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>> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. hello and welcome to our viewers joining us here in the united states and all around the world, i'm rosemary church. we're starting with this breaking news, at least nine people are dead after a school shooting in russia. according to state media a teenager who is believed to be the shooter has been detained. let's bring in fred pleitgen he joins us from now could you. what are you learning about this? >> reporter: it is early times, these details are very fresh and still just coming in. there's two things that seem to
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stand out. this seems to have been a horrific incident that has taken place in kazan, 850 kilometers east of moscow, very wealthy town, actually, the capital of the tatarstan republic. it may be ongoing. we have so far as you mentioned nine people have been killed. the breakdown of that unfortunately is that it is eight children apparently that have now been confirmed who have been killed as well as one teacher at that school. as you mentioned, it appears as though one of the shooters has been apprehended, that shooter apparently was a teenager, however, the authorities are saying that there could be a second person -- in fact, they are saying there was a second person involved and that that second person might very well still be holed up inside that school and also may have taken hostages. as you can imagine some devastating scenes that we're seeing on russian state media, on russian tv of obviously
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children, very distraught. there's reports we're getting of children fleeing that school as that situation was going on there. also what we have from the local authorities is that obviously they are now pulling forces together in that area, on russian state tv we saw russian special forces, police there surrounding that building, possibly also going inside the building, the latest that we have is that at least 21 ambulances are now at the scene at that school, obviously taking care of any of the people who have been wounded or in any other way injured which apparently also is a considerable amount of people as well. we're getting all of this information in and bringing it to you and certainly still seems as though it is very much an evolving situation, rosemary. >> and, fred, sadly, school shootings are very much -- it's become a normal thing in the united states. we don't hear of school shootings in moscow. what more can you tell us about that? >> you're absolutely right. i mean, it certainly isn't
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something that is unfortunately as regularly an occurrence generally mass shootings in russia as it is, for instance, in the united states. there was a big shooting that took place a couple of years ago involving a teenager, but otherwise you really don't hear that very much. obviously also one of the things that many people here certainly believe very much contributes to that as well is the fact that there simply isn't the amount of gun ownership here in russia as there would be in the united states. it certainly is something that is rare and certainly is something, rosemary, that shakes a community when it does happen. we're talking about a school shooting here in the town of kazan, that certainly hasn't seen anything on that scale in a very long time and certainly, therefore, will be very much shaken by all of this. obviously the authorities here are already said that the head of the republic is already on the way to the scene or is already on the scene and this is
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certainly something that has the people there very much worried. the russian authorities are saying that they have actually increased security at all other schools in the kazan area as well, rosemary. >> very disturbing and, fred, as you point out, nine people dead at this point we understand eight of them children, one a teacher and one of those shooters detained. that in kazan, east of moscow. we will continue to follow that out of russia. fred pleitgen bringing us that update on breaking news. nearly 17 million more people in the u.s. could soon be eligible for a covid-19 vaccination. the food and drug administration just authorized pfizer's vaccine for adolescents and teens ages 12 to 15. it's the first one in the u.s. authorized for use by the fda for this age group.
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the cdc still has to weigh in, but health officials say it's expected to get cleared. >> so all together a relatively straightforward decision, but still one that was very carefully reviewed to make sure that all of the data supported this regulatory action. i would just encourage parents to ask their health care providers about the vaccine. the vaccine had an excellent profile in children and though one can say that often children don't get terribly sick from covid-19, there are kids who do get very sick from it. in addition, they can bring it asymptomatically around to their grandparents and others. meantime, we are following more signs of hope and progress in the battle against covid-19. here in the united states the number of new deaths keeps dropping and you can see the seven-day average has fallen
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dramatically from the peak earlier this year. the number of covid infections is down, too, from january, but experts are warning against complacency. they say it's critical to get more people vaccinated. here is cnn medical analyst dr. leana wen on how pfizer's vaccine is key to recovering from this pandemic. >> so this appears to be 100% efficacious in this 12 to 15-year-old group. great safety profile as well and i just know of so many kids in this category, this 12 to 15-year-old group who are so eager to get back to normal and have sleepovers and birthday parties and other aspects of pre-pandemic normal once they're fully vaccinated. >> the company running one of america's largest fuel pipelines says it hopes to restore service by the end of the week. on monday the fbi confirmed that ransomware from a criminal group in russia don't as darkside is behind the attack that has
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largely paralyzed colonial pipeline for says now. cnn's jim sciutto has more. >> reporter: the fbi is investigating the cybersecurity breach which has shut down the main fuel supply line to the east coast. the ransomware attack on colonial pipeline temporarily halted fuel lines from texas all the way to new jersey, spanning more than 5,500 miles. the pipelines transports more than 100 million gallons of gasoline and other fuel per day, nearly half the east coast's fuel supply. >> it is the largest cyber attack in terms of an energy infrastructure in the united states. that is disruptive and something that's going to get a lot of questions in congress and elsewhere. >> reporter: officials say the attack has not yet compromised the overall supply line and the can.is aiming to restore services by the end of the week minimizing impact on gas and fuel prices. the fbi is blaming the attack on a hacking group known as darkside, a russian criminal
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enterprise which claims to be apolitical. the fbi and other u.s. agencies are investigating whether this was a state-sponsored attack. so far there is no indication the kremlin is behind it. >> we have assessed darkside is a criminal actor but that is certainly something our intelligence community is looking into. >> reporter: culpability is not as easy as who carried out the attack. >> if countries are not enforcing the rules and making sure that they take care of their criminal sector, there is some culpability to that state government regardless of if they're involved or not. >> reporter: ransomware is a cyber attack in which hackers threaten to shut down networks or public information unless paid a ransom. the department of homeland security estimates a 300% increase in such attacks in the past year alone with a cost of more than $350 million in ransoms. national security officials issued a clear warning to the
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nation's private sector. >> secure your systems. >> our nation's critical infrastructure is largely owned and operated by private sector companies. when those companies are attacked they serve as the first line of defense and we depend on the effectiveness of their defenses. >> reporter: u.s. agencies are still reeling from the solar winds data breach, a massive cyber intrusion in 2020 by a network of hackers working for russian intelligence. it infiltrated government and private sector computers and networks remaining undetected for months. steps forward this shows another problem for the biden administration, similar one faced by the trump administration and obama administration's before it and that is how do you deter, what kinds of penalties deter these attacks going forward? that question has not yet been answered. jim sciutto, cnn, washington. joining me now to discuss all of this is cnn contributor garrett graph, he is the
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director of cyber initiatives at the aspen institute and a contributing editor at "wired." great to have you with us. >> always a pleasure. >> so this ransomware attack on the colonial pipeline reveals how vulnerable u.s. infrastructure targets are and raises many questions, the most critical being if the u.s. can't defend its key infrastructure from criminal actors how can the u.s. protect targets like this from a state actor? >> it can't is the short version and this attack is hardly a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to the years and decades' worth of alarms that have been ringing inside government in the private sector about cybersecurity and the challenges of securing critical infrastructure. one of the things, though, that does make this unique is that over the last 18 months during
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the pandemic we have seen an explosion in epidemic really in parallel of ransomware across the country and particularly across corporate networks and that those ransomware groups are operating at a level of sophistication and ability that really only is equaled by nation state adversaries like russia and china. u.s. officials used to talk about the big four, russia, china, iran and north korea and now when they talk about cyber threats they talk about the big four plus one, russia, china, iran, north korea and transnational cyber crime groups. >> right. so how do you get one step ahead of it? what does the u.s. need to be doing right now to protect fuel pipelines, hospitals, water plants and other targets from any future ransomware attacks like this, because they will
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keep happening? is it even possible to protect potential targets? certainly not 100% or close to it. >> it's really a challenge that is unique in the cyber realm because so much of this critical infrastructure is in the hands of the private sector. you know, this colonial pipeline is a private company, it's responsible for its own cybersecurity, it has to meet certain government standards in theory, but the government has very limited ability to go out and dictate cyber standards to private sector companies even in what it identifies as the 17 critical infrastructure areas like gas pipelines. what companies instead are moving towards is a resilience-focused approach where you assume that attacks like this will happen and that instead you need to build systems that are able to
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withstand them or recover from them quickly. >> garrett graff, thank you for talking with us. >> happy to. there is no let up in the escalating violence in jerusalem. coming up, the growing concerns about where this could lead.
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high in jerusalem after israel and gaza exchanged rocket fire and air strikes overnight. this was the scene in gaza. the israel defense forces said at least 200 rockets were fired from gaza and israel responded with air strikes. prime minister benjamin netanyahu said the rocket attacks crossed a line and warned the attackers would pay a heavy price. hamas issued a statement saying the group will respond, quote, as long as the israeli occupation continues to perpetuate crimes and violations against the palestinian people. elliott gotkine is in an israeli city and joins us now. talk to us about this escalating violence and where it's all
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going. >> reporter: rosemary, you talked about the number of rocket attacks on israel since this latest round of hostilities began, at the same time the idf says it carried out 130 air strikes using drones and fighter jets on the gaza strip in response to those barrages of rockets. says that it estimates that it killed 15 militants from hamas or islamic jihad. in the gaza strip the palestinian health ministry says 23 people were killed, among them nine children including a ten-year-old girl. but for more on the situation at least from the israeli perspective i'm joined by lieutenant colonel jonathan konrikas chief spokesman for the international media. great to have you with us. what's the current situation right now? >> the current situation is that the last alarm that sounded was less than five minutes ago, in less than five miles away. we are under a constant barrage of rockets from gaza, fired from
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densely populated civilian areas in gaza at our civilians, our iron dome system has been intercepting very well more than 90% and that's why we so far have a relative low amount of israeli casualties, we hope that that will continue and i can assure you that we will make hamas pay the price for their aggression against israel. >> reporter: you mentioned gaza being densely populated an of course carrying out air strikes in that area, civilian casualties are inevitable. i know the idf says it does its best to ensure or minimize civilian casualties but israel bears a responsibility as well for these civilian casualties, 24 right now according to the palestinian health ministry in gaza. how much of that responsibility does the idf and israel take for that? >> we take responsibility for our actions and we are committed to international law and we fight and plan accordingly, but i think the ultimate responsibility lies with hamas who by design are embedded within the civilian population, have no regard for human life,
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not palestinian, and specifically not israeli and i can assure you that even though that is the case and hamas disregards human life, we continue to use the most precise munitions available and we use the most deliberate attacks against only military targets in order to make sure that we strike militants and those that are hitting israeli civilians and we try to do our best not to strike anybody else. >> reporter: when it comes, for example, one of the targets was a hamas battalion commander if you are attacking someone in a high-rise building you know there's going to be civilian casualties, right? it's inevitable. >> actually, in that case there weren't specifically civilian casualties because it was a deliberate pinpoint strike and we have experience of doing that in the past, a year and a half ago we eliminated a senior palestinian islamic jihad leader in his bed with minimal collateral damage. so we have those capabilities and i can assure you that we are doing the absolute most to minimize that collateral daniel.
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>> reporter: where do we go from here? more air strikes on the part of israel, more rockets barrages from militants in the gaza strip. how do we get the situation to cool down, to deescalate rather than to escalate further? >> hamas has chosen to agress and plan a large attack against israel and forcing people into shelters. we cannot let that go unanswered. we are prepared for various scenarios, the idea if we have reinforced the ground, the division with additional troops and capabilities and we have additional systems flying above, hunting terrorists and from our perspective we are prepared for any scenario needed. >> okay. lieutenant colonel, thank you so much for taking the time to tell us the israeli situation from the israeli perspective. as you know, sirens are sounding here including one hitting this building earlier this morning
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and we will obviously bring you the latest as developments continue to unfold. for now back to you. >> we appreciate that. elliott gotkine, many thanks. we spoke earlier with a palestinian writer whose family is among those facing eviction. here is some of what he told my colleague, robyn curnow. >> it's not an eviction. according to the u.n. and countless politicians and human rights violations it could amount to war crimes. i can tell you we are very scared of losing our homes to israeli organizations. >> these settlers and courts would argue that their claims to the land predates you and your family. have you been allowed to prove otherwise? >> no. courts, the israeli occupation courts take their documents without verification, without authentication or challenge, whereas our documents will not be looked at.
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they will not be taken into consideration. besides, just besides -- just because something is technically legal does not mean it's ethical or moral or historically just or accurate or correct. we have seen many, many systems exploit the law and exploit the judiciary to uphold supremacist and racist lives. >> you've written very powerfully about being 11 and remembering this incident that i spoke about, about these settlers coming to your home and taking half of t how does it feel to have grown up with what you have called the anxiety of dis possession? >> it feels familiar because this is what every palestinian feels like under the crushing fangs of israeli coloniallism and palestine. my mother was grown out of her home three times when israeli settler organizations colluding with israeli state took over half of our home. this is my second time being
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dispossessed from my family should they go ahead and do it to me. it's scary but it also has a name, it's settler colonialism and apartheid and the fact that these organizations are working together with the state to exploit the law to dispossess palestinians. >> what would you like from the international community? there has been a response by many to the situation your family is in right now. what would you like to hear, especially from the new biden administration? >> well, you know, i think the self-defense on both sides are growing more penetrable, people are able to see through these nets and call an occupation for what it is and call aggressor for what it is and this is what we're going under, what we're facing in jerusalem and the gaza strip is colonial violence. >> and we will have more news in
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>> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. updating this breaking news, at least nine people are dead, eight of them children, after a school shooting in kazan, russia. according to state media, there were two shooters, one is dead and the other is in custody. so let's bring in cnn's fred pleitgen, he joins us live from moscow and has been following this breaking news. fred, what more are you learning about this school shooting in kazan? >> reporter: rosemary, we are indeed getting new details. first of all, we heard as you just mentioned that there were apparently two shooters, also
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one of the other new details that we've gotten is that there was a shooting and that eyewitnesses apparently also said that there was some sort of explosion at some point. now, of course, it's unclear what exactly what bang would have been, whether or not that was the security forces using some sort of stun grenade or something or whether or not that was the shooters themselves trying to force their way into the school. that we don't know at this point in time. but if you will recall we had said that one of the shooters was in custody and that there might be a second shooter still holed up inside that school. well, the authorities are now saying that the second shooter as they've put it has been eliminated. the shooter who was arrested the authorities is believed to be a teenager, it's unclear whether or not this is some sort of former student at the school or some sort of other unaffiliated person but nevertheless obviously still a devastating scene at that school in kazan which again is about 850 kilometers to the east of moscow. obviously a lot of people still
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standing around that school apparently when that school shooting started it was the time that lessons were going on at that school. there's reports of obviously children fleeing that school, some of them possibly even jumping from windows to try to escape that shooting. a lot of people very distraught. the authorities on the scene fairly quickly. right now they say there's about 21 ambulances that are involved and as you say, rosemary, at least nine people have been killed, eight students and one teacher. as you can imagine as is always the case in the early stages of events, tragic events like this one that those numbers could indeed still change as the authorities are trying to come to terms with what is happening there in the town of kazan, rosemary. >> this is distressing, but also unusual. we are not used to hearing about school shootings across russia. er in it's certainly something that is very rare, in fact, there was one incident that happened in 2018 where then i
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believe it was an 18-year-old opened fire inside a college. that of course is something that obviously made gigantic headlines not just here in russia but internationally, but it is absolutely the case that these are certainly not events that happen with the kind of frequency that, for instance, you would see mass shootings happen in the united states. so, therefore, obviously this is something that communities like this are very distraught about, places like kazan which is -- it's a very wealthy town, fairly quiet town, but certainly one that does not usually see or hasn't in a very long time seen an event like what we've seen this morning. the authorities as i've said the head of the tatarstan region is already on the scene there. one of the other things that the russian authorities have said they're doing is they're strengthening security not just in schools around the kazan area but in all learning institutions and limiting the ak is to those
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learning institutions as the state and authorities deal with this unusual situation. we can see on our screens some of those police special forces who apparently were inside the school, we're seeing this first video, you can see the shattered glass in what seems to be the front entrance to that school as those authorities there very much on the scene trying to come to terms with this, rosemary. >> absolutely. we will of course continue to follow this and bring our viewers all the details as they come into us. fred pleitgen, many thanks. bringing us that breaking news update from moscow. well, this week could be make or break for a top priority on u.s. president joe biden's agenda. he will be meeting with leaders from both parties on an effort to reach a deal on infrastructure. cnn's phil mattingly has more on what we can expect. >> reporter: for president biden's legislative agenda this is a crucial week.
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a physical infrastructure bill is what he is targeting for bipartisan negotiations, negotiations that will really kick off in earnest throughout the course of this week. on monday hosting two key democratic senators including democratic senator joe manchin of west virginia, the linchpin of the very, very narrow senate majority that democrats have at this moment. but it's the meetings later in the week that i think the president is focused on n those meetings both he and his team are making clear he is open to potential compromises. take a listen to what white house press secretary jen psaki told me. >> he is quite open, as is evidenced by the fact that he invited senator caputo and a group of members to meet with him in the white house later this week. he's open to having a discussion about where we can find agreement, where we can move forward and he has been encouraged by the spirit in which spart capito and republican colleagues are engaging with him. >> reporter: the meeting on wednesday will be with the top
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four leaders, certainly infrastructure spending will be one of the topics. the meeting thursday is the meeting everybody has their eye on. president biden has put a $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal on the table. republicans, a small group of senate republicans have countered with a $568 billion proposal. obviously pretty significant gap there but one that both parties think can be closed. staff has been exchanging proposals over the last 10 or 11 days. the president has spoken about i phone with senator capito and senator capito will be leading a group of six republicans in that oval office meeting on thursday. time is of the he is dense. progressives in the house and senate have made clear to the white house that they are ready to move on without republicans now. they believe every minute that's wasted is a minute that they can't move forward on president biden's broader $4 trillion agenda. president biden aides tell me has made clear he wants to give this a shot. he believes there is a pathway there for a smaller bill and do
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the rest of the agenda later, likely with democrats only, but that first piece, whether or not there is a bipartisan path forward, look, there is agreement that there needs to be significant spending on roads and bridges and ports, waterways, how to pay for it, though, pretty significant disagreement. president biden has put corporate tax increases on the table to pay for his proposal. republicans have made clear there is no such tax increase they are willing to agree to. instead they want user fees, perhaps an increase of the gas tax, something the biden administration has made clear is a nonstarter for them. how they square that is an open question and probably the question that needs to get ironed out over the course of the next several days. again, the window very narrow at this point in time but both sides i am talking to at this moment believe there is at least a shot they can get something done. have to wait and see throughout the course of this week. phil mattingly, cnn, the white house. it's said to be a midweek showdown on capitol hill. republicans getting ready to vote on the future of liz cheney. that decision is scheduled for wednesday.
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the third ranking house republican has divided party opinion with her outspoken criticism of former president donald trump. now the voices looking to replace her are growing louder. ryan nobles has the latest. >> reporter: republicans are preparing for their ongoing intra party squabble to become a showdown. as soon as wednesday house republicans are prepared to oust wyoming congresswoman liz cheney as their conference chair. >> we need a conference that's united that's why we need a conference chair that is delivering that message day in and day out. >> reporter: house minority leader kevin mccarthy appears to be leading the charge and for the first time he has come out publicly in support of cheney's potential replacement new york congresswoman elise stefanik. >> do you support elise stefanik for that job? >> i dyes, i do. >> reporter: mccarthy told republicans to, quote, anticipate a vote on cheney wednesday and said that while the gop is a big tent party that
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all members are elected to represent their constituents as they see fit, but our leadership team cannot afford to be distracted by the important work we were elected to do and the shared goals we hope to achieve. mccarthy isn't alone. steve scalise second most powerful house republican has also endorsed stefanik. but while the outcome appears to be inevitable, cheney and her allies are unwilling to go down without a fight. >> should be a run out for one thing, her consistency. she said the same exact thing that kevin mccarthy said on january 6th which is donald trump is responsible. >> reporter: illinois congressman adam kinzinger a trump critic warning his colleagues that siding with the former president and his big lie about the november election will have long-term consequences. a sentiment echoed by maryland governor larry hogan. >> it just bothers me that you have to swear fielty to the dear leader or you get kicked out of the party. it just doesn't make any sense.
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>> reporter: while hogan, kinzinger and cheney continue to challenge trump's grip on the gop it is clear that they are on the losing side of this war. rank and file republicans and the party's elected leaders continue to retreat behind trump, convinced he provides their best chance to win. and that means continuing to endorse the big lie. >> i have very serious concerns with how the election was conducted. i objected on january 6, i will never apologize for that. >> reporter: and undermining the election results and by extension faith in america's electoral system is an ongoing issue with a private company conducting a fourth audit of the 2020 results in arizona, this despite no evidence of fraud. a project stefanik has endorsed. >> i fully support the audit in arizona. we want transparency and answers for the american people. >> reporter: and once again it seems that the person whose voice is the most important in this controversy over liz cheney's future is the former
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president donald trump and he once again put out a statement on monday reiterating his support for elise stefanik to replace cheney and he seemed to be addressing some of the concerns over stefanik's voting record and those who say that she is not conservative enough. trump saying she is right on the i wishes in his mind when it comes to things like immigration and gun rights. once again making it clear that stefanik is his choice and one of the big reasons why it looks as soon as wednesday liz cheney will be out of the job as house conference chair. ryan nobles, cnn on capitol hill. india's second wave of the pandemic hit cities hard, but small towns and villages are also suffering. we will have the latest figures and a live report from new delhi. when it's hot outside your car is like a sauna steaming up lingering odors. febreze car vent clips stop hot car stenchch with up to 30 days of freshness. get reliefef with febreze.
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of new coronavirus cases has dipped for the second consecutive day, but the human catastrophe is far from over and more than half of india's states and union territories remain under complete lockdown. sam kiley is tracking all of this live for us from new delhi, he joins us now. sam, how reliable are these numbers and what might they signal as india tries to bring this virus under control? >> reporter: well, as far as we understand it in terms of the numbers, rosemary, they're not especially reliable, they're pretty unlee liable worldwide, though, aren't they? they reflect really the capacity of a nation to test and the vigor with which they test. theres no random testing of the population so there is no accurate figure as to the numbers of people per head of population that are carrying the covid virus, not india, not anywhere, but there has been a slight decline over the weekend, i think that can be largely attributed to lack of testing and reporting, a slight increase
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in the number of deaths. there's no indication yet that this second wave of the covid pandemic that's been so crippling is coming to an end or even beginning to decline and indeed there's some evidence that it's actually spreading, particularly in the south of india and particularly into rural areas, which is where i recently returned from. this is our report. it's the injustice of a disease that strikes at random that this man finds hardest to bear. he insists that he hasn't cheated anyone in his life, at 70 no one will speak ill of him. a lifelong -- every household knows him. i haven't a single bad habits like cigarettes, tobacco or anything, i'm 70, i have never had a row with anyone.
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for the local farmist it's too much. he has done what he can to help but dozens have died here in the last month. this man has been ill for three weeks. this is this person's home. most are farmers enjoying fertile soil and plentiful livestock. when the wave of india's second pandemic engulfed india's teaming cities people in the rural areas were not spared. with no village doctor or medics and a shortage of hospital beds in far away cities many rely on this man's experience as a pharmacist. he sourced oxygen, prescribed drugs. there's no one here, no health center, no doctor, no nurse, there were no facilities in this village. so then i tackled it in the way i saw fit. >> does that make you angry?
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>> i got very angry, but what can one do? we've got no solutions, he says. this man says he tried to get his father into four hospitals but they were full. his father was diagnosed as a severe covid patient. he has seen the devastation of his village yet his fear is no longer death, it's that covid will destroy his family. his daughter has covid and his wife, too. she's struggling to breathe on their veranda under the eyes of hindu datees. their home is not far from the village crematorium which is where volunteer efforts shift. until today he has been kree may get people almost constantly, now he clears up their remains. he's brought extra wood for what he fears is coming.
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in the village there are homes which have lost up to three people, uncle, son, mother, he has kept careful records. in the last month he tells me that -- and this is the list of them -- he's burned 90 people. in an average year he burns 30 over 12 months. 90 in one. vessels are ready for families to carry the ashes of their dead. urns made by the potter before he fell ill to a disease which has taken so many of his neighbors. rosemary, narendra modi the prime minister of india is under increasing pressure notably from scientists but opposition politician toss announce a nationwide lockdown in a bid to try to break of back of this coronavirus pandemic in its second wave with epidemiologists also telling us that they've been caught off balance by the scale of it, even their own
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predictions their own modeling which they warned the government about back in april predicted some 100,000 new infections per day, that figure is now three times that or more with close to 22 million people now infected. and those are the official figures, rosemary. >> it is a shocking situation. sam kiley joining us live from new delhi, many thanks. india's covid catastrophe has spread to neighboring nepal which set new records for daily cases and deaths on monday. nepal reported nearly 9,300 new infections and more than doubled its highest previous death toll. this comes as the country's prime minister called for and then lost a confidence vote plunging nepal into a political crisis. in contrast england will begin lifting more covid-19 restrictions next week. prime minister boris johnson made the announcement on monday
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saying infection rates are at their lowest levels since september. universities can go back to in-person classes and larger groups will be allowed to gather in public. here is part of the prime minister's announcement. >> the next monday you will be able to sit inside a pub and inside a restaurant. you will be able to go to the cinema and children will be able to use indoor play areas. we're reopening host aisles, hotels, b & bs, we will reopen the doors to our theaters, concert halls and business conference centers. >> so far one-third of england's adult population has been fully vaccinated against covid-19. still ahead, there are ten weeks to go until tokyo's summer olympics begin so why was the international olympic committee president delayed an upcoming trip to japan? we will go live to tokyo after the break.
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welcome back, everyone. as japan struggles to deal with a fresh wave of coronavirus cases, a visit by the head of
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the international olympic committee has been postponed. thomas bach was set to visit japan next week. tokyo 2020 organizers say the visit will be rearranged. the summer games are set to begin on july 23rd. let's get more now from cnn's selina wang, she lives in tokyo, she joins us live from tokyo, i should say. so, what might have canceled visit and fresh wave of covid cases mean for japan in terms of hosting the olympics? >> reporter: well, rosemary, it is certainly a troubling sign that thomas bach's trip being postponed now that we are just over ten weeks away from the summer olympic games. organizers say it's being postponed because the state of emergency in japan has been extended until the end of the month but this is the latest covid related set back for organizers in several months. several test events have been
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canceled or postponed, the torch relay has been canceled or moved off of public streets in several parts of the japan as well. despite increased covid restrictions covid cases in japan continue to rise and the medical system especially here in tokyo as well as in osaka are under strain. japan in total has recorded nearly 11,000 covid-19 deaths, that is significantly lower than many countries around the world, but the big concern here is how sluggish japan's vaccine rollout has been. the country has only vaccinated less than 1% fully vaccinated less than 1% of its population, far behind other developed countries. the country has been held back by red tape, vaccine hesitancy and general poor planning. despite the covid restrictions that you've seen the olympic organizers outline i've spoken to many experts who are fearful that the olympics could turn into a superspreader event and, rosemary, you even have athletes becoming increasingly concerned. japanese tennis player naomi
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osaka says she's conflicted about whether the olympics should go ahead. take a listen to what she said at the italian open. >> i feel like if it's putting people at risk and if it's making people very uncomfortable then it definitely should be a discussion which i think it is. >> reporter: now, public opposition to the olympic games still remains very high in japan and, in fact, an online petition to cancel the olympics in just a few days has received more than 300,000 signatures. meantime, key questions about the games also still remain, for instance, we don't know how many spectators can be in the stands although we do know that international spectators are banned. rosemary, despite all of this public opposition the olympic organizers say they are confident these games will go ahead. >> we will keep watching to see if that is indeed the case. selina wang joining us live from tokyo, many thanks. thank you for your company, i'm rosemary church, "early start" is up next, you're
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