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a covid-19 overflow hospital here behind me. he made the decision on friday, which is when the state hit a record number of new cases, nearly 4500. georgia has seen an increase in hospitalizations, deaths and new cases of covid-19. the georgia world conference sent orridgeinally opened in april during what they thought was going to be the peek of the virus in the state. hour two now. i'm brianna keiler. the coronavirus is ravaging the u.s. that is a fact. the trump white house is failing in its coronavirus response. that is another fact as it tries to say there's a deep state within the cdc. and the president and his inner circle are inexplicably turning on dr. anthony fauci,
the top infectious disease expert, who has angered the president by getting too much good press, according to one source, by contradicting him publicly. and dr. fauci is still speaking out. moments ago he said, quote, we haven't even begun to see the end of covid-19. called the most challenging public health crisis he's ever faced. he also weighed in on what the u.s. has gotten wrong and what it will take to stop the spread. >> we did not shut down entirely and that's the reason we went up. we started to come down, then we plateaued add a level that was really quite high. you don't necessarily need to shut down again. but pull back a bit and proceed in a very prudent way, observing the guidelines and going from step to step. there are things you can do now, physical distance, wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, washing hands.
those things, as simple as they are, can turn it around. >> cnn's nick watt is in los angeles with more on the situation in several hot spots we're keeping our eye on. nick, what are you seeing? >> reporter: well, that one in 100 americans infected you just mentioned, that really struck me. in los angeles it's actually one in 25. that means when you go to the dproegs dproe grocery store or the beach, chances are high you will see somebody who has this virus. this is not an abstract, vague concept. it is in our communities and in many places, it's only getting worse. florida is smashing records. more than 15,000 new covid cases sunday, the most logged in any state any day ever. >> we have to get control of the numbers. >> reporter: disney world just opened two parks.
but if you don't wear a mask, you won't get the photo from your ride, seriously. that's the enforcement. >> we can turn this thing around in two to three weeks if we can get a critical mass of people wearing faces coverings, practicing at least six feet of social distancing. >> there's no federal mandate. meanwhile, in texas, the average daily death toll doubled in a week. >> if they have a mandate on masking, we reopened the economy is one of the chief reasons we're where we are today. >> reporter: some calling hoousen the new new york. the mayor wants his city shut down. >> for the next couple of weeks to take the energy away from this virus. >> reporter: harvard researchers say these eight entire states should do the same. >> we need reinstitute measures to flatten the curve and get control once again in these states. >> reporter: georgia's governor is resistant. but atlanta already rolled back
to phase one, the field hospital is reopening downtown. the mayor tested positive. >> we are an example of how quickly this spreads. we had one child in the house who was asymptomatic. i was also asymptomatic and my husband didn't have any underlying health conditions and this has hit him really hard. >> reporter: still the trump administration wants schools reopened whatever the cost. >> the rule should be kids go back to school this fall. >> reporter: florida is mandating schools reopen next month but how remains unclear. >> we've beaten this in new york, in massachusetts. there's a way forward, it just requires a will to execute the game plan. >> reporter: new york opened slowly, mandated masks and reported no deaths from covid-19 in a day, zero. >> 24 hours where no one died. let's have many more days like that. . >> reporter: now, as we talk about opening schools and
colleges, a couple of interesting studies. one suggests if infected, your antibody response and immunity will begin to decline. another study suggests one in three young adults are at risk of severe covid-19. and a lot of that is down to smoking. >> just smoking. okay. as the pandemic ravages the u.s., the president chose to ramp up his campaign by retweeting a conspiracy theory post from a game show host. he accused everyone about lying about the coronavirus. so too, be clear, the president would like you to listen to this guy. >> there are more than 60 million single adults in the united states. so, here on "love connection" we have a new way for singles to
meet. >> the numbers don't lie. more than 135,000 people have died from coronavirus in the u.s. that's more than the number of american lives lost in the first world war. also there is still no national testing or tracing strategy and it is july. i want to bring in dr. nicolas, the chief of trauma and surgical critical care at jackson memorial hospital. and first, sir, tell us what your reaction is to the president retweeting a post alleging that the cdc and democrats -- maybe that's not surprising. but he's saying doctors, most of them, are also lying. >> it's unbelievable. this is an old play book to find an enemy, discredit the press, the intellectuals. we've seen it before and it's happening again right now. i'm the president of the medical staff.
and i know better than to do something like that and this is from the president of the united states. >> the press secretary at the white house said moments ago there are rogue individuals in the cdc. so, the argument we've heard so often coming from the trump administration and his supporters that there's a deep state, she's applying that to the cdc, which is obviously essential in this fight. what are your concerns there? >> i'm disgusted at this attitude. i mean, there's certain things in life where you just have to have trust and i think dr. fauci and the cdc are the most respected medical professionals in the world. and this is pure politics. this is just trying to rally up the base. this is not about medicine or science. this is pure politics. >> so, you're in miami, one of the hot spots. tell us what you're seeing today. >> what we're seeing is ramping up every day and the number of
patients that need intensive care unit beds. i'm on the phone several time as week about what beds we can turn into covid beds. they require isolations. it's a continuous race against patients coming in to prepare facilities for them. it's a real challenge. >> the surgeon general has suggested the spike in numbers is -- it can actually be turned around in the next two to three weeks, he said, if people wear their masks and social distance. do you think that's feasible? >> no. not in two weeks because just the incubation time for the period precludes that. so, it's going to take longer than that and compliance. you have a group of the population who believes this is a hoax. so, for those people, they're not going to comply no matter what. we have a real problem and it stems from the leadership. >> so, part of the population
thinks this is a hoax. and as you're aware, this other part of the population, which is young. we were all young once. when you're young and think you're invincible, you start to realize that's not case as you get older. it's really alarming, the results. what do you think it might take to reverse that trend and what would your appeal be to young people, who are behaving in a way that is not helping their country? >> until enough of those young people lose an elder loved one, we're not going to see a change and we're losing some young people too. young people are dying. 17 year old in florida, 11 year old in florida. we have 30 somethings in the intensive care unit. young people are dying. so, eventually all those at the covid parties will know somebody who died and they'll pay attention. >> even as people say young kids
aren't as effected, we spoke with a medical examiner who said this is tragic in all age groups. the white house says all schools should reopen, even though the secretary of education cannot articulate a plan. there is no plan on how to do this. next i'll be speaking to a high school teacher in texas who says all classes should be online this fall. plus, the mayor of atlanta describes how she believes she contracted covid. and hong kong closing schools and disneyland again with a new wave of infection there. is this a preview of what's to come in america? great news for veterans with va loans.
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we have breaking news. the second largest school district says it will not start with students physically in class. we're talking about l.a. unified school district. it says, quote, the health and safety of all in the district is not something we can compromise. they serve more than 600,000 students. and this is a debate across the country. they're weighing risks of returning to the classroom. a source close to the white house tells cnn that schools should probably not reopen if infections in their specific community have risen for five straight days. cnn pointedly asked education secretary devaus about the white house's plan to protect students and faculty if they reopen in the fall and therhere's her response.
>> should schools in the united states follow cdc recommendations or not? >> dr. redfield has clearly said these are recommendations and every situation is going to look slightly different. and the key for education leaders -- and these are smart people who can figure things out. the cdc guidelines are just that, meant to be flexible and meant to be applied as appropriate for the situation. >> you're asking students to go back. so, why do you not have guidance on what a school should do weeks before you want them to reopen? and what happens if it faces an outbreak? >> there's really good examples that have been utilized in the private sector and elsewhere, also with frontline workers and hospitals. and all of that data and information and examples can be -- referenced -- >> but -- do you have a plan for
what students -- >> the plan -- so -- schools should do what's right on the ground at that time for their students and for their situation. >> all right, john ladner is a high school teacher in denton texas. so, this is not just an academic debate for him. your state is seeing a sustained marked jump in infections and yet they're moving ahead with plans to reopen schools next month, even though parents can opt out to have schooling online. i know you wrote a facebook post about why you think they should be all online in the fall. tell us how -- tell us why you think that is and how you came to that decision, even though -- i think everyone wants kids back in school. so, we're balancing these things. tell us about that. >> i mean, i definitely believe that kids learn better in the classroom.
i teach better in the classroom. the fact of the matter is we're in one of the epicenters of the virus right now. i know a lot of people are probably looking at this past spring and saying that we don't necessarily want a repetition of that. you got to understand we turned on a dime there. with no preparation, with no warning we had to rework everything about what we do just from the ground up. and the fact that governor greg abbott took as long as he did to declare the schools would be closed, it put our districts in an additional bind where they couldn't make decisions about how grades would work for the remainder of the semester, for example. and it's hard to maintain student accountability without that sort of thing in place. i mean, that's how school works. and if we make the commitment now, seeing how sharp the rise in cases is, if we make the
commitment now to prepare for online instruction in the fall, we can be much more prepared to do so. >> so, do you feel like you have that? do you feel like there's a plan for how you do this? >> well, right now the plan from the texas education agency is for all schools to offer face-to-face instruction for a full academic schedule. and that's insane. right now teachers are scared. teachers are writing their wills. one in five teachers in texas is considering leaving the profession. i know teachers who are older than i am, who are choosing to retire early. teachers younger than i am, who are changing careers. we're talking about two-income households who are deciding we can make one income work for now. and that's the anxiety among teachers right now. >> my sister's a teacher and a single mom. so, i'm wondering what happens
if she gets sick? who's going to take care of her if she gets sick? she has two kids. what does she do? all of these teachers are trying to figure this out. these are the existential questions you have to deal with, that you haven't had to deal with before. once you decide they're going to go back to the classroom, do you have a sense of what the threshold or tolerance level is for an outbreak? is it one sick kid, ten? how do they do this? >> i don't know the answer to that question, specifically. according to the tea's new guidelines, schools are not going to be -- school campuses will not be allowed to remain closed for more than five consecutive days. that's ignoring all the facts about how the virus works. >> so, you've seen the story that has come out of arizona where you have three teachers --
they had sort of a summer school virtual program for two weeks to help kids catch up. there's remediation you have to do. that's something you're going to be struggling with in the near term and perhaps longer. three teachers physically in a classroom. they were wearing masks, socially distancing. all three got covid and one of them died. so, you're looking at that example. do you feel like your administration and texas health officials are? >> um, the texas education agency obviously is not. i know that my district, along with many other districts, they've spent the summer trying to come up with plans where we can get some of our more vulnerable populations, special ed populations, our children with early literacy levels, we can get them into the classroom with much more distance. but the texas education agency,
they're not even giving this freedom to do that. >> and you're indoors, right? this is the issue we're seeing increasingly with the science. indoors is the problem. >> and with air conditioning systems that frequently break down. >> so, nothing's changed since we were in school. and there's no discussion about how they are -- i mean, look, it would be expensive to retrofit a classroom. expensive to replace h-vac units but you're not hearing anything about that? >> i don't think it's a surprise to anyone that teachers often buy their own supplies right now. prrls what that looks like is teachers building their own plexiglass shields for their desks.
>> it's crazy. you are doing such important work and you're in a mind and you shouldn't have to figure out all these answers on your own. thanks for telling us impactly what you're dealing with. we appreciate it. >> thank you so much. and ahead the mayor of atlanta reveals how she thinks she was infectsed with the coronavirus. and a body has been found in the lake where "glee" actress naya rivera went missing. ta-da! did you know liberty mutual customizes your car insurance so you only pay for what you need? i should get a quote. do it. only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
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we have some breaking news. a body has been found in the lake where "glee" actress, naya rivera went missing. she was presumed to have drowned after renting a boat. her 4-year-old son was found drifting alone in the boat. tell us what you know, stephanie. >> reporter: this was the sixth day that they had been searching for naya rivera. we understand a body was found floating in the northeast part of that lake. officials stopping short of actually saying this is the body of the "glee" actress. but we do know the sheriff's department has notified her family and let the medical examiner's offices know about the body. it's been a difficult search with the murky water in lake pirue. they've been doing a lot of it
by hand, using a specially trained dog to sniff, see if they could tell something was happening. and using sonar to see if they can locate a body. what we know has originally happened, based on the conversation with the 4-year-old in the boat. the other life vest was inside of the boat. they do not believe she made it back to shore but still unclear what happened. what could have led to this tragic, tragic ending here. so, not completely confirming it but after six days of searching, they found a body floating in the water. >> okay. thank you so much for that update. we'll continue to follow the story. i know so many people are interested and warning someone they very much enjoyed seeing on television. and ahead south africa suspending alcohol sales and suspending a curfew in the middle of a wave of infections.
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husband and i had contracted covid, unnecessarily, i would imagine, because we would have taken precautions to protect ourselves. thankfully, by the grace of god, we don't have underlying health conditions and we are all on the mend. my husband is feeling a lot better. but for so many across the country, that is not their story. >> now, bottoms is currently at odds with georgia's republican governor over restrictions the mayor wants to impose due to a rise in cases. bottoms has ordered atlanta for a phase one reopening and called for a state-wide mask mandate. a senior at the university of georgia is calling out her piers, saying they care more about parties and socializing than protecting older americans who may be vulnerable to the coronavirus.
an opedthat said this in part, while the news is focusing on the middle aged protesters who line the streets with signs advocating for their right to get a haircut, there's little attention on the college kids who couldn't care less if grandma dies in the name of a shotgunned bud lite. in athens, georgia, the state seeing a sharp rise in the last few weeks. and joining us to talk about this. faith, thank you for coming on to share this with us. and tell us why you decided this was important for you to have your voice out there about this. >> thank you for the opportunity. i definitely think there has been a focus on older individua individuals not following cdc guidelines. for me, on social media, i've been witnessing my peers going to bars, frat trips and totally disregarding the cdc guidelines. i think my generation does claim
this narrative we're so much more empthetic and socially conscious than the generations before us but our actions during covid are proving that not to be true. >> and you personally understand some of the risks here. you are immuno compromised and been staying home since march >> absolutely. fortunately, i had have the ability to stay 100% quarantined. so, i've been taking classes online and haven't been susceptible to the illness. >> why do you think that is when you say this is an empthetic generation or prides itself on being such? you make a point that many of your peers are very visibly supporting social justice causes, they're being empathetic in that regard, but to you there's a disconnect with the virus? >> i look at the case of coronavirus activism really prominent in my generation. i think it's easier to say you
care about certain causes and then the actions that are unfortunately much harder to implement. in the case of covid-19, especially, as we've seen covid-19 disproportionatelyfe disproportionately effect marginalized communities, you have to recognize covid as a genuine threat. >> you are the age of the people you're talking about. i think a lot of people, as we get older, it feels like you're telling kids to get off your lawn and seems like the younger generation gets undue flack. but we're seeing the pictures of parties and you can't ignore them. this is happening. what do you think it takes? what does it take to get through to a young person short of them losing somebody that they love? >> i think recognizing our
individual choices do make an impact on the world around us. i think a lot of the time people my age are discounted for how young they are. but we do make a difference. i think holding ourselves accountable and ourselves is the first step towards that. >> so, uga is planning to have faculty and staff back august 10th. this is around the corner. and in-person classes are going to be gin august 20th. how do you feel about that? and will you be on campus? >> luckily the disability resource center has been great for me, specifically. so, i have a little bit more leeway and options than my fellow students. but i'm extremely concerned for my friends who don't have that option. as we've seen this virus can effect and ultimately kill people who don't do have any underlying conditions as well. i definitely think there should be more options for those that
don't want to sacrifice their health for the education. >> thank you so much for coming on. we really appreciate you joining us and also check out your op-ed, it's really cool for our viewers. >> thank you so much. breaking news. just after nba players arrived in the bubble to restart their season, one of the league's brightest stars anounnounced he tested positive for the virus. and dr. fauci says the four things he wishes he knew about the virus as it gets more confusing. and a man who thinks president trump really commuted the sentence of his friend and long-time political ally. non-steroidal anti-inflammatory gel available over-the-counter. new voltaren is powerful arthritis pain relief in a gel. voltaren. the joy of movement.
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there's new reaction on president trump's decision to commute the 40-month prison sentence of his long-time friend and political ally, roger stone. tl the film makers are warning he's not just been sent free, they say he's been unleashed. in "what trump wants from roger stone" they argue it was about the re-election bid, writing "the president needs help and who better to give it than his political guru of many decades." and joining me is dillen, who co wrote the op-ed. you say it's about helping the president get re-elected. tell us about this. >> certainly.
when donald trump has had his back against the wall in the past, time and time again he's turned to roger stone. in 2016, when the access hollywood tape came out, he relented on what roger had been pushing him to do all along, which is go hard on clinton's supposed war on women. that's when he rallied the women who had been accusing clinton of abuse, put them in the front row during the second debate, rattling her. and now trump's in a similar circumstance where he's in political trouble and once again he's called to his old friend, who's been with him almost 40 years. >> that's right. because he began urging the president to run for the white house in 1987. they have this decade's long relationship. can you tell us a little bit more about it. give us a little more context about how this relationship
operates. >> right from the beginning roger spotted donald trump as an incredibly charismatic person who could connect with the public and voters, and somebody willing to play it his way, to move within what he can do and not necessarily what is proper. and all along he's been pushing him but trump never really took it more seriously than a publicity stunt. it was only when the country changed enough for their act to be mainstream that they pulled the trigger and here we are. >> so, you write in this op-ed that mr. trump has now rescued mr. stone, but can mr. stone return the favor? axios reported that stone is going to help trump's re-election campaign. i wonder what you had in mind? >> well, certainly. he was in bad need of a bailout. roger has never been to prison before. he's 67.
it's the middle of a pandemic and he was going to be put in prison tomorrow. this would have been catastrophic for him, after he had already lost all of his money and clients through the very long legal process. and donald trump didn't pardon him or commute his sentence right away. he left him going until the very last moment, when both of their backs were up against a corner. still, it was an incredible display of the amount of power and influence roger had through his years of working with donald trump for trump to take such a political hit, when we know he's so sensitive about things like this. so, for him to be willing to take this hit, it is both back to their long years together and a very personal relationship, but also what was it worth it to take that hit, adding an attack dog out there in the fight. >> and we'll see what that means to be unleashed.
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marathon canceled due to the kpae pandemic, the second largest after new york and boston that also canceled their marathons. moments ago dr. fauci said covid-19 is the most challenging disease he's dealt with, including ebola, sars and zika. >> it is very clear and we know this from countries throughout the world, if you physically separate people to the point of not allowing the virus to transmit, and the only way to do that is by draconian means of essentially shutting down a country, we know that we can do that if we shut down. the europeans have done it. people in asian have done it. we did not shut down entirely
and that is reason why when we went up we started to come down and then plateaued at a level that was quite high, about 20,000 infections a day. then as we started to reopen, we're seeing the surges that we're seeing today as we speak. in california, your own state, in arizona, in texas, in florida, and in several other states, so that when you try to reopen, if you're not handling the surge well, what you're seeing is what we're seeing right now. so we need to drop back a few yards and say, okay, we can't stay shut down forever, economically and the secondary unintended consequences on health and a variety of other thimgs make it completely nontenable for us to stay completely shut down for a very long period of time. so you got to shut down and then gradually open. and we made a set of guidelines a few months ago which had good,
what we call checkpoints. we had situations where you do entry, and you have phase one, phase two, phase three. unfortunately, it did not work very well for us in an attempt to do that. test assessed, the increase that we've seen. so we could get a handle on that. i am really confident we can if we step back. you don't necessarily need to shut down again. but pull back a bit and then proceed in a very prudent way of observing the guidelines of going from step to step. >> the united nation said more than 130 million people worldwide could go hungry by the end of the we're as the coronavirus puts a strain on the global food supply with africa number one followed by asia. we have more from colleagues all around the world.
>> reporter: i'm evan watson in kong hong. marines and family members stationed at okinawa are under virtual lackdown after 94 u.s. personnel tested positive for coronavirus. now, okinawa hadn't seen any confirmed cases for man than two months. the japanese governor is shocked and expressing doubt about the infection prevention measures that the u.s. has adopted against the pandemic until now. >> reporter: i'm david culver in beijing where chinese officials have confirmed that two members from the world health organization have arrived here in china capital to take part in a source tracing mission for the coronavirus outbreak. and ultimately we do anticipate them to bring more members from the w.h.o. here but this is an advanced team and so the scope hasn't been fully explained. in fact, we put questions to the
w.h.o., to chinese officials to understand the itinerary, and where will they go and who will they speak with and what are they looking to uncover. the questions have yet to be answered. >> reporter: i'm kristie lu stout in hong kong. on monday the city reported 52 new cases of covid-19. this is the highest daily number of new cases so far during the city's so-called third wave of infections. and today new strict measures have been announced including border control, all travelers coming into hong kong from high risk areas must present proof of a negative test. no public gatherings -- >> and the biggest testing program anywhere in the world, if you tested china or russia or any of the larger countries, if you tested india as an example, the way we test, you could see numbers that would be very surprising, brazil too. they're going through a big problem but they don't do
testing like we do. so we do the testing and by doing the testing we have tremendous numbers of cases. if we don't -- as an example, we've done 45 million tests f. we did half that number, you would have half the cases, probably around that number. if we did another half of that, you would have half of the numbers. everyone would say we're doing so well on cases. you could check me out on this, they talk about -- they're always talking about cases, the number of cases. well it is a big factor that we have a lot of cases because we have a lot of testing. far more than any other country in the world and it is also best testing. yeah, please. >> the federal government said federal executions for the first time in a decade, as soon as a couple of hours from now. are you monitoring the last-minute appeals on that case. >> well i think what i'm going to do is allow that be answered bur our attorney general. do you mind, bill. >> yes, sir, we obviously
monitor the appellate process. >> and you have given any consideration to using your clemency powers to stop the executions and commute them to life sentences? >> well i've looked at it very strongly and in there thparticular case i'm dealing with bill and the people of justice. it is always tough. you're talking about the death penalty. but what people did what this particular person did, that is tough also. right now they have a stay and we'll let the courts determine the final outcome and that is what is going to happen. okay. >> you're asking americans to have full faith in law enforcement. how do you respond to critics who say you undermined your own federal law enforcement the doj when you commuted the sentence of roger stone. >> well, if you look back on it, this is an investigation that should have never taken place. you have guys like comey