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CNN10 2020-10-13

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Corona Virus Headlines from Several Countries; Early Voting in America; Virtual Tour of Dubai; Record Setting T. Rex

Aired October 13, 2020 - 04:00 聽 ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Hello and welcome to everyone watching worldwide. My name is Carl Azuz. We are covering a range of topics today from early U.S. voting to a virtual tour or a Middle Eastern city. But we're starting with the status of the corona virus both in America and abroad. It's still out there. It's still spreading but the number of cases and deaths blamed on the disease are different from nation to nation and community to community. Globally, Johns Hopkins University has recorded 37.6 million positive corona virus tests since the pandemic began.

The U.S. has seen more than 7.7 million. Globally scientists have blamed more than 1 million deaths on corona virus. America has accounted for roughly 215,000 of those fatalities.

Over all estimates that came out this summer indicate that COVID-19 is deadlier than the flu. Roughly one-tenth of one percent of people who catch influenza are estimated to die from it. Roughly six-tenths of one percent of people who catch corona virus are estimated to die from it.

Over the past week, the number of corona virus cases has increased in 31 U.S. states. The remaining 19 are either holding steady of seeing decrease in case numbers according to Johns Hopkins. And worldwide, it's a mixed bag as well with very different approaches from nation to nation.

There are countries like Australia and New Zealand which imposed strict lockdowns during corona virus outbreaks and saw new case numbers come under control. But there's also Sweden, it made the controversial decision not to have the lockdowns of other countries but it's also seen a relatively low number of new cases in recent months. Though they have been increasing lately. Numbers in several other parts of Europe appear to be on the rise.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm Nick Horbison (ph) in London where the British Prime Minister is expected to announce a simplification of COVID regulations that tackle the growing number of infections across the country, has expected to announce a three tier system, medium, high and very high. We know that the city of Liverpool is expected to be in the very high category. They are expecting bars, gyms and casinos to be shutdown but a lot of other details still to be worked out.

FRED PLEITGEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I'm Fred Pleitgen in Moscow as new corona virus infections here in Russia remain at a very high level.

Russian authorities recorded around 13,600 new infections in a span of 24 hours, and one of the main epicenters remains the capital here in Moscow with about 4,400 new infections in a single day. The Russian authorities are urging people to abide by the anti-pandemic measures but also say if the high numbers persist they might have to put additional measures in place.

SCOTT MCLEAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I'm Scott McLean in Berlin where nearly every large city in this country is now considered a corona virus hotspot.

Stuttgart has even called in the military for help. Berlin though, is seeing the highest rates of infection. This past weekend the health minister though is warning for the potential of uncontrolled spread of the virus fueled by weddings and large religious gatherings. Later today,

German officials are expected to announce a new testing strategy and quarantine rules.

MELISSA BELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I'm Melissa Bell in Paris. After a week of record rises here in France in terms of the number of new corona virus cases, two extra cities on top of the four that entered the maximum alert category on Saturday will do so from tomorrow. They join then Paris and Marseilles with all the fresh restrictions that that will bring. And yet, for now, the national positivity rate continues to climb 11.5 percent this Monday. That's up from just 4.3 percent on September 1st. And for the greater Paris region, it has now reached 17 percent.


AZUZ: 10 Second Trivia. Who was the candidate in the U.S. election that saw the highest percentage of voter turnout? Rutherford B. Hayes, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt or John F. Kennedy. Though 50 to 60 percent of voters have turned out for modern elections, 82 percent turned out for Hayes victory in 1876.

More than 128 million votes were cast in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and so far this year, more than 9 million votes have been cast.

But Carl, you might be saying, Election Day isn't until November 3rd. Right. But 38 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia allow early voting. There's also been a surge in mail-in voting because of concerns about the corona virus pandemic. So according to the U.S. election project, millions have voted and millions more will vote before October is over.

What's interesting, according to one analyst is that the votes that have been cast are based on what the political environment is right now. How people currently feel about Republican Incumbent President Donald Trump, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden or any other candidate they want to see in office. So if those early voters change their minds before November 3rd, they can't change their votes. Those have already been cast.

Except for Tuesdays, the Louvre Museum in Paris is open again from 9am to 6pm. Visitor numbers are limited and they have to wear masks but for Americans it's a moot point. Most aren't allowed to travel from the U.S. to France right now. In southern Asia, the Taj Mahal reopened to visitors last month. Only 5,000 people are allowed to go there per day when it was 70,000 before the corona virus pandemic hit, but for Americans it's a moot point. The State Department says, don't travel to India. Even as tourist venues reopen, there's a lot less travel going on in the world because of COVID-19. But there is a way to see some venues and cities without leaving your living room.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The COVID-19 continues to confine us inside. More institutions around the world are opening their online doors than ever before. All you need is an internet connection and a power cord. That's Michael (inaudible) who's helped launch one of the world's largest virtual city tours.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So Mark360 (ph) is a 360 virtuality have decided to create a virtual 360 tour of the whole of Dubai.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: From the Burg Califa (ph) to the lounge inside, Dubai Marina's (inaudible), Michael's company has digitized dozens of Dubai landmarks including malls, museums and most everything in between. But how do these virtual tours compare to the real thing?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If you virtually walking yourself up to a museum, of course, seeing a sights and sounds and -- and the smells of the place. You can't reputate that (inaudible). If you want to see a -- a specific exhibit in a museum, whether you're there or whether you're online, the information and the look and feel is exactly the same.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He says filming these experiences isn't all that difficult. I imagine it's much more labor intensive than just getting your digital camera and uploading it online.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No. It's -- and -- and the process itself is not to -- not to difficult. Yes, 360 is not a complicated thing. It's -- it's --anyone can go and buy a 360 camera and it's cheap.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: But the challenge comes in the edit suites.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You take all those photos (inaudible) and now you have to stitch them into what you see as a panoramic photo. Which is (inaudible) 360 photo that you can look around and then you have to stitch all of those panoramics together into a walk through. And then it could take us a week to film but could take us six weeks to stitch together.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Dubai 360 launched long before corona virus became a common term but like many virtual experiences, website hosts say that more visitors have been logging on during the pandemic than ever before. And the International Council of Museums are seizing this moment by encouraging people to use online exhibits as a relaxing way to spend your extra indoor time.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Binge watching series is going to melt your brain. You've got to (inaudible). Go to (inaudible) educate yourself and better yourself. Get out there. Explore the world more. There are other options to (inaudible) and if you can't leave your house 360's the way to do it.


AZUZ: For 10 out of 10, we have some "sad ish" news for you today. Your chance to own your very own fossilized T-Rex has come and gone. Last month we told you how "Stan" a dino skeleton named for the paleontologist who discovered it was going up for auction. Christie's Auction House estimated it would fetch $6 million but in true T-Rex fashion, "Stan" ate that for breakfast. The winning bidder paid $31.8 million. It's the most money any fossil has ever fetched at auction and the skeleton isn't even complete.

Though it took a complete fortune to "fossilitate" such a "giganotosaurus" sale and "triceratops" the record. Maybe someone's all "velocirapted" up in this idea of collecting "allysaurus" he can for his own "Jurassic Park". I'm Carl Azuz. "T-wrecking" our show with dinosaur puns. We hope you'll come back tomorrow. Shout out to the Anglo-American School of Moscow watching from the Russian capital. And thank you for your comment at You Tube.com/CNN.