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tweeting this. a thanks to all. those who helped him get through it and a reminder let's take care of ourselves and each other. if we do it together, we will get through it together. thank you for watching. cnn tonight with d. lemon starts right now. >> i was wondering why i didn't see you this weekend. you had your mom there. >> yeah. so she's out with us right now. ruling the roost. christina and she are making sure everything's stable and okay. but you're always welcome. she loves you. >> yeah, i know. i was going to say your -- when you guys were saying who is a favorite, i was saying you know what, who the real favorite is, but you didn't say it. >> well, listen, she does love you. but andrew is making a strong push what he is doing right now. the bronze for your boy but he's working hard and that matters in that family. that's for sure. >> i left the house once, and that was to go grab food that was it the entire weekend. >> we can do this. i don't know if you heard what i
was saying in the closing. how often do you and i hear -- because we like to get out. we like to get out and do things outside. people watch tv for hours. they bing watch. they have everything delivered home all the time and now they're being asked to do just that and they're freaking out. >> it's hard to sit on the couch, though. i'm a recluse. i can sit on the couch a while. i do like to get out but i'm a recluse so all those things they were saying about social distancing, i was like, well, that's -- i kind of do that all the time. you know, i don't have to leave my house. >> we can do this. it's not that big a deal. and if we do it for a few weeks, it could change this situation. >> it can. and something that i thought about today as i was listening to the president, finally, saying that it's not done. and i was talking to one of my friends who is a, you know, diehard trump supporter. who finally admitted that people may have made a different mental calculation. even he would have probably made a different mental calculation
if he had not heard that it was a hoax. that it was a democrat hoax, that it was a media hoax early on. that maybe he would have thought about it differently and made some different choices about going out about his business and so on and so forth if not in january he had not been listening to the rallies and listening to the president saying it was contained. and that, you know, it was going to be zero. you just talked about that. and i think people around the country may have done the same thing. and you wouldn't get people -- even now, still downplaying it and not believing they should be on a beach in florida for spring break or, you know, out celebrating st. patrick's day or whatever they're doing in bars. i just -- you know, i don't get it. >> well, you get it. and at least, now, they can listen to the president because at least now he's where everybody else is. you know, as i said at the top of the show, welcome to the pandemic, mr. president. you know, now he is telling what reality is forcing him to say. now, the question is what will he do? we have to build up capacity in this country. and as individuals, we got to
build up capacity to forbear. so we will see where it goes but this country's got an amazing legacy making it through hard times together. >> i was asking like where's my mug? they're like, nope, paper cups. >> why? they forced me to drink out of a mug tonight. >> oh, no, they told me paper cups tonight. >> you know, they say that the virus adheres to paper much more easily than to ceramic. maybe they're trying to send you a message, don. >> because you can throw it away. >> you're the man. do the show. >> you as well. be safe. be careful. i'll talk to you soon, sir. this is cnn tonight. i am don lemon and we do have breaking news. we are going to give you the latest numbers on the coronavirus. there are at least -- pay attention to this, this is very important, okay -- 4,459 known cases. 4,459 known cases. now, let me tell you this. that's right, 4,459, am i right,
producers? 4,459. the reason i say that is because when i wrote this and they printed it, it was 4,431. okay? but, right now, by the time i got here, they printed it, chris and i started talking, it's 4,459 known cases in this country right now. at the end of our show on friday, the last time i saw you friday night, that number was 2,210. the number of cases more than doubling by the weekend. tonight, we know that number of people who have died, the known number, is 86 people who have died. that number, when i saw you on friday, was 49. so here's another way to look at it. this is the growth in coronavirus cases in just one week.
it's shocking. in the face of that, with the numbers soaring, the president today announcing new, much more stringent guidelines to try to limit the spread of the virus. guidelines that will change the daily lives of millions of people across this country even more than they have already changed. the new normal -- the new normal. no more gatherings. in groups of more than ten people. that, just one day after the cdc said avoid gatherings of more than 50 people. the white house, also, asking americans to stay away from bars. to stay away from restaurants and food courts for the next 15 days. to avoid traveling, if at all possible. but states are adding their own even tougher rules. here's what pennsylvania's doing. pennsylvania's ordering liquor stores to close, indefinitely.
bay area has a -- in place order affecting nearly 7 million people. and the new york police department is warning that patrons and operators of bars and restaurants who refuse to stop serving customers inside their businesses, they could be arrested. those businesses are now takeout or delivery only. in the midst of all this, the president, after weeks of downplaying this, downplaying the danger from the coronavirus, had a new, much more serious tone today. >> we're announcing new guidelines for every american to follow over the next 15 days as we combat the virus, each and every one of us has a critical role to play in stopping the spread and transmission of the virus. >> admitting what every one of us can see for ourselves just by looking at the number of cases.
that we have been telling you, on this network, for weeks now. months. that this is serious. that you can see that this is not under control. >> you're not saying it's under control, right? >> i'm not referring to it meaning the -- >> coronavirus. >> yeah, if you're talking about the virus, no, that's not under control. >> so remember, it was just one day ago that the president said this. >> it's a very contagious virus. it's incredible. but it's something that we have tremendous control of. >> so now, he is acknowledging the crisis could go through july or august, or even longer. >> is this the new normal until the height of the summer? >> we'll see what happens. but they think august. could be july. could be longer than that. >> and we are learning more tonight about what may have led to the president's new, more
somber tone today. a member of the administration telling cnn health officials, including dr. anthony fauci and dr. deborah burkes, a case that the white house encourage americans to change their behavior to stop the spread of the virus. but the president's new attitude, apparently, only goes so far. he is still tweeting tonight about what he calls the chinese virus. even though there are now more reported cases outside of mainland china than inside. and he is giving himself top marks for the way he has responded to the crisis so far. >> very simple question. does the buck stop with you? and on a scale of one to ten, how would you rate your response to this crisis? >> i'd rate it a ten. i think we have done a great job. >> but the most important facts in all of this.
facts a president now admitting the coronavirus is not under control in this country. and each one of us is going to have to take it seriously. even if the new guidelines, avoiding groups of more than ten people, not going to restaurants, avoiding travel, seem inconvenient. >> someone may look at them and say they're going to be really inconvenient for people. some will look and say maybe we've gone too far. it isn't an overreaction. >> he is right. it is not an overreaction. let us remember what dr. anthony fauci said just yesterday. >> are you thinking that hundreds of thousands of americans could die from this? >> you know, i say that and it sometimes gets taken out of context. but we have to be realistic and honest. yes, it is possible. our job, our challenge, is to try and make that not happen.
but to think, if we go about our daily lives and not worry about everything that it's not go to happen, it could happen and it could be worse. >> sobering words, indeed. dr. anthony fauci saying if we don't take the precautions that we all know we should, more people could die. the death toll in this country could be worse than hundreds of thousands. worse. it's almost inconceivable. so, yes, we avoid groups of more than ten. we close schools. houses of worship. we shut down theaters. libraries. sporting events. we wash our hands. we look for ways to help our neighbors, without endangering their health. this is the new normal. even here, in this studio.
take a look. we are sitting farther apart. you'll see more guests, social distancing, and joining us from home. all of us in the studio. we wash our hands before we come in. we've got sanitizer here. we are -- you see it -- we saw it in the wide shot. we have it on the desk. we wash the desks down between guests. to keep everybody as safe as we possibly can. but we're here because it is so important for you to have the facts. we have been here. telling you every single day on this network, 24-hour news channel telling you this. doing town halls. preparing you. giving you the information.
trying to not let guests get distracted. or try to give you wrong information or false information or let the president give you false information or downplay it. that's what we have been doing here. not fake news. real news. and the fact is lots of people are dealing with much more than that. some of you are at home right now are worrying. you're worrying about yourself, you're worrying about your kids, you are worrying about your elderly loved ones. people's jobs are at risk. more than half of american jobs, according to an analysis from moody's last week. there are people who don't know where their next meal is coming from. we could all think about that
when we feel inconvenienced. the virus doesn't care what state you're in. it doesn't care whether you're republican. it doesn't care if you're a democrat. and it doesn't care what race you are. doesn't care whether you support the president or not. we are all americans. we are all in this together. and we all need to do everything we can to stay safe. and to keep our neighbors safe. one america at this point. let's bring in our correspondent, our white house correspondent, mr. john harwood. business anchor richard quest. and dr. richard besser, who is in studio with me, former acting director of the cdc. john, how you doing? >> good. >> so reality appears, correct me if i am wrong, to be setting in with the president of the united states that this crisis is getting worse. that this crisis is real. do we know what happened to change his tone today?
>> i think a couple things, don. first of all, the society, as a whole, bottom up, was racing past where the administration was. and so the nba, march madness, disney land, broadway, school superintendents around the country, governors, democratic and republican, were acting to shut down much of daily life. no president can ignore that for long. that's a reality check. second of all, you had people like anthony fauci increasingly in his presence say -- talk about the need for tougher action and anthony fauci's got a very strong reputation around the country. and, third, i think the president was very struck by what's happened in the markets in the last couple days. remember, on friday, he had that news conference 30 minutes before the market closed. it went way up. saturday, he came into the briefing room. celebrated. said i was honored by the market
reaction to my news conference. it was fantastic. then he called for the fed to act. on sunday, the fed did act. he came into the briefing room again. said i'm very happy. the fed has acted. this is what we need for the economy. and what happened today? a brutal plunge in the markets. frightening investors everywhere. ordinary americans. people who have 401(k)s. and i think that had a very sobering effect on the president. so when he came out to that news conference today, he said what he said to kaitlan that, no, i wasn't saying it was under control. he said, yes, we may be heading into a recession. it was simply a different tone. a different affect of the president. i think events pulled him there. >> dr. besser, thank you for joining us, especially here in studio. did i get anything wrong in my opening? >> wow. that -- that's -- that's a big -- i don't think you got anything wrong. i -- i think that one of the things that is so incredibly
challenging with this pandemic is the idea that 80% of the people who get this will either have no symptoms or mild symptoms. and all of these things you're talking a talking about us doing that are so important to do, we're doing that to protect those people who are at risk of very severe illness and death. and so you've got this balance between really wanting to motivate people to do the right thing and stay home and shelter in place. while, at the same time, wanting them to understand that for most of them, most of them, this is not going to be a serious illness. >> right. but it's to protect the people with underlying conditions. >> exactly. the elderly. our parents. our grandparents. yeah. >> but you wistill don't know because -- that's why it's called novel because we don't know its effects. >> there's so much that we don't know. yeah. >> the president is saying that we're fighting the outbreak could last until july or august, or even beyond. so we're already closing schools. we're closing gyms, bars, and restaurants. you know, i -- we don't know
how -- how long could this last? >> yeah, i think -- >> you said there's so many unknowns. >> right. i think it's really hard to predict. what we can do and what i know cdc is doing is looking at what's taking place in countries that saw this first. so you can look at the time course of what happened in china, hong kong, singapore, and italy, and that can give you some sense anyway as to what the time course could look like. so as things lighten up in those countries and as they ease restrictions and let people come together, that will give you a better sense. but we're a big -- we're a large country. and what happens in a pandemic, it doesn't come in all at once. you will see it start in one place, like we're seeing in seattle. and then move to another place. so each one is on its own time course. so you may see things lighten up in one place while other places are still under tight social distancing. >> so that whole warm weather thing sounds like -- >> well, it's a theory. some viruses, when the weather gets warm, they do tend to go away.
but you can't plan on that. you can't count on that. >> because we don't know. >> exactly. >> richard quest, i want to bring you in. the dow cratered. you heard john talk about it. falling nearly 3,000 points. crucial, you know, they come out later in the day. they did it on friday and we talked about it. it was kind of this sugar rush. they talked right through the closing hoping that would raise the dow. it didn't happen today. today, that happened even after the feds cut rates. they can't barely cut them anymore. how likely are we headed towards a -- a global recession right now? >> it's just about -- it's just about a certainty. you know, that -- somebody will, no doubt, say, well, it may not -- but you can't have this level of disruption without having a serious economic effect. in other words, a recession. china has already slowed down. in europe, you have major economies, literally ground to a
standstill. france. spai spain. and italy. the uk will grind to a halt in the next couple of weeks. and now, large parts of the united states are doing similarly. growth was weakening anyway in most of the world. so, yes, i'm afraid you are looking at a recession. and even if you -- even if, by some god's grace, we managed to miss the technical definition of two-quarte tw two quarters of negative growth, it won't make any difference, don. it will feel like a recession. jobs are going to go in the united states, by the hundreds of thousands. and it's really up to the administration and how it plays it because the virus will come to an end some point this summer. and it is how the administration puts the building blocks for the recovery that is just as important one, of course, people are safe. >> let's talk about -- >> hey, don. >> john. yeah. go ahead. >> just -- just to add to richard's point. kevin hasset, the former top
economic advisor to president trump, said on our air this morning that we could be down in march a million jobs. that is an extraordinary level of drop. as richard said, even if we don't have two consecutive quarters ever negative growth, we might have one quarter of growth so deep that it's classified as a recession. >> wow. richard, quickly, if you will, before i take a break here. can you talk to me because i think the -- one of the hardest hit is going to be the airlines. what is that going to mean for the larger economy? >> i can't overstate the perilous situation of the airlines, globally. the u.s. actually is in a better position. the airlines in america were doing very well and they're robust in their balance sheets are strong. but the job losses are going to be high. the root networks have been destroyed. you're talking about airlines flying one flight where they flew ten. so that will ripple through the economy.
if there is one industry that probably does deserve government help tonight, two, i'll take the airline industry and the cruise industry. >> well, and not far behind, though, the service industry, as well. meaning restaurants because they are -- they're closed for at least a couple weeks. >> oh, yeah. yep. >> waiters and service people. richard, i've got to go but thank you so much. i appreciate you joining us. richard quest, thank you very much. john, thank you very much as well. dr. besser is going to stick with us and we've got some viewer questions for you. like, how do you self-quarantine when you live with three family members? we'll be right back. ♪ we would walk on the sidewalk ♪ ♪ all around the wind blows ♪ we would only hold on to let go ♪ ♪ blow a kiss into the sun ♪ we need someone to lean on ♪ blow a kiss into the sun
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schools in areas should close. back with me, former director of the cdc. so dr. besser, i want you to check out this video. it's a crowded beach down in florida today. it's understandable people probably think they can be outside when they can't be at schools or restaurants or anywhere else. but is it safe for people to be doing this? >> well, it's that challenge i was talking to you about before. for most of these people, if they get this illness, it's not going to be severe. but what they can do is pick this up and bring it back to someone who is at great risk. and so we have to motivate people to do the right thing for those around them and that can be sometimes challenging to do. >> why can't some people do these guidelines? >> if you look at what we are being asked to do, stay home if you're sick. keep your kids home from school if they are a sick. there are millions of people in america who if they don't work, there's no food on their table. they're not able to pay their rent. and we have to address that.
congress has to address that so that everybody can do the things recommended. if it's recommended that everyone in america do these thing, let's make it so everyone in america can do it. >> i want you to look at this chart. it's from "the washington post." comparing the growth in confirmed coronavirus cases versus italy and south korea. the post philip bump points out italy and south korea diverge at about the point the u.s. is now. is there a lesson here in terms of how we respond? do you see that? >> well, you know, it can be really challenging. one of the -- one of the things about the numbers right now that make it really hard to interpret is that we are at a point where we don't have many test kits out there. and so as soon as we start testing people, the numbers just from that alone, are going to sky high. not all of those are going to be new cases. some of those were cases that were around that we're finally catching up with. so this week, you know, if the administration comes through and has more test kits, the numbers will sky rocket. in addition, we are going to be seeing increased transmission.
>> okay, doctor, we wanted to spend more time with you but we have some breaking news we have to get to so we thank you for spending some time with us now and then before the break as well. so we appreciate it. but our breaking news is that the -- they have ordered the polls closed tomorrow and ohio's primary. we are going to get to that right after this very quick break. our thanks, again, to dr. besser. we'll be right back. (sensei) a live bookkeeper is helping customize
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here's the breaking news tonight. on the eve of tomorrow's democratic primary, ohio governor says the state's health director will order the polls closed tomorrow, and i quote here, as a health emergency. cnn's dianne gallagher joins me now. diane, thank you so much. appreciate you joining us. this is huge news. what can you tell us about this decision? >> it really is, don, and look, we have been following this since early this afternoon when the governor announced that he did not think it was safe. or it was a health issue for them to go through with this primary tomorrow. i want to read this statement that just came down from him here. he said to conduct an election
tomorrow would force poll workers and voters to place themselves at an unacceptable health risk of contracting coronavirus. as such, health director dr. amy acton will order the polls closed as a health emergency. don, we are still trying to work through exactly what this means here because a few hours ago, a judge actually ruled against what the governor was recommending here. and said that the primary had to continue. they could not postpone it. initially, the governor and the secretary of state had come out and said they wanted to postpone the election until june 2nd because of concerns over the health of not just the voters but these poll workers. people who are going to be there for 13 hours tomorrow. and the judge said i'm sorry. you haven't proved that. but now, the governor appearing to say instead they are calling it a health emergency. again, don, we are still trying to work through exactly what
this means and whether or not people will be able to vote tomorrow. >> thank you so much. i appreciate that reporting. speaking of, i have the ohio secretary of state on the phone right now. frank, thank you so much for joining us. closing an election. i mean, that is a very big deal. there will be a lot of questions about this decision. first of all, good evening to you. why -- why was your election called off? why has it been called off, sir? >> yeah. thank you, don. so as of last night, we had been taking advice from public health officials that were telling us that it was safe for both voters and for poll workers to come to the polls on tuesday. we were prepared to run elections. that advice changed raddicicall this morning. i received a call from the governor and lieutenant governor and the health director. and they made it clear that with the new cdc guidance limiting mass gatherings to no more than 50 persons and with the guidance that ohioans over 65 should not venture out unless they had an absolute necessity to do so, it
was simply not going to be able to conduct an election in a way that was going to be safe for ohioans. as you saw tonight, the health director made an order. i sent out a directive which effectively tells the boards of elections that we are going to comply with the health director's orders. that was a difficult decision. ultimately, i think the right decision because, again, the only thing that takes precedent over a free and fair election, the only thing, would be the health and safety of ohioans and that's exactly the decision the governor had to make tonight was. that's the decision dr. acton had to make. that's what decisive leadership requires during a challenging time like this. and what i directed the boards to prepare for is to conduct an election on june 2nd. that gives us time to vote by mail-in ballots and then to have in-person voting june 2nd. it's important we create a sense of certainty about that for the people of ohio and i look forward to doing what we do best here. >> let me jump in here because there are a couple things i want to talk to you about.
i want to talk to you about the vote by mail thing and then you said in-person voting on june 2nd is what you want. i see that there -- i have a statement here from the governor saying during this time when we face unprecedented health crisis to conduct an election tomorrow would force poll workers -- you have two woulds in there so you may want to correct that. would would force poll workers and voters to place themselves at unacceptable health risks of contracting coronavirus. as such, health director dr. amy acton will order the polls close as a health emergency. and then you go on. okay. so listen. so one thing. how can the health director order the polls closed when a judge just said, a few hours ago tonight, that they should stay open? i mean, why didn't you appeal? go through the courts? tell us. take us through that. >> yeah. again, don, what the health director has is brought authority to protect the health of ohioans. there is a reason why that's created in law because in a public health emergency, such as
this, difficult decisions are going to need to be made. again, the question about whether, you know, to go on with -- with challenging this and appealing to courts in the middle of the night would create more uncertainty. the governor's decision, i think, was a wise one to create some finality here so that poll workers know that we're not going to order them to go to the polls tomorrow morning when it is detrimental to their health. >> so that's not a violation of the judge's orders? >> again, i'm not an attorney so i'm not going to be the one to figure that out but i will say that 35,000 ohioans who were set to work the polls tomorrow were waiting for some closure and some finality on this. i think that the governor's order does that. i think that my directive lays out the path forward. there will be an election. the people of ohio will have a chance to make their voice heard. >> let's talk more about that because democrats in ohio supported this decision earlier today. but wanted the state to explore more as you just discussed.
vote-by-mail options going forward. and much earlier than june 2nd. so talk to me about that. >> so ohio has a -- actually, a long history of vote by mail. we have been a leader on this. it's something ohioans are comfortable with and what this would do, if we conducted the election under my directive that was sent out on june 2nd, is we would have a very long period of vote by mail. effectively, for the next ten weeks or so. and then this gets us to at least as far out as we can because, remember, the democratic convention is on july 13th. we owe them a list of delegates. and so in order for that to happen and for the final tabulation of results and certification of that results to happen, june -- june 2nd is the day that i thought best to hopefully get past this public health crisis that we have. again, the decisive action that the governor took should create a scenario where that can be the case. and that was -- that's our goal. >> so the governor is a republican. he has cancelled or delayed a democratic primary. are you prepared to answer
questions about whether there is any partisanship to this decision? >> yeah. to be clear, this is both a republican and democratic primary. of course, the contest on the democratic side is, perhaps, more aggressive right now. but there -- there are republican candidates running in primaries at the state legislative level, at the local level. and so there is both a republican and democratic primary going on. and i want to be clear that here, in ohio, we've really been working together in a bipartisan way. i have been on the phone with the democratic chairman and the republican chairman throughout the entirety of this because this is one of those moments where, really, it's not about one party or the other. it's about making sure that we can have a fair election and a safe election. >> yeah. well, you know, the country a's paying attention to the presidential race so that's why i asked that question. thank you. appreciate the ohio secretary of state. ohio is moving its primaries. cancelling the primary tomorrow and it's going to be on june
2nd. so stay tuned. again, our thanks to frank larose, ohio secretary of state. now, want to turn to president trump's call today for the nation's governors to try to shore up the response to coronavirus. several governors raising concerns that the healthcare system could be overwhelmed if cases continue to surge. so joining me now, by phone, is colorado governor jared polis. he was on the call with the president today. i know it's a very busy time for you so we appreciate that you could join us by phone, governor. how you doing? >> well, you know, don, doing the best we can. this is going to be tough and get worse before it gets better. but we'll make it through it. >> so you announced today the suspension of dine-in services at colorado restaurants and bars for 30 days, along with the closure of gyms, casinos, and theaters. very similar to what's happening in the tristate area here in new york. you have ordered the closure of ski resorts. is that enough to stop this deadly virus you think?
>> well, you know, it's -- it's still expanding, don. i mean, we're up to about 160 cases now. i think we've done a few more tests and we are a little bit ahead of the curve. still, you know, the whole country is far behind on that. but this kind of social distancing is exactly what the scientists, the epidemiologists, and others, say we need to do to really change this trajectory and save lives. and ultimately, that's also about saving jobs. the sooner we can get through this and the better that that curve can be and the less pain, misery, and death that happens, the sooner we can recover our normal way of life. >> so listen. we've been learning what's on the call today and even the president tweeting some of it, as well. the president telling governors, in a call today, that the states should try to get respirators and other medical devices on their own. do you think the federal government should be spearheading this? states at risk of being pitted against each other? governor, you there?
we lost governor jared polis. governor jared polis. one of, obviously, all the governors in the united states on a call with the president today trying to get a handle on the coronavirus. it's really taking a toll on this country. as of now, at least 4 -- 459 cases of the novel coronavirus hitting around the country. and so 86 people have died. again, the governor joined us just a moment ago. we have lost him on the phone. we are going to try to get him back if we can. but anxious shoppers are clearing off grocery shelves around the country. we are going to take a look at that and how these stores are getting more supplies in and if that supply chain could eventually break down. we'll be right back.
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country reporting empty shelves as americans stock up on groceries and supplies. the white house says that supply chains in the u.s. are strong and americans are being urged not to hoard food and essential items. hears here's cnn's martin savidge. >> panic shoppers picking shelves clean. restaurants, limited to just carryout. coronavirus have americans worrying about the once unthinkable. could it soon be hard to find food in the u.s.? >> no need to rush into the store as if all of the food will be gone. and there won't be any left to restock. no. no problem with the food supply chain and they will be able to restock the shelves. >> officials with morton williams supermarkets in new york say traffic in their stores is up 300 to 400%.
online grocery delivery service said it saw its highest demand in the company's history this past weekend with customers downloading the app as much as four times the normal rate. twice, monday, president trump tweeted to try to quell shortage fears. support your neighbors by not hoarding, said one. and we are confident that supply will continue to meet demand nationwide, said the other. on sunday, the president spoke by phone with more than two dozen grocery store and supply chain executives. >> we had a long conversation with them. and they've -- they're going to work 24 hours round the clock keeping their stores stocked. >> the problem isn't a shortage. warehouses are full of nonperishable foods. enough to last for months. but healthcare and consumer industry groups are sounding the alarm. the supply chain could break down. as more and more americans stay home or fall ill, leaving fewer and fewer workers able to make, process, pack, and deliver. and that's not all. groups representing such household names as clorox,
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a lot to talk about now. the deputy director of strategy and partnership at food core. thank you for joining us. tom, times like this this uncertainty. food is a primal urge. even toilet paper. >> people are panicked. they don't know if supply lines will be cut. and they're not. we have a robust food system in the country. food will be there. people are panicking. that's why. >> there's people who can't stock up. let's talk about kids. many than 20 million kids rely on school cafeterias for food and fortunately a lot of schools are keeping up the role to feed kids. they're trying their best to do it. >> thank you for raising this issue. we connect kid to food in school
every day. this crisis is shining a light on structural inequity in the system. 22 million kids rely on school meals. that's a problem. a national challenge every day. school nutrition directors the professionals who serve meals to kids every day across the country are rising to the challenge. with the brilliance and creativity. and the fact of the matter is they need support. a federal response to this. we need the senate to pass the coronavirus response act right now. to put into action to take action and support the professionals and feeding kids. and supporting families and kids who are suffering. and experiencing food insecurity and when they're faced with issues, families go hungry and lose a critical safety net. >> this is the most important things we'll talk about. the health aspect. that's because we have the
restaurant industry. we have bartenders and waiters. busboys and hosts and cleaning staff. you were telling me you laid off, what? >> in the last couple days about 300 people. >> just you. >> just my restaurant, yes. so what we need is leadership. the problem right now is our president is not providing leadership and it should be relegated to ribbon cuttings and holding rallies. community leader are coming together and filling in the gap. this idea of america being rugged individuals. that has to stop. we have heard big government is bad and we're downing in the bathtub now. it's not about big government, it's about smart government. it's about government knowing how to respond in crisis.
this is unveiling that. the structures aren't holding. what we need is massive release by the government. universal ubi. people to have cash in their pocket to spend money when things open up. >> how many jobs are we talking about? just you 300. >> i think the hospitality probably lost a million. just in hospitality. >> how many restaurants? >> if 75% of the restaurants get back open after this i would be surprised. we're looking at a massive problem. we need small businesses when it comes time to open up we need cash to get them open. we need rent relief. a massive undertaking. this is our generations world war ii moment. we need to rise to it. >> thank you. we'll be right back. ♪ work now, play later. pay your dues. climb the ladder. all your life, you've been told, "business first, fun later." but why not live your dream, now? ♪