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France Reports Same Daily Case Level As When Lockdown Eased; Health Care Workers In Brazil Volunteer For Vaccine Trial; Final Journey Of U.S. Congressman And Civil Rights Icon; Israel, Hezbollah Trade Fire Across Lebanon Border; How The NFL Plans To Keep The Players Safe. Aired 11a-12p ET

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Live from CNN Abu Dhabi, this is "Connect the World" with Becky Anderson.

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BECKY ANDERSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL HOST: Cases are rising around the world faster than ever. I'm Becky Anderson as you just heard, it's your world.

We're just connecting it so here are the biggest stories for you.

Right now it would be tough to find a single person on earth whom the COVID-19 pandemic hasn't affected in some way. In Asia where it was sole

things were under control. Millions are being impacted by fresh restrictions. If you are in Hong Kong and you're in public, you're now

required to wear a mask even outdoors. Forget about eating at restaurants. The city there has imposed a temporary ban.

If you're a UK citizen and you decided to take a holiday in Spain, well, now you will face two-week quarantine back home. And if you're in the

United States, you are in the middle of the world's number one COVID-19 hot spot, and every time you venture out in public, you may be worrying that

you'll become one of the 60,000 people being infected every single day.

Even people who have not contracted the virus are seeing their lives turned upside down by politicians in Washington trying to help by offering a new

round of economic aid. But the process of putting money into the pockets of people who are hurting is never easy.

After a weekend of negotiations, Republicans are set to unveil their $1 trillion stimulus package in the next few hours. It puts $1200 checks in

the hands of many households but sharply cuts payments to unemployed Americans. Democrats want to do more and have proposed a much larger

stimulus package.

Let's bring in CNN's John Harwood from Washington. And let's just talk about that stimulus bill first. What do we know and what can we expect,

John?

JOHN HARWOOD, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Well, we know, Becky is that a couple of months ago, House Democrats passed a $3 trillion bill. That bill

did various things including extend those federal unemployment benefits that $600 a week through January.

It also included a lot of money for more testing, for states and local governments whose revenues have been destroyed by the coronavirus, and

that's slowed down the economic activity. Also money for election security, because coronavirus is affecting the way people are going to cast their

ballots in the 2020 election.

Republicans were hoping not to have to pass any bill. They didn't do anything about this legislation for two months. They hope that the signs in

the springtime that the coronavirus was waning were going to be persistent, and they wouldn't have to pass another bill.

Now they say that the virus has resurged, they have got to do something else. They want to do the minimum amount possible, but they know they've

got to do something. And so, Larry Kudlow yesterday was describing an approach that would retain some of that federal unemployment top off to

state unemployment benefits but not the whole thing. Here's his formula.

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LARRY KUDLOW, DIRECTOR, U.S. NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL: It won't stop the assistance; it's going to cap the assistance at a level that is consistent

with people going back to work. That's what we said from day one. First of all, state unemployment benefits stay in place. Second of all, we will try

to cap the benefits at about 70 percent of wages.

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HARWOOD: Now, Democrats say that's not enough, they want the whole thing, but this is where the negotiation starts. But it's up against a deadline,

Becky, because these unemployment benefits run out at the end of this month. So that's just this week.

If Congress does not act this week to extend those benefits, tens of millions of Americans are going to see their amount of disposable income

decline significantly, which is not going to be helpful to anyone, especially to President Trump who is running for re-election.

ANDERSON: That's right, and how do people view Donald Trump's handling of this COVID-stricken economy, John, given that we are now less than - just

less than 100 days out from the November election?

HARWOOD: Becky, the President is in deep, deep trouble, both nationally and in battleground states. Just a new poll out this morning from NBC and

Amherst that showed in the State of North Carolina, a traditionally red state that the President carried four years ago, he's down by seven points

to Joe Biden.

His approval rating is deep under water and people prefer Biden over Trump on handling of coronavirus. We've seen that pattern repeated in a series of

battleground state polls. We had three yesterday from CNN other news organizations showing the same thing. The President is down by about 10

points nationally.

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HARWOOD: That is a very difficult hole to come back from. Not impossible, but not easy.

ANDERSON: Finally, another top Trump official testing positive, John. Who is it and what do we know?

HARWOOD: It's Robert O'Brien. He's the President's National Security Adviser. He was in Europe last week, meeting with European counterparts,

photographed without wearing masks, came back to the White House went to work on Thursday abruptly left to go home.

We presume that's because he tested positive at the White House on Thursday. They say he is quarantining. He has mild symptoms. They do not

believe that there is a risk to President Trump from this of course President Trump gets tested a lot.

But this is going to have a political impact in addition to the health impact, and we all hope that Robert O'Brien gets better. But what this does

is at a time when the administration is trying to talk down the threat, saying it's not a serious thing, yes, we need to do more testing.

But it's going to go away, this is the President's recurrent message, to have one of his closest aides contract coronavirus is a message to

Americans that the Trump White House doesn't know what it's doing on this, and that's a further political danger from this pandemic.

ANDERSON: John Harwood is in Washington for you. John always a pleasure, thank you. Once the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic Europe has been

slowly getting back on its feet but now there are fears that a widespread second wave is on the horizon.

Case in point Spain, Germany and France these countries are now seeing new spikes of infections following the lifting of lockdown measures. Let's

focus on France for the moment. The Health Ministry there says a good chunk of the progress the country had made has simply been erased.

The Health Minister, Olivier Veran tells Le Parisien Newspaper the country is not yet in a second wave of the outbreak, but there have been a massive

rise in cases. He said we have seen for a few days, the number of positive cases rise sharply while it has been falling for 13 weeks.

It has reached the same daily level today as when the confinement was lifted. CNN's Cyril Vanier is live for you in Paris. Cyril?

CYRIL VANIER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, Becky, this was, in many ways, entirely predictable and it has now come to pass. When the government eased

the confinement restrictions two and a half months ago and life started going back to normal, the scientist who advised the French government said,

look, as things go back to normal, the virus is going to start circulating faster.

It's going to be a question of how much faster and whether we can contain that and so, that is what the numbers are now bearing out, that scenario is

occurring? So more than 1,000 new cases every day that is where we were mid-May before it dropped and now suddenly spiked back up.

The government has made it clear that as life went back to normal, the French essentially got lazy. That's not the word they used, but they say

the French are not respecting mitigation measures, social distancing and health measures as much as they once were, even just a few weeks ago.

So they're now calling on everyone not only to wear your masks, especially in indoors spaces where that is now mandatory, but they're calling also

people to respect the distancing. Don't get so close to one another, avoid unnecessary contact, don't go to work if you absolutely do not have to.

The French government is also deeply aware of the economic cost of re- confining. So we are not there, Becky, yet in France. I want to make that very clear. The French government does not want another round of national

confinement.

They are hoping that with increased mitigation measures, that with increased distancing measures, and if need be, local confinements, they are

going to be able to have a handle on this thing, Becky.

ANDERSON: And it's not just France, as I suggested, ahead of speaking to you. We are seeing a spike in cases in Spain and in Germany. It was only

less than a week ago that the European Union and its leaders agreed on a rescue package, effectively, a COVID fund.

We know that that is now at a trillion dollars, including some of the budget that had to be sorted out over the next seven years. The question

is, is that going to be big enough if we continue to see these spikes and a second wave across the continent?

VANIER: Well, that speaks to what I was saying earlier. That's why the government is so afraid of having to re-confine. No country wants to re-

confine at a national level. They are willing to do it at a local level, and they have shown this in Germany, they have shown this in Spain in the

Catalonia region recently.

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VANIER: It doesn't have to happen on a regional level in France, but it could before the end of the summer, if the number is continued trending in

the wrong direction. Governments had deeply aware of the cost of re- confining. They want to avoid that scenario, so the answer is test, test, test they've been saying this for three months.

Not every country is at the same level in terms of testing. In fact I want to show you where we are Becky this is a mobile testing lab in the heart of

Paris on the banks of the river Seine. So people are coming here to do the nose swabs that is to say to know whether they have the coronavirus right

now, and they're also coming here to do the blood work to know whether they have had it and might have some degree of immunity to the virus.

Testing is very hit and miss in Paris, you can go to some labs and have to wait 14 days for an appointment, you go to some labs and you can get it

done immediately. That is the key point of what's going on, not just here in France but in Germany and Spain as well, because that is how government

and health authorities can keep eyes on the spread of the virus and re- confine or apply mitigation measures if need be, Becky.

ANDERSON: Cyril Vanier is in Paris for you. Thank you, Cyril. On a global effort to resolve this pandemic, there are many vaccines now in the works

around the world. The World Health Organization says there are already 25 clinical trials underway globally.

There was one here in the UAE we've been talking a lot about the Oxford University vaccine, which has trials taking place in the UK, South Africa

and Brazil. Health care workers in Sao Paulo's hospitals are one of the groups contributing to that Oxford Vaccine Trial.

CNN has gained access to the first participant in the trial there, a dentist working in ICU. Nick Paton Walsh reports.

NICK PATON WALSH, CNN INTERNATIONAL SECURITY EDITOR: There is an extra bit of bravery here you can't see. Denis is a dentist doing for five months of

coronavirus in Sao Paulo, the not too pretty job of cleaning infected mouths. Like everyone here living away from her family, death around her

daily.

But she's the first Brazilian to be given a trial vaccine from Oxford University, carrying the hopes of pretty much all of us, that this front

runner vaccine works. Being a volunteer is an act of love, she says, donating a little bit of yourself.

All the staff here have been offered if they want to take part in the Oxford Vaccine Trial, putting them on another front line the world's urgent

hunt for immunity from this disease. Denis was subject one and her boss, Flavia, was roughly subject 1,000 in the hearts, the memory of a fellow

doctor.

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FLAVIA MACHADO, PROFESSOR OF INTENSIVE CARE MEDICINE, UNIFESP: He was my friend for 23 years. He worked here for 23 years.

WALSH: I'm so sorry for that.

MACHADO: Yes, it was a year, it was quite bad.

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WALSH: Their eyes betray exhaustion, yet here they still give what they have left. The vaccine trial needs more people like us at high risk of

contamination. Being away from the people you love is very difficult.

Across Sao Paulo, there is a race between powers raging in one of the worst hit cities on earth over who can prove first that their vaccine works.

China last week sent its Sinovac Vaccine for trial here among the city's frontline workers, but it's rollout was met by an angry fringe railing of

what they call the "Chinese virus" and so, also railing at the China vaccine.

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ESPER KALLAS, HEAD OF SINOVAC VACCINE TRIAL IN BRAZIL: That concerns amongst your staff here for the safety of people who participate in this

because of that right wing rhetoric. This is the number one concern. Some people may react oddly in these days to a volunteer who participated in a

vaccine that was conceptualized in a Chinese company.

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WALSH: Dr. Stephanie Texieira Porto is the only Chinese trial subject to go public yet and this is the easy bit of her painful pandemic.

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STEPHANIE TEXIEIRA PORTO, DOCTOR AND VACCINE TRIAL VOLUNTEER: I was really, really anxious and I would cry a lot.

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WALSH: While she's not had any threats since she had the job here, she says she's been warned by the trial to be careful.

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PORTO: They told me to not expose it too much, to try not to tell everybody how this is going to be?

WALSH: Isn't that strange?

PORTO: Yes, it's very strange, all of it. I don't understand why they hate China?

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WALSH: As if this wasn't enough, the Americans are coming Pharma giant Pfizer looking to test its vaccine which the U.S. has paid $1.9 billion for

in Brazil's make a city hot spot, too, all hoping to be first, all finding Brazil wants access to their vaccine in return, and all feeling the heat

and anguish of the months ahead. Nick Peyton Walsh, CNN, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

ANDERSON: In the U.S., phase 3 of a clinical vaccine trial there has begun. The investigation vaccine, as it's known was co developed by biotic firm

Moderna and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 30,000 adults are expected to take part in this final phase. The first

volunteer to receive the vaccination spoke with CNN's Elizabeth Cohen about the trial.

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ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Now, you don't know if you got the vaccine or the placebo, but either way you're helping to find a

cure.

DAWN BAKER, PHASE THREE VACCINE VOLUNTEER: Either way it's a really important role to have and to be part of that research. I never thought

that I would do something like this.

COHEN: You are the first person in the United States to get a shot in a phase 3 COVID trial. What does that feel like?

BAKER: It is very exciting. I'm very anxious about it. I just hope that they're really, really good results. I know a lot of people are doing a lot

of different vaccine trials and things are going on, but I feel more and I feel so proud.

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ANDERSON: Elizabeth's colleague, Health Reporter Jacqueline Howard joining me now from Atlanta with more on the Moderna's Phase 3 Trial. Jacqueline,

what can the volunteers in this trial expect and how bigger role does trust play, do you think?

JACQUELINE HOWARD, CNN HEALTH REPORTER: Trust plays a big role, but here's what volunteers can expect. So like you said, we are expected to see up to

30,000 volunteers in this Phase 3 Trial. Half of the volunteers are going to receive a placebo, and the rest are actually going to receive the COVID-

19 vaccine.

And the vaccine is going to be administered in two doses, 100 microgram dose right now, and then 28 days later, they'll receive the second dose.

And that's how researchers are really going to gauge how this vaccine works? What we'll see in the volunteers? How safe and effective it is? And

this is really seen as the last step before we can determine, yes, this vaccine is ready to be available or not.

So this is pretty important, and it's moving really, really quickly. I actually just got off a Tele-briefing phone call with the National

Institutes of Health, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

He said that this is the fastest the United States has ever really moved in getting to a candidate vaccine from January, when the coronavirus sequence

was first put out, and now about six months later we're already in a phase 3 Trial. Things are moving quickly and this is really a record for the U.S.

and it's a historic moment for the U.S. as well.

ANDERSON: And it's fascinating. I'm seeing other trials around the world, and we're keeping one eye on those as we keep the other, of course, on what

is going on in the U.S. One of Donald Trump's top advisers on trade promising some big news tomorrow with regard to supply chains and vaccines,

what do we know at this point?

HOWARD: Right, well, there's a lot we still don't know and there's a lot we do know. So, right now when it comes to vaccines, like you said, when we do

have one available which the goal is still to have one hopefully by the end of the year or early next year, there are a lot currently in clinical

evaluation, so we'll likely see more than one vaccine when one comes out.

And right now there is discussion about, okay, prioritization as the vaccines roll out. Who gets it first and so forth, that's in discussions

right now. But really, we're waiting to hear more about this and to receive more news about this.

So things are moving quickly. Like I said, we're expecting to hear more and learn more in the days to come, and as the trials continue, that will

really help us understand and gauge what to expect?

ANDERSON: Just as a primer for this, White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro said this. Let's have a listen.

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PETER NAVARRO, WHITE HOUSE TRADE ADVISER: One of my prime missions for the President, and he's asked me repeatedly to remain focused on this, is to

continue with efforts to bring home, bring onshore the supply chains for our essential medicine. So we'll have nice announcements about that

tomorrow.

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ANDERSON: Peter Navarro. Jacqueline how about doing this for us, just finally, one-on-one for our viewers, what are the most basic facts that we

today need to know about? I know things change. We were doing this with Sanjay Gupta six months ago when we first heard about this disease or

infection from China. Six months on, what do we need to know?

HOWARD: Yes, isn't that fascinating, just six months ago we were doing this, and now six months later there is still a lot we don't know. But

here's what we have learned in the past months.

Actually, just last week CDC released new data on how even in younger otherwise healthy adults with no underlying health conditions, if they get

the coronavirus infection and show symptoms, those symptoms can last for weeks.

Even in mild cases, and again, even in younger adults who are otherwise healthy who have no underlying health conditions. So that's been emerging

as a concern. And then, as we all know, we're learning more and more about if children do get infected, and in very, very rare cases, there can be a

severe illness and complications, the multi-system inflammatory in children syndrome, that syndrome has emerged in our understanding of the virus.

It's rare, but we're learning more about it. And then again, overall, we're just learning more about how the antibodies can wane over time? So if you

have been infected, those antibodies, we have learned, might not last as long as we thought or can wane over time.

So those are just some of the key points that we've learned here, and we're learning more as time goes on, but there's still a lot left to learn, which

is why, going back to the race for a vaccine, that's playing a big, big part and helping us really address this pandemic. So we'll see what comes

in the months ahead.

ANDERSON: Which is why we rely heavily on our health team and on you and your colleagues? Thank you. School's out for South Africa's kids again.

We'll take you to the fifth largest coronavirus outbreak in the world. That is up next.

And for decades, U.S. military bases have protected Japan. But now the Japanese say those same bases are dangerous. The reason, local officials

are concerned, when we come back.

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ANDERSON: Students in South Africa are on their first day of a month-long break from school today. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday

that all public schools will be closed for the next month as the country battles peak infection rates.

South Africa has confirmed more than 400,000 cases of COVID-19, the fifth highest case count in the world. CNN's David McKenzie joining us live from

Johannesburg. What is the latest, David?

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DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, the latest, as you say, is that students across the country are not going to public schools for sure,

mostly for a month or some grades will come back of it sooner than that. They also have extended the academic year.

Now it's not without controversy, Becky. There have been calls for schools to stay in session, including from the official opposition which says it

will take the government to court about this decision. They say that the transmission risk is lower than in other parts, so even in the communities

where students reside.

And so, children should have a chance to learn. But the President said, as you said, Becky, that they don't want transmission to be in schools, and

the case count certainly is surging as South Africa is at the peak of its pandemic. Now they believe this will last through August, but possibly say

some models into September. Becky?

ANDERSON: The W.H.O says that rising numbers in South Africa could signal greater spread across the continent. Are we seeing evidence of that? It

sounds as if - oh, we've lost him. I thought he was just listening intently to my question. We can't get that answer because we've lost the link.

All right, coming up on "Connect the World," two months into the Black Lives Matter protest in Portland, Oregon, crowds are facing off against

federal law enforcement, protesting what the Mayor calls an unconstitutional occupation?

And Japan is worried that U.S. military bases could be spreading the coronavirus. CNN has got its exclusive access to one of those bases. And

we'll show you what we found after this.

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ANDERSON: The man known as the moral conscience of the United States Congress crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama on Sunday for the last

time. Civil Rights Icon John Lewis marched across that bridge in 1965, defining his role in the nonviolent movement for racial equality.

He was severely beaten in the process. The body of the beloved Congressman is scheduled to arrive at the Capitol Building in Washington in about two

hours' time. He will lie in state there over the next two days before returning home to his Congressional District in Georgia.

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ANDERSON: And do be sure to keep it right here on CNN. Our special coverage of John Lewis's final journey continues at 1:30 pm eastern time. You're

watching "Connect the World" with me, Becky Anderson.

The coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe has now infected more than 16 million people. The U.S. leads with the most infections, topping 4 million

like other countries. It is rushing for a vaccine with a massive Phase 3 Trial now underway.

The UK now quarantining travelers from Spain because that country is seeing a spike in cases parts of Germany and France also seeing increases causing

concerns about a potential second wave across Europe.

COVID-19 rapidly spreading in parts of Asia, India reported close to 50,000 cases Sunday, its highest daily total. China is also planning to help build

a makeshift hospital in Hong Kong to help with the city's rising number of infections.

Well, 64 new infections were reported across multiple U.S. military bases in Okinawa in Japan over the weekend. In a CNN exclusive, our teams were

given access to one of those military bases to see how personnel are responding. Have a look at this.

KAORI ENJOJI, JOURNALIST: Hundreds wind up at this Community Center in Okinawa to be tested for the coronavirus. All of them work inside the two

U.S. marine core bases hit hardest by COVID-19. - runs the food court at Camp Hansen. He tells me he is scared that so many servicemen are testing

positive.

By the time he hands over his saliva sample, the parking lot is full of worried people just like him. There are more cases inside the ranks of the

U.S military in Okinawa then there have been on the whole island during the course of the pandemic.

Local residents say they want the bases locked down. They fear servicemen arriving from the mainland where the virus is raging could spread the virus

further.

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COL. RAY GERBER, CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA: The rotation of personnel and is a tremendous concern for us here at Camp Hansen and from the Marine core in

Okinawa, a - large. It's why we have some very stringent measures in place.

Anytime someone lands on Okinawa via military chartered aircraft, they are taken directly to a residence where they then spend two weeks essentially

in isolation. Their symptoms are monitored, they are checked up on and they are also completely isolated to prevent their transmission of potential

COVID-19 from the United States.

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ENJOJI: Still, the possibility of contingent permeates through Chatan town, a popular hangout for off duty servicemen and their families before the

pandemic hit. It's also the short drive from Futenma Air Base, the side of another cluster outbreak among the marines.

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MASAHARU NOGUMI, CHATAN, OKINAWA MAYOR: From experience, we feel the U.S. servicemen are in the end always protected by the status of forces

agreement. They do not follow Japanese laws, nor do they work within our system. That is the biggest reason we do not fully trust each other.

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ENJOJI: This hotel symbolizes the latest mistrust. The military has rented it out to find space for personnel rotating out on masse at this time of

year. With more than half of Chatan's land already taken up by U.S. bases, many resent having to give away more and risk being exposed to a virus they

had under control until July.

Japan has depended on the U.S. for its security ever since it lost World War II. And half of all of the military bases in Japan are located on the

Island of Okinawa. Futenma air base is one of them has long been the controversial with plans to relocated over decades. And residents say, they

bare an outsized burden and locked some of these bases relocated somewhere else.

The Okinawa's want more information that just the number of cases. With infections among servicemen rising in the U.S. and around the world, their

pleas this time may resonate far beyond the chores. Kaori Enjoji for CNN, Okinawa, Japan.

ANDERSON: Well, South Korea reporting its biggest daily jump in new virus cases since March. Health officials there say Saturday's tally so past 100

new infections. That includes workers returning from Iraq and crew members of a Russian freighter. Authorities have warned South Koreans to expect to

spiking cases from those coming in from abroad.

Well, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un called an emergency meeting over the weekend this after Pyongyang reported its first suspected coronavirus case,

infection being connected to a defector who crossed back into the north illegally about a week ago. Police in South Korea say the man was fleeing

arrest. Paula Hancocks has with more from Seoul.

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PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: This is the close just North Korea has come to admitting that they may have a case of coronavirus

within the country over the weekend, so the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un convened an emergency politburo meeting saying that a defector who defected

three years ago to the south had then returned to North Korea and showed symptoms of coronavirus.

Now according to state run media, that individual was quarantined, and we understand from KCNA also that areas along the borders of Kaesong City,

some areas have been isolated as well.

From the South Korean side of things, the military admits that they do believe that an individual defected back into North Korea just recently,

and South Korean police also admit that this man may have been fleeing arrest, that they were investigating him and that he had been accused of a

sex crime.

Now, up until now, North Korea had claimed they had zero cases within the country, which many officials around the world questioned, given the fact

that it shares a border with both China and South Korea.

And this could be a convenient way of Pyongyang admitting that it does have cases within the country, while at the same time blaming South Korea for

introducing it. Paula Hancocks, CNN, Seoul.

ANDERSON: Well, we are coming to you live from our Middle-East Broadcasting Hub here in Abu Dhabi where we are tracking the latest developments from

the Israeli/Lebanese border. Israeli defense forces and Hezbollah have traded fire. What sparked the tensions is up next?

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ANDERSON: We are connecting you to the Israeli/Lebanese border next where the Israeli army and Hezbollah have traded fire. Now, the Israeli defense

force or Israel's defense forces say the exchanges come after several Hezbollah militants crossed the border into Israel.

CNN's Oren Liebermann is standing by in Jerusalem. Just how significant are these moves, Oren?

OREN LIEBERMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, the final answer for that question comes only over the course of the next 24, 48 hours where we see

if this develops. As of this moment, which is about three hours and ten minutes or so after all of this started, the border appears to be quiet.

I would never call it peaceful, but it seems like the exchange of fire was limited and may be over. And I say that because the Israeli military lifted

civilian restrictions on those in Northern Israel. That's normally a pretty strong indication that the military believes, at least, that this is over.

But let me take you back this where this began. It was 3:30 in the afternoon when the IDF said there was a security incident which they later

say was a group of Hezbollah militants crossing the blue line which demarcates the frontier between Israel and Lebanon.

The military says they spotted them as they approach the border or as they approach the blue line and tracked them as they crossed a few meters past

the blue line, that's when the IDF says they opened fire with small arms fire and with tank fire and through their observations saw Hezbollah cell

returning into Lebanon.

That's generally where this ended. The IDF said they did use some artillery fire what they call defensive purposes and smoke screens, but since then

and fairly quickly after this in fact, the idea of lifted civilian restrictions which again is a pretty strong indication that the fighting,

the exchange of fire may be over.

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LIEBERMANN: We haven't yet heard from Hezbollah at this point, they have been mum so far, but we are expecting a statement perhaps even soon. It's

worth noting that Israel was expecting something, some sort of retaliation by Hezbollah because there was a strike last week in Syria blamed on Israel

that killed a Hezbollah militant.

Over the weekend, the IDF Chief of Staff and the Defense Minister visited the northern border and there was additional troop deployment there, but it

wasn't until this began that the idea of putting the civilian restrictions.

And as I said Becky, those were lifted fairly quickly still obviously tense as it always is on this border. And we'll see how and if this develops from

this point?

ANDERSON: Yes. And there have been concerns now for some time that this border, the Israeli/Lebanon border could be the next big conflict in this

region. I'm talking about concerns before the pandemic sort of stole the global headline, as it were. What chance that things will ratchet up and

get out of hand at this point? Where is this headed, potentially?

LIEBERMANN: Again, we'll have a better sense of that answer in 12 or 24, certainly in 48 hours. I would say at this point a further escalation

certainly a massive escalation is unlikely at this point. It's not in Israel's interest it's not in Lebanon's or Hezbollah's interest to start a

massive fight because of the pandemic, because of the economic situation in Lebanon.

And we've seen fighting before along the border, but it's very uncommon. The border is tense. Not peaceful, but tense, and yet it remains quiet. The

last exchange of fire between Israel and Hezbollah was last September, so nearly a year ago. The exchange of fire before that was five years ago.

So even if there is always talk of an escalation, and it certainly is possible with few miscalculations of responses on either side, at this

stage and this could change, but at this stage some massive escalation does not appear likely.

ANDERSON: Oren Liebermann is on the story for you. Thank you Oren that is a very latest on that. We want to turn to an ongoing protest standoff in the

Northwestern United States now.

Portland, Oregon has now seen 60 straight nights of protests since George Floyd's killing in May. Protesters are clashing nightly with local police

and with law enforcement officers who were sent in by the feds, the federal government.

Portland's Mayor has made it clear that those federal agents are not welcome, even calling their presence an unconstitutional occupation.

Overnight the City's Police Department tweeted a picture that illustrates the seriousness of this situation saying officers found a bag in the

protest area containing loaded rifle magazines and Molotov cocktails a dramatic day there.

A dramatic day in the English Premier League with big clubs vying for a top four finish. I'm going to tell you about the massive job done by Manchester

United as they denied the foxes.

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HANCOCKS: As you come in, gone are the days of flashing your ticket and walking in. You have to have a temperature check to make sure you have no

kind of fever. And if you do, there is actually a quarantine area just outside of the stadium in case there are those who have a high temperature.

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ANDERSON: Well, Paula Hancocks there. Among the fans finally being allowed back into the stands for professional baseball in South Korea, the nation

has gone through two waves of coronavirus, so it's not taking any chances with its safety rules.

We want to mark the return of American Football as NFL players head off to training camp. There will be a new set of coronavirus protocols. So how

exactly does the league plan to keep the players safe amid rising cases of COVID? CNN's Sanjay Gupta finds out in an exclusive interview with the

NFL's Chief Medical Doctor.

DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: You're getting an exclusive look at an NFL training facility. It's been essentially a ghost

town here since March. The training camp is now about to begin for the Atlanta Falcons.

There is a real schism. There are some people who say, here's what you do, here's the plan. And there are other people who say it's absolutely

ludicrous to even try this. The country is in the middle of a pandemic. Football is great, but you got to sit this season out.

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DR. ALLEN SILLS, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, NFL: I think people are trying to be really thoughtful about this and I think people do look at risk and risk

mitigation in different ways, but I feel like it's the right thing to do to try to learn to live with this virus.

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DR. GUPTA: Dr. Allen Sills is Chief Medical Officer for the NFL. We're both Neuro surgeons and we've known each other for several years.

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DR. SILLS: And we find ways to do that safely. That's our challenge.

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DR. GUPTA: The last NFL game was February 2nd of this year. Super Bowl 54, the Chiefs Beat the 49ers, 31 to 20. Two days earlier, the U.S. declared a

public health emergency because of coronavirus.

Since then millions of people have become infected, more than 140,000 have died, and now the NFL wants to do the seemingly impossible, bring back some

sense of normalcy to one of the largest sports leagues in the country.

Some of the changes indoors are going to look very familiar lots of masks, near constant sanitizing and physical distancing everywhere in treatment

rooms, weight rooms, even mealtime and on the field.

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DR. SILLS: There are actually three regulation size football fields here side by side, so the first thing that jumps to your mind is how we can do

physical distancing here, right? So as players start stringing conditioning activities, for example, you're talking about each individual or each very

small group having a lot of space to work with.

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DR. GUPTA: There will even be this new space age-looking technology, a bubble of sorts for those who want it.

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DR. SILLS: A number of our players have worn eye shields over the past years for protection or performance reasons. So it's basically an extension

of that device, but it's a multi-layered device so that you've got ventilation holes and you've got some filters in it.

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DR. GUPTA: There are these proximity tracking devices that will beep or flash when players or staff get too close to one another. Then that data is

collected, making contact tracing easier if someone does become infected.

Now, unlike the NBA bubble that's isolated the entire league in Orlando, the NFL has more of what they call an ecosystem. People will still live in

their own homes, they'll be with their own families, and they will travel with their teams for games.

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DR. SILLS: Players, coaches, staff, if they're around each other each day, they're going to share risk. They also share a responsibility to each

other, which means that they're each making good choices when they're away from the facility, all around the building or--

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DR. GUPTA: But that also means the entire ecosystem is only as strong as its weakest link.

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DR. GUPTA: How are the players doing? Are there worried as there is a way to describe the mood?

RICH MCKAY, PRESIDENT AND CEO, ATLANTA FALCONS: Yes, I would say, yes sure. They have the same anxiousness that you would have.

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DR. GUPTA: Rich McKay is CEO of the Atlanta Falcons.

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MCKAY: They're relying on us and they're relying on the union to make sure that all the protocols we do, everything that we can is done at the highest

level that we can.

DEMAURICE SMITH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION: Everything that we do is going to have an impact on families at home and it's going to

have an impact on first responders, community service and other people in the community. And to believe otherwise is sheer fantasy.

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DR. GUPTA: DeMaurice Smith is Executive Director of the NFL PA, that's the union representing players on the field this year. There have been some

pretty tense negotiations between the union and the league about how to play in the age of COVID19?

And Smith pointed out something that I hadn't heard before. About 70 percent of NFL players could be considered vulnerable themselves or at

increased risk.

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SMITH: What we've done is tracked the CDC risk guidelines, made decisions on which ones put our players in high risk, and players can rely on those

risk factors to make decisions about whether they're going to play or not.

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DR. GUPTA: I was actually surprised by that. Because you think of athletes just being the superhuman sort of perfectly healthy people, but there are

these various conditions. How does that play into your thinking?

DR. SILLS: We still do not know a lot of the basics about this disease and where it's going to be headed? And I think it hearkens back again to those

conversations that each individual has to have, and they have to, in their mind, make what's the best decision for themselves? And this is where they

would come in for testing.

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DR. GUPTA: The league and the union have agreed to test every player daily for at least the first two weeks of training camp, eventually moving to an

every other day schedule once the team reaches a 5 percent positivity rate and then maintains that.

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DR. GUPTA: Does that make sense to you because there is an incredible shortage of testing right now? And we did some rough math, and if you look

at the testing plan here, it's about, just for the players, about 18,000 tests per week. I mean, how could that not have an impact on the

availability of more widespread general testing?

DR. SILLS: Clearly there are procedural issues with that around the country. So we went with a company that was outside of market that would

have a national platform. They actually opened up some laboratory capabilities that weren't being used just for this project, and also set up

again supply and distribution and testing reporting that's completely separate from any health care work that they do.

And that company has given us their assurance that any work that they do for health care applications, meaning for hospitals, for emergency rooms,

things of that nature, that's a whole separate business for them that will remain their number one priority.

DR. GUPTA: Did you ever think, look, maybe this season is going to be a wash. We'll get back to it this year, but this isn't essential. As much as

I love football this isn't essential compared to the essential things that are needed in the country.

MCKAY: Yes, I would say that probably those thoughts went through your mind three months ago. I think as we moved forward and we saw, hey, basketball

is going to do this, baseball is going to do this and soccer is going to do this. We get to go last, we can learn from them.

We can do this in a really safe way, we think. And so, I think for us, we got the message that people wanted football. That's not the reason to play,

that people want it, but if we can do it in a way that's safe as it possibly can be then, sure and we will. And that's what we're going to do.

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DR. GUPTA: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, Flowery Branch, Georgia.

ANDERSON: Sanjay Gupta reporting there and there were a lot of hearts and mouths across England on Sunday as the Premier League season came to a

close. And Aston Villa avoided the dreaded drop only just the team from Birmingham had just returned, of course, to the top flight year and now get

to enjoy at least for another 12 months.

Our Don Riddell joining us now and Don, there is nothing quite like watching a number of struggling teams looking to pull off that Houdini

escape from relegation on the final day. I certainly watched that Villa match. It was gripping.

DON RIDDELL, CNN WORLD SPORT: Yes, I agree a great achievement.

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ANDERSON: It wasn't the best football, but it was gripping.

RIDDELL: Yes, great team for them, but you're absolutely right, Becky. If your team isn't involved and if you're a bit of a sadist, it is great fun.

On the final day of the Premier League season so much at stake. Places in the Champion's League and the Europe League were up for grabs, and there

was also the desperate fight for survival at the foot of the table.

At the start of the 38th and final game, Watford knew that a win against Arsenal would have probably been good enough for them, but they made it

really half of themselves following three nail down after barely half an hour.

At half time, Watford must have thought it was all over, but they staged a fight back after the break. Danny Welbeck made the score 3-2 and the former

Arsenal striker then had a golden opportunity to level the scores. But as you can see there, his back heel was saved. 3-2 is how it stayed, and that

result was great news for Aston Villa.

Their final game was against West Ham in London. And Villa were hoping to complete an incredible act of survival. Two wins and a draw in the lead up

to this game and when Jack Grealish scored laid on, it seemed as though they were going to do it. However, West Ham's really quick equalizer from

Andrea Milanco made for an anxious finale.

The Villa got the draw, that's how it ended at full time and that was good enough to keep Aston Villa up. Bournemouth Watford and Norwich in the final

analysis were all relegated. Here is confirmation of the final table.

Watford and Bournemouth took it to the last day, and it was tight. But Villa finished a point ahead of them. And it's quite a story they didn't

win a league game from the end of January until the 12th of July. But then eight points from the last four games is how they managed to beat the drop?

Drama too, at the top of the table two massive clubs managed to secure Champions League football for next season. And there was a personal triumph

for their managers. Manchester United finished third, Chelsea finished fourth. At the bluish Chelsea needed the result against Wolves at home to

be sure of a top four finish and they won the game. Thanks to a superb free kick from Mason Mount.

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RIDDELL: That came right at the end of the first half, but there was a little bit more injury time for Chelsea to score another goal before the

break. This time it was a tenacious Olivier Jehu who put it into the back of the net, and that was enough to give Chelsea a 2-0 win.

It means that Lampard stay at the blues into the Champion's League in its first season in-charge and he has done it with limited investment in the

transfer market and by giving their clubs young players lots of opportunities to grow and develop and that can only benefit Chelsea in the

long run.

Manchester United claimed third place in a high states win against Leister City, either of these teams could have clinched Champions League football

but United edged it with a 2-0 win. Bruno Fernandez wrapped up his brilliant debut season with a penalty, and then Jesse Lingard pressured

Kasper Schmeichel into a mistake right at the desk scoring his first goal for the season in the 97th minute of the very last game.

The result vindicates United Manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who had his critics this season, but they've lost only one since the last week of

January in the end, a great day for two managers.

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OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER, MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER: We had a chat with everyone this morning on no matter what's happened today. We've come so far

as a team, we're building a culture, and very proud of all their efforts. I'm pleased with their efforts.

FRANK LAMPARD, CHELSEA MANAGER: It's always a team effort, a collective effort of staff and players, and I have to say that I'm proud. I always put

- small brackets around that because it's Chelsea. And we want to be challenging for titles and league titles. But we're not at that position

now.

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RIDDELL: Before we go, Becky, just a quick mention of Juventus who clinched the last of the outstanding league titles out of the top five leagues in

Europe. This is how they celebrated with a 2-0 win on the final day.

And a great achievement for them, nine consecutive titles in Syria, believe it or not, they went entirely through with how they played the season, but

they did it. And of course all eyes now for them on the Champions League, a tournament they haven't won since 1996.

ANDERSON: Wow! Good luck to them. I wouldn't write them off at this stage. I have to say, and I hope you agree with me, you feel your age when two

coaches, Ole Solskjaer and Lampard of Chelsea are two players that you remember, easily remember playing.

And we watched them week in and week out. John Terry, Aston Villa, in the coaching line as well. Literally at the end of yesterday I thought,

goodness gracious, I am feeling it a little bit. There you go.

RIDDELL: Yes.

ANDERSON: You're not going to agree with me.

RIDDELL: It is what it is.

ANDERSON: He's trying to make out that he's much younger than me right now. All right, I'll leave it there. Before we leave you, we want to take one

last look at the commemorations plan for the late U.S. Congressman John Lewis.

The body of the Civil Rights Icon has arrived at Joint Base Andrews and will soon leave for the Capitol building in Washington, where lawmakers and

the American public can pay their final respects. He will lie in state for two days before heading to Georgia where he will be laid to rest later this

week. It is a very good evening from us.

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