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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5:56 a.m. ET, April 13, 2020

India’s Prime Minister to address nation on last day of nationwide lockdown

From CNN’s Vedika Sud in New Delhi

 

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 10am, local time, on April 14, according to a tweet from the PM’s office.

April 14 marks the last day of the three week nationwide lockdown that was implemented on March 25.

A man watches Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation on a mobile phone in Jabalpur, on March 19.
A man watches Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation on a mobile phone in Jabalpur, on March 19. Uma Shankar Mishra/AFP/Getty Images

Lockdown extended in some areas: Several states have already extended the lockdown, as numbers of coronavirus cases continue to rise across the country.

Maharashtra, Punjab and Odisha were all originally scheduled to come out of lockdown along with the rest of the country on Tuesday.

So far, there has been no announcement from Modi as to whether the nationwide lockdown will be extended.

Cases continue to rise: India recorded 796 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the nation's total to 9,152 confirmed cases as of Monday, according to the country's health ministry.

5:37 a.m. ET, April 13, 2020

Japan's Hokkaido declares state of emergency for second time

From Kaori Enjoji in Tokyo

Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki holds a press conference at his office on April 2.
Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki holds a press conference at his office on April 2. Kyodo News/Getty Images

The Japanese island of Hokkaido has issued a state of emergency over the novel coronavirus outbreak for the second time, as the prefecture reported a double-digit increase in infections for a fifth day Sunday.

Residents urged to stay indoors: Naomichi Suzuki, the Hokkaido governor, said a “second wave crisis” was hitting the region, urging residents to stay indoors unless essential. Suzuki indicated that Hokkaido had a number of positive cases of people who had traveled from other prefectures currently under a state of emergency.

The Hokkaido prefecture has also asked residents to avoid dining in restaurants to prevent face-to-face contact, while urging the national government to help mitigate the economic fallout, particularly to the tourism industry.

Sapporo -- the capital of Hokkaido, where schools resumed for the new academic year just last week -- will close from April 14 until May 4.

Since April 8, Hokkaido has reported more than 10 new cases of coronavirus every day. As of Sunday, the prefecture had reported a total of 267 confirmed cases.

Hokkaido first declared its own state of emergency in February, but lifted it on March 19.

Regions under state of emergency: Hokkaido joins the list of eight other Japanese prefectures under in a state of emergency, which include the country's capital, Tokyo, and Japan's second largest city, Osaka.

Japanese cases spike: The number of confirmed cases has spiked in recent days, after it appeared that Japan's initial response had brought the virus relatively under control. As of Monday, at least 7,967 cases have been reported across the country, including 712 cases linked to the Diamond Princess Cruise ship, according to Japan's health ministry.

4:52 a.m. ET, April 13, 2020

Italian police fined nearly 23,000 people for coronavirus violations in just two days

From Valentina DiDonato in Rome 

Mounted police patrol in Rome, Italy, on April 11.
Mounted police patrol in Rome, Italy, on April 11. Alberto Lingria/Xinhua/Getty Images

Italian police fined almost 23,000 people for breaking coronavirus containment rules on Friday and Saturday, the country’s Interior Ministry said today.

The ministry is expected to release the number of fines handed out on Easter Sunday later today.

Over Friday and Saturday, 22,956 people were fined, along with 397 businesses, according to the ministry.

During the Easter weekend, police forces tightened controls on most roads to prevent the movement of people and maintain compliance with the containment measures against the spread of coronavirus, the ministry added.

From the start of the national lockdown in Italy on March 11 to April 11, a total of 6,762,858 people have been checked to make sure they were complying with containment measures.

4:40 a.m. ET, April 13, 2020

Russia reports record one-day rise in coronavirus cases

From CNN's Nathan Hodge

A municipal worker disinfects a bridge near the Kremlin in Moscow on April 12.
A municipal worker disinfects a bridge near the Kremlin in Moscow on April 12. Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

Russia has seen a record daily rise in new coronavirus cases today, with the country's coronavirus headquarters reporting 2,558 confirmed infections in 24 hours.

The figure surpasses the number of confirmed coronavirus cases over the previous 24-hour period, when cases rose by 2,186.

In total, Russia has reported 18,328 confirmed cases of Covid-19. 

4:31 a.m. ET, April 13, 2020

It's just past 10:30 a.m. in Madrid and 2 p.m. in New Delhi. Here's the latest on the pandemic

Commuters wear face masks at Atocha train station in Madrid on April 13.
Commuters wear face masks at Atocha train station in Madrid on April 13. Bernat Armangue/AP

Here's what you need to know if you're just joining us:

  • Global cases top 1.8 million: At least 1,850,966 cases of the novel coronavirus and 114,290 deaths have been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. This doesn't represent the total number of active cases, but rather the number of infections since the pandemic began. 
  • Spain to begin loosening restrictions: Despite still reporting thousands of new infections every day, the Spanish government has announced it will begin rolling back some of its tough lockdown restrictions after the Easter holiday. The move is aimed at sectors like construction and manufacturing -- but non-essential retail outlets, bars and places of entertainment must remain closed. 
  • US worst-affected country by far: The United States has confirmed more than 557,000 cases, with New York City alone reporting over 104,000 infections. More than 22,000 people have died countrywide. Speaking on Sunday, the country's top medical expert on the pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told CNN that lives would have been saved if mitigation efforts had started earlier.
  • Infections climb in India: Nearly 700 new infections were recorded in 24 hours in India, according to health authorities, the day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's countrywide lockdown is due to expire. Tensions are still running high amid the epidemic -- one police officer's hand was severed in a sword attack in a confrontation over the lockdown.
  • More than 100 new infections in China: For the first time in at least a week, the Chinese government has announced a three-figure rise in new infections, recording 108 new confirmed cases on Sunday. All but 10 of the new cases were imported.
  • Japan cases rise as Abe comes under social media fire: Japan announced 530 new coronavirus infections today, bringing the country's total confirmed cases to just under 8,000. As his country battles the epidemic, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been accused of underplaying the crisis, after posting a video of himself being serenaded while drinking tea at home.
  • Tech tycoon to provide millions of masks: SoftBank Group CEO Masayoshi Son says he has reached a deal to supply 300 million face masks a month for Japan, his home country. Son announced the deal on Twitter over the weekend, saying that he had partnered with Chinese automaker BYD to dedicate a factory line exclusively for SoftBank.
4:35 a.m. ET, April 13, 2020

New Zealand Prime Minister says she's "very proud" of Boris Johnson nurse

From CNN's Simon Cullen in London

New Zeland's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during a coronavirus briefing on April 13, in Wellington, New Zealand.
New Zeland's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during a coronavirus briefing on April 13, in Wellington, New Zealand. Mark Mitchelll-Pool/Getty Images

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she has sent a Facebook message to Jenny McGee, one of the two nurses singled out by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for their care while he was in hospital.

But Arden says she hasn’t yet had a response to her Facebook message.

"Nor would I expect to hear back from her necessarily at all. She’s obviously on the front line and I imagine will be very focused on her job," Arden told reporters today.

Arden said "nurse Jenny" is just one of the "many, many Kiwis" who work in health care around the world.

"They show the same commitment, same care, same work ethic that they do here, and we are all very proud of them -- especially you, nurse Jenny."

Parents "exceptionally proud": Speaking to TV New Zealand, Caroline and Mike McGee said that they were "exceptionally" proud of their daughter, saying that they found her commitment to her job "incredible."

“But she has told us these things over the years and it doesn’t matter what patient she’s looking after, this is what she does," Caroline McGee said.

4:08 a.m. ET, April 13, 2020

Tokyo airport provides cardboard beds for travelers awaiting coronavirus tests

From CNN’s Emiko Jozuka in Tokyo and Brad Lendon and Miki Lendon in Hong Kong

An area of the arrival hall at Tokyo's Narita airport has been transformed into a cardboard box zone for international travelers who can't find a space in a nearby government-mandated hotel as they await their coronavirus test results.

The makeshift waiting area with dozens of cardboard bed boxes is for those whose friends and relatives can't pick them up immediately in a private car. Staff wearing protective gear provide snacks and water as travelers kill time.

In Japan, sturdy cardboard box beds are normally used during disasters. But the use of this space in Narita airport has drawn criticism on Japanese social media, with users commenting that the area could promote the spread of coronavirus rather than contain it.

"They don't do much testing in Japan, but many returnees from overseas are infected," tweeted Misachasu, who also wrote a post on the experience of his Vietnamese friend who spent a night in the cardboard box zone. "We consider this space a high risk of infection."

Japan has enacted a ban on travelers from over 70 countries and regions, with no scheduled end date. 

3:59 a.m. ET, April 13, 2020

A New York real estate mogul and friend of President Trump has died of coronavirus

From CNN Business's Clare Duffy and Sarah Jorgensen

Stanley Chera, the prominent New York City real estate developer and Republican donor who co-founded Crown Acquisitions, has died of complications related to the novel coronavirus, a source close to Chera confirmed to CNN Sunday. He was in his late 70s.

The news was first reported by journalist Yashar Ali.

Chera's real estate career began when he started buying the retail buildings that held his family's chain of children's specialty stores, holdings that became Crown Acquisitions, according to the company's website. The company eventually divested from the retail stores to focus on real estate. Crown's holdings include several iconic New York City properties, such as The St. Regis New York and the Cartier Mansion.

Chera was also friends with President Donald Trump.

From 2016 to 2019, Chera donated a total of $402,800 to Donald J. Trump for President Inc. and Trump Victory, organizations dedicated to supporting Trump's presidency, according to Federal Election Commission records.

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3:44 a.m. ET, April 13, 2020

Thailand's most popular island goes into lockdown as coronavirus cases surge

From CNN's Karla Cripps

Kritchai Rojanapornsatit has lived in Phuket for most of his life.

Owner of a construction company, he's accustomed to the regular traffic jams on Thailand's most popular resort island, where large tour buses chug up and down its hilly roads as tourists weave around them on rented motorbikes, all heading for Phuket's many beaches, ports and attractions.

The scenes that greet him now, however, are like nothing he's ever witnessed in his 30 years of living here.

"There are no speed boats on the water, the streets and beaches are empty and there are very few tourists," he tells CNN Travel.

"I've never seen it like this -- not even after the tsunami in 2004."

That's because authorities have taken extraordinary lockdown measures to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Phuket, which has emerged as the country's coronavirus hotspot.

With 170 confirmed cases of Covid-19 as of April 10, this island of 400,000 or so residents has the highest infection rate per capita out of all of Thailand's 77 provinces.

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