tv Coronavirus Pandemic Worldwide Coverage CNN April 30, 2020 1:00am-2:00am PDT
little low and welcome to our viewers. you are watching "cnn newsroom" and i'm rosemary church. just ahead, hope is high for an experimental drug which could help shorten the time it takes to recover from covid-19. the u.s. is in its worst economy ever warns the fed as we wait to find out in a few hours how many more americans have filed for unemployment. most of florida is getting ready to reopen next week as california's governor prepares to shut down the state's
beaches. good to have you with us. well, for the first time, we are seeing evidence that an experimental drug could help patients recover faster from the coronavirus. according to america's top infectious diseases expert, early trial results show remdesivir has improved patient's recovery time by 31%. u.s. president donald trump called the news positive. when asked if it changes his thinking about reopening the country, he said it's a building block. cnn's erica hill reports this comes as more states are trying to restart their economies. >> reporter: florida ready to reopen. >> there is a light at the end of the tunnel. this new phase will start on monday, may 4th, and will for
the time being exclude miami-dade, broward, and palm beach counties. >> reporter: nearly 30% of the state's residents excluded from the governor's plan giving restaurants and businesses the green light. the tampa bay times reports the state's death toll may be incomplete noting florida officials have not released information on coronavirus deaths in more than a week. an earlier report in the paper found the number from county medical examiners was 10% higher than the state's official count which now stands at 1218. hair cuts in georgia, one of the first signs of that state's reopening. while in california, any professional trends are still months away. a striking example of just how different the next steps will be. >> we have significantly less cases than we had two weeks ago, than we had three weeks ago, but it's time to enter a more sustainable phase. >> reporter: more than half the states in the country announcing plans to ease restrictions despite none appearing to meet
white house guidelines for a 14 day decline in positive cases. meantime, new hope for containment. >> recommemdesivir has a clear- effect in diminishing the time to recover. a drug can block this virus. >> reporter: the next big retail experiment comes on friday when three dozen simon owned malls and shopping centers will reopen in eight states. restaurants in tennessee welcoming diners, yet it's not clear americans are ready for these changes. new polling shows 8 in 10 think opening restaurants for on site dining is a bad idea. nearly 2/3 say the same about returning to work without further testing. 85% say students shouldn't go back to school without more testing. when they do return, it's likely to look different. >> when they do return to
normal, it's staggered. the recess period being radically modified. the cafeteria is being shut down. lunch at your desk. deep sanitation. >> reporter: first quarter gdp down 5%. the president using the defense act to keep meat processing plants open. at least 20 workers have died according to the union representing many of them. >> they're absolutely critical and essential to the food supply chain but you have to protect them. >> may slow the line down a bit. it may require them to expend resources for protective equipment, but at the end of the day these are essential workers and they key deserve adequate protection. >> reporter: in some states employees who choose not to return may lose benefits.
>> it's a voluntary quit and therefore they would not be eligible for the unemployment money. >> the need for food assistance sky rockets. >> we're alone. even my neighbor, she's alone, too. so that's why we appreciate it. >> reporter: lines stretching for miles n. little rock, a food distribution ran out in an hour, each box offering each family the equivalent of 40 meals. here in new york state this is shy of just 300,000. the governor noting that hospitalizations and intubations are down, however, covid specific hospitalizations are, in the governor's words, up a tick and he says that is not
good news. back to you. >> thanks to erica hill for that report. as we mentioned researchers are expressing hope that the drug remdesivir could be used to treat the coronavirus. cnn's elizabeth cohen takes a look at the studies behind it. >> reporter: finally, good news about the covid-19 pandemic. researchers have found that a drug does seem to work. it's not a cure all. it's not going to take care of the problem. it does fight the virus. it's called remdesivir. let's take a look at what remdesivir is. it's an experimental drug that works for ebola. it didn't work for ebola. it's not on the market for any disease. in this study of remdesivir, more than 1,000 patients in the united states, spain, germany and other countries were assigned to remdesivir or a
placebo which doesn't do anything. the placebo patients had 15remd recovery. that's a four-day difference. four fewer days in the hospital means four fewer days where something might go wrong on the ventilator, getting a hospital-acquired infection. the second is that it's an indication that remdesivir is doing something. they can take that knowledge, they can look at what it's doing. it's blocking an enzyme that's needed for replication and try to make other drugs that might do a similar kind of thing, or maybe there are other drugs that would go with remdesivir. this is not the end of the road. we are still at the beginning of the road. it's good that they've had this first step. dr. anthony fauci, the top infectious disease doctor in the u.s., says that now this means remdesivir will become the standard of care. it will become standard not
experimental to give patients remdesivir. back to you. i'm joined now by mohamed menuier, a virologist in the u.k. thank you so much for talking with us. >> good morning. >> i do want to talk first about the good news because we received this and of course certainly this is great news for patients experiencing severe symptoms in the hospital. we haven't seen all of the data on remdesivir. dr. fauci shows recovery time went from 15 to 11 days. how significant is this considering it's really mainly these people who are experiencing severe symptoms in the hospital. >> yes. this is good news.
especially how many remedies have been tried. so 31% speedy recovery is really good news for people who are already sick and that means people leaving the hospital four days earlier. and if we look on to the other established remedies, tamiflu, that is not different than the results we are seeing with remdesivir. we don't know if this would have any result in reducing the mortality or to the overall ability to stop it and it may stop. >> there is some suggestion it did decrease mortality somewhat. >> certainly it did decrease, but the study -- this is the best study conducted so far for
looking to the drugs and patients all across different countries. so overall the randomized model that's been applied is proving convincing yet these are preliminary results. a lot more need to be scene. i like to emphasize that this is really good news in many days we have seen so far. >> yes. that is exactly what everybody wants. remdesivir will help the covid-19 patients in the hospital. everyone else, we will need to continue social distancing, wearing masks and hopefully getting better access to testing while we all wait for the elusive vaccine. so how worried are you are you that if the u.s. and other nations open up too quickly, and we're seeing that happen now. without sufficient testing in place, that we'll see another deadly wave of this pandemic and erase everything that we've gained so far? >> absolutely. i think this is a really critical time. we do understand everyone is
touching patients when it comes to the lockdown. what we have achieved so far, if we look onto the data and new cases of mortalities, they are flattening or decreasing. this is a good time to re-emphasize that we have to carry on social distancing and so on. the matter of the fact is that whilst a majority of people in the united kingdom and the united states, 1/4 of them are still uninfected. we have to really emphasize we don't light fuel to the virus and continue on with the social distancing. >> that is critical. sometimes that messaging gets lost. i have to ask you this. a lot of questions surround the number of infections being
recorded in various countries as well as the death tolls. some being viewed as more reliable than others. we've also seen the u.k. revise their numbers now counting all covid-19 deaths even if they occur outside of the hospital, which seems logical and perhaps should have been done and should be done throughout the world. how reliable are these numbers in getting a true picture of what we're dealing with here? >> yes, rosemary. this is really critical. we have been emphasizing right from the beginning of this crisis that number of cases, the numbers are certainly not the true representation of actual disease severity. probably this is the major reason for unpreparedness.
one of the factors has been asymptomatic carriers. until someone is not showing clinical signs to stay healthy, 25% of people who contract the infection they stay healthy, therefore, it is really difficult to pass that on until you conduct testing. testing has been a problem from the beginning in terms of scaling it up. in the u.k. situation has been that way for a while. we have been discussing the need to calculate all of those people dieing inside the hospital, calculations of people dying outside the hospital, for example, care homes or in the community so that was the reason. there was a decline in the mortality so that was good news. once they diagnosed people outside the hospital it seems like we are not getting better. we are flattening. that is certainly something of concern in the near future as well. >> still so much to learn, so
much to do. we're struggling all across the globe. thank you so much for talking with us. appreciate it. two companies say they could have a vaccine ready for emergency use before the end of the year. a u.s. drug giant and a german biotechnology company are working together. human trials of their experimental vaccine could begin in the u.s. next week. in germany they have already started. cnn's fred pleitgen is in berlin. he joins us now. we are looking for any positive news regarding vaccines. what is the latest on this joint effort? >> reporter: certainly this company biontech here in germany says it has surpassed one of the important milestones getting this ready or the trials moved further along. they say they have completed their first dosing of the trial vaccine. that means their first cohort of participants has been vaccinated
with this trial vaccine called bnt 162. for now it was 12 people part of that first cohort. the company now says it wants to move towards a second trial phase fairly soon to then administer the trial vaccine to about 200 people and they're gs to also use a different dosage of the trial vaccine. one of the things that they're looking for, roesz marry, on the one hand whether or not that's effective. that's important. also very important is whether or not it is safe to use. that, of course, is something that does take a little bit of time in these trials. now biontech as you stated is the international partner of pfizer. you have a giant american pharma company and a very important, very good german lab working on this. pfizer and biontech have said they could start trials in the u.s. pending getting approval from the regulatory authorities there. they believe that is imminent and could happen soon. if their trials move along the
way they hope they'll move along if this is both safe and effective, then they say by the end of the year potentially they could have millions of doses available if, indeed, they are permitted to use it for emergency use. that quickly, rosemary. >> all very encouraging and offers all of us some hope. fred pleitgen joining us there live from berlin. many thanks. south korea tested aggressively and the strategy is paying off in this incredible new statistic. zero new locally transmitted cases for the first time since mid february. south korea recorded just four imported cases wednesday. about 240 people have died from covid-19 in south korea. at one point it was one of the hardest hit countries in the world. the latest numbers on u.s. jobless claims are due out soon and will give us a better sense
data for the second quarter worst than we've ever seen for the economy. >> federal chair jerome powell not sugar coating the economy. they have agreed to maintain interest rates in the range of 0 to 1/4 of a percent. we are expecting the latest report on u.s. unemployment claims in the coming hours. economists expect another 3.5 million americans will have filed first-time claims. cnn's christine romans is with us in new york with the details. good to see you again. unfortunately we've come to that time again. what can we expect from the unemployment numbers when they are released? >> reporter: this is just misery. this is what is happening in the economy. for millions of people who are concerned how you pay your rent or your mortgage payment tomorrow, friday, may 1st.
this is really a tough spot for the american economy. the fed chief is calling it heartbreaking, too, so many people who made gains are the first ones to lose out in this one. i think 3 1/4 to 4 million jobless claims brings it to almost over 30 million. that number is almost unimaginable. every one of those people trying to file for jobless benefits, sometimes without success. waiting for a check. trying to find money to last them the month. this has been a really, really awful april for so many people. >> i mean, i just can't get my head around the numbers. that is more than the australian population unemployed. it's just extraordinary all looking for food for their families. i do want to talk more about fed chairman jerome powell's announcement on interest rates, job losses and other matters. what more did he have to say about all of this? >> reporter: you know, we call
it fed speak, right? it sounds like economist talk, very boring and bland, but when you listen to him, you hear someone who's being very blunt about the damage that's going to happen saying that you're going see numbers that we have never before seen in the american economy, the biggest, strongest economy in the world. and i think he's telegraphing to people that this is a moment where all those numbers of unemployed americans are basically doing a public service for the health part of this. we have on purpose shut down the economy and these are people who have lost their job for the federal good. now the fed, congress has to make sure that this coronavirus recession doesn't turn into a coronavirus depression. the fed will do whatever it takes for the medium term and long term to make sure that the economy has the oxygen it needs to breathe here.
congress has promised money. you have stimulus checks starting to go out. jobless claims, jobless benefits that are longer and more robust than usual. i'm sure there will be more stimulus coming. congress knows that to prevent something terrible they'll have to support the american people. >> part of that is supporting small business. really small businesses need the help and they're getting squeezed out by the bigger businesses that, of course, can have their accountants and their lawyers help push and get more money. again, the little guy is getting squeezed. >> reporter: i talked to a small business owner last night who told me he did get the emergency loan. emergency payment. it's not even an emergency loan and also got the ppp loan. i was so relieved because this is somebody who had been working for weeks trying to get that
money and had been shut out. it is starting to reach other corners of the economy, no question. the treasury department said anybody who gets $2 million or more of a loan, before that is forgiven they are going to scrutinize it that that isn't a big public company that had other means of getting that money. there is going to be more oversight. congress didn't write this to keep the big guys out, they didn't. the lobbyists were there saying make sure hotel workers are treated like hotel workers who work for small companies. so the big luxury hotel companies legally got that money. i hope there could be more funding down the road. we have so many small businesses in america, it's just hard to have to go through this process over and over again and be in limbo. that's the difference between the u.s. and other countries. other countries, rosemary, the governments stepped in and paid payroll. we didn't do that here.
the united states does it differently and it has been anxiety ridden. >> each person has to fight on their own. if you don't speak up, you don't get the help in this country. >> hunger games for money. >> it really is. it really is. we're seeing that play out and it's horrifying. christine romans, thank you so much as always. well, the pandemic has us stuck at home looking for ways to pass the time. many are taking up with bread baking with proof all over social media. this 1,000-year-old mill in england appears to be benefitting from this trend and is producing flour again due to so much demand. the mill was last fully institutional in 1970 before it turned into a museum. a silver lining there. well, the u.s. state of georgia has allowed some businesses to reopen, but that doesn't mean customers are willing to come back. i spoke with the owner of a nail salon in suburban atlanta whose
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residents. >> so if you think you might have covid-19, want the reassurance that you don't, you've been around people that you have seen with symptoms, get a test. we can do it. i want to remind everybody, these tests are free for the public. no cost at all to you. but you can't put a price on the peace of mind of knowing that you can't infect someone around you. >> meanwhile, florida is set to reopen some businesses in most of the state. a tampa bay times investigation found the florida department of health intervened to keep a tally of coronavirus deaths from being publicly released. despite that investigation, here is what florida's governor had to say. >> facts should be comforting. we've done much better than everybody said we would do and we're going to continue to apply
fact-based, data-driven approach. saying florida was going to be like new york was wrong and people need to know it was wrong. >> so which approach is correct? cnn's tom foreman takes a look. >> reporter: two coastal states, both drawing oceans of travelers home to massive populations and wildly different in their approaches to containing covid-19. in california, the earliest reports of the virus spurred the first stay at home order in the nation on march 19th. >> if you are presumed to be positive or you're waiting for a test result, you need to immediately notify your close contacts so that they can begin to quarantine themselves. >> reporter: the most populus state clamped down on restaurants, public event and spaces. the result, a surprisingly low 48,000 cases in a recent assessment. about 1900 deaths and plans to relax restrictions.
>> we believe we are weeks, not months, away from making meaningful modifications. >> reporter: florida took a different path. the third most populus state did not push residents to stay home until april and did not move to shut down huge spring break on beaches. epidemiologists feared a huge outbreak, but the current count again, unexpectedly low 33,000 cases, approximately 1200 fatalities. parts of florida, too, are poised to reopen. >> we're making progress. we need to continue to put people back to work. >> reporter: both of those states have fared better per capita than much smaller connecticut, massachusetts, new jersey. which racked up significantly higher numbers. topping them all -- >> new york state is the epicenter. >> new york remains the u.s. etch pi center. >> reporter: with almost 300,000 cases and more than 23,000 deaths, new york is by far the
hardest hit state, in raw numbers and person for person. why is the northeast home to more than half of u.s. covid-19 deaths? while the region quickly followed california's lead with stay at home orders, there is some evidence compliance may have been less robust adding the population density of major northeast cities and the fact that no part of the country relies more on crowded public transit and that may have been the true formula for disaster. all of this is largely speculation at this point, but that's why epidemiologists want hospitals to keep as many details as they can about who shows up, where they've been, who they had contact with so they can recreate a viral map of covid-19's deadly travels. tom foreman, cnn, bethesda, maryland. there is a lot of risk in deciding to reopen a business in the middle of a pandemic, even if customers are willing to come back, they'll find it's a much different experience than
before. cnn's brian todd explains. >> reporter: at a waffle house in atlanta, they've got red tape across some booths where it's no go. some of the stools are marked off limits and the cooks and servers are all wearing masks. an x on the floor marks a waiting area. at the federal american grill in houston, the owner's ticking through a similar checklist. >> disposable masks, gloves. different color linens on the table. if it has a black linen, we're not seating it. if it has a white linen, we're seating it. >> reporter: across the u.s., thousands of businesses are going through exhaustive checklists for reopening. some have done it on their own. others are being told by local officials, if you want to reopen, these are the things you'll have to do every day. >> you'll test your employees to make sure they are negative. you will do temperature checks as they come into work.
you will wear masks. that's the way it's going to be. >> reporter: at airports where con courses are empty, planes are idol, some airlines will now leave all middle seats unoccupied and offer masks for every passenger. jetblue is making masks mandatory for every passenger. restaurants represent multi-faceted challenges. >> there is spacing and reduced occupancy as well as shielding from the workers from the food. they may be requirements that you wash your hands immediately upon entering the restaurant. >> reporter: possibly hand sanitizer at every table. plexiglass barriers at every restaurant. or even plexiglass between people at tables. look for more businesses to go cashless. items include more spacing between employees. staggered shifts when possible. managers in the u.s. could tap into the creativity shown in other countries.
vending machines in subways in germany and streets in france sell masks. police in china are testing helmets with built-in temperature scanners. one public health expert says one restaurant he went to in hong kong in january had how-to soci sessions. >> reporter: every time i went in they would explain here's the knife, fork, spoon to use the food. here's a separate one to put the food into your mouth. >> reporter: they have to factor in a significant problem with the measures. already things like thermometers, hand sanitizer, disinfectant masks are hard to get. if they have to put hand sanitizer at every station or table, that will create much more of a crush on the supply chain. businesses have to figure that out with their local governments. brian todd, cnn, washington. so let's talk now with
jenna kao, owner of a nail salon in alpharetta, georgia. who has reopened her business. thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me. it's a pleasure. >> reporter: georgia's governor announced nail and hair salons could open friday and you complied so how many clients came? >> to be honest. not many came. my phone did blow up. we were booked for maybe three days and then after that, i mean, everybody is scared. they're still not coming in. i tried to reach out to my clients to retain them and let them know that we're here, we're open but all of them have told me that, you know what, i just -- it's just too risky right now and i decided to take a break and when this is all over i'll be back in. >> and why did you feel that you
had to reopen your business at this time? >> it's just very unsettling all we're going through. i had to reopen. needing to maintain my business and support my family and being able to provide for my employees. it's just been horrendous because i've applied for a couple of the sba loans and still no help. we're still waiting to hear, you know, how this is all going to turn out and how they're going to help us. >> no help at all? >> still waiting. it's in process right now, that's what they're saying. >> why do you think the governor chose these close proximity businesses to have opened snirs would you have preferred he waited a little bit? >> absolutely. like i said, it's a fearful time. i did prefer him to wait.
at the same time, i don't know what the right thing is to do. i have to make sure that the business doesn't die out or i lose my business completely because we don't know how long this is going to last. >> of course the other side of this is safety. what sort of safety measures do you put in place? how worried are you that you or your employees might get sick? >> oh, we're very scared. we, you know, have families at home. i have two young girls at home. what we're doing now inside my business is before you come in, you call and make an appointment and i screen everyone on the phone. i ask them if they have traveled recently or if they've been sick or come in contact with anyone who's sick. if they are, we will not accept them at this time. also, you know, upon entering they have to wash their hands for 20 seconds. i require everyone to wear a mask as well as myself we're wearing face shields, masks, gloves. sanitizing everything as soon as
the clients get up and leave and before they sit down. we're doing everything not to contract the virus ourselves as well as exposing our self to be able to provide the services we need to make a living. >> you mentioned people were booked for the first few days. you are not seeing people come in. you bought the thermometers, all of the screens, all of the cleaning fluids. how long do you think you can keep going like this? how will you pay the bills? >> i have no idea. i'm just taking this one day at a time hoping that the loan will kick in some time soon. i got an advance from the economic injury disaster loan but, again, i mean, i really need the loan to help, you know, satisfy my lapped lord so that they can satisfy their mortgage
company and i can pay my employees and stay in business. >> for you right now, you will keep all of your employees, presumably, with hope that the small business loan comes through in full? >> yes. >> well, we wish you the very best. it is a difficult situation for all these small businesses, and particularly these close proximity businesses. we wish you well in the future. >> thank you so much. well, as many as 60 bodies have been found in trucks outside a new york funeral home. police were alerted after someone reported fluids dripping from the truck, some of them unrefrigerated. the funeral home ran out of room for bodies waiting for cremation and stored them in the trucks. authorities moved them into a refrigerated truck provided by the state. we'll be right back. never run dry of...
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well, the united kingdom has revised its coronavirus death toll. patients who have died outside hospitals are now included. the new criteria brought brittain's death toll to more than 26,000 people making it europe's second highest toll. this as the country is about to miss its 100,000th testing target today. cnn's nick peyton walsh is in london. nick, i do want to talk to you first about this positive news we're hearing from oxford university's vaccine trials. what are you learning about that? >> reporter: yeah. nice to talk about something that isn't deeply negative, particularly here in the united kingdom. oxford university, who are
working at a great pace here to get a vaccine ready along with astrazeneca have positive news. they have several hundred people who they have vaccinated anyway, put the vaccine into, and now they're trying to work through trials and see how effective that is. they hope, they say, to have results by mid june. that, of course, will require further regulation, further testing. the big problem with vaccines is no matter how effective they are, you don't know long term what the impact potential might be. this is a top end university working and a major drug manufacturer saying they will step in to assess the manufacturing capabilities they would have in getting this out in the massive scale required. important, too, the universities say they and the drug company will do this at cost, not for profit, because of the scale of the emergency, rosemary. >> i also wanted to talk about
testing. as we just mentioned, of course it's been a problem all over the world getting enough testing out there for people, but understand that the u.k. has missed its target. what's going on there? >> likely to miss its target. there will be two key numbers there. both of which relate to testing. the first, the u.k. government's decision to change how they count the dead. it's always been people who have tested positive in hospital as part of the chilling daily toll. that went down and now it's back to an incredible 700 number. clearly too high for the government to feel comfortable. they adjusted that up to 26,000 for anybody who's died with a positive test around the country. there are also people who have not been tested. tests are incredibly hard to come by here. the government launched an
extraordinarily ambitious goal, by their standards, to get 100,000 tests a day done and that is one of the key main promises. they are short by tens of thousands. there's a time between what they are capable of doing and what they do on a daily basis. another challenge for the u.k. they simply don't know how many people have it. without greater transparency or visibility over something like that, it's very hard to make informed decisions about when you can start to ease the lockdown. that next key decision point may the 7th. just over a week away now. a lot of tough thinking to be done. the good news, the vaccine, yes, certainly there for mid jucne. greater problem for the numbers in the u.k. the sad fact, the 26,000 dead so far is not the full number. we may see more and weeks ahead we may overtake italy as the highest death toll in the group.
rosemary? >> the u.k. like the united states amid the countries in a great spot. nick peyton walsh joining us live from london. many thanks. after more than seven weeks under strict lockdown, the italian region is easing restrictions. starting thursday, businesses like bars, bakeries and pitts zer reas where tables can be out in the open will be allowed to serve customers. meanwhile, spain says facemasks will not be mandatory when the country begins its new normal though they are recommended. it outweighs new infections by nearly three to one. spain will soon start reopening its economy which will happen in four phases. you're watching "cnn newsroom." still to come, many happy returns and a new honor for a national hero as thousands wish
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flying over captain tom moore's home in the u.k. to mark his 100th birthday. the world war ii veteran captured the world's heart after raising more than $37 million for the u.k.'s national health service. perhaps i should say kernel tom moore. to celebrate his fundraising achievements, moore is being promoted to honorary colonel. he has also been represented his world war ii defense medal which he had lost, but as cnn's anna stewart reports, that's only a small part of his birthday celebrations. >> reporter: tens of thousands of cards filled a school hall. make shift sorting office near the home of someone very special. the messages simple and heart felt ♪ happy birthday to you >> you are our hero. >> war veteran captain tom moore captured the world's heart when he walked 100 laps of his garden ahead of his 100th birthday
raising tens of millions of pounds for nhs charities. since crossing that finish line -- >> congratulations. >> reporter: -- he's been nonstop opening a nightingale hospital in nottingham. >> seem to have more energy than i do. >> i enjoyed every minute of it. >> reporter: he's had a train named after him and he is the oldest person to hit number one in the record charts. ♪ and you're never more >> reporter: in honor of his birthday, the british royal mail are marking every letter sent in the u.k. with a special postm k postmark. this week thousands of those letters are destined for him. happy birthday, captain tom. anna stewart, cnn, london. isn't he marvelous. thanks for your company. stay safe. stay strong.
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hi. welcome to our viewers joining us here in the u.s. and around the world. i'm robyn curnow in the cnn news center in atlanta. just ahead on cnn -- >> a drug can block this virus. >> show of optimism for america's top health expert for an antiviral drug that could help patients fight the coronavirus. but as states push to reopen, health care