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hello and welcome to our viewers joining us here in the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church. ahead on "cnn news room." america's daily vaccination rates are going up. the delta surge among the unvaccinated could be the reason why. an olympic athlete is requesting political assay lum. she fears persecution if she returns home to belarus. and live in jerusalem where a top israeli is caught on an
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conviction case. good to have you with us. health experts and officials across the u.s. are raising the alarm. the covid surge is getting worse. take a look, the delta variant is driving an increase in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths from the previous week. every state is reporting more new infections compared to the previous week. dr. anthony fauci said the country has made enough progress that he doesn't foresee any new lockdowns, but there's still a long way to go. >> i don't think we're going to see lockdowns. i think with i have enough of the percentage of people in the country, not enough to crush the outbreak, but i believe enough to not allow us to get to the situation we were in last
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winter. but things are going to get worse. >> concerns about the rapidly spreading delta variant appear to be driving a rise in vaccinations across the united states. vaccination rates have been going up for three weeks now and the average daily rate is the highest it's been in almost a month. right now nearly half the u.s. population is fully vaccinated. more than 65 million more americans would need to get the vaccine before the u.s. reaches the threshold for herd immunity. also learning more about fully vaccinated people who later end up infected. data from the cdc shows hospitalizations and deaths from so-called breakthrough infections are incredibly rare. about 1 in 25,000 for hospitalizations and deaths are even less common. florida has become a new epicenter of the surge with test positivity rates soaring. the state accounts for nearly 1 in 5 of all new cases in the
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entire country. hospitals are starting to fill up and the influx of covid patients could also effect others who need care. cnn's randy kay is in florida and takes a look at the numbers behind the crisis. >> reporter: in the past week or so we've seen more than 110,000 new cases here in the state of florida of covid. the daily average is about 15,800. over the bend, we set a record for the most new cases in a single day since the pandemic began with 21,683 new cases on saturday. if you look at how florida is contributing to the number of cases around the country, 19.2% of all new covid cases reported in the u.s. are right here in florida. mainly south florida. also we're experiencing similar numbers to what we saw back in january, really, at the height of the pandemic.
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florida also still just about 49% of the population here is fully vaccinated. so still a ways to go. there's also a lot of concern about schools reopening and what is happening to children under 12 who are not yet eligible for the vaccine. if you look at the numbers there, cases among that age group under 12 nearly 11,000 children in the last week or so testing positive under 12 years old for covid. the positivity rate for that age group now is 18.1%. the statewide positivity rate is 18.2%. the governor said you cannot mandate masks in the classroom when the students return. he issued an executive order saying that you cannot do that. he wants it to be up to the parents. he wants the parents to have the choice whether or not they want to mask their children. he said any district who defies his executive order could risk losing funding, could possibly become ineligible for grants.
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the governor pushing hard to avoid any mandates and keep the statewide open. >> thank you for the report. america's top infectious disease expert is crediting some republican politicians, including florida's governor for encouraging people to get a covid vaccine. dr. fauci says that along with awareness of how contagious the de d delta variant is helped increase vaccinations. earlier i spoke with a doctor. >> i think republican politicians speak up in favor of vaccines is making a difference. i think, sadly, the delta variant sits making a difference. as folks see they're once again at risk by not getting a vaccine, it takes away some of the hesitancy or some of the barriers that kept people from showing up. >> and doctor, you mentioned earlier that there were a variety of reasons. there's conspiracy theories,
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there's republicans not necessarily getting behind the issue and that's starting to change, there's some groups in the community that are resistant to the shots. what tends to be your message. when people come into the hospital and say to you i'm not sure if i should get this. what do you say to them that changes their mind? >> so, the biggest thing, i listen. i listen to why they're afraid of getting the shot. i try to counter act whatever the reason is. if it is frank misinformation, i share facts and websites from trusted resources, i share information packets and sit and talk and answer their questions. sometimes the reasons are not actual misinformation but barriers like i'm afraid i won't feel good the next day or i didn't have transportation. listening and providing resources makes a difference. i think the biggest thing here is it's very easy to say it's about politics. yes there's a percentage of people who are aren't getting
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vaccinated because of politics. for a lot of folks, it's the fear and the toxic stew on social media. the best thing we can do is be respectful and listen. while there's still an urgent push to get more americans vaccinated against covid-19, some already looking ahead to possible booster shots. a former head of the fda asked if the breakthrough cases made the push for booster cases more urgent. >> i think so for elderly and vulnerable patients. they found vaccines in the nursing home vaccine were 61% effective. they were 85% effective at preventing severe disease. the initial premise is intact prefblting people from getting
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very, very sick. >> the concern over waning vaccine immunity is prompting those over 60 who have been fully vaccinated. the campaign kicked off with the president becoming the first foreign get a third shot on friday. the prime minister bennett said he's hoping up the stepped vaccination efforts will help israel avoid further lockdowns. the uk is already planning for a booster in the coming weeks. health officials are preparing to offer a third shot beginning in september to the most vulnerable. for more on that, we want to bring in cnn's reporter from london. what is the latest on this covid booster shot set for next month and, of course, travel opening up today. >> reporter: absolutely. this is something the british authorities have been working on for months. we have a hard deadline from september. the most vulnerable will be getting a booster shot. this will potentially be available to millions of people.
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it's meant to create another layer of protection for the most vulnerable, for the population at large through the winter months. there's concern the winter months could be a time period in which we see yet another spike in covid-19 cases. why booster shots? why not? well, it comes down to fear of future variants. there was a paper published by a group of scientists. the group that advises the government on its covid-19 policy. this was a paper put online on friday. it's not peer reviewed. it's theoretical. what it does is lays out scenarios in which the virus is able to evade our current vaccines. the paper said it's very unlikely that will happen eventually. at some point. that the virus will mutate and evade the current vaccine. it goes through the scenario that the virus, rather, becomes something like the common cold. it's not as dangerous. that's unlikely to happen in the short term. the scientists are saying this
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is a virus we'll have to live for a long time and it could change and mutate and potentially evade our current vaccines. how do we handle that? what are the recommendations? first, of course, is the booster shot. that's already happening here in september. other countries, as well, as you showed in the united states. israel looking at booster shots to protect through the coming months and next years. of course, the second issue is to try to prevent these variants from combining. the combination of veariants is what the paper goes through. unvaccinated people become the breeding ground for the virus. today the british government is opening up for eu and u.s. travelers. you can arrive and don't have to quarantine if you show you're fully vaccinated. that's the bottom line here. continue to boost vaccinations. continue to get benefits to those who are vaccinated and continue to prepare for the
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possibility of future variants. >> it's positive news. thank you. lawmakers in washington are moving one step closer to finalizing and infrastructure bill. a bipartisan group of u.s. senators unveiled the legislative text of the bill on sunday after months of pain staking negotiations. the deal includes $550 billion in new federal investments in america's infrastructure over five years. it includes money for roads, bri bridges with, and other major prochblgts. majority leader chuck schumer out touted the deal on the senate floor. >> these days it's not easy to do major bills in the senate, especially bipartisan ones. i've tried to prod the negotiators along when they've needed it and given them the space when they've asked for it. in the end, the bipartisan group of senators have produced a bill that will dedicate substantial resources to repair, maintain,
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and upgrade our nation's physical infrastructure. >> the deal drew criticism from many republicans for making investments in areas not traditionally considered infrastructure such as care giving and work force training. balanced against the infrastructure victory, is the failure to extend the pandemic eviction moratorium. the federal freeze on evictions expired saturday and democrats are pushing for an extension. they also focussed on billions of dollars in housing assistance that has not redistributed. listen to what two of them told cnn's jake tapper. >> i think that in some states, governors and state administrations might be slow walking this process to get it out. in other states, the administrative burden of setting it up. there are states and municipalities getting it right. we're at a point where, frankly, those state governments need to get it together.
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we cannot kick people out of their homes when our end of the bargain hasn't been pull filled. out of the $36 billion allocated, $3 billion has gone out to help renters. >> the money is already there, as you said. let's fix it and make sure we're able to use the money for the purpose it was appropriated for. but, also, the economy is coming back strong. but they're trying to get their feet under them from a tough year. we understand that and should be compassionate and help. if the money is there, we should use it for its purpose. in the meantime, millions of americans could become homeless soon because of unpaid rent. joe johns has more on the frustration over the eviction moratorium. >> reporter: white house officials have a strategy to deal with the issue of the eviction moratorium, but it's coming off as slow in the execution. for millions of americans behind
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on their rent. what is going full speed ahead is the blame game up on capitol hill after the white house waited until the last moment to send a request for enactment of a moratorium to congress. democrats on the hill blame republicans saying they can't get the votes. as alexandria ocasio cortez said on cnn said you can't in good faith blame the republicans when democrats are in control of congress. so now the whole effort has turned to money that has already been in the pipeline. earlier this year, congress passed tens of billions of dollars to help out with housing. a lot of that still in the pipeline. they weren't able to get it out. partly because of bureaucracy. partly because the states were slow to act. on the sunday shows, some of the top administrators talked about
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that. >> the real issue to get money out to renters, who are behind on their rent, and help landlords keep the renters in their home, which is a win-win. >> we need to continue getting this emergency assistance out to people so they can stay in their homes. >> reporter: why doesn't the administration extend the moratorium on its own? that's a risky idea because the supreme court has already said word that congress has to weigh in before its extended again. she was supposed run for her country at the olympics. instead, she may be running to escape. what we're learning about a belarusian's request for asylum. and fighting to push back the flames in wild fires around the world. back in a moment.
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it's day ten of the tokyo olympics. just over the halfway mark. china leads the gold medal count with 24 but the u.s. has the most medals overall. and there are still tons more up for grabs and most importantly we have seen some spectacular turn arounds and break out moments like this one! dutch runner with one lap to go in the 1500 meter heat falls when the runner in front of her trips. she was able to quickly get back up and start running and ended up finishing first! she'll be going for her first gold medal tonight in the women's 5,000-meter final. well done there. and cnn world sport patrick snell is following all the latest from the olympics. he joins us live now from tokyo. i know you have the latest from the monday. let's start with an amazing weekend for italian sport. >> yeah. thank you so much.
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you've given us a great example of the kind of inspiring and amazing stories we've been seeing at these olympics. over the weekend, the summer of italian sport got a lot better. we have the country's national football team winning the euros with the final in england. now they saycan say they have t fastest man in the world. lamont marcelle jacobs. he was competing in long jump until he switched some three years ago. the first european to win the prestigious events. it's the men's high jump we discovered the heart warming moment. there are two winners at the event, would you believe. they went against each other for
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two hours and they made their best jump at 2 meters and 37. they were offered a jump off. but what happened next in a wonderful moment of sportsmanship. they asked for two golds and making history in the process. the first joint winners in olympic athletics since 1912. >> once we finished with that jump he look at me, i look at him. we understood there was no need to go. that's it. it wasn't even a question. >> i would never ever share a gold medal with anybody else than him. he knows what i did to be back. you can't believe the emotion the dream of a gold medal of somebody who sacrificed his entire life for this. it was amazing and sharing with him is even more special.
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>> thank you. >> we go celebrate! >> olympic values, indeed. earlier this monday puerto rico celebrating a truly golden moment. this after winning the women's 100-meter hurdles. time of 12.37 seconds. claiming the first medal of the games for puerto rico. and this historic moment for greek sport. and the golden jumper. it was on a tie break due to a longer second best jump. it's greece's first ever medal in the men's long jump. so a bit of special history for them. >> so many incredible moments. it seems the games can't quite divorce themselves from global politics. what more can you tell us about
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the belarus sprinter krystsina tsimanouskaya asking for asylum? >> yeah. it's one we're following closely, indeed. it's fast evolving, as well. the 24-year-old forced to withdraw from the olympics by belarus authorities on sunday. she says they told her to pack her bags then they took her to the airport to put her on a plane to minsk. she reached out to police saying she's afraid she'll be jailed in belarus. here is the message to the international olympic committee. take a listen. >> translator: i asked the international olympic committee for help. i was put under pressure and they're trying to forcibly take me out of the country without my content. i asked the international olympic committee to intervene. >> reporter: japan's government, in the meantime, said they're, quote, "confirming her intention to confirm asylum." the ioc is determining the next
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steps. they won't reveal all the details. >> i can tell you she is being looked after and she's safe and secure. >> you told us she's in the hands of authorities and she's safe. but you're unable to tell us which authorities and who is keeping her safe. we're taking your word she's in the hands of -- >> okay that's fine. you'll have to take my word for it. thank you. >> as mentioned at the top, this story is fast developing. we are staying across it for you and kwooem you updated through the day and beyond. >> we most definitely shall. patrick snell, many thanks. at least eight people are dead from the wild fires burning along the mediterranean coast of turkey. more than 1100 people had to be evaluated for the second day in a row on sunday from a popular tourist spot. most of the evacuations were
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done by boat to keep roads open for emergency vehicles. meantime, in the u.s. at least 91 large wild fires are burning across the country. together they have destroyed almost 2 million acres around 800,000 hectares. the biggest one is the bootleg fire has been burning for nearly a month. so let's bring in meteorologist tyler. tyler, you know, that fire we mentioned might not be contained until october. it's going to be extraordinary. bring us up to date on that and the wild fire . >> yeah. we have 91 large wild fires ongoing across the western u.s. that spans across 13 states. we're still relatively early until wild fire season. we're well ahead of schedule. we're on track for yet another record-breaking season. as you can see, though, there is a little bit of relief to come. some rain and showers are popping up from the southwest
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all the way up the northern rockies. some of the areas that need it most, because we're in a terrible drought here. that plus the heat. we have the wild fire season. the near record breaking wild fire season already ongoing. but here is the thing, when you have a lot of rain falling over burn scars, you can see flooding. so we have flash flood watches out for nearly a million people from new mexico all the way to montana. because it only takes half an inch or less in just one hour to cause flash flooding, especially when you have an area like that. now switching gears and going to turkey, this is what the scene has been looking like in turkey. these are the fires that cause thousands to evacuate. it's not just in turkey, it's also in greece, too. because they, too, are dealing with excessive heat in just a terrible drought in the m mediterranean. since july 28th, we've had 112
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fires crop up. the good news is fire crews have been able to get containment on the majority of the fires. 107 fires are now contained. only five are ongoing. what we're dealing with here is what we're dealing with in the pacific northwest and the united states. here recently we have a heat dome right over the balkan peninsula, and that heat is combining with the drought to lead the wild fires here in the mediterranean. >> many thanks. and still to come, china is implementing new measures as a covid-19 outbreak linked to the airport has spread to at least 26 cities. plus american students face another school year during the pandemic. how a cluster of cases is causing a hundred to guarantee in georgia. back in a moment. your fragrance? the air wick scented oil warmer has five settings, not three,
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in asia, india, and some parts of china are struggling to contain covid cases. the indian state imposed a lockdown over the weekend after experiencing an alarming rise in infections. on sunday they reported over 20,000 new covid cases and at least 56 deaths. in china officials are trying to contain a covid outbreak that started in the airport and spread to 11 provinces and 26 cities. cnn steven jung joining us from beijing. good morning. >> reporter: the central leadership has sent a vice
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premier to nay jang to supervisor the local response to the outbreak. it's the same senior official they dispatched to wuhan during the peak of the city's outbreak in the beginning of the pandemic. that's how seriously concerned they feel about the cluster. this virus has spread across the country impacting not just airport staff but also airline crews and school children, tourists, and doctors and nurses, as well. on sunday they recorded 99 new locally confirmed cases. this paled in comparison to what we're seeing in many parts of the world. at this country, they haven't seen this level of infection for months. increasingly we're seeing local authorities reimpose draconian measures we haven't seen for a long time. it means millions of chinese people are being confined to their homes as the government
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designated a hundred so-called high or medium risk areas. it's also in the peak of summer travel season. you're seeing a growing number of tourist attractions as well as airports being shut down as local officials, including those here in beijing advising local residents no the to leave town. here in the chinese capital, they have greatly tightened requirements. basically banning anyone from the high or media risk areas by cutting off transportation links to the places. as of now, there's little indication that leadership here is going to change their current approach, which is zero tolerance toward these locally transmitted cases. so do expect to see more lockdowns and the sharp decline in domestic travel here in china. rosemary? >> steven jung, many thanks. covid lockdown restrictions in australia's state of queensland are being extended another week. official stay at home orders were meant to run through monday but the state's deputy premier
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said the initial lockdown was insufficient. this comes as the delta variant is spreading significantly along the country's east coast states. sydney, australia's most popular city, reported 209 cases on monday despite continued restrictions. and here in the united states, los angeles county is reporting an alarming covid trend. for the first time since march, more than a thousand people are hospitalized there with the virus. officials say that number has been climbing for the past few weeks. the county's public health director said covid is the leading cause of death there. almost 25,000 people have died at the virus in l.a. a new school year is getting underway right here in georgia, and one school has already quarantined more than 100 students for exposure to
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covid-19. cnn' cnn has more. >> reporter: parents and educators are divided on how to bring students back to class. the drew charter school in atlanta began their school year last tuesday and already within a couple of days more than 1 is 00 students had to quarantine. that school has more than a dozen positive test cases. among the employees testing positive, only one was vaccinated. it prompted conversations about whether to mandate vaccines among employees at that school. a vaccination event on saturday drew 230 people partly because of $50 prepaid debit cards being given out. i talked to the first person in line about data from cdc internal documents showing the higher likelihood of hospitalization and death from covid-19 among the unvaccinated.
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if you're unvaccinated, you're 25 times more likely to end up in the hospital. >> i've been listening to all of that but, really, umm, like i said, the money is what got me here. you know, bottom line. i know eventually they have to go up. because some people will only come for an incentive. you know, they just don't care or are scared of the vaccine or whatever. you throw an incentive behind it and people will do it. >> reporter: georgia along with the rest of the country is seeing vaccination rates pick up. the current seven-day average of vaccine doses administered in the u.s. is more than 660,000 doses per day. it's the highest average we've seen in more than three weeks. natasha chen, cnn, decab county, georgia. some parents are wondering for they should pull their healthy kids from schools that don't have mask requirements. here is what the dean of brown
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university school of public health is advising. >> if you're in a hot zone with a lot of infections happening, i would be pushing your school to do masking. i think if the kid is healthy and made other accommodations like good ventilation, windows open, i think schools can be safe for kids, even without mask mandates. i don't think i would be pulling healthy kids out of the school for context. >> the doctor discussed whether kids as young as 12 should get vaccinated now they're able to. he says that while younger people do face a small risk from the vaccine, the benefits of getting it clearly outweigh any potential dangers. israel's top court could rule soon on a controversial eviction case in jerusalem. the latest on the case coming up.
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is responsible for a deadly drone attack on an oil tanker last week. britain and israel agree. romanian and britain were killed in the incident off the coast. secretary of state antony blinken said there was no justification for the attack on the israeli-managed tanker. iran denies any involvement. we are in london and nic robertson is joining us live. what are you learning about the attack and what evidence is there to support the claim that iran was responsible? >> reporter: they said the attack was deliberate and targeted and believe it was highly like i that iran was responsible. they plead to three previous incidents of israeli vessels targeted, they believe, in drone attacks by iran since february of this year. there seems to be some photographic evidence available that does point to, you know, an
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explosion or an impact of an explosive device on board the vessel. it's not clear when you look at that to say who was actually responsible but the preponderance of evidence that the united states believe exists. they said they're confident that iran was behind this. they've had u.s. military personnel on board the ship. so they've been able to inspect and see what is happening and make an analysis based on that. israel firmly believes that iran was responsible for this attack. so there seems to be enough evidence, at least for the united states and the uk to say from their perspective that this is iran and iran must insist this is in international waters and should be allowed to go about the business lawfully. they're saying the state department is saying that there will be a forthcoming response. it doesn't say what the response
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battle. israel's supreme court is expected to rule if they'll hear arguments in the appeal. cnn is in jerusalem with the latest. it had the city on edge before and now, again, of course, what is likely to happen here? >> reporter: well, i'm outside of the supreme court where you can probably see behind me protesters on both sides of the issues have been demonstrating outside of the court now. the hearing is underway in the building behind me at the supreme court. i want to lay out why it's such an important case. it goes beyond, really, the threat of evictions for these palestinian families and east jerusalem. it's become a rallying cry for many palestinians and for their cause. and the tensions in the neighborhood is what helped spark that bloody 11-day conflict in may between hamas m militants in gaza and israel. lower courts have ruled that
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jews-owned land in the neighborhood prior to the state of israel being founded and the war of independence in 1948. jordan took control of east jerusalem after that war and settled palestinian refugees who lost their homes into this -- on to this land. israel took control in 1967 of east jerusalem. they soon after passed a law saying that israeli jews could try to reclaim property they say they lost in 1948. palestinians say these restitution laws are inherently unfair because they said the palestinians don't have the same recourse they said they lost in the state of israel. it's been a long running legal battle but it's especially in the last few years causing increased tensions in the neighborhood. essentially no matter what happens today, this will continue to be an ongoing issue. there are other threats of eviction in east jerusalem, as well. even if the supreme court decides against hearing the appeal, essentially saying that the lower court rulings on the
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evictions can stand, israeli media is reporting that the government, the state might not carry through these evictions citing a 1991 decision by the attorney general saying that police do not have to carry out evictions through the fear of making situation worse for the fear of violatence because of t fairly sensitive political situation surrounding these possible evictions. no matter what happens, there's a lot of tension and nerves. many eyes are on the supreme court today because people are reeling from the violence in may. rosemary? >> all right, we'll continue to monitor the story. it looks like we'll get to see simone biles compete again in the olympics. usa gymnastics tweeted "we are so excited to confirm that you will see two u.s. athletes at the balance beam final tomorrow. s suni lee and simone biles."
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simone biles withdrew from the last few events. she has said she's been suffering from what gymnasts call the twisties. a disorienting mental block. we have an update on an olympic story we told you about earlier. belarus athlete krystsina tsimanouskaya has entered the polish embassy in tokyo after requesting asylum. in is according to reuters. the 24-year-old sprinter said she was forced to withdrawal from the olympics by belarus authorities on sunday. this came after she criticized sports officials in her country on social media. she said they told her to pack her bags and they took her to the airport to put her on a plane to minsk. she reached out to japanese police saying she was afrald she'll be jailed in belarus. and just checking the updated medal count for the tokyo olympics, china leads the gold medal count with 24. the u.s. has the most medals
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overall with 60. there are still tons more up for grabs with another week left of competition. one of those medal winners is american swimmer katie ledecky, who added two golds and two silvers at the tokyo 2020 olympics. coy wire asked her about that historic moment. it's an amazing feeling. something i never would have imagined when i first started womening -- swimming. >> what do g.o.a.t.s. eat? >> healthy. [ laughter ] >> after years of sacrifice and discipline, a celebratory meal. how will you relax now it's over? >> oh, i had a hamburger after i was done. it tasted good! i'm going enjoy spending time
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with my friends and family. >> simone biles made an incredible impact on this game. there's no many people they navigated you have. when you felt those sort of moments. what got you through them? how did you navigate the situations? >> i try to stay focussed on my own goals and try not to the let external expectations get to me too much. swimming is not the only thing i enjoy doing. i'm passionate about other things, as well. so i'm really happy that i just finished my degree at stanford and just had a great time there, as well! so there's so much more to life than swimming and the olympics and the people around me remind me of that. >> well done to her. a 19-year-old pilot could soon become the youngest woman to make a solo fight around the world. zara rutherford wants to inspire girls to reach for the sky and pursue their interest, especially in aviation. if a flight is successful,
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rutherford would be the youngest person to circle globe in a microlight aircraft. i spoke with her last hour about the challenges of such a monumental trip. here is part of that conversation. >> when i finally was able to finish school, i had this year where i could do something crazy. something completely crazy. so i started off preparing and now here i am! >> and how confident are you that you can pull this off? what do you think will be the biggest challenges ahead? >> i've got -- and i think the biggest challenge will be, you know, there's some unexpected stuff that can come up or, you know, i'll be flying in
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places -- if anything were to happen, i would have a bit of trouble. i'm excited, again! >> she starts her trip around the world on august 11th. we wish her the best of luck and safe travels. thank you for your company. i'm rosemary church. be sure to connect with me on twitter. "early start" with laura jarrett and amara walker is up next. have a wonderful day. re-entering data that employees could enter themselves?
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vaccinations increasing across the u.s. the message finally ringing loud and clear for many americans. the olympic champ is back. simone biles making a big return since her case of the twisties. the final event. afraid to be jailed and asking japan for protection. why one olympian is making a dash for freedom. it's monday, august 2nd. it's 5:00 anl here in new york. thank you for getting an "early start" wit


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