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hello and welcome to our viewers joining us from here in the united states and all around the world. you are watching cnn "newsroom." i am paula newton. just ahead a british milestone. people can now have a pint in a public garden as england takes a major step on the road to reopening after the latest covid lockdown. the u.s. is struggling with hot spots where cases are rising despite aggressive vaccination campaigns, and then protests
erupted after the officer-involved shooting of a young black man. today is the day that millions of people across england have been be aanticipat. 3, 2, 1, have your first drinks. please come down. >> you see it there, the country has entered step 2 as it eases more of the covid-19 restrictions. as you can see this group could not wait for daylight and got the party started at a public as the clock struck midnight, and owners and customers, of course, are happy to be back. >> knowing how it's going to work out, and we dependant know how it was going to come and it's midnight and freezing cold
and everybody came, and there's not a single table people have not arrived at. >> it's great. really great. more than anything for businesses to survive through all of this, i think that's the real happiness in getting this place back up and running again. >> now in a statement prime minister boris johnson urged everybody in his words to behave responsibly, but he said he is looking forward to a pint in the public garden just like the scene back in 2019. you see him there. then we want to bring in our anna stewart who is in front of a public, i might add. i don't think excitement begins to cut this. this is more than three months of enforced isolation and lockdown, and boom, here we are. what is happening today, anna, what is reopening? >> it's been such a long lockdown. i can assure you i was not drinking at midnight, this public has not yet reopened and will later today and they have spent months trying to get their
outdoor facility ready, and it was snowing a couple hours ago so a very chilly first pint, and outdoor spacing because pubs can only open outdoors and it's the same for cafes and restaurants. it will be a very chilly first pint, i think. this is not the only thing unlocking in england today, and it's really a milestone and you look at the road map of how england will get back to some normal, and nonessential shops reopening, and hair dressers, thank good nness for that, and l shops can reopen today, and that is big news for spending and for the economy, paula. >> yeah, and to that point, and i know how closely you follow this in britain, and how much of a open street revivalal are we
looking at here? >> this is obviously critical, many businesses have been on life support and various loan schemes and for retail we are expecting quite a big shopping spree in the first few weeks because it has been so suppressed, and online shopping is all they have been able to do. not everybody is happy, and particularly in hospitality which means a lot of people have not been able to reopen, and 40% of pubs will be reopening and many of them that don't have such a big area, and many will have to operate at a loss for the time being and 2,000 pubs will never reopen, they did not survive the pandemic. lots of department stores won't be reopening either again, paula, and that's the sad news. i don't think it will dampen spirits today, and i have a feeling even snow won't dampen
spirits when people finally get back to the public and raise a pint with friends and family. it's a big moment. >> hallelujah, we will wait for other parts of the world to get to this point. i notice you said the public was not open, not that you would be having a pint. just want to make that clear. >> well said, paula. >> to hear in the united states where more signs of hope and progress in the battle against the virus, and 187 million people have been fully vaccinated, and that's about 73 million people. experts warn the u.s. should not let its guard down just yet. the cdc reports that for the third straight week new cases and hospitalizations are increasing and michigan, of course, is in the middle of yet another surge. officials there are pleading with the biden administration to send the state more vaccines.
>> vaccine doses and administering them is how we are going to get through this, and michigan is a hot spot and equity means responding where there's the most need and right now the most need is in the state of michigan. >> cnn's pablo sandoval is in michigan. >> reporter: from covid-19 positivity rates not seen since the start of the pandemic to hospitalizations nearing december peak levels, it's not getting any better in the wolverine state. >> with pandemic fatigue and the unique challenge here in michigan with a very sort of anti-coronavirus movement with about half of our population, people who don't want to wear masks and don't want to distance, i think getting vaccine shots in arms is our ultimate defense. >> repeated calls from michigan leaders to the biden administration asking to increase the vaccine allotments
have been not heard so far. >> we are asking for more help and more vaccines. >> hoping to help curb the rise in outbreaks, the governor asked people to skip indoor dining for the next two weeks. but these are only recommendations, insists the governor, not the mandated swe sweeping shutdowns from a year ago. >> what is happening in michigan today could be happening in other states tomorrow so it's on all of us to recognize if we could squash where we are seeing hot spots it's in everybody's best interests. >> a special education teacher wants to see a more aggressive move from the state leaders, perhapses make those requests requirements? >> i think it fell short that she didn't mandate it. i think the reason our numbers are spiked we opened up, schools are back and they have not had an uptick in the sports here. >> other michiganens likelia
fai fair banks. >> she's a rock star. when it comes down to it people will take care of themselves and each other or they are not. >> jordan ross is frustrated that his peers are choosing not to. >> i am seeing a lot of students, you know, they know that, and they are going to florida and that's cunning to me. >> nearly 1,000 covid outbreaks are being traced to michigan are being linked to k through 12 classes. >> we are not able to identify their close contacts. >> and there's the spread of the highly infectious covid-19 variant, some 22 cases identified in michigan although experts say they are likely more. over the weekend michigan state
authorities received word the biden administration will be sending 160 fema personnel here to the wolverine state to assist in administering vaccinations so they have not announced plans to increase michigan's vaccination allotment. pablo sandoval, cnn, detroit. >> i am joined now by an associate professor of molecular biology. thank you for joining us. we just heard the summary of what is going on in the united states and michigan is having a hard time. the vaccine rollout has been nothing short of extraordinary, but when you look at what is going on in the united states even with the vaccine doses distributed, what is the message in terms of the danger of yet another virus resurgence? >> the message is clear that the vaccine alone is not doing the job at the moment because we don't have sufficient vaccine coverage in those areas that have not been vaccinated, and we
see the unfortunate situation we see in michigan. >> there's been a debate with doctors in the united states whether or not there would be another wave of the pandemic. when we take this to the uk and we look at the data that has been out there, it's pretty impressive. right across the board, right? new cases down, hospitalizations down and deaths down. is this vindication for the lockdowns or for the single dose vaccine dose strategy? i guess in comparing the u.s. and the uk, where do you think we are? >> i think it's really important to say it's vindication for the lockdowns. the vaccine is just about starting to kick in in terms of the elderly population and those at high risks that already are vaccinated, and it's essential, i can't underscore it enough that we all do our best to contain transmission and prevent
transmission from happening and no breaching of the rules for just a little bit because that will show up in three to four weeks from now. >> we just had a live report from the uk and there's a sense of euphoria, really. how best to think do you temper that? boris johnson has been clear, and what are your concerns, if any, there might be backsliding now? >> my concerns are quite substantial, actually. specifically, we are anticipating schools to reopen and there are reports that some schools have basically relaxed the measures. the next thing that i am concerned about is how people are going to be huddling up because of the minus 4 temperatures here when they wake up every morning, and if you do go to the public which is a classic pastime in the uk, and it's cold they will huddle up with their friends and this will increase the risk of
transmission, so it's extremely important that we maintain the distance between individuals even if they are vaccinated. i think it's important to highlight the report from israel that came out a day ago that says, you know what, the b.1.1.7 variant, the uk variant actually seems to transmit pretty okay while people have received one dose of the pfizer vaccine and the south african variant is able to infect people who are vaccinated, not hugely but it's still able to infect people after the second dose, and we need to focus on the fact that brazil and south africa present a threat to the rest of the world, and these things if they are given the opportunity to transmit amongst people that have been vaccinated, this is how we do it in the lap in order to adapt viruss to new conditions, and in six months or
a year from now we will be in the same place waiting for the vaccine rollout to protect against the strains that will come up. >> very insightful of what you are saying and to keep an eye on, and we have students going back to school in britain and they will not be vaccinated for long time. thank you for the update this morning. we appreciate it. coming up, an incident at an iranian nuclear facility, and israel's army chief appeared to hint at possible israeli involvement. we are live in jerusalem after the break. people of miryanmar standing upo violence. now to an incidents
nuclear facility and what is being described as a lawmaker as a blackout. iran says nobody was injured and there were no leaks and the timing is likely to stoke tensions in the region. we're following the story from berlin. >> the iranians called of this terrorists actions which strongly indicates they believe some sort of foreign power is
behind the incident that took place at the nuclear reactor, which is one of the main sites in iran's nuclear program. the iranians are saying they believe it's some power that is afraid of what the iranians have been doing and they are afraid of some of the advances the iranians have been making and we know since the trump administration put in place sanctions iran expanded a lot of the nuclear activities and enriching the uranium to a higher grade and on saturday the iranians had their national nuclear day and on this day they unveiled new powerful and more efficient things and a day after this there was an incident at the nuclear reactor, and the iranians say they reserve the right to retaliate and they have not said who they think was
behind it however there are hints from the army chief of israel and he was seeming to indicate the israelis could be behind it, and he said they are watching us, seeing the capabilities and carefully considering their steps. so certainly that could indicate that maybe the israelis were behind this. there were sources apparently in israel that were hinting at that as well. so far, again, it's still very much unclear whether or not it's the case, but of course all of this comes at a very important time for the iran nuclear agreement as for the first time in a very long time, both the u.s. and the iranians are negotiating not face-to-face but indirectly in an effort to try and bring the u.s. back to the deal and bring iran back to full compliance with the deal. >> as we were just hearing from
fred, israel's military chief is hinting at a possible role in the incident and all of this becomes ahead of a meeting between the israel prime minister and the defense secretary later today, and we have more from jerusalem. fred said they hinted at it, perhaps some kind of involvement and that's rare if there was a hint and there's significance at this moment in time when the u.s. secretary was there for a visit. >> time is always significant in these types of events, and in the last few hours the iranians are placing the blame directly at the feet of the israelis, and saying the zionists want to take revenge, and they publicly said they will not allow it but we will take our revenge from the zionists, and this is the iranians placing the blame on
israel for that incident at the nuclear facility. there have been reports in israeli media, and we did have interesting hints from the israel army chief and prime minister netanyahu himself said yesterday the struggle against iran and the situation that exists today will not necessarily be the exists that exist tomorrow. important comments to keep in mind, of course. all of this happening, paula, during the timing of the ongoing talks in vienna that fred referenced between a u.s.-led group of world powers and iran to get to some sort of agreement to curb iran's nuclear ambitions. of course israel is directly opposed to a return of a 2015 style iran nuclear deal saying it will give iran the green light to build up its nuclear
weapons and then we have the u.s. defense secretary lloyd austin at this moment in israel and we just saw him at an air force base and is with a defense minister at this moment and within a few hours we may hear him speak to reporters and he will be appearing alongside netanyahu for a statement later this afternoon, and if he does comment to the incident, it will be closely watched because a question on a lot of peoples' minds is what is the american reaction to the incident, paula. >> yeah, and will give us more hints on what the biden administration position is on this. and then crowds of people marched peacefully in several cities on sunday, and this group in fact in the middle of the night. it happened and one monitoring group says security forces
killed 82 people there on friday. this is incredible. the military is now reportedly charging families to collect the bodies of their loved ones. meanwhile state-run media reports there were new remarks attempting to justify the coupe. puzzling comment from the generals, but i am not sure what else we should expect trying to justify the actions saying they were somehow strengthening the multi-party democracy there. really at this point in time is there a sense that any of this is getting to the military at all in terms of them trying to de-escalate it at all? >> paula, we have been hearing over recent days from the spokesman saying that things were getting back to normal in the country, that soon there would be banks and other things would be fully operational as normal and the protests were
dwindling because people that wanted peace and did not want to come back on the streets anymore, and it's very divorced from the reality of what is actually happening on the streets, and people are still coming out and they are insisting that this is the final battle that they need to come out on to the streets knowing the risks to fight for their democracy. as you say on friday there were more than 82 people killed according to advocacy group aaep, and this was in one place on one day, and they called it a killing field. we did speak to one eyewitness that said many people fled to neighboring villages as it was believed the military was still there as far as sunday went, and they were hunting out protesters. the eyewitness also told us there were bodies piled up in the mortuaries and we have reports of the military taking some bodies as well, and we have the new horrifying development that the military according to the student union at the
facebook saying the military is charging families $85 or the equivalent of to be able to come and collect their loved ones, to be able to bury them or give them their final rights. it's an awful development to think that the military who is responsible for this bloody crackdown is now charging for those bodies to be sent back to their loved ones. what they have said is they believe it's the protesters' fault, they called them rioters saying they are using handmade guns and shields but what we are hearing is the military is using grenades and rpgs. >> yeah, the video we have seen from there has been horrific. thank you for the update. sthaoeuf still to come on cnn, george floyd's family is planning on
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we're closely watching the developing story, and the protests erupted in minnesota after a police officer shot and killed a black man during a traffic stop on sunday. the victim is dante wright according to a tweet from minnesota governor. state officials are investigating the incident and now the national guard will be sent to the area. the shooting happened just ten miles from the courthouse where former officer derek chauvin's murder trial is taking place in
minneapolis. chauvin is charged in the death of george floyd, the former police officer's trial enters its third week of testimony just hours from now. the prosecution is set to call a member of floyd's family to the stand before resting its case, likely early this week. we know a medical doctor that was slated to take the stand on friday will take the stand today, but first a member of floyd's family will also take the stand to remind the jury george floyd was a brother, an uncle, a cousin, a father who was loved. that family member will humanize floyd to the defense and the prosecution, this is a case, but to floyd's family he was so much more. the family member will also be able to speak intimately about floyd's love for his little girl. on the video that has been
widely shared throughout the course of the trial, we hear floyd call out, tell my children i love them. the testimony over the last two weeks which included hearing from top brass from the minneapolis police department and other medical experts including the medical examiner here in hennepin county was painful for the members of the floyd family to hear, but the pain, they say, was necessary, and as we enter the third week of the trial the family is preparing to hear more painful testimony, this time from witnesses the defense calls as the defense will argue floyd died from a drug overdose and underlying medical conditions. in minneapolis, i cnn. a virginia officer has been fired after he and another officer pointed guns and pepper sprayed and pushed a lieutenant
u.s. army to the ground. the officers did not follow department policy. the other officer involved is still employed. the active duty soldier is now suing the two officers. the lieutenant is black and latino. he was pulled over after police mistakenly thought he was driving without a license plate. the traffic stop quickly escalated and was captured on two body cameras and the lieutenant's personal cell phone. now cnn has not been able to reach either officer at this time and it's unclear if they have lawyers. we're also reaching out to both officers and the police union for comment. natasha chen has more on the story. a warning, some of this may be difficult to watch. >> 6:30 p.m. december 5th, 2020. the lieutenant driving in his army fatigues saw flashing lights in his rear view mirror.
he was not sure why he was being pulled over. according to the lawsuit he slowed down and put his blinker on indicating his intention to pull over but did not do so for another minute and 40 seconds, which he later explains was in order to find a well-lit area. >> driver roll the window down. put your hands out of the window. turn the vehicle off. put your hands out the window. >> hearing the different commands while sitting in his car with the seat belt on, the lieutenant began recording with his own far. turns out the officer had not seen the temporary license plate taped to the back window of the brand-new tahoe, and it was decided it would be a high-risk traffic stop, but this was never explained to the lieutenant who for several minutes continued to ask what was going on. >> it's only myself. why are your weapons drawn?
what is going on? >> get out of the car now. >> i am serving this country and this is how i am treated. >> i am a veteran too and i know how to obey. get out of the car. >> what's going on? >> what is going on is you are fixing to ride the lightning, son. >> he thought ride the lightning meant he could be killed. >> i am honestly afraid to get out. >> at this point right now you are under arrest -- you are being detained, you are being detained -- >> you have not told me why i am being stopped. >> two to three minutes in, the officer tried to open the driver's door. in his report he wrote, quote, when i attempted to unlock the driver's door the driver assaulted myself by striking my arm away, but in his own footage
he is not seen striking anybody. his report also says at this point gutierrez gave several more commands to comply with orders or he would be sprayed with the oc spray but no such warnings to be heard, he just sprayed him without having told him what exactly he was being pulled over. >> take your seat belt off and get out of the car. you made it way more difficult than it had to be. >> get on the ground. get on the ground, now! >> can you please talk to me about what is going on. why am i being treated like this? >> because you are not cooperating. >> the officers handcuffed him and stood him back up. he told him his dog was in the backseat and choking from the pepper spray. medics arrived and the conversation mellows. >> what would have been a two-minute traffic stop turned
into all this. >> i was pulling over to a well-lit area for my safety and yours. i have respect for the law enforcement. >> but gutierrez said that was not the problem. >> the problem is, with the media screwing with the race relations with the minorities, i get it. i told you as far as you not stopping because you are not comfortable and you wanted a well-lit spot, that happens all the time, happens to me a lot, and 80% of the time it's a minority. >> while the officers could not understand why he did not get out of the car as instructed -- >> why didn't you comply? >> he said he didn't know why he was being stopped. >> i never have looked out the window and saw a gun blazing immediately. he said he had a conversation with the chief of police and was giving him the option to let this all go. >> no need to get this on your record, and however, if you want
to fight and argue, and i don't mean that disrespect ffully. >> the officer said his life would not be changed with the charge or not, and now with the video of the incident widely shared, all three lives widely changed, politicians weighing in and the governor instructing for an independent investigation. coming up, we are in windsor as britain mourns prince pilhil ahead of his funeral on saturday. my psoriatic arthritis, made my joints stiff, swollen... painful. emerge tremfyant™ with tremfya®, adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis... ...can uncover clearer skin and improve symptoms at 16 weeks.
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we're live in windsor. you know, the royal family in different messages in the last few days eluded to this, but it has to be an incredible difficult time for the queen. >> yes, absolutely. you know, the queen is notoriously tight-lipped and doesn't say much herself and doesn't put herself in the spotlight more than she already is, but her family has been speaking on her behalf, and prince andrew attended a sunday service here in windsor yesterday said the queen described this moment in her life as leaving a huge void in her life, which, of course, makes sense after losing her husband of 73 years. prince andrew also said she's stoic, which is in keeping with the queen's character and she is contemplating one of her daughters in law was also here yesterday and said the queen was
thinking of others before she was thinking of herself, which is also something that is in keeping with her sense of duty and with the character that she displayed throughout her reign. it's a time of grieving for the queen but it's not only that. the queen will have been very busy since friday, the announcement of the passing of his royal highness because she also has to sign off on all the fun fun funeral arrangements. the duke himself signed off on them during his lifetime, but they have to be tweaked and modified for the moment to take into account covid protocols. one obvious illustration of this is the guest list has been reduced to just 30 people, the royal household will have to abide by the same protocols as any ordinary british family, only 30 people, as you can imagine for a royal funeral, that will be hard to defit to
that, and they go down in history, so they have to be managed carefully and you can expect nothing will be left to chance whether it's the protocol -- i want to say that's the easy part in some respect, or the family feuds that may exist at that time and there's an obvious one, of course, the feud that came to life between harry, his wife, meghan markle, and the royal household, and harry intending to attend the funeral of his grandfather. >> thank you so much. now for a tribe in the pacific islands, prince philip's death is difficult because villagers thought of him to be a god. >> pristine beaches surrounded
by turquoise water filled with coral reefs. it's a dream vacation for some, or -- >> one of nine active volcanos on the island nation -- >> the setting of a season of an american tv series, "survivor." one of dozens of islands that make up the pacific nation, it's a place of mourning right now for a prince half a world away. for the past 50 years villagers here have regarded prince philip as a god. prince philip at time known for his off color remarks and gaffes, maintained a good relationship with them over several decades, sending them gifts and some were even invited to the uk, and a tribal chief expressing his sadness over his
death. >> the english people and our people, the relationship is strong. >> anthropologists say there was a legend here in the 60 that a pale-skinned son of a mountain god would travel across the seas and marry a rich and powerful woman. somehow the connection stuck. though the royal couple never visited the island, they did visit other parts of the area in 1974 and were treated to a show of land diving a. local initiation right similar to modern day bungee jumping. prince charles did visit another part in the area in 2018, and whether the devotion to phillip is transferred to his son, perhaps only the gods know.
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thailand's tourism workers are ready to get back to business. officials have allowed a plan to allow vaccinated tourists to skip quarantine and head right to the beach. but there's fear about covid and not enough vaccinations to go around and what is at stake if tourism doesn't start back soon. >> reporter: off the coast of t thailand, the waves on the shore. >> if we have a vaccine, that would be very great news. >> we hope for vaccine. if vaccine is okay, we hope customers will come back. >> the vaccine is the best solution now. >> one of the world's great destinations have left hollow by the pandemic. as soon as they reach herd immunity, the sooner they can welcome back the travelers from
abroad. >> they rely on tourism whether in hotels or taxi drivers, fishermen, it's all connected to tourism. >> he runs the elephant sanctuary, the rules had been a threat to business. >> we are a tourism company and we are not a foundation, and before covid our main income stream would be visitors coming here and enjoying our tours, more than 150 elfuephants left because they had to close. >> fewer than 100 people have died from coronavirus here. the hotels association said the resulting drop in tourism has caused untolled damage. >> we know it's the quarantine. >> the ripple affects go well
beyond this one island, they will go outside of the island and send the income back to their families. and many are planning on the inoculated foreigners to skip the quarantine. >> the fear factor here is quite high. there's a lot of people in thailand that don't want tourists coming here with the virus, and the secret is to get the community vaccinated to a level where we will safe enough with the presence of antibodies in peoples' systems. >> the country has received just over 1 million doses so far for a population of nearly 70 million. with millions more doses on order, the government said it will prioritize tourist
dependent islands hoping to speed up the path to herd immunity. >> it's great to see the light finally at the end of the tunnel. >> he looks forward to welcoming back the tourists that support his 12 elephants. >> now while some holiday destinations are preparing to welcome guests, and some travelers are still trying to figure out how to get there. how will the u.s. and federal aviation system make flying save in the covid era, and airlines will be left to their own devices. here's more of our conversation. >> what will be the same across all airlines are those orders from the cdc. beyond that it's up to the airline and the faa said it's
unto the airline on how they will clean their plans and how often they will clean their planes, and will they help passengers get test results and do they have a program to send travelers certain places, et cetera. the biggest issue on most airlines left on the airline discretion issues is how are they going to enforce the rules. everybody remembers in years past people being dragged off planes and et cetera, and so far it has been kind of hit or miss. some airlines politely say put your mask back on and others have literally dragged people off of planes. that's left up to the airline to decide how they are going to do it other than cdc saying you have to enforce the mask rule. >> sounds like things will get complicated here. do you believe we are about to enter an unprecedented demand cycle for leisure travel especially, and if so what do you think the impact of that
will be in the coming months? >> i think we are and we are already seeing it. i had to travel some for work and have been traveling domestically, no international trips, but traveling domestically, and the bookings and the other passengers on the planes and the airports it's upticking and very quickly. back in december, january, it was you know deserted. now there are a lot of people traveling and there's pent-up demand and other travel industries are making great offers. there's a lot of incentives out there for people to go ahead and put their bags in the car or bags on the plane and go, so there's going to be a lot of pent-up demand. of course there are so many issues nobody has answered yet. what will be the effect of a vaccination card and right now it does you no good and nobody
will take that in lieu of the tests. our list of countries to which you cannot travel to the united states from the banned lists of countries is not the same, for example, as the uk's list of banned countries. the uk is on our banned list, and we are not on the uk's banned list, and that will get tricky for the airlines because if the airlines transport somebody to a country and the country will not take that person the airlines will have to bring them back home. >> our thanks there to cnn transportation analyst for our insights. i am paula newton. i will be right back with more news after a quick break.
thankful landlords are throwing up their doors. we're live in london as england easing lockdown restrictions. meantime, the u.s. economy is boosting for a rebound as the country reopens. the trial of former officer derek chauvin charged in the death of george floyd resumes within hours. we'll tell you next. and keeping a close eye on minnesota where protests erupted afte