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killing one of them. at this point, we're told no americans were injured. this comes after president biden national security adviser told brianna about the threat of a terrorist attack, the threat by the islamic state. >> the threat is real. it is acute. it is persistent. it is something that we are focussed on with every tool in our arsenal. >> closed to 20,000 people remain inside the perimeter of the airport still to be evacuated as outside afghans fleeing the taliban take over a growing increasingly desperate. over the weekend, at least seven afghan civilians were killed in a crush of people stampeding outside the airport. and a source tells cnn that only american citizens, green card holders, their children and spouses and nato ally citizens will be permitted now through the gates. afghan special immigrant visa applicants and their families are not being allowed in. those, of course, are afghans whose lives are in danger because they helped american
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forces, many of them translators or cultural advisers. president biden says the u.s. may extend the afghan withdrawal deadline past august 31st as evacuations continue. >> we're working hard and as fast as we can to get people out. we have made a number of changes, including extending access around the airport and the safe zone. >> now, senior administration official later clarified that it is the taliban that is going to be opening these new entry points. also new this morning, cnn has obtained letters that the taliban sent to the brother of an afghan translator who worked with u.s. troops. one of the letters notifies the man that he has been sentenced to death in absentia and he cannot appeal the verdict. we'll have more on those here in just a moment. i do want to go to cnn sam kylie who is at the airport in kabul joining us live now on the phone. sam, let's talk first about this fire fight that happened
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overnight. what happened? >> reporter: well, amidst the intelligence reports, brianna, of this real and persistent threat coming both from national security adviser but also the president and here on the ground, extreme nervousness and worry about the threat of isis, which is an organization pledged to ruin this process both for the taliban and international community and the afghans. in the shawl hours of the morning, there was an exchange of fire beginning with a sniper attack that killed one afghan soldier. four other -- people working with the coalition to cur the outer perimeter came under fire consequence possibly of friendly fire when they returned and shot back at the sniper, that it was mistaken by coalition troops an attack on them and they returned
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fire, what is called a blue on blue attack. this is the first known actual attack on the coalition and its allies here at the airport, brianna. >> i have to say, sam, john berman here. your reporting has been terrific at the airport. we're lucky to have you there, but boy could it complicate the process of getting people out if the people guarding that gate, that perimeter come under attack. i do understand, sam, you've also been able to speak with people who have gotten out. what have they told you? >> well, john, they are very heartbroken but very relieved to be able to get out. there are 20,000 people here. there are another many thousands pressing up against the only entry point which is partial entry point at the british where they are beginning to swell in numbers there.
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before they can get admission. these large numbers of people are being moved from the airfield. so this is what it looked like just yesterday. >> announcer: a massive multinational air evacuation is crowding the air space above kabul. this flight is one of many coming to the rescue of thousands. the airplane brings its own security as the airport is now under threat from isis terror. >> we've landed just a few moments ago here a kabul international airport, and clearly the pace of evacuation has been picking up. there are planes leaving pretty regularly now and large numbers of refugees of evacuees getting ready to get on those flights. this is a group that are heading
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into qatar where they're hoping to stay there or move on. you're about to leave. what is going through your mind and your heart at the moment? >> yeah. actually i've told this many times that right now i have a mixed feeling being a journalist myself, probably i'm lucky enough to leave because of a lot of -- that exist here. but i'm also leaving a whole family behind. that's a lot of friends behind. i don't know how to describe this, am i happy? am i sad? with this new government, these new rulers, i'm sure they will not leave us any space to be here. >> that must break your heart? >> of course, certainly. that has already broken. but this is reality. >> your heart is already broken? >> yes, yes. >> it's not just the personal
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tragedies that are so heart breaking here, it is the tragedy of afghanistan itself, for 20 years so many millions of people believed that they would receive western support. they believed in the evolution of female education, of the arts of cinema. they thought they had a future. now, that future is getting on aircraft and leaving as one of the evacuees just said to me, afghanistan is seeing a total brain drain. >> john, brianna, there are now persistent threats around the airport and it's as if tensions weren't high enough. there's also now statements coming from the taliban spokesman out of qatar saying as far as the taliban are concerned any plans that the united states have of extending the evacuation beyond the agreed august 31st date would be met with a negative response in his words.
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brianna? >> it would be met with a negative response. do we have any sense, though, of what that is and what that isn't? >> reporter: well, i think it's very clear that the taliban are keen to integrate to some extent with the international community, to try to appear to be an exclusive government. so any kind of confrontation over a humanitarian mission at that time would have very negative consequences frankly for the taliban. i think they may well moderate their language, not least because they are in daily and regular contact with the the united states, other members of the coalition as part of this humanitarian effort. and they can all agree that the principle threat to the whole process at the moment is the so-called islamic state isis. but on top of that is the taliban also have a growing potential inurgency just north of kabul where the northern alliance is beginning to regroup with certain members of the
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former afghan army and they have been clashing with the taliban and only got about 75,000 troops under they command to police a country of some 34 million. so they need stability. they need friends. they need to be able to have the international community's help in order to move forward. so their rhetoric at the moment in terms of making veiled threats towards the united states and the coalition may be mitigated by the need to actually relate in a sensible way humanitarian disaster or to mitigate humanitarian disaster, bri brianna. >> which is why you see the u.s. relying heavily on the taliban as they're coordinating. a new dynamic in afghanistan at least for this moment of e evac evacuation. sam kylie, thank you for your essential reporting in kabul airport. >> we'll have your reports from the threats afghans and their families from the taliban.
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those who helped including a death sentence to the brother of a translator. you'll break that in just a few minutes. in the meantime, we're standing by for official approval by the fda of pfizer's coronavirus vaccine. this is full approval, a step beyond emergency use authorization. it can't come soon enough in florida where the state is seeing a record number of deaths. joining us now is icu medical director and pulmonologist at jackson memorial hospital in miami. doctor, thank you for being with us. i know how hard you've been working. i want to get to the situation where you are. first let me ask about this looming, imminent at this moment, we think, full fda approval for the pfizer vaccine. what difference will that make to you? >> good morning. so that is going to be a game changer for us. some places including the hospitals, schools cannot enforce the vaccine for covid. now there is the approval to
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open that door to enforce vaccination here. >> we spoke to you a few weeks ago and the situation was frankly bad where you are. what direction as it gone in over the last three weeks? >> it's continued to be very bad, worse than the last time we spoke. our i kicu is now full of covid. we have about 100 plus patients in the icu, very sick all of them. and as we spoke the previous time, all of them have no vaccines. >> no vaccinations among the people for the most part that you're seeing who are very sick. what's the range of ages? >> so we continue to see between 24 and 45. a few cases with older patients but most continue to be 25 to 45. >> what are the outcomes that you're getting from the 25 to 45-year-olds? a hospital stay and then getting out? >> no. unfortunately around 50% are dying. and this is what we are seeing with the delta variant the
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mortality is much higher than previously times. i cannot fully explain why but that's what we're seeing now. >> do you have a sense of how it is spreading around you at this point? >> seems like the delta is pretty contagious, so one person can affect up to seven. so here in florida, as you know, we have no mask mandate, no social distancing. it's spread among the community. >> how are you and your team holding out with all the people you're seeing? >> we're trying our best. we give the best care we can. this time around, it's a little more upsetting in the sense like it's becoming a preventable disease. if you choose not to get vaccine, you choose to maybe go to the icu. that's what we're seeing now a lot of people in the ic wurks no vaccines. >> do you feel like the state government is working with you? >> oh, i don't. we have a strong local government. unfortunately the central government in florida is not really working with us.
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>> dr. david dela zerda. i hope you get through and can see soon the other side. appreciate it. >> thank you very much for having me. thank you. >> i hope that full fda approval is the game changer you hope it will be. coming up, we have brand new audio of an afghan air force pilot begging for help as the kabul airport has reportedly stopped accepting afghans applying for special immigration visas. plus, i have brand new reporting about the brother of an afghan interpreter who has been sentenced to death by the taliban. we're going to bring you excerpts of the threatening letters that he has received. ♪ ok everyone, our mission is to provide complete, balanced nutrition for strength and energy. whoo hoo! ensure, with 27 vitamins
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♪ we have new details this morning about a parent retaliation by the taliban against afghans who worked alongside u.s. forces and their families. i obtained letters from the taliban to the brother of an afghan interpreter who worked with u.s. troops. they accuse him of helping the americans and providing security to his brother. a final letter, the third of three, that he received notifies him of his guilt and a death sentence. it says this, these court decisions are final and you will not have the right to object. you chose this path for yourself and your death is imminent god willing. these letters, of course, contradict assurances made by a taliban spokesman that they would not be retaliating against afghans who helped america trying to project a more moderate image to the world. these letters are one example of how the taliban are directly threatening afghans who helped the u.s.
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afterafghan air force pilot worked alongside u.s. forces and this pilot now pleading for help. >> i worked shoulder by shoulder with the american guys. and saved many soldiers life. now there is the american guys just left afghanistan and afghanistan call us total ban hands, so the situation is getting worse and worse and the taliban is just trying to find us and they are searching for us. they called us -- they called me especially that -- they told me that anywhere i should go, anywhere i go, they will find me and they will kill me. i ask for american guys, please help us in this case. we need your help. >> that is audio that was obtained by international human rights lawyer kimberly motley. she has worked in afghanistan for the past 13 years and she's with us now.
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you know, let's just talk about what we're seeing here. let's first talk about the audio and what this means, kim. what more can you tell us about what these pilots are going through? >> well, good morning, brianna. thank you for having me. these pilots are extraordinarily terrified for their safety, for the safety of their families. i think that they don't believe that the amnesty that the taliban is claiming that people are getting will really actually apply to them. it's very, very precarious situation, especially for i think the pilots and those that have fought alongside international soldiers. >> well, look, even speaking to the letters that i was able to obtain, this includes as well the family members of interpreters. you know, right now you have interpreters -- it's unclear if they're all going to get out. their family members like say their brothers in the case of this letter, may not qualify, probably don't qualify for any
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relief from the state department. so not only do you have afghans who actually are legally eligible for relief, you have those who aren't, who are very much living under threat. what is it like for them? >> i mean, again, i think it's very terrifying for them. i think we really need to work towards, you know, helping those, as you said, that frankly aren't going to leave the country. if this new government wants any credibility, then they need to basically really have some type of summit or something in doha, which includes afghan women leaders, afghan women youth that can carve out exactly what their future means and what their rights are with the backing of the international community. and i think that we as an international community, especially the diplomatic community really needs to talk about conditional aid and to back up summit talk to happen in doha with such leaders because, as you guys have been reporting on, you know, there's 77,000
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taliban soldiers for a country of 38 million people. and you now are in charge of this country. so you now bear the responsibility to make sure that there is order and protection that's maintained within the country. and obviously that has been very challenging for this new government. >> we have learned today special immigrant visa holders and applicants. so this would be the umbrella term for those afghan translators and cultural advisers who worked with u.s. troops as well as their family members. they're not being allowed inside the airport. what are your concerns? >> well, my concerns again is for their safety. i mean, my role is to try to do what i can to try to protect afghans. that's extremely concerning. it seems as though that's very contradictory to what the message is of those in the upper
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government, upper levels of this new government who are proclaiming that there's going to be amnesty for such people. so i guess there needs to be more action, not just words by this new government. i think that they really obviously they're engaging with the international community it sounds like, that there needs to be sort of really conditions on how we're moving forward because basically a lot of the people they're just doing a job. it's not as though they're trying to -- i mean, they were following along, doing a job. they have family members. and they have the right to have freedom of movement like everyone else in afghanistan. so it's extraordinarily concerning. >> kimberly, i know that you're going to continue your work. i'm sure that you have just been working all hours on this. and we appreciate you being with us to talk about it. kimberly motley, thanks. >> thanks for having me. so we're standing by this morning for the fda's expected approval of pfizer's coronavirus vaccine. what is this going to mean for vaccine mandates in schools and
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♪ this morning, we're standing by for official full approval by the fda of pfizer's coronavirus vaccine. full approval appears to be imminent, i'm talking within minutes or hours. how big of an impact will that have for some americans who have not been vaccinated? cnn's kristen holmes joins us now. kristen look, people have given a bunch of reasons for hesitancy. one of them you hear is, oh, there's not fda full approval. i'm curious if this changes their minds. >> john, you're right.
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this is the big question here, but legal experts, health experts we talked to say that full approval will at least give these organizations, companies, schools, the legal cover they need to mandate the vaccine, thus forcing some unvaccinated americans to get that shot. >> ladies and gentlemen, welcome to flight 1754. >> reporter: from businesses who say it could speed things up -- >> we're going to require everyone to be vaccinated if they work at united airlines. october 25th or 45 days after the fda has final authorization for the vaccine. >> reporter: to government. >> will vaccinations be required of state employees? >> you know, that's not under consideration unless and until the fda grants full license to one or more of the vaccines. >> reporter: to everyday americans? >> this fda approval cannot come a moment too soon. with this full approval will have the chance to message about
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the safe and efficacy of this vaccine. >> reporter: they expect this to be a game changer. now administration officials tell cnn that full approval could come as early as this week. >> for businesses and universities that have been thinking about putting vaccine requirements in place in order to create safer spaces for people to work and learn, i think that this move from the fda when it comes will actually help them to move forward with those kind of plans. >> reporter: currently the covid-19 vaccine has only been approved through emergency use authorization. the fda says it has brought in extra resources and is working around the clock to work through the full approval. in a statement attempting to assure americans on the safety of the vaccine, quote, the fda conducted a thorough scientific evaluation of each of the authorized vaccines and can assure the public and medical communities that the vaccines meet fda's rigorous standards for safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality. but government officials and
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businesses say full approval will give them more legal protection to enforce vaccine mandates. the pentagon planned to make the vaccine mandatory by the middle of next month or sooner. based on approval timing. alaska airlines is considering vaccine mandates for its roughly 20,000 employees. but only when at least one vaccine is fully approved. full approve may also mean big changes in terms of vaccine mandates for teachers. as students head back to school. >> is there a deadline? do you have a time deadline? would it be this month if the fda does give full approval, even though you know there's no legal distinction between the two? would that be a deadline when the fda comes out? >> yes, yes. >> reporter: and universities like louisiana state have said they would mandate the vaccine quickly after authorization. some public health officials have said they were surprised it has taken so long for full approval. white house officials have maintained they will not put pressure on the agency. >> the fda is the gold standard
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for vaccine review and approval they'll run independent and rigorous scientific process. when that process is complete, the american people can rest assured that the fda maintained this world class standards throughout this period. >> reporter: but for some, it stale may not be enough. >> the pfizer shot is about to get full fda approval. would that change your opinion on it at all? >> not until they do a whole lot more investigating on that. >> reporter: that woman went on to say it would probably take ten years to do the investigating to get her to take the vaccine. cheerily look, not everyone will be convinced. some administration officials hedge on just how successful full approval will be at combatting vaccine hesitancy. john, there is a lot of hope that this will move the ball forward. >> it may make it easier for some organizations and entities to issue requirements there, but i also think there's a possibility that some people who have been hesitant will find a new reason, even if they say
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>> reporter: yeah, good morning, brianna. residents here have not either and the governor here in tennessee calling the event a devastating event and looking at the imagings you can see why. our crew tried to make our way into the hardest hit area. it was simply unsafe for us to pass at these dark hours. the rain fall that happened over the weekend was unprecedented for this part of the state, just over 17 inches of rain fell in 24 hour period. they got a third of their yearly total in that span. at one point the storm system was so bad there was a tornado warning in effect. residents here said they had never seen anything like it. >> there's houses moved off their foundation, cars and trees. i mean, this is almost a biblical proportions here like a massive tornado come through here. >> it was so much more water than i have ever seen in my life. >> next thing i know, the water is in my house and it's up to my
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chest and my house fell off the foundation while we were still in it. so we had to break the window in the kitchen and crawl out of it and get up on the roof as fast as we could and then all of a sudden it was like a tidal wave that just came over the road and into my yard and swept my house away. >> reporter: i'm here at a reunification center where families are coming to try to find out news of their loved ones. about 20 people are still missing. talking to local residents, sounded like somebody had a fire hose outside of their straight for three hours straight, more than three inches of rain fell consecutively. among those missing are two children including a local sophomore who is autistic at this high school. there was really according to residents nothing they could have done to prepare for this. they knew there was going to be a storm over the weekend but nothing, nothing of this magnitude. brianna? >> the speed and the force of this storm just unbelievable.
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nick, thank you so much for your report from tennessee. appreciate it. >> so this morning, henri has weakened to a tropical depression after bringing heavy rainfall on me and flooding to the northeast. it was raining and raining and raining. still is for hours. the storm made landfall in rhode island, with sustained winds of 60 miles per hour. and it is continuing to batter states across the region. chad myers joins us now to explain where this storm is headed. i'm all ears, chad. >> right back over to you again. it kind of made a trip into the catskills and back out into the ocean likely traveling over boston over the next 24 hours but the rain is back in new york. this is really a train kind of day if you're a train or car and the weather depended on it, today is a train day without a doubt. zoom in and see the heavy rainfall into queens. it was over manhattan quite a bit of the morning hours. already a couple of inches coming down just today alone. look at this, these are six inch rainfall total.
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now, this is fred. this happened just a couple of days ago. fred came on by. then the rest of this, that's all henri. henri brought down trees. tremendous tree damage up here in the northeast for a time washington county, rhode island, 73% of all customers were without power because of the wind was just knocking down trees. i saw twitter comments saying they're coming down like toothd picks. flash flood watches in effect for the northeast. we'll probably see another one to two inches of rainfall before it spreads out here. these little bands, can't tell you where they're exactly going to be. anywhere where there's a band you can get street flooding. >> i know where one of them is, my house. my house. it has been for the last day and is staying there. chad, thank you very much for watching this very closely. coming up, we'll speak to a film maker who documented the early days of the coronavirus pandemic in china. what she saw inside hospitals in wuhan. plus, a deadly fire fight at
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♪ this morning, we are standing by for full fda approval of the pfizer vaccine. this could come at any minute. the average number of new coronavirus cases in the united states nearing 150,000. that's up nearly 200% from one month ago, more than 90,000 americans are hospitalized. you can see that number rising. a new hbo documentary in the same breath takes a close look at how the pandemic unfolded in china and the united states. and the similarities between leaders in both countries in their response. >> the official news report side that everything was under
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control. but people were dying on the streets. >> the risk remains low. >> remains low. >> there's very little threat here. >> joining me now is the producer and director of this hbo documentary appearing now on hbo and hbo max which like cnn is a unit of warner media. it's so nice to meet you. this is chilling stuff. this documentary really leaves you with a feeling of, wow. this has been bad. and i want people to know the circumstances with which you started making it and it involved your own son. >> yes. thank you for having me. i started making this film in january, 2020. and i am a chinese citizen. and the u.s. permanent resident. so in january i visited my mom in china who lives 200 miles away from wuhan.
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and that was before the lockdown of wuhan. while i was there, i heard quote unquote, rumors about a virus, but immediately the chinese officials said it was a rumor. there was no virus. so, i left my son who is 3 years old with my mom and i came back to the u.s. for work trip. and it was during that time wuhan was locked down. and initially as a mother, as a daughter, that i was trying to figure out how dangerous the virus was and what was the real information, would i need to get my son out of china? and in doing that, those research, i realized there was a huge discrepancy between what the chinese government told the people and the world and what the actual reality was in wuhan. that's what compelled me to make this documentary initially. >> that's really the theme, i think.
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the overarching theme of the film. what was happening and what we were told was happening. there was just this universe in between there and ultimately not just in china. >> exactly. and we're seeing that in the u.s. as well. it was astonishing for me to experience that in new york last year. because we had preconceived notions that in a democratic country, that things like that wouldn't have happened. i was surprised. and the film became my tour of exploring the answers of why it happened here and what had gone wrong. and what i discovered is this eerie similarity between two similarly different ideological, politically different systems which is that both governments
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and both government leaders prioritize to preservrve its power, preserve its own image over people's safety and health. >> you allowed yourself to half ass the question what might have happened had these governments levelled with their people from the very beginning. what do you think the answer to that is? >> well, it was a fantasy sequence in the film that i imagined. if from the very beginning the government instead of trying to cover it up, instead of trying to mislead all of us, instead of spreading misinformation, if they had told the truth, if they had taken measures from early on what the world would look like. and we all can imagine yet it is also hard to imagine but one thing for sure from experts,
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from scientists and from all of us just knowing that the casualties of this virus would be much, much, much less. and we knew that the pandemic was political before it was a pandemic. so the film really tried to examine the actions of the leaders in the governments and the authority that led us to where we are today. >> imagine if the pandemic were not political. that number 600,000 i don't think is one we would be seeing. 600,000 americans dead. it's a terrific piece of work, thank you so much for being with us this morning. >> thank you. an entire school district in western texas now in quarantine as coronavirus cases surge there. that story coming up. plus, the airport in kabul now reportedly closed to afghans who hold special immigrant visas and those applying for them. what will that mean for the desperate effort to evacuate afghans who helped u.s. troops during the war.
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♪ this morning, an entire school district in a small town in west texas is under quarantine. and the local hospital does not have icu care available. if residents need icu-type care the closest trauma centers are about 100 miles away. rosa flores has the latest. >> reporter: in this small oil field town in west texas -- >> check it out and see. >> reporter: just about everyone passes by nancy beck's barbecue joint. but recently, most of the traffic stopped. >> it was quiet. the lady across the street, she has it. she's been flown out. she's in icu. >> reporter: in the span of two weeks this month, 119 people got tested for covid at irina
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general hospital and 50 tested positive a 42% positivity rate. >> so this is carla's desk. >> reporter: vicki say her co-worker and her husband both got infected. >> because this is somebody i love so much. i know her love for her husband, i tell her i knew i loved you but i didn't know how much i loved you until you went through this. >> reporter: sammy got sick first, vicki says. and in a matter of days had trouble breathing and was hospitalized. carla quarantined at home with her 9-year-old son as her fever spiked, says vicki. >> it breaks my heart that i can't open the door and hug her. >> we believe in healing in the name of jesus. >> reporter: vicki organized a community prayer outside the couple's home and streamed it live. >> it was a cry of mercy to god for him to have mercy on our town. like i said, we had had covid before but never to this magnitude. >> reporter: town residents
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followed along from their cars to be covid safe. >> in the name of jesus, we declare healing over sammy, over his lungs, father. >> reporter: but sammy's condition deteriorated. they don't offer icu care. vicki says she started praying for an icu bed to free up. >> that was hard. but we know that our facility doesn't have the capability to be able to take care of him. >> reporter: when a bed opened up, sammy was rolled out on a stretcher. and air lifted about 100 miles away to san anglo, texas. >> pray for your life. >> we love you. >> we love you. >> we love you, sammy! >> reporter: at least one ira ann resident has been air lifted out of state for care because of the lack of available icu beds in texas. no one here knows exactly how the outbreak started. last week the school district shut down after about a quarter of staff and about 16% of the
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students got infected or exposed to the virus. says the superintendent there who is also quarantining. >> in the last week, we've seen more covid cases for staff and students than we did the entire year last year during school. >> reporter: the beloved football season is postponed. homecoming hangs in the balance. >> city council -- >> reporter: and city council members met over a conference call. >> all in favor? >> aye. >> aye. >> aye. >> reporter: to close the city building to residents. how concerned are you? >> very. i mean, this is -- to me it's pretty serious. >> reporter: with so many people in quarantine, ira an is quieter an normal, especially now as the town begins to mourn. sammy died just five days after an icu bed became available. >> it's just horrible. you know, it's just horrible. and we're going to miss him so bad. we're going to miss sammy so bad. >> reporter: nancy, like everyone else here, just wants
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this covid outbreak to end. so this little texas town can get back to its big old self. according to thearing masks bef outbreak but some people wanting masks, others not wearing masks, now they say it doesn't matter. they have to come together because of what's going on there and they're saying learn from what is happening here so it doesn't happen across the state, across this country. brianna? >> reporter: rosa flores, thank you so. for taking us into that community and showing us what is going on there. "new day" continues right now.
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♪ i want to welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world, it is monday, august 23rd. overnight, a new round of chaos at the kabul airport. a deadly fire fight involving u.s., german and afghan forces. and afghan guard helping to secure the base killed by sniper fire. unknown sniper fire. at this point we're told no americans were injured in the gunfire and then this just in, a taliban spokesman telling cnn that all u.s. forces must leave afghanistan by the end of the month after president biden said he's considering extending the afghan withdrawal deadline. also new this morning, i obtained some letters from the taliban sent to the brother of with u.s. troops. in one the brother is told that he has been sentenced to death in absentia and cannot appeal the verdict. >> all this very important reporting, very pertinent developments we'll get to all of

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