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business has the solutions to help you not just bounce back, but bounce forward. call or go online to find out more. it will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better. we are in the process of developing a strategy that's going to be very, very powerful. >> no real recognition of this massive surge and no indication that he's feeling any urgency to make a plan. >> for the first time in weeks, the daily death toll in the united states has passed 1,000 people. >> he recognized the mistakes that he has made and clearly it is a trump virus. >> california has surpassed new york as the u.s. state with the highest number of infections. >> we have to minimize the transmission of this disease.
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>> announcer: this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is "new day." it's wednesday, july 22nd, 6:00 here in new york. and the breaking news, more than 1,000 new deaths reported overnight from coronavirus. you can see from the chart there, except for a few days of data anomalies, this is a play the u.s. has not been since the beginning of june and it's the wrong place to be. more than 142,000 americans have now died. this morning, we're at near record hospitalizations. again, the wrong place to be. it comes as the president acknowledges the situation in america will get worse before it gets better. and the numbers tell us it is worse, now. some have noted the president spoke different words out loud than he has about coronavirus with a direct appeal to wear masks, but he also made a stunning admission about where the administration is in formulating a strategy to fight
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the pandemic. we a >> we are in the process of developing a strategy that's going to be very, very powerful. >> in the process of finding a strategy that's going to be very powerful. wasn't it the time for that several tens of thousands of deaths ago? >> and john, vice president pence is refusing to say whether he would have done anything differently during the course of this pandemic. he says his focus is solely on the future. this morning, this future looks challenging. california has surpassed new york as the state with the most cases. in south texas, one doctor says it's been a tsunami with medical staff stretched to the limit and starting to break down emotio l emotionally. we'll take you inside one south texas hospital later this hour. in arizona, doctors are rationing testing equipment, even as the trump administration sits on billions of dollars on unused money that congress had
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designated for testing and tracing. let's begin our coverage with cnn's jeremy diamond. he is life live at the white house. >> reporter: over the last month after, we have watched as cases have surged. president trump has been missing in leadership as these cases have surnlgd. instead, when he has addressed the pandemic, he has sought to downplay it or make false claims, claiming that testing is solely responsible for the increase in case. but yesterday, we saw a bit of a change from the president. he was on script after a lot of political pressure to address this situation. and the president for the first time in a while acknowledging that things will get worse before they get better. president trump held his first coronavirus briefing since april, a move that one senior campaign adviser says could help the president politically and surge lives among surging case numbers. >> some areas of our country are doing very well, others are
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doing less well. it will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better. something i don't like saying about things, but that's the way it is. >> reporter: trump appeared at the podium alone, without any of the nation's top health officials from the coronavirus task force. >> i was not invited up to this point. >> dr. birx is right outside. >> reporter: but he did bring this new message about masks, after months of refusing to wear one in public. >> we're asking everybody that when you are not able to socially distance, wear a mask. get a mask. whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact. they'll have an effect and we'll need everything we can get. >> reporter: for some, the president's apparent change of heart is far too late. >> if he had said months ago, let's wear masks, let's socially distance instead of having rallies and political-whatever-they-were,
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then more people would have followed his lead. he's the president of the united states. >> reporter: and with coronavirus cases surging in at least 26 states, hospitalizations rates moving close to what they were after the peak of the pandemic in april, and the u.s. recording over 1,000 deaths in a single day for the second time this month, trump once again making this claim. >> the virus will disappear. it will disappear. i think that -- i always like to say as, you know, either way, when you look at it. >> reporter: but health experts say that's just not true. >> it's unlikely to go away until we develop a significant amount of immunity on the planet. that's going to take years, even with the vaccine, that's going to take a long time to get to that point. >> reporter: dr. anthony fauci says there are some strategies people can use to help slow the spread of the virus. >> things like universal wearing of masks, close the bars, stay physically distant, outdoors better than indoors, wash your hands. the really fundamental things. it's not rocket science. >> reporter: the nation's top
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infectious disease expert also responding to this comment made by the president on sunday. >> he's a little bit of an alarmist. that's okay. >> i consider myself more a realist than an alarmist, but people do have their opinions other than that. i've always thought of myself as a realist when it comes to this. >> and in an interview yesterday with a local south carolina tv station, vice president mike pence was asked repeatedly whether he would do anything different in terms of this administration's response to the pandemic. three times he was asked that question and he refused to offer an answer, saying instead that his focus is completely on today and going forward. alisyn? >> jeremy, thank you very much for that report from the white house. also, developing overnight, california surpassing new york, becoming the state with the most coronavirus cases. the outbreak is so bad there that los angeles county is on the verge of shutting down again. cnn's stephanie elam is live in l.a. with the latest. what's the scene on the ground there, stephanie?
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>> good morning, alisyn. when you take a look at the positivity rate in the entire state of california, it is at about 7.5%. and it has been ticking higher. and it looks like it's going to continue to move higher. writ stands right now over this 14-day period. the state wanting to keep that number below 8%. but when you look at the number of cases here, the health secretary for the state saying that there is such an infusion of the infection going around, that it's being very difficult for them to contact trace and reach out to all of the people who may have been in contact with somebody, who has tested positive. when you look at that number and the fact that we are at this point where hospitalizations are at a record number, above 8,600 hospitalizations in the state right now, icu patients, those numbers continue to tick up incrementally. and also, 28 out of the last 30 days, we've seen an increase in that number of hospitalizations in california. now, here in los angeles county, which accounts for about 40% of all of what we're seeing in the state, these numbers continue to go up, as well.
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the case here announced yesterday were 2,741 announced here. what's interesting about this, though, they're saying 57% of the cases in los angeles county have been from people 41 years of age or younger. the positivity rate, 9.6%. and also, hospitalizations, third day in a row with them being above 2,200. their making it very clear, the reason why this virus is spreading is because of the behavior of younger people. it's driving infections for people over 65. 11% of all of the cases, but 65% of the death here in los angeles county. this is why it's been very clear from the mayor of los angeles that we are on the brink of another shutdown when you look at these numbers. just to put in perspective the idea of california versus new york and the fact that california has overtaken that sad record there that we saw in new york, keep in mind, that california has twice the number of residents as new york state does. and their death rate, as far as how many people have died in new york state has been over 32,000.
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here in california, it's closer to the 8,000 mark. just to put that all into perspective, alisyn. >> that's really helpful context. thank you very much, stephanie. with more than 142,000 americans killed by coronavirus, how is there still no federal plan? president trump, yesterday, said he's in the process of developing a strategy. when will we hear what that is? that's next. ta-da! did you know liberty mutual customizes your car insurance so you only pay for what you need? given my unique lifestyle, that'd be perfect! let me grab a pen and some paper. know what? i'm gonna switch now. just need my desk... my chair... and my phone.
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is. >> we are in the process of developing a strategy that's going to be very, very powerful. >> joining us now, cnn political analyst, david gregory and william haseltine. professor, haseltine, i want to start with you. yes, the president used different words than he has before on the status of the pandemic, saying it's going to get worse before it gets better. he used his least ambiguous language yet on masks and that's a good thing. but the admission you just heard there that the administration is in the process of formulating a strategy and it's going to be great, why the wait? >> well, we know what the strategy has been. it's been to, in his own words, ride the sucker through. it's a dramatic underestimate of the power of this virus. and to wait for a vane accine a for a drug.
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we know that's not going to come soon enough for schools opening and soon enough for a lot of people. we've heard a lot of the vaccine experts yesterday talk about maybe in september. well, ken fraser, the head of merck, has called that irresponsible. that is not what people should be talking about, because they're underestimating, in my opinion, this virus. we cannot underestimate it. there are many things that we can do that are strategies that other people have done, all over the world, and even in new york to control this infection. we have strategies that work. we just aren't yet implementing them here. actually, almost to the contrary. >> and i do want to get to those strategies in a second. but first, david, let's talk a little bit more about this white house briefing, because it is so striking to see such a different president trump. so here's somebody who is sober, he's reading off notes, he's staying on message, he's not veering off into strange lands
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of suggesting that people inject themselves with detergent or whatever it was, disinfectant, so what do you think of the -- obviously, dr. fauci, dr. birx, dr. redfield weren't there. what do you think the effect of these new white house briefings will be? >> well, i think, unfortunately, in the president's mind, and so often in our evaluation of it, it's performance heart. how did he do? how did he seem? what was his tone like? the bar is so low, he speaks a little bit more forcefully about wearing masks. we say, oh, well, that's a good thing, that's a real sign of progress. i think it's an admission on the part of the white house and the federal government led by the president that, indeed, things will get worse before they get better. and the why they will get worse is what we've been scrutinizing over the many weeks now. so, you know, again, i would love to see the public health experts out in front, without
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the president calling dr. fauci an alarmist, because the remedies, we know what they are. we know what the strategy should be. it takes collective action. and i still think it's striking that there's so much we don't know or can't get our arms around with regard to the virus. and i think the president has got to be the one to lead that. he can't leave it to the states where there's a patchwork, he's still got to lead. >> that's right. it's not about tone, it's about results. it's about plans, it's about, what are you doing. and to that end, professor haseltine, after i spoke to you last night, i spoke to an emergency room doctor in arizona who told me they are rationing tests in emergency rooms in arizona. they do not have enough tests to give to everybody, so they've got to pick and choose who gets the tests and people who are dying who almost definitely have coronavirus, who are never being tested. there are billions of dollars in unspent funds, already appropriated, for testing, that
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haven't been used yet. so what does that tell you? >> well, it tells you that we aren't coordinated and we haven't been from the very beginning. in any epidemic, you need leadership, you need governance, and you need social solidarity. and the u.s. has been sorely lacking on all three. i hope what's happening now is a clarion call to repair the damage. it isn't going to be soon enough to save these lives, but it could be soon enough to save another 100,000 or several hundred thousand lives. we need to start acting now. >> on that note, professor haseltine, since president trump says they're now working on a strategy, can you just give us the top three things that they could do today to turn this around? >> well, the first thing that they can do is have a leadership that talks about this in realistic terms. and it's something that is
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showing that each person has to do their own part. the second is a centralized federal program to provide the assistance, the education, and the money and tools necessary to the local public services to make sure that this happens. that is really what we need. and it's been clear all along that that's what we need. all the while, supporting research to the max to make sure that if there is a chance for great drugs and great vaccines, we're making the best use of that chance. >> david, you had something you wanted to say? >> it just seems so obvious, too, that as a country, we have to be wearing masks. we have to find a way to live with this virus. at a time when we're balancing reopening carefully, and much more carefully than we've done in certain parts of the country that are seeing this resurgence. also, what was lacking yesterday was a kind of centralized
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federal plan to assist states who are going to make local decisions about how and when to reopen schools. this is coming up for families, very quickly, within weeks, and there's no plan. coercion is not a plan. forcing schools to reopen is not a plan. i encourage pushing schools to try to reopen in as safe a way as possible, because the need is so great. but there aren't the resources there, there's not the coordination, as the professor says, that's what's vitally necessary right now. >> so david, there was a stunning moment that had nothing to do with the pandemic at this news conference, when the president was asked about the case involving ghislaine maxwell, the friend of jeffrey epstein, who is charged with assisting his sex trafficking ring. i want to therelisten to what t president said about this accused felony. >> i want to wish her well. i've met her numerous times over the years since i lived in palm beach and i guess they lived in
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palm beach, but i wish her well, whatever it is. >> "i wish her well." wow, david. >> i mean, how many times would it be a much better idea not to comment. we have covered presidents who have said, you know, really not appropriate for me to comment on a case that's being investigated, a lurid, disgusting set of crimes that she's accused of. ea she's entitled to a fair process. but for the president of the united states to comment at all, including wish her well, i'm sure his advisers wish he hadn't. there's so many areas where a president should say, just not appropriate for me to weigh in and cause news on this. i don't think the president has ever grasped or cared to grasp that what the president of the united states says reverberates much more widely that average people. >> and has legal implications. will she take it as a message from the president of the united states, who has pardon power, among other things. >> and who has a track record now of intervening in cases
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where he has personal favor. >> david gregory, professor william haseltine, thanks so much for being with us this morning. >> thank you. there are serious rifts brewing on capitol hill between the white house and republicans over money for testing and money to get in people's pockets. and then there's infighting even beyond that among republicans. so what's going on up there, next. ♪ come on in, we're open. ♪ all we do is hand you the bag. simple. done. we adapt and we change. you know, you just figure it out.
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this pandemic. you can see how divided republicans are as millions of americans wait for help. joining us now, manu raju. this is in an interesting place, manu. republicans can't figure out where they want to be on unemployment benefits, on the payroll tax cut, on testing and tracing, there's infighting. >> and this has been going on behind closed doors for weeks. one of the reasons why republicans did not advance their own proposal weeks ago is because of the fact that their conference is just simply not on the same page. you have people like ted cruz and rand paul who believe they're spending way too much money. rand paul emerged from that lunch yesterday and said he thought the white house and what senate republicans were talking about was similar to a quote, bernie brothers meeting. he says they're trying to, quote, ruin the country. and you have people who are up for re-election in difficult races like a cory gardner of colorado and susan collins of maine who want to deal with more
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government intervention here to stimulate the economy. and on top of that, you have clear division between the white house and senate republicans over some of the central planks, particularly things like the white house is pushing, like the president's call for a payroll tax break, which has virtually no sport upport or very little support among top republicans like john cornyn of texas and chuck grassley of iowa, who don't believe that a payroll tax cut is the way to go. and the white house has been skeptical about spending more money on testing because of money that still exists from the march stimulus. several billion dollars has not been spent. republicans want more money to be spent on testing. and also pushback about whether or not to make money for schools contingent on schools reoepenin. that's been a big push from the white house in the last several days, but several republicans have told me they simply will not be on board with that. and mitt romney told me yesterday that that will ultimately not be in the republican plan, which is about
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to have $165 billion worth of money schools. they'll have to reckon that with democrats who have a $3 trillion package and much more -- much different on the details. so they're just worried about getting the republicans on the same page. then they actually have to try to cut a deal with democrats and get it through both chambers, get it signed by the president in the middle of this election year. so it shows you how difficult things are. we're in the early stages and republicans are still trying to get on the same page. >> and things are getting testy. people -- it seems like tempers are flaring. there was this flare-up yesterday between congressman ted oyoho and ocasio-cortekroz ocasio-cortez where a colleague of yours from the hill heard him use a profanity about her. and here's her tweet. "i never spoke to congressman yoho before he decided to accost
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me on the steps of the nation's capitol yesterday. believe it or not, i usually get along fine with my republican colleagues. we know how to check our legislative sparring at the committee door. but, hey, blanks get it done," which is just half of what he allegedly called her. any insight into all of this, manu? >> reporter: it was a pretty remarkable exchange that mike lewis, a reporter for the hill newspaper, who was standing outside at the capitol and apparently was in the right place at the right time for a reporter, because he witnessed this rather testy exchange, as they were voting in the house. yoho went up to her and said, you're out of your freaking mind and called her, quote, disgusting. she responded by saying that he was being rude. it was in reference to past remarks that she had made regarding the unemployment situation, the rise of the coronavirus pandemic in her district. and then as he walked away, that's when he dropped a
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profanity that i won't repeat here on air, but it was certainly not a nice thing to say. she apparently did not hear him say that, but the reporter heard him say those words. he later denied calling her that swear word, but said that he used a different word, which is also something that we shouldn't repeat here, at 6:00 a.m. on the east. but nevertheless, it was a very testy exchange. ted yoho is a very conservative congressman. someone who actually does not wear a mask around the capitol. one of the few house republicans who doesn't wear a mask in the capitol. in fact, several weeks ago when i caught up with him and asked him why he doesn't wear a mask, he said, there's just no need to. he told me that because of, quote, herd immunity, the only way you're going to get it is to get exposed. but of course, there is no herd immunity for the coronavirus in
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this moment. but nevertheless, a rather remarkable exchange between him and the progressive firebrand, alexandria ocasio-cortez. >> he called her an f'ing "b," is what the reporter heard. and i think it's important that people know that, that one congressman said to another congresswoman, and it's appalling. behind closed doors in the house conference, serious infighting between liz cheney, who is the number three on the republican house side and members of the freedom caucus who seem to be after her. >> and she is the most senior ranking woman in the republican leadership on the house side, and she was the victim of sort of a pile-on, because of her essentially perceived disloyalty for the president, because she has split with the president on some key issues. one of them involving the variety of things such as pulling back troops from afghanistan and from germany, as well as talking about masks. she tweeted an image several
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weeks ago of her father, the former vice president, dick cheney, wearing a mask saying real men wear masks. and that was before the president yesterday embraced it the way he did. and she also voiced her support for dr. fauci. all of those things came up through the course of this very contentious meeting on capitol hill, in which republicans called her out for that. they also called her out for supporting a primary challenge to another sitting congressman, thomas massey of kentucky. and it was mostly members of the conservative house freedom caucus, roughly seven of them or so, but even some prominent members,like jim jordan of ohio. also someone like matt gaetz who called on her. i caught up with liz cheney and asked her about it. and she said, they're all on the same page. they all want joe biden to lose. she said she and thomas massey are in a, quote, good place.
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but after i talked to her, donald trump jr. decided to weigh in and he tweeted, we already have one mitt romney, we don't need another. and we also don't need the endless wars she advocates for. and she was asked about that at a news conference later in the day and said that donald trump jr. is not a member of the house republican conference and the house republican leadership, kevin mccarthy, offered his support for her. but all of this points to the sign that loyalty to the president is essential in republican politics these days, particularly in house republican politics. and if you step out of line, some of the president's allies are going to come after you. guys? >> yes, we are seeing that, writ large. manu raju, thank you very much for all of the reporting from capitol hill there. >> thank you. so china is vowing to retaliate after the u.s. ordered them to close this consulate in houston. the state department has just issued a blistering statement about what led to this moment, so we have a live report from beijing for you, next.
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news right now, but moments ago, the u.s. state department is accusing china of a massive illegal spying operation and ordering beijing to close this consulate that you see in houston. china now threatening to retaliate. cnn's david culver is live in beijing with this breaking news. what have you learned, david? >> reporter: alisyn, we know tensions between the u.s. and china have been rising over the past month. i can tell you this is now putting it a whole new level. this escalates things rapidly. chinese foreign ministry says this will sabotage u.s./china relations. let me show you some of these images of houston. this is the chinese caonsulate and it's scheduled to be closed by orders of the united states state department. the chinese are not happy with this, but the u.s. state department is releasing a statement explaining why they're going about this. i'm going to read you that statement here or at least part of it. they say the people's republic of china has engaged for years in massive illegal spying and
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influence operations throughout the united states against u.s. government officials and american citizens. these activities have increased markedly in scale and scope over the past few years. they go on to accuse china of interfering in domestic u.s. politics, as well. a significant accusation there. so what is china doing in response? i'm going to play you a little bit from the foreign ministry and the spokesperson there who addressed it just a few hours ago. take a listen. >> translator: on july 21st, the u.s. abruptly demanded that china's consulate general in houston cease all events. it is a political provocation unilaterally launched by the u.s. side which seriously breaks the agreement between the china and the u.s. china strongly condemns such an outrageous and unjustified move which will sabotage china/u.s.
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relations. >> we have seen this back and forth between the u.s. and china and the u.s. issuing sanctions against u.s. officials and dealings with stripping hong kong of its special trade status because of the national security law that was imposed there, with xingjanuary. but the chinese, while they respond with similar sanctions, they've usually just had rhetoric going against the u.s. this may now result in significant action on their part. already in state media, we're seeing calls for china to respond by doing something similar, like closing a u.s. consulate. there are five u.s. consulates here in the mainland, one in hong kong. so it's possible, and reuters is suggesting it may be the one in wuhan, but it's possible that could be the next step from the chinese side. but it is very likely that they will respond to this in some manner, john. >> needless to say, we are watching that very closely over the course of the morning. david culver, we're lucky to have you there. please keep us posted on this
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breaking news. so new unrest in the streets of portland, oregon overnight. protesters squared off over federal agents. the uproar growing louder over the trump administration using federal officers, perhaps beyond the scope of the law, for arrests and actions that are legally within the realm of local authorities, not to mention what some people see as heavy-handed tactics. the head of homeland security, the acting secretary, is defending the tactics, saying that they are proactively arresting demonstrators. i had a chance to speak to portland's mayor overnight, and he had this message for the protester protesters. >> my message is, you've been heard. thank you for calling out the administration for what it's doing. it's unconstitutional, an affront to democracy, but let's stay safe and remember we're in the midst of a pandemic, it's time to end it. >> mayor ted wheeler blames the trump administration for what he says is exacerbating the situation. police in chicago
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investigating a shooting outside of a funeral on tuesday night. at least 14 people were injured after gunfire from a car. chicago's mayor now says the city will cooperate with the trump administration's deployment of federal agents to help fight violent crime, but that they will be vigilant about any abuses. cnn's omar jiminez is live in chicago. explain the mayor's about-face here. >> that's right, alisyn. let's start with that shooting. 14 people were injured in what was essentially a shoot-out at a funeral home on chicago's south side. a black car came speeding in, opened fire on the attendees there, while people, some of them, fired back at that car until that car crashed and people ran off. now, it is the latest grim headline in what has been a summer and really a year of grim headlines when it comes to gun violence here in chicago with both murder and shootings up close to 50% compared to this time last year. and it's tied to that rise in
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violence crime that the trump administration is planning to send additional federal resources here to the city, which as we understand, is going to come in the form of fbi, dea, and atf. to use chicago mayor lori lightfoot's words, these are resources that are going to fold into agencies they already work with to try to suppress violent crime in the city. so she says it's an effort she's going to cooperate with for now. the "for now" comes from an initial wariness about what exactly the role of these federal agents would be. she says now based on the information she has as the moment, she does not expect a portland-style unnamed vehicle-type of deployment and she says she's been given assurances that will not happen. now, this dynamic is not unique to chicago. there are over a dozen mayors of cities across this country that have written a letter to the trump administration expressing their concern and their disagreement with an effort to deploy federal resources to the
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streets of their cities. and these same mayors are also calling on congressional leadership to investigate what they are describing as a unilateral move by the trump administration to impose their will on their cities. john, alisyn? >> omar, thank you very much for that report. so coming up, we're going to take you inside a south texas hospital that is overwhelmed with coronavirus patients. >> i have never had to sign this many death certificates i have been signing the last couple of weeks. >> the human toll of this pandemic, next. (vo) the time is coming for us to get out and go again. to visit all the places we didn't know meant so much. but we're all going at our own speed. at enterprise, peace-of-mind starts with our complete clean pledge, curbside rentals and low-touch transactions. with so many vehicles of so many kinds, you can count on us to help you get everywhere you want to go... again. whenever you're ready, we're ready for you.
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new this morning, texas is reporting record hospitalizations from coronavirus. south texas in particular has seen a dramatic increase in cases. one doctor describes the region as, quote, a hot spot in a hot spot in a hot spot. cnn's ed lavendera live in dallas with more. hidalgo county among others in south texas, ed, having such problems this morning. >> right, within this hot spot of texas, hidalgo county is one
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of the areas of great concern. and you know, this pandemic is taking its toll on so many people, on resources, and especially those human beings on the front lines who are living this pandemic nightmare. this is a daily routine for dr. frederico vallejo, a critical care pulmonologist. when he gets dressed, it looks like he's getting ready to be launched into another world. that's exactly what it looks like in the covid-19 unit of a south texas hospital. >> it's overwhelming, it's a name we're seeing right now. >> reporter: coronavirus patients have filled the hospital where dr. vallejo works. on most days, he's treating about 70 different patients. four to five times more than he usually sees in a single day. >> i have never had to sign this many death tercertificates. talking to these families has been very, very difficult. >> can you describe the
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suffering you've seen among these patients. >> they will have trouble with their breathing and when it happens, it's heartbreaking. it is so difficult to watch them maybe saying good-bye to their relatives by speaking on the phone and saying, i don't know what's going to happen next. i see nurses crying all the time. i see doctors breaking down all the time. but that is what we do. >> reporter: south texas is the covid-19 hot spot inside the texas hot spot. health officials are warning that hospital bed and icu space are running out. nursing and doctor teams are stretched to the limit. >> do you feel when you walk into these covid units that it's like a parallel universe? >> it's definitely a parallel universe. if they only few what lurked behind those walls, if they could only have x-ray vision and see the pain and the suffering. >> reporter: dr. ivan melendez is the hidalgo county health authority based in mcallen texas. he says the covid units are
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filled with the sound of patients gasping for air, many needing ventilators and gut-wrenching conversations. >> you have people telling you, doc, please don't put me on that, please don't put me on that, and you struggle because that's what they need, and finally they give up and they say, go ahead, but you know, you may be the last person that i ever talk to, so please tell my family, tell my parents, tell my kids that i love them and that i fought hard. >> it's a necklace with his ashes. >> reporter: jessica ortiz says her twin brother fought the virus for almost two weeks. the 27-year-old worked as a security guard at a jewelry store. >> it hurts, for someone that was there for you. sorry. >> reporter: he died on july 3rd. >> he fought long and hard. we honor you. >> reporter: at the funeral, friends and family paid their respects through a plastic shield over the casket. there was a fear his body still
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might be contagious. >> he meant the world. i just wish it wasn't him. i wish i had him with me, because he didn't live his life yet. >> reporter: jessica is left with this last image of his brother, a screen recording of one of their last conversations. jubal ortiz, waving good-bye. >> ed, what these families are going through, what these doctors are going through, it's heartbreaking. it's just heartbreaking. >> and ed, i mean, i'm sorry to interrupt, but what you just showed us, i hadn't seen yet. it's hard five months in to every day report on this and see new things. the idea of what funerals look like now, as well as him being aware that he was in his last moments and waving good-bye. >> yeah, i think that's the part that is so hard for most people to handle, is that they can't be there.
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you have nurses and doctors who are used to seeing, they're telling us, are used to seeing people in these horrible situations, but many times, they're the ones facilitating these last moments, because family members can't be there. and you know, that shield over the casket, you know, medical experts have told us that there's no evidence to suggest that people are still contagious after they've passed away, but it really speaks to that fear, the duanxiety, the uncertainty about everything that is going on with these pour families that are having to deal with this. and it all happens so suddenly. you're talking to your loved ones one moment and within a couple of days, they very well could be gone. >> and dr. vallejo says he has never had to sign so many death certificates. ed lavendera, thank you so much for shining a light on this. it's important that people see what's going on. >> coming up in minutes, i'll speak with the hidalgo county judge richard cortez about his stay-at-home order that the governor is trying to keep from
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the shark vacmop, a complete clean all in one pad. stoiifling heat is not the only challenge facing the northeast this morning. severe storms also on the way. chad myers has our forecast. what does it look like, chad? >> alisyn, i think we could see severe weather into d.c., philadelphia, all the way to new york city by later on today. this weather is brought to you by the shark vac mop. a complete all-in-one disposable pad. it's hot, it's humid, it's the summertime and this is when severe weather pops up, especially when there's a front around. it's a cold front that will affect from upstate new york through the poconos, all the way down to roanoke and richmond,
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virginia. this is a simulation of what the radar, the computer model thinks the radar will look like. 3:00 to 5:00, d.c., you are under the gun for severe weather. lots of lightning, even some street flooding. by 10:00, getting closer to the big cities. and still lingering through the morning hours, but not as severe as we'll have later on today. it's hot, it's humid, it's sticky. heat indexes going to be somewhere around 105 in many of the areas here because the heat and humidity added together. now, at this time on monday, we had 62 million people in warnings. right now, that number is much, much smaller and certainly not as many warnings today, but it heats back up all the way to 95 by sunday in new york city. that's a hot time in the city. >> you don't scare me, chad. you don't scare me. i can handle it. thank you very much for all of that. and "new day" continues right now. >> i do think it's going to get worse before it gets better. we are still going to see issues related to hospitalizations and
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deaths in the coming days. >> for the first time in two weeks, the daily death toll in the united states has passed 1,000. >> we're asking everybody, when you are not able to socially distance, wear a mask. whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact. >> it's a good thing they finally said we need masks, but it is far, far short of what we need. >> i had two deaths yesterday where i chose not to test them because we had to ration or nasal swabs. >> it really is patchy. it isn't as uniform as we would like. as a whole, we need to improve it. >> announcer: this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and all around the world. we begin with breaking news. more than 1,000 new coronavirus deaths reported overnight. the u.s. has not seen a number that high since the beginning of june. more than 142,000 americans have now been


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