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around the world, you are watching "cnn newsroom" and i'm rosemary church. just ahead, from testing delays to stimulus relief setbacks. they attempt to grab control of a surging pandemic. protesters in portland rally against crackdowns in their city after federal forces sent by the u.s. government escalate the situation there. and president trump says mask wearing is patriotic, but he's conflicting messaging on wearing one has local officials at odds with one another. good to have you with us. well, coronavirus cases are
climbing, and at least 31 u.s. states, that is according to johns hopkins university. the total death toll has topped 140,000 people and at least 27 states are pausing or rolling back their reopening plans. to make matters worse, a top laboratory says covid-19 tests are lagging for two weeks as it struggles to keep up with the high demand. the centers for disease control and prevention says the situation could deteriorate further in the coming weeks. it's projecting more than 157,000 covid-19 deaths in the u.s. by august 8th. here's the cdc's former director. >> we don't see a clear national strategy. we don't see a game plan. we don't see organization. it's not clear who's actually in charge. i understand that the vice president's chairing the task force. you have hhs.
had you fema in. you had a white house coronavirus coordinator. we don't see an organized response, and that's the first thing to do. we also don't see standard indicators that we would know how each state, each community is doing. without that, we're flying blind. what we're seeing now is a predictable reaction of the virus to people not stopping it. this virus doesn't go away on its own. it only goes away if we stop it. >> and republicans are now pushing back on a white house proposal to deny additional money for testing and tracing in the next stimulus package. cnn's justin carol has more on how states are handling this. >> reporter: tonight states are reeling as florida reports more than 10,000 cases a day. >> every day it's over 10,000. it's almost like the norm.
>> nearly 9400 people are hospitalized across the state. in miami-dade county intensive care units are over tasked at 130% capacity. >> we are building 140 new icu beds but they won't be around until the end of the year. >> reporter: florida governor, ron desantis, who refuses to mandate masks coming face to face with the frustration this afternoon. los angeles county also surpasses its record for daily hospitalizations four times in the past week. >> it's hard decisions that will determine how quickly our children go back to school. it is hard decisions that will determine what kind of activities we get to enjoy with our friends and family. >> other states like arizona and texas seeing rising numbers as well. arizona's seven-day average positivity rate is the highest in the country at 24.4% even
reaching an astounding 39% on saturday. 87 doctors signed a letter to governor doug dousy urging him not to reopen schools until at least october. nationwide the cdc is now forecasting the total u.s. death toll from the virus will be more than 150,000 americans by august 8th. the assistant secretary for health, a top official@of the white house's task force, says the nation's sunbelt is in the midst of a surge. >> there is no doubt we are having a surge and we are approaching this with seriousness. it's all hands on deck. we know how to stop this. >> wearing a mask is a keyway to stop the spread of the virus yet it continues to be met with resistance. georgia's governor brian kemp has resisted calls and sued to block atlanta's face covering ordinance. he is seeking an emergency
injunction for making statements to the press. >> it is bizarre that we have turned the mask wearing into something political. imagine you were an alien coming to planet earth and coming around, looking at the scientific data going from place to place looking to see who's wearing a mask. you would be totally astounded, amazed. >> reporter: social distancing in queens, new york, where police had to break up a crowded street party. new york's governor again reminding people to wear masks and practice social distancing. >> bad operators in terms of restaurants and bars are going to make it bad for everyone and for themselves. we will have to roll back the bar and restaurant openings. >> reporter: so many concerns across the country about sending children back to school. should it be open, should it be online. missouri's governor weighing in
downplaying the risks that might be involved saying kids have to get back to school and if they get it, meaning covid-19, he says they'll get over it. jason carroll, cnn, new york. in the united kingdom there is some good news in the search for a vaccine. the preliminary results of a trial developed by the university of oxford suggests that it's safe and induces an immune response. human trials from two other vaccine makers have produced similar outcomes. anna stewart-haas the details now. >> reporter: promising results, the vaccine being developed here by the university of oxford and astrazeneca. this is phase 1 and 2 of human trials. it shows a strong immune response in terms of antibodies and t cells. there were some side effects not uncommon and we've seen that in other phase 1 results. what is so promising is it is
one of three that has entered phase 3 of human trials. as sttrazeneca says it could produce the first vaccine as early as september and it plans to make hundreds of millions of doses by the end of the year if successful. 2 billion doses by the end of next year. they've already reached an agreement with the eu, the u.k., u.s., india and developing nations to ensure this vaccine is distributed all around the world. anna stewart, cnn, oxford. the world health organization has welcomed the early results of the trial but stresses there is a long way to go. the director general also says that we have the tools to subdue the virus before a vaccine hits the market. >> with strong leadership, community engagement and a comprehensive strategy to suppress transmission and save lives, covid-19 can be stopped.
we do not have to wait for a vaccine. we have to save lives now. make no mistake, we must continue to accelerate vaccine research while doing more with the tools we have at hand. >> and joining me now is dr. peter vroback. he is an infectious disease and global health expert at the university of oxford but he's not affiliated with the vaccine trial. thank you so much for being with us. >> thanks, rosemary. >> this new study reveals the oxford covid-19 vaccine is safe and induces responses for an antibody response within 28 days and t cell response within 14 days. how encouraged are you by this progress? >> these are extremely promising results. everything we would want to see out of a study like this we did see. one of the things that's
important about the immune response, we've been talking a lot during this pandemic about antibodies. this is just one-half of the immune system. the other half are what you mentioned, t cells. the fact that this stimulated a response is really encouraging. it's a sign that it should give you more of a memory. what we hope is that an effective vaccine will be durable and the effect will last for a long time. >> oxford university's partner astrazeneca says it might be able to produce a vaccine as early as september nfor emergeny use. do you think that's a realistic time line? and what about the general public in the u.k. and elsewhere around the world. how long might it take to distribute for all of those willing and able to take it. >> always cautious of making predictions about the future even though it does happen that at late stages of trials that
promising treatments and vaccines do fail. this is not a guarantee of success. a major phase 3 trial is underway where tens of thousands of participants in several countries including brazil and africa are already being enrolled. this is the next step to see whether this is effective in preventing or mitigating disease. we hope those results are going to come towards the end of this year, and it is important, these partnerships with astrazeneca, to pre-manufacture doses at scale so we could get them out as quickly as possible. the reality is we need to have a strategy to make sure when we find an effective vaccine it gets to the people who need it most. that will be health workers and other key workers and medically vulnerable folks not just in the u.k. and america but around the world. >> one big concern here in the united states is public trust in any potential vaccine, and polls
suggest that about half of the u.s. population won't take a covid-19 vaccine. so how do you convince those people it's safe? because building herd immunity is being dependent on most of the population taking a vaccine? >> that's exactly right. this is something we should be working towards planning now. we are working with unprecedented speed in the scientific community on this vaccine effort but without trying to cut corners around the safety. that safety monitoring will be important. i think good, clear scientific communication about the risks of vaccines as they progress is going to be important and then political leadership. we've already seen some very dangerous examples about politicizing important public goods like mask wearing. we have to do everything we can for this vaccine effort to avoid getting caught in the vaccine trap.
>> masks are what we need until the vaccines are made available. there is some reluctance due to the politicization. people are waiting four to eight days for test results to come back and in some instances up to three weeks. so some of them have actually gotten over covid-19 by the time they get results. where else in the world are there delays like that? how surprised are you that the world's super power is unable to provide its population with faster test results? >> well, it's a really staggering failure. this is coming after months and months of this. having had all of the time to prepare, all of the sacrifices the american people made sheltering in place for months that we would be in a better place. the reality is the systems are being overwhelmed because i think places weren't preparing for the surge we're seeing. we're doing more tests in the
u.s. than ever before but it's coming nowhere close to meeting the demand. you're absolutely right that a test you have to wait four, five, eight, 12 days for the results is effectively useless. the goal is to let folks know they are tested positive and they can isolate including protecting your own family and household members. when you can't do that, you risk continuing the spread. >> and there are faster tests, but why wouldn't people have access to those now? >> yeah, it's complicated. one of the problems, of course, is that we've had a patch work response in the u.s. because of the abdication of federal leadership. states are largely having to go it alone competing for scarce resources. it makes it very difficult to get what we need. >> doctor, thank you so much. >> thanks for having me. and as we just mentioned, americans could be waiting for
two weeks before they get their coronavirus test results. the delay is frustrating many small business owners who are trying to keep their doors open during this pandemic. cnn's brian todd has our report. >> reporter: from the start of the pandemic, sarah poland was worried about her 40 employees. she has a soup-based company in the washington area. she hired a private doctor to test her employees every week. for a while it worked well. >> the test results started taking longer and longer. it got to the point i was getting results after the cdc recommended isolation period for asymptomatic carriers. so i was spending all of this money on doing everything possible to keep my team and my customers safe and i can't. >> reporter: medical experts say people who get tested who think they might have coronavirus should self-quarantine while they wait for their results, but
she says she can't shut down her business while her employees wait. >> if i shut down waiting for test results for 13 days, i'll go out of business. it's hard to put into words the amount of stress that's on us. >> reporter: her frustrations are throughout america. it's not just that patients are waiting a long time to get tested, sometimes compromising their health in the process, but waiting in long lines in the arizona heat. >> there are people waiting in line to get tested and are fainting while waiting to get a test. >> reporter: america's top health officials as well as the companies which run diagnostic labs acknowledge that as the demand in testing grows, the wait times for getting test results bakr getting longer and longer. cnn has reported that results can take from a couple of days to as long as three weeks to get back. >> you send it off to a central laboratory. there's a time there in order to
do the delivery of the sample, then they have to do the testing. they're backed up. it takes a while to come back. >> reporter: the problem is people can spread the infection to others while they're waiting for test results. >> we know people who transmit do so in their first two or three days before symptoms and thirteen two or three days after symptoms. if you are getting test results six days after you have symptoms, you are transmitting it to all of the people you otherwise are going to. >> reporter: experts are worried about the ramifications of test results and it means the entire system could be clogged. >> there are so many components of the system you need the personnel, you need the ppe, swabs, reagents, people in the lab. it's not entirely clear where in the whole system, if not everywhere in the system, there are delays. >> reporter: dr. ra shell would
lynn ski says it depends on how much money and power you have. anyone close to president trump can get it back instantly. the same for professional athletes while people in the most vulnerable communities often have to wait for weeks. brian todd, cnn, washington. still ahead, a battle brewing between president trump and the mayors of some major u.s. cities. the debate over federal forces may have begun in portland, but it's now spreading nationwide. find your keys. find your get-up-and-go. find pants that aren't sweats. find your friends. find your sense of wander. find the world is new, again. at chevy we'd like to take you there. now during the chevy open road sales event, get up to 15% of msrp cash back on select 2020 models. that's over fifty-seven hundred dollars cash back on this equinox. it's time to find new roads, again.
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in cities across the united states mayors are facing off with the president himself. donald trump has sent federal forces to deal with demonstrators in portland, oregon. he's now planning deployments in other cities, but local officials object saying the administration is only making j the story. >> reporter: a war of words is shaping up from officials.
videos were retweeted saying the unfolding situation is terrorism attempting to project a message of instability. saying strie assaulted federal properties and his boss told fox news that the department will continue to intervene as it sees fit. it's worth pointing out as dhs officials attempted to describe what is taking place as widespread chaos, this is largely relegated to one city block outside of a courthouse. protests night after night, most of them peaceful. rioters are clashing with federal officers who will come out of the building, launch projectiles and tear gas and try to push them back. the main group of protestors is in this one area.
dhs officials are not alone. president donald trump also weighing in saying that his administration is now looking at not only sending additional federal resources here to the city of portland but also to other cities, not only those run by democrats. trump saying they were looking into sending resources to new york, chicago, philadelphia, detroit, baltimore as well as oakland, california, although it's worth noting that none of those cities have seen any indication of widespread destruction. josh campbell, cnn, portland. and it's not just talk from president trump. law enforcement officials tell cnn the administration plans to send federal agents to chicago this week but chicago's mayor is pushing back hard. lori lightfoot tweeted mr. president or not, i don't care one bit what your name is, i will not allow troops in chicago and i will do everything in my power to stop you. lightfoot isn't alone.
take a look at this map of the mayors of all five cities here have signed a letter to attorney general william bar and the acting head of homeland security. they want to halt plans to send federal forces to u.s. cities and for those already present to be withdrawn. well, it is nearly universally agreed that wearing a mask can help save lives from the coronavirus, so why is georgia's governor suing the mayor of his capitol city? the state's political fight over masks is heading to court. more on that when we come back. dollars n you can transform natural essential oils into mist at a price that is just right. unlike ordinary memory want supplements-ter? neuriva has clinically proven ingredients that fuel 5 indicators of brain performance. memory, focus, accuracy, learning, and concentration.
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welcome back. well, u.s. president donald trump appears to be making an about face when it comes to wearing a mask to stop the spread of the coronavirus. he sent this tweet out on monday with a picture of himself covering his face with an official white house mask. after months of either refusing or appearing lukewarm to the idea of wearing a mask to save lives, the president now says it is patriotic to wear one. cnn's jim acosta reports this turn around is part of a larger effort by the trump campaign to win over votes. >> reporter: with more than 140,000 deaths from the coronavirus in the u.s. and counting, president trump is offering up a new proposal to show he's dealing with the pandemic, resurrecting the briefing room news press con 23re7bss on covid-19. >> i'll do it at 5:00 like we were doing, a good slot. a lot of people were watching and that's a good thing.
>> reporter: as mr. trump made the announcement, he appeared to be more concerned about the ratings than the surging numbers. >> we had successful briefings. we had record numbers. television has never been anything like it. >> reporter: the briefings were sometimes useful when they featured doctors deborah birx and anthony fauci. he suspended them back in april. >> then i see the disinfectant knocks it out in a minute. >> reporter: the president is misleading the public about the virus when he insisted he was right that it would miraculously vanish. >> it's going to disappear. one day it's look a miracle. >> reporter: he defended that on fox. >> i will be right eventually. i'll say it again, it is going to disappear.
i'll be right. >> reporter: his support of wearing masks is counter. >> i'm begging you, please understand we are not trying to take away your freedoms when we say wear a face covering. >> reporter: he faces questions about the handling of the virus. >> the opening bit from the white house was surprising for many of us. we're hoping to see more in the way of support. >> reporter: a new poll finds mr. trump far behind mr. biden. they're turning to former aids cory lewandowski and steve bannon for advice. >> steve bannon has been much better not being involved. he said the greatest president ever. let's keep steve out there. he's doing a good job. >> pay more attention to the pandemic. >> my recommendation, every day start to have the top people around you, dr. fauci, dr. birx,
vice president, dr. redfield, cdc, chief of staff meadows, have them in the oval, get briefed every day on an action plan. >> reporter: the president's interview said this is embarrassing. one came when he bragged about passing his cognitive assessment test. >> i'll tell you what. let's take a test. let's take a test now. joe and i will go down and take a test. >> i took the test, too, when i heard you passed it. >> how did you do it? >> it's not the hardest test. >> it's an elephant. >> see, that's all misrepresentation. >> as for the president, he posted an unusual tweet at least for him all of a sudden the president is encouraging mask use, something his advisers have been urging him to do in weeks. it is quite the reversal for the president who once mocked joe biden for wearing a mask back in may. jim acosta, cnn, the white
house. well, as of monday at least 39 states plus washington d.c. and puerto rico all have some form of mask requirements in place, but here in georgia the state's governor is trying to block the mayor of atlanta from requiring masks. brian kemp is suing kesha lands bottoms for her restrictions which go further than the states. a court hearing is expected in the coming hours. atlanta is not alone in georgia with mask requirements. other cities like savannah have taken the same steps. the mayor has teemed up with new york's governor to get personal protective equipment for savannah. andrew cuomo urged everyone to wear masks to save lives. >> a mask became a political statement. a mask is not a political statement. the mask says i understand science and medicine and i
listen to doctors and professionals. that's all the mask says. and the mask will save lives. why would you not wear the mask? i mean, why wouldn't you? two years from now when we look at the numbers and it says 40,000 more people died because they didn't wear a mask, how do you possibly explain that? >> joining me now is the honorable van r. johnson, the mayor of savannah. thank you for joining us. >> thank you, rosemary, for the opportuni opportunity. >> new york governor andrew cuomo met with you monday bringing much needed ppe along with a strong message to wear masks. how desperately did you need that ppe and one what are the biggest challenges you have? >> we were so excited to have governor cuomo and his talented team of professionals visiting
us in savannah today. when you want to win, you follow winners and certainly governor cuomo and the state of new york has shown the nation how to stand coronavirus down and to beat it successfully. so we were very interested in what they had to say. so that end, they brought thousands upon thousands of pieces of ppe, gloves, masks, face shields for a community that still does need it. for us this was a wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas, to be able to discuss what is happening in savannah and to get the advice -- the sage advice of the good people in new york state about how to better focus our efforts. >> and, mr. mayor, you went ahead and mandated the wearing of masks for the city of savannah. what impact do you think that has had so far on your numbers? because of course we know that other cities and states that did the same, mandated masks, are starting to see improvements.
>> right. on july 1st the city of savannah was the first city in georgia to actually mandate the wearing of masks. we think it's had some effects. as you know, that got thwarted when the governor came up with an emergency order that restricted the city's ability to be able to order masks within their jurisdictions. at that point people became very confused because in one end you have the state saying one thing and the city saying something different. it's like a child's mama saying one thing and a father saying the other thing. i think it may have thwarted our progress we were making thus far. >> i wanted to ask you about that. you announced the mask mandate, but when atlanta's mayor kesha lands bottom did the same, the
governor sued her and is trying to prevent the mayor from issuing press releases with stricter rules of his own. why do you think he went after atlanta's mayor and not you? and why would he do this when he has said himself that wearing masks is the right thing to do? >> i do not have the slightest idea, rosemary. governor kemp has flown around the state emphasizing the importance of masks. savannah was the first city, i think atlanta might have been the fourth and of course he has now filed suit against the city of atlanta, against mayor bottoms personally and members of the city council. this is a time when the state of georgia should be unilaterally focused on beating covid-19, not on politics, not on personalities, not on principles. we should be fighting covid-19 together yet we have a state that's cannibalizing on it self. this is not the look that we should have for the rest of the nation nor is this the most
effective way to fight this terrible virus. >> and, mr. mayor, let's just listen for a moment to what mayor lands bottoms had to say about this. >> in the city of atlanta alone over 49% of the new positive cases are in the city. our icu capacity is somewhere around 12% and so the notion that this governor in the midst of this pandemic and the resources that need to be given to fighting this pandemic is attempting to silence me i think really speaks to just the misguided leadership that we have in this state right now. >> mr. mayor, what is your response to those comments? do you think governor kemp might back off atlanta's mayor now that president trump has tweeted out a photo of himself wearing a mask, is not telling his base directly to wear them, but he is suggesting that to do so would
be patriotic. could this change the governor's mind? >> well, it would be kind of easy to deduce that our governor takes some of his cues from washington, but i really just wish he would back off of this. mayor bottoms has proven herself to be a phenomenal leader, not only in our state but her capital city. she is someone who has been affected personally by covid-19, herself, her husband, and her son. and the fact is again, this is not the type of thing she should be dealing with. we want to do like 30 other states have done where you have a mask mandate. it's been shown that states with mask mandates have been shown to successfully reduce the spread of covid-19. besides saying we should do that, i don't know why we're not doing it. >> mayor van r. johnson, thank you so much for joining us.
>> thank you, rosemary. i appreciate the opportunity. well, e.u. leaders have agreed on a plan to help pull their countries out of a recession brought on by the coronavirus while 9 white house is at odds with key republicans over america's next stimulus deal. a live report next. lysol laundry sanitizer kills 99.9% of bacteria. detergent alone can't. lysol. what it takes to protect. ®
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european union leaders have agreed on a massive aid package to stimulate their economies hit hard by the pandemic. after five days of talks, leaders agree on a budget of more than $2 trillion which includes nearly $860 billion in grants and loans. in the u.s., senate republicans are apparently at odds with the trump administration over key elements they want in the next stimulus deal. that includes funding for covid-19 tests and a payroll tax cut. cnn's john defterios is here to
discuss both these issues. good to see you, john. let's start with the european union. it's calling this an historic deal but wasn't it credibility on the line to get something done here? >> reporter: i think so, rosemary. failure was not an option in this case. that's why they work to the wee hours of this morning. they signed this at just past 5 a.m. central european time, so they needed to walk away with a deal. it did take compromise on the total $2 trillion deal. it was 2 to 1 glands to loans when they started nearly five days ago. at the end of the day they almost did it at a 50-50 split. there is relief this is going forward. northern states said if we're giving these grants to different states, they have to sign certain governance issues to make sure it's spent wisely. if they break the rules, there will be fines. it was different because of
brexit in 2021 with the u.k. leading the european union. you see the relief in the stock markets. germany, italy, spain, france, all up 1%, even in some cases 1.6% as this log jam was broken. >> john, even some republicans in the united states question why the white house is blocking funding for covid-19 testing. how do they expect to get democrats on board and how long will it likely take to agree to the next stimulus deal? >> well, you raise the democrats. they have a package of $3 trillion. the republican package is 1 trillion. they have that gap. the central theme for the next 24 to 48 hours is the difference within the republican party. we have senior senators, all republicans, pushing back against the white house. senator mitch mcconnell is the majority leader, lindsey graham.
the latter two are up for re-election. they say tying this to education and fortsi iforcing students to doesn't work for us. covid-19 testing, the president doesn't want to fund it. president trump has been forcing a payroll tax cut which is being received as a corporate handout. the republican senators are saying this is not a package we can back at this stage. the deadline, rosemary, is literally the end of the month because some of the unemployment benefits, the sweeteners, the extra $600 could back fire horribly on the republican party if they can't get this done with the white house. >> john defterios joining us live from abu dhabi. thanks. israel is moving forward with a massive government handout worth around $1.7 billion in coronavirus relief. but it's causing controversy. critics say the money should only go to those who need it. the country has seen growing
protests over its handling of the virus as it deals with a second wave of infections and/or ren lieberman joins me now live from jerusalem. what is the latest on reaction to israel's relief program? >> reporter: rosemary, this 6 billion shekle, $1.75 billion package came under pressure. initially prime minister benjamin netanyahu wanted the money to go to every israeli adult. this latest iteration prime minister benjamin netanyahu said it would only go to those in urgent need. they try to get it to those who are in dire financial straits, they added those who are especially in need, disabled, on welfare, unemployed over 67.
it's very possible, perhaps even likely there will be more iterations and changes as netanyahu and the government try to kick start the economy with unemployment over 21%. there are big questions about what are the regulations and restrictions. over the weekend, that is on friday morning, netanyahu put together emergency restrictions. closures on malls, museums, stores, on restaurants. specifically on restaurants, that's where the confusion has been the most obvious, those restrictions were removed because of complaints. now there is confusion over what the kineset wants. what are the current responsibilities? what are the limitations? who do they apply to? when do they go into place? that's what the public is wondering about what is the plan. >> oren lieberman, many thanks joining us live from jerusalem.
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in france officials report at least 400 active coronavirus clusters across the country and masks are now mandated in more indoor spaces like shops, banks, and malls. officials fear the french rate of infection will likely increase after months of decline. those caught not wearing masks could be fined around $150. when spain reopened last month after a three-month lockdown, cases were on the decline, but since friday more than 4500 new cases have been reported. health officials there fearing another surge and are now asking people to stay home. atika shubert reports on what's happening in barcelona. >> reporter: this summer spain hoped the beaches would be the safest holiday destination in europe. now at the height of the holiday
season, some 3 million residents are being urged to stay home to curb a major outbreak on the streets of barcelona and surrounding areas. over the weekend almost 3,000 new infections were detected in the catalonia region. according to one epidemiologist we spoke to, 75% of those cannot be traced back to any known cases of covid-19. that suggests uncontrolled community transmission. how did barcelona become the epicenter of the new outbreak? krat call lack of staff to trace and isolate covid cases says an epidemiologist. >> we have a regret. it's a good investment. invest in those people and pay that salary, it's much cheaper than having to lock down the whole city which might happen in the near future. >> reporter: by her estimate catalonia needs a minimum of 2,000 contact tracers. the government admitted to us it currently has less than half of
that. >> we are trying to but we should bear in mind that we aar preparing ourselves for an outbreak. if we take temperatures, we'll slow down the virus. >> reporter: no such luck for barcelona. even though the government is urging people to stay home, it is not mandatory, which is why the beaches are full and cafes and shops are still open at 50% capacity. residents are confused. >> it wasn't clear and also that people can go outside barcelona but you can go to the beach but have you to wear a mask. >> reporter: meanwhile, tourists continue to stream in, though few seem worried by news of the outbreak. >> here in the u.k., be careful.
be patient. >> reporter: barcelona's experience is a warning to other cities to get their monitoring systems up to speed now or face another lockdown. atika shubert, cnn, barcelona, spain. well, anthony fauci isn't just america's top infectious disease expert, he's also a super fan of the washington nationals baseball team so he was very happy to accept when the nats invited him to throw out the first pitch thursday on opening night of the season. the ceremonial honor is typically carried out by presidents, but donald trump has never done it. opening day was supposed to be march 26th but was delayed because of the pandemic. and thank you so much for joining us. i'm rosemary church. i'll be back with another hour of "cnn newsroom" in just a moment. do stick around. for only $11. dealdash.com, the fair and honest bidding site. an ipad
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hello and welcome to our viewers joining us here in the united states and all around the world, you are watching "cnn newsroom" and i'm rosemary church. just ahead, a u-turn on masks from the u.s. president as donald trump now says wearing one is patriotic after months of pushing back against them. also ahead, as u.s. federal agents take to the streets, donald trump threatens to send them to other major cities.