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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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."

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

US should double its testing over next several weeks, Fauci says

From CNN’s Gina Yu

Dr. Anthony Fauci arrives at the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House on April 22.
Dr. Anthony Fauci arrives at the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House on April 22. Alex Brandon/AP

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Saturday that the US should increase testing by twice as much and thinks this will be possible.

Appearing on a Covid-19 update webcast by the National Academy of Sciences, Fauci noted he was referring to diagnostic testing of the coronavirus, not antibody testing.

Fauci estimated that the US is conducting between 1.5 and 2 million coronavirus tests per week. "We probably should get up to twice that as we get into the next several weeks and I think we will," Fauci said. 

"Testing is an important part but it’s not the only part," Fauci said while highlighting the need for identification, isolation, and contact tracing. People don’t want to be "fixated" on a number of tests you need, he said.

But officials want to "have enough to be able to respond to the outbreaks that will inevitable occur as you try and ease your way back into the different phases."

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."