Officials issue new warnings as US coronavirus cases surge

Dr. Anthony Fauci said, “It’s a serious situation that we have to address immediately” as cases have increased and President Trump is under fire after he downplayed the virus.
4:50 | 07/07/20

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Good evening and it's great to be back with all of you at home. I hope you had a happy and safe fourth of July. We begin tonight with the coronavirus only worsening. New records set in several states. Cases and hospitalizations. And that news just before we came on the air tonight, Atlanta's mayor saying it has hit close to home literally. Saying she has tested positive. And tonight, that sobering number. We have surpassed 130,000 lives lost in the U.S. Tonight, cases in Florida have doubled in just two weeks, now topping 206,000 cases. Miami-dade county tonight reversing kourts, now shutting down indoor dining, gyms and vacation rentals after having reopened them. Hospitalizations in Texas reaching a new high. 18 people dieing in the past 24 hours. Arizona now reaching 1 00 hours cases stay. California extending a ban on indoor dining, movie theaters and museums to San Diego and five more counties tonight. And take a look. These are the imamgs that have authorities concerned after the holiday. Pointing to the alarming numbers involving young people. Fears those large gatherings will fuel the spread. President trump downplaying the outbreak, claiming, quote, 99% of the virus cases are totally harmless. He did not provide evidence for that number. And Dr. Anthony Fauci just today saying we are headed in the wrong direction, saying something needs to be done immediately. So, a very busy Monday, we'll guide you through it all and we'll begin here with our chief national correspondent Matt Gutman. Reporter: Tonight, those throngs slammed together in fourth of July parties across the country cementing concern basic messaging like social distancing is not being followed. At this lake in Michigan, hundreds partying shoulder to shoulder. Few masks in sight. Is and this packed concert inside an Atlanta nightclub. And no Nashville and Oakland. Those crowds igniting fears the coronavirus spreading faster and deeper into the country. In just the first six days of July, a quarter of a million new infections nationwide. Dr. Anthony Fauci today not mincing words. The current state is really not good. It's a serious situation that we have to address immediately. Reporter: In Florida, new cases doubling over the past two weeks. Miami-dade's mayor reversing course, closing restaurants and gyms. Stephen cooper, seen here on the far left of this iconic photo, sprinting from the fallen twin towers, surviving 9/11, only to die from covid-19 in Florida. Dr. Nema Kabir, only in the second year of his residency, forced to the front lines of the fight. We have colleagues who were testing positive and having to be quarantined and, so, the rest of us have to pick up the slack. Now we have tested almost 40 million people. By so doing, we show cases, 99% of which are totally harmless. Reporter: New York governor Andrew Cuomo today saying the president is enabling the pandemic. What he's really saying is, if we didn't test, we wouldn't find the cases, so, on that theory, let's do no more cancer tests and that will solve the problem with cancer. Mr. President, don't be a co-conspirator of covid. Reporter: And presumptive democratic nominee Joe Biden's campaign saying in a statement the president "Is outright lying to the nation about the extreme threat of covid-19." Tonight, the white house defending the president's comments. The president was noting the fact the vast majority of Americans who contract coronavirus will come out on the other side of this. Reporter: Nine states hitting new records for hospitalizations this weekend, including Texas. A record number of people hospitalized in Arizona. Now one of eight states with more than 100,000 cases. We see young people coming into the hospitals and saying, nobody told them that they would get sick. Young people do get sick. We've seep young people sick, get sick and we've seen young people even die. Reporter: In California, the governor shutting down indoor dining and bars in San Diego and five other counties and stepping up enforcement on businesses. One doctor warning tonight -- If we all don't get our acts together, then there's really no place in the country that's going to be spared. The warnings across the country tonight. Let's get right to Matt Gutman. I want to get back to the news we learned just before we came on the air tonight. The mayo of Atlanta conrming she now has the virus? Reporte David, she has confirmed that. She has been talked about as a possible vice presidential candidate. Now, she says she has felt no symptoms, but her band slept omhursday through the weekend. That's wtrompted theamy to get tested today. She said she and H family are still processin those positive results. David? All right, Matt Gutman leading us off on a Monday. Matt, thank you.

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