Coronavirus News: July 27 – National Security Advisor Tests Positive, Virus Cancels Baseball, Birx Urges States to Close Bars

By Anna Breuer on 27 July 2020
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Miami, Florida

Officials recorded over 1,000 deaths in the United States for four days in a row, prompting a group of 150 prominent medical experts to sign a letter sent to members of Congress, state governors, and the Trump administration. “Right now, we are on a path to lose more than 200,000 American lives by November 1st. Yet, in many states people can drink in bars, get a haircut, eat inside a restaurant, get a tattoo, get a massage, and do myriad other normal, pleasant, but non-essential activities,” the letter said.

Four states – California, Georgia, Hawaii, and Oregon – recorded a number of cases and/or deaths since Friday.

Florida now has more cases than New York. As of Sunday, the Sunshine State has at least 423,847 reported cases, while the Big Apple has more than 416,000. Over the past week, officials in Florida have reported at least 11,000 new cases on a daily basis. Last week, California also surpassed New York in the number of cases.

Dr. Deborah Brix, the White House coronavirus coordinator, recommended that officials in Kentucky and neighboring states close bars and place restrictions on public gatherings. The governor of Kentucky said he would “take some new steps” in controlling the virus.

Officials in Washington, D.C. announced a self-quarantine requirement for anyone visiting or returning to the nation’s capital from an area with a high-rate of infection.  Lawmakers are exempt from the quarantine as a residents of Maryland or Virginia.  The city will publish a list of states where new Covid-19 cases are ten or more per 100,000 pieces, the mayor’s office said. The list will be updated every two weeks.

Officials in Hong Kong, where the number of cases of the coronavirus has spiked in recent days, reinstated the ban on indoor dining and banned public gatherings of more than two people. Masks are now required when in public at all times.

President Trump’s national security advisor, Robert O’Brien, said he tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the most senior White House official to have contracted Covid-19.  In a statement, the White House said that O’Brien had “mild symptoms” and was working from a “secure location off site.”

A study of a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by Modena and the National Institutes of Health has started with 30,000 volunteers. Some will receive a placebo and scientists will track the participants to see which group experiences more infections.

Google said it was extending its work-at-home order to be in effect through June 2021.  “To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we are extending our global voluntary work from home option through June 30, 2021, for roles that don’t need to be in the office,” said the company’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, in an email to employees that was shown to Frequent Business Traveler.

Meanwhile, two Major League baseball games scheduled for Monday were postponed due to the coronavirus.  The two are the Miami Marlins home opener against the Baltimore Orioles and the Phillies’ at home against the New York Yankees.

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