November 27 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Adam Renton, Melissa Macaya and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 2:08 a.m. ET, November 28, 2020
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8:24 p.m. ET, November 27, 2020

Coming coronavirus surge will be "destabilizing" for the US, says health expert

From CNN Health’s Lauren Mascarenhas

A medical staff member checks the IV drip for a patient in the Covid-19 intensive care unit during Thanksgiving at the United Memorial Medical Center on Nov. 26, in Houston, Texas.
A medical staff member checks the IV drip for a patient in the Covid-19 intensive care unit during Thanksgiving at the United Memorial Medical Center on Nov. 26, in Houston, Texas. Go Nakamura/Getty Images

The coming coronavirus surge will be “destabilizing” for the United States, according to a health expert.

Health experts are predicting a surge in Covid-19 cases following Thanksgiving, beyond the record-breaking numbers the US is currently experiencing.

“We're going to be regularly hitting 2,000 deaths per day, but then going up to 3,000 deaths and 4,000 deaths per day,” Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN’s Jim Acosta Friday.
“We're talking about numbers that are approaching what we experienced in the 1918 flu pandemic, except it's happening over a much shorter period of time,” he added.

Hotez said without a national program in place, hospitals are being overwhelmed.

“We know when hospital staff starts to get overwhelmed, that's when the death rates really go high,” he said. “This is this what happened in New York in March and April. It’s what happened in southern Europe in March and April. It’s what's happening now as we speak in the US.”

Hotez said the consequences will extend beyond health.

“This is going to be very destabilizing for the country, not only in terms of health but also our economy, as well as our homeland security,” he said.

7:48 p.m. ET, November 27, 2020

Ireland will open shops, restaurants, hairdressers, and some pubs next week: RTE report

From CNN's Amy Cassidy and Maija Ehlinger

A shopper exits a store in Grafton Street in Dublin on Oct. 21.
A shopper exits a store in Grafton Street in Dublin on Oct. 21. Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The Irish cabinet on Friday approved the easing of tough coronavirus restrictions that were reimposed on businesses in October, according to state broadcaster RTE. 

The relaxing of the rules means all retail outlets, hairdressers, museums, libraries, and gyms can reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Restaurants and pubs will be permitted to reopen on Friday, Dec. 4, provided they serve meals, RTE reported. 

The cabinet also agreed to lift restrictions on household gatherings for the Christmas period. From Dec. 18 to Jan. 6, up to three households can gather indoors and people will be able to travel freely across the country, according to RTE. 

In a televised statement Friday on the easing of current restrictions, Ireland's Taoiseach -- or Prime Minister -- Micheál Martin said: ''We all have a personal individual responsibility and by closely following the rules we believe we can make this reopening sustainable.''

Martin added that restrictions won't be eased for so-called wet pubs, or bars that don't serve food. These can remain open only to serve takeaway drinks. 

The Irish government will ask people to wear masks in crowded outdoor spaces, and the question of travel to Northern Ireland will be reviewed when the government meets between Dec. 18 and Jan. 6. 

6:53 p.m. ET, November 27, 2020

Los Angeles County issues new stay-at-home order and bans all gatherings as Covid-19 cases surge

From CNN's Sarah Moon

The outdoor patio at Roccos WeHo on Santa Monica Blvd., remains open on November 25 a few hours before a Covid-19 curfew closes LA County restaurants.
The outdoor patio at Roccos WeHo on Santa Monica Blvd., remains open on November 25 a few hours before a Covid-19 curfew closes LA County restaurants. Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times/Getty Images

All public and private gatherings with people outside a single household will be prohibited for three weeks in Los Angeles County starting Monday to curb an unprecedented spread of coronavirus, the Department of Public Health announced in a news release.

“As new Covid-19 cases remain at alarming levels and the number of people hospitalized continue to increase, a temporary Los Angeles County health officer order will be issued to require additional safety measures across sectors,” the county's health department said Friday. 

The order comes days after the county reported a record number of new Covid-19 infections, the highest number of deaths in months, and increased hospitalizations.

County health officials are urging all residents to stay home as much as possible and to wear face coverings when they are outside, even when exercising at parks and beaches.

While beaches, trails, and parks remain open, only gatherings from a single household will be allowed. Under the new order, playgrounds and cardrooms will also be closed.

According to the news release, the maximum occupancy for essential businesses will be reduced to 30%. Occupancy will be shrink to 20% for nonessential businesses, personal care services, and libraries. Businesses operating outdoors, including fitness centers, zoos, botanical gardens, and batting cages, will be reduced to 50% maximum capacity.

The new health order will be in effect until Dec. 20.

6:50 p.m. ET, November 27, 2020

Former Miami-Dade County mayor says he has tested positive for Covid-19

From CNN’s Rosa Flores 

Former mayor of Miami-Dade County Carlos Gimenez speaks during a news conference at a new self-swab Covid-19 drive-thru testing site at Tropical Park in Miami, Florida on July 27.
Former mayor of Miami-Dade County Carlos Gimenez speaks during a news conference at a new self-swab Covid-19 drive-thru testing site at Tropical Park in Miami, Florida on July 27. Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade County's former mayor and congressman-elect, tweeted that he and his wife have tested positive for Covid-19.

Gimenez said he will continue to attend New Member Orientation virtually until he can resume a normal schedule.

Gimenez also thanked all “the incredible health care workers who are tirelessly dedicated to their patients.”

Prior to winning the 2020 election for Congress, Gimenez was the mayor of Miami-Dade County. Gimenez will now serve Florida's 26th congressional district.

6:26 p.m. ET, November 27, 2020

Transportation Department finalizes airline traveler protection rule

From CNN's Greg Wallace

After a spike in complaints about airline refunds when the Covid-19 pandemic first struck, the US Department of Transportation unveiled on Friday a rule that will impact how travelers claim mistreatment.     

The rule formally defines the words “unfair” and “deceptive” – two legal terms governing how airlines and ticket agents may interact with customers. It also says passengers need not prove an airline’s intent when claiming a violation. The Transportation Department said the rule formalizes the way it has interpreted those words in the past.  

The rule matters because it now gives travelers specific language to cite in their claims.  

Airlines had asked for the rule and said a formal definition would provide regulatory certainty. Southwest said the rule would benefit the economy. Spirit Airlines said with the lack of a rule, “the Department can levy punitive fines on carriers for practices allegedly violating ill-defined regulations.” However, the carriers did ask for changes the Transportation Department did not incorporate. Spirit, for example, asked for regulators to change a word to make the rule less subjective.  

But the department also noted consumer advocacy groups, several lawmakers, and two members of the Federal Trade Commission argued the definitions “were either unnecessary or weakened consumer protection.” The FTC shares jurisdiction over travel agents with the Transportation Department.  

The rule change got underway in February 2019, more than a year before formal claims against airlines spiked as the pandemic spread and flights were canceled. Customers said the airlines resisted refund requests and only provided vouchers for a later flight or avoided providing compensation by changes to the fine print. 

4:58 p.m. ET, November 27, 2020

US surpasses 13 million Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Amanda Watts and Jamiel Lynch

Individual hospital beds are lined up in a corridor with curtains at the new temporary hospital at the DCU in Worcester, MA on November 25. The hospital is being set up for a second time within a year.
Individual hospital beds are lined up in a corridor with curtains at the new temporary hospital at the DCU in Worcester, MA on November 25. The hospital is being set up for a second time within a year. David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe/Getty Images

There have been at least 13,047,202 cases of coronavirus in the United States and at least 264,624 people have died from Covid-19, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins recorded the first case of coronavirus in the US on Jan. 21.  

  • 98 days later, on April 28, the US hit 1 million cases
  • 44 days later, on June 11, the US hit 2 million cases
  • 27 days later, on July 8, the US hit 3 million cases
  • 15 days later, on July 23, the US hit 4 million cases
  • 17 days later, on Aug. 9, the US hit 5 million cases
  • 22 days later, on Aug. 31, the US hit 6 million cases
  • 25 days later, on Sept. 25, the US hit 7 million cases
  • 21 days later, on Oct. 16, the US hit 8 million cases
  • 14 days later, on Oct. 30, the US hit 9 million cases
  • 9 days later, on Nov. 8, the US hit 10 million cases
  • 7 days later, on Nov. 15, the US hit 11 million cases
  • 6 days later, on Nov. 21, the US hit 12 million cases
  • 6 days later, on Nov. 27, the US hit 13 million cases

Eleven other countries in the world have reported over 1 million total Covid-19 cases. They are:

  • India has over 9 million total cases.
  • Brazil has over 6 million total cases.
  • France and Russia have over 2 million total cases.
  • Spain, United Kingdom, Argentina, Italy, Colombia, Mexico and Germany all have over 1 million total cases each.
5:18 p.m. ET, November 27, 2020

CDC advisers meeting to vote on their recommendations for first vaccine recipients 

From CNN’s Maggie Fox

Advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called an emergency meeting Tuesday so they can vote on recommendations for the first people to get a coronavirus vaccine once one gets emergency authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration, the committee’s chair told CNN Friday.

“We are meeting because the FDA, the Operation Warp Speed, have asked states and other jurisdictions to please submit their plans on Friday of this coming week,” Dr. Jose Romero, chair of the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, told CNN.

“We foresee imminent authorization if this vaccine is shown to be effective and safe in the near future and we want to be at the point where we are providing appropriate guidance to the states and jurisdictions for the use of these vaccines,” said Romero, who is Secretary for Health for the Arkansas Department of Health.

“This is not something that is being rushed. We have already discussed the groups within the first tier. We are simply going over the data once again and having a vote primarily on the first tier group 1a – health care providers and the people in the long-term, congregate facilities.” 

ACIP met on Monday to discuss the priority groups for receiving any vaccine that may get emergency use authorization from the FDA. The CDC has already recommended that the first group – designated as 1a – should be frontline health providers and support personnel, as well as residents of long-term care facilities who have been hardest hit by the pandemic.

“It is important because these are the individuals that are really at the front line providing the care,” Romero said.

Vaccine maker Pfizer has submitted to the FDA for emergency use authorization, or EUA, for its vaccine and biotech company Moderna is expected to do so, also. The FDA has scheduled a meeting of its own vaccine advisers for Dec. 10.

Romero said it was important for ACIP to hold a public meeting and a public vote.

4:31 p.m. ET, November 27, 2020

NFL postpones Ravens-Steelers game for second time due to Covid-19 outbreak

From CNN's Cesar Marin

Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers warm up before the start of their game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 01 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers warm up before the start of their game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 01 in Baltimore, Maryland. Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The NFL announced on Friday that it will move the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers to Tuesday out of an “abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel.”

The game was originally scheduled to be played on Thanksgiving Day, but was then moved to Sunday after several Ravens players tested positive for coronavirus in consecutive days. Now the league is moving the game for a second time.

Baltimore has sent 12 players to the Reserve/Covid-19 list this week, including MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Ravens currently have 14 players on the list overall, according to the Ravens’ website.  

The NFL describes the Reserve/Covid-19 list as being for players who either test positive for Covid-19 or who have been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. 

The Ravens were set to host the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday but the NFL also announced that game has now been moved to Dec. 7.

 

4:22 p.m. ET, November 27, 2020

More than 264,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the US

From CNN's Jamiel Lynch and Amanda Watts

A Miami-Dade County resident creates a symbolic tombstone for a relative at a memorial cemetery for those lost to Covid-19 in Liberty City, Florida on November 24.
A Miami-Dade County resident creates a symbolic tombstone for a relative at a memorial cemetery for those lost to Covid-19 in Liberty City, Florida on November 24. Daniel A. Varela/Miami Herald/Getty Images

At least 12,993,261 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the US and at least 264,241 people have died from virus, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases.

So far today, Johns Hopkins has reported 109,997 new cases and 787 deaths.

Friday marked the 25th consecutive day the US reported more than 100,000 new coronavirus cases.

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