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hello and welcome to our viewers, here, in the united states, and all around the world. i'm michael holmes. you are watching cnn "newsroom." now, i want to get straight to our stop top story. for the second time in just three months, the u.s. mourning the loss of a capitol police officer killed in the line of duty. he died, after a knife-wielding attacker rammed a car into a
barricade. flags, now, being flown at half staff at, both, the capitol and the white house, in the officer's honor. another officer was wounded in the attack. the suspect was killed. jessica dean, with the latest on where things stand. >> reporter: the united states capitol, on high alert, again. as another attack left one capitol police officer dead, and another injured. >> the suspect rammed his car into two of our officers. >> reporter: a 25-year-old suspect, noah green, rammed this blue sedan into a barricade at the capitol building striking two officers before exiting that vehicle and charging at the officers with a knife. >> the suspect did start lunging toward u.s. capitol police officers. at which time, u.s. capitol police officers fired upon the suspect. >> reporter: a law-enforcement official, telling cnn, one officer was stabbed. >> it is, with a very, very
heavy heart that, i announce, one of our officers has succumb to his injuries. >> william billy evans, an 18-year veteran of the force is the second capitol police officer to die on duty in just the last-three months. house speaker nancy pelosi calling him a, quote, martyr for our democracy. and president biden ordering flags at the white house to be lowered, at half staff. this afternoon's attack bringing back memories of the january-6th insurrection. just as security measures were ramping down, with fences being removed around the capitol. >> what it shows is that there are people out there that want to hurt us. and so, we got to do more and we got to do better. >> reporter: authorities are still working to determine a motive, in all of this. but we know, in the weeks before the attack, the suspect had posted, to social media, about losing his job. about medical issues. and also, about his fear that the government had targeted him for, what he called, mind
control. jessica dean, cnn, capitol hill. lawmakers, offering messages of condolences for the fallen officer. the senate-democratic leader, chuck schumer, tweeted this quote. for his service to our capitol, everyone who serves at and visits our capitol, and our country, we will be forever indebted to officer evans, who was killed today defending them. to his family, to his fellow officers, and to everyone, who knew and loved him. and senate-republican leader, mitch mcconnell, writing, quote, i am heartbroken that officer evans was killed, today, in the line of duty. on good -- this good friday, let's all pray for the healing for the surviving officer, comfort for officer evans's family, and for all the officers and families of the united states capitol police. now, i want to bring in cnn law-enforcement contributor, steve moore in los angeles. he is a retired-fbi supervisory
special agent. thanks -- thanks for being with us. i mean, first of all, what -- what will investigators want to learn about this man, from those social-media posts? which, pretty clearly, spoke of some sort of illness. you know, government-mind control and so on. what are they going to be doing? >> what they're going to be doing is trying to rule out any -- any conspiracy with anybody else. any political motive for this. and i know, it sounds like a political motive. but, what it's going to boil down to, i believe, based on the evidence we have so far, is that we are dealing with somebody who was severely-mentally ill. and acted, on that basis. >> how significant, do you think it is, that the target was the capitol? i mean, a lot of talk that the january-6th insurrection has -- has sort of made the seed of government more of a target, than, perhaps, it was, anyway. do you -- do you think there is an argument in that? >> well, i think, the problem is that the capitol building,
itself, is going to be a lightning rod, for both sides. i mean, this was farthest from a right-wing attack you can get. this person was allegedly a follower of lewis faracon. a black separatist. so what this proves people from the far left and the far right and people with mental illness, in between, are all going to see this as a target. much like al qaeda viewed the world-trade center, as a symbol of america. this, now, the capitol building, has become a lightning rod for people, on both sides. >> i -- i guess, you know, in some ways, when we look -- and -- and the loss of life is horrible. but, you know, the end of the day, the attacker was stopped. and -- and security protocols worked, despite the loss of life. i mean, the barriers went up. the police acted as they should. does it indicate, to you, any security holes for the capitol? or are there just some things you can't protect against?
>> well, i think, it indicates that, yes. we have very robust security measures, at least up to this point. we don't know how big a threat we have out there. and the capitol police are going to have to deal with potentially-larger threats. what i would like to see and what i think this pointed out is it that there is a need for more safety for the officers. and -- and i'm -- i understand that capitol police. this is coming at them new, in a much more vivid way than it's coming at us. but had those officers had some kind of cover, without being, literally, physically, at a place where they could be assaulted. they -- we might've had a different outcome. please, don't take that as criticism of -- of capitol police. but we -- as we found out, after 9/11, we have to adapt to every, new attack. >> yeah. yeah. and this was, in many ways, a
low-tech attack. a car and a knife. i guess, in the bigger picture, how -- how do you balance keeping open as much as possible, what is a symbol of american democracy? and -- and balance that, with the need to keep it safe? you know, is it even possible to fortify, to the point where it would not have any practical vulnerabilities. there's always going to be an entrance, somewhere. >> right. and you are absolutely right, with that. but we found out with -- with terrorism that we couldn't stop airline travel. but we could make it safe enough, to where an attack became a remote possibility. not an impossibility. but a remote possibility. and i think, it is important enough that our symbol of democracy is open. and accessible to the very people of the democracy. so that -- so that we actually win on that. we don't let somebody shut it down for us.
so, i think, it's important. and i think we are going to have to advance the state of the art so that we can keep it open. and at the same time, keep people safe. it -- it cannot be done, 100%. but it can be well-up there, into the 90s and close to 100. >> hmm. steve moore, really appreciate your time and your expertise. thanks so much. >> thank you, michael. well, baseball's all-star game won't be played in atlanta, this summer, as planned. it is the most dramatic response, yet, to georgia's sweeping-new election law. mlb commissioner, rob manfred, said this quote. major league baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box. now, lebron james, who is now part owner of the boston red sox. he tweeted out, quote, proud to call myself a part of the mlb family, today. but the atlanta braves say they are, quote, deeply disappointed.
adding, this was neither our decision, nor our recommendation. the team says it had hoped our city could use this event as a platform to enhance the discussion. republican governor brian kemp, who signed that controversial law, of course, ripped the decision. saying, the league, in his words, caved to fear, political opportunism, and liberal lies. now, the game will still honor braves' legend hank aaron, who died back in january. but no word, yet, on where the all-star game will now be held. hall-of-fame broadcaster, bob costas, who is a cnn contributor, says this is the latest example of sports leagues and fairness, equity, and politics. >> until relatively recently, baseball was not as apt as a sport to weigh in on social issues, as perhaps the nba, the wnba, the nfl. but that all changed.
i mean, last year was obviously a time of reckoning, and it continues. there is a players' alliance now, in baseball. made up, primarily, of players of color. primarily, african-american players but also widely supported by white players around major league baseball. so, there are still some people who are going to stay stick to sports. stick to sports. >> bob costas there. now, authorities in taiwan say they believe they have rescued everyone trapped inside the wreckage of that deadly-train crash. but they are, still, searching, just in case. at least 50 people were killed. more than 150, injured, friday morning when this train, packed full of people, traveling ahead of a public holiday, derailed inside a tunnel. the impact ripping carriages apart and trapping dozens of people inside. grieving families gathered at a morgue to honor the dead. government officials say they are still working to ident if som
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the prosecution in the derek chauvin murder trial, has, so far, presented a case filled with emotion and graphic video of the day george floyd died. with top-police brass rejecting the notion that the former-police officer's actions, on that day, were, in any way, reasonable. cnn's omar jimenez reports. >> reporter: the theme of a shortened-day five of testimony was training. >> have you ever, in all the years you have been working for the minneapolis police department, been trained to kneel on the neck of someone, who is handcuffed behind their
back, in a prone position? >> no, i haven't. that would be the top tier, the deadly force. >> why? >> because of the fact that if -- if your knee is on a person's neck, that can kill 'em. >> reporter: 35-year veteran, lieutenant richard zimmerman, who said he served longer than any other officer in the minneapolis police department, testified to the risks of restraining a suspect, the way george floyd was held. >> what is your, you know, your view of that use of force, during that time period? >> totally, unnecessary. once a person is cuffed, you need to turn 'em on their side. or have 'em sit up. you need to get them off their chest. your muscles are pulling back, when you're handcuffed. and if you are laying on your chest, that's constricting your breathing, even more. >> reporter: it was even something former-officer derek chauvin was asked about, in the
moment, by former-officer thomas lane. during cross examination, the defense, pointing out the differences between a patrol officer and zimmerman's role, as a homicide detective. largely, investigative, in nature, despite annual-defense training. >> the frequency with which you have to use higher levels of force, as an investigator, doesn't happen all that often, right? >> correct. >> it would not be within your normal role or job duties to do such a use-of-force analysis, right? >> that's correct. >> reporter: zimmerman's testimony comes, on the tail end of a week filling in gaps of what happened on may 25th, 2020. including, what happened when medical personnel arrived. >> i thought he was dead. >> reporter: painful testimony about what it was like, in the moment that day, just steps away from floyd. >> i feel helpless. >> reporter: an insight into how
derek chauvin interpreted what had just happened. >> control this guy because he's a sizeable guy. >> yeah. >> looks like -- looks like he is a he pprobably on something. >> reporter: all of it, stemming from an excruciating, 9 minutes and 29 seconds, of a knee to the neck, that according to friday testimony should have ended much earlier. >> the ambulance will get there, in whatever amount of time. and in that time period, you need to provide medical assistance before they arrive. >> jessica levinson is a professor of law at loyola law school and host of the passing judgment podcast. she joins me, now, from los angeles. good to see you, professor. so, on friday, had this veteran police officer certainly making an impression by saying that derek chauvin's actions were totally unnecessary. he said, they were uncalled for. that was, on top of testimony from other officers.
certainly, didn't seem to help the defense. how impactful have these witnesses been? >> oh, hugely impactful. i think, the prosecution has done a really good job, with these witnesses. of proving their theory of the case. and again, the prosecution's theory of the case is, essentially, threefold. one, officer chauvin used excessive force. two, that excessive force was a substantial cause of george floyd's death. and, three, that they can prove this, beyond a reasonable doubt. now, that -- those are the facts and the law. but the jurors are humans. and to hear this testimony, i think, is hugely consequential. again, from a veteran law-enforcement officer, as you said. saying, look, i'm an expert. this was not appropriate. and also, from the other witnesses, just hearing about their survivor's guilty. hearing about how wrenching it's been for them, for the past-almost year. this has been a really good week for the prosecution. >> so, you -- what -- what,
then, would be the best defense for chauvin? given what we have heard, today. what might his team's best strategy be? >> well, i think that officer chauvin is going to try and disprove the three things that the prosecution, obviously, is going to try and prove. show that, in fact, he will say this wasn't excessive force. that george floyd was really giving him a very difficult time. that he had to subdue george floyd. he's going to try and say he was not, in fact, the substantial cause of george floyd's death. that actually, it was george floyd's pre-existing conditions and the fact that drugs were found in his system. and he's -- the defense is, also, i think, going to spend a lot of time educating the jury on the fact it has a very different role than the prosecution. the prosecution has to build this case, from the ground, up. and show proof, beyond a reasonable doubt. the defense just has to get one of the 12 jurors to have some
reasonable doubt. not to say, i don't think that officer chauvin did it. but to say, i have at least a reasonable doubt, as to whether or not it rises to the level of, either, second-or-third-degree murder. or second-degree manslaughter. so i think we are going to hear a lot from the defense about causation. a lot about what reasonable doubt is. >> you know, what -- it was interesting, too, the prosecution's strategy. i think, one thing that was notable was -- was sort of making sure the potential negatives, such as past-drug use by -- by george floyd was raised by them, and not the defense. sort of, getting ahead of that. was that smart? >> so smart. i talked to my students about this. there will never be a case, in which you have only-good facts. so, if you have, quote/unquote, bad facts. if you have something that you think might be helpful for the other side. you want to be the one to bring it up. you want to be the one to frame the narrative. you want to be the one to say, we know this happened.
but here's why we still win. and i think, the prosecution has, absolutely, head on, said we know that george floyd had a history of addiction problems. we know that there were drugs in his system. and we know that, that did not mean that officer chauvin didn't use excessive force. and that, it didn't mean that officer chauvin wasn't the substantial cause of this. the prosecution, i think, has done a very good job of having a really consistent theory of the case. and again, really, depriving the defense of the ability to say, ah-ha! bad facts. because the jury will say, yeah, i already heard that from the prosecution. and i don't know. maybe, it doesn't sound that -- >> yeah, yeah, good point. you know, next week, they are still drawing up the final list. but the chief of police will be among them. i mean, how important is that for, both, defense and prosecution? the chief of police? >> i think, just -- it's exactly your question. i mean, the fact that he has
that title, i think, will carry a lot of weight with the jury. and so, how important is it? at this point, i don't think that the entire case hinges on his testimony. but i think, just by virtue of who he is and the title he holds. and the experience that he has. that will be important. and the prosecution, i think, one of the things that it did, from the very beginning, that was so consequential is they said we are going to play that video, from start to finish. and they have said to the jury, the entire time, you can believe your eyes. you can trust yourself. and now, they're bringing in witnesses to reinforce what they are telling the jury they saw and that they can trust. and the chief of police will just be another one of those very important witnesses. >> as you -- as you say, building blocks of the case. jessica levinson, always great to see you. thank you so much. >> thank you. and now, an update on the investigation of the republican congressman, matt gaetz.
federal investigators, looking into his relationships with young women. now, the threads they're following with pretty complex. but sources say, one issue is whether federal-campaign money was used to pay for travel and expenses for the women. cnn's paula reid with the latest. >> reporter: the federal investigation into florida congressman matt gaetz for possible prostitution and sex-trafficking crimes, including an alleged relationship with a minor. now, centering around his friendship with this man. joel greenberg. >> it really is an honor to be here today. >> reporter: in addition, investigators believe greenberg, a former-seminole county, florida, tax collector, recruited multiple women online for sex. and that he introduced the women, who received cash payments, to gaetz who had sex with them, too, according to "the new york times." "the times" said it reviewed apple pay and cashapp receipts, that show gaetz and greenberg made payments to one of the
women. and one payment from greenberg, to a different woman. in a statement, gaetz' office said, matt gaetz has never paid for sex. matt gaetz refutes all the disgusting allegations, completely. >> providing for flights and hotel rooms for people that you're dating, who are of legal age, is not a crime. >> reporter: but a source, telling cnn, investigators are examining, whether any federal-campaign money was involved in paying for travel and expenses for the women. gaetz and greenberg have been friends for years. posting photos together. and gaetz even telling a local-radio station that greenberg would make a good member of congress in 2017. >> if joel were to run from seminole county, i think he becomes the next congressman from the seventh district. >> the duo, according to a florida lawmaker, leaving an unsolicited voicemail on her cellphone. she gave a recording of the message to cnn. >> your favorite u.s.
congressman, mr. gates. >> hi, anna. >> and we were just chatting about you and talking about your lovely qualities. >> we think you are the future of the democratic party in florida. >> reporter: additionally, information that may connect gaetz to a fake-i.d. scheme at the center of greenberg's case was presented to federal investigators at a meeting last year. sources familiar tell cnn. greenberg had entered a plea of not guilty. attorneys for greenberg and gaetz had no comment. in addition to the federal investigation, multiple sources told cnn, gaetz showed lawmakers photos and videos of nude women, he claimed to have slept with. one source, saying, gaetz shared the images on his phone, while on the floor of the house. gaetz finds himself with few allies. his communications director resigned earlier today. and even though gaetz has been one of the most vocal trump supporters, so far, the former president has remained silent amid this escalating set of
scandals that could potentially end gaetz's political career. paula reid, cnn, washington. the u.s. capitol police, mourning the loss of another officer. and this year's violence, taking a toll on the department. and officers' family. we will have that when we come back. also, the cdc sharing its guidance for easter for those who are fully vaccinated against the virus. we'll explain what's changed.
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what might have led a 25-year-old man to ram a car into the officers on friday? the suspect, then, killed, after officials said he lunged at police with a knife. flags at the white house and the capitol, at half staff in honor of the slain officer. william evans was an 18-year veteran of the police force. police paid their respects with a procession passing in front of george washington university hospital, where one of the officers was taken after the attack. it's the second time, in three months, capitol police have had to announce a death in the line of duty. >> two u.s. capitol police officers were transported to two different hospitals. and it is with a very, very heavy heart, that i announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries. >> now, the death of officer william evans is hitting the capitol police hard, as you
might imagine. the department was still grieving the loss of three officers after the january-6th attack on the capitol. and now, this, latest incident, adding to the trauma. alex marquardt, with more. >> reporter: for the third time this year, united states capitol police is laying to rest one of its own. a procession on friday afternoon for officer william evans. a member of the first-responders unit who, just last month, had marked 18 years on the force. >> and it is with a very, very heavy heart, that i announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries. >> reporter: the acting chief of the capitol police, pitman, reminding america what her officers have endured this year. starting in the first days of 2021 with the insurrection. >> i just ask that the public continue to keep u.s.-capitol police and their families in -- in your prayers.
this has been an extremely difficult time for u.s.-capitol police. after the events of january 6th, and now the events that have occurred here, today. >> reporter: after a dramatic ramping up of security, following january 6th. things had just begun to ease. with the perimeter moving back. fences coming down. and a hope, among members of congress and law enforcement, for some return to normalcy. that hope was shattered, friday, with the second, major act of violence on capitol hill in under-three months. u.s. capitol police, along with washington, d.c. police, were the first line of defense against the insurrectionists on january 6th. they were screamed at, beaten, and sprayed with chemicals by the rioters. officer brian sicknick was hit with what's believed to have been bear spray. he died from his injuries, a day later. two officers, later, took their own lives. the wife of capitol police
officer howie said his suicide was in the line of duty. saying the insurrection, in the days that followed, took an incredible toll. officer harry dunn described the pain to cnn's don lemon. calling it hell. >> you have good days and you have bad days. but just thinking about it, just takes you back to that -- that, like you said, that hell day. and it's tough -- it was tough to live through and it's also tough to relive talking about it. >> dunn told cnn the trump supporters who were there that day used racial slurs against black officers. he talked about the depression that many officers felt, afterwards. >> officer sicknick was killed. we had officers that took their life, because of the -- the stress that they endured from that day. that is what happened. i don't know how you can word it, any different, than what, exactly, happened. >> reporter: in the examination of what happened, on january 6th, it was called the worst of the worst, in the two decades of
service of capitol police captain mendoza. >> as an american, and as an army veteran, it's sad to see us attacked by our fellow citizens. i'm sad to see the unnecessary loss of life. i'm sad to see the impact this has had on capitol police officers. and i'm sad to see the impact this has had on our agency and on our country. >> reporter: alex marquardt, cnn, washington. now, connedc putting out ne recommendations just in time for easter sunday. we will have all you need to know when we come back. also, we will show you how doctors in california are working to bring coronavirus vaccines to some of the state's most-vulnerable people. we'll be right back.
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>> get set. go! >> reporter: just in time for the easter-holiday weekend, new guidance from the cdc. tens of millions of fully-vaccinated americans can now celebrate indoors, without a mask. and get back to traveling, at low risk to themselves. >> the science, on covid-19, is constantly evolving. >> reporter: the cdc says people, who are at least two weeks past their final dose of the shot don't need to test before travel or quarantine, after. for those traveling internationally, a negative test is required to return, back, to the u.s. a second test, three-to-five days, after arrival, is recommended. >> all travelers, regardless of vaccination status, should continue to wear masks. >> reporter: steps forward but not quite a green light. >> while we believe that fully vaccinated people can travel, at low risk to themselves. cdc is not recommending travel, at this time, due to the rising number of cases. >> reporter: new-covid-19 cases
continue to climb. partially, fueled by variants. 79,000 new covid-19 cases reported thursday, with about half the states in the country continuing to see increases in the past week. >> like many places around the country, we've seen an uptick in new cases and as i mentioned earlier, this week, the largest growth in new cases, in our state, is occurring in people under the age of 40. >> reporter: more vaccines can fix that. today, a milestone. more than 100 million americans, with at least one dose of a vaccine. an average of 2.9 million shots u now going into arms every day. >> we are vaccinating more people than any other country on earth. >> today, johnson & johnson begins a clinical trial of its vaccine for children, ages 12 to 17. that, on the heels of a big announcement from pfizer. data from its small-clinical trial shows its vaccine is 100% effective, among children, ages 12 to 15. >> the good news is that the vaccines that we have, today, have proven to be, both, safe
and effective. including, against the variants. >> reporter: but with so many, still, unvaccinated. infections are still spreading, and perhaps, more quickly than we know. >> this is happening, in the face of us, generally, testing less frequently. we've diverted a lot of our resources, from testing, to appropriately ramping up vaccination. >> reporter: testing across the country falling now to an average of about 890,000-daily tests. that's less than half of the testing-high point we hit over the winter. the virus has been spreading the fastest, in michigan. the u.s. surgeon general is now saying that vaccinating more people isn't just about protecting more people. it's, also, about preventing the virus from mutating, even further. in new york, alexandra field, cnn. well, the u.s. cdc updating its guidance for cruise-ship operators. they will, now, have to bring volunteers aboard for practice cruises, before taking on paying
customers. they will, also, have to report new covid-19 cases, every day, instead of weekly. and plan to vaccinate their crew and port staff. but the new guidance does not give a date, when cruises can start, again. despite more than 100 million americans having at least one covid-vaccine dose, so far, there is one large group of people that may not be getting enough access to vaccines. the homeless. dan simon, with the details. >> this is my home right here. >> reporter: it is squalor, beyond imagination. 49-year-old showing us the abandoned car he's been living in for the past-five years on the streets of oakland. dead rats littering this encampment. >> does the car drive? >> once upon a time, it did. it doesn't move. i wish it did because rats and stuff come, want to find a home,
too. so they come. >> where did you find the car? >> it was here. >> reporter: with the unsanitary conditions and sporadic mask use, encampments like this have been ripe for the spread of covid. >> we have really seen covid infiltrate into this population, that's so marginalized from society. >> reporter: but the trend lines may be changing thanks to programs like this one, bringing vaccine doses directly to the streets and those experiencing homelessness. >> what's it like living over here? >> i hate it. you never get used to it. >> reporter: 66-year-old terry click jumped at the chance for a shot. >> i do keep tabs. >> we flip the medical paradigm on its head. we essentially bring care, directly, to people, instead of waiting for people to come to care. go ahead and do some paperwork with you. >> reporter: dr. jason is a street-medicine doctor. his organization, lifelong medical care, has a health clinic on wheels to provide the lifesaving doses. not everyone says yes.
>> not going to happen? >> no. >> maybe next week? >> maybe, next week. >> reporter: hesitancy can be common. >> marginalized from friends, family, due to severe-mental illness or other things. people have great, great mistrust of systems in general and medical fits into that paradigm. >> first, i was against it. but i guess, when i learned more about it, i guess i am doing the right thing. >> 27-year-old portia jones, a mother of two, is getting the one-dose johnson & johnson vaccine. >> that's it. >> it's over? >> that's it. >> reporter: it's now used exclusively in the mobile clinic. >> us being able to find people a second time can be quite complicated. or get the second dose on time can actually be really complicated. >> reporter: beginning march 15th, california included those experiencing homelessness as eligible to get the vaccine. nationally, the picture is mixed. according to the national academy for state-health policy, at least 31 states and washington, d.c., are now vaccinating the unsheltered. or all adults, in general.
>> many states have discretion and they have really pushed people experiencing homelessness pretty far down the chain. from a public-health point of view, that is not good. >> reporter: in many cases, though, cities and counties make their own decisions. back in oakland, courtney says he is grateful, now, to be fully vaccinated. >> not worthless. a lot of people think we worthless. we were somewhere before we came here. >> there are no reliable statistics on how many people experiencing homelessness died of covid but a recent study found homeless people across the nation who did contract covid-19 were 30% more likely to die than the general population. another reason advocates say it's so important to have programs like the one we profiled. with medical staff hitting the streets and getting the shots right on the spot. dan simon, cnn, oakland. the coronavirus pandemic pushed many americans out of work. well now, jobs are starting to come back, at a rate better than
some economists predicted. on friday, the u.s. labor department reported that, in march, employers added more than 900,000 jobs to the workforce. that is the biggest gain, since last august. we are seeing jobs return, in restaurants, and bars. in hotels, education, and performing arts. and spectator sports. construction work, also, making a comeback. some good news there. we are going to take a quick break. when we come back on cnn "newsroom," the second easter of the pandemic almost here. we will tell you how the vatican is adjusting, as italy enters another lockdown.
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france just ahead of the easter holiday. calling it a limited lock down. to last a month. people are asked to work from home while domestic travel will be limited. schools will be closed for at least three weeks. and this is on top of the national curfew that's already in place. italy is entering a lock down. just in time for easter. and at the vatican it will look like it did last year. one of the holiest days celebrated without crowds of worshippers. >> reporter: italy is about to enter into a three day national lock down saturday. that means no travel from your city of residence. that means family gatherings even in private must be limited. keep in mind that for the last two weeks many regions throughout italy have been on a lock down. and the government said they
will be extending measures through the end of april. pope francis will be celebrating easter festivities. without the presence of the faithful. without the presence of the thousands of tourists that italy and the vatican are used to seeing this time of the year. the government focus is on vaccination program. trying to amp up the number of people vaccinated. the prime minister laid out a plan to get 500,000 italians a day vaccinated. they hope to have all adult ial yans vaccinated end out of summer. a decree says any healthcare workers working directly with people must be vaccinated. if they refuse they risk suspension from the job without pay. >> british regulators found 30
cases of rare blood clot events after the coronavirus vaccine. astrazeneca. 25 more than the watchdog agency previously recorded. it has yet to see a case of blood clots following the pfizer shot. it encourages people to continue to get vaccinated with astrazeneca. saying the benefits out weigh the risk. netherlands is no longer giving the vaccine. two people under age 60. as a precautionary measure. india cricket legend has been hospitalized with coronavirus. he wrote on twitter that he was in hospital out of quote a matter of abundant pr caution and hopes to be home in a few days. he tested positive last week. writing symptoms were mild and recovering from home. for american's who don't know who he is, think michael jordan
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