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dedicated to t.r.'s memory. i think those are the ones we should really focus on in the future and let's hope what goes out in front of the museum of natural history is something that's more palatable to the community that it's really serving. >> michael, thank you so much. i appreciate it. and thank you for watching, everyone. our coverage continues. hello, and welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. ahead on "cnn newsroom," the u.s. delivers a blunt warning to russia. >> if any russian military forces move across ukraine's border, it will be met with swift, severe, and a united response. >> tensions between ukraine and russia are at the highest in years. but did that meeting between washington and moscow's top diplomats do anything to defuse fears of an invasion?
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and slowly coming back. much-needed aid trickling into tonga a week after that volcanic eruption and tsunami. big challenges lie ahead for the pacific island nation. and dangerous conditions. a plane skids off a runway as an arctic blast brings snow and ice to tends of millions of americans. what's next as the huge storm moves up the eastern seaboard. the u.s. and russia have agreed to keep talking for now amid growing fears moscow might be preparing to invade ukraine. u.s. secretary of state antony blinken and russian foreign minister sergei lavrov met for 90 minutes in geneva on friday to discuss the crisis. they left open the possibility of president biden and putin
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speaking again about the situation, but nothing definitive. meanwhile, the u.s. embassy in kiev says 200,000 pounds, that's 100 tons of, quote, lethal aid, has arrived in the country including ammunition for ukraine's frontline defenders. we have more on friday's high-stakes meeting in geneva. >> reporter: with russian forces continuing their build-up near ukraine's border and the u.s. warning that moscow could quickly send significantly more forces to the area, there was a sense of urgency to the meeting between u.s. secretary of state antony blinken and russian foreign minister sergei lavrov. the secretary of state saying the u.s. made clear a further invasion of ukraine would have severe consequences. >> this was not negotiation but a candid exchange of concerns and ideas. i made clear to mr. lavrov that there are certain issues, fundamental principles that the united states and our partners and allies are committed to
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defend. that includes those that would impede the sovereign right of the ukrainian people to write their own future. there is no trade space there, none. >> reporter: the meeting came just after new satellite images seemed to show the russian troop build-up progressing with forces stationed less than ten miles from the ukrainian border, well within striking distance. both russia and the u.s. say washington will provide written answers to moscow next week, replying to moscow's security demands including that ukraine never become a member of nato. blinken has recently called that demand a, quote, absolute non-starter. while russia claims it has never threatened ukraine, the u.s. and its allies say the danger of an escalation is real. russia's foreign minister with an angry response when i asked him. how big do you think right now the threat of war is in europe through some sort of miscalculation with obviously such a large force gathering around ukraine?
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>> transranslator: the state ne needs to analyze how fair cnn is in presenting information and the accuracy of the facts it represents. antony blinken repeated his position on the right to choose alliances. i asked how america is going fulfill its obligation which was approved at the highest level in the framework of the osce along with the right to choose alignses, the obligation does not strengthen anyone's security at the expense of infringing on the security of others. he promised to explain how the united states treats the fulfillment of this obligation. as i told you, this is is not the end of our dialogue. >> reporter: while the u.s. and russia say there will be further talks, russia's military build-up goes on. moscow saying it has now forward deployed sophisticated s400 anti-aircraft missiles to belarus, moscow says for upcoming military drills. both sides also raise the prospect of a possible top-level meeting between president joe
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biden and russian president vladimir putin in the near future. the u.s. saying such a meeting could happen if it were both necessary and productive. fred pleitgen, cnn, switzerland. we have more from nic robertson. good to have you with us. after a 90-minute meeting, no major development, no end to this standoff. the u.s. and russia agreeing to continue dialogue and diplomacy. >> reporter: yeah, and that was the aim of secretary blinken when he went into the meeting. he said he wanted to figure out if russia was still committed to the diplomatic track, and russia pushed and got what it wanted which was their written response. it's been -- to its demands, security proposal as it calls it. that it placed with the united states back in the middle of december. it's been pushing for this written response. so this is an engagement in diplomacy, although the secretary of state's characterizing this not as
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negotiations but a conversation. but the diplomatic track is open. now state department officials say that will be delivered to russia this coming week, and then the next move is to get russia's read on what it sees. although it's been -- the united states has been so clear up to now that the demands russia has made, it's not going to acquiesce on it as we heard in fred's reporting there. so it's not clear what the next step of diplomacy and negotiation yas is going to be. what's clear, the military build-up continues. >> yeah. speaking of that military build-up, there are some 100,000 troops, russian troops on the border of ukraine. russian troops also doing military drills in neighboring belarus. the u.s. sending weapons to ukraine, 200,000 pounds of legal aid. that's on top of britain's anti-tank missiles which arrived earlier in the week.
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this is all far from a deescalation, right? >> reporter: and the united states has supplied javelin missiles to the ukrainian defense force, as well, and experts say these missile systems, the javelin, are effective against t92 tanks. the level of weapons that the united states, the uk and others are providing are not huge, and they are repeatedly described as defensive systems. and just a couple of days ago, as well, the united states gave authorization for u.s.-made weapons systems to be legally transferred from third countries, from estonia, latvia, lithuania, the baltic states, who received them in the past from the united states, for those countries to transfor them to ukraine. and estonia is also providing javelin missile systems. and latvia and lithuania are
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going to provide stinger missiles, a shoulder-launch surface-to-air missile system capable of taking down aircraft helicopters, perhaps even low-flowing jet planes potentially. so ukraine is beginning to get what it's been calling for which is military support that would help it defend itself if russia was to attack. i think the bigger concern here is that continued build-up of ukraine -- of russian military hardware close to ukraine. and sergei lavrov in the meeting yesterday when he came out, he characterized secretary blinken's comments saying that secretary blinken kept pushing about deescalation, trying to make that the main thing. he said it was almost a mantra. and the u.s. position is that if russia has got its talks that it wants now, it doesn't need to have these big military forces on the border creating a threat, creating tensions. that it should deescalate.
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it's very clear that concerns in western capitals, and these are very real concerns now, we heard it from president biden just a couple of days ago, that there's a very, very real concern that russia actually will use this increasing presence of military training exercises close to ukraine in belarus and in russia as a potential jumping off platform for an invasion. and so the allies of ukraine are now supplying weapons. so in this context, yes, you have a build-up of weapons. but the reality is there is a very real expectation of an invasion. and the weapons systems that are being supplied, i don't think anyone estimates that they can stop an invasion, perhaps slow it to let diplomacy kick in again. >> yeah. russia wants a written response to its demands. that is expected to come on monday. we will chat again soon, no doubt. nick rather son for us in
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moscow. -- nic robertson for us in moscow. the u.s. top disease doctor, dr. anthony fauci, is clarifying remarks about when vaccines would be available to children under the age of 5. he said earlier that he hoped it would be within the next month or so. he modified those comments somewhat with cnn's wolf blitzer friday. >> the data are being collected by the companies who will submit it to the fda, and the fda will make a judgment based on the safety and the efficacy. when i said it could be within a month or two or three, we really don't know. i think when people push you, we'll give you an estimate of what you think, i hope it's in the next few months, but i don't know for sure, wolf, because it isn't something that i have privy to the information that will be submitted to the fda. they're going to do the typical good job that they do. they'll evaluate it with great
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scrutiny for safety and for whether or not it's effective. and if those two criteria are met, then it's going to be approved by an emergency authorization. >> well, a study published in the "american journal of epidemiology" found no connection between covid vaccination and the chance of conceiving a baby. what it did reveal, though, is couples in the study had slightly lower chance of conception if the male partner had been infected with the coronavirus within 60 days. the national institutes of health say more research is needed to determine what might be driving these findings. the message for americans from the cdc is very clear -- get your covid booster shot. several recent studies from the agency showed boosters are highly effective at preventing you from ending up in hospital. cnn's omar jimenez has more. the reason this january is
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so dramatically different from last january is because we have the tools to protect people. >> reporter: being boosted has never been more important. >> protection against infection and hospitalization with the omicron variant is highest for those who are up to date with their vaccinations, meaning those who are boosted when they are eligible. >> reporter: one cdc study published friday looked at 88,000 hospitalizations across ten states in december and january when omicron has been dominant, finding being boosted was 90% effective at preventing hospitalization during omicron. only slightly down from the 94% when delta was the dominant variant. so boosting remains the highest protection possible. for those with just two doses, after six months the vaccines were 76% effective against urgent care and emergency room visits, primarily during the delta surge. during omicron, that fell to 38%. for the unvaccinated, new cdc data shows those 65 and older were nearly 50 times more likely
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to be hospitalized last month than those who were boosted. >> these new studies should erase any doubt about the importance of boosters at this point in the pandemic. i think there's been unfortunately so much muddled messaging that made it sound like boosters are a nice to have rather than something that's really essential. >> reporter: so far, less than half of those eligible to get boosters have gotten them. meanwhile, omicron's rapid spread is still straining hospitals which are at a record high and some essential services. entertainment also taking hits like curtains closing for adele's residency in las vegas. >> we've been absolutely destroyed by delivery delays and covid. >> reporter: with vaccinations on the rise and cases beginning to decline in some places, experts hope the country is finally turning a corner. former cdc director tom frieden believes omicron is not to be underestimated. but if you're boosted it's comparable in severity to the
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flu. >> what we're seeing is that the country is essentially building a stronger and stronger wall of immunity. and that wall comes from mostly vaccination but also prior infection. but the stunning thing about omicron is how remarkably infectious it is. >> reporter: and on that infectiousness, data from johns hopkins shows that more than a quarter of all covid-19 cases reported since the pandemic began were reported in the last month. separately, dr. rochelle walensky says those eligible to be boosted but haven't been are not considered up to date on their vaccinations, and that the cdc is looking to pivot language around what it means to be fully vaccinated. omar jimenez, cnn, chicago. some countries are already seeing the omicron wave start to subside. earlier i spoke with dr. robert walker, chair of the department of medicine at the university of the california san francisco. i asked him if there was any
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hope that we could see the same in the u.s. any time soon. >> a tremendous amount of hope. i think when we had saw the south africa curve go up like a rocket and then come down equally quickly the hope was that that would be the pattern that we would see elsewhere. then we saw it in london and the whole uk, and now we're seeing it in -- first in the northeast where the virus hit first in the united states, but now we're seeing it where i live in san francisco. it seems clear that this is what it does -- it comes through a population like a hurricane and goes and takes about a month and comes down and takes about a month, too. and the problems i think as it starts to come down, people may let their guard down. but the risk is still very high until it reaches the bottom of the mountain. so after the peak, you still have a month of fairly high risk until you get to a low-risk situation. >> what could a post-omicron world look like? >> i think it's going to look
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pretty good. i will probably still wear a mask in very crowded places, and i think like in enand the asian countries -- like in japan and the asian country, there's a tradition of some mask wearing on problem transit. i think it will not dominate our lives the way covid has for the past two years. i don't think it's page one of the newspaper or your lead story every day. there still will be covid around, there still is some risk. but if you are fully vaccinated, by which i mean now boosted, the risk that you will get very sick and die and is next to zero. and i think that can allow people to begin going about life as if not quite 2019 but almost 2019. all of us, of course, keeping our hopes up that there will not be a new variant that screws this up again. joining me next hour, my full conversation. still to come, drinking water could become easier to come by in the aftermath of that massive volcanic eruption in tonga. next, why this equipment could
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welcome back. more lifesaving water is now making its way to residents on tonga's main island after a new zealand navy ship delivered a water desalination equipment on friday. drinking water has been pretty scarce since a massive volcanic eruption and tsunami ravaged the nation a week ago, including many water sources. relief for one family, tonga's best-known olympian, says his dad finally made his way home friday. he was nowhere to be found since right after the eruption. the olympian now says his father spent several days volunteering with first responders on a tong an navy boat.
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for more on the situation in tonga, we're joined by dr. frances wolyvoly, nutrition specialist for unicef, and joins us live from fiji. good to have you with us, doctor. >> you're welcome. nice to be with you, as well. >> there is a multinational effort under way right now, there's aid coming from new zealand, australia, other countries set to send more aid in the coming days. what's most critically needed right now? >> from what we have gathered, the assessment data, the main concerns that remains is access to safe and clean drinking water. it's also food security and the effects of the ash coverage from the volcanic eruption, protecting the children in communities that they live in from the ash, from inhaling the ash and the risks to any of the respiratory issues that may come about with them.
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>> talk to us about some of the injuries that could come from an eruption like this and the tsunami that followed. what are you expecting to find with teams on the ground from people that have survived this? >> so far from what we've gathered, it's not as bad as we feared. we've had some minor casualties. there have been three confirmed deaths there. but what we've seen is just some cuts here and there. there's assessments that's ongoing, and as we receive more information we'll be able to assess what's -- what's the needs on the ground. health teams have been deployed to the out islands that have been affected, as well, and they've already conducted outreach and carrying out health services. >> and tonga is, of course, practically covid free. anyone bringing aid is attempting to do it with
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contactless delivery. how is that working out right now? >> yes. so tonga continues to have strict water -- [ inaudible ] tonga continues to have strict water closures. we continue to provide technical support remotely. unicef has shipped some supplies, wash kits and water purification tablets, nutrition supplies immediately, and while we continue to provide technical assistance remotely until they're able to open their borders. during the covid pandemic, we had strengthened the platform of working remotely and provided remote support. and during this response phase, we are just building on that platform that we have developed and strengthened with the ministry of health and the government of tonga in providing remote assistance. >> and it's pretty remarkable to
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think that this was the strongest volcano the world has seen in some three decades, according to experts. that there aren't more casualties given what we're hearing that there's still three fatality and several minor injuries. but i understand there has been a lot of devastation to agriculture and crops. talk to us about the livelihoods, how people are going to be affected going forward, what's going to be needed in the months ahead. >> in the months ahead we can still see that, you know, it remains to be safe and clean drinking water that's needed in almost the whole of tonga. most of the island has been affected. also masks, we have also been packing up supplies and masks to ensure that they're protected from the -- inhale human being the ash that's around -- inhaling the ash that's around. that's a risk that we see. food security's a concern, and
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we've also packed up health and nutrition supplies to be able to support the children and the families in tonga. >> do you know how many people are on the ground right now -- >> we've also gathered from our partners on the ground that a few health facilities have been severely damaged, and we've supported with tents for temporary shift clinics and basic health kits for temporary clinics to be able to ensure the continuity of essential health services to the people of tonga. >> excellent. great work on the ground. doctor with unicef, good to have you with us. thank you so much for your time. weapons shipments, military build-up, now a pledge to keep talking with ukraine. can diplomacy prevent a conflict? we'll look at what kind of security guarantees have been demanded. plus, we'll tell you why some cities in brazil will be
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welcome back. the u.s. and russia have agreed to keep discussing the crisis in ukraine, but there's no sign the military build-up will ease any time soon. the u.s. just sent 200,000 pounds, that's 100 tons of lethal aid, to ukraine for its, quote, frontline defenders. russia has already massed some 100,000 troops near the country's shared border. the hope is that friday's discussions between the u.s. secretary of state and russian foreign minister could lead to a
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diplomatic off ramp. the u.s. will provide a written response next week to russia's security concerns. an official says ukraine may use the promise of diplomacy to buy time. clarissa ward explains. >> reporter: one ukrainian official told cnn it's possible the diplomatic efforts are really just a delaying tactic to allow president vladimir putin to preparation this military invasion, give him a little bit more time, although it's difficult to say. we're hearing a different reaction from the ukrainian foreign minister who said this is positive that the talks are continuing, that as long as these talks and diplomacy does have a chance, that potentially that threat of invasion is somewhat mitigated. >> a senior fellow at the carnegie moscow center and editor-in-chief of carnegie.iu joins us now from the russian
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capital. good to have you with us. >> hi. >> so russia says and continues to say it has no plans to invade ukraine. yet it has enough troops on ukraine's border to launch an offensive. is there an appetite in russia for a war with ukraine? >> look, there is a difference in agendas of russia and of the west right now. as for now, in the west people mostly think that ukraine is the main and the only goal of putin's escalation. as for now, for putin himself, it seems more that ukraine is an instrument to achieve other goals. but if these goals are not achieved, ukraine may be a victim. >> so we have seen weeks of diplomatic talks, and simultaneously a revving up. military action. on top of the 100,000 russian
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troops on the border, russia's holding exercises in neighboring belarus. u.s. and uk are sending in weapons to ukraine. what is it going to take, what needs to happen for a deescalation? >> well, the russian diplomacy is clear, also a bit confusing. clear because they offered two documents, two drafts with the promises the west have to give to moscow in order moscow feel secure. the promises are very difficult to fulfill, that's clear. they are non-starting points as the american officials stressed several times. in the opposite case, in the case of a setback of this diplomatic offensive, it's a big question what russia can -- what russia can do.
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and what can be done in ukraine? would it be a full-scale invasion? would it be minor provocations? would it be a new topic introduced by the state, the russian continent yesterday, the people's republic in the east of ukraine by moscow. >> what is your perspective on putin's mindset given the illegal annexation of crimea almost seven years ago? does he believe that he can get away with taking more territory again? is he banking on a lack of meaningful action from the west? >> look, the base of putin's strategy is that russia is gone and russians -- not just the authorities but the nation is going -- is ready to pay more for its goals in ukraine than the west. and the goals are from minimum
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to having -- friendly and something tied with russia. ukraine to the full merger swallowing of ukraine by russia, it's difficult and less probable. that's the base of the strategy. we are going and we can play more because we need this piece of the planet, this piece of the world more than you. >> so are there adequate deterrents? there obviously has been talk of sanctions, especially threats of economic sanctions, including removing russia from the global banking transaction network known as swift. what sort of moves or sanctions would most likely deter putin? what would have the greatest impact? >> because we never experienced such actions before like cutting out russia from the banking transactions, it's difficult to predict what effect it would
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have on society. russia's veryddit digitalized. people almost stopped using currency. it sounds strange because in many respects russia is technologically behind the west, but in this particular fashion in the sections, online sections and online payments, russia is among the world leaders. so being cut from this system may be very sensitive not only for the companies but for the ordinary citizens besides, of course, the fact we have the young people that are used to this online technologies and the gadgets. from the other side we remember the '90s and beginning of 2000 where no swift existed in russia and everything was in cash and everything was in black market, and people were queueing for things. so at that time in '90s, russia was not the enemy but seemed to
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be a friend of the west. so for those russians who remember, the '90s and the end of the soviet era, the late '80s, it may be not the most difficult things there to live through. again, this is the base of putin's threat between russians, even cut off in case they are cut off swift, remember the worst times. >> all right. fascinating to get your perspective. reporting from moscow, thank you so much for your time. >> thank you for your attention. the u.s. is calling for a deescalation between saudi arabia and iranian-backed houthi rebels in yemen following air strikes that killed scores of people. more than 100 others were wounded when a strike targeted a detention center on friday. dozens of migrants are said to be among the victims.
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the saudis say allegations that they targeted the detention camp are, quote, baseless and unfounded. another reported saudi-led air strike took place in the port city of hudata on the same day. groups saying three children were killed in that attack. the u.s.-backed kurdish syrian democratic forces have reportedly thwarted an isis attack on a syrian prison. the head of the sdf says isis tried to organize a jail break in the northeast city of hasack on thursday. a car bomb exploded outside the prison followed by the terror group attacking the building from the outside. at the same time, dozens of militants staged a riot inside the prison to create a scene of chaos. the sdf says at least 28 isis fighters were killed during the clashes. now to washington where the investigation into the insurrection on capitol hill is heating up. the january 6 committee now has access to all the white house
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records that donald trump tried to block the panel from receiving. that's not the only development that has made it a truly disappointing week for the former president. cnn's jessica schneider reports. >> reporter: the january 6 committee is finally getting access to all 700-plus documents from the trump white house. the handover includes call logs, visitor logs, handwritten memos from the chief of staff, and draft speeches. the latest development in a disastrous week for drum. new york's attorney general ramped up her probe of trump's tax and financial filings, and the district attorney in fulton county, georgia, requested a special grand jury for a criminal investigation. >> i just want to find 11,780 votes which is one more than we have. >> reporter: that phone call from trump to georgia's secretary of state brad raffensperger in early january,
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2021, is just part of the evidence the da is sifting through to determine if there was criminal interference in georgia's 2020 election process. willis is seeking to issue subpoenas and compel the production of documents because she says many witnesses have so far refused to cooperate. meanwhile, new york's attorney general for the first time outlining pick is accusations again the trump organization in a court filing, saying the company repeatedly misstated the value of property and assets, engaging in fraudulent or misleading practices. now the attorney general wants to compel the testimony of trump and two of his children, donald trump jr. and ivanka trump. trump has denied wrongdoing, and a spokesperson for the trump organization says the allegations are baseless. this as ivanka trump has become the first family member of the january 6 select committee is asking to talk to. they sent a letter detail why they they want to meet with her saying she's one of the new can
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reflect on president trump's to have is mind and say why it took so long to instruct rioters to leave the capitol. they also want ivanka to divulge what she heard when trump talked with mike pence by phone the morning of the 6th and fill in details about how fox hosts and other officials were urging trump to school the stolen election -- to stop the stolen election talk after january 6. >> ivanka trump is a critical figure because she was there in the morning. we believe she was there when trump was still trying to twist mike pence's arm. >> reporter: the committee chair, bennie thompson, also telling cnn the panel is looking into trump's involvement in creation or submission of fake electors. our team reported that trump campaign officials led by rudy giuliani oversaw efforts in december, 2020, to put illegitimate slates of electors together from seven states that trump lost to try to overturn the real election results. jessica schneider, cnn,
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washington. well just ahead on "cnn newsroom," in the coming days the french will need to prove that they're fully vaccinated before they can eat at their favorite restaurant. the latest coming up.
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hong kong officials are reporting more than 100 new preliminary positive cases of covid. most of these cases were detected in a housing estate which is under lockdown. on friday, hong kong locked down the housing block for five days after 20 covid cases were reported there. brazil's two largest cities are postponing their colorful carnival parade until the end of april. officials in rio de janeiro and sao paolo say it's due to the cases of covid throughout the country. ireland is lifting majority of its covid restrictions. bars, nightclubs, and restaurants are now able to operate during normal hours
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without the need for social distancing or covid passes. and finally, the constitutional council of france has approved the vaccine passed law which was passed by the french general assembly last week. anyone over the age of 16 will now need proof of full vaccination to visit restaurants and bars, as well, and to take long distance public transport between regions. for more i'm joined from london. left's start with that. firstly, big move in france. this health pass is coming into effect. but also that they're planning to ease some restrictions next month. >> reporter: that's right. there's a two-part approach from the french government lifting up that gradual easing of restrictions from the beginning of february alongside tightening vaccine regulations. so what we can expect to see from the beginning of february in france is relaxation of
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measures on social venues. you will be allowed now to enter those key everyday activities from cultural and sporting venues without showing a covid parcel, though they are still asking people to wear masks indoors. there won't be that strict limitation on the number of people allowed to enter. and they are scrapping outdoor mask mandate. and from the middle of february, we can expect to see further restrictions eased in venues including nightclubs, restaurants, and bars. but as you mentioned, the key here is that france is changing its covid pass. it will now show that you have proof of vaccination. that's what will be required for from citizens in order to access many public venues. it won't be enough now to show that you have proof of a negative covid test as was previously the case. this has sparked a series of protests, and widespread outcry. many now really concerned that they won't be able to access these everyday venues, like you mentioned, just going out for dinner at your favorite
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restaurant without having proof that you have been vaccinated. we've seen other countries go a step further. in austria, they are mandating everyone over the age of 18 to get vaccinated and provide proof of the vaccination. while germany hasn't gone so far as to do that yet, the chancellor has hailed the decision and says that he would like to see something similar brought into force in germany. linda? >> and briefly, the uk said to ease some restrictions on thursday. >> reporter: yeah, coming next thursday, the uk is scrapping its planned measures that have been in force for a number of weeks. that means you won't have to work from home anymore, and the mask mandate and indoor venues is also being scrapped, although the government is saying that organizations have the choice to require the covid pass to show whether or not you've been vaccinated or have a negative test. it's up to those individual businesses and organizations whether or not they want to keep that in place. we've heard from the health secretary saying that this is a
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marathon, not a sprint. that britain is entering its next chapter in the fight against covid-19. and while there are some positive signs in the trends that we're seeing, we do still have to be wary. more than 95,000 new cases reported on friday. more than 17,000 patients currently in hospital. so there is a ways to go before the country can fully ease those restrictions. the health secretary seems confident that vaccines are the way to go, that this is the push forward out of the pandemic. and they can expect to see those restrictions perhaps eased in the coming weeks if these trends continue. of course, omicron proving to be far milder than previous variants we've seen. linda? >> all right. we will speak to you again soon. thank you so much. we're going to take a quick break. we'll be right back. with hepatitis c
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welcome back. movie fans will soon get the long-awaited return of leg lamps and red rider b.b. guns. ♪ >> oh, my god. i shot my eye out! >> you'll shoot you're eye out, kid. ♪ >> ho, ho, ho. >> yes, ralphy is back. the holiday classic "a christmas
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story" will soon be getting a sequel. it will star a member of the original cast, peter billingsley who played the iconic ralphy back in 1983. the sequel will take place in the 1970s as an adult ralphy returns to his house in cleveland street to deliver his kids a magical christmas like the one he had growing up. the movie will be going straight to hbo max, the streaming service owned by warnermedia, cnn's parent company. several east coast u.s. states are under states of emergency this weekend as a mix of freezing rain and snow hits parts of virginia and the carolinas. officials say the greatest icing threat will be along the carolina coasts, including myrtle beach and wilmington. the ice could have a significant impact on travel and bring down trees and power lines. joining me is meteorologist derek van dam. good to see you, derek. what can we expect? >> good morning, linda.
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yeah, you know, it is very treacherous across the carolinas at the moment. and i just want to take you to the raleigh-durham international airport because what happened late friday evening at this particular airport, terrifying for 13 people that were on board this particular plane. one of a -- a delta flight actually skidded off the runway potentially because of the icy and snowy conditions that has moved through the raleigh-durham region. and come back to my computer graphics, and you'll see just the winter storm warnings and ice storm warnings that blanket the entire east coast or at least much of the east coast from georgia through the carolinas into the delmarva peninsula. i want you to see the radar because it's quickly coming to an end. the cold front is advancing eastward i think by sunrise. the precipitation shield will actually be offshore. so snow, ice, and sleet coming to an end here within the next two hours or so for the east coast cities including wilmington, myrtle beach area, charleston. certainly into raleigh, the precipitation has already passed there.
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but nonetheless, the damage is already done. we've had reports of over .3 inch of ice that's accumulated by the national weather service near the wilmington area. here's a future satellite and radar. it is a quick-moving storm, but again, it has caused serious icing concerns. it public very slick on the roadways. avoid travel if you can this morning. and of course, if you do lose power, do not run a generator indoors. and if you do happen to venture out, look out for black ice. any precipitation that did fall is going to flereeze on the grod quickly because temperatures are below freezing. by the way, you just made my heart so warm today learning that the sequel to the movie is coming on hbo max. i am so excited about "a christmas story." favorite movie of my family. >> it really? this is a good weekend to stay home and watch some television, i think. we'll leave it there are for --
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