Dr. Fauci voices concerns amid new surge in US COVID cases

The U.S. has surpassed 8 million cases and nearly 220,000 deaths as Dr. Fauci told "60 Minutes" that the White House has prevented him from making many TV appearances.
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We begin with the deepening emergency. Cases have surged past 8 million across the country, 40 million around the world with 41 states seeing an increase in hospitalizations. Icu beds are growing scarce. A quarter of hospitals across the country now saying more than 80% of icu beds are filled. That's higher than the summertime peak. In a moment New York governor Andrew Cuomo will join us live but first our chief national correspondent Matt Gutman is in El Paso, Texas, with the latest there. Good morning, Matt. Reporter: Hey, good morning, robin. This part of Texas saw a record number of cases and hospitalizations just this weekend. At one point there were only seven icu beds for a region of about a million people. One funeral home director telling us they are about to be overwhelmed. That as Dr. Anthony Fauci told "60 minutes" that the white house tried to muzzle him, preventing him from speaking to the public, quote, many, many times. Overnight with the U.S. Surpassing 8 million cases of covid since the pandemic began and nearly 220,000 deaths, Dr. Anthony Fauci telling "60 minutes" that despite its denial, the white house has, in fact, tried to muzzle him preventing him from making some television appearances to inform the public. I certainly have not been allowed to go on many, many, many shows that have asked for me. Reporter: Dr. Fauci also saying he wasn't surprised president trump contracted covid. I was worried that he was going to get sick when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of crowded no separation between people and almost nobody wearing a mask. When I saw that on TV, I said, oh, my goodness. Nothing good can come out of that's got to be a problem. And then sure enough it turned out to be a superspreader event. Reporter: The U.S. Now reporting nearly 70,000 cases daily, the nation's highest numbers since July with cases on the rise in 39 states. Here in Texas, the state deploying doctors, respiratory nurses and ppe to surging areas including El Paso where health officials have said covid is, quote, out of control. In Wisconsin, 1 of 14 states seeing an increase in fatalities doctors there begging people to take covid seriously. People still don't believe this is a real disease and we're seeing some dramatic very dangerous situations occurring in our community. Reporter: Tyler works in ray hospital in Oklahoma, 1 of the 41 states where hospitalizations are on the rise. He is now on a ventilator. It's been challenging, obviously my son, him, him and his dad are pretty tight and so he struggles, you know, he misses his dad. Reporter: In New York where officials this weekend halted an upcoming wedding with a 10,000-person guest list governor Andrew Cuomo revealing the state will now be focusing on what it calls micro clusters of hot spots hoping to slow the spread. And this weekend governor Cuomo unveiling a vaccine plan for the state of New York, first up will be health care workers then the most at risk patients at long-term care facility, that as the national governors association sending a list of questions, three dozen of them, to the trump white house asking about how the vaccine candidate will be selected. How it will be funded and how it's going to be distributed.

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