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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5:45 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will return to work on Monday

From CNN’s Robert Iddiols

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will return to work on Monday after recovering from coronavirus, a Downing Street spokesperson told CNN. 

Dominic Raab will step aside as acting Prime Minister, allowing Johnson to make a full return. 

Downing Street confirmed that Johnson is "raring to go." 

Johnson left hospital on Easter Sunday after contracting the disease and has spent several days recovering further at Chequers, the prime minister’s countryside retreat.

6:16 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Republican state senator in Michigan apologizes for wearing apparent Confederate flag face mask

From CNN's Alex Medeiros

A Michigan state senator is apologizing for wearing a face mask with what appeared to be a Confederate flag pattern.

State Sen. Dale Zorn, a Republican from Ida, apologized in a pair of Twitter posts Saturday for the face mask that he wore on the Michigan Senate floor on Friday.

Zorn, in an interview with CNN affiliate WLNS, said his wife made the face mask for him and it was not a Confederate flag. He said that even if it were a Confederate flag, it represents a part of our history and we should be teaching about the "atrocities that happened during that time" so it doesn't happen again.

He told WLNS the mask was a pattern like that of either the Kentucky or Tennessee flag.

6:33 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

White House adviser's friend got a barbershop to open so official could get a haircut 

From CNN’s Nicky Robertson

National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow speaks during a television interview at the White House on January 29.
National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow speaks during a television interview at the White House on January 29. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told Fox News host Laura Ingraham Friday night that his friend got a barbershop to open, allowing him to get a haircut.

Ingraham then teased Kudlow and said, "you are special you got a haircut, the rest of us are just, you know, we’re dealing with it."

Barbershops in the Washington, DC, are are closed due to the public health emergency.

"I don’t have much to work with but it looks much better because I wanted to look good on the Laura Ingraham show," Kudlow told Ingraham.

Kudlow went on to say that he did not have a temperature going into the White House on Friday, and tested negative for coronavirus last week. Kudlow is director of the National Economic Council.

6:16 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

At least 2,600 Illinois health care workers have tested positive for coronavirus

From CNN’s Hollie Silverman

At least 2,600 health care workers have tested positive for the coronavirus in Illinois, state Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said during a Saturday afternoon press conference.

There were 2,119 new cases reported statewide Saturday for a total of 41,777 and 80 new deaths reported for a total of 1,874, Ezike said.

As of midnight, there were 4,699 people hospitalized with coronavirus statewide with 1,244 in intensive care units. Of those patients in intensive care, 763 were on ventilators, according to Ezike. 

In the last 24 hours, there have been 11,985 tests performed and the state is continuing to ramp up testing efforts, she said.

6:15 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Spain's Prime Minister announces he will present his 'de-escalation plan' on Tuesday

From Laura Perez-Maestro, Jackie Castillo and Claudia Rebaza

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez delivers a speech during a session at Spanish Parliament in Madrid on April 22.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez delivers a speech during a session at Spanish Parliament in Madrid on April 22. J. J. Guillen/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

In a speech on Saturday evening, Spain Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced he will present his plan for the "de-escalation phase" in his country next Tuesday.

Sánchez told Spaniards that the country has had a small and modest victory, but there is a still a long way to go before they win the battle against the coronavirus.

Sánchez also announced that if Spain continues to show a favorable evolution of the pandemic, citizens will be allowed to go outside to play sports and walk with family members in early May. The country's health minister will oversee the arrangements and guidance, he said.

The process would be gradual, "asymmetrical" and coordinated, Sánchez emphasized.

"It will depend on the region you live since some regions have been affected more than others," Sánchez said adding that the pandemic has spread unequally across the country.

"Caution and unity should guide us," Sánchez said. "Victory is not close, but we have started to win."

4:44 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

French Prime Minister will present government's plan to ease confinement on Tuesday

From CNN's Barbara Wojazer

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe speaks at a press conference in Paris on April 19.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe speaks at a press conference in Paris on April 19. Thibault Camus/AFP/Getty Images

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will present the government's plan to ease the country’s confinement measure to the French National Assembly on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister told CNN on Saturday.

Philippe's announcement will be followed by a debate and a vote, the spokesperson said.

French confinement measures implemented on the March 17 are scheduled to be lifted on the May 11.

Last Sunday, Philippe warned that "France will not return to normal for a long time."

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

Illinois reports significant increase in calls to poison control in the last two days

From CNN's Chuck Johnston

Dr. Ngozi Ezike speaks at a press conference on April 25.
Dr. Ngozi Ezike speaks at a press conference on April 25. Pool

There has been a significant increase in calls to poison control in the state of Illinois in the last two days, Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said during a Saturday afternoon press conference.

Such calls included someone using a detergent based solution for a sinus rinse and another person gargling with a bleach and mouthwash mixture to kill germs, Ezike said. 

She urged people to not use cleaning chemicals to try and kill the virus. 

Injecting, ingesting, snorting household cleaners is dangerous. It is not advised and can be deadly," Ezike warned.

This comes after President Donald Trump suggested Thursday the possibility of injecting disinfectants to treat people with coronavirus.

4:21 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Some Italian Mafia bosses released from prison and put under house arrest due to coronavirus

From CNN's Livia Borghese and Robert Iddiols

Some imprisoned Mafia bosses have been released from prison and placed under house arrest in Italy due to the coronavirus emergency, anti-mafia prosecutor Federico Cafiero De Raho told CNN on Saturday. Opposition leader Matteo Salvini called the release from prison "crazy."

To prevent the spread of the infection within prison facilities, the Italian government has authorized magistrates to commute prison sentences into home detention if the time yet to serve is no longer than 18 months.

Cafiero De Raho confirmed that three Mafia bosses have been placed under strict isolation detention. They are identified as:

  • Pasquale Zagaria, member of the Neapolitan Camorra
  • Francesco Bonura of the Sicilian mafia "Cosa nostra"
  • Vincenzo Iannazzo of the Calabria mafia "Ndrangheta."
"They are prisoners that, for the roles they had in Mafia organizations, require extra isolation measures in order to avoid being connected to the exterior world," Cafiero De Raho said. "Once they are sent back home, these measures are obviously no longer enforced."

The total number of prisoners in Italy has decreased by 6,500 since February 29, according to the Justice Ministry.

"But the decrease of inmates is not only due to the decree," explains Alessio Scandurra of the prisoner’s rights association Antigone. "The Covid-19 emergency led many magistrates, thanks to the discretion the law allows them, to favor house arrest."

"That is crazy," Salvin, the leader of the opposition League party, said in a Facebook video. "It’s a lack of respect for people, magistrates, journalist, policemen, and victims of the Mafia."

4:17 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020

84 New York transit employees have died from coronavirus

From CNN's Taylor Romine

An empty subway car is seen on March 23, in New York City.
An empty subway car is seen on March 23, in New York City. Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

To date, 84 Metropolitan Transportation Authority employees have died from coronavirus complications, said MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick Foye during a Saturday afternoon radio interview on 1010 WINS.

Subway and bus ridership in the city are down 95%, Foye said.

Approximately 6,500 employees have returned to work, about 3,300 are currently quarantined and approximately 3,300 have tested positive for Covid-19. 

Foye said that he has volunteered to get an antibody test through Stony Brook University to see if he can donate plasma. That test will take place sometime next week.