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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5:19 p.m. ET, April 17, 2020

Face coverings will be required in San Francisco

From CNN's Alexandra Meeks

Masked men walk past a closed Oracle Park, home to the San Francisco Giants, on Wednesday, April 15, in California.
Masked men walk past a closed Oracle Park, home to the San Francisco Giants, on Wednesday, April 15, in California. Ben Margot/AP

Everyone in San Francisco will be required to wear face coverings in public and at work, Mayor London Breed announced at a news conference Friday.

The health order will go into effect at midnight but will not be enforced until April 22 to allow time for people to access face coverings, Breed said

"Anytime you are indoors or within close proximity of others within an essential business or at work, like many of our city employees who are essential workers on the frontlines, you will be required to wear a mask," Breed said. "If you're running or exercising or doing something out in the open and social distancing yourself from others, that is not as problematic."

Breed said health officials plan to distribute face coverings to vulnerable populations throughout the city and county of San Francisco.

Face covering requirements have already been announced in Sonoma County, California. Several other Bay Area jurisdictions will announce similar orders Friday, Public Health Director Grant Colfax said at the news conference.

See how to make your own mask at home:

4:50 p.m. ET, April 17, 2020

Washington state governor calls Trump "unhinged" over tweets

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday, April 13, at the Capitol in Olympia, Washington.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday, April 13, at the Capitol in Olympia, Washington. Ted S. Warren/AP

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee called President Trump "unhinged" following a series of tweets saying states should be liberated.

On Friday, Trump tweeted about liberating Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia, all of which have Democratic governors who have been the subject of protests over coronavirus restrictions.

“The President’s statements this morning encourage illegal and dangerous acts. He is putting millions of people in danger of contracting COVID-19,” Inslee said in a statement.

“His unhinged rantings and calls for people to ‘liberate’ states could also lead to violence. We’ve seen it before," the governor added. 

Although Washington was not one of the states mentioned in the President’s tweets, Inslee said the tweets could have implications across the country. 

“The President’s call to action today threatens to undermine his own goal of recovery by further delaying the ability of states to amend current interventions in a safe, evidence-based way,” Inslee said.

The tweets came less than 24 hours after his administration issued a report calling for a deliberate, phased-in approach to restarting the economy.

4:38 p.m. ET, April 17, 2020

UK government says some protective equipment may need to be reused

From CNN's Jo Shelley and Nada Bashir in London 

The UK government has advised that some items of personal protective equipment may need to be reused due to "acute" shortages across the National Health Service. 

"The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reviewed the options outlined in this document. Where there are acute shortages of PPE, and where it is safe to do so, it approves the sessional and reuse of PPE," Public Health England said in a statement Friday. 

According to Public Health England, these measures have been introduced as a result of the "exceptional circumstances" the NHS faces during the coronavirus pandemic, and do not reflect the HSE's "standard" approach.

The government's statement follows an earlier warning from NHS Providers — an organization that represents NHS hospitals — that there is a “critical” shortage of clinical gowns in the UK. According to the organization, some hospitals will "run out of fully fluid repellent gowns this weekend" and will be forced to use the "highest possible level of alternative" protective equipment. 

4:26 p.m. ET, April 17, 2020

California governor's advice to states on reopening economy: "Don't play politics, don’t do the expedient"

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg


California Gov. Gavin Newsom offered advice to other governors considering lifting stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic: “Don’t play politics, don’t do the expedient."

“Think about not just the short term, but the long term, and more than anything, we’re in this together," Newsom added.

The governor said visitors who plan to travel to California must also follow the state's guidelines and requirements for social distancing. 

“Covid-19 knows no walls, jurisdictions, no boundaries,” Newsom said. “It’s a global pandemic.”

4:11 p.m. ET, April 17, 2020

US stocks log second-straight week of gains

From CNN’s Anneken Tappe

US stocks soared on Friday, giving markets their second week of gains. This hasn’t happened since the first half of February.

Stocks surged higher on Friday as investors were hopeful a potential coronavirus treatment could help fight the pandemic.

Discussions about reopening parts of the US economy also put Wall Street in a cheery mood. News that China’s economy contracted by 6.8% in the first three months of the year, couldn't derail the positive sentiment.

Here's where things stand:

  • The Dow finished nearly 3%, or 705 points, higher. It gained 2.2% for the week.
  • The S&P 500 closed 2.7% higher, for a 3% gain on the week.
  • The Nasdaq Composite closed up 1.4%. It rose 6.1% this week.

Remember: As stocks settle after the trading day, levels might still change slightly.

4:15 p.m. ET, April 17, 2020

Illinois reports largest number of new coronavirus cases in past 24 hours

From CNN's Chris Boyette

At least 1,842 new coronavirus cases were reported in Illinois in the past 24 hours, said Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the state's public health director. It is the largest number of new cases in a single day in the state.

There are now at least 27,575 cases of coronavirus in Illinois, and at 1,134 people have died from the disease, Ezike said.  

“Please continue to stay home. Continue washing your hands, wear a mask if you must leave. Everyone's effort is appreciated. It's noticed your efforts have shown that they can flatten the curve. So proud to be in this state, and see how we have responded to this pandemic,” Ezike said.

“We'll continue fighting together. We're all in Illinois," she added.
4:04 p.m. ET, April 17, 2020

North Carolina governor says federal government needs to help more

From CNN’s Pamela Wessmann


North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Friday there is a global supply chain breakdown, and governors need more help from the federal government. 

He went on to say they specifically need assistance with testing supplies and personal protective equipment.

Cooper said he wants to ease restrictions, but public safety has to come first. 

The governor also announced a new partnership with three state universities: University of North Carolina, East Carolina University and Duke University. 

The goal, he said, is to address three areas: testing, tracing and trending.

Cooper believes it will show the true number of Covid-19 cases, and its spread. The information, he said, will help state officials determine when to start easing restrictions. 

“I know we can do this, there is no perfect sequence or timing, but there is health guidance, business guidance, and common sense," Cooper said.

There are at least 5,859 coronavirus cases and at least 152 deaths in the state.


3:48 p.m. ET, April 17, 2020

Illinois schools will remain closed through end of academic year

From CNN's Chris Boyette 

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said in-person classes will remain closed through the end of the academic year.

However, the governor reiterated distance learning will continue.

“I’ve said time and time again, our decisions must follow the science and the science says our students can’t go back to their normal routine this school year,” Pritzker said.

He continued: “Over the last month, Illinois’ schools have stepped up and faced the many challenges of Covid-19 with generosity, creativity, and a resolute focus on caring for students, parents and communities. I am confident that our schools will manage and expand the learning opportunities for all our children who will be working from home over the coming weeks.”

3:44 p.m. ET, April 17, 2020

Who do you want to say "thank you" to? CNN wants to know.

CNN wants to hear from you about the unique and meaningful ways you’ve said thank you, or received appreciation, during the coronavirus pandemic.

Send us your stories and messages of thanks, along with your name and phone number, to be featured in an upcoming story on gratitude.

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