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hi, welcome to cnn newsroom, i'm kern kern live in atlanta. coming up, the pandemic takes a terrible turn, as the delta variant surges in the u.s., some hospitals are running out of space again. also, hoping to see people who are not vaccinated, and to do something responsible as a member of the community. >> pushback against the unvaccinated. some people say those who refuse the vaccine need to do their part. plus simone biles perhaps the world's greatest gymnast is
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withdrawing from more olympic events. >> announcer: live from cnn center, this is cnn newsroom. with robyn curnow. great to have you along. thanks for joining us this hour. so the strain of the delta variant on america's health care system is already being felt in hospitals. a grim reminder of the darkest days of the pandemic. an average of 77,000 new cases are turning up daily and trending higher. a year ago, new cases were about the same level, but trending down. the centers for disease control says delta is as contagious as chicken pox and can cause severe illness and like earlier variants, a single case of delta has the potential to infect many more people. health experts say unvaccinated are at most risk and right now that's about half of the u.s. the head of the cdc says people need to adjust their behavior, as we learn more about the
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disease. >> the science continues to change, and while that is neither simple nor easy to convey, it's my responsibility to keep the american people safe, and as that science evolves, i evolve with the cdc, the guidance, what i will say is i continue to be humbled by this virus. i have no interest in continuing mask guidance. and the best way to stop a new variant from spreading is to have less virus out there. and the best way it do that is to get people vaccinated and to mask up until they are. >> global health officials labeled the delta variant a concern, detected in february in india and we're finding out how serious it really is. here is athena jones with that story. >> reporter: a pivotal moment in the pandemic. internal cdc data warning the war against covid has changed. >> we've underestimated this.
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and it's time to consider this as a very long haul. >> reporter: new data showing the delta variant of the coronavirus appears to spread as easily as the chicken pox. with one infected person on average infecting eight or nine other people. as opposed to two or three others with the original covid strain. the stunning new document raising the stakes for everyone. including the fully vaccinated who appear to be able to spread the delta variant to others at the same rate the unvaccinated can. >> the more we learn about particular the more sobering it is frankly. >> experts say the virus is constantly changing. and so is the science. >> the enemy we're fighting keeps changing tactics, deploying new weapons, and as we fight back, we have to be nimble enough to change our own strategy and tactics to counter those threats. >> reporter: today the cdc also publishing a study to revise the mask guidance urging everyone in
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areas of substantial or high transmission to mask up indoors regardless of vaccination status. it looks at an outbreak in provincetown, massachusetts, where 469 people were infected in july. >> 74% of the overall cases are among fully vaccinated individuals. and i think that came as a surprise to many folks. >> reporter: the latest data coming as the u.s. averages nearly 67,000 new cases a day. hospitalizations up in 35 states. deaths in many states rising, too. echoes of last year. >> what the hospital feels like right now is really like we're back in march of 2020, or july of 2020. >> we are looking over the cliff, i don't see an end in sight. >> the cdc estimating there are 35,000 symptomatic infections per week among 162 million vaccinated americans. still, the vaccinated are much safer. vaccines reduce the risk of severe disease or death, at least ten-fold. >> you cannot avoid delta.
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it is not possible. so you have a decision and the decision is get vaccinated or not. and the results are telling us if you're not vaccinated, have a really poor outcome. >> in the case of provincetown, only four vaccinated people required hospitalization, two of whom had underlying health conditions. no one died. measures like mask mandates and social distancing now more urgent than ever. and some are predicting -- >> i'm predicting closures in the future, because we are not going to be able to rein this variant back in. >> some are already heeding new warnings. all 41 broadway theaters will require vacks nases for audiences -- vaccinations for audience, performers and staff with om exceptions for all performances through october and proof of vaccination required for entry. masks will be required except when eating or drinking. athena jones, cnn, new york. >> thanks for that. and since athena filed that report, johns hopkins university updated its data, the u.s. is
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now averaging nearly 78,000 new cases per day. 10,000 more per day than the previous seven day average. getting enough americans vaccinated to reach so-called herd immunity will be an uphill struggle but there are signs the message is starting to get through. 164 million americans are fully vaccinated slightly less than half the country but there has been at uptick over the past week. each day 400,000 people are getting their first shot, the highest since july 5th. as the u.s. tries to convince vaccine skeptics to get their first shot, israel is kicking off a campaign to offer booster shots. the president of israel referred two vaccine doses at least five months ago and an update. a government expert suggests data shows that the efficiency of the vaccine can wane over time. israel is among the first
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countries to offer boosters which might impact decisions else where. i want to go to dr. scott who is a family physician and international consultant for covid testing and joins me from san francisco. doctor, hi, lovely to have you on the show. thank you very, very much for joining me. i do want to get your take on what athena was laying out in the new study and what came out of provincetown and how does this tell you how the virus is mutating and also just how dangerous this delta variant is. >> well, it really is one of those things that's really shaken us in the medical world right now. again, that data shows that there was a big group of parties and get-togethers and events up in provincetown that had people over a two-week period, over 800, become positive, and we ended up having 74% of those individuals were vaccinated. that has really, really shaken us in the medical world.
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now, is it that surprising? no. i think we've talked about it before. the virus has mutated so that it becomes so much more sticky, those little spikes are so much more solid, that it only, that only a few will jump on and be able to spread the disease. so we're very, very concerned about what's happening. and the cdc has adapted to the mask guidance which the report has shown. >> there is this indication that those of us who have been vaccinated could also have very high viral load, and could spread the virus as well. but at the same time, what we're seeing is that the vaccines are working despite the study perhaps indicating concern. the main point is, is that those who got sick didn't -- those who got infected didn't get as sick as those who weren't vaccinated. >> we can't stop emphasizing
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that. your chances of dying if you've been vaccinated is just so slim. it is very, very slim. so we want to not have that as something that changes your thoughts to say well why get vaccinated. no you need to get vaccinated because the people universally that are dying are the individuals who are not vaccinated. so yes, i think that's very important to notify everyone that please, please, the answer is to get vaccinated. now, one of the things that just has really jumped up is that the study that just came out of ontario, canada, is very important to us, and it shows that those who were now infected are having twice the chance of dying. so this is one of the first times since covid has been with us now, the mutation, and the variant, it is now more lethal, and that is very important now. why? we now know that every little droplet that's coming out has over 1,000 times the amount of
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virus present which also could be the reason why it is just s infective right now. >> and what do you make of pfizer and the suggestion that boosters are necessary. it shouldn't be any surprises there, should there? >> no. i concur with that, and i think if you look back at my time over the last probably eight months that i've been speaking to you all, i've been saying that i believe that all of the data shows that boosters will be necessary, and i have come back and said also that we need to get used to more than likely boosters will be with us for years to come. we may be having our flu shot and our covid booster as time goes on. which may also try to be tweaked a little bit to identify what is changing as the virus changes across the planet. now, i know a major came out today with a standup saying is it really fair to the rest of the world that the wealthy nations are going to begin a
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third vaccine, when we have, what, 2% of the underserved countries that haven't had even one vaccine? well, that's a decision that we all have to stand up to do, and that is get the world vaccinated. so there's no doubt the world needs to be vaccinated for this to be stopped across our planet. >> when we talk about vaccinations again, a callout across the world, for pregnant women, to get vaccinated. that's also very, very significant. >> another, this has been an earth-shattering week for us in medicine. and that's another thing that's come out where the american college of gynecologists came out and supported the data now showing it is safe and recommended for pregnant women to get vaccinated. and that is also on the tail of i believe it was april when the
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american college of pediatrics also came out that the children being born to mothers who were vaccinated were coming with no problems so far. they were being born with no problems. but children being born to unvaccinated mothers were starting to have lower birth weights and other issues. so all indications are, and i indicate to my patients, friends, family, relatives, if you're pregnant, please go ahead and get vaccinated. >> doctor, thank you very much for joining us. thanks so much for all of the work you're doing. >> thank you, robin. it is day eight of the tokyo olympics. competitions are ongoing but the woman who is arguably the world's greatest gymnast is taking a pause. simone biles has withdrawn from two more event, the vault and the uneven bars, those finals will be held on sunday.
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usa gymnastics say she may compete in the floor exercise, and balance beam events early next week. biles says she is suffering from what gymnasts call the twisties. that's the name for a dangerous mental block where athletes lose their sense of positioning in air. it could lead to dangerous injuries. we want to get the details from blake, who joins us from tokyo. andy scholes is here in atlanta. good to see you. andy, how surprising is it that biles has pulled out of more events. >> we certainly knew it was a possibility after what biles has been saying on instagram the last few days, as you nemgs mentioned, she is suffering from a case of the twisties, when they feel like they get lost in the air doing the same movements that they have done thousands and thousands of times. we posted the videos on instagram struggling saying her mind and body are not in sync
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and today after further consultation with medical staff, simone biles has decided to withdraw from the uneven bars and continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether to compete in the finals for the floor exercise and balance beam. now the floor final is on monday. the beam final is on tuesday. we'll wait to see if she decides to compete in those. and robin, biles also firing back at people who think she quit. saying on instagram, those people just don't realize how dangerous it is to try to land these moves on that hard competition surface. >> and also, a big night in the pool for team usa, andy. >> american stars caleb dressel and katie ledecky. >> dressel set a world record in the 100 meter butterfly and he needed every bit of that world record as he narrowly beat hungary's, and the third gold
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medal at the olympics and take part in two more finals in sunday so he could in fact leave the tokyo olympics with five golds. katie ledecky meanwhile further cementing herself as one of the best swimmers of all time with another impressive win on saturday, the 24-year-old winning the 800 meter free style, for a third consecutive olympics. ledecky is the first woman ever to do that in that event. it will give her, her sixth individual gold, the most ever by a female swimmer and ledecky says while she has done it in this olympics, she plans to swim again in 2024, the fourth olympics and a chance to go for the four-peat in the 800 meter. >> thank you very much. and blake, over to you now. certainly we have seen a busy few days for you as a reporter but for the athletes. i mean some real moments of highs and lows. >> yes, i mean look, the olympics are an exciting time, and you know, i actually had the chance to go to the track and field event last night, and it
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was a real surreal experience. 68,000 seat stadium with no one in it. but at the same time, watching these athletes compete was incredible. and they still maintained that level of performance and excitement that would have existed if there were tens of thousands of fans in the stands. very exciting, and to be expected, this is the lngs. it is exciting. but on the flip side, the covid situation here in japan is not exciting. japan's prime minister says infections are increasing and spreading faster than ever before. over the past several days, record daily case counts have been recorded nationally and right here in tokyo, it's showing no signs of slowing down. in fact, just moments ago, more than 4,000 cases were reported in tokyo, that is the highest daily total since the pandemic began and the fourth time that as i said the exact words this week. now, as a result, a state of emergency order was declared for
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osaka and several other prefectures near tokyo. and the prime minister extended the current state of emergency order in the capital till august. and as of yesterday the vaccination rate remains relatively low, 28% of the population has been vaccinated and for now the prime minister is urging people to watch the olympics from home and stay vig lant. tase a take a listen. >> reporter: very worrying, one of them is the rapid increase in infections among the younger generation. >> translator: of course i think the rise in covid cases is related to the olympics. and the ioc says it is a parallel universe and it is not related but i of course think it is related. >> the tokyo state of emergency order has been put in place for about two weeks and has shown little to no success in slowing down the surge in cases.
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japan's top coronavirus adviser says there is a sense of danger that there is any prospect the current outbreak can be reduce and that's because the general public does not share a sense of crisis while infectious disease experts say the delta variant is fueling the latest spike in case, some people are saying that the olympics are playing a role and i've personally seen tens of thousands of people outside of the national stadium, you know, during the opening ceremony, also just last night, there were some people kind of gathering in areas to take pictures with the olympic ring and experience the olympics in any way they can which is a concern for medical professionals, as that just leads to the possibility that there's more of a spread of infection that could take place here in the next week or two. japan medical association also fears that if the surge of infection continues, the medical system will collapse, and according to the head of japan's doctor's union who i spoke with just the other night, cases could more than trip until the next two weeks -- triple in the next two weeks if stricter measures aren't put in place.
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>> thanks for keeping an eye on that, live in tokyo, blake, good to see you. thank you. still to come here on cnn, we are learning much more about why the cdc wants vaccinated people to mask up. the wrought break sparking the change is ahead. plus, frustration is growing among vaccinated americans as covid restrictions return across the country. they say they did their part. they got their shot. and we head to los angeles, for more on that next. my plaque psoriasis... ...the itching ...the burning. the stinging. my skin was no longer mine. my psoriatic arthritis, made my joints stiff, swollen... painful. emerge tremfyant™. with tremfya®, adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis... ...can uncover clearer skin and improve symptoms at 16 weeks. tremfya® is the only medication of its kind also approved for adults with active psoriatic arthritis. serious allergic reactions may occur. tremfya® may increase your risk of infections and lower your ability to fight them.
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covid rules and mandates are returning across the u.s. as the delta variant fuels a surge in cases number california, you can see where infections dramatically dropped off in january, but now, they're once again on the rise, and the new restrictions comes frustration. especially among the vaccinated, who say they did their part. here's dan simon reporting from los angeles. dan? >> the stakes of this seems so different to different people. >> 36-year-old michael burns is angry, not because he contracted covid, but how and why he got it. >> well, before we get into it -- >> the los angeles youtube host lives in a state with one of the highest vaccination rates in the country. at least 75% of californians have had a single dose.
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but like much of the country, health officials say vaccine holdouts are causing a spike here with the highly transmissible delta variant. and that has led to widespread frustration among those who have gotten their shots. >> there are people who have been flaunting not being vaccinated or not wanting to be vaccinated in los angeles and southern california more generally and extremely frustrating. >> michael said he had been cautious during the whole pandemic. in april he got the johnson & johnson vaccine but two weeks ago, he and at least three friends came down with the virus after attending a crowded maskless concert which became a super spreader event. >> we were thinking i got vaccinated, i can go everywhere without a mask. things are fine. >> it was kind of our first big, you know, social outing since we all had been vaccinated, first concert any of hus been to in a year and a half. and definitely at a point where we were all feeling like things were getting slightly more safe and normal. >> a few days later, he came down with minor symptoms.
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first testing negative and then the symptoms worsened and got tested again with the positive result. he's now recovering. >> california is open again. >> last month, with the confetti flying, california governor gavin newsom heralded a new day for the state's 39 million population. six weeks later, the state along with much of the nation finds itself in a different spot. last month, california hit a low of around 1200 hospitalizations. today, there are nearly 4,000. and state health officials say more than 90% of california's population are living in an area with substantial or high levels of transmission. >> right now, over 90% of the people who are currently hospitalized with covid, over 90% are unvaccinated. and more than 97% of the people dying from covid are unvaccinated. as i said many times before, you either get the vaccine or covid. and i'll tell you which one of those can kill you. >> there's no joy.
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i'm not joyous anymore. >> the euphoria felt just weeks ago is evaporating. >> i do think it is disappointment. because it was a time for people to come together. and they're not. >> angry and disappointed and scared. you know, this is not going away. >> the cases causing worry about school and office reopenings and many of the vaccinated fearing for their children who are too young to get the shot. >> i feel like there's been enough time for everyone to learn the stakes of the pandemic. and i find it frustrating to see that people aren't thinking of themselves getting vaccinated. as something that is responsible to do as a member of a community. and to approach health in the community later, thinking about it as, really selfish terms. >> here in los angeles and throughout the state of california, a number of bars and other venues will require vaccine verification for entry. of course with the delta variant and the cdc guidance, it's unclear how effective that mitigation will be. health experts continue to stress that marching is key to all of this and indoor masking
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is once again required in lachlts county. dan simon, cnn, los angeles. >> thanks for that. the biden administration takes aim at the delta variant by ramping up calls to the unvaccinated to get the shot before it is too late. more ahead.
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illness. unlike earlier variants, a single case of delta has the potential to infect many more people. president joe biden says tougher covid restrictions are likely on the horizon to combat a surge of infections and hospitalizations. it comes as the cdc releases new information about vaccinated americans and the highly transmissible delta variant. here is jeff zeleny with that. >> it is so darn important that everyone get vaccinated. >> president biden sounding the alarm even louder as the white house scrambles to contain a surge of covid cases from the delta variant, as contagious as the chicken pox. dr. rochelle walensky, head of the cdc telling cnn, i think people need to understand that we're not crying wolf here. this is serious. health officials now saying the delta variant can spread far wider than initially thought. with each infected person able to infect five to nine others. >> it spreads twice as easily from one person to another and it is spreading rapidly.
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it is really just across the country. and that is just the fact. >> while people who have gotten their covid shots are far less likely to become seriously ill or hospitalized, the cdc also now making clear the variant can be spread through those who have already been fully vaccinated. walensky calling the finding concerning. and a pivotal discovery leading to cdc's updated mask recommendation. >> it was clear that vaccinated people have the ability to transmit and action needed to be taken quickly and that's why they did it. >> this month is drawing to a close as a turning point in the pandemic. but not in the way the white house had hoped. during the july 4th celebration, when the president proudly hailed progress in the fight against coronavirus. >> we are closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus. that's not to say the battle against covid-19 is over. we've got a lot more work to do. >> and now, that sounds like a dramatic understatement. with august just around the corner, and a dramatic spike in covid cases and limited progress
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on vaccinations. after refusing to say the word mandate for months, the president now acknowledges he asked the justice department to see if it is legal for businesses to require the vaccine. the answer he said is yes. >> they can. local communities can do that. and local businesses can do that. it's still a question whether the federal government can mandate the whole country. i don't know that yet. >> and white house officials saying that a national vaccine requirement is not on the table at this time. but clearly, leaving a bit of wiggle room there, if this pandemic worsens. now, as president biden left the white house friday evening for a weekend at camp david, he was asked if tougher guidelines and restrictions are coming, he said yes, in all probability. jeff zeleny, cnn, the white house. well, the cdc director encourages americans to do their part to mask up and get vaccinated, the u.s. could get the covid surge under quickly,
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under control more quickly. >> what i think is clear if we unify together as a country, if we take the steps that are necessary to squash the amount of disease that is there now, we can do so in a matter of weeks. if we all get vaccinated. if we wear masks. until then, there is so much that can be done, in such a short period of time, to squash this. >> covid hot spots are popping up across the u.s. and as we mentioned earlier, one outbreak in provincetown, massachusetts, led the cdc to update its mask guidance. kristen holmes has more on this pivotal discovery. >> reporter: it's been called the canary in the coal mine. an outbreak in a popular vacation destination. 469 state residents infected. largely by delta. and most of those testing positive? fully vaccinated. the cluster of covid cases in provincetown, massachusetts, is now driving new guidance from the cdc. >> 74% of the overall cases are
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among fully vaccinated individuals. and i think that came as a surprise to many folks that, you know, people were told if you're vaccinated, you're most invincible and i think we wrongly, many people wrongly assume that. >> reporter: local officials say there have been at least 882 cases linked to the cluster overall. the research showing infected people who have been vaccinated held a similar amount of the virus, also known as viral load, as those who were unvaccinated. shedding light on the agency's decision to issue new mask guidance. recommending most fully vaccinated americans wear masks indoors. >> unmasking indoors for fully vaccinated people is no longer a safe choice. especially if you have people at home, like kids or elderly parents who are higher risk, who are unvaccinated themselves. >> reporter: the study comes after leaked internal documents showed the virus could spread faster and to more people. >> we have to get more people
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vaccinated because this virus is better at its job than the original. >> reporter: the cluster, highlighting the importance of getting vaccinated. among that provincetown group, no deaths. and only four instances of hospitalizations. two of which had previous health conditions. >> this delta variant is, yes, highly transmissible, more contagious, more likely to have a break through infection but it's not likely you're going to be hospitalized and certainly not going to die. >> reporter: that was kristen holmes reporting there. but if vaccinated people can infect others, how easy is for the virus to jump from one person to another. an expert from the university of minnesota spoke about that to cnn, and one way to think of the virus transmission is to compare it to secondhand smoke. take a listen. >> if you want to understand what an aerosol is, just think of somebody smoking. if you can smell the smoke from their cigarette, that is the very same as if you're breathing in the sar that they exhale out that has the virus in it and we
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do have examples where we have transmission of outdoor activities where people are close together for an extended period of time. but clearly, indoor air is by far the biggest challenge, as you and i both know, iffy in a room right now if you smoking, you would smell it and smell it very quickly and that's what people have to understand. if you can smell a cigarette in a location where you're at, you're breathing someone else's air that may have the virus on it. >> the so-called happiest cases on earth is take nothing chances, disney is requiring all salaried and nonunion employees to be fully vaccinated. the company says those who are vaccinated and working on-site have 60 days to get the shot. and the employees working from home will need to show proof of vaccination before returning to the workplace. disney is also requiring new hires to be fully vaccinate and says it is discussing the changes with union representatives. and the la la palooza music feleipe in chicago is requiring masks in all indoor spaces
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starting today. the organizers say that includes merchandising stores two more hospitality lounge, the box office and the health tent and requiring guidance from the department of health and tens of thousands people usually attend the popular four day event which began on thursday and runs through sunday. chicago has been experiencing its own surge in covid cases recently. and health officials in china implementing new restrictions after 55 new cases were reported on friday and six provinces. some of them are closing tourist sites and banning mass gatherings and some have begun mass testing including tests for tourists. this comes as several other asian countries are taking action to try to stem further outbreaks. >> in the warehouse of the bangkok airport, nearly 2,000 cardboard beds will soon become a field hospital for covid patients. thailand's capital already under lockdown, as the country reports record new infections this week.
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it's just one of several asian nations seeing dramatic renewed outbreaks and imposing measures to fight a new wave in the pandemic amid a spreading delta variant. south korea and vietnam seeing all-time highs of daily infections in the past week. tight curves on public activities and movement in both countries wrestling to contain outbreaks. >> on friday, the philippine president approved a lock june in, a lockdown in the manila region, expected to cost $4 billion as the country battles one of the worst outbreaks in the region. in india's southern state, residents prepare for a lockdown in the country's coronavirus hot spot. overall, india has seen new infections largely level off since a devastating surge in late may. but friday saw the most new cases in three weeks. india's new cases, however,
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surpassed by indonesia, which has become asia's covid epicenter. on wednesday, indonesia saw more deaths than any other day of the pandemic. leaving loved ones to mourn those lost as coronavirus sets grim re crgion. michael holmes, cnn. wildfires in the u.s. getting worse. we have the latest from our meteorologist, that's ahead.
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response. we want to go to nic robertson, senior diplomatic editor. >> reporter: what the israeli foreign minister is saying is that it is a threat not just to israel's interest but the world at large, exporting terrorism and a message that israel has had for a long time and this does seem to be an escalation in that confrontation that israel is referring from iran at the moment. an iranian television channel today, without attribution of named sources, said this was a strike against essentially in response for israel attacking an air base inside syria. now, the details, you know, have been a little bit sketchy, but we are beginning to get a much clearer picture, u.s. defense officials who have been aboard the ship, they have said it is very clear evidence of a drone attack on the ship.
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they're escorting it to safe harbor. the state department says it is working urgently to find out precisely what happened. the british foreign secretary said he is deeply concerned about the situation, the british say, the minister of defense, said, they're aware of this happening off the coast of oman, and it does seem to be potentially the second strike against a tanker that was perceived to be operated by this israeli billionaire through his company zodiac, the management company zodiac. so the bigger picture here is i think perhaps enshrined in the fact that one of the people aboard the ship was a security agent, a british security agent, part of a security team, on board that ship. so clearly, the ship was aware of a potential threat against it, and that's the emerging picture here. that threat from drones,
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apparently operated by iran, now causing death and super structure damage to oil tankers. >> okay, nic robertson there in london, thanks for the update. wildfires in the western u.s. are getting worse. two million acres have been burned across several states. this comes after months of record breaking temperatures. the bootleg fire is only 56% contained. let's go straight to gene norman monitoring all of this. what can you tell us? >> we are talking about a couple of things this weekend that may make some of those fires a little bit worse. we're tracking, as you said, about 83 fire, large active fires across the western united states, across 13 states really, and we're talking about having a condition of 95% drought, and what's really troubling is that this week, a lot of the areas
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moved into the highest level of drought. extreme or exceptional drought. and this weekend, we got a couple of things going on, we've got heat, that's going to be a problem, especially in the pacific northwest, it could be breaking records, high heat warnings, excessive heat warnings, temperatures between 95 and 105. and in addition, we could see some rain, and isn't that going to help, no, these are going to be dry thunderstorms, and they could potentially spark new fires. so that's something we will be watching. and it is all part of the monsoon that has been helping some areas, a little bit to the south, get some relief from the heat, and the problem is, these fires, these storms actually also bring some flooding rains, we've had problems in southern california as well as in arizona. now, the other deal that we're dealing with, with the fires is the smoke. keep your eyes on the areas of pink. this is where the smoke is going to go, a forecast, of where it is going to hit, mainly up to
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canada but notice some of it heads into the great lakes and there are still air quality alerts in effect for places like minnesota, wisconsin, states that don't normally see that, and because the storm may push to the east this weekend, and that may have to be expanded as well. and now, what you're looking at now is not a western fire, but it is actually a fire in turkey. some drone footage of damage from recent fires, that is still out of control, in many parts of southern turkey, and we have about a dozen or so blazes still burning and we don't have quite the infrastructure to get at these fires and we can see them from space. pretty impressive pictures there. from the satellite. now, these fires being fueled by drought as well. temperatures over 100 degrees today. unlike the fires in the west, they're not going to get any relief from rain this weekend in turkey. thanks for the update, gene norman, appreciate it. a new kind of super hero civil war. on one side a marvel movie star.
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super hero versus media giant, disney fires back against a lawsuit filed by one of marvel's biggest stars, scarlet johansson who plays the super here black widow in the movie of the same name saying disney breached the contract by releasing it on disney plus streaming platform and partially based on the box office haul for the compensation and it has no merit whatsoever, saying they have fully complied with the contract and the "black widow" on disney plus with premiere access has enhanced her additional compensation on top of the $20 million she received to date. >> they waited a couple of hours. and they came back with a full, i say praetorian guard, and attack on scarlet and her lawsuit. very, very noticeably not only coming across with her character, comment about her, some would say an attack, as her
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agent has said but outing her salary, of $20 million. so basically saying you're cold-hearted and you're incredibly well paid, what's your problem. and that means that this is more than a civil war, this is an all-out death con one war. she is going up against the giant, against the empire and they going to say simply as their statement already laid out, kind of their defense, without their own filing of a rebuttal, is we had to do this, circumstances were changing, and so many contracts with people, you will find things like, like acts of god type stuff, i'm not quite sure they will use the pandemic like that but it will be very hard for scarlet to say yes, you did change the goal post but you did it in a way that is unfair, they're simply going to say the world's goal post changed, would he had to make a move with it. we had to make a move with it. >> the film has made about $300 million worldwide since the release on july 9th. and nasa scientists are getting fresh insight into the
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makeup of mars. that's thanks to new research into seismic activity on the red planet. kristen fisher has more on the latest discoveries. >> touchdown confirmed. >> three years after nasa's insight lander touched down on mars, it has delivered the information, that it was sent to collect from millions of miles away. >> this is definitely data that we've been waiting decades for. >> for the first time, scientists have mapped the interior of another rocky planet. they discovered a crust, and the biggest surprise, a larger, lighter and more liquid core than earlier estimates. for comparison, earth's core is much more dense, meaning the martian core is at least partially made of different elements. >> why is this important? why should earth lings care about the composition of mars? >> it allows us to take the theories of the formation of planets in general and the earth in particular and understand how
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that our planet formed out of the initial solar neb la and how it changed from a ball of gray in dwiable meteor material, to the diverse planet we have today with oceans and continents. >> on earth, there are earthquakes. but on mars, they're called mars-quakes. the inside lander's cutting edge seismometer, spent two years tracking them the seismic waves rip bling through the red planet and the other robot is focused on the surface. the rover is expected to collect the first martian rock any day now and for the first time in history, nasa has company. >> in maiy, china became the second country in the world to set a rover on mars.
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the images beamed back from the rover, should be a wakeup call. >> we are suddenly realizing that we don't own all of this. and it is a very aggressive competitor. >> kristen fisher, cnn, washington. >> and i'm robyn curnow, thanks for joining us. you can follow me on twitter and graham @robyn curnowcnn. i will be back with more in just a moment. do you have a life insurance policy you no longer need? now you can sell your policy, even a term policy, for an immediate
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