April 30 coronavirus news

By Amy Woodyatt, Jessie Yeung and Adam Renton, CNN

Updated 10:56 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020
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8:42 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020

A vaccine could be ready by January "if everything falls into place," Fauci says

Dr Anthony Fauci.
Dr Anthony Fauci. CNN

Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said on CNN's town hall that "if everything falls into place right" there could be a coronavirus vaccine by January -- but there are "a number of situations that could go wrong."

An assumption of safety: "It may all of a sudden have a safety signal," he said. "If it doesn't work, it doesn't protect people. I've been involved in vaccine work for decades. Not every vaccine we went after worked. That's an assumption that it's going to be safe, that it's going to be effective and we're going to be able to do it quickly. I think each of those are not only feasible, but maybe likely. That's what I mean when I say by January we'll do it. But I can't guarantee it." 

Doing things differently: Fauci said that developing a vaccine without knowing it works first is "risky" but he said it "certainly is worth the risk given what's at stake."

"What's being done now that's different than some situations are, before we know a vaccine works, we're going to have to make the vaccine. When you ultimately prove it works, you don't have to wait five or six months to scale up to get enough doses to give to a meaningful number of people. That's a risky financial circumstance, but it certainly, certainly is worth the risk given what's at stake," he said.
8:45 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020

Fauci says he's concerned that some US states and cities are "leapfrogging" guidelines

Dr Anthony Fauci runs the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and sits on the White House's coronavirus task force.
Dr Anthony Fauci runs the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and sits on the White House's coronavirus task force. CNN

Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said he is concerned that some areas in the United States are "leapfrogging" important steps in their virus control efforts by not waiting until they see 14 continuous days of a decrease in cases before starting to reopen their economies and societies.

"You're taking a really significant risk if you do that and you don't have in place the absolute clear-cut capability of identifying, isolating and doing the contact tracing," Fauci said on CNN's global town hall.

Federal guidelines for social distancing are set to expire tonight, and some states and cities are planning on partially reopening.

"There's no doubt in my mind that when you pull back mitigation, you're going to start seeing cases crop up here and there. And if you're not able to handle them, you're going to see another peak, a spike. And then you almost have to turn the clock back to go back to mitigation," said Fauci, who runs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and sits on the White House's coronavirus task force.

Regional differences: Fauci said that some states and regions may be able to go back to normal quicker than others because they will see 14 days of decreasing cases quicker than other areas, but he cautioned that regions should not attempt to start reopening if the number of cases are still on the rise or have just plateaued.

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8:54 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020

"A lot of things need to happen to get a vaccine on the market": CNN medical correspondent

CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen.
CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen. CNN

A lot of things need to happen to get a coronavirus vaccine on the market in the United States, CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen said on CNN's town hall.

Seven companies in human clinical trials: "There are actually dozens of companies that have told the World Health Organization they are working on vaccines. Only seven of them that we know of are actually in human clinical trials," Cohen said. "And that started awhile ago."

Timeline: "There are so many 'ifs' here. The clinical trials have to go very quickly, the FDA has to move quickly. There are a lot of things that need to happen to get a vaccine on the market in the US by the end of this calendar year," she said.

Remdesivir: One potential treatment that has gotten a lot of attention is remdesivir. Cohen said that preliminary data was released this week but caution should be taken. "We have not seen it published in a medical journal and that is an important point to make," she said.

"It was developed for Ebola years ago and it didn't work very well for Ebola and it's never been on the market for anything," she said. "When they gave it to very sick patients hospitalized with Covid-19, what they found was that it cut down on the amount of time it took for recovery."

Read more on the drug here:

8:12 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020

CNN's global town hall on coronavirus will start soon

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, and Bill Gates will join CNN's global town hall tonight and look at what lies ahead as some states begin to ease restrictions.

The town hall starts at 8 p.m. ET.

How to watch: The town hall will air on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español. It will stream live on CNN.com's homepage and across mobile devices via CNN's apps, without requiring a cable log-in. You can also watch on CNNgo, and subscribers to cable/satellite systems can watch it on-demand.

We'll also be covering it with live updates here.

5:51 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020

More than 500 tourists still stuck in Maldives

From CNN's Pamela Boykoff

The shoreline in Mahibadhoo, Maldives on December 17, 2019.
The shoreline in Mahibadhoo, Maldives on December 17, 2019. Carl Court/Getty Images

More than 500 tourists are still stuck in Maldives, Ali Waheed, the country’s tourism minister told CNN’s Richard Quest.

He said about 100 of those people ended up stranded at the airport. The government is helping people who cannot afford to continue staying in resorts.

“We believe they are like locals, they are the people who have brought this country to where it is now,” Waheed said.

1:59 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020

Italy reports record number of coronavirus recoveries

From CNN's Mia Alberti

A nurse helps Italian anaesthesiologist Marino De Rosa to put on his mask at the ICU division of the Covid-19 unit at the San Filippo Neri hospital, in Rome, on April 29.
A nurse helps Italian anaesthesiologist Marino De Rosa to put on his mask at the ICU division of the Covid-19 unit at the San Filippo Neri hospital, in Rome, on April 29. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Italy has reported a record high in new patient recoveries from Covid-19, data from the Italian Civil Protection Agency showed Thursday. 

The number of people who have recovered from the virus is now 75,945, a record high. The agency reported 4,693 recoveries since Wednesday alone.

Italy also recorded 285 new deaths, the lowest increase in deaths in the last four days.

1:48 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020

WHO says there are 102 potential Covid-19 vaccines in the works worldwide

From CNN's Elizabeth Cohen and Devon M. Sayers 

An engineer looks through a microscope as he checks tests on an experimental vaccine for Covid-19 at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing on April 29.
An engineer looks through a microscope as he checks tests on an experimental vaccine for Covid-19 at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing on April 29. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

The World Health Organization (WHO) says 102 potential Covid-19 vaccines are in development around the world, according to documents posted on the organization’s website. 

Eight of the potential vaccines are approved for clinical trials. That is up from seven vaccines four days ago. The additional group is from China, but it is unclear if they have started trials on human study subjects – the other seven have.

Of the groups approved for clinical trials on humans, four are from China, one is from England, one is American and another is a combined American and European group.

The American National Institutes of Health (NIH) trial was the first to start testing in human trial subjects on March 16.

1:36 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020

UK lockdown heightens risk for victims of domestic abuse, London mayor says

From CNN's Nada Bashir in London

London Mayor Sadiq Khan arrives at Downing Street ahead of a government briefing on March 16, 2020 in London, Eng
London Mayor Sadiq Khan arrives at Downing Street ahead of a government briefing on March 16, 2020 in London, Eng Peter Summers/Getty Images

The nationwide lockdown in the UK brings a "heightened risk" for victims of domestic abuse, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Thursday.

“We’re acutely aware of the heightened risk of domestic abuse that comes with people being asked to stay in their homes,” Khan said in a video message shared on Twitter. 

“This is an exceptionally anxious time for those for whom home is a place of danger, not a place of safety,” he added. 

The Metropolitan Police is working alongside specialist organizations to ensure that help is available to those in need, Khan said.

“At City Hall, we’re working closely with the Met police and with specialist organizations supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse to make sure that the help you need is available, whether that’s a quick police response, someone to help you to cope and recover, or a safe place to stay,” the mayor said. 

1:09 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020

Russia’s Prime Minister tests positive for coronavirus

From CNN’s Mary Ilyushina in Moscow

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin talks in Moscow during a meeting on the Covid-19 coronavirus situation on March 23.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin talks in Moscow during a meeting on the Covid-19 coronavirus situation on March 23. Dmitry Astakhov/Sputnik/AFP/Getty Images

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has said he's tested positive for coronavirus.

“It just became known that the coronavirus tests I took came back positive, so I must oblige by the self-isolation rules and it’s mandatory [that I do that] for the safety of my colleagues,” Mishustin said in a videoconference with President Vladimir Putin, a segment of which aired on state news channel Russia 24.

Mishustin proposed the candidacy of his deputy Andrey Belousov for the position of acting prime minister. Putin has signed a decree appointing Belousov.

So far this is the highest-profile case among politicians in Russia, which as of Thursday officially reported more than 100,000 coronavirus cases.