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square celebration is scaled back this year with only about a fourth of the usual crowd being al howard to attend. cities have limited festivities or cancelled them all together and the u.s. ends 2021 like it entered it, with surging covid infections. the u.s. averaging nearly 356,000 cases a day extending the longest streak. the faa may be forced to cancel flights because of their owning crews being sick. pediatric hospital admissions in the u.s. are at record highs. on average 378 children were admitted to the hospital with covid-19 on any given day over the week that ended tuesday. that's a 66% jump from the previous week, but, still, there are glimmers of hope for a better new year. in south africa where the surge is believed to have peaked
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researchers confirmed patients weren't as sick with omicron. just under 3% of patients hospitalize there had between november a 15th and decemberpth died. that's compared to 29% who died while delta was the dominant vanchlt i want to bring in cnn international correspondent miguel marquez. miguel, what have doctors been telling you amid the surge in pediatric hospitalizations? >> reporter: yeah. they are saying that it's -- the worst is yet to come sadly. we're lucky enough to visit texas children's hospital, the largest pediatric hospital in the country. they are not overwhelmed yet but they are preparing for whatever the omicron variants can throw at them. one number i want to give you, phil, that puts it in perspective. in the last week, the last seven days, the number of hospitalizations at texas children's has risen fourfold. that's a very worrying number to them. here's how the chief pathologist put it in the way omicron is spreading. >> this omicron variant has now
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reached a new level in terms of infecttive tie in, terms of contagiousness. it's now in the category of measles, the most highly transmissible virus or one of the most highly transmissible viruses known to mankind. we've been vaccinating against measles for a long time. we need to do the same thing with covid 2 and covid-19. here's what they are preparing for now. schools reopening here in houston and across texas next tuesday. that will happen in many cities across the country and in states like texas there's particular concern because the state government here has banned mask mandates in public schools so they expect schools to be a big vecter. whatever the case, they believe the case numbers will continue to climate least into mid-january, maybe into february before they see the back side of the omicron variant, but at texas children's hospital where they have lots of beds available right now, they are preparing and prepared, they say, for whatever the omicron variant
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throws at them. phil? >> miguel, just a figure follow-up. you've spent more time reporting in hospitals than maybe any reporter over the course of the last two years. what are doctors feeling right now? it's been such a long couple of years here. how are they dealing with this moment? >> look, staff at most hospitals are completely exhausted. they literally are running on futures. i was impressed how good the morale is. texas children's is a massive hospital. lots of staff there and are able to fill in the gap and help staff members keep the morale up but they are exhausted. there's also a lot of concern about what omicron means for the future. will it move it into more of an endemic stage. will we enter a new phase of the pandemic once omicron comes through. there's a little bit of hope that that might hope and it might be less severe but they are not sure. everybody is holding their breath. here's to a somewhat better 2022. phil? >> yeah, everybody can agree on
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that. fingers crossed. miguel marquez, thank you friend. great reporting. i want to continue the conversation with a primary care physician and public health specialist in atlanta. we're talking about how doctors are doing in this moment in time. you mentioned during the break that we just tweeted the video after working all night with covid patients. what are you seeing and what are people in this moment supposed to be doing if they do test positive given the sheer number of cases right now in. >> yeah, phil, it's been crazy. i mean, i'm telling you this past week i would say probably every other patient that i've seen or done a telemedicine visit with has been covid positive, and what's really frustrating is if you think about it, as we get these new mutations like omicron, we're actually finding out that these antibody infusion therapies that we had been widely using are not working as well. there's only one antibody infusion which is in short supply. i just posted this video because
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i've been answering the same question over and over again. listen, at this time, phil, that are so many patients that are trying to get in touch with their doctors because they are turning positive. what do you do and i basically said, listen, number up. you don't panic. don't drive to the e.r. to get the test. let the e.r. doctors take care of the emergency patients that are flocking to hospitals. you want to take advil, motrin, hydrate, check your pulls ox, but only go to the emergency room if your symptoms are worse, and one last thing that i'm seeing, phil, for some glimmer of hope is i can absolutely split the patients into two segments or two paths. the people that are vaccinated and boosted, they are doing a lot better than those that are unvaccinated and not boosted. so if you're going to go to a bar this weekend, i would absolutely ask you not to do. the virus will find you. this is very, very contagious, and a huge surge in our hospitals right now. >> can i ask you, you know,
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miguel was reporting on kids, and we've seen the uptick in pediatric admissions, but kids weren't eligible for vaccines the majority of the pandemic. why is omicron affecting children differently in this moment? >> yes, i think really the bottom line is a numbers game, phil. when you find out that you have a variant like omicron that doubles every two days, where one person can infect 18 people, so many more people are getting infected, and as a result of that, a percentage of those are going into the hospital, but overall kids are still faring better, at least where i live right here in atlanta. our hospitals are filling up, but guess what, they are filling up with people that are unvaccinated adults and children as well. >> yeah. there's no question about the import of vaccinations at this point in time, especially. you mentioned glirms of hope or things that we can grab on to in the new year. researchers in south africa say recent deaths of hospitalized covid patients are down 90% from
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the delta variant. a brand-new risk analysis from the uk says omicron is one-third of what it was with delta. is that kind of what you're seeing anecdotally on a night-to-night basis? >> what we need to find out in the next four to six weeks is to figure out of the 1,500 people that are dying each day in the u.s., that's a huge number still. how many of that is attributed to omicron? we're going to find out in the next four to six weeks. i really try hard not to use the word mild, phil, because then a lot of people that are showing up in emergency rooms are saying, hey, listen. omicron is so mild i don't really need to get the vaccine and that's not true and i want to share one quick story that just breaks my heart. a 54-year-old in-shape runner, no medical issues, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, nothing, he runs two miles a day. we fought me for the last three years telling me or at least the two years telling me that this is really a hoax.
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he was very polite about it. he would send me articles saying that we win flatting the mortality rate. i just found out last week that he has been in the icu for four weeks intubated and probably may not make it, so it's just an example of people who think they can avoid this virus. it's not true. you have to get vaccinated. you have to get boosted. there is a huge difference if you do. you will survive and you will pull through. >> why leave it to chance. doctor, thanks so much for your time. really appreciate, it sir. happy new year. >> happy new year, phil. all right. nearly 1,000 homes damaged or destroyed in a matter of hours. an update on the devastating colorado wildfires coming up next.
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. in colorado a state of emergency is in effect as residents dole with the aftermath of unprecedented wildfires that destroyed nearly a thousand homes. now the flames fueled by hurricane force winds took only a couple of minutes to wipe out complete neighborhoods. that left little time or no time for thousands of people to evacuate as the fires closed in at break neck speed. shoppers at this costco scrambling for their cars after being told to leave the store immediately only to find a parking lot filled with smoke and ash. you can see it right there. cnn national correspondent natasha schenn there. i'm looking at you right now, and i want to say that this has to be a helpful sign that it's snowing. what's your sense of things right now gich what we saw yesterday? >> reporter: yeah, phil, the snow is going to be very helpful in this situation to improve the fire companies bringing in that moisture that's really needed. we've really gone from one
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extreme to the other, from flames to snow flakes other. what you've been seeing in those cell phone videos that people have taken are just terrifying moments where in the blink of an eye they saw flames coming toward their homes. as you mentioned, hurricane force winds, and really there's debris and ash, it was range down on them, and the visibility was so bad that one of the people taking the videos said that he could barely see ten feet in front of him. earlier this morning, we were able to point out some of the things behind me down below in the town of superior with smoke plumes still visible, but, of course, now with the snow coming in, you can't see anything at all behind me, but the governor really put this in perspective. this is not a wildfire that ran through a forest. this is a fire that really affected where people live. here he is. >> that wasn't a wildfire in the forest. it was a suburban and urban
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fire. the costco, we all shop at, the target we buy our kids' clothes at. all surrounded and damaged. nearly 1,000 homes in two very tight-knit beautiful communities that our state has are gone. >> we're starting to hear stories like that of the university of colorado boulder's assistant football coach who said that he lost every material possession he has. he has to start over completely. a lot of people are going to come back to their homes and find out that they -- they do have to start over. really devastating start to the new year, phil. >> totally. no loss of life which is a miracle but real homes and houses and people's lives. a lot of devastation on the ground. great reporting. thanks so much. i want to bring in captain pixley of the denver fire department. thanks so much for your time. you guys have had multiple crews
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in boulder county. there were some amazing pictures on the twitter account. what are teams on the ground telling you of what they have seep over the course of the last day? >> i have to tell you, it is the most remarkable stories that we're getting back, that hour firefighters basically said that they were surrounded by fire. we deployed around 31 firefighters to assist with the request that came in from the state yesterday afternoon, and our firefighters went to work immediately, and you saw the videos that i posted on our twitter account. it is remarkable and catastrophic. that is an appropriate phrase. >> you know, it seems like things -- the know will be helpful. it seems from the governor's press conferences there's dangerous issues out there but it will be in a much better place. what's the primary concern for your teams right now? >> well, right now we want to continue to ensure that we can save as many as the properties as possible, and, you know, our hearts go out to those who have lost, those thousands upon
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thousands of videos that lost the possessions like our governor had mentioned. it's important not to get that vital piece. how we didn't lose or have any injuries that are report at this time is amazing. so the denver fire department's focus is to continue to work with our instant commander that is providing the direction for all fifthers that have responded so that we can assure that people have something to go home to if there is a chance to stop any of the remaining fires. as you mentioned, phil, we've got the snow front that's coming through. it's going to help a great due and it's important for us to get this moisture because the drought has devastated colorado along with the person part of the united states, so any moisture is good moisture. we just wish we had it the day before. >> clearly, no, clearly fueling things. can you talk about the magnitude and intensity of these fires. mere minutes to respond to it, jumping from place to place and covering a football field in
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mere seconds. how do you fight something like that? . >> you certainly don't fighting it with a frontal approach. you have to start on your side as you're working your way to affect the fire as best as you can. we had one person saying why didn't you put fire progressing at 100 neat a second with 100-mile-per-hour winds, it's incredible to think about the heat hand devastation that that fire is going to provide. we have to place our fire fighters in a safe position, and they did a great job of evacuating those that live in those communities to ensure that they didn't have to worry about additional loss of life, so by attacking this fire on the side and not putting our firefighters as risk pause if we lose one firefighter, then that will mean there will be one less person.
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>> how was the community so -- with how fast that moved i don't understand how many people got out of harm's way. well, interestingly enough in, that environment it probably hasn't been deployed to this point. in the mountains where i live, they practice that a lot, pre-evacuation notices so you can gather your materials. you can gather those important legal papers and those medicines and your animals and then make your way away from the danger, but in an urban setting like we found yesterday, they had no preparation. they were given immediate orders to evacuate, so it must have been just chaotic for people. it was like me running into the studio right now saying phil you have to leave. grab your best whatever materials you need and get out. people aren't prepared for that. we as coloradoans though, as a community, we will come together and we will work to provide the
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assistance that's necessary for these poor people that lost everything with such immediate evacuations. they didn't have an opportunity to gather what they needed, so we are going do our best as a community and throughout the nation to help those who have lost so much. >> yeah. it's so critical. it's not just one day or a two-day thing. this is going to be weeks and months ahead. thanks so much for your time, sir. appreciate it. >> thank you, phil. >> and god bless everyone who lost something. >> indeed. >> the colorado governor is also making news in a sentencing that captured national attention. the governor commuting a truck driver's 110-year sentence for causing a fiery 28-car pile-up in 2019. miguel aguilera mederos will spend ten years in prison and will be eligible for parole at the end of 2026. he was driving a semi tractor trailer 85 miles per hour causing the fire wreck that killed four people. the sentence was called highly
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in a yore where it's felt like bad news is pervasive, this next story is about second chances and redemption. retired nfl player jason murphy who owns several businesses including an amazon delivery franchise has spent 2021 helping poem with past convictions get a job. he not only hires them for his business but works at employment affairs that expunge the
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criminal records of potential hires, some of them who end up on his payroll. he joins me now jason murphy along with craig smoot, a delivery drier for amazon owes delivery franchise. jason, craig is the star other that i actually want to talk to you about but i'll start with you. you know, a lot -- this is a policy conversation in washington that's constantly percolating. very few times does it end up in an outcome. you went and did something here. what motivated you to pursue this? >> i just think that everyone deserves a second chance. i remember times when i was in high school and maybe a toettcher would allow me to retake a test or allow me to get a better grade on a particular test or paper, and those opportunities like that remind me to always to pay things forward and i think that's what i'm doing in this situation and i think it's the best thing that everybody should be trying to figure out a way to pay things like this forward. >> yeah. at a minimum. craig, just to get some context
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here. you were convicted of an armed robbery in the late 1980s when you were in your 20s and served two and a half years in priss op. you're no longer on probation and yet the obstacles are very real, not just for you, but for an entire population of people when it comes to trying to get a job. how has this push from jason helped kind of reinvent the hiring wheel and more importantly change your life? >> well, let's start off it gives me a shot at hope, you know. i get another chance at doing something positive and doing something for myself as well as my family. i can't thank this man enough for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to do something, do something better in my life or to make my life a little bit better than what interests. >> i would say more. i'll tell you mr. smooth was the victim of the crime in the '80s
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and to think that something like that is still impacting his life today is an injustice and i'll give him an opportunity and will continue to work with anybody that needs that opportunity. that's the best thing for humanitiy. >> no questions and it's not like a one-time thing for you. you told "the washington post" more than 10% of your delivery business of 87 employees have had their records expunged. none have been terminated. what do you say to other employers who are dealing with the background check process and a lot of issues that may pop up with that that are skeptical of going down this path? >> well, i think it -- it's just something that we should continue to work and improve on, and what other companies need to do, what i did is i partnered with a couple of different law firms and just to figure out what are the tipping situations that can be transformed that can be helped according to the records. we partnered with a huge company, john hopkins university, and they did a great job of hosting us, to continue
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to host expungements and this is something that we'll continue to do, and i think moving forward we want to maybe open it up for opportunities for other businesses to give them the resources to do the same thing. >> craig, i don't think necessarily people always grabs the difficulties you run into when you have the record, even when you're off probation. can you outryan kind of some of the hurdles that you were running into or brick walls before this opportunity. >> well, before this opportunity i would still have occasioned, would know i would have the job and lo and behold here comes my background and i'm talking about jobs, you know, that -- that was years ago when i was in my 20s, in my late 20s and here it is i'm still being judged for my -- for my past, and then, you know, i can't dish couldn't move on, and it's just like, you know, i go to a job interview, hey, you
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know, you fit the qualifications, but you've got a -- a background. your background check didn't come out, and i'm like, you know, that -- that was then, this is now, and -- and right then and there i would be cut off. i would be cut straight off, you know. hey, we'll call you. don't call us, and it get frustrating. it gets frustrating. >> yeah. i can't imagine. guys, thanks so much for taking the time. jason i knew what you were doing mattered when my sister went to the university of virginia sent me a story about a virginia tech grad. that's when i know you were dealing real things. guys, thanks so much. i appreciate it. have a wonderful new year. >> well, we appreciate your time and have a great year. >> all right. coming up ahead, new year's eve celebrations are already under way across the world. we're live in puerto rico.
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it's been a long, emotional year, but it's also been one fueled by shocking crime and divisive verdicts. cnn's jean casarez has a look at the most impactful crime and court moments in 2021. we want to warn you some of the video you're about to see is disturbing. >> reporter: had a musician behind bars, a manhunt that gripped the nation. a call for social justice finally answered, all part of some of the most gripping crime
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and justice stories in 2021. number ten. in june prominent south carolina attorney alex murdaugh said he discovered the bodies of his wife and son shot dead outside the family home. three months later he told police he had been shot in the head. >> a prominent attorney in south carolina has resigned from his law firm and entered rehab. he admitted to arranging for a hit man to kill him so that his son could collect millions in life insurance. >> deaths, murders and allegations of theft of millions of dollars from his former law firm and clients. >> he's now facing criminal charges and more than two dozen financial crimes, but the murders of his wife and son remain unsolved. he denies any involvement. next at number nine -- >> bill cosby is a free man this morning. >> reporter: in june pennsylvania's supreme court
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overturned bill cosby's 2018 conviction of aggravated indecent assault, charges he repeatedly denied. the case marked the first high-profile celebrity criminal trial of the me, too, era. >> justices are explaining their decision saying cosby was originally promised immunity in exchange for testimony in a civil case. a decade later a different prosecutor used his testimony against him in a criminal trial. >> well, i'm sad and i'm feeling like this is a loss for me and the other women who came forward. >> reporter: in a rare move, prosecutors are now asking the u.s. supreme court to review the overturned conviction. number eight, r. kelly convicted. >> breaking news in our national lead. disgraced r & b superstar r. kelly was found guilty late this afternoon. >> reporter: jurors found him guilty of racketeering, including acts of bribery and
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sexual exploitation of a child along with separate charges of sex trafficking. kell has been defending his innocence for years, but now he faces up to life in prison at sentencing which is scheduled for next year. number seven. the rise of shocking incidents involving airline passengers becoming violent, some over refusing to wear masks. >> we'll give you one [ bleep ] warning. >> reporter: and attacking flight attendants. >> hey! >> reporter: this man even needing to be duck taped to his seat. >> sit down now! >> the faa has now announced that abusive and unruly passengers can face federal penalties as high as $45,000. number six, another alarming trend. 2021 is on pace to be one of the worst years for deadly gun violence in decades. >> at least 150 americans are dead and more than 380 wound
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after an outburst of gun violence over the weekend. >> a really tragic milestone for the city of philadelphia. 500 homicide so far this year. >> cnn analysis of more than 40 of the most populous cities in the u.s. shows nine that have already set homicide records before year's end. >> reporter: law enforcement expert point to a mix of factors behind the rise including high gun sales, fewer cops and shifting police resources, changes in the court system and the pandemic. it was a mystery and a manhunt that gripped the nation, number five. >> hello, he will o', and good morning. >> reporter: in june 22-year-old gabby pet tow and her fiance brian laundrie set out on a cross-country road trip, the couple documenting their summer adventures on social media. >> her texts to her family and social media posts stopped abruptly in late august. about two weeks after this
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incident in moab, utah on october 12th when police pulled the couple over after a 911 call about a possible domestic dispute. >> reporter: authorities later found her retains in the tetons camping area. laundry had returned home while pet tow was mission and then he vanished. >> the fbi confirming that the human remains found in the florida nature reserve are those indeed of 23-year-old brian laundrie. >> reporter: the story ignited calls for other missing persons, especially indigenous and african american victims to garner the same attention. number four. a killing spree in georgia that rattled the asian-american community. 21-year-old robert aaron long allegedly opened fire on three asian spas leaving eight dead. six were asian women. >> at the moment you can just see the palpable, you know,
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anxiety of this community. >> reporter: investigators say long had been a customer at two of the locations before the shootings. he was charged in two counties. in one long has already pleaded guilty to four counts of murder and was sentenced to over four life sentences but in another prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. our next two stories, high-profile trials that put race and justice, self-defense and vigilanteism in the spotlight. number three, breaking news in our national lead. the jury finding kinal aren't i has not guilty on all charges. >> he was 17 years old when he shot two men, killed them and wounded another when he brought an a-15 in a protest in 2020. >> there was not a crowd, a mob was chasing me. i continued to run after hearing
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people say -- people were saying cranium him and get him, kill him. i didn't do anything wrong. i defended myself. >> after 25 hours of deliberations -- >> we the jury find the defendant not guilty. >> the jury acquitted rittenhouse of all charges. number two, it was it a trial that nearly never happened, but a mother and a movement made sure it did. ahmaud arbery, a 25-year-old plaque man was shot and killed while out for a jog near brunswick, georgia. at the time no charges were filed. >> it took them 74 days, 74 days to get an arrest. >> reporter: the three men who chased and short arbery claiming self-defense. >> you can't force someone to defend themselves against you so you get to claim self-defense. >> we the jury find the
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defendant greg mcmichael guilty. >> reporter: the day before thanksgiving the three men were convicted of murder. the claim of self-defense rejected by a nearly all white jury. >> number one. >> find the defendant guilty. >> this feels like we can breathe. it feels like something new. hopefully a new day in america. >> reporter: the trial of derek chauvin. the former minneapolis police officer found guilty of murdering george floyd this spring, the trial, video of chauvin with his knee on floyd's neck for over nine minutes while he cried momma played over and over for jurors. >> i don't have a momma either. >> if a police officer can do this, what can't they do to us. ? what can't they do to our children? so that is what's at stake here. >> the former police officer derek chauvin guilty on all three counts.
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in the new year. this is the celebration in singapore. australia said good-bye to 2021 with fireworks from the sydney harbor bridge and this is the scene from hong kong. they're a few hours into 2022. in puerto rico, one most vaccinated places in the u.s., new year's eve celebrations are about to get underway and that is why wr we find gary tuchman, the sunny assignment in sunny san juan. how are people there getting ready to ring in the new year while also balancing safety? >> well first i all, you were talking about the hardship, it is a beautiful place to be with wonderful people and that is the reason that we're here by the capital of puerto rico, san juan, a district in san juan, this is the 500th birthday of the city. so that is one of the main reasons that we're here. this is the grounds run, in english it means the for the russ. but now it is the governor's
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mansion, it the oldest continuously used executive mansion in the americas and the governor of puerto rico, this is pedro, thank you for talk to us. >> welcome to puerto rico. >> i want to talk about covid. i want to ask about the 500th birthday of this city. what are the big celebrations that are planned? >> we started earlier this year. and we will continue doing so. we're in the middle this pandemic, so we're avoiding big crowds for the moment. hopefully this will be in a better normality in a couple of months. but one big thing we're going is a regatta where ships will cross the atlantic ocean from europe and arriving here in san juan. and that will be something. >> that is will be wonderful. now covid, this is, as my colleague phil just said, one of
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the highest vaccinated places in the united states. you're death rate here is very low. your hospitalization rate is very low. but the cases are going up very quickly. we know the vaccine works because people aren't dying in large numbers and getting sick in large numbers but it is very alarming how the cases going up so much. what are you done recently to keep the island safe. >> our sales were in the states. we got hit by the variant in march april and then the delta variant and now this omicron variant. this one in particular, the problem it has, it is very transmissible. so that is why you have so many cases. it is not yet reflecting itself in our hospitals in a concerning way, but we cannot underestimate the variant. so what we're doing is, as usual, puerto rico has been quite restrictive when
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necessary. we are, for example, now starting on january 4th for two weeks i'll be requiring all bars and restaurants to close at midnight. and there will be a dry law in place from midnight until 5:00 a.m. i do that reluctantly but i have to do it. because i don't want crowds out there particularly when they're not wearing masks because they're exposed. >> as of this past monday, tell me what you did about people coming here. we're standing together without masks right now because you are were fully vaccinated. tested every day. and i to come to puerto rico, have to be fully vaccinated and tested also. explain that. >> we've been requiring passengers who come to puerto rico from the u.s. mainland to come both vaccinated and with a negative covid test result. we're also requiring that from
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cruise ships. they didn't like it but we have to do it. because it is a way to continue being a safe destination for anybody who comes to puerto rico. we've done very well. we're -- tourism is thriving in puerto rico year round and in part it is because we've been -- we're doing very well. top in the nation in terms of vaccination. now we are including mandates for the booster or third dose. we started with the first responders, education and health personnel, now i'm expanding it to public safety personnel, corrections officers and employees from bars and restaurants. >> are you getting pushback from the business people here? >> i get some pushback every now and then. it is hard to balance this out. health is the first concern. but we've been able to grow. the economy of puerto rico grew this year because we use the
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funding we have from our funds strategically and we've been taking care of our productive sectors. >> i want to tell you happy new year to all of you. phil. >> gary tuchman, one of the best in the business. thank you so much. and join anderson cooper and andy cohen for cnn new year's eve live, the party starts at 8:00 eastern tonight here on cnn. that does it for me. let's all be a little kinder and better to each other in 2022. i'm phil mattingly in washington, d.c. my guy ryan nobles takes over next. (vo) subaru and our retailers believe in giving back. that's why, in difficult times, we provided one hundred and fifty million meals to feeding america. and now through the subaru share the love event, we're helping even more.
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