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well, good morning to you. welcome to your "new day" on this saturday. i'm christi paul. >> good morning, christi. i'm boris sanchez. pivotal discovery. the cdc issuing new mask guidance recommending most fully vaccinated people resume mask wearing indoors. this as cases continue to surge driven mostly by the unvaccinated. on edge. the federal moratorium on eviction ends tonight as lawmakers point fingers over who is to blame. millions of people are concerned they could be homeless. >> plus, welcome home. that message coming from president biden after hundreds of afghan interpreters arrived in the united states. what's next for them and their
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families. >>. fighting back. flight attendants, do you believe they're taking self-defense classes just to protect themselves now . good morning and welcome to your "new day." it's saturday, july 31st. thank you so much for joining us. good morning to you, christi. >> good morning to you, boris. we are always grateful to have all of you with us. we begin with a grim warning today. health experts and officials say the current surge of coronavirus infections and hospitalizations is likely to get worse as long as large sections of the country remain unvaccinated. >> take a look at the map here because it gives us a good perspective of new cases compared to last week. every state there showing a surge fueled by the delta variant. the cdc says it can spread as easily as chicken pox and new
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cdc data say vaccinated people can transmit it just as much as unvaccinated. getting the vaccination is your best defense. we novak seens reduce the risk of severe disease or deaths three fold. >> you are 25 times more likely to end up in the hospital if you don't get vaccinated, 25 times. you're 25 times more likely to die of covid if you catch it and didn't get vaccinated. last night president biden told reporters that new covid restrictions are likely. listen. >> mr. president, should americans expect more restrictions due to covid? >> in all probability. by the way, we had a good day yesterday. almost 1 million people got vaccinated.
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>> and we are learning some new details about how easily the delta variant can spread through a community. >> the cdc releasing new findings on a big covid outbreak in provincetown, massachusetts sparked by a gathering on the fourth of july. cnn's kristin holmes has the details. >> 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 among fully vaccinated individuals and i think that came as a surprise to many folks that, you know, we were told if you're vaccinated, you're most invincible. many people wrongly assumed
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that. >> reporter: local officials say there have been at least 882 cases linked to this 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. >> i'm masking indoors for fully vaccinated people -- unmasking is no longer a good choice. >> reporter: the study comes after leaked internal documents show the virus could spread faster and to more people. >> we have to get more people 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
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instances of hospitalizations, two of which had previous health conditions. >> this delta variant is, yes, highly transmissible, more contagious, more likely to have a breakthrough infection. not likely you'll get hospitalized or die. >> kristin holmes, thanks for that report. with the delta variant spreading rapidly across the country, especially in the south, the effort to boost vaccinations has become increasingly urgent. >> in some communities offering new incentives to get people to roll up their sleeves and get that shot. cnn's natasha chen is live at a vaccination site in dekalb county, georgia, with that story. what kind of incentives are you seeing there today, natasha? good morning. >> reporter: good morning, christi and boris. today they are giving out backpacks and $50 pre-paid debit cards. the debit cards are something they tried in the previous vaccination event that they had
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and they found that it was effective in a sense that they got more people arriving at that event than previously before that. so today, this morning, the event doesn't start for almost another hour. we can see there's a line of people already prepared. they have a choice to either get tested or get their vaccine. i suppose they could do both at the same time. both are being offered here. this is being billed as a back to school event. that's why they're giving out backpacks trying to encourage the school-aged children who are eligible for a vaccine to get a shot as well. but it's a good sign to see at least some people waiting here knowing that it doesn't start for another hour and as we've been mentioning, the more information we're learning about the delta variant is actually creating more concern not just among officials but among people we are talking to. parents of students who are restarting school now going back in person.
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here is an expert talking about just how much more rapidly this variant spreads even outdoors. >> just think of somebody smoking. if you can smell the smoke from their cigarette, that's the very same if you were breathing in the air that they exhale out that has the virus in it. >> reporter: and of course some of the school districts around the atlanta area are starting back up next week, the week after. charter schools started this previous week. delta charter -- sorry, the drew charter school. there are more than 100 students already in quarantine after school started on tuesday and that's because of about a dozen cases there. so very serious situation even in places where masks are required. so the push is to really get more people vaccinated and that's a race against this variant. boris, christi? >> what's happening in georgia, especially in schools is a warning for the rest of the country of what may soon come once the school year gets
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underway elsewhere. natasha chen from dekalb county. thank you very much. with us to talk about all of the headlines is emergency room physician and critical care fellow dr. alex brusco. doctor, thank you for sharing part of your weekend with us. i want you to start with what you're seeing in the emergency room. you wrote an op ed for cnn and in it you say in part, quote, the patients i see frightened and struggling to breathe are mostly in their 30s, 40s and 50s. the one thing many of them have in common, they are all unvaccinated. doctor, i see all sorts of misinformation on social media but i wonder what you are hearing directly from people that you're treating about why they are unvaccinated. is it a lack of access or is it misinformation? >> thanks for having me. it's good to be here. you know, i hear it all. i don't think it's a lack of
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access, at least in the areas where i've been practicing in the emergency room. i think most of these patients have just been overloaded with information to the point that they can't make an educated decision. i've heard every myth there is about the vaccine turning you into a magnet, patients becoming infertile, having miscarriages. the vaccine causing the disease that it actually prevents. the list goes on. >> and, doctor, i do want to ask you about what dr. rochelle walensky, the cdc director said last night. listen to this. >> if we take the steps necessary to squash the amount of disease that's there now, we can do so in a matter of weeks. if we all get vaccinated, if we wear masks. >> in a matter of weeks we can get this under control. it's not the first time, sadly,
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that we've heard a sort of deadline like this. i remember two weeks to stop the spread. realistically given all the nonsense that you've heard, the hesitation that people have heard about getting vaccinated, is dr. walensky realistic in this regard that people might abide by these rules and we can avoid enormous spike of the delta variant if we follow these rules in a couple of weeks? >> i certainly hope she's right. i do think a certain amount of this is already baked in just based on the numbers we've seen over the past two to four weeks. there are priemt now thar becoming infected or are in their incubation period who are going to get sick and going to present to the hospital no matter what we do. i'm encouraged by the fact that the pace of vaccinations seems to have picked up in the past one to two weeks. that's great. but masking is super important
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and we need to make sure we get more people vaccinated. i'm pretty concerned about what we've already seen and what could come, especially with the prospect of schools opening soon and the fact that a lot of states are just refusing to enforce mask mandates or really any sort of public health measures that might slow the spread. >> i want to ask you about the new cdc guidance regarding masks and breakthrough cases specifically being the basis for that. there's a lot of confusion out there about breakthrough cases. i want to make it clear for our audience they are extremely rare. data shows it's in less than 1% of cases. when they do, most cases are mild and symptomatic. they are issuing this new mask guidance because of some of the new research. is it the right decision? is it important to act in an abundance of caution at this
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stage? >> well, frankly, i think everyone at the cdc is in a better position than a doctor like me to make that decision. certainly for myself, i'm fully vaccinated. i'm wearing a mask in public. i think that it does help slow the spread and at this point, we have such a level of vaccine not only hesitancy but just outright refusal among people where this is something that we have to do to get through this coming surge. >> yeah. it's likened to wearing a seat belt and having an airbag. just another layer of protection to not only protect yourself but protect your loved ones and the people around you. there is a new study though that is warned that relying on vaccinations alone while relaxing other measures could ultimately lead to a rise in cases.
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are you concerned about new variants that could emerge? do we need to consider going back to stronger measures beyond mask mandates like reducing capacity in restaurants and things like that? >> i think in states right now where we're seeing very high levels of transmission like the state of alabama where i'm currently practicing, we absolutely need measures like that. the state of alabama has the lowest vaccination rate in the country. we're at 34% right now of all ages. virtually every county in the state has high levels of transmission right now. our case positivity rate has gone from 4% to over 20 in just a month. our cases are up, our hospitalizations are up 500% over the past month. we have younger patients in the hospital right now. the president of the alabama hospital association said we've
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got a three fold increase in kids being admitted to the hospital. you know, i can't stress to people that, you know, this is serious. we're about to open schools and it really worries me for a lot of states in the south and the midwest in particular. >> doctor, it's so important to get that message out there because i think there's a misperception that this is a virus that affects the elderly or immunocompromised but people you noted are in their 30s, 40s, and a lot of kids being admitted to your hospital as well. we appreciate you taking us into those painful moments, those conversations with your patients to hopefully move the needle and get those who may be hesitant to get vaccinated. dr. alex busko, thank you for your time. >> thank you, boris. the national eviction moratorium put in place to help them through the pandemic, it expires at midnight.
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it's okay, you can stare. when you're a two-time gold medalist, it comes with the territory. good saturday morning to you. the senate is working on that $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. i want to show you live pictures of capitol hill. yesterday senators voted 66 to 28 on a motion to proceed which clears the way for possible amendments to that bill. >> yeah, the text of the legislation still being worked out. the infrastructure bill of course one of president biden's top priorities. meantime, on the house side lawmakers left town without extending a federal ban on evictions that was put in place during the pandemic. the white house and house speaker nancy pelosi are now both pointing fingers at each
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other. speaker pelosi learned that the moratorium was expiring the day before. >> no matter who's to blame, the federal ban expires at midnight. that leaves millions of people at risk of being evicted. >> more than 11 million people currently behind. nick watt reports how this could hurt those still struggling to get back on their feet. >> federal covid era eviction ban expires saturday. >> you are going to see nationwide on the 1st eviction notices being issued. >> here in the state of nevada. >> seven days later if you don't respond, you're out. >> congress has approved nearly 47 billion to help people across the country. >> i didn't know that and i bet you a lot of other people do not know that as well. >> she's right. only about 3 billion was actually dished out through the
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end of june. spreading the word is hard and bureaucracy gets in the way. now in nevada -- >> you cannot be evicted -- >> as soon as you apply for that federal money, you cannot be kicked out while it's in process. >> that's a state law? >> that's a state law. >> okay. >> that every state should pass. >> we can work. we can pay. >> a few other states like california will keep some eviction protections in place. >> anyone that's been impacted by this pandemic and cannot pay rent, 100% of that rent will be paid for. >> and there is one group that will benefit from the eviction ban disappears, squeezed landlords. >> we have many, many members that have exhausted all of their savings. i don't know how long that will be before we become solid again, but certainly on the road to it depending on whether or not july 31st truly is the end of the
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moratorium. >> reporter: but lifting some state-level eviction bans last summer say researchers led to more than 10,000 covid deaths. >> if families are forced to go to a shelter or double up, you're risking more exposure. doing it when the delta variant is out of control is a really bad idea. >> reporter: leslie says she was evicted once already, moved in with her mom and now you and your mom are -- >> yes. >> reporter: nick watt, cnn, las vegas. >> thanks for that report. coming up, the first afghan interpreters who risked their lives to help american troops have landed in the united states. thousands though remain behind living in fear of the taliban. hear their stories next. because a quality night's sleeeep is scientifically provn to help increase energy and improve recovery.
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here are some of the top stories we're following. two of the colleges in michigan are joining a growing list of universities that require students and staff to get vaccinated before returning to college. on friday michigan state university and the university of michigan announced new changes to their policies because of the rising number of cases on campus due to the highly infectious delta variant. both ien veuniversities have ma mandates requiring that masks be worn indoor. cuba's foreign minister is responding to the latest sanctions. he responded, this is the inhumane blockade against cuba. this comes after president biden met with members of the cuban-american community and key members of congress yesterday to
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outline several efforts related to the cuban policy including the national revolutionary police and assistance to cuban dissidents. the department of justice is dealing a major blow to donald trump's efforts to keep his tax returns private. the doj is instructing the treasury department to turn over his tax records to the house ways and means committee. richard neil says their case is strong and he's glad they can finally move forward with the investigation. so the first group of evacuated afghan interpreters who risked their lives to keep american troops safe is now on american soil. on friday about 200 afghans seeking refugees arrived at fort lee in virginia as part of a special immigrant visa program. >> like so many others have faced death threats from the taliban for providing u.s. support during the war and now
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they're hoping for a chance to keep the families and themselves safe at this point. here's cnn's kylie. >> if i don't go out of afghanistan, i'm counting down my end of life. >> reporter: every day that the taliban control surges in afghanistan, the situation grows more deadly for afghan interpreters who are trying to flee the country after working alongside u.s. troops and diplomats. three interpreters who have applied for special immigrant visas to the united states or sivs spoke to cnn and spoke about how urgently they must get out of the country. because after years of putting their lives on the line with american soldiers, the taliban is after them. >> our future will be dark. they're going to cut our heads too. >> he's referring to a recent report of the taliban beheading afghans who worked alongside
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u.s. troops. these afghans fear for their families as well as themselves. cnn is concealing their identities to keep them safe. one of them, nyob, is particularly concerned about what will happen to his daughters if the taliban take over. >> they will destroy the schools and they'll prevent my girls to go to school. >> reporter: all three men we spoke with had faced terrifying threats. one of them explained what happened to him earlier this month when the taliban knocked on the door. >> my family hide me and said he's gone somewhere. then they searched our house and i was hide inside the oven in my yard. they burned my house and nothing, all our materials burned. >> reporter: they burned your house? >> yes, they burned my house. >> reporter: after that ramish snuck out of his hometown in the
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middle of the night embarking on a dangerous journey to kabul where the taliban are not in control. army captain sayer pain worked with ramish and encouraged him to flee to kabul under the cloak of darkness. >> to me it's the comrade in arms and indellible duty to not betray them. >> payne says the united states could not have done the job on the ground without the interpreters by their side. he feels angry about the ones who may not make it out. >> to allow and fully know all of these people signing up for this promise to come literally to the promise land if they just let it go is a betrayal to those people. >> reporter: about 20,000 afghans have applied for sivs. several hundred of them will fly into the united states for weeks and wait at a military base
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while their visas are finalized. their visa can take years. president biden has promised -- >> we'll stand with you just as you have stood with us. >> reporter: but the united states government has not yet laid out a comprehensive plan to get these afghans out of this country before the complete u.s. troop withdrawal next month. due to the urgent and vast mature of this challenge, many individuals like payne have taken it upon themselves to contribute. a former afghan interpreter living in virginia set up a nonprofit to help sivs based on his own experience. >> when i came here at the airport i realized that government is not taking care of us and i was on my own and from that time i thought that i have to build something to help these sivs when they are coming to the united states and don't know anybody. >> earlier this month he waited at the airport to welcome an
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afghan siv recipient and his family to the united states. janis's nonprofit paid for the flights. it's an emotional and hopeful scene but a glance at his phone offers a reality check. hundreds of messages, all afghans pleading with him to help them get out. each of these afghan siv applicants that i spoke with has children, one of them has five children. i tell you that to underscore the fact it's not 20,000 siv applicants trying to get here because they feel their lives are in jeopardy, it's also their larger families. kiley atwood, cnn. still ahead, home prices in the u.s. are climbing at its fastest pace in history and that's sparking fears of another housing bubble that may burst. we have an expert laying out for us what we need to know next. stay close. 2-on-2s... and 1-on-1s. at aspen dental,
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realtors is with us trying to flesh some of this out. lauren, thank you for being with us. first of all, we're seeing these home prices spike. i know phoenix is up 26%. seattle is up 24%. just some perspective there. are the prices over inflated at this point? >> good morning, christi. thank you for having me. certainly housing market has been a positive surprise during the pandemic economy being low interest rate always stems the buying power of a home and that has been the impetus as to why buyers rushed in with a sales point above the prepandemic and with the housing shortage, prices rising, we want to have a sustainable homeownership, successful homeownership. we don't want to have a situation where prices rise and crash and lead to foreclosures.
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currently it looks like even though prices have been rapid, that it is on a solid footing. >> when we talk about the concern about being a bubble, there's a lot of concern amongst people who want to buy a home, perhaps for the first time, and they can't afford it because of the prices we're seeing. what is the prediction for some of the really exorbitant bidding wars and prices that we're seeing for some of these, not just new homes but existing? >> well, existing home mortgage comprise 90% of the transactions. the price increase is a double-edge situation. homeowners smiling from the equity gains but it is a tremendous challenge for the first-time buyers trying to compete with other buyers, multiple offers. that is why we need more supply. by having more supply it moderates the home price growth. gives the first-time buyers
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better chance at that ownership and we still have to go through the multiple offer situation if there is adequate supply. we need to address what are some obstacles as to why they are lagging behind. with the vaccination making progress, some of the elderly families who have postponed listing, i think they will feel much more comfortable listing their property. i do anticipate prices would be moderating in the upcoming months. >> here's my next question when you're talking about the number of homes on the market. i read an article last week about home buyers remorse at this point. there was a pandemic purchasing, this pandemic panic that was going on when it came to buying a house, and now there are a lot of people who are regretting what they did. they feel they paid too much. they bought out in an area thinking i'm working from home so i can utilize this bigger
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home now and now they have to go back to work and they're realizing that that doesn't work for them. how expansive is that sentiment of buyer's remorse? >> when you have a situation where you are multiple offering above list price. naturally the winner feels like they are cursed in some sense. do they overpay? what has happened in the past 12 months is that for a typical home buyer, they have accumulated $45,000 in housing equity, and that is a huge comfort. immediately that remorse disa disappears. what we need is for the next year people should not anticipate such a large gain. only moderate. i would say 5% price appreciation in 2022. people should understand it's not going to be an easy quick gain but a chance for first-time buyers to enter in a less frenzied way.
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>> the foreclosure forbearance means there's money out there, right? there are a lot of measures due to expire in the coming weeks so how could that affect the market? >> well, you know, we need to assure people are struggling. they get the rental subsidy. part of the stimulus bill is federal government has provided rental subsidy. i would say for the renters who are in a difficult situation, contact your local housing agency. work with the landlord. sometimes the housing agency allows the housing provider, people who are providing the home to contact the housing agency to get those rental subsidies because money is out there being under utilized. >> lawrence yoon, we appreciate your expertise. thank you for taking time with us this morning. >> thank you. still ahead, mid-air
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the return to travel has led to an increase of bad behavior on planes.
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i'm sure you've seen a lot of it on social media. the faa says already this year it's received more than 3600 reports of unruly passengers on commercial flights, mostly over the mask mandate. >> now the federal government has launched a class showing flight attendants how to defend themselves. oh, people, have we come to this? my goodness. here's cnn's pete muntean. >> reporter: they are taking a defensive stance against a growing problem in the air. flight attendants are training to hit, elbow, and gouge simulated aggressive passengers with actual passengers getting more violent than ever. >> you are going to possibly die. you need to defend yourself at all costs. >> reporter: undercover federal air marshals are guiding eight flight attendants through the self-defense course, the first course offered by the tsa since
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training was paused by the pandemic. >> it's sad it needs to happen. >> reporter: flight attendant carey is taking this class. are you scared? >> >> reporter: a brawl breaking out on a frontier airlines flight is among the latest unruly passenger incidents that the faa says are skyrocketing. federal documents detail how passengers have shouted down, grabbed and struck flight attendants thousands of times since the start of a zero tolerance policy this year. in may, a passenger punched a southwest airlines flight attendant, causing her to lose two of her teeth according to her union. >> there's no backup at 30,000 feet. that plane is in the air, it has a crew that has to deal with the issues and it's incumbent on us to make sure they're equipped. very some are fueled by alcohol
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but most are fighting back against the federal mask mandate which makes up three quarters of incidents recorded this year. >> it's bad out there. >> reporter: sarah nelson, the flight association of attendants say that the federal government should pay for the classes. >> we have that muscle memory and be able to respond when someone is immediately attacking us. >> reporter: here, instructors are teaching techniques that could be life saving, like pinning an attacker armed with a knife. but tsa said only a few hundred people have enrolled in the course since late june. donna o'neal says more like her should take this class to deal with the type of passenger becoming too common. >> ready, boom! >> i don't want to use any of this but if i had to, i certainly feel much more comfortable. >> reporter: pete muntean, cnn, sunrise, florida.
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they ready good for us. in today's food as fuel, cnn's jacqueline howard tells us. >> if you're craving red meat but don't want to actually eat it, those imitation burgers might hit the spot. you can find them in grocery stores, restaurants and even dry foods. but are they healthy? well, meatless burgers do contain proteins, vitamins and minerals. and many times similar to the profile of the meats they imitate. they contain vitamin b12 and z zinc, that can be tough to come by in normal diets. these highly processed and usually contain high levels of sodium and saturated fats. check your labels and eat them in moderation. they're not health food, even if they're tasty and environmentally friendly. veggie burgers that are made of beans, queinoa or rice are the
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healthiest of off. use one with grains and that's the one you can feel good about. drought conditions continue to worsen among the midwest but a monsoon is providing much needed relief pour states though heavy rainfall has left 9 million under flood watches. >> yeah. let's get the latest from allison chinchar. he's at the cnn weather center. bad news, we have too much moisture. >> yeah, and it's not evenly spread out over the states that need it. this is a very wide area. you've got moisture in areas of arizona, new mexico and that's where we've seen huge improvements the last week. now, we're finally seeing it spread farther to the north. again, looking at the last five to seven days, widespread amounts of one to two inches of rain in new mexico and isolated
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spotses of three or four inches. has been great for the drought. one week ago, 84% of arizona in two highest levels of drought. this week, down to 52%. again, a huge improvement for the state of arizona but what about the rest of the states? the good news, we're starting to seat moisture surge into other areas specifically the pacific northwest which needs it. it's not a lot of rain but a little bit can make a difference. half an inch of rain, that's all you need, to stop the spread of ongoing wildfires. if they can get to two inches that can actually extinguish the fires. and there's a lot in the west. 83 afternoon active fires spread out over 13 states. including washington, idaho, oregon, montana. a lot of those farther north states, 96% of western states are in some level of drought. so, yes, even though not a ton of rain, even a little bit can make a huge difference. it's going forward, when we look
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at the long-term forecast, a lot of these areas go back to below norm pal precip, the difference is the pacific northwest will they will get a little moisture to help the firefighters out. >> every little bit helps out. allison chinchar, thanks so much. good morning, welcome to "new day." i'm boris sanschez. >> and i'm christi paul, and mask mandates with cases continuing to surge driven most by by people who are not vaccinated. >> that's right, one county in florida is requiring all county employees get vaccinated or else get out. they are defying the governor's anti-mandate strategy. the county administrator is going to join us live to talk about that decision. >> and saturday's session, senators heading back to capitol hill to hammer out the


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