April 9 coronavirus news

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

Updated 10:36 PM ET, Thu April 9, 2020
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2:16 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

American Heart Association issues new CPR guidelines amid coronavirus pandemic

From CNN Health’s Shelby Lin Erdman


The American Heart Association (AHA) has issued an interim set of guidelines for emergency workers responding to cardiac arrest victims amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The guidelines, “Interim Guidance for Basic and Advanced Life Support in Adults, Children and Neonates with Suspected or Confirmed Covid-19,” were published Thursday in the AHA journal Circulation.

“The goal is to ensure that patients with or without COVID-19 who experience cardiac arrest have the best possible chance of survival without compromising the safety of rescuers,” the AHA said in a press release on the changes.

The new rules include limiting the number of people in a room or on the scene when responding to a cardiac arrest call, and minimizing the airborne spread of the virus by “prioritizing oxygenation and ventilation strategies” to lower the risk of aerosol spray.

The AHA also recommends that health care systems and EMS agencies implement policies for frontline workers addressing whether to start or continue resuscitation efforts for Covid-19 patients based on the person’s chances of survival. 

The agency is still encouraging bystanders to perform CPR or defibrillation on potential Covid-19 patients, especially if they’re family members living in the same home. For a bystander in a public setting, the AHA recommends using a face mask or face covering for both the rescuer and the victim during hands-only CPR to reduce virus transmission risks.

Some context: The executive director of Rescue Care at the University of Chicago and co-author of the guidelines, Dr. Dana Edelson, said in a statement that while CPR is critical for many patients, it does put rescuers at increased risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

“This guidance draws on evolving science and expert opinion to help health systems and providers mitigate that risk with the hopes of maintaining the survival gains for cardiac arrest achieved over the past two decades,” she said.

Other health groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Association of Respiratory Care and the American College of Emergency Physicians, among others, collaborated with the AHA on the new guidelines.

1:55 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

14 states have closed schools through the end of the year due to Covid-19

From CNN's Chris Boyette

Officials in 14 states so far have closed schools for the rest of the school year. In three other states, closures for the year have been recommended.

Here's a list of the states that have closed their schools for the year:

  1. Alabama
  2. Arizona
  3. Arkansas
  4. Georgia
  5. Indiana
  6. Kansas
  7. Michigan
  8. Nebraska
  9. New Mexico
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Pennsylvania
  12. Vermont
  13. Virginia
  14. Washington 

States recommending schools close for the rest year:

  1. California
  2. Idaho
  3. South Dakota

2:09 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

41 MTA employees have died from coronavirus in New York

From CNN’s Taylor Romine

A MTA employee walks along a train platform at Grand Central Station in New York, on Wednesday, April 1.
A MTA employee walks along a train platform at Grand Central Station in New York, on Wednesday, April 1. Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg/Getty Images/FILE

As of Wednesday, 41 Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) employees have died due to coronavirus, MTA spokesman Tim Minton told CNN on Thursday.

There are 6,022 of an approximate 25,000 MTA employees under quarantine and 1,571 people have tested positive for Covid-19, he added.

New York City subway ridership is down 92% from an average of approximately 5.7 million commuters per weekday, Minton said.

Ridership on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and Metro-North trains have declined more than 90% each from an average of approximately 300,000 trips for each of those railroad systems, Minton said.

Bridge and tunnel traffic has declined by more than 60%.

1:44 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Detroit showing a slight daily decline in new coronavirus cases

From CNN's Melissa Alonso

Detroit health officials reported 249 new Covid-19 cases in the city Thursday, a slight decline from days prior, according to the city's health website. 

There were 525 cases reported in the city on April 4, the highest for a single day there so far. Since then, daily reported cases have showed a steady but slow decline, Detroit's health department curve shows.  

The latest data reflects 84 fewer cases than were recorded the day prior, staying in line with the slight decline of new daily cases.  

Some context: Detroit still remains one of the hot spots for coronavirus in the US with 6,083 coronavirus cases and 272 related deaths, according to the city's health department. 

Detroit's mayor and Michigan's governor are expected to hold their briefings, respectively, Thursday afternoon.

1:43 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

Sweden reports large increase in coronavirus-related deaths for second day in a row

From CNN’s Seb Shukla and Tim Lister

People pass by the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden, on Wednesday, April 8. Swedish authorities have advised the public to practice social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic, but still allow a large amount of personal freedom, unlike most other European countries.
People pass by the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden, on Wednesday, April 8. Swedish authorities have advised the public to practice social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic, but still allow a large amount of personal freedom, unlike most other European countries. Andres Kudacki/AP

Sweden has reported a rise in the daily death rate from coronavirus of at least 100 for two days in a row, taking the total number of dead to 792, according to data released by the Swedish Public Health Agency. 

The total number of cases across the country has increased to 9,141 with 719 in intensive care. 

Stockholm, the capital, is the epicenter of the outbreak.

Sweden has not implemented a nationwide lockdown like other European countries. Instead they are asking those aged 70 and over to stay at home and for other to observe respected levels of social distancing, but public meeting places such as bars and restaurants are open. 

1:33 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

New Jersey governor says social distancing is beginning to the slow rate of infection

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

Gov. Phil Murphy called the slowing rate of infection in New Jersey a sign of "progress" today during a press conference.

“Our social distancing is in fact beginning to show affect here,” he said.

Social distancing is “beginning to slow the rate at which the numbers of folks are getting infected," Murphy added.

1:24 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

New Jersey reports 1,700 coronavirus deaths

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

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

The state of New Jersey is reporting an additional 3,748 cases over the last 24 hours, bringing the statewide total to 51,027.

There has also been an additional 198 deaths in the past 24 hours.

The statewide death toll is now 1,700, according to Gov. Phil Murphy.

This is "well north now of two times the fatalities – blessed fatalities — that we suffered in New Jersey on 9/11," he said.

1:17 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

UK's foreign secretary has not spoken to Boris Johnson since taking over his duties

From CNN's Schams Elwazer

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street via AP

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has not spoken to Prime Minister Boris Johnson since taking over his duties.

“I think it’s important, particularly while [Johnson] is intensive care, to let him focus on recovery. We in the government have got this covered,” Raab said during the daily Downing Street press conference.

Johnson has been in intensive care since Monday – one day after being admitted to St. Thomas hospital — and the government has insisted his condition continues to improve and he is in “good spirits.”

CORRECTION: This post has been updated to reflect that Johnson was admitted to the hospital on Sunday, and entered intensive care on Monday.

12:53 p.m. ET, April 9, 2020

United Kingdom coronavirus death toll nears 8,000

From Seb Shukla in London

The number of people who have died of Covid-19 in the United Kingdom hospitals has increased to 7,978, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Thursday – an increase of 881 since Wednesday’s update.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases has reached 65,077, an increase of 4,304.