This is CNBC’s live blog covering all the latest news on the coronavirus epidemic. All times below are in Eastern time. This blog will be updated throughout the day as news becomes available.
- Global cases: more than 1,709,000
- Deaths worldwide: at least 103,536 deaths
- Case in the United States: more than 501,600
- Deaths in the United States: at least 18,777
The above data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
9:51 a.m .: the number of deaths in the coronavirus hospital in England increases from 823 to 8,937
The death toll from coronaviruses in English hospitals has increased by 823 in the past 24 hours to a total of 8,937, health officials said on Saturday.
Those who died between the ages of 11 and 102 and 33 had no known underlying medical conditions, said NHS England. –Reuters
9:39 am: Easter and Passover celebrated in an “upside-down world” as churches and synagogues close due to the coronavirus pandemic
Cathedral of St. John the Divine as shown on April 7, 2020 in New York.
BRYAN R. SMITH
St. John the Divine is one of the many Christian and Jewish places of worship closed this week as congregations celebrate the Easter and Passover holidays online, amid on-site refuge orders and distancing measures social media designed to prevent the coronavirus epidemic from spreading further, particularly in New York City, which has been hit hard. There are 94,409 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the city, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, accounting for almost 20% of the total cases nationwide, or 501,615.
The Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, affiliated with the Union for Reformed Judaism, broadcasts Shabbat services to worshipers in the security of their homes through a live stream. Chief Rabbi Serge Lippe organized a Passover Seder with dozens of participants by videoconference on the Zoom platform. While Lippe, 55, was grateful to be involved with his community, he compared the experience to scuba diving due to jet lag and hearing limitations.
“The Passover has been diminished and limited,” said Lippe. “It is a holiday which for the Jews speaks of freedom and liberation, but we do not feel particularly liberated or liberated this season.” –Spencer kimball
9:31 am: the number of deaths in Spain slows down before the release of the lock
Spain recorded its smallest one-day increase in coronavirus deaths since March 23, Saturday, as thousands of businesses prepared to reopen as national lockdown restrictions were relaxed .
An overnight death toll of 510 brought the total death toll to 16,353, the health ministry said in a statement. Confirmed infections increased to 161,852 from 157,022 a day earlier.
The slowdown is an encouraging sign for Spain, which recorded the third number of deaths from the virus after Italy and the United States.
In early April, the number of overnight deaths reached 950, overwhelming the national health service and forcing regional authorities to install temporary morgues in an ice rink and disused public buildings. –Reuters
9:16 a.m .: every 15 seconds: an epidemic overwhelms New York’s emergency system
View of a group of nurses moving to NYU Langone Hospital in Manhattan, New York City, USA during a coronavirus pandemic on April 10, 2020.
John Nacion | NurPhoto | Getty Images
The coronavirus crisis is straining New York’s 911 system like never before.
Operators take a new call every 15.5 seconds. Panicked voices speak of loved ones in poor health. There are a multitude of cardiac arrests and respiratory failure and others that call for reassurance that a simple sneeze is not a sign that they have been infected.
The system is so overwhelmed that the city has started sending out text and tweet alerts urging people to only call 911 “for life threatening emergencies”.
As the city faltered in its deadliest week of the pandemic, its emergency response system and its army of operators, dispatchers and paramedics are on the brink.
The fire department said it averaged more than 5,500 ambulance requests each day – about 40% more than usual, overshadowing the total volume of calls on September 11, 2001.
“When you hang up on a call, someone else comes in,” said Monique Brown, a 911 operator. “There’s no time for a minute of rest.”
“It’s consecutive, non-stop,” said dispatcher Virginia Creary. –Associated press
8:55 am: Boris Johnson makes “very good progress”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is making “very good progress” in his recovery from Covid-19, his office said.
Johnson was removed from intensive care after three nights Thursday and Downing Street said Friday that he had managed to start walking, although his recovery was at an early stage.
“The Prime Minister continues to make very good progress,” said a spokeswoman for Downing Street. —Reuters
8:39 a.m .: Why states compete and deny the federal government access to important medical supplies
As manufacturers struggle to keep up with the growing demand for masks, gloves and gowns for healthcare professionals, states compete – and the federal government – for supplies.
The situation has slowed the ability of states to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) in times of intense need, while increasing costs.
“Not everyone who tries to buy the same things is an effective way to do it,” said Casey Tingle, deputy director of the Governor of Louisiana’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. In past emergencies like Hurricane Katrina, the state worked closely with regional officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and relied on the agency to source supplies. But in an unprecedented situation that affects not only Louisiana, but the entire country, the road map is more murky.
“There is a real lack of clarity as to whether the federal government will be able to push its level at least towards our state,” said Tingle. –Lauren Feiner
8:32 a.m .: The S&P 500 rebounded by 25% in less than three weeks with an improved outlook on the epidemic
8:24 a.m .: The coronavirus ravages the Mardi Gras group in New Orleans
In a city ravaged by the coronavirus epidemic, members of the Zulu Krewe, one of the groups that sponsor Mardi Gras parades and balls, have paid a heavy price. Four of the fraternal organization’s members died from complications from the coronavirus, said Zulu President Elroy A. James. Two other people have also died since the start of the pandemic, but it is not known if their death was caused by the virus, he said.
Twenty others tested positive. Some are quarantined at home, some have been hospitalized and released, while others are still hospitalized, said James.
“Members call each day to check on each other:” How is this member? How is this family member? “”, Did he declare.
It also had a financial impact. Many Zulu members work in the hotel industry and are unemployed, said James, a widespread problem in a city whose economy is closely linked to restaurants, bars and nightclubs now largely closed due to the order of home stay throughout the state.
“Zulu is truly a microcosm of the city of New Orleans,” said Senator Troy Carter, a longtime Zulu member. “We are made up of all the social and economic backgrounds you can imagine. Our members come from all walks of life.” –Associated press
8:15 a.m .: India expands lockout nationwide
Devotees, wearing face masks against the spread of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, arrive to pray at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on March 13, 2020.
Narinder Nanu | AFP | Getty Images
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to extend the national lockout to combat the spread of the coronavirus, said Delhi’s Chief Minister of State, without specifying the length of the extension.
Earlier today, Modi held a videoconference with several ministers of state. The Prime Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, said that Modi had “made (a) the right decision to extend (the) lockdown”, without giving further details.
“If it was stopped now, all the gains would be lost. To consolidate, it is important (important) to extend it,” Kejriwal said on Twitter.
India’s 21-day lockout ends Tuesday, but several states have urged Modi to extend it, even as fears have increased that the closure has put millions of poor people out of work and forced an exodus of migrant workers from cities towards the villages. –Reuters
Read CNBC coverage by CNBC Asia-Pacific and Europe teams overnight here: Cases in the United States exceed 500,000, death toll in Spain falls for the third day in a row