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hello. welcome to viewers in the united states and canada who are joining us. i'm paula newton. you are watching "cnn newsroom." the world is ring ing in 2022 after the pandemic. some cities celebrated as usual, while others opted for more scaled back festivities. new york city welcomed the new year with a party in times square. >> seven, six, five, four,
three, two, one! >> some of the images we are used to seeing, but thanks to a huge spike of covid cases, it wasn't the same. audience was capped at 15,000 instead of 60. everyone had to be fully vaccinated and wear a mask. the scaled back celebrations come as the u.s. shatters the average daily case record again as the new year rings in. as you can see from the map, i mean, it is completely red. not much other than red. the u.s. set a record on friday with more than 380,000 new cases. that is the seven-day average. experts are predicting a blizzard of new infections in the coming weeks. officials worry that could lead to a tidal wave of hospitalizations, especially an among children. it is no wonder as covid child
admissions are at a record high in the united states. according to the cdc, hospitalizations among children jumped 66% last week from the previous week. as 2021 ends with a spike in cases, many schools across the united states are already making changes to the spring semester. cnn's leyla santiago has more. >> reporter: with the rapid spread of omicron and students returning to the school in the new year, some districts are monitoring situation. while some of the largest school ci districts are making changes with adults wear masks and you don't see any of them requiring masks of the students themselves. this comes from the same school districts that did have mandates for masks earlier in the year despite the governor's objection. what has changed?
ron desantis banned those mandates and now some of the school board members say they feel their hands are tied when it comes to protecting students from covid-19. >> as an educator and parent, i cannot advocate my belief in the advice of scientists. it is clear to us as it is clear to any single reason able sigh event sigh e s science expert. >> reporter: some are making changes and others are not. the governor will not. the schools will remain open. no mask mandates in place. any student that is tested must have written consent from a parent. leyla santiago, cnn, florida.
the chinese university from hong kong and the hong kong government inquiry into sars is joining me from oxford, england. happy new year to you. we started this year like the last one. i'll put you on the spot at the beginning here. you know, people like the french president are saying this is the year we will end the pandemic. what are your thoughts on this? >> i think i would rather go with the line, paula, by the way, happy new year to you, too. i would rather go with the line that the acute phase of the pandemic could be over which is something that the head of the world health organization director-general tweeted last week. he is optimistic if we get vaccine equity.
if we can get it to the whole world. if we look at the distribution. it is in richer countries and parts of africa and health care workers are not immunized and at risk if they go about their daily work trying to control the pandemic. i think there is optimism. there is optimism because the omicron wave appears to be waning in south africa. it appears we could understand more about it. it is optimism within the bounds of needing to take action and also the uncertainty that always surrounds this virus. >> i wonder where you stand on the variant of omicron. it may be weaker and less menacing variant. do you think this is good news and we will not get further or dangerous variants or is the jury still out on this? >> i think the jury has to be
out, but we are in a much better position than this time last year. if you think about this time last year, we haven't started mass vaccinations. we're now into the third booster and fourth for high-risk groups. i think we have a massive development by the global scientific community sharing the information. information about the virus and about the way it spreads and about that vaccine and the manufacturing of treatment for people who get sick. there is more optimism that omicron can be handled. the problem is it is so transmissible. the figures for the uk yesterday from the office of national stats is it is approximately 1 in 25 people known to be infected. that is over 2 million people infected. some of those people will be unvaccinated and some will be vulnerable. some will end up in hospital. the question is how many will end up in hospital?
that is an unknown. omicron itself can be just a mild disease. if you have large numbers of people, there will be some people more severely infected and need treatment in hospital. and there is the issue of how long does the vaccine work and how well does it work against omicron? at the moment, it is fairly optimistic. it is not as good, obviously. the vaccine is not as good against omicron as delta. it is still effective if you have a booster. hopefully if people get boosted and immunity levels up in the community and continue to take precautions. mask wearing and all of that. hopefully, paula, that will give us optimistic -- to go back to the question, will we get through this okay? hopefully we will. >> it has been nearly two d decades to mitigate the effects
of sars in 2003. why don't we have a truly robust pandemic surveillance system globally right now? >> well, think part of the issue there was sars came and went quickly which meant a lot of the research that we have been able to do having a large number of cases of this coronavirus could not be done. also because it came and went quickly, people didn't necessarily look at the lessons and our report that we produced, we highlighted the need for global pandemic surveillance for being ready for surge and capacity and deal with the pandemic. if you look at the countries most affected by sars back in 2003, countries like hong kong and china were better prepared this time around. i'm hoping from this time having the world gone through the pandemic, there will be a greater awareness to invest. it takes investment.
investment in the science. investment in the capacity to respond and the world won't be caught off guard as it was this time around. >> we have to leave it there. i appreciate the precision which was supposed to unfold. sian griffiths, thank you. i appreciate it. now returning to the top story. the funeral of desmond tutu. driving force of the struggle against apartheid in south africa. he is celebrated from behind the pulpit he preached from at the st. george kcathedral. we will continue to bring you that ceremony and dip into live events there. a fast moving wildfire hits near boulder, colorado fueled by hurricane-force winds. now survivors come to terms with the devastation and describe how they saved their own lives. that's next.
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thursday. it subsided quickly the next day as snow moved in. you are looking at drone pictures and devastation of this. i still cannot believe it. meteorologist derek van dam is watching it from the cnn weather center. you see this all the time up close. isn't that something? >> yeah. you know, this is really a true case of weather whiplash. extreme drought and fire conditions and now snow. the opposite side of the spectrum. what a miracle to see that there was no fatalities from the incredible devastation that occurred outside of boulder. the reason is the parched atmosphere and ground. we had 1.5 inches of snow in the past six months. over 1 inch of rain in denver. the state of colorado with 100%
drought conditions from moderate to exceptional. this is incredible to see how many acres burned some quickly and the structures impacted by that as well. neighborhoods completely devastated with winds reaching over 110 miles per hour. that is category 3 hurricane strength equivalent. you see the shading of pink over jefferson county as well as we head a little to the front range and east of denver, colorado. the snow has moved through. temperatures have dropped dramatically from where they were 24 to 36 hours ago. there is snow on the ground. we are expecting another few inches of snow on top of the 4 to 6 inches that currently blankets the jefferson county region. you see the shading of blue here is where we indicate 4 to 6. look at temperatures. 10 degrees. compared that to temperatures above freezing just a day ago.
then relative humidity that sparked the fires. that is bringing snow across the rockies in feet. a few inches of snow. we will take what we can get to douse the remaining embers. this is part of the larger storm system moving through. you see the continued variation in the weather temperatures for the next few days for denver. back to you, paula. >> thank you, derek. let's go back to south africa and cape town outside st. george's cathedral where they continue the service for archbishop desmond tutu. this is the main ulogy coming up? >> reporter: that is right.
you had the singing of the national anthem and the introduction of the military. the state funeral happening here. so much of this planned by the man himself. he wanted a humble funeral in the tradition of the anglacan church. you see the 100 of the closest friends assembled. here we have the president. >> members of the tutu family, his majesty -- former president and former president hali and
town, leadership of the anglican church of south africa, retired bishop michael, leaders of the faith for the denominations that are here present, leaders and representatives of political parties and general chief of the defense force of south africa and veterans of the liberation organizations and fellow mourners. archbishop, soon after the passing of our father, i went to visit the tutu family and after
that visit, some journalists were standing outside and they asked me will the archbishop be given a category i funeral. i said, of course, it will be a category i funeral. then i added with religious characteristics. and may i say that today, you may well have written another chapter in government orders and processes of what a category i funeral with religious characteristics is. thank you very much. i've just seen it for myself. if archbishop desmond tutu were here, he would have said, hey,
hey, why are you looking so glum? so unhappy? he would have wanted to illicit a smile, a laughter from among all of us. that was the type of person that he was. i'm really delighted that government has been led in this whole process by the church. we had after the passing that this moment would come. and for well over six years, a fire in government has been building up and we have been discussing how are we going to send archbishop tutu on to the next world.
and we took a view we would be led by the church and our brother pleased that government has taken a backseat this time around. it is only a few amongst us, the rarest of souls, who obtain this stature of global icon during their lifetime. in our modern age, this term has come to be associated with celebrity and social media fame. yet, if we are to understand a global icon to be someone of great moral stature of exceptional qualities, and of service to humanity, there could be no doubt that it refers to the man we are laying to rest
today. archbishop desmond tutu was without question a crusader in the quest for freedom, for justice, for equality and for peace. not only in south africa, the country of his birth, but around the world as well. such was the overarching impact and influence that emitus arch bishop desmond tutu has been received as we had from current past presidents and religious leaders and monarchs and lawmakers and political parties and musicians and artists and ordinary people from all corners of the world. climate activists, lgbt-iq plus
groups, movements and community organizes are just some of those who have paid homage to a man who gave his life to the cause of freedom. a humble and brave human being who spoke for the oppressed, the downtrodden and the suffering of the world. in doing so, he walked in the footsteps of his mentor fr. trevor. in the heroic freedoms in our country and in our continent, how fitting is it that his parents named him when he was born. meaning life.
in his life, he enriched the lives of all those that he met and all those who got to know him. over the past week, we've had many moving accounts and we've also seen many images of desmond tutu's life. these accounts and images, in many ways, are a chronicle of the life of activism, statesmanship, ministry . there is one image taken in 1989 at the protest march here in cape town. in the black and white photograph, we see archbishop desmond tutu and the late professor jake alongside him. glaring defiantly at a corner of
police who were armed to the teeth just inches away. their mission, that is the police, was to stop the march from proceeding. it is a striking photograph that captures the steely determination of the arch to challenge the authority of the unjust, illegitimate and oppressive regime. it was a vivid depiction of the confrontation between right, represented by those who were marching for democracy and might represented by the men in the uniform of the apartheid police. that photograph brings to mind the words he spoke following his
arrest in 1988 during a clergy led protest against the crackdown on anti-apartheid groups. bible in hand, he told a news conference he would continue with his defiance. we are not defying the law, he declared. we are obeying god. there is the famous image taken in 1996 during the hearings of the truth and reconciliation commission of the arch. his head bent over foldeds arms. his shoulders weighed down by the deep tragedy and the unspeakable cruelty that was being told of the apartheid crime. the trc had just heard hard
rendering testimony from the veteran activist on how he was tortured by the security police so brutally that he was now confined as he testified at the trc in a wheelchair. overcome with emotion at what he had heard, archbishop desmond tutu dropped his head in his hands and wept. that is a photograph that has gone around the world for all to see. together, these photographs, speak not only of the strength of his convictions, but to how deeply he felt the anguish and the suffering inflicted by others who were perpetrators of injustice and intolerance. there are many images we have of
him speaking to crowds. his arms stretched out as though embracing them and looking serenely up to the heavens. he was a man with faith as deep as it was abiding. for him, opposing injustice, standing up for the oppressed, defying unjust laws was god's work. destiny had anointed him a champion of the immortal cause of justice. he took to heart and lived the words of the book of proverbs. chapter 31:8-9. he says speak out for those who cannot speak.
for the rights of all the destitute. speak out. charge righteously. defend the rights of the poor and the he was not content to decry apartheid at conferences or benefit concerts or international forests. he was there, with the freedom fighters, confronting their regime, and confronting its victims. he was not content to preach about social justice from the pulpit. he was with the homeless, the helpless, the persecuted, the sick and the destitute, in the streets, in the shelters and i