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hello and welcome to our viewers here and in the united states and all around the the world. i'm michael holmes. cnn newsroom starts right now. the united states with far and away the most confirmed coronavirus cases in the world is now approaching 41,000 deaths, according to johns hopkins university. and as the numbers continue to rise, the debate over the government's response and when to reopen is also escalating. president donald trump on sunday promised to have more testing swabs like the ones he's holding
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up produced -- there they are. he also says there is progress on funding for more tests and hospitals and for small businesses devastated by the pandemic. now, the president also defended protesters who are fed up with the coronavirus restrictions, restrictions that his own administration has put into place. he called them great people who have cabin fever and denied inciting such protests to, quote, liberate such states. now, the president touted his own record, praised himself, and lashed out at the media. cnn's jeremy diamond with more. >> and the president in large part was focusing on the accomplishments of his administration, the president talking about the successes of his administration's response and also playing clips and reading clips of praise from other people for his administration and his personal
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response. so, the president reading at one point clips from a wall stre"wa journal" entitled trump rewrites the book. and another clip from andrew cuomo praising his and the federal government's response. >> what you played and what you read earlier was praising you and your administration. >> all i praised today was governor cuomo saying very positive things about the job the federal government has done. those people have been absolutely excoriated by some of the fake news like you, you're cnn, they're fake news. they're excoriated. you should be praising the people who have done a good job, not doing what you do, even that question. >> the question is why now? >> i'll tell you why now. are you ready? because these people right now in hospitals. it's dangerous.
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it's going to be a battlefield. >> the president's response there isn't truthful. the president wasn't focused on health care workers, doctors, nurses on the front lines of this coronavirus pandemic. instead the president was talking about praise about him and his response and his administration's response. the president did take other questions, and he was pressed on the issue of testing. the president in recent days has sought to pass the buck suggesting testing is no longer a responsibility but something that states have to focus on. we heard that from the president on sunday. at the same time, we did hear the president say he will be invoking the defense production act. that's one of the requests we've heard from democratic and republican governors across the country. jeremy diamond, cnn, the white house. university of california los angeles. she's done a lot of research into how diseases spread. so, we're delighted to have you
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professor. thanks so much. the president again praising himself, his own administration on everything, but including testing. even though per capita the u.s. is still well behind other countries. and again he's putting the responsibility on state governors. two questions, how vital is it that testing ramps up, and should not the federal government be coordinating procurement and distribution? >> well, absolutely. testing is so critical to understanding where we are on the curve, where we need to go, and how we need to get there. right now, we just do not have enough testing in place. and the testing is -- the road blocks to testing are multiple -- are significant and from multiple places. but the big things are reagents, swabs, and just accessibility in general for the general public. until we have widespread testing available in the united states everywhere and testing in
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particular for vulnerable populations and repeat testing available for our health care workers, we really are just not in a place to be reopening or even thinking about reopening. >> yeah, i mean, do we still -- we still don't know, right, if having covid, whether you're immune or not. and if you're not, does that mean -- what does that mean going forward for managing this virus in a community sense? >> well, this is a very important point that you're bringing up. and over the weekend, the world health organization also made a comment about this suggesting that it was just -- we just did not have enough information to understand what these antibody tests mean. this is really what we're referring to here. because all of these antibody tests that are rolling out everywhere tell you if you have been exposed to the virus, if you may have been sick with this virus. but it tells you nothing about whether or not you have immunity to the virus, whether or not you can fight off another infection.
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so, there are some very important questions that need to be answered. these are the things that we're answering at ucla right now. we're looking at if you get infected, does that produce immunity? first you have antibodies. do you have a trace of having the trace in your blood that you may have been infected? but does that mean you are immune to the virus? and if you are immune to the virus, how long does that immunity last? we don't know. and if you do have immunity, does it wane? and can you get reinfected. in these cases of south korea and reports of this in other place really beg the question as to what immunity means in this case and for how long. >> yeah, yeah, exactly. so, you've got this situation where the president, the president himself, talking about opening the economy, businesses, and so on, and yet his same task force doesn't know that immunity situation.
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it seems a contradiction. surely until we know such a thing, large numbers of people going back to close quarters seems risky. >> exactly. it's the idea that everyone is interested to know if you have a immune passport saying you've had this virus, but you may need your visa renewed over time if immunity doesn't last. so, i think it's very, very important that we understand these things before we move too quickly. the issue is we're going to lose all the gains that we've all sacrificed -- everybody around the world is sacrificing, taking on a lot of hardship to be able to flatten this curve and to reduce the slow spread. it's kind of like deciding after you jump out of an airplane and you've pulled your parachute now that you've started to slow down, if you say i don't need this parachute anymore and cut the cord. >> wah had a good analogy. haven't heard that one. that really paints the picture. there's more demonstrations monday in the u.s., organized
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protest against stay-at-home. we've already seen a couple in recent days. as a health care professional, what goes through your mind when you see that sort of thing? >> well, i just -- i think it's this whole situation is just so stressful for everybody. and it's so fraught. and to think that people are going to be putting themselves at risk in close proximity, we know that this virus is very infectious. i just -- i think it's, you know, something that is not advisable to be undoing all of the hard work because any time you have these large groups of people this is really undoing all the hard work and sacrifice that everybody else has been working so hard and sacrificing so hard to be able to slow the spread. and, you know, we have these phases that the government has said that we need to go through. and, you know, some of these gates include having reduced spread and reduced number of deaths. and this will actually slow the
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opening of these states as opposed to accelerating it. >> yeah, just finally then -- this is your field, i guess. this is primarily seen as a respiratory illness. but hearing a lot more about other health issues for people with covid. there's reports of a surge in kidney failure among those being treated. but also even after recovery, reports of heart, kidney, lung, neurological issues, that's quite concerning, isn't it? >> absolutely. i mean, these are all things that just demonstrate how little we know about this virus. i mean, this is a virus that's new to humanity. we're still trying to learn about it. and as we learn more about what this virus does, the more we realize we're just kind of scraching the surface in trying to understand it. don't forget people can spend decades working on diseases and trying to figure them out and understand. we still don't know everything
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we need to know about many diseases that have been with us for a very, very long time. so, it shouldn't be surprising that we still don't have this all figured out already. >> anne rimmoin, thank so much. >> my pleasure. a potential ray of hope in hard-hit new york state, governor cuomo saying if the data holds, new york may have passed a high point and is on the descent. but new york city mayor bill de blasio had some tough words for president trump. >> there was that famous daily news cover that said forward to city, drop dead. so, my question is mr. trump, mr. president, are you going to save new york city, or are you telling new york city to drop dead? which one is it? >> according to johns hopkins university, new york state has more than 248,000 cases of
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coronavirus, more than 18,000 deaths at least. evan mcmoro with more from new york city. >> reporter: governor andrew cuomo said sunday that there's some good news in the new numbers on the coronavirus in new york. hospitalizations are down and he's ready to begin a new randomized testing plan to check for antibodies in the new york population. but there's still massive challenges ahead for new york. testing capacity isn't high enough, the governor said, to allow for broad-based opening of anything. and he says in order to get to that point, you need federal help. resources from the federal government to help to fill state and local coffers that have been decimated by economic downturn caused by this virus. he called on the president and the leaders in washington to pass a new bill that would send millions of dollars into new york to help to build resources up to move things along to the
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next phase here in this pandemic. evan mcmorris-santoro, cnn, new york. >> we're going to take a short break. when we come back, 16 people dead after a shooting rampage in canada. we'll get the latest in the investigation in a live report coming up. also the u.s. president has kind words for protesters demanding governors reopen for business. why experts say they're asking for something dangerous. only tr an everyday item to become dangerous. tide pods child-guard pack helps keep your laundry pacs in a safe place and your child safer. align, press and unzip. tide pods. keep them up. keep them closed. keep them safe. it means being there for each other. that's why state farm is announcing the good neighbor relief program we know our customers are driving less, which means fewer accidents. so state farm is returning $2 billion dollars to auto policyholders for the period ending
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. welcome back. police say at least 16 people are dead after a shooting rampage in the canadian province of nova scotia. the shooting began late saturday in the small town of port pique. police say the suspect is dead. for more on this, let's turn to cnn paula newton who is joining us live from ottawa. obviously shocking for canada. what more do you know? >> reporter: where to even begin, michael. look, this began certainly in the late hours of saturday evening and it turned into a
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really reign of terror that went on for more than 12 hours. michael, this is a very small community. the suspect a 51-year-old business owner, no inclination that he had ever been violent in his past, apparently at at least one property, police say they found at this one property, several casualties as they describe it both inside and outside. but then what unfolded, michael, were properties several dozen miles away from each other, many of them on fire, police trying to attend multiple crime scenes at once, at the same time trying to track down this suspect. people in the community, you could imagine at this point in lockdown already from coronavirus now told to if they can lock themselves in their basement and be on the lookout for this suspect. the suspect himself, they then reported, had a police uniform on and perhaps even a police vehicle. that was not how he was eventually apprehended though.
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he was in another type of gray vehicle. he was spotted at a gas station, and lpolice are not saying exactly how he died but did report in some kind of stand off he did die. and what he left in his wake is just incredible at this point in time, michael. the grieving continues. the heartbreak continues. and just one personal story, there will be so many more. rcmp confirmed at least one constable lost her life, heidi stevenson, mother of two, 23 queer veteran. i can't begin to tell you how much these stories of heartbreak will come out in the coming hours. coronavirus, people are just coming to grips with trying to mourn for these people when funerals, proper ones, aren't really possible. and it's fair to say this is one of the largest most devastating mass tragedies in canada in history. this will be a day of national mourning that will not be able
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to happen at least in the near future because of the coronavirus. michael. >> yeah, when you can't even have a funeral. paula, appreciate it. cnn's paula newton in ottawa. let's bring in cnn law enforcement analyst from middleton in new jersey. i mean, what do you make of what happened, especially the suspect was wearing something similar to a police uniform, driving something that was made to look like a police car. that suggests pre-planning. >> it absolutely does. unfortunately what we're left with is a lot of unanswered questions right now. and having the suspect deceased poses a challenge for law enforcement where they're not able to question the suspect any longer. so, we actually don't understand the full motivation and actually what had happened leading up to this. so, that leaves investigators with an uphill challenge where they have to now go out and they have to reassess who this
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individual was. they have to go out and look at this person's network, everything from their friends and relatives, coworkers. they have to do the digitial forensics, looking at everything this person looked at online, trying to piece together a motive to understand how somebody could undertake this horrific act. >> yeah, police said that they believed he had an initial motivation that turned to randomness. so, i guess that sort of complicates, initially his apprehension. he went on a 92-kilometer journey afterwards. and sort of the breadth of where he carried out these crimes, that complicates the investigation as well. they're still looking for bodies a little while ago. >> you're making a great point here. the size and scope of these crime scenes is immense.
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just the distance between the crime scenes that we actually know are significant. but i'm just concerned of what don't we know. i mean, this person left a path of destruction in his wake until he was finally stopped. but what don't we know? and that's going to be the challenge for law enforcement over the next few hours and coming days is to actually trace back every actual step this person took, every interaction to see if there are additional crime scenes out there, any other victims. again, just try to piece together why this happened, how this happened, again, a lot of unanswered questions. >> and so often people in retrospect look for red flags as well, whether he gave off any signals. we don't know much about him yet. but in your experience in the field which is considerable, what sort of commonalities are there among mass shooters like this? >> well, listen, first of all, let's just put a baseline out
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there that shooting and killing somebody is not a normal behavior. and behavior runs on a continuum. and what we have seen in research that has been done by the u.s. secret service has indicated there's always commonality in mass attackers in what they do. and what they have seen and research has proven that in over 50% of the time they've researched attackers, some sort of grievance has been at the core, whether that's a domestic issue, a workplace issue, but some sort of grievance has been a trigger to an act this horrific. then, more telling is over 75% of the time the attacker has telegraphed some sort of communication that they were going to actually undertake this type of violent act. so, that's what investigators are going to look at. they're going to look at the
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digit digit digit digital forensics, was he in a chatroom, influenced by anybody. what are the key indicators based upon the patterns we know, does this individual fall into that and how do we find out that information? >> great to have your expertise jonathan. thanks so much. >> thank you so much. all right. italy is now looking to adopt antibody tests designed to see if someone had the virus in the past. this is a quick test. it could be a key to reopening the country, but there are questions about reliability. cnn's ben wedeman and his team tried one of the tests under consideration with mixed results. >> just three drops of blood are enough for a chinese-made antibody test for the coronavirus now going through a trial run in italy, just one of several tests being examined by the italian government.
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other countries have had mixed success with such quickly-designed tests but we gave it a try. we were up in the north of italy in the red zones for 17 days, so we are very anxious to see the results of this test. unlike swabs, this test gives results in just 8 minutes. [ speaking foreign language ] >> the result, says dr. jean dominique, can tell us three things, that you never had anything, or that you are currently infected, or that you had the infection, overcame it, and have antibodies that are no longer contagious. [ speaking foreign language ] >> i received a clean bill of health. >> nothing.
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>> negative. >> negative. >> and never had it? >> never had it. >> alfredo who drove us all over northern italy for two weeks, also negative. cnn's cameraman, however, had a different result. positive, says dr. bossoni. he had the virus in the past and has brilliantly overcome it. al san droe never had any symptoms. but our bodies can't take time to produce antibodies, so
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experts caution that these tests may miss recent current infections unlike the more common swab test which should be able to detect whenever someone is shedding the virus. antibody tests like the one i got -- quick, painless, and inexpensive, just around $20 -- can show who's already been infected by covid-19 and may be immune to the virus. a critical shift to phase two, the phase when the country reopens. >> the test will be done -- >> deputy health minister caught the virus and has since recovered says such tests will initially focus on critical sectors before becoming widespread. >> whoever is working in the health system should do the test. whoever is working for public utilities should do it.
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>> the number of new coronavirus cases in italy is slowly declining, but the daily death toll remains high. while the international monetary fund warns the country's gross domestic product could plum met by more than 9% this year. striking a balance between the economy and public health will not be easy. ben wedeman, cnn, rome. >> fascinating. protesters asking to go back to work have the sympathy of the u.s. president. and he's using twitter and his press briefings to add fuel to the fire. we'll talk about that coming up. also u.s. food taking a beating in trading. we'll have a live report. you doing okay?
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and welcome back to cnn newsroom. i'm michael holmes. want to update you on the headlines on coronavirus and in fact just crossing in the last few minutes in new zealand the prime minister jacinda ardern announcing new zealand will stay at the top level, alert level four, and will stay in lockdown for an additional week. that goes through anzack day, a big public holiday down under. then it will move to level three. another week of lockdown for the new zealanders. prime minister ardern has had remarkable success in containing
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covid-19. the u.s. has more than 40,000 deaths according to johns hopkins university, by far the highest in the world. president donald trump says he will compel a company to make more swabs for testing meantime, and he says a deal could be announced monday to bring more relief for small businesses still suffering mightily under the nationwide stay-at-home orders. now, the u.s. president says people who are protesting stay-at-home orders, his own administration's advice by the way, he says they are great people. they just have a little cabin fever and want to get their lives back. but medical experts say there will be deadly consequences if states reopen too soon. despite the warnings, protesters are out there anywhere. cnn's natasha chan with that story. >> reporter: protesters stood shoulder to shoulder in many states over the last several days to voice frustrations with
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stay-at-home orders and to demand an end to the economic shutdown brought on by coronavirus. >> freedom and liberty. we're losing it. >> reporter: ignoring social distancing measures that have been key in slowing the deadly pandemic spread, many gathering at the steps of state capitols directing anger toward governors who president trump criticized. >> some of the governors have gotten carried away. >> reporter: but it's the trump administration that told those governors to enact efforts. when asked about the guidelines -- >> i think they're listening. i think they listen to me. they seem to be protesters that like me and respect this opinion. >> reporter: and they did. evidenced by the trump 2020 flags and the actions that seem to follow what the president called for in his tweets to, quote, liberate michigan, minnesota, and virginia. >> this is just grossly irresponsible, and it is
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dangerous bombastic because it inspires people to do dangerous things. >> reporter: those who dangerously flouted the rules to protest their governor's authority said it was out of frustration. >> my business was shut down forcibly on the 17th of march and i've yet to see money come through from the government and i'm sitting here without a paycheck with no answer on when i'll be returning to work and that's not right. >> reporter: desperation is high but so is the risk. >> with all due respect, i think anybody who thinks we're doing this just to take away peoples' liberties and rights isn't looking at the data we're looking at. we're doing what we're doing to try to save lives. >> natasha chan, cnn, atlanta. cnn senior and political analyst ron brownstein is in los angeles for us. always good to see you, sir.
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these press briefings, boy, they're head shakers if you watch them from start to finish. this was another one full of deflection, blame shifting, self-congratulations, and a bunch of things that weren't true. reading a fawning op-ed and clips of ohimself being praised. this isn't normal. what do you make of it? >> for the president, they clearly replaced his rallies. and they're the functional equivalent of the monologues he gives at his rallies, but also allowing him to have the added benefit of attacking the press and individual reporters on a regular basis which is another kind of theme he does for his base. i look at this -- i felt about this president for a long time when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. no matter what challenge he faces, politically he always comes back to the same focus on energizing and mobilizing his base. and that is what these are about from a messaging point of view.
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and there is a price. i mean, you know, he is facing a reality in "the wall street journal" nbc poll today, 2/3 of the country say he was too slow responding, approval while pretty solid is now underwater again in most polls. it's hard to say these briefings are helping to do anything but what he does best which is mobilize core supporters. >> by taking zero responsibility in the face of overwhelming evidence. >> yeah. >> i want to ask you about the trump supporters in the streets demanding reopening, more coming up in the next day or so. you've got right wing media encouraging them. and a lot of questions about who's behind the protests, a lot of reporting they're being planned, these people manipulated by interest groups and it's far from organic or grass roots. what are your thoughts on that? >> this is reminiscent of 2010
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with the tea party where the tea party developed the affordable care act and a lot of democrats consoled themselves by saying it was what they call astroturf in the u.s., fake grass roots. it did have a big impact at the battle front. so, i think democrats are being a little passive here on both fronts we're talking about. they have never developed a daily response to the briefings that trump is doing that bring together all the different voices they could mobilize from former obama health officials to committee chairs to front line doctors and nurses to kind of give a more accurate vision of what is happening out there, nor have they really seen their own grass roots groups mobilize in protest against what we are seeing. we are past as you know 40,000 deaths. we are well on the way to having more americans die this spring from coronavirus than died
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during the entire vietnam war, and yet the one source of kind of public expression of discontent is from the right at the moment even if it is being funded and manipulated from above. that's kind of remarkable. >> and the thing that gets me too, i think they're encouraged by the president's all caps liberate three democratic states, two states and a commonwealth. it does seem extraordinary when those states are enforcing his own administration's guidelines. so, you've got protesters protesting trump guidelines and trump encouraging them. >> yeah. i mean, it is the way kind of governing, try to keep himself apart from the administration all the way through really. i would say obviously there's real economic pain. everyone is feeling real economic pain. but there's ideology and geography at work here as well. ideology is obvious. so much of republican messaging really for the last 20 years has been that elites are disdainful of, quote, real americans,
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average americans. they are trying to run your life, they look down on you. and medical experts are not at all immune to that kind of argument and kind of messaging. you know, there were people chanting in texas this weekend fire fauci at one of these rallies. but geography matters too. as i noted this week working with an economist, if you look in virtually every state, the case rate is much heavier even counting for population size in the densest big metros that tend to be democratic. i think i quoted this before, it holds up to explain the politics we're living through in the u.s. in blue america this is primarily a public health crisis. so far in much of red america, it is an economic crisis. and i think that explains some of these protests as well. >> until they catch it, of course. >> until it spreads widely into small-town america, republicans are just going to be less
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oriented toward, you know, the most maximum measures you can do. in polling there isn't a gap, reopening. it kind of closed in early april, but it is beginning to reopen again about what we should do next, what we should prioritize. now trump and fox have turned the switch, i think you're going to see a lot of republican governors feeling the pressure this idea of loosening restrictions even though we're adding 2,500 cases a day every day in april. >> they're giving me the rap but you're our poll whisper. i just wanted to note that trump's approval is 43, disapproval 54. that rally the flag bump was small and fleeting. 30 seconds, what does it say? >> it was small and fleeting both compared to previous presidents in moments of crisis but also to world leaders at this moment of crisis. it is notable, you can squeeze out an electoral college victory by holding a few key states.
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but the fact he never went ahead of biden in any poll head to head even during the rally around the flag moment. almost all polls have him at 45% or below. hard to see how he's going to poll much above that to. my earlier point, he lost 100 largest counties in america by combined votes. to win he's going to need to squeeze even bigger margins out of rural places that are stagnant or shrinking in population. he can do it, but it's a tight rope. >> good points. goo to see you, ron. thank you for that. >> thank you. >> ron brownstein. wall street could struggle to keep last week's rally going. u.s. stock futures are down. now they're mostly flat. they're pretty much literally flat as investors await earnings reporting from companies like delta and netflix, delta one of the airlines hit hard by all of this. they're watching to see if the white house and congress can agree on more relief for small
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businesses. u.s. crude plunging below $15 a barrel in early trading monday, $15 a barrel. that is the lowest level in more than two decades. the collapse in demand during the pandemic has battered oil prices despite a deal to cap production. our journalist is in tokyo with more on the markets. this big production deal, wasn't that meant to have calmed things down? >> it was supposed to. i think the reaction was relief, michael, with opec announced they were cuts 9.7 million barrels a day in production. take a look at the asian trading in the oil prices this morning and singapore collapsing below levels we haven't seen since 2001 as you pointed out and it goes back to the familiar story that the economy is being crippled all around the world. demand is drying up in all of these countrys that we talk about. so, even if you have the opec cuts, which were dramatic, it
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doesn't off set the fact there is a lot of demand destruction going on possibly to the tune of some 20 to 25 million barrels a day according to some estimates. and that's one of the reasons we're seeing continuing big drop in the oil price today. we're looking at the may con track which expires on tuesday. when you take a look at the forward contracts in june, the drop has not been as dramatic. but i think people are saying that the oil price movement is probably a better barometer of sentiment, economic sentiment out there right now, michael, because take a look at the equity market. it's been rallying in the last two weeks in a way we haven't seen in 80 years. so, i think the move might be a wake up call for investors out there. >> great analysis. appreciate it. thanks so much. we're going to take a short break. when we come back, in mexico officials are continuing to down play the spread of the coronavirus, just how that is
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. while most world leaders are doing their best to lead their countries through this pandemic, brazil's president, it seems, is just one of the crowd. bolsinaro joining a rally calling for an end to quarantine measures in his own country. he was there without a mask coughing every now and then while addressing a couple hundred supporters. the president fired his health minister last week after weeks of disputes over the isolation measures which have been imposed. mr. bolsinaro has suggested the economic fallout should not be
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worse than the virus itself. brazil has the most confirmed cases in latin america, more than 38,000 reported so far. meanwhile mexico's deputy health minister down playing the coronavirus outbreak in an interview with "the wall street journal" despite over 700 new cases sunday alone. the governor's attitude toward the pandemic is shifting public opinion. >> over the last few weeks president lopez obrador's administration has received criticism from people that say the administration's response to the outbreak in terms of putting together preventive measures, they didn't do it fast enough. there's talk again today thanks to an interview given by the deputy health secretary here in mexico who is leading this country's fight against the coronavirus. deputy health secretary lopez
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spoke to "the wall street journal" and in that interview he basically says he's not convinced this particular pandemic is any more lethal than an ordinary influenza outbreak. he says, quote, i don't know yet. the w.h.o. says it could be ten times that of influenza, but i think we need more evidence. he's right that it is to early to know what the death rate will be, but there are a lot of epidemiologists who would disagree with him and would say this outbreak is more lethal than an ordinary influenza outbreak. but no matter who is ultimately right, what's clear is what mexico officials are saying will shape influence. i've spoke to several mexicans over the past several weeks and some have expressed to me that they don't think -- i was speaking to a security guard who said he's listening to what the government has to say and looking at the virus and says he
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doesn't think the virus is as bad as the media says it is. to be fair, the deputy health secretary has always said this is a serious issue, people need to stay-at-home, people need to social distance. but at the same time when he says things publicly like that can help shape the opinion. not of all mexicans. but some that perhaps they don't need to take this threat of the virus as seriously as they probably should. >> when we come back, fighting loneliness and serving others. how volunteers are reaching out to residents of care homes when visitors are not allowed through the doors. we'll be right back. tide pods. keep them up.
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with britains care homes closed to visitors because of the pandemic. one home is opting for virtual visitors instead. this started a adopt a grandparent program. it's really taken off. anna stewart reports.
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>> reporter: 74 year-old sheila and 5 year-old have been keeping each other company over video. they aren't related. part of program called adopt a grandparent. that puts volunteers in touch with care home residents. they hit it off immediately. >> that's lovely. >> for residents who family can't visit at the moment. she has become another member. >> she's such a lovely girl. >> the program organizer says interest has skyrocketed. with over 70,000 volunteers signing up in the last four weeks. >> it's been absolutely amazing. and heartwarming. we never expected anything like the numbers of volunteers we received. people from all over the world. australia, america, greece,
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india. >> what better way to fight loneliness than dressing up with new friends. >> anna stewart, cnn, london. finally this hour. creativity to kick those quarantine blues. not to mention a lot of skill. two talented young girls in italy turned rooftops into a tennis court. lofting shots over the guardrail and the street below. impressing some big time tennis stars. former world number one tracy austin tweeting this is next level. this can't be topped. >> pretty good. wouldn't want to be the ball boy or girl. thank you for watching cnn "newsroom." stay tuned. inside africa is next. see you in an hour. at&t knows you have a lot of things on your mind.
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