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xfinity x1 just got even better, with peacock premium included at no additional cost. no strings attached. the@rallies has co-vid spikes. both battle ground states he visited saturday are seeing rising cases. but donald trump hardly mentioned the pandemic. millions of americans already have made up their minds and cast their ballots. we'll look at what record settling early voting numbers mean for the election. and later, what pandemic? new zealand has 46,000 fans to watch with no masks or social distancing. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. cnn news room starts right now.
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almost 14 million cases of covid-19 have now been documented worldwide since the pandemic began. the virus is spreading unchecked almost everywhere. the global map is glowing with hot spots from the uk to japan. we'll have the late e from europe just ahead. no country has been hit harder than the united states. it only has a fraction of the world's population yet it accounts for one fifth of all co-vid infections and deaths. at least ten dates are reporting record numbers of new cases. that includes michigan and wisconsin. u.s. president donald trump held packed rallies in both states saturday. precautions such as masks and social distancing were largely ignored. addressing the severity of the
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health crisis was not on the president's agenda. instead he continued to attack michigan's governor for trying to shield her state from the virus. his words, incited an ugly reaction. take a listen. >> get your schools open. the schools have to be open. right? [ chanting lock her up ] >> lock them all up. >> the fbi says whitmer was recently the target of a foiled kidnapping plot. she posted this reaction to the president on twitter. this is exactly the rhetoric that has put me, my family, and other government official's lives in danger while we try to save the lives of our fellow americans.
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it needs to stop. one factor pushing president trump to hold the rallies is the poor poll numbers ahead of the election. we get more from joe johns in muskegon, michigan. >> reporter: the president in muskegon, michigan. a battle ground state he narrowly won in 2016 for another make america great again rally on an airport tarmac with a packed audience. this is a state where the president has a running feud with the governor over coronavirus restrictions, but here there was not an overwhelming number of people wearing masks, and there was relativity no social distancing. people were packed in here like sardines. this state does not have a good record right now on coronavirus. in fact, on friday 2000 new cases were reported by the state
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and on saturday about 1800. so far michigan has not turned the corner on the pandemic. joe john, cnn, muskegon, michigan. joe biden has a significant lead in most polls. his campaign is warning supporters not to become kplas it in the final two weeks. >> reporter: as expected, the campaign is putting much of its time, resources and energy into battle ground states and states where they're doing early in person voting. they're seeing some of the same images out of places like north carolina for his part, joe biden will be in durham, north carolina today speaking to voters, telling them to be patient and to get out there and vote. senator kamala harris will be doing the same in florida on monday. she'll make two stops there. biden not out on the campaign trail saturday. neither was harris.
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biden met with advisers from his campaign on saturday. harris for her part, as you know, a couple people within her orbit tested positive for covid-19. out of abundance of caution, they physically kept her off the campaign trail for a few days. she tested negative for covid-19 on saturday. looking ahead again, you have biden in north carolina today. you have senator harris in florida. she'll be there on monday. joe biden will be in pennsylvania on monday. she will be in michigan on tuesday. but wednesday is the big day. that is the day that former president barack obama will be out there campaigning for biden. he's going to be doing that in philadelphia and on a number of democrats are saying if there is one surrogate you want out there stumping for you, that would be the one. >> it's set to be a record breaking year for early and mail-in voting ahead of the
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november 3rd u.s. election. early voting officially beguns on monday in florida. around 2.5 million people have already cast mail-in ballots. about 2.7 million people voted by mail in 2016. more than 3 million mailed ballots have yet to be cast this year. out west in nevada, early voting began saturday in las vegas and elsewhere in clark county. so many cars streamed into drive-in polling locations, officials are calling it a ballot drop off parade. in georgia early in-person voting keeps setting records. more than 1.3 million votes cast by mid saturday. that's more than 130% increase from 2016. but a high turnout isn't always a good thing for people who want quick and easy voting. cnn spent saturday at a busy polling station in georgia. >> reporter: the wait in the
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afternoon shorter than this afternoon. when the doors opened at 8:00 a.m., we saw people who said they had been waiting measure three hours to make sure they could cast their ballot. if you see the fence line that's currently empty, this morning at 7:00 a.m. it was completely full. a lot of enthusiasm from voter who is say it's so important for them to cast their vote. across the state of georgia we're seeing more than a 100% increase combining early in person voting combined with absentee voting compared to 2 6 2016. some first time voters said they're excited to be here. >> we need change in this country right now. honestly, it's important for the younger people to come out. it's our country to run at this point. it's not for the older generation for us. it's us coming up now. >> we talked to her brother who is 23. he said he missed voting in the 2016 election because he made
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the mistake of thinking that the outcome was guaranteed. so he and his family talked to me about how every vote matters. a lot of people with similar sentiments saying the issues driving them to the polls this time include the groovernment e response to the coronavirus pandemic and police brutality. cnn, georgia. let's bring in robert gucci who teaches sociology in england. what is your take on the scenes we're witnessing across the u.s. where americans are casting early voting? what does it say? >> this shows us maybe how voting needs to change and has needed to change for a long time in the united states. through technology and through the postal service, something donald trump was trying to get rid of. but this is showing a lot of
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enthusiasm, and maybe having us think differently about trying to get everything done in such a short time. now, i don't know if that means people are going to want to wait a few days for results. that may need a few more years before we can do that over a few days. this is a good sign for those who want to see the republican and democracy take hold. >> just two weeks until election day. and obviously the sprint is both on for donald trump and joe biden. what strategies are you expecting from both sides? >> donald trump's strategy has been to attack and to make fun and shame. he's going to need to figure out how to balance that out with some policy. it's not just about make america great again like it was the first campaign, and it's not just about the emotion either. certainly that's driving a lot of his supporters. he's going to have to come down
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with more specific policies if he wants to get those people off the fence. and for joe biden, he has to do the same thing. he's been laying low, trying to keep his gaps low and trying to let donald trump make a rukous and react to that. we don't know what kind of president joe biden would be. he needs to step up and tell us more about how he would govern, not just how he would govern differently from donald trump. >> and what about seeing obama on the campaign trail this week? do you think that will be an obvious boost for joe biden? >> well, that's his ace in the hole. right? and barack obama came out earlier for biden. he's been playing it fair in the background quiet, because this isn't barack obama's campaign. this is joe biden's campaign. but it is about time for barack obama to come out and do that
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for harris and biden. but that also might have a bit of a flip side to it. if people start to look at joe biden as barack obama and said, well we didn't want him in office anyway, let's flip back to trump. all this stuff is coming down to what people find as a fundamental aspect of what they want in a president. so it will help, but for others it might just rally even more donald trump support. >> robert, it's been a tumultuous first term for donald trump. support for the president is eroding across the country according to national polls. what do you think trump can do to win back the voters who were with him in 2016? >> well, i do think some of what he might be losing is support among white women. that was a huge push for him in his first election and i think we saw in this last town hall
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debate a softer side maybe to donald trump or how he can try and tone it down a bit. i think for him that might help to keep it softer. not just for women, but in that sense he wasn't attacking the woman sitting across from him which we would hope and expect a candidate to behave that way. for donald trump, that was something a bit new. and i think that response to seeing a lack of support or slipping support from that strong base that he's had. so he's going to have to think about that strategy. at the end of the day, people have to judge him on the way he's treated women in that case. that hasn't looked good. he has to figure out who he is and how he's going to answer to those past times, because in the last few weeks, they have a lot of dirt they could dig up on donald trump and put out on the ads. and democrats have to decide if
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they want to go that route. >> president trump only has two weeks to turn that image around. great to get your analysis joining us from lancaster university in england. pennsylvania nicknamed the keystone state is certainly a key battle ground for donald trump and joe biden. the democrat hopes to return the state back to his column. in one county in particular an intense political dog fight has broken out between the two sides. cnn's chief political correspondent dana bash paid a visit. >> reporter: a line forms outside well before opening. waiting to enter the trump house. a mecca of support for the trump campaign -- his helped deliver his surprise victory. leslie created the trump house
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in 2016 where she pushed disaffected democrats and never before voters to choose trump. >> we gave people a place to come to to believe they could win. >> reporter: now trump supporters show up daily for swag and yard signs and help registering to vote. >> we need trump in there again. i'm 65. i think it's time to register. >> reporter: have you not voted ever? >> no. >> reporter: rural county has seen a surge in republican registrations. they help with that here too. >> changed my registration from democrat to republican. >> reporter: why? >> from what i've seen in the last couple years, i'm ashamed to say i was a democrat. >> reporter: joe biden is ahead in pennsylvania polls. yet, his campaign motto is every vote matters. campaigning here this month which hillary clinton did not in the 2016 general election. >> reporter: it's not an area democrats campaign very often,
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but you're here. why? >> i'm here because like i said, we are not taking any vote for granted. >> reporter: gina is county commissioner here. ten years ago she was miss pennsylvania in donald trump's usa. >> in 2016 donald trump was a fresh face. he was new to politics. everyone was excited. he made big promises. bring back jobs. frankly, donald trump broke those promises. >> reporter: in small town pennsylvania signs matter. trump's are everywhere, big and bold, but biden's are out there too. >> when you see signs like this, it makes the republicans and the democrats that voted for trump in 20 16 realize i'm not alone. >> reporter: a big biden challenge, his supporters are being co-vid careful. >> never did we think we would be needing -- phyllis, head of democratic women of the county organizes from home.
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she's clear-eyed about the democrat's goal here in trump country. >> we can't win pennsylvania for him, but we can add to the total numbers. >> reporter: as for republicans, they never stopped traditional ways of getting out the vote. knocking on doors, walking in neighborhoods in masks and using a gop data driven app to find and persuade voters. >> depending on the voter, we're able to tailor the message on the phone to find out how to target the voter and turn them out. >> reporter: boosting the vote here is critical for trump. how important is it for him to get his numbers even higher than it was four years ago? >> i think we need to increase our voter turnout here for the president to offset some of what might be happening in the south eastern part of pennsylvania. >> reporter: look at the trump house, we look at the log of visits from thousands of trump supporters. what do you think this year? >> my numbers have tripled.
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tripled. four years ago my work was really hard here. i had to convince the voters to vote for the candidate. i had to convince them president trump was the best choice for them. this time i don't have to do any of that. they're all in. >> reporter: whether enough are all in could determine whether trump can overcome the head winds he faces to win pennsylvania and a second term. dana bash, cnn, pennsylvania. >> he'll both -- covid-19 cases could rise as temperatures fall. a look at the data straight ahead. congestion.ating her save it slimeball. i've upgraded to mucinex. we still have 12 hours to australia. mucinex lasts 12 hours, so i'm good. now move! kim, no! mucinex lasts 3x longer for 12 hours.
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new coronavirus virus cases are on the swing up. and officials are worried the cold weather case surge has arrived. we have more. >> reporter: public health officials in the united states are sounding the alarm as cases rise across the country and winter swiftly approaches. as you can see from the graphic ten states across the country recently reported their highest
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single day total of new co-vid cases since the pandemic began. dr. anthony fauci warns that more states are showing bad numbers and if that continues, things could get a lot worse. >> you can't enter into the cool months of the fall and the cold months of the winter with a high community infection baseline and looking at the map and seeing the heat map, how it lights up with test positivity, that is in more than 30 plus states is going in the wrong direction. it's still not too late to vigorously apply good public health measures, and i emphasize without necessarily shutting down the country. >> reporter: what dr. anthony fauci is saying people need to realize the things that kept the virus in the check in the spring are important for the winter. a diligent adherence to social distancing rules and mask
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requirements. without it, fauci says america should be in for a very tough winter. cnn, new york. >> we're joined by dr. peter, an infectious disease at the university of oxford. what's your take on the rallies president trump is holding in states where we are seeing record surges of coronavirus infections? >> it's irresponsible. minnesota has been tracking the outcomes of a rally held there a couple weeks ago and has documented 20 cases among people who attended the rally or counterprotested and likely there are more infections from there. we can very much see the rallies which most people are in close contact and not wearing masks can be super spreader events.
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and they're in places where the amount of transmission is exploding is concerning. >> the white house coronavirus task force urged officials in wisconsin last month and this week to prevent large social gatherings. it's being labeled a red zone with the forth highest rate of cases per capita in the u.s. you have to assume that what the president has been doing is highly dangerous and could potentially be causing preventable deaths. >> it certainly could. it's another example of the white house not following its own own guidance. we've seen a surge in infections and hospitalizations up well over a third in the last week. there's a field hospital that's been set up in anticipation of a crush of new co-vid patients coming, and so we may be starting to see the kinds of terrible scenes that we saw in new york and other places last spring occurring in places like
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the midwest. >> and doctor, the fact that many of the people attending the rallies are not wearing masks even though that is common place across much of the world? >> it's one thing we know works. they are a tool of freedom. the more of us that wear masks, the higher likelihood we cannot lock down. if everybody was doing it, models estimate we could prevent 75,000 deaths with a simple interventi intervention. it's extremely important and the continued politicizing of masks and the talk about so-called herd immunity strategy is dangerous right now. we're just on the cusp of things here. we've seen a wave of cases across much of the country right now. it's different than what we saw before where in the spring where the virus hadn't seeded everywhere. now it really has.
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as we move indoors to the winter, the ongoing first wave could turn into a tsunami. >> i want to ask you about the 70,000 new infections reported in the u.s. on friday. it's the highest number in a single day since july. why are numbers still going up and will it get worse with winter? >> yeah. there are a number of reasons why things aren't going up. the first is we don't have a coordinated national strategy for trying to address the covid-19 pandemic. what we've seen obviously is that as we move into the cooler months of the fall, more people are moving indoors where the risk of transmission is much higher versus outdoors. we've had kids in school, students back in universities. all of these things are starting to drive things up. also if you go back to the spring, most of our cases were concentrated in a few areas. it hadn't, again, seeded some of the midwest and mountain west states to the extent they are now. we're seeing a much more kind of
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distributed surge in infections and a high level of community transmission across almost all the country. that's why i'm worried. i think it's going to potentially get much worse unless we act quickly to turn the tide. >> well, you're in the uk and as we know, cases in europe are arising as are hospitalizations. some countries look the uk have brought in restrictions but will it be enough to stop a new wave? >> i hope so. it's a struggle in europe and the uk. one of the strategies is that of localized restrictions. in hot spots trying to bring in restrictions like closures of bars and restaurants and limitations on gatherings. i hope it will be enough. we have seen sort of an exponential growth in cases in the uk and some other parts of europe. i'm worried that the current measures in place may not be enough. time will tell.
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call today or go online to if you want to see the get even if you want to see moves and counter moves from the best minds in the gam. see you sunday night. rams. niners. on nbc. xfinity is your home for sunday night football. welcome back to our viewers in the united states and around the world. you're watching cnn news room. european governments are skrakling to get coronavirus spread under control. new cases are sweeping the continent. the red in orange show areas where the virus has spread from
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last week at least 10% more than the week before. germany recorded more than 7800 new cases saturday, a new record. the german governor warned the nation is in danger of, quote, losing control in some areas. in italy which was one of the hardest hit nations at the start of the pandemic, there were nearly 11,000 new infections recorded from friday to saturday. that's a new daily high. cnn has reporters covering the co-vid crisis from all angles in europe. let's begin with ben wedeman. >> reporter: for the fourth day in a row italy reported record high daily increases in the number of new coronavirus cases. numbers far higher than what we saw earlier in the year when italy was the european epicenter of the pandemic. yet, deaths remain relatively low from coronavirus.
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still in the double digits. now, we're in naples where the governor of this region has ordered schools and universities to be closed, restaurants have to close their doors by 9:00 p.m. we also had the chance to speak with the region's senior infectious disease specialist who said this area is taking aggressive testing. now all you need is a doctor's referral to test. testing is much more easily available for those who want it regardless of whether they show symptoms. all of it they hope will help stop the latest alarming surge, a second wave in the pandemic. >> after a summer of managing covid-19, france is setting shocking daily records for
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infections. a nighttime curfew is in effect in major cities to try to bring numbers down. melissa bell joins us from paris. why the spike and how do people feel about the new curfew? >> it's been going on for some weeks. we've seen the numbers regularly rising. last week we saw several records broken and again on saturday another record broken. the french president said on national television the trouble is with the second wave, the virus is spread out all over the country, even if there are major hot spots in some big cities like for instance in greater paris. it is the urban centers that are particularly worrying in terms of the pressure that's already being brought to bear on icus. for instance, here in the greater paris region, there are more than 46% of icu beds taken up by covid-19 patients, and those figures threaten the function of the health care system that have led to this
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attempt through curfews to bring the figures down. last night a full night from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., some 20 million french people found themselves ordered to be at home between 9:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. the question is whether it will bring down the massive rises as quickly as it needs to. we're seeing not only the number of new cases rise at daily but also the positivity rate. it's now nationally at 13 .1%. and that for authorities is extremely worrying. from yesterday as well france has been in a state of emergency. so local authorities really can't introduce any further measures they feel are necessary should the curfews not work fast enough. >> melissa bell joining us from paris. great to see you. many thanks. as coronavirus cases continue to rise in northern england, prime minister boris johnson and the mayor of manchester remain at logger heads over imposing additional restrictions.
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mr. johnson has threatened to intervene if there's no agreement. let's go live to manchester. selma, what's the issue? >> reporter: slishl for the authorities this is a risk versus reward. they say the risk to the businesses that would be shut down under the tier 3 restrictions is too high compared to the reward of how much you're bringing the number of infections down. they're arguing a nationwide lockdown would provide all economic support for all businesses impacted and more effective at bringing case numbers down. the prime minister disagrees. look at how this dispute has played out. after an extraordinary act of defiance from the mayor of manchester -- >> we have unanimously opposed the government's plans for tier three. they are flawed and unfair. >> reporter: the city now faces an ultimatum from the prime minister. >> if agreed, i will lead --
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downing street implemented a three tier co-vid alert system to curb a second wave of coronavirus cases. not abiding by the new measures, the government says, means more people will die. but a member of parliament from man chser says it's the prime minister, not the mayor, who is putting lives at risk. >> i'm disappointed. i think they're being incompetent. >> reporter: why won't you implement tier three restrictions? >> of course it's going to help, but it will not be what we need. we need more. that's my first concern, and second point is the impact economically is huge. >> reporter: look around me. this shopping district is absolutely packed. and that's what this debate is about. even under the country, highest level restrictions, pubs and bars shut down. households banned from mixing together. but this would be allowed. that's why some including the
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country's scientific advisers say a nationwide lockdown is needed. it would come with more financial support to help businesses survive the second hit. this pub owner says if he closes his doors under the three tier system, he may never be able to reopen again. >> a local lockdown will not do it. i have no problem with the sharp two-week, three-week lockdown, but this local lockdown will not do it, and the packages for businesses is only peanuts. >> reporter: do you support the mayor? >> i do support him 110%. >> reporter: he is not alone. on the streets of manchester, it's hard to find support for the prime minister. we're asking whether you support the mayor or prime minister on coronavirus restrictions. >> probably the mayor. >> reporte >> the mayor. >> i'm siding with the mayor. >> the mayor. >> reporter: what's your opinion of the prime minister? >> i can't say it on tv.
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>> reporter: while the government remains in a state of paralysis, the virus continues to spread. now, talks between the sides have stalled. there have been no direct negotiations between officials from manchester and downing street since thursday. that member of parliament we spoke to in the report said his personal expectation, there's nothing on the books yet, but his personal expectation is talks could resume on monday, tomorrow. both sides will be taking to sunday talk shows today to be able to hear their arguments laid out. while it's important to remember this is just one city in the uk. imagine having to negotiate each individual region and level. anna? >> yeah. a lot of division. selma, joining us from manchester, many thanks. coming up on cnn, president trump reacts to a horrific attack on a teacher in paris. when we return, what he had to say during a political rally. we have dak prescott joining us. looking strong what's your secret?
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u.s. president donald trump is offering his condolences to the french president after friday's gruesome beheading of a too mucher in paris. mr. trump condemned the attack while speaking on saturday in wisconsin. >> on behalf of the united states, i'd like to extend my sincere condolences to a friend of mine, president macron of france where they had just yesterday a vicious, vicious islamic terrorist attack. beheading an innocent teacher near paris. a horrible thing. they've apprehended nine people, who knows? >> cnn's jim bitterman is in paris with the latest on the invest and filed this report. >> reporter: the french anti-terrorism prosecutor has now added considerable detail to friday's deadly attack on a schoolteacher in a paris suburb.
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according to the prosecutor, the teacher identified as a 47-year-old was knifed to death and decapitated as he talked home from his school by an 18-year-old refugee living in france. earlier this month the teacher led a class discussion about freedom of speech using pictures from the controversial magazine "charlie hebdo" which itself o provoked a deadly attack. at least one father of the school took offense, filed a complaint with police and distributed the teacher's identity on the internet. the assailant gunned down by police posted a message after the attack saying he was responsible. it read, i have executed one of my dogs from hell who dares to belittle muhammad. >> tragic. it's a double victory for new
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zealand. how this rugby match became a symbolic win against covid-19. that's ahead. ly proven ingredients that fuel 5 indicators of brain performance. memory, focus, accuracy, learning, and concentration. try our new gummies for 30 days and see the difference.
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dismanlt your police departments, dissolve your worders, raise your taxes, women, suburban women, you're supposed to love trump. >> u.s. polls show that u.s. president donald trump is deeply unpopular among many women voters and he's aware of that gender gap as you saw, barely more than two weeks before election day. and there's this n. the crowds in washington d.c. and several other cities are the second women's march of the year. some of the people there spoke with melissa. here's why they say they're turning out. >> thousands participating on the second women's march. the second women's march coming in the middle of the covid-19 pandemic. >> we are sicker, poorer. we are scared. we don't see ourselves in the future that is to come. and women are here. we are fired up and fed up and voting trump out of office. >> reporter: protesters required
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to wear masks and observe social distancing. organizers telling people to join remotely if quarantined or join local marches. saturday's event drawing large crowds. >> the world is spinning in opposite directions. whether it's black lives matter or women's rights, it's all connected. >> we want safety protocols on the job. we want paycheck protections. we want it before we go back to work, and that we're going to vote on this issue. >> reporter: saturday's event still a far cry from the 2017 women's march on washington. which may have been the largest single day protest in u.s. history. protesters say they're voicing their opposition to the supreme court nomination of amy coney barrett. >> the process is a sham from start to finish. it's undemocratic, and the majority of the people do not want this confirmation to happen until the inauguration. >> reporter: and with huge turnouts for in person voting, organizers hope to bring a final
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force before the election. >> the late supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg will get a statue in her native brooklyn, new york. it's unveiled march 15th, which would have been the justice's 8 8th birthday. one of the organizers says her spirit will continue to inspire people there for generations to come. rugby's second match wrapped up a short time ago for new zealand. they beat australia 27-7. the real test may have been new zealand versus the coronavirus. more than 46,000 fans were able to watch the match in person after the country's successful effort to halt covid-19. you can see the crowds here better known as'den park, it's also about what you don't see. no masks. no social distancing.
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i'm joined by patrick, a sports writer and columnist. patrick, first, congratulations. that's coming from an aussie. well-done on a win. much of the world in awe of the way new zealand has managed to maintain the coronavirus and they're seeing the scenes, 46,000 people crammed into eden park. do you think the people in the stadium realize the anomaly that this is? >> i think so. you can see there are thousands of people in that stadium. no social distancing, as you say, no face masks. i don't think they take it more granted. i think we do. we can only -- we can look on the internet or read newspapers and see what's happening around the rest of the world which is very different. we are very lucky here in new
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zealand, and to be able to go this afternoon to a rugby match, you know, with 46,000 other people really was a tremendous thing to be able to do, really. >> i think for everyone else, that's live before co-vid. why do you think new zealand has done such an exceptional job in handling this pandemic? >> well, obviously we have an advantage in that we're a long way from anywhere else. a small island nation. but we do have a prime minister who led from the front. she trusted the science. believes in it. she showed incredible attention to detail and also fantastic communicator and basically she got the nation working together to stamp out the virus, and
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that's what happened. last night there was an election, and she won by a massive landslide. nearly unprecedented support she got, and there was a testament to her achievement in leading the country against the coronavirus. >> i wanted to ask about her overwhelming victory and her strategy in fighting covid-19. i'm sure there's plenty of people around the world who wish she had a leader like her. do you think it's because of the way she handled this crisis that led to such a huge margin, huge victory for her? >> 100%. that's it. she obviously is a very good communicator. i think she's known around the world as that now. but every message she gave during the crisis, you know, it was logical. you could believe in it.
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you couldn't poke holes in it. that's how she got buy-in from the public. i have to say tempting fate talking a little bit. it's not over yet, obviously. there's no vaccine or it could still come into the country, but at the moment we're doing a good job, and it's down to her and her public health officials that have done so well, and i think the other side is there's no one in the hospital with co-vid. and so if it did happen to come back, i think we're in a pretty good place to deal with it again. >> that's pretty extraordinary. nobody in hospital with co-vid. as you say, it's not over. and obviously if it was to come back in, then new zealand could very well go into lockdown as it has over the past many months
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but testament to you guys getting on top of this. as for the game, it's not over until the fat lady sings. we'll see you in australia. >> two more tests to go. >> that's right. that's right. this ain't over. patrick joining us from new zealand. great to have you with us. many thanks. >> thank you. well, that wraps up this hour of "cnn news room". i'll be back in just a moment with more news.
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lock them all up. >> donald trump in michigan. focus on jailing the governor han controlling the state's spiking co-vid cases. we'll tell you about the president's battle ground blitz. will it be enough? millions of americans casting ballots in what's shaping up to be a record setting election for early voting. and later, italy faces a growing coronavirus case load. with more cases per day than at the height of the first wave. live from cnn hong kong, welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. "cnn news room" starts right now. >> almost 40 million cases of


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