April 13 coronavirus news

By Ben Westcott, Amy Woodyatt, Adam Renton, Meg Wagner and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 9:11 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020
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2:32 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

France extends coronavirus emergency measures until May 11

From CNN's Lindsay Isaac, Nada Bashir and Martin Goillandeau

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Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images

 

French President Emmanuel Macron has extended coronavirus emergency measures for another month.

In a live address to the nation, Macron said the strict measures will remain in place and the borders will be closed until May 11. 

“Clearly, we were not ready [for coronavirus] but we have stood up to it,” he said. 

Macron continued: “The epidemic is not yet mastered, we must continue our efforts and continue to apply the rules. The more that these rules are respected, the more lives we will be able to save.”

Schools will start to reopen “progressively” beginning May 11, he said.

“In the four weeks to come, the rules which the government has implemented should continue to be respected," Macron said.

2:24 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

New Jersey governor: "This is the fight of our lives"

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Chris Pedota/The Record/AP

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday while positive tests have flattened, they are still "not yet there" in the fight against coronavirus.

Murphy, who called into a joint news conference with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, went on to say the decision to reopen the state should be "based on the facts, the data, the science."

The timing, however, has to be right, he added.

"You could have inadvertent unintended consequences, which could be grave," Murphy said.

He added: "This is the fight of our lives. Let there be no doubt about it, and we're not out of the woods yet, and reopening ourselves back up will be equally as challenging, beyond the shadow of a doubt."

2:24 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

New York governor: "We should start looking forward to reopening"

State of NY
State of NY

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is looking at a plan to reopen after the coronavirus shutdown that is in coordination with other surrounding states.

"We've been talking today about the fact that New York believes we have reached a plateau," he said at a news conference. "We should start looking forward to reopening, quote unquote, but reopening with a plan and a smart plan."

He added: "If you do it wrong, it can backfire."

Cuomo said New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Rhode Island will appoint a public health official and an economic adviser to a working group that will design the reopening plan.

1:55 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

Trump has no intention of firing Fauci, White House says 

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump has no intention of firing Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Monday.

The statement comes after Trump fueled speculation about Fauci's future on Sunday, retweeting a conservative who called for the expert to be fired after he said in a CNN interview more could have been done to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Trump has disputed that his administration was slow to respond, despite increased scrutiny of his initial handling of the crisis as it's been revealed that administration and health officials were sounding alarms for weeks before the President took decisive actions such as calling for social distancing measures.

1:47 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

Blood filtration systems receive emergency FDA authorization to treat coronavirus patients

From CNN's Arman Azad

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Jane Barlow - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The US Food and Drug Administration has issued emergency use authorizations for two blood purification devices that may help treat coronavirus patients.

The devices perform “extracorporeal blood purification” –��� essentially taking blood from a patient’s body, removing harmful inflammatory substances and then returning it.

Elevated levels of these substances – called cytokines – may cause problems with the immune system, according to the FDA.

“The proteins that are removed are typically elevated during infections and can be associated with a ‘cytokine storm’ that occurs in some COVID-19 patients, leading to severe inflammation, rapidly progressive shock, respiratory failure, organ failure and death,” the FDA said in a statement Friday.

Use of the devices is limited to patients 18 years or older, with confirmed Covid-19, who have been admitted to the intensive care unit with confirmed or imminent respiratory failure.

But the devices comes with risks: Among other side effects, the FDA says that heart problems, blood loss, infection and allergic reactions are all possible.

Still, in letters authorizing the devices, the FDA said they may help some patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

The known and potential benefits of the systems, according to the FDA’s authorization letters, outweighed the known and potential risks.

One of the systems green-lit by the agency is made by CytoSorbents, and the other is from Terumo BCT and Marker Therapeutics AG.

How helpful the devices might be, though, remains unclear, and there is currently no FDA-approved treatment for COVID-19.

1:44 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

189 UN staffers test positive worldwide

From CNN's Richard Roth

A view from inside the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations headquarters in New York
A view from inside the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations headquarters in New York Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Three United Nations staffers have died of coronavirus-related complications globally, and 189 staffers have tested positive for the virus as of Sunday evening, according to the deputy spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary General, Farhan Haq.

As the pandemic impacts those within the UN, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said at a virtual briefing to member states last week that an unprecedented sense of urgency drives the UN's response to this outbreak.

"In the end, it comes down to this: if Covid-19 remains active somewhere, we cannot be safe anywhere. And if we do not confront the pandemic and its consequences simultaneously, the virus will continue to run like wildfire, taking lives, affecting people and threatening social cohesion," Mohammed said.
1:40 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

Turkish president announces lockdown for next weekend

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Leon Neal/Getty Images

Turkey will have another lockdown next weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech on Monday after a meeting with his cabinet. 

The lockdown from April 17 to April 19 will apply to the same 31 provinces that were on curfew last weekend, Erdogan said. The lockdown order applies to more than 63 million people across the 31 provinces including the large metropolitan areas of Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. 

The weekend lockdowns will continue as long as needed, Erdogan said. 

The last minute lockdown announcement by the interior ministry last weekend lead to throngs of people going out to stock up on essentials leading to chaotic scenes in breach of social distancing guidance. Turkey’s interior minister submitted his resignation over the events but Erdogan has not accepted the offer. 

About Turkey's coronavirus cases: The number of the cases in the country now stands at 61,049, according to the latest figures released by the Turkish health ministry. At least 1,296 people have died from the virus, the ministry said. 

Turkey has tested at least 410,556 people for coronavirus, according to the ministry. 

1:39 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

23 members of the NYPD have died from coronavirus, commissioner says

From CNN's Melanie Schuman

Three more members of the New York Police Department have died due to the novel coronavirus, according to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea. The force has now lost 23 members.

The three members who died:

  • Detective Jeffrey Scalf of the Gang Squad in the Bronx died Sunday
  • Detective Raymond Abear of the Queens Special Victims Unit died Sunday
  • Auxiliary Police Captain Mohamed Rahaman of the 115th died Saturday

“Devastated, we mourn with their loved ones as we vow to #neverforget our fallen," the tweet said, along with an updated NPYD video which contains their photographs.

Read the tweet:

1:18 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

UK should brace for increase in coronavirus deaths this week, official says

From CNN's Nada Bashir and Lindsay Isaac in London

The UK’s chief scientific adviser has said Britain will likely see an increase in Covid-19 deaths this week.

“I think this week is difficult. I think this week we are going to see a further increase,” Sir Patrick Vallance said during a daily government press briefing. 

“If you look at the effect on number of cases in the community, you would expect the measures in place to cause quite a sharp decrease. Unfortunately, with the deaths, there is not only a delay, but we would expect there to be a much more gradual decrease from the peak," he added.

The trajectory of the virus is expected to plateau once it peaks and that could last for “two or three weeks” before a slow decrease in deaths, Vallance explained.