US coronavirus infections surge amid new warnings, closures

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that America may be losing the war against coronavirus as the country hit 50,000 new cases in one day and 19 states have paused or reversed reopenings.
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And good evening. It's great to have you with us on this Thursday night. I'm Tom llamas, in for David. We begin with the U.S. Setting that new record for the number of cases of the coronavirus. More than 50,000 confirmed in a single day. And it comes as we head into a long holiday weekend that could spur the growth even more. Dr. Anthony Fauci warning we are at risk of losing control. Look at this number tonight. 50,700 cases in 24 hours. That's double the daily numbers from a month ago. So many of those cases from Florida the state reporting a record 10,000 today. Jackson memorial hospital, you see it here in Miami, seeing a surge in covid patients. Texas governor Greg Abbott changing course on masks, making them mandatory statewide. One medical center in house to be says icus have hit 100% capacity. And health officials warning of that trend, college students allegedly holding covid parties, gambling on who gets sick. And this just in. The CDC releasing a new forecast. The U.S. Could seal as many as 160,000 deaths by July 24th. We have a lot to get to tonight, and ABC's Victor Oquendo leads us off in Miami. Reporter: Tonight, doctors on the front lines suiting up for battle. Jackson memorial hospital in Miami seeing a surge in covid patients. Is your floor at capacity right now? Yes. We're even opening up different units at this point to be able to meet the demands of the patients that are coming in. Reporter: The wave of new patients leaving staff exhausted. The way I see it now, if things don't change and people don't take it a little more serious in the next two weeks, you know, who knows where we will be. Reporter: The country hitting 50,000 new cases in one day this week. America's top infectious disease doctor warning America is losing the war against the virus. I think it's pretty obvious, Howard, that we are not going in the right direction. Right now, if you look at the number of cases, it's quite disturbing. We're setting records practically every day of new cases. That clearly is not the right direction. Reporter: Despite cases rising in 38 states and 19 pausing or reversing reopenings, president trump today suggested things are under control. We have some areas where we're putting out the flames or the fires, and that's working out well. The crisis is being handled. Reporter: Vice president pence, traveling to the coronavirus hotspot of Florida, which reported a record 10,000 new infections. The virus claiming 67 lives, including the state's youngest victim, an 11-year-old boy. No one wants to see these numbers where they are, no one wants to see them go up. Reporter: In Missouri's lake of the ozarks, where memorial day pool parties made national headlines for the lack of social distancing and masks, authorities now preparing for a record number of people for the fourth of July weekend. I know that we're getting ready to move into our fourth of July weekend, and it makes me really nervous. I know after the fourth that we could potentially see another surge. Reporter: Authorities in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, outraged over a disturbing new trend -- saying young people are throwing coronavirus parties with a prize payout for the first person who gets infected. People are taking all the precautions that they have and then you have mindless and foolish behavior that are taking -- that are taking this pandemic for granted. Reporter: Alarming new numbers tonight involving children. Oregon seeing a rapid surge of infections among children younger than 10. In Texas, more than 300 infected in day care centers. And at least 30 students and staff testing positive at a school outside of Phoenix. In Alabama, a 4-month-old baby, among five children hospital If you think this doesn't affect young people, it actually affects young people. Reporter: New infections putting a strain on testing. Staggering lines again in Texas. The governor today, despite earlier hesitation, now making masks mandatory statewide. As 26 states report rising hospitalizations, one medical center in Houston says icus hit 100% capacity. In El Paso, high school English teacher Rene Chavez was taken to the hospital on June 3rd and never left. He died late last week. I never thought I would have to have a life without him because he was my best friend. Reporter: His wife Annette also got the virus but recovered. Arizona seeing record hospitalizations. Icus now at 89% capacity. I think we let our guard down a little bit. Reporter: Beaches across southern California closed for the busy fourth of July weekend. And in west Hollywood, not wearing a mask could cost you $300. Victor Oquendo joins us now from Miami. Victor, your reporting highlighting the level of exhaustion in health care workers, but the mopt where you're at tonight says it is prepared to handle more patients? Reporter: Tom, right now, they have space, but they also have twice as many covid patients now than they did during their peak in April and they are bracing for more. Tonight, the mayor of Miami beach saying if the hospitals can't treat everyone who comes in, no one wants to see it, but we'll have to head back to a

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