COVID-19 crisis in the US as battle over reopening schools heats up

Despite a reported 90% increase in pediatric cases over the last month, the fight to send kids back to classrooms continues as the U.S. crossed more than 5 million reported cases.
2:28 | 08/11/20

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Here in the United States the updated numbers now, more than 5 million cases reported. More than 163,000 deaths but according to a FEMA memo obtained by ABC news new cases and deaths in the U.S. Have both decreased in week over week comparisons and this morning the battle over re-opening schools continues to heat up as there have been a reported 90% increase in pediatric cases over the last month. Our Victor Oquendo is in Miami beach with the latest. Victor, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, T.J. Some schools have started re-opening for in-person learning in Florida but some school superintendents are reportedly calling on state leaders to provide rapid testing and a statewide plan if students and staff start to test positive and comes as the world reaches another grim milestone. Overnight the world surpassing a jaw-dropping milestone, 20 million reported cases of covid diagnosed across the globe. Here in the U.S., president trump standing firm on school re-openings saying it's important for the economy and continuing to defend his belief that the virus is not harmful to young children. It's a tiny fraction of death, tiny fraction and they get better very quickly. Reporter: Health experts say that while the available data so far shows children don't get as sick as adults, more research needs to be done. In a newly released report the American academy of pediatrics found more than 380,000 cases reported in children since the pandemic began and more than 179,000 new cases reported in children in the last four weeks. Dr. Anthony Fauci telling our David Muir photos of packed school hallways like this one that went viral last week are worrisome. There should be universal wearing of masks. When I see sights like that it is disturbing. Reporter: In hard hit Florida where 42,000 children tested positive for the virus some of the larger districts starting online but still required to open classrooms by the end of the month. Michael Mcdaniel showing It's hard to maintain the distance. Reporter: Florida's governor has pushed to re-open all classrooms by the end of the month but insist parents should have a choice between online and in-person learning. Thank you.

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