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11:39 a.m. ET, July 28, 2020

Four additional members of the Miami Marlins have tested positive for Covid-19

From CNN's David Close

Miami Marlins take batting practice during a baseball workout at Marlins Park on July 16 in Miami.
Miami Marlins take batting practice during a baseball workout at Marlins Park on July 16 in Miami. Wilfredo Lee/AP

Four additional members of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins have tested positive for Covid-19, according to ESPN and The Athletic. 

On Monday, 11 Marlins players and two coaches tested positive for coronavirus, ESPN reported. Within the last week, ESPN reports that the team has had 17 people test positive. 

CNN has reached out the Marlins and MLB for confirmation and an update on the team's status. 

Here's what MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said when he was asked if there was a point that would cause a shutdown of part or all of the league's schedule:

"I think that a team losing a number of players that rendered it completely non-competitive would be an issue that we would have to address and have to think about making a change, whether that was shutting down a part of the season, the whole season, that depends on the circumstances. Same thing with respect to leaguewide. You get to a certain point leaguewide where it does become a health threat and we certainly would shut down at that point.”

11:19 a.m. ET, July 28, 2020

Florida reports more than 9,000 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Tina Burnside

A health care worker uses a picture to show how to use a nasal swab for a self administered test at the new federally funded COVID-19 testing site at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium on July 23 in Miami.
A health care worker uses a picture to show how to use a nasal swab for a self administered test at the new federally funded COVID-19 testing site at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium on July 23 in Miami. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The state of Florida is reporting at least 9,230 new cases of Covid-19 and 186 additional deaths on Tuesday, according to data released by the Florida Department of Health. 

This brings the state's total cases to 441,977 according to the state department of health. The statewide resident death toll is now 6,117.

10:58 a.m. ET, July 28, 2020

City of Miami issues more than 160 citations for mask violations

From CNN's Tina Burnside

Luis Negron, a Miami Beach code compliance officer, left, talks with women along Ocean Drive about wearing a protective face mask on July 24 in Miami Beach, Florida.
Luis Negron, a Miami Beach code compliance officer, left, talks with women along Ocean Drive about wearing a protective face mask on July 24 in Miami Beach, Florida. Lynne Sladky/AP

The City of Miami has issued at least 167 tickets to individuals not wearing masks in the city, Mayor Francis Suarez announced during a news conference on Tuesday. 

Suarez said of those tickets, 59 were written warnings, 41 were $50 tickets and 67 were $100 fines. 

In addition, Suarez said the city has inspected 552 businesses for compliance with coronavirus rules.

Of those business, 30 business have been closed. Eleven businesses were ordered to close for 24 hours, and 19 will stay closed for 19 days, Suarez said. 

10:37 a.m. ET, July 28, 2020

Some Japanese prefectures announce record numbers of new Covid-19 cases

From CNN’s Yoko Wakatsuki in Tokyo and Eric Cheung

Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura speaks during an anti-coronavirus taskforce meeting of the western Japan prefectural government on July 28 in Osaka, Japan.
Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura speaks during an anti-coronavirus taskforce meeting of the western Japan prefectural government on July 28 in Osaka, Japan. Kyodo News/Getty Images

Japan’s second largest city Osaka and Aichi prefecture, where the country’s third largest city Nagoya is located, announced their highest numbers of daily Covid-19 infections on Tuesday, regional governors said.

  • Osaka recorded its highest daily infection numbers at 155 cases on Tuesday. Osaka governor Yoshifumi Yoshimura requested the citizens in the city to refrain from dining and drinking out with a group of more than 5 people between August 1 and August 20 in an effort to stop the infection from soaring further. 
  • Aichi prefecture also recorded its highest daily infection numbers at 110 cases on Tuesday, which is “a shocking number,” Aichi Governor Hideaki Ohmura said. On Tuesday, the southern city of Kumamoto raised its alert level after identifying 33 new infections, a record for the city. Tokyo also reported 236 new cases on Tuesday.

The country's latest figures: Japan reported at least 599 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, the country's Health Ministry said in a statement Tuesday. The total number of infections in Japan stand at 31,673 as of Monday, with two additional deaths reported. 

The nationwide infection totals for Tuesday – including the record numbers reported in various prefectures – will be released Wednesday morning local time by the ministry of health.

 

10:21 a.m. ET, July 28, 2020

Air traffic will not return to 2019 levels until 2024, air industry association says

From CNN's Eoin McSweeney in London

Passengers check their flight information on screens at the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat airport in El Prat de Llobregat on July 6.
Passengers check their flight information on screens at the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat airport in El Prat de Llobregat on July 6. Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Air traffic will not return to 2019 levels until 2024, later than previously predicted, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in a news conference on Tuesday. 

Despite a slight upturn, air travel in June was surprisingly weak and a much faster rebound had been expected, IATA said.

There was almost no recovery in Europe and passenger numbers remain at all-time lows. Traffic is not growing as quickly as airlines are adding capacity, leading to greater cash burn.

IATA expressed concern business travel levels will never return to pre-Covid-19 levels. New technologies and working from home could mean businesses cut back permanently on travel. Over the next couple of years, cargo could replace business travel as a major source of revenue. 

 Testing is one of IATA's preferred solutions to imposing quarantine, which it reiterated this week after the UK's sudden decision to reintroduce such measures for travelers arriving from Spain. 

"We are in favor of introducing testing, especially between countries that have a different level of infection," Alexandre de Juniac, IATA's Director General and CEO, said. "But we do not see for the moment the testing system ready to accommodate the constraints of air travel."

9:58 a.m. ET, July 28, 2020

US stocks open lower

From CNN’s Anneken Tappe

US stocks fell at the opening bell in New York, retracing the prior session’s gains.

Stocks climbed Monday on hopes for Washington’s next pandemic stimulus package. But on Tuesday, investors are grappling with earnings again, with big consumer names like McDonald’s missing estimates.

Here's how the market opened:

  • The Dow opened 0.3%, or 85 points, lower.
  • The S&P 500 fell 0.1%.
  • The Nasdaq Composite kicked off 0.2% lower.

9:44 a.m. ET, July 28, 2020

Funding for Covid-19 testing should be government's responsibility, airline industry says

From CNN's Greg Wallace

International Air Transport Association Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac speaks during the IATA global media day on December 8, 2014 in Geneva.
International Air Transport Association Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac speaks during the IATA global media day on December 8, 2014 in Geneva. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

The airline industry wants testing for passengers on international flights to be funded by governments, the head of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said Tuesday. 

IATA chief Alexandre de Juniac told reporters on a conference call that IATA believes testing “is very helpful” to prevent the spread of the coronavirus through travel, but it is concerned the cost of testing “could be a barrier to air travel if it was to be paid by the passengers.” 

“The contribution of the airlines is to have – to organize the testing with the airports, within the airport area to ensure that when the passenger comes to an airplane, he enters into a kind of safe bubble in which everybody will have been tested and tested negative,” de Juniac said. 

The testing would be a “kind of insurance that passengers who are flying are not infected, and that would minimize significantly the rate of virus transmission.” 

Executives with four major airlines – American, United, British Airways, and Lufthansa – recently asked US and European governments to reopen transatlantic travel without quarantine periods with a testing program. Those four airlines are IATA members.    

A coalition of U.S.-based airlines is also pushing the US Transportation Security Administration to begin government-organized temperature checking program. 

9:24 a.m. ET, July 28, 2020

Real Madrid player tests positive for Covid-19

From CNN’s Aleks Klosok and Patrick Sung in London

Mariano Diaz of Real Madrid runs during a match between Real Betis Sevilla and Real Madrid at the Estadio Benito Villamarin on March 8 in Sevilla Spain.
Mariano Diaz of Real Madrid runs during a match between Real Betis Sevilla and Real Madrid at the Estadio Benito Villamarin on March 8 in Sevilla Spain. Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Images

Real Madrid forward Mariano has tested positive for Covid-19, the newly crowned La Liga champions announced on Tuesday.

“After the COVID-19 tests carried out yesterday on our first team footballers by the Real Madrid Medical Services, our player Mariano, tested positive,” read a statement.

“The player is in perfect health and is complying with the protocol of isolation at home," the statement added.

The Spanish-born forward was an unused substitute for Real Madrid’s last match – a 2-2 draw in La Liga away at Leganes – on Sunday, July 19.

Real Madrid is scheduled to play at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League – Round of 16 tie on Friday, August 7.

Manchester City holds a 2-1 lead after the first leg which was played at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium in February before the pandemic caused the competition to be halted.

9:13 a.m. ET, July 28, 2020

"We just can't afford" another Covid-19 surge, Fauci says

From CNN Health’s Naomi Thomas

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading expert on infectious disease, discussed the surges in southern states, and how to hopefully avoid future surges through careful reopening, on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday.

“Obviously, the southern states that really had a major surge,” Fauci said, naming Florida, Texas, Arizona and California. "They appear, I hope, and it looks like they may be cresting and coming back down.”

Fauci said that what he was concerned about, and something that Dr. Deborah Birx has also mentioned, was other states, such as Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky, “that are starting to have that very early indication that the percent of cases regarding the number of tests you have – that the percent is starting to go up.”

“That’s a surefire sign that you’ve got to be really careful." Fauci said.

“If you are trying to open up, please do it in a way that’s in accordance with the guidelines,” Fauci added.

If guidelines are followed carefully, as well as the fundamentals that Fauci outlined earlier – which include mask wearing, social distancing, closing bars in areas where there is viral activity, avoiding crowds and practicing hand hygiene – “I think we can prevent the surges that we’ve seen in the southern states,” he said. “Because we just can’t afford, yet again, another surge.”

When asked whether there should be a coordinated national strategy for reopening, as some state governors have said they will not go along with plans that have been laid out by the administration, and the President has said that some states should be thinking about reopening, Fauci said that the guidelines “the way we put them out some time ago, that really is the national strategy.”

These recommendations say that if you’re at a certain level, wait until you have a period of time over 14 days where it comes down, Fauci said, then continue to move through the phases, once the preceding one has been successfully achieved.

“Obviously, as you mentioned, some states are not doing that,” Fauci said. “We would hope that they all now rethink at what happens when you don’t adhere to that. We’ve seen it in plain sight in the southern states that surged, so we’ve got to get back to a very prudent advance from one stage to another.”