April 17 coronavirus news

By Helen Regan, Adam Renton, Rob Picheta and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 10:40 p.m. ET, April 17, 2020
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12:25 p.m. ET, April 17, 2020

Vermont governor outlines plan for reopening some businesses starting April 20

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott outlined a five-point plan to reopen the state while continuing to fight the spread of coronavirus during a news conference Friday.

Part of that plan includes certain businesses such as construction, home appraisers, property management and municipal clerks returning to work starting April 20 with social distancing measures in place. These businesses will be allowed a maximum of two workers per location. The workers must wear cloth masks and maintain 6 feet of distance, Scott said.

On May 1, farmers markets will be able to operate with strict social distancing guidelines in place, Scott said.

12:19 p.m. ET, April 17, 2020

UK reports more than 800 deaths in past 24 hours

From CNN's Vasco Cotovio


Another 847 people have died from coronavirus in Britain in the past 24 hours, the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care tweeted.

The total number of victims from Covid-19 in the UK is now 14,576. 

The number of confirmed cases has also jumped in the past day, with at least 5,599 people diagnosed in the past 24 hours. Currently, there are at least 108,692 confirmed coronavirus case in Britain.

12:18 p.m. ET, April 17, 2020

Cuomo on coordinating testing: "The federal government cannot wipe their hands of this"

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he is issuing an executive order directing all public and private labs in New York to coordinate with the Department of Health on coronavirus testing. 

“The federal government cannot wipe their hands of this and say, ‘Oh, the states are responsible for testing.’ We cannot do it. We cannot do it without federal help,” he said. 

Cuomo said the federal government needs to step in and coordinate international supply chain issues and obtain supplies from other countries like China. 

“This is mayhem. We need a coordinated approach between the federal government and the states,” he said.


12:07 p.m. ET, April 17, 2020

Cuomo says New York hasn't received aid from the federal government

State of New York
State of New York

While the federal government has passed three bills to address the coronavirus pandemic, states like New York have gotten "zero, zilch, nada in unrestricted aid," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

"The state should this, the state should this, the state should this. Yes. Well, what support have you given the states? None. I mean, how can that even be? How is it even plausible as a strategy? It doesn't work," Cuomo said moments ago at a news conference. "We need financial resources to stabilize the states because when you starve the state governments, you know, I still eat. Dr. Zucker still eats, but we can't fund schools, we can't fund hospitals, we can't fund small business, we can't fund all these extraordinary efforts we're undertaking. It makes no sense."

11:51 a.m. ET, April 17, 2020

630 people died from coronavirus on Thursday, New York governor says

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

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Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the number of deaths in the state was 630 on Thursday, up from 606 deaths on Wednesday.

The number of deaths “refuses to come down dramatically,” Cuomo said in his daily briefing.

It is “breathtaking in its pain and grief and tragedy," the governor added.

The number of people being admitted into hospitals with Covid-19 continues to be about 2,000 per day, Cuomo said.

11:58 a.m. ET, April 17, 2020

Number of hospitalizations across New York continues to decline, governor says

State of New York
State of New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced moments ago that hospitalizations across New York due to coronavirus have fallen.

"Net change in total hospitalizations is undeniably on the decline. The three-day average, which is more accurate than any one-day number, also says the same thing. That's not that telling to me because, as I said, the entire hospital is now basically an ICU ward," Cuomo said as a news conference Friday.

Cuomo also added that intubations are down and "that is very good news."

"Because intubations 80% of the time wind up in a person not recovering. So that's really good news," he said.


11:26 a.m. ET, April 17, 2020

Florida ramps up coronavirus testing with "walk-up" sites

From CNN’s Rosa Flores Angela Barajas and Sara Weisfeldt

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Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says his state is almost "neck and neck" with California in terms of Covid-19 testing.  

At today's press conference in Fort Lauderdale, DeSantis announced the opening of two walk-up testing centers in Broward County. 

The sites will be operated with the help of the National Guard, the Florida Department of Health and Broward Sheriff's Office and will only test those with symptoms. DeSantis said these testing sites will be help the underserved communities who might not have access to drive-thru locations. 

DeSantis said that 43% of hospital beds are currently empty statewide. As of 8 p.m. ET Thursday, there were 774 Covid-19 patients in the ICU statewide, the lowest number since April 9, according to DeSantis. 

11:38 a.m. ET, April 17, 2020

Roughly 40% of French aircraft carrier personnel have tested positive for coronavirus

From CNN's Pierre Bairin in Paris

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Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Around 40% of personnel on board the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and its support vessels tested positive for coronavirus, the central director of the French Health Service of Armed Forces said on Friday. 

Dr. Maryline Gygax Genero, who testified before the French Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and the Armed Forces, said all 2,300 personnel were tested for the virus, and 940 were positive. 

So far, 20 personnel have been hospitalized, eight are on oxygen therapy and one is in intensive care. The personnel who tested negative are all in quarantine in military facilities. 

Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier returned to Toulon, France, on Sunday April 12, where a disinfection operation was carried out.

Christian Martinez, the national coordinator of the medical and psychological services for the military, said Thursday that more than 10 doctors have been mobilized to help treat patients, including general Navy doctors and specialists.

“Symptomatic people are being confined with closer surveillance than those who are not symptomatic,” Martinez said.
11:13 a.m. ET, April 17, 2020

There have been 33,318 coronavirus-related deaths in the US

From CNN's Amanda Watts 

There are at least 672,246 cases of coronavirus in the US and roughly 33,318 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the country. 

As states begin to include “probable deaths” in their counts, so will Johns Hopkins University. In the upcoming days, these changes may show a surge of deaths in the United States. 

On Friday, Johns Hopkins reported 1,095 new cases and 50 reported deaths.   

The totals includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as all repatriated cases.