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10:51 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

The creator of an influential coronavirus model says the US can stop transmission this summer

From CNN Health’s Arman Azad

The creator of an influential coronavirus model, Dr. Christopher Murray, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday that the country can essentially stop coronavirus transmission this summer.

“The one thing we absolutely know for sure is that social distancing measures work,” said Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. “It leads to a situation where every case is infecting less than one other case, and that means if you keep the course, you’ll get transmission essentially down to zero.”

Murray said that’s happening in Italy and China and there’s “no reason it wouldn’t work here.”

Murray’s model, which is often cited by the White House, assumes that social distancing will continue through May. But experts have pushed back on the model’s assumption that states can prevent any resurgence of the virus once those measures are lifted. 

Watch his interview below:

10:30 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

China identified 89 new cases of novel coronavirus on Monday

From CNN's Isaac Yee in Hong Kong

Heavy traffic is seen on a main road in Wuhan, Hubei province, China on April 13.
Heavy traffic is seen on a main road in Wuhan, Hubei province, China on April 13. Getty Images

Public health authorities in China recorded 89 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, the country's National Health Commission reported.

The new cases raise the mainland China total to 82,249. The death toll remains at 3,341. A total of 77,738 people have been discharged from hospital, authorities said.

All but three of the new cases recorded Monday were imported from other countries, according to the NHC.

10:16 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

Michigan extends coronavirus-related business closures through April 30

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Michigan on April 13.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Michigan on April 13. Michigan Office of the Governor/AP

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed several executive orders Monday, ordering several types of businesses to remain closed to the public for the time being.

The orders will impact restaurants -- which are limited to carry-out and delivery orders only -- bars, gyms, theaters, casinos and other places of "public accommodation," and will remain in place until April 30.

"By extending these Executive Orders, we ensure that our state continues to do all it can to suppress the spread of COVID-19 by limiting in-person interactions and services as much as possible right now, while also ensuring that vital goods and supplies get to the people who need them most as quickly and safely as possible," Whitmer said in a statement.

Whitmer's office also announced an executive order tasking the Michigan Liquor Control Commission with initiating a spirits buy-back program, in the hopes it would offer financial relief to bars and restaurants.

“Michigan’s 8,500 on-premises liquor licensees continue to make unprecedented sacrifices to help slow the spread of COVID-19 across our state,” she said. “This buy-back program will help our bars and restaurants critical to Michigan’s economy weather the storm through this challenging time in our history.”

10:03 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

New York's Fire Department reports no new Covid-19 cases for first time during outbreak

From CNN's Mark Morales

A fire truck is seen as firefighters and New Yorkers cheered for healthcare workers in New York City on April 12.
A fire truck is seen as firefighters and New Yorkers cheered for healthcare workers in New York City on April 12. Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The New York Fire Department has reported no new cases of Covid-19 today -- the first time that's happened since the pandemic hit the city, according to spokesman Jim Long.

New York City has been one of the hardest-hit places in the United States. More than 100,000 people have been infected there, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, and at least 7,349 people have died.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said during an interview with television station NY1 that about 650 members of the department have Covid-19 right now. That number doesn't include people that have gone back to work who previously tested positive for the virus. 

“Some of our members have been sick with the virus themselves and got well and have come back to work to serve the city, serve the people of the city. I’m really incredibly proud of them,” Nigro said.
“More people right now have gone back to work each day than go out sick."
9:46 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

South Korea is holding an election during the coronavirus crisis

From CNN's Julia Hollingsworth and Yoonjung Seo

It's just after lunchtime at a central Seoul market and a crowd in hot pink jackets is gathering.

Pink is the color of the country's main opposition party, the conservative United Future Party, and this crowd of supporters is staging a legal campaign rally ahead of Wednesday's election of 300 members of the National Assembly.

Large public gatherings are a jarring sight during a pandemic.

But South Korea has never postponed an election -- and the coronavirus is not stopping this one.

Like many democracies around the world, South Korea has been faced with a predicament: how to hold an election during a pandemic without spreading the virus.

At least 47 countries have postponed elections due to the coronavirus outbreak, including Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, France and Ethiopia. Others, like the United States and New Zealand, are still deciding whether to proceed with their scheduled votes.

Read more about the challenges of holding an election during a global pandemic here:

9:28 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

There are at least 581,679 coronavirus cases in the United States

From CNN's Keith Allen

At least 581,679 patients have been infected by the coronavirus in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of Covid-19 cases.

The death toll in the country stands at 23,604, Johns Hopkins reported.

A total of 24,379 new cases and 1,525 deaths have been reported on Monday.

The numbers includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, US territories and repatriated cases from abroad.

CNN is tracking US cases here:

9:08 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

Malaysia's health ministry says it will run out of personal protective equipment in 2 weeks without donations

From Eric Cheung in Hong Kong

Volunteers construct Personal Protective Equipment to help stop the spread of the coronavirus being made at the International Islamic University Malaysia in Gombak, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on April 10.
Volunteers construct Personal Protective Equipment to help stop the spread of the coronavirus being made at the International Islamic University Malaysia in Gombak, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on April 10. Vincent Thian/AP

Malaysia will run out of personal protective equipment for frontline medical workers in two weeks unless it can purchase more or receives donations, said Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, the director-general of the country's health ministry.

Abdullah said that the country is using two to 10 times more PPE than usual and asked that nongovernmental organizations donate equipment, according to the country's state-run Bernama News Agency. He said the country has enough ventilators.

“What is important is that we have to continue to procure the PPE. So far, we have enough to last for at least another two weeks,” he said.

8:47 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

Singapore reports 386 new coronavirus cases

From Eric Cheung in Hong Kong

People walk past closed shops in the Chinatown district of Singapore on April 13.
People walk past closed shops in the Chinatown district of Singapore on April 13. Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

Singapore reported 386 new cases of novel coronavirus on Monday.

It's the largest single-day increase since the outbreak began in the country, according to the Ministry of Health.

This brings the country's total to 2,918, with all the new cases identified as locally transmitted cases, the ministry said.

Among the new cases, 280 have been linked to known clusters, of which the vast majority are foreign workers residing in dormitories. Twelve others are linked to existing cases, while 94 are pending contact tracing.

Meanwhile, a 65-year-old man died of complications resulting from coronavirus on Monday, bringing the national death toll to nine.

9:22 p.m. ET, April 13, 2020

Trump claims "total" authority after governors band together to determine opening of economy

From CNN's Kevin Liptak and Jason Hoffman

President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing of the White House Coronavirus Task Force at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on April 13 in Washington.
President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing of the White House Coronavirus Task Force at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on April 13 in Washington. Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Donald Trump lashed out at criticism of his handling of the coronavirus crisis during a grievance-fueled appearance from the White House.

The appearance only affirmed the impression that some of Trump's chief concerns amid the global public health disaster are how his performance is viewed in the media and whether he's being fairly judged.

He clearly did not believe that was the case Monday. He stepped to the podium armed with a video meant to frame his response in a positive light after his initial handling of the crisis has come under increasing scrutiny.

After it aired, Trump grew increasingly irate as reporters probed the time line of his response, claiming the criticism wasn't fair and that he'd handled the outbreak effectively.

"Everything we did was right," Trump insisted after an extended tirade against negative coverage.

Pressed later about his authority to reopen parts of the country, Trump delivered an eyebrow-raising statement asserting absolute control over the country.

"When somebody is president of the United States, your authority is total," he said.

He later added he would issue reports backing up his claim, which legal experts say isn't supported by the Constitution.

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