October 28 coronavirus news

By Nectar Gan, Adam Renton, Emma Reynolds, Ed Upright, Vasco Cotovio, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 12:00 a.m. ET, October 29, 2020
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8:35 a.m. ET, October 28, 2020

China reports 183 cases in Xinjiang after testing nearly 5 million people

From CNN's Beijing Bureau

A medical worker stands by as people line up to be tested for Covid-19, in Kashgar Prefecture, in China's far-western Xinjiang region, on October 26.
A medical worker stands by as people line up to be tested for Covid-19, in Kashgar Prefecture, in China's far-western Xinjiang region, on October 26. Chine Nouvelle/SIPA/Shutterstock

Health officials in China's far-western Xinjiang region reported 183 Covid-19 infections after completing a mass testing program on Tuesday.

Of that total, only 22 exhibited symptoms, while 161 remain asymptomatic.

Authorities completed a mass testing program of 4.74 million people in the city of Kashgar in days, the Xinjiang Health Commission said in a statement.

The program was launched after a single asymptomatic case was identified over the weekend.

Xinjiang’s Health Commission said that patient is a 17-year-old girl who lives in a village in Kashgar, who has neither a fever nor cough, but tested positive for Covid-19. 

8:35 a.m. ET, October 28, 2020

Record cases and rising deaths as Europe scrambles to save hospitals

A medical worker rests on the floor in the intensive care unit for novel coronavirus patients at the Casal Palocco hospital, near Rome, on October 22.
A medical worker rests on the floor in the intensive care unit for novel coronavirus patients at the Casal Palocco hospital, near Rome, on October 22. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Europe is edging closer to the brink as numerous countries report record new daily Covid-19 cases and its leaders take drastic steps to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Fears are also rising over the potential for hospitals to be overwhelmed as admissions surge and more patients enter intensive care, in a stark reminder of the scenes from the first peak in the spring.

Here's how the second wave is battering Europe today:

  • The Czech Republic, a country praised for its fast and effective response to the first wave of the pandemic, has more cases per capita than any European country. It reported a record 15,663 new cases Tuesday -- more than Germany, which has a population that is eight times larger.
  • Germany reported a record 14,964 new daily cases, taking it to 449,275 in total, as Chancellor Angela Merkel prepared to discuss further measures in a meeting with Germany's state leaders. The number of patients in intensive care is five times higher than a week ago at 1,470. Deaths were up 85 to 10,098.
  • Belgium could run out of hospital beds in two weeks, top health officials said as the country grapples with Europe's second-worst infection rate after the Czech Republic. It reported a record 689 coronavirus hospital admissions on Tuesday, with 13,858 new cases per day on a seven-day average.
  • Poland reported a record number of cases Wednesday, with 18,820 new infections and a record 236 deaths, taking it to 299,049 cases and 4,849 deaths in total. It comes amid mass protests in the country against a new anti-abortion ruling.
  • Italy saw violent protests after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte introduced new restrictions on restaurants and gambling venues Sunday. "This is not the Italy we want,” Conte warned as he announced a €5 billion ($5.9bn) aid package and possible lockdown.
  • Switzerland also risks running out of hospital beds in 15 days and intensive care units in 11 days as the number of infections soar in the country, a Swiss health official said Tuesday. It has seen the sharpest rise in infection rate in Europe, from 59 per 1 million of the population on October 1 to 888 on October 25.  
  • France's President Emmanuel Macron will today announce new measures after it saw its highest death toll since April on Tuesday with 523 deaths in 24 hours. Experts warned intensive care units could be as busy as they were at the spring peak within two weeks, with almost 19,000 patients in hospital.
8:07 a.m. ET, October 28, 2020

How Americans have changed their spending habits due to the pandemic

From CNN's Jeanne Sahadi

For millions of Americans, the economic effects of the pandemic have been devastating, resulting in job lossfood insecurity or threat of eviction.

But for many of those who are still employed -- or who have a spouse who still is -- it has changed how they use their money. Some have cut expenses and increased savings, paid off debt, or donated more to help those in need. Others have spent more on impulse purchases, made big life moves or postponed them.

CNN Business asked readers how the pandemic has changed their spending and saving habits. Here's what some of them had to say.

Out of work, using up savings

Paul Grim described himself and his wife, Michelle, as "more savers than spenders" before the pandemic struck.

Then Grim was laid off from his IT job. His wife, who is still working, has reduced her 401(k) contributions to free up some cash.

We have been dipping into our emergency savings to cover our bills where unemployment falls short," he said.

Slashing expenses, saving more

Sarah Way reworked her family budget when her part-time job in California was cut back to one day a week and her husband's employer temporarily cut his pay in half. Travel, dinners out and commuting expenses were eliminated by default because of the pandemic. But she went even deeper.

"We parked a car and took it off insurance. We cut cable TV. We slashed the grocery bill. After four months, my hubby's salary went back to normal, but we didn't adjust our budget back up," Way said.

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10:35 p.m. ET, October 28, 2020

Paris overtakes London Heathrow as Europe's busiest airport, after flyer numbers plummet

From CNN's Hanna Ziady

London Heathrow has lost the title of Europe's busiest airport to Charles de Gaulle in Paris and is downgrading its forecasts for passenger numbers this year and next as the outlook for aviation deteriorates further.

"Paris has overtaken Heathrow as Europe's largest airport for the first time ever, and Frankfurt and Amsterdam are quickly gaining ground," Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said in a statement on Wednesday.

In the first nine months of the year, Charles de Gaulle welcomed 19.27 million passengers, compared with 18.97 million at Heathrow, 17.6 million at Amsterdam's Schiphol and 16.16 million at Frankfurt International, according to Heathrow.

The airport now expects to see just 22.6 million passengers this year, down from 81 million in 2019. It has also slashed by two fifths its forecast for next year, predicting just 37.1 million passengers from a June forecast of 62.8 million.

"The reduction is caused by the second wave of Covid and slow progress on introducing testing by the UK government to reopen borders with 'high risk' countries," Heathrow said.

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7:41 a.m. ET, October 28, 2020

Seniors are better at pandemic safety than young adults, CDC finds

From CNN's Andrea Kane

Older Americans are better than younger adults at following the recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, according to a new survey.

This discrepancy could explain why Covid-19 infections started to rise in younger people starting in June, according to the team at the Data Foundation, a nonprofit think tank that conducted the survey. 

Most Americans say they're doing what they should, the researchers reported in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Face coverings: Use of masks went up from an average of 78% in April to 83% in May, and reached 89% in June, the survey of 6,500 US adults aged 18 and above showed.

The percentage of older adults who reported wearing a mask was up to 14 percentage points higher, depending on the month, than those in the youngest age group.

Other behaviors: Hand-washing, physical distancing and avoiding public or crowded places dipped slightly or remained unchanged on average over time.

For example, the survey found that the use of hand-washing dipped from an average of 93% in April to 91% in May, and reached 89% in June.

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7:25 a.m. ET, October 28, 2020

Record virus cases and deaths reported in Poland

From CNN's Antonia Mortensen

Poland reported a record number of daily coronavirus cases, with 18,820 new infections on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Health. 

The country also reported a record number of deaths, with 236 deaths on Wednesday, according to the latest government data. 

It brings the total coronavirus cases number in Poland to 299,049 and the death toll to 4,849.

7:07 a.m. ET, October 28, 2020

Belgium reports record high in hospital admissions

From CNN's James Frater in London

Medical staff work and tend to patients at the CHR Citadelle hospital in Liege, Belgium, on October 23.
Medical staff work and tend to patients at the CHR Citadelle hospital in Liege, Belgium, on October 23. Bruno Fahy/BELGA/AFP/Getty Images

Belgium reported a record 689 coronavirus hospital admissions on Tuesday, up from the previous high of 629 in March, according to the latest data from the Belgian health authority Sciensano.

On average, 421 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospital daily over the past two weeks.

As of Tuesday, 5,554 coronavirus patients are in hospital, with 991 patients in intensive care, according to the latest health authority figures. 

Belgium has recorded 347,289 total coronavirus cases and 11,038 deaths, according to government data. The country has a 7-day average of 13,858 new daily coronavirus cases. 

Sciensano noted that figures from the past seven days are subject to revision as there is a lag in receiving data from some regions and provinces.

6:44 a.m. ET, October 28, 2020

More than half of US states reported their highest day of coronavirus cases this month

From CNN's Madeline Holcombe

The fall surge in the United States has ushered in daunting rates of Covid-19 spread, with 29 US states reporting at least one record high day of new cases since October began, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The record spread has brought the national total to more than 8.7 million infections and 226,723 deaths. And with this spike holding the potential to be the worst yet, experts warn that the impact of the virus will likely get worse.

"We're rising quickly. If we just go back about six, seven weeks ago to Labor Day, we were at about 35,000 cases a day," Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of Brown University School of Public Health, said Tuesday. "We're above 70,000 and just heading up. I would not be surprised if we end up getting to 100,000."

The United States added 73,240 new cases Tuesday, and a record peak of more than 83,000 cases was reported on Friday.

The rise in cases has been closely followed by an increase in coronavirus deaths.

This month, 11 states reported their highest single day of new deaths since the pandemic began. And though researchers are racing toward a vaccine, health experts have cautioned that the public needs to take the virus seriously in the meantime. 

If we continue our current behavior, by the time we start to go down the other side of the curve, a half a million people will be dead," CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner said Tuesday.

Under the current conditions, more than 2,000 people are predicted to die of the virus daily by January 1, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

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6:36 a.m. ET, October 28, 2020

Czech Republic set to extend state of emergency and keep schools shut after record cases in 24 hours

From Tomas Etzler in Brno, Czech Republic and Lauren Kent

Soldiers work to set up a healthcare facility at the Covid-19 field hospital in Prague, Czech Republic, on October 22.
Soldiers work to set up a healthcare facility at the Covid-19 field hospital in Prague, Czech Republic, on October 22. Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images

The Czech Republic reported a record 15,663 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday -- up more than 400 on the previous record set last Friday, according to data released Wednesday by the Ministry of Health. 

That means the country, which has a population of 10.65 million, has recorded more new daily coronavirus cases than Germany, which has a population nearly eight times the size at 83.1 million. 

The Czech Republic death toll now stands at 2,547, according to the ministry.

Despite new measures taken by the Czech government last week, the numbers of Covid-19 infections are growing. There are now 6,191 patients in hospital, 893 of them in a serious condition. 

The government announced that students will not be returning to schools on Monday, November 2, as planned and that it will ask the Parliament to extend the state of emergency by one month, until December 3.