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♪ hi, welcome to our viewers joining us here in the u.s. and from all around the world, you're watching "cnn newsroom." ahead this hour -- >> we will never allow an angry mob to tear down our statues,
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erase our history, indoctrinate our children or trample on our freedoms. >> dividing, not uniting. president trump delivers another divisive message on independence day, as the pandemic surges through america. plus, thousands flock back to pubs in the uk for a proper pint, after months of lockdown. but will super saturday turn out to be a super spreader, as well? also, new daily records. florida's coronavirus cases spike in the midst of crowded beaches and bars this holiday weekend. will new closures happen? live from cnn center, this is "cnn newsroom" with robin kur know. >> great to you have along this hour. so, americans are marking independence day.
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usually a day for patriotism and pride, but this year we're seeing disunity over policies and the coronavirus pandemic. traditional fireworks filled the sky over the national mall in washington just a few hours ago. this, as the national deals with a troubling surge in the virus. some people were forced to stay at home. these beaches in california, as you can see, were closed. the state is struggling with a record number of people in the hospital with the virus. meanwhile, rising cases did not keep everyone off the beaches in florida. this beach was packed, as well as others. florida is one of the nation's hot spots, reporting the most cases in a single day so far on saturday. well, here's a look at where things stand across the u.s. most states are experiencing spikes in daily infections. only one state is seeing a decline. while some people went to the beach, others spent the holiday rallying for social justice and exercising their right to protest which is at the very
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heart of america's democracy. u.s. president donald trump, however, blasted protesters as, quote, the radical left, anarchists and agitators. he said the country's sometimes racist past must be protected. >> we will never allow an angry man to tear down our statues, erase our history, indoctrinate our children or trample on our freedoms. we will safeguard our values, traditions, customs and beliefs. we will teach our children to cherish and adore their country so that they can build its future. >> so, again, to emphasize, this is a holiday that celebrates how americans came together to dwayne independence, but you wouldn't know that by the president's remarks, even at this critical time. well, jeremy diamond has more on
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president trump's message. jeremy? >> reporter: well, on fourth of july, most american presidents typically aim for unifying remarks, but president trump this evening, for the second night in a row, focusing his remarks on exploiting cultural divisions among americans. particularly at this time of deep division in america, with the coronavirus pandemic and these protests over a national reckoning on racism in america. president trump delivering these divisive remarks in which he even compared his current political fight against leftists in america, radical leftists, as he called them, to the fight against nazis in world war ii. >> american heroes defeated the nazis, dethroned the fascists, toppled the communists, saved american values, upheld american principles and chased down the terrorists to the very ends of
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the earth. we are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters and people who, in many instances, have absolutely no clue what they are doing. >> reporter: now, president trump on saturday also said we will not allow anyone to divide our citizens by race or background. those remarks, fatherly remarkab remarkable, coming from this president, one that started his campaign by decrying mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists. a president who called for a total ban on muslims entering the united states. a president who said that a judge who was of hispanic origin could not be impartial in a case involving him. this president claiming on saturday that he will not allow others to exploit people by racial divisions. now, president trump sought to recast himself as a protector of
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american history and heritage. that was a theme of his remarks on friday at mt. rushmore and on saturday at the white house. but the president, for the last week, hasn't focused on protecting statues of founding fathers as he has claimed in this speech. instead, he's focused on protecting confederate namesakes and monuments. that's been the heart of the president's focus. yet now, he is trying to recast that battle. but certainly, these remarks from the president on a fourth of july where america is facing these crises, divisive and certainly not unifying for this country. jeremy diamond, cnn, the white house. well, florida is one of the biggest u.s. hot spots right now, reporting thousands of new cases on saturday. but that's not stopping some people from celebrating the fourth of july holiday the way they always do, by hitting the beach. well, boris sanchez tells us all about that. >> reporter: yet another record-setting day for the state of florida. more than 11,000 new coronavirus cases reported here in the last
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24 hours. that means that in the first three days of july, the state has seen over 30,000 new covid cases. to give you some perspective, the state of florida saw about 100,000 new cases in the month of june alone. local leaders, the state's governor, ron desantis, leaving it up to local officials to determine what restrictions they wanted to put in place. but here on the western part of the state, just outside of tampa at clearwater beach, folks were coming all day to enjoy the waves, to play sports, to enjoy the sand and surf, as well. there are signs out that are washing people to try to stay socially distant, six feet apart from people who do not share the same household. they are also asking groups to not congregation. groups of ten or more are not allowed here. though, throughout the day, we did see groups of much larger than ten people enjoying the beach. actually spoke to one woman named kathy who told me she moved from alabama to florida in the middle of the pandemic. she says that she's concerned about the risk of coronavirus
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but that she wanted to enjoy the holiday weekend on the beach. here's more of what she shared with us. >> i just think that we all should wear masks and protect ourselves as best as we can, you know, and keep, you know, keep the social distancing going on and, you know, that's it. if we're going to get it, we're going to get it. i'm happy to be here. i really am. i know the numbers are going up and i hope it drops, but it doesn't seem like it is, so why stop enjoying life? >> reporter: of course, the big question is, what these numbers will do two weeks from now. remember, that after the memorial day weekend, when we saw so many large crowds ignoring social distancing guidelines, soon after that, we saw a surge in coronavirus cases nationwide. two weeks is that incubation period for the coronavirus, so, all eyes will be on the numbers, about 14 days from now. boris sanchez, cnn, clearwater beach, florida. joining me now is dr. carlos del rio, professor of medicine
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at emory university, which is right here in atlanta. doctor, good to see you. thank you for joining us. so, we've been seeing a spike in cases across the united states. can it all be accounted for just by increased testing, as some have suggested? >> ah, no, robyn. i think that increased cases is because there's increased transmission. diagnosis, testing, is simply telling us there's cases out there, but in fact, in some of the cases that have the highest increase in testing, in cases, we actually have seen a decrease in testing, which is the case in florida. so, unfortunately, not, this is not just testing. this is really a lot of transmission and a lot of uncontrolled transmission of this virus and that's what worries all of us, because we're siege more cases and we're seeing an increase in hospitalizations. here in georgia alone, we saw over 1,600 hospitalizations today.
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th three weeks ago, june 7th, we only had 700 patients hospitalized. so, a dramatic increase in the number of people hospitalized with covid-19. >> yeah, that's certainly worrying. across the u.s. many of these cases, as we say, are rise, but we're not seeing as many deaths. how do you explain that? is it just a lag? >> part of it is a lag. part of it is also that we're seeing younger people, you know in the first phase of the epidemic, we had a lot of older people coming in and older people died a lot faster. younger people tend to die less. our median age in the hospital has dropped from about 62 to about 48 so, younger people are less likely to die. but the other thing is that we also have gotten better at treegt this disease. not much better, but we've gotten somewhat better. and finally, it's because, you know, deaths lag about two weeks with the increase in testing. in florida, you are seeing an increase in deaths and an increase in cases. >> you talk about what you've
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learned. what have doctors and medical professionals learned over the past few months in terms of treating covid patients? i know some have suggested less ventilation in some cases and, of course, still a lot of experimentation in terms of drug combinations. >> well, the most important thing we've learned is the value of a drug named remdesivir. it clearly has a role in patients that are needing oxygen. it helps them increase the number of days they need oxygen and it does have slight improvement in survival. we've learned from a recovery study conducted in the uk that the use of a drug called deck meth zone has improved life for people. we are learning better ways of ventilating people, the use of anti-coe wag lants. a lot of people are helping us decrease mortality with severe covid disease. >> there's still so many questions, aren't there? particularly the range of
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symptoms that, the way this virus attacks the body. it seems to be quite wide-ranging. does that concern you still? >> well, it's concerning, but it's also fascinating from a research standpoint. why do some people get so sick and others don't? how can we predict that? is there anything we can do to prevent disease, getting disease worse when somebody gets infected? and we are embarking on a variety of different studies including the use of plasma, some new research studies that are going to address some of those issues. >> i know you worked a lot in the field of hiv-aids over your career. a very distinguished career. do you see any similarities, particularly when it comes to behavior and changing people's behavior? >> you know, absolutely. for many years, as you well know, we have been telling people about how to have sex with condoms, how to protect themselves and simply it just
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does not happen as much as we would like it to. it makes a lot of sense, if you tell somebody, hey, wear a condom, practice safe sex, but the reality is, it's a lot harder to implement. so, knowledge doesn't necessarily translate into behavior. well, we're seeing the same thing here with this virus, and we're seeing the same thing with people being reluctant to use masks, being uncomfortable using masks, but we also have seen something that is also very concerning, which is the politicization of certain behaviors. you know, we have never heard, for example, people saying, well, you know, i'm a liberal and therefore a wear a seat belt when i go down the free the way, but you're a conservative and it's against my freedom to move in my seat to wear a seat belt so i'm not going to use one, or a governor telling people, well, we encourage you to use seat belts, but we're not going to mandate it. that to me is the part that's been really hard to deal with, the fact that we have made political and we have made
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partisan things that should not be, which is trying to save lives. >> and that's very much being seen in the usa. mexico just next door neighbor, has been really hit hard in the last few weeks, last few days. what do you make of -- of the infection rates there? >> well, you know, it's not surprising. mexico has many large cities, like mexico city, which could be another new york. mexico city has a lot of people. a lot of people ride the subway. it's very hard to isolate if you are, you know, poor. you need to go to work every day. so, i'm not surprised that there's a lot of transmission. i think again, mexico has to do three things that we have been saying in the u.s. face masking has to really go up. we need to -- mexico has to test a lot more people. mexico has very, very low testing rates. and really do contact tracing, because the reality is, in this disease, one of the only tools we have, and we're not doing very well here in the u.s., either. you have to test people. and after you test people, you
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have to isolate them and do contact tracing, because you need to stop transmission at its root, right there, in that person that got infected. don't let that person transmit to other people. and something that is very important to remember, robyn, if you don't do that, one infected person, over the next two to five days, infects another probably 2 1/2 to 5 people. and those individuals that infect more people and by the end of one month, 30 days, that one infected individual leads to over 400 infections. >> goodness me. that's sort of sobering data. and certainly a reminder that all of us need to pay attention to these warnings that doctors like you are giving us. wear a mask, it's as simple as that. doctor, thank you for joining us for all of your expertise. >> good being with you. well, iraq's battered health care system is struggling with a huge spike in coronavirus cases and deaths, as well. saturday, officials reported more than 2,000 new cases,
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bringing the total to more than 58,000. and they say the death toll rose by more than 100 to around 2,300. the pandemic is sweeping the whole country, but it's really hitting the capital, baghdad, especially hard. arwa damon now reports. >> reporter: they wait to verify the names of the dead. their sorrow is silent. much like the enemy that claimed those they love. yousef lost his parents and his sister to covid-19. one after the other. they underestimated the virus. they did not understand how to protect themselves from the spread. "we are terrified now. we are 100% convinced," he says. the burials happen at night in iraq's largest cemetery, when the country's brutal summer heat dips. final prayers are carried out by strangers. teams from the country's paramilitary force, initially formed to fight isis. "we are getting around 70 to 80
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bodies a day," he says. and it is expected to get much worse across this country, whose medical infrastructure was already decimated by decades of sanctions, war and corruption. medical workers report a prevalence of the virus among hospital staff, due to a lack of proper measures and ppe. >> i was with my family when the head manager of the hospital contacted me to inform me that the result of pcr is positive for covid-19. >> reporter: this doctor filmed the moment he told his children he was sick, promising them that he would be back, not knowing if it would be a promise he would keep. >> for any person, it's a pra r painful moment that you say good-bye to your children and your family and you do not know whether you will return back or
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not. >> reporter: luckily, he did, and is now recovering. "we were so worried about mommy and daddy because of corona," his daughter says. but the doctor fears for the worst for his country. >> with coronavirus cases now ju jumped due to government default a in providing protection measures, the people opening the markets and malls. >> reporter: this video shows people scuffling over oxygen tanks outside a hospital in the south of the country. trying to secure a supply for their sick loved ones. in the same city, health workers beg their ministry for help. iraqis no loss on a mass scale all too well. the bitter pain of consecutive warps that bled into each other. a member of iraq's security
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forces apologizes for his inability to keep his emotions in check. it's his mother who died. arwa damon, cnn, istanbul. >> thanks to arwa for that powerful report. you're watching cnn. up next, england's much-loved pubs have officially reopened after being closed for 15 weeks. we'll see how they're adapting, or not, to social distancing. usaa is made for what's next no matter what challenges life throws at you, we're always here to help with fast response and great service and it doesn't stop there we're also here to help look ahead that's why we're helping members catch up by spreading any missed usaa insurance payments over the next twelve months so you can keep more cash in your pockets for when it matters most and that's just one of the many ways we're here to help the military community find out more at
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pubs and other businesses in england are open again and for all those who waited in line to get their first pints, super saturday couldn't come soon enough. after more than three months of lockdown, pub doors in northern ireland were thrown open again on friday, as well, but those in scotland and wales have to wait a little bit longer. anna stewart is in london for us. >> reporter: super saturday in england saw pubs, restaurants, cinemas and hair salons able to reopen after over three months of lockdown. these businesses have had to introduce some covid-19 safety measures. face shields for hairdressers and face covering for their clients. socially distanced tables.
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the black line pub here in hammersmith have embraced the new measures, but not all businesses have decided to reopen yet. some are concerned that those new measures could limb how many customers they can serve and may make them financially unviable. and of course, there are always concerns that the consumer appetite isn't yet there. >> i think having a beer outside, which we've been doing for weeks anyhow, is fine. it's actually quieter here today than it has been, because pubs are open. not in a rush to go to cinema. restaurant would be nice. wouldn't go into a pub or a restaurant myself, but takeaway, i'd do. i don't want to be around lots of drunk people, probably battering into you. >> excited for restaurants and things, it would be nice to get back to a little bit of normality, but obviously, still do need to be safe in trying to keep that distance from everyone. >> reporter: the government note of caution ahead of the reopener. >> enjoy summer safely. i do want people to feel that
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it's safe to go and enjoy themselves, to enjoy hospitality, but it's got to be done in a responsible way. >> reporter: virus outbreaks could lead to lockdown measures being reimposed. there were fears there could be overcrowding and overindulging on day one. that has not been the case. that has been dampened down by the very gray and blustery british weather. anna stewart, cnn, london. >> so, those reopenings wouldn't have been possible without health care works on the front lines. and for the 72nd anniversary of the british national health service, nhs for short, the uk is pulling out all the stops. london landmarks have lit up in blue, including 10 downing street. a nationwide clap is scheduled for sunday. >> reporter: all over the country, graffiti art like this honoring the country's public health care system, known as the
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nhs, has popped up. it's one of the most beloved ips constitutions in the uk, made up of the doctors and nurses and front line health care workers who have been battling this pandemic for the last three months. but it's not just graffiti art like this. there's been billboards and posters and crayon drawings in the windows of homes saying we love the nhs. on its 72nd anniversary, the country wants to come them rate the sacrifices they have made. key buildings will be lit up in blue there's also a clap scheduled so that everybody can applaud and commemorate those health care workers. i spoke to the artist who actually painted this drawing, nathan bowen. and he told me he wanted health care workers to have something nice to look at as they made their way to the clinics and hospitals and care homes across this country. >> people pass my art, it makes them smile. wait to inspire people. i want people to look at my art and go home and feel like, yo,
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that artwork made my day. that made my travels in the street. my artwork is for people that when they're on their way to work, why should people look at, like, dull, boring holdings when they can look at art the work? >> reporter: i want to show you yet another piece of street art dedicated to the nhs. this one says "stay strong," right there on the board. but there's another message here. take a closer look. each and every one of these faces is either brown or black, people of color. i spoke the artist who drew this mural and he told me it was important to acknowledge the significant role that minorities have played during this pandemic. a big portion of the health care worker population, especially here in london, are people of color and we do know that those of color were disproproegs nattily impacted by coronavirus, according to the government's own data. minorities were more likely to be exposed to the virus and more likely to become seriously ill from it. and the artist wanted everyone to remember and acknowledge that as they walked past this work of
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art. now, dozens of health care workers have lost their lives during this pandemic. we don't yet know the final death toll, but this anniversary comes at a particularly difficult and point yapt time in the nhs's history and perhaps now more than ever, this country needs its health care workers. selma abdul aziz, cnn, london. coming up on cnn, sun and sand are a holiday tradition in california, but not this year. we'll look at how some areas are trying to shut down coronavirus by shutting down the beaches. and the u.s. capital forges ahead with a huge july 4th fireworks show. we'll take tow the national mall when "cnn newsroom" continues.
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♪ so, welcome back to our viewers around the world, i'm robyn curnow. you're watching cnn. the united states observed its 244th birthday on saturday. the coronavirus pandemic forced much of the country to cancel, at least curtail the usual public celebrations, but washington, d.c. went ahead with its traditional concert and fireworks show, hosted by the president and the first lady. a little slice of normalcy there in a year that's been anything but normal. alex marquardt was at the national mall in washington all day and he has this report for us.
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>> reporter: the smoke is still settling here what was a spectacular fireworks show here in washington, d.c., not at all a muted celebration during this time of coronavirus and social unrest. people gathering all along the national mall to watch a show that was billed as one of the largest ever. 35 minutes. it included some 10,000 fi fireworks shot off from the washington monument and a mile long stretch between what is essentially jefferson memorial and the lincoln memorial. people out here did have plenty of room to social distance. there were far fewer people out here than normal. the crowds were, indeed, much thinner. the national parks service, which helped coordinate the celebration, they were bracing for large crowds. they asked people to spread out across what is federal land here. they had prepared some 300,000 masks to hand out. now, it's important to note that this was a celebration that was called for by the trump administration, by the white house. the mayor of washington, d.c. had canceled the city's
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celebrations, asking people to stay at home, to celebrate in or around their homes, but of course, this celebration went forward, people came from far and wide, from as close as virginia, i also met families from florida, from georgia, from chicago and elsewhere, as well as families from overseas. from brazil, from argentina, from south africa, all of whom wanted to come see america celebrate its birthday. alex marquardt, cnn, washington. >> thanks, alex, for that. let's cross over now to california. the state's having a hard time of it, that's for sure, with hospital beds filling up to record capacity. let's look at how the virus has changed one big holiday tradition. >> reporter: part of the strategy to stop the spread of coronavirus, shut down beaches in southern california. this is huntington beach. normally on a fourth of july weekend, people would be laying down their towels and they would be right next to each other, enjoying a day at the beach and later on a huge fireworks
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display. the fireworks, canceled. fourth of july parade, canceled. the idea, again, is to have all these counties in lock-step with each other and not having the beaches open. santa barbara, ventura, los angeles and orange county shut down their beaches. san diego did not, but as a police spokeswoman said here, important that four of those five did shut down. >> we're not the only one that's open, we're not the only one that's closed, so, the message is there. we're closing down, let's do it for just a few days, let's try to flatten this curve again and make sure we can stay safe. >> reporter: so, good vibrations up and down the california coast. >> big-time. let's keep it chill. >> reporter: so, almost an eerie sight, as this beach is shut down and some people in southern california getting creative. i came upon a group of three sunbathers in manhattan beach and what they did was, they laid their towels down on a cement
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walkway, they said they just needed to get in their rays. california, at times, is a source for unique innovation. reporting from huntington beach, i'm paul verve kamen. back to you. >> thank you, paul, for that. so, from beaches now to bars. america's pubs, as many of you now, have been hit hard as many states reversed course on their opening plans. well, brian todd now looks at why they pose such a big problem for officials trying to stem the spread of the virus. >> reporter: a carefree crowd at a bar in austin, texas, many not wearing face masks. in jersey city, this bar was cited twice in one weekend for overcrowding. police say hundreds of people were inside, not wearing masks or social distancing. at this club in houston, an owner says they require patrons to show they had a mask in order to get in and had the tables spaced out, but he says
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customers ignored the rules. >> as much as distance as we try to put everyone, based on the guidelines, it's not the facility, it's the people. >> reporter: these scenes from recent days have prompted america's top voice on the coronavirus outbreak to issue a stern warning about bars. >> bars, really not good. really not good. congregation in a bar inside is bad news. we really got to stop that. >> reporter: in texas, where a coronavirus spike has surged to alarmingly dangerous levels, governor greg abbott admitted he made a mistake with his state's reopening. >> if i could go back and do anything, it would be to slow the opening of bars, now seeing in the aftermath of how quickly the coronavirus spread in the bar setting. and, you know, how a bar setting in reality just doesn't work with a pandemic. >> reporter: but abbott and his state are certainly not alone. texas is among seven states, some of them experiencing
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massive spikes in cases, which have either shut down bars completely or have partially shut them or paused reopenings. experts say crowded bars alone don't account for the recent spikes. but they say the natural social atmosphere in bars is especially dangerous. >> bars are places where people are not wearing masks. places where people aren't social distancing. and after some drinks, of course, you lose your inhibitions and you are even less cautious. >> reporter: the doctors we spoke to said there's almost no way to make an indoor bar setting safe during this pandemic. indoors, they say, especially if there's loud music playing at a bar, it's like a petri dish for the spread of the virus. >> inside the bar, if it's noisy, music playing, the ambient noise is going to make you talk louder. when you talk louder, you expel more droplets from your mouth. those droplets, of course, contain the virus and infect other people. >> reporter: another part of this so-called perfect storm of
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infection, experts say, is the average age of many people who go to bars. >> they feel invincible because they're young and quite frankly, throughout the beginning of this pandemic, it's mostly been messaging about older folks and people with pre-existing health conditions as being vulnerable. >> reporter: so, has this pandemic killed the bar scene completely? the medical experts we spoke to don't believe it has. they believe traditional crowded bars will make a comeback, but says that can't be until we have a vaccine and herd immunity. brian todd, cnn, washington. this would be one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, but because of the pandemic, this holiday is looking very, very different. >> reporter: this weekend, airlines are anticipating the most passengers of the pandemic, but only a fraction of a year ago. >> we planned this trip a year ago and certainly, i need a
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vacation. >> reporter: flyers like michael baron have a higher chance of being on a full flight. american airlines announced it is now selling every seat. it joined united, which has been selling middle seats throughout the pandemic. major airlines are requiring masks, but even still, some lawmakers are demanding social distancing onboard. >> it's very difficult to soc l socially distance onboard an aircraft. >> reporter: fear of flying is one of the reasons aaa thinks road trips will drop only 3% this summer. travel analytics firm says the distance drivers are traveling has returned to prepandemic rates. >> it was a parking lot, stuck for 30 minutes. >> reporter: amtrak is restarting trains that are cleaned after each trip and it's leaving every other seat empty.
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>> the summer is a peak travel season for amtrak but ridership is still low. >> reporter: regardless of how they get there, americans are facing holiday travel that is far from the norm. a tsa checkpoint in atlanta was shut down temporarily when a worker tested positive for coronavirus. >> this is probably the most different fourth of july travel day we've had, maybe ever. >> reporter: one more difference. the tsa is opening up more lanes at security checkpoints across the country. the goal is to speed passengers through more quickly to keep exposure to employees low. the tsa says the number of its workers who have tested positive for coronavirus is now nearing 1,000. pete muntean, cnn, washington. and just ahead here on cnn, coronavirus may be skyrocketing across latin america, but one country in the region is flattening the curve. we'll see where uruguay has succeeded where others have failed. that's when we return.
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health officials are painting a grim picture of the coronavirus in latin america. the world health organization says in the last week of june, latin america and the caribbean averaged more than 2,000 covid deaths per day. saturday marked brazil's 50th day without a health minister. the last person to hold the office left after a month, follows criticism from president bolsonaro. the country has confirmed more than 1.5 million infections. and beginning next week, venezuela will reimpose lockdown measures. the country will alternate between total and relaxed lockdown over the next 21 days. the country has seen a record number of new infections and deaths in the past week. now, while coronavirus rages across latin america, uruguay is standing out as a success story in the region. it's seen far fewer infections and much smaller death toll than many of its south american neighbors. well, patrick openerman
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explains. >> reporter: elementally school students return to classes in uruguay. it may look like an every day scene, but in latin america, now one of the hardest-hit regions by the coronavirus, it's near miraculous. schools were reopened in june in uruguay and attending classes remains voluntary. but officials say, with a few changes, it is now safe. "we had to take everything out so they don't have a lot of contact," this teacher says. "it doesn't look like the school we had before, but we have to adapt." with less than 1,000 confirmed cases and only 28 deaths reported, uruguay has adapted to the peril of the coronavirus better than most countries in the region, if not the world. the country didn't wait for the virus to hit to close schools and shut borders. people who live on the border with brazil, where the coronavirus rages unchecked and has taken over 60,000 lives, are
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regularly tested. health workers in mobile medical units visited people at home believed to be ill with the coronavirus so they didn't need to venture out and potentially infect others. and unlike many other countries in latin america, health officials asked people to stay home, but didn't order them to. quarantine became an act of patriotism rather than a punishment. >> i was, at the beginning, a little bit surprised, however, the population responded properly, saying they complied with all the measures and they stayed at home without any enforcement. >> reporter: uruguay has a comparatively strong public health system and less urban density than much of the rest of latin america. in addition to those advantages, officials say the government acted quickly, with a comprehensive plan that focused on testing and contact tracing that has worked. at least so far. "we've a tied 0-0 score," he
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says. "we're pretty happy, but they can still score on us." officials have warned the countrypeople there could be further outbreaks and setbacks, but for the moment, surrounded by so much failure and despair, uruguay has shown it's possible to overcome this virus. patrick atman, cnn. >> thank you, patrick. the calls for sports teams to change what some consider racist nicknames gets louder and louder. sponsors say they are backing out if one team doesn't change its name. ♪ [ engines revving ] ♪ ♪ it's amazing to see them in the wild like th-- shhh. for those who were born to ride, there's progressive.
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so 31 major league baseball players have tested positive for coronavirus as the league resumed training on wednesday. "world sports" has more on that, plus the growing call for teams to change their names. >> as major league baseball continues its push for the resumption of the season at the end of july, we're learning about positive coronavirus cases after an initial round of testing performed by both the league and the players association. four atlanta braves players are the latest additions to more than 30-confirmed cases and
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seven staff members out of a pool of just over 3,000 tests. this happening as the braves and other teams are facing mounting pressures to address team nicknames viewed in the past as racially divisive. the braves did not give any indication that they are willing to consider a change to the braves moniker but did say they will continue to support and honor the native-american community. the team's counter part in cleveland, the indians, went a step further, saying they will reconsider the nickname they have had for over 100 years. this follows steps by the washington redskins and nfl on friday who both issued statements after it was revealed that the team is facing mounting financial pressure to change its name as well. it's something team owner dan snider said he would never consider doing in the past. but after an ad report said investment firms have legitimate
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concerns about him not aligning with topics on diversity, they are changing their tune. they will conduct a thorough review of whether or not the name is inclusive. roger goodell quickly adding his support of the decision as well, saying in a statement that he has had ongoing discussions with the team and that he is behind this important next step. >> washington redskins coach is work on a new name. he said it should reflect service. the return of sports got an earlier start outside of the u.s. now athletes in europe are taking a public stand on the issues of the day as competition kicks into high gear.
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patrick snell has a roundup. >> reporter: manchester united's player is showing his support with a new haircut. and players taking a knee in a show of solidarity. the match itself seeing the red devils mason green steal the show. the first of his two goals, a fierce drive with the left foot. united, 5-2 winners over the cherries. to italy where it took 43 attempts, but cristiano ronaldo has finally scored his first goal. and double delight for bmunich. powerful imagery, too, ahead of
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sunday's austrian grand prix follow a following a delayed start due to the pandemic. the mercedes car is sporting a black livery. botas wearing all black overalls. now one of the leading voices in support of the black lives matter movement. all 20 drivers are expected to be wearing "end racism" tee shirts later on, but whether they're all seen taking a knee remains to be seen. thanks for watching, i'm robyn curnow. i'll be back with another hour of cnn after the break. (vo) parents have a way of imagining the worst...
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hi, welcome to our viewers joining us here in the united states and from all around the world. i'm robyn curnow. ♪ it was the usual pomp and ceremony at the white house on saturday evening, but in a marked departure from the norm, president trump's message to americans was especially divisive. and coronavirus cases in the u.s. continue to surge. florida recorded another daily record, but that didn't stop sun worshippers from taking to the beaches there and elsewhere. >> i never had any real problem in my life. everything seemed to fall


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