July 30 coronavirus news

By Nectar Gan, Adam Renton, Emma Reynolds, Ed Upright, Melissa Macaya and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 12:00 a.m. ET, July 31, 2020
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11:41 p.m. ET, July 30, 2020

Watch the entire CNN coronavirus town hall

CNN's Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta hosted a global town hall on Thursday evening answering your questions about what the future holds for the fight against Covid-19.

The hosts discussed the latest news about the pandemic as global cases surpass 17 million, including more than 667,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Guests on the show included US President Donald Trump's coronavirus testing czar Adm. Brett Giroir and White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci.

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11:08 p.m. ET, July 30, 2020

Australian state of Victoria surpasses 10,000 Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Karina Tsui

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews addresses the media at the daily briefing on July 31, in Melbourne, Australia.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews addresses the media at the daily briefing on July 31, in Melbourne, Australia. Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

The Australian state of Victoria reported 672 new coronavirus cases and eight deaths on Friday, according to the state's premier Daniel Andrews.

The total number of infections in Victoria, the second-most populous state in Australia, now stands at 10,577, with 112 deaths, according to Andrews.

“Aged care, healthcare settings, warehouse settings, food distribution settings -- these places are where we’re seeing new cases,” Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said during Friday’s news briefing. 

Door knocking campaign: Andrews said he has no announcements to make about harsher lockdowns but he would not rule out more frequent door knocking to check if people are staying at home.

More than 130 people -- one in four of those who’ve tested positive -- were caught defying stay-at-home orders, according to the Premier.

Authorities have increased manpower to crack down on isolation dodgers, with 34 teams of officers deployed to knock on the doors of infected individuals.

“Both public health experts from the Victorian team and those on a national level will spend the next day or two looking at the data at the six-week point, the halfway point of the stay-at-home orders that we put in place,” Andrews said. “That analysis will happen today and tomorrow, and then we'll have more to say.” 

Though Friday’s figures are slightly lower than the previous day, Andrew said that it is “almost impossible” to see Victoria’s economy open up any time soon.

10:44 p.m. ET, July 30, 2020

Mexico will take part in French pharmaceutical giant's phase 3 coronavirus vaccine trial

From CNN's Karol Suarez in Mexico City and Eva Tapiero in Paris

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard. Adriana Hernández/EELG/GDA via AP

Mexico will participate in the phase 3 trial of a Covid-19 vaccine from the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Pasteur's Mexico branch, according to Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.

"Sanofi-Pasteur announces the incorporation of Mexico in phase 3 of the protocol for the Covid-19 vaccine trial," Ebrard said in a tweet Thursday.
"Tests will be conducted in our country, and we will have early access to the resulted vaccine," he added. "I thank France for the support to make it happen. Good news."

Sanofi's Mexico branch confirmed to CNN that Mexico would be a part of its phase 3 trial.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said further details would be provided later.

"Our main goal is that Mexico takes part in many protocols for phase three as soon as possible. This is the first one, and it's great news for Mexico," the statement said.

The foreign minister also clarified that the deal is with the company's Mexico branch, not France. "The agreement is not with France; it's with Sanofi," Ebrard said. "We've worked a lot with Sanofi in Mexico. Sanofi was vital in 2009 [with] the influenza vaccine."

10:08 p.m. ET, July 30, 2020

China reports more than 100 new Covid-19 cases for third day in a row

From CNN's Isaac Yee in Hong Kong

A medical worker collects a swab sample from a woman for a coronavirus test on July 28, in Shenyang, China.
A medical worker collects a swab sample from a woman for a coronavirus test on July 28, in Shenyang, China. Yu Haiyang/China News Service/Getty Images

China recorded 127 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the National Health Commission said on Friday morning.

That marks the third consecutive day that the country has reported over 100 new infections.

Among the new cases, 123 were locally transmitted, with 112 confirmed in the far western region of Xinjiang and the rest in the northeastern province of Liaoning.

The country also recorded a further 11 asymptomatic infections on Thursday.

9:17 p.m. ET, July 30, 2020

Buffalo Bills send rookies home following 5 positive Covid-19 tests

From CNN's Jill Martin, Nadia Kounang and Steve Almasy

The Buffalo Bills have sent their rookies home from the team’s facility following five positive Covid-19 tests in the last week, both NFL Network and ESPN reported Thursday.

“As we were informed by medical experts as training camp opened, we expected to have positive tests for COVID,” the Bills said in a statement posted on its website and on Twitter on Thursday.

“With 5 since the beginning of the testing period last Tuesday, we decided to take a disciplined, proactive, and preventative approach to hopefully eliminate additional cases within our team," the statement said.

Some background: Testing has been a key component in bringing players back. As players enter camp, they will be tested. Players have to have two negative tests within 72 hours in order to participate in training camp.

Thereafter, the union and the league have agreed to test each player daily for at least the first two weeks of training camp, eventually moving to an every-other-day schedule once a team maintains a 5% positivity rate.

Those tests will be conducted by the company BioReference Laboratories. 

9:38 p.m. ET, July 30, 2020

Fauci: "Impossible to predict" where US is on the Covid-19 arc

From CNN's Josiah Ryan

CNN's Anderson Cooper, Sanjay Gupta, and Dr. Anthony Fauci
CNN's Anderson Cooper, Sanjay Gupta, and Dr. Anthony Fauci CNN

White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested it is impossible to know whether the US is nearing the end of the pandemic or still in the early stages, and that the outcome depends very much on Americans' behavior going forward.

"It’s impossible to predict because when we were looking at the increase and then going down, if it had gone all the way down to baseline… then you could say 'if we hold tight, we may be in the 7th or 8th inning,'" Fauci said, when asked by CNN's Anderson Cooper where the US currently sits on the arc.

"But that didn’t happen," he added.

Fauci went on to say the length of the pandemic will depend on how well Americans wear masks, socially distance and adhere to other actions that can slow and stop the virus's spread. 

"The thing we need to do is we need to put out all the stops to get it down to baseline and to keep it there by doing the things that we’ve been talking about, and that I’ve been talking about consistently," he said.

"If we do that, Sanjay, I think we’re well towards seeing this under control," he told CNN's Sanjay Gupta. "If we don’t, then we really can’t make a prediction about how long this is going to last."

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9:32 p.m. ET, July 30, 2020

There are "deleterious, unintended consequences" if children are kept out of school, Fauci says

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a roundtable discussion at the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, on Thursday, July 30.
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a roundtable discussion at the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, on Thursday, July 30. Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg/Getty Images

With millions of parents preparing for the upcoming academic year under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci said "we should try as best as we possibly can to get the children back to school."

"Because we know the consequences on the children when they're kept out of school, as well as the downstream deleterious, unintended consequences on families, of parents who have to get off work to take care of their kids," Fauci said during CNN's global coronavirus town hall Thursday night.

Fauci instructed parents to be vigilant because of the varying levels of the infections across the country. This advice from the nation's top infectious disease doctor comes hours after Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida advocated for parents to be able to choose either in-person or distance learning as districts in the state weigh their options for the upcoming school year.

Florida is one of the states that has recorded a spike in Covid-19 cases.

"So if you have a level of virus that really is very, very low, then you could likely proceed with impunity, depending on the local situation, with getting the child back to school with no restrictions. If you're in an area where there is some virus involved, the local authorities may do things like try to modify the school situation," Fauci added.

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9:24 p.m. ET, July 30, 2020

Fauci "optimistic" about data from vaccine trial


Dr. Anthony Fauci responded to a claim from the head of Operation Warp Speed, the federal government’s multi-billion effort to develop a vaccine against Covid-19, that a coronavirus vaccine could be 90% effective.

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, called this claim from Moncef Slaoui "a very optimistic estimate," he said tonight on CNN's global coronavirus town hall.

"We all hope it's going to be that way," Fauci said. "When we look at the data from the phase one study ... it looks good because the vaccine induced neutralizing antibodies in the recipients was rather robust to the level that would you say is at least as good or better than what's induced by natural infection, namely what we're seeing in convalescent plasma. So that's the first good indication that gets us to be optimistic."

Some context: In his first television interview, Slaoui said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if the vaccine was about 90% effective. 

“It’s very hard to predict of course – that’s why we’re doing the trial. My personal opinion based on my experience, I think this vaccine is going to be highly efficacious. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s in the 90% [range],” said Slaoui, chief adviser to Operation Warp Speed. “I think it will be a very effective vaccine. That’s my prediction.” 

Slaoui spoke Thursday with CNN while touring a Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial site in Savannah, Georgia. He’s a former GlaxoSmithKline executive who began his position with Operation Warp Speed in May.

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9:07 p.m. ET, July 30, 2020

It's not "acceptable" that the US is so backlogged on Covid-19 testing, Giroir says

From CNN's Shelby Lin Erdman

“It shouldn’t be acceptable” that the US is so backlogged on coronavirus testing, Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services said during CNN’s coronavirus town hall.

He tried to defend the state of testing in the US after large testing companies such as Quest Diagnostics reported it can take seven days or more to run tests and get results back to people.

“Nationally, about 25% of tests are point-of-care so that's about 15 minutes. Another 25% are done in local hospitals … That's generally a quick turnaround,” Giroir said.

But he conceded there is a backlog that’s rendering some coronavirus testing practically useless.

“Where we really talk about it is the big commercial labs and there's no question they've been strained, and Quest has been strained more than the other commercial labs,” he said.

“Our data right now, and this is the worst week, is that 56%, are back within three days, 76% are back within five days,” he added.

Pooling samples from four or five people can speed things up and save resources, Giroir said.

“I've said and I've said before — I want the perfect test. I want it to be perfectly sensitive and specific and back within 15 minutes. That's why we're really working towards more point-of-care but again it is a work in progress, because of the tremendous demand,” Giroir said.

By September, Giroir said he expects half of all tests in the US to be point-of-care tests, but he warned, “You can’t test your way out of this.” People must also use masks, avoid crowds and avoid being indoors with others, he said.