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us would like to forget, all of our lives were upended and so many lives were devastated by the pandemic. so this morning dr. sanjay gupta is going to break down the hopeful signs for 2021 as the vaccinations kick into high gear. >> the new year also brings a seismic shift -- seismic shift in washington, in just 19 days president-elect joe biden he will be inaugurated in less than a week we will know which party will control the u.s. senate and what will be president trump's influence on the republican party on the nation after he leaves office? >> also ahead, we have a very special guest, legendary cellist yo-yo ma will speak to us about the healing power of music during this pandemic and beyond. so we have that and much more ahead on this special edition of "new day," but first let's get a check of your headlines at the news desk. good morning, and happy new year. i'm alison kosik in new york. the world is saying good-bye and good riddance to 2020.
the ball drop in times square looking very different than in years past. normally a million people would pack into the crossroads of the world, instead it was an invite only affair for front line health care workers and first responders. an estimated billion people watched the celebration around the world. asadly, we start the year where we left off, grappling the worsening coronavirus pandemic. in a matter of hours the u.s. will hit 20 million cases, that's more than any other nation by far, and more people than the entire population of new york state. 3,419 americans died overnight. and the number of people hospitalized in the u.s. also hitting a record for the fourth day in a row. cnn's nick valencia is live in atlanta with the latest. nick, good morning to you. the governor saying that the state is at a critical point.
>> reporter: that's right. it seems to be all across the united states we're reaching that critical point, just new information in from johns hopkins university, allison, the last three days of 2020 more than 10,000 americans died as a result of the coronavirus, that's at least 3,400 americans that died in the last three days. on thursday that was about 3,400, on 12/29, 3,732 americans died and as you mentioned later today we're expecting to reach 20 million cases overall here in the united states and these are records that we don't want to be setting. hospitalizations also up, more than 125,000 americans wake up in the hospital today infected by covid and the center of the pandemic right now for all intents and purposes appears to be california, specifically l.a. county, where the mayor there, eric garcetti, is warning residents that there are going to be dark days ahead. this week we heard multiple hospitals in l.a. county report that they had limited supplies of oxygen, scores of front-line workers as well coming down with
the virus as the cases there continue to surge and here in georgia things aren't faring much better. the governor here, brian kemp, so concerned by this surge in the winter that he's opening up behind me the georgia world congress center for the third time since the start of the pandemic. this is going to act as an overflow field hospital of sorts, 60 beds will be available there for anyone suffering from the coronavirus, hospitalizations also bad here, alison, 5,000 people waking up in the hospital here in georgia. this pandemic continuing to rage, even though 2020 is behind us, this is something we are going to have to deal with in the year ahead. >> nick valencia, thank you. president trump rang in the new year at the white house. the president and first lady returned from mar-a-lago yesterday ahead of schedule to continue his pursuit to overturn the election he lost. cnn's boris sanchez is live for us at the white house and, good morning, boris. is looks like the president is laser focused on this. >> reporter: yeah, that's right, allison, the president skipping
out on a new year's eve gala at mar-a-lago to return to the white house early. the president still fixated on this idea of overturning the results of the 2020 election and right now the republican party is at a fork in the road. the president getting news that he wanted this week with senator josh hawley of missouri announcing that he would contest the electoral college certification on capitol hill january 6th. it's something that the republican leadership did not want to happen, including senator mitch mcconnell, the senate majority leader, he had privately been lobbying lawmakers to avoid this scenario, now cnn is learning that some 140 house republicans will likely go along with josh hawley in this effort to contest the results of the election in congress. it sets up a battle within the party, one that could have enormous ramifications for the future. meantime, one congressman that is expected to object to the results, congressman louie gohmert of texas, filing a lawsuit against vice president mike pence trying to force pence
who oversees that certification on january 6 to throw out the results from states that were given to biden, pence's legal team responding yesterday, here is part of what they write, quote, a suit to establish that the vice president has discretion over the count filed against the vice president is a walking legal contradiction. the vice president's team essentially saying that gohmert is barking up the wrong tree, that he should take this up with the house and senate and not sue the vice president. of course, we should point out the vice president's role in all of this is largely ceremonial, he simply is an observer. he doesn't actually have the power to overturn the results of the election, something that we're hearing that the president has been recently discussing with aides and having a hard time wrapping his head around. allison. >> cnn's boris sanchez, thank you. >> thanks. joining me now margaret at that will he be cnn political analyst and politics and white house editor at axios. >> happy new year.
>> we are learning at cnn that two gop lawmakers say at least 140 house republicans will vote to tall length joe biden's win. talk to me about what this says about the republican party, about what it does for its future and firstly of course will this challenge go anywhere? >> yeah, look, this is just a sign of the huge internal pull that lawmakers, republican lawmakers, are facing about, you know, how much they need to show an allegiance to president trump in his final days. i think part of the reason you're seeing anywhere upwards of 140 votes is for two reasons, number one, concern that they will be primaried by trump supporters or, you know, at trump's direction in their next cycle, these are two-year cycles and also knowledge that it's not going to succeed, that it's not going to go anywhere.
i think if this were poised to actually work and the public's will was on the cusp of actually being overturned i think this would -- for some of these lawmakers this decision would take on much more weight. i'm not trying to normalize this, this is not normal behavior and a lot of these folks are going to have to answer questions in the future if they want anything beyond a congressional seat, but there's a ton of politics at play here. you can really see these tensions play out. you can see it in these house seats, you can see this with hawley who of course has been in the senate -- he's been a state attorney general before, he knows what the law s he knows how elections work and he knows that this can't go anywhere, but he's pursuing the objection nevertheless and i think you have to see that in the context of someone who is 41 years old, came into office on the trump wave in 2016, 2017, and feels
that this is the right move for his future. he is taking an enormous amount of backlash inside the senate from leader mitch mcconnell and other veteran senators who never wanted to have this debate, never wanted to have to go on the record with how they feel and never wanted to have to incur the president's wrath and now all of that's going to happen. you see it with this case with vice president pence, too. this is not just pence, these are not just lawyers for pence arguing that gohmert's lawsuit is inappropriate, this is the justice department, trump's own justice department, the u.s. justice department, making this argument on behalf of mike pence and not only doing that but asking the judge, judge, would you please clarify that mike pence doesn't have the ability to do this and that clarification if it does come from a judge perhaps could give pence some cover with trump, but president trump is expecting
everyone and asking everyone, senators, his own vice president, the courts, legislatures, other lawmakers, governors, to help him do this and he is not going to stop putting that pressure on them until after the certification happens on january 6th. >> so it's essentially turning out to be a spectacle of loyalty toward president trump. what is this actually doing to the republican party, though, for its future? >> i mean, it asks a real question which is if you are not a trump republican, if you are not a populist, if you didn't come in on the trump wave, if you just want to be like a low taxes, pro business republican, whether you are in politics or whether you are a voter, where do you go? where are those people represented by the party? look, what happens in those georgia -- those two races in georgia that are going to determine control of the senate, whether the senate is marginally controlled still by republicans or barely just barely by democrats with a tie-breaking vote from the new vice president kamala harris, that control of the senate question may help
nudge this question about the future of the republican party, but either way even after president trump leaves office he is certainly going to try to exert influence to try to continue to be the leader of the republican party and these are not questions that are going to get answered between now and january 6, they're going to continue well into the race for 2024. sorry to kick off the new year that way, but i think we're looking towards 2024 as the defining moment for who is the republican party going to nominate, how are they going to galvanize votes? these are all questions contained inside this tension between president trump and the leadership of the senate. >> some of the stuff just won't go away. back to what you mentioned about this crucial senate runoff happening next week, talk to me about how high the stakes are here. >> well, they are enormous because, again, if joe biden -- president-elect biden has at his disposal when he takes office
not just a democratic-controlled house but just barely a democrat-controlled senate it makes it much easier for him to move forward with nominations obviously for his cabinet, but also with getting votes into committee, out of committee, on to the floor about legislation that he wants to move forward. if republicans retain control of the senate it gives mitch mcconnell an enormous amount of leverage, crucial leverage for republicans as the opposition party to joe biden to want legislation he's trying to move to bottle up nominees that they may disagree with or that they may want to use as leverage in negotiating power. so what the legislation has heard, how much biden has to do by executive power versus through congress and his outreach efforts, what leverage he has as he does what he says he's going to do which is reaches across the aisle and tries to find some bipartisanship, all of that is going to be deeply influenced.
you can look at the record number of votes already, 2.5 million already in this runoff, surpassing the top record before. there is an enormous amount of votes already cast, one out of three georgia voters, this is going to be one for the record books because the stakes are so enormous. >> okay. margaret talev, great institution, happy new year. >> happy new year to you. and we are entering the new year in the midst of the devastating coronavirus pandemic, but help is on the way as coronavirus vaccines are here. dr. sanjay gupta explains when we should expect life to start returning to normal next. darrell's family uses gain flings now so their laundry
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coronavirus pandemic. dr. anthony fauci says average americans can expect to begin receiving vaccinations this spring. so joining us now is cnn's chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. season jay, great to see you. happy new year. >> happy new year. >> it's everybody is so hopeful that we will be able to turn a page but of course coronavirus has followed us into this new year. so how different do you think 2021 will be? >> i think it's going to look a lot different. i mean, i guess it's hard not to, 2020 was such a unique and tragic year. we've all lived through this physically, psychologically. these vaccines, i think, are -- they are here, they are going to be more widely distributed. it is incredibly hopeful not just because of the vaccines but i think also because of what they represent. we were able to respond so quickly to this pandemic by
creating something that typically takes years if not decades to make a vaccine, and they're going to make a significant impact, but it takes a while still. so by this time next year i think we are going to be in a very different position. the vaccines, the testing, things like that that will happen over these next few months here in 2021 will certainly change things a lot, but we've got to still, you know, just hunker down for a few months more as you see that light it should make you want to redouble your efforts, i think. >> sanjay, one of the few good things about 2020 is frankly you and the impact you had on educating all of -- sanjay, you were one of the good things about 2020 and the impact you had on us and how you made us think about the pandemic. one of the impactful things you did was write these essays treating the country as if it were your patient. so what you learn about your
patient in 2020 and what's your prognosis for your patient, the country, in 2021? >> i think one of the biggest things i learned -- and i say this as a neurosurgeon, you know, someone who operates on people who are in the worst of situations often -- is that science cannot rescue us from ourselves. we can have these incredible breakthroughs and we will in vaccines and therapeutics and new forms of testing, i mean, it is really just remarkable to see and i think we will be a different world as a result of the medical innovation that we have seen this year, but if we don't lean into the basic health practices, they make such a big difference. i mean, even though 100 years after the great pandemic of 1918 the same things made the biggest difference, wearing masks, keeping distance, washing hands. we can talk about mrna vaccines and all those things, but washing hands and wearing a mask makes as big a difference. it doesn't sound as neat or as
fancy, but it can make such a huge impact and it's something i will now always remind my patients of. >> all right. sanjay, besides alisyn camerota, who are your health care heroes? >> well, alisyn is way up there on the list for sure. >> i'm not sure what i've done to earn it. >> there are so many people that i interact with at the hospital all the time who are taking care of these covid patients and, you know, i mean, we know now after a year of reporting on this that you go take care of covid patients, you worry as good as you are about personal protective equipment you still worry that maybe you were exposed and that maybe you would take that virus home to your family and that would be just the greatest tragedy in trying to do the right thing you potentially put your family at risk. it's a very hard psychology still for people to think about.
i really have thought a lot of the people working in covid units not just the doctors but the nurses, the people cleaning these units, the people who have lived for this past year with that psychological thing in the back of their minds. i also -- you know, as doctors and nurses you're giving care, it's objective care, you know, you give this medicine, you monitor these vital signs, but because of the pandemic you also had to be this bridge of comfort because family members couldn't visit. so the real heroes for me were the people who then at the end of a shift took the extra time to wrap their phone or their ipad in plastic, walk into the room in full personal protective equipment and show someone who was in the hospital very sick their family members and allow them to have a conversation and sometimes those were last conversations. that really stuck with me, you know, and it's obviously psychologically just so challenging but the idea that
people who just stepped up and over the line so many times to make sure that those last conversations could happen are, i think, some of the truest heroes of this and showed us what real empathy and real compassion looks like in the middle of a pandemic. >> that is beautiful, sanjay. they are angels on earth. that is beautiful. thank you for helping us think of them today and for all you did for us the past year and i'm sure this coming year. >> thank you, guys. thanks for having me this year. i think the conversations -- i'd like to believe that the conversations we have had with the audience over this past year made a difference, you know, you have to believe that if you are a journalist. >> we're going to try to book you some for 2021. >> how is tomorrow? >> keep the phone close by, sanjay. >> thanks so much, sanjay. a critical week ahead for the incoming biden administration. two runoff elections in georgia will decide the balance of power in the senate and the fate of
special new year's edition of "new day." we have a lot to get to this half hour including will the u.s. economy recover this this new year, christine romans tells us what to watch for as the hand sanitizer continues to grip the united states. >> and president-elect joe biden preparing to confront several massive crises when he takes office in just 19 days. first let's get a check of your headlines at the news desk.
good morning, and happy new year, i'm alison kosik in new york. developing this morning the first case of a highly contagious coronavirus variant has been found in florida. that makes three states currently seeing cases of this new strain. three more cases were discovered yesterday in san diego. meantime, video shows hundreds of people attending a christian singer's concert last night in southern california to protest face coverings and limits on indoor church services. a number of those in attendance were from out of state with many saying they had been following the concerts across the country. some even said they traveled by plane to attend. for the first time since christmas the number of air travelers in the u.s. has dropped below 1 million. the tsa screened just 874,000 people thursday, most of last week -- most of the last two weeks around the holidays have seen more than a million screenings every day raising concerns about surging coronavirus spread. now let's head back to john
berman and alisyn camerota. so in just 19 days joe biden and kamala harris will be sworn in as president and vice president of the united states. how will they change things when they take office? which party will control the u.s. senate? just some of the questions that they will face. joining us now cnn chief police cal correspondent dana bash and cnn's senior political reporter nia-malika henderson. >> the question that we barely have had a chance to focus on over the last several weeks, what changes january 20th? it's always such a big deal when there is a shift of power, shift of party in the white house, what do you think is the first biggest difference that we'll see? >> you know, it's funny, generally we are talking about issues and policy prescriptions and things that matter a lot to the american people and those will be big, from economic
prescriptions that the biden administration will push forward to try to help the economy to obviously trying to keep pushing the vaccine and doing away with this pandemic, but i actually think the biggest thing is going to be tone because you cannot -- and we saw this for the past, you know, year or so, maybe a little bit less during the campaign between joe biden and donald trump -- you can't think of two different human beings and that's a big part of why joe biden won because people don't want to pay attention to their president as much as they felt like they had to with donald trump and they're likely going to get that with the silence of joe biden's twitter feed, with the likely mundane, you know, situation going on in the white house and that will likely be very welcome for people in 2021. >> mundane has never sounded so good. i know exactly what you're talking b dana.
so, nia-malika, if the democrats don't win these georgia senate runoffs then will biden's agenda just be sort of blocked at every turn? >> that's the big question, will this be essentially another obama term with mitch mcconnell being the master of doom and the master of no. that was his posture during most of those eight years when it came to president obama. joe biden campaigned on saying that he had a good relationship with republicans, that he could work across the aisle. some democrats didn't like that he campaigned in that way but obviously the vast majority of americans who voted in that election, 7 million, thought that was a good idea. so we are going to see, we are going to put that to the test whether or not joe biden's friendship with mitch mcconnell makes a difference, if, in fact, he goes into the white house without a senate majority.
either way, even if democrats do win those two senate seats in georgia and that's a race that's coming up in the next couple of days, we'll know, even if they win it's still going to be a slim majority. you would have vice president harris breaking a tie. so either way if you are progressive and i think there's going to be some big ticket items that come out of this administration, this is going to be a centrist approach to policy and policy making with compromise at the heart of whatever joe biden does. >> you know, with the trump era i said i was out of the predictions business but i'm going to make an exception and say that we've understandably been focused on the senate because there is a runoff, two runoffs, we don't know who is going to be in charge and the senate always when it's razor thin is a big deal, but i actually think the story is going to be much more in the house than anybody anticipated going into election day because, as nia said, the democrats'
majority has gotten so much smaller and, therefore, nancy pelosi and other democratic leaders have very, very little wiggle room in how they can -- you know, usually, you know, you all know this, in general the rules are such in the house that you can pass a ham sandwich if you want to if you are in the majority. i'm not so sure that's going to be the case because not just the fact that it's a slim majority but because of the nature of the new democratic caucus. so many more progressives who beat long-time democratic incumbents and those who are not going to take compromise for an answer. >> that's a great point. we just don't know what it's going to look like. nancy pelosi in theory -- you know, these are her last two years in house leadership. >> in theory. >> in theory. you know, she once promised that she would get out after this term, but we will see what happens there. we will see how she handles it. look, we already know that this inauguration 19 days from now will be vastly different. yes, joe biden will be sworn in
at the capitol outdoors, but no balls, you know, none of the inaugural balls, none of the big outdoor parades, none of the events we have come to expect over the years. i wonder, nia, what impact you think that will have in terms of democrats' ability to celebrate the moment. do you think that it will feel less than? >> well, what's interesting is i think much of the celebration you're going to see from democrats came when wolf blitzer said that president-elect biden was the result of this election and you saw people all over the country pour out into the street, banging pots and pans, dancing and all sorts of things because of the sense of relief, the sense of joy that many americans had with that news from wolf blitzer about the outcome of this election. so that will be that and, listen, whatever the inauguration looks like, it will
look different. our lives have looked different all this past year of 2020, so in some ways i think americans are used to that, used to that, they're thinking about their safety, they're thinking about their parents and grandparents' safety and their kids' safety so that means that the kind of crowds that we're used to and celebrations just won't happen. we will see what they do. we saw what happened with the dnc, it was virtual, it was creative, it looked more like the things we see on social media and tiktok and those sorts of things. listen, this is a new era and democrats in the country are, i think, getting used to it. >> dana, i don't know if there's any way to sum up all of the political stories from 2020, to recap the year that has just been that many refer to as sort of their worst year ever for a host of different reasons. so what stood out to you politically? >> you know, i'm going to go against the grain here and say that as tumultuous as it was on
the science front, on the economic front, which is the basics of society, kids not in school, people losing their jobs, all of those horrible, horrible things that defined and will always define 2020, on the politics front what stands out to me is how stable it was because from the -- pretty much from the beginning of what was effectively the general election campaign joe biden was up and it didn't change and, you know, that was related to the pandemic in a big way, but there were other reasons for it. we didn't have the surprise that many expected because it's 2020 and it's donald trump and you always have surprises. so politically speaking 2020 and frankly the whole 2020 campaign ended the way we expected it, which in itself is unexpected. >> i'd say.
people forget joe biden was in fifth place in the democratic race, fourth or fifth place and three days later he was the nominee. i still don't know that the history has been written in a fulfilling way about that, about exactly how it happened. i'm waiting. the pandemic kind of swallowed it all up but there's so much interesting that happened over the past year, reported on by the both of you so well. thanks for being with us all of 2020 and we look forward to see more of. >> you happy new year. >> you, too. >> take care, guys. so millions of jobs gone, thousands of small businesses shuttered. will the u.s. economy recover from the pandemic in the new year? so you want to make the best burger ever? then make it!
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millions of americans are heading into it without a job and hurting financially. the pandemic wiped out a decade of job gains, so will the u.s. economy recover this year? cnn chief business correspondent christine romans has a crystal ball. what does it look like? >> it says yes that 2020 will be better, you guys, by almost any measure, but it's going to be a dark winter before we get there. normally i sit with you guys and we start a new year with new resolutions but this year we're just trying to get back to where we started, right? the economy down 9.8 million jobs from february and this start really tells this story. every month we talk about the jobs added and hiring has pretty much flattened here as the virus slows the economy again. you've heard me talk about this so-called k-shaped recovery,
people with a job and stock market investments they are doing great right now and thriving but low wage workers and minorities are bearing the brunt of the income loss. you can't forget these images from 2020, this is from san antonio, but we saw this played out again and again, food banks with unprecedented demand. will the lopsided nature of the pandemic reverse this year. we just don't know. a lot depends on the prescriptions from the biden administration and congress, but even people worried, you guys, about inequality like bill gates, he's worried about inequality and that k-shaped recovery but even he sees brighter days ahead. >> i do think that by summer the job numbers and the economic numbers will be quite strong because most things will be back to normal, you know, in the fall, you know, i expect we will be able to open all schools even
with face-to-face. >> that's why some of the face-to-face -- that's important -- that's why some of the biggest banks are forecasting the economy will grow 4% to 6% this year. that will be a huge improvement from this year. you can see the economy collapsed in the second and the third quarter this year. that's those big red lines, bounced back again after that, but annual jobs growth if it were to hit 6%, look, that would be the best since 1984 also a year that we were bouncing back after a terrible recession, 2021 will be the year of the bounce back. >> which i'm sure joe biden would like to see. what's he going to do to help it? what's the biden agenda on the economy? >> i'm really struck between the parallels for joe biden. when he became vice president eight years ago the economy was in tatters, millions were out of work and we didn't trust the banking system. we had lost faith in our institutions. this time it's different, it's a health and jobs crisis. his first order of business would be to get the virus under control, that's what they say they're going to do.
president trump has said the economy and your 401(k) would tank under a biden presidency but even with biden's promises to raise taxes on investors and wealthy people, corporate america expects a more stable relationship with the white house. >> i think joe biden is a steady hand, there's not a -- if you are one of the people who was afraid that there was going to be rampant dysfunction, civil war, radicals on any side were going to take over, joe biden is kind of not the type. >> he worked with him in the last financial crisis. so biden wants to raise taxes on rich people, he wants to roll back some of those 2017 corporate tax cuts, wants to reward companies for bringing jobs and production back to the u.s. that would be a corporate tax rate of 28%, still better than where it was, you know, before tax reform in the trump administration. he wants tax breaks to return factories to the u.s., he wants the top personal tax rate to go
back to 39.6%, he wants to expand the child tax credit, restore the first time home buyers credit and vows not to raise taxes on anyone making less than 400 k, guys. >> what about the wild card of china, joe biden's relationship with china and washington's relationship with china. >> so much of the trump administration was just consumed by these trade wars with china and with our allies in some cases. the president-elect he told the "new york times" he would not immediately remove those 25% tariffs that trump imposed on about half of china's exports to the u.s., but don't expect him to three to change china's behavior alone. he's expected to work with american allies to pressure china instead of threatening america's allies at the same time and waging these multiple distracting trade wars, guys. >> christine romans, thank you so much. happy new year to you and your family. >> happy new year to you. the healing power of music brought so much hope and strength to millions of people suffering through this pandemic. so we have a very special
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music would give solace to those suffering all the loss and pain. these videos inspired his new album called "songs of comfort and hope" and yo-yo ma joins us now. thank you so much for being with us. happy new year to you. as i was saying to alisyn one of the highlights of this last year was when you came on to the show early on and really helped us in a way calm our nerves and heal when we were all suffering so much in the early stage of this pandemic and i guess in some ways it's not a surprise because what you know better than anyone about music is music does have that power to heal and almost give you a hug. >> it's true, john. i think from our conversation just before getting on air, you know, i think we have our public selves, the selves that we present to others, we also have our private selves, our inner
selves, and i think music addresses both, but addresses the inner side of our lives more so and in that sense to get a complete view we do want to have -- have both because then i feel the human sides of us, humanity, is better represented. not everything in the world can be measured and i think music actually attempts to deal with some of those things. >> i agree. and it's also such a unifier. everybody has an emotional reaction to music, it might be different kinds of music, but everybody understands that it operates on you in a different way and so what do you think this horrible past year of 2020 has done for musicians? has it been -- we've talked to some broadway actors and everything who have lost their jobs. what's it been like for musicians? >> well, i think it's been an
incredible challenge. i think there are many musicians that are obviously not working and -- and myself more or less included, and i think particularly it's hard for people that play in groups because in order to perform live most often they play in closed spaces. >> it's hard. i mean, the live aspect of it is very hard. thankfully with music, you can enjoy it and appreciate it without being there in person, and now you're contributing even more to all of us. you have a new album coming out. what inspired you to make this? >> well, i think it came as an outgrowth of what you had described earlier at the beginning of the pandemic and my very good friend kathy stott with whom i've been playing
cannist from england, we've been playing for 40 years. i said to her, would you be willing to, you know -- to do something and help choose and cure rate songs that are meaningful to people all around the world. she came up with an incredible list saying that songs are wonderful ways to capture nuggets and almost like pills, memory pills, that take us to specific states of mind and as we're thinking about the new year and where people are just usually at home celebrating, this brings us the idea of the many types of home that we have, whether it's physical or emotional or whether it's these are memories and i think music has a way of giving that kind of
solace and comfort and joy and caress that -- that is missing when we are not able to be with our loved ones. >> oh, my gosh, it's so true. the trans for at that testify power of music to pull you to the past or to a more blissful place. it is so special. you are going to i think set 2021 off on the right note for us. you've generously offered to play us a song from your new album. tell us which one you'll play. >> i'd like to play this song "going home" which actually comes from the new world symphony. again, speaking of home, i think there's so many aspects of that, but when we hear an orchestra play it the english horn usually plays the melody and you will
>> what a way to begin 2021. >> that was so beautiful. i'm choked up. >> i have to say it's going to be a great year. if this is what 2021 is going to be all about it will be a fantastic year. our thanks to yo-yo ma for that. how wonderful. thank you all so much for joining us on this special edition of "new day." >> we wish you all a healthy and happy and sane new year.
good friday morning, i'm ana cabrera there for jimmy poppy today. happy new year. it may be 2021 but the nation is still fighting 2020's devastating battle. the u.s. is still setting new records with a record number of people hospitalized with covid-19, we're also closing in on a total of 20 million cases. deaths are climbing, too. the u.s. reporting more than 10,000 deaths in the final three days of 2020. more cases of a fast-moving new variant also raising new concerns this morning, but this fight is not j