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
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
“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
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
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.
12:19 p.m. ET, July 27, 2020
New York reports 11 deaths and more than 600 new cases of coronavirus
From CNN’s Lauren del Valle
At least 11 people across New York died due to coronavirus Sunday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a Monday morning phone call with reporters.
The latest numbers: 608 of the roughly 57,000 — or about 1% — of the tests conducted across New York Sunday were positive, “which is what we like to see,” he said, referring to the low percentage.
At least 642 people were hospitalized Sunday for reasons related to coronavirus, the governor added.
11:55 a.m. ET, July 27, 2020
Two MLB games postponed due to coronavirus
From CNN's Wayne Sterling
Two Major League Baseball (MLB) games scheduled for Monday night have been postponed due to Covid-19, MLB announced in a statement Monday.
The Baltimore Orioles and Miami Marlins in Miami and the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia have been postponed.
According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, a number of Miami Marlins players and staff tested positive for the coronavirus while playing in Philadelphia this past weekend.
Eleven Marlins players and two coaches tested positive for the virus, ESPN reports. The team did not travel back to Miami after the three-game series ended Sunday as they remained overnight for more testing.
MLB said that it will conduct additional testing.
Yankees and Phillies in Philadelphia and Orioles and Marlins in Miami are scheduled to be played Tuesday night.
11:56 a.m. ET, July 27, 2020
Germany must keep daily cases "well under 500" to keep coronavirus under control, official says
From Nina Avramova in London and Fred Pleitgen in Berlin
A recent rise in the numbers of coronavirus cases in Germany is a “cause of concern,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Chief of Staff, Helge Braun, during a Monday news conference.
Braun said in order to tackle the pandemic in the autumn months, cases need to be kept low during the summer period.
"When we come to a higher ground-level of infections during summer, due to our leisure and travel behaviors, or even an increase in the numbers of infections, then it will be even more difficult to keep the situation under control in autumn," Braun said. "That means, from what we have experienced in recent days — with partially over 800 cases a day — we must get to a situation again where we are well under 500. Then we have, I believe, good starting conditions to keep the pandemic under control, also in autumn.”
What the numbers look like now: Germany’s seven-day coronavirus reproductive rate is 1.16, while the four-day r-rate is 1.22, according to the country's center for disease prevention, the Robert-Koch-Institute. The center has called the rise in coronavirus infections “very disturbing” and said it is “monitoring the situation very closely.”
Braun also stressed the mandatory quarantine measures in place. The Robert-Koch-Institute has published a list of risk areas, and people returning from those areas are "obliged to go into quarantine,” Braun said.
"It is very important that all those who are affected, really consistently adhere to these quarantine rules," Braun added.
There is also discussion around implementing mandatory testing for people returning from risk areas, Braun added. State health ministers will discuss mandatory testing on Monday with the German Minister of Health.