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a very warm welcome to our viewers in the united states and right around the world. i'm issa soares. after a slow start the united states nabs multiple first place finishes including a big wine by the mens swim team. plus the delta variant fueling a surge in covid cases around the globe. now another big entity is responding by once again requiring masks. and a cnn exclusive. pakistan's taliban leader weighs in on the massive gains made by
the militant group in afghanistan. happy monday, everyone. the tokyo summer olympics are in full swing despite the pandemic and with a tropical storm on the horizon. organizers are now adjusting their mask policy on the o olympic podium allowing athletes to take them off for a photo. and the quest for gold is heating up, too. let me show you where the medal count stands at the moment. it could change quickly of course with 21 medal events on monday. meanwhile officials have confirmed at least 153 covid cases linked to the games so far. one of the new cases was a resident of the olympic village bringing the total number of cases from the village to 16. now, japan as i mentions also bracing for a tropical storm that's expected to bring rain and strong winds this week. cnn's "world sport" patrick
snell in atlanta. let's start with patrick. and patrick, let's start with the current medals table and reflect a bit more if we could on that particular win from the team usa perspective. >> reporter: yeah, thank you so much. the united states winning its first gold medal on sunday to get on the board there in the poll in japan, and since then it's been steady momentum for team usa. that's the snapshot for america. five gold medals, three silver, and five bronze at the moment. that's a total of 12 medals. only china has more total medals. that leads me nicely into u.s. swimming star katey ledecky who was in the 400-meter freestyle action this monday looking to add to her triumph in rio, but up against a formidable rival in the australian competitor ariana
titmus. winning gold with a time of 3 minutes, 56 seconds, 69. ledecky she won silver. titmus' win giving australia it's second win of the 2020 games and fifth medal overall. also success for dresal and the u.s. mens relay team. i do want to get onto this story concerning team great britain and adam peaty who just powered his way to victory to win gold off the 100 meters again. the 26-year-old from england not just a defending champion but also the world record holder in this event swimming a time of 57
seconds. the italian competitor with bronze. so really significant monday in the pool. >> absolutely. and peaty saying he hasn't felt this good since 2016. really amazing scenes i saw this morning as well on the skateboarding. and i've never felt so much like an underachiever in my life. >> i know the feeling. yeah, it's absolutely incredible what we saw just a short while ago in fact on monday. and another day to saver for the host nation, japan. once again this in skateboarding. remember it's only making its olympic debut in these games this year. and the womens competition amazing this. all three competitors on the podium teenagers. at 13 years of age, she's one of
the youngest gold medal winners in olympics history ever. guess her age, 13 as well winning silver. she's a little bit older, three years older in fact at 16. just to reset a marvelous weekend really for the host. that was in the mens so just incredible scenes there capping off a wonderful last couple of days for the host nation on this day three. so back to you. >> absolutely. i don't know what you were doing at 13 but 13 i think i was reading. >> i was dreaming. i was dreaming of trying to be a professional footballer if not cricketer for the record.
>> thanks very much. blake, as you just heard from patrick some really great story lines out of the olympics, but unfortunately the covid cases continue to rise. give me a sense how this is being handled on the ground and the impact, whether the game has actually shifted that. >> reporter: yeah, isa, for months we've talked about how unpopular these games have been with the japanese people. and the reason for that the cases surging. despite all that since competition began last week it seems like this made for tv event is starting to pique curiosity. nearly 70 million people watched the opening ceremony here in japan. the ceo of the broadcast services says it was the most watched event in japan over the past decade. and so far 80% of the people in japan out of the roughly 26 million people that live here have tuned in to watch the games
at some point. >> translator: we were really looking forward to the olympics, but then it got delayed due to the pandemic. it feels a bit subdued now but the games are now under way. i think people from all over the world can still enjoy the olympics from their homes by watching tv. >> reporter: and even though the buzz and excitement that is typically associated with the olympics, it's a far cry from what it normally is here, people are trying to experience the games in any way possible. proof of that, people line the course to cheer on triathletes as they competed. now, they weren't supposed to be there, of course. but as you can see that didn't stop large crowds from gathering to catch a glimpse of the olympic action. while it's difficult to know for sure, people here tell us support for these games is stronger than what's being let on. they say that's because some people are afraid to express their excitement given all the negativity surrounding these games. while it does seem like support for these games is shifting,
there's no question it's still a tale of two cities. >> blake for us there in tokyo. i'll speak to you in the next hour or so. thank you. now, experts say the delta variant is the most prevalent in the u.s. infections as cases spike at an alarming rate. the majority of u.s. saw more than 50% increase in new covid cases. that was last week represented here you can see in a sea of dark red. vaccinations have hardly moved in the same time period. with less than half of all americans fully vaccinated so far. the former u.s. surgeon general says americans should expect restrictions to make a comeback if things don't improve. take a listen. >> more mitigation is coming, whether it's masking or whether it's closures or whether it's your kids having to return to virtual learning, that is
coming. and it's coming because this pandemic is spiraling out of control yet again. and it's spiraling out of control because we don't have enough people vaccinated. get vaccinate because it helps your neighbors but get vaccinated because it's going to help every single american enjoy the freedoms that we want to return to. >> in the meantime new modeling suggests the u.s. could see up to 4,000 covid related deaths this year. dr. anthony fauci says the u.s. needs a course correction. take a listen. >> if you look historically at the modeling that's been done over the last 18 months, for the most part it's been pretty accurate. so i'm not so sure it would be the worst-case scenario, but it's not going to be good. we're going in the wrong direction. >> starting today masks are mandatory in all indoor public areas creating controversy for the local government as well as of course for business owners.
>> reporter: for more than two months people are breathing a sigh of relief for not having to wear a mask, and all of that is changing on monday for the people here in st. louis and st. louis county. we're in the state of missouri, and this is where the mask mandate will, in fact, take effect. so they will have to wear masks for indoor public spaces. that is everyone as well as public transportation, everyone 5 years old and solder, the vaccinated as well as the unvaccinate. the only exception will be for those who are eating or drinking at a bar or a public restaurant or those who have a disability who cannot put on or take off their masks. there'll also be a strong recommendation to wear masking outdoors as well. now, the mayor as well as the county executive say this is for the health and safety, well-being of the people here. there has been an incredible surge in covid cases recently. the pushback to the mask mandate has been swift. to the attorney general eric midt running for the gop
nomination of the u.s. senate was the first to go ahead and be very vocal in his pushback about this tweeting saying the citizens of st. louis and st. louis county are not subjects. they are free people. as their attorney general i'll be filing suit monday to stop this insanity. framing this as an issue of freedom and not public safety. the mayor of st. lieu was quick to respond in her own tweet saying our top priority is protecting the health, safety and well-being of the people of st. louis city and county. nobody is surprised that the attorney general plans to file yet another frivolous lawsuit to serve his own political ambations. in the meantime you have the restaurant owners, the bartenders and employees of people going out and about who are now stuck in the middle. >> whenever we had the mask mandate we had to fight a lot of people who didn't want to wear masks. we had a kutsmer pull a gun, we've had customers threaten to fight and just go crazy.
>> reporter: city officials later on monday will hold a press conference to try to explain how this mask mandate will work. in the meantime the city of st. louis is undergoing a covid crisis. a 40% increase, a surge in cases just over the last week. suzanne malveaux, cnn, st. louis, missouri. still to come here on "cnn newsroom," proof of covid vaccination may soon be required here in the u.k. but only for certain events. we'll bring you the details just ahead. and french lawmakers back new covid requirements as the country deals with another wave of infections. both these stories after a very short break. you are watching cnn. surfaces than lysol spray. it's a simple fact: it even kills the covid-19 virus. science supports these simple facts. there's only one true lysol. lysol. what it takes to protect.
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now the u.k. is considering requiring full proof of vaccination. government sources say it's in the early stages but the english premier league is expected to support the plan. this comes after prime minister boris johnson was criticized for calling for proof of vaccination to enter nightclubs. let's talk more about this vaccine passport scheme the u.k. government is considering.
how controversial is it likely to be, and what pressure may the prime minister face politically on that? >> reporter: well, he's already facing that pressure. his conservative party already oppose to some of these moves. although this is to be expected. this comes on the back as you said of nightclubs. now the authorities looking at expanding that vaccine passport to include major events, 20,000 people. the first place where this would be rolled out potentially is at football stadiums during the premier league games. so that could be coming up in a few weeks time. why is this controversial, isa. i think we have to look at the continent at large to answer this question. the u.k. is following the suit of other countries like italy and france imposing even tougher measures. starting next month you're going to need a vaccine passport just to go into a restaurant or bar. tens of thousands of people took to the streets opposed of these new rules going to go into
place. the first one is around civil liberties. you can imagine people feeling why should the government be able to impose these rules to be able to hold my health data? the second one, of course, is a question of access, right? so a lot of those people who are out protesting in france were members of labor unions and they say because they're either unwilling or unable or cannot access the vaccine, that might mean they can't have their jobs, they can't get their jobs in place and be able to take care of their families. so a major issue there as well. and finally, of course, isa, there's a question how much this is pushing the vaccine. i'm going to take the france example, again, after the authorities announced these new measures in just 18 hours, 792,000 injections were given across france. that was a record breaker. for authorities they're looking at this and saying this works. it allows the country to resume normal life in some way for those who have been vaccinated, and it encourages those who have
yet to get that job to go out and get it, isa. >> emmanuel maw crone as well he didn't really hold back when it comes to people not wanting to get vaccinated. it's fantastic to see you in your bureau. like salma was just saying france is considering similar plans. the french parliament has passed a bill that requires a health pass to enter venues like bars and rest minutes. the measure also makes the vaccine mandatory for health care workers. there was an immediate spike in demand for vaccine appointments. debbie is a professor a chair of global public health. she joins me now. great to have you with us. let's start if you don't mind from the u.k. which is seeing covid restrictions being relaxed here now. i think it's almost a week to today. what impact do you see this has had had to the number of covid infections and critly to
hospitalizations? >> yeah, so the good news is continued covid cases continue to fall. and we have a random surveillance being done once a week and that shows infections continue to rise. a convergence between confirmed cases and how much infection there is in the communities. hospitalizations seem to be slowing as well which is really positive. but the other thing to note is although england unlocked fully on freedom day, many people didn't really change their behavior on what they were doing and not doing. even though legal restrictions are lifted, people might still behave similarly to how they've been behaving in the past six months. >> i was trying to get my head around this because we saw a spike in numbers but now the numbers have started to fall again. why is this? it's because people haven't changed the way they used to go about their daily lives? is it because people are not mingling as much or because it's
warmer? what's the reasoning here? >> i can only offer several hi hi hipothacies. for example, restaurants and yoga studios and gyms can operate at full capacity, they aren't actually full because people aren't choosing to go into those settings. the second is vaccination which means largely the vaccinations are unvaccinated which means britain are younger people. if you're in your 20s you've been waiting to get jabbed where over 50 have largely been offered and been vax nayed. so have protection build in. as well as a lot of the spike was built in euros and football. you've seen less of that kind of behaviors in pubs and restaurant and houses around alcohol that perhaps also accelerated that increase at the start. >> and the drop is probably quite hard to tell given that
children are not mingling as much. that could be potentially one reason. my colleague a few minutes ago she was talking about u.k. considering covid passports. if we put politics aside for a moment, doctor, what's your assessment of this? how beneficial is this, do you think? >> from a public health perspective it's incredibly beneficial because what you're saying inherently risky think of nightclubs, indoor conferences, even things like indoor dining, we know these are settings which have a lot of transmission. of course if you make sure people are doubly vaccinated or have a negative pcr test, of course there are largely ethical and political questions around how we start to move this forward into policy and what that might mean for groups being excluded or forced into a system
they don't want to be a part of. >> i want to show you this tweet and our viewers this tweet. this is from the u.k. health secretary who tweet this on saturday. he said people should no longer cower from covid. if you haven't get your jab, we'd rather than cower from this virus. now, he has apologized since. do you think, doctor, from what you've seen people have been cowering from covid? >> i think it was a really bad choice of words because the people who have been more cautious especially younger people have been looking out for others for 18 months. so adhering to restrictions, being cautious, wearing masks, distancing, doing all the things that are difficult for us to do as humans who just want to go back to normality should be seen as an act of bravery and courage. for him to use that language that people have just been afraid i think is quite abysmal. britain has lost over 100,000 lives.
we have one of the highest deaths per capita in the world. we have a major economic hit. this has been a pretty terrible time for the country. to kind of put it on people's behavior, it's pretty sad. but luckily he's taken it back and good for him for acknowledging that. >> doctor, appreciate you putting everything in context for us. thank you very much. great to have you on the show. just ahead right here on cnn, the pakistani taliban leader speaks exclusively with cnn as he watches a war across the border. we'll bring you live details in a live report next. facing collagen that's all hype? olay collagen peptide 24
welcome back to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm isa soares and you're watching "cnn newsroom." that assurance coming about one month into a nearly all u.s. forces are expected to be out of the country. take a listen. >> so we will continue to support the afghan forces even after that 31 day. it will generally be from over the horizon and that will be a significant change, and then it will be time for afghan forces to fight and carry on the battle themselves. we spent a lot of time training them. now is that moment. now is the time for that very stern test as i noted earlier they're going to face. i think they have the resources and capability to actually conduct that fight and win it. >> but there are others who are watching for a taliban victory in afghanistan.
among them the pakistani taliban leader who spoke exclusively to cnn's nic robertson. joining us now with the details on that. we've seen the taliban making gains, winning territory on the ground in afghanistan. what does this mean for the taliban in pakistan? >> reporter: well, it emboldens them. it makes them think if their sort of brother organization, if you'd like to call it that -- and they are very much aligned on so many issues and views particularly culturally, particularly religiously -- that if those gains are made in afghanistan by the afghan taliban, then that is ultimately going to help them. now, the questions we put to the leader, he's quite coy in his answers, but he is very clear. and it comes through across all these answers is that this is a moment where they think they can put their religious imprint on parts of pakistan.
as afghanistan's taliban gain ground so pakistan's taliban, the ttp, take heart. in his first ever tv interview their leader answers questions cnn sent him via intermediaries at an undisclosed location near the afghan-pakistan border. >> translator: the afghan taliban victy is the victory of the entire muslim people. >> reporter: masood's three predecessors were all killed by u.s. drone strikes for fighting alongside afghan taliban targeting u.s. sources. and the massacre of 145 people mostly children in a pakistan school in 2014.
masood became leader in 2018 when the u.n. later designated him a global terrorist and added him to the sanction list for his ties to al-qaeda. today he denies those al-qaeda links and that his group is still fighting alongside the afghan taliban. >> translator: our fight is only in pakistan, and we are at war with the pakistani security forces. we are firmly hoping to take control of the pakistani tribal border regions and make them independent. >> reporter: but while pakistan's army has fought a decades long counter insurgency against the ttp in pakistan, pakistan's intelligence service, the isi, and the army have backed the afghan taliban although they deny it. now as the afghan taliban win territory blowback for pakistan looms. >> the risk for pakistan is that
a stronger afghan taliban can actually reduce its cooperation with the isi in controlling the ttp. and it's that which empowers the ttp. >> reporter: the ttp are already demanding sharia law, curtailing girls education. >> they'd like to implement sharia in pakistan and pakistan's territories. already there is a lot of fear. >> reporter: for the past two decades u.s.-pakistan relations have been complicated by pakistan's alleged dual track approach with support for the u.s. while covertly backing the afghan taliban. it's a delicate balance halfgon taliban gains threaten. >> the ttp are now banking on an afghan taliban victory, and they are confident that they will be able to continue their fight against pakistan in the event of the taliban taking over in
afghanistan. >> it's pakistan which will be in greater pain than afghanistan. it will be threatened much more. >> reporter: from his undisclosed location masood is coy, hinting that the gains that could be coming his way. >> translator: according to the teaching of islam victory of one muslim is necessarily helpful for another muslim, but how the victory of afghan taliban will prove helpful for the pakistani taliban, time will tell. >> reporter: in the meantime despite his denials expectation is masood's fighters will keep backing the afghan taliban. now, we sent masood about a dozen questions and he answered all of them. at times it appeared as if he was reading from a prepared script they looked at the questions and taking time to go through it and giving very concise answers. unlike a normal interview, of course, there wasn't the opportunity to follow up and push back on some of the assertions that he made.
but i think the real concern, you know, for many pakistanis is, you know, a rise of talibany influence in afghanistan means a potential rise in violence for them in pakistan, which they've experienced before at the hands of jihadists, and of course this is very, very concerning. >> nic robertson there with that exclusive interview. coming up right here on "cnn newsroom," the search for sierance. inside one man's mission to preserve some of the last quiet places on earth. i'll explain next.
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5,000 firefighters are battling the blaze. the dixie fire is just one of at least 86 wildfires burning in the united states right now. two popular spots near the spanish capital are now listed as unesco world heritage sites. dates back to the 16th century boasting important cultural and tourist spots including, of course, the museum. it's one of the city's most visited attractions and it is beautiful. as countries roll back their covid lock downs the world is getting a bit louder. more cars and more people on the streets means more noise. now one man is making his mission to preserve the peace. cnn joined him as part of our going green initiative as he setout to capture the sounds of
silence in the minnesota wilderness. >> we're losing the ability to listen to nature without noise pollution. for humans we know exposure to excessive noise is linked to higher blood pressure, higher risk of cardiovascular disease. and the antidote to all that bad stuff is quiet. >> in his search for quiet matt mickelson has traveled to some of the most wilderniess in the united states. a sound recordest by trade he's a volunteer for quiet parks international, a grass roots movement that sets out to re-claim calm and protect natural environments from man made noise. >> noise pollution is even in our national parks. >> reporter: with the ehelp of high sensitivity microphones
matt hopes to capture the sound scapes of northern minnesota. >> we're here in superior national forest. loons are really common in this area and make this beautiful wailing sound that's iconic. >> reporter: noise pollution can have an impact on an area's ability to survive. there can't be more than one disturbance every 15 minutes. >> you can see this kind of low frequency buildup. it's a commercial jet flying really far away. and then down here these thumps are the sound of a grouse drumming. every time the grouse drums, that it's its sound signature. when an airplane flies over and a grouse is trying to call they're competing for space. so the grouse and the airplane interrupt each other. >> reporter: it'll take months to establish whether areas like boundary waters can achieve the
quiet stamp of approval. right now matt and his team are exploring over 260 possible sites worldwide. >> whether you live in new york city or out in the woods you should be able to find quiet if you want it, and we're hoping to bring that opportunity to everyone. >> for our international viewers "world sport" is next. for everyone else the news continues in just a moment. do stay right here. we're here! they're finally here. this year, "here" means getting back to everything they've mimissed. here! achoo!...here! look ovever here! join lysol here for healthy schools in keeping "here" healthy. when you buy a pack of lysol disinfecting w wipes, another pack will be dononated o a school in need. so everyone has enough protection to stay here... here! ...and here. lysol here for healthy schools wow... nobody's here.
now a special u.s. house committee investigating the january 6th attack on the capitol will hold its first hearing on tuesday. two republicans are on the committee, adam kinzinger, on outspoken critic of donald trump will serve along liz cheney. the house leader obstructing the committee to satisfy political objectives. and there are growing calls to have kinzinger and cheney
removed. >> reporter: get ready for an emotional day on capitol hill on tuesday. that is when the january 6th select committee is scheduled to hold its first hearing featuring the testimony of police officers who responded to the capitol attack that day. several of the officers were beaten, maced, dragged out into the crowd. one of them was crushed in between doorways so we are expecting to be very powerful and emotional. we are also expecting video clips and body worn camera footage to be played. one other thing to now look out for is the presence of two republicans on the select committee who were both appointed by speaker nancy pelosi. liz cheney was already on the initial roster of this committee. but after kevin mccarthy, the gop leader, pulled his picks from the panel, pelosi announced on sunday she'll be appointing an illinois republican to the committee as well. now, republicans are saying this is just another example how pelosi is trying to structure the committee around her own political interests, but pelosi
making clear she's not worried about what republicans have to say. take a listen to what she said to say on abc nis week. >> the republicans will say what they want to say. our select committee will seek the truth. it's our patriotic duty to do so, and we do not come into our work worried about the other side. maybe the republicans can't handle the truth, but we have a responsibility to seek it, to find it and in a way that maintains the confidence of the american people. >> reporter: so that is just an early preview of the battles to come here on capitol hill as the select committee heats up in the coming weeks and months ahead. melanie zanona, cnn, capitol hill. now a top chinese diplomat blaming the u.s. for the country's strained relationship just a couple days after the china's foreign minister warned the u.s. to stop boasting its superiority. the number two diplomat is in china for a two-day visit.
let's get more on this. cnn's christy lu stout in hong kong with more. what are the expectations here? >> reporter: expectations are, frankly, pretty low for this high stakes summit, this meeting taking place at a high level in china. ahead of this meeting u.s. officials said wendy sherman, the deputy secretary of state for the united states would be seeking guardrails with china in order to better manage competition and to avoid conflicts. but wendy sherman has been getting an earful from chinese officials, from the chinese foreign minister who through chinese state news has been emphasizing thissage no country is superior to others. including this statement in which he blames the united states for the current, quote,
statement. the china-u.s. relationship is now at a stalemate and faces serious difficulties fundamentally. it goes onto say we urge the united states to change its highly misguided mind-set and dangerous policy, unquote. this meeting taking place comes at a time of justdeyening tension between the u.s. and china especially after the last high level meeting that took place in alaska which you saw the very public confrontation sort of come to the fore. since then there's been this trading of diplomatic barbs as well as tit for tat sanctions between the u.s. and china. most recently when the u.s. under the biden administration issued that business advisory on hong kong and slapped sanctions on chinese officials in hong kong and in response on friday china slapped sanctions on u.s. entities and officials. among them the u.s. commerce secretary. tensions have gotten so high that a number of policy experts and china watchers are saying
the likelihood for any significant outcome to come out is very low. listen to this. >> given the fact that both sides have so many things not in common including mutual imposition of sanctions, accusations of hacking, geopolitical contention in south china sea, taiwan and hong kong, this is not the meeting to resolve differences. >> reporter: but if talks to go well they could pave the way to a possible xi-biden summit that could take place on the side lines of the g20 this october in italy. >> very strong words from the foreign minister there. now, u.s. president joe biden is welcoming the iraqi prime minister to the white house today. they're expected to announce a shift of focus of approximately
2,500 troops remaining in iraq. arawa damon joins us live from istanbul. and, arawa, what should we expect from this meeting today? >> reporter: well, our understanding is that the u.s. military's mission is going to shift from one that was primarily focusing on trying to degrade isis' capabilities to one what would be advise and assist. basically the troops in the country will be rebranded. instead they'll be part of the advise and assist units. now, this is similar to what the u.s. military did prior to its complete withdrawal back in 2012. however, and this is something that presumably the iraqis were really pushing for behind closed doors, was primarily not to have
the american forces fully withdraw. because, again, if we look at iraq's history and how isis ended up emerging in that country as the islamic state of iraq before moving into syria and then coming back across the border to take over mosul and huge swaths of iraqi territory to become isis itself, now they were able to do this effectively on the heels of america's complete withdrawal under the obama administration. the u.s. no longer had any military skin in the game, so to speak. and by not having that chip to play, they were not many would argue, able to put sufficient pressure on then prime minister whose secretary tendencies aggravated the suny population who then in some parts of the country found themselves more willing to support a terrorist organization such as isis. the united states and iraq both do not want to make that same
mistake again because the dynamics in iraq, the underlying dynamics have yet to be addressed. the sunis still have their own set of grievances and also at this stage iran's hand is very strong. its influence is arguably much more powerful now, extends much deeper into the political and security arena than it did years ago. and you have the issue of the iranian backed shia militias who are able to effectively implement their own rule of law in some parts of the country. we've been seeing an increasing number of targeted assassinations who many accuse of being carried out by the shia militias, attacks against u.s. interests. and so having a u.s. military presence there no matter what it is called, many will feel this is beneficial to try to counter
balance iran's influence and also ensure that isis, which you'll remember carried out that horrifying attack on a marketplace in baghdad just before the holy muslim holiday, that isis is not able to regroup and carry out significant attacks or take over control of large parts of the country, isa. >> some important context there from arwa damon. now, a memorial concert was held sunday to honor the victims of the surfside condo collapse. ♪ >> it's now been a month since the shamplain tower south building came crashing down in the middle of the night killing at least 97 people. authorities believe there's still one victim of the collapse who's yet to be found. cnn's boris san dhez was at the
memorial and has more now. >> reporter: it was a solemn and somber evening in surfside florida, on the water a few blocks away where shamplain towers came crashing down one month ago. people in shed tears as the names of those confirmed dead in that tragedy were read aloud. there were songs and hymns and a symphony playing music for the crowd. it was an early step in a long process of closure. i got to speak with the mayor of surfside about that process. here's some of what he shared with me. >> you know, we've got peoples lives in that debris. i mean things as small as diamond rings. i was just talking to a family member who told me her daughter who was just married in january had two rings and described the rings in great detail. so all these things have to be found. these people have no closure
yet. it's long process. we have psychological teams here. we're just getting started really. >> reporter: and there's no question this is going to be a long process of closure. there are still so many questions to answer for that. investigators are working through right now. i do want to leave you with some of the lyrics of the final song that was sung here friday night both in hebrew and english surfside being part of a large jewish community. some of the lyrics say, quote, we pray for healing of the soul, we pray to once again be whole. back to you. >> thanks very much, boris sanchez. and that wraps up this hour of "cnn newsroom." we'll be back in just a moment with more news. do stay right here with cnn. a lot of people think they know their credit,
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