March 25 coronavirus news

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12:22 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Spain buys $467 million in medical supplies from China

From CNN's Mia Alberti in Lisbon and Ingrid Formanek and Al Goodman in Madrid

Spain has bought $467 million worth of medical supplies from China, the Spanish health minister said on Wednesday. 

Health Minister Salvador Illa said Spain's President "talked over the phone with China's President a few days ago, and since then the whole government has been working together to sign this contract and make this buy."

The equipment includes 550 million masks, 5.5 million "quick tests," 950 ventilators and 11 million gloves. The supplies should cover the medical needs in Spain for about four to eight weeks, Illa said. 

The minister also announced two companies in Spain are already producing medical equipment as well.  

In response to the rise in deaths, which have surpassed China's numbers, Illa said: "We said this week would be tough, the numbers are tough. It is likely that the number of deaths will increase for a few more days until we reach the peak". 

Spain now has at least 3,434 deaths from coronavirus, but authorities say the number of hospitalized patients is "stabilizing."

Fernando Simón, chief of the Center for Emergencies, explained in Wednesday's news conference that the rate of infection is slowing down, "which means we are not far from the national peak."

"Regarding the increase in new cases, if we are not at the peak already, we are very close," he said.

 

12:18 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Senate likely to adjourn until at least April 20 after today’s vote

From CNN's Manu Raju

US senators will likely get out of town quickly after today’s vote on the stimulus package.

The Senate is likely to adjourn until at least April 20 after the vote, according to Sen. John Barrasso, a member of GOP leadership, and other senators.

What this means: They are adding next week as a recess in addition to the two-week recess already on the books.

It remains unclear if the recess will be extended.

12:20 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Airlines and airports will be receiving what they requested in stimulus package

From CNN's Greg Wallace

David McNew/Getty Images/FILE
David McNew/Getty Images/FILE

Airlines and airports are set to receive the financial support they requested in the aid package drafted by lawmakers and the administration, according to a CNN review of the document.  

The package includes $32 billion in grants for wages and benefits to aviation employees. The administration must pay its first installment to employers within 10 days of the bill becoming law. The assistance includes $25 billion for passenger airlines, $4 billion for cargo airlines, and $3 billion for industry contractors, such as those who handle catering, baggage, ticketing, and aircraft cleaning. 

The bill also provides $25 billion for passenger airlines and $4 billion for cargo airlines in the form of loans or loan guarantees. 

In exchange for the assistance, companies that receive the assistance are barred from making furloughs, pay cuts, or stock buybacks, and from issuing dividends to investors, through September. It also institutes limits on executive compensation.  

Airlines may also be required to operate routes they would otherwise like to cancel because of low ridership or profitability. Under the bill, the Transportation Department can require air carriers continue service on routes, particularly for the “needs of small and remote communities and the need to maintain well-functioning health care and pharmaceutical supply chains, including for medical devices and supplies.”  

It would also provide a tax holiday, allowing airlines to keep more of the ticket price customers pay.  

Cash-strapped airports could also receive government assistance of up to $10 billion, including at least $100 million for general aviation airports, which serve smaller planes rather than scheduled airline service.  

The bill requires a report to Congress on some of the payments by November. 

12:04 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

New York governor says ventilators are the "single greatest challenge"

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reiterated that the state needs 30,000 ventilators for coronavirus patients.

He said that the state has 4,000 ventilators in the existing hospital system and the federal government has sent 4,000. The state has purchased 7,000 others and is “still shopping," he added.

“Our single greatest challenge are the ventilators," Cuomo said.

12:01 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

New York governor says Senate stimulus bill would be "terrible" for the state

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the Senate's $2 trillion stimulus bill would be "terrible for state of New York."

He said that based on the way the bill is written New York's government would only get $3.8 billion. He added that "sounds like a lot of money" — but it's not considering he estimates the state is looking at a revenue shortfall of $9 to 15 billion and response has already cost New York $1 billion.

Cuomo added that in the Senate bill, New York City gets $1.3 billion, which he called a "drop in the bucket."

He continued by saying that he has spoken to New York's House delegation. "I said to them, 'this doesn't do it,'" adding, "We need the House to make adjustments."

"I'm telling you these numbers don't work," he said.
12:53 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

There are more than 30,000 coronavirus cases in New York

State of New York
State of New York

There are at least 30,811 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the state of New York, Gov. Cuomo said at a news conference today.

At least 17,856 of those cases are in New York City.

Cuomo said that 12% of those individuals who have tested positive are hospitalized, and 3% of positive cases are in ICU. 

At least 285 people across the state who had tested positive for coronavirus have died, Cuomo added.

He added that 28% of all coronavirus testing across the country has been done by New York state — more than any other state.

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CORRECTION: This post has been updated with the number of coronavirus cases in New York City.

11:51 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

New York governor said he discussed "rolling deployment" to send resources across the country

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he spoke to Trump and White House task force about a "rolling deployment" of resources around the country that starts with New York.

"New York has the greatest need in terms of numbers" of cases as well as the "most critical in terms of timing," Cuomo said.

He added that New York's 'trajectory is first by a long shot."

He said he told the White House, "let's talk about addressing the critical need in that hot spot" then "once you address that hot spot...then shift to the next hot spot."

He said that he when the time comes to "redeploy that equipment and personnel to the next hotspot" he will "personally guarantee it, and personally manage it" even traveling to the next place in the country that need the resources.

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11:38 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

New York governor says getting more hospital beds is a main priority

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said hospital beds remain one of the state's most critical needs: They need 140,000 to support coronavirus patients, but they only have 53,000.

He outlined some possible measures to increase bead capacity, including:

  • Asking all hospitals to increase capacity by 50%
  • Asking some hospitals to increase capacity by 100%
  • Setting up beds at convention centers
  • Setting up bed on the US Navy ship Comfort
  • Using dorms, hotels and nursing homes

Here's the state's estimates of how each measure could increase the number of hospital beds:

11:41 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

New York governor says "density control" measures may be working

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference that “evidence suggest density control measures may be working” during the coronavirus outbreak.

He cited the number of hospitalizations in the state due to the virus:

  • Sunday — hospitalizations would double every 2 days
  • Monday — hospitalizations would double every 3.4 days
  • Tuesday — hospitalizations would double every 4.7 days

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