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Blazes Burning Across Large Parts of California; One Million Acres Burned in Oregon; U.S. Aid Cut Has Deepened Crisis in Yemen; Early Voting Begins This Week in Four States; Need for Diversity in Vaccine Trial Volunteers; Microsoft Will Not Buy U.S. Operations from ByteDance. Aired 12-1a ET
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PAULA NEWTON, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: The World Health Organization reports another disturbing record in the coronavirus pandemic as countries around the world are being forced back into lockdown.
Almost 200,000 American lives have been lost to the virus, but nothing gets between Donald Trump and a good rally. This time, the president brought thousands of his supporters indoors.
And renowned author and journalist Bob Woodward is speaking out for the first time since the release of his explosive recordings of the U.S. president. Hear what he has to say about the way Donald Trump is running the country.
And welcome to our reviewers joining us here in the United States, Canada, and around the world, live, from CNN world headquarters in Atlanta. I'm Paula Newton, and you're watching CNN NEWSROOM.
So in the coming hours, U.S. President Donald Trump meets with officials in California on those wildfires, now engulfing large parts of the western United States.
Now, nearly 100 fires are burning, at this hour, right across more than four and a half million acres. That's nearly two million hectares. More than 30,000 firefighters are now on the front lines of that fire. Those fires have killed at least 33 people, with dozens still missing.
And they are posing yet another danger to millions more people. Thick smoke is making it very tough to breathe in so many cities and towns up and down the western coastline.
Now, these fires have scorched a record amount of land, and we're just on the start of peak fire season. I mean, think of that.
CNN's Paul Vercammen is in southern California, where tensions are high and resources stretched incredibly thin.
PAUL VERCAMMEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The foothills northeast of Los Angeles, Arcadia. This is the Bobcat Fire. It's burned 33,000 acres, and if you look behind me, they're trying to douse these flames right now with water drops from helicopters. The air is so bad, not only is it unhealthy beyond belief, polluted up and down the West Coast, but they can't fly the retardant dropping flames or the super scoopers from Canada that can drop huge volumes of water and go ahead and reload with water at, let's say, a reservoir, or the ocean, or a river. So they're going to make a stand right here, because this is the most important plank of the Bobcat Fire.
And they're also asking for some mandatory evacuations in these neighborhoods, and here's why. They want to be able to move fire equipment, especially engines, up and down the streets. And neighbors seem to understand this.
(on camera): You're obviously not under the mandatory evacuation order.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, and I understand why they do that. They just don't want people in the way, when the power goes off, or when they have to shut off the gas. You know, you don't really want to be at your house anyways.
VERCAMMEN (voice-over): And on these western wildfires, 30,000 firefighters spread out to battle these blazes. And normally, they have quite a few more firefighters on each of these lines, but there's so many of these fires burning at once, some hundred major fires right now, that they say the system is just taxed, and they just have to spread things out, marshal their resources carefully, and do the best they can.
(on camera): So right now, here in the foothills of Los Angeles, this fire has been burning for more than a week. Residents say, in some ways, they feel helpless, but they're grateful for the job that the firefighters are doing to keep this out of their neighborhoods.
Reporting from Arcadia, I'm Paul Vercammen. Now back to you.
NEWTON: Now, in the meantime, we moved to Oregon, and where more than one million acres have been burning, and it's feared that many of the missing people there have died.
Now, you can see here, the smoke is just incredible. Look how thick that is. Authorities in Oregon have also had to deal with online rumors, debunked now by the FBI, that extremists are starting the fires. And they also say that now, some people are patrolling with guns to try and protect property in those areas that have been evacuated.
I want to go now to Clackamas County, Oregon. Sheriff Craig Roberts joins us live on what has been an incredibly busy day for you. Twenty- four hours on from -- things looked pretty dire. Have you had improving conditions, especially when it comes to trying to get relief to those hard-hit areas?
SHERIFF CRAIG ROBERTS, CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OREGON: Yes. Absolutely. The conditions have improved dramatically. We're seeing that the weather has been in our benefit, and, for the first time, we're really changing some of the evacuation areas that we originally roped out.
As you had probably heard, we're looking at 170,000 acres that have been burning in our county. And really, over 100,000 people that were on the edge of being evacuated or, in some form, notified that we need to them to leave.
When it came down to it, there is really about 52,000 people that we need to evacuate. And I would say that we're really positive, looking at the weather conditions, and some of the fire conditions that are improving.
NEWTON: Yes, which is obviously good news. But this is going to go on for some days, weeks and months, in terms of trying to get the community back on its feet, right?
ROBERTS: Absolutely. One of the things I really want to highlight is the type one fire overhead team that came in, a federal team that has just been amazing. To have this expertise and talent for meteorologists to fire behavior experts that are really doing a great line helping make sure we are responding in the most efficient way we can to keep our citizens safe in our county. So a big thanks to those folks.
NEWTON: Yes, and it's so important, is it, because they're actually saving whole communities. As unfortunately, you've already lost a couple of communities and haven't even been able to get into because of that smoke.
I want to ask you about something else that's completely unfortunate, those online rumors, right. We've been hearing about them. And what was so stunning to so many people was that it was actually affecting operations. Right? Crucial operations like 9-1-1.
ROBERTS: You know, we, just to give you some ideas. I mean, we probably had, just in a short period of time, over 400 calls for service in the fire-affected areas that have been evacuated.
And the one thing I want to make perfectly clear, that the majority of those are really determined to be unfounded. So many of the calls that we're getting in here are suspicious in nature, but when we really get frontline folks on it, we're determined that, A, they were were just checking on their neighbor's place.
We have made some arrests, but I would say, in the scope of the land mass that we're looking at, very minor compared to the entire area we're looking at.
NEWTON: Understood. But the issue is here disinformation really, online and otherwise, didn't make your job any easier.
ROBERTS: It did not make our job any easier. And we're really -- there is a lot of rumors out there, and we're really trying to put an end to those.
I can tell you, we do have some citizens in the area that are trying to protect their property and the neighbors, and we encourage those folks to really not engage people in the area, to leave it up to law enforcement to give us a call. And if they need any assistance, call 9-1-1, and we'll be there.
NEWTON: Sheriff Craig Roberts, best of luck to you and all the communities. Thanks for joining us for the update at the end of what is a long day, and I'm sure it's just going to get longer. Appreciate your time.
ROBERTS: Thank you very much.
NEWTON: Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri is watching the fire conditions, and you're keeping an eye on a tropical storm, as well. Sally in the Gulf of Mexico, but I want to first go to those improving weather conditions, right, that have really helped a lot in the last 24 hours.
PEDRAM JAVAHERI, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Absolutely. The wind begins to shift, and at least some rainfall in the forecast, too, Paula. So that's the excellent news moving forward.
Unfortunately, we still have a few more days before we get a decent round of rain in here. We think Thursday, Friday across the western U.S.
You'll notice, of course, a large area of coverage, 800-mile stretch of land from the north of California all the way toward the southern border there, where we have thermal signatures in place for fire activity.
Of course, all of this has really hampered the air quality to the point where the unhealthiest air on our planet, at this hour. Just checked in with the U.S. embassy in new Delhi, India, where you can almost always count on poor air quality, and the air quality across the city of Seattle and downtown at this hour is considerably cleaner than what's happening in the streets of New Delhi and/or in Beijing, China.
But kind of look at the perspective here, because the particulate matter here. The particulate combustion matter within fires itself, around 2.5 microns in diameter, which is roughly 25 times smaller than a diameter of an average human hair. So you put that in place. Of course, a very, very small amount can easily get into your respiratory system and cause major issues when it's a long-term event. And it slowly is getting there for a lot of people.
So a forecast like this is promising, but, again, late in the week is when we think that the best bet, say, Thursday or Friday, for some of this rainfall to move through. They don't have to wait that long across the Gulf Coast. Look, at the big bend of Florida. This is Tropical Storm Sally, everything in place here for this storm system to be a significant player within the next 24 to 36 hours.
And the concern with the storm, Paula, is that it literally puts on the parking brakes here by this time tomorrow. So as it approaches land on Monday evening we think it will slow down almost a complete halt here.
Storm surge levels could be as high as 11 feet, which would be above the first story of many homes along the coast there of southeastern Louisiana into portions of coastal Mississippi, but again from Monday into Tuesday, this storm system may only move, say, 15 to 25 miles. If that's the case, is going to put down at least 16 to 20 inches, which is going to be a major problem. And rarely do we see the white contours here just east of New Orleans, kind of in the area around the end of the second end of New Orleans there.
You'll see some of the white contours. That's indicative of over 20 inches of rainfall, Paula, in the matter of, let's say, one and a half to two days. That's an incredible amount of water coming down across these areas.
NEWTON: Pedram, so we're measuring water in feet. I mean, how incredible is that?
JAVAHERI: Yes, absolutely.
NEWTON: And keep in mind the people of Louisiana haven't recovered from the last storm.
Pedram, thanks. Really appreciate the update on both systems in the United States.
Now, results from a coronavirus vaccine could come as early as next month. Coming up, the push for more diversity to be assured that the vaccine is safe and effective.
NEWTON: So all the coronavirus pandemic has grabbed most of the attention in recent months. The world's worst humanitarian crisis has only deepened.
The U.S. cut funding to northern Yemen earlier this year.
CNN's Nima Elbagir takes us into a medical ward in Yemen to show us the impact. In her exclusive and heartbreaking report, we see that children are paying the biggest price.
NIMA ELBAGIR, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): In this hacked children's word in the main (UNINTELLIGIBLE) hospital in the north of Yemen, anxious mothers vie for attention as Dola Asuel (ph) does his rounds.
This little girl is named Hasah (ph). Her mother tells the doctor Hasah (ph) has five brothers, all malnourished. But Hasah (ph) is the only one they can afford the medicine for.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
GRAPHIC: How is he today?
ELBAGIR: This mother of an 8-month-old tells Dola Asuel (ph) her little boy can no longer lift up his head. He's too weak. His little belly is painfully swollen, a telltale sign of acute malnutrition.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
GRAPHIC: This is a tragedy. A family of ten are all squeezed into one room. Four of her children, in three years, dead from malnutrition.
ELBAGIR: Rows and rows of hungry children, their bodies so stripped of fat that every move is agony. Hard to believe that these are the lucky ones. These are the children whose parents can afford the car journey to the hospital.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
GRAPHIC: These are all the patients we admitted. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen cases. Just on the first day of September.
ELBAGIR: Even for Yemen, this is not the norm. Every day brings dozens more patients.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
GRAPHIC: And here you have death. Just one day after we admitted her.
ELBAGIR: And more death. This patient died this week, a one-year-old called Fatma (ph). It's very hard to keep track of exact figures for child deaths, because so many of the children don't even make it to the hospital.
All the doctor knows is that things are getting worse.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
GRAPHIC: In August and September, our cases have spiked very clearly, most likely because of the withdrawal of support from the NGOs and other centers having to close due to lack of funding.
ELBAGIR: Why is that? That lack of funding that Dola Asuel (ph) was talking about. Eighty percent of the 30 million population in Yemen is reliant on aid, the majority of whom live in the Ansarullah (ph) Houthi-controlled north.
The Houthis seeking to control the flow of aid placed restrictions on U.N. agencies in areas under their control. In March, the U.S. suspended much of its aid to the north, citing concerns over Houthi misappropriation.
Two other key donors, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, have also drawn down.
The U.S., UAE and Saudi Arabia have all slashed their Yemen aid spent. The U.S. spend dropping from almost a billion to 411 million. Saudi from over a billion to half that, with only 22 million actually received.
The UAE has given zero dollars to the U.N.'s 2020 Yemen appeal.
CNN was able to obtain access to a confidential internal U.N. briefing document. U.N. agencies have confirmed to us its contents.
In the aftermath of the drop in foreign aid, the U.N. has shuttered almost 75 percent of its programs. In previous CNN investigations, we traced serial numbers on armaments in Yemen back to arms deals between Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and the U.S., proving that the U.S. government has profited from the chaos of the war in Yemen. And aid agencies tell us that the aid drawdown threatens to wreak even more havoc.
Musharia Farah (ph) pushes her disabled son in a wheelchair. Musharia (ph) used to receive support through a U.N.-funded program. Now she can't even afford to get her son, Assan (ph), to hospital.
Malnutrition has left Assan (ph) mentally disabled, and she has to choose between feeding him or paying for treatment. She carries him through the little alley that leads to the half-finished building site where she and other displaced families have erected makeshift shelters.
Up until a few months ago, she tells us Assan (ph) was like any little boy. But after the family were displaced from their home by fighting, now they live here.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
GRAPHIC: I have no help. I just pray to God.
ELBAGIR: The aid suspension has driven the people of the Houthi- controlled north into deeper isolation. Yemen's north could already be in famine, and we might not even know it.
Nima Elbagir, CNN, London.
NEWTON: CNN has received responses to our reporting from Saudi Arabia, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates. Now, the Saudi foreign ministry says it is providing nearly 77 million to Yemen this year and told CNN they intend to meet their full commitment. But the delay in dispersing their pledged aid is, quote, "based upon a request from the United Nations to have the announced pledge be paid in one upfront payment to each individual U.N. agency."
The United States aid organization USAID points the finger of blame firmly at the Houthis for obstructing aid distribution in the north but say they continue to support countrywide U.N. operations and some of our NGO partners' lifesaving activities in the north. And they say that they are by far the largest donor of humanitarian response to Yemen this year.
And the United Arab Emirates told CNN it was the first country to respond to the coronavirus outbreak in Yemen and is one of the largest donors of humanitarian aid to Yemen, with more than $6 billion provided from 2015 until the end of August this year, 2020.
All three reiterated their concerns over alleged Houthi misappropriation of aid. And we will be right back in a moment.
NEWTON: And welcome back to our viewers here in the United States, Canada, and all around the world. I'm Paula Newton, and you're watching CNN NEWSROOM.
Now, with nearly 200,000 Americans dead from coronavirus, President Trump has held yet another indoor campaign event. Just a few hours ago, he rallied thousands of supporters in Henderson, Nevada, outside Los Angeles, ignoring -- pardon me, Las Vegas, ignoring warnings about social distancing.
But here's the thing. He's also violating the state's ban on gatherings of 50 people or more. Many in the crowd, as you can see for yourself, not wearing any masks and certainly not social distancing.
A CNN medical analyst predicts people will die as a consequence of the gathering.
Now, the Trump camp's last indoor rally, back in June, led to a surge in local virus cases.
Now in the coming week, the U.S. political environment starts to cut down to crunch time. Early voting in the presidential election begins in four states, and President Trump's overall approval rating, at this moment, according to some polls, is still stuck in the low forties, hurt in large part by his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, a new poll from ABC News shows just more than a third of Americans actually approve of how he's managed the U.S. response to the pandemic. A full 65 percent disapprove.
Now, adding to the outrage, the recent revelation by journalist Bob Woodward that the president was warned in late January, so long ago, about just how deadly this virus was but chose, instead, to downplay the threat.
In an interview with "60 Minutes," Woodward was asked if Mr. Trump explained why he decided not to tell the public just exactly what was at stake.
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BOB WOODWARD, JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR: I think he did not understand the American public. He said, Well, I don't want to create a panic. We know, from history, when the public is told the truth, they organize. We have a problem, we're going to step up.
And Trump thought, Oh, well, they'll panic when there's a crisis. When the president, particularly, know something, it's time to tell the public, in some form. He failed.
SCOTT PELLEY, JOURNALIST, "60 MINUTES": You write, in the book, that the president's handling of the virus reflects his instincts, habits, and style. What are those?
WOODWARD: Denial. Making up his own facts.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
NEWTON: OK. Bob Woodward's book, "Rage," releases Tuesday.
Pfizer says it could know whether its COVID-19 vaccine is effective by the end of next month. The American company is working with German partner BioNTech. They're asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to be allowed to increase the number of participants, and that's in order to get more diversity into those all-important clinical trials.
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ALBERT BOURLA, CHAIRMAN AND CEO, PFIZER: In our best case, we have quite the good numbers (Ph), more than 60 percent, but we will know if the product works or not by the end of October. But of course, that doesn't mean that it works. It means that we will know if it works.
I don't if we have to have to wait until 2021, because as I said our studies, we have a good chance that we will know if the product works by the end of October. And then, of course, it is regulators' job to issue license or not.
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NEWTON: So the need for diversity is critical, because people of color are at greater risk of getting sick and dying from the virus. America's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has said about 25 percent of the volunteers in vaccine trials should be black, and 37 percent should be Latino.
The current enrollments in two very key studies all fall far short of that. Moderna showing just 11 percent of their volunteers are black and 22 percent Latino.
And as of late last month, eight percent -- only eight of Pfizer's volunteers were black, and 11 percent were Latino.
[00:30:04] Michael Rouse is a 65-year-old retiree, and he was one of the first volunteers to sign up for the Moderna trial at the University of Colorado. He joins us now on the line from Denver.
And absolutely not an exaggeration to say you are one courageous man. And obviously, we have just spelled out, you know, how significant your participation is here. I want to ask you first what was it like to get these shots, and how many have you had?
MICHAEL ROUSE, VOLUNTEER FOR VACCINE TRIAL (via phone): Well, it was pretty straightforward. I had one and on August 20, I'm scheduled to get my second shot this Thursday.
And I'm in the Moderna study. And after I did some research on Moderna, I found that they were not actually using any of the virus protein. They actually have your body generate the virus protein and then the antibodies. So I felt it was pretty safe.
NEWTON: You're right that each vaccine here, a lot of them and more than 100 of them really under research. Now, each one works in a different way. Did you feel anything after that shot?
ROUSE: Four hours after my first shot, I felt a little nauseated. I had some muscle aches and body aches. But by the next morning, I was in perfect health.
NEWTON: Do you feel as if somehow that, you know, in terms of your risk level, are you doing anything differently right now, just because you have had the shot?
ROUSE: No, I'm still doing going to the gym, which I was doing before I got the shot. And as we know, gyms are high risk, but I take all the precautions necessary to protect myself.
NEWTON: Understood, and how do you feel about, you know, what we explained there about the issue of diversity. I mean, Mr. Rouse, you know your community has been one of the hardest hit in the United States for sure, but a lot of data coming from all over the world shows that those communities of color are disproportionately affected.
How do you feel about being able to volunteer in that context?
ROUSE: Well, I think it's crucial that African-Americans and any other minorities volunteer so that people can see that we are taking part in the testing, the trails.
NEWTON: It is very important for the research, and important that people will have confidence when there is a vaccine. I didn't exaggerate. It's a very courageous move, and we applaud you and hope you stay well and safe.
ROUSE: Thank you.
NEWTON: Now, just minutes from now, Japan's ruling party will choose a new leader who is expected to become the country's next prime minister. Longtime leader Shinzo Abe is stepping down due to poor health. Our
Will Ripley is covering the imminent vote
And Will, it has to be said, right, there isn't much suspense as to how this will go, right? I mean, set me straight on that if I'm wrong. But what's at stake here as Japan really begins a new political chapter?
WILL RIPLEY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Technically, there are three contenders, but political analysts overwhelmingly are expecting that the chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, who has been Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's right-hand man for nearly eight years -- of course, Abe the longest serving Japanese prime minister -- Suga is expected to be elected as the new LDP leader, the Liberal Democratic Party.
And then on Wednesday, the leader of the LDP is expected to be voted in as the Japanese prime minister, because the LDP holds a majority in parliament. So that's how it works, technically.
Suga's story is really interesting. He is a familiar face, certainly, to me covering Japanese politics for the four-plus years I've lived in Tokyo and also even from here from Hong Kong. He's a familiar face. He gives a lot of press conferences. He knows the ins and outs of the prime minister's job probably better than anybody other than the prime minister himself.
In fact, it's often been said that the chief cabinet secretary, who's you know, basically, you know, right alongside the prime minister, almost like a combination of the chief of staff and the press secretary. This person knows exactly what needs to be done in terms of the technicalities of the job.
Now what Suga does not have that Abe had is this kind of star power. Abe was a third-generation prime minister. He comes from a political dynasty. He was almost -- his pedigree was essentially -- you know, he was made for the job of Japanese prime minister. And he has been tremendously successful on many fronts and, of course, has been unsuccessful on many others.
His disapproval readings are extraordinarily low right now, although they raised up when he announced that he was retiring because of his handling, primarily, of the COVID pandemic, which has caused Japan's economy to sink further into recession.
Abe has been accused of being out of touch. He's been accused of acting too slowly, trying to save his crown jewel, the Olympics, and not acting quickly enough to make sure that Japanese jobs and Japanese lives would be protected from this pandemic.
And so the new prime minister is going to have to face a long list of challenges, from the economy to the pandemic, to the Olympics, and while Suga has a lot of experience with domestic politics, he's not experienced on a global stage, Paula, so he will have some growing to do if, indeed, he is the one chosen.
experience with domestic politics he's not experienced on a global stage policy he's good to have some growing to do if indeed is the one chosen.
NEWTON: Yes. Absolutely a good point, and many people in Japan now trying to get to know the person who is likely to become the prime minister.
Well, thanks so much for keeping an eye on it for us. Appreciate it.
Time is running out on President Trump's threats against the video- sharing app TikTok. Ahead, the latest developments in the talks to sell TikTok's U.S. operations.
NEWTON: TikTok and Oracle will become business partners in the U.S., so the exact nature of the agreement is still unclear. Now, that word came Sunday just after Microsoft announced it would not buy TikTok's U.S. operations from its Chinese owner, ByteDance.
Selina Wang joins me now from Hong Kong with more on this.
And boy, do we need more on this. There isn't much detail. And, you know, the big question I have, Selina, is does this really satisfy what the Trump administration wanted? And they want TikTok to be in U.S. hands.
SELINA WANG, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Paula, actually, there's a lot more to this deal than just appeasing the Trump side. But it is worth noting here that Larry Ellison and Oracle, this is one of the few technology Silicon Valley companies that have publicly supported Trump.
Founder Larry Ellison hosted a fundraiser for Trump this year. Its CEO served on Trump's transition team. It's also been intensely lobbying the White House.
And it does come as a surprise to many who really saw Microsoft as a more logical buyer. It has deeper pockets than Oracle. It also has more expertise when it comes to consumer technology expertise.
Now Trump has claimed that this app serves as a threat to national security, something that TikTok and ByteDance have denied. This deal would need to be passed by the Committee on Foreign Investments in the U.S.
Experts have told me that that may mean that ByteDance needs to agree to a variety of different constraints in order to satisfy those concerns. So it means ByteDance may be able to keep a seat on the board of TikTok and may maintain some shares, a bit of control.
But there will be a firewall place between ByteDance and TikTok, especially when it comes to areas of national security concerns.
As you mentioned, we don't know exactly how this deal would be structured, but a source told me that they would be seen more as business partners, rather than Oracles serving as a parent company with full control over TikTok.
But the Trump side is one thing. There's also the Chinese side that we need to agree with this. China recently updated its export roles, which would essentially mean that, in order for this deal to be successful, they would need to get the blessing of the Chinese government. And it's unclear if this match is up to those concerns.
But a source did tell me that, if ByteDance -- if Oracle ends up working with venture capitalists that already have a stake in ByteDance, that could increase the chances of the Chinese government approving this, since it would defuse the ownership.
NEWTON: There's so much to get through here still, though, and so complicated. We'll learn more in the coming hours. Selina Wang, thanks for taking us through it. Appreciate it.
And I want to thank all of you for joining us. For our international viewers, WORLD SPORT is up next. If you're joining us, though, right here in the United States, I'll be back with more news in a moment.
NEWTON: The World Health Organization has just reported the highest single day number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. That was nearly 308,000 new cases on Sunday.
Now it broke the daily record set last weekend by more than 1,000 cases. New infections or spiking throughout Europe as well. The Czech Republic also setting a single day record for the third day in a row. The country recorded more than 1,500 new cases on Sunday.
Now in the meantime, new limits on social gatherings go into effect in England today, banning groups of more than six people. The U.K. reported more than 3,300 new infections on Sunday.
Israel now has approved a second lockdown after infections rose last week. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says it's a necessary step to try and overcome the virus. CNN's Oren Liebermann is following the story from Jerusalem.
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OREN LIEBERMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Israel officially announced it will impose a second general lockdown as coronavirus cases surge throughout the country. On Thursday, Israel set a new record of 4,217 new cases.
And that also marked three straight days where each one had more than 4,000 cases. It is because of these rising numbers, as well as the rising number of serious cases and the number of patients on ventilators that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu effectively said there is no other option except a second lockdown.
What will it look like? Well, it'll look a lot like the first lockdown back in April. Israel perhaps the first country in the world to be forced to go to second general lockdown. Citizens will be limited to within 500 meters or about a quarter mile from their home, schools, restaurants except delivery, entertainment venues, leisure venues; all of these will be closed.
Public sector work will be limited. Private sector businesses will be allowed to operate so long as members of the public don't enter the work space. This second general lockdown will start for three weeks and if the numbers decline to a more reasonable rate to a more acceptable rate to the health experts here, the restrictions will begin easing.
It is expected the lockdown will begin on Friday afternoon, right before the high holidays begin here. That's a time of generally large religious and family gatherings that could be a key spreading event for coronavirus without some sort of restrictions or without this lockdown.
It did not go overly smoothly, the housing administer who was the former health administer during the first wave of infections resigned over what he objected to. A closure over the high holidays.
Meanwhile, right after announcing that Israel will be returning to a second general lockdown, Netanyahu flew off to Washington for a summary there at the White House, making normalization with Israel and Bahrain in the United Arab Emirates when he returns shortly thereafter, the lockdown will begin.
Oren Liebermann, CNN, Jerusalem.
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NEWTON: New Zealand is extending its restrictions after reporting one new case of the virus. The country has seen just under 1,800 infections during the entire pandemic, that's according to Johns Hopkins University, far fewer than some countries have reported in a single day.
Now it may all get lost in the day to day news about the coronavirus but the regular flu season annually is upon us again. CNN medical correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen, reports why this year especially, doctors want you and everyone in your family to get that flu shot.
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ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Nobody likes getting a shot but this year it's more important than ever because this year we're going to have not just flu but also COVID-19.
ROBERT REDFIELD, CDC DIRECTOR: I am worried. I do think the fall and the winter of 2020 and 2021 are going to be probably one of the most difficult times that we've experienced in American public health.
COHEN: This year there's not one, not two, but three reasons to get yourself a flu shot. Number one, it'll decrease the chances that you'll get the flu or if you do get the flu you'll get a milder case. Number two, you won't spread the flu to other people.
Number three, you won't end up taking up a hospital bed that someone else like a COVID patient would need. And if you get sick, getting the right diagnosis could be tough.
MARIA VAN KERKHOVE, COVID-19 TECHNICAL LEAD, WHO: We won't be able to distinguish immediately between whether somebody has a flu or whether somebody has COVID.
COHEN: Flu vaccine manufacturers have ramped up production, making tens of millions more doses than last season. And there are two new flu vaccines designed to protect older people who are especially vulnerable to the virus.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So this child is?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Ryan (ph).
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is Ryan (ph).
COHEN: And for children, the Trump administration last month authorized pharmacist to administer the flu shot to children ages 3 and older. Hopefully this upcoming flu season will end up being relatively tame. In the southern hemisphere where flu season is now ending, they've had a pretty easy season.
VAN KERKHOVE: Many of the physical distancing and public health and social measures that have been put in place, which keeps people apart, may have actually played a role in reducing circulation of influenza.
COHEN: Even if that happens in the northern hemisphere though, it's still a good idea to get a flu shot to keep you and those around you as healthy as possible.
Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, reporting.
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NEWTON: The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says two deputies who were shot on Saturday are expected to recover. Now the officers were sitting in their patrol car in the city of Compton when they were ambushed and shot at close range.
$100,000 reward is being offered for information on suspect. Now the community came out to support the officers with a vehicle parade and a show of unity. It's not clear what long term effects the officers will suffer. U.S. President Donald Trump meantime reacted to the shooting quickly on Twitter. And he expressed his outrage during his campaign stop in Nevada. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
DONALD TRUMP, U.S. PRESIDENT: A man shot at stone cold, short range, right through a window and we're looking for him. We're looking for that person, him we think. And when we find that person we've got to get much faster with our courts and we got to get much tougher with our sentencing. We have to come out very, very strongly. We have to find that person.
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NEWTON: Nine U.S. professional football teams did not take the field during the National Anthem in the first week of the new season. The teams elected to stay in their locker rooms to protest racial injustice.
In addition, players and team staff kneeled, linked arms and raised their fists in solidarity with protests around the country. That was just two seasons ago that the NFL mandated that players either stand for the anthem or stay in the locker room. Last month Commissioner Roger Goodell said he wouldn't penalize any player for kneeling in protest.
Now protest over racial injustice and inequity -- inequality, pardon me, are nothing new in the United States. CNN's Susan Malveaux looks at the struggles of the last century and how far the country still has to go.
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SUSAN MALVEAUX, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Historians say a new and fourth wave of uprisings for racial equality is erupting around the country, one that feels and looks unlike any before.
THOMAS SUGRUE, PROFESSOR, DIRECTOR OF NYU CITIES COLLABORATIVE: Whites, Latinos, Suburbanites, big city residents alike have taken to the streets demanding police reform and justice for African Americans.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (Inaudible).
MALVEAUX: In Minneapolis for George Floyd. Louisville, Breonna Taylor. Kenosha, Jacob Blake.
LETETRA WIDEMAN, JACOB BLAKE'S SISTER: Black America, I hold you accountable. You must stand, you must fight but not with violence and chaos, with self love.
MALVEAUX: Protest spurred by the ongoing deaths of black people in police custody and the use of excess force at the heart of the Black Lives Matter movement.
While overwhelmingly peaceful, some protests have turned violent as extremist from the right and left infiltrate and lash out with federal National Guard troops moving in.
The tumultuous presidential election spurring both candidates to point fingers.
TRUMP: Look at all of those horrible race riots you had during Obama.
BIDEN: I'll seek to heal the racial wounds that have long plagued our country, not use them for political gain.
MALVEAUX: Historians say three distinct waves of U.S. racial unrest have created the conditions for this powerful new movement today, the first wave in 1919. U.S. veterans, including black soldiers returning home from war, looking for work as tens of thousands of African Americans migrate north, causing dozens of racial clashes.
SUGRUE: They believed that African Americans were taking away their jobs and they fought fiercely to maintain their white superiority.
MALVEAUX: One of the most devastating in Chicago where whites set fire to scores of African American homes. Two years later in Tulsa, Oklahoma; white mobs with the help of local police torched the area known as Black Wall Street killing as many as 300.
The second wave comes in 1943, blacks fighting for freedom abroad, demand rights at home. As whites slash out, race riots break out across the country.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: More than 100 square blocks were decimated by fire and looters.
MALVEAUX: And the third wave takes place in the turbulent 60s. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders lead non-violent marches and sit ins to fight segregation across the south.
In Birmingham they are met with dogs and fire hoses. African American churches and homes are firebombed, protestors are beaten. Some leaders like Malcolm X call for self defense and retaliation.
MALCOLM X, HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST: That freedom comes to us either by ballots or by bullets.
MALVEAUX: July 1967 becomes known as long hot summer, as close to 160 rights erupt in dozens of cities, despite King's insistence on peaceful protest, he said he understood what was behind the rioting.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST: A riot is the language of the unheard and as long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again.
KRISTEN CLARKE, PRESIDENT, LAWYERS' COMMITTEE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER LAW: The civil rights movement was dynamic that involved non violence and at moments called for violence to really grab the public's attention.
MALVEAUX: Many see the televised beating of black motorist, Rodney King, in 1991 as a turning point for police reform. But it's the new emergence of cell phone video that is helping to expose some abusive police tactics.
CLARKE: The videos, the photos, the images of these horrific acts of police violence and racial violence9 are making it very uncomfortable and difficult for people to just look away.
MALVEAUX: Susan Malveaux, CNN, Washington.
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NEWTON: And that wraps this hour of CNN Newsroom. I'm Paula Newton, thanks so much for being with us. Race for the White House is next.