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mask mandates starting to come back in some cities. the city question now, are vaccine passports the way to reward the vaccinated and incentivize those who aren't. a rough start for team usa. we have the latest results from the tokyo olympics. we got a baby underneath the vehicle. >> a dramatic rescue caught on police body cam. officers racing to save a mother and her 8 month old pinned under a car. thankfully that one had a happy
ending. >> oh. >> it's monday, july 26th. 5:00 a.m. here in new york. thank you for getting an "early start" with us. i'm laura jarrett. christine is back. >> i'm christine romans. we have reports this morning from london, beirut, tokyo, washington, hong kong, and los angeles only as cnn "early start" can. good morning. million dollar vaccine lotteries, free beer and doughnuts, none of that worked. maybe pressure from friends and family who do not want to go back to tight covid restrictions, maybe that can do the trick. 44% of the u.s. population now lives in counties considered to have high covid transmission. cdc data shows in early june, it was less than 3%. >> the four in 10 eligible americans who remain unvaccinated now are under mounting pressure to get their covid shot or at least hopefully. vaccinations are up only very, very slightly. what is up dramatically in the number of covid cases.
it's nearly five times higher than a month ago. americans are now being forced to cope with the real life effects of the latest resurgence. starting today, st. louis city and county will require masks in indoor public spaces and on public transportation putting front line workers in the same jeopardy they faced last year. >> wherever we had the mask mandate, we had to fight a lot of people who didn't want to wear masks. we had a customer pull a gun. we've had customers threaten to fight and just go crazy. >> missouri, of course with, a covid hot spot. several cities, including los angeles, philadelphia, houston, austin, and new orleans they're now taking similar steps on masks and, in some cases, not stopping there. >> do you think masks should be brought back for vaccinated americans? >> you know, jake, this is under active consideration. we're seeing it in l.a. and
chicago and we're seeing it in new orleans, because the officials there, many of them are saying even if you're vaccinated, it's prudent to wear a mask indoors. >> more mitigation is coming. whether it's masking or closures or your kids having to return to virtual learning. that is coming. it's coming because this pandemic is spiraling out of control yet again. it's spiraling out of control because we don't have enough people vaccinated. >> the resurgence is renewing the focus on masking in schools, but a patchwork of conflicting rules and laws is causing a lot of confusion. at least nine states have enacted laws or regulations barring districts from mandating life-saving masks in schools. one is georgia but it hasn't stopped atlanta from joining boston, pittsburgh, challicago,w orleans, and d.c. from requiring masks in schools. the georgia governor's emergency order restricts schools from requiring masks but
doesn't ban schools outright. in person classes are scheduled to start in atlanta one week from today putting parents on edge. >> i worry she'll say nobody is wearing masks. mask mandate at school because i know my child can't be vaccinated yet. >> in march the federal government announced $10 billion to help states conduct covid testing in k through 12 schools. now some health officials are trying to figure out how best to use the money and what type of testing, if any, they need to perform. >> the cdc and fda are exploring multiple options for a third vaccine dose for people with comprised immune systems. 99% of deaths are among those unvaccinated but if vaccines do start to wear off, further exposing kids who aren't eligible for a shot yet, that could change the game. overseas vaccine passports are gaining support as a way to
lopefully create an incentive for the unvaccinated to finally get their shots in a way that free beer and million dollar lotteries have not thus far. cnn is live in london for us. selma, france is doing this, italy is doing this now. what is london considering? >> here in the uk you're pretty soon going to be cared a paprty pooper. the uk authorities are looking at requiring some form of vaccine passport to go to any event of 20,000 people or more. it could start in just a few weeks time with premier league matches, football stadiums, soccer stadiums where it could be required. this follows a trend that the 240r9s had approved a few weeks ago. they said you need the vaccine passport to go back tonight clubs starting september. and the uk here is, as you said, following the suit of other european countries. italy and france announcing starting in august you have to show some form of immunization.
you have to show it to get into a restaurant or a bar. as you can imagine, there's backlash. in france over the weekend, tens of thousands of protesters took to the street opposed to the moves. they said that the government is infringing on civil liberties. it's requiring people to take the vaccine and those unwilling or unable will be excluded, will be kept out of jobs and salaries. let me give you one final example of how it does work. in 18 hours after france announced those new rules in just 18 hours, 792,000 people got their shot, laura. that was a record breaker. you can only imagine the authorities now saying it's a way to control the delta variant. a way to resume normal life. it's a way to get the life back to normal while keeping most people safe. >> i love their carrots and sticks and different ways to go about it but the numbers do not lie. thank you. critical week what has been
a robust recovery for the pandemic economy. first up the latest policy decision from the federal reserve is on wednesday. the last meeting they indicated interest rate hikes are coming in 2023. a year earlier than expected. key any clue about the strength of the recovery as the delta variant threatens to derail the progress. also, critical any hints when the fed will begin rolling back the massive emergency bond purchases. another economic gut check this week is the first reading of second quarter gdp coming thursday. a pull of economists for the wall street journal forecast second quarter growth 8.5% up from the strong 6.4 in the first quarter. it means the u.s. economy is bigger than it was before the pandemic. a good sign for the global recovery. inflation concerns, the delta variant, corporate earnings have been dominating headlines. driving whiplash on wall street after a huge sell-off last monday, stocks finished the week at record highs.
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from japan. the domination continuing for the u.s. being the fastest men in the pool. it was caleleb dressel getting the guys out first and fast. putting into use all the training he did andin his trains garage. off to a significant lead. the u.s. men have won this event 10 of the 13 times! americans facing some setbacks, too. katie ledecky stunned by arianna titmus. the significant sums up reaction of australia's coach who was the second fastest time ever behind ledecky's world record. katie told me i'm mentally on to the next race. i could sense, though, the loss lit an even bigger fire under her with the best events to come
the 800 and 1500 meter freestyles. team usa gymnastics even the goat simone biles showing maybe they're human after all. she posted it wasn't an easy day. i feel have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times. i know, brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn't affect me but, damn, sometimes it's hard. she wrote with a laugh. now the 24-year-old didn't seem to be on her a.-game during qualifications but advanced to the all around final as a clean sweep of the individual events. biles is trying to become the first woman to repeat as the all around olympic gymnastics champion in 53 years. and see this. is this a junior high class photo or an olympic podium? 13-year-old nishia winning gold. and another 13-year-old and a 16-year-old joined her on the podium after wards.
i was at the skateboarding events and i'll tell you, it was a fun vibe! one of my friends's daughters was watching this and said can i gate skateboard? so it is affecting some of our youth. >> all right. coy, thank you so much. have fun. all right. still ahead, a democracy in crisis, mass protests in tunisia. we have a live report next. ♪ ♪ i had d the nightmare again maxine. the world was out of wonka bars... relax. you just t need digital workflows. they help keep everyone supplied and happy, proactivevely. let's workflow it. then you can stop having those nightmares. no, i would miss them too much. whatever you business is facing... let's workflow it. servicenow.
cover. tunisia's president ousted the prime minister and suspended parliament following violent protests over the government's handling of the pandemic. ben wiedeman is following events from beirut. he joins us with more. it was seen as one of the success stories coming from the arab spring. how did we get here? >> reporter: well, it does appear that success story is now in danger. what has happened is that, really, tunisia has been a state of some unrest for some time because the economy is in miserable shape. last year it shrank between 7 and 9% because of covid. at the moment, tunisia has one of the worst spikes of covid cases in all of africa. unemployment is running at around 16%. 36% among youth.
therefore the president has called for basically he's suspending parliament. he's sacked his prime minister. he's lifted immunity for members of parliament, and, of course, overnight the speaker of parliament came and he's also the head of the largest political party in parliament. he went to the gates of parliament but found them closed. chained shut. he accused the president of an attempted coupe. because of the miserable situation in tunisia, many people are cheering the president on hoping that with his new expanded powers he'll be able to address some of the problems that have gone unaddressed by the political class at the moment. certainly this does call into doubt what was believed to be the one successful experiment in democracy coming out of the arab
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the hard right freedom caucus. "early start" continues now. good morning. this is "early start." i'm jlaura jarrett. >> i'm christine romans. time for the top ten stories to keep an eye on today. masks should be brought back for vaccinated americans? >> you know, jake, this is under active consideration. >> pressure mounts on millions of americans who are still unvaccinated against coronavirus. 57% of eligible americans have taken the vaccine but half the country, half is unprotected since kids under 12 are ineligible. the delta variant is surging in states with low vaccination rates including missouri. in st. louis masks required in public spaces starting today. the british government is considering a vaccine passport
program for events with 20,000 people or more. want to two to a nightclub this fall? prime minister johnson said proof of full vaccination will be required. the dixie fire in california destroyed several buildings threatening thousands more. in oregon the bootleg fire the largest fire in the u.s. its resisting firefighters' efforts to control it. we'll have a report in a few moments for a report on the deadly fires scorching the west coast. so we'll continue to support the afghan forces. it will generally be from over the horizon. that will be a significant change. >> the top general at u.s. military central command promising air strikes in support of afghan forces. even as the u.s. military withdraws from afghanistan. the tax by the taliban are increasing u.s. troops withdrawal. in a few minutes, we'll show you how much ground the taliban has
gained. naomi osaka is through. she hasn't lost a set in two matches. an early disappointment in the pool for team usa. arianna titmus stunning katie ledecky to win gold. bob moses died on sunday. he was the architect of a 1964 voter registration campaign and the leader of the top civil rights group. he founded a national organization that taught math and literacy to african-american students. in utah at least seven people are dead and several more critically hurt after a sand storm caused a 20-vehicle pile up. authorities closed i-15 in both directions. cnn meteorologists said a strong thunderstorms in the area caused winds over 50 miles per hour. this morning in michigan, almost 90,000 customers are waking up in the dark. the national weather service confirms tornadoes touched down
around detroit and flint over the weekend. there's significant damage to the electrical infrastructure. an unusually large meteor lit up the sky near norway. they reported feeling shock waves before parts fell to earth outside of oslo. it was reported as a seismic event. no reports of damage. spthe next guest host of jeopardy. who is me? >> lavar burton kicks off the one-week incident as "jeopardy" host. he was scared when he took the stage. it will match the total winnings this week and donate them to burton's chosen charity "reading is fundamental." remember this from the town hall last week? >> they need more time? >> yeah. okay. but they expect a vote on monday. how much time do you think they need to get it done?
>> until monday. >> it's monday. an infrastructure negotiators are in a tough spot this morning. we'll bring in jasmine wright watching the twists and turns in the infrastructure drama. she joins us live in washington with more. >> reporter: you're right. negotiators are in a hard spot. this just comes after a weekend of talks and calls even from the president himself. cnn learned itst it the head of a two-week critical stretch before a scheduled recess. they are racing to try to get something done. now cnn has learned that the issues fall in a couple of different spots. first, it's on that covid relief money. how to redirect it. it's been a long sore spot during the length of the entire negotiations. also, still issues on transit funding. issues on required over broadband. it's one of the vice president's
areas of focus for the framework. not necessarily small things they don't agree on. and something that doesn't make it easier, the congressional budget office scored the bill and showed it wasn't exactly fully paid for, which is now sending lawmakers kind of scrambling. cnn learned to try to fill in the blanks and get the money all settled for. that's one of the things that president biden requested it be paid for. so while they go for the efforts today trying to get something done, the ten negotiators will be meeting today. it comes as democrats in another section of the senate work on trying to get together that $3.5 trillion spending package they intend to pass along party lines. kind of complicating the process, as well. >> all right. thank you so much for that, jasmine. nice to see you this morning. also this morning, high level talks between the u.s. and china are off to a very tense start. chinese officials say negotiations are at a stalemate.
they call u.s. policy dangerous and misguided. accusing washington of portraying china as an imagined enemy. we are live in hong kong on this story. the u.s. secretary of state apparently wanted to underscore that the u.s. doesn't want to have relations veer into conflict but isn't that exactly where we are? >> reporter: yeah. i mean, these talks have gotten off to a very tense start. the head of the meeting underway. we heard wendy sherman would seek the guide rails in order to better manage competition and avoid conflict. instead she has been getting an earful from chinese officials. from china's foreign minister using chinese state-run media to emphasize a message that no country is superior to other countries and from the deputy who today has been issuing a series of strongly worded statements rebuking the united
states. blaming the united states for the current, quote, "stalemate" in relations. and this quote. and this meeting comes at a time of deepening tension between the u.s. and china, especially after that first high level summit that took place under the biden administration between u.s. and china and alaska in march that erupted in the high profile and public confrontation. since then both sides have been trading diplomatic barbs. given the current tone in the relationship, a number of political watchers i've been talking to said it's not likely any significant outcomes will come out of these high-level talks, but they are talking. if the talks go relatively smoothly, there's a chance that it could pave the way to a xi
jinping and joe biden summit that could possibly take place on the sidelines of the g-20 meeting to take place in italy in october. >> something to watch for. thank you. to the economy. call it a vote of confidence in america's ability to revamp the pandemic. global investors poured more than $900 million billion into u.s. stocks, bonds, and mutual funds in the first half of the year. that is the most since 1992. that's according to data. this is looking in the rear view mirror and more recently the delta variant has sparked concern it could threaten the pace of the recovery. another surge in coronavirus cases could prevent supply chains from recovering, which would keep the pressure up on prices for shoppers. remember, consumer prices inflation rose 5.4% over the past year, the biggest jump in inflation in 13 years. louisiana gop congressman clay higgens revealing he has coronavirus for the second time. higgens has not said whether he's been vaccinated. he has encouraged other people
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carry-on the battle themselves. we spent a lot of time training them. now is their moment. now is the time for the stern test i noted earlier they're going to face. >> that's the head of u.s. central command vowing to continue air strikes in support of afghan military. even after u.s. troops fully withdraw from afghanistan at the end of august. now violence has been escalading across afghanistan with the taliban launching a sweeping offensive just days after u.s.-led forces began their final withdrawal. cnn's nic robertson is in london. good morning. try to help us understand the thinking here. the u.s. was withdrawing but at the same time continuing the strikes. >> reporter: and the strikes are really intended to change the momentum of what is happening on the battle field at the moment. if you look at what the taliban have done over the past few months is take a lot of rural territory around the country, including a lot of keyboarder connections connecting afghanistan to iran and
turkmenistan and even some of the border controls with pakistan. so this narrative that the u.s. is drawing down, that it's pulling forces out, but it's going to maintain that over-the-horizon close air support is designed to send a clear message to the taliban that the united states is not gone because that close air support is seen as one of the key things that has given the taliban the, you know, the confidence that it can take on afghan forces and beat them, which is what it has been doing. so there is that sort of changing the narrative part there. afghan officials worry about several things. one, is that, you know, i was in a briefing not long ago an afghan official said the over-the-horizon close air support, being from bases not in afghanistan, it's not that potentially going work that well. u.s. aircraft would have to overfly pakistan and there are
concerns about doing that. about getting permission, potentially. also about information getting passed in advance to the taliban. the afghans are stepping up and trying to bring in some of their own air force reconditions. so the helicopters. and the general was saying there was an over the horizon maintenance of afghan aircraft. that has been a huge part, as well. the close air support and the afghan air force itself capable pilots but the maintenance has been by and large done by overseas maintenance crews. that has to be shipped over the horizon, as well. there are all the concerns. at the same time, we're getting reports from the u.n. that this year, so far, has been the most deadly for afghan civilians. more than 5,100 killed this year. and the majority of those being killed and injured and may and june during the taliban
offensive. >> that's very notable, too. thank you so much. great to get your analysis here. to the olympics now. a games like no other without fans in the stands. apparently few are watching at home, as well. ratings for the opening ceremony at the olympics down 36% compared to 2016. that's a big blow for advertisers. but in japan, a different story. more than 70 million people watched the opening ceremony. that's more than half the host country's population. a sign that people in japan maybe are warming up to the games now they are underway. blake essig is there for us. he's live from the water polo olympics venue in tokyo. hi, there! what are you seeing, blake? >> reporter: well, you know, for months we've talked about how unpopular the games have been with the japanese people. until about a week before the opening ceremony, poll after poll showed the vast majority, often 80%, wanted the olympics either cancelled or postponed. the reasons over health and
safety. it hasn't changed with cases in tokyo surging and olympic-related cases continuing to pile up. since competition began last week, it seems like the move around the made-for-tv event has started to shift. nearly 70 million people watched the opening ceremony. the ceo of olympic broadcast services said it was the most watched event in japan over the past decade. so far 80% of japan's roughly 126 million people have tuned in to watch the games at some point. even though the buzz and excitement isn't exactly what you expect from a city hosting the olympics, people are trying to experience the games in any way possible and proof of that just today people lined the course to cheer on triathletes as they competed. they weren't supposed to be there but it didn't stop large crowds from gathering to catch a glimpse of olympic action. i also attended a live public viewing over the weekend where 500 people sat in an auditorium for more than seven hours on a beautiful day to watch the
cycling road race. cheering and experiencing the olympic atmosphere as a community. people tell me support for the games is stronger than being let on. some people may be afraid to express the excitement given the negativity dominating the event. it seems like support for the games is shifting, as covid-19 surges, there's a lot of questions and this is clearly a tale of two cities when it comes to support for the -- games. >> it is. a moment in history we're living through. the 2020 olympics happening in the middle of 2021 with so much drama. thank you so much for that, blake. nice to see you. this morning, a firefighter is missing near the montana/idaho border of the after working on a wild fire. the wild fire is one of three burning in or near montana's largest national forest. an excessive heat watch is underway in eastern montana with high temperatures expected to reach 110 degrees. in california the dixie fire
has become the largest fire in the state so far this year. it has destroyed multiple buildings. threatening thousands more. in oregon, the fire the largest in the u.s. defying crews' efforts to tame it. firefighters were forced to reevaluate their approach because of the extremely dry conditions after months of intense drought. paule paul vercammen has more. >> reporter: the bootleg fire is raging. it burned more than 400,000 acres here in the west. one fire official saying the flames are resistant to bulldozer containment lines. in other words, the flames are jumping the lines in some instances. what is the culprit in this? we have sustained winds. we have strong gusts. we have low humidity. the same conditions in northern california on the dixie fire. it's about half the size of the bootleg fire. 10,000 homes are threatened and they're predicting more extreme
fire behavior. >> we had to evacuate on monday. it was probably more than 20 miles away, and now it's within 4 miles of our house. >> it was raining ash. it was dark skies. everyone kind of had this worried ominous feeling, you know, you can tell there was panic. >> reporter: also, the national interagency fire center is coming out right now and they're basically begging people to stop flying their personal drones over fire fights. they're saying that 19 times there have been drone incursions. firefighters will tell you off camera they call those [ expletive ] hobby drones. in all of last year, there were 21 incursions, and the motto for firefighters is, if you fly, we can't. they're asking people not to risk firefighters' lives because if the drones get tangled up in aircraft, that's a problem. it also delays the fire fight when the drones cause them to
ground fire fighting aircraft. reporting from los angeles, paul vercammen, back to you. >> paul, thank you for that report. okay. in one is lucky to be alive after a metal pole impaled her car and crashing through her windshield while she was driving in phoenix. >> i can picture it coming by my face and that feeling. that's hard to get out of your head. i remember the paramedics telling me i can't believe you're alive. i can't believe you made it through this. you're so lucky. >> the pole fell off a load of a pickup truck that was driving in front of the woman's suv missing her face, as she said, by inches. so scary. the latest victim of the supply chain pain in the u.s.? school lunches. the "wall street journal" reports some cafeteria are cutting menu choices when classrooms reopen in the fall as food suppliers face labor and
item shortages. some schools, manufacturers, and distributors said their supply chains are struggling even more today than they were last spring. let's go to monday morning check on cnn business. looking at markets around the world. asian shares closed mixed. hong kong down 4%. europe is open slightly lower here. losses in asia as tensions between the u.s. and china grow. on wall street stock index futures that the hour leaning lower. all three major averages finished the week, though, with record highs. the dow closing above 35,000 for the first time ever. this week investors will hear from the federal reserve. paying close attention to what officials have to say about the strength of the recovery as the d de delta variant spreads. tesla kicks off second quarter earnings today. apple and microsoft reports on tuesday. google, facebook, and amazon later in the week. this major move on tobacco from big tobacco philip morris
international said it will stop selling cigarettes in the uk within the next 10 years. the ceo told the daily mail the plan is part of the goal of phasing out traditional cigarette smoking. they're calling on the uk government to ban cigarettes within a decade saying cigarettes should be treated like gasoline-powered cars with, which are set to be barred from sale in the uk in 2030. >> you have to imagine, they're not going out of business. they'll turn to other products. >> and sign of the times. two amateur fossil hunters made a rare discovery of more than 1,000 ancient specimens in the uk. all with the help of google earth. neuville and sally used the site to potential digging spots during the pandemic lockdowns. what they found at a limestone quarry lead to the biggest discovery of jurassic star fish. they excavated the site in june. the fossils are said to date
back more than 167 million years. >> that's cool. this morning an incredible rescue caught on video. we want to warn you, the video may be disturbing. two police officers and bystanders rescue a mother and her 8 month old baby pinned underneath a car that mowed them on the street in younkers, new york. the officer's body cam show what happened when officers reached the scene. >> we have a baby under the vehicle. >> lift it up. move. move. move back. grab the baby. grab the baby. i got it. i got it. i got the baby. i got the baby. >> hold up.
hold up. >> oh! the mother suffered a broken leg and the baby a skull fracture and third degree burns. thankfully both are expected to recover. the driver was charged with aggravated vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated. they'll tell their story on "new day" next hour. >> terrifying. to see the people leap into action. >> yeah. >> amazing. thank you for joining this monday morning on "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm laura jaret. "new day" is next. (customer) movie night. (burke) should have been watching the stove instead. (customer) tell me something i don't know. (burke) with your farmers policy perk, guaranteed replacement cost, your home can be rebuilt, .
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♪ i'm john berman with brianna keilar on this "new day." more countries requiring a vaccine pass to get into bars, restaurants, gyms as the delta variant spirals out of control. so is the u.s. next? plus, are tv viewing habits aligned with vaccination rates? we have brand new numbers. and as capitol officers who survived the insurrection get ready to testify before the new january 6th committee, speaker nancy pelosi makes a dramatic move. and after a driver hits a mother and her infant walking across the