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somehow, julian. >> i'll deliver it. i'll deliver it. good morning, america. on this friday morning, the number of covid-19 cases surging in the united states. now the most in the world. around the globe, more than 500,000 people now living with coronavirus, and more than 85,000 diagnosed in the u.s. one of the youngest patients, a 2-month-old diagnosed in nashville, while a 17-year-old succumbed to the disease in louisiana where they've seen a staggering jump in cases. now a new warning about chicago and detroit, and at the epicenter in new york, the nypd reporting the first death of one of its employees, and thousands of retired medical workers joining the ranks of those fighting the virus. the mayor of new york city joins us live. president trump calls out governors on the front lines of
the crisis saying overnight he thinks some governors are overestimating the virus and the number of ventilators needed. and our latest poll this morning, how americans think the president is handling the crisis. high sea outbreak. at least 23 sailors now in isolation on a u.s. navy aircraft carrier after testing positive for covid-19. 5,000 aboard the aircraft carrier about to undergo testing. the hidden faces of the crisis across the country as so many families are forced to care for their loved ones where they live. >> not being able to hug your mom is, like, horrible. >> what you need to know about keeping your family safe at home. this morning, the u.s. surgeon general joins us live. game changer. saints quarterback drew brees scoring big for louisiana, pledging $5 million to help feed children, seniors and families as corona cases spike in the big easy. the nfl superstar joins us this morning.
and the lab on the front lines comforting the doctors and nurses working tirelessly to fight coronavirus. >> she's changed our lives in the emergency department, and she's certainly changed mine. >> how she's lending a paw. wait until you meet wynn. good morning, america. happy to be with you on this friday morning, and we hope to get you ready for a safe and healthy weekend, and robin, we see so many people are showing their support for healthcare warriors on the front lines. >> i mean, neighbors helping neighbors here locally in connecticut. there are two restaurants, and they are taking donations, and they are delivering -- preparing and delivering meals to uconn medical center, the workers there. they're calling it feeding superheroes. look at this across the pond. people in the uk saluting workers with a standing ovation. look at that.
the mass event called clap for careers is making its way -- clap for carers i should say. clap for carers is making its way all around the world, and it is so great to see that, amy. >> yeah. they deserve that and so much more, but certainly nice to see them getting that recognition. here's what we know right now at this hour. the u.s. now with more coronavirus cases than any country in the world with 85,000, and more than 1,200 deaths worldwide, the number of people recovering from the virus reaching now more than 120,000. >> the house is hoping to approve the $2 trillion stimulus bill this morning. that's the largest rescue package ever. it includes direct payments to most americans, more unemployment benefits and loans for big and small businesses to stay afloat during the crisis. there's a chance that the approval will be delayed into the weekend, robin. all right, the navy hospital ship "mercy" is expected to arrive in the port of los angeles this morning.
it will care for non-coronavirus patients allowing hospitals to focus on the virus. there's another hospital ship coming to new york city. we're going to begin this morning with whit johnson in battery park in manhattan. good morning, whit. >> reporter: robin, good morning to you. that navy hospital ship "comfort" is expected to arrive here in new york as early as monday. this state now makes up more than a third of all coronavirus cases in the u.s., and we're seeing a wave of infections with new hot zones popping up across the country. this morning, the coronavirus pandemic reaching a painful milestone. the united states now with the most diagnosed cases in the world, more than 500,000 infected around the globe. in hard-hit new york city, the nypd reporting its first death of one of its own, a 14-year veteran, custodial assistant, dennis dickson. >> when hurricane sandy struck, he worked 17 days straight. since the coronavirus has struck new york city, he's been keeping the nypd safe.
>> reporter: and deputy police commissioner john miller, now awaiting results of his test after being admitted to the hospital with symptoms on thursday. more than 85,000 diagnosed in the u.s. this 30-year-old new york city schoolteacher now hooked up to ventilator. >> this is something that came out of nowhere. i wasn't expecting to expect corona-like symptoms. >> reporter: in kansas, 74-year-old dennis wilson passed away after testing positive and being hospitalized. doctors initially thought he had the flu and sent him home. >> he couldn't do the test because he didn't have any fever, but he was fully engulfed with pneumonia in that short of time. we weren't expecting it to be so bad. >> reporter: but even as the crisis expands, president trump says he would like to see parts of the country open by easter. >> this is a country that was built on getting it done, and our people want to go back to work.
i'm hearing it loud and clear from everybody. >> reporter: but the nation's top infectious disease doctor calling that goal aspirational. >> he's giving people some home, but he's listening to us when we say we have to re-evaluate it in realtime, and any decision we make has to be based on the data. >> reporter: overnight, the president telling sean hannity he believes some governors are overestimating the virus and the number of ventilators needed after reportedly backing out of a deal with g.m. and ven tech to produce those life saving machines. >> governor cuomo and others that say we want, you know, 30,000 of them. 30,000. think of this. you know, you go to hospitals that have one in a hospital, and now all of a sudden, everybody's asking for these vast numbers. >> reporter: cities across the country continuing to shut down, bracing for the worst. chicago's mayor anticipating 40,000 hospitalizations, ordering the closure of the city's lakefront, adjacent parks and riverwalk until further
notice after witnessing large crowds gathering outside. >> dear god, stay home. save lives. >> reporter: in louisiana, a spike in cases following recent mardi gras celebrations, up 28% in a single day. more than 2,300 people there now testing positive. at least 83 dead, including a 17-year-old. >> people become more cognizant that they have been exposed. they're more aware of what is going on, and now we're starting to see younger and younger people. >> reporter: but new york remains the epicenter, where some hospitals are being pushed to the brink. >> i think that i have never felt so physically and emotionally burdened in my life. i have never felt so deeply sad and distraught, and it's been incredibly painful to see the suffering of family members who i call from the icu hearing their tears, crying with them on
the phone and telling them that if and when we're able to extubate some of these patients, i will try my best to have them facetime. >> reporter: and volunteers are answering the call. in just 24 hours, at least 12,000 retired healthcare workers offering to pitch in, that's in addition to the 40,000 already committed. >> the outpouring in new york has been so inspiring. >> reporter: and the glimmer of hope from that washington nursing home, the site of the first deadly outbreak in the u.s. 90-year-old geneva wood who contracted the virus fighting back, recovering, now testing negative. >> i beat the coronavirus. i have a lot to live for, and god gave me the strength to do it. >> reporter: nice to hear that encouraging news there, but more states are now launching aggressive crackdowns on people gathering in parks. in fact, here in new york, the
city has taken down about 80 basketball hoops, and the nypd is now launching its chopper to help manage large crowds. george? >> okay, whit. thanks very much. let's bring in the mayor of new york right now. bill de blasio joins us from city hall this morning. first of all, our condolences to the nypd, the first victim, and all the casualties here in new york city. more than 23,000 cases here in new york city right now, 365 deaths. what more can you tell us about the situation right now? >> george, look, here's the reality in new york city. people are answering the call. healthcare workers, first responders, but we have to be real honest about where this is going. i can tell you right now we have enough supplies to get through this week and next week in our hospitals. that's all i can guarantee, and after that, unfortunately, we think this crisis is going to grow through april into may. that's the truth, and we need the president and everyone watching to understand it's just
a blunt reality. we're looking at the numbers. we're looking at the human impact, and we can't ignore it. we can't minimize it. we need help now. when the president says the state of new york doesn't need 30,000 ventilators, with all due respect to him, he's not looking at the facts of this astronomical growth of this crisis. a ventilator, george, means someone lives or dies. it's as simple as that. if they get the ventilator in time, they can live and come through like that amazing woman in washington state, 90 years old. that's beautiful, but if they don't have a ventilator, a lot of people won't make it. >> you need 30,000. where are you right now? what do you need from the federal government? >> we've gotten in new york city about 2,500 in the last week or so. the state needs 30,000. the city needs 15,000. we have some, and i'm thankful for that, but it has to keep coming. the president has to make that contract happen with the companies that can create ventilators not just for new york city and new york state, for the whole country. this is going to get worse
before it gets better, and it's literally -- we have to understand, without a ventilator, doctors can't save lives. this is the greatest country in the world. we should be producing all the ventilators possible over these next weeks because all parts of this country are going to need them. >> you know, it's not just ventilators. i have the cover of the "new york post" here this morning. hell on the front lines, talking about these nurses wearing plastic gowns, i mean, garbage bags in order to protect themselves. so many shortages in hospitals here in new york. >> george, the truth is we have, again, the supplies for this week and next. we've got to make sure every hospital is getting them to their extraordinary, heroic medical personnel, the nurses, doctors, everyone in those hospitals because the supplies are here. we have to make sure everybody gets them when they need them, but again, not too long from now i may not be able to say that if we don't get constant help from washington. there's a lot of fear, george, i don't believe any healthcare professional -- they're going through hell.
look what they have to deal with. we have to make sure the supplies are there every single time when they need them. >> you say this is going to go into may here in new york. the number of increased hospitalizations reached about 3,000 yesterday, 4,000 the day before. we know it's going up, but have we seen any flattening at all? >> george, some days we see numbers that make us a little hopeful, but i don't want to give people a false hope and then they get hit with a ton of bricks if it turns out it's not real. the overall projection, we believe over half the people in this city will ultimately be infected. now, again -- >> half? >> over half? >> over half. thank god for over 80% that will be very little impact in truth. for about 80%, we see this consistently it's like having a cold or flu-type dynamic and you get through it in seven or ten
days and a lot of those people get right back to work. our first responders and health care workers, but 20% of the people infected, it's going to be tough, and for some of them, it will be fatal. when you look at these overall numbers, we have to be honest about, it grows -- you know, before it comes down, we'll go through a really sharp growth period. >> mayor, final question. the president has talked about opening some parts of the country by easter. that's his hope. you talked about new york city. should we expect new york city to be closed basically through may? >> i think, george, we have to be ready for that, and i think it's going to spread in the country. this idea of easter is unfortunately a false hope. it would be better for the president to be blunt with people that we've got a really tough battle ahead. throw in the military who are not yet being fully engaged, and they're ready, but the president has to give the order. build those ventilators, get the supplies all over this country. people are going to need it in april and in may. >> may be -- mayor de blasio, thanks for your time this morning. >> thank you, george. george, unemployment claims are soaring across this country, but our new abc news poll with "the washington post" shows the
president has the highest approval rating. 48% since taking office. he has a 51% approval rating of handling the coronavirus crisis. senior national correspondent terry moran has more from washington now. good morning, terry. >> reporter: good morning, amy. that approval number for the president, that's the highest he's ever reached in our abc news poll, and it is the first time more americans are telling us they approve of the job that he's doing than disapprove. in a crisis, americans tend to rally around the president and support him. and even in these bitterly partisan times, our poll shows there is at least some of that spirit of national solidarity. we find support for the president drops in those harder hit areas. that said, these findings in our poll, and other polls, at the rally on wall street, all this is going reinforce the president in his belief that he's doing
the right thing, that he's going in the right way pushing to re-open the country in what he calls a tiered approach with surveillance testing sooner rather than later. >> and terry, we heard the president say that he had a, quote, terrific meeting with state governors about coordinating that response to the outbreak and that there was no contention, but there are real conflicts right now between hard-hit states and the president. >> reporter: you just heard some of that from mayor de blasio, and you'll hear it from governor cuomo and others. there is real tension between governors in hard-hit states and the federal government and the president personally. confrontation is part of president trump's management style. he likes to drive people, especially people who are vocal. those governors who are out there calling for the federal government to do more, those are people he's pushing back on. the bottom line for governors who need more, ask for it quietly and maybe praise president trump while you're doing it, amy. >> all right, terry moran in washington, thank you. michael? >> thank you, amy. let's bring in our chief medical correspondent, dr.
jennifer ashton who is joining us from her home. the cdc is issuing new guidance on what to do if you think you have the coronavirus, and also when it's safe to end your isolation. so what are those recommendations? >> michael, this has been really tricky because of the lack of testing. so people are symptomatic, they assume they have covid-19, but then they don't know when they can return to work or leave their homes. so these are the cdc guidelines. if you take a look at them, if you are sick, stay home. if you have a doctor or health care provider, call that person. check in with them. you want to avoid public transportation. stay away from people in your home and limit your contact with pets. if you have had a fever, it is recommended that you should be without a fever for 72 hours without any medication and seven days since your first symptom, and then you can go back to work, but i want to underscore, if we were able to test more people, we could use testing to determine when people have stopped shedding the virus and
then they can go back to work. we're just not there yet. >> that would really help, and new york has begun experimental treatment. they're taking blood from coronavirus survivors and giving it to people who are sick. so, how promising does that look? >> well, this is called convalescent plasma treatment and it's really hinging on antibodies that people make after they have been exposed to a virus. we think around four to eight weeks after they have recovered from covid-19. it's starting clinical trials in new york city right now. it's shown some promise in the past with sars and mers, but we need to track patients who are moderately ill with coronavirus to see if there's progress. fingers crossed. we need everything we can get right now in terms of treatment. >> a lot more to learn and our fingers are crossed. thank you for joining us this morning. robin, what's coming up? >> as you know, michael, we are just getting started. coming up, living with the virus. how families are managing to
care for their loved ones while they try to stay healthy. plus, surgeon general jerome adams is going to join us live. and the hero on and off the football field. saints quarterback drew brees and his wife brittany donating $5 million to hard-hit louisiana to fight the virus. we'll go one-on-one with the future hall of famer coming up. but first, let's check in with ginger who is also at home this morning. good morning, ginger. >> good morning, robin. good morning, everybody. let's go ahead and dive in because gardener, kansas shows us the vivid lightning, severe storms that brought nearly two-inch hail not just in kansas, but through missouri. then peoria, illinois, the quad cities, need to be on the lookout for tomorrow. a decent-size threat.
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nearly half of those cases coming from new orleans. cases there spiking by 28% in just one day. that's the fastest increase in the u.s. the governor there urging people to minimize contact saying, quote, you have it within your power, the opportunity to save lives. and now the saints quarterback and his wife, brittany, announcing they are donating $5 million to louisiana to help fight the coronavirus. representing who dat nation, i spoke with drew just moments ago at his home. drew, it's so great to see you there at home. i want to ask you because you and brittany, your college sweetheart, you have four little ones, ages 5 to 11. so, drew, how is the family doing this morning? >> well, the family's asleep right now, but the family's doing well. you know, obviously kind of a new normal for all families nowadays, especially with all our kids being home and having
to focus on the home-schooling thing and just -- i think that's been a huge adjustment. i never -- never realized how much work goes into that on a daily basis, especially for four kids that are on four totally different lesson plans and, you know, you're trying to figure it all out yourself as an adult. it's like we're going back to school as well at the same time to figure out how to teach them, but i think our school has done a good job coordinating everything. we're doing our best. this is the new normal, at least for the time being. we're trying to make it fun, and yet, it's definitely challenging. >> i bet it is. there's no playbook for something like this. please tell people what inspired you and brittany to step up and make such a generous donation. >> you know what? because there are so many people in need right now. obviously this is -- this is such an unprecedented time, and
such uncharted territory, and i know that we're all, i think as a country, trying to figure it out as we go along, you know, constantly trying to stay in tune with what's being, you know, what's being ordered and what's being asked of to you do, and just the fact that you have so many people out there who have lost their jobs at least for the time being, and especially when you look at the state of louisiana. i mean, we are a small business state. we are a hospitality state, and so those are the industries that really have been hit the hardest, and so many people are without so much right now, and i think for brittany and i, the most important thing was about fulfilling, you know, some of their most basic needs and mainly being able to feed those families and to feed those kids of healthcare workers that are on the front lines right now, and are having to drop their kids off at day care as they go to work to save lives, and we want them to know that, hey, their kids are taken care of. we want the seniors to know that
they are taken care of. i think these are some of their most basic needs, and yet i think that continues to give them hope. that lets them know there are people out there that are caring for them, and looking out for them, and we'll all get through this together. >> and i know you have put a lot of thought into this, and had a lot of conversations. this is wonderful what you are doing because exactly for the reasons that you said. we had great news from your coach, sean payton. he was on earlier "good morning america" with michael when he was first diagnosed as being positive, but now he says he is cleared. he is feeling much better, and he is still getting the word out to people there in new orleans and louisiana to stay at home. is that a message that still needs to get out to people? >> yes. i think it does. i mean, obviously this situation is much more real for some than for others, especially those that may have loved ones or friends who have been affected by the virus thus far. it's a bit of a surreal
atmosphere right now just because it is so weird, and it is so different, and yet i think if we want to at least get over the hump with this and get on the downswing, it's something we all need to make sure we're obeying what the medical experts say when it comes to this virus. >> well said. well said, and i've got to say, i'm in my screening room where i watch the saints game. i have my saints blanket that i'm holding up right now. who dat nation is so incredibly thankful to you, proud of you, drew brees and brittany. thank you, thank you, thank you, and wishing you and everyone all the best. take care. >> thanks, robin. you too. god bless. >> god bless. yep. this is what i'm wrapped in right in front of my screen watching those games on sunday. what he has done, and that was what he was doing after hurricane katrina as well. he stepped up. he was new to the team, and he stepped up at that point.
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as we've reported, the u.s. now tops the world in covid-19 cases. more than 85,000 americans fighting the virus. the number of tests performed approaching 60,000 but many people living with symptoms still can't get tested. matt gutman joins us now with some of their stories. good morning, matt. >> reporter: hey. good morning, george, from an educational training center in a hospital, and the hospital is where many folks end up even if they haven't been tested and that means that they leave spouses and loved ones to fend for themselves at home without the usual safety nets. this morning, the faces of coronavirus. those battling covid-19, and those caring for them taking us inside their homes all across the country. >> it's extremely hard. >> reporter: with his 34-year-old wife tiffany in the hospital, jonathan gibson is left to care for their toddler alone. >> i'm all i've got. so i can't get sick. >> reporter: before being admitted to the hospital in new
orleans, she spent ten days isolated in their bedroom which he's been pain takingly disinfecting. >> why do you call your bedroom chernobyl? >> it's it was a huge schism that shook a lot of lives and so, you know, going in there, it just feels like a war zone. >> reporter: when 11-year-old madison who has asthma was diagnosed with coronavirus seven days ago in nevada, her parents erika and jason immediately isolated her in her bedroom. >> we explained to her, i said, look, you have to stay in the room. before you exit your room, you need to wash your hands for 20 seconds. i need you to cover your face with a mask. in your room is where you have freedom to move. >> reporter: and some children stepping into the role of caretaker like greg who says both of his parents have been diagnosed with covid-19. >> the hardest thing in the world is coming in from san diego and having to care for my mom without touching her, and not being able to hug your mom is, like, horrible. >> reporter: his father remains hospitalized and is starving for contact.
>> the hospital is about to put some ipads in place. there may be a way to facetime your loved ones in the hospital which is pretty cool. >> reporter: and as many americans await for test results families are forced to treat loved ones like they do covid-19. folks like danielle in maryland. >> 27 times the other day i washed my hands. >> reporter: her husband has been sick for 11 days since returning from a trip to new orleans. she's now using an ironing board to pass food to him. what happens if you get sick at this point? >> i thought about it. i just don't know what we'll do. >> reporter: the ship might go down? >> the ship may go down. >> reporter: yeah. danielle calls herself a mama bear. she says she'll do what it takes to make sure her family is safe. it's important to note that her husband alex only has mild symptoms like 80% of the people who contract the virus, and even if you do wind up in the hospital, chances are you can recover. michael? >> we sure hope so, matt. thank you so much. joining us live now is the
surgeon general of the united states, dr. jerome adams. dr. adams, thank you for joining us this morning. we just heard from several americans who are caring for loved ones with the coronavirus. what's your advice for people in that situation? and also for those who are caring for someone who they suspect may have the virus but can't get tested, what is your advice for them as well? >> well, we've told everyone to act as if you have the virus because you could be spreading it whether you have symptoms or not. go to coronavirus.gov. there are tips there on how to prepare. we want people to be thinking about getting medications ahead of time for people who may be sick. if you have the ability, isolate a bathroom and a bedroom for someone who has coronavirus or is likely to have coronavirus. make sure you're disinfecting surfaces frequently, and wash your hands every time you go in and out of the room. just make sure you stay at home. we know around the world, a lot of cases of coronavirus have been spread by family members of people who we know have been diagnosed as covid-positive, and
those family members go out and spread it to other people. >> the white house unveiled its 15-day to slow the spread guideline. that was 11 days ago. the u.s. surpassed china in known infections. do you think that this initiative is actually working at this point? >> well, we actually know it's working. we know that china and south korea are reopening. we know that italy reached their max -- or have leveled off and are coming down. when you look at washington and the governor of new york even said yesterday that their new cases per day have leveled off. it's no longer accelerating. that's a coincidence with them having a week of these measures. we're slowing the spread, and it's important for people to note that everyone's timeline will be different, and we want to give people the data and tools they need to make the right choices. new york will be different than new orleans and is going to be different than boise, idaho. >> we're approaching those 15 days.
do you think we'll need more? >> well, i think in some places definitely we're going to need a lot more. some places haven't hit their peak yet, and what we're looking to do in the next week or two is really get people the testing data that they need to make informed choices. some places it doesn't matter if it's easter or memorial day or labor day, we know that we want people to be thinking about what they can do now so that we can quickly get through this with as few deaths and as few hospitalizations as hospital. >> the president has been talking about relaxing the restrictions in classified areas. there's low, medium or high risk. unless you're consistent across the entire country, how is that supposed to work and not spread state to state still? >> well, the way it works is through cooperation. i used to run a state health department. the authority lies at the state level. important for people to know that 19 of 20 -- of the 50 states of the country according to dr. birx have been testing and have documented persistently low spread. we want to make sure those places know what their situation is.
we want to make sure the next new york knows what its situation is, and we're looking at new orleans. we're looking at chicago. we're looking at detroit, and we want to make sure people are talking to each other so that if they're in a high-risk area, they're taking appropriate precautions. if they are in a lower risk area, that doesn't mean that you stop social distancing. it doesn't mean you stop washing your hands or stop doing what we're telling everybody to do. it means you may not have to be on total lockdown the way we see new york city and places in california are. >> i think that's important for people to know. just because you're low risk does not mean that you can still do the things like you used to do in the past. still doesn't help anybody. all right, dr. adams, thank you so much. appreciate your time. >> thank you. coronavirus.gov for more details. >> all right, we got you. good to know. coming up, a little pick-me-up, the family that will have you dancing into the weekend. it is our "play of the day." stay with us. it's no big deal, really. that little vent that won't stay open.
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good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. a surge in u.s. cases of coronavirus. now the most in the world, and as the crisis expands, the president says he would like parts of the country back open by easter and says overnight he thinks some governors are overestimating both the virus and the number of ventilators needed to combat it. the new warnings about chicago and detroit, and a staggering jump in cases in louisiana. new york still the epicenter. some hospitals here pushed to the brink. the latest this morning. living apart and feeling alone. so many feeling isolated right now. how to stay connected, and the one thing we can all control. one-on-one with the head of starbucks. all u.s. locations shut down except for drive-throughs. the pledge from the company to all employees for the next 30
days. the free coffee they're sending to first responders, lessons learned in china as the outbreak spread and what starbucks said that's changing in american stores when they start re-opening. new overnight, harry, meghan and 10-month-old archie leaving canada and moving to l.a. their new life in california starting now. also this morning, a pet of the week like we've never had before. so many clicking on this photo of the e.r. doctor, and wynn, the lab, helping everyone with stress and anxiety. you'll meet wynn and her helping paws this morning as we say, good morning, america. ♪ ain't no mountain high enough ♪ good morning, america. so glad to have you all with us on this friday morning. it has been quite a week to say the least, but we are all getting through it together. isn't that right, robin? >> that's right, michael strahan.
you know i would love to be with all of you there in the studio and the crew. i miss you so much, but just like so many, we're connected. we're doing it virtually, and this morning we have some tips on how to take on the challenges of distancing if you live by yourself. that is different. connection is key right now. we're going to talk about that, amy, and a lot more. >> we miss you too, robin, just for the record. it is friday so, we're going to reveal our pet of the week. this is wynn the lab. take a look. she's bringing joy and comfort to health care workers in denver. those heroes right there on the front lines bringing so much joy. we're going to see more of wynn in action coming up in just a bit. that is coming up. there are so many people on the front lines all over the country right now. the u.s. now has more coronavirus cases than any country in the world. 85,000, more than 1,200 deaths. we want to go back to whit johnson in battery park here in manhattan with more. good morning, whit. >> reporter: george, good morning.
new hot zones continue to pop up across the country, but new york state now makes up more than a third of all cases in the u.s., and the mayor predicting this morning it's going to get worse before it gets better. the united states now with the most diagnosed cases in the world, more than 500,000 infected around the globe, but even as the crisis expands, president trump says he would like to see parts of the country open by easter. >> this is a country that was built on getting it done, and our people want to go back to work. i'm hearing it loud and clear from everybody. >> reporter: but the nation's top infectious disease doctor calling that goal aspirational. >> give people some hope, but he's listening to us when we say we have to reevaluate it in realtime, and any decision we make has to be based on the data. >> reporter: overnight the president telling sean hannity he believes some governors are overestimating the virus and the number of ventilators needed. just hours after backing out of
a deal with gm and medical device company ventech to produce those life-saving machines. >> it's a highly -- it's very expensive. it's a very intricate piece of equipment. you know what it is, heavily computerized and, you know, the good ones are very, very expensive and, you know, they say, like governor cuomo and others, they say we want, like, 30,000 of them. 30,000. think of this, you know, you go to hospitals, they'll have one in a hospital and now all of a sudden everybody is asking for these vast numbers. >> reporter: earlier this morning, new york city mayor bill de blasio speaking to george about the city's need for ventilators. >> you need 30,000. where are you right now, and what do you need from the federal government? >> we have gotten in new york city about 2,500 in the last week or so. the state needs 30,000. the city needs 15,000. we've gotten something and i'm thankful for that, but it has to keep coming. >> reporter: and the nypd is now reporting the first death of one of its own, a 14-year veteran
custodial assistant, dennis dickson. we know that hundreds of police officers, firefighters and first responders have tested positive for coronavirus in this city alone. amy? >> yes. so many heroes and they are susceptible as well. whit johnson, thank you. we have some breaking news. uk's prime minister boris johnson has just tested positive for coronavirus. the spokesperson from downing street releasing a statement saying he is experiencing mild symptoms and in keeping with the guidance, the prime minister is self-isolating at downing street. he is continuing to lead the government's response to coronavirus from there. michael? >> no one's immune. thank you, amy. we're going to go to that outbreak on a u.s. navy aircraft carrier after two dozen sailors tested positive for coronavirus. now all 5,000 crew members will be tested. martha raddatz has more from washington. good morning, martha. >> reporter: good morning, michael. the warship had been under way, but is now docked in that pier in guam.
those sailors, at least 25 who tested positive are now in isolation at a naval facility there. the 5,000 who remain on the carrier will all be tested, and the number of those infected is expected to grow. i've spent a fair amount of time on carriers. they are like cruise ships, but where those on board not only live but work, they're floating cities but with crowded hallways, communal meals and sleeping quarters where up to 100 sailors sleep on bunks, stacked three or four high. and of course, the navy is now down one carrier, and it was one of only three operating worldwide, but the navy insists the u.s. will still be able to carry out its missions, michael. >> keep our eye on that story. thank you so much, martha. robin? all right, michael. i want everybody to know about this, that we're going to celebrate the life of a basketball legend. fred "curly" neal, the long-time face of the harlem globetrotters. yep, that music. he has passed away.
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♪ good morning, good morning good morning, and welcome back to "gma" from times square, and from robin's house. robin, we see you have a special stagehand over there helping you out. >> let me just say i miss you guys. i do, and i also miss the crew. i mean, so many -- it takes a village as you know there in the studio. eddie, keisha, the list goes on. gary, sal. i mean, so many people who help out. around here, somebody's wearing a lot of different hats.
my partner, amber. yeah, right before we went on the air, she was helping me with the audio and the mic, and putting in the ifb and, you know, just kind of getting me all set and all that. feeling very good about herself as well. she did a little, like, happy friday dance thinking she did nail the job. but let me just say i miss everyone, everyone. everyone's job there is secure. she's good. she's good, let me tell you that, but eddie fonsi and keisha, you have nothing to worry about. >> big smiles on their faces right now, robin. >> but fonsi is hurt. >> ah. too many to name. too many. i love you, fonsi. fonsi knows i love him. he knows why i love him. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. coming up on your saturday "gma," the grocery game plan to
strategically stock up to make the best meals for your family. moving on to our "gma" cover story, and the royal relocation. prince harry and meghan leaving canada and officially putting their roots down in los angeles. james longman joins us now with more on that. hey, james. >> reporter: hi, amy. welcome to an almost entirely deserted buckingham palace. it is hard to believe that just a few weeks ago, the world's press were here with news that harry and meghan were quitting the royal family. now they are making a new move. this morning, new reports that harry, meghan and baby archie are setting up home in los angeles. the duke and duchess of sussex are reported to have left their temporary home on vancouver island and headed south with their 10-month-old son before the border between canada and the u.s. closed last saturday. >> they were always planning a move to l.a. i think this plays a significant role in the charitable work they will be doing moving forward. of course, with the current
travel restrictions and threat of coronavirus, it makes sense for the couple to bring that move forward and set up their base now. >> reporter: according to "people" magazine, the royal couple had been living in a secluded compound and haven't ventured out amid the coronavirus pandemic. news of the move comes just as disney announced that the duchess will narrate a new disney nature film, "elephant," and it comes out next month. proceeds from the film will help elephant without borders, a charity harry and meghan worked in while in botswana a few years ago. now we can see the family will be limiting their contact with others as much as possible, but this is a relief perhaps for meghan who will now be closer with her mother, doria, at this challenging time. amy? >> always good to be near family. thank you so much, james. robin? that is the truth, amy. around the world, people are doing their part by staying apart, but it can be difficult to take on this challenge, especially if you live alone. so this morning, we have some self-soothing methods to help stop those anxious feelings before they even start, but first, take a look at how so
many are staying connected while isolated. >> reporter: we are all practicing some form of physical distancing and it's taking a toll on our emotional well-being, making so many of us feel isolated. to combat that, one small business owner in connecticut creating quarantini time. >> my little pina colada. >> reporter: a virtual happy hour on zoom to show his staff they are all alone together. this week's conversation, march madness with a surprise visitor. >> in this tragic time and tough time we're having right now, it's great to have a good time and laugh a little bit. >> reporter: moments like this, helping to raise morale, but what about people who are living alone? steve feldman, a business owner in new york, is used to being social. now he's alone at home and feeling uneasy. >> i know i'm doing better than a lot of people, but i have to tell you, there is a bit of
depression, and you have a lot of anxiety. >> reporter: alone in quarantine, tara rye says she has been taking it one day at a time. >> what's going to happen tomorrow and the next day? so that kind of looming and we don't know for how long this is going to last. so it has been hard. >> reporter: dr. stacy kaiser, a psychotherapist, says that increased stress is perfectly normal, but says we need to be diligent and focusing our mind elsewhere. her advice? create your own family. >> what this means is they find people who are friends or neighbors and they become part of their quarantine circle. so that means that you actually have in-person dinners together, and you get each other groceries and interact as if you were a group of people living in a household together who were actually connected like family is. >> that's right. we're going to bring in best-selling author of six books
including "super attracter," and we have motivational speaker gabby bernstein from her home. good morning. we had you on the show to talk about your latest book. it seems like a lifetime ago. we always appreciate your insight. >> it does. >> there's so much -- as you know, there is so much we can't control about a situation, but there is one thing we can control and you often talk about that, and that is our attitude about it. >> that's exactly right, robin. we can't control our experience at this time, but we can absolutely control how we choose to perceive each day. so i want to give you these methods on how to shift our perception each day to feel better and get through this. >> okay, but first, we want to hear from a viewer who is dealing with some anxiety. this is peter. here's his question. >> i find that when new information comes out on the disease or new information on the hospital comes out, i start to get very anxious, and very worried. how can i -- how can i help control that anxiety?
>> so my advice to peter would be to begin his day by setting an intention, robin. i think we have to set intentions every single day to allow ourselves to show up with a better attitude and a better perspective. so one thing i have been doing every morning is i get out my journal and i write two questions down. how do i want to feel today, and what do i want to give today? when we think about what we want to give today, do i want to give groceries to a neighbor? do i want to give to a charity? do i want to give by posting something positive on social media? by setting ourselves up with an intention each day, it really allows us to get into an energy that's going to be sustainable all throughout the day. >> all right. so our intentions are good, and you know this as well as i do. you'll start off the day really well. you'll start, you know, write out your intentions and then the afternoon comes and then nighttime comes. what do you say to that? >> there are two things i really recommend.
one thing that i have been doing every afternoon is i have been grabbing a yoga strap, and you can do this with a sock or you can do this with a towel, and i just do a heart-opening stretch where i bring my arms up to the sky, roll my shoulders back and really open my heart because right now, robin, we have so much stagnant energy that's stuck in us, and so we have to have these kind of postures each day to open up our heart. before i go to bed at night, i use a tapping exercise. it's emotional freedom technique, and you tap right between your pinky finger and your ring finger, and as you tap this point, you would simply say, i am safe. i am safe. this is an accupressure point that will stimulate the vagus nerve and get you into that relaxed state and parasympathetic state. this mantra, i am safe, i am safe will help you sleep at night. >> oh, that sounds like a wonderful idea. i may try that one myself.
i hear that you keep crayons out so you can -- >> yes. >> -- know to remind yourself to write out your intentions? >> i've got my 15-month-old's crayons in a big box, and throughout the day my husband and i will just write down different mantras or intentions. we'll also put post-its throughout the house saying, this is our mantra for the day. you can put a positive affirmation on a post-it and put it on your mirror in the morning, and do things to elevate yourself all throughout the day so you can sustain this time. >> yeah. have that attitude of gratitude. find something, something and get out of yourself. well, thank you so much. i hope you're doing well. the family is doing well, gabby, everyone's fine? >> everybody's good. everybody's good. i'm really happy to see you're home. you're taking care of yourself and your family too. >> thank you. i'm looking around yours too. i'm going, you look like you're in upstate new york. yeah. you got that upstate new york feel in that house. love it. looking good. looking good. thanks, gabby. take care. >> thank you, robin.
>> you take care. have a safe weekend. and now to ginger. we'll be looking in the background where ginger is home. that's your basement, right, ginger? >> yes, robin. i've already written my intention and now i've got a little something extra special. thank you, robin and gabby. we have a "gma" moment from atlanta. this is 2-year-old makai because we are all focused on wellness. >> huh? >> vitamin. >> vitamin, good job. what is this one? >> elderberry. >> elderberry. good job. what is this one? >> uhh. echinacea. >> good job. >> oh, we love that so much. thank you, ebony, from atlanta, georgia for sending that in. take a moment if you wouldn't mind, put your "gma" moment on my facebook page or write in my instagram dms and we can share it with the rest of the world. appreciate it so much.
good morning. i'm abc 7 news meteorologist mike nicco. welcome to friday. a dry day with increasing clouds and temperatures a little below average. tonight, no need to worry about frost. clouds will bring us a chance of rain by morning and over the weekend as we have a one for both days on the storm impact scale. today, 57 to 62. five to seven cooler than. notice the green and yellow, the light to