April 8 coronavirus news

By Julia Hollingsworth, Ben Westcott, Adam Renton, Jack Guy, Fernando Alfonso III, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 9:35 p.m. ET, April 8, 2020
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1:26 p.m. ET, April 8, 2020

How US coronavirus deaths compare to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic

From CNN’s Michael Nedelman and Amanda Watts

More people in the United States have died from coronavirus than during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.

According to Johns Hopkins University's tally, at least 12,936 people have died in the United States from coronavirus. 

According to an estimate from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, H1N1 killed 12,469 people in the United States from April 12, 2009, to April 10, 2010. 

The CDC estimates there were 60.8 million H1N1 cases across the United States during that year. To date, there are more than 400,000 novel coronavirus cases reported in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins.  

The CDC’s numbers on H1N1 are estimates they tallied during the yearlong span in which H1N1 blanketed the US. Johns Hopkins has been collecting data directly from state and local health officials since the first case appeared in the United States in late January. 


1:12 p.m. ET, April 8, 2020

Cuomo says New York will do more coronavirus testing in minority communities 

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt 

State of New York
State of New York

Data suggests that coronavirus infection rates are higher for black and Hispanic residents of New York, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 

In New York City, 34% of deaths from coronavirus are Hispanic while 28% of deaths are black. Respectively, those numbers are 14% and 18% for the rest of the state.

The figures are disproportionate as compared to each population in the state. Cuomo said that the state is going to immediately start more testing in minority communities. 

Cuomo referenced how minority communities are affected in natural disasters, such as in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. 

“Why is it that the poorest people always pay the highest price? But let's figure it out. Let's do the work. Let's do the research. Let's learn from this moment and let's learn these lessons and let's do it now,” he said. "Let's actually get research and data that can inform us.”
1:11 p.m. ET, April 8, 2020

New Jersey reports 3,088 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours

From CNN's Elizabeth Hartfield

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Pool/News 12 New Jersey

New Jersey has seen 3,088 new positive tests for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday in a press conference, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 47,437.

There have been 275 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the statewide total to 1,504.

1:03 p.m. ET, April 8, 2020

All New York voters allowed to vote by mail, governor says

State of New York
State of New York

New York. Gov Andrew Cuomo said all voters in the state will be able to cast their votes by absentee ballot this year.

Cuomo had previously moved the state's primary from April 28 until June 23.

"I've seen lines of people on television voting in other states. This is totally nonsensical," Cuomo said. "All New Yorkers can vote absentee on June 23."

Some background: Wisconsin held its primary as scheduled yesterday despite the pandemic. Long lines of voters, many of them wearing face masks, stretched for blocks through Milwaukee.

Republicans had insisted on keeping the election on schedule, winning two legal battles Monday, as the state Supreme Court blocked Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' bid to delay it until June.


1:01 p.m. ET, April 8, 2020

New York will give unemployed workers an additional $600, governor says

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state will make an additional $600 payment to all who filed for unemployment during the coronavirus crisis.

"The federal government says they will reimburse us for it, but people need money now in their pocket. So, New York will be doing that immediately," he said.


12:56 p.m. ET, April 8, 2020

New York governor says coronavirus deaths have far surpassed those killed on 9/11

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State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pointed out that the death toll in the state so far during the coronavirus crisis has far eclipsed the number of people killed during the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center.

Cuomo said that the 2,753 New Yorkers were killed at the World Trade Center, while 6,268 have died so far in the coronavirus pandemic.


12:47 p.m. ET, April 8, 2020

More New York coronavirus patients died yesterday than any other day

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said more people died of coronavirus yesterday than any other day before.

There were 779 coronavirus-related deaths across the state Tuesday, Cuomo said in a press briefing today. This is up from 731 deaths on Monday.

He detailed how many people have died across the state over the past few days:

  • April 2: 562
  • April 3: 630
  • April 4: 594
  • April 5: 599
  • April 6: 731
  • April 7: 779
12:48 p.m. ET, April 8, 2020

New York governor: Social distancing is working, but deaths are increasing


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo started his daily news conference by saying he had both good and bad news to report.

While data shows that social distancing is helping to flatten the curve, the death toll is still going up. Yesterday, 779 people died across the state — the highest single-day death toll yet.

"Today is a day in the state of New York with very mixed emotions," he said.

"There is good news in what we're seeing, that what we have done and we are doing is actually working," Cuomo said.

Social distancing "is working," Cuomo said, saying the curve is flattening because New Yorkers are rigorous about social distancing.

Then, he reported the death toll.

"The bad news isn't just bad. The bad news is actually terrible," he said of the 779 people who died yesterday.


12:30 p.m. ET, April 8, 2020

World Health leader says "focus should be on fighting this virus" after Trump's criticism

From CNN's Amanda Watts

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus addressed President Trump’s claims that WHO mishandled the coronavirus, saying right now, “the focus should be on fighting this virus.” 

"Not only that we said we have been doing everything we can, but we will continue to do everything — day and night like we have been doing to save lives. We don’t want to waste time," Tedros said

Tedros said, when you’re confronted with a new and dangerous serious public health concern like coronavirus, WHO does an after-action assessment, “so we will do our assessment identifying the strengths and weaknesses,” WHO wants to learn from our mistakes and strength and move forward, Tedros said.

Some background: During the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing yesterday, President Trump said WHO had mishandled the coronavirus.

“We'll be looking into that very carefully. And we're going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO. We're going to put a very powerful hold on it and we're going to see,” he said.

Later in the briefing he clarified that he wouldn’t freeze funding, but “I said we’re going to look at it.”