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CNN10 2020-04-06

CNN 10

Trump Administration Warns Of A Big Test; A Tech Company Tracks Cell Phones Across America; We Take A Virtual Trip To A Picturesque, Snowy Landscape

Aired April 6, 2020 - 04:00:00 聽 ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Thank you for taking 10 for CNN 10. Objective explanations of global news for a global audience. I'm Carl Azuz.

We've quoted health experts who've said this worldwide coronavirus pandemic is going to get worse before it gets better. The turnaround point is still unknown. When we assembled this show there were more than 1 million, 250 thousand cases of COVID-19 confirmed around the world, roughly a fourth of them are in the United States the nation with the most cases and the Trump Administration says a big test is coming over the next couple weeks.

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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: This will be probably the toughest week between this week and next week.

DR. DEBORAH BIRX, WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE RESPONSE COORDINATOR: This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe. And that means everybody doing the six feet distancing, washing your hands.

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AZUZ: Coronavirus is expected to cause more deaths this year in America than the seasonal flu usually does. Keeping physical distance from other people is our most important tool according to a U.S. medical official and he says this may already be paying off in Washington State. Meanwhile in New York, the hardest hit state, the governor says coronavirus deaths might be approaching their apex, their worst point or that they could be hitting a plateau. This is because the number of daily deaths in New York slightly decreased at one point this weekend though officials say it's still too early to tell if things are turning around there.

There are other states that haven't seen the worst of this disease yet and the lack of testing continues to be a problem in several parts of the U.S.

So it's hard to get a clear picture of who's caught COVID-19. Over the weekend, there was a hopeful sign from Italy where more than 15,000 people have died from coronavirus. On Sunday, the European country saw its lowest daily number of deaths in more than two weeks and the number of patients in critical care also decreased for the second day in a row. So potentially good news there but experts say it could still take some time before this happens across the United States.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Remember when Spring breakers in Florida wouldn't stop partying even after the coronavirus pandemic United States? What happened when Spring break was over?

JOSH ANTON, X-MODE: We can actually track movement of these devices over the remaining weeks of March, seeing where these devices went after Spring breakers left the beach.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So what you're seeing in this video is what happens if people do not exercise social distancing. Where a group of individuals, you know, or a few thousand people in this case gathered at a beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and all the places that they've traveled showcasing how interconnected our world is.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Josh Anton runs X-Mode. A company that tracks the movement of devices like cell phones. His team says that it's used location data to track where everyone on the beach in Fort Lauderdale in March went after they left including those Spring breakers.

ANTON: From New York to the Midwest even Canada, you know the power of this location data can be used to understand not only, you know, how people and where people are - - are traveling post - - post gathering. But also potentially to prepare and be proactive if something happens, right, to identify future hotspots of where the coronavirus could happen before it happens.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But the applications of X-Mode's technology go way beyond the sunburned co-eds, Anton says the company tracks 25 million devices every month in the United States and millions more around the world. X-Mode says it would be willing to work with governments and other groups to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

ANTON: We work with, you know, apps that have a real location use for - - use case for providing location whether it's transit apps, whether it's weather apps or apps that alert you about the earthquakes happening near you. Right? We then integrate our location technology to allow data sharing where a user can opt in to sharing their location data. We comply with GDPR. We comply with CCPI but we try to go a step beyond it which is, you know, being what we call privacy conscience.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The company claims it licenses that data to third parties including advertisers without any personal identifying information.

Can your technology be used to track individuals? Can it track me?

ANTON: It could. Right? But we don't allow that and we don't allow any of our partners to do that because we just don't think that's the right thing to do.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: While Anton says his company makes every effort to keep data secure and doesn't identify the owners of the devices it is tracking, there are serious privacy concerns about this kind of technology. In 2018 a "New York Times" investigation showed how location data could be used to identify the specific owner of a particular device. You know I don't think a lot of people realize that even this technology exists. That it's out there and I think some people are pretty creeped out. What would you say to folks to have concerns when they, sort of, see that you can track devices like this?

ANTON: I'm going to quote Uncle Ben from Spiderman which is with great power comes great responsibility. Right? You know, I think there's a fine line. I think it's very important that users can (inaudible) and it's very important that you ethically book (ph) that data.

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AZUZ: 10 Second Trivia. Which of these nations is made up of 47 regions? France, Japan, Morocco, or Indonesia. With 47 prefectures, Japan is the answer.

Call it a virtual vacation, a pseudo sabbatical, a fabricated field trip, no it's not as good as going somewhere in person but our new travel series can help us all escape the coronavirus and restrictions. And while we have taken a trip to Tokyo recently, we haven't shown you the wonderland of northern Japan. If the cold never bothered you anyway, then the Hakkoda Mountains in winter are a great place to see what's frozen.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When the winter snow starts falling in Japan's northern Tohoku Region a blizzard is never far behind. That's when most local residents find shelter indoors. Notu Toko Ono (ph).

UNIDENTIFIED MALE TRANSLATED: What I like about snow hiking is the winter scenery. Nature is beautiful. I love it. It's like a Japanese ink painting in black and white in a world of silence.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Ono (ph) is snowshoe tracking through the Hakkoda Mountains, a series of volcanic peaks in the remote Aomori Prefecture. It's one of the snowiest, most wild places on Earth. The hotels, trees, even street lamps are buried in snow. For skiers, Hakkoda's powder is the stuff of dreams. Many of the runs are on back country slopes suited only for the most daring.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This place is a little different because there aren't many cut runs into the mountain. It's a real - - real, kind of, choose your own adventure, find your own path. It's very interesting.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Despite sub-zero winds, finding warmth here isn't hard. Thermal springs bubble across the mountain. People have bathed in onsens as they're known here for centuries. A winter wonderland yes but Japanese history also remembers Hakkoda as a place of disaster where the cold claimed the lives of military expedition gone wrong over a century ago.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE TRANSLATED: The landscape can be both beautiful and severe. This is Hakkoda and that's the nature of nature. But it's something that I want visitors to experience and enjoy here through guides like me.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Snowy, wild and for Ono (ph), a world of silence worth the trek.

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AZUZ: There have been seismic changes around the world during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and we mean that literally. With lockdowns in place around the world, there are fewer vibrations in the Earth that are normally caused by highway traffic, trains, busses, people moving around going about their daily lives. The relative quietness has led to what scientists call less seismic noise and that has made it easier for them to detect events like small earthquakes.

So this is all a shake up but not tectonically. People still wake up but they meet electronically. The ground has shifted. It's changed the nations.

The footing is shakier. There are fewer good vibrations. This fault in our world and is seismic fate make a trouble historic time and "plate".

I'm Carl Azuz. Our last stop today is in Roseville, California. We're happy to see the students of Roseville High School. Thank you for taking the time to watch CNN 10.

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