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right now, 37 states detected the new variant. west virginia becoming the latest. in new york, the positivity test rate is doubling at a speed never seen before. forcing officials to debate whether new year's eve at times square, expecting a return to prepandemic crowds of thousands, should be canceled now. in a sports world, the nba and nfl and nhl are all changing covid-19 protocols in hopes of preventing the cancellations of games. and this year's miss world competition in puerto rico is now postponed after 23 of the 97 contestants tested positive. we should say this as well, amidala amid all the warnings there is a silver lining. despite record-breaking daily case rates, hospital admissions continue to be lower than previous waves. still, g-7 health ministers are calling omicron the biggest current threat to global public health. our team following all of the latest. let's begin with shimon prokupecz on the ground in new
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york city. this positivity rate in new york, this is remarkable. >> reporter: remarkable, doubling in just three days, jim. it is causing a lot of anxiety in the city. i'm at a testing site here on 57th street. the line is about 100 people deep or so. this is about a two-hour wait just to get tested. lines we haven't really seen in probably several months, maybe even a year or so. but all these people have been waiting here now, for a couple of hours, waiting to get tested, just to go inside. many of them, that i've talked to, said they were exposed, whether in the office or they were in meetings in offices, some are traveling, some want to get together with family. so they are getting tested. but testing is a premium right now all across the city with lines like this. and what is driving this is as you said, the doubling of these numbers. we went from 3.9%, the officials say, to 7.3 in just days.
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this is has city officials concerned. they're concerned because of the unvaccinated. they're seeing an increase in the number of hospitalizations for unvaccinated. and this, of course, is causing all sorts of concerns for the business industry here, with restaurants now being forced to close, because they're losing workers who are testing positive. and also broadway. we're seeing shows canceled. mulan rouge, one of the broadway shows yesterday, while they were getting ready to start as people were sitting in the audience, they had to cancel the show because someone in the cast tested positive. obviously a lot of concern here as these numbers continue to rise. the city says they're going to be issuing masks and they're also going to set up mobile test sites across the city. as you can see here this is now becoming a concern as people wanting to get tested are now having to wait in lines for hours. >> yeah. broadway just had come back. jason carroll in michigan where
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hospitalizations right now seem to have dipped for first time in weeks. they are asking for federal help. tell us the situation on the ground, jason. >> reporter: well, when you look at what's happening where we are here at beaumont hospital, just here in deer born, michigan, the doctors and nurses here, jim, they are a dedicated group of people, but the reality is they are understaffed and overworked. situation has gotten is bad here in the state of michigan, the governor reached out to the federal government and said, look, we need help here in the state. and the help has come from the department of defense. the army put together a special task force of team members that head out and help beleaguered hospitals. they head out -- so far to 13 states, since august, including right here in michigan. this special task force is made up of doctors, critical care nurses, respiratory therapists and what they do is they plug in
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where help is needed. the help is needed here. and it is needed now. >> during covid it has taken over my life. we do work more hours. this is my family. the hospital is my family. and when you're giving your all, all that you can, and all that you are to your patients to help them survive, it is hard to go home and be a wife and be a mom or, you know, or be an aunt or whoever. you are constantly thinking about is my patient okay? i left and they weren't doing so great, or teetering. >> we have nurses, critical care nurses working in progressive care unit and we have physicians that are embedded and helping in the emergency department and myself who is -- excuse me, a colleague of mine who is a nurse practitioner floating around to help facilitate patient care in those areas. >> reporter: sending in the military to help, the task force will be here for a month, maybe longer, jim.
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and it should be noted that the overwhelming number of people, patients they're seeing here in the hospital, are unvaccinated. that accounts for most of those who are in icu. and most of those who are on ventilators. jim? >> that's been a consistent fact of this pandemic. jason carroll, shimon prokupecz, thank you. in kentucky, drew armstrong was allowed inside a covid ward in one of the state's hardest hit hospitals and he tweeted about the alarming things he saw there. writing, one man was in a high flow oxygen mask, he was lying in bed making tiny fast bites at the air, gasping. he looked like he was suffocating, like a dying fish, washed up on the beach. doctors at that hospital are increasingly frustrated with the general public's attitude that things are all back to normal. joining us now, dr. shelly stanko. so good to have you on today.
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i often think the view you get, you and your colleagues in wards like this, are canaries in the coal mine, right? you often see the effects of surges before others, but the worst effects of this, tell us what you're seeing right now there. >> thank you, jim, i appreciate the opportunity to speak today. certainly the biggest overwhelming numbers we had were late summer, during delta, but right now we're already beginning to see the slow creep back up. numbers had come down a bit before thanksgiving. and while i don't think omicron has yet caused the doubling it has in new york, we are just seeing the effects of the winter and people coming inside and spending more time together and unfortunately those close quarters are starting to have those hospital numbers climb. >> in terms of hospitalization, because one thing from omicron, but also other variants of this disease has been that vaccination really provides great protection against serious
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illness, hospitalization and death, even as we're seeing breakthrough infects here. based on what you're seeing there, is that still true in. >> that's certainly consistent with our experience. i can't say we have had no breakthrough cases that require hospitalization, but it is a small minority compared to the unvaccinated population. >> okay. is that moving people there? do you find? there is still a portion of this country who is hesitant and i think a sad fact of omicron is there are more breakthroughs, folks might misread that and say, well, i guess the vaccine doesn't do anything, right? i'm curious, on the ground there, do you see folks responding and making changes or are they digging their heels in? >> we saw a small uptick with vaccinations in september and october when numbers were really bad. unfortunately it is still not adequate. i'm in southeastern kentucky and the vaccination rates are not even close to what we really need to be well protected. that's our biggest anxiety.
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we're going to see more hospitalizations than we would have to. i think that the message is not that you can avoid covid altogether necessarily, you can certainly avoid the level of illness, the hospitalization, the potential, the death. >> tell us what you're preparing for now. as you say, you're still experiencing delta, right. and the effects of people going out and socializing and often indoors, now omicron coming. what do you think january post holiday is going to look like? >> we're bracing for it. we are fully expecting to see surge numbers. we hope they look more like what we had last winter, which was not nearly as high as we got with delta this summer and fall. but we are realisrealistic. we have our contingency plans in place. having now lived through several waves, maybe we're better prepared. but the reality is you can't just create humans in order to provide that care and staffing is a challenge everywhere.
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and we also have anxiety about the fact that even though with omicron, you know, our staff is largely vaccinated, there could be breakthrough that take staff out of work. because if they have to be home, even if it is mild. so lots of preparedness, but also lots of anxiety. >> i get it. listen, we wish you the best of luck. it is going to be tough for you and we appreciate. i know a lot of folks watching appreciate the kind of work that you and your colleagues are doing. there shelley stanko, thank you. the cdc is changing recommendations for covid-19 vaccines, making clear that pfizer and moderna are preferred over johnson & johnson. this comes as new data shows that a rare blood clotting syndrome among people recently vaccinated with the j&j vaccine is more common than previously believed. cnn's senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen joins us now. here say key question, i imagine some folks are watching now who may have gotten the j&j. what do they do now?
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>> you know what, if you got the johnson & johnson vaccine, more than two weeks ago, you do not need to worry about anything. this side effect, which is very rare, but very dangerous, it shows up within the first two weeks, usually within the first nine days or so after vaccination. so this is not a problem for people who have been vaccinated. if you've been recently vaccinated, certainly keep your eye out for this. but it is very rare. this is really about moving forward. so let's look at what the cdc advisers talked about yesterday. so what they found is they looked at data and they said that 17 million people have received johnson & johnson in the u.s., 54 developed this rare blood clotting condition, and nine of those people died. the people who were most at risk are women in their 40s, two deaths per million, for women in their 40s. but it is not clear exactly which -- who would be more at risk. not possible to say, you shouldn't have it or you shouldn't have it, it is not clear. and what is clear is that patients deteriorate rapidly.
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this is a quote from a cdc doctor. we have been struck when reviewing the cases by how rapidly patient status deteriorates and results in death. so this is the bottom line, moving forward, get a pfizer moderna, do not get johnson & johnson. if you already had johnson & johnson, unless you had it quite recently, there really is no reason to worry. even if you had it within the past two weeks, these are rare events. if you're concerned at all, look online and see the cdc has put out what signs to look for. jim? >> all right, good to know, elizabeth cohen, thanks so much. experts are warning that this year's flu shot may not offer as much protection against up with of the main influenza viruses circulating right now. studies show that strain has now changed and the current vaccines don't match it well anymore. researchers say the rapid mutations found in flu viruses help it escape the antibodiyies the body makes in response to the vaccines.
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despite indications the shot may not do much to prevent infection, it is, though, this is important, expected to prevent severe illness. and also this breaking news, we're following this morning, a new critical report from the house oversight committee finds the trump administration made, quote, deliberate efforts to undermine the nation's coronavirus response for political purposes. let's get to cnn washington correspondent sunlen serfaty on capito capitol hill. reading this report, remarkable. they felt pressure that put lives in danger. >> reporter: there is a lot here. it paints a very damning picture of the trump administration's covid response in the early years of the pandemic. now, this is a report that was done by the house oversight committee. they conducted months and months of interviews with former trump administration officials, and they concluded according to the committee, quote, the trump administration officials engaged in a staggering pattern of
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political interference in the pandemic response and failed to heed early warnings about the looming crisis. these decisions placed countless american lives at risk, undermined the nation's public health institutions, and contributed to one of the worst failures of leadership in american history. and the report here cites many powerful anecdotes where the committee shows based on their investigation where officials were blocked from speaking out publicly, where there was watered down testing guidance coming from the administration, one official according to the committee report said they w wanted to hold a briefing. and the number of pediatric cases going on across the country and this official was specifically blocked by president trump in another case trump was so angered by one briefing that he blocked cdc officials from giving any public health briefings for three
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months afterwards. the report also shines a real bright light on how much agony was going on trump administration officials. some of them who were frustrated and concerned by the guidance they were having to give to the public. dr. jay butler, then deputy director of infectious disease for the cdc, he tells the committee that he was concerned about the guidance that he was forced to give updating mask guidance for communities of faith. he says, quote, to the committee, i was doing a lot of soul searching about whether or not i should agree to make changes in the document, cleartally clearly that was a directive. i felt what had been done was not good public health practice. dr. debbie birx, a covid response director at the time, she talks and tells the committee about how she is purposefully sat out a meet agent the white house, she didn't want to be included in a meeting where there were fringe
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doctors included in that meeting, jim. this paints a very damning picture and notably cnn reached out to the people named in this committee report. we also have reached out to are corroboration of these allegations in this report. jim? >> sunlen serfaty, thanks so much. next hour, the former minnesota police officer charged with manslaughter for the fatal shooting of daunte wright will be back in court. kim potter expected to take the stand today. we'll bring that to you live when it happens. plus, a judge in new mexico issued a warrant for alec baldwin's cell phone in the investigation into the shooting on the set of his film "rust". hear how baldwin's attorney is responding. and i have new reporting this morning about russian troop buildups on ukraine's border. congressman seth moten who just got back, will join me live. what he thinks the u.s. should do to deter russian action. hello, for the last few years, i've been a little obsessed with chasing the big idaho potato truck. but it's not like that's my only interest. i also love cooking with heart-healthy, idaho potatoes.
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former police officer kim potter charged in the deadly shooting of daunte wright during a traffic stop in suburban minneapolis in april is soon expected to take the stand in her own defense. potter, who claims she mistook her gun for a taser, is facing first and second degree manslaughter charges. cnn correspondent adrienne broaddus is outside the courthouse in minneapolis. adrienne, quite a moment. kim potter taking the stand. what do we expect to hear from her? >> reporter: this will be a pivotal moment, jim. it is likely she will tell members of the jury what she was thinking on that day in april. keep in mind, the one question everyone has, only kim potter can answer. why did you confuse the two?
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what led to this mistake? what was going through your mind? she has the opportunity to look members in the jury in the eye and tell them what happened during that moment. she recently spoke with a local reporter here in minneapolis and she spoke with them and she told them the aftermath of that day destroyed her. it is likely we will hear more about that. on the body camera video, which we have seen replayed over and over, you see and hear a distraught potter. and at one point she talks about ending her life, telling sergeant johnson, who was with her, during that shooting, she says to him, no, let me kill myself, it is likely she will talk about that. she also told the local reporter here in minneapolis that she valued the life of daunte wright. and she says she prays for the wright family every day. so expect to see a sympathetic pott ter on the stand. our pool reporter told us she's
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been in the courtroom, crying, that could very well happen today as she recalls what happened on that day in april, jim. >> adrienne broaddus, see how the jury reacts, thanks so much. this morning a judge signed a search warrant for alec baldwin's cell phone. part of the police investigation into the fatal shooting on the set of "rust" in october. they're looking for call logs and photos and videos related to the movie. joining me to talk about the legal implications of this, paul callan, former new york city prosecutor. paul, i know you've been looking at the warrant here. you say it has a lot of unusual detail. what kind of detail? >> yeah, jim, it is a remarkably detailed search warrant. usually a search warrant merely has to establish that there is probable cause to believe that there is evidence relating to a crime on a cell phone or in a certain place.
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this warrant, however, outlines in detail the entire investigation that has been done to date with respect to "the r "rust" shooting. alec baldwin was issued his miranda warnings when first questioned by the police. you usually don't get miranda warnings unless you're considered to be a suspect in a murder case. or any kind of a criminal case. so that's unusual that they would have at that early date issued miranda warnings to him when they spoke to him. but it is full of other details as well. for instance, the armorer who has been the subject of the investigation also has stated that she loaded the gun with five rounds before lunch and then left it with the camera crew and went to lunch and came back and she added one additional what she described as dummy round to the gun before it was handed to alec baldwin. so it is a very, very detailed warrant. >> the significance of that,
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because reading it here, she says she loaded the guns with five dummy rounds before guns checked on set, but then locked up at lunch, and didn't check it again because it had been locked up at lunch. does that get to potential criminal liability here for the armorer to not have checked again after lunch? >> i think it does in a couple of ways because if you read on through the warrant, you'll see that when she says it was locked up for lunch, apparently it was locked up, meaning it was put in an area where the camera crew was, and that this was a high security area because of covid precautions. there is no mention of it being placed in a safe or under lock and key, specifically. so i think that may be an issue of negligence that might be alleged clearly in civil litigation later on and maybe even in criminal charges if they are brought against somebody. >> if it is negligence, whether civil or criminal, how far does that negligence from a legal
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standpoint extend? does it land on the shoulders of the armorer or go to the producers of the film as well? >> well, it certainly could land with the armorer, and i'll tell you, because there is another statement she is quoted as having made that i find to be very, very strange. she describes loading the dummies from a box of dummy loads. these are loads that just don't have the tops of the bullets, the projectiles on them and she says some of the dummies were, quote, wonky. now, i don't know what that means that they were wonky. it is not defined in the quotation area. but certainly that is suggestive if you're putting something called wonky dummies in a gun, that's going to be brought out on a set and fired by an actor, that certainly sounds like a dangerous practice to me. but we'll have to see what else develops. >> no question. notice the difference but didn't act on noticing the difference. much more to learn. paul callan, thanks so much. >> thank you, jim. still ahead, cnn has
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brand-new reporting on russia's latest steps to amass troops near its border with ukraine. congressman seth moulton who just returned from a trip to ukraine says what he saw there was unprecedented. he'll join us live next. ♪ ♪ to all the kisses... ...that led... ...to this one. celebrate every kiss, with kay.
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this morning, cnn learned that russia is continuing to amass more troops near its border with ukraine in recent days. this reporting from myself and my colleagues katie bo lillis and natasha bertrand, despite president biden warning russia's president to de-escalate tensions during their virtual meeting last week.
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according to sources familiar with the intelligence, russia recently sent thousands more troops to the border, and has begun diverting commercial air and rail systems to support the military effort. joining me now to discuss, democratic congressman seth moulton of massachusetts, he's a member of the armed services committee and just returned from a trip to ukraine. congressman, thank you for taking the time this morning. >> good to be here, jim. >> the position the president and the white house has been take a pause in effect, allow time for diplomacy, you had this face to face meeting last week via video conference in which the president delivered warnings, but russia's continued to spend more troops. i wonder from your view is the time for diplomacy over? >> no, i mean, ultimately we want to resolve this diplomatically. but the way that we do that is by convincing putin that the cost of invasion are too high. and so while we're pursuing diplomacy, doing what the administration is doing, we also need to be ensuring that we're
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getting weapons to ukraine, weapons that will make it difficult for putin on day one, that we're getting together with our allies and putting together sanctions that can go into effect the second putin innovate invades. that's what you need to prevent the full scale invasion, something that he has on the table. >> let's talk about the weapons. we know ukrainians have been frustrated with the pace of the lethal military assistance, as have members of congress, democrat and republican. the white house position seems to be let's hold off, that will escalate for now. are you saying those weapons should go now and are you communicating that to the white house? are they listening? >> look, i am communicating this to the white house. i sent them a memo as soon as i got back from the trip. one of the points i made in the memo is that putin doesn't care about provocations because he has a history of manufacturing provocations whenever he wants. so we need to be much less concerned about provoking putin and much more focused on
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deterring him. it is critical vulnerability here, the real weakness he potentially has is his own population. they don't want a long bloody war in ukraine. they don't want to see russian boys coming home in body bags. we need to make it clear to putin that's exactly what will happen on day one if he invades. what does that mean in terms of weapons? things like shore to ship cruise missiles, it means things like perhaps some antiaircraft missiles, things that will blow up russian armor, so that it is all over the news that this is going to be a bloody war from the very start. putin respects power and that's the kind of deterrence that we need to prevent this war from ever beginning. >> speaking of provocations, earlier this week we had the chairman of russia's nationalist party make an alarming and very public threat against your colleague, rubin gallego, advocating for -- your reaction
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to russian politician making that threat. >> i don't make light of this. look, it is completely inappropriate, unprofessional and we take these threats seriously. rubin and i are both marines. i don't think we're deterred by that kind of business. but it is important we remain focused on what is really happening here, not just distracted by these russian provocations. and recognize that putin has all options on the table now. he can continue to apply political pressure to ukraine, he can conduct a limited ed incursion. what i'm really concerned about is this possibility that you are reporting on this morning with the size of the russian force now assembled, he can conduct a full scale almost blitzkrieg style invasion, and i don't think we're doing enough to deter that option. that's the most dangerous option for us in ukraine, and if this is -- if this proves successful
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for putin, who knows what will be the next stop. that's what we got to focus on today. >> to that point, you made that point, talking about the potential for world war iii. if putin does not feel sufficiently deterred in ukraine, that his next target might be u.s. nato allies in the east, the baltic states, for instance. how severe is the threat to them? >> well, we don't know. but putin has made these threats in the past. he clearly has a vision of expanding the russian empire. and i think we have to take that seriously. as some people will be dismiss of this, but every time we made a big oversight in american national security, it is due to a failure of imagination. we never imagined that terrorists could conduct an attack on the scale of 9/11. we never imagined that putin would be able to conduct the largest land grab since world war ii when he took the crimean peninsula about less than ten years ago, and frankly we never imagined the taliban would get to kabul in a week.
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we got to imagine the worst here f there is one lesson we have learned from the last 20 years of war, these wars are much harder to stop than they are to start. >> text messages that show fellow congressmen and women, fellow lawmakers, communicating with the white house and speaking openly about a plan to overturn the election with specific prescriptions there. right. reject the votes from certain battleground states. do you need to see them testify? do they need to be called to testify to answer for those communications? >> they should. i don't need to see them testify to understand how grave this assault is on our democracy. and the fact that it came from colleagues in congress is jjust unbelievably frightening. and americans need to take this
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seriously. they need to take seriously the leading republican efforts to take away their votes. that's the cornerstone of our democracy, jim. that's what we lose if these january 6th perpetrators don't get prosecuted and we don't ensure in a bipartisan way, frankly, that this kind of business can never happen again. >> we'll see if there are legal consequences. congressman seth moulton, good to have you on the program. >> thank you, jim. this news just in to cnn, long time trump adviser roger stone arrived on capitol hill this hour to appear before the january 6th committee for his scheduled deposition. stone's attorney says he will plead the fifth, not produce any requested documents. other news, the fda announced the babortion pill ca be send by mail, ending the requirement that the medication be picked up in person. this comes as texas has essentially outlawed abortion and the supreme court seems poised to undo its abortion rights precedent as it weighs a case out of mississippi.
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picture from new york, a long line there, this is not the only one we have seen. people lining up for covid-19 tests. seeing this around the country a lot right now, particularly as people prepare for holiday travel. holiday travel is expected to roar back to near pandemic records. aaa estimates more than 109 million americans will drive or fly and almost 34% increase from last year. pete muntean is live from reagan national airport. pete, i mean, airlines, are they signaling anything about additional precautions? with omicron, we're certainly seeing, you know, a big bump in new infections. >> reporter: it is so true, jim. airlines aren't taking any new precautions really. nothing different than what they have been doing all pandemic long. they're preparing for this big onslaught of people. united airlines says the busy period starts today and goes through next thursday. it predicts that its passenger loads will be 20% higher than what it saw during the
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thanksgiving rush, we set pandemic era travel records. the tsa predicts 20 to 21 million people will fly between december 23rd and january 3rd. in fact, we just saw 2.06 million people pass through security at america's airports yesterday. that's the highest number we have seen since december 5th. signaling that this holiday rush is really already started. you know, the real question here is whether or not the omicron variant will impact the bookings, airlines say they have tapered off a little bit because of the omicron variant. now ceo scott kirby says cancellations have gone up, but not near as much as the airline saw when the delta variant surged this summer. here's what he said. >> 2022 is go to be a recovery year for the industry. because, you know, we're not past -- covid isn't over yet. covid will never be over. it is still in the pandemic phase instead of endemic phase.
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>> reporter: what is so interesting here, jim, the cdc is now giving out at home coronavirus test kits for free to international air travelers as they arrive in the united states. a trial run right now. the cdc says it is imperative for international travelers to get tested three to five days after arriving in the u.s. only a few airports, chicago, dallas, minneapolis, miami, but the cdc says this could be expanded soon. the tsa is underscoring to wear a mask, if you haven't booked a ticket already, consider flying on christmas day itself. that's when the numbers are the lowest, jim. >> wear the masks. pete muntean, good to have you there. thank you. in the uk, the omicron variant is pushing the country's daily covid infections to the highest level even since the pandemic started. health officials urging more caution, some cases recommending people stay at home as much as possible. also forcing some british businesses to close, not only
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over health concerns, but due to a flood of canceled reservations. salma abdelaziz is live from london. interesting for us to watch there. the uk is often the canary in the coal mine for the u.s. what are the latest precautions from the government? >> reporter: definitely all eyes on the uk as this tidal wave has absolutely hit here. i can tell you just anecdotally from living in london, everybody here knows someone with the virus, is self-isolating or has just been pinged because they have been near a positive case. for two days in a row now, record-breaking case numbers, so what are the new restrictions? they're pretty minimal, especially when you look at the rest of western europe. mask mandates and requirement to show covid passes in big social events. but most social events are being canceled anyways. so many people testing positive. businesses taking matters into their own hands, closing their doors because their staff is calling out sick, and also because of so many cancellations
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and more and more people isolating now, the more and more people who end up at christmas alone. and that's really the concern here. this isn't just about whether omicron is milder. it is about the sheer volume of cases that this country might have to deal with. remember that r number, 3 to 5. that means for every one person infected, they could infect three to five other people. that's why health officials here are worried. they say that it is going to be a couple of week, but we're going to see the positive cases turn into people showing up in hospital. the prime minister, of course, being accused of not doing enough of wringing his hands and leaving it up to each individual to decide whether or not it self-isolate. the accusation there from many people here is this is a lockdown by stealth, jim. >> salma abdelaziz in london, thank you very much. coming up next, the actor chris noth responding to two sexual assault allegations, the latest on why two women have come forward. we'll have that coming up.
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>> reporter: actor chris noth known for his roles in "sex and the city" and "law and order" is denying new allegations of sexual assault. two women approached "the hollywood reporter" months apart accusing him of assault. cnn entertainment reporter chloe malas is joining us. >> reporter: these women who spoke out under pseudonyms in "the hollywood reporter"
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published yesterday said they felt triggered by chris knot for reprising his role as mr. big in the new hbo series "just like that" and that is what motivated them to come forward. two separate incidents, two women that supposedly separately approached "the hollywood reporter," one in new york city in 2015, the other in los angeles in 2004. chris noth is denying the alle allegations. he says, "the accusations made against me by individuals i met decades ago are categorically false. these stories could have been from 30 years ago or 30 kay v days ago. no always means no and that's a line i did not cross. "peloton featured him in an ad the other day that ryan reynolds produced from his production company where his character dies on a peloton.
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they've scrubbed it, deleted it from social media, and it seems as though this is a story not going away. unclear if he'll face any sort of legal repercussions, but, remember, in the midst of the few years since the me-too movement has given so many men and women that courage to come forward and to speak out, so it will be interesting to see what happens, if the new york district attorney's office looks to open this up. same with los angeles. but i'm no lawyer. there are statutes of limitations. it will be interesting to see what happens. >> chloe melas, thanks for following. the ex-cop who says she confused her gun with her taser when she shot and killed daunte wright is expected to take the stand today. >> miss potter, do you still want to testify or have you changed your mind? >> yes, your honor, i'll testify. >> if she is the first witness
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