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forward-thinking solutions. and that's what we deliver. so bounce forward, with comcast business. hello, and welcome to our viewers joining us here in the united states and all around the world. you are watching "cnn newsroom" and i'm rosemary church. just ahead, president biden focuses on supporting u.s. industry through an economic crisis brought on by the pandemic while simultaneously pushing to get millions more covid vaccines administered. washington is consumed by donald trump's second impeachment, and republicans can't even agree whether the
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process is constitutional. then the sobering reality of 25 million coronavirus cases in the u.s. and the possibility that one new variant could be even deadlier . good to have you with us. u.s. president joe biden's first full week in the white house kicks off today and already his administration is facing huge challenges as it pushes forward with an ambitious goal for the first 100 days. mr. biden and his team will have to battle a raging pandemic and an economic crisis and look to unite americans and even lawmakers in an effort to combat both. political compromise may prove difficult. we're already seeing disagreement over covid relief
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and debate over holding a senate impeachment trial for former president donald trump. amid all of this, president biden is still hoping to build support from both sides of the aisle when it comes to a covid relief package. cnn's arlitt saenz has the details now from washington. >> reporter: the white house is trying to drum up bipartisan support for president biden's 1.9 trillion covid relief package. over the weekend the president asked brian deis to speak with a group of 16 senators, 8 republicans and 8 democrats as they're looking to get more bipartisan signon on to this bill. some republicans have expressed unease about the size of this package and senator susan collins, a republican of maine who was part of that call, said that she thinks it's too premature to be talking about a $2 trillion package and she believes that bipartisan group of senators could find a more
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targeted approach. now one item that was deemed a priority on that call was money for covid vaccinations, but many of these senators wanted to see more details and find ways to ensure that americans who needed the money most would be the ones receiving it. now biden has been clear, he wants this to be tackled in a bipartisan manner, but some democrats are pushing for him to pass the measure through reconciliation which would only require a simple majority. this was one of many meetings the white house is having on the topic as they made it clear this is a top ticket item for them in the early days of the administration. now on monday president biden will reinstate some covid travel restrictions on non-u.s. citizens coming from brazil, the u.k., ireland and other european countries and he will also extend those restrictions to those who have recently traveled from south africa. this is just the latest attempt from the biden administration to try to curb the spread of the
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coronavirus pandemic which they have said is a top priority. arlitt saenz, cnn, the white house. today the u.s. house of representatives will formally deliver the article of impeachment against former president donald trump to the senate. democrats are united in convicting trump over his role in inciting violence and the republicans are at odds with each other about the proceedings. joe johns has our report. >> reporter: it's history in the making once again as capitol hill prepares for the second donald trump impeachment trial. a bit different from the first. he is now out of office, he's out of town and he's off twitter. very different from last time. nonetheless, there are still some similarities. for example, once again, the house impeachment managers will take a long walk across the united states capitol to deliver the one article of impeachment
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to the united states senate and read the article before the united states senate. normally after such things occur the impeachment trial is supposed to start in earnest at 1 p.m. the next afternoon but the united states senate has bought itself some time. in fact, they're going to stay out two weeks before they begin the trial in earnest coming back on february 9th. there's been a lot of suggestion that this trial will be quicker than the last one but that's not clear simply because republicans are all over the place on what to do. >> i think the trial is stupid. i think it's counter productive. we already have a flaming fire in this country and it's like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire. >> i think it's a moot point. donald trump is no longer the president, he is a former president. constitution and i think -- i know that there are other people out there that disagree with me, article 1 sections 6 and 7
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specifically point out that you can impeach the president and it does not indicate that you can impeach someone who is not in office. >> the preponderance of the legal opinion is that an impeachment trial after someone has left office is constitutional. i believe that's the case. i'll of course hear what the lawyers have to say for each side, but i think it's pretty clear that the effort is constitutional. >> the united states senate divided 50-50 between democrats and republicans. a 2/3 majority is required to convict. that means if all democrats vote to convict the former president, 17 republicans will also have to vote with them. back to you. >> thanks for that report. as you just heard, some republicans are against this impeachment. cnn's senior political correspondent abby phillips who is the new anchor of "inside politics sunday" spoke with senate democrat elizabeth warren
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about the republican push back. take a listen. >> i can't imagine how republican opposition to insurrection would fade over the space of a couple of weeks. we are talking about a president who stood in front of a mob and told them to go to the capitol and told them to go to capitol and stop the lawful business of the government so that he could try to stay in the white house. that is so fundamentally wrong. i just -- we have to think about what's at issue here. you know, donald trump for years has broken so many norms, has had people say over and over that they are shocked by what he does, but this one, insurrection. this is the first time since the civil war that we have seen someone, a politician, encourage people to take up arms against the united states government and
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its lawful actions. we need accountability, accountability for donald trump and accountability for everyone who participated in that insurrection. >> now republicans are talking about unity. that was also a big theme of president biden's inauguration address. they also seem to think that unity means compromising, specifically on policy. how do you see it? >> well, let me start with how about if we're unified against insurrection? how about if we're unified for accountability? unity starts with accou accountability. and then unity is about doing the work that the american people want done. it's not about ideology, it's not about helping just the richest americans or some interest group. unity is about doing things that the american people want to see us do, like a $15 an hour minimum wage, like canceling student loan debt, like
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expanding social security, like giving us more universal child care and universal pre-k. things that are popular across this country. things that are needed across this country. we want to have unity, then get on board the things the american people want to see us do. >> and as lawmakers brace for the upcoming impeachment trial, we are learning more details about just how far donald trump appeared to be willing to go to try to overturn the election. >> reporter: "the wall street journal" reporting that the former president tried to put pressure on top department of justice officials to file a lawsuit with the supreme court to try and get the election overturned. the top officials at the time, the former attorney general bill barr, his deputy and another top official, the solicitor general all resisted the pressure and so the lawsuit was never filed. the journal even says that one
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of the former president's private attorneys even drafted a brief to try and give it to the department of justice to file top officials resisting all those efforts and so nothing was ever filed. cnn, washington. and as we mentioned, u.s. senate democrats will need more than a dozen republican colleagues, 17 in fact, in order to convict former president trump. that prospect is fading by the day as more republican senators push back against the trial proceedings. and i asked cnn's senior political analyst david gergen about the likelihood of a senate conviction. >> it was a steep hill to climb but in the last few days it's been disappointing if not disturbing to see that the base of donald trump's political fortune is really reacting very negatively to what happened to the impeachment and putting a
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lot of pressure on the senators to break with whatever comes out in the trial and vote for donald trump almost without even asking any questions. hard questions. there are some of the republicans, we know, are going to challenge the const constitutionality since donald trump is no longer in the office. can you convict somebody that's no longer in the office you're talking about. the lawyers believe you can. the republicans are going to use that to say we're not going to vote on the merits because we never get to the merits. on its face it's unconstitutional to do this. >> we're also learning that donald trump pressured the department of justice to file a case with the supreme court to overturn the election results. should information like this be part of the case against him? >> yes. and i think it will be, rosemary. and, indeed, one i think negative for the republicans in
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delaying the trial for two weeks to let them get their lawyers organized is that more will come out. and likely in the next two weeks. it will add credibility, add strength to the argument that donald trump went way over the line, violated the unwritten rules of politics in trying to pressure people around him. listen, it's not the only time he's been pressuring somebody in the justice department. he also pressured the attorney general of the state of georgia as well as the governor of georgia. so we know he's been doing these things. we're likely to get more stories of where he's been doing it. i think his culpability will be more obvious. >> many thanks to david gergen joining me earlier. one of donald trump's former press secretaries is expected to return to politics as a candidate. a source says sarah sanders will announce monday that she is running for governor of arkansas. a number of republicans have already announced their bids,
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but she is seen as an early favorite. sanders was trump's second press secretary and left the white house in 2019. her father, mike huckabee, was governor of arkansas from 1996 to 2007. the u.s. is making progress fighting the coronavirus but experts are concerned about the pace of the vaccine rollout. are the goals set by the biden administration enough? we will hear from a medical analyst next.
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health experts are becoming more concerned about emerging coronavirus variants like the ones discovered in brazil, the u.k., and south africa. some recent data suggests they may be more contagious and possibly more deadly. >> we need to assume now that what has been circulating dominantly in the u.k. does have a certain degree of increase in what we call virulence, namely the power of the virus to cause
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more damage, including death. >> officials are hoping that more vaccinations and continued mitigation measures will keep the spread of variants in check. it's slow going. >> reporter: the u.s. has now surpassed 25 million coronavirus cases and the death toll continues to climb and the institute for health metrics and evaluation projects a total of 569,000 americans will have died from coronavirus by may 1st. president biden's nominee to run health and human services described this on sunday. >> the plane is in a nose dive. we have to pull it up. you're not going to do that overnight. we're going to pull it up. failure is not an option. >> reporter: there are 43,000 people's lives may be saved in the same time frame as the projected number of deaths. the seven day moving average of
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new cases is starting to drop after an aggressive post holiday peak. the 'tiflt rate stayed low enough in chicago for restaurants and bars to restart limited indoor dining. >> when the rumors started swirling around that it was going to be able to happen, there was a spark in everybody's eyes to know that we are going to be able to do what we do best once again. that's an exciting thing for us. >> reporter: the same look of excitement and gratitude. >> that's so very kind. >> reporter: is in the eyes of millions of people lining up to be vaccinated around the country, including now mobile and pop-up vaccination sites run by companies like amazon. the challenge is getting more supply districted to what's currently a patch work who are battling website crashes and scheduling mishaps. >> no one knew what the hell they were doing so they sent everybody home. >> this is happening to me, i'm well-educated, my husband is a state senator, if this is
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happening to me, what's happening to people who don't have what i have? and don't have the access that i have? >> reporter: meanwhile, officials have their eye on coronavirus variants and howell the vaccine may hold up as the virus changes. >> we need to do much better on genomic surveillance. we have to double down on public health measures. the bottom line is we're in a race against these variants. the virus is going to change and it's up to us to make sure we're staying ahead. >> natasha chen, cnn, atlanta. as natasha just explained, u.s. officials are trying to ramp up vaccinations as quickly as possible. even as millions of doses get distributed, there is a lag at getting shots into arms. take new york state, for instance, more than 2 million doses have been distributed but only 1.3 million have been administered. and only 6% have even received
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the first dose. states say supply issues are hampering the process. cnn's evan mcmorris santore ra explains. >> reporter: a couple of weeks ago the mayor said this baseball stadium behind mewo become the home of the largest vaccine distribution site in the city starting this coming week. now the mayor's office says that plan is contingent upon the availability of the vaccine, something very much in question in new york state right now. governor andrew cuomo said on sunday that this state is running out of vaccine and isn't expected to get more until mid week. that's a real challenge for people trying to get the vaccine into people's arms. the governor has the capacity to give 100,000 doses a day if he can get the vaccine he needs to do it. he's urging the federal government to get the vaccine out and get it out faster. evan mcmorris-santoro, cnn, new
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york. supply problems are worrying federal health officials as well as more states begin running out of vaccine. experts say the states need more logistical help from the government. >> the current supply crunch is the one i'm most worried about. we have every indication that over time we'll get more and more vaccine so we certainly can't predict any of the obstacles coming our way, but from the data i've seen so far i'm hoping we'll get an increasing amount of supply, not a stagnating one. >> you can't just tell the states and the local governments, here's some vaccines, now you go do it. no, we have to coordinate. we have to provide the resources. many states, as you know, are suffering through massive budget deficits. they're trying to get the resources to help the overburdened and tired workers. president biden's plan provides
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for 100,000 new health care workers to get out there to all the states to help. it's a plan that can work if we all get -- you know, put our muscle to it together. >> and president biden has set a goal for his administration to deliver 100 million vaccine doses into the arms of americans within the first 100 days of his term. earlier i spoke with cnn medical analyst dr. jonathan reiner and i asked him if that's enough and if the pace of the vaccine rollout will happen. >> as the weeks go on the percent of new vaccinations is going to drop until every day half the vaccinations are new vaccinations and half the vaccinations are the second dose. this is at least until the johnson & johnson single dose vaccine comes available. so we're actually going to be vaccinating fewer new people going forward than we are today. in order to get to herd immunity by this summer or certainly by
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the fall we need to do much better and i think we need to vaccinate about 2 million people per day. people are worried about the supply of vaccine but what we learned this weekend is that moderna and pfizer have been shipping every week about 12 to 18 million doses of vaccine. we're only giving about 9 million doses of vaccine so as of today 21 million shots had been administered. there are 41 million -- but 41 million doses have been delivered. we should be administering every week as many doses as are delivered. we're nowhere near that. >> so you mentioned the johnson & johnson vaccine. when would you expect that to be available and ready to administer to americans? >> tony fauci has said this weekend he believes we could have an approved j.&j. vaccine within two weeks, that would be a huge boost and adding more vaccine to the pipeline. then the trick going forward is
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to stand up mass vaccination centers. mabrey on the national guard, bring on fema. every city should have a big place delivering thousands of vaccines -- of vaccinations per day. that's how we're going to do it. then getting vaccine out to the pharmacies around the country who have promised a very, very robust effort to vaccinate people. >> thanks to dr. jonathan reiner. the former coordinator for donald trump's white house coronavirus task force, dr. deborah birx, says she always considered quitting the job because her colleagues believe she had become too political. in an interview with cbs news birx also said she had no idea where trump was getting some of his information from. >> i saw the president presenting graphs that i never made so i know that someone or someone out there or someone inside was creating a parallel
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set of data and graphics that were shown to the president. i know what i sent up and i know that what was in his hands was different from that. you can't do that. you have to use the entire -- >> who was doing that? >> to this day i don't know. >> dr. birx says contradicting statements from political leaders derailed her team's response to the virus, which is why she began traveling across the u.s. to spread accurate information without being censored. still to come on cnn, how the white house is trying to get lawmakers to back a $1.9 trillion package. can president biden pull it off?
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welcome back, everyone. i'm rosemary church. u.s. president joe biden is making moves he hopes will boost america's economy. later today he is set to sign an executive order that directs government agencies to buy more american goods and services. he's also trying to drum up bipartisan support for his administration's proposed $1.9 trillion covid relief package. right now some republicans oppose the stimulus plan, including u.s. senator susan collins. she told cnn this, it seems premature to be considering a package of this size and scope. the additional stimulus checks that the president is proposing are not well targeted. if you have a family income in
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excess of $300,000, the likelihood that you've been harmed significantly by the pandemic is fairly small compared to people who earn their living in the tourism industry. meantime, democrats and at least one left leaning independent are having a very different reaction to biden's stimulus plan. here's senator bernie sanders take. >> look, we're going to push joe -- the president as far as we can. given the fact he's been in office for less than a week, i think he's off to a good start. what we have got to do is recognize that right now we're living in an unprecedented moment in the american history, you've got the pandemic, economic collapse, climate change and crumbling infrastructure and millions of people working for starvation wages. what we have to do is roll up our sleeves and fight for the agenda working people throughout the country want. they want to raise the minimum
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wage to $15 an hour. they want the direct payment of $1400 on top of $600. we've got to do that. zpl and cnn's john defterios joins me now live. good to see you, john. so many americans unemployed as a result of the pandemic. many lining up at food banks. why do republican senators need help finding out where the additional stimulus money is needed? >> reporter: i have to say, rosemary, that $300,000 club susan collins is talking about, this package doesn't target them. it will strain that collaboration that joe biden's been talking about working across the aisle. even the more sensible economists like treasury secretary janet yellen is saying we have to home in on workers, women, minorities, that's the support that's needed because of this pandemic wave here. many feel like they're drowning from economic pressure without a
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job and the inability to afford health care. you heard from bernie sanders, the independent. elizabeth warren, susan collins of the world or mitt romney from utah saying we've already spent $3.2 trillion, do you really want to take that above $5 trillion with this package? here's romney. >> i think people recognize this is important that we don't borrow hundreds of billions, trillions of dollars for the chinese for things that may not be absolutely necessary. this is a time for us to act with prudence and care and that's by the way why we have two parties, why we have people looking at one another and making sure there's not some kind of excess that would not be good long term to the american people. >> reporter: the challenge, as you know, rosemary, split, two parties, 50-50 in the senate with kamala harris serving as the breaking vote on each and every occasion. what romney is talking about is the record deficit, 130% of gdp.
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the deficit is over $3 trillion. it's unheard of. that $300,000 a year club and higher and the wealthier americans and corporations will have to pay it back and that's why the republicans are pushing back early, although joe biden and that left side of the party seems very determined to get this done and quickly, rosemary. >> watch to see what happens. john defterios bringing us the latest. last hour i spoke to the global economic analyst about the biden covid relief package. i asked her if she thinks his $1.9 trillion proposal is the best way forward for the u.s. take a listen. >> republicans saying that this is too costly now, it's not the time to be talking about debt. we are still in the middle of a major wave of this pandemic. we've hit record unplamt levels.
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janet yellen says we have to worry about debt but we have to get out of the pandemic. >> you feel president biden should move ahead even if he can't get the gop on board with this and pass it anyhow? >> i do. you know, i think that trying to reach across the aisle early is a great way to start. you know, we've had four years of i think incredibly contentious politics in the country, but i think at the end of the day this is an emergency situation and we are on a war time footing. that is something the president made very clear in his inauguration speech and i think it's the right move economically. i think that you've got to start to get demand in the economy. you've got to get people spending again and you really have to backstop folks that are still suffering from, you know, record levels of unemployment. there's going to be major foreclosures, particularly in small businesses if there's not
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something done soon. >> right. president biden wants to increase the national minimum wage and raise taxes on corporations essentially rewarding hard work in america but could this potentially hurt rather than help at this time given some companies won't be able to afford taking a new, more expensive workers? >> you know, that's an argument that economists use about raising minimum wage. the fact is a lot of people in america are already making the minimum wage. rewarding work not wealth is the major campaign slogan the biden campaign road on. it's about reshaping the economy. basing it on demand, income rather than the growth of asset bubbles. i think that is the right message, both short term and long term. you know, the american economy has become very, very vulnerable on asset prices. president trump talked a lot
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about the stock market, not about the fact that we've had stagnant wages from the 1990s which is one of the reasons you have an economic shock. people don't have savings to cope. we have got to start really thinking about how to build a more income-based economy, and i do think this is the right step forward. >> many thanks there to cnn's global economic analyst. surging coronavirus cases in japan are causing a shortage of hospital beds. just ahead, why some are saying the country's health care system is buckling under the pressure. kim is now demonstrating her congestion. save it slimeball. i've upgraded to mucinex. we still have 12 hours to australia. mucinex lasts 12 hours, so i'm good. now move! kim, no! mucinex lasts 3x longer for 12 hours. robinhood believes now is the time to do money. without the commission fees so you can start investing today, wherever you are — even hanging with your dog.
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mexico's president is the latest world leader to announce he has tested positive for covid-19. he tweeted out the news sunday evening. he says his symptoms are mild and that he is feeling
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optimistic. and in europe an entire hospital in the german capitol of berlin has been placed under quarantine due to an outbreak of a mutant strain. the facility hasn't accepted any new patients in three days and the staff are only allowed to travel between work and home. the netherlands has imposed a new curfew aimed at reducing social contact. the prime minister says even essential businesses like food shops are affected and the u.k. health minister says england is a long way from easing restrictions. matt hancock told sky news there is early evidence the current national lockdown is making a difference. so for more i am joined by selma abdel azeez. she joins us from london. selma, what is the situation there? talk to us about these restrictions having to stay until mid february, perhaps
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beyond. >> reporter: absolutely, roads marry. it will perhaps be beyond. the prime minister has already said this will not be open sesame. restrictions will not be lifted overnight. they will be lifted bit by bit. this country is not there yet. there is still enormous pressure on the health service and nhs. the hospitals in this country, which have been looking at an overwhelming number of coronavirus cases, that case has to come down. yes, restrictions are beginning to show that the numbers are coming down but still enormous pressure on the country's health service. they need a break. they need to see near normal levels. the second concern, you've heard the health secretary and health officials here speak about a great deal are the variants, not just the variant identified here in the u.k. that has caused this second wave but also variants
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that we're seeing in south africa, brazil. variants unidentified. the fear is they don't want anymore to come in. they want to keep the variants out of the u.k. that's why they're looking at restrictions coming into place like hotel quarantines. the key here, roesz marry, is the country's vaccination program. you have to get the most vulnerable vaccinated. 3/4 of the over 80s have gotten them. there's millions more who need that shield and protection before the rules are lifted. >> cannot move fast enough for vaccinations across the globe. thank you for that live from london. many thanks. a new covid case spike in japan is putting serious strain on the country's health care situation. at least 15,000 people are waiting for treatment in hospitals or isolation centers but right now there just aren't enough beds to keep up with
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demand. the number of new infections has been rising sharply over the past month. according to johns hopkins university japan has reported more than 366,000 new cases since the pandemic began. i want to bring in celina wang live from tokyo. good to see you, celina. what is the latest on the hospitalizations across japan? >> reporter: rosemary, great to be with you. that's right. the medical system clearly under strain. some experts say it's already in a state of collapse. we reached out to 11 prefectures in japan that are currently under a state of emergency and we found out that more than 18,000 people who have tested positive for covid are either waiting for a hospital bed or waiting for space at an isolation unit. these numbers have skyrocketed just in the past month. here in tokyo now quinn it upling to nearly 7,500 people waiting for space according to a
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survey by kyoto news. more and more people are dying at home with covid-19. it includes those with more serious symptoms that have no choice but to wait at home and this all comes as cases in japan have more than doubled in the past two months to now more than 360,000 while parts of japan are under a state of emergency, including here in tokyo with residents urged to stay at home, businesses like restaurants and bars urged to close early, most health experts i speak to say it's too little too late. you have japanese officials trying bat away any rumors that the olympics could be canceled. they're only 6 months away and they insist they will still go on. the situation on the ground does not bode well for the games. what happened at the australian
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open shows what can happen. 72@leefts under a 14 day quarantine. you can imagine a bigger challenge at an event like the olympics. >> that is a wake-up call. celina wang bringing us the latest. many thanks. the world economic forum is going to look a lot different this year as leaders meet virtually to discuss the global pandemic and other urgent issues. back with that in just a moment. t fuel 5 indicators of brain performance. memory, focus, accuracy, learning, and concentration. try our new gummies for 30 days and see the difference.
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the coronavirus is dealing a heavy blow to italy's economy, both the financial costs and human toll have been high. >> reporter: almost a year since the first lockdown, much of italy is still in the grip of restrictive measures across the country as it desperately tries to contain the spread of a new wave of infections. for the government, it's been a challenging balancing act between protecting citizens' health and reviving the country's economy. the human cost of the pandemic in italy has been very high with
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more than 80,000 dead, but the economic costs after months of lockdowns is also high. according to theback of italy, half of families surveyed in the country said their income went down in the spring during the first lockdowns and in many places things only got worse from there. >> there has been a change. there has been an increase and also change. right now we have may more italians than before. before there were more migrants. >> reporter: at this supermarket in rome, they help some of the hardest hit. >> this specific area that we have, so many calls from a huge variety of people, families. we can say that the specific situation of poverty connected to the pandemic, connected to our existing situation. the spreading of the virus has made it even worse. >> reporter: according to a
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report, poverty rose during the first three months of the pandemic. the charity says it's seen an increase in the number of people asking for help for the first time. these are the so-called new poor. 30% of those they helped. >> translator: we went from a very normal situation, like most people, to finding ourselves suddenly without work. my husband is on furlough but the money didn't arrive or it arrived after a very long wait. we found ourselves facing extreme difficulties. we have children and a family to take care of. we still have to pay bills and life goes on. we couldn't manage financially anymore so we went to the church and asked for help and they said to come here to the emporium supermarket and they help us like this and we try to go on. our sector was very hard hit.
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they shut down all the fares so we were completely out of work and only have the welfare check to live on, which has been since the summer. >> reporter: there is some hope. italy is set to get $208 billion in loans and grants from the e.u. as part of a recovery package. >> we'll see when it is going to be over. vaccine campaign will be extremely hard to be successful. >> reporter: the government's first wave slogans promoting resilience have given way to a sense of fatigue with no clear end in sight, especially for those struggling to make ends meet. a return to normal feels a long way away. melissa bell, cnn. well, billionaires around the globe have already recovered from the economic impact of the pandemic while the world's pour are looking at years of struggle. oxfam international reports
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billionaire's wealth grew by $3.9 trillion from mid march and the end of december. the number of people living in poverty may have increased by up to 500 million last year. oxfam's report said for the first time ever it could increase economic inequality in nearly every country. and in this climate of great economic crisis for so many, world leaders are meeting virtually this week for high level talks hosted by the world economic forum. cnn's christi lu stout has our report. >> reporter: it's that time of year again. davos is taking place. this time it's different. the world economic forum is hosting a virtual forum this year. it's showcasing over 2,000 business leaders including angela merkel, christine lagarde, indian prime minister
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and xi jinping. they will gather under, quote, a crucial year to build trust. the first is chinese president xi jinping. he will speak at 8 p.m. bay shipping time. he'll address china's success and china's call for global cooperation with the pandemic and the climate crisis. this is xi jinping's second speech. he haled china's leadership in economic globalization and he warned of the dangers of a trade war. now trade experts have said that the trade war has caused lateral damage for both sides, the u.s. and china. new figures out from the united nations indicates china has overtaken the u.s. as the top destination for foreign direct
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investment reeling in some $163 billion. now this new top ranking underscores china's global site. all iceeyes are on xi jinping a davos. super bowl lv is now set and the kansas city chiefs will look to repeat as champs. they will face tom brady and the tampa bay buccaneers february 7th in tampa marking the first time in nfl history a team will play for the title in their home stadium. this will be brady's 10th appearance in the super bowl. all the others, of course, came with the new england patriots. and thanks so much for your company this hour. i'm rosemary church. "early start" is coming up next. have yourselves a wonderful day.
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