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live, from cnn center, this is cnn "newsroom" with robyn curnow. >> welcome back to cnn. i am robyn curnow, live, from atlanta. so, health inspectors in rio are slapping fines on dozens of businesses for violating coronavirus mitigation measures. but half of those fined are restaurants and bars. as you can see here, the site of patrons crowded together, without masks, has provoked a widespread outcry. bars and restaurants are allowed to operate, at 50% capacity, since they reopened on thursday. tables must be at least two meters apart. and this comes as brazil surpasses a million and a half coronavirus cases, nationwide.
meanwhile, mexico is now reporting more covid-19 cases than italy, which of course was one of the hardest-hit countries early on. now, health officials said it could be weeks until cases start to peak in mexico. but that's not stopping many businesses in the capital from reopening. at matt rivers now explains. matt. >> well, for months, people here in mexico watched as this pandemic tore through countries throughout europe. and now, it appears that those roles have been reversed. we see countries in europe now on the mend. while the outbreak here in mexico, seemingly, gets worse by the days and the numbers do appear to bear that out. just in the last few days, we saw mexico's death toll surpass that of spain. and in the next day or so, we expect the death toll to be greater than what we have seen in france. when it comes to confirmed cases, the new numbers reported by mexican health officials on friday, now put the total case number, here, in mexico, higher than the total case number in italy. it just goes to show you that
when the w.h.o. says that latin america is the new epicenter of this pandemic, there is reason that they are saying that. meanwhile, in the northwestern mexican state of sonora, which sits on the border with the u.s. state of arizona, health officials there, just for this weekend, are putting in more border checkpoints. they are concerned, they say, that people coming south, from the u.s., could be bringing the virus with them because of the exponential rise in cases that we have seen in arizona, recently. now, remember, the u.s. and mexico, jointly, agreed to close their common border, the land border there, back in march to all nonessential travel. but health officials said that over the last several weeks, they have seen increasing violations of that order. that is why health officials saying they're putting in place those additional checkpoints. matt rivers, cnn, mexico city. >> thanks, matt. so, cuba presents a stark contrast to many of its latin-american neighbors. unlike mexico and brazil,
coronavirus cases there are actually stabilizing. so life on the island is slowly beginning to return normal. patrick now explains from havana. >> for the first time since the outbreak of coronavirus in cuba, health officials are lifting some of the restrictions, here, in havana. they say they have managed to, not only flatten but, crush the curve of new cases, here, in the cuban capital. and that means that there are only about 50 active cases right now on the entire island. and that, for the first time, restaurants and bars are beginning to reopen. of course, here, in old havana, the area that would usually be packed with tourists, there's almost nobody. there are some restaurants open, for the first time in three months. but you don't see a lot of people in them. and that's because there's really no tourism right now. the island is still shut down to tourism, for the most part. there are some hotels that have opened up. but those are in islands keys
off the coast of cuba. so it is a little surreal to look around, in a place where, usually, it's one of the biggest tourism draws on this island. and there's just nobody. empty streets. other places, you look around, you see life returning, a little bit, to normal. people out doing the activities that they used to do. going to the beach, for the first time in months. the ocean has been closed, until now. so life is returning to normal. but it's still impossible to come to havana if you are a tourist. that means a lot of people just won't open up their businesses for the time being. and so, even though some of the restrictions are being lifted here, life has not returned to normal. and may be some time, still, before it does. patrick oppmann, cnn, havana. >> thanks, patrick. england's pubs and restaurants are reopening this saturday. but that doesn't mean everything is back to normal there.
the british prime minister is urging everyone to be responsible. he's, also, warning all those who might defy restrictions, that they are letting others down. >> my view. my -- my urgings to everybody can be summed up in the phrase enjoy your summer safely. i do want people to feel that it's safe to go and enjoy themselves, to enjoy hospitality. but it's got to be done in a responsible way. you know, the heads of parties got to give their name, contact details, to everybody behind the bar. or behind the -- to the -- in the -- in the restaurant or wherever. got to be done. got to observe social distancing. wash hands. and -- and this will be a success. if not, as chris says, the risks are there and they're obvious. and i'm afraid that the risks are absolutely manifest in other countries we know and love well
there are -- there are difficulties. >> boris johnson there. and he also says he won't hesitate to reapply restrictions, if infections get out of control. and now, concerning travel to england, the british government has a new list. it includes 59 countries and 14 british overseas territories. travelers from those places will no longer have to quarantine upon arrival. crucially, this is important, the u.s. is not on that list. well, air france plans to cut more than 7,500 jobs over the next few years, after the coronavirus nearly brought air travel to a halt. employees gathered in protest after the announcement. we know positions are expected to be cut from both air france and its sister airline hop. at the height of the pandemic, the company was losing nearly $17 million a day. the airline doesn't expect demand to fully recover until 2024. ahead on cnn "newsroom." hospitals across the u.s. are vital in the fight against coronavirus. so why are some losing millions, even billions, of dollars?
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against the coronavirus has been an uphill battle for hospitals across the u.s. not only have many faced an influx of patients, a lack of personal protective equipment, and a dwindling number of available icu beds. but as sara sidner now reports, they are also losing millions and millions of dollars. >> the dreaded sound of an emergency seemed to be the only sound filling the air in new york city for far too long. >> the beginning of this pandemic was very, very hectic. it was crazy. it was the craziest in my career. >> while hospitals were packed with coronavirus patients here, they were also losing staggering amounts of money. >> hospitals to the tune of about $1.6 billion.
so it has been, roughly, between 300 and $400 million a month. that we have been losing. >> from the largest healthcare system in new york that has treated more than 40,000 covid patients, to the seattle suburbs where the first-known major coronavirus outbreak hit in late february. >> even in this first month of march, we projected a $15 million loss. and that's one small hospital healthcare system. >> two hospitals across michigan, both rural and metropolitan. >> our revenue went down, immediately, 60%. i mean, overnight. >> the american hospital association estimates that hospitals and health systems will have losses, this year, of $323.1 billion. the hospitals that saw a surge in patients and the ones that did not. resulting in real-life impact for some healthcare workers. >> being a nurse, i never thought that i would be on unemployment, ever. >> but that is what happened to elise hollenbeck, a nurse and
mother of two in empire, michigan. >> i get really emotional thinking about, you know, for my kids. what is their reality now going to look like? >> her reality changed when the hospitals didn't see a coronavirus surge, but had to abide by the state order, suspending medical procedures and surgeries that kept the hospital in good financial health. less work meant furloughs, even as coronavirus spiked across her state. >> i have no idea what our life will look like. >> harder life? >> yeah. yeah. different. harder. >> it seems counterintuitive. but, during a pandemic, hospitals would lose money. but here's what happened. >> the reason for that, twofold. one is that we cancelled most of the other services, including most surgery, to be able to accommodate covid patients. >> the other reason. hospitals say they generally lose money treating covid-19 patients because it requires mounds of personal protective equipment, it's staff intensive, and creates the need to retrofit
areas to protect everyone. >> so, we live on very thin margins in the world of healthcare. and, for something like this, it's really apocalyptic in terms of what it means. >> if that's not bad enough, as hospitals reopen for all manner of surgeries. >> this place looks pretty empty. >> yeah. >> is this normal? >> no. >> the public isn't showing up, even when they need to. >> that's one of our biggest concerns is we know there's still people having strokes, having chest pain, having, you know, pneumonia, appendicitis, and they're not really coming in. >> sara sidner, cnn, seattle, washington. >> so the rapid infection rate of the coronavirus is forcing the world to focus on stopping its spread. but healthcare workers in south africa are afraid it's diverting attention from a very -- another very serious health problem. and the consequences could be deadly. well, david mckenzie and his team have more. >> wow. this was what you were coughing up? >> it was a lot. >> it didn't take long to
realize just how serious his cough had become. >> were you nervous about going to get treatment because of covid? >> yes. i was nervous. it was terrible. >> the doctor told him it wasn't covid-19. what he had was tuberculosis. a disease that kills upwards of 66,000 south africans, per year. now, just weeks into his treatment, he's responding well. >> and there's a lot of kids, also, in the -- these houses that they are staying in. >> so that's a danger for infection. >> very dangerous. >> but healthcare workers worry that, for every success, they are now missing many, many more. >> so there hasn't been screening here since lockdown. >> yeah. >> did not want us to come in
their houses, and i really believe they think we have covid, ourselves. >> we're already seeing quite an impact on the ground. >> dr. linda gayle becker worked through the worse of hiv and tb. she fears the decades of hard-fought gains could be lost because of a focus on covid-19. >> i think it was right that people had to galvanize. but i do think, you know, this cannot be at the expense of other diseases. where we know we have, every day, significant morbidity and mortality. and so, it is about sort of walking and chewing, at the same time. >> nationwide, the government lab says tb testing is down 50%. diagnosis, down 33%. >> that is ongoing infection in community, which is the very thing we're trying to curtail. >> even as lockdown eases, people continue to stay away from hiv/tb mobile screening sites across capetown.
pre-covid, they averaged 30 tests per day here. now, they tell me, they are lucky to see just a handful of people. and south africa's well-intended focus against a new virus may just, again, give rise to one of the world's oldest diseases. david mckenzie, cnn, capetown. >> thanks, david, for that report. still to come here on cnn "newsroom." a new film depicts a dramatic battle in afghanistan and it has a connection to cnn. we'll have the background and a sneak peek. only $11. dealdash.com, the fair and honest bidding site. an ipad worth $505, was sold for less than $24; a playstation 4 for less than $16; and a schultz 4k television for less than $2. i won these bluetooth headphones for $20. i got these three suitcases for less than $40. and shipping is always free. go to dealdash.com right now and see how much you can save.
so a new film has just come out depicting a deadly battle in the afghanistan war, it's called "the outpost," based on a book by jake tapper. walsh has been to the place where the battle took place, he has perspective. >> afghanstan, america's longest war, ongoing but so far from our thoughts sh already in pop culture history. >> welcome to the dark side of the moon, gentleman. >> reporter: release of a movie about a landmark episode of
great bravery and futility combined. strategically pointless base stuck in the mountains, came under heavy planned attack in 2009, eight americans and dozens of taliban assailants died. the outpost, a book by cnn's jake tapper tells the story of the men who fought to save it and each other. >> any volunteers? >> reporter: only battle since vietnam two living americans are awarded medal of valor for bravery. sergeant clint and kenneth landry jones. standout performance as complex ty carter who made five deadly runs across the base to resupply
ammo. carter in green here, one of three vets working as advisers when the movie filmed in bulgaria. jones had seemed haunted perhaps by his veteran brother's injuries in iraq. >> i received the script, older brother was visiting for thanksgiving, asked him to read it, said you're doing this. and i got to meet ty. and now we're here. but -- >> reporter: looks like it's been hard work emotionally. >> we're not even -- halfway done. >> reporter: film set, mountains that sealed the base's fate had yet to be cgi'd in. now impressively loom over the base, starkly reminiscent of the fish in a barrel i had there in 2009, last reporter to see it before the attack.
>> reporter: this is what it is about, base under consistent, heavy attack. base was named after lieutenant ben keating, played by orlando bloom. >> we're making great progress here. >> reporter: one of many leaders killed in service to the base. over a decade later, it is as breathtaking to be reminded of the thankless and isolated war these men fought as it is to see the insane geography of the base where they could be shot just going for a pee. realistic madcap violence speaks of a sacrifice so few americans knew of back when it happened or speak of now. nick paton walsh, cnn london. i'm robyn curnow, be back with another hour of "newsroom." because heart and kidney disease shouldn't prevent you from pushing your limits.
♪ hi, welcome to all those joining from around the world, this is "cnn newsroom," i'm robyn curnow, ahead this hour. >> deepest thanks to our wonderful veterans, law enforcement, first responders and doctors, nurses and scientists working tirelessly to kill the virus. >> u.s. president trump headlining a holiday event in south dakota with no social distancing and masks optional. also comes as coronavirus surges across the u.s. plus the girlfriend of donald