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Elon Musk Files a Lawsuit Against Alameda County; Shanghai Disneyland Takes Strict Screening; New Details Coming Out Over Ahmaud Arbery's Killing; World Sports Itching to Go Back in the Field; Top White House Officials Force to Self-Quarantine; President Trump Eager to Restart Economy; Seoul Reported its Highest Coronavirus Case in One Day; Boris Johnson Advises People to be Alert; Europe Gradually Opens its Doors. Aired 3-4a ET
Aired May 11, 2020 - 03:00 ET
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ROSEMARY CHURCH, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Rosemary Church. Coming up this hour, there is no escaping it, the coronavirus is surging back at any opportunity.
Hello, and welcome to our viewers joining us here in the United States, and all around the world. You are watching CNN Newsroom. And I'm Rosemary Church.
Just ahead, the coronavirus is making its way to the White House forcing three senior officials to self-isolate. Plus.
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BORIS JOHNSON, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: You must stay alert, we must continue to control the virus, and save lives.
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CHURCH: From stay-at-home, to stay alert. How the U.K.'s new roadmap is impacting the fight against the virus.
And what's meant to be the most magical place on earth is now coping with the new normal of the pandemic. We will take you to the first off Disneyland to reopen its doors.
Good to have you with us.
So, the coronavirus has crept into the corridors of power, striking at White House staff very close to U.S. President Donald Trump. Mr. Trump's personal valet and Vice President Mike Pence's spokeswoman have tested positive for the virus and three top U.S. health officials are still quarantining.
But his office says Pence is not and he is planning to be at the White House over coming hours. And despite the virus having struck so close to him, you can see from these photos taken during a meeting Saturday, President Trump and military officials are not wearing masks.
Mr. Trump is also still pushing to reopen states and get things back to normal despite the fact that the U.S. coronavirus death toll is now close to 80,000 people. Here is with the president's economic adviser had to say.
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KEVIN HASSETT, WHITE HOUSE SENIOR ECONOMIC ADVISER: We expect that they will very quickly have a picture about, you know, how quickly we can recover, whether we might have to slow the recovery bac down because the disease is spreading and so on.
And I think that it's just premature given that $9 trillion of aid that passed at the last three phases, given that that is still out there, and there's still a bunch of it that's still going to be delivered over the next month, we think that we have a little moment, the luxury of a moment to learn about what's going on so that the next step that we take can be prudent.
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CHURCH: CNN's Jeremy Diamond filed this report on why Vice President Pence is not self-quarantining.
JEREMY DIAMOND, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Well, Vice President Mike Pence's office on Sunday saying that the vice president will not enter self-quarantine after his press secretary tested positive for coronavirus on Friday.
Vice president's spokesman Devin O'Malley saying in a statement that Vice President Pence will continue to follow the advice of the White House medical unite and is not in quarantine.
Additionally, Vice President Pence has tested negative every single day and plans to be at the White House tomorrow. That is on Monday. The vice president is expected indeed to be at the White House so certainly not at self-quarantine there.
Now his decision is in contrast to what we are seeing from three of the doctors on the Coronavirus Task Force.
Dr. Robert Redfield, the head of the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Stephen Hahn, the Hahn, the head of the Food and Drug Administration, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, all three of them entering some form of self-quarantine for the next two weeks after they came into contact with a White House official who tested positive for coronavirus.
Their announcement about going into quarantine came within 24 hours of the news that Katie Miller, the vice president press secretary, who is also a spokeswoman for the task force, had indeed tested positive.
So, certainly, some differences here in the approach, and that is kind of thing here that we're seeing from the White House, is kind of a mismatched piecemeal approach to what these officials should do if indeed they come into contact.
Certainly, the vice president has spent far more time with Katie Miller, the vice president's press secretary, than any of these other officials on the task force.
And so far, the White House is also declining to say whether any other officials on the task force or any other White House officials who would be in frequent meetings with the vice president's press secretary whether they will also from home and enter some kind of quarantine.
What we are also learning is that those three officials who are going into quarantine, they were set to testify before the Senate health committee on Tuesday.
Those officials will still go forward with that testimony, but instead, Senator Lamar Alexander, the chairman of that committee announcing that all three of them will appear via video conference.
Jeremy Diamond, CNN, the White House.
CHURCH: Meanwhile, a source tells CNN President Trump is concerned his aides contracting coronavirus will undercut his message that the outbreak is waning, insisting states should begin reopening.
All that as a key coronavirus model cited by the White House now predicts 137,000 deaths in the U.S. by August. That's an uptick of several thousand since last week. Here is how a top researcher explains it.
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CHRISTOPHER MURRAY, DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH METRICS AND EVALUATION: What's driving the change is simply put the rise in mobility. And that's the key driver. We are seeing in some states, you know, a 20-percentage point increase in just 10 days in mobility. That will translate into more human contact, more transmission.
And then the other thing that we're seeing in some states is which is why we like to revive the forecast on a very regular basis, is that we're just seeing more cases and deaths than expected in certain places. But it's mostly mobility that's driving up the numbers.
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CHURCH: And we are already seeing the pathogen stage a resurgence elsewhere, even in countries that seem to have their outbreaks under control. Over the next few minutes, I want to show you what's going on in Germany, China, and South Korea.
Now over the weekend, South Korea reported its single biggest single day jump in coronavirus cases since early April. At least 89 new cases were believed to be linked to Seoul's night club scene. And specifically, a man who visited three establishments.
It brings the total number of confirmed cases in South Korea to more than 10,000, with the president warning of a second wave.
And CNN's Paula Hancocks is in Seoul. She joins us now live. Good to see you, Paula. So, we've talked about the success South Korea has had an extensively testing and isolating, and really getting on top of this pandemic, and now this. What are people saying about this spike in cases and about this man who apparently is behind this?
PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Rosemary, just one update on the figures there. We now know that 86 people have been tested positive and related to this one incident accord -- according to officials.
So, this is a 29-year-old man who visited the night club district of Itaewon here in Seoul back on May second, and then a number of days later tested positive. So, what we have seen is that officials are trying to trace all of those that he have come into contact with.
They say they have the names of more than 5,500 people there, expanding the search to about two-week period in this particular area where the nightclubs are. And they say they've tested more than 3,000 of those, they're waiting for the results of about a thousand at this point.
And as I say, 86 people have tested positive. So what officials are trying to do is to, is really contain the outbreak. The Seoul city mayor says there's probably two to three days which are critical in order to try and trace all of the people.
They say that some though going into the clubs, they had to give names and phone numbers before they were allowed into these clubs, some gave false information, so they are still trying to track down some who went into the area.
We know that they have been using credit card usage, we know that they have been using mobile phone records and also police cooperation. And of course, the concern in the neighborhood is that people have really let down their guard, that some people became complacent.
Here is what one resident had to say.
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HWANG EUN-HYE, ITAEWON RESIDENT (through translator): The outbreaks at nightclubs suddenly occurred in my neighborhood. So, I'm very scared and disappointed. Since nightclubs are entertainment places the people didn't have to go there. So, it's disappointing that people went to clubs without being cautious.
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HANCOCKS: Of course, this comes just two days before schools are supposed to start reopening here in South Korea. It's going to be a phased approach over the next few weeks but that is now in question. And we'll be hearing from the education ministry later on, this Monday, potentially an update on that.
And we did hear also from the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, talking about this cluster, this incident, saying it's not over until it's over, saying that people cannot let their guard down as experts have been very clear there will be a second wave. And he asked people to keep their guards up. Rosemary?
CHURCH: It is certainly a warning to all of us. Paula Hancocks bringing us up to date on the situation there across South Korea. I appreciate it.
Well, mainland China is reporting 17 new cases of the coronavirus. Seven were imported cases and 10 were locally transmitted. Fresh lockdown measures were announced for Xiaolan City in the northeastern Jilin province.
Five of the new case are in Wuhan, the original epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. Wuhan had not reported a new case since April 3rd.
And in Germany, there are indications that infections are again on the rise. It has to do with what's known as the R value. That's how many people each sick person infects with the coronavirus. And that number has now reached more than 1.1 in Germany.
The federal public health agency says it's too early to draw conclusions but the number needs to be watched. Chancellor Angela Merkel has said restrictions that have been relaxed can be reimpose if the pandemic accelerates again.
So, let's talk more about all of this with Dr. Peter Drobac. He is an infectious disease and global health expert. Thank you very much for joining us.
PETER DROBAC, GLOBAL HEALTH EXPERT, OXFORD SAID BUSINESS SCHOOL: Thank you.
CHURCH: So, new COVID-19 cases reported in parts of China. And of course, South Korea initially seen as a success story is now experiencing this spike in cases linked to nightclubs, to one particular young man there. And the country's president warns of a second wave saying it's not over until it's over.
It's a powerful warning of course to the rest of the world, particularly the U.S., where states are opening up without any effective testing in place and with cases and deaths the highest in the world. Where do you see all of this going?
DROBAC: Well, as you say, it's a real stark reminder of the fact that we're just really at the beginning of this fight and how difficult it's going to be. South Korea and Germany we've been talking about for weeks as examples of how to get this right, how to crush the curb and bring the virus under control. And really just within days of easing some physical distancing
measures in each country we're seeing evidence of at least a slight uptick in new cases. And that just shows what a knife's edge this kind of balancing act is going to be.
And these are places that have made extraordinary investments in testing, in tracing in isolation and all of the public health measures that are required to get this under control. If they're struggling, imagine what's going to happen in the U.S. where we're opening up but we haven't actually made those investments in the control measures that we need to keep cases down.
CHURCH: Yes, this is definitely setting off alarm bells, isn't it? Of course, the U.S. vice president's press secretary and the president's valet have now both tested positive for COVID-19, yet neither Mr. Trump nor Mr. Pence intend to quarantine themselves and they'll return to work Monday, but they don't intend to wear masks.
How should the nation respond to these mixed messages from the very top and what could be the ramifications of their actions?
DROBAC: Well, here in the U.K. we of course just went through this where the prime minister himself was infected with COVID-19 and quite sick. And very fortunately of course he has recovered. But during that several-week period it really hampered the government's response.
And so, that alone is something that is really concerning as we start to see these cases in folks in and around the White House. So that's number one.
Number two, absolutely it does send the wrong message. You know, one thing we know is that masks are going to be part of this new normal because if everyone is wearing masks it's going reduce the chance that we can asymptomatically be transmitting the virus to others and great leadership is really about walking the walk and leading by example. And I think that's important.
CHURCH: And of course, as a result of these infections daily testing is now done at the White House to ensure the safety of the president and all those around him. So why wouldn't Mr. Trump also ensure extensive testing across the nation? Not on a daily basis obviously but in a way that allows the country to detect those infected and isolate them and contact trace.
DROBAC: Yes, the response we're seeing is exactly what we've been talking about for weeks, right? Test, trace, isolate, and quarantine. And it's terrific that it's happening there of course, and we would expect nothing less.
But as you say, this should be the expectation for all Americans across the country. And so, it does send a bit of a mixed message if testing and all of these things are available for those in government but not for regular people. And it's difficult to ask people to go back to work, to send their children back to school and not feel like they're being protected. CHURCH: And as the world races to find a vaccine for the virus,
because that's the only way we'll really get back to any normal that we knew, a top doctor for health giant Johnson & Johnson says his company aims to have a billion vaccine doses by next year.
I just wanted to listen to what he had to say about that. Let's bring it up.
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PAUL STOFFELS, CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER, JOHNSON & JOHNSON: We are prepared in clinical trials. We are fully in upscaling. And we start clinical trials in September, and hopefully have data by the end of the year, as well as now working towards one billion vaccines for next year.
We will have some vaccine available this year, but it all depends -- it will depend on the authorities. The FDA and others to decide whether it can be used earlier, before efficacy data are available.
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CHURCH: So, doctor, clinical trials in September, data maybe by the end of the year, and one billion vaccines for next year. But that is behind some other vaccine trials, isn't it? Like the one with Oxford University.
So where do you see the best hope for a vaccine and the best system of distribution or will there need to be multiple vaccines available to get everyone in the world protected?
DROBAC: What gives me the most hope is the fact that there are dozens of vaccines being developed and now several in trials around the world and these are taking many different approaches to attacking the virus.
We've never had an effective vaccine against a coronavirus before, so there's no guarantee of success. So, the best shot that we've got is to attack this from as many different places as possible as quickly as possible.
The Johnson & Johnson announcement is one example of how scientists and governments are trying to compress that research and development timeline dramatically by speeding up not only the research process, but then beginning production of at least candidates that look promising so that if they demonstrate effectiveness and safety, we can get them out into circulation as quickly as possible. So that's terrific. But still there's no guarantee of success.
I think it's important for all of us to hope for the best but really just continue to plan for the worst-case scenario of not having a vaccine available for some time.
CHURCH: We're all pushing back on that of course. Dr. Drobac, thank you so much for joining us. I appreciate it. DROBAC: Thanks, Rosemary.
CHURCH: Well, the U.K. prime minister has a new message for the British people and a new plan for reopening the country, but not everyone's on board. We've got a live report for you from London. Back in just a moment.
CHURCH: The U.K. prime minister has gone from stay-at-home to stay alert, but the rest of the country isn't so sure. In a televised address Sunday night Boris Johnson said those who can't work from home should return to their jobs. He also loosened restrictions on some activities.
The plan puts him at odds with Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. They will stay in lockdown. Johnson says he wants to relieve economic pressure but keep new cases down.
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JOHNSON: I know, you know, that it would be madness now to throw away that achievement by allowing a second spike. We must stay alert. We must continue to control the virus and save lives.
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CHURCH: So, let's go live to London and our Phil Black is standing by. He joins us now. Good to see you, Phil. So, the U.K. has really suffered as a result of a very slow government response to this pandemic. What has been the reaction now to Prime Minister Johnson's new plan to ease restrictions?
PHIL BLACK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: There's still a great deal of uncertainty, I think, Rosemary, about just how this is going to work and what it's going to mean for people's lives. Because the plan as it's been outlined is still pretty broad.
There's still a lot of detail missing, granular detail about how this will work because this new direction has begun not with a dramatic or clear shift in policy but simply a change in emphasis really.
The rules up until now, or the guidelines have been, work from home if you can, go to work if you must. The prime minister, his government is now saying continue to work from home if you can but if you can go to work safely then you should do so.
People are now actively being encouraged to return to work. And he mentioned specific industries. Construction, manufacturing. But there are big questions about how this is all going to work.
It can in theory happen from today, but it's going to take time and a lot of detail and instructions from government to various businesses and industries about how to set up their workplaces in such a way that is safe.
But the hope is that this will work, that it will begin increasing economic activity, that people will go back to being paid by their employers if they go back to their jobs instead of being paid by government-funded furlough schemes.
And it's hoped that this can all happen crucially without triggering a new resurgence of COVID-19 in this country. And that is the key, the key issue really. And the one that will determine whether or not the later stages of this plan kick in on the rough time scale that the prime minister has outlined.
He's talked about some school classes and some businesses perhaps opening as early as June. Some areas of the hospitality industry then reopening as early as July. But that's all very conditional on rates of infection staying low.
So, a lot of people are worried about how this is going to turn out over the coming weeks. But there is some consolation for them because there has been some clarity on some of the lifestyle restrictions.
They are now allowed to spend as much time outside as they like. Exercising, lying in the sun, visiting a park, going to the beach, these sorts of things. So that is some consolation, even if people are very much worried about what the return to work circumstances are going to be as they unfold.
CHURCH: All right. Many thanks to Phil Black joining us there live from London. I appreciate it.
Well, the rest of Europe is moving ahead with partial re-openings this week as new cases continue to decline in many areas that were previously hot spots.
In France some shops, services, and schools are now allowed to reopen. The country reported on Sunday its lowest daily death toll since the implementation of a strict lockdown nearly two months ago.
Melissa Bell is in Paris, where measures remain tighter than in other parts of the country. Good to see you, Melissa. So, children have been out of school across Europe as a result of this pandemic, but now many are returning to class. How are they doing that and how does France plan to get back to a version of this new normal we're experiencing?
MELISSA BELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Very carefully, I think, Rosemary, and very gradually. This is what we're seeing with the reopening of schools this week but also with the rest of the lifting of the lockdown measures. It's going to be gradual. It's going to depend on where you are.
Here in Paris as you mentioned and its surrounding area because the hospitals were so full of COVID-19 patients because the figures had been so bad. There is more restriction on your movements than if you are, say, in Bordeaux or in Lyon. What does that mean in concrete measures? It means, for instance, if
you get on the metro today at peak hours you need to have a piece of paper from your employer explaining why you couldn't work from home. Although there has been for administrative reasons a mistake made by the government the actual law won't come into effect until it's been denied its court.
There's been a couple of days delay so police won't be able to stop people on the metro today and until it comes into force. But essentially that is the spirit of the law.
The other important measure is that you can't travel more than 100 kilometers from your home unless you have a special reason to do so. But beyond that there is a lot more freedom for people's movement this morning and crucially some of Europe's youngest citizens are preparing for something like a return to normal.
Some of those European citizens hardest hit by stay-at-home orders are finally getting back to something approaching normal. These teenagers in Germany were returning to their school building one by one.
In Denmark, primary school children were the first in Europe to get back to their classrooms on April 15th. Some less enthusiastically than others. With teaching staff facing a whole new set of challenges.
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HENRIK WILHELMSEN, SCHOOL HEAD TEACHER: We have soap, disinfectant all over the place. We have put lines in the floor to indicate two meters intervals so the children can see what is two meters.
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BELL: Since the start of Europe's coronavirus outbreak in late February, Italy then Spain, France, and many other E.U. countries gradually put in place stay-at-home orders and closed schools. Only now are many countries beginning to reopen. And crucial to getting parents back to work is getting their children back into class.
In the Netherlands the classrooms that will open Monday will look very different. Here as in France some children have started early. Children of health care workers, for instance. This week other primary school children will return to class on a voluntary basis and classes will be smaller, so priority will be given to the children of essential workers.
In announcing the reopening of schools, the French president explained it was a matter of social justice.
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EMMANUEL MACRON PRESIDENT OF FRANCE (through translator): Too many children, especially in poorer neighborhoods and in the countryside, are deprived of school with no access to digital learning and cannot be helped in the same way by their parents.
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BELL: As schools like this one gradually reopen their doors, it will be an important test. The government here has said that it will not hesitate to bring in another stay-at-home order should those COVID-19 figures rise once again. So, can kids inside schools be kept safe from one another and are parents happy to be sending them back?
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm looking forward to them going back to school because I have to work. My husband is working also. And it's very complicated to work at home with kids.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): We have asked for our children to go back to school, but first children from disadvantage backgrounds. That's not our case. And since we work remotely, we are not the priority.
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BELL: Many French school children will have to wait before going back to school, a reminder that closing down back in March was easy and obvious enough. It is reopening that is harder, even as the battle against the outbreak continues.
Rosemary, you mentioned a moment ago that the figures here in France had been good. Yesterday was the smallest rise in the number of COVID- 19 deaths recorded yesterday since the lockdown began 55 days ago.
But of course, that is the result of an extremely strictly enforced stay-at-home order. The streets of France essentially empty. People working from home, schools closed. The question is, can those COVID-19 figures be kept within a reasonable rise once the world gets back to something like normal or at least one that the hospitals in places like Paris can cope with?
CHURCH: Absolutely. Melissa Bell bringing us the very late from Paris, France. Many thanks.
We'll take a short break here. Still to come, the car company Tesla is suing an entire county in California. We will have the details on that story and its connection to the coronavirus.
ROSEMARY CHURCH, CNN ANCHOR: -- the car company Tesla is suing an entire county in California. We will have the details on that story and its connection to the coronavirus.
That's after this short break. Do stay with us.
CHURCH: Welcome back, everyone. Well, in China, Shanghai Disneyland is reopening after being closed
for over three months because of the pandemic. It's the first of Disney's theme parks to reopen in limited capacity. Tickets were listed online Friday and sold out within minutes. Visitors must wear face masks and follow other strict guidelines before they go in.
CNN's David Culver has more.
DAVID CULVER, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The happiest place on earth. However, some of the leadership here at Shanghai Disneyland say they are the most cautious place on earth as of now. Because they have reopened, albeit in a far limited capacity. Well under 30 percent, which is the cap of capacity that they had put. And they're testing this out in many ways.
They've got a different procedure for folks who are coming in. For one, they require you to have the Shanghai local Q.R. code, which is the health code that essentially tracks your contact and prevents exposure to the virus. If you have a green one, they feel that they can assure folks you're coming in and that you're safe. They still do temperature screenings.
And then once you're in here, while we're on an elevated platform right now, if you're on the ground and going from attraction to attraction you've got to wear a face mask.
You'll also notice even as you get off the attractions, they have several different hand sanitizer stations. Some of the staff even go around with hand sanitizer to pump it into your hands.
All of this is an effort to try to reopen from a business perspective but also try to maintain that health security. We spoke with the senior vice president of operations here at the park, Andrew Bolstein. He gave us an idea as to what else is changing here.
CULVER: In noticing that parade go by, obviously a distance --
ANDREW BOLSTEIN, SVP OF OPERATIONS, SHANGHAI DISNEY RESORT: Yes.
CULVER: -- but you can still see the characters.
CULVER: Not the big hug and high fives, right?
BOLSTEIN: Exactly. More of a selfie moment and take the photos. But again, it gives the guests that ability to have an emotional moment and that connection.
Every other table or so has a table card on it, which asks for the guests' understanding that for your health and safety the table is unavailable. So basically, we're asking the guests not to sit here, sit there. And again, it creates kind of that separation.
CULVER: one of the things stressed there by Andrew and some of the other leadership is that Shanghai and arguably China is in a very different place than the other parts of the world, particularly where the 11 parks are that Disney owns and operates.
And for that matter they feel that they can cautiously embark on this reopening. It is a bit different. Takes a little getting used to. And yet at the same time it's still that escape to find a little bit of joy in what has been a very dark period.
And that's one of the things they're trying to balance, is this celebratory mood while at the same time respecting and acknowledging where the rest of the world is at in fighting this outbreak.
David Culver, CNN, Shanghai Disneyland.
CHURCH: And that question of when and how to reopen is playing out everywhere right now, not least of course right here in America where almost every state has started reopening in one way or another. The rules are mixed to say the least.
So now CNN's Natasha Chen takes us to Bristol, a town that straddles the border between Tennessee and Virginia to show us just how that's playing out and affecting people's businesses and way of life.
NATASHA CHEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I'm here on the Tennessee side of state street where restaurants, businesses can open at reduced capacity and we're seeing that right here on the marquee of this restaurant, saying that they're taking seating by reservation only, no walk-ins. And of course, they want to try and abide by those restrictions to keep a lower number of people inside their space.
But once I cross the street, I'm in a different state. In Virginia they have not reopened anything quite yet. And now I'm in Virginia, where people can only get curbside pickup or delivery for food. And so that creates quite a dichotomy between the businesses on both sides of the street.
Here are what two business owners told us about how they see the situation.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I really would like to see the other side open. I know there are some businesses that are competitors, but it's good for everybody I believe if we're all open. You know, I want to see everybody do well.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I just kind of wish the governor might come down here and take a peek at what we're doing down here and see if maybe the restrictions should be more about county, area code, region and maybe not statewide.
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CHEN: The regional approach is an interesting idea. It's something that we asked the chamber of commerce here -- and by the way, the chamber is helping out both sides of the street because they are chamber of commerce for Bristol, Tennessee and Virginia.
They said they've tried to advocate for the Virginia restaurants by talking to the Virginia government about maybe looking at a more local approach to reopening. And here's what she told me.
CHEN: It doesn't sound like there's any luck in letting one section of their state open first.
BETH RHINEHART, PREIDENT & CEO, BRISTOL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: That's true. We've been told he's not really interested in a regional approach for a number of different reasons. But for us here, I mean, when it impacts you at face value, you know, you have a restaurant who can look out the window and 30 yards across the street there are people walking into businesses, dining, shopping. And so that's a challenge.
CHEN: a group of leaders in northern Virginia actually wrote a letter to the governor asking for the same thing, a more regional approach, but for the opposite reason. They say they feel their population is not yet ready to reopen.
So, a very interesting dynamic with people here in Bristol, Virginia hoping that they really can reopen sooner because one half of the town already has.
We also talked to Chinese restaurants on the Virginia side called Shanghai. The owner's son there said he understands the governor's tough position of having to make a decision for the entire state.
He said what's most important is the health of their customers and whatever they are told about the best decision in reopening they will follow those rules.
Natasha Chen, CNN, now in Bristol, Virginia.
CHURCH: And Tesla CEO Elon Musk is threatening to move his headquarters out of California. The carmaker filed a lawsuit Saturday night against Alameda County after officials refused to let Tesla reopen its factory.
In a series of tweets Musk said he would move the company's headquarters to Texas or Nevada where shelter in place rules are less restrictive.
So, let's talk more about this with CNN's John Defterios. He joins me now from Abu Dhabi. Good to see you, John. So, Tesla's CEO flexing his muscles here. Where is this all going and where's it likely to land?
JOHN DEFTERIOS, CNN BUSINESS EMERGING MARKETS EDITOR: Well, it's extraordinary how fast the heat was turned up by Elon Musk, going to court on Saturday. He's saying that Alameda County, the local county around San Francisco, is making a power grab and almost ignoring what Governor Gavin Newsom is suggesting, if you can open one safety measures, which Elon Musk says tesla has done.
Now, California is extremely innovative, especially around Silicon Valley and around this county in particular, but when it comes to healthcare matters, labor or environmental regulations it is a highly regulated area and some would say very progressive. So, they're not listening to Elon Musk.
He's making it very clear -- and it almost sounded, Rosemary, he's already made his mind up that he's going to move his headquarters outside of California to more labor-friendly states like Nevada or Texas.
But I would have to suggest here it's not helping Elon Musk if he hits these certain targets in 2020, he's due for a massive payout of some $700 million. You can see the David versus Goliath, California being a G7 economy on its own, and pushing the envelope here when it comes to health matters, wanting to reopen the factory. He's a factory of the future, if you will, because it's electric vehicles and of course California would like to keep the jobs there.
CHURCH: Yes, we'll see what happens there. And also, John, White House officials are urging caution on any new stimulus package with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin warning unemployment could go as high as 25 percent. But how likely is it that they'll need to approve another package with those sorts of numbers?
DEFTERIOS: I think it's a when, not if, if you will, Rosemary. I think there will be more money allocated here. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin just saying we have $3 trillion in the system, it's not spent yet, why are we rushing to judgment. And we're not talking about months but rather weeks. He's saying let's way a few weeks.
But how desperate is the situation here? Kevin Hassett who's an economic adviser to the White House and one of those who's been very blunt since the start of the coronavirus, is saying because people are so desperate for funds right now and they're running out of cash they're looking at food aid at the White House and getting that cleared on Capitol Hill.
Even ensuring that everybody has broadband access because they can't pay for it and if they need to look for a job, they need to of course be online. And this is looking towards the third quarter when perhaps we see the economy starting to recover.
However, we do have disagreement now because the House Democrats are saying we're not going to wait to draft the legislation, let's move ahead, this is something that's meeting resistance from Mnuchin right now. But in context the U.S. have $3 trillion, represents almost half of
the money allocated by the G20 of $7 trillion. It's a lot of money, but it's being spent very fast.
CHURCH: Yes, but we see people, they're really hurting and lining up at food banks. Trying to put food on the table for them and their families. It's a tough story. All here and across the globe as well. John Defterios, many thanks to you, joining us live from Abu Dhabi. I appreciate it.
Well, the world's second oldest airline has filed for bankruptcy protection. Colombia-based Avianca filed its petition in U.S. court saying the decision was made due to the unforeseeable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline says it's the most challenging crisis in its 100-year history. Avianca employs 21,000 people throughout Latin America.
New developments in the shooting death of a black jogger here in the State of Georgia after threats against demonstrations supporting Ahmaud Arbery a man is under arrest. And that's not all. We have the latest coming up.
CHURCH: Well, strong words from Atlanta's mayor on the shooting death of an African-American jogger. While speaking with CNN Sunday, Keisha Lance Bottoms called Ahmaud Arbery's death a lynching. Georgia's attorney general has asked federal authorities to investigate how the case was handled. And the previously unseen video clip is now public.
CNN's Martin Savidge has more. And a warning, his report contains graphic video.
MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The Georgia attorney general has now asked for the U.S. Department of Justice to formally step in and do a thorough review of the entire case when it comes to the investigation of the death of Ahmaud Arbery.
The reason for that is obvious. It's the fact that it took over two months for local law enforcement to look into this case and hardly anything happened and then you have state law enforcement officials come in and in less than two days they have made two arrests.
The question that has come up in many people's minds is one of those under arrest is Gregory McMichael, who for a long time worked as an investigator in the local district attorney's office. So, the question being asked by many is did local law enforcement give him some sort of favored treatment and to his son, delaying any kind of arrest because of the work that he used to do in the D.A.'s office? Clearly that's just one element that is going to be investigated.
Now new video that's come to light. It's not new to investigators. It's new to the public. What it essentially shows is Ahmaud Arbery on the day he died in the community where he was killed walking into a home that was under construction. It was captured by security cameras.
We know it's Ahmaud Arbery because his family has also seen this video and they have positively I.D.'d him in the video. It's a short clip. He walks around for a little bit. Then he leaves and goes off on a run. He doesn't take anything.
And many of us have walked into a home that's been under construction sort of out of curiosity, looking around. The most significant that would be is trespassing. That's a misdemeanor. It is not any kind of serious offense that would warrant Georgia's hot pursuit or citizen's arrest kind of lobbying put into effect.
And then lastly, I'll point out that there were threats that had been made online. The GBI was investigating. Alleging that if there were any future demonstrations in support of Alana Arbery something bad would happen.
Well, in less than 24 hours the GBI with the help of the FBI had determined who had made those threats. They were using someone else's online identity to do it. They have now been taken into custody. And it just shows you how even now emotions continue to run very high.
Martin Savidge, CNN, Glen County, Georgia.
CHURCH: And we'll take a short break here. Still to come, it's sport but not as we know it. Leagues around the world look to get up and running without one usually key component, fans. We're back with that in just a moment.
CHURCH: Well, major sports around the world have started a return to society. Baseball leagues in Taiwan and South Korea have returned. And the top-class German Bundesliga is gearing up for a return to the pitch this coming week. The English Premier League in England is meeting Monday to set a return date.
Don Riddell takes a closer look.
DON RIDDELL, CNN SPORTS ANCHOR: Just a few months ago this would have seemed ridiculous. Life-sized cutout football fans attending a top Bundesliga game in Germany. But now it's really happening.
This is the only way that thousands of football supporters can be present for their team, Borussia Monchengladbach. This weekend Germany's top league returns after two months on the sidelines and enforced hiatus because of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Some of the leagues in Europe such as France and the Netherlands have already been canceled. Ajax Amsterdam were top of the table but now have nothing to show for it. Their CEO and legendary former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar says he's curious to see how it's going to work across the border in Germany.
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EDWIN VAN DER SAR, CEO, AJAX: Also read a couple days ago some players they attracted the coronavirus. And of course, I'm not sure how Germany that plans to do. And of course, they -- and most of the bigger leagues rely a lot on TV revenue. And that's probably one of the big reasons that those leagues are going ahead.
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RIDDELL: England's Premier League is the biggest football league in the world. They haven't yet given up on the 2019-20 season but the so- called project restart is still being furiously debated. All 20 clubs are meeting again on Monday to discuss when the season might resume.
Football hasn't disappeared completely during the outbreak. They carried on playing in Belarus and a handful of other countries around the world. But the most significant development recently can be found in South Korea, where baseball and football have returned this month.
These are encouraging signs for sports fans in the United States. When it comes to the likes of basketball, baseball, and soccer returning. The timing of the outbreak has so far not interfered with the NFL. A new schedule has just been published. Their top stars can't wait.
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RUSSELL WILSON, QUARTERBACK, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: When sports comes back, I know everybody is going to be screaming. They're going to be, they're going to be ready to roll. I think it's going to be crazier than ever before. I think the ratings are going to be higher than ever.
And so, hopefully we can bring a little hope to people soon and hopefully we can bring a little bit of inspiration too.
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RIDDELL: But these times remain very uncertain. UFC has been one of the most bullish sports throughout the crisis but they were just reminded that they cannot control the virus.
Just hours before UFC 249 in Florida middleweight fighter Ronaldo Jacare Souza was forced to withdraw from Saturday night's event because he and two cornermen had tested positive for COVID-19. UFC president Dana White accepts that there is always going to be an element of risk.
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DANA WHITE, PRESIDENT, UFC: There are no guarantees in life. There are no guarantees. There's no 100 percent guarantee I'm going to be safe driving home after this interview. There's no guarantee that I'm -- you know, anything can happen. It's part of life. And -- but we're going to take away as much risk as we possibly can to put on this event.
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RIDDELL: So that makes the Bundesliga's return this weekend all the more interesting. The league, teams, and players say they're taking every possible precaution. But how safe an environment can it really be? There won't be any fans in the stadiums, but the rest of the sports world will be paying very close attention.
Don Riddell, CNN.
CHURCH: They will. And thanks for joining us. I'm Rosemary Church. I'll be back with more news in just a moment. Do stay with us.