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Updates from Sunday, April 12:
11:51 p.m. Amazon to wait-list grocery delivery customers due to demand: Amazon is putting new online grocery customers on a wait list starting Monday because of high demand for deliveries during the coronavirus outbreak, Reuters reported. Online shoppers recently have been unable to purchase groceries from Amazon because of a lack of delivery slots, the news agency said. Amazon said it will increase grocery delivery capacity and shorten shopping hours at some of its Whole Foods locations so that employees can focus on fulfilling online grocery orders.
11:30 p.m. Australia, New Zealand not relaxing clamp-downs: Australia and New Zealand will keep coronavirus restrictions in place despite a sharp slowing of new cases, The Associated Press reports. Australia enforced travel bans with helicopters and police checkpoints over Easter weekend; 33 new confirmed cases were reported there on Monday, the smallest increase in a month. “Now is the time to stay the course,” health Minister Greg Hunt told reporters. New Zealand reported only 15 new cases Monday, the 19th day of a nationwide lockdown. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a decision about whether to extend the state of emergency will be made next week.
11:05 China records most one-day infections in more than five weeks: Mainland China reported 108 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, up from 99 a day earlier and marking the highest number of daily infections in more than five weeks, amid continued rise in patients arriving from overseas, Reuters reported. The National Health Commission said Monday that the mainland reported 98 new imported cases, a record high and up from 97 a day earlier, and another 61 new asymptomatic patients. Confirmed cases reported by the government in mainland China now stands at 82,160, with deaths were up by two, to 3,341.
10:49 p.m. S.F.’s largest homeless shelter, site of COVID-19 outbreak, emptied: Everyone at the Multi-Service Center South in San Francisco, where a coronavirus outbreak occurred, has now been relocated, public health department spokesperson Rachael Kagan said in an email Sunday. Residents of the city’s largest homeless shelter have been moved to hotels to isolate or quarantine, or to shelter-in-place locations, Kagan said. Sixty-eight residents and two employees tested positive at the shelter on Wednesday. Once cleaned and prepared, Kagan said, the shelter will be used as a medical recovery center for homeless people who have the virus.
10:35 p.m. Coronavirus cases increase at state prison in Chino: There are now 38 confirmed cases of the coronavirus among inmates at the California Institute for Men in Chino (San Bernardino County), according to the California Department of Corrections’ website. That accounts for a majority of the 55 confirmed cases among inmates in the state prison system. Seventy-seven state prison employees have self-reported that they tested positive, including 21 at the California Institute for Men, the website says.
10:15 p.m. New ways of operating for palliative care workers: The coronavirus pandemic brings new challenges to palliative and hospice workers seeking compassionate ways to help patients living their final days in isolation. Most Bay Area hospitals during the pandemic are not allowing palliative care workers or visitors into hospital rooms except in end-of-life situations — when one family member is allowed — or for life-and-death decisions. The Chronicle’s Peter Fimrite reports on how palliative care workers are navigating the new world.
9:55 p.m. Two new cases in Sonoma County: Officials in Sonoma County reported two new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, bringing overall cases in the Bay Area to 4,993, and in California to 23,291. Statewide, 676 people have died from COVID-19, 139 of them in the Bay Area.
9:47 p.m. Santa Rita Jail inmate recovers from COVID-19: One inmate at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin who tested positive for the coronavirus has recovered, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department said Sunday. The jail now has 14 inmates with confirmed cases and two among its staff and contractors. There are 21 inmates in out-patient housing or isolated cells due to displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19, the sheriff’s department said on its website. Officials said 40 inmates tested negative for the virus and results for three are pending.
9:30 p.m. Some churches defy congregating rules on Easter: As worshippers nationwide marked Easter Sunday by complying with rules that kept them from congregating, some churches defied directives aimed at curbing spread of the coronavirus. At least two churches in Kansas held in-person services, including Calvary Baptist in Junction City, which drew 21 people to its 300-capacity church despite a gubernatorial limit of 10 people, the Kansas City Star reported. About 50 attended a service at Maryville Baptist in Kentucky, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported, and state troopers put notices on cars telling people to self-quarantine for 14 days. In Louisiana, the Rev. Tony Spell faces misdemeanor charges for holding services despite a state ban on gatherings. He said people from every state attended his in-person service Sunday at Life Tabernacle Church, the Associated Press said. About 250 people gathered in a Bradenton, Fla., church parking lot to hear an Easter sermon, but families stayed six feet apart, the AP reported.
9:00 p.m. Trump shares ‘Fire Fauci’ tweet: President Trump reposted a tweet from a supporter Sunday that stated it was “time to” fire Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and a key Trump advisor on the coronavirus. The original tweet read: “Fauci is now saying that had Trump listened to the medical experts earlier he could’ve saved more lives. Fauci was telling people on February 29th that there was nothing to worry about and it posed no threat to the US public at large. Time to #FireFauci…” It was posted by DeAnna Lorraine, who garnered 1.8% of the vote in her March primary bid to unseat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco. Trump shared her tweet and wrote: “Sorry Fake News, it’s all on tape. I banned China long before people spoke up.” A prominent voice at Trump’s media briefings, Fauci was asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday if “lives could have been saved” had mitigation efforts begun sooner. Fauci said: “It’s very difficult to go back and say that. … You could logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing, and you started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives. Obviously, no one is going to deny that. But what goes into those kinds of decisions is — is complicated.”
8:39 p.m. Grocery employees too scared to work: Grocery stores are among the most essential industries of the essential businesses remaining open under coronavirus stay-home rules. But the 3-million worker industry finds many store employees across the country staying home or quitting, struggling with increased workloads and fearful of contracting COVID-19, the Washington Post reports. That leaves many markets short-staffed and ill-prepared to deal with a demand that’s doubled, complicating efforts to fill hundreds of thousands of new jobs.
7:50 p.m. SF officials dispute ‘rumor’ of refusal of testing: An “unfounded internet rumor” claiming San Francisco officials refused coronavirus testing help from UC San Francisco is untrue, states a joint statement issued Sunday by Mayor London Breed’s office and UCSF. The city and UCSF are closely collaborating on coronavirus response, the statement said, and the public health department “welcomes UCSF’s offer of testing that was extended to all nine Bay Area county Public Health Departments. Unfortunately, there is an unfounded internet rumor being circulated,” to the effect that S.F.’s health department refused the offer, the statement said. “This is false. San Francisco’s current limitation for testing is not due to the availability of labs, including the UCSF lab, but due to testing supplies, such as swabs, which limit the number of tests that can be conducted, regardless of lab capacity,” it said. “And we are all working hard to obtain all of the supplies needed to fight this pandemic.”
7:19 p.m. FDA OKs process to decontaminate N95 respirators: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted an emergency use authorization to a process that it says could decontaminate about 4 million N95 or N95-equivalent respirators per day. The STERRAD Sterilization systems, made by Advanced Sterilization Products, are already present in about 6,300 hospitals nationwide, the FDA said in a release. Each of the 9,930 systems can reprocess about 480 respirators — key equipment for health care workers battling the coronavirus — per day, the FDA said.
7:09 p.m. Marin County reports new cases: Marin County reported 11 new cases of the coronavirus Sunday, bringing the county’s total to 164, which represents the positive tests from 2,081 people the county has tested. Twenty-eight have been hospitalized, county officials said. Officials plan a virtual town meeting Monday evening to discuss how the virus is affecting hospitals and preparations for a potential surge in cases.
6:57 p.m. New York City surpasses 100,000 cases: Officials reported Sunday that New York City eclipsed 100,000 cases of the coronavirus. The city has seen 104,410 total cases, according to its online tracker, with an estimated 27,676 people hospitalized and 6,182 deaths from the virus. Only five countries in the world have reported more than 100,000 cases of the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University data — the U.S., Spain, Italy, France and Germany.
6:51 p.m. Nicaragua a radical outlier in urging social mixing: Nicaragua is sparking concern among its Central American neighbors and international organizations because it’s encouraging the opposite of social distancing, with a laissez-faire approach to the deadly coronavirus, the Washington Post reports. As much of Latin America shuts down, Nicaragua has urged people to go to the beach, on holiday cruises and to Easter-season passion plays. Authorities haven’t closed borders, businesses or stadiums. The country has reported only nine cases of covid-19 and one fatality. But many residents are taking their own precautions.
6:40 p.m. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to announce draft picks from home: With the NFL draft proceeding this month in a virtual format, commissioner Roger Goodell will announce the first-round picks from his basement, Peter King of NBC Sports reported. The first round will take place April 23 with the draft running until April 25. The NFL previously told teams to conduct all draft operations remotely with team personnel separated in their own homes as a precaution against the coronavirus.
6:34 p.m. Alarming rise in nursing home cases nationwide: More than 3,300 deaths nationwide have been linked to coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, an alarming rise in just the past two weeks, according to the latest count by The Associated Press. The AP reported Sunday that its latest tally of 3,323 deaths is up from about 450 deaths just 10 days ago, a likely undercount because most state counts don’t include those who died without ever being tested for COVID-19. The Chronicle’s analysis finds at least 393 coronavirus cases and 20 deaths linked to Bay Area nursing homes.
6:20 p.m. Bay Area ICU patient numbers are dropping: The Bay Area has seen a drop in COVID-19 patients in intensive care units for four consecutive days, an analysis by the The Chronicle finds. Data reported Sunday by state public health officials shows ICUs in the nine Bay Area counties had 184 coronavirus patients as of Saturday, down from 212 on Tuesday, April 7, a 13.2% dip. The number of patients hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 declined as well, to 426 on Saturday from a peak of 471 on April 7, a 9.6% drop. Alameda and Contra Costa counties saw slight increases in COVID-19 hospitalizations while the numbers decreased in the other seven counties. Over the four days only Alameda and Solano counties saw their ICU patient numbers increase, by three and two patients, respectively, the state health department’s tracking shows.
5:40 p.m. Farms, dairies flail with market, distribution shifts: Some California dairies have resorted to dumping out their milk, unable to get it to customers as coronavirus school and restaurant closures and stay-home rules disrupt markets and distribution networks. Dairies are among the hardest hit, while food continues to be produced on the nation’s farmland, the pandemic’s lockdown of society has caused a seismic shift in what people are buying and eating. Distribution networks haven’t kept up, and crops are left to whither. The Chronicle’s Kurtis Alexander reports.
5:15 p.m. U.S. deaths top 22,000: Deaths from the coronavirus nationwide have surpassed 22,000, according to figures reported Sunday. The nation’s death toll stand at 22,020, and total cases have topped half a million, standing Sunday at 555,313. Bay Area confirmed coronavirus cases are nearing a cumulative 5,000, with 139 deaths recorded as of Sunday.
4:49 p.m. Remote Easter services boost ‘attendance’: On an unusual Easter Sunday for Bay Area churchgoers, nearly 1,900 remotely attended a Roman Catholic Mass streamed from San Francisco’s St. Ignatius Church. The landmark church’s in-person capacity is 1,500. Photos of parishoners were taped to pews where they’d usually sit in person. Grace Cathedral drew an estimated 5,000 remote viewers worldwide for its Easter Choral Eucharist, with a sermon delivered by Rev. Marc Andrus, bishop of California. The Chronicle’s Sam Whiting reports how the day of reverence unfolded in the time of coronavirus.
4:20 p.m. Undocumented who pay taxes are left out of stimulus: The $2.2 trillion package that Congress approved to offer financial help during the coronavirus pandemic has one major exclusion: millions of immigrants who do not have legal status in the U.S. but work here and pay taxes. The Associated Press explores the omission, which involves some 4.3 million mostly unauthorized immigrants who do not have a Social Security number but file their taxes using what’s known as a taxpayer identification number.
4:10 p.m. Experts warn of “Wild West” of unregulated tests: With blood tests holding potential keys to returning the nation to work and school, public health officials are warning that the current landscape is a “Wild West” of unregulated tests, the Associated Press reported Sunday. This situation is creating confusion that could ultimately slow the path to recovery. More than 70 companies have signed up to sell so-called antibody tests in recent weeks, AP reports, citing U.S. regulators.
4 p.m. Alameda County death count rises: Two more Alameda County residents have died from COVID-19, county health officials reported Sunday, bringing to 23 the total number of deaths the county has recorded. Officials reported 37 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, for a county total of 843 confirmed cases. That includes 36 in Berkeley, which has its own health department. Cities in the county registering the most confirmed cases are Oakland (189) and Hayward (167).
3:48 p.m. Los Angeles County reports 31 new deaths: Los Angeles County reported 31 additional deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday and 323 new infection cases. Officials said 25 who died were over age 65 and six were ages 41 to 65. The county has reported 296 deaths in all and 9,192 positive cases of the virus. Of those who have died, 83 percent had underlying health conditions, county officials said.
3:27 p.m. Davis police catch suspect in coronavirus theft: Just before noon Sunday, Davis Police officers caught a man suspected of stealing a specimen of the novel coronavirus from Sutter Davis Hospital the day before, the department said in an email to The Chronicle. Shaun Lamar Moore, a 40-year-old Davis resident, was booked into the Yolo County Jail on burglary charges, according to DPD. “Police are familiar with Moore and are determining whether any mental health conditions played a factor in this incident,” the department said. “Although the incident is very serious, detectives do not believe he intended to harm himself or others.”
3:18 p.m. Virtual tourism takes the spotlight: The concept of virtual tourism is suddenly being promoted and tested on a global scale. Will they have any staying power when the pandemic is over? Read the full story here.
3:01 p.m. Oakland police tell community that officers may wear face coverings: In a public safety advisory released Sunday, the Oakland Police Department informed constituents that officers may be seen wearing masks or face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic. The advisory also prompted people to: “Stay home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.
For the health of our community and staff, you may see our men and women wearing masks and face coverings. It’s just one way we are working together to help slow down the spread of the Coronavirus. #BeatCovid19 pic.twitter.com/nlOZWjoHSj
— Oakland Police Dept. (@oaklandpoliceca) April 12, 2020
2:33 p.m. 35 more crew members positive on Navy carrier: The number of crew members from the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt with COVID-19 has risen to 585, the Navy announced. That’s up from 550 on Saturday. A Chronicle report Sunday showed a bleak picture of life aboard the infection-stricken carrier, which has now been docked in Guam for more than two weeks, with almost 4,000 sailors from the ship now ashore. The ship has been at the center of a national controversy that resulted in the resignation of the Acting Secretary of the Navy, who harshly criticized the carrier’s dismissed commanding officer, who had written a letter outside of the chain of command asking for help.
2:27 p.m. Walt Disney World to furlough 43,000 employees: Effective April 19, Walt Disney World will temporarily furlough about 43,000 employees at its Orlando resort, President of Unite Here Union Eric Clinton said in a video address Sunday. Clinton said many furloughed workers will maintain health insurance benefits for a year, and additional educational support and employee assistance programs will be extended. “These agreements will provide an easier return to work when our community recovers from the impact of COVID-19,” Disney said in a statement. “We are grateful to have worked together in good faith to help our cast and members navigate these unprecedented times.”
2:15 p.m. OPEC to cut oil production amid falling prices: The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries passed a record deal to cut 9.7 million barrels per day, starting next month, as demand has plummeted during the coronavirus pandemic.
1:40 p.m. Santa Clara cases increase by 55: Santa Clara County reported a total of 1,621 cases and 54 deaths Sunday afternoon, an increase of 55 cases and 3 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to data provided by the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health.
1:31 p.m. Mayor Breed discusses her mind-set during pandemic planning in Atlantic article: Mayor London Breed’s early decisions to declare a state of emergency related to the coronavirus pandemic in February and to apply shelter in place orders on San Francisco in March — earlier than virtually the entire rest of the country — are the centerpiece of an article in the Atlantic, published online Sunday. The story examines what went into Breed’s decision-making, and talks to people close to her about her execution of the plans, which — as part of a regional effort — are widely credited for helping reduce the local outbreak. Here are some highlights from the piece:
• Breed realized the federal government would not be much help as early as January.
• Sen. Kamala Harris was fielding calls from people critical of Breed’s choices. “She took incredible political heat and criticism,” Harris said, “and she had the courage to make a decision that she in her gut, based on science and the research she did, told her this was the right thing to do for her people, even when other people couldn’t see it yet.”
• The footage from the coronavirus impact in Wuhan, China, is what crystallized the situation in Breed’s mind, and drove her to early action. “A picture’s worth a thousand words — seeing the images of what could potentially happen and then hearing your doctors tell you that we may not have the capacity to handle this situation,” the mayor said in the article.
• The city’s preparedness for a devastating earthquake or fire situation helped San Francisco’s pathway to early success in this pandemic. “This is not one we had practiced. But it is one that we were prepared for,” Breed said in the article.
1:07 p.m. Bay Area reports 4,925 cases: Bay Area officials reported 4,925 coronavirus cases and 136 deaths as of midday Sunday, according to the most recent data provided by health officials in each county. Find a more detailed look at Bay Area figures in The Chronicle’s Coronavirus Tracker.
1:05 p.m. Bay Area labs ramp up: Labs across the region are working hard on finding ways to test for the coronavirus and treat ill patients. But it means other kinds of important research have slowed. Chronicle reporter J.D. Morris has the story.
12:40 p.m. California labor union duped in coronavirus scam: A major California labor union that claimed to have accessed a stockpile of 39 million masks for health care workers was duped in an elaborate scam uncovered by FBI investigators, the Associated Press reported Sunday, citing the Los Angeles Times. Investigators discovered the scheme while looking into whether they could intercept the masks for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. attorney’s office said Friday. The 39 million masks were advertised as N95 masks from 3M.
12:23 p.m. Historic Mt. Davidson Cross illuminated in blue for health care workers: For the first time in 97 years, the Mt. Davidson Landmark Park and Cross in San Francisco cancelled its Easter Sunrise Service due to the coronavirus. But the Council of Armenian Americans of Northern California, the guardian of the cross, illuminated the 103-foot landmark in blue to honor health care workers at the front lines of the pandemic.
12:15 p.m. Davis police seek coronavirus thief: Police in Davis are looking for a burglary suspect, captured on camera, who allegedly stole a specimen of the novel coronavirus from a Davis Hospital, according to a police account. Employees at Sutter Davis Hospital told police a man entered the building, stole the sample, which was awaiting testing, then fled on a bike. Police were unable to find the suspect. At about 6:15 p.m. Saturday, the specimen, still sealed, was found in a shopping cart outside the CVS Pharmacy located in the Marketplace Shopping Center on West Covell Boulevard. Officers are searching for the suspect. The hospital released a surveillance video photo.
11:49 a.m. WHO official says this will be ‘a virus that stalks the human race for quite a long time’: While there’s been talk of COVID-19 recurrences once this initial wave is over, Dr. David Nabarro, special envoy to the coronavirus for the World Health Organization, isn’t certain that this will be a virus that comes in annual waves similar to influenza. “We think it’s going to be a virus that stalks the human race for quite a long time to come, until we have a vaccine that will protect us. And there will be smaller outbreaks that emerge sporadically and they will break through our defenses,” Nabarro said Sunday while appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “So the key for this particular virus is that every community has a kind of defensive shield, can pick up cases as soon as they appear, isolate them and stop outbreaks from developing. It’s going to be necessary for every single country to have that capacity. And so we’re actually encouraging countries to put that in place now.”
11:30 a.m. SFO AirTrain to change routes: Few people are traveling out of San Francisco International Airport during the coronavirus crisis but SFO officials advise them that it may be quicker to walk to and from some terminals after the AirTrain starts operating on an alternate route beginning 5 a.m. Monday. Until April 20, the automated shuttle’s red line will be shut down for maintenance work and blue line trains will travel in a clockwise direction around the terminal loop before heading to the rental car center. Trains will continue to run about five minutes apart.
11:29 a.m. California cases rise by 1,179 over the past 24 hours: California reported 21,794 confirmed coronavirus cases Sunday, up from 20,615 the previous day, according to the Department of Public Health. The state recorded 42 deaths in the same time span, raising the total number to 651. Local health departments have reported 2,388 confirmed positive cases in health care workers since Saturday — up from 2,243 reported Friday, according to the Department of Public Health.
11:14 a.m. Hiking alone during coronavirus pandemic and shelter in place: Amid the coronavirus, pandemic windows to nature have remained open. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has left its wildlife areas open, and the same with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its refuges. Anywhere people might cluster, such as visitor centers and museums, are closed to assist in social distancing. Chronicle outdoors writer Tom Stienstra has some suggestions on where to hike by youself.
10:57 a.m. Greece sees more fatalities, people arrested for ignoring quarantine: Greece recorded five more fatalities from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, all men, raising the total to 98, authorities say in a report from the Associated Press. That raises the number of confirmed cases there to 2,114, with 33 added since Saturday afternoon. The main concern of authorities remains individuals’ attempts to flout strict quarantine measures, during the Orthodox Easter, which is celebrated next Sunday. It is usually a time of mass exodus to the countryside and, just over 9 hours on Sunday, 38 people were stopped trying to leave cities and fined 300 euros each.
10:40 a.m. Italy records lowest daily death tally since March 19: Deaths in Italy — one of the countries hit hardest by the coronavirus — rose by 431 on Sunday, the lowest daily increase since March 19, according to Reuters. The country’s recorded deaths rose by 619 the previous day. There have been a total of 19,800 deaths in Italy since the virus broke out, the second highest in the world after the U.S., which has more than 20,000.
10:35 a.m. Smithfield Foods to shut down U.S. plant after employees test positive: Smithfield Foods, the world’s biggest pork processor, said it will shut down its U.S. plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., “until further notice” after a string of coronavirus cases among its employees. The plant supplies nearly 130 million servings of food per week, or about 18 million servings per day, according to the company. “The closure of this facility, combined with a growing list of other protein plants that have shuttered across our industry, is pushing our country perilously close to the edge in terms of our meat supply. It is impossible to keep our grocery stores stocked if our plants are not running,” Smithfield said in a statement Sunday.
10:24 a.m. SF homeless tents, once seen as problem, now seen as path to coronavirus social distancing: From the Tenderloin to the Castro to the Richmond, the shelter-in-place order has caused an explosion of homeless tents popping up on sidewalks all across San Francisco — and it comes with the blessing of the city. With the city’s already crowded shelters unable to provide the required social distancing, city officials have decided tents are the next best thing. So for now the tents that the city worked so hard to remove in recent years are back and pretty much untouchable. The Chronicle’s Phil Matier writes about the rising numbers of tents in the city.
9:50 a.m. “SNL” returns with Tom Hanks as surprise host: “Saturday Night Live” returned from a month-long hiatus with Tom Hanks as the host and cast members appearing in videos from their homes. Hanks, who recovered after testing positive for COVID-19 last month, called himself the “celebrity canary in the coal mine for coronavirus.” “It’s good to be here,” Hanks said. “But it’s also very weird to be here hosting ‘Saturday Night Live’ from home.” A Concord native, Hanks announced on March 11 that he and wife Rita Wilson had contracted the virus, but have said their health has improved.
9:28 a.m. Trump says Easter is ‘much different’ amid shelter in place: President Donald Trump on Sunday said this Easter will be “much different than others” as Americans shelter in place to fight COVID-19. “It’s a plague on our country like nobody’s ever seen,” Trump said during a brief Easter address from the White House. “But we’re winning the battle, we’re winning the war. We’ll be back together in churches, right next to each other.”
9:20 a.m. San Francisco cases increase by 15: San Francisco reported a total of 872 coronavirus cases and 14 deaths Sunday — an increase of 15 cases and 1 death in the past 24 hours, according to data provided by the city’s Department of Public Health.
9:10 a.m. Bangladesh reports 139 new cases in 24 hours: Bangladesh has recorded four deaths and 139 cases of the new coronavirus in the last 24 hours. Officials in the South Asian nation, located east of India, say the country’s death toll is at 34, with 621 confirmed cases. Almost half of the cases have been reported in the capital of Dhaka. The country of 160 million people is expected to remain in a nationwide lockdown until April 25.
9:05 a.m. New York sees a flattening of its curve: New York state recorded 758 deaths Saturday — down from 783 Friday and 777 on Thursday — and appears to be flattening the curve, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference Sunday. There have been a total of 9,385 deaths across New York. “It’s all reinforcing the same thing, a flattening of all these numbers,” he said. “You’re not seeing a great decline in the numbers but you’re seeing a flattening.” The governor said he hopes businesses and schools reopen as soon as possible but that, “we need to be smart in the way we re-open.”
8:50 a.m. Spain allowing some workers to return to jobs on Monday: Spain has reported its lowest daily growth in confirmed coronavirus infections in three weeks as it prepares to loosen its strict lockdown measures and let some workers return to their jobs on Monday — allowing workers in industry and construction to return to their jobs after a two-week shutdown of economic activities other than health care and the food industry. Spanish health authorities have reported 4,167 confirmed new cases over the past 24 hours. The country’s total is at 166,019, second only to the United States. Deaths in Spain have reached a total of 16,972, with 619 new fatalities confirmed since Saturday. More than 60,000 patients have recovered from COVID-19 in Spain. Those who can work from home are strongly encouraged by authorities to continue doing so. Retail shops will remain closed other than supermarkets, fruit stands, bakeries, butchers, newsstands and pharmacies.
8:44 a.m. Fifty crew members test positive on French Navy vessel: The French aircraft carrier the Charles de Gaulle returned to its base in the southern port of Toulon on Sunday after some 50 members of its crew and some aboard an escort frigate contracted the new coronavirus. The French Defense Ministry says the entire crew of some 1,700 sailors will be tested and confined for 14 days in various military quarters in the region. Same for air crews aboard the vessel and those on the frigate, according to a report by the Associated Press. The ministry says the carrier cut short by about 10 days a nearly three-month mission in the central Mediterranean then in the Atlantic and North Sea. The source of the infection was not immediately known.
8:20 a.m. One model projects California coronavirus deaths will peak Wednesday. But it’s not that simple: If the country’s most popular coronavirus model proves accurate, California will reach the peak of its outbreak this Wednesday, on what would have been tax day. On that day, according to the model designed by scientists at global health research center in Seattle, 66 people will die in California. But that’s just one projection, and it differs substantially from the forecast developed by California’s disease modeling team, which predicts a peak in mid- or late May, and a slow falling off through June. The disparate predictions can breed confusion and frustration among Californians. But disease models, for all that they’re useful in making policy decisions and preparing for disaster, are not meant to predict the future, public health and infectious disease experts say. The Chronicle’s Erin Allday writes that no one can say for certain when the worst of the outbreak will be over — or when the next one may come.
8:10 a.m. UK Prime Minister thanks doctors, nurses for life-saving efforts: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked first responders for saving his life after being released from the hospital Sunday. “It is hard to find words to express my debt,” Johnson said in a video posted to his Twitter account. The prime minister, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 last month and spent several days in the ICU, also urged British residents to continue to shelter in place. “I thank you, because so many millions and millions of people across this country have been doing the right thing,” he said. “Millions going through the hardship of self-isolation.”
7:57 a.m. Former British Prime Minister calls for global coordination in fight against coronavirus: Gordon Brown, the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, said Sunday morning that the world’s nations need to work together to thwart the spread and persistence of the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Brown said, “It can’t just be a national effort. If we’re going to prevent a second and third line of this in the developing countries … we need to act globally as well.” Brown said that nations shouldn’t be competing for medical supplies, but rather working in consolidation to amass supplies for the world. “We need to look at the areas where cooperation can work,” he said. “You’ve got to be able to say we’ll do whatever it takes.”
7:37 a.m. Israel closes ultra-Orthodox areas in Jerusalem: Israel has closed largely ultra-Orthodox areas of Jerusalem in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus, particularly in highly-populated areas where infection rates are high. The restrictions landed on the same day that the government issued an order requiring people to wear masks in public. The country has reported 10,878 coronavirus cases and 103 deaths.
7:32 a.m. Bay Area parents blast the lack of teaching at many schools during coronavirus closures: Parents in many districts, including Mill Valley, San Francisco and Tracy, are frustrated and angry that until now districts have only officially offered links to online sites and optional educational activities to complete rather than actual instruction. Yet in other districts and at many private schools, students are attending classes online every day, interacting with peers and their teachers, studying the Civil War or discussing “Jane Eyre.” “We know this is the biggest challenge we’ve ever faced,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond in an online town hall. “There is no playbook for this.” Jill Tucker’s Chronicle report explores the issue.
7:17 a.m. Some Chinese cities issue border restrictions: Chinese cities along the border with Russia said they plan to enforce border restrictions and quarantine measures for people arriving from abroad, after the number of imported cases hit a record high Saturday. Officials announced 99 new infections on April 11, nearly double the 46 cases announced the previous day. All but two of the new cases were people who traveled from abroad, many Chinese nationals returning from Russia, officials said.
7:08 a.m. Coronavirus deaths continue to climb around the world: The number of coronavirus infections and deaths continued to climb around the world Sunday. Dutch officials reported 1,188 new infections in 24 hours, taking the total to 25,587. There have been 2,737 deaths in the Netherlands. In Iran, the death toll grew by 117 cases, bringing the total to 4,474 deaths, according to Reuters. It has 71,686 cases of the new coronavirus. Meanwhile, British officials said the death toll in England topped 10,000 on Sunday.
6:59 a.m. Isolated and dying, patients get help connecting with their families from palliative caregivers: It is a wrenching dilemma that thousands of terminally ill patients and their families are facing right now in the Bay Area and across the country as hospitals restrict visitors and citizens isolate themselves at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Many of those patients are dying alone in hospitals that have restricted who, if anyone, may be in the same room during their final hours. Chronicle reporter Peter Fimrite reports on this sad situation, and how palliative caregivers are helping these patients connect with their families.
6:46 a.m. Behind-the-scenes stories of sailors on the coronavirus-stricken carrier: Conversations with more than a dozen sailors on the Navy aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, and their family members, along with the photographs, text messages, social media posts and videos they provided, offer an intimate glimpse of how a now notorious outbreak of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, aboard the nuclear-powered ship has played out over the past two weeks. Read Matthias Gafni’s Chronicle report here.
6:34 a.m. N.J. governor doesn’t want to “pour gasoline on fire” in rush to open state: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on CNN Sunday morning that he’s not focused on opening his state back up, at the moment. “I fear if we open up too early … that we could be pouring gasoline on the fire, inadvertently,” Murphy said during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. “Job number one is to put the fire out.” Murphy then said the next focus will be on opening up the state, but cautioned that a timeline is in flux as data reports change daily. As of Sunday morning, New Jersey had 58,151 confirmed cases with 2,183 deaths. Murphy also put out a plea for a national, non-partisan post-mortem reflection on the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to improve for the future.
6:27 a.m. Dr. Fauci says U.S. should focus on “rolling re-entry”: Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday said it’s possible that shelter-in-place and social distancing regulations may be lifted next month. But the U.S. should focus on a slow, “rolling re-entry” period to transition back into normal life, Fauci said Sunday. “It’s not going to be a light switch,” Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “It’s going to be depending on where you are in the country, the nature of the outbreak that you already experienced and the threat of an outbreak that you may not have experienced.” Fauci also said re-entry is “not going to be one size fit all.”
6:21 a.m. Bay Area’s poor bear brunt of shutdown: Low-income people in the Bay Area face more than just the loss of a job during the shelter in place period. For anyone already on the economy’s fringes, the challenges thrown up by the measures to contain the pandemic will only compound as the months pass. It’s not just the present that poses a daunting hurdle — it’s the future. When the pandemic ends, their crises won’t. Read more about how the area’s low income people are faring in a Chronicle report by Lizzie Johnson and Kevin Fagan.
6:18 a.m. Pope Francis calls for unity in historic Easter address: Standing in a nearly-empty St. Peter’s Basilica, with only his closest associates, Pope Francis on Sunday celebrated a historic Easter mass, calling for unity during the coronavirus pandemic. with only his closest associates, Pope Francis on Easter Sunday called for unity during the coronavirus pandemic. “The whole world is suffering and needs to be united in facing the pandemic,” said the Pope, who thanked first responders and addressed people directly affected by the pandemic. The Pope also called for “an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world.”
5:55 a.m. UK Prime Minister released from hospital: United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who tested positive for the coronavirus last month, has been discharged from the hospital, a spokesperson said Sunday. Johnson, 55, announced his diagnosis on March 27 and said he was self-isolating in his Downing Street apartment. He was taken to the hospital 10 days later, after his symptoms worsened, and spent several days in the ICU, according to news reports.
Updates from Saturday, April 11:
11:17 p.m. Pentagon to produce millions of N95 masks: The Department of Defense will produce millions of N95 masks as its first project under the Defense Production Act that President Trump issued to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Andrews said Saturday. His statement said the $133 million project will “increase domestic production capacity of N95 masks to over 39 million in the next 90 days.” The masks are used to protect medical workers and first responders dealing with coronavirus patients. Announcement of the contract awardees for the project is anticipated in the coming days, Andrews said.
11:05 p.m. IRS deposits first economic stimulus payments: Internal Revenue Service officials on Saturday announced the deposit of the first payments into taxpayers’ bank accounts from the new federal stimulus package that is meant to temper the strain of coronavirus impacts. “We know many people are anxious to get their payments; we’ll continue issuing them as fast as we can,” IRS officials said on Twitter. The IRS expects to launch a tool next week that allows taxpayers to check the status and deposit dates of their payments.
10:55 p.m. Queen Elizabeth sends rare audio Easter message: Queen Elizabeth released an audio Easter-eve message from Windsor Castle to reassure the United Kingdom as Easter Sunday celebrations and in-person services are canceled by coronavirus restrictions. “We know that coronavirus will not overcome us,” the queen said in what is believed to be her first such Easter message. “This year Easter will be different for many of us, but by keeping apart we keep others safe. But Easter isn’t canceled. Indeed we need Easter as much as ever.”
10:22 p.m. Cases up sharply across Navajo reservation: Coronavirus cases spiked Saturday on the nation’s largest Native American reservation, the Navajo Nation said. In a statement, Navajo leaders said case numbers on the 27,000-square-mile reservation across Arizona, New Mexico and Utah jumped by 101 Saturday, increasing the total to 698, with 24 deaths. A 57-hour weekend curfew is in effect, with violators facing the possibility of up to 30 days incarceration and/or a $1,000 fine.
10:11 p.m.. Venezuela quarantine extended: Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro on Saturday announced he has extended a nationwide quarantine for another 30 days to prevent spread of the coronavirus in the crisis-stricken nation, the Associated Press reports. Officials say 175 people in Venezuela have fallen ill and nine have died from the virus in the nation, which is seen as vulnerable due to its rampant malnutrition and poor condition of hospitals.
9:55 p.m. Many Trump administration voices warned of threat: The New York Times chronicles how an array of figures inside the Trump administration — from top White House advisers to experts in the cabinet departments and intelligence agencies — identified the coronavirus threat throughout January. They sounded alarms and made clear the need for aggressive action as President Trump repeatedly played down the seriousness of the virus, focused on other issues and batted away warnings from senior officials, the Times reported Saturday.
9:30 p.m. The tests that will reopen society: Widespread testing will be used to reopen society, experts say, nd especially critical will be expansion of diagnostics and antibody tests known as serologic tests. As debates gain steam worldwide about using results of antibody tests to put people back to work, Chronicle writers Catherine Ho and Mallory Moench show us what this snapshot of our future is all about.
9:00 p.m. With no fine dining, fine wines can be a good deal: Feeling the pinch of having to shutter due to coronavirus shelter-in-place rules, many Bay Area restaurants are finding cash-flow potential by selling treasures from their pricey wine collections, The Chronicle’s Esther Mobley reports. For customers with disposable income, it’s a precious chance to buy wines that aren’t often available at retail — and at much lower prices than is typical at the restaurants.
8:55 p.m. Kansas Supreme Court strikes down effort for in-person church services: A day before Easter Sunday, the Kansas Supreme Court struck down a GOP-led legislative effort that would have allowed in-person church services despite the state’s stay-at-home order and ban on gatherings of more than 10 people to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the Washington Post reports. The court ruled on Saturday evening that the Republican-led legislative council did not have authority to overturn Gov. Laura Kelly’s statewide stay-home order, so her restrictions stand.
8:30 p.m. Trump ally dies of COVID-19: Stanley Chera, a New York real-estate developer and friend of President Trump — whom the president is said to have been describing during White House briefings when he talked of a friend suffering from the coronavirus — has died from complications related to the disease, three people familiar with his death told the New York Times on Saturday. Trump did not name his friend when talking to reporters, but people close to the president said it was Chera he had been describing, the Times reported.
7:55 p.m. Curry surprises UCSF health care workers flying to New York: Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry sent a video send-off message Saturday to 20 UCSF doctors and nurses flying to New York City to fill in with crucial hospital coronavirus needs. Curry lauded the group’s “sacrifice and selflessness … to serve people, and go above and beyond.” Curry said he was praying for UCSF health professinals’ health and safety and added, “We are all trying to do our part to stop the spread of this virus, but we couldn’t do it without the work and the sacrifice of people like you.”
7:30 pm. Lessons of past epidemic inform today’s crisis: A history lesson seems to scream across the century, from the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, to the Bay Area in the grip of the coronavirus today. The message: Don’t give up the fight too soon, The Chronicle’s Peter Hartlaub reports. The Bay Area back then was initially seen as a national success story, but became a cautionary tale after the city let down its guard and the illness came roaring back in less than two months.
7:15 p.m. Fund to help Bay Area residents: Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation officials have launched an emergency “Rapid Response Fund” to help Bay Area residents impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The fund will help “families that can’t wait for government assistance in a few weeks — they are suffering and in jeopardy now,” said foundation chair Bette Felton. The fund will help with key needs, such as food distribution, financial assistance, shelter and emergency housing, and support for essential workers, officials said.
6:25 p.m. California deaths top 600: As tragic coronavirus milestones pile up around the globe, deaths continue to creep upward in California, surpassing 600 on Saturday. The state has confirmed 22,263 COVID-19 cases and 630 deaths. Globally, more than 1.7 million cases have been confirmed, with more than 108,000 deaths, according to statistics compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
6:10 p.m. Texas abortion clinics seek Supreme Court help to continue medication procedures: Abortion clinics in Texas asked the Supreme Court on Saturday to step in to allow certain abortions to continue during the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Press reports. In an emergency motion, the clinics asked justices to overturn a lower-court order and allow abortions when they can be performed using pill medication. Gov. Greg Abbott last month barred non-essential medical procedures so that medical resources can go to treating coronavirus patients.
5:48 p.m. Sheriffs’ group opposes $0-bail order for low-level crimes: The California State Sheriffs’ Association is speaking against a coronavirus-spurred rule from the Judicial Council of California that temporarily sets bail at $0 for certain low-level misdemeanors and felonies. Sheriff David Livingston, the association president, argued in a statement on the group’s Facebook page Saturday that the “one-size-fits-most” approach will jeopardize public health by “releasing mentally ill individuals to the community without proper planning and services and releasing people who may be homeless, unable or unwilling to comply with stay at home orders, or drug-addicted and at risk of overdose.”
5:35 p.m. Nursing students have trouble joining new health corps: Nursing students are encounting substantial obstacles when they try to join the California Health Corps established by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s March 30 order to fortify the state’s cornoavirus-fighting efforts. Two nursing education groups outlined their concerns in a letter Friday to the state Consumer Affairs department, a copy of which was obtained by The Chronicle. Read Ron Kroichick’s story here.
5:25 p.m. Los Angeles County extends shelter in place: Los Angeles County’s stay-home order has been extended to May 15. “Every day we get closer to being on the other side of this crisis thanks to everyone following the #SaferAtHome orders, which has been extended to May 15,” county public health officials tweeted on Friday. “Let’s keep working on this together! What we are doing is working to slow the spread of #COVID19”
5:14 p.m. Data indicate 1 in 10 middle-aged COVID-19 hospital patients don’t survive: The coronavirus is killing about one in 10 hospitalized coronavirus patients who are middle-aged, according to preliminary data collected by Allscripts from health care facilities in 43 states. The data — covering only those who are hospitalized with the illness — also show that male patients are 1.3 times as likely as women to die, “even when controlling for age and the most common chronic diseases,” the Washington Post reported. The coronavirus kills 4 in 10 hospitalized patients older than 85, according to the data.
5:00 p.m. Santa Clara County cases up by 82: Eighty-two new coronavirus cases were announced in Santa Clara County on Saturday, bringing the county’s total to 1,566 cases. County public health officials also announced one more death in the Bay Area’s hardest hit county, for cumulative COVID-19 fatalities of 51.
4:30 p.m. Wyoming becomes 50th state under disaster declaration: President Trump on approved a major disaster declaration for Wyoming, making federal emergency aid available as the state deals with coronavirus impacts, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced. The addition of Wyoming means that every state is now covered by a federal declaration.
4:05 p.m. New York nursing homes absorb nearly 2,000 deaths: As Bay Area nursing homes see a jump in Covid-19, the New York region, far surpassing California’s overall case numbers, has seen nearly 2,000 deaths among nursing home residents, the New York Times reports in what it says is a conservative count. Thousands more are sick. A Chronicle tally, also a presumed undercount, has found 380 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at nursing homes and long-term care facilities in the Bay Area, and at least 15 deaths.
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