April 13 coronavirus news

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12:07 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

More than 10,000 people in New York have died from coronavirus

Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images
Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

At least 10,056 people have died from coronavirus across New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said — that's up from from 9,385 yesterday.

There were 671 deaths on Sunday, Cuomo said. He noted that was "not as bad as it has been in the past."

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11:50 a.m. ET, April 13, 2020

New York governor: Hospitalization curve continues to flatten

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the curve of hospitalizations for coronavirus continues to flatten.

"Here's the good news: The curve continues to flatten," he said. "It appears we have a plateau."

However, he added, it's hard to predict what will happen next.

"Nobody knows how long because nobody has been here before," he said.

Gov. Cuomo also noted that there are still about 2,000 people coming into the hospital system daily.

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11:25 a.m. ET, April 13, 2020

South Korea will send 600,000 Covid-19 test kits to the US

From CNN’s Yoonjung Seo

Medical workers administer coronavirus tests at a testing booth outside Incheon International Airport, in Incheon, South Korea, on April 1.
Medical workers administer coronavirus tests at a testing booth outside Incheon International Airport, in Incheon, South Korea, on April 1. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

South Korea will begin sending Covid-19 testing kits to the US as soon as tomorrow afternoon, an official with South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs told CNN.

Earlier today, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said in an interview with France 24 said the country will send 600,000 test kits to the US.  It is unclear how many kits of the 600,000 could be sent tomorrow.

South Korea’s ability to test large numbers of people in a short period of time has been a major contributing factor in its success in combating the virus.

Kang said the tests received preliminary FDA approval "as a result of conversation between my president and President Trump last month. I think the contracts have been signed and they should be ready for shipment anytime soon. “

Trump and Moon Jae-in spoke on the phone last month about the pandemic, and Trump had requested assistance procuring medical equipment from South Korea.

SolGent, the first South Korean coronavirus test kit manufacturer to register for stockpile procurement by FEMA, told CNN on Monday that the company had already shipped 150,000 new coronavirus test kits to the US last week. SolGent could not comment if these kits were included in the 600,000 Foreign Affairs Minister Kang referred to, and it is unclear how many of the 600,000 will be sent tomorrow.

11:21 a.m. ET, April 13, 2020

Gov. Cuomo says he talks to President Trump several times a week

From CNN’s Taylor Romine

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to the media and members of the National Guard on March 23, in New York City.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to the media and members of the National Guard on March 23, in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the coronavirus death toll has made him cry.

On Howard Stern's radio show this morning, Cuomo reiterated that President Trump has been accessible and quick to provide the state what it needs, adding that the President has also asked about the health of his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo.

He said of Trump: "He can be vicious in attacks. Again, he's a New Yorker, right? And he has felt the sharp end of the spear as a New Yorker, and he can attack," Cuomo said.

"The President has always makes a point of saying to me, 'how is Chris, is he doing okay,' and that's not in his usual character, you know. We are not chit-chatty when we are on the phone. But he always makes a point to say that about Chris and always remembers my mother," he said.

Cuomo said he talks to the President several times a week.

He was also asked about the conflicting messages on school closures between him and the New York City mayor Bill de Blasio – who has said he wants to keep schools closed until the end of the year – and reiterated that there is always a bit of tension between local and state government.

While he understands the position, Cuomo echoed his weekend comments that overall a uniform school closure policy is ideal. 

11:12 a.m. ET, April 13, 2020

Chicago mayor says city is working on a racial-equity rapid response team for coronavirus

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference in Chicago, Friday, April 10.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference in Chicago, Friday, April 10. Nam Y. Huh/AP

Black Americans are at a higher risk for coronavirus. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants to begin addressing this by collecting the data first.

“There was a recorder of the information being put out by providers where they essentially skipped filling in race, ethnicity and other demographic information that was important for us to really measure the full impact,” she said.

Providing that information is now mandatory.

A racial-equity rapid response team comes next, where health care providers, public health officials and community-based organizations go into hyperlocal communities to research.

Lightfoot also criticized the Trump administration for its efforts to “kill the Affordable Care Act,” saying that coronavirus claims those with underlying conditions so health care should be more accessible to people.

“If you want to help this community, what you do is you expand access to affordable high-quality health care. You don’t try to kill it.”

11:11 a.m. ET, April 13, 2020

Trump has been "fretting about Fauci for a while," source says  

From CNN's Jim Acosta

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Drew A

A source close to the White House tells CNN that President Trump has been calling allies and associates all weekend, complaining about recent media reports about his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump thinks "everybody is trying make themselves look good," the source said. In particular, Trump has been fixated on two government officials at the center of the response: Dr. Anthony Fauci and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.  

"He's been fretting about Fauci for a while," the source said of Trump's focus on the popular public health expert. The source summed up Trump's comments about the doctor as, "Why isn't Fauci saying nice things about me?"

Trump is clearly trying to make Fauci uncomfortable, a tactic he uses with many of his top officials, the official said. Part of the problem, the source said, is that some in the president's circle have been criticizing Fauci, paining the doctor as somehow aligned with the Clintons.  

Trump surrogates have been spreading negative stories about Fauci in recent days, attempting to portray the doctor as party responsible for the government's response to the virus, to deflect criticism from the president. White House officials have insisted Trump has confidence in Fauci. Last Friday, Trump defended his medical experts at the coronavirus task force press conference. But he stopped short of telling his allies to cease their political attacks on Fauci and the other top doctor on the task force, Deborah Birx. 

The source went on to say that Trump is quickly losing patience with Azar, who has been the subject of speculation for weeks that the cabinet member may be on thin ice with the White House. Trump believes Azar's aides were partly behind a scathing New York Times piece on Trump's response to the virus, the source said. This source added Trump is particularly frustrated with the criticism that he could have acted sooner.

10:21 a.m. ET, April 13, 2020

At least 22,116 people have died from coronavirus in the US

From CNN's Amanda Watts

According to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the United States, there are at least 557,663 cases of coronavirus in the US.

At least 22,116 people have died in the US from coronavirus.  

The totals includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories, as well as all repatriated cases. Wyoming is the only state or territory that is not reporting a death from coronavirus.'

So far on Monday, Johns Hopkins has reported 363 new cases and 37 reported deaths.   

10:20 a.m. ET, April 13, 2020

US Supreme Court will hear some cases by telephone

From CNN's Ariane de Vogue

Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Supreme announced today that it would hear a handful of cases — including two concerning President Trump’s bid to shield his financial documents from release — by telephone sometime time next month.

"In keeping with public health guidance in response to Covid-19, the justices and counsel will all participate remotely," the Court announced in a statement.

There will likely be a "live audio feed of these arguments to news media," the Court said.

The cases had originally been slated for oral arguments on March 31 but were delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The court’s move comes as lower federal courts are using audio and teleconference capabilities to conduct business.

10:12 a.m. ET, April 13, 2020

President of Mexico's Stock Exchange dies after testing positive for coronavirus

From CNN's Fidel Gutierrez in Mexico City and Claudia Dominguez in Atlanta

Jaime Ruiz Sacristan, center, speaks with Francisco del Valle Perochena, chairman of Elementia SA, during the opening bell ceremony at the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores in Mexico City, Mexico, July 23, 2015.
Jaime Ruiz Sacristan, center, speaks with Francisco del Valle Perochena, chairman of Elementia SA, during the opening bell ceremony at the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores in Mexico City, Mexico, July 23, 2015. Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg via Getty Images 

Mexico's Stock Exchange announced the death of its president Jaime Ruiz Sacristan on Sunday.

Sacristan had tested positive for coronavirus last month after traveling to Vail, Colorado.