April 27 coronavirus news

By Helen Regan, Emma Reynolds and Adam Renton, CNN

Updated 9:03 p.m. ET, April 27, 2020
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9:31 p.m. ET, April 26, 2020

Some scientists are using sewage to measure the prevalence of coronavirus in their communities

From CNN's Alec Snyder and Susannah Cullinane

As the need for widespread Covid-19 testing grows, officials are looking to flush out hidden cases of the virus by examining sewage.

Groups of scientists around the world are using wastewater testing as a non-invasive way to measure the prevalence of coronavirus in their communities.

Local governments in the US are also turning to the tests, which detect traces of coronavirus genetic material -- known as RNA -- in fecal matter.

The data can be used to gain a sense of how many people may have had the virus asymptomatically and are passing it through, in addition to those testing positive because they are outwardly sick, New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer told CNN.

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9:29 p.m. ET, April 26, 2020

Italy to lift funeral ban, but church leaders are unsatisfied

From CNN's Nicola Ruotolo and Leoan Siaw

A priest conducts a funeral service for a coronavirus victim on April 24, in Cuneo, Italy.
A priest conducts a funeral service for a coronavirus victim on April 24, in Cuneo, Italy. Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced Sunday that the country's funeral ban will be lifted on May 4. 

Speaking at a news conference, Conte confirmed that funerals will be allowed -- preferably outdoors -- with a maximum of 15 family members in attendance, adding that he understands "the suffering of not being able to exercise freedom of worship."

He went on to say that other religious ceremonies will require the approval of the scientific committee.

In a statement, Italian Bishops complained, saying that the Prime Minister's decree "arbitrarily excludes the possibility of celebrating Mass with the people."

"In the next few days, a protocol will be studied which will allow the faithful to participate in liturgical celebrations as soon as possible in conditions of maximum safety," the Prime Minister's office said in response.
9:28 p.m. ET, April 26, 2020

37 NYPD members have died from coronavirus

From CNN's Laura Ly

An NYPD car is seen in Canal Street during the coronavirus pandemic on April 12, 2020 in New York City.
An NYPD car is seen in Canal Street during the coronavirus pandemic on April 12, 2020 in New York City. Noam Galai/Getty Images

Two additional members of the New York Police Department have died due to complications from Covid-19, bringing the total number of NYPD deaths to 37, according to a daily NYPD coronavirus report.

Principal Administrative Associate Josephine Hill dedicated 33 years to the NYPD, the last 19 assigned to the Manhattan Tow Pound Unit. Associate Traffic Enforcement Agent Mohammad Ahsan served 15 years with the police department, most recently assigned to the Bronx Traffic Enforcement Unit, the NYPD said.

Both were members of the NYPD’s Transportation Bureau, the report said.

About 8.8% -- or 3,166 members -- of the NYPD’s uniformed workforce were out sick on Saturday, down from a high of 19.8%, according to the NYPD.

As of Sunday, 3,530 members of the NYPD have returned to work full-time after recovering from a positive Covid-19 test, while 953 uniformed members and 317 civilian members are still out sick with a Covid-19 diagnosis.

In total, 4,837 NYPD members have tested positive for Covid-19 to date, the NYPD said.

9:26 p.m. ET, April 26, 2020

The US has recorded more than 965,000 coronavirus cases

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

At least 965,426 cases of coronavirus, including 54,614 related deaths have been reported in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally.

The totals include 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 across the country: