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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4:52 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Massachusetts is seeing a "surge" in coronavirus cases, governor says

From CNN’s Deanna Hackney

Pool via WCVB
Pool via WCVB

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says that the state is currently experiencing a “surge” of Covid-19 cases, but medical facilities are prepared.

Yesterday, Baker said 55% of the total 18,200 hospital beds in the state were available. 

“People did a lot of work to make sure we would have the hospital capacity and the health care capacity that we would need to not just serve people who are dealing with Covid-19, but also to be able to take care of all the other maladies, illnesses, diseases, and issues that people face,” Baker said at a news conference today.

Baker was asked about plans to reopen the state when his executive order expires on May 4. He said that the May 4 date was based on the assumption that Massachusetts would have its surge in early April – which did not happen. 

“Any decisions we make with respect to reopening are going to require two things. Number one, the same thing that’s required almost everywhere else which is some drop in in hospitalization rates and some evidence that we are in fact over the hump with respect to the surge," he said

"The second is putting the rules for engagement or reopening in place, which we'll have a lot more to say about next week,” Baker added. 

3:14 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Turkey's coronavirus cases drop for the first time since early April

From CNN's Isil Sariyuce

An assistant doctor and nurses prepare to perform a procedure on a patient infected with Covid-19 at the  Acibadem Altunizade Hospital on April 20, in Istanbul, Turkey.
An assistant doctor and nurses prepare to perform a procedure on a patient infected with Covid-19 at the  Acibadem Altunizade Hospital on April 20, in Istanbul, Turkey. Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Turkey’s daily coronavirus cases dipped below 3,000 for the first time since April 3.

There were 2,861 positive cases over the last 24 hours, according to the latest health ministry figures. 

The ministry reported 106 deaths as a result of the virus. Additionally, 1,782 patients remain in the ICU, including 900 of who are intubated, according to the latest figures.

Turkey has 107,773 coronavirus cases.

2:41 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Another meat-processing plant is temporarily closing due to coronavirus concerns

From CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian

A meat-processing company is being forced to close its doors over coronavirus concerns.

The Kane County Health Department issued an order for Smithfield Foods in St. Charles, Illinois, to temporarily close so the company can work with the health department to implement mitigation efforts against Covid-19, according to a press release.

The Health Department will provide social distancing education and employee safety training relating to personal protective equipment, the press release said.

CNN has reached out to Smithfield Foods for comment.

This is one of several meat-processing plant closures in the last few weeks due to coronavirus outbreaks.

2:34 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Canada won't reopen parts of its economy until there's enough personal protection equipment

From CNN’s Paula Newton

An empty street is seen in Toronto, Canada on April 23.
An empty street is seen in Toronto, Canada on April 23. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

The Canadian government says that despite some success in flattening the curve, and a slower growth rate in new coronavirus cases nearly everywhere in the country, the economy can’t reopen until supplies of personal protective equipment are in place for businesses. 

“I don’t think we should be talking about reopening any parts of the economy if we do not have a strong plan to protect people working,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a press conference Saturday. 

Some Canadian jurisdictions are set to open in the coming weeks but a competitive market for personal protection equipment, described by some government ministers as the "wild west," may slow the return of some economic sectors.

Trudeau also stressed that Canada is not relying on the concept of Covid-19 immunity to reopen the economy.

“It is very clear that the science is not decided on whether or not having had Covid once, prevents you from getting it again,” he said.

Despite that, Canada is creating an immunity task force staffed with leading doctors and scientists to further explore both anti-body testing and the viability of a vaccine.

As of today, Canada had reported at least 44,137 cases of Covid-19 and 2,392 related deaths.

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.