 25, 2019, in West Point, New York.  David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

The Army will proceed with this year’s graduation ceremony at the US Military Academy, or West Point, according to a statement from Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy.

McCarthy said the Army is "putting the appropriate measures in place to respond to the Covid-19 crisis and to protect our Force, Cadets and Families."

President Donald Trump said earlier this month that he would be attending the ceremony.

I'm doing it at West Point, which I look forward to. I did it last year at Air Force. I did it in Annapolis. I did it at the Coast Guard Academy and I'm doing it at West Point. And I assume ... they'll have (social) distancing. They'll have some big distance, so it'll look very different than it ever looked," Trump said.

Below is the full statement from Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy:

"After careful consideration of the steps the Army can take to mitigate risk, I made the decision to proceed with the West Point graduation. We are fully committed to the health and safety of our Cadets and believe we can safely conduct the graduation ceremony and associated activities. Over the next couple of days, West Point leadership will communicate the plan. We are putting the appropriate measures in place to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and to protect our Force, Cadets and Families."
8:40 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Number of NYPD uniformed members out sick continues to decline

From CNN's Laura Ly

Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Approximately 9.8% of the New York Police Department's uniformed workforce -- or 3,554 members -- were out sick on Saturday. This is down from a high of 19.8%, according to a daily coronavirus report from the NYPD.

As of Saturday, 3,363 members of the NYPD have returned to work full-time after recovered from a positive Covid-19 test, while 1,098 uniformed members and 325 civilian members are still out sick with a Covid-19 diagnosis.

In total, 4,820 NYPD members have tested positive for Covid-19 to date, the NYPD said.

8:38 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

The coronavirus stimulus needs to be a 'hell of a lot better' than $2 trillion, Joe Biden says in Politico interview.

From CNN’s Sarah Mucha 

Joe Biden delivers remarks about the coronavirus outbreak, in Wilmington, Delaware, on March 12.
Joe Biden delivers remarks about the coronavirus outbreak, in Wilmington, Delaware, on March 12. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In a fiery interview with Politico centered on the stimulus and economic recovery after the pandemic, Joe Biden unloaded on banks and big businesses and said that the coronavirus stimulus needs to be a "hell of a lot better" than $2 trillion dollars.

He accused the Trump administration of already "wasting a hell of a lot of money" and expressed indignantly why he believes there needs to be more oversight in the implementation of the CARES Act. 

In the article, Politico senior staff writer Michael Grunwald writes that Biden repeatedly unloaded on big business and big banks, noting that "this is the second time we’ve bailed their asses out," accusing the Trump administration of managing the stimulus for their benefit.” 

In talking about President Trump firing the Pentagon inspector general chosen to oversee the stimulus package, Biden leaned into his hiring of Earl Devaney to oversee the Recovery Act as contrast, saying, "I wanted to bring in the toughest son-of-a-bitch in the country—I really mean it, I’m not joking—because we wanted to make sure we did it by the numbers with genuine oversight," Biden said. "Right now, there’s no oversight. [Trump] made it real clear he doesn’t have any damn interest in being checked. The last thing he wants is anyone watching that $500 billion going to corporate America, for God’s sake."

Grunwald wrote that in his interview with Biden, "he denounced corporate America as 'greedy as hell,' echoing the structural critiques of the modern economy that fueled the Sanders and Warren campaigns." 

Continuing his critiques of big banks and big businesses, Biden said, "We knew from the beginning that the big banks don’t like lending to small businesses." He continues in the article, "I'm telling you, though, if Main Street businesses don’t get help, they’re gone."

7:52 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

IRS requesting several thousand employees to return to work

From CNN's Kevin Bohn and Gregory Clary

The Internal Revenue Service building in Washington, DC.
The Internal Revenue Service building in Washington, DC. Zach Gibson/Getty Images

The Internal Revenue Service is requesting, but not requiring, several thousand employees to return to work to help open mail, process paper returns and perform several other duties, according to a statement released by the IRS on Saturday.

The statement said employees who return to work will be offered "incentive pay" and will be required to wear face coverings. The IRS statement said the agency is working to obtain personal protective equipment and expects many items to be delivered as soon as this weekend. 

"Bringing employees back to work is essential to address mission-critical needs for the nation, and the IRS is an essential component to our country's whole-of-government approach to confronting the COVID-19 pandemic. To provide American taxpayers, including the most vulnerable, with the services they expect, it is essential that the IRS resumes a number of key responsibilities, including opening mail that has been held for a number of weeks, processing of paper tax returns that may offer refunds to taxpayers, working on returns with refundable credits, answering taxpayers' questions on our toll-free lines, and performing Income Verification Express Service and certain lien/levy functions. The IRS will continue to do everything possible to protect employees while also providing important services and assistance to the nation's taxpayers," the statement read.
7:46 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

UK government launches mobile testing units for workers on the front lines

From CNN's Robert Iddiols

Mobile testing units will travel around the UK to increase access to coronavirus testing, the government announced in a statement on Sunday.

The network of testing units will be operated by the military and target vulnerable sites such as care homes, police stations and prisons.

“Everyone who needs a coronavirus test should be able to have access to one. New mobile testing units will travel the country to provide vital frontline workers with tests so those testing negative to safely return to work," Testing Minister Lord Bethell said. “Testing is key in our battle against coronavirus. We now have the ability to provide more people with the certainty they need to get back to the front line when it is safe to do so.”

The Department of Health statement said the new units will operate alongside existing drive-through test sites in order to “rapidly increase the number of tests done each day.”

Specially trained military personnel will collect swabs at the mobile sites, before they are sent to mega-labs for processing. Those tested will receive results within 48 hours.

Rapid expansion of a network of mobile test units is now underway, according to the statement, with new units being fielded in the coming weeks and at least 96 ready to be deployed by the start of May.

6:17 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Connecticut governor announces program to get masks for small business owners

From CNN’s Jessica Jordan

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced on Saturday a new program that would help to get face masks to eligible, essential small businesses in Connecticut with fewer than 50 employees.

"The more proactive measures we can take to prevent the spread of this virus and keep everyone healthy, the sooner we’ll be able to reopen operations," Lamont said in a news release. "We were able to secure over 4 million masks this week that have replenished our supplies and put us in a position to support small businesses. I appreciate our partners at (Connecticut Business and Industry Association) and CONNSTEP for partnering with us on this effort to get those needed face coverings out to essential employees."

Eligible businesses must apply online and are allowed to request a maximum of two free masks per employee, according to the release.

The requested masks will be distributed as soon as next week.

6:39 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

There are at least 933,050 coronavirus cases in US

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

A medical assistant prepares to take a swab from a patient at a coronavirus testing site on April 25, in Seattle, Washington.
A medical assistant prepares to take a swab from a patient at a coronavirus testing site on April 25, in Seattle, Washington. Elaine Thompson/AP

There are at least 933,050 cases of coronavirus in the US and at least 53,391 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the United States.

The totals includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases and those in the US military, veterans hospitals and federal prisons.  

CNN has an interactive map tracking coronavirus cases in the US.

6:17 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Miami-Dade County is hiring 400 people to enforce social distancing guidelines at parks

From CNN's Ana Cabrera, Laine Mackey and Simret Aklilu

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez told CNN's Ana Cabrera on Saturday that officials plan to enforce new social distancing guidelines in "open spaces" once Miami begins to ease lockdown restrictions.

These new guidelines include hiring 400 people to "have eyes on the basketball court on the tennis courts" and violators will get citations if they do not follow the guidelines.

"That's the key. We have to enforce those measures of social distancing, wearing the masks, and making sure that the people are abiding by the rules. So, that is exactly the way that we are going to do it," Gimenez said.

The mayor added that people can play tennis, but only singles.

As far as basketball, Gimenez said "you cannot have a contact basketball game, you can shoot your own ball at a rim with three people in half court. But you cannot have a game. You can have a game of horse. And that is about it."