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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1:17 p.m. ET, July 27, 2020

New Jersey gym owners arrested after refusing to close

From CNN's Elizabeth Hartfield

Ian Smith, co-owner of Atilis Gym, speaks into a megaphone outside of his gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey, on May 18.
Ian Smith, co-owner of Atilis Gym, speaks into a megaphone outside of his gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey, on May 18. Matt Rourke/AP

The owners of the Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey, were arrested and subsequently released on Monday morning after they opened their facility again despite a judge ruling that the state could force the gym to close, according to a statement from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. 

Individuals were observed using the gym between July 24 and July 27 in violation of the judge's order, prosecutors said.

Local police said that the owners of the gym refused to leave when they were asked, leading to the arrest, prosecutors said. 

1:02 p.m. ET, July 27, 2020

Local and national strategies need to work together to control Covid-19, WHO official says 

From CNN's Naomi Thomas

The best way to deal with Covid-19 is to have a seamless relationship between national and local strategy, said Dr. Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization’s health emergencies program’s executive director. 

“It’s striking that balance between what is national or federal strategy and what is local implementation, in the sense you fight what you see, and the only people who really see what’s happening are at local,” he said. 

Reactions can’t only be based on what is seen locally though, he said; they have to be guided by what is happening nationally. 

“In the most effective countries, what you see is a seamless relationship between a national strategy being implemented but with the local flexibility to be tactical in reaction to the disease,” said Ryan.  

He said that the right balance is national strategies that lay out, fund and support approaches, but give local authorities the ability to implement them appropriately based on what they see on the ground.

1:06 p.m. ET, July 27, 2020

Disney World will delay reopening some hotels 

From CNN's Natasha Chen

Disney's Beach Club Resort pictured in 2017.
Disney's Beach Club Resort pictured in 2017. Elizabeth Culliford/Reuters

Disney has changed reopening plans for some of its hotels on the Walt Disney World property in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

According to the resort website, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation will reopen later than originally scheduled. Reopening dates previously announced for Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn have been canceled.

A number of Disney resort hotels are already open, while others have not been scheduled for reopening yet.

“We will continue to evaluate the situation and reopen more locations when the environment is right to do so. While these plans may evolve, we will be monitoring the constantly changing health environment and its impact on the state of Florida as we find the right time to welcome back even more of our Guests," the website reads in part.

Disney had stated in May that changes to reopening plans are likely, as the company continues to follow guidance from government and health officials.

12:50 p.m. ET, July 27, 2020

New York issued more than 130 non-compliance violations to venues this weekend, governor says

From CNN’s Lauren del Valle

New York state issued 132 violations to bars and restaurants for not following coronavirus-related regulations over the weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters on a press call Monday. 

Most of violations were issued to establishments in New York City, he said.

Since reopening bars and restaurants during the pandemic, 40 establishments have had their liquor licenses suspended as a result of coronavirus-related violations — 10 these suspensions were issued since Friday, Cuomo said. 

He said the lack of compliance with social distancing policies, particularly among young people, is a concern his administration is watching closely. 

12:47 p.m. ET, July 27, 2020

Dick's Sporting Goods will close stores on Thanksgiving Day

From CNN's Kate Trafecante

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty Images
Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Dick's Sporting Goods announced Monday that all stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day as the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect retailers nationwide.

In the past, most Dick's Sporting Goods stores were open with limited evening hours on Thanksgiving, according to the company. But this year, all stores will remain closed on the holiday. Dick's will also continue to give all employees a 15% pay bump through the end of the year.

"We are so thankful to our teammates for their hard work and dedication," said CEO Ed Stack in a statement. "We will continue to do all we can to support them and show our gratitude."

Some context: Dick's move follows similar announcements from Target and Walmart, who will also stay closed on Thanksgiving Day.

12:27 p.m. ET, July 27, 2020

White House official's positive coronavirus test sparks concern from allies

From CNN's Vivian Salama

One foreign official tells CNN that Elysée, the French presidential palace, is scrambling as it processes the news of White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien’s positive test result. 

O’Brien met with Emmanuel Bonne, French President Emmanuel Macron’s top foreign policy adviser on July 14. Bonne briefs the French president multiple times a day. 

Just days later, Macron and Bonne traveled to Brussels for negotiations at the European Council Summit.

On Thursday, O’Brien, who by then had returned to Washington, abruptly cancelled a meeting with another European official, saying, simply, it was “for personal reasons.”

12:23 p.m. ET, July 27, 2020

White House official says Robert O'Brien's daughter was sick before his Covid-19 diagnosis

From CNN's Nikki Carvajal and Kaitlan Collins

Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters he believes Robert O’Brien’s daughter was sick before the national security adviser tested positive for Covid-19 himself.

“I did speak to him Friday. I believe his daughter was ill first, he tested several times and I – I have not spoken to him today, so I actually can’t confirm what’s in the papers, but I’ll assume it’s right,” Kudlow said at the White House Monday.

“I think it’s a light case, I wish him well, he’s a very dear personal friend of mine, he’s a fabulous colleague and a brilliant policy maker, so I wish him well,” he said. Kudlow added to CNN’s Kaitlan Collins that he was “sure he’ll get through this with Godspeed.” 

Kudlow, who has publicly advocated mask-wearing but has not been seen wearing a mask himself, was wearing a face covering as he spoke with reporters. When asked what changed, Kudlow claimed it was because reporters were wearing them.

“You know why?” he said. “You all are wearing them.”

Kudlow continued: “We’re not going to keep the economy open, we’re not going to get the v-shaped recovery, we’re not going to get kids back to school, unless we follow simple guidelines: masking, distancing, testing, and personal hygiene.”

12:26 p.m. ET, July 27, 2020

Pennsylvania reports more than 800 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Sheena Jones

Tourists take photos of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, July 25, amid the Coronavirus outbreak.
Tourists take photos of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, July 25, amid the Coronavirus outbreak. Daniel Slim/AFP/Getty Images

Pennsylvania reported 839 new Covid-19 cases and 4 new deaths from the virus, according to a press release from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Allegheny County, where Pittsburgh is located, reported 180 of those new cases.

The state has had a total of at least 108,264 cases of Covid-19 since the pandemic started. At least 7,122 people have died from the virus, the release said.

The state continues to see a significant increase in cases among 19- to 24-year-olds, the release says.

Note: The numbers listed were released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database, which is drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project. 


12:18 p.m. ET, July 27, 2020

Germany will require coronavirus tests for travelers returning from high-risk areas

From CNN's Fred Pleitgen and Lauren Kent

A sign directs traffic to a coronavirus screening station in the medical center of the airport in Duesseldorf, western Germany, on Monday, July 27.
A sign directs traffic to a coronavirus screening station in the medical center of the airport in Duesseldorf, western Germany, on Monday, July 27. Ina Fassbender/AFP/Getty Images

Germany will require mandatory coronavirus tests for travelers returning from high-risk areas, German Health Minister Jens Spahn tweeted Monday. 

"We have to prevent returning travelers from infecting others unnoticed and thus triggering new chains of infection. That is why I will order a test requirement for those arriving from high-risk areas. This serves to protect all citizens," Spahn said.

The rule will go into effect the week beginning August 3, and tests are set to be free of charge for the travelers, the German health ministry said on its official Twitter feed.