April 14 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung and Kara Fox, CNN

Updated 0639 GMT (1439 HKT) April 15, 2021
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6:33 a.m. ET, April 14, 2021

Turkey enters partial lockdown during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan

From CNN's Gul Tuysuz

People break their fast during Ramadan in front of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul on April 13.
People break their fast during Ramadan in front of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul on April 13. Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that a partial lockdown over the first two weeks of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan would be put into place from Wednesday.

The new restrictions, announced on Tuesday, come as the country continues to see a rise in coronavirus cases and deaths.

On Tuesday, Turkey reported 273 deaths and 59,187 new coronavirus cases over a 24 hour period --  marking a record daily high, according to the health ministry. 

Erdogan said under the partial lockdown:

  • Pre-school, 8th and 12th grade students will continue in-person education, but all other grades will be required to do distance learning.
  • Cafes, tea houses, and gyms will be closed - with restaurants only offering delivery services.
  • Wedding, engagement parties and all other indoor activities are prohibited until the end of Ramadan, which ends on May 12.
  • A weekday curfew has now been extended by two hours, from 7pm to 5am.
  • Weekend curfews begin at 9pm on Friday and cover the entire weekend (Saturday and Sunday), ending at 5am on Monday.  
  • Government workers will be put on limited work hours with those who are pregnant, have pre-existing health conditions and women who have children under the age of 10 exempt from work. 
  • The private sector will be encouraged to adopt more "work from home."

If these tightened measures do not bring down the spread of the virus, stricter measures will be implemented, Erdogan added. 

The president also said intercity travel will be restricted, but did not provide specifics. 

A detailed list of new measures, which will go into effect on Wednesday, will be provided by the interior ministry, he said. 

5:34 a.m. ET, April 14, 2021

Mexico announces clinical trials for its Covid-19 vaccine, 'Patria'

From CNN's Karol Suarez in Mexico City

María Elena Álvarez-Buylla, director of the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt), speaks at a press conference in Mexico City on April 13.
María Elena Álvarez-Buylla, director of the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt), speaks at a press conference in Mexico City on April 13. Sashenka Gutierrez/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

The Mexican government announced the development of the Mexican-made Covid-19 vaccine named "Patria" in a press conference Tuesday. 

The vaccine development has already successfully passed preclinical studies in animals, and will begin clinical trials in humans in April, according to Mexico's Director of the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt).

The dose is based on a recombinant Newcastle virus, said Conacyt director Maria Elena Alvarez-Buylla.

She said that the vaccine was being developed as part of a "mixed investment strategy and collaboration between the Government of Mexico and the Mexican laboratory Avimex."

The Avimex laboratory develops biological and pharmaceutical products for animal health.

Patria's Phase I trial will begin in April with around 90 to 100 volunteers, Alvarez-Buylla said, with Mexico's health regulator, Cofepris, expecting to have the results of that trial by May.
If human trials are successful, the Patria vaccine could be approved by the end of 2021. 

Conacyt has supported the development of the Mexican vaccine with 135 million pesos (nearly US $7 million) in addition to the 15 million pesos (US $700,000) contributed by the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation, AMEXCID.

Mexico currently has six approved Covid-19 vaccines: AstraZeneca, CanSino, Covaxine, Pfizer, Sinovac, and Sputnik V.

The country has received 16.9 million coronavirus vaccine doses and has administered 12.2 million doses.

2:55 a.m. ET, April 14, 2021

The Olympics are 100 days away. With less than 1% of its population vaccinated, is Japan ready?

From CNN's Blake Essig, Emiko Jozuka and Ben Westcott

A doctor administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a nursing home in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, on April 12.
A doctor administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a nursing home in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, on April 12. Noriko Hayashi/Bloomberg/Getty Images

When 2020 Tokyo Olympics volunteers in recent weeks asked officials how they'll be protected from Covid-19, given the foreign athletes pouring into Japan for the event and the country's low vaccination rate, the answer was simple.

They'll be given a small bottle of hand sanitizer and two masks each.

"They don't talk about vaccines, they don't even talk about us being tested," said German volunteer Barbara Holthus, who is director of Sophia University's German Institute for Japanese Studies, in Tokyo.

With 100 days to go until the Games, already postponed a year due to the pandemic, questions remain over how Tokyo can hold a massive sporting event and keep volunteers, athletes, officials -- and the Japanese public -- safe from Covid-19.

That concern has been amplified by Japan's battle with a looming fourth wave. The country passed 500,000 total coronavirus cases on Saturday, and some prefectures are again tightening their restrictions as daily infections grow. Hideaki Oka, a professor at Saitama Medical University, said Japan may not be able to contain the latest wave before the Games begin on July 23.

While Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reiterated Monday his pledge to secure 100 million vaccine doses by the end of June, so far Japan has only vaccinated about 1.1 million of its 126 million people -- less than 1% of the population. Only 0.4% have received two doses.

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1:30 a.m. ET, April 14, 2021

The pandemic isn't over -- global cases have climbed for 7 weeks straight, WHO says

From CNN Health’s Lauren Mascarenhas

Global Covid-19 cases have climbed for seven consecutive weeks, according to a World Health Organization report citing data received on April 11.

WHO reported more than 4.5 million new cases and 76,000 deaths in the week ending on April 11. That’s a 7% increase in coronavirus deaths from the previous week, marking the fourth consecutive week of increasing deaths.

The highest numbers of new cases were reported in India, the US, Brazil, Turkey and France.

The numbers of countries reporting virus variants of concern is also increasing, WHO noted.

The B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the UK has now been found in 132 countries, the B.1.351 variant first identified in South Africa has now been found in 82 countries and the P.1 variant first identified in Brazil has now been found in 52 countries, according to the report.

#Hotspots##

2:55 a.m. ET, April 14, 2021

India reports highest single-day cases, as millions gather and new restrictions clamp down

From CNN's Manveena Suri in New Delhi

A health worker collects a swab sample from a woman for a Covid-19 test, at Sector 30 District Hospital, on April 12 in Noida, India.
A health worker collects a swab sample from a woman for a Covid-19 test, at Sector 30 District Hospital, on April 12 in Noida, India. Sunil Ghosh/Hindustan Times/Getty Images

India reported 184,372 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, the highest single-day figure since the beginning of the pandemic, according to data from the Indian Ministry of Health.

That's one of the world's highest single-day case counts this week. To put that in perspective, the United States reported more than 77,000 cases on Tuesday and Brazil reported more than 82,000 -- both far below India's count, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The ministry also reported 1,027 additional related deaths, marking the first time India has reported more than 1,000 new daily deaths since October.

The new figures bring the country's totals to 13,873,825 cases and 172,085 related deaths. 

Massive pilgrimage: Cases are on the rise in the city of Haridwar, in Uttarakhand state, where the month-long Kumbh Mela religious festival is taking place. Millions of Hindus from across the country have traveled to Haridwar to bathe in the Ganges River and attend prayers together.

Monday marked the first "auspicious" day of the festival, and up to 2.4 million people took a dip in the Ganges, police officials told CNN. The second bathing day kicked off on Wednesday, and the final one will take place on April 27.

Haridwar has seen more than 1,000 new cases in the past two days alone, according to figures released by the state health department. To put that in context, the city reported just 70 new cases on March 31, the day before the festival began.

New restrictions: Tough restrictions will go into effect Wednesday evening in the hard-hit Maharashtra state, lasting until May 1.

Public gatherings will be capped at four people. People are urged to work from home and follow a voluntary curfew. Only essential travel and services will be allowed across the state. Shopping centers, malls, film shoots and beaches will be closed, while hotels and restaurants will only be allowed to provide delivery and takeaway services.

2:44 a.m. ET, April 14, 2021

US health officials recommended pausing the J&J vaccine. Here's what we know so far

Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine boxes are seen at a vaccination site in Orlando, Florida on April 10.
Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine boxes are seen at a vaccination site in Orlando, Florida on April 10. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday recommended the United States pause the use of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine following reports of several cases of a "rare and severe" type of blood clot.

If you're just reading in now, here's what you need to know about the vaccine, the rare clots and what happens next:

  • Six cases after about 7 million doses: The six reported cases were among more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered in the US. Of the six cases — all of whom were in women between the ages of 18 and 48 — one person died and another is in critical condition.
  • When the clots happened: With the six cases, symptoms occurred six to 13 days after vaccination, officials said today. The vaccine was authorized for emergency use on Feb. 27 and shots started going into arms a few days after, in early March. 
  • How vaccine sites are reacting: Several states and cities — including Washington, DC, New York City and New Jersey — announced they would pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. CVS and Walgreens also announced they would immediately pause use of the vaccine.
  • What happens next? It's not clear how long the pause could last, but Dr. Janet Woodcock, the acting commissioner of the FDA, said she expects the pause to be “a matter of days.” The CDC will hold an emergency meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices tomorrow to review the blood clot cases.
  • What if I've already gotten the Johnson & Johnson vaccine? For people who have received the Johnson & Johnson shot, those who have developed severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider, according to a statement from the FDA and CDC. And remember: These adverse events "appear to be extremely rare," the statement said.