California closes back down as COVID-19 cases rise

Los Angeles schools, the second biggest school district in the country, will not return to in-person learning in August.
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First we begin with the latest on the coronavirus emergency. Global cases have now passed 13 million just five days after we hit the 12 million mark and here in the U.S., on the rise in 32 states. A new FEMA memo obtained by ABC news shows according to the white house task force more than a quarter of the states have a ppe supply that will run out in under 30 days. Now nearly two dozen states are putting their re-opening plans on hold or reversing them altogether. The most dramatic rollback in California, robin. That's right, whit. The mayor of L.A. Is saying they're now on the verge of a red threat level. Matt Gutman starts us off there in Los Angeles. Has the latest for us. Good morning, Matt. Reporter: Hey, good morning, robin. Basically what we're seeing is the governor of the state of California throwing the state in reverse, going back about six or seven weeks in terms of re-opening. You mentioned L.A. The superintendent of the L.A. School district and San Diego school districts canceling school for the fall in person. That means 850,000 students will be learning remotely. Now, that L.A. School superintendent said he did not want his schools to become a giant petri dish. This morning, California closing back down. Effective today requiring all counties to close their indoor activities. Restaurants, wineries, tasting room, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and the shuttering of all bars. This is in every county in the state of California. Reporter: With deaths from covid rising and current hospitalizations now reaching record numbers, governor Gavin Newsom also announcing that 29 counties accounting for 80% of California's population will also be required to close fitness center, places of worship, noncritical offices, salons and indoor shopping This virus is not going away any time soon. Reporter: The L.A. School district, the second biggest in the country announcing that schools will not return to in-person learning this August. We have never had as many people infected or infectious and we've never had as many people in the hospital as there are tonight. Reporter: President trump criticizing that decision just hours later. Schools should be opened. Kids want to go to school. You're losing a lot of lives by keeping things closed. Reporter: Around the country some parents and teachers torn about whether to open. Two Arizona teachers who shared a classroom this summer with Kimberly bird, a teacher who died from covid urging Arizona lawmakers to reconsider re-opening schools. Opening up is not feasible and it's not safe for the people in our community. We don't want to open schools right now and have to learn from the mistake that we opened too soon. Reporter: Dr. Anthony Fauci warning this once in a century pandemic is nowhere near over. It's happened, you know. Your worst nightmare, the perfect storm. This is a really serious problem. It is truly historic. We haven't even begun to see the end of it yet. Reporter: Florida has more cases of coronavirus daily than most countries in the world. Miami is now the epicenter of the pandemic. What we were seeing in Wuhan six months ago now we are there. Reporter: One frustrated floridian heckling governor Ron Desantis during his press conference Monday. You are an embarrassment. We're getting record-breaking cases every day and you are doing nothing. Reporter: But while experts say a vaccine is a ways off, Dr. Fauci believes we could see more treatments more covid in the near future. Time in the fall I think we could conceivably have a couple more good antivirals and intie inflammatories. Reporter: Doctors discovering new ways of treatment for the seriously ill helping to lower the death rate in places like California. If you roll back the clock and look at where we were at in March or even early April on the way that we managed these patients in the hospital, we are managing them a little differently. Reporter: And while local leaders in Miami are declaring essentially the covid capital of the world right now, governor Desantis still resistant to shutting down parts of the state and resistant to issuing a statewide mask wearing law defying public health officials. Whit. All right, Matt Gutman, for

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