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Total coronavirus cases:
• 42,639 in California, including 1,698 deaths.
• 7,409 in the Bay Area, including 259 deaths.
• 936,293 in the U.S., including 54,024 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 22,009; New Jersey with 5,938; Michigan with 3,274; Massachusetts with 2,730 and Illinois with 1,875. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 2.9 million in the world, with more than 203,000 deaths. More than 853,000 people have recovered.
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Latest developments from today:
11:31 a.m. More than 5.1 million Americans have been tested for COVID-19: The COVID Tracking Project has released data that says 5,184,635 Americans have been tested for the virus, with more than 300,000 people tested on Saturday. The project lists California as having tested more than 506,000 people, though those numbers haven’t been updated since April 22.
11:25 a.m. New York looking at a phased re-opening: Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday New York may carry out a phased reopening based on a regional analysis and data on hospitalizations, number of antibody tests and positive diagnostic tests. Cuomo said Upstate and Central New York would likely re-open sooner, possibly after May 15, while Downstate would take more time because it would require coordinating with neighboring states and regions.
11:11 a.m. Trump sends letters noting $1,200 stimulus to Americans: President Donald Trump sent letters to citizens through the Internal Revenue Service, stating “Your Economic Impact Payment Has Arrived.” “As we wage total war on this invisible enemy, we are also working around the clock to protect hardworking Americans like you from the consequences of the economic shutdown,” he wrote. “America’s drive, determination, innovation and sheer willpower have conquered every previous challenge — and they will conquer this one too.” The back of a letter sent to a Chronicle reporter in Oakland also included a Spanish translation.
11:02 a.m. Coronavirus creates tough times for Oakland’s budget: A just-released report on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on Oakland’s already shaky city finances predicts a devastating tax shortfall — so big, in fact, that insiders say it will probably lead to drastic service cuts and layoffs of city workers. The Chronicle’s Phil Matier has the details.
10:54 a.m. Salesforce CEO: Back to work June 1: Marc Benioff, head of San Francisco’s largest private employer, appeared to indicate on Twitter that some employees could return to work in five weeks. He said there would be “complete safety guidelines” and “masks for all,” and also called for widescale testing. The cloud-based software company has over 9,000 workers in San Francisco and is headquartered in the city’s tallest building, Salesforce Tower. The Chronicle has contacted Salesforce requesting additional details. Mayor London Breed said last week, however, that current shelter in place orders will likely be extended beyond May 3.
10:44 a.m. The Bay Area’s coronavirus timeline: In mid-March, the Bay Area became the first region in the nation to order residents to stay at home in order to lessen the impact of the coronavirus, first detected here a few weeks earlier. Here’s how it unfolded.
10:30 a.m. NYC needs $7.4 billion in federal aid, de Blasio says: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city needs $7.4 billion in federal aid to combat the economic devastation from the coronavirus, Reuters reported. De Blasio, a Democrat, urged President Trump to ask Republicans in the U.S. Senate to allot more aid to cities and states, saying on Fox News Sunday, “If New York City is not whole, it will drag down the entire region, and it will hold up the entire national economic restart.”
10:21 a.m. Dutch students cross Atlantic in boat after being stuck in Caribbean: A group of Dutch high school students who were stranded in the Caribbean after the coronavirus halted travel plans, returned home Sunday after five weeks sailing to the Dutch port of Harlingen aboard a 200-foot boat dubbed the Wylde Swan. The 25 students who, according to the Associated Press, didn’t have a vast knowledge of sailing but were to explore the Caribbean in the Swan, stocked up on supplies and clothing before embarking on the 4,350 mile voyage.
10:16 a.m. Traffic is increasing in the Bay Area: After a dramatic plunge in traffic, Bay Area drivers appear to be slowly easing up on staying at home and getting back on the roads. Phil Matier has the report.
10:11 a.m. Germany considering a right to work from home law: Germany’s labor minister wants to enshrine into law the right to work from home if it is feasible to do so, even after the coronavirus pandemic subsides, reports the Associated Press. Labor Minister Hubertus Heil told Sunday’s edition of the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that he aims to put forward such legislation this fall. He said initial estimates suggest the proportion of the work force working from home has risen from 12% to 25% during the virus crisis, to around 8 million people.
9:52 a.m. More than 850,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus: The number of people around the world who have recovered from the coronavirus has topped 850,000, with the latest number coming in at 853,666, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
9:44 a.m. Life in a hotel, with the coronavirus: What’s it like moving from the Multi-Service South homeless shelter to a hotel after testing positive for the coronavirus? For at least one man, not too bad, except for the idea that he can’t stay in the hotel forever. Chronicle reporter Kevin Fagan writes about the experience.
9:30 a.m. SF reports 54 additional cases: San Francisco reported 54 new coronavirus cases Sunday, bringing the total to 1,408 infections. There were no new deaths, which keeps the total at 22 total deaths in the city.
9:25 a.m. If San Francisco slows down coronavirus efforts, ‘it gets worse,’ Breed says: San Francisco Mayor London Breed said Sunday the city launched aggressive efforts to combat the coronavirus early on — and continues those efforts — in order to minimize the outbreak as much as possible. “I know that most cities are seeing the same data I’m seeing, that if we do absolutely nothing, it gets worse,” Breed said during CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “That’s why we have been a lot more aggressive maybe, than other areas. If there was a surge, we wouldn’t have enough hospital beds, enough ICUs, enough ventilators.” Breed said the city still doesn’t have sufficient resources to keep people safe, particularly when it comes to personal protective equipment and testing.
9:20 a.m. Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations vary across California: A Chronicle review of state data has found wide variance in the number of patients with COVID-19. Some counties had few to no people in the hospital due to the disease Thursday, while others reported hundreds of cases. Read the report here.
9:09 a.m. Economy might not rebound until late 2021: It could be late 2021 until the economy rebounds to where it was before the coronavirus pandemic took hold of the world. Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America, expressed that concern Sunday during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
8:58 a.m. IAC chairman says economy will continue to be a “big mess”: Barry Diller said there’s “no chance” the economy will recover this summer. “I think it’s going to be a period where it’s going to be a big mess,” Diller, chairman of IAC/InterActiveCorp and Expedia Group, said Sunday during CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “By September you’ll see some things economically return. You’ll see some people go back to work, probably by Labor Day.” He also called the economic damage from the pandemic “catastrophic” and said we should expect widespread bankruptcies. “Hopefully the government will pick up the tab because this is an existential crisis,” Diller said.
8:55 a.m. Dr. Birx says U.S. needs “breakthrough” in testing: The U.S. will likely continue social distancing practices into the summer and needs a significant breakthrough in testing in order to better understand the coronavirus, according to Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator. “We have to realize that we have to have a breakthrough innovation in testing,” for the people who contracted the virus but had mild symptoms, Birx told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” Sunday.
8:40 a.m. Pentagon to priotize which service members are tested for virus: Facing a shortage of coronavirus tests, the Pentagon said it will be focusing on testing servicemembers who are involved in duties considered most vital to national security, according to a report by the Associated Press. Those positions that will be tested: those who operate the nation’s nuclear forces, some counterterrorism forces and the crew of a soon-to-deploy aircraft carrier. Defense leaders said they hope to increase testing from the current rate of about 7,000 a day to 60,000 by June.
8:34 a.m. Pope says we must not stop fighting malaria, during coronavirus pandemic: Pope Francis is stressing that efforts to combat malaria must continue even as the world fights COVID-19, saying Sunday that “while we are fighting the coronavirus pandemic, we must also continue our efforts to prevent and treat malaria, which threatens billions of people in many countries.” The U.N. World Health Organization has said severe disruptions to anti-malaria campaigns, using insecticide-treated netting against mosquitoes, coupled with difficulties in accessing medicine could lead to a doubling in the number of malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa this year compared to 2018.
8:28 a.m. Coronavirus pandemic reshapes Bay Area shopping habits: To delve into spending during the pandemic, The Chronicle looked at data from Second Measure, a San Francisco company that analyzes billions of anonymized credit card purchases to track consumer behavior and sales at individual merchants. We examined weekly spending in six categories heavily impacted by the pandemic and shelter-in-place order. Carolyn Said has the report, which looks areas like ride sharing and food purchases.
8:05 a.m. Purdue University hopes to reopen courses in the fall: Officials at Purdue University in Indiana said they hope to reopen the university for in-person courses in the fall, arguing the virus, “poses close to zero lethal threat” to young people. “We have every intention of being on campus this fall,” President Mitch Daniels told the university Senate.
8:04 a.m. We’re all feeling some form of “Zoom fatigue”: There’s a cost to doing our work, our social connections online. It’s called “Zoom fatigue” and it’s a reminder how far away the novelty of video conferencing meetings, family gatherings feels these days. Chronicle writer Ryan Kost examines our relationship with services like Zoom.
8:00 a.m Saudia Arabia eases restrictions, Mecca remains in lockdown: Saudia Arabia eased coronavirus restrictions across the country Sunday but kept lockdowns in Mecca and some neighborhoods to curb the spread of the virus. The country has recorded 17,522 cases of infection and 139 deaths.
7:50 a.m. White House leaders floating ideas to revive economy: White House advisors plan to create “big, thoughtful policies” to help the U.S. economy recover after shelter-in-place policies are lifted, Reuters reported Sunday. “We hope to be talking to the president about it … to start to come up with the top five, six ideas that we want to take up with Congress,” said White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett during a news conference. The nation’s unemployment rate would likely hit 16% or higher this month, Hassett said.
7:38 a.m. When will the Bay Area reopen?: The coronavirus curve is flat, the hospitals have plenty of beds, and in one week, the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place orders are due to expire — so understandably, millions of residents are asking when they can go back to some kind of normal life outside their homes. It’s going to be a while longer. Chronicle reporters Erin Allday and Alexei Koseff share a glimpse of the future.
7:33 a.m. Europe could provide model on how to re-open schools: The schools of Europe could provide the road map for how American education systems will reopen. Bill Gates said Sunday on CNN that some European nations have started exploring how to operate schools with modified restrictions such as masks and social distancing. He said that the summer will provide details on how American schools could do the same in the fall, with elementary schools potentially opening first.
7:28 a.m. Tahoe developed an “Us vs. Them” mentality during pandemic: The coronavirus pandemic at first seemed impossibly distant to residents of the hamlets ringing Lake Tahoe. The novel virus seemed to be contained to urban places like San Francisco and Los Angeles, or as far removed as Wuhan, China. That wasn’t the case. As the ski resorts closed in mid-March and residents were told to shelter in place, eastern Nevada County became a hot spot for the virus. Chronicle writer Lizzie Johnson explores the tensions that developed between this area and the larger cities.
7:17 a.m. Bill Gates said vaccine likely won’t be here by end of year: Bill Gates said he doesn’t believe a coronavirus vaccine will be available for mass scale production by the end of the year. “It’s very hard to compress these time frames,” Gates said Sunday during an appearance on CNN. “If everything went perfectly we’d be in scale manufacturing within a year. It may not happen. It might be two years.” Gates, whose philanthropic work has included pandemic modeling and pledges to wipe out diseases, said what might hold up vaccine production is the medical studies to ensure a potential vaccine works, and to understand it’s possible side effects on people.
7:05 a.m. Canadian Prime Minister says immunity will not be a factor in re-opening country provinces: Plans to revive the Canadian economy will not hinge on whether people infected with the coronavirus develop immunity to the illness, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday. “(Immunity) is something we need to get clearer answers to and until we have those clear answers, we need to err on the side of more caution,” Trudeau said in a daily news briefing. The World Health Organization said there’s no evidence that people who recover from COVID-19 are immune from contracting the virus again.
7:00 a.m. Michigan has largest percentage of coronavirus cases resulting in death: An estimated 8.5% of Michigan’s coronavirus cases resulted in death as of Saturday, the highest number in the United States, according to the most recent data from John Hopkins University. New York, Connecticut, Minnesota and Louisiana also had some of the highest death percentages, the university said. In South Dakota, only 0.47% of that state’s coronavirus cases resulted in death as of Saturday — the lowest in the country. Utah, Wyoming, Arkansas and Nebraska followed, with less than 2% of cases in each state resulting in death.
6:54 a.m. Singapore deports man who lied about his travel history: Singapore has deported a British man and blacklisted him after he lied about his travel history during a visit to a court last month. It was part of precautionary measure to curb the COVID-19 outbreak. Police said the Briton was given a stern warning before he was deported Sunday to Hong Kong and barred from re-entering the city-state, despite being married to a Singaporean permanent resident.
6:50 a.m. Protestors defy social distancing orders in Hong Kong: Hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators took to a mall in Hong Kong for the largest protest gathering there since the city instituted a ban of no more than four people gathered together in public to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Singing the protest anthem “Glory to Hong Kong,” the protestors called for the Hong Kong police force to be disbanded, according to the Associated Press.
6:43 a.m. Minks are latest animals to test positive for COVID-19: Animals at two mink farms in the Netherlands have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The Dutch Ministry of Agriculture said Sunday that some staff at the two farms had earlier displayed symptoms of the disease “so it is assumed that these are human-to-animal infections.” This follows reports of cats and a tiger testing positive for the virus.
6:38 a.m. Dr. Birx says next step is understanding virus’ asymptomatic spread: As some states consider reopening Dr. Deborah Birx says the next step in combating the coronavirus pandemic is understanding its asymptomatic spread. “We have to diagnose the virus before it becomes evident in communities,” Birx, the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said during a Sunday appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.” She said emphasis shouldn’t just be on diagnosing cases, but being able to recognize when it’s surfacing in communities before symptoms are expressed.
6:33 a.m. UK official says country is still in a “dangerous” stage: Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab declined to publicly reveal details Sunday about when officials may lift the UK’s shelter-in-place-policy, arguing that re-opening too soon may cause a resurgence of coronavirus cases. “We are at a delicate and dangerous stage and we need to make sure that the next steps are sure-footed,” Raab told Sky News, according to Reuters.
6:25 a.m. Pelosi says Congress has a “plan to go forward”: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to criticism Sunday from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who questioned the lack of funding allotted to individual states in Congress’ most recent stimulus package. “State and local governments have done their jobs magnificently,” Pelosi said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “They should be impatient and their impatience will help us get more money.”
6:17 a.m. Spain reports less than 300 daily deaths for first time in weeks: Spain has reported its lowest daily death count for coronavirus infections in five weeks as its strict lockdown restrictions begin to pay dividends. Spanish health authorities said Sunday that 288 people died from COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours, taking the total to 23,190 since the start of the outbreak. It is the first time the daily death toll has fallen below 300 fatalities since March 20.
6:15 a.m. Africa reports more than 30,000 cases of COVID-19: The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 30,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the 54 countries of Africa. The report issued Sunday showed there have been 1,374 deaths in Africa. Only two African countries have not reported any cases of the disease — the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho in southern Africa and Comoros, the small Indian Ocean islands.
6:05 a.m. Children in Spain allowed to go outside for first time in 6 weeks: Spanish children under the age of 14 enjoyed the outdoors for the first time in six weeks Sunday, as Spain registered its lowest daily death toll increase in more than 1 month, Reuters reported. The country, one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, declared a state of emergency on March 14 and shut down most public places.
Latest developments from April 25:
11:50 p.m. Cuba sends health professionals to South Africa: Cuba sent 216 health care workers to South Africa on Saturday, the latest of more than 20 medical brigades it has sent worldwide to combat the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters reports. Havana has sent around 1,200 healthcare workers largely to vulnerable African and Caribbean nations but also to rich European countries such as Italy where the novel coronavirus has been especially rampant.
11:40 p.m. Saudi Arabia eases up on lockdown for Ramadan: Saudi Arabia announced is easing some of its extensive lockdown measures for the holy month of Ramadan, allowing stores to reopen and people to move around from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. Saudi Arabia has been one of the Mideast’s hardest hit countries, with 16,299 coronavirus cases, a number growing by over 1,000 a day. The pilgrimage city of Mecca has been particularly hard hit, and will remain under total lockdown.
11:24 p.m. Brad Pitt plays Dr. Fauci on SNL: Dr. Anthony Fauci joked with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota this week that if he ever made it into a Saturday Night Live skit, “of course” he’d like Brad Pitt to play him. The nation’s most prominent infectuous disease expert got his wish: Pitt showed up as Fauci on the “SNLAtHome” cold open Saturday. After a few minutes in character, Pitt pulled off his wig, saying, “And to the real Dr. Fauci, thank you for your calm and clarity in this unnerving time. Thank you to the medical workers, first responders and their families for being on the front line.”
11:10 p.m. Will Trump stop briefing on coronavirus?: A tweet by President Trump on Saturday, his refusal to take reporters’ questions Friday and his failure to hold a briefing on Saturday are fueling speculation that he may curtail his daily coronavirus briefings. Republicans are said to worry that his performance could hurt his election-year image. Trump again blasted the press in his Saturday Twitter outburst: “What is the purpose of having White House News Conferences when the Lamestream Media asks nothing but hostile questions, & then refuses to report the truth or facts accurately.”
11:01 p.m. Some small colleges in California face reckoning: The news from two Bay Area colleges, Notre Dame de Namur University and San Francisco Art Institute, they they won’t enroll new students in the fall highlights fears raised by the coronavirus pandemic that some small, private colleges could scale back, merge or even shut down in the face of financial challenges. Unlike public universities they cannot count on state tax dollars to keep them afloat.
10:45 p.m. State coronavirus cases exceed 42,000. The latest count reveals that California has recorded 42,592 cases of the coronavirus infection as of Saturday, including 1,696 deaths.
10:38 p.m. Meat companies said to lack protective measures for workers: Three of the nation’s largest meat processors failed to provide protective gear to all workers, and some employees say they were told to work in crowded plants even while sick as the coronavirus outbreak turned the facilities into infection hot spots, a Washington Post investigation has found. The actions by Tyson Foods, JBS USA and Smithfield Foods — continued even after the federal government’s March 9 safety guidelines were published.
10:15 p.m. Sausalito to close downtown parking on weekends: After Saturday saw a surge of visitors enjoying Sausalito’s sunny streets, the city announced it will now close downtown parking lots on weekends and holidays, starting Sunday. Police will cite visitors for non-essential travel and safe-distancing violations, officials announced Saturday night. Metered parking will be restricted to residents and permit holders. “Please remember that complying with public health orders can help keep everyone safe,” the city statement said.
8:49 p.m. Trump’s handling of pandemic has GOP nervous about losing: President Trump’s erratic handling of the coronavirus outbreak, the worsening economy and ominous poll results have Republicans increasingly nervous about the risk of losing the presidency and the Senate if Trump does not radically improve the nation’s course, the New York Times reports. They believe his handling of daily coronavirus briefings are inflicting grave damage on his standing.
8:39 p.m. Washington Post sues for US cables about early knowledge of coronavirus: The Washington Post is suing the State Department after the agency denied speedy processing of the newspaper’s request for cables from 2018 that warned of safety issues at a coronavirus research lab in Wuhan, China. The newspaper sought the diplomatic cables to report on U.S. government activities related to the virus.
8:29 p.m. SF Sheriff’s Office distributes hundreds of face masks: San Francisco Sheriff’s deputies and recruits handed out more than 750 masks to folks enjoying the outdoors Saturday in the Crocker-Amazon neighborhood, Lake Merced Park, Ocean Beach, Alamo Square Park and Dolores Park. A sheriff’s office tweet shows them in masks themselves, giving masks to bicyclists an strolling through a populated Dolores Park.
8:23 p.m. India begins opening neighborhood stores: India on Saturday allowed neighborhood stores that many of it 1.3 billion people rely on to reopen. The lockdown relaxation did not apply to hundreds of quarantined towns and other hot spots that have been hit hardest by the outbreak that has killed at least 775 people in the country, the Associated Press reported.
8:14 p.m. Bloomberg puts his money where the coronavirus is: Recent presidential candidate and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg is now deploying his massive fortune to bolster social services and feed first responders in the fight against the coronavirus.The billionaire plans to spend $10.5 million on a contact tracing program to help local officials follow the spread of the virus, and $40 million supporting efforts against the virus on low- and middle-income nations.
8:02 p.m. Cases in Marin County increase: Eleven new coronavirus cases in Marin County were announced Saturday, bringing the total for the county to 223, according to the county’s coronavirus website.
7:57 p.m. Americans venturing out again, data shows: Researchers tracking smartphone data report that for the first time since states began implementing coronavirus stay-at-home orders in mid-March, Americans are at home less. The nationwide shift during the week of April 13 was relatively slight, but public health experts caution that increase in travel is premature as the nation continues battling spread of the virus.
7:41 p.m. Back to work at the IRS — and bring your own mask: The Internal Revenue Service is calling certain “mission critical” employees back to the office, and masks are required, according to a memo obtained by the Washington Post. But the memo warned employees they’d likely need to have their own supply: IRS facilities “may not be able to initially procure the PPE for all employees immediately.”
7:25 p.m. Uptick in Illinois poison control calls after Trump comments: Illinois officials report a spike in calls to poison control services after President Trump wondered Thursday whether disinfectants could be used in the body to treat coronavirus, the Washington Post reports. The state public health director said the reports included people using disinfectants as a sinus rinse, and someone combining bleach and mouthwash to kill germs. Sates, chemical companies and health officials have warned against ingesting such chemicals.
7:12 p.m. Fauci says testing should double in US in coming weeks: Dr. Anthony Fauci said Saturday the U.S. should double its coronavirus diagnostic tests over the next few weeks in a “step by step” effort to reopen the country. The U.S. is completing between 1.5 million and 2 million tests per week, and “should probably get up to twice that … and I think we will,” Fauci, a leading expert on President Trump’s coronavirus task force, told a National Academy of Sciences virtual meeting. He said the only way to treatment is through “a randomized, controlled trial” and, “What we really do want is multiple successful vaccines.”
7:01 p.m. Judge rejects plea for protective gear for detained immigrants: A federal judge says immigrants in government custody are not entitled to gloves and other protective equipment when performing mandatory daily cleaning of their living quarters. Detainees have shown that “their health is at stake” from possible exposure to the coronavirus, but haven’t proven the need for a court order to secure protective gear, the judge said. Read The Chronicle story.
6:51 p.m. British reports say Boris Johnson will be back at work on Monday: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be back to work in his office on Monday, “raring to go” after his battle with the coronavirus, he reportedly told cabinet colleagues. Nearly a month after testing positive for the virus, he will be “back to his normal schedule,” according to British news accounts citing Downing Street.
6:25 p.m. Trump promotion of unproven drugs led to skyrocketing prescriptions: On the day President Trump touted an unproven drug combination, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, as potentially “really incredible,” against the coronavirus, first-time prescriptions spiked at more than 46 times the average weekday rate, an analysis by The New York Times finds. Trump continued extolling the drugs as medical experts urged caution. On Friday, the FDA warned the drugs could lead to serious heart rhythm problems in some coronavirus patients.
6:14 p.m. White House said to consider removing Health and Human Services secretary: White House officials are weighing a plan to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Politico and other news organizations are reporting. The reports come amid the pressure of the COVID-19 response and the delicate steps toward reopening the economy. Among other things, White House aides are said to be angry about Azar’s handling this week of the ouster of vaccine expert and whistleblower Rick Bright.
6 p.m. Spring weekend a powerful lure at Southern California beaches: Officials in Orange and Ventura counties loosened restrictions at beaches, prompting a flood of visitors this weekend. About 40,000 people showed up at Newport Beach, according to the Associated Press. Only some beachgoers appeared to observe social distancing rules.
5:49 p.m. Warm, sunny day draws Bay Area to parks: With temperatures rising into the 70s and 80s, many Bay Area residents couldn’t resist the temptation of getting out into their parks, complicating the battle to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Most observed social distancing but some went to closed areas of East Bay parks and gathered in large groups in East Bay parks.
5:33 p.m. Cases exceed 800 in Contra Costa County: Coronavirus cases in Contra Costa County reached 805 on Saturday with 15 new new cases, according to Contra Costa Health Services’ COVID-19 data dashboard. The county also reported two more deaths, bringing the county’s death total to 25.
5:28 p.m. Warriors to follow SF rules as NBA reopens facilities: The Warriors will continue to follow San Francisco’s stay-at-home restrictions, in deciding when to reopen team practice facilities, a team spokesman says. The NBA will reopen team facilities for players beginning Friday in states that are loosening stay-at-home restrictions, according to ESPN. Read The Chronicle report.
5:19 p.m. Cases in Santa Clara County climb: Twenty-two new coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County were announced Saturday, bringing the total for the county to 2,040. One additional death was also reported, taking the county’s death toll to just shy of 100, standing at 99, according to the county’s COVID-19 data dashboard.
4:54 p.m. Crackdown makes no exceptions for Santa Cruz beach weather: Sunbathers don’t get a break with the return of beachy weather. The Santa Cruz County sheriff is not tolerating any sunbathing, sitting, reading or congregating on the beaches, and warned that deputies were enforcing shelter-in-place orders. Violators tempt $1,000 fines. On the bright side, Santa Cruz beaches are still legal for sun worshippers who want to walk, run, surf or swim and come alone or with family. “Use the beaches for recreation only,” the county said on Twitter.
4:38 p.m. Santa Clara finds six more retroactive virus cases: Santa Clara County has retroactively tested 29 people who had flu-like symptoms at death, and found nine infected with the coronavirus, including Patricia Dowd and two others announced earlier this week, according to a letter sent Friday by Chief Medical Examiner Michelle Jorden to the county Board of Supervisors. Some cases are not closed, Jorden said, and have not been included in the county’s death count which stands at 99. Read the story from Matthis Gaffni and Jill Tucker.
4:12 p.m. State health care worker infection cases climb: Health departments statewide are reporting an uptick in coronavirus infections in the health care ranks, with 4,453 confirmed cases among health care workers and 22 deaths as of April 24 — an increase of 131 new cases from a day earlier. The data from the California Department of Public Health refers to on-the-job and other exposures, such as travel-related exposures and close family contact.
4:03 p.m. Autopsy shows Santa Clara woman, 1st U.S. coronavirus victim, died of ruptured heart: The Santa Clara woman who died in early February from COVID-19 — weeks before the first previously known U.S. death from the virus — suffered a massive heart attack caused by coronavirus infection, signs of which were found throughout her body, according to an autopsy report obtained exclusively by The Chronicle. Read the full story by Matthias Gafni here.
3:51 p.m. Many states still go it alone, lacking ability to track cases: Amid the push to reopen the economy, many states do not meet an essential criteria set by the federal government: having an efficient system to track people who have been near a coronavirus-infected person, an Associated Press review found. AP found a patchwork of contact-tracing systems, with little national coordination, and many states unable to keep up with caseloads — falling short of what public health experts say is needed to guard against resurgence of the virus.
3:40 p.m. Strokes among young people raise new questions: Reports of strokes in young and middle-aged coronavirus patients in many hospitals in hard-hit communities are the latest twist in our evolving understanding of COVID-19, the Washington Post reports. The numbers are small but still remarkable because they challenge how doctors understand the virus.
2:46 p.m. Calls to poison control up during pandemic: Data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers shows that nationally, centers received 45,550 cleaner or disinfectant exposure calls from January to the end of March. Ingestion or contact with cleaners prompted 28,158 of those calls, a 20.4% increase over the same period last year. Disinfectant-related calls saw a 16.4 % spike, to 17,392. While the agency cannot prove a definite link to the coronavirus pandemic, “there appears to be a clear temporal association with increased use of these products,” said Yasmine Harding, a spokeswoman for the association. Medical experts have emphasized that people should never ingest or inject disinfectant or household cleaners, despite President Trump’s errant musings this week.
1:48 p.m. BART police, tasked with enforcing mask rules, may buy own supply: BART police have no masks to hand out to riders and no protocol to deal with violations. Now the police union is discussing whether to buy its own supply of coverings to give away, and that has sparked an internal debate. Read more here.
1:03 p.m. Spain eases home confinement: Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says Spaniards will be allowed to leave their homes for short walks and exercise starting May 2 after seven weeks of strict home confinement, the Associated Press reports.
Noon, SingOutSF sing-along goes viral: At high noon, there was no getting away from the sound of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” in the city’s first live-from-everyplace pandemic feel-good sing-along.
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11:59 a.m. UCSF starts coronavirus study with testing in Mission District: UCSF infectious disease researchers, along with officials from the Latino Task Force for COVID-19, launched a study to understand the coronavirus’ impact on the Latino community. Testing started Saturday at pop-up sites in the Mission District, offering both tests for infections and antibodies. Latinos represent 15% of the San Francisco population but make up about 23-25% of the city’s positive tests, according to Supervisor Hillary Ronen. Read the full story here.
11:19 a.m. Global deaths from coronavirus pass 200,000: The worldwide death count stands at 200,698, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. The United States accounts for more than a quarter of the total, with over 52,000 deaths.
11:12 a.m. Spike in New Yorkers ingesting disinfectant: New York City health officials received 50 calls over fears of poisoning from ingesting household cleaners in the 18 hours after President Trump claimed internal use of the disinfectants could fight the coronavirus. The New York Daily News reports the city had 13 similar cases at the same time last year. None of the calls resulted in hospitalization.
10:57 a.m. Plasma transfusion for coronavirus patient a first at UCSF: UCSF doctor Peter Chin-Hong tweeted that the San Francisco hospital system transfused convalescent plasma into a coronavirus patient for the first time, using antibodies from a patient who has recovered. The procedure has shown promise elsewhere, and UCSF is hoping more people who have coronavirus antibodies will donate plasma.
BREAKING NEWS-@UCSF transfuses first unit of #COVID19 #convalescentplasma into critically ill ICU pt using donor #antibodies from pt who successfully recovered. Amazing teamwork with Ashok Nambiar from @UCSFHospitals bloodbank & inspiring study staff, PharmDs, RNs. #ALLIN pic.twitter.com/VOtwkV3k3E
— Peter Chin-Hong MD (@PCH_SF) April 25, 2020
10:39 a.m. New York state pharmacies will do coronavirus testing: Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters at his daily briefing that the state will allow independent pharmacies to be collection sites for coronavirus tests as part of an effort to expand capacity in New York’s labs.
10:15 a.m. Journalists help colleagues affected by coronavirus: Journalists around the U.S. are finding ways to help their colleagues simply pay rent or buy groceries as they face lost or reduced paychecks because of layoffs and furloughs caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Press reports.
10:01 a.m. Italy death toll continues to rise: Italy reported 415 deaths and 2,357 new cases of the coronavirus in 24 hours. Europe’s highest death toll has surpassed 26,000. Much of Italy’s south has been spared the brunt of the outbreak.
9:55 a.m. San Francisco confirms 14 new coronavirus cases: No new deaths were reported Friday in the city, which has confirmed 1,354 cases in total. Twenty-two people have died from COVID-19 in the city.
9:32 a.m. Muralist decorates boarded-up box office: Castro Theatre’s management reached out to the Mission District’s Gallery 415, which put them in touch with award-winning San Francisco muralist Mace. Read more here.
9:05 a.m. California will have to borrow to pay unemployment benefits: Within the next couple of weeks, California’s unemployment insurance fund — which was the most insolvent state fund coming into the coronavirus crisis — will run out of money. It’s vying with New York and Ohio to be the first state fund to go negative since the last recession. Kathleen Pender reports the story here.
8:58 a.m. Small businesses’ lawsuit claims shelter-in-place is unconstitutional: A group of nonessential small businesses in Southern California sued Gov. Gavin Newsom and other state officials in federal court, saying they should be allowed to stay open while abiding by federal guidelines for social distancing. The suit filed by San Francisco-based Dhillon Law Group — which also is part of a lawsuit against Newsom for providing checks to unemployed undocumented immigrants — claims the governor’s order will inflict widespread economic damage.
8:49 a.m. California’s ‘island of romance’ a ghost town during pandemic: When the gates to Santa Catalina Island were all but locked to lovers and pretty much everybody else last month, it may have saved the 4,000 residents from a coronavirus outbreak, but it destroyed an economy based almost solely on tourism. The oceanfront city of Avalon, whose picturesque beauty has sold millions of postcards, has been turned into a ghost town, the Associated Press reports.
8:13 a.m. Giants, A’s help with protective equipment: The Bay Area’s pro baseball teams are partnering with NBC Sports and Timbuk2 to produce 50,000 masks and bandannas. Timbuk2 is reopening its Mission District bag-manufacturing facility to transform 10,000 T-shirts from the teams into face coverings that will be donated to community groups in hopes of reserving more N95 respirators for medical workers. Read the full story here.
8:07 a.m. Earnhardt race car to be auctioned to fund coronavirus relief: NASCAR team owner Richard Childress is auctioning off one of racing legend Dale Earnhardt’s cars to raise money for coronavirus relief efforts, the Charlotte Observer reports. It’s the first time Childress has sold or given away an original Earnhardt No. 3 car from his personal collection.
7:47 a.m. Bennett to lead sing-along for coronavirus frontline workers: Tony Bennett is asking Bay Area residents to come together for a mass sing-along to his signature tune, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” at noon today in honor of the frontline workers responding to the pandemic. Residents are expected to simultaneously flock to their windowsills, stoops and backyards to join the 93-year-old crooner in singing the most famous San Francisco song, which Bennett first performed at the Fairmont Hotel’s Venetian Room in 1961. Read more here.
7:49 a.m. Officer arrested after fatal shooting during coronavirus enforcement: A police officer in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a civilian while enforcing coronavirus restrictions, a fellow officer told the Associated Press. The shooting Friday evening sparked protests in Mogadishu that continued Saturday with crowds of angry young men burning tires and demanding justice. Anger has been growing among some residents over alleged abuses by security forces, including beatings, while enforcing virus-related restrictions.
7:43 a.m. Coronavirus threat greater for smokers: Smoking or vaping can increase your risk of becoming infected, the World Health Organization has warned. Here’s how.
7:14 a.m. India’s Muslims face stigma, blame for coronavirus surge: India’s government is blaming an Islamic missionary meeting for a surge in coronavirus cases, triggering a wave of violence, business boycotts and hate speech toward Muslims that experts warn could worsen the pandemic in the world’s second-most populous country. Read more from the Associated Press here.
6:53 a.m. Some still flock to Sausalito despite coronavirus sheltering: The popular waterfront town in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge stands to lose millions of tourist dollars because of the coronavirus, but visitors still stream in for respite or exercise, which has caused tumult on NextDoor. Read more here.
6:43 a.m. US not part of WHO global pandemic effort: World leaders pledged support Friday as the World Health Organization announced what it calls a “landmark collaboration” to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Missing from the initiative: the United States. Read more from Reuters here.
6:39 a.m. What coronavirus testing will look like in coming weeks: California is processing some 16,000 tests per day with plans to ramp up to as many as 80,000 per day as a condition for reopening the economy. Medical professionals will stick a 5-inch metal-and-plastic swab down the throats and into the nostrils of thousands of people at hundreds of drive-through testing sites, hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters and jails. Read the full story here.
6:28 a.m. Church leaders lobby governor for essential status: Ministers and bishops of more than 200 churches lobbied Gov. Gavin Newsom for essential status on Friday, saying the comfort they provide to families of the sick and dying is just as important as treatment by mental health professionals. The petition led by bishops Sean S. O’Neal of the California-Nevada Church of God and Samuel Santana of Iglesia de Dios Region Suroeste requests permission to provide spiritual support using proper precautions but does not seek to reopen churches.
5:34 a.m. Sri Lanka reimposes curfew after coronavirus surge: Sri Lanka has reimposed a countrywide 24-hour curfew after a surge in the number of coronavirus cases, most of them navy sailors who were searching for those evading quarantine, the Associated Press reports. The 46 new infections on Friday were the highest in a day for the Indian Ocean island nation, which has confirmed 420 cases of the virus, including seven deaths. Sri Lanka partially lifted a monthlong curfew on Monday during daytime hours in more than two-thirds of the country.
5:26 a.m. Pandemic near end in China? For the 10th straight day, China reported no new deaths from the coronavirus. Twelve new cases were reported on Saturday, 11 of them brought from overseas and one local transmission in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang bordering on Russia, according to the National Health Commission.
5:23 a.m. WHO says no to ‘immunity passports’: The World Health Organization is cautioning against the idea of “immunity passports.” It says there is no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected against a second infection. The concept of “immunity passports” or “risk-free certificates” has been floated as a way of allowing people protected against reinfection to return to work but the Geneva-based U.N. health agency says in a scientific brief released Saturday that more research is needed.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
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