April 9 coronavirus news

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5:14 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Hyundai provides Detroit with 10,000 coronavirus test kits

From CNN's Rebekah Riess

Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Detroit will be receiving $100,000 to expand Covid-19 testing and 10,000 coronavirus test kits from the Hyundai Motor Company, Rep. Brenda Lawrence announced today.

Lawrence said she received a call from the company’s vice president, who told her Hyundai had been looking at hot points in the country and wanted to offer help to Detroit.

“I made a phone call and it was verified that the check has been cut and the resources are being shipped,” the congresswoman said. “And so everything should be in place by Tuesday.”

By the numbers: Detroit is now reporting 6,083 confirmed cases of Covid-19, including 272 deaths, according to Detroit’s Health Director Denise Fair.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced that one of the 25 individuals the city lost to Covid-19 yesterday, was a Detroit fire captain.

The mayor added, that there is good new in the trend line in the city and that the curve is starting to flatten.

4:52 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Connecticut could reopen May 20, governor says

From CNN’s Sarah Jorgensen

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The state of Connecticut has announced that May 20 is the earliest date schools, bar and restaurants can reopen, Gov. Ned Lamont said at a presser Thursday evening.

Lamont cautioned this date could get pushed back as well.

The State Department of Education Chair had a message for graduating seniors saying in part the class of 2020 will still have their graduation.

4:51 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Obama to mayors on coronavirus: "The biggest mistake any us can make in these situations is to misinform"

From CNN's Dan Merica

Barack Obama speaks at the Obama Foundation Summit on October 29, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.
Barack Obama speaks at the Obama Foundation Summit on October 29, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Former President Barack Obama addressed a group of mayors organized by Bloomberg Philanthropies on Thursday, telling the group that “the biggest mistake any us can make in these situations is to misinform."

“Speak the truth. Speak it clearly. Speak it with compassion. Speak it with empathy for what folks are going through,” Obama said, according to a press release on the virtual meeting. 

Obama also pushed the mayors to bring in as many smart advisers and experts as possible.

“The more smart people you have around you, and the less embarrassed you are to ask questions, the better your response is going to be,” Obama said.

This is the fourth virtual meeting Bloomberg’s group has held with mayors. Two of the previous meetings have featured speeches by Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

4:39 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Religious services in Missouri must abide by social distancing orders during holiday weekend

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

A social distancing message is displayed at the Community Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri on April 2.
A social distancing message is displayed at the Community Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri on April 2. Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Those attending or holding religious services must abide by social distancing orders during the holiday weekend, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said during a Thursday afternoon press conference.

Parson said that the state has been in contact with clergy and the faith based community to make sure they abide by the orders.

Several religious leaders are holding video sermons online and are being creative in their services, Parson said, including those that hold service in parking lots in cars.

4:53 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Stocks finish higher

From CNN’s Anneken Tappe 

Kena Betancur/Getty Images
Kena Betancur/Getty Images

US stocks finished higher on Friday, buoyed by a new $2.3 trillion Federal Reserve program to support the economy through the coronavirus crisis.

Exchanges are closed for Good Friday tomorrow, so that concludes this trading week.

Here's where the markets finished up:

  • The S&P 500 finished up 1.4%. The index recorded its best week since 1974, climbing 12.1%.
  • The Dow ended up 1.2%, or 286 points. It logged a 12.7% gain on the week.
  • The Nasdaq Composite closed 0.8% higher. On the week, the index climbed 10.6%, marking its best week since 2009.

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

4:27 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Michigan forms coronavirus task force on racial disparities

From CNN's Dave Alsup

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the formation of the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.  

The task force is designed to provide the governor with recommendations on how to address the disparity among victims from coronavirus. More than 40% of the state’s coronavirus deaths are black victims. 

The task force will hold its first meeting next week and will be chaired by Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II.  

4:11 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Michigan governor extends stay-at-home order through the end of the month

From CNN's Dave Alsup

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Monday, April 6
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Monday, April 6 Michigan Office of the Governor via AP

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an expanded executive order extending her stay-at-home order through April 30.

The order also “prohibits all businesses and operations from requiring workers to leave their homes, unless those workers are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations.”

Under the new order, all public and private gatherings among people outside a single household remain temporarily banned. 

The order also imposes restrictions on stores in an effort to reduce crowds. Here's what the order says:

"Large stores must limit the number of people in the store at one time to no more than 4 customers for every 1,000 square feet of customer floor space; small stores must limit capacity to 25% of the total occupancy limits (including employees) under the fire codes. To regulate entry, stores must establish lines with markings for patrons to enable them to stand at least six feet apart from one another while waiting. Large stores must also close areas of the store that are dedicated to carpeting, flooring, furniture, garden centers, plant nurseries, or paint."
3:24 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Judge rejects motion to order immediate release of medically vulnerable detainees at Chicago jail

From CNN's Brad Parks

A federal judge on Thursday denied a motion to order the immediate release of medically vulnerable detainees at Cook County Jail in Chicago to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.

“The Court concludes that plaintiffs have not demonstrated that the requirements of this temporary restraining order, coupled with the steps the Sheriff is already taking to prevent the spread of the disease, are insufficient and thus denies this requested relief,” US District Judge Matthew Kennelly wrote.

The lawsuit filed Friday on behalf of two current detainees at the jail, sought the release or transfer of elderly and medically compromised inmates. It cites accounts from detainees who complained the jail had not done enough to provide them with reasonably safe living conditions and adequate testing in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. 

While Kennelly denied the plaintiff’s request for release, he did grant other remedies which Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart must begin implementing.

In his 37-page order, Kennelly ordered Dart to enact additional sanitation and quarantine guidelines to keep detainees safe. Kennelly also ordered Dart to begin prompt testing of inmates who exhibit Covid-19 symptoms by Saturday. Additionally, the judge said the Cook County Sheriff’s Office must provide face masks to all detainees who are quarantined starting April 12.

A request for comment from the Cook County Sheriff’s Department was not immediately returned. As of Thursday, there are 4,463 detainees at the Cook County Jail in Chicago.

By the numbers: The Cook County Sheriff’s office said Wednesday that 251 detainees and 150 staff members have tested positive for the virus. A majority of those employees are correctional deputies at the jail, according to a spokesperson for the sheriff's office. 

Of the detainees sickened in the outbreak, 22 are hospitalized for treatment and 31 others have been moved to a recovery facility. Additionally, one detainee died of “apparent” complications of Covid-19, sheriff’s officials said, but an autopsy remains pending.

3:50 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Europe has 4,000 ICU beds for every million people. Parts of Africa have 5, health officials say.

From CNN's Hande Atay Alam

A mechanical ventilator sits by a bed at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, on Thursday, April 9.
A mechanical ventilator sits by a bed at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, on Thursday, April 9. Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The total number of beds in intensive care units available for use during the spread of coronavirus in 43 countries in Africa is less than 5,000. This is about five beds per one million people in those parts of Africa compared, to 4000 beds per one million people in Europe, the World Health Organization reports. 

There are also less than 2,000 functional ventilators in 41 countries in Africa. 

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa has risen to more than 10,000.

While the virus was slow to reach the continent compared to other parts of the world, infection have grown exponentially in recent weeks and continues to spread, WHO reports. 

Africa’s first coronavirus case was recorded in Egypt on Feb. 14. Since then, a total of 52 countries have reported cases. 

“COVID-19 has the potential not only to cause thousands of deaths, but to also unleash economic and social devastation. Its spread beyond major cities means the opening of a new front in our fight against this virus,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa. “