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middle, right now, even as we speak, in a very serious problem. >> we learned the u.s. set a new single-day record for cases at more than 63,000. >> i think the numbers are going to look worse as we go into next week. >> there seems to be this lack of understanding that we are in one of the most extraordinary public health crises that our nation has ever faced. >> the fact is, is that the president has been a failure, in every way. >> president trump commuting the prison sentence of roger stone. a longtime associate, who was convicted of seven felonies. >> he was convicted of lying to congress, in order to protect president donald trump.
and then, president trump turns around and commutes roger stone's sentence. this is what corruption looks like. good saturday morning to you. you are watching "new day." it is july 11th. i'm victor blackwell. >> and i'm abby phillip, in for christi paul today. and another record-setting day of coronavirus infections across the country. the u.s. added more than 66,000 cases, in just one day. that's the latest number in to cnn. it is the seventh time in 11 days that the u.s. has broken that record. >> the epicenter is now in florida. and that's where president trump was yesterday, for events not related to the coronavirus response. the the stastate recorded more 11,000 new cases and 93 deaths alone, on friday. and after facing weeks of
pressure, florida is now r releasing details on coronavirus hospitalizations. >> let's take you to texas now where the latest numbers there have more than 10,000 covid patients in hospitals. the governor has already rolled back reopening. he says the next step would have to be a lockdown. >> and in georgia, the governor is reactivating a field hospital at a convention center in atlanta. the mayor there is rolling back reopening to essential travel only. and restaurants are being asked to close for dine-in service. but governor kemp says that order is -- is legally unenforceable. >> let's start this morning with cnn's polo sandoval. he is following all the latest developments for us. and just a couple of days ago, polo, dr. anthony fauci said that he could foresee, or would not be surprised, if the cases went to 100,000 a day. and when he said it, people jaws -- their draws dropped. they thought it unthinkable. but now, we're getting close to 70,000, at least.
>> and yesterday, again, victor, we are hearing from dr. fauci raising these red flags. and when you look across the country, you have more cities and states that are not just pausing their reopening but even rolling it back, as you mentioned a few moments ago. atlanta, georgia, one such example where mayor keisha lance bottoms, announcing yesterday, that she is now going back to phase one. meaning a stay-at-home order for atlanta residents. saying that georgia reopened with, quote, reckless -- in a reckless manner. this, certainly drawing some fire from the states. republican governor who calls that unenforceable. but really, when you look back and just take a wider look here. georgia seeing a surge. there's california, texas, and definitely florida. >> the nation's top infectious disease expert, dr. anthony fauci, telling the world that the u.s. is at an historic point in the covid pandemic. >> as you can see, from this slide, here, my own country, the united states, as i'm sure we'll be able to discuss a little bit
more, is in the middle right now, even as we speak, in a very serious problem. >> fauci issued the blunt, new warning during the international aids conference as the coronavirus rages on. florida continues to grapple with skyrocketing daily covid numbers and hospitalizations. in miami-dade county, the test positivity rate surpassed 33% this week. >> we have 1,800 people and covid patients now. that's the highest, by many multiples. we have almost 400 people in intensive care, and we're about to hit an all-time high in ventilators. >> despite the apparent height in florida's pandemic, two disney land parks are open again this weekend, amid criticism from one employee union. in parts of texas, some regions working with the military to keep up with demand. and in other signs the pandemic is tightening its grip on the
lone star state, some hospitals are turning to tents and overspaces to treat the overflow of covid patients. >> currently, we have icu patients that are on medical surge surgical floors. that honestly, really, need closer monitoring, need equipment. but those are things we just simply do not have at this time. >> everyone is exhausted and the patients here are very sick. >> california, also taking steps to relieve the pressure from record covid numbers. the state department of corrections plans to release at least 8,000 preselected prisoners from prisons across the state. to allow for more social distancing behind bars. as death tolls climb, a troubling, new report about how covid is disproportionately killing black and brown
americans. showing on average, those mie t minority groups are dying at a younger age. many of them, filling essential and service jobs, allowing little room for social distancing or staying home. >> and what we need right now, in the short-term, are an equitable allocation of resources to black and brown communities. so targeting, testing, contact tracing, ppe. ensuring that the healthcare institutions in those communities are adequately resourced. >> staying fully stocked. that's a big challenge nor sofo hospitals across the country with a virus that's showing no signs of slowing down. about 300 doses of the drug remdesivir being sent from new york down to florida, to try to help authorities down there. should be arriving today. that's basically the state that was once the epicenter in the united states sending help to the state that now holds that grim title. abby and victor. >> new york learned the hard way about how this works. >> thank you, polo, for that.
>> as we heard from polo there, the walt disney resort in florida is scheduled to open in fewer than three hours, at 9:00 eastern. and of course, this is happening as the number of covid-19 cases are exploding across florida. >> it's not the first disney resort to reopen worldwide. but it is the first to reopen in the u.s., with new safety measures. cnn's natasha chen has more details. >> reporter: disney theme parks may be an escape to a fictional bubble, but no amount of pixie dust can wipe away the pandemic. touchless payments and entry. and required face masks that must loop around human ears. there are also far fewer people in the parks due to significantly reduced capacity and a required advanced reservation for people wanting to go in. >> i do feel a bit nervous when trying to do all the things i love and enjoy doing again. but also, remembering to do
them, as safely as i possibly can. wearing an n95 mask to the marks. social distancing from other pa parkgoers. packing clorox wipes, packing hand sanitizer. keeping my hands clean at all the different handwashing stations. >> for locals and theme park bloggers in orange county, florida, where covid cases are rising rapidly, along with the rest of the state. >> we feel safer at theme parks than we do at any other normal store or restaurant. it feels safer at the theme parks because they're putting in that extra effort. >> he says the extra effort is more visible at disney than he's seen at other theme parks that reopened in the past month. rides frequently stopped so employee could sanitize them. plexiglass, especially in tight queues. and something he doesn't always see outside disney property. >> it really blew me away that everyone was -- was following all the rules. so i definitely didn't expect that. >> orange county officials were
asked, thursday, if they had seen covid cases stemming from the theme parks that are already open. >> you know, i would be lying to say that we have not seen a case, here and there, that mention one of the parks. but we have not seen an outbreak in any of the parks that have opened so far, that we are aware of. >> disney's chief medical officer said in a blog post this week, we have reimagined the disney experience so we can all enjoy the mask responsibly. and that includes the many restaurants on disney's property. >> everyone wants to enjoy their time here but safely. and -- and i think, together, we're doing that. >> he says people need a safe way to get a little comfort food and magic, right now. >> it ain't how we are in good times. it's how we are in challenging times. okay? >> natasha chen, cnn, atlanta.
>> thanks to natasha for that. president trump, today, is scheduled to visit troops at walter reed medical center. it will be another opportunity for him to address the coronavirus pandemic after downplaying its severity yesterday in florida. >> in the united states, at least before the -- the covid came to us, the flu, the virus, the china virus, whatever you'd like to call it. it's got many different names. but before it hit, we were doing really well. and we're still doing very well. but now, we are gating baetting track. >> cnn's sarah westwood is live from the white house. and -- and that's about it, that we heard from the president during his travels to, of all places, florida. >> that's right. good morning, abby and victor. and yeah, president trump, yesterday, in one of the nation's leading coronavirus hotspots, really, did not mention it at -- at a trip that involved several stops throughout southern florida. the president, much more focused
on other issues. today, he will be heading to walter reed to visit those wounded service members. and it could be an opportunity for a turning point of sorts, when it comes to wearing a mask. the president has, so far, resisted pressure from his critics. but also, from, now, his own aides and advisers to wear a mask. he's been insisting and so have his defenders, that because he is tested daily, because everyone around him is tested daily, he doesn't, technically, need to wear a mask the way that regular americans need to the point that aides and advisers have been trying to get across to president trump is that it's really more a symbolic leadership role that the president needs to be wearing a mask. you ever se you have seen that shift from other republicans, all the way to senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, who have been promoting masks as we see infection rates spike in states across this country. recall, in may, the president went to a ford plant in michigan and did, briefly, wear a mask
out of view of cameras. he later said he did not want to give the press the pleasure of seeing him in a mask. but aides tell cnn that today the president is expected to be photographed wearing a face covering. and that is very deliberate step for the president. encouraging his supporters to wear masks. some aides, victor and abby, were spooked by the sight of many maskless faces at the president's rally in tulsa just a few weeks ago. >> absolutely. i was there for that, sarah. thank you so much. >> up next, president trump commutes the sentence of his friend and political ally, roger stone. and, in doing so, releases this 600-word statement, riddled with lies and misleading statements. we'll get into that. and the implications of this commutation. next. ♪ ♪ ♪
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>> stone was convicted, last year, of lying to congress, witness tampering, and other charges related to the russia probe. cnn's sara murray has more from washington. >> president trump, on friday night, commuted the sentence of his longtime friend and political advisor, roger stone. stone had been convicted of crimes, including lying to congress, in part, to protect the president. he was set to report to prison next week to kick off his three-year sentence. now, stone was pleading, publicly, for the president to intervene. he said reporting to prison during the pandemic was akin to a death sentence because he is 67 years old. ultimately, the president did intervene on friday. and here is stone describing his conversation with trump. >> he said, you understand i have the option, i have the authority, to either grant a pardon or commute your sentence. he says you should understand that a pardon would be -- would be final. and that, in accepting a pardon, you are, essentially, accepting guilt.
and i would rather see you this fight this out, which is why i'm commuting your sentence. >> president trump and roger stone are insistent roger stone did not get a fair shake at trial. but even attorney general bill barr has said the prosecution was righteous. as for democrats, they are pointing to the president intervening in this case as an indication that he has no respect for the justice system. sara murray, cnn, washington. >> for more on this, let's bring in cnn legal analyst and criminal defense attorney, joey jackson. joey, good to see you. let's start there, with what roger stone just said in sara's piece. he indicated that the president was the one who wanted a commutation, versus a pardon. but what do you think is the significance of that? stone says he didn't want to admit any kind of guilt, in this case. >> good morning to you, abby. good morning, victor. i think the significance is just the disdain for the process. you know, we have a very elaborate process. no matter what you think of it, that process includes convening
grand jurors to assess evidence, and to determine whether people should be indicted. it includes having trials. it includes judges making rulings. it includes, finally, abby, having 12 jurors, unanimously, making a determination. and then, to upset that process, predicated upon, you know, you being a friend of the president, is just very troubling. and so, if we have protocols and procedures in place. you know, if you want to apply for a pardon, have at it. the office of the pardon attorney. you wait five years, after the completion of your sentence. you know, you do so or -- and the fact is, is that i just don't get or understand how all of that could be turned on the head. and then, you release a letter scathing it's a russian hoax. you know, raids were happening at his home. so it's just troubling to me, as a person who practices and state with federal court, to see it could be upended because you are a friend of the president. >> i have this statement from the white house here. there is a line here, these charges were the product of
recklessness, born of frustration and malice. this says a lot. what it does not say is that stone did not commit the crimes, which he was convicted. your reaction to what this must mean for the justice department? we know those four prosecutors, that they resigned from the case back in february, after doj stepped in on the -- the sentencing recommendation. >> so everything about this is troub troubling, victor, right. so let's start there with the sentencing recommendation. we have federal fwiedliguidelin. when you get convicted, they say you'll go away for this many years. seven of them, i might add, a jury, i might add, unanimously saying you're guilty. and of course, the letter you referred to, victor, you could say process crimes but it's a crime. you don't obstruct a proceeding. you don't lie to congress when you're called to testify before. and you don't tamper with witnesses. so, at the end of the day, it's
just troubling when you have, again, this fraught with politics. there's a procedure. there's a system. the system's put in place. the system has to be one system, victor and abby, that works for all of us. that works for everyone. and it can't be predicated upon contacts. it can't be predicated upon who you know. it can't be predicated upon you saying it's a russian hoax. it has to be based on the rule of law. and when the rule of law is turned on its head, we're just in a place we should not be. don't make it about politics. make it about justice. and when you see injustices like this, it's just troubling as a person who has to go to court every day. defend people. and they're subject to a different procedure. you know, president make a phone call. here is your out of jail free card. that's a problem. >> the process crime argument is the one we've heard the president make before about obstructing justice. he seems to not think that those are significant. but it's interesting to me, in
an interview, yesterday, roger stone gave, he indicated that he could have turned on the president. he indicated that he stayed loyal to president trump. and this was part of -- of sort of the reward for that. what do you think it means that he has acknowledged that he could have testified in a way that could have hurt the president? was he covering up for president trump? >> you know what, abby, it certainly seems that way, right? the fact is, you know, when you talk about you could've turned on the president. turned on, as it relates to what? if you are talking about you have information you could have released. released about what? and so, what are you protecting? and what is the president protecting by you doing this? and i just think it's troubling, all the way around. when you look at everything -- you know, victor was asking me before, even when you look at the sentencing guidelines and how they were disturbed. and prosecutors resigning because the sentencing guidelines called for seven to nine years.
you say, you know, four. four years. it's just so upsetting. 40 months. it's just, when you look at the process, when you look at the protocols, abby, and when you look at a standard of justice, in this particular case. and you look at it, you protect the president, you're good. you're in accord with the president, you're good. and it just sends the wrong message, particularly at this time when we are looking at transparency, we're looking at injustice, and we're looking a the equality. where, in that, is this? >> yeah. after you get through the first 500 words of this justification for the commutation. and then, they switched to covid-19 and putting him at medical risk putting him in prison. we'll, of course, continue this conversation throughout the morning and you can get more on this. go to cnn.com and read a breakdown of 12 baseless claims from the white house. it's titled debunking 12 lies and falsehoods from the white house statement on roger stone's
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four, or a million and a half, teachers are at a higher risk of getting seriously ill. and then, of course, there's the concern over spread. consider that a summer camp in missouri had to shut down after 80, 8-0, 80 tested positive. >> that's why the cdc has issued guidelines. let's take a look at what -- some of what the government has said. there is the k through 12 schools readiness planning tool. it's a checklist to make sure schools are following the guidelines. and you can see there, there are three guiding principles independent dating the level of risk. lowest risk. small in-person activities and events pose a little more ricsk. and then, at the highest risk
level is full sized, in-person activities and events. >> this is a way to protect students and teachers and staff. they include wearing a mask. keeping desks six feet apart. staying home, when appropriate. staggering arrival and dismissal times. cancelling field trips and large gatherings. close the communal spaces there and having backup staffing plans. all the things that schools are trying to figure out. and as they prepare to reopen, researchers are warning parents that the symptoms of crow naoros in children may be different than those we're seeing in adults. >> cnn health reporter jaclyn howard explains more. >> kids appear not to be at a higher risk of covid than the rest of us. but a new study from a american academy academy of pediatrics journal suggests that symptoms might be slightly different. of 22 children admitted to the
hospital, it found only 44% of them had respiratory symptoms. and some were overlooked because they did not meet the then-recommended coronavirus testing criteria. here are the numbers. 15 had fever. 9 had respiratory symptoms. 6 reported fatigue. 2 had seizures. 1 had a headache. and 16 had no known contact with someone who had covid. now, there is still much left to learn here. researchers are still learning more about how covid impacts kids who already have underlying health conditions. and covid may be linked to brain swelling. that needs more study. also, you may have heard of this. some children with covid have developed a rare condition called multisystem inflammatory syndrome. and information about that is limited. but for now, most covid cases in children appear to be mild. and there is a lot you can do to keep your kid healthy. we all know the drill.
remind them to wash their hands. have them sneeze and cough into a tissue. and definitely, take time to really disinfect surfaces and disinfect their toys and don't forget their stuffed animals, too. >> let's bring in cnn medical analyst, primary care physician in atlanta. doc, welcome back. let's start here with the reopening of schools because independent of all that schools will have to do inside the building to protect the students and staff and the teachers. what are some of the metrics they should consider in the community, when determining how to approach reopening or if it's safe to bring students back into the classroom? >> yeah. good morning, victor. good morning, abby. listen. you know,we're talking about schools opening, almost like schools exist in a vacuum. schools are the fabric of our society. these are where students are going to learn and interact, and
mingle with teachers, for long periods of time. but we can't even begin that dialogue, in my opinion, until we talk about these viral surges. if the positivity rate in your community is greater than 5 to 8%, you need to convince me, if i had a kid, that, listen, this is what we're doing to decrease the viral load in the community. and unfortunately, in a lot of these states where the cases are surging, victor, we're not even close to having a essential dialogue about what needs to be done. >> yeah. it does seem that there is still a need to kind of get back to the basics on some of this. one of the things some officials have pointed out is that, even while students might live in particular communities where their schools are. their teachers and administrators might live in neighboring communities. so is it possible for isolated school districts to just decide we're going to reopen fully, and have everybody come back to
school, without having a regional or even statewide policy on how they approach this issue? >> that's exactly right, abby. it's one thing to say we're taking all these measures. and i appreciate that. i have looked at some of knethe measures. i have got patients who are superintendents here, in the city of atlanta. you can open a school but can you keep the school open? and i think that is the dialogue that we need to have. it's the same dialogue that we need to have, abby, about businesses opening. you know, in my opinion, in a city like atlanta, where the positivity rate is high and skyrocketing, we are heading towards becoming an epicenter. we need to, unfortunately, talk about rolling back and decrease the virus in the community, before we even talk about schools opening in the fall. >> let me ask you about the protections inside the school. cnn affiliate wsb reporting that cherokee county school board
voted that students would not be required to wear masks in school. i -- i -- i -- i wonder how you can suggest that students will be safe, when the one tool we know that will prevent the spread, is not being required of everyone. >> that's correct, victor. we know more than ever before, that masks is the way to go. it's, not only protecting other people from me, as the mask wearer. it's, also, protecting myself. you know, we keep talking about how children are much safer when it comes to covid-19 infection. as a public health specialist and a primary care physician that sees kids. victor, i'm not convinced that, in so many ways, we are really underestimating how they can be vectors. so, yes, kids are safer when they come to covid-19 infections. but they can transmit the virus to their parents and to
grandparents, that might be in contact with them. so i think that we really should not be looking at these cases, in isolation. we need to, first, look at that state, that city, try to decrease the viral load. bring that positivity rate down. increase testing. also, the other question i have, victor, is if a teacher falls sick, what are the plans for testing? good luck in trying to get a test in atlanta now for covid-19. >> yeah. it's a really good point. and beyond the tests, i mean, what we're seeing in all these state states, arizona, texas, hospitals are filling up. arizona saying that they have less than a thousand inpatient beds available in that state. i mean, what does that indicate to you? are we reaching a point in some of these states, where we could be creating dangers for people who are coming into the hospital for other reasons, other than covid and maybe can't get treated for what they need. heart attacks. things like that. >> absolutely. there have been studies that have shown that we are
diagnosing heart attacks later. we are diagnosing cancer later. a lot of my patients, abby, they are not even comfortable sometimes coming to the primary care office. i mean, i wear the whole gown, the face shield. we are trying to keep it safe, even at the primary care level. but ultimately, if we can't keep our patients convinced that we are doing our best to decrease the load. then, yes, hospitalization surges will continue to increase. you know, this is the way i look at it, abby. we started late. we have always been behind the game here. we should have learned from what happened in new york and we're not. and to me, that's what's really frustrating is it's not enough to just pause. we have to roll back and unfortunately we have to go back to these stay at home measures. it's the only way to decrease the contact between two individuals, and increase the transfer of the virus. >> the question now is do we have the political will to do
that? doctor, thank you so much for joining us this morning. we want to hear from you. should schools reopen this fall? do they have the right protocols to keep kids and teachers and support staff safe? >> yeah. reach out to us on twitter i'm at victor blackwell. abby is at abby d phillip. i am going to post something now to which you can just reply. let us know what is in your community for your kids. how have the last couple months when school was open, then teaching at home and what you hope this upcoming year will bring. again, at victor blackwell. at abby d phillip. we want to hear your comments. we will share a few later this morning. and be sure to stay with us. we'll be joined by the superintendent of florida's broward county schools. 237 schools there and bringing students back to the classroom there in south florida. >> that's right. his schools could remain closed despite a state mandate to open
in the fall. how does he plan to educate students? that is coming up here at 8:00 on "new day." up next, the front line health worke workers facing twin pandemics. racism and the coronavirus. cnn interviews a dozen black nurses who say discrimination has only gotten worse during the pandemic. that story, when we return. (vo) the time is coming for us to get out and go again. to visit all the places we didn't know meant so much. but we're all going at our own speed.
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six out of every ten healthcare workers who have died from covid-19. >> yeah. another example of the challenges that people of color are facing. cnn reporter salma abdelaziz meets the nurses confronting racism, while battling coronavirus. >> reporter: racism and coronavirus. twin pandemics that are forcing a reckoning, across the world. a nurse of 12 years says she is on the front line of both battles. treating covid-19 while, also, fighting for equality. >> as a black nurse, it's very important for me to come out today because, in the system where i work, and in the nhs, as a whole, there is racism. >> and what do you face on a daily basis? >> you just feel you're drowning, and nobody's hearing your voice. on the coronavirus, of course, it got worse because you had more of the blacks in the
forefront. >> efe is not alone. cnn interviewed a dozen black nurses across england. all say they faced systemic discrimination that only got worse when the pandemic hit. >> about these testimonies of racism. it says it's doing everything it can to address discrimination, swiftly and effectively. but they admitted covid-19 has shone a spotlight on stark health inequalities in this country. >> and there is inequality in death, too. about 20% of england's nhs medical staff are minorities. but early analysis thoughs thsh accounted for 60% of healthcare workers death from covid-19. ken knows the risks. a few years ago, he and his wife went back to school to become nurses. >> i wasn't aware of the discrimination side of nursing. until when i started it, then, i saw, boom, it's different.
it's dangerous. >> the childhood sweethearts endured racism. and soon got a job in nhs. >> she had it in nhs, if i can be honest. not only because she was black but because you are black and you are trying to change the system. because the system is designed black will be the last. >> she never reported the discrimination for fear of retribution. instead, she got a new job in a care home. life got better, and then things got much worse. this is the last video ken filmed of his wife. the mother of two died a few days later of covid-19. >> i could feel a little bit warmth. but when i saw the machines, i could understand that life is gone. >> but her passion lives on. >> i want to continue her legacy. >> so even with everything you
face? >> it doesn't change my world. i don't let bad people change me. no. i'll always help people, regardless where they come from, what color they are, what they say to me. i'll still love people. >> the words of a survivor. but just surviving the system is never enough. salma abdelaziz, cnn, london. >> our thanks to salma for that report. let's turn now to sports and college football. the season seems to be slipping away. got almost 100 games that have already been cancelled. just a little more than a month until the games are scheduled to begin. and this could mean really big problems for one national powerhouse. ta-da! did you know liberty mutual customizes your car insurance so you only pay for what you need? given my unique lifestyle, that'd be perfect! let me grab a pen and some paper. know what? i'm gonna switch now. just need my desk...
cancelling some of its games. >> the pac-12 is just the second conference in as many days to do just that joining the big 10. coy wire joins us this morning. coy, the impact of these decisions could be devastating for all of college sports. but it's not just the sports or the schools or the football teams. also, the students as well. >> yeah, that's exactly right, abby. good morning to you and victor as well. the pac-12 and big 10. determining their fall sports programs would not be able to play full seasons. the pac-12 announcing yesterday, they will only play conference games this fall. and for football, that means just nine games instead of 12. conference commissioner, larry scott, who, himself, tested positive for covid-19 last night. saying, in part, the conference needs to be flexible in delaying its return to play. two national brands that are not even in the big 10 or pac-12, notre dame and byu.
notre dame is now down three games and potentially a fourth because their season opener is postponed. byu has had five opponents cancel on them. leaving just seven games this season, so far. now, the san francisco giants. they will not have their heart and soul when mlb games start in just 12 days. six-time all star, buster posey, he and his wife, baby born six weeks premature just last week. understanding how fragile the girls would be, the decision was not difficult. the team, fully supporting him. the manager called this a no-brainer decision. now, a lot of athletes have tough decisions to weigh before getting back to work, right? atlanta united brad guzan is getting ready for his team's first game back today. but he is missing out on a pretty big family milestone.
>> i have got a 5-year-old and 3-year-old, and i'll be missing the baby's first birthday while we are a down here. so that part's been difficult. but being able to see them on facetime and talk to them. you know, i was fortunate enough. i packed a few bedtime stories in each suitcase. so each night, reading bedtime stories to the kids before they go to bed. but obviously, just being away from family, especially during the craziness that the entire country is going through. it doesn't make it any easier. >> atlanta united kicks off tonight at 8:00 eastern. brad understands the big picture here. he says he is grateful to have a job right now, to work during these times. but being away from family is tough. that's what we're hearing more. especially, nba players who are going to work in the atlanta bubble. >> i'm not terribly optimistic about people being in bubbles for more than three months. but i know people are waiting
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no screaming on the roller coaster. that's the recommendation for japanese theme park operators as they gradually reopen throughout the country. mask wearing here but they are recommending this as an additional layer of protection to prevent people from spraying droplets that may contain coronavirus through the air. even in law-abiding japan, this has been a big ask. >> that doesn't look like fun, at all. what is the point? >> this is the reason i'm not a huge fan of roller coasters. but you're -- you're right. the buttoned-up look and the buttoned-up experience is i think what they are trying to convey there. >> please, scream inside your hearts. i have been screaming inside my heart on this show for years. speaking of rollercoasters, people will be lining up to ride space mountain at the magic kingdom today. >> walt disney world is opening in just two hours from now. next hour of "new day," starts right