August 27 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Adam Renton, Ed Upright and Amy Woodyatt, CNN

Updated 12:01 a.m. ET, August 28, 2020
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1:42 a.m. ET, August 27, 2020

India reports highest single-day surge with over 75,000 new coronavirus cases

From CNN's Swati Gupta and Esha Mitra in New Delhi

India recorded 75,760 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday -- the country's highest one-day jump in cases since the pandemic began, according to the Health Ministry.

That raises the country's total number of infections to 3.31 million. Of those, more than 2.5 million have recovered, leaving over 725,000 active cases, according to the ministry.

In India, not all patients require a test to be considered recovered. Patients with mild and moderate symptoms are considered no longer active after 10 days of symptom onset if they meet certain conditions, and a test to confirm that they no longer have the virus is not required. However, severe cases can only be discharged after one negative coronavirus test.

The death toll stands at 60,472, according to the ministry. 

Meanwhile, the state of West Bengal has extended its lockdown: The restrictions are now scheduled to expire on September 20.

"Covid is still happening, it might be less or more in some districts but we need to be careful," West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday.

During lockdown, only essential services will continue to operate, with the exception of industrial activity and some local transport. Schools will stay shut.

Some days will be designated "total lockdown" -- meaning no movement or commercial activity at all will be permitted. The complete list of these dates have not yet been released.

1:30 a.m. ET, August 27, 2020

Indigenous Brazilians end protest after 10 days, calling for more government Covid-19 assistance

From CNN's Fernanda Wenzel in São Paulo and Sharif Paget in Atlanta 

Indigenous Brazilian protesters removed their barricades from a key highway in Brazil’s Amazon on Wednesday, after 10 days of protest against the federal government.

The group has decided to end their protest until a decision is reached regarding a lawsuit filed by Pará state's Federal Public Attorney. The suit urges the government to renew a program that compensates communities for the environmental impact the highway has over their territory.

The indigenous group also has another demand: for the government to step up its efforts to contain Covid-19, which has ravaged their community.  

The Kayapó Mekragnoti people first blocked the highway last Monday, August 17, near the city of Novo Progresso to demand health assistance, medical supplies and food to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.   

The indigenous group kept the road open since Saturday as it negotiated with government officials. By Wednesday, August 26, the group decided to leave the highway for good and return home.   

1:14 a.m. ET, August 27, 2020

The US reported more than 44,000 new cases on Wednesday

The United States reported 44,109 new cases of Covid-19 and 1,222 new virus-related fatalities on Wednesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

That raises the national total to at least 5,821,819 cases and 179,708 deaths.

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

Follow CNN's live tracker of US cases here:

1:02 a.m. ET, August 27, 2020

Mexico reports more than 5,200 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Karol Suarez in Mexico City 

Mexico recorded 5,267 new cases of Covid-19 and 626 virus-related fatalities on Wednesday.

This raises the country's total to 573,888 cases and 62,076 deaths.

Mexico has reported the third-highest number of deaths from coronavirus, behind only the United States and Brazil, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Within Latin America, Mexico has seen the third-highest number of total cases, following Brazil and Peru.

12:25 a.m. ET, August 27, 2020

South Korea records highest new daily coronavirus case numbers since March

From CNN's Gawon Bee in Seoul

South Korea recorded 441 new coronavirus cases in the past day, marking the highest number of new daily cases since March 7, according to data from South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

Among the new cases, 434 were locally transmitted. Of these, 313 were from the Seoul metropolitan area, health ministry officials said Thursday. 

Meanwhile, officials continue to conduct contact tracing in relation to the Sarang-jeil Church cluster; more than 900 cases have been linked to it so far.

On top of the initial 4,066 close contacts of the Sarang-jeil Church congregation and visitors, an additional 1,846 people have been identified through on-site contact tracing, officials said today.

Meanwhile, Gwangju City Mayor Lee Yong-sub issued an executive order on Thursday, banning all religious gatherings and shutting down facilities used by the public.

12:03 a.m. ET, August 27, 2020

Peru reports nearly 6,000 new cases of Covid-19

From CNN's Jennifer Landwehr in Chicago

Peru’s Health Ministry recorded 5,996 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections identified in the country to 613,378.  

The Health Ministry also confirmed 123 new fatalities, taking the country's coronavirus death toll to 28,124.

Only Brazil has recorded more Covid-19 cases in Latin America than Peru, according to Johns Hopkins University.

11:12 p.m. ET, August 26, 2020

CDC director says new testing guidance reflects "updated recommendations" from the White House

From CNN’s Nick Valencia and Maggie Fox

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made controversial changes to its testing guidelines after “updated recommendations” from the White House coronavirus task force, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said Wednesday. 

“These updated guidelines, coordinated in conjunction with the White House Coronavirus Task Force, received appropriate attention, consultation and input from task force experts,” Redfield said in a statement to CNN.
“We are placing an emphasis on testing individuals with symptomatic illness, individuals with a significant exposure, vulnerable populations including nursing homes or long term care facilities, critical infrastructure workers, healthcare workers and first responders, or those individuals who may be asymptomatic when prioritized by medical and public health officials."

The changed guidelines: The Trump administration has scrambled to explain the quiet changes made to the CDC website Monday.

The previous guidelines recommended testing anyone who had been in close contact with a confirmed case, even people who do not develop symptoms. The new guidelines said only some people should get tested.

Controversy over official approval: Earlier, Adm. Brett Giroir, who heads testing efforts for the task force, told reporters that task force members had weighed in on the change -- including Redfield and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert.

But Fauci later denied this to CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

11:05 p.m. ET, August 26, 2020

The pandemic is making US drug shortages even worse, FDA says

From CNN's Andrea Kane

The coronavirus pandemic is worsening the United States' drug shortage problem, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“Due to Covid-19, we've had the increasing demand for certain medications, and then we've also had an increase in hospitalizations, which has drained the supply. Patients wanting to stock up, and that's a normal reaction — that's been another reason," Valerie Jensen, associate director of the drug shortages staff at the FDA, said Wednesday on the podcast “FDA Insight”.
"And then sometimes, we've had some cases of slower manufacturing times due to labor shortages in some of the areas that have been harder hit."

Traditionally, Jensen said, drug shortages are rooted in manufacturing and quality problems involving sterile, injectable drugs especially older ones. Those are the very kinds of medications used by hospitalized patients, that are facing shortages and increased demand

There are also shortages of pharmacy drugs, like those for high blood pressure and antibiotics.

Jensen said the FDA had been in contact with more than 180 drug manufacturers since January, working to stabilize supply chains and monitor potential disruptions.

9:26 p.m. ET, August 26, 2020

Brazil reports more than 47,000 new coronavirus cases

From Fernanda Wenzel in São Paulo and Sharif Paget

Medical personnel treat a coronavirus patient in the Intensive Care Unit of the Santa Casa de Misericordia Hospital on August 13 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Medical personnel treat a coronavirus patient in the Intensive Care Unit of the Santa Casa de Misericordia Hospital on August 13 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Silvio Avila/AFP/Getty Images

Brazil’s Health Ministry reported 47,161 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours on Wednesday, bringing the country's total to 3,717,156.

The ministry also reported 1,086 new coronavirus fatalities, raising Brazil's death toll to 117,666.

Calculations by CNN based on official figures show that average cases and deaths in Brazil -- measured over a seven-day period -- peaked in late July.

For new cases, the peak average was 46,393 on July 29. As of August 26, that daily average had fallen to 37,214. 

There's been a slower decline in the average number of deaths -- from a peak of 1,096 on July 25 to 938 on August 26.

Only the United States has recorded more coronavirus cases and deaths than Brazil.