April 25 coronavirus news

By Julia Hollingsworth, Brett McKeehan, Tara John, Fernando Alfonso III and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 9:00 p.m. ET, April 25, 2020
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9:47 p.m. ET, April 24, 2020

UK will host a global summit to support the development of a Covid-19 vaccine

From CNN's Nada Bashir

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in London on April 23.
Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in London on April 23. Frank Augstein/Pool/AP

The United Kingdom will host a summit on June 4 to encourage the international community to “come together” to support the development of a Covid-19 vaccine, Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced Friday.  

“Diseases have no borders, so we must come together to make sure that Gavi [The Vaccine Alliance] is fully funded and its expertise is at the heart of efforts to secure broad access to any COVID-19 vaccine,” Raab tweeted. 

Gavi is an international organization that aims to bring the public and private sectors together to improve access to vaccines.

In a later tweet, the British foreign secretary added that the UK will also co-host the Coronavirus Global Response Summit on May 4 alongside its international partners, including the European Union, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Norway and South Africa. 

“The UK is playing a leading role in efforts to develop a COVID vaccine and better testing. We’re pleased to co-host the Coronavirus Global Response Summit on 4 May with our partners…to develop a vaccine together,” he added. 
9:14 p.m. ET, April 24, 2020

It's 9 a.m. in Hong Kong and 9 p.m. in New York City. Here's the latest on the coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 195,000 people worldwide. If you're just joining us, here is the latest on the outbreak:

  • Italy's medical workers: At least 150 doctors have died in Italy after contracting coronavirus -- and health care professionals account for about 10% of all infections, according to the Italian Association of Doctors.
  • Global hunt for vaccine: The United Kingdom will host a summit on June 4 to encourage the international community to “come together” to support the development of a Covid-19 vaccine. The World Health Organization has announced the launch of a new effort to accelerate the development of vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Domestic violence: London police have arrested more than 4,000 people for domestic abuse since the restrictions imposed to stop the spread of coronavirus were introduced.
  • Drone delivery: The UK government has green-lit trials for drone delivery of medicines and medical equipment.
  • US sending ventilators: The United States will send ventilators to Ecuador, El Salvador and Indonesia, President Donald Trump tweeted Friday, announcing he spoke with the countries' leaders.
9:14 p.m. ET, April 24, 2020

At least 150 Italian doctors have died from coronavirus

From CNN's Valentina Di Donato and Livia Borghese in Rome

At least 150 doctors have died in Italy after contracting coronavirus, the Italian Association of Doctors said on Friday.

Health care professionals account for about 10% of all infections, the organization said.

A separate Italian health care group, ANAAO, criticized a decree aimed at strengthening the health system, saying it's not good enough.

ANAAO called the measures set out in the Cura Italia decree — which is worth 25 billion euros ($27 billion) and was approved by the government on Friday — "completely disappointing."

"The additional funding provided is not enough to guarantee the remuneration of all the overtime fielded between February and March with generosity and a spirit of sacrifice by the health workers to face the tsunami of patients who poured into hospitals, hitting the health care system that has been under financed for decades," a statement from the organization said.