April 14 coronavirus news

By Joshua Berlinger, Adam Renton, Rob Picheta and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 9:38 p.m. ET, April 14, 2020
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12:30 p.m. ET, April 14, 2020

Denmark will speed up lifting coronavirus measures

From Susanne Gargiulo in Denmark

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen addresses a press conference about the novel coronavirus in Copenhagen, Denmark, on April 6.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen addresses a press conference about the novel coronavirus in Copenhagen, Denmark, on April 6. Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Getty Images

Denmark will speed up lifting Covid-19 restrictions after the latest numbers of new cases proved lower than expected, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said today.

Speaking at a press conference, Frederiksen said because the numbers of admissions is “better than expected,” they will expand the so-called phase 1 of re-opening, that starts tomorrow, with the partial reopening of schools for younger students.

Denmark has said before it plans to send children back to school and kindergarten from April 15 if coronaviruses cases remain stable.

It is not yet clear what other restrictions will be eased. Prime Minister said she will discuss this with other government leaders this evening. 

Denmark is one of the few western countries that is gradually easing the restrictions. Read more on how they are doing it here.  

12:23 p.m. ET, April 14, 2020

Anyone entering Canada without "credible" quarantine plan must isolate in a hotel, prime minister says

From CNN’s Paula Newton

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a news conference in Ottawa on March 7, 2019.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a news conference in Ottawa on March 7, 2019. Dave Chan/Getty Images

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that anyone entering Canada without what authorities determined to be a "credible" quarantine plan will be forced to quarantine in a hotel for at least two weeks. 

“If it is inadequate, they will [be] required to quarantine in a hotel. Examples of things that could be inadequate for example, if their plan is to go stay in a place where there are many elderly family members at risk of Covid-19 or whether they don’t have a set destination,” said Trudeau during his daily news conference in Ottawa.

The new enforcement of the Quarantine Act will take effect midnight Tuesday at all land, sea and air borders. Trudeau was not specific about how the new order will be enforced but earlier this month the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said its officers would help to enforce the Quarantine Act including carrying out in-person surveillance if and when necessary.

The US-Canada border remains closed: Trudeau also said the US-Canada border would remain closed for non-essential travel for weeks to come.

Travel was to be restricted across the border until at least April 19 but Trudeau said discussions were underway with the Trump administration to extend the border measures.

“In regards to the American border, we recognize that travel restrictions are going to remain extremely important in terms of containing the spread of Covid-19 in Canada and we’re going to continue to work with the Americans and people around the world to ensure that we continue with these restrictions,” Trudeau said.

The prime minister also refused to say when the country’s lockdown might end. He added that any reopening of the economy would be phased in and might be different in various parts of the country.

"The reality is it is going to be weeks still. We recognize that it is going to be important to get our economy going and that we are going to have to do it in phases,” Trudeau said.

12:19 p.m. ET, April 14, 2020

Gov. Cuomo says there's still not enough coronavirus testing available 

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the massive amount of testing needed to assess the coronavirus threat remains a major challenge. 

"The capacity does not exist," he said. 

Private-sector companies that perform testing can produce about 60,000 tests per month, Cuomo said, which is "not enough." 

Cuomo called for government and technology leaders to work together to put together a testing system within a matter of weeks.

"Figure out how to do testing. Figure out how to use technology to do tracing," he said.

However, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said earlier today that he is working with an Indiana company to get 50,000 testing kits per week.

12:07 p.m. ET, April 14, 2020

Gov. Cuomo: If Trump wants a fight, "he's not going to get it from me"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo addressed Trump's assertion that the President has "total authority" to decide when coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

"That is not an accurate statement in my opinion," Cuomo said today at a news conference.

Remember: The President does not have "total" authority over coronavirus restrictions. You can read CNN's full fact check here.

Cuomo said he refuses to engage in a fight with Trump, saying, "This is too important for anyone to play politics."

"If he wants a fight, he's not going to get it from me," Cuomo said.

Cuomo said that ver the past month he "worked very hard to be in partnership with the federal government." He said he plans to still plans to be in contact with Trump and federal officials.

"I have always had an open line of communication with him," he said of Trump. "I just want to my position clear: I am not going to fight with him."

Earlier today, Cuomo said he wouldn’t follow a possible order from Trump to ease coronavirus restrictions in the state if it put public health at risk.

Here's what he told CNN this morning:

“If he ordered me to reopen in a way that would endanger the public health of the people of my state, I wouldn't do it,” Cuomo said. “That would be the worst possible thing he could do at this moment would be to act dictatorial and to act in a partisan, divisive way.”

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12:05 p.m. ET, April 14, 2020

Shutdown is not sustainable for long, but reopening must be strategic, Gov. Cuomo says

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to the press at the Javits Center in New York City on March 24.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to the press at the Javits Center in New York City on March 24. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that while shuttered businesses and coronavirus restrictions are hampering the economy and way of life, such measures are necessary to prevent a flareup of new cases. 

"People need to get back to work. The state needs an economy. We cannot sustain this for a prolonged period of time. Everybody agrees," Cuomo said.

"But everybody will also say how you reopen is everything, because of the first point, which is we are now keeping down that rate of infection. And if you start acting differently, you will see a corresponding increase in that rate of infection," he said. 

Cuomo also responded to criticism that he is being "hyper-cautious." 

"Oh really? Go look at other countries that went through exactly this, started to reopen and then they saw the infection rate go back up again. So let's at least learn from past mistakes," he said.

11:52 a.m. ET, April 14, 2020

Gov. Cuomo: Regional coalition is needed because coronavirus "doesn't understand state boundaries"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he's working with governors from surrounding states on a plan to reopen the economy because "the virus doesn't understand state boundaries."

Cuomo yesterday announced that New York was working with six other northeastern states — New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island and Massachusetts — on protocols for eventually reopening businesses.

"The virus doesn't understand state boundaries" Cuomo said today. "It defies all of our norms."

"We're all connected," he added.

11:46 a.m. ET, April 14, 2020

Gov. Cuomo says coronavirus case growth outside of NYC is flat

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the growth of coronavirus cases outside of New York City is essentially flat. 

Hotspots in Long Island, Westchester County and Rockland County have been identified and tamped down by the state Department of Health using testing, isolation and tracing, according to Cuomo. 

"Proportionately, upstate is very, very low to everything else in the state," he added.

12:16 p.m. ET, April 14, 2020

At least 10,834 people have died in New York from coronavirus

Medical personnel transport the body of a deceased patient from a refrigerated truck at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, on April 8.
Medical personnel transport the body of a deceased patient from a refrigerated truck at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, on April 8. Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

Another 778 people died across New York state from coronavirus yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

That's up from 671 on Sunday.

At least 10,834 people in New York have died from coronavirus since the pandemic began.

11:46 a.m. ET, April 14, 2020

New York governor: "We think we are at the apex"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the three-day average for coronavirus hospitalizations is down slightly, adding that officials believe the apex is here.

"We think we are at the apex, on the plateau," he said at a news conference.

However, while the rates are down, the volume of patients coming in daily is still high, Cuomo added.

"We still had 1,600 new people come in yesterday," he said. "The volume is still high."

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