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a new warning from the u.s. centers for disease control and prevention, while coronavirus vaccines do work, fully vaccinated people who get a breakthrough infection can pass it on. florida emerges as the new u.s. covid hot spot, leading the nation in new adult and child hospitalizations due to the virus. wildfires raging in greece, and as weather conditions worsen, firefighters are in a round the clock battle to protect ancient sites.
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i'm kim brunhuber, this is "cnn newsroom". as the delta variant drive as global surge in new infections, urgency of vaccination finally appears to be sinking in for many americans. daily vaccinations are back up to where they were seven weeks ago averaging about 700,000 per day. gist under half of the u.s. population is now fully vaccinated, but is still far short of so-called herd immunity. new cases in the u.s. are now averaging about 98,000 per day, the highest in sifrksx months. and we're learning more about so-called breakthrough infections among the fully vaccinated. although rare, the cdc says vaccinated people are contagious
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if they get the virus. that is why the agency suddenly updated its mask guidance last week. here is what the head of the cdc told cnn. >> our vaccines are working exceptionally well, they continue to work well for delta with regard to severe illness and death, they prevent it, but what they can't do anymore is prevent transmission. so if you are going home to somebody who has not been vaccinated, somebody who can't get vaccinated, somebody who might be frail, somebody who has co-morbidities that put them at high risk, i would suggest you wear a mask in public indoor settings. >> the u.s. could soon join the wealthy countries forging ahead with booster shots. the fda is working on a national strategy to be revealed in a few weeks. the u.s. hasn't yet recommended booster shots for the already vaccinated. the head of the world health organization asked countries to hold off on boosters until the end the september to get more
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vaccines to poorer countries first, but israel, germany and france and the uk appear to be disregarding that request. moderna says its covid vaccine remains highly effective six months after it goes into people's arms, 93% effective according to a final analysis, but the data do not include efficacy against the delta variant. the company expects to complete its application for full fada approval this month. a former skeptic now fighting for his live has a message for others from his icu bed. travis campbell wasn't vaccinated when he contracted the virus. last night he spoke with don lemon from the hospital. he is struggling to speak, so you will have to listen closely. >> please don't wait. don't procrastinate.
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this is stronger and faster and it attacks those who are not vaccinated or have more medical conditions. i don't want to bury -- a person arthritis can be attacked three times harder. and it is not hard to -- you got to turn not to take the vaccination so your friends don't have to watcarry your bod your wife. >> only will half the florida's adults are vaccinated and cases are spiking back up to levels not seen since january and there is no sign the situation will improve anytime soon. cnn's leyla santiago explains
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from miami. >> reporter: florida the latest epicenter in the covid-19 surge, hospitals are filling up. >> july 1, jackson was treating 66 covid positive inpatients in our hospitals. as of noon today, that number is 320. 385% increase in just over a month. >> reporter: cases are on the rise. >> within the metro atlanta area, we're seeing a significant surge in new cases, nearly 1,000 new cases being reported daily. >> reporter: high transmission in nearly every county. the state leading the nation in the number of adults and children admitted to the hospital. one in five u.s. cases now found in florida at the highly contagious delta variant fueling a record-breaking spike in hospitalizations. and the governor, well, he says -- >> why don't you do your job, why don't you get this border
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secure, and until you cdo that,i don't want to hear a blip about covid from you. >> reporter: a political jab aimed at president biden after -- >> if you aren't going to help, at least get out of the way for the people trying to do the right thing. use your power to save lives. >> reporter: the governor is standing by his executive order threatening to cut funding to school districts that mandate masks, a popular decision among his base. >> this is the same governor t that last year put mandates in place that restricted businesses and he did a number of things in that regard. the only thing that has changed now is his polling amongst his base. >> reporter: some florida school districts are grappling with ways to prevent the spread of covid-19 in the upcoming school years just days away for some. >> we're weighing out the financial impact and we're not dismissing that because we cannot operate without state funds. but at the same time, we really need to provide a safe working and learning environment for our students and our staff.
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>> reporter: and at this school district, students must wear masks for at least the first two weeks. in broward county, schools are mandating marks. in duval, parents have to opt out if they don't want their children to wear a mask. and in a letter, the leon superintendent pleads to not allow pride or politics to cloud our better judgment in protecting florida's youngest students. >> it feels like they are not taking the precautions to keep students who can't get vaccinated or who can still get sick safe. >> reporter: leyla santiago, cnn, miami. the governor of hawaii says state workers must be vaccinated by august 16th or else get regular covid tests. the announcement comes on the same day the state set a single day record for new coronavirus cases.
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the governor said the new rules are a matter of urgency. >> the number of cases and hospitalizations are all trending up, dramatically. the highly contagious delta variant creates a big risk of infection especially for members of our community who are not vaccinated. based on the current conditions, i must take action to protect public health and overt unmanageable strains on our health care. a new poll finds that most americans are in favor of new masking recommendations. according to a quinnipiac university poll released thursday, 61% say the cdc's recommendation that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people living in areas with high rates of covid-19 transmission wear masks indoors is a good idea. just 34% said it is a bad idea. they also found more than 50% of americans say the cdc's
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recommendation that all public school students, staff and teachers wear masks in school regardless of vaccination status is a good idea. despite australia's early success in the pandemic after imposing strict lockdowns, the tough measures didn't stop the delta variant from slipping through. new south wales just reported two straight days of record new cases. kristie lu stout joins us from hong kong. more lockdowns in a kin that is sick of them. take us through why authorities feel this is necessary. >> reporter: because of a reason that we heard in a press conference in the last hour, we heard from the chief medical officer of australia, he said this has continued into a pandemic of the unvaccinated, unquote. lockdowns are now in place. in sydney, in brisbane, in held bourne. over 60% of the 307 lpopulation australia now have to stay at home. victoria has entered its sixth
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lockdown and that triggered angry riots. but the worst is sydney, sydney and new south wailles reporting 291 new locally transmitted cases. so how did it come to this especially in a country that has been hailed as a pandemic success story? from the chair of epidemiology at deacon university in melbourne -- >> the methods we used so successfully to keep returning to covid zero in ace trail i can't while we were trying to roll out our vaccine program have now been defeated by this delta variant. it just moves too quickly for that normal test trace isolated approach to be effective. even with the lockdowns in place, we're still seeing the d case numbers roll on because we can't get ahead of the virus. >> reporter: disease experts say there are two factors driving
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the surgery of the delta variant, one is the highly contagious nature of the delta variant. and they described it as being slippery in nature, it has the qualities to evade and slip past once established and once effective pandemicprotocols, bu pace of vaccination. as we heard from the chief medical officer earlier today, saying about 21% of the total population of australia over the age of 16 have been fully vaccinated but thankfully the pace is picking up. and we also learned that 1.2 million additional doses have been administered in the last seven days. >> some good news there. thanks so much. and china is struggling to deal with new outbreaks fueled by the delta variant. entire cities are under lockdown and officials are enforcing new quarantine requirements for people traveling from areas with rising infections.
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steven jiang is joining me. so the stringent lockdowns just an example of how seriously the chinese government is taking the latest outbreaks even the absolute numbers aren't that massive. >> reporter: that's right. the latest figure we got from the government was 101 new locally confirmed cases recorded on thursday. this obviously pales in comparison to what we are seeing in many other parts of the world, but in this country they hadn't seen this level of infection for months. so across the country local authorities are conducting multiple rounds of mass testing and extensive confidence whenever they see just a handful of cases emerge in their jurisdictions. and increasingly they are reintroducing draconian lockdown measures targeting not just neighborhoods but also entire cities. of course city wide lockdowns are considered in smaller cities. millions of chinese people now again confined to their homes
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and sometimes ill prepared. and also across the country authorities are introducing a very stringent travel restrictions in the middle of the peak summer travel season and we're also starting to hear from evidence occasional authorities that the new school year, start of the new school year could be delayed especially in so-called higher medium risk areas across the country. there are some 200 such locations across china including two right here will beijing, i think that is why i just received an email from my daughter's school that the start of their school year will be delayed by two weeks. so nightmare for many parents, but reflection of the enormous costs with the zero-tolerance policy towards local transmitted cases. but kim, so far no indication that they will change course because from their perspective, it has been working well politically and economically. >> regardless of the cost. thanks so much, steven jiang in bei beijing. the belarusian owe lympian
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it is day 14 of the summer olympics and athletes are aiming for gold in 11 sports including track and field events. the women's football gold medal match between canada and sweden has been moved to later in the day over concerns about the heat. on the hard court the u.s. women's basketball team reached the gold medal game. china, u.s. and japan are leading in the gold metal count with the u.s. ahead in total medals. >> the belarusian olympian who sought political asylum says she feels happy and safe in poland. the sprinter received a humanitarian visa from polish authorities after team bosses
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tried to force her to return home against her wishes. the coaches have now lost their olympic accreditations and have been kicked out of the olympic village. brake blake essig is tracking this for us. why are those coaches being expelled now? >> reporter: yeah, we learned about it in a tweet, the ioc announcing that it is removing these coaches for their roles in the alleged forcible removal of dress tina from the village. it all happened last sunday, the sprinter was supposed to be preparing to make her olympic debut in the women' 's 200 mete sprint and instead she pleaded for help saying that she was removed from competition given one hour to pack her things in order to fly back to minsk. this is after she criticized her coaches a few days earlier on social media for being included to run an event which she hadn't prepared for. while at the airport, she asked
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japanese police for protection and has since flown to poland fearing that if she returned to belarus, she would likely be arrested. here is what she had to say once she arrived in poland. >> translator: my parents looking at all this concluded that upon my return home, i'd either face a psychiatric unit or prison. we know such situations do happen in our country. that is why my grandmother called me and told me please do not come back to belarus, it is not safe for you here. i think it would be safer if you seek some sort of political asylum and either stay in tokyo or somewhere in europe, but not to belarus. >> reporter: she now says she feels safe and proegtected in poland, but also saddened that she was not allowed to compete in these olympic games. according to a statement released by the belarusian committee, she was removed due to her emotional and psychological state, but a claim that she denies. a disciplinary commission has been set up to look into the
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circumstances around this incident and will give the belarusian coaches a chance to tell their side of the story. but for now, they have been removed from the olympic village. >> all right. thanks so much, blake. evacuations are under way in parts of greece as firefighters battle dozens of wildfires. days of intense heat are fueling the flames. six regions have been placed on red alert for extreme fire hazard. the country warns that it is a critical situation saying the high temperatures have turned the country into a powder keg. al i l linda, are they making any progress? >> reporter: they are making some progress, some of the fires have been put out, but the problem is that some have been rekindling and then we have new fires. today it is the first day in this extended heatwave greece has been experiencing that the winds are picking up.
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and we also understand how dangerous this is. where i'm in here in athens, it is a very green area, all around me there is immense devastation, the forest has been completely burned down, houses have been destroyed. and people have been left homeless. i've spoken to plenty of the residents here, they are all still in shock about what has been happening. there are other fires as well burning in greece, there is a huge fire on the island of evia, an island very popular with both tourists and locals as well. and there people have been evacuated by boat. what you have to understand is that there is almost breaking news i would call it every half hour, every one hour, about a new fire breaking out. it is what we're experiencing in greece is just unprecedented. >> that background behind you
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quite striking there to see the extent of the damage, see the houses burnt and everything there. so to get to the cause of all this, the greek prime minister i was reading saying humans are to blame here both indirectly with climate change but also more directly. explain this, if you could. >> reporter: well, there seems to be a lot of speculation on how is it possible to have so many fires break out at the same time and in very much the same areas. of course the mix of really high temperatures that we have been experiencing in greece for nearly a week now in an extended heatwave, a heatwave that we haven't experienced for the last four decades. greece has never had scorching temperatures like this for four decades, so certainly that is a factor. but it is just the timing of some of these fires raises a lot of questions. authorities are looking to see if arson may be behind some of these fires.
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but of course it is still early days to be able to tell. >> elinda, thanks so much. a state of emergency has been declared in parts of northern california as wildfires burn across the state. the measure covers the counties in nevada and fires in those counties have collectively bybyrne burned tens of thousands of acres. extreme drought and high temperatures are fueling a record-breaking fire year in california. and one of the largest in california history is gaining ground forcing more people to flee their homes. the dixie fire is spreading so fast at one point it burned the equivalent of 24 city blocks every minute. the fire has reduced just about all of the historic gold rush town to ashes. what you are seeing there is what is left of greenville. car, businesses and homes all burnt to the ground. officials say four people are still missing.
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let's bring in derek van dam. what you are seeing there, i remember seeing that same scene in paradise a couple years ago, those devastating fires there. what is the latest in. >> yeah, it is also hard to actually comprehend that the same type of natural disasters unfolding on two different continents in such a ferocious way. we have what is taking place in greece, turkey, basically southeast europe and what is happening on the western portions of the united states in north america. but let's start in greece was the fire visuals coming out of the northern suburbs of the capital there in athens is just incredible. since sunday, they have burned over 6,000 hectares of acreage so far. and this is incredible because in 2020, the entire fire season only burnt 10,400 hectares. so really just puts this particular season in context because we still have several months to go of the dry hot summer, typical fire season
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weather months. you can see temperatures there as the reporter just mentioned have been excruciatingly hot, well above average, 10 degrees celsius above average if not more. doesn't look like the heat will relax much anytime soon. a lot of red on this map. and she also mentioned the winds. today that will be a factor, west to northwesterly wind especially across the southwestern portions of greece could gust over 60 to 70 kilometers per hour helping fan and fuel some of those additional fire flare-ups. no rain in this forecast either. and in fact clearo overhead, an it is dry and sunny, not what you want to see with the fires unfolding. in authnorth america, greenvill the town that has been devastated by the dixie fire, at one period we're taking tuesday night into wednesday morning, it burned or scorched over 44,000 acres in a 12 hour people. that is equivalent to the size
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of washington, d.c. it now makes it the sixth largest wildfire in california state history with over 360,000 acres burned so far. this is an incredibly rampant fire set amongst the backdrop of wildfires burning out of control over the western u.s. >> all right. thanks so much, appreciate it. u.s. president joe biden is tackling the climate crisis with a new executive order. the white house announced on thursday a goal that 50% of vehicles sold in america by 2030 will be electric. biden wants to be the first person to drive an electric version of his favorite sports car. here he is. >> you see that sucker over there? zero to 60 in 4.1 seconds and it is all electric. and i want to say publicly, i have a commitment from mary when they make the first electric corvette, i get to drive it.
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right, mary? you think i'm kidding. i'm not kidding. >> and then the president wasted no time taking a lap around the white house in an electric jeep. you're watching "cnn newsroom." just ahead, investigating the january 6 u.s. capitol riots and paying tribute to the police officers who fought off the insurrection. plus iran has sworn in an ultra conservative president whose hard line positions may have major implications for the west. we'll have the latest from tehran ahead. age before beauty? why not both? visibly diminish wrinkled skin in... crepe corrector lotion... only from gold bond. well, would ya look at that! it was an accident. i was— speaking of accidents, we accidentally left you off the insurance policy during enrollment, and you're not covered. not even a little bit? mm-mmm. no insurance. no. when employees can't enter and manage their own benefits
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. welcome back to all of you watching us here in the united states, canada and around the
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world. i'm kim brunhuber, this is "cnn newsroom." u.s. president joe biden is honoring police officers who responded to the january 6th insurrection. he signed a bill awarding them congressional gold medals, highest expression of national appreciation. biden thanked the officers for protecting the capitol but more importantly he said for protecting the constitution. house republicans some saying that they objected to the word insurrection. meanwhile the investigation into the capitol riots is moving forward under the leadership of a single congressional panel. ryan nobles has more on that. >> reporter: the select committee designed to look into the january 6 snirksinsurrectio doesn't have another public hearing scheduled as of yet, but they are still doing work behind the scenes. and what we're seeing is this committee take the full responsibility of looking into everything as it relates to january 6. that means that there are a number of other house committees that already had started that
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work and the select committee now will take that work over. as an example, the house oversight committee had a number of interviews scheduled with members of the trump justice department for instance to talk about what role they may have played in inciting that riot on january 6th. those interviews we're told have been postponed or canceled in some cases, and that responsibility is now going to be in the hands of the january 6th commission. in fact sources telling us basically any part of the investigation by any other committee will be referred to or deferred to that january 6 select committee. now, this is not out of the ordinary. this is something we've seen happen before. for instance during the benghazi investigation, also when the house investigated former president donald trump's tax returns, we saw all these other committees who had done some level of work consolidate it and put it in the hands of the
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january 6 select committee. of course the house not in session right now, a lot of this work being done by staff and behind the scenes. as i mentioned, they have yet to say when that next public hearing will take place. ryan nobles, cnn, capitol hill. new york governor andrew cuomo's office says he will cooperate with the impeachment investigation against him. cuomo is accused of sexually harassing 11 women and creating a, quote, hostile work environment for women. new york's attorney general released a report with the allegations earlier this week. state lawmakers are investigating and offering cuomo a chance to respond. an attorney for cuomo says the attorney general's investigators acts as prosecutor, judge and jury. she says that company know, qu cuomo appreciates the opportunity to submit to the state assembly and that the report omits documents, emails and testimony that contradicts its narrative. the attorney general's office says it stands by their report
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saying it speaks for itself. ebrahim raisi has been sworn in as iran's new president cementing the hard line leadership. the nancy reainauguration comes crucial time for the nation. iran is in the middle of the negotiations on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal as its economy suffers under u.s. sanctions. raisi called for lifting those sanctions. but as fred pleitgen explains, he also wants to try new approaches. >> reporter: iran's new president ebrahim raisi certainly gave a very confident and bold speech during his inauguration. there were several factors, one was iran's economy where it seems that iran could be embarking in a new direction than the one that we saw from the rouhani administration which will concentrate less on trying
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to mend ties, and more on trade here in the region. raisi kept talking about trying to establish better ties with countries in the region specifically iran's neighbors but also countries in africa for instance as well. raisi did say that there is going to continue to be a very bold foreign policy on the part of iran and he says he believes that is a good thing for the region. >> the islamic republic's power in the region creates security. our regional capabilities support stability and peace in various nations. and it will only be used to fight hegemonic powers. the nuclear program of the islamic republic is completely peaceful. >> reporter: but of course despite all this sanctions relief is something that is still very important to the
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iranians and certainly something that would be quite necessary to jump-start the economy. one of the things that raisi also said, that he would support negotiations to try to get rid of those sanctions. and of course one of the things that that seems to indicate is that the iranians and this new administration will support negotiations to try to jump-start the iran nuclear agreement. so far it seems as the negotiations are at an impasse. iranians say they want to bring the u.s. back and they want to come in come compliance, but raisi says he doesn't want to do that at any cost. fred pleitgen, cnn, tehran. the u.s. is urging forces to protect ethiopia's extraordinary town after fighters captured the world heritage site, it is a holy site for millions of orthodox christians and home to almost a dozen medieval churches.
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larry, we don't lose focus on the human costs, but there are other concerns as well. so explain why. >> reporter: it is home to 11 medieval monolith thick churches that were carved from rock and many people make pilgrimages to this part. and this speaks to the worried development in the north of the country where the conflict as been running since november. and now the forces have crossed into this neighboring region and people are reported to be fleeing. eyewitnesses reported seeing and he hearing tigraya being spoken. and now this warning from a lot
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of people internationally concerned about the danger to this important area. this is a spokesman from the state department. >> we've seen the reports that tig grayian forces have taken lalibela, we call on the tpf to protect the heritage and to end the violence. >> reporter: only reason we're tal talking about lally bella is because of this war where more than 2 million people are already displaced, thousands have died within this battle of the tig grayian forces who were in charge for 27 years and the federal government forces reported in that region as well, as well as some armed groups from the neighboring regions and now this latest development. we have reached out to the government and are waiting to hear a response. it is difficult because communications appears to be
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down, it is difficult to access this area. >> thanks so much, larry madowo. still ahead, messi on the move. the football legend is leaving barcelona, alledgedly what the club says is behind the decision. and you could almost call the tokyo games the women's olympics at least as far as team usa is concerned. a break down of the medals, ahead.
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argentine soccer legend messi is parting ways with barcelona. both sides reached an agreement to renew his contract, but financial and structural obstacles got in the way. patrick snell is here with more. so patrick, supporters of every
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soccer club on the planet are now busy photo shopping pictures of messi in their club's kit apparently now that he's up for grabs. there must be more to this than meets the eye. >> and a lot of it is playing out in the world of high finance. this is a situation that we can't real didn't really think it was coming. messi had struck a new five year deal. and i can tell you in fact in around 15, 16 minutes from right now, we are expecting to be hearing from the club president of barcelona who has a press conference scheduled. so we should learn more on this evolving situation. now, back story to all of this really, catalans revealing on thursday that the #34 who is a free agent will be leaving. this despite both parties having reached agreement on a new contract. this due to financial and structural obstacles per the
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club, those words are key to all of this. the south american widely regarded just for context here, no question about this, one of the sport's all-time greats. he seemedly agreed to that deal on reduced wages earlier in the summer, but under fair play rules the club also basically knowing that it had to do its part, had to restructure financially. so there will be huge scrutiny on all of that. messi the club's all-team leading scorer has amassed a huge tally of goals, 672. and a glittering trophy cabinet he has. so it is pretty obvious -- and that is more than any other player in history. let's break down the statement we got from barcelona on thursday. this is part of it. as a result of the situation,
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messi shall not be staying on at the fc barbarcelona, both parti deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club will not be pfulfilled and wish him the best for the future in his personal and professional life. so if he is indeed leaving, and i use the word if, could his next destination maybe be the french capital? you can never discount paris. they are coached by his comp compatriot. or how about man city. but remember, british record $141 million was spent on zach
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grelich. and perhaps a return to his club in argentina where it all began for him. or maybe he will just stay put at barcelona. it is a fascinating situation and one that we have not heard the last on this i can tell you. and we should learn more as i say in about 13, 14 minutes from right now once that presser gets going. we'll keep you posted of course right here on cnn. >> messi to arsenal, that is all i heard from what you said. >> it is funny, in earlier hours michael holmes owas saying mess to tottenham. >> not going to happen. patrick snell, appreciate it. u.s. athletes are taking the olympics by storm. earlier the beach duo minted another top prize for their team by defeating australian seem and won silver. >> reporter: women are leading
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the way. ne nevin harrison bringing home the first gold in the canoe sprint. katie ledecky earning two including a historic victory in the 1500 meter free style race. >> it is an amazing feeling to be bringing home two goals and two silvers and to have competed in my third olympics. >> reporter: the women of u.s. swimming standing on the podium for a total of 18 medals, including lydia jacoby, the 17-year-old alaskan becoming an unexpected champion in the 100 meter breast stroke. and in track and field, sydney mclaughlin speeding in to first place in the 400 meter hurdle just ahead of his teammate. >> i just want to set a good example and encourage people as well to be the best that they can be. >> reporter: valley almam winning the discus.
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and at 19 years old, the second youngest olympic 800 meter champion. women have earned 11 event medals for team usa in track and field in the games so far. also the first black woman to win olympic wrestling gold. team usa three on three basketball team earning the top spot in the inaugural tournament. and in surfing, the first olym champion. >> it means so much especially coming from hawaii. surfing is our sport. and it means a lot to bring it home not only for hawaii but the united states of america to surf for something bigger than myself. >> reporter: women's gymnastics winning six medals including a team silver. sue ni lee is taking back a ful set with a gold in the all around individual competition. >> there was a point in time where i wanted to quit and i
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didn't think that i would ever get here including injuries and stuff. so definite will i a lot of emotions. >> reporter: simone biles withdrawing from the women's team final and four individual events due to mental health concerns and a bad case of the twisties. the star gymnast returning to compete in the balance beam and ultimately walking away with the bronze medal. >> i'm pretty happy. i wasn't expecting to medal. i just came out here and just try to do a good beam setup just to have one more opportunity to compete at the olympics. >> reporter: selina wang, cnn, tokyo. >> we'll be right back. ated to s and blends from damage in the wash. like fading, stretching, and pilling. new woolite has evercare, a first of its kind formula that keeps today's fabrics looking like new. new woolite with evercare
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for dishes so clean they shine. join finish and skip the rinse to save our water. spirit airlines is dealing with thousands of frustrated customers after it canceled hundreds of flights over the past few days. according to the flight tracking website flight aware, it has already canceled more than 250 flights for friday. pete muntean filed this report. >> reporter: canceled flights and hours long lines at airports across the country after spirit airports axed more than 45% of it schedule today including more than two dozen here at baltimore weighing international airport
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alone. >> very angry. pissed. the worst airline that i ever saw. >> i just want to get to my destination and never have to deal with spirit airlines again. >> reporter: spirit says overlapping operational challenges began over the weekend at contribute boughting the problem to bad weather and staffing shortages. they acknowledged the breakdown of an i.t. system that controls crew scheduling about you now it says that they have rebooted its network and cancellation numbers will drop in the days to come. >> we had people being evicted from hotel rooms. >> reporter: with more than 400 new cancellations todays spirit has canceled more than 1600 flights since saturday. kevin robinson's flight to austin got canceled twice. have you ever had an airline experience this bad before? >> no, this is actually the first time in all of my years. >> reporter: also stranded is 8-year-old junior olympian dimario mitchell.
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he has plans to run the 4x100 relay in under a minute and now they are trying to race him to texas any way they can. >> sad, frustrated. i'm really sad for him at this point. >> reporter: a top industry analyst says while it could hurt spirit's reputation in the short term, in the long term it won't have much of a business impact. he said eventually people will forget all of this if the ticket price is right. pete hundrmuntean, cnn, bwi air. and that wraps this hour. "early start" is next.
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. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is "early start." we have reporting this morning from miami, london, jerusalem, tehran, tokyo, alabama and the white house. as only "early start" can. i'm layer laura jarrett. >> and i'm amara walker. it is friday, and iugust 6. and we begin with the white house searching for any possible way to get more americans vaccinated. a senior administration official telling cnn the latest strategy being explored is possibly

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