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welcome back. i'm robyn curnow. so iraq's health care system is struggling with a huge spike in coronavirus cases. on saturday officials reported more than 2,000 new cases bringing the total to more than 68,000. and the death toll rose by more than 100 to 300. the pandemic is sweeping across the whole country, but it is hitting the capital of baghdad especially hard. arwa damon reports. >> reporter: we went to verify the names of the dead. much like the enemy that claims those they love. he 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 threat. "we are terrified now.
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we are 100% convinced." the burials have been at night in iraq's largest cemetery. final prayers are carried out by strangers. the paramilitary force initially drawn to fight isis. we are getting around 70 to 80 bodies a day. and it's expected to get much worse across this country. whose medical infrastructure was already designated 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 they manage the hospital. contacts me to inform me that positive for covid-19.
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>> reporter: the doctor the moment he told his children, promising them he would be back, not knowing if it was a promise he could keep. >> the moment that you say goodbye to your children and your family and you do not know whether you'll see them back or not. >> reporter: luckily he did and is now recovering. we were so worried about mommy and daddy because of corona, one of his daughters says with the other chiming in. but the doctor fears for the worst for his country. >> with coronavirus cases now jump jumped in providing protection measures, the people and opening the market. >> reporter: this video shows people scuffling over oxygen tanks outside the hospital in
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the south of the country, trying to secure a supply for their sick loved ones. in the same city, health work ers iraq is now on a mass scale all too well, the bitter pain of wars that bled into each other. a number of iraq's security forces apologizing for his inability to keep emotions in check. it's his mother who died. arwa damon, cnn. coming up here at cnn, flash of tradition and normalcy in a year that's had as americans observe national holiday during a pandemic.
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welcome back to cnn. i'm robyn curnow live here from the cnn studios in atlanta. so on this independence day weekend in the u.s., imagine making a choice, stay at home and minimize the risk of spreading and/or getting coronavirus, or take their chances and celebrate the summer holiday. as you can see here, washington, d.c. had one of the few big fourth of july events that wasn't canceled over pandemic concerns. the crowds are certainly small their year. new york city also with a big fireworks display. you see them lining up to see them. well, florida is one of the
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biggest u.s. hot spots right now, reporting a new record number of new cases on saturday, and surpassing the worst day for new cases in new york. that's not stopping some people who celebrated in the fourth of july the way they always do, by going to the beach. here is boris sanchez. >> reporter: yet another record-setting day for the state of florida. more than 11,000 new coronavirus cases reported here in the last 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, governor ron desantis leaving it up to local officials to determine what restrictions they want to put in place. but here on the western part of the state outside of tampa and clearwater beach, people were coming all day to enjoy the
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sand, and surf. there are signs out to warn people to stay socially distant and six feet apart from people who do not share the same households. they're also asking groups not to congregate. groups of ten or more are not allowed here, though throughout the day we did see groups much larger than ten people enjoying the beach. actually, we spoke to one woman named taffy who told me that she moved from alabama to florida in the middle of the pandemic. she says that she's concerned about the risk of coronavirus, but that she wanted to enjoy the holiday weekend on the beach. here is more of what she shared with us. >> i just think that we should all wear masks and protect ourselves as best as we can in keeping the social distancing going on. and, you know, that said, we're going to get it, we're going 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. why stop enjoying life? >> reporter: of course, the big question is what these numbers will do two weeks from now.
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remember 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. from beaches to bars now, many states avert plans on opening plans. why it's such a big problem for officials trying to stem the pandemic. >> reporter: a carefree crowd at a bar in austin, texas. many inside not wearing face masks. in jersey city, this bar was cied twice in one week for overcrowding. police say hundreds of people were inside, not wearing masks or social distancing. at this pub in houston, an owner said they required patrons to show they had a mask in order to get in and had the tables spaced out, but he says customers
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ignored the rules. >> as much as we try to put everything based on the guidelines, it's not feasibility. >> 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. congregation in a bar inside is bad news. you 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 can go back and redo anything, it probably would have been to slow down the opening of bars. now seeing in the aftermath of how quickly the coronavirus spread in the bar setting. and 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 almost a dozen
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states, some of them experiencing massive spikes in cases which have either shut down bars completely or have partially shut them or paused reopening. 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. >> reporter: the doctors we spoke to say there is almost no way to make an indoor bar setting safe during this pandemic. indoors they say, especially if there is loud music playing at a bar is like a petri dish with a threat of the virus. >> inside the bar if it's noisy, if there is music playing, the ambient noise is going to make you talk louder. when you talk loudlouder, you e more droplets from your mouth
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and can infect other people. >> reporter: the perfect storm 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 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 they say that can't be until we have proven vaccines and herd immunity. and they say that could take another year or so. brian todd, cnn, washington. joining me now is the professor of biology at university of massachusetts and dartmouth. he is also a cnn contributor. good to see you, aaron. thanks for joining us. so we're seeing this spike in cases across the u.s. can it all be accounted by increased cases? >> absolutely not.
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increased testing is part of it, but if we increase the testing, we would expect the number of tests that come back positive to start to decrease as the tests ramp up. and that's not what we're seeing in many states. we're seeing the numbers of tests going up and the test positivity going up. and that's two really concerning measures of spread of the infection in the community. >> and we also understand, just break down the data for us, there are not as many deaths. there are younger people get it. and that explains the disconnect between the death rates in some areas. are you concerned that that will change? >> certainly i am concerned. we know while younger people are getting infected that they do have better outcomes than people with age and comorbidity. but at some stage, those young people with infections in effect are those people that are not proportionate with their health or a little bit older.
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so it only becomes a matter of time before those two populations join together and we start to see more deaths in the older population. we also need to point out that it's not a free pass for people that are under the age of 40 to get this disease. we're seeing 1 in 25, 1 in 18 people under the age of 40 end up in hospitals, and 5% of those people if you're in florida, 5% of those people die. so it's not a free pass to young people. >> reporter: we've heard the president say 99% of coronavirus cases are, you know, are harmless. can you explain that biologically and unpack that statement? >> i don't think there is an explanation biologically or any other way for that particular number that he has pulled out. what is harmless, a lunk transplant? yes that. >> survive, but their lives are completely altered. we know the lung damage that people have. we're seeing this already. we're starting to understand the
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damage to the heart, to the kidneys, the neurological damage. these are things that we don't know yet. so this death rate is one thing, but this long-term problems that come from infection, we really have no idea just how bad it's going to be. that number is just completely fictitious. >> you talk about the wide range of symptoms here, the spectrum of symptoms, the way this virus can infect a body, whether it's from your toes to your heart to your lungs. does that confuse you? we still have a lot of questions about that as a biologist, as somebody who analyzes the way viruses attack the body. >> well, the way that this virus can get through into so many tissues, we're finding it in the intestine, in the heart, in the epithelial cells in the lungs, in the brain. it seems to have no bounds where it can go.
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and its tentacles get into -- we're seeing, it's insane. so just from a biologist's point of view, not a medical scientist, it is both intriguing and frightening at the same time. >> we've heard that there was a slight mutation. does that also concern you? explain that to us. apparently a mutation that makes it potentially more? >> so there is a mutation that has arisen that seems to have taken over the number -- most of the cases that we're seeing in the united states and in europe. and it's just one small change, but it's in the receptive binds domain of that microbe, what it needs to get hold of the a-2 receptor on our cells. so it certainly has become dominant. whether that actually translates into a thing more effective or
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more dangerous, we don't know at this stage. there are a lot of things that could be driving this happening, but we're not certain that this is more concerning at this stage. >> still more unanswered questions. so we've been seeing folks celebrating independence day, independence weekend here in the state. we also know that this weekend pubs are opening in the uk. you speak a lot about wearing masks and how if we go into a pub, wear a mask. but still, the face-to-face conversation you might have over a much needed beer in a pub in london is potentially life-threatening. >> right. so we know masks work. the highest risk of transmission is both face-to-face interaction was people where you're talking to them for an extended period of time. it could be a few minutes, it could be ten minutes, it could be 30 minutes.
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that is your most risky. but we also know there is emerging evidence that suggests that just breathing and talking puts out a lot of respiratory droplets that hang in the air for an extended period of time. if we can stop those droplets from ever leaving the front of your face, from your mouth and capture them in a mask, we can stop them getting in the air which starts other people being infected. the amount of infections that we're seeing at the bars in the southern half of the united states now that they're open is just staggering. people are in there. they're having a good time. they're talking. they're getting close to each other. they're yelling because of the music, and it's just leading to enhanced transmission of this virus. masks aren't reasonable inside a bar because you go into a bar, you're going to socialize and have a drink. so those two don't work together. there is no safe way to run a bar and stop transmission. if you've got something like
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this, be at a brewery and be outside. that way you can create physical space. the virus doesn't build up in the air. and when you're moving amongst a group of people, you put a mask on. >> thank you so much for sharing your expertise. >> thank you, robyn. >> just ahead here at cnn, coronavirus may be skyrocketing across america, but one country in the region is certainly flattening the curve. we'll see how uruguay has succeeded where others have failed. - i'm jeff anderson.
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office left after less then a month following criticism from president balls folsonaro. meanwhile, the country has confirmed more than 1.5 million infections. while coronavirus rages across latin america, uruguay is standing out as a success story. it's seen far fewer infections and a much smaller death toll than many of its south american neighbors. a look at what the country is doing. >> reporter: elementary school and the classes in uruguay. it may look like an everyday scene, but in latin america, now one of the hardest hit regions by the coronavirus, it's miraculous. schools were reopened in june in uruguay and attending classes remain voluntary, but officials say with a few changes, it is now safe. >> translator:?ns we had to tak everything out. they don't have a lot of contact, the teacher says. it doesn't look like the school we had before, but we have to
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adapt. with less than one thousand confirmed cases and only 20 deaths reported, uruguay has adopted 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 have taken over 60,000 lives are regularly tested. health workers and 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 at home, but didn't order them to. quarantine became an act of patriotism rather than a punishment. >> i was beginning a little practice. however, the population responded properly. they complied with all the
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measure, and they without any enforcement. >> reporter: uruguay has a fairly strong public health system and less urban density than much 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. >> translator: we've a zero to zero score. we're pretty happen, but they can still score on us. uruguayan officials have warned the country people there could be further outbreaks and setbacks. but for the moment, surround by so much failure and despair, uruguay has shown it's possible to overcome this virus. finding solace in sports during the pandemic. fan favorites are still providing thrills, even if the seats are empty. we'll take a look at some of the action. why are we doing what? using my old spice moisturize with shea butter body wash...
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so sports is well under way in europe, even without fans in the stands to cheer on their favorites. showing what they think about the issues of the day as competition takes them.
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patrick snell with a roundup. patrick? >> in english, football's ongoing battle against racism, manchester united superstar showing his support for the black lives matter movement with powerful imagery in a new haircut. ahead of kickoff, united and dortmund taking a knee in a further show of solidarity. the matches dealt seeing mason green with steal the show, the first of his two goals. a fierce drive with the left foot while the 18-year-old with the right foot. united 5-2 winners. to italy, where it took 43 attempts, but cristiano ronaldo has scored his first goal. the 4-1 derby win over carreno. and the bundesliga, robert with goal number 50 and 51 for the campaign in the triumph over
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leverkusen. ahead of sunday's austrian grand prix followed the delayed sport, the 2020 formula season due to the global pandemic. in a strong stand against racism, the mercedes car a black with lewis hamilton wearing all black overalls. the englishman is formula one's only black driver, and now one of british sport's leading voices in support of the black lives matter movement. all '20 drivers are expected to be wearing end racism t-shirts later on. they're also taking a knee remains to be seen. patrick snell, cnn, atlanta. >> thanks for watching. i'm robyn curnow. natalie allen is up next.
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we will never allow an angry mob to tear down our statues, erase our history, indoctrinate our children. >> fireworks flying everywhere in washington, d.c. as the president of the united states throws verbal jabs at his detractors, coming at a time when americans face a raging pandemic. we are seeing another day of record high cases in places like florida. and pumping the brakes on reopening in parts of australia. thousands living in public housing put on sudden and strict lockdown. we'll have a l


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