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young, spring, everything was great. >> dana: kare karen waldrup, thank you. thank all of you for joining us, i'm dana perino, don't forget, we have the reading time at 4 4:15. >> dana: dana, thank you, good afternoon, i am bill hemmer, the story changes by the hour as you are well aware, i will take you through it as we get through ths anthony fauci joins me live, we have questions for him as i'm certain you do at home as well. in the meantime, here's where we stand as of 3:00 on a friday afternoon in new york city. tens of millions of americans order to stay home as coronavirus cases a store across the country. more than 200 people in the u.s. dead because of the virus, more than 16,000 infected, the numbers keep climbing and changing with hospital saying they are facing a critical shortage of ventilators and masks. here in new york, the governor
has banned all social gatherings and told all nonessential workers to stay home. that covers more than 8 million people. that's a live look, outside of our studios on sixth avenue on a friday afternoon, that place would normally be packed, not now. the number of cases around the world has now topped a quarter million, italy just reporting 6e day. staggering. the biggest one-day total so far. meanwhile, on the hill, the senate trying to figure this out, voting on a massive stimulus bill that could include checks for up to $1200 for many americans. reporting a sour from coast-to-coast begins on capitol hill with chad pergram there, chad, good afternoon. >> good afternoon, bill, they're trying to get this bill, phase s legislative response is so they have an agreement tonight. possibly start that procedural machinations off tomorrow, again, the bill is not written, they were looking at about
$50 billion in some capacities for the airlines, democrats have balked at being a straight "bailout." they are also looking at $1200 per person if you make less than $75,000, but they don't have the checks, here's the key, i was told by a senior source that they need to get this through the senate by monday. i said well, do you vote monday, do you vote middle of the night? they said no, chad, by monday. you could almost hear the tenseness in the voice. it was reminiscent of what you were hearing into thousand eight, we are having a little problem with the wind, he rebelled. in 2,008 when frank paulsen, the treasury secretary called nancy pelosi and said we need you to move right away on responding to the financial crisis, then, he came up and said late that night with house speaker nancy pelosi. so that is the urgency that they are facing here in capitol hill. >> bill: chad, hang with me on moment, you've got a lot of good information. i know that windows system is kicking through the east coast, so standby, will get back to in
a moment. for going to that microphone, and light you know, folks at home, what congress is doing now, in a moment on that. meanwhile, new york state banning all nonessential gatherings, ordering nonessential workers to stay home. cases in the state jumping to more than 7,000. that's the most in the country. in fact, that beats most countries around the world. one city. the governor says new york is now doing more testing per person than china and south korea. david lee miller is live in a deserted midtown manhattan. david lee, how are you? >> hi, bill. the one reason new york state is seeing a spike in the number of coronavirus cases, according to the governor, is because of improved testing. among the 7,000 people infected, that you mention, here in new york state, at least 35 people have died. to put the crisis in context, new york state has 40% of the country's cases, most are here in new york city. during governor andrew cuomo says the best way to combat the spread of the virus is to reduce population density, and the best
way to do that, ordering all nonessential workers to stay home. food stores, pharmacies, mass transit will remain in operation. the governor says the statewide shutdown is not to be taken lightly. >> this is not voluntary, it is not helpful hints. we are going to monitor, there will be civil fines, and there can be mandatory closures for businesses that don't comply. >> now, the governor also warned that nonessential gatherings of any type are not going to be permitted, and he reinforced that 6-foot rule when it comes to social distancing, adding that any type of exercise should be solitary. he also said, based on current projections, the state will require more than double the current capacity of the hospital system. he said gloves, masks, other medical quitman are in short supply, but stressed, the greatest priority was getting 30,000 ventilators that is anticipated will be needed by covid-19 patients. in the words of the governor, he said "everyone must be safe or
no one can be safe." bill? >> bill: thank you, david lee miller and alonso deserted part of mary city at the moment. thank you, sir. just across the river in new jersey, and that usually busy city of hoboken are empty. this is a drone camera from a bit earlier. the governor calling on people to stay home from 8:00 at night till 5:00 in the morning. he stops short of calling it a curfew, but some towns and some cities are putting stronger restrictions in place there in jersey. the governor of california ordering that states nearly 40 million residents to stay home until further notice. people can leave for the essentials including getting groceries, prescriptions, or commuting to certain jobs back and forth. governor gavin newsom says he expect the virus one fact more than half of californians unless they take this action. william is live on the west coast with more on that story, hey, william. >> governor newsom set a patchwork of cities are doing their own isolation orders is not going to stop or even slow down this virus, that it would,
in fact, 25 million californiane medical system, so last night he ordered and nearer shutdown of the state for four weeks. >> we want to manipulate those numbers down. that is what this order is all about. we are not victims of fate. or circumstance. the future is something inside of us. it is our decisions that will determine those projections. >> california has over 1,000 cases come up 18% from yesterday, but thousands more are already infected, and less they stay home, he says, the virus takes over, dropping doctors, nurses, police, where right now helping provide security at grocery stores. secondly, the governor says california short of masks, gloves, ventilators, and hospital beds. >> we have, i believe, the capacity to meet this moment, but not unless we change her behaviors. and do what is necessary to meet this moment. let's bend the curve together.
>> l.a. county alone says if people actually do this, some 20,000 people will avoid getting this virus in the short term. >> bill: what is life like there? you are 3,000 miles away from what we're dealing with the new york, tells about that. >> well, we saw summing today we never see which is like l.a. acts and the freeways, virtually empty, the stay in place order basically closes all essential businesses, gas, groceries, banks, drive in and take out restaurants, you can leave the house, but gathering in groups of ten or more, not allowed, and l.a. county, experts believe this order will reduce infections, as i said, by about 20,000, here's the mayor. >> it is a very light touch, but our messages, this is all in our own hands, they are never going to be enough county or city workers to be able to enforce this. this is on 10 million people to self enforce. >> so california has asked for a billion-dollar from the feds,
the figure that i was stunned by, 80,000 unemployment applications on wednesday alonet 2,000, that gives you an idea of the magnitude of the economics that we face. >> bill: assured us, thank you, great answer, back to washington now, we are going to try this again with chad pergram, chad, good afternoon, we are dealing with the wind, they are, moment ago. it is moving forward, but the passage of the bill does not appear to be at least until monday, let's start there, chad. >> that's right, here's what they're trying to do, they're trying to get an agreement sometime tonight, and then they would put this into legislative form tomorrow, and then probably have a procedural vote on that tomorrow, bill. that would require 60 votes, that is why it is so important to have democratic buy in. you only have 53 republicans in the senate. this is my chuck schumer, the democratic leader was talking on the phone earlier today with president trump. that would tee up a vote, possibly on monday, in the
senate if things go swimmingly. and if you get down in the weeds here, the nitty-gritty, that could entail a 1:00 a.m. vote on monday, i will underscore that, 18 on vote in the senate on monday. a final passage on phase 3. then it would be onto the house of representatives, perhaps later in the day on monday, but maybe tuesday, wednesday, remember, that is congress working fast, bill. >> bill: mitch mcconnell said the senate is working at warp speed. what about the senators accused of dumping stocks before the virus had? what about that? >> well, they're in for senators and questionnaire, you have jim inhofe of oklahoma, richard burr of north carolina, the chair of the intelligence committee kelly loeffler, republican of georgia, and also dianne feinstein, there's something called the stock act which was approved in 2012, updated in 2013, which basically prohibits members of congress from moving their securities when they get information in closed session or otherwise on capitol hill. it is hard to prosecute, though, because people say, wait a minute, i knew this based on
public information, that's what richard burr is saying. that said, richard burr is referring himself to the senate ethics committee, and regardless, if you start to make a stock trade of more than $1,000, you have to publicly disclose that in 45 days. richard burr says he was not in any sort of special briefing getting information about this before he made those traits, bill. >> bill: chad, thank you for that. as you're talking about that, i'm looking at the stock market, here. we can show the dow, we saw the trading pickup just a short time ago. off almost 700 points now. that's 3.5% as it has been adjusted going lower and lower for the past two weeks. that is the big question going into the weekend. you want to know the big time investors are willing to hold their positions now. for the next two days before markets would reopen on monday. that's a critical thing that we are watching here, today. there are fast-moving developments, we'll get to as many questions as we can with dr. anthony fauci, he will be my guest to live in washington as
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bringing things home to their loved ones. this crisis is brought out into be open a shortage of what is called personal protective equipment or ppe, across the nation, what we're saying, bill is that these health care professionals and organizations are adopting their own methods to deal with this dramatic shortage. in seattle, at the province of st. joseph medical group, health care professionals took matters into their own hands, they went to home depot, they got supplies, and they started making a protective gear on their own. some hospitals are giving the directive on one mask per shift. one hospital says he did one mass per every five patient visits. some hospitals are washing and reusing masks. one nurses said, if you treat a covid-19 positive patient, you get a mask, otherwise, you just have to risk it. >> and they our masks, they pulled our surgical masks, they pulled our cabbie wipes which we used to cleaner cards. i was even told, i was told not to say this, if they catch is wearing one of these masks, we are going to get in trouble.
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>> bill: the number of cases here at home across the u.s. topping 16,000, more than 200 americans died from the virus. dr. anthony fauci, the government's top expert on infectious diseases joins me now from washington, sir, thank you for your time. you can imagine viewers across the country, around the world, they have some questions about this. i will get to as many as i can over the next couple of minutes. my first bushing for you is what you said a bit earlier today, he said we are looking at at least several weeks at this current trend. you were studying trends from all over the country, why did you put that timeline on it? >> dr. fauci: well, if you look at the curve of the outbreaks in places that we now have experienced, unfortunate experiences. look at china, look at what happened in south korea, look at what is happening innately. you see that the outbreak putters along, and then it goes way up, peaks, and then goes down. the height of the peak and the
duration is obviously influenced by the things you do to mitigate it, the kinds of things that we are doing right now, physical separation of people. but if you take a look at a typical duration of an outbreak, it is measured in a few weeks. the china one was about six or eight weeks before it was really way down. others are maybe a little bit less. 4-6 weeks. but certainly, if you want to say from the time you know you are starting to see cases of community spread, to the time you peak, there is no question, when you look at the various models, that is going to be a few weeks. >> bill: have a specific question about that, i don't know if you can see a monitor where you are. what we're talking about is exactly shown on this graph here, okay, italy, south korea, the united states. italy goes straight up, doctor. south korea is a bit of a flatline here. the u.s. is just crossing over that south korea line. here is one more for you, sir,
just to make the point. south korea, of those who have contracted the virus, the death rate in south korea is 1.1%. in italy it is well over 8%. what can we learn from the south korean experience so far? >> dr. fauci: well, you know, it is very difficult to really compare death rates unless you get all of the information that is a very specific a country. it could be, and again, i don't want to be talking without data. but i think the most logical issue, for italy, is that one, they have an older population. and as a matter of fact. the serious consequences such as hospitalization, intensive care, and even death are very heavily weighted towards both the elderly, and those who have underlying conditions. heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, et cetera. so they probably have a
demographic population that is a bit different than south korea. the other thing is, that they may have been so overwhelmed that what they had, is they ran out of the kind of intensive care capabilities that you would like to give the maximum care to an individual. so, when you overwhelm the system, you are not able to give maximum care. so they may have been really double when needed. one, they have a population that is in older population. but they have been terribly hit very strongly. >> bill: we are trying to prevent that, i know you put the column that almost every day, but italy they said most of the cases today were heart disease and diabetes. that is exactly what you're trying to explain. let me try to move this forward a moment here. you spend a lot of time with the president over the last couple of weeks. was there a bit of information that was given to him, or that he understood earlier in the week, or perhaps a week ago, where he adopted, we are at a
medical war posture? >> dr. fauci: i think, he's a smart guy, and he sees what is unfolding in front of him, we breathe him very frequently. lately, it has been almost every day. some is the cases throughout the world, i think particularly, what went on in europe, specifically with italy and with france, that really caught his attention. obviously, china was an explosive amount of infections, but that really emerged from china. so you might expect that maybe it wasn't going to spread to other places. those of us in the medical field felt that it very likely, since you have a lot of international travel, that it would spread. but when it went to europe, and also in the united states, and when you see italy do that, i think that would catch anybody's attention. sp2 sir, you are speaking of italy, we picked up this video
literally from the associated press earlier today. this is a hospital in northern italy. what you see our patients and beds, and their heads are encased in some sort of bubble or plastic cone. what would be the reason for that? is that a makeshift ventilator? are they doing something there in italy to make sure they maintain life in a way that is medically revolutionary, doctor? >> dr. fauci: well, i can't see it, because i don't have the visual in front of me, but being a physician who is taking care of a lot of sick patients, it very well may be that what they have is that they are flowing oxygen in under pressure in this little bubble. i don't know for sure, but that's the most likely thing. >> bill: the reporter described they are trying to replicate the air pressure in the lungs in that casing above their head. that may be that. let me move on a little bit. you set a couple times, if you are not overreacting, you are probably not reacting as much as you should. now, i get that here in
new york city, i am from new york. but how does somebody in toledo, ohio, understand that? when the problem for them seems so far away? >> dr. fauci: that's a very good question. that's the reason why you have to be somewhat proportionate in what you do. a few days ago, last week, we put out a list of guidelines that people should follow. such as getting people who are elderly or with underlying conditions and essentially have them stayed home and not be outside physically. there were guidelines about avoiding crowds. guidelines about numbers of groups of people, about only doing necessary interaction. i think, throughout the country, to a greater or lesser degree, some degree of mitigation should be practiced. we call that mitigation, more like some physical separation,
wash your hands, all of those kinds of things. in certain areas of the country, it is different. look at what is going on in california, what had gone on in washington, and now, the very, very steep curve in new york. so, the people in new york. >> bill: trying to get people to understand that can be a difficult thing, i know you're doing your best. i've got three more minutes, i want to give to a few more points. senior centers and nursing homes are under a great strain and concern, what is your message for them now, doctor? >> dr. fauci: first of all, the message to the people who are taking care of them, they've got to be very careful. almost assume that you are infected and that you are a risk of infecting these senior citizens who are nursing homes so that you will go to the limit in trying to protect any transmission from you. that means washing your hands thoroughly, making sure you are very careful in what your
interactions with them are, and also, what we should be doing is limiting visits from the outside into nursing homes. i know you want to see your loved one, you want to interact socially, but for the time being, you should not have anything but absolutely necessary visits to the nursing home. >> bill: okay, now, from the briefing. today, you seem to dismiss the suggestion that this before, and antimalarial medication can have much of an effect. if i heard you correctly, you said we haven't had enough to figure that out. is that an accurate reading on your answer? >> dr. fauci: i am not dismissing it at all. i hope that that interpretation wasn't widespread. what i said is that we don't have definitive proof that it works. so what we need to do, since there are suggestions anecdotally that it works, try to get it available, but to do it in the context of a protocol where we accomplish two things. we make something that is may be
promising for someone, at the same time, we determine whether or not safe, and whether or not it actually does work. i wasn't dismissing it, i was saying we need to be careful. >> bill: i appreciate that clarification. you did your undergrad at holy cross in massachusetts. i'm going back to the first answer you gave me about several more weeks of this. easter sunday is three weeks from this coming sunday. can you say whether or not we will have a great easter sunday, american resurrection on that date? >> dr. fauci: i can't predict what the situation would be. i think we need to be prepared to modify behavior, even when it involves things that are very close to our hearts. >> bill: if that is the case, then, how do we know when we are turning the corner, doctor? >> dr. fauci: well, when you start to see things turn around, you mentioned the correia curve,
the china curve has already gone up and down, there were a few cases today in china in most places that were dealing with, in korea it went up and just started to turn down and flatten out. once you see that you are going the other direction, then you know you're turning a corner. >> bill: keep at it. so many are relying on new for information and knowledge and understanding. thank you for your time today, dr. anthony fauci in washington, d.c., good look, we need you, thank you. back in a moment after this. ffe? i wanted to help protect myself. my doctor recommended eliquis. eliquis is proven to treat and help prevent another dvt or pe blood clot. almost 98% of patients on eliquis didn't experience another. and eliquis has significantly less major bleeding than the standard treatment. eliquis is fda-approved and has both. don't stop eliquis unless your doctor tells you to. eliquis can cause serious and in rare cases fatal bleeding.
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temporary relief to people, but my major concern, bill, right now, is what i don't see in this package, is any kind of measures that will actually grow the economy and help us get out of this recession once it gets over and once we have the virus contained. that's why steve forbes and i have performed the suspension of the payroll tax so we have something that will give some juice to be economy once we get going. >> bill: maybe when we get to that at some point. we will see. austin, what is your view from chicago? >> look, i think this approach that stephen is describing in which underlies several of the things in the senate bill so far which is let's try to cut taxes for people who have more money, let's try to cut taxes for business. i don't know. i lived through the last version of the bailouts, first they bailed out the banks, then we had the auto rescue. those only work if the economy
recovers. so my number 1 thing that i can't understand is why we aren't spending more time and more money on the virus inside of virus economics. because if you do not get the test and you do not address the health aspect, you can't get us out of lockdown, and general lockdown is what's killing the economy. >> bill: on that point, here, you lead right to it, "wall street journal," here's the piece from earlier today. "rethinking the coronavirus shutdown: no society can safeguard public health for a long at the cost of its economic health." austin you are addressing that, stephen, why don't you address it as well. the final pieces that you need a strategy that is more economically and socially sustainable then what we have seen for the past week. stephen? >> well, i don't disagree with what austen just said, of course we need to do everything we can as quickly as possible to contain and to find treatments and it certainly to have screens and so that we know who has a
virus and who doesn't. the point that i would make, and i am in full agreement with the questions of "the wall street journal" editorial asked, which is this, is that possible, and i think we have reached the point where maybe the cure is worse than the disease. look, we have an economy, the american economy is the engine of the world, bill. we have a $20 trillion economy, we are losing somewhere in the neighborhood of $400 billion a week because of the shutdown of the economy. the point oh would make is this can't go much longer. i heard you ask the doctor as this will be over by easter. we can't have the american economy shut down for more than three or four weeks, or i think, it will be a disaster in terms of the human suffering, the lifetime savings of businesses and individuals that will be wiped out. we have to make a smart calculation here. i think we've got to reopen the economy as quickly as possible because if we don't, the devastation will be everlasting.
>> bill: austin, address the concern that were raised in the piece that i just asked to stephen here, a long-term strategy suggesting that you can't continue at our current pace. >> yeah, if that editorial or stephen are suggesting that there is too much economic damage, so we suggest reopen and not have these lockdowns, i think that is a mistake. in the virus, you have to get control of that virus. if you look at korea where they have done extensive testing, they are not under general lockdown. it is precisely the mentality that came from the white house, and we have been dealing with in some aspects in the senate, which says, stop saying this is a big deal, we should let everybody go back out, that is a terrible mistake. our goal should be to protect individuals first. so people need to be able to feed their families, they shouldn't be getting foreclosed on or evicted. then, let's talk about businesses. and we shouldn't just hand
businesses billions of dollars, we shouldn't just have a payroll tax cut that goes to higher income people and not to people who have lost their jobs or are retired. >> bill: it seems to be tapering away from the wealthy on that point. last point here, stephen, do you think ren this recession already? >> there is no doubt we are in a recession, it's just a question of how deep it will be. will it be a 5%, 10%, 15%? by the way, 155 million americans pay the payroll tax including the lowest income americans, so that is not a tax cut for the rich, we have 27 million small businesses in this country, bill, not all of them corporations. this is a tax cut that would benefit every individual worker and every individual business once we get the economy going. the only question i would ask my friend austan goolsbee is how many trillions of dollars of losses are you willing to accept before we start saying wait a minute? >> bill: fair question, we need a quick answer. >> look, my answer is you solve
the virus, that's how we turn the economy to growth. not cutting taxes for business and high income people. it doesn't make sense. protect individuals and address the virus. that so we should do. >> bill: austan goolsbee, thank you, stephen moore, thank you as well, gentlemen, we are now looking at the dow, down about 3% on th the day for trad. so, we are heading toward the weekend, we will be well above 20,000 for the dow, we haven't seen numbers like that since late 2016, early 2017, we are watching that for you now. meanwhile, all levels of government responding in the outbreak and a moment, the role of our nation's governors, big job for all of them, how they are working for the feds, tennessee governor bill lee is live in a moment next. >> president trump: we are doing things that a lot of people wouldn't be able to do. but the relationship with governors and states is, i think, various ordinary, especially to circumstances which just came upon us. bend at the waist!
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>> bill: so the governors now working with the feds on the response to the virus. tennessee has 150 cases, apparently, that number is ticking up by the moment, up by 57% and monday. the governor has already declared an emergency, says that they will get more equipment and supplies to health care workers. republican governor bill lee of tennessee with me now. how are you doing, good afternoon to you. on a conference call with the president yesterday, i'm looking at an email right now, tell me if this is correct or not, your case count as of now is 228? has it gone higher? >> that is exactly right, it is moving up fast. in part because we have worked really hard to test. so certainly, we have raised up remote test sites all across the state, and we have worked really hard to make sure we have had as much testing capacity as
possible. the more you test, the more positive zero going to get, gives you a better picture of her you are. we certainly know that we have cases all over the state now. >> bill: okay, governor, how are you gauging this in terms of the state home orders from california, now here in new york city, what do you think about that? >> you know, i think that these are times for a very difficult decisions. we have to work through those. we have to make a measured responses that are proportiona proportionate. my message, and some of the most important work that i do is to remind tennesseans of their individual obligation. the government can do a lot of things, but it's the people of tennessee that are going to choose responsible behavior, it is the churches that are going to choose responsible behavior, businesses across our state that are going to do that. so we are strongly suggesting and encouraging individuals,
businesses, organizations to do the right thing. that is how we will curb this. >> bill: okay, i'm seeing 15,000 beds, 537 ventilators ready to go. where are those positioned other than nashville, knoxville, and memphis? >> they are spread out. we have facilities all across the state. i talked today with the head of vanderbilt health about how it is that we can pool resources it to direct those to the hot spots in our state as they occur in the days ahead. so we have got tremendous cooperation across the system, the health system in our state connected to our department of health to make sure that we can address this as it hits us. >> i know i headline there a moment ago 228 cases in your state, still, you've got so many folks are living in tennessee, they might think what is this all about. i'm just wondering, how are people reacting when it seems, perhaps, that the worst event is the so distant. >> it is one of the challenges
you have. we have a lot of rural communities here in tennessee. to them, where we have no real community cases there, and they don't feel the impact of that, we are working really hard to get the message out to them as well. i spent a lot of time on the radio on radio talk shows that reach out into rural communities doing interviews with the tennessee press association that distributes to local papers all over the state. we've got to make make sure that rural people and people who live in rural districts and small towns know it is coming to them, and they need to be prepared just like those in nashville. >> bill: okay, governor, we will keep an eye on it, we'll keep an eye on the testing as well. make sure that gets ramped up, bill lee, thank you. bank here in new york now, police officers have to keep working during the pandemic, but as members of the forced guideline. >> were going to get out of it
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>> bill: this just in, the usa swimming team requesting the u.s. olympic and paralympic committees push to postpone the summer games in tokyo. now slated for late july, four months away. we will watch that story. meanwhile, tens of millions of americans at home now, first responders are still on the job however. fox news confirming at least a 30 police officers have tested positive. bryan llenas is on that story in new york. brian. >> bill, nypd commissioner tells me the good news is that of the
35 officers who have tested positive for covid-19, none have been hospitalized. that is the good news, but there has been a spike in the number of officers who have called out sick. the hardest hit is the first precinct, 31 officers calling out. that is 17% of that building. in fact, the nypd movie and television unit was called in for backup depleted forces. the commissioner says the nypd is shifting resources as needed, staggering work schedules, increasing cleaning of facilities, and there is a panel including doctors deciding which officer should stay home. >> what we do, we'll make it those calls our sick desk on a case-by-case basis we are reviewing facts and making a determination. we have been putting people out on quarantine when they are not symptomatic. thank you for being the rock that new york city people can
depend on, they need you more than ever. >> the police union is worried, it says the nypd has failed to provide adequate protection and protective equipment or cleaning supplies. they say they are ready and full body protection for officers who may want it in the future. >> do you have enough to make sure they can get one if they want personal handsome kaiser or a mask? >> absolutely, we are in a good place right now. things like tyvek suits has come up, that is not something we use many of but we are making sure if we need them we have a supp supply. we are not at that point yet, we have enough resources. >> since the outbreak, crime citywide is down though there has been an increase in the number of ambulance calls. the commissioner tells me he feels well and he has not been tested for covid-19. >> bill: thank you
bryan llenas, finally a reason to smile. during a time of uncertainty, we came across a few images we want to share with you. some americans are separated from their loved ones are still finding ways to share life's big events. >♪ happy birthday to you >> bill: that is a family singing outside their matriarchs home to celebrate her 95th birthday, one of her 22 grandchildren said they wanted her to know they were thinking of her. indeed, they did not forget. also, a granddaughter in north carolina stood outside of her grandpa's nursing home window to tell him that she is engaged. she says they shade a very special moment together. just a couple examples of people staying close while staying away, here we go into the weekend. as we do, we are here monday through friday. we will be back on monday, come hell or high water.
never miss a report here. in the meantime, as we go toward the weekend we are looking at this on the economy. so to get it breath, we will get through it together, certainly in time. here is neil. >> neil: here is the good news my friends, the week is over. not a moment too soon as you look at the white house and the nation's capital script and dealing with the coronavirus. they were getting creamed and reamed, the dow swooning today. it is at 19,160. at far lower than when donald trump took office, and if you are counting the worst week for the market since back around the time of the 1987 stock market crash. that was then, a lot of people want to know what the heck is going on now. welcome everybody, i am the oak a you are watching your world
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