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from the western u.s. to southern europe, raging wild fires force residents to evacuate in regions across the globe while a new united nations report on the human impact on climate change is set to b e released. good to have you with us. we begin in the u.s. where month of progress and fighting the coronavirus are quickly being erased by new infections soaring among the unvaccinated. icu beds are once again filling up across the country as health care resources are stretched to capacity. even more troubling, what experts call the pandemic of the unvaccinated is creating a frightening opportunity for more variants to emerge. >> but if you give the virus a
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chance to continue to change, you're leading to a vulnerability that we might get a worse variant and then that will impact not only the unvaccinated, that will impact the vaccinated because that variant could evade the protection of the vaccine. >> according to johns hopkins university, the u.s. is averaging more than 100,000 cases per day. the highest numbers in nearly six months. covid hospital admissions are also at their highest point since february with staff and a number of states overwhelmed and space for new patients running out. a number of fully vaccinated americans is hovering at just over 50%. dr. anthony fauci believes now is the time for local leaders to start requiring vaccinations. >> the time has come as we've got to go the extra step to get people vaccinated.
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you want to persuade them. that's good. i believe some people on their own once it gets approved as a full approval will go ahead and get vaccinated. for those that don't want mandates at the local level need to be done. >> right. >> the southern u.s. is home to many hot spots where hospitals are becoming overwhelmed with new infections. states highlighted here along the southern coast all show high transmission rates of the virus. with some logging high rates of covid deaths, as well. on sunday a doctor in houston said his hospital lost more patients in the last 12 hours than the last five to six weeks. much is due to lack of v
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vaccinations. meantime in louisiana, the new orleans jazz fest has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to the spike in new cases. organizers have hoped to hold the festival in october. louisiana keeps breaking records for covid hospitalizations. nearly 2500 people are being treated in a hospital. a doctor in baton rouge spoke with cnn about the types of patients she's seeing most. >> what really is taxing the system is the 20, 30, 40, and 50-year-oldings. these are people who live their normal life. they're running triathlons, going to work every day, bringing their kids to school in a couple of days. instead of thinking about those things, their families are thinking about how do i get to see them for a few hours today. will we make it? is today the day they'll be intubated. we're seeing a growing number of that age group intubated in the hospital. it means they're in here for the long haul. >> and with a new school here
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beginning, federal leaders are pleading with officials to tone down the political rhetoric around wearing masks in schools and embrace the importance of vaccines. the u.s. education secretary is urging politicians not to interfere with schools reopening safely. and remaining open without disruption. >> making policies that are preventing this. don't be the reason why schools are interrupted. why games are cancelled. we need to do our part as leaders like governor hutchinson is doing to make sure they have access to the decisions they need make to get their students safely back in school. >> last hour i spoke with an infectious disease physician dr. keith neil. i asked whether it was time for the us and other parts of the world to consider vaccine mandates to get the pandemic under control. >> i think mandating a vaccine
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is actually going a bit further for a number of reasons. people have genuine concerns and also, i think there's a good argument for saying for you wish to go into certain places, then you must be fully vaccinated. such as pubs, restaurants, nightclubs. it seems reasonable. i know the pubs in britain said they can't do it. my question is how do they age check people when they buy drinks. >> good point. and thank you to dr. keith neil there. we've been standing by for the u.n. to deliver its first full update on climate science since 2015. it has just been released. they provide the most conclusive look yet at how human behavior is accelerating global warming. it concludes that the world has
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warmed faster than previously thought and joining me now from new york is cnn's chief client correspondent bill weir. great to have you with us, bill. what are we learning about the u.n.'s first full update on climate science in six years? >> the last one was meant to inform the legislators, policy centers, paris accord. there is only worse news, unfortunately. human influs is unequivocally warning the planet causing wide spread effects now. 195 countries around the world, you know, specialists in australia, specialists in europe looking at how manmade global warming is affecting this very complicated climate system.
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so much of the impacts is baked in. even if we stop burning fuels today, sea level rise will continue into the year 2100 and could reach 2200 meters of sea level rise. over 60 feet, which would, of course, redraw or remap and upset millions of lives. climate whiplash is a big theme. going from one extreme to another. an example now in california they had to shut the hydroelectric dam down. there's not enough water to float through it. a few years ago it was damaged due to flooding. to go from these pendulum extremes will be frequent and ultimately it's no longer a physical or scientific debate. it's all political. that we have the means, the humanity does, to power lives in a different way.
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>> i mean, that's an important point. some leaders just don't appear to share the concern that our world is on the brink of catastrophe despite extreme weather across the globe making it very clear. how do you convince those people that we need to act now? >> that's the greatest question. is democracy even equipped to handle a problem of this magnitude because our system now, as we know, you don't elected to office, named to board of directors saying things will get worse and we need to change the way we build our homes and grow our food and move throughout the world and dramatic ways or else. these are very huge, huge problems to convince people to get behind in a 30-second campaign ad. some countries are leaning into this and thinking raenlzing the trillions of dollars will be made with a green economy. not to mention, the cost come if
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nothing is done. we're seeing it play out now. >> yeah. it's so important. bill weir, a pleasure to have you with us. thank you. >> thank you. as bill mentioned, living with the impact of the climate crisis right now. the massive dixie fire is at the second largest wild fire in state history and still growing. thousands of people are under evacuation orders and this fire is not just evicting those who live in the path. smoke from the blaze is blanketing communities from across the region. we're in paradise, california with more. >> reporter: the smoke is thick and unhealthy. if you look here behind me, you're normally supposed to see a canyon. instead you're seeing it filled with smoke. that smoke coming south from the dixie fire. it's not only flooding this canyon but also the communities nearby. the dixie fire has been burning for almost a month.
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we're seeing it growing. we're not seeing much progress on containment. we are also seeing the number of structures destroyed by the fire increasing. it's about 400 structures destroyed by this fire. governor newsome using this weekend to visit the town and using the visit to talk about climate change. >> the extreme weather conditions, the extreme droughts are leading to extreme conditions and, umm, wild fire challenges to the likes of which we've never seen in our history. as a consequence, we need to acknowledge straight up, these are climate-induced wild fires. we have to acknowledge we have the capacity in this country, not just the state, to solve this. >> and the governor pointed to prevengs. talked about things like managing the forest but made it clear that more needs to be done. he also thanked the 8500 men and women who are working to stop
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this fire. and wild fires are also raging through parts of southern europe. greece is seeing the worst of it. we will have a live report later in the show on that. more dangerous weather is on the way for the west coast of the u.s. the national weather service says states in the northwest could see record-breaking temperatures this week and they won't be the only ones sweating it out. for more, we're joined by our meteorologist. pedro, what are you seeing? >> we talked about the excessive heat across late june where we had the historic 100 plus degree temperatures around seattle and portland and something similar setting up. maybe not quite as expansive. we have excessive heat watches in the western u.s. and the fire activity across the western u.s. with a lot of haze and smoke keeping the temperatures slightly at bay. in cities like seattle the
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temperatures should be in the upper 70s but this takes us to the middle 90s. some suggest if the smoke and haze wasn't there, we would touch to 100 degrees. it speaks how to things played out in the summer here with the fires and their record heat that has been building back in. looking at portland, you see 106 degree forecast on thursday in portland, june 2020 did not happen, this would be the entire territory of all-time record heat. it's going to push close to it again competing with the numbers. in oregon, temperatures closing in on 110 degrees. and now the fire activity across the state of california and the closer look again a little over 20% containment. the concern is the heat wave will not help fire fighting efforts in california, as well. look at the numbers here coming in for the all time greatest, largest fires in state history. and just notice how six of the top seven come in since august of 2020. it speaks to the wide spread coverage of fires in recent
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months around the western united states. here we two. here the amount of land consumed in 2021, over 6,000 fires. in 2020 and all the year, a little over 5,000. a similar number of fires but notice the amount of land consumed significantly higher than 2021 than what has been happening out west. >> incredible. capitals are falling in afghanistan. the taliban released video claiming the control of condos and issue a warning to the u.s. one of andrew cuomo's accusers speaks out. hear her story. that's next. all of that extra toilet paper was a good idea, but now you've flushed it all. and it's building up in your septic tank. but monthly usage of rid-x is scientifically proven to break down waste.
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to try to keep the taliban from entering urban areas. taliban video, which cannot be verified, reports to show a government compound after they took over. it has forced nearly 300,000 afghans to flee their homes since january. in total, more than 3.5 million have been displaced. nick payton walsh has reported from inside afghanistan for years now. he's tracking these moves by the taliban and joining us live from london. good to see you again, nick. what is the latest on these taliban advances? what will it mean for afghan troops and the government there? >>. >> reporter: well, make no mistake this is likely the worst period of days the last four days now that the afghan government has seen in terms of taliban advances inside afghanistan. the latest news is the key city
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to the southwest of kabul ought to be -- for the afghan government. it's on the way, on the key roads to two southern strongholds in kandahar that they desperately want to hold on to. they appear to have insurgents inside it and possibly as many as half of the districts. unclear the situation fluid and communications with the city hard. it's yet another sign of the troubling momentum taliban appear to have built. obviously, afghan security forces are doing their best to repel the attacks and the key plank of the government strategy has been in the past to allow the taliban, frankly, space in rural afghanistan to move around as they done and try to hold on to the key cities. as of friday that strategy began to crumble. since then we have seen another four cities for the most important of those, of course,
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kunduz. there is still, it seems, fighting continuing. in the past six years, the taliban have moved in and been kicked out but that's always been with the backing of u.s. air power and the ability for u.s. troops on the ground direct that accurately in volume. both of those things have reduced. u.s. strikes, which we're told are in evidence in the past days of the areas and precisely where a simply not at the volume they have been at the path. and that, of course, leads afghan security forces vulnerable and dealing with the possibility that as the constant fires spring up around the capitals of afghanistan, they simply don't have enough of their better trained commanders to hold back. the insurgency have been preparing this for years. bad news coming out of afghanistan. exactly what many people thought would happen when the u.s. announced their withdrawal.
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to see this and the taliban move into the areas deeply troubling and i think many policy makers within the beltway and washington should be paying attention to how fast this begins to unravel and what could be done to reduce the threat on the afghan capital. >> nick payton walsh bringing us the latest from london. thanks. a top aid to new york governor andrew cuomo resized. melissa derosa stepped down on the heels of the report from the state attorney general. the report found cuomo sexually harassed 11 women. he denies the allegations. later today impeachment members will hear about the scandal. polo sandoval has more. >> reporter: new york governor andrew cuomo facing another trying week. on monday legislators on the
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state's judiciary committee return to albany to review evidence related to the governor's impeachment probe. with the sexual harassment investigation by law making nearing completion, he has until friday to provide evidence. several women accuse the governor of unwelcome and nonconsensual touching. adding to the governor's troubles, the possibility of criminal charges. the albany county sheriff's department confirmed it's investigating a complaint of behavior from governor cuomo that was sexual in nature. >> i had a female victim come forward and make an allegation of criminal conduct against the governor. >> reporter: noted the report as executive assistant number one, the female victim is speaking publicly for the first time. together with albany's cbs news previewing the upcoming
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conversation with brittany. one of the governor's current staffers coming forward to defend her account without blurring. >> the governor needs to be held accountable. >> so i'm clear, being held accountable to you, means seeing the governor charged with a crime? >> what he did to me was a crime. he broke the law. >> reporter: governor cuomo's attorney insists the claims are untrue. in her saturday interview with cnn, she admitted the governor may have touched another accuser, a strait -- state trooper on the detail. he ran his fingers down her back. one thing about the particular trooper, the governor has tremendous respect for her. believe she's been an excellent member of her detail. to the extent that she believes and felt he did anything that violated her was inappropriate, he feels very, very badly about
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that. that i do know. i know he's going to address this. >> exactly when that will be remains unclear. the governor has, however, apologized to a handful of women who he recognized were made to feel uncomfortable because of behavior he insists of well intentioned. >> he does slip at times. he's not perfect. but, yeah, i get it. i absolutely -- >> what do you mean by that? >> oh, he said it in his video -- he said it in his video statement, which is that, you know, he does make the mistake. he'll say darling, he'll say sweet heart. he does ask people questions about the personal lives. he didn't think it was improper. >> reporter: polo sandoval, cnn, albany, new york. the u.s. senate is closer to passing the massive $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. the final hurdle to passing the bill was cleared on sunday when 18 republican senators joined
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democrats to end debate. a final vote expected on tuesday. it features $550 billion in new federal spending on roads, bridges, and passenger and fright rail. along with funding to expand broadband internet access. two former trump administration officials testified before senators this weekend about efforts to use the department of justice to promote false voting fraud claims. crime and justice reporter has more. >> reporter: the senate judiciary committee over the weekend made quick work of getting on the record key leadership at the justice department at the end of the trump administration as they investigation how much president trump at the time was pressuring the leaders of the doj to substantiatuate his election fraud claims. what we learned was the number one person and the number two person at the doj at the time both sat for very substantial interviews on friday and
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saturday. that's the x-acting deputy attorney general. he went on five hours. on saturday the number one person, the x-acting attorney general jeff rosen spoke for seven hours with the committee and rosen specifically was talking about five key episodes where a subordinate of the two men, a man leading the environment section of law at the doj was trying to act out of the chain of command at the justice department to push election fraud claims that he held that were in line with donald trump's. now it's an open question at this time whether jeff clark was acting on his own or taking specific directions from the white house or trump. that is something that we know that the judiciary committee and other committees on the hill will be asking about, but what we did learn over the weekend after both of those interviews with donahue and rosen, is that the senate judiciary committee chairman dick durbin spoke to
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dana bash. he deparidn't provide new information. >> how directly the president was involved. the pressure he was putting on jeffrey rosen, it was real. very real. it was very specific. this president is not subtle. the former president. he isn't subtle when he wants something. it's a good thing for america that we had rosen that withstood the pressure. >> the committee wants to talk to jeff clark. over the weekend, he's been in talks with capitol hill about a potential interview. back to you. >> thank you so much. when a public health crisis becomes political, the outcome can be deadly. coming up, the damage from rhetoric and misinformation. plus, mass covid testing is underway in parts of china after an uptick in new cases. a live report from beijing after
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♪♪ so nigh florida i think that if florida were another un, we would have to consider banning travel from florida to the united states. he needs to -- he needs to understand that he's painting himself into a corner. people are dying in florida. he's going to get much worse. the hospitals are filling. children, as well. >> dr. jonathan rainer there speaking out against how florida governor ron desantis is handling the pandemic. new infections hit a record high
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last week in florida averaging more than 19,000 a day. desantis doesn't acknowledge the trend. instead doubling down on a ban against mandatory face masks in schools. but now his own republican allies are speaking out against him. >> we disagree with him? >> i disagree with him. the local officials should have control here. whenever politicians mess with public health, usually it doesn't work out well for the public health and ultimately doesn't work out for the politician. >> as many students return to school, the department of health said nearly 25% of all covid tests for the 12 to 19-age group come back positive. 20% of tests for children under 12 years of age return positive. staying in florida, a local church hosted a vaccination clinic after six of the members died from covid-19 in just two
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weeks. what did they have in common? they were all unvaccinated. the pastor of impact church said four of the deaths were healthy members under the age of 35. he adds there are 15 to 20 more members in the hospital with covid and around 10 more at home with the virus. the pastor insists no one contracted the virus at church. quite a few republicans, the virus is not a public health issue. it's political. one texas republican mocked mas masks and vaccines. less than a week later, he died from covid. he's not the first public figure to down play the virus only to lose his life to it. >> the number one thing we can do to support our local businesses is get out of their way. >> that was texas republican scotted aly in 2019 before the pandemic came along and he
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became a raging critic. praising mask burnings, calling a health official promoting vaccine an absolutely enemy of a free people. last friday echoing a claim that vaccines don't really work anyway. but just after posting that, according to a go fund me page set up for his family, he was admitted to a hospital diagnosed with covid and by tuesday he was dead. >> the virus they're working hard. looks like by april, you know, a theory when it gets warmer, it goes away. oh, that's true. >> reporter: plenty of trumps join --. among them one-time presidential hopeful herman cain. gop down playing of the danger
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did not stop then. not even close. in tennessee, conservative radio host phil valentine joked about the virus this summer. then it nearly killed him. left his brother pleading with the public. >> ooze many people can hear my voice this morning to put politics aside and get the vaccine. >> reporter: in louisiana republican luke ledlow died of covid. he wanted the vaccine and it wasn't available. now his wife can't believe others still won't take it. >> i would have given anything. i would have given everything for that shot to be available for us. i mean, looking back now and for someone to turn it away, i just -- it's heartbreaking to me. >> reporter: still a recent poll found nearly a third of republicans insist they'll never take the vaccine. even as other people like travis
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campbell who didn't get around to getting the shot is also begging from his hospital bed for everyone to ge t it. some republican leaders are slowly embracing the idea of vaccines but generally they're lukewarm. many remain white hot about the closing mask mandates, social distancing, and any idea that vaccines should be required. even as their own voters keep getting sick and dying. tom foreman, cnn, washington. elsewhere around the globe, canada has reopened its border to americans wanting to visit but only if they are fully
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vaccinated. that move coming just a few hours ago. in australia, the state of new south wales has extended lockdown measures while the state of victoria is lifting the lockdown everywhere except melbourne. vietnam is enduring a fourth wave of the virus. it posted a record number of new cases on sunday. almost 9700, according to state-run news. china reported 125 new infections on monday. most locally transmitted. authorities said there are 14 areas of high risk in the country. and in france, caves, restaurants, and long distance trains are off limits to those without a pass. for more on this cnn's stephen judge is live in beijing. first we go to a bus terminal in paris. good to see you, jim, how is the health pass working out? how are people responding to it? >> reporter: well, it's a mixed
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bag. basically some people are -- the bus company did a -- they sent out fliers and e-mails telling people they had to have this and a covid pass or health pass that shows you've been vaccinated or tested negative against covid-19. it applies to buses and also trains and planes and now caves and bars and restaurants. everywhere you go these days, you have to have an evidence of this pass, if you want to participate. i asked a director of the bus terminal, the regional director how it was working with
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operations [ inaudible ] >> reporter: they are riding around with people who prove they've been vaccinated or tested negative. it's reassuring for some of the drivers we spoke to. >> all right. thank you for that, jim. steve now to you in beijing. talk about the latest on the situation in china and, of course, across the rest of asia. >> here in china they reported 102 new locally transmitted cases on sunday. it pales in comparison to what we're seeing in many parts of the world. in this country, this number is considered unacceptable because of the government's zero tolerance approach to locally transmitted cases. that's why across the cub you'll see local officials being punished whenever there's a new cluster of cases emerging in their jurisdiction. that's why increasingly officials across the country are adopting even more stringent
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measures and mas k testing. and that correspondence to many cases low rate of vaccination in many countries. that number remains a single digit. so this is increasing a case in terms of health care systems and the medical facilities being stretched to a very thin and to the brink in countries like malaysia. we've seen doctors and nurses go on strike to protest over conditions at hospitals. so very alarming picture across the southeast asia as many countries continue to face a shortage of vaccines.
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rosemary? >> all right. thank you. coming up wild fires in greece have forced thousands of people to flee their homes. we'll have a live report when we return. if laundry stinks, it could be bacteria. detergent alone doesn't kill all odor causing bacteria. adding lysol laundry sanitizer kills 99.9 %.
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more than 500 people are battling this wild fire. officials say the fire has consumed more than a thousand hectares or nearly 2500 acres since it began on thursday. firefighters, volunteers, soldiers, local officials, and even residents are fighting the blaze. a regional governor has requested national services, as well. there have been no reports of injuries or deaths. in greece, wild fires on the island have been burning out of control for days now.
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thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. some having to take ferries to safety. one woman who left said it's, quote, like a horror movie. across the country, other wild fires have destroyed homes and businesses and at least one person has died. our reporter joining us live now. good to see you, linda. it's a desperate situation in some parts of greece. particularly there on the island where you are now. >> reporter: it's one the biggest blazes at the moment. it's been raging for seven days now. we've seen maps of devastation from above. they cover a large part of the island. there are dozens of that don't burn across greece. the country experienced a massive heat wave that have turned it into a tinderbox, it
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seems and firefighting operations continue with aid from many countries. 22 countries working to put out the fire. we understand from firefighters here that they're hoping to contain this fire by the end of the day. but when you look around you, for example, as we were coming into this port, a lot of people used this port to evacuate, all we could see was haze and smoke. and actually still difficult to breathe and people continue to evacuate the island in large numbers. >> where are they going? >> well, those seem to be going to relatives, friends, really, i think, the government has also put up some shelters and created some space for them in stadiums, in public buildings. of course, these are just temporary solutions. and some of them, obviously,
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will soon go back to assess the damage to their homes. linda, thanks. here is another consequence of climate change we're seeing right now. the worst summer flooding in venice in more than 25 years. the area was inundated with 100 centimeters or nearly 40 inches of water on saturday. the head of the van nice transit said it could takes days to drain away. the summer olympics in japan have come to a close. up next, we'll head live to tokyo for a look back at the games. think wearing less makeup means no need for a wipe? think again. neutrogena® makeup remover wipes remove the 30% of makeup ordinary cleansers can leave behind. your skin will thank you. neutrogena®. for people with skin.
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>> i will be sure that nobody, nobody who departed these games will ever forget these olympic games. they are unique and a great manifestation and great symbol of hope for the people across the globe. a great manifestation of solidarity, which made these games happening and great
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manifestation of peace because without solidarity, there's no peace. >> the head of the international olympic committee there speaking as japan wrapped up the summer games in tokyo. athletes from around the world took part in the olympics despite challenges and a yearlong delay caused by the covid-19 pandemic. we'll head to tokyo where blake essig is substantial doubting -- standing by. take us through the highlights and how the people of japan are now feeling that the games are over. >> you know it's been a tale of two cities and it hasn't changed. the health and safety concerns that lead to the unpopularity of tokyo 2020 really truly have not gone away. in fact, people were still protesting and calling for the games to be cancelled, even while the closing ceremony was underway last night. that being said, there was a noticeable shift in the mood once competition got underway.
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we saw people constantly gathering outside of competition venues alongside race routes and here outside the national stadium to take pictures with the olympic rings. it's still the case. there are hundreds of people lining up. it's been the case all day. i imagine it will continue to be the case as long as these rings are here. of course, winning could help change attitudes and generate excitement. we saw lots of wonderful moment during competition. japan did extremely well at these games. tokyo 2020 is officially over. i will admit kind of sad about it. already getting a little bit nostalgic but for me, getting to cover the games and experience the closing ceremony was, you know, once in a lifetime opportunity. i was one of the few lucky enough to see it in person. it's something i will never forget. but throughout the night, i couldn't help but imagine what it would have been like to
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experience the celebration alongside the people of japan. it was surreal to sit inside and watch the celebration of sport. the fire works, parade of nations, and the handover to paris was strange. it was strange to watch thousands of athletes come on to the field, essentially waiving to a couple hundred journalists. personally it was an amazing experience but it served as reminder it was not the olympics anyone wanted and definitely not the olympic games that the people of japan deserved. >> indeed. you did a great job. blake ses essig, thank you. with an air force fly over and the colors of the french flag striking the sky, paris celebrated its turn to host the olympics in 2024. the hand over took place on sunday as the tokyo games wrapped up. some of france's medal winners from the games joined sunday celebration at the french
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capital. the paris 2024 games will mark 100 years since the last time france hosted the olympics. and, finally, this hour peyton manning is an nfl hall of famers. the legendary quarterback headlined this year's inductees for the pro football hall of fame on sunday. he was selected in his first year of eligibility. he played on two super bowl-winning teams. t thank you so much for your company. i'm rosemary church. "early start" is up next.
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