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morgues. more than 150 health care workers at four boston hospitals have tested positive for coronavirus. overnight, the new york police department reported its first death. this morning, more than 10% of the police force is out sick, john. if first responders and emergency workers can't help, then we're all sunk. >> that's a source of major concern this morning. it is worth noting, despite all the pleas we're hearing from mayors and governors, the president says he does not think that they require all the ventilators and equipment that they're requesting. in just a few hours, the house will vote on a $2 trillion rescue deal to get american workers and businesses much-needed help in this crisis. we want to begin our coverage with brynn gingras. she's live at elmhurst hospital in queens here in new york. four deaths over the last 24 hours, brynn. a 40% increase in new york hospitals in just 24 hours. that's a big number. >> reporter: it is. remember, john, a large
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percentage of those are actually needing the icu beds. those ventilators. we know that this hospital alone has been resupplied with ventilators four times in the last ten days. the state has authorize the every hospital to be able to split ventilators. that's the kind of demand we're seeing on the frontlines here in new york. of course, we're hearing other cities now seeing what new york was seeing last week, places like chicago and detroit and new orleans, essentially a surge in hospitals, they're becoming overwhelmed, the fact that the number of cases are going up. of course, you know this john. we've been hearing this. next week is expected to be even works. >> new video inside elmhurst hospital in the middle of new york city's outbreak. this footage published by "the new york times" shows an e.r. crowded with patients that are suffering from coronavirus. doctors are struggling to keep up. >> from our perspective, everything is not fine.
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i don't have the support that i need and even just the materials that i need physically to take care of my patients. it's america. we're supposed to be a first-world country. >> the number of hospitalized patients in new york skyrocketing 40% in one day according to governor andrew cuomo. but some help is on the way. the u.s. comfort naval hospital ship sets course for there tomorrow to ease overcrowded hospitals. cuomo says the state has enough personal protective equipment for now. but there's one critical shortage. >> ventilators, ventilators, we need more. we have approved the technology that allows one ventilators to serve two patients. >> across the u.s., leaders fear their cities and states could be next. cases in michigan growing nearly tenfold in one week. the governor says she's struggling to find enough medical supplies. >> we've gotten a shipment from the federal government,
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strategic national stockpile. the allotment of ppe az, the personal protection equipment allocated for one of our hospitals was not enough to cover a full shift. not even a full day. >> one chicago hospital filling its lobby with hospital beds in preparation for a possible surge. >> we are concerned about certain counties that look like they're having a more rapid increase. >> meanwhile, president trump has once again suggested social distancing guidelines may soon be relaxed. >> a lot of progress is made but we got to go back to work. we may take sections of our country, large sections of our country that aren't so seriously affected. >> dr. anthony fauci says trump was trying to give people some hope, but -- >> he's listening to us when we say we really got to reevaluate in real-time and any decision has to be based on the data. >> reporter: guys we showed you the line at 6:00 was forming.
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an hour later, it's snaking with people in the barricades. just showing you the demand on this hospital constantly every day. we reached out to elmhurst hospital to get comment about that new york times video. we haven't heard back. i want to give you perspective from the ground here, guys. we've been talking to nurses and doctors coming out of the hospital after a long shift. one nurse described to me, this is a constant state of paranoia. i know you've heard this from other health professionals, she's not worried about getting sick herself but that she's going to pass on this virus to other patients. john? >> so much pressure on the people on the frontlines. they're handling it incredibly well. it never a baits in these situations. i can't get over the lines of people behind you brynn, every hour of every day. brynn gingras here in new york. thank you very much. joining me now is dr. carr balance owe, an emergency room physician from tampa bay.
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also chief of infectious diseases at mass general hospital and professor of medicine at harvard medicaldocte brynn left off in new york with the medical workers who are concerned for their own well-bei well-being. there is news overnight from boston where more than 150 people at hospitals including yours have tested positive for coronavirus. i know that the 40-plus people at your hospital, may have gotten it somewhere else. they're out there in the community as well and it's spreading. it does pose challenges and risks for the efforts you're trying to get through in boston. explain. >> great. thank you so much, john for having me. yes, we have heard news that we have about 41 people in our hospital who have tested positive for the coronavirus. i want to remind people that, to me, this is a reflection of all of the diseases happening in the community. we have about 27,000 employees at mass general hospital. only about half of them, probably less than half are really in patient -- physicians,
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providers, nurses, technicians. to me, this reflects potentially as you suggest people contracting it at work. i think more likely that there's really a lot of disease ongoing in the community. i will say i'm proud that mass general was one of the hospitals that decided on sunday to implement all health care workers wear masks policy. i think we saw this coming. i think this will turn the tide and make sure that certainly people might be getting it in the community but not at work and certainly not giving it to other patients. >> the fact of matter is, doctor, where they're getting it, we need them. we need you on the frontlines. we need you not to be testing positive so you can treat the people who are. last time we spoke to you, you actually were in self-quarantine because of exposure to people who had been positive. you've since been tested, i understand, correct? and you were negative. are you back treating patients? >> yes, i was negative and i'm
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back treating patients. thank god it came back negative. i'm glad to be back in the e.d. seeing patients. as dr. wa len ski was saying, it's important that we have masks and everybody is being careful when they see patients. one key thing, we need health care workers. it took me seven days to get the results back which is unacceptable for health care workers. we need to be able to test quicker. when they're negative and asymptomatic, they need to be able to get back as soon as possible. just the other day when i worked, i had an ambulance come in with paramedics and none of them were wearing masks in a code which is a cardiac arrest. they told us they get a certain amount of masks per shift. i told them, you got to wear a mask for every patient. everybody needs to be smart and use common sense on this and use a mask. assume everybody has covid until proven otherwise. >> i got a text five minutes ago from a relative wondering where to get masks. because they need them as
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frontline health care workers. this isn't made up. you see it with your own eyes. that's why i want to play you sound from dr. birx helping to run the national response from the white house. listen to what she says. >> to wake up this morning and look at people talking about creating dnr situations, do not resuscitate situations for patients, there is no situation in the united states right now that warrants that kind of discussion. to make the implication that when they need a hospital bed, it's not going to be there or when they need that ventilator, it's not going to be there. we don't have an evidence of that right now. >> i'm wondering, doctor, if the important words she used there were right now? right now these hospitals have enough ventilators, they have the equipment to treat the patients. but your concern, i imagine, is going forward and you say you are beginning to have
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discussions about hard resource allocation. what does this all mean and what are your concerns about going forward as i know you've noted the number of cases you're seeing doubling every two days? >> exactly. we are seeing patients doubling every two to three days. we're seeing and watching carefully with what's going on in new york. we anticipate we one day may be in a place where we won't have all of the resources that we need. we want to make sure we're thoughtful should that happen that we are making discussions -- making decisions in an equitable fashion. that we're using our palliative care resources. ethics resources and should we get there, we're making the right decisions at the time. they will be difficult ones, no question. >> dr. carrballo. you describe this as the calm before the storm. but you're pretty certain the storm is come willing, correct? >> absolutely. in florida, it was the calm before the storm. there was a 30% drop in e.r.
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volume. right now, the bands of the hurricane. we're seeing more covid patients. not all of them are sick. some we are sending home. but definitely the people in the emergency department are a lot sicker. we had one to intubate. mortality rates, once you intubate or put on a ventilator are as high as 80%. people didn't take it into account, when we told you to social distance, it was to protect elderly people and vulnerable people. when we say that, it's for people -- it's for everyone to avoid getting in the hospital. >> you know, it's striking to me that you two are speaking the exact same language from a hospital in tampa and from boston. dr. walensky. you're concerned about the people younger than 45 coming in. yes, the mortality rates might be lower but you have grim projections about what that could mean going forward.
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>> right. you know, i think a lot of the messaging early on was these are the categories of people who might be highest risk for mortality. i think that was all true. what i think we were missing in the messaging is that there are a lot of people out there who are going to get the disease. if we take the 7 million people in massachusetts and we assume about 40% of them will likely get the disease before summertime, you assume about 40 to 50% of them are in an age bracket of under 50. then you look at the mortality rate, we could see up to 6,000 young people succumbing to this disease. we're seeing a lot of young people in our icus. this is really just a numbers game and that really as the doctor says, we're seeing a lot of young people walk through the doors. >> doctor, to be clear on this, another thing you point out, there are people being tested, there are more people being tested. if you come back negative, you
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don't have it, that's not some kind of get out of jail free card, is it? no. i really want to emphasize that. with more testing going on, we're still -- we are in a stay-at-home advisory in massachusetts. there will be more testing. we're looking at how to blanket more testing. offering it to more people, offering it to people who are early in their symptoms who might be fine at home. offering it to people who just potentially want to know. when we do that, i worry a lot that we will be isolating the people who test positive. that's important. but the people who test negative will decide that they no longer need to work towards that stay-at-home advisory. i want to emphasize that, you know, the test works pretty well. it's really quite good if you test positive. it's not as good quite honestly if you test negative. people could develop symptoms the next day, people with severe disease who are not -- whose disease has progressed from the nasal pharynx to their lungs may
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test negative. want to be cautious on how we interpret the negative test. >> doctor, what is your message to some people saying they're not sure if they believe the requests being made by governors, hospitals, doctors, what's your message to them? >> well, just like i said, nobody is immune from this disease. like i said, we're seeing young people. if you have a 1 in a thousand chance of dying from a disease because you're not social distancing, why take that chance? we need people to stay at home. our colleagues in italy overwhelmed. new york city, from the colleagues i talk to, it sounds like a war zone and it's horrific what is happening there. what happens in new york can happen in any city, anyplace in america in the next upcoming week. we need to social distance. i saw a study out of the university of pennsylvania that are predicting up to 950,000 icu admissions. we only have 180,000 ventilators in the united states and only
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the capacity to see 100,000 icu patients in the united states. this is serious and needs to be taken serious. >> to be clear, the concern about where it might be one week, two weeks if it continues to grow at the rates we're seeing now. doctors, thank you both very much for helping us understand what's going on. not in new york. these are different places. these are the places not yet as bad frankly as where i'm sitting right now. so thank you. joe biden will be with anderson cooper tonight for a town hall. they're going to talk about the pandemic, the federal response and talk about all of it. tune in tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. in the meantime, a new york city nurse lost his life fighting on the frontlines of this pandemic. his sister remembers him. next. ues. does it worry me? absolutely. they are both very much hand in hand. so you should really be focusing on both and definitely at the same time. the new sensodyne sensitivity & gum gives us the dual action effect
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we have breaking news right now. because british prime minister boris johnson has announced that he has tested positive for coronavirus. he has just put out this tweet. he says over the last 24 hours i have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.
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i am now self-isolating. but i'll continue to lead the government's response via video conference as we fight this virus. together we will beat this. #stay home. save lives. as we understand, he says he's having mild symptom. i believe he's 55 years old. he is now self-isolating, he says. we will keep you posted as soon as we know more information about british prime minister boris johnson testing positive for coronavirus. in the meantime, health care workers, of course, are sounding this alarm about a lack of protective gear as more of them are testing positive for coronavirus and getting sick. >> assistant nursing manager kelty was on the frontlines of the fight at mount sinai hospital when he contracted coronavirus two weeks ago. he died earlier this week. turning now to mariah, his
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sister. we're so sorry for your loss. when we see pictures of your brother, he's as healthy and he looks young and vibrant and he's always smiling. he looks like he loves his job. the hospital said they had a hero with him. that he was so compassionate. look at these pictures of how much he enjoyed his work. and this just all seemed to have happened so fast. mariah, he was only 48 years old. do you understand how this -- what happened? >> no. i don't understand. it did -- everything happened very quickly. he was healthy and he did love his job. the smile in the pictures that you're seeing, that was him.
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yeah. we don't know how it happened. >> i'm sorry for the delay. i know that he tested you. he was in the icu and he tested you and he thought he was going to be okay. what did he tell you? >> he texted me on wednesday, march 18th. that would be the last time that i would hear from him also. but he texted and said that he was in the icu, that he had the coronavirus and that he -- in the text he said i can't talk because i choke. he was having difficulty breathing, he said. i'm going to be okay. he said please don't tell mom and dad because they'll worry. he sent me a picture of himself.
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>> how did he look? >> i haven't shared that up until now. you know, he looked drained. it was just a head shot. he just looked tired. he looked extremely tired. [ overlapping talking ]. >> look. i wanted to just get to what i think the message you want to get out is. that is you're angry. >> please. >> this didn't have to happen. he was 48 years old. he was healthy. i've read that he did have asthma. but he was managing it. do you think that your brother wasn't well enough to be tested? what is it that's cause you to want to speak out? >> thank you for asking that and just getting right to it. no. he was healthy.
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he was managing his asthma. i am -- owe anger, i don't know i'm -- i'm disgraced at the way we're handling this. i have received probably a hundred to 200 facebook posts and text messages and these are from nurses. some from his hospital, some from california. and some from massachusetts. they're sharing what is happening inside of the hospital. we're not getting a picture of that. >> what is that? >> what story do you -- >> number one, what they're being asked to do. take your mask home and put it in a ziploc bag. using the same mask for seven
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days. and that's an average number that i've gotten. to the most recent communication i got, this is very, very disturbing. the idea that the hospital does not have any -- this particular hospital didn't have any more evene vents. this nurse was saying that now the hospital had to figure out what to do and the thought that they would just -- the quote in the text is that he thinks they're just going to pull the plug on them and make -- to make room for new patients. and that's inhumane to think that. who makes that call? at what point? of course, in the back of my mind which i'm trying not to think about was is that what happened with my brother? we don't have medical records.
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we don't know anything. was there someone waiting that could have used the vent? i hate to say something like that and not know. it is dire. it is dire. what i'm mostly hearing nurses say. the doctors that have the masks. the nurses, the janitors, the food -- everyone else is wide open and the other thing really that alisyn, i don't think that we're getting when we say reuse these masks. this was also mentioned in an earlier segment from the doctors. when you and i go to the doctor and a doctor leaves our room, they take off their gloves, they take off their gown and their masks and they throw it away. because the next patient could get infected. that health care provider that has a mask on that they've seen plenty of infected patients and they're coming to you, it's a
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cesspo cesspool. how can it not be? >> marya, i want to read the statement from mount sinai hospital. they say we are deeply saddened by the passing of a beloved member of our nursing staff. the safety of our staff and patients has never been of greater importance. we are taking every precaution possible to protect everyone. this growing crisis is not evading and turned our frontline professionals into true american heroes. today we lost another hero, a compassionate colleague, friend and selfless care-giver. marya, i hear you. in the absence of information, you are filling in the blanks because you need more information as do the nurses and doctors out there. i understand why you're trying to put the pieces together because you haven't gotten enough information. all of this feels so mysterious. marya, we thank you for sharing
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your brother's story with us. obviously we'll stay in touch with you and try to find out what happened here as well as to all of the health care workers who are making all these sacrifices. thank you so much for being with us. >> can i add one thing? >> yes, quickly. >> i just wanted to add that the other thing i'm hearing is that cuomo in new york said that the hospitals have what they need and the question is, do the hospitals have what they need but they're rationing and not giving the health care providers what they have but the providers themselves do not -- are not saying that they have the ppes. there's a huge disconnect. i'm not sure where that rests. i think we need to find that out. they're not getting it. >> we will ask that question marya. we will ask that question of every health care worker coming on from new york. thank you for raising our
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the breaking news we learned moments ago that uk prime minister boris johnson has tested positive for coronavirus. let's get more details on this. i'm joined by cnn's nick payton walsh live from london. nick? >> extraordinary news, john, particularly given how london and the uk are beginning to feel towards the peak. the man running that crisis response for us, boris johnson says he's positive. let me read the tweet. over the last 24 hours, i've developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. now, self-isolating, but i will continue to lead the government's response by video conference as we fight this
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virus. together, we will beat this. obviously, that puts mr. johnson in great concern for making sure his own health is sustained over the hours and days ahead. on top of that as well, working close to the prime minister in the past days will urgently be testing themselves or be sure they're not exhibiting symptoms and of course, too, as well, possibly a moment for british solidarity here with the man leading the response telling everyone to stay at home. he's himself perhaps becoming a symbol of how potentially contagious and dangerous this disease itself actually is. down the street, clear to say, the test was carried out by nhs staff and he will now be self-isolating. >> nick payton walsh, we'll let you get back to reporting. notable in the united states for two reasons. one, the uk was slower to respond to coronavirus than some other european countries, at least to take specific actions. number two, the united states
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ban on travel from europe initially exempted. you can see where the glitches have been in some of the responses. the united states has reported more cases of coronavirus than any other country. how did we get here and more importantly, how does this end? staff writer for the atlantic brought a -- how will the pandemic end? ed, it's great to see you. let me read to you from your very own piece. you write, rudderless, blind sided, uncort nated, america mishandled the coronavirus to a degree what every health expert had feared. that jumped out to me, you yourself two years ago had written that you fear the united states was ill prepared for a pandemic. how is it that the response was even worse than what you had feared then? >> i think with a big central failure was the inability to roll out diagnostic testing
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across the country very quickly. none of the people who i had spoken to, even those warned about the risk of pandemics thought that might be a likely point of failure. it has cost us so much. it meant that hospitals that had pandemic preparedness plans in place couldn't execute them, couldn't ready themselves with supplies or with extra staff or with any of the protocols. it meant that the virus which already spreads quickly was allowed to gain a foothold in the nation and put stakes in a position when they were bidding against each other and competing for the same limited supplies. it also doesn't help that we didn't have clear warning from people in positions of power with the ear of the federal government because a lot of those people belong to offices that have been closed. >> ed, if you can still hear me, as bad as it sounds, as grim of a picture you're painting, you do say there are four ways out of this or four ways that the united states can do to try to
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correct this even now. >> that's right. they have to be done immediately with some urgency. the first is to get more protective supplies to protect the health care workers and the frontlines of the fight against this disease. as you've already heard, those are running out. we need a widespread rollout of test to go work out where the virus is. we need in the meantime, those two missteps will take time. everyone else needs to give as much time as possible for that to happen by staying at home, by self-isolating and buying the health care system time. finally, we need strong coordinated leadership to make all of that happen. >> ed, this is a terrific piece. it's a long piece. everyone should read it. they're going to learn a lot. one of the most interesting parts is something that hasn't been discussed much, which is what -- what's the united states going to look like post covid-19? explain. >> i think this is going to be a
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humbling experience for us. america was meant to be the readiest nation in the world. it's performed very badly in the face of this crisis. i think for a long time people in the health world warned about the panic and neglect cycles where a lot of attention is paid to public health and to disease prevention and then after a crisis all of that attention subsides. i think this might be the crisis that helps us break out of that cycle because as you've already seen from the uk and elsewhere, leaders are falling sick. this is an event affecting all of us in very profound ways. i dearly hope we learn our lesson and invest in public health. >> you're referring to the breaking news reported moments ago, uk prime minister boris johnson tested positive for coronavirus. he's said to still be leading the government through this, albeit remotely. you talk about generation c. the generation, i guess coming of age during this pandemic.
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what will life be like for them? >> i wonder if generation c will be born into this world where public health becomes more of a -- becomes better recognized as such an important part of society. people now are recognizing that the epidemiologists are so important to the modern world. people like tony fauci are becoming household names. i think that hopefully that is going to be the thing that allows us to make consistent and regular investments to things like hospitals, to our health care system. to the role of public health in the world. we need that and we need that to be stable and long lasting in order to be prepared for these kinds of crises, for the next pandemic that will inevitably hit. >> how does this end? science. how does this end? facts. how does this end? work. that's really now getting
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the house of representatives will vote this morning on the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus plan. about $500 billion of it is aimed at distressed businesses including boeing. we're live in washington state with more. what do we expect, sara? >> reporter: boeing is washington state's largest private employer and a huge player in the u.s. economy as
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well. it suspended operations on wednesday due to the coronavirus outbreak. it is eligible potentially for billions of dollars in that stimulus package if passed by the house. but not everyone thinks it should get such a large chunk of that money. >> washington state is still reeling, 149 people dead, the second highest death toll in america from the novel coronavirus. >> we got pound -- we've got to pound it until it's done. i'm glad we're pitching in to what is really a warfare against a fatal disease in our state. >> that war meant a major hit to the state's economy. empty downtown seattle streets and a more than 800% increase in unemployment claims. one of the state's biggest employers, boeing, which for now is paying employees, has shut down for two weeks after a worker died from covid-19.
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boeing announced it was suspending work at its washington facilities monday, hours before the governor issued a stay-at-home order. about half of boeing's 138,000 employees work in washington state. the first state to experience a deadly coronavirus outbreak. economic relief may be on the way. >> on this vote, the yeas are 96. >> the senate passed a $2 trillion stimulus bill. >> 96-0. >> praised by the president who pushed the house to pass it, too. a sizable chunk of that stimulus package, $70 billion will go to the airline industry and airports. boeing called for $60 billion for u.s. aerospace companies that make planes and boeing itself could qualify for an additional $17 billion. >> this is the definition of too big to fail. >> but unlike when taxpayers got a stake in the automotive industry when it was bailed out by the obama administration in
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2009, boeing's ceo told fox business he does not want the government to own a stake in boeing in exchange for taxpayer-funded stimulus money. >> nobody has an interest in retaining government's equity in their company. we want to pay everything back. everybody does. to think that's not our motive is sort of silly. i don't have a need for a stake. if they force it, we look at all the other options and we've got plenty of them. >> the idea of a government bailout in the first place has one of the board members bail from her position. former u.s. ambassador to the u.n. nikki haley left the board in protest saying, i cannot support a move to lean on the federal government for a stimulus or bailout that prioritizes our company over others and relies on taxpayers to guarantee our financial position. >> she's been a great member. when a philosophical argument encumbers your ability to help
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the board represent itself to the government, you have to make that decision. so that's what she did. now we're moving on. >> boeing has faced serious criticism long before covid-19 closed it down. it's 737 max aircraft grounded after two of its passenger planes crashed killing all 364 people on board. nevertheless, boeing may also get more of a bailout than other industries. it's a huge employer in the united states. >> reporter: so the governor there talked about how important boeing was to this economy here in washington state and obviously around the united states. but also said it has to be tempered with fairness when it comes to what the citizens will get out of it, since it's taxpayer money funding that stimulus package and other industries and how they will
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fare. wee should mention that while boeing could be eligible for $17 billion, the cruise ship industry may not be eligible for any of the stimulus money. that is partly because many of the large cruise ship lines are actually headquartered outside of the united states. >> interesting, sara, thank you very much for that clarification and all of your reporting. okay. so remember that containment zone in new rochelle, new york, north of new york city? did that work? setting up a containment zone? . the mayor is going to give us a status report next. all this mulch. all these projects to do. you need a tractor that can do it all right. mowing. hauling. mulching. trenching. if it's on the to-do list, the #1 selling sub-compact tractor in the u.s. can do it. versatile performance-matched attachments.
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the city of new rochelle, new york, just north of new york city, was the area of a cluster of coronavirus, just two weeks ago. the mayor set up this so-called containment zone. and called in the national guard
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for help. so how is that hot spot doing today? well, joining us now is new rochelle mayor noam bramson. mr. mayor, great to see you. i interviewed you two weeks ago on the day you were announcing that you were asking the national guard for help and i just remembered, first of all, it feels like two months ago, i can't believe all that has happened in that time, but back then, the words containment zone, hot spot, national guard, it all sounded so dramatic, but a lot has changed in the world in these two weeks. tell us how is new rochelle doing today. >> well, you're right, events moved so quickly. it took exactly a week for all of the restrictions in our local containment zone to be overtaken and exceeded by state wide standards that were more restrictive. so in effect all of new york state had become a containment zone and much of america was not far behind. even so, i would say that new rochelle's local experience gives us some reason for
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cautious optimism because of those early restrictions, we're now seeing some indication that the rate of increase in the virus is moderating. and with each passing day, new rochelle accounts for a smaller share of covid-19 cases within our region. so i do want to emphasize the cautious part of that equation, the data can be interpreted in multiple ways, they are still preliminary. and even in the most positive light, the number of cases is still increasing. so it is entirely premature to celebrate, but at least the early signs are good. >> so just so i'm clear, the number of cases in new rochelle is increasing, but not at the clip that it had been two weeks ago? >> that's exactly right. this is what all the public health experts refer to as flattening the curve. if we can slow the rate of increase, it will prevent the virus from overwhelming our
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healthcare system. so, again, new rochelle's experience gives us reason for cautious optimism. >> and does it give us reason to try to re-create that model elsewhere? the containment zone, it became a household name, people around the country heard about it but what did you actually do that you think helped flatten the curve? >> it already has been replicated elsewhere. so the containment zone, which seemed like a forceful measure at the time, was really simply a restriction on large gatherings within large institutions. schools were closed, houses of worship were closed, people were advised voluntarily to limit their interactions with each other. now that's the policy that has been adopted state wide and across multiple states all across america. new rochelle was different only because it became a little bit earlier and so our experience here can be something of a leading indicator for how things might go elsewhere. >> i think the term containment zone made it sound as though
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people couldn't leave that one square mile, you know, the map we have up, that radius there, but that wasn't exactly the case. and also, the fact that the -- you called in the national guard, what was their role? >> well, the guard was here in new rochelle to help us with logistical and operational challenges. they assisted in the delivery of meals to schoolchildren, cleaning public facilities, the distribution of supplies, things that would have been beyond the capacity of a municipality the size of new rochelle, so we were very grateful that the state devoted these resources to us, we also recognized that as new rochelle moves from being an unusual outlier to being a more typical community, that those resources are going to be spread thin. so it is vitally important that we strengthen and mobilize our own interternl nal resources to the challenges coming over the next few weeks. i'm proud of the community agencies and the not for profit groups that have risen to the occasion, the great work of our city team that managed to
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maintain the central services in the context of a radically different work environment. the volunteers who stepped up to assist each other. we're going to need these resources like every community will need those resources because this is going to be a long challenge and the degree to which we support each other will determine what kind of community and what kind of country we have on the other side. >> and have you now lifted the so-called containment zone and if so what changes for life there in new rochelle? >> the containment zone was formally lifted two days ago. but to be clear, it had really become practically meaningless a week earlier when as i said new york state's restrictions, which apply to new rochelle and every other city in our state, became effective and were more restrictive than anything that was in place locally. >> okay. mayor noam bramson, we appreciate you giving us a status report. we hope that new rochelle continues to show signs of progress. thank you very much.
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okay, a major world leader has tested positive for coronavirus. "new day" continues right now. when you have a situation when the cases today compared to tomorrow is increased dramatically, there is no time for pullback. >> the u.s. passed china for the most reported coronavirus cases. >> what is happening in new york, we're going to see that in louisiana, we're going to see that in florida, we're going to see that in arizona. >> we are concerned about certain counties that look like they're having a more rapid increase. >> we have seen the numbers. we have seen the projections. this is about saving lives. >> i don't have the support that i need and even the materials that i need, physically, to take care of my patients. and it is america. >> this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> good morning, welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is "new day." it is friday, march 27th. it is 8:00 in the east. we have breaking news all over
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the place. first, as of this morning, the united states has more reported cases of coronavirus than any country on earth, more than italy, more than spain, more than china, where the outbreak began. nearly 1200 people died in the united states and the pandemic is accelerating here. 24 states have reported 100 or more new cases yesterday. cases surging in florida, michigan, illinois, louisiana, governors there still struggling to find ventilators. they're facing competition though with other states and the federal government. hospitals in different locations around the country are telling cnn that they expect to run out of icu beds within two weeks. the number of hospitalized patients in new york jumped 40% yesterday. refrigerated trucks are being mobilized now as makeshift morgues and more than 150 healthcare workers at four boston hospitals have tested positive for coronavirus. overnight, the new york city police department reported its first death and this morning more than 10% of the force is
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out sick. >> okay, john, despite the pleas from governors, president trump says he does not think that they need the amount of ventilators that they are requesting. so we will speak to doctors coming up to get their answer of what they need. and next hour, the house will vote on a $2 trillion relief stimulus rescue package. this is to get american workers the much needed help that they have been asking for as well as businesses. and then our breaking news, british prime minister boris johnson says he has tested positive for coronavirus. so let's get straight to nick paton walsh live for us in london with all this breaking news. what do we know about boris johnson? >> reporter: it is a startling development for a country just it seems beginning to get into the peak of coronavirus cases here. we understand very little apart from what he's put out on his twitter account here saying that the test happened i


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