July 27 coronavirus news

By Nectar Gan, Adam Renton, Amy Woodyatt, Ed Upright, Meg Wagner and Melissa Macaya, CNN

Updated 12:02 a.m. ET, July 28, 2020
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8:30 a.m. ET, July 27, 2020

US records nearly 55,000 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Alta Spells in Atlanta

The United States recorded 54,953 new coronavirus cases and 470 new deaths on Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

At least 4,233,923 cases of Covid-19 have now been reported in the US, including at least 146,935 related deaths. 

The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases. 

CNN is tracking US coronavirus cases here: 

1:25 a.m. ET, July 27, 2020

Traveling while Asian during the pandemic

From CNN's Diana Diroy

"I hope we don't get sick from these Ch*nks."

Those are the words an Asian-American woman from Seattle, Washington, heard while boarding an airplane. The passenger who said it was staring directly at her.

This is one of more than 2,100 anti-Asian, pandemic-related hate incidents documented and submitted to Stop AAPI Hate, a reporting center founded by the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council.

Since its launch in March, Stop AAPI Hate has recorded incidents ranging from verbal harassment and physical assault to civil rights violations.

"This is not just a pandemic of health but a pandemic of hate that is attacking our AAPI communities around the country," said California Assembly member David Chiu during a Stop AAPI Hate news conference on July 1.
California Assembly member David Chiu.
California Assembly member David Chiu. California State Assembly

CNN previously reported that attacks on Asian people or people who appear to be East Asian have intensified after the coronavirus outbreak began in China.

Even the FBI has concerns. In April, in a letter to law enforcement officials, FBI Director Christopher Wray wrote that his agency remains "concerned about the potential for hate crimes by individuals and groups targeting minority populations in the United States who they believe are responsible for the spread of the virus."

With the increase of reports of anti-Asian hate across the world, many Asian travelers are feeling more vulnerable than ever -- in their own neighborhoods and on the road.

CNN Travel talked to Asians who travel for a living to see how they have been affected by the pandemic.

Read their stories here:

Traveling while Asian during the pandemic

Traveling while Asian during the pandemic

Text and video by Diana Diroy, CNN

1:04 a.m. ET, July 27, 2020

India reports nearly 50,000 new Covid-19 cases in highest single-day spike

From CNN's Swati Gupta in New Delhi and Eric Cheung in Hong Kong

A health worker collects a swab sample collection booth for Covid-19 testing at Smt Sucheta Kriplani Hospital, on July 26, in New Delhi, India.
A health worker collects a swab sample collection booth for Covid-19 testing at Smt Sucheta Kriplani Hospital, on July 26, in New Delhi, India. Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times/Getty Images

India recorded its highest single-day jump of 49,931 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in a statement issued on Monday.

As of Monday morning, India has reported a total of 1,435,453 confirmed coronavirus infections, including more than 485,000 active cases, the statement said. The total number of recovered patients stands at 917,568.

The country also recorded 708 new Covid-19 related fatalities on Sunday, bringing the total death toll to 32,771, the statement added. 

More than 16.8 million samples have been tested across India as of Monday, the Indian Council of Medical Research said.

India has the third-highest number of virus cases worldwide, after the United States and Brazil.

PM's claim: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that his country's response to the pandemic has defied global expectations.

"The way Indians came together to fight against coronavirus in the last few months, we have proved the world wrong," Modi said, while delivering his monthly radio address to the nation.

Modi claimed the coronavirus recovery rate was better in India than in other countries but warned that the threat of the disease remained.

"We need to remain vigilant. We have to remember that coronavirus is still as dangerous as it was in the beginning," he added.

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12:31 a.m. ET, July 27, 2020

Japan reports nearly 840 new Covid-19 cases as country grapples with spike

From CNN's Yoko Wakatsuki in Tokyo

People wearing face masks are seen in front of Osaka Station on July 22, amid the spread of the novel coronavirus. 
People wearing face masks are seen in front of Osaka Station on July 22, amid the spread of the novel coronavirus.  Kyodo News via Getty Images

Japan's health ministry recorded 839 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, raising the total number of cases reported nationwide to 30,701.

The death toll stands at 1,009.

Of Sunday's new cases, 239 were from Tokyo. It marks the sixth consecutive day that the capital has reported more than 200 new cases.

Meanwhile, the city of Osaka reported 141 new cases.

Case numbers have been rising in Japan in recent weeks, with the virus spreading to US military bases in Okinawa prefecture. On Saturday, authorities confirmed 64 new cases on the bases.

12:00 a.m. ET, July 27, 2020

Another inmate dies in San Quentin, marking 17 total deaths in the California prison

From CNN's Jennifer Selva in Los Angeles

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

A 62-year-old inmate died of coronavirus Sunday at the San Quentin Prison in Northern California, marking the facility's 17th death from the virus.

Johnny Avila Jr. died in the morning at an outside hospital from what appears to be coronavirus complications, said the California Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (CDRC). A coroner will determine the exact cause of his death.

Avila was put on death row in March 1995 after being convicted of two counts of first degree murder. He was sentenced to death in Fresno in March 1996.

Prison outbreak: San Quentin is the site of the worst coronavirus outbreak in California's prison system, with 2,155 inmates in total who have tested positive. At least 90 people tested positive in the past two weeks alone.

The outbreak and the deaths have prompted criticism from prison reform advocates.

Earlier this month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom admitted that prisoners "should not have been transferred" from the California Institution for Men in Chino to San Quentin, as they spread the virus to the facility.

2:50 a.m. ET, July 27, 2020

Australian state of Victoria records 532 new cases, in worst day of pandemic so far

From CNN's Angus Watson in Sydney

 Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to the media on July 27, in Melbourne, Australia.
 Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to the media on July 27, in Melbourne, Australia. Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

The Australian state of Victoria recorded 532 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, marking the nation's worst day of the pandemic so far, said Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews on Monday.

Victoria also recorded six fatalities in the past day, raising the state's death toll to 77 and the national death toll to 161.

Three weeks of lockdown: Victoria has seen high case numbers persist for weeks, despite metropolitan Melbourne and neighboring Mitchell Shire being halfway through a six-week-long lockdown order.

The major driver of these new cases is people going to work while sick, said Andrews. 

"The ultimate consequence, if people are going to work sick, is that people will become infected and therefore people will die," Andrews said.

Aged care facility outbreak: There are also outbreaks across multiple aged care facilities, with 683 residents and staff testing positive so far. 

“The residents in these facilities will be people, parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and they are at significant risk of dying -- that is an inescapable fact,” said Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton on Monday.

This post has been updated to accurately reflect the number of new cases.

11:19 p.m. ET, July 26, 2020

White House pushes to scale back coronavirus relief stimulus

From CNN's Phil Mattingly and Manu Raju

Top White House negotiators are pushing to scale back the next coronavirus relief legislation, just one day before Senate Republicans plan to release their $1 trillion proposal.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows both mentioned the possibility of moving forward on a less ambitious proposal initially Sunday in television show appearances, and multiple aides told CNN that it has become a leading option in discussions between the administration officials and Senate Republicans in recent days.

"Honestly, I see us being able to provide unemployment insurance, maybe a retention credit to keep people from being displaced or brought back into the workplace, helping with our schools," Meadows said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."
"If we can do that along with liability protection, perhaps we put that forward and get that passed as we can negotiate on the rest of the bill in the weeks to come."

Bipartisan negotiations: The consideration of scaling back efforts before Republicans even put an offer on the table underscores just how difficult the coming bipartisan negotiations are expected to be.

One of the primary reasons administration officials are considering a less ambitious effort is due to the initial meeting between Meadows and Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer last week, according to multiple officials.

"They came away from that significantly less optimistic that something can get done," said one administration official.

What might be in the package: A scaled-back proposal would focus primarily on deadline issues -- like the unemployment benefits that expire at the end of July, as well as education funding just weeks before schools are set to open. Should Republicans decide to pursue the idea, it may also be used to put pressure on Democrats in advance of the unemployment benefit deadline.

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8:30 a.m. ET, July 27, 2020

Mexico reports more than 46,000 coronavirus cases and 4,500 deaths in one week

From CNN's Karol Suarez in Mexico City

Workers from the Crematorio San Isidro in Mexico City, prepare a person who died by Covid-19 for cremation on July 17.
Workers from the Crematorio San Isidro in Mexico City, prepare a person who died by Covid-19 for cremation on July 17. Gerardo Vieyra/NurPhoto/Getty Images

Mexico has reported 46,273 new coronavirus cases in the past seven days alone, according to a CNN tally of data from the Mexican health ministry.

The country also reported 4,506 related deaths in the same week.

Mexico has now recorded a total of 390,516 cases and 43,680 deaths.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has said that the high numbers are due to "increased testing and a delay of the information," though Mexico has one of the lowest testing rates of any large country worldwide..

8:31 a.m. ET, July 27, 2020

Brazil tops 2.4 million coronavirus cases, 5 months after first reported case

From journalist Rodrigo Pedroso in Sao Paulo

Brazil's health ministry reported 24,578 newly confirmed Covid-19 cases Sunday, bringing the country's total to 2,419,091.

The ministry also reported 555 new deaths from the virus, bringing Brazil's death toll to 87,004.

Sunday marks five months since Brazil reported its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus on February 26.

President tests negative: This comes after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tested negative for the virus Saturday, his first negative test since testing positive July 7.

The Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases later said Bolsonaro set a “bad example” by socializing and not wearing a mask right after his negative Covid-19 test announcement.

CNN is tracking worldwide coronavirus cases here: