Transcript for WHO official says 'worst is yet to come' on coronavirus
You're looking live at capitol hill where Dr. Anthony Fauci will testify this morning as public health officials plead with the public to take social distancing seriously. The warnings are getting more and more dire. It has been six months since we learned about the first cases in China. Now more than 10 million people have been infected in every corner of the world. The death toll has climbed to more than 500,000. One in four right here in the United States and the world health organization now warning the worst is yet to come. The CDC also with a stark reality check saying there's way too much virus as hospital admissions increase in at least 23 states across the country. We begin our coverage with Marcus Moore in Houston. Good morning, Marcus. Reporter: Michael, good morning. Here in Texas some hospitals are at or near capacity as they treat more and more covid-19 patients. Across the globe experts say there's every indication this situation is far from over. This morning a startling new warning from the world health organization. The hard reality is this is not even close to being over. The worst is yet to come. Reporter: And a reality check from the CDC. I think there was a lot of wishful thinking around the country that summer everything is going to be fine. We have way too much virus for that right now so it's very diskourping. Reporter: As cases of the coronavirus near 2.6 million in the U.S., 32 states are now reporting increases. 23 have seen hospitalizations go up. In California, Los Angeles county becoming the first in the country with more than 100,000 confirmed cases. Health officials blaming businesses and individuals for not following the rules. Now mayor Eric garcetti says 1 in 140 current residents is infectious. We've kind of begun to assume everybody around us is infectious. Covid-19 is taking control and we need to take control back. So to young people, you are not Reporter: Now beaches closed there for the fourth of July weekend. Officials fearing scenes like these at Delaware's rehoboth beach on Saturday, now three lifegarths have tested positive for covid-19 while in Texas, hospitals are nearing the brink. First responders working around the clock. In Houston, the fire chief says they're now getting 1100 calls per shift. Paramedics suiting up in ppe treating every call as a possible covid case. In the last couple of days we've doubled and tripled. Reporter: While in Arizona hospitals are reaching capacity and the death toll climbing. ABC news obtaining this graph from FEMA showing the average daily mortality rate rising. Now a major reversal. The governors shutting down bar, gyms and movie theaters. The virus is not going away at this point in time. Reporter: The governor of new York signaling he may pump the brakes on the next phase of re-opening, indoor dining after seeing what's happening in other states. Our re-openings have worked very well. We're not going backwards. We're going forwards. It is time to wake up, America. The white house has been in denial on coronavirus from the get-go and the federal response has just been wrong. That's not a political statement. If you look at the facts. Reporter: In Florida where this testing site at tropicana field had to close an hour after opening because of demand, the state's positive test rate increasing to 13.5%. Now Jacksonville, the site of the GOP convention in August, mandating masks in public places along with Miami beach. Back here in Houston, the mayor unveiled his so-called wall of shame calling out businesses that are not following the covid protocols as they try to stop the uncontrolled spread of this virus here in the country's fourth largest city. George.
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