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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2:10 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Atlanta mayor tells people to stay home even though some businesses are open

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks onstage during the 2018 Essence Festival on July 7, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks onstage during the 2018 Essence Festival on July 7, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Essence

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tweeted the latest coronavirus case and death counts Saturday along with a message to nail salon customers.

"If you're getting your nails done right now, please share these noon numbers with your manicurist #StayHomeGeorgia," Bottoms' tweet said.

The mayor has continued to urge people to stay home in the last few days in media interviews and on Twitter despite Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to reopen certain businesses starting Friday.

Read the tweet:

2:00 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Ecuador to transition from "isolation to social distancing phase"

From CNN's Abel Alvarado

People queue outside a bank in downtown Quito, Ecuador, on April 22.
People queue outside a bank in downtown Quito, Ecuador, on April 22. Rodrigo Buendia/AFP/Getty Images

Ecuador announced that it will go into a “social distancing phase” starting on May 4.

In a televised statement Friday, President Lenin Moreno said that to face the crisis “successfully” the country “needs a balance between sanitary measures and an ordered economic reactivation.”

“The indicators on the progress of the pandemic give us encouragement,” Moreno said.

“Ecuador begins the transition from the isolation phase to the social distancing phase. That decision is based on the data,” he added.

Moreno said if cases increase again, and there is a risk of overwhelming the hospitals, he will reverse his decision.

“Be careful, let's not get confused, the emergency is not over, we are only in a different phase,” he said. “Our monitoring and alert systems will guide us.”

This new phase will not apply to people over 60, people with disabilities, people with chronic diseases and people with diseases that are highly vulnerable against the coronavirus.

Nationwide lockdown, which goes into effect every day at 2 p.m. until 5 a.m. will continue. The government indicated that scheduling to fit industry needs will be revised and expected to be announced in the coming days.

Bars, nightclubs, gyms, theaters, schools and universities will also remain closed.

As of Friday, the government has reported 576 deaths due to Covid-19 and over 1,000 “possible deaths” due to the virus.  

1:50 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Worldwide coronavirus death toll passes 200,000

From CNN’s Sharif Paget in Atlanta

At least 200,697 people have died from Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally of deaths across the world.

As of 1:45 p.m. ET on Saturday, the university is reporting more than 2,865,938 confirmed cases globally.

1:45 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

New Jersey reports a "continued flattening" of coronavirus cases, governor says

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

Chris Pedota/The Record via AP
Chris Pedota/The Record via AP

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy reported an additional 3,457 coronavirus cases, bringing the statewide total to 105,523.

The governor also reported an additional 249 deaths bringing the total to 5,863.

“We see continued flattening,” the governor said today. “We cannot ease up one bit on our social distancing.”

Murphy said a lot of the folks who tested positive have now “battled and won” against the virus.

“We need to see more progress and more slowing before we can begin implementing any effort to get ourselves on the road to the new normal that awaits our state on the other side of this pandemic," he added. “Those curves are all going largely in the right direction."

2:45 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Check out the best moments from CNN and Sesame Street's coronavirus town hall 

From CNN's Alaa Elassar

CNN partnered with Sesame Street for a special town hall about coronavirus to give kids the opportunity to learn more about the pandemic and ask questions.

"The ABC's of Covid 19: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Parents" aired on Saturday morning and tackled issues including education, anxiety, screen time and play dates.

The 90-minute program featured experts and Sesame Street characters -- including Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Rosita and Grover. Together, they answered questions submitted by families.

The event was moderated by CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN anchor and national correspondent Erica Hill, and, of course, Big Bird.

See the best moments here.

1:28 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Florida to receive shipment of antibody tests by next week, governor says

From CNN’s Jessica Jordan

Lynne Sladky/AP
Lynne Sladky/AP

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida should receive a shipment of antibody test kits on May 1.

The antibody testing kit company first had to send kits to New York before they could fulfill order for Florida, DeSantis said.

“We have now been confirmed that we will have the antibody tests that the state has ordered,” DeSantis told reporters today at a press conference.

Florida has had at least 30,839 cases and 1,055 deaths due to coronavirus, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.

1:22 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Italy continues downward trend in Covid-19 deaths and new cases

From Nicola Ruotolo in Rome and Lindsay Isaac in London

Italy has recorded another 415 coronavirus-related deaths over the past 24 hours, the Civil Protection Agency said on Saturday. 

That’s a record low number of deaths in a one day period, with only an increase of 1.6%. There were another 2,357 new infections, which is also a decrease. The total number of cases in Italy stands at 195,351, the agency said. There have also been 26,384 total deaths, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.

12:56 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

At least 23 residents at a New York rehab facility test positive for coronavirus

From CNN’s Lori Daniel

The Fulton County Public Health Department has reported that 23 residents at the Fulton Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Gloversville, New York, have tested positive for coronavirus.

“Numerous residents at the Skilled Nursing Facility tested positive for the virus and the situation is being actively managed by the Center’s administration with direct oversight by New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Communicable Disease and Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control staff,” the Health Department said in a release.

Fulton County Public Health Director Laurel Headwell is in communication with facility directors and is monitoring "the scope of the situation," the release said.

"Monitoring of all residents and staff is ongoing,” the Health Department said.

“Other area healthcare facilities have been notified. The Department will provide more details as they become available on Monday and Tuesday of next week,” the release continued.

12:12 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Gov. Cuomo to sign executive order allowing independent pharmacies to collect for testing

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

Gov. Cuomo's Office
Gov. Cuomo's Office

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said to increase the capacity of labs, the state needs more collection mechanisms, and he will sign an executive order to authorize all independent pharmacist in the state to be collection sites for testing

There are roughly 5,000 pharmacies in New York and some larger chains have already been doing it, he said.

“Just a quick clarification, the tests at the pharmacies will be diagnostic tests, positive negative, not antibodies tests," Cuomo said. “You will be able to go into a pharmacy and get a test, the parlance is the sample will be collected at the pharmacy, the pharmacy then sends it to a lab, the lab conducts the test.”

Cuomo said he had a great meeting with the federal government this week where a division of labor template was established for ramping up testing.

The state will take responsibility for getting labs in their state functioning, and also regulating them, the governor said.

The federal government is taking responsibility of making sure national manufactures have the tests reagents the vials swabs and all the equipment that is needed for labs.

The state is already doing more tests per capital than any other state or country. Cuomo said.