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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5:46 p.m. ET, October 28, 2020

Dodgers and Lakers fans asked to quarantine in Los Angeles following championship wins

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

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Tony Gutierrez/AP

In the wake of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Lakers winning championship titles this year, revelers in the city have been asked to quarantine for the next two weeks. 

Los Angeles Health Director Barbara Ferrer said anyone who celebrated with others without wearing a face covering or practicing social distancing should take precautions. 

“For the next 14 days, remain apart from others as much as possible. Get tested and monitor yourself for symptoms of illness. If you know that you were in contact with a person who tested positive for Covid-19, please quarantine for the full 14 days, even if you have a negative test result,” Ferrer told fans in a news conference Wednesday.

Ferrer attributed an increase in cases partly to gatherings for sports events and celebrations for the Lakers and Dodgers.

5:04 p.m. ET, October 28, 2020

State-by-state Covid-19 vaccine distribution could lead to confusion, former HHS secretary warns

From CNN's Andrea Diaz

Leaving vaccine distribution plans completely up to the states could lead to confusion, a former health and human services secretary said Wednesday.

"The state-by-state approach is, you know, to put a fine point on it, is pretty nuts as far as I'm concerned,” former Department of Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius said during a live panel from the Aspen Institute. “It leaves a … high possibility of very inequitable distribution and kind of chaotic transportation to get to sites where you vaccinate."

Sebelius added: "Not having a national strategy on everything from communication to, you know, health protection, has not really been very effective so, I'm hoping when we get the vaccine that we would have a national framework with a clear national identification of priority. ... Without that national strategy, I'm very worried it could look like, you know the PPE where every state was fighting with every other state and fighting with the federal government."

 

3:38 p.m. ET, October 28, 2020

Fauci on masks: "It almost becomes a political statement. We've got to get away from that."

From CNN's Jacqueline Howard

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, testifies during a US Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington, DC, on September 23.
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, testifies during a US Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington, DC, on September 23. Graeme Jennings/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

There's no doubt that wearing masks "makes a difference," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, emphasized on Wednesday.

"We don't want to shut down completely," Fauci told Dr. Howard Bauchner, editor in chief of the medical journal JAMA, during a virtual Q&A session.

"If you don't want to shut down, at least do the fundamental basic things, which are really the flagship of which is wearing a mask," Fauci said. We can't have this very inconsistent wearing that you see, where you see some states that absolutely refuse to wear a mask."

Fauci added that the politicization of masks should stop.

"It almost becomes a political statement. We've got to get away from that,” he said.

3:35 p.m. ET, October 28, 2020

France imposes new national lockdown as Covid-19 cases rise

From CNN's Barbara Wojazer in Paris and Lindsay Isaac in London

 

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AFPTV

France will go into a nationwide lockdown on Friday as Covid-19 cases surge in the country, French President Emmanuel Macron announced today.

Macron announced the measures in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening, adding that measures already taken "are not enough."

What the new measures do:

  • Under the new lockdown, people will need a certificate to move around.
  • Nonessential businesses, restaurants and bars will be closed. 
  • Schools will remain open, people can go to work and care homes visits will be allowed. 
  • Macron warned that by mid-November all intensive care unit beds would be taken by Covid-19 patients unless a “brake” is put on the virus.
3:47 p.m. ET, October 28, 2020

The US is "not in a good place" when it comes to Covid-19, Fauci says

From CNN's Jacqueline Howard

The United States is "not in a good place" when it comes to a rise in Covid-19 cases nationwide, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

"We're not in a good place," Fauci told Dr. Howard Bauchner, editor in chief of the medical journal JAMA, during a virtual Q&A session on Wednesday.

"Now we're averaging about 70,000 a [day]. That's a bad position to be in," Fauci said. "As we continue into the cool months of the fall and soon the cold months of the winter, we're starting seeing something going in the wrong direction."

 Fauci called this "a bad recipe for a tough time ahead."

2:23 p.m. ET, October 28, 2020

"Stay inside just with your household" on Halloween, doctors say

From CNN's Jacqueline Howard

 

With the threat of Covid-19, trick-or-treating is not safe this year and kids should be kept home, professors from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine warned in written statements on Wednesday. 

"I’m more hesitant to even do socially distanced activities with large group of kids and adults gathering outdoors. People are trying to come up with creative ways of passing out candy. But I’d be worried for potential spread from any contact with people outside your household," Dr. Sadiya Khan, a physician, epidemiologist and assistant professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said in her statement. 

"Being within six feet of somebody who isn’t part of your household, even if outdoors, is risky now. Door-to-door trick-or-treating is very hard to do safely, because there has to be good masking and physical distancing of at least six feet or more," Khan said, adding that her children plan to dress up in costumes and she’ll hide candy around the house for them to find.

Dr. Craig Garfield, professor of pediatrics at the university and director of the Family and Child Health Innovation Program, said that hiding candy around the house — which he called "trick-or-treat meets hide-and-go-seek" — can be a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating.

"Much as I love the costumes and candy of Halloween, this year we will not go out and will not be turning on lights or giving out candy. I suggest other families do the same," Garfield said in his statement. "Now is a time to just stay together as a family."

Overall, the lowest risk way to celebrate Halloween is to stay indoors with your household, said Dr. Taylor Heald-Sargent, pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics at the university.

"The bottom line is that there is a risk, and it's simpler to just cancel everything. But everyone is getting tired of skipping fun events and disappointing our children," Heald-Sargent said in her statement. "It’s essential to follow the three W’s: wear a mask, watch your distance and wash your hands. 

Heald-Sargent added that instead of handing out candy this year, she used the money she would have spent on candy to buy individually wrapped face masks to leave outside instead.

1:26 p.m. ET, October 28, 2020

World Series champs L.A. Dodgers will delay celebration due to Covid-19

From CNN's Dan Kamal

A view of the world series patch is seen on a Los Angeles Dodgers player's uniform during Game Six of the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field on October 27 in Arlington, Texas.
A view of the world series patch is seen on a Los Angeles Dodgers player's uniform during Game Six of the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field on October 27 in Arlington, Texas. Rob Carr/Getty Images

After clinching the storied franchise’s seventh World Series championship and first since 1988, the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday announced a delay in plans to celebrate the win.

In a statement addressing fans and the City of Los Angeles, the team said the celebration would “have to wait until it is safe to do so. We can’t wait to celebrate together!”

Dodgers 3rd baseman Justin Turner was pulled from Tuesday night’s deciding Game 6 in the 8th inning, after confirmation that a follow-up to an inconclusive Covid-19 test on him came back positive.

The Dodgers have not announced an update on the team’s departure from Texas back to California. 

Following Tuesday’s victory, Dodgers president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman, was asked if the team was able to fly home or has to remain in Arlington in quarantine. 

He replied, “Not sure yet. We’re going back [to the team hotel] tonight and we’re going to all take tests and figure out what the results are from that and then go from there.”

12:21 p.m. ET, October 28, 2020

Former FDA commissioner: Covid-19 in the US is "on a trajectory to look a lot like Europe"

From CNN Health's Jacqueline Howard

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on April 5, 2017, at Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on April 5, 2017, at Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Zach Gibson/Getty Images

As Covid-19 cases soar across the US, the country is on a path to "look a lot like Europe," warned Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. European countries have been reporting record numbers of Covid-19 cases as the continent prepares for the pandemic to intensify through winter.

"The reality is the density of the epidemic underway in European countries – like France, Italy and the UK right now – far exceeds what's underway in the United States. Now, that said, we're about maybe three weeks behind Europe, maybe months at the most," Gottlieb told CNBC's Joe Kernen on “Squawk Box” Wednesday morning.

"We're on a trajectory to look a lot like Europe as we enter the month of November. So I think things are going to get worse," Gottlieb said. "What we have is very diffuse spread. We're sort of at the beginning of this steep part of that epidemic curve right now."

1:00 p.m. ET, October 28, 2020

Big Ten football game canceled due to rising Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Wayne Sterling

Wisconsin Badgers Head Coach Paul Chryst does a post-game interview after an NCAA college football game against the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 23 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Badgers Head Coach Paul Chryst does a post-game interview after an NCAA college football game against the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 23 in Madison, Wisconsin. David Stluka via AP

The Big Ten football game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Nebraska Cornhuskers scheduled for Saturday has been canceled due to several positive Covid-19 cases within the Wisconsin football program.

As of Wednesday morning, 12 people — six student-athletes and six staff members, including head coach Paul Chryst — have tested positive for the virus. Additional test results are pending.

As a result, Wisconsin will pause all team-related activities for at least seven days.

"This morning I received the news that I had tested positive via a PCR test I took yesterday," Chryst said in a statement. "I informed my staff and the team this morning and am currently isolating at home. I had not been experiencing any symptoms and feel good as of this morning."

The statement continued: "I am disappointed for our players and coaching staff who put so much into preparing to play each week. But the safety of everyone in our program has to be our top priority and I support the decision made to pause our team activities."

Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “We have said from the beginning that the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff members comes first. Over the past several days we have seen a rising number of student-athletes and staff contract the virus. The responsible thing for us to do is to pause football-related activities for at least seven days.”

The game will not be rescheduled.  

Wisconsin's next scheduled game is Nov. 7 at home against Purdue. Nebraska's next scheduled game is on the road against Northwestern on Nov. 7.