April 6 coronavirus news

By Helen Regan, Jessie Yeung, Adam Renton, Amy Woodyatt and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 9:18 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020
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4:19 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

California locks down more than 4,600 beds to prepare for coronavirus surge

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks to the press in Los Angeles, California, on December 19, 2019.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks to the press in Los Angeles, California, on December 19, 2019. Agustin Paullier/AFP/Getty Images

The state of California has secured 4,613 beds to prepare for the surge of coronavirus cases, California Gov. Gavin Newsom just announced.

Today’s press conference was held at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, an alternative care site where 400 beds will be provided for patients being discharged from the hospital with mild to moderate systems. Acute care will continue to be provided at hospitals, Governor Newsom said.

The Sleep Train Arena, where the Sacramento Kings used to play, will start accepting patients as early as April 20.

Alternative care sites have been set up in every major region in the state of California, Newsom said. 4,613 beds have been locked in and are “ready to go.” An additional 5,005 beds have also been identified.

This is a part of Newsom’s first phase to secure 50,000 beds beyond the current capacity.

More than 80,000 people have filled out an application for the California Health Corps. These workers will help staff the sites.

While the state has the physical sites and the human personnel, more PPE is needed. We need more ventilators and N95 masks, Newsom said.

Newsom also reminded residents to continue to practice social distancing. “Physical distancing is working,” he said.

Newsom said he anticipates a peak in mid-May.

3:42 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

Arkansas schools will be closed for the rest of the school year

Arkansas public schools will remain closed for the rest fo the current school year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday.

During a news conference in Little Rock, Hutchinson told reporters alternative methods of instruction will continue while schools remain closed. 

The governor also sounded a positive tone on the measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

“What we're doing in Arkansas is having some beneficial impact, significant beneficial impact from our social distancing and restrictions on gatherings and so I want to encourage everyone in Arkansas during this critical week to continue to do your responsibility to follow the social distancing when you can't social distance wear a mask so that you can protect yourself and you can protect others. We want to continue to slow that spread,” Hutchinson said.
3:37 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in intensive care

From CNN's Hilary McGann

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a press conference at 10 Downing Street in London on March 20.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a press conference at 10 Downing Street in London on March 20. Julian Simmonds/WPA Pool/Getty Images

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, 10 Downing Street said.

"Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the Prime Minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital," a spokesperson said in a statement.

Johnson was admitted to the London hospital last night with persistent symptoms of coronavirus, 10 days after first being diagnosed.

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3:08 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

Milwaukee mayor says he supports delaying Wisconsin primary

From CNN's Elise Hammond

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers just ordered a suspension of his state's primary election just one day before it was scheduled to take place.

Evers issued an executive order delaying tomorrow's primary until June 9, unless he and the legislature approve of a different date. He said in the order that "no Wisconsinite should ever have to choose between exercising their constitutional right to vote and being safe, secure, and healthy."

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said he was proud of the governor and agrees that going forward with the election would put many people at risk.

"I can't ask people to go in-person vote if I think they're putting their lives on the line. I can't do that," Barrett told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

The delay will be challenged: Some Republican state legislative leaders say they will ask the state Supreme Court to block the order. In a joint statement, state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, both Republicans, said they were challenging Evers' executive order in the Wisconsin Supreme Court and that local clerks should "stand ready to proceed with the election."

If courts allow Evers to delay the primary, his move could avert the need for the Wisconsin National Guard to man polling places Tuesday as poll workers quit due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Wisconsin had been the only one of 11 states with April primaries that was moving forward with in-person voting, after the other 10 either delayed their primaries or shifted to by-mail only voting.

2:52 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

Kroger will limit the number of shoppers allowed in a store at one time

From CNN's Konstantin Toropin

 A ine forms in a Kroger store tin Bloomington, Indiana on March 16.
A ine forms in a Kroger store tin Bloomington, Indiana on March 16. Jeremy Hogan/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media/Getty Images/FILE

National grocery store chain Kroger says it will only allow 50% of each store's capacity in to shop at one time, according to a statement released by the company today.

Starting tomorrow, stores will "limit the number of customers to 50% of the international building code's calculated capacity."

"During this national pandemic, we are committed to adopting preventive measures to help protect the safety and health of our associates, customers and communities," said Mary Ellen Adcock, Kroger's senior vice president of operations, in the statement. 

The statement said the chain has also started to test one-way aisles in some stores to see if it is an effective way to further help with physical distancing.

The company operates 2,758 grocery retail stores across the country under a variety of brand names, according to its website.

2:45 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

New Jersey is now reporting more than 1,000 deaths from Covid-19

From CNN's Laura Ly

Pool/News 12 New Jersey
Pool/News 12 New Jersey

New Jersey has had 3,663 positive test results and 86 deaths in the last 24 hours, Gov. Phil Murphy said at a press conference today.

Monday’s numbers bring the statewide total to 41,090 cases and 1,003 deaths. 

2:33 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

Peloton cancels all live classes after employee tests positive for coronavirus

From CNN's Brian Vitagliano

Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg/Getty Images/FILE
Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg/Getty Images/FILE

Peloton is canceling all live classes days after confirming an employee tested positive for Covid-19. 

Peloton informed members in an email Monday that it would pause production at both its London and New York studio locations through April 30. The fitness company previously had continued to offer virtual live classes despite New York closing all essential businesses.

This decision was made following news last week that the company confirmed a studio employee in New York had tested positive for Covid-19.

In lieu of live classes, Peloton will offer new, pre-recorded sessions as well as on-demand content.

Peloton sells $2,000-plus indoor fitness bikes. Customers pay $39 a month in subscription fees to participate in live classes.

2:26 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

US Army has paused arrival of new recruits to basic training 

From CNN's Ryan Browne and Michael Conte

The US Army has paused the arrival of new trainees to basic training, the Army’s top general who oversees training announced Monday.

The Army has paused “shipment of trainees to basic combat training,” Gen. Paul Funk, the Commander of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command said at a Pentagon news conference Monday.

Funk said the pause would be conditions-based but that it will be re-evaluated after two weeks.

He said this is not a pause for the soldiers currently in basic training.

2:53 p.m. ET, April 6, 2020

New York official whose mother died from coronavirus: "Trump has blood on his hands"

From CNN's Elise Hammond

Scott Stringer
Scott Stringer CNN

Scott Stringer, the New York City comptroller whose mother died from coronavirus, said he is angry at the federal government's response to the pandemic.

"Donald Trump has blood on his hands and my mom's blood on his hands and he sent us that hospital that's right here in the Manhattan harbor and no one will get on that hospital," Stringer said.

About the ship: The USNS Comfort hospital ship docked in New York City last week. The original plan was for the the ship to treat non-coronavirus patients to ease the strain on area hospitals seeing an influx of infected patients. But today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he believes the right move is for the ship to utilize its 1000-bed capacity to battle the coronavirus. Trump has said the ship could be used for coronavirus patients if needed.

Stringer said his mother was a strong woman and the only way he was able to get closure was through an outpouring of texts and support from strangers.

"The government is supposed to protect our people and we're supposed to be able to protect our parents and grandparents the way they protected us and we're not able to do that," Stringer said.

Watch his interview with Anderson Cooper here: