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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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.

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

New York is currently testing about 20,000 people a day, governor says

From CNN's Elise Hammond

06 sesame street CNN town hall
06 sesame street CNN town hall

New York is doing more tests per capita than any other country in the world, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference today.

Cuomo said the state is currently testing an average of about 20,000 people per day. This includes both diagnostic and antibody tests.

He said the goal is to expand testing even further with federal partnership to be able to conduct 40,000 tests per day.

Cuomo said President Trump "understood the federal government had a role" in testing and that they came up with a "division of responsibility" when the two leaders met at the White House on April 21.

"The states take responsibility for the labs in their state and getting those labs functioning," Cuomo said.

He said the states would regulate those labs while the federal government would ensure manufacturers were making enough supplies "to send to our labs so our labs can actually function," Cuomo said.

"We need the national manufacturers to have the reagents, the test kits and that's what the federal government is doing," he added.

Antibody testing is also expanding across the state for frontline workers, Cuomo said.

The antibody testing will expand to four hospitals and health care systems, he added.

11:45 a.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Hospitalizations due to coronavirus continue to fall across New York, governor says

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

The number of hospitalizations across New York, the state hit the hardest by the pandemic, continue to fall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said moments ago during a news conference.

Despite this positive development, 437 people died in New York yesterday from the virus, Cuomo added. That number is up from 422 on April 24.

"This number is, as you can see, call it flat, call it flat with a slight decline, if you're looking for a silver lining. But this is just terrible, terrible horrific news," Cuomo said.

In terms of hospitalizations, Cuomo said, "All the numbers are basically saying the same. That we are, in fact, on the down side of the mountain."

11:27 a.m. ET, April 25, 2020

There are at least 906,551 coronavirus cases in the US

There are at least 906,551 cases of coronavirus and 52,042 deaths in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally.

As states begin to include “probable deaths” in their counts, so will the university. In the upcoming days, these changes may show as surges of deaths 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.  

11:33 a.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Deaths and new infections slightly increase in Spain over the last 24 hours, health officials say

From CNN's Claudia Dominguez, Scott Mclean, Laura Perez-Maestro and Claudia Rebaza

The number of coronavirus deaths and new infections in Spain are still increasing.

The latest data released by Spain’s Ministry of Health showed the number of daily deaths increase by 378, according to Fernando Simon, Spain’s director of health emergencies.

This is the third continuous day the number of daily deaths has stayed under 400, Simon said.

There has been at least 22,902 deaths due to the virus in Spain, he said.

New infections: The number of new daily infections confirmed by PCR testing [Polymerase Chain Reaction] is 2,994, which is an increase of 1.5% from yesterday, Simon said.

These figures would initially confirm a tendency of decline the country has observed in the last few days, Simon explained.

10:44 a.m. ET, April 25, 2020

How to talk to your children about structural racism during the pandemic

In a moment caught on video, CNN producer Tawanda Scott heard her daughter talking to her friend about coronavirus.

Her daughter's friend said, "they said it's hitting African-Americans especially hard."

This moment was aired today during the CNN and Sesame Street coronavirus town hall where Dr. Wanjiku F.M. Njoroge, a child psychiatrist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, discussed how challenging these types of conversations can be with children.

"I think it's a hard discussion to have with your child to talk about structural racism," Njoroge said.

Njoroge said helping kids understand why communities of color have been impacted differently is difficult.

The best way to approach the topic is to be honest and tell them what we know.

"We can be honest saying, as we know from the information gathered, that families of color, people of color are dying in greater numbers across the United States and some parts of the world as well," Njoroge said.

She said parents should reassure their child that following guidelines will help protect them.

"But it's again reassuring the child that even though this is a scary time and there are scary things going on, that by following all of the recommendations we've been talking about this morning that is our best hope to protect ourselves and protect our families," Njoroge said.


10:40 a.m. ET, April 25, 2020

More than 20,000 people have died in the UK from coronavirus

From CNN's Lindsay Isaac

There have now been more than 20,000 hospital deaths from coronavirus in the United Kingdom, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.

According to the latest figures released on Saturday, 20,319 patients have died.

In total, 148,377 people in the country have tested positive for Covid-19.

Read the health department's tweet:

10:29 a.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Pediatrician encourages children to eat healthy during the pandemic

Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez, a pediatrician in New York City, encouraged children to eat healthy and exercise while staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bracho-Sanchez was a guest this morning on CNN and Sesame Street's coronavirus town hall.

"We need to try to eat our smoothies, eat our veggies and get enough sleep and exercise. Not fighting bedtime. And really having those dance parties. I strongly recommend those," Bracho-Sanchez said.
10:20 a.m. ET, April 25, 2020

Kids should spend less time on electronics for personal entertainment, Dr. Sanjay Gupta says

From CNN's Elise Hammond

Dr. Sanjay Gupta said it is important for kids to spend less time on phones and laptops for their own entertainment since they are getting so much screen time completing school assignments online.

Gupta said one way to maintain a healthy balance of screen time is to take breaks.

"Kids are home on their screens quite a bit for school. I think one of the things we've done, and looking at some of the advice from the pediatric community, is to make sure they're taking breaks from the screen," he said.

Taking breaks and helping your kids get away from the screen is also important to prevent things like headaches.

"It has to be sort of a different break structure than maybe in the classroom, in part just because you need to get away from the screen, but also in part because there can be headaches and things like that that come on from too much full-on screen time," Gupta said.

Sundai Riggins, an elementary school principal in Washington, DC, said giving children activities to do outside is another good way to set boundaries with electronics.

"I think that giving kids boundaries for sure is helpful in managing screen time. I also think that finding more extensions of activities outdoors... it could be helping with planting a garden or some yard work or some exploratory activities outside," Riggins said.