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live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, welcome to you, our viewers here in the united states, in canada, and around the world. i'm kim brunhuber. this is "cnn newsroom." a little more than a week after u.s. president donald trump announced his coronavirus diagnosis, his doctor has cleared him to return to an active schedule. in a memo, dr. sean conley says mr. trump is no longer a transmission risk and meets the cdc's criteria to stop isolating. but there are still so many things we don't know about the president's illness, including whether he's tested negative for the virus. dr. conley's memo doesn't say, and mr. trump wasn't waiting for that information to be made
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public before he started holding rallies again. hours ago he gave an outdoor speech at the white house to hundreds of tightly packed supporters. it was the president's first public event since his coronavirus diagnosis and he said, without evidence, that the virus is starting to go away. >> we'll get rid of it all over the world. you see big flare-ups in europe, canada, a very big flare-up in canada, you saw that today. a lot of flare-ups, but it's going to disappear. it is disappearing. and we're -- vaccines are going to help and the therapeutics are going to help a lot. >> now that memo from president trump's doctor clearing him to leave isolation was full of positive news about the president's condition, but it didn't give a lot of detail. jeremy diamond breaks down what we know and what we don't. >> reporter: the president's physician, dr. sean conley, clearing him for a return to public activities. dr. conley writing in a new memo released late saturday night
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that the president is no longer considered a risk of transmission for this coronavirus to others. let me read you a part of this memo from dr. sean conley where he writes, this evening i'm happy to report that in addition to the president meeting cdc criteria for the safe discontinuation of isolation, this morning's covid pcr sample demonstrates by currently recognized standards he is no longer considered a transmission risk to others. now at day 10 from symptom onset, fever free for well over 24 hours, and all symptoms improved, the assortment of advanced diagnostic tests obtained reveal there is no longer evidence of actively replicating virus. and dr. conley also goes on to say that he will continue to monitor the president's health as he returns to a more active schedule. now president trump, of course, didn't wait for this memo before holding an event on the south lawn of the white house on saturday. the president did stay at quite a distance from the several hundred people who attended this event on the south lawn of the
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white house, but those folks, while they were mostly wearing masks, they were also not observing any social distancing, packed quite closely together just two weeks after that event in the rose garden of the white house that is now considered a super spreader event, and perhaps the origin point for many of those positive coronavirus tests that we have since seen at the white house. president trump needed this memo, though, in order to get some more public confidence in his return to an active schedule, and that is exactly what he is going to be doing this coming week. the president hitting three battleground states -- florida, pennsylvania, and iowa -- this coming week. meanwhile, democratic presidential nominee joe biden is working to win independents and disaffected republicans. he stumped in his birth state of pennsylvania saturday. he also linked america's current economic woes to the president's mishandling of the pandemic. cnn's jessica dean has more. >> reporter: former vice president joe biden campaigning
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in the critical battleground state of pennsylvania on saturday. he traveled here to erie, pennsylvania, in a county that president trump won narrowly back in 2016, and it is tailor made for biden's economic message that he's been delivering specifically to white working-class voters in towns like erie, notably biden touring a training facility at a union hall before giving remarks that really could be described as his bread and butter economic message. >> the top 100 billionaires in the middle of this pandemic, they made $300 billion additional dollars. hear me now? 100 individuals made $300 billion this year. what'd the bottom half get? they got to slide down. because the fact is the president can only see the world from park avenue. i see it from scranton. i see it from claymont, for
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real. you all know what i'm talking about. you all see it from erie. >> reporter: in the meantime, vice president biden's campaign reported that he underwent pcr testing, that's the gold standard covid test on saturday, and that test came back negative. the campaign has said that joe biden will continue to be tested regularly and always when he travels. jessica dean, cnn, erie, pennsylvania. a model that's often been looked at during this pandemic is giving the u.s. a serious wakeup call. the model is based on current conditions. let's look at what those are right now. as you can see, most states are seeing an increase in cases compared to a week ago. at this hour, johns hopkins university has the number of lives lost in the u.s., slightly more than 214,000. the university of washington model projects a total of almost 400,000 covid-19 deaths by february 1st. the model also says that if social distancing mandates are relaxed, that number could easily go over 500,000.
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but that same model predicts if almost everyone in the u.s. wore masks, tens of thousands of lives could be saved. the current case count in the u.s. is more than 7.7 million cases since march. of course, that's a staggering figure, but a former head of the u.s. centers for disease control and prevention says the actual number is likely five times higher. dr. tom frieden speaking earlier at a cnn town hall says that's why so many americans have died. >> the death rate is a fact. it's a tragedy. and we need not to get hardened to the reality that these are health care workers, these are mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters, and it's going on every day. we are having 1,000 more deaths. next month we're going to have 20,000 more deaths in the u.s. but we can turn this around if we understand that it's a matter of learning how to do one thing
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right, which is, follow the science. be guided by the facts. tell people what we know when we know it. work together. recognize we are all connected. you may not get sick at all from this, but you may spread it to someone who then dies or spreads it to someone else who dies. that's why we all have to recognize that we're in this together. there's only one enemy, and that's the virus. >> and dr. julie gerbeding also used to head the cdc. she said mixed messages from public officials are undermining americans' confidence in an eventual vaccine. >> americans can tolerate really tough truths. but it has to come from reliable and credible sources. and i think the other thing is consistency. one of the reasons that we have so much anxiety among americans is they're hearing different things among different political leaders. we haven't cascaded the messages
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from reliable sources. we kind of have a free-for-all, where everyone can invent their own interpretation of the truth. if we want people to have trust in the vaccines, we have to tell them what we're doing and why. we have to explain how we're managing the safety and efficacy evaluation. we need to prepare them for whatever side effects we might realistically expect so occur. then we have to keep them informed as we go forward. >> global health experts say they're very worried about the resurgence of covid-19 cases in europe, even more than in hot spots like the u.s. and brazil. so we're going to go live to our cnn reporters there and from iraq, the story of a family that's finding new hope despite the war, the devastating loe ii and the coronavirus. in performa. memory, focus, accuracy, learning, and concentration.
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u.s. president donald trump's doctor has cleared him to return to an active schedule. in a memo, dr. sean conley says mr. trump is no longer a transmission risk and meets the cdc's criteria to stop isolating. to talk about that, let's bring in dr. scott miskavich, an
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expert in coronavirus testing. let's start with the memo from the president's doctor. we saw he said mr. trump is, quote, no longer considered a transmission risk to others. the doctor cited the result of a covid pcr sample as well as mrna test. what he said was ambiguous at best. what do you make of it? >> yeah, i would say i agree, kim. you know, now they are following guidelines with cdc to say that, if you're ten days into the diagnosis, then one day after no symptoms, no fever, you can be released. we don't go with the 14-day mark anymore. it can be ten days plus one if there are no symptoms. now what most of us are raising our eyebrows at is the pcr. the pcr is so sensitive, if you read the cdc guidelines, you are not supposed to repeat a pcr for
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90 days after the initial diagnosis, and it's because it's so sensitive, it's almost always positive for at least three weeks, probably even up to 45. many patients we have are positive for 90 days after they have it. >> so what about the mrma test? does that give us more clues, then? >> you know, i think they're being very ambiguous, as you've stated. that does not give you the information for you to say that the president is not a transmission risk. the other thing is that test is not used broadly. it's not used by the cdc. it's not used by standard states. to use that as a definition of why he's not a transmission risk, i don't think any of us would be looking at that as valid. >> all right. so if you were in the audience where he was, you wouldn't necessarily be confident that he wouldn't be transmitting? he did give a speech yesterday.
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he's going to hold rallies. he as a fairly taxing campaign schedule. what's the chance of a relapse, and the situation perhaps getting much worse, based on what you've seen with patients, especially ones who are older? >> i think, actually, he's fared quite well. watching clips and looking at the way he's moving and breathing, remember, he would have a lot of shortness of breath and fatigue. i think he's recovered quite well. the chance he's going to have a relapse at this stage most of us would feel is quite low. does he have any other side effects or any other symptoms that we're not aware of? he's not showing us that he does. but again, you know, i would be looking for hopefully at these rallies that people would be heeding the advice of wearing masks and social distancing, because we all have to lead by example with that. hopefully we'll see that from the rest of the people in the audience watching out for that. >> from what we've seen so far,
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that seems unlikely. in that address from the balcony, the president said, it's going to disappear, it is disappearing, which is what he said in february, and as "the washington post" pointed out, more than 213,000 people have died since then. so obviously it's not disappearing. what's your sense of where the country is right now? >> the biggest issue we're all worried about, as earlier in your newscast you talked about the projections from the university of washington, which we all respect, is we're going into the winter season. we go indoors. we don't have open windows. we have rooms where we're all sharing the same air. the flu spreads. we are all very concerned after thanksgiving, christmas, new year's that january and february will be devastating. so unless america really understands to wear the masks even though you're home for the holidays, to do social distancing, to use the right
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ventilation, we could have a very, very serious first quarter of the next year. we're all worried about that. >> all right. we'll definitely be following this. thank you so much for speaking with us, dr. scott miscovich, appreciate it. much of europe is struggling again to control the coronavirus, even though the region once appeared to have largely contained it. some countries are having to bring back strict coronavirus restrictions. one of them is france. on saturday the country hit yet another all-time high in daily covid-19 cases just a day after it broke the previous record. the british prime minister is expected to announce new coronavirus restrictions on monday to try to end a new surge in cases there. so let's bring in cnn's salma aduel aziz who joins us from london. first, melissa bell who's in paris, just give us the latest there. we were talking yesterday about the record number of cases, and
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then today again a new record. >> that's right. it is the third record set this week for france. and of course, the fear with that, as we see more and more people testing negative, and the positivity rate is another interesting figure, 11% now nationally. put that into context, the 1st of september, it was just above 4%. that's how quickly it's risen. as you have that positivity rise and the number of new cases rising each day and week getting worse and worse respect, the effect is knock-on and it will take awhile to filter through, that you get more people entering icu. to give you an idea, we're just shy of 1,500 people in icus here in france who are covid-19 patients. on the 1st of september, it was 26. that's how quickly it's risen. fresh restrictions from saturday here in france. several towns entering the maximum alert zone that we've been in here in paris now for
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more than a week. with those fresh restrictions. the question is whether they will act fast enough, whether they will have effect quickly enough to protect the health care system. what we're hearing from inside is a lot of fear that that may not be the case. >> all right, thank you so much, melissa bell in paris. let's go to salma abdulazeez in london. more restrictions there in england as well? >> well, kim, that is what we are waiting to find out and hear. prime minister boris johnson will be making a statement to the house of commons on monday. this comes after a week of confusion and worry across the uk in which various reports were leaked to the media, various points it was believed there would be new and tougher restrictions imposed, particularly in the north of the country. those did not come through. so much of the country is going to be having their eyes on the prime minister on monday, waiting for him to clarify what the country's position is, particularly after the health secretary said, just last week, that the country is in a
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perilous moment, that tougher restrictions need to be taken if the uk is to avoid a second wave. and the fear and the worry is that the uk government isn't acting quickly enough. again, there's been so much criticism of the handling of how prime minister boris johnson's government has handled this pandemic. again, we're hearing controversy before he's even stepped up and spoken. what we are expecting on monday is a clear set of steps, potentially, that would carve out the country in three tiered levels, depending on the rate of infection and the number of cases in those areas, and that based on your geographic region, you will be subject to different restrictions based on the number of cases and the rate of infection in that area. so all eyes on the house of commons on monday as the country waits for clarification and understanding of what happens next, kim. >> all right, we'll be waiting. thank you so much, salma abdelaziz in london. india is now reporting more
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than 7 million covid-19 cases. that's the most in the world after the u.s. the 7 million mark was passed as the indian health ministry reported more than 74,000 new cases just in the past 24 hours. it also reports more than 108,000 people have died there because of the virus. and brazil has now surpassed 150,000 covid deaths, second only to the u.s. that didn't stop hordes of people from cramming into a department store on saturday, just total disregard for social distancing. you can see the store owner there firing up the crowds. he's a vocal supporter of president bolsonaro, who of course has downplayed the virus. cnn brazil says police ordered the store closed hours later. cnn has been following the story of an iraqi woman through years of hardship as she endured sanctions, war, corruption. then after all that, she's
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recently recovered from covid-19. she did it with the help of her 19-year-old autistic son. she tells arwa damon this pandemic has a lesson for all of us. >> translator: didn't i tell you we shouldn't use black? it's sad. >> reporter: the 19-year-old is autistic. he uses colors, not words, to communicate the depth of his anguish. she can sit next to him now, reassure him that she's okay. after she and her husband contracted covid-19, he had to care for them, a reflection of how dire the situation of hospitals is in iraq. "my first thought is, what if he also catches it? i was scared, i was shaken." i'll never forget when we met, shortly after her first husband was killed in a car bomb in 2007.
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how she spoke in gentle tones about having to identify the love of her life from a photograph of his teeth and a medal pinned to his knee. his body was so charred and melted, along with nine others. how she felt as if she was wearing a cloak of death. that life lost its color, becoming black and white. her son was 6 years old at the time. four years later, she looked transformed. she spoke with pride about how her son usaid had transferred out of the special needs school but that he still carried darkness inside because of the death of his father, a darkness that came out in his drawings. a cloud with rain, painted over in black. "we worked for years to get him away from the black of death. corona brought the black back into his drawings." that in so many ways is the story of iraq.
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a nation whose history is more defined by death and bloodshed than the beauty of its people, the beauty of people like her, fighting for her country's soul. "i always say there is a positive side of any struggle. the positive side is that we discovered that my son has more capabilities than what we thought." she feels as if iraqis as a whole are discovering how strong they are when they come together. "we are saving each other by uniting during covid-19 and not looking towards the government. we could possibly emerge from coronavirus with a great lesson, that we should all be united to find the beginning of a path of light. and that is a lesson for us all." arwa damon, cnn, istanbul. >> great story. iran is mandating masks in its capital, tehran, as the
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country tries to curb a growing death toll from the coronavirus. iran's president announced on saturday that anyone who violates the mask mandate will be fine efined. more than 28,000 have died from the virus in iran, and 195 new deads on saturday along with almost 3,900 new cases. iran is the worst-hit country in the region, and also struggling with an economy crippled by u.s. sanctions. still to come on "newsroom," president trump just lost a big court challenge on early voting in a battleground state. how he's still trying to sow doubt over the integrity of the election. and the latest battleground over voting is the ballot box. we'll show you how difficult it is to vote in texas under a controversial order from the governor. i love audible because it's changed my life for the better.
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welcome back to our viewers in the united states, canada, and around the world. i'm kim brunhuber. a federal judge in pennsylvania has denied a trump campaign effort to make drop boxes in the state unconstitutional as trump continues to spread more false claims about potential voter fraud. cnn's abby philip has more on the challenges voters are facing. >> i'm not comfortable sending my ballot through the mail. come in, drop it off. >> reporter: as millions of voters begin casting their ballots, in person or by mail, the postal service acknowledging
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in court documents there has been a significant drop in first class on-time mail delivery. the usps saying it will increase staffing and make other changes to fix the problem. in battleground michigan, voting is ramping up. so are the worries from voters. >> i want to personally make sure it got handed in. with all the talk of problems with the mail, that sort of thing, i want to be sure. >> reporter: in texas, governor greg abbott is facing at least two separate federal lawsuits after he issued an executive order restricting ballot drop boxes to one per county, because he feels they'll be more secure. opponents say this is no less than voter suppression. >> to make it so that our voters who have disabilities, our elderly voters, have to drive over an hour, more than 50 miles in some cases, to drop off their mail ballot, it's unfair, it's prejudicial, and it's dangerous. >> reporter: millions of voters have just hours left to register to vote for the 2020 general
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election, including competitive states like arizona, florida, georgia, and texas. voting rights groups in florida are scrambling to help some ex-felons get registered to vote before today's deadline by paying off their court fees and fines owed before they can register. already some 2.6 million general election ballots have been cast, according to cnn, and edison research's survey of election officials in 24 states reporting voting data. in six of those states where party data is available, registered democrats make up more than half of the ballots returned. in pennsylvania, ongoing disputes over the changing ballot rules, poll watchers, new voting machines, and the spread of disinformation, are adding to the challenges facing that state ahead of november. some from the president himself. >> they had trump written on it, and they were thrown in the garbage can. this is what's going to happen. >> reporter: today we are learning about a new cybersecurity threat. cnn has obtained an email from the democratic national committee warning campaigns
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about fraudulent team blue take action emails sent by a hacking group with malicious attachments. >> abby philip reporting. saturday a federal appeals allowed governor greg abbott's directive to allow only one location per county for ballot drop boxes to stay in place for now. so for millions of americans voting by absentee ballot, uncertainty and inconvenience have become central themes of this year's election. in texas, that means many may have to travel long distances. ed lauvandera shows us what the face. >> reporter: harris county, texas. 2.4 million registered voters in this county. and if you're one of those voters who is skeptical of voting in person because of the coronavirus pandemic, or you're concerned that the postal service won't get your ballot to the elections office in time, county officials here had set up 12 satellite drop boxes where
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people could drive their mail-in ballots and drop them off at these 12 locations across the county. but the governor of texas has ordered all counties across the state to close all of those down and that they could only have one of those satellite drop boxes open in the weeks leading up to the election. so this is the story of what it will take to get to that ballot box in harris county. it's just after 9:00 in the morning. we are in the far northeast corner of harris county. the only drop box now available in this county is at energy football stadium, which is 45 miles away. but one of the locations that was closed down was just over 20 miles. so it's kind of along the way. so we're going to drive by that location first. harris county, which includes the city of houston, is nearly 1,800 square miles, much larger than rhode island.
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this county building is one of the 11 drop sites that was shut down by governor greg abbott. it took us about 31 minutes to get here. it's where we met peaches sullivan, who was dropping off voter registration forms for nursing home residents. >> people are still worried. why would you risk having people come out even more when they don't have to? especially with the pre-existing conditions that they have. >> reporter: this is a driver you're going to see, almost like a slice of america. you'll see a little bit of everything on this drive from northeast harris county into energy stadium where this drop box location is. of course, critics of the governor say this is really just a masquerade way of suppressing voter turnout, making it more difficult for voting populations in highly democratic towns like houston and austin to be able to safely submit their votes in the age of this covid pandemic. the texas governor says his decision will increase ballot security and help stop illegal
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voting, though there are no widespread problems with voter fraud. so this is the one drop box ballot site in harris county. harris county clerk chris holland says the texas governor's move to close down the ballot drop sites is an abuse of power. >> to make it so that our voters who have disabilities, our elderly voters, have to drive over an hour, more than 50 miles in some cases to drop off their mail ballot, it's unfair, it's prejudicial, it's dangerous. >> reporter: the drive took 1:08, round trip 2:15, about. honestly, it was an easy drive. we caught the traffic at a good time. it was actually relatively smooth sailing, considering how bad traffic can get in this city. >> cnn was first to view a new joe biden campaign ad featuring cindy mccain, the widow of arizona republican senator john mccain. cindy mccain has endorsed biden
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for president. the ad is called "like john did" and makes the case biden is a leader who can cross party lines and unite the country. >> in the senate, they disagreed on almost everything. they'd fight like hell on the floor, then go eat lunch together. because they always put their friendship and their country first. now more than ever, we need a president who will put service before self. >> u.s. leaders are still at a stalemate over a new covid-19 stimulus package. meanwhile, millions of american children aren't getting enough to eat. we'll bring you the story of a mother furloughed because of the pandemic. also ahead, north korea's latest weapon. experts think it could be the world's largest ballistic missile. we'll tell you how powerful it might be. robinhood believes now is the time to do money. without the commission fees. so, you can start investing today wherever you are -
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president trump's latest stimulus proposal doesn't go far enough. while senate republicans are indicating the $1.8 trillion offer is too high. so that makes it all but certain congress won't pass another economic relief package before election day. meanwhile, millions of americans are struggling to pay bills and buy food. according to the hamilton project, 14 million children in the u.s. aren't getting enough to eat. the group says that's five times more than before the pandemic. cnn's kim law reports on a mother of three who was furloughed and now struggles to feed her family. >> wake up, you've got to go to school. >> reporter: the morning routine for rose rodriguez and her three schools. 3-year-old alejandra. >> come on, get up. >> reporter: 12-year-old teri sleep in one bed. 13-year-old yolitza sleeps on the couch. breakfast.
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>> you want this one? >> reporter: is what she scrounged from the day before. >> it's good? yeah? i'll eat whatever is left over. >> caller: everything has changes since coronavirus. >> thank you. my pantry. that's all i have. >> reporter: before coronavirus? was this full? >> everything was full. >> reporter: this was rodriguez at a full-time job at l.a.x. airport. she worked for qantas airlines cargo making thor than $20 an hour. >> i thought everything would be good. i thought, you know what? i have money for my rent, i have money for food, i don't have to worry about the girls' health. so i never thought that wednesday i would show up to work -- no, it wasn't that way. you can lose your job at any time. >> reporter: how about the food? >> the food, that's what we struggle with. >> reporter: tell me about that struggle.
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>> the struggle is sometimes we eat, sometimes we don't. >> reporter: what she manages is cheap, unhealthy food. rodriguez says she's applied for 50 jobs. 30 interviews later, still nothing. her unemployment application stalled, part of the more than 1 million stuck in a logjam in california's system. her car and most of her furniture repossessed. she's months behind on rent. >> when we go to the laundromat, we see homeless washing themselves. one day, if i don't go back to work, i'm going to be one of them. i live check by check. but now, it's not check, it's a box. a box that i have to stretch out for seven days. >> reporter: that weekly box is donated food from the l.a. food bank and salvation army. while her older daughters learn virtually on public school laptops, alejandra gets free child care and lunch at the
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salvation army, too young to understand a virus' impact on her family. >> my youngest, she wants what she sees. but i tell her, i can't. i have to tell her tomorrow so she can forget. >> reporter: every day it's tomorrow? >> yeah, everything's tomorrow. >> reporter: food banks across the country have seen hours-long lines as record unemployment devastates working families. >> we do have peas -- >> reporter: at the salvation army food bank in los angeles, they fed 10 times the number of people as last year. >> it is not like it happened for a week or two weeks. it's been happening for months. even though we try our best to help, we know that we're barely scratching the surface. because we can only do so much with the limited resources that we have. >> reporter: today, fresh food bank supplies mean their shelves are more full. but the joy is short-lived.
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counting down the days to the next food box has begun. >> they shouldn't go through this. they don't have to be worrying are we going to eat the next day? mom has to go look for food. or has my mom eaten? they shouldn't worry about that. i should be working. they should be worrying about school and their futures. it just hurts. >> reporter: tiung law, cnn, los angeles. >> touching story. there are so many more americans out there like that. while millions of americans earn less than they were before the coronavirus pandemic began, billionaires are making big gains. according to a report by the institute for policy studies, u.s. billionaires are the 643 wealthiest americans, adding a whopping $845 billion to their fortune since march.
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that increased their combined wealth by 29% during the pandemic and saw their net worth rise by almost $1 trillion. the top earners include tesla ceo elon musk, amazon ceo jeff bezos, former new york mayor michael bloomberg. globally the wealth of billionaires has reached a new record high, increasing their combined assets to $10.2 trillion. we've got a look at what analysts say could be one of the world's largest ballistic missiles. look at this. north korea unveiled it at a parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of the workers party. south korea reacting quickly, saying it's holding an emergency national security council meeting. a senior u.s. administration official says it's disappointing the north continues to pryer on tithe its "prohibited nuclear and ballistic missile program." our will ripley has more.
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>> reporter: it was back on new year's day, january 1st of this year, when kim jong-un promised to unveil a new strategic weapon. that, of course, was just before the covid-19 pandemic ground the world to a halt and left the hermetically sealed kingdom more isolated than ever. now we're getting our first look at what many analysts believe is that weapon, one of the world's largest ballistic missiles. look how tiny the people are next to it. it's massive. it's carried by an level-axle truck at the climax of an almost two-hour military parade in pyongyang. i've covered these parades many times and they seem to bring out the missiles at the end. they do it for the drama. it is incredibly dramatic. the ground is shaking beneath your feet as they pass by. experts are telling us this missile could potentially carry multiple warheads, only increasing the threat to the mainland united states, despite dozens of love letters exchanged by president trump and kim jong-un, trump's words, not mine. this is the kind of thing that north korea typically would love
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to showcase to the foreign media, including cnn. we get invited in almost every year. this year things are different. the borders are closed due to covid-19, essentially shutting down trade in an already struggling economy, an economy battered by international sanctions over its nuclear program. a widespread covid-19 pandemic inside north korea, keep in mind, they have limited, outdated medical resources. that would be catastrophic. this year we barely saw kim jong-un in public compared to previous years. he disappeared from public view for weeks on end several times, leading to widespread speculation about his health. kim appeared to be back in full form at this military parade, staged in the middle of the night with slick special effects, including a drone fly-by. it was the most dramatic north korean military parade i've seen. perhaps the most drama from kim himself, dressed in gray, he appeared to be crying, sobbing at times, tears rolling down his cheeks as he thanked the north korean people for their hard work during exceptionally hard times. north korea has been battered
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this year, essentially a triple threat. crippling sanctions over their nuclear missile programs, the economic catastrophe of closing their borders nearly all this year because of the pandemic, and natural disasters like a massive typhoon and widespread flooding. things have gotten so bad in north korea, kim did something his father and grandfather never would have, admitted his economic plans were a failure and his people, millions of them, already barely scraping by, are suffering. that suffering was reflected in kim's face and echoed by the audience, as many people could be heard crying along with him. north korea may struggle to produce food and electricity, but they did show the world their missile program is only getting stronger. will ripley, cnn, hong kong. 17 people were killed and 50 injured when a train hit a bus on thailand. the bus was crossing the tracks when a cargo train slam into it. the people on board were on their way to a temple east of bangkok. police and rescue teams are still working at the crash site.
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destruction and devastation. what you're seeing is from the u.s. state of louisiana after hurricane delta made landfall friday night, now categorized as a post-tropical cyclone. the storm knocked out power to one-quarter of the state's residents. it downed power lines and trees and severely damaged homes. luckily no deaths have been reported. heavy rain and flooding were a big problem. delta dropped over a foot of rain on louisiana. the storm has affected other southern u.s. states, putting millions under flash flood watches. thousands of national guard troops are in louisiana helping emergency crews as residents reel from back-to-back storms. cnn's martin savidge has more from lake charles. >> reporter: it turns out hurricane delta was not the destructive killer that had been feared. still, the governor of georgia,
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john bel edwards, says it had a greater impact on the western part of louisiana than they had expected. primarily on the issue of knocking out power. more people lost power than they did during the much more powerful hurricane laura. the governor says at the height of the outages during delta, 25% of all electricity customers in the state lost power. good news, it's not expected to take weeks to restore. the other good news, so far, no deaths have been attributed to the storm, although i'll underline so far. the awful irony in lake charles is this community was so devastated by hurricane laura at the end of august, it's really hard to tell where the damage of one hurricane ends and the destruction of the next storm begins. but we do know there is additional damage here. you know that by the blue tarps which were an indication of families and homeowners starting to make the very basic repairs. now you will find blue tarps torn, shredded, ripped, strewn
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all over lake charles, which means that homes have been damaged again and the homeowners and the people who live in them will have to start all over again. which there are signs they're already doing, relying on the help of their friends and neighbors in their community, again. martin savidge, cnn, lake charles, louisiana. if you're looking for ways to help the victims of hurricane dell ka, go to cnn.com/impact. you'll find a list of organizations on the ground. that wraps this hour of "cnn newsroom." i'm kim brunhuber. we'll be back in a moment with more news. seattle's master chef is in the kitchen
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president trump is clear to return to a public schedule, but this doesn't mean he's tested negative for co-vid yet. coronavirus cases are surging in countries across europe. what's being done about the second wave. we'll explain, and north korea unveils a new weapon during a parade this weekend. live from cnn world head quarters from atlanta, welcome to our viewers in the united states, canada, and around the world. this is "cnn news room". >>

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