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3:04 a.m. ET, May 1, 2020

Curbing new infections is the only viable strategy against coronavirus, say top German researchers

From CNN's Frederik Pleitgen in Berlin 

The only way to combat coronavirus is to bring down new infections and conduct contact tracing, Germany's four top medical research societies said in a rare joint statement.

Trying to achieve “herd immunity” is bound to fail, said the statement by the Leibniz Association, Helmholtz Association, the Fraunhofer Society, and the Max Planck Society.

The statement said scientists from all four societies pooled their analysis of data and came up with a common recommendation.

“Achieving herd immunity would take several years if the health system is not to be overwhelmed,” the paper says, adding that restrictions on public life would still be necessary in a herd immunity approach.

The researchers say a two-pronged approach is the most effective: “In the first phase, new infections are reduced until effective contact tracing becomes possible. In the second phase, there can be an adaptive strategy based on low numbers of infections.”

For Germany, the researchers warn that while the reproduction of the coronavirus has been slowed down, “the situation is not stable, even a small increase in the reproduction number would lead us back into a phase of exponential growth.”

The numbers: Germany has reported more than 163,000 coronavirus cases and at least 6,600 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

2:51 a.m. ET, May 1, 2020

Ryanair is cutting up to 3,000 jobs and says it'll take at least 2 years to recover from the pandemic

From CNN's Simon Cullen

Ryanair passenger planes parked at London Stansted Airport on April 15.
Ryanair passenger planes parked at London Stansted Airport on April 15. Credit: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Budget airline Ryanair has announced plans to cut up to 3,000 jobs as it tries to trim costs to deal with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

In a market update released on Friday, the company said it expects to operate less than 1% of its scheduled flights this quarter.

“Ryanair now expects the recovery of passenger demand and pricing (to 2019 levels) will take at least 2 years, until summer 2022 at the earliest,” it said.

The airline said it will shortly notify trade unions about a restructuring and job loss program to begin in July.

“These plans will be subject to consultation but will affect all Ryanair Airlines, and may result in the loss of up to 3,000 mainly pilot and cabin crew jobs, unpaid leave, and pay cuts of up to 20%, and the closure of a number of aircraft bases across Europe until traffic recovers,” it said.

Ryanair argued it was disadvantaged by state aid packages that favored national carriers.

The company said this will allow some airlines to offer significantly lower prices -- including below cost selling in some cases.

2:38 a.m. ET, May 1, 2020

The US Navy has now tested all crew members on 2 virus-stricken ships

From CNN's Ryan Browne

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, docked at Naval Base Guam in Apra Harbor on April 27.
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, docked at Naval Base Guam in Apra Harbor on April 27. Credit: Tony Azios/AFP via Getty Images

The US Navy has now tested 100% of the crews of the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the USS Kidd, two ships that were hit by an outbreak of the coronavirus while at sea 

On the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, where sailors continue to transition from quarantine and isolation, there are currently 1,102 active cases.

Some 53 sailors have recovered after completing at least 14 days in isolation and two successful negative tests.

Three sailors are being treated in US Naval Hospital Guam for Covid-19 symptoms. None of those sailors are in the ICU.

On the USS Kidd destroyer, there are 78 active cases, according to the Navy.

Crew members will complete at least 14 days in quarantine or isolation and must have two negative tests before returning to the ship. None of the crew from this ship are hospitalized.

Earlier this week, the Navy announced it is launching a broader inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, effectively delaying its recommendation that the ship's commanding officer be reinstated.

The announcement came after US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper previously declined to immediately endorse the Navy's original investigation into the issue, which included a recommendation to reinstate Capt. Brett Crozier.

2:30 a.m. ET, May 1, 2020

It's just past 7:30 a.m. in London and 2:30 p.m. in Beijing. Here's the latest on the pandemic

Visitors wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus walk through the Forbidden City in Beijing, May 1.
Visitors wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus walk through the Forbidden City in Beijing, May 1. Mark Schiefelbein/AP

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 3.2 million people and killed at least 233,000 worldwide. If you're just joining us now, here are the latest developments.

  • Countries are reopening: India is lifting its massive nationwide lockdown on 1.3 billion people on Sunday. Australia is meeting next week to discuss easing its lockdown. China is reopening sightseeing spots like the Forbidden City, albeit with new restrictions. And in the US, more than half of all states will be partially reopened by the end of the week, despite health experts warning it could raise the risk of a second wave.
  • USFK recoveries: 17 members of the United States Forces Korea have recovered and tested negative for the coronavirus, said the USFK in a news release. The USFK saw case numbers spike during South Korea's outbreak peak in February.
  • Qatar spikes: The Middle Eastern country is seeing a rise in cases within its foreign worker community. Qatar has reported more than 13,400 total infections.
  • Ecuador testing: Authorities in Guayaquil, a virus hot spot in the country, are going door-to-door to distribute test kits, food supplies and sanitation kits.
  • Boeing funding: The troubled US aircraft maker, which has been hit hard by the virus, said it is raising $25 billion through a bond offering -- meaning it won't need a federal bailout.
2:17 a.m. ET, May 1, 2020

Over 2,100 Indians want to be evacuated from the US. But until India's lockdown lifts, they're stranded

From CNN's Vedika Sud

Sureshbabu Muthupandi, a green card holder who has lived in the United States for more than 24 years, refuses to let his family in south India perform his mother's final rites without him.

Her body has been embalmed for 30 days. But Muthupandi is stuck in the US, unable to fly home.

The Indian government suspended all inbound international passenger flights after March 22. Three days later, domestic carriers were grounded. The country remains in lockdown until May 3.

Sureshbabu Muthupandi lost his mother on April 1, 2020.
Sureshbabu Muthupandi lost his mother on April 1, 2020. Credit: CNN Handouts

Stranded Indians rally together: On April 7, 600 Indians formed a Facebook group called "USA TO INDIA EVACUATION FLIGHTS".

On April 15, the group handed a petition to the Indian embassy in the US, asking for it to evacuate them to India.

The group now has more than 2,100 members. It consists of senior citizens, pregnant women, travelers who have overstayed their tourist visas, students, and workers who have been furloughed and made jobless -- including Indians who have lost their H1B work visas, for workers in specialty occupations.

Their hopes are pinned on the end of lockdown. The lockdown is set to lift on Sunday, May 3, but it is unclear whether the government will resume international passenger flights on that date.

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2:00 a.m. ET, May 1, 2020

How did Australia flatten its coronavirus curve?

From CNN's Nectar Gan

When it comes to the coronavirus, South Australia ought to now be considered among the safest places in the world.

That was the message from one of the country's leading public health officials this week, as much of Australia began the slow process of easing restrictions.

That many Australians now find themselves in such an enviable position would have been unthinkable only a month ago, during which nationwide daily infection rates reached into triple figures. But on Friday, the entire country reported just 16 new cases, a sharp decline from a peak of 460 new infections on March 28.

In some states, the curve has completely flattened: Queensland hasn't reported any new cases since Monday, and South Australia has seen no new infections for more than a week.

"No more cases in South Australia. This is a landmark for us," South Australia Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said with a big smile during a news briefing on Wednesday.

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1:58 a.m. ET, May 1, 2020

Australia's government will meet next Friday to consider easing lockdown restrictions

From CNN's Anna Kam in Hong Kong

Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a news conference on May 1 in Canberra, Australia.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a news conference on May 1 in Canberra, Australia. Rohan Thomson/Getty Images

Australia will consider easing lockdown restrictions earlier than planned, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a news conference today.

Morrison said the National Cabinet will meet next Friday to discuss the matter.

“Australians have earned an early mark,” Morrison said. “We need to restart our economy, we need to restart our society."

He added that there are currently around 1,000 active coronavirus cases nationwide.

Australia has reported 6,766 cases and 93 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. These reflect the total number of infections since the start of the outbreak, not the number of active cases.

This post was updated to reflect when the government will consider lifting restrictions.

1:26 a.m. ET, May 1, 2020

Today marks 100 days of CNN’s continuous live coverage of the pandemic

A CDC illustration of the novel coronavirus.
A CDC illustration of the novel coronavirus. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The novel coronavirus emerged in mainland China in mid-December, and the Chinese government alerted the World Health Organization by December 31.

CNN published its first story about the virus on January 6.

The virus quickly spread to other Asian countries, and CNN began its live, 24-hour coverage of the pandemic on January 22 -- one day before the Chinese city of Wuhan, ground zero for the outbreak, went into lockdown.

We haven't stopped since; today marks the 100th day of CNN's continuous live coronavirus coverage.

  • Look through our timeline of the defining moments of the pandemic here.
  • Got questions? Not sure if something is myth or fact? We answer them here.
  • These are the 10 key symptoms to look out for.
  • Take a look through our gallery of the global pandemic, from the beginning until now.
1:15 a.m. ET, May 1, 2020

Boeing is raising $25 billion and says it doesn't need a federal bailout

From CNN's Chris Isidore

Boeing won't be needing a federal bailout after all.

The troubled aircraft maker said Thursday that it is raising $25 billion through a bond offering -- a massive financial boost that Boeing says will keep it from having to tap into the CARES Act.

US lawmakers passed the $2 trillion coronavirus economic rescue package in March, which included provisions to help airlines and other businesses that have been hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. Boeing is eligible for government loans through the act.

"We're pleased with the response to our bond offering today, which is one of several steps we're taking to keep liquidity flowing through our business and the 17,000 companies in our industry's supply chain," Boeing said in a statement.

The company said it also doesn't believe it will need to raise more money in the capital markets after the bond issues, which carry maturities ranging from three to 40 years.

Hard hit by the virus: Boeing on Wednesday posted a $1.7 billion operating loss and announced it would eliminate 16,000 jobs through voluntary and involuntary layoffs. The company has been hurt by the collapse in demand for air travel as the coronavirus wreaks havoc worldwide.

The lack of demand has prompted airlines to cancel or delay orders for new planes from Boeing and its European rival, Airbus.

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