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hello and welcome to our viewers joining us here in the united states and across all around the world. you are watching "cnn newsroom." and i'm rosemary church. just ahead, pandemic roulette. this time the wheel of reopening too soon land on record case numbers out of florida. science versus politics. how dr. fauci and president trump ended up on other sides of the ring when the real fight should be against covid-19. plus, pop quiz for u.s. education secretary betsy devos. what should schools do if there's a coronavirus outbreak?
her answer that leads to more questions coming up. good to have you with us. well, we begin this hour with the relentless rise in coronavirus infections across the united states. the numbers just keep going up and up. and you can see them here. in this chart. note how steep the rise has become in recent weeks as cases increase rapidly. this surge is hitting florida hard. it shattered the single-day case record reached by any state sunday, reporting over 15,000 new infections. cases are spiking from coast to coast. see those dark red states on this map? well, they've all seen increases of 50% or more. in california's los angeles county, officials say they now
have substantially more covid hospitalizations than they had a month ago. phoenix, arizona has so many coronavirus patients who need help breathing they've set a record for ventilator use. and michigan health authorities have issued an advisory telling partygoers at this independence day celebration to get tested. at least one of them now has the virus. but there's encouraging news out of new york city. a sign tough lockdown measures can be worth it and they work. primarily data indicates the city had no coronavirus deaths saturday. well, despite those spiraling u.s. numbers, there's a rift growing between the white house and the country's top infectious disease expert. the white house took aim at dr. anthony fauci on sunday, releasing a lengthy statement that claimed to describe mistakes the doctor had made. california democrat adam schiff called the situation atrocious.
>> dr. fauci is the most respected voice in the country on how we ought to be dealing with this pandemic. and to be trying to sideline him or diminish him or discredit him is just atrocious, but it is so characteristic of donald trump. he can't stand the fact that the american people trust dr. fauci and they don't trust donald trump. >> yep. doctor fauci's reputation is strong in places like florida where the virus has hospitalized more than 7,500 people. in miami beach, hospitals are reaching full capacity and cities -- the city's mayor cited dr. fauci adds the only federal official he trusts. >> dr. fauci is the only person in the federal government we're listening to on the local level. because obviously, you know, this is all falling to mayors and commissioners to not only get people to comply, but to actually do these rules that people have to comply with. he's the only one we've been
listening to. it's nuts that the federal government has decided that we don't -- that he's upsetting the president so we should all not listen to the doctor anymore because we don't like what he's telling us. >> and for more on the administration's push against dr. fauci, here's cnn correspondent kristen holmes in washington, d.c. >> well, it would be extraordinary to see this sort of broad siding of one of the top health officials by the white house in any situation, but it's particularly striking given that it's happening during a pandemic. we had seen this tension between dr. fauci and president trump really start to boil up in public, kind of lashing out at one another. at one point, dr. fauci openly disagreeing with president trump. he said that the government's response wasn't really that great to coronavirus. he also talked about how he wasn't sure where president trump had gotten certain information. and then you had president trump saying that dr. fauci was a nice man but had made a lot of mistakes. now in an official statement from a white house official,
when asked about this relationship between the two, between the white house and this leading health expert, they said -- a white house official saying several white house officials are concerned about the number of times dr. fauci has been wrong on things. and then they presented a list here that looks almost like opposition research that we would get if they were talking about someone like joe biden or a political opponent, listing out early comments that dr. fauci made when talking about the pandemic. that you didn't need to wear a mask or that the epidemic is not driven by asymptomatic carriers. things that we heard not just from dr. fauci but from many medical experts early on when we were still figuring out what was going on with the pandemic. but, again, the broader picture here is that during this pandemic you're see a white house that is actually lashing out at one of the nation's top officials. someone who is supposedly an adviser to president trump. he was a member of the coronavirus task force here. so it's very striking to see
something like this going on at a time when thee cases just continue to surge. kristen holmes, cnn, the white house. i'm joined now by dr. anne rimoin. she is a professor in the department of epidemiology at ucla. doctor, always a pleasure to talk to you. >> pleasure to be here. >> so we're seeing president trump wear a mask at last, which is a move in the right direction, but tension at the white house and top infectious disease dr. anthony fauci is escalating amid this pandemic because he openly disagreed with the president in favor of science. what is your reaction to this level of tension between politics and medicine while the country goes through this massive health crisis? >> rosemary, this is a huge problem. we're letting politics dictate our public health agenda here. and it is just not acceptable. we need to be led by science.
this is a virus. we know how this virus spreads. we know now so much more about how to -- how to be able to attack this. and what we need is our top scientists to be advising the president and to have policy enacted as such. you know, the whole idea that we see donald trump wearing a mask for the first time going into a military hospital should not be something to celebrate. i mean, he should have been wearing a mask from the very beginning. there is no downside to wearing a mask. none! >> and, doctor, currently 33 states are reporting increased in new coronavirus cases. florida just shattered the single-day infection record with 15,300 new cases, and yet the u.s. president is still threatening to cut funds to any schools that refuse to open their doors to students next month. now, we all want our schools to
open, but we want that to be done safely. how can we do that? >> you know, we've needed to have started talking about this months ago, but because we're not going to -- we can't go back from where we -- where we are right now, we have to get really serious about what we're going to be doing going forward. and the first thing that we really need to do is we need to tamp down the spread of disease. and that is where we need to be doing our very best, everyone across the country, to stamp -- to stamp out infection here. and that will likely include going back to phase i. we need to make sure that the virus is at the lowest possible rate of transmission, and then we can get back to, you know, reopening, but with very stringent controls, including wearing masks and social distancing. the other thing that's going to be very important for opening schools is the funding to be
able to make the social distancing possible, to make sure that the ventilation systems are appropriate, to make sure that the teachers and that everybody is trained in how to be able to -- to manage this new normal and covid. >> and doctor, the u.s. education secretary, betsy devos, she wouldn't say on cnn sunday if schools should listen to cdc guidelines. but she wouldn't offer her own plan. and we know that president trump thinks the current cdc guidelines are too tough and impractical. so let's just bring those up because we have some of those points listed there. you referred to them. wearing masks. stay home when appropriate. keeping that distance, that social distance, six feet apart, but a lot of schools are incapable of doing that. but do you feel these guidelines, which the cdc now says it will not water down for the president, do you think those that standard right now will be sufficient to open schools safely?
>> the first thing we need to do to be able to open schools safely is to have a very serious reduction in the rate of viral transmission, of community transmission of this virus. so if we can get to a very -- to an acceptable level of community transmission, then, yeah, i think that those guidelines are appropriate. we cannot be relying on hopes that the -- that the transmission rate will go down or that hopes that schools will be able to find funding to be able to do what they need to do. and hopes that our -- we'll have enough testing and contact tracing. i mean, we need to make this happen. >> and doctor, just finally, the u.s. surgeon general jerome adams said this about masks. let's just take a quick listen. >> the disease course is about two to three weeks, so just as we've seen cases skyrocket, we can turn this thing around in two to three weeks if we can get
a critical mass of people wearing face coverings, practicing at least six feet of social distancing, doing the things that we know are effective, and it's important for the american people to understand, when we're talking about the fall, we have the analyst to turn this around. >> right. >> very quickly if people will do the right thing. >> doctor, do you think that's possible, that timeframe, two to three weeks, if people wear masks and keep social distance? >> well, i think that in two to three weeks, we could do a lot. and that is certainly true. anything that we can do is important. but that being said, two to three weeks from frou, we'now, t be seeing the infections that were happening right now, and those infections are not just going to disappear. those people will be able to infect other people, so we need to be looking at a good, you know, six to eight weeks of really doubling down and making sure that we are stopping
transmission of this disease, not only for one cycle, but at least two. you know, it's -- it's really important to remember that whatever we're seeing today is because of exposures that we had two to three weeks ago. and these kind of lagging indicators are what get us into trouble every time. just when we think things might be okay, we remember that everything that happened just a few weeks back is what is going to come to bear, you know, two to three weeks later. >> let's hope this country can do it. dr. anne rimoin, thank you so much. and still to come this hour, long-awaited trip to china by the world heath organization. what investigators looking into the origins of the coronavirus hope to uncover. plus, south africans are calling for action against the country's second pandemic. how women in the country are fighting to end gender-based violence and get justice for the lives taken by it. we're back with that in a moment. so what's going on?
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impacted nearly 38 million people across more than two dozen provinces. state media report at least 141 people have died or are missing. more than 2 million people have fled their homes. and more than 1 million others are in urgent need of supplies. china's president is calling for all-out efforts in rescue and relief operations. more rain is expected in the coming days. well, there are growing fears of the coronavirus in hong kong as new infections are on the rise. officials have closed schools in the city to stem the spread of the virus. after nearly 40 new cases were confirmed on friday. the city is fighting its third wave of infections and some experts are concerned the virus may have mutated. this as a team from the world heath organization has landed in china to investigate the origins of the virus. so let's bring in kristie lu stout from hong kong.
kristie, a couple of issues to cover here. let's start with the w.h.o. team investigating the origins of covid-19. how much freedom will they be given to do their job? >> that's a good question. also apparently not a lot of freedom to talk to the media today. as we've been chasing w.h.o. officials asking for any additional comment on this mission that is supposed to be under way in china, but we have yet to get any substantial response. on friday, the world heath organization announced that this two-member advanced team was en route to china to set up a probe looking into the origins of the novel coronavirus. and this is what we know at this stage. these two individuals consist of two experts, one in animal health, the other in epidemiology. again, this is an advanced team, so they're out to determine the agenda and the scope of a broader investigation. so this is still very much early on in the process. and according to the w.h.o., they hope that these two individuals will be able to get some answers to two key questions. i mean, one question, we know that the virus exists in bats,
but did it go through an intermediate species or another animal host? the other question, how did it make that jump? how did it make that leap from animals to humans? now the world heath organization has been under fire for its relationship with china. we know that the united states under u.s. president donald trump is saying that it will withdraw from the world body, effective july of next year, because of the w.h.o.'s close relationship with china. and also because of concerns that it didn't ask the tough questions early on. but we're still waiting to hear answers from this fact-finding mission. back to you. >> and, kristie, you're there in hong kong. we mentioned the 38 new cases that have been confirmed. schools have been closed. we talked about that mutation. bring us up to date on all those issues. >> yeah, it was on sunday we heard from the department of health 38 new covid cases, 30 of which were locally transmitted. this what we're calling here the third wave of infections hitting hong kong, and that's the reason
why i'm home reporting live from my study because we're back to work from home measures. over the weekend, we heard from the dr. fauci of hong kong, she's the head of communicable disease of hong kong, and the called the situation, you know, very serious. and she also said that it is, quote, worse than the situation in march. that was when the second wave hit hong kong. she said it's worse because of two reasons. the number of locally transmitted cases, and the fact that they can't contact trace the source of this new surge, which has been bubbling up since last week. we'll keep an eye on the situation here. the government to hold a press conference with the latest numbers in the next hour or so. rosemary? >> all right. we appreciate that. kristie lu stout joining us live from hong kong. appreciate it. well, south africa is reinstating a daily curfew and banning alcohol sales as virus cases continue to rise. the curfew will be from 9:00 in the evening until 4:00 in the morning. the country's reporting over 12,000 infections every day, and
that's almost 500 cases every hour. and south africa's president says health care facilities are already under tremendous strain. but in addition to the coronavirus, the country's also experiencing a rise in violence against women. and cnn's david mckenzie joins us now from johannesburg to talk about this. so, david, south africa fighting the virus and also this surge in violence against women. how is it doing it? >> well, it's a surge in violence against women, but it's been a pandemic in a way for many decades, rosemary. you know, one of the most talked about measures is reinstating that alcohol ban overnight to try and curb the number of people hitting the icu beds in south africa to give people the chance to really focus on covid-19 in those hospitals. there's a lot of people upset about that. but one group definitely not upset about it are gender-based -- gender rights activists in this country. they said when the alcohol ban was lifted the last time, they saw a surge in violence against
women, but this is something that's been going on for years, and shows no signs of improving. >> he kept her dead at his place behind a hay sack in the back with rubbish on top. >> reporter: in this corner behind the corrugated iron and concrete, neighbors found her granddaughter's body. when the smell became stronger than the stench of the garbage. >> when the people, what's going on, no, it's rubbish. i'm going to throw it away. that's the kind of person who was an animal. >> but why they didn't find this. >> reporter: he, the suspected killer, was her granddaughter's boyfriend. and weeks ago when the police came to this shack, his shack, they didn't find her purse inside just feet away from where she was dumped. >> what does this tell you? >> it tells us that they're not doing their job.
>> reporter: the police didn't respond to requests for comment and the prosecuting authority dropped the case against her suspected killer for lack of evidence. only taking it up again, the lead prosecutor told us, because of the public outcry. he is now in custody, formally charged with murder and awaiting trial. he is yet to plea. >> police must make their job very carefully because we're tired. we must do the work. we are scared everywhere we go because we don't know if we're going to meet with someone who is dangerous. we don't know. so we are not safe. justice must be served. we need that he be punished. >> the coronavirus pandemic -- >> reporter: in june south africa's president said the country is battling what he calls two pandemics. >> violence is being unleashed on the women and children of our country with a brutality that defies any form of comprehension.
>> reporter: on an incomprehensible scale. there were nearly 180,000 violent crimes against women just last year. nearly 3,000 murders. according to official police statistics. >> this community calls for much-needed radical change with the urgency it deserves. >> reporter: but after decades of protests and promises of action, change hasn't come. daughters, mothers and sisters are still lost. and far too often, say gender rights activists, justice is delayed if it comes at all. >> is the state doing enough? >> not at all. i don't think they're serious about it. if they could deal with gbv, gender-based violence, exactly the way they're dealing with covid-19, we'd be fine. >> reporter: her organization took on more than a dozen cases of gender-based violence in just the last week. they've supported victims from
age 2 to well into their 70s. >> and it seems like there is almost a war on women in south africa. >> you can say that again. you can say that again. >> yeah. we're not safe. we go outside with fear. maybe it might happen to me. my sister who looks at me or my children. it's very hard. >> i know that this is still so raw for you. >> it is. it is. >> reporter: still difficult for her to find the words. >> i don't know what to say. i don't even know what to say. >> reporter: but she says it's important to try. so her granddaughter's killing won't be ignored. >> why my daughter was killed like a dog. >> well, that terrible case really has torn apart the family. and what activists fear,
rosemary, is that this violence, this horrific violence, has almost become normalized in this country, and really, people are numb to it until it affects them directly, but given those terrible numbers, it affects many, many families like the gabadas every day, every month, every year in this country and they just actually don't see a way to solve this problem. rosemary? >> we thank you for bringing this to light, david mckenzie, joining us live. many thanks. well, u.s. house speaker nancy pelosi accuses the trump administration of messing with the health of children. as the white house pushes for schools to reopen in the coming weeks. more on this debate. that's next. plus, disney's florida theme parks are reopening despite a sharp increase in coronavirus cases. but guests can expect quite a few changes because of the pandemic. we'll explain on the other side of the break. stay with us. businesses are starting to bounce back.
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welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and, of course, all around the world. you are watching "cnn newsroom." and i'm rosemary church. well, despite cases surging across the united states, the trump administration is pushing an aggressive agenda to fully reopen schools in the coming weeks. on sunday education secretary betsy devos told cnn that children need to return to the classroom. but she refused to say whether schools should follow these safety guidelines like wearing masks from the cdc. she says this list complied by the nation's top health officials on how to safely reopen schools is meant to be flexible.
>> the reality is that there are ways for those teachers to be able to continue to do what they do and every district, every state has the real opportunity to work with and figure out the best scenario for those teachers. >> should those teachers go in the classroom if they don't feel comfortable? >> that's something for them to work out with their local district. but it -- again, that's the exception, not the rule. the rule needs to be schools need to get opened. kids need to go back to school. they need to be learning. teachers want to be there. >> house speaker nancy pelosi responded to devos with a strong rebuke, accusing the trump administration of messing with the health of children. >> i think what we heard from the secretary was malfeasance and dereliction of duty. this is appalling. they're mess, they're messing, the president and his administration are messing with
the health of our children. it is -- we all want our children to go back to school. teachers do. parents do. and children do. but they must go back safely. >> and as the u.s. debates the safety of returning students to class, some countries have already reopened their schools successfully and others maybe not so much. for more on this, i'm joined now by will ripley. he's in hong kong. good to see you, will. so as the u.s. struggles with, what, 60,000 new cases a day, complicating efforts to open schools, other nations have been able to contain the virus, get kids back to class. who got it right, who didn't? >> well, that's the thing. i mean, there's really no right or wrong because here in hong kong where they had the virus contained and opened up schools a month and a half ago, today and for the rest of the week, which happens to be the rest of the school year, they're closed because cases have been popping up in recent days. community verdict sprespread isg kong and that's enough for the
officials to close all schools out of precautions. the u.s. right now the only country thinking about opening schools at a time cases are rising so quickly. for those that are open aside from the virus being contained, there is a whole new list of social distancing procedures. >> reporter: students gather for assembly in thailand. their first day back to school since mid-march. there are new rules to go along with the new normal. educating in the time of coronavirus. first, the lineup. a pump of hand sanitizer. a full face visor. a temperature check and class is back in session. one of this group's first lessons, how to keep their distance. makeshift cubicles made out of old ballot boxes help to keep students separated. one girl says she feels good studying behind the box. it makes her feel safer returning to school.
before its reopening, thailand effectively contained the virus. its infection rate remains low, just over 3,200 confirmed cases. even though it was the first country outside of china to detect a case of covid-19. around the world other starts and stops. hong kong schools are closing again. it too restarted classes a month and a half ago. because of a new spike in cases, officials decided to start summer break early. one student says he just finished his exams and there was just one more week of classes to go, so not too much of a difference. there have been similar rollbacks in beijing and parts of australia where officials opened up schools after a seemingly successful lockdown only to shut them again after a flare up of coronavirus. in global hot spots like south america, thousands of new cases every day.
schools are closed with a few exceptions. most of uruguay's students have returned to class. it closed its borders early and it has about 1,000 total cases. unlike its much larger and denser neighbor brazil, which is topping 1.8 million. the remoteness of chile's easter island may have spared it the fate of the mainland. school recently resumed there. one student says it's an opportunity that's been given to them because on the continent it's not been possible to return to class because of the pandemic. an opportunity countries around the world are struggling to manage as schools learn even after reopening there are no guarantees the virus won't return. >> that's why a lot of schools are also focussing on enhances their virtual education opportunities. for example, in south korea,
schools are technically open, but a lot of them are closed right now. it really depends on how many cases have been detected in each particular school district. so they can kind of have a hybrid model where they go back and forth from the classroom to studying at home. but, rosemary, this is proving to be the most challenging task or one of the most challenging tasks aside from finding a vaccine is figuring out how to get kids who need the socialization and all the learning benefits that come from being in school, but how to get them there safely. i don't know if anyone really has the answer yet. >> that's it. we all want them open but it has to be done safely. that is the challenge. will ripley, thanks for joining us from hong kong. great report. the walt disney resort in orlando, florida reopened two of its parks over the weekend even as the state is seeing a surge in coronavirus cases. guests were welcomed back to the magic kingdom and animal kingdom parks for the first time in almost four months. social distancing is encouraged, though judging by the lines
here, it may be tough to enforce. the remaining two parks are set to reopen this week. so, cnn's eleni joins us. how different will that experience be in the midst of this pandemic? >> yeah, i mean, the very same week where you saw a record number of coronavirus cases, you had disney deciding to open up its flagship park. and this was a really interesting move. i mean, disney is justifying by saying, look, this is the new normal and we need to operate with these new parameters in place. it's, of course, high season. it's summertime. so disney says it was the first to shut down its parks, and now the last to reopen, universal and seaworld have been operational for a few weeks now. now, in terms of the actual experience, online ticking etin the way to do. in fact, it's selling tickets
through to 2021. so, yes, social distancing in queues. sanitizing as much as possible. you've got basins to wash hands across the park. and then, of course, rides, you'll have to wait until a certain amount of people are able to leave that ride and then you'll see people going through in waves. you cannot go up to mickey mouse and hug him anymore. no mask, no photograph. mandatory mask-wearing is the way to go. you also have to keep in mind you had around 75,000 people returning back to work. disney is the largest employer on a single site in the united states. so, of course, the messachanics bringing this number of employees back meant protocols and, of course, you've got to think about training as well. unions have said that disney needs to think about the safety of its staff, first and foremost. now, california has not opened yet, and, remember, california has different rules in terms of businesses getting back to full capacity. but we do know disney says that
it has successfully opened theme parks across the world, in shanghai, hong kong, in tokyo, it's even considering its next step of paris. also got to keep in mind here, rosemary, that the parks are such an essential part of the business, it accounts for almost 40% of revenue, and disney being the largest entertainment in the company has already lost $1.4 billion in profits just this year. >> absolutely. we'll watch to see how this goes. of course masks are key. many thanks. well, despite the pandemic raging in the united states, we saw president trump golfing again over the weekend. mr. trump defended the activity vigorously in a tweet sunday, describing his frequent trips to the links as his exercise regimen. he also said he played much less than his predecessor, barack obama. something cnn has found to be false. well, coming up, as cases continue to rise in honduras, we will learn about one nun who has tested positive after she
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welcome back, everyone. well, mexico is now the country with the fourth highest number of covid-19 deaths in the world. it has surpassed italy, according to john hopkins university. mexico's health ministry recorded 276 new deaths on sunday, bringing the total number to more than 35,000. that's on top of more than 4,000 new cases. bringing the total to almost 300,000. on sunday the country's president claimed the virus is losing intensity. no evidence of that. well, in the days ahead, brazil is expected to confirm 2 million cases of the virus. the country has already reported more than 72,000 fatalities,
making it the second worst outbreak in the world. and with thousands of new cases being confirmed each day, the crisis there is showing little sign of easing. still, president jair bolsonaro continues to downplay the threat, even as he recovers from his own covid-19 infection. he is urging local officials to reopen their economies, saying the country is on the brink of recession. well, thousands of venezuelans who migrated to colombia in search of a better life are now trying to return home as the coronavirus outbreak in colombia is now getting worse. but very few of them are being allowed back in, and it is creating a new crisis at the border between the countries. stefano pozzebon has our report. >> reporter: a familiar sight, families trying desperately to cross venezuela's border. only this time, instead of fleeing, they're trying to get back into the country they worked so hard to escape. they travelled all over south
america in search of economic opportunities and a better life, but as the coronavirus pandemic took root, those jobs evaporated and their ability to pay for rent and food disappeared. with cases of covid-19 on the rise and throughout the region they know they will still be at risk for the virus in venezuela, but at least they will be home. the colombia/venezuela border crossing has been closed since march. the government of embattled president nicolas maduro has called its own citizens biological weapons and accused colombia and other governments of infecting them with covid-19 to spread the pandemic across venezuela. colombia called the accusation deplorable and miserable. every day only a few hundred of the most vulnerable migrants are allowed to re-enter. the rest have to wait in a makeshift migrant camp. >> this is where the move of
people collides and comes together. there are people who have just arrived from the interior of colombia from ecuador and peru. people taken today to other centers before being allowed to transit to venezuela, and there are many people who are staying here, sometimes for days, sometimes for weeks. >> reporter: social distancing does not exist in this camp. the conditions here present a separate risk. without toilets and raw sewage, children and families are exposed to other serious illness. many of these migratnts have walked thousands of miles across the andes to get here. francisco and his family have been living here for more than a week. the next day he loses consciousness and faints. he must be taken to the emergency room. his friend her man martinez tell
us he has convulsions several times a day, medicines he can't afford. as an undocumented immigrant, he's only able to access emergency medical care. as night falls, more waiting and uncertainty for el dorado. other families are still on the road making their way here. many unaware of the bottleneck they're about to face. so many who have made this journey are hopeful that the next day will mean it's their turn to go home, but the reality is most will continue to be turned away from venezuela. a land that has failed them once again. stefano pozzebon, cnn, colombia. honduras is also getting hit hard by the pandemic. john hopkins university says more than 28,000 people have been infected there and nearly 800 have died. the president of honduras was among those infected, and was released from hospital earlier this month.
he said i don't wish this on anyone. i don't want any of my fellow citizens to get infected or that any other human goes through the agony of battling between life and death. but sadly many other citizens are battling this virus, including a national hero, 93-year-old nun who has helped more than 80,000 orphaned children and abandoned children in honduras has tested positive. sister maria rosa legol is the subject of an upcoming documentary and the filmmaker gave us an update on her condition. >> right now she's in stable condition. she's doing okay. she feels fine. and she got infected because, you know, she's been just doing her work, ministering and people are coming and going from her compound. they're keeping her up to date on what's happening.
she was attending mass with the children. >> and as for those children she takes care of, they are in lockdown in their homes because of the possibility of getting the virus. people on the outside are providing food and medical care to these children. and still to come, an ally of president trump has apparently been re-elected in poland. after the results came down to the wire. we are live in the polish capital after this. when we started our business
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for the same medications as the vet, but up to 30 percent less with fast free shipping. visit petmeds.com today. welcome back, everyone. well, poland's incumbent president andrzej duda, appears to have narrowly won another term. the populist right-wing president is seen as an ally of u.s. president trump. poland's election committee says mr. duda has a slim majority with almost all of the votes counted. and those remaining won't change the outcome, apparently. cnn's frederik pleitgen is in warsaw, he joins us live. good to see you, fred. so it was too close to call, wasn't it, but now it appears president duda is set to win.
what more are you learning about this? >> reporter: hi there, rosemary. certainly an exciting election night happened here in warsaw. it was less than 1 percentage point between these two candidates, and so it was at the beginning very much too close to call, but now as more and more of the votes are trickling in and you just mentioned we're at over 99% of the votes that have now been counted, it certainly does seem as though andrzej duda, the incumbent, has eked out another victory. it seems that andrzej duda was able either to mobilize more of his base or his base may simply be larger than his liberal opponent. sort of looking at the breakdowns of which part of the population voted for whom in this election, and it really is quite interesting because you do have a sort of divide between younger people, older people more for duda. probably no surprise. he is obviously much more of a conservative incumbent president. also the rural population versus the city population going for the more liberal candidate. a bit of a geographic divide here in poland with the east of
the country, which generally is a bit more conservative, overwhelmingly going for andrzej duda. so one of the things we can see, rosemary, is what we've been talking about before, is that poland is a very divided country, remains a very divided country. it seems the five years in power andrzej duda was not able to bridge that divide, but at the same time, the liberal forces in this country have not been able to mobilize to an extent to be able to take power in this very contested election. there certainly seems a lot of work left to be done for andrzej duda to try to win over some of the people who obviously voted against him last night, because, of course, was an extremely close election where for a very long time it was not clear which way it was going to go. andrzej duda, of course, for his part, has already said that he's going to continue the policies he's been following over the past couple of years. some of them leading to large concern among midterms of the european union, saying the division of power here in this country was under threat. at the same time, though,
obviously andrzej duda a close ally of president trump here in europe, as well, and again saying that he's going to continue those policies he's been following for the past five years. rosemary? >> all right. we'll keep an eye on this and you and i can talk more about this next hour. fred pleitgen joining us live from warsaw, many thanks. and thank you for joining us. i'm rosemary church. i'll be back with another hour of news after this short break. you're watching cnn. stay with us. reinventing. it's what small businesses do.
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world, you are watching "cnn newsroom" and i'm rosemary church. just ahead, setting records for all the wrong reasons. coronavirus cases surge in the united states and reach new highs around the world. plus, the white house faces off yet again with america's top infectious disease expert. this hour a doctor tells me why president trump shouldn't be playing politics with a pandemic. and u.s. marines in japan test positive for the virus as their movements are restricted in an effort to control the disease. we will have a live report. glad you could join us and we begin with a record number of new coronavirus cases reported to the world health organization. the w.h.o. says over 230,000 new