April 14 coronavirus news

By Joshua Berlinger, Adam Renton, Rob Picheta and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 9:38 p.m. ET, April 14, 2020
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12:19 p.m. ET, April 14, 2020

Gov. Cuomo says there's still not enough coronavirus testing available 

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the massive amount of testing needed to assess the coronavirus threat remains a major challenge. 

"The capacity does not exist," he said. 

Private-sector companies that perform testing can produce about 60,000 tests per month, Cuomo said, which is "not enough." 

Cuomo called for government and technology leaders to work together to put together a testing system within a matter of weeks.

"Figure out how to do testing. Figure out how to use technology to do tracing," he said.

However, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said earlier today that he is working with an Indiana company to get 50,000 testing kits per week.

12:07 p.m. ET, April 14, 2020

Gov. Cuomo: If Trump wants a fight, "he's not going to get it from me"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo addressed Trump's assertion that the President has "total authority" to decide when coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

"That is not an accurate statement in my opinion," Cuomo said today at a news conference.

Remember: The President does not have "total" authority over coronavirus restrictions. You can read CNN's full fact check here.

Cuomo said he refuses to engage in a fight with Trump, saying, "This is too important for anyone to play politics."

"If he wants a fight, he's not going to get it from me," Cuomo said.

Cuomo said that ver the past month he "worked very hard to be in partnership with the federal government." He said he plans to still plans to be in contact with Trump and federal officials.

"I have always had an open line of communication with him," he said of Trump. "I just want to my position clear: I am not going to fight with him."

Earlier today, Cuomo said he wouldn’t follow a possible order from Trump to ease coronavirus restrictions in the state if it put public health at risk.

Here's what he told CNN this morning:

“If he ordered me to reopen in a way that would endanger the public health of the people of my state, I wouldn't do it,” Cuomo said. “That would be the worst possible thing he could do at this moment would be to act dictatorial and to act in a partisan, divisive way.”

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12:05 p.m. ET, April 14, 2020

Shutdown is not sustainable for long, but reopening must be strategic, Gov. Cuomo says

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to the press at the Javits Center in New York City on March 24.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to the press at the Javits Center in New York City on March 24. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that while shuttered businesses and coronavirus restrictions are hampering the economy and way of life, such measures are necessary to prevent a flareup of new cases. 

"People need to get back to work. The state needs an economy. We cannot sustain this for a prolonged period of time. Everybody agrees," Cuomo said.

"But everybody will also say how you reopen is everything, because of the first point, which is we are now keeping down that rate of infection. And if you start acting differently, you will see a corresponding increase in that rate of infection," he said. 

Cuomo also responded to criticism that he is being "hyper-cautious." 

"Oh really? Go look at other countries that went through exactly this, started to reopen and then they saw the infection rate go back up again. So let's at least learn from past mistakes," he said.

11:52 a.m. ET, April 14, 2020

Gov. Cuomo: Regional coalition is needed because coronavirus "doesn't understand state boundaries"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he's working with governors from surrounding states on a plan to reopen the economy because "the virus doesn't understand state boundaries."

Cuomo yesterday announced that New York was working with six other northeastern states — New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island and Massachusetts — on protocols for eventually reopening businesses.

"The virus doesn't understand state boundaries" Cuomo said today. "It defies all of our norms."

"We're all connected," he added.

11:46 a.m. ET, April 14, 2020

Gov. Cuomo says coronavirus case growth outside of NYC is flat

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the growth of coronavirus cases outside of New York City is essentially flat. 

Hotspots in Long Island, Westchester County and Rockland County have been identified and tamped down by the state Department of Health using testing, isolation and tracing, according to Cuomo. 

"Proportionately, upstate is very, very low to everything else in the state," he added.

12:16 p.m. ET, April 14, 2020

At least 10,834 people have died in New York from coronavirus

Medical personnel transport the body of a deceased patient from a refrigerated truck at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, on April 8.
Medical personnel transport the body of a deceased patient from a refrigerated truck at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, on April 8. Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

Another 778 people died across New York state from coronavirus yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

That's up from 671 on Sunday.

At least 10,834 people in New York have died from coronavirus since the pandemic began.

11:46 a.m. ET, April 14, 2020

New York governor: "We think we are at the apex"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the three-day average for coronavirus hospitalizations is down slightly, adding that officials believe the apex is here.

"We think we are at the apex, on the plateau," he said at a news conference.

However, while the rates are down, the volume of patients coming in daily is still high, Cuomo added.

"We still had 1,600 new people come in yesterday," he said. "The volume is still high."

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11:20 a.m. ET, April 14, 2020

New York City will buy 50,000 testing kits per week from this biotech firm

New York City will purchase 50,000 coronavirus testing kits per week from Aria Diagnostics, a biotech firm in Indiana, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this morning.

"The No. 1 issue from day one has been testing. When we started fighting the coronavirus here in the city, I said we needed the federal help with testing — it never came. We have scoured the world looking for test kits on the open market. It's been extraordinarily frustrating," he said.

"I'm sure New Yorkers wouldn't have thought the cavalry would have come from Carmel, Indiana, but it has. It's going to be a big piece of the solution going forward," he added.

The test kit components include nasal swabs, viral transport medium (VTM), and tubes.

This follows a previously announced a donation of 50,000 testing kits for New York City by Aria Diagnostics.

11:14 a.m. ET, April 14, 2020

Italian police fined more than 42,000 people over Easter weekend for breaking restrictions

From CNN's Sharon Braithwaite

Police officers signal drivers to pull over at a road block in Rome on April 13.
Police officers signal drivers to pull over at a road block in Rome on April 13. Andrew Medichini/AP

Italian police issued fines to more than 42,000 people during the Easter weekend for breaking coronavirus containment rules, the Italian Interior Ministry said today.

The crackdown occurred between Saturday and Monday.

On Monday alone, 16,545 containment fines were given. That's the highest daily number recorded by the Ministry since the lockdown was introduced in Italy in order to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

Italy was the first country outside of mainland China to implement strict restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus, even bringing in military personnel to help enforce those laws.