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right now on "america this morning," a new peek in the pandemic. the biggest ever one-day jump in infections forcing more states to pause their re-opening plans. hospital icu beds filling up. more cities requiring face coverings in public. this scene, a jam-packed beach causing more concern. what the surge in cases could mean for your summer plans. breaking overnight, the white house weighs in. the new push from president trump to overturn obamacare. his message to the supreme court. calls for change in america growing louder. [ crowd chanting ] from the push to change mississippi's flag to the new theme for a famous ride at disney world. the new decisions amid calls for racial justice. new this morning, we hear from the pilot who survived this crash at the airport. what went wrong.
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plus, the man who wrestled a shark with his bare hands. and from the cool cub beating the heat to the toothy terrier breaking the internet, all the trending video to kick off your summer weekend. good friday morning, everyone. thank you for joining us. as we head into the weekend, a new poll shows americans from coast to coast are growing more concerned about the coronavirus and a potential crisis this sumer. >> new figures released overnight show a record high increase in the number of cases thursday. nearly 40,000. it comes exactly one month after memorial day when many people attended family gatherings and parties. >> here's another sign of the growing concern. the white house coronavirus task force is holding a public briefing today for the first time in nearly two months. >> now more cities and towns imposing rules to require face coverings in public, an issue that's becoming a political hot
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button. we begin our coverage in the surge in cases causing more states to delay re-opening plans. this morning the u.s. reaching a new peak reporting its highest ever single day jump in coronavirus cases. >> it's going to be a busy day today. we've got some patients waying to come into the icu. >> reporter: president trump in wisconsin last night once again claiming that increased testing is responsible for the record numbers. >> we have more cases because we do the greatest testing. if we didn't do testing, we'd have no cases. >> reporter: but in the states seeing the strongest surge, doctors and nurses say the rapid increase in hospitalizations makes it clear that things are getting worse. >> we're breaking new records every other day. they are just filling up the ers, flooding into the hospital floors. >> we get to a crisis point where these -- the hospitals are overwhelmed, especially icu beds, the critical care is needed, then what are we going to do? ration care? we can't do that. >> reporter: in florida the governor insisting the state will not shut down but some businesses are taking
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things into their own hands. apple announcing it will reclose more than a dozen stores in the state as a precaution. it comes as more states rethink re-opening plans. >> we don't think we're ready to go to phase three. >> as more aspects of the economy open and more person-to-person interactions take place, there are many more opportunities for the spread of covid-19. >> you could have two or three establishments spark a new burst of covid in this community. >> reporter: in texas a record number of new hospitalizations now reported for the 13th time in two weeks. the governor postponing the next phase of re-opening as hospitals suspend elective surgery to mak. and arizona now pausing its re-opening aft in the entire state. >> to use one word, i would say disaster, absolutely. it was wild. >> reporter: bridget harrigan is a traveling nurse currently working in arizona and she spent five weeks working
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in a new york hospital at the height of the break before heading west. >> it is nowhere near as bad as it was when i was in new york. but i mean i wouldn't entirely doubt that it's headed there if their cases continue to rise. >> reporter: a new abc three-quarters of americans are worried about contracting the virus yet across the country a battle is raging against one of the best ways to fight it. from california -- [ crowd chanting ] >> reporter: to arizona. >> i can't breathe. i can't breathe. >> reporter: to florida. >> it's our bodies, our choice, whether we wear them. you guys are overstepping your boundaries.
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>> reporter: protesters railing against mandatory mask orders in the pleas. >> masks are an absolutely critical component to really ending this pandemic. >> reporter: still a new survey shows the vast majority of americans say they are wearing masks with only 11% ignoring recommendations. it comes amid a study suggesting that masks could save 33,000 lives between now and october 1st. miami has now issued an emergency or wear face coverd. former vice president joe biden is using some of the harshest language yet as he attacks president trump's response to the coronavirus. speaking in pennsylvania, biden slammed trump for claiming that testing reveals higher infection rates. >> he's like a child who can't believe this has happened to him, all his whining and self-pity. this pandemic didn't happen to him. it happened to all of us, and his job isn't to whine about it. his job is to do something about it. to lead. >> biden also said to
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fix the economy, we must control the virus. he said one way of doing that is to wear a mask. new questions about the government's handling of those recent economic stimulus checks. a watchdog group says the treasury sent more than a million checks to people who are deceased valued at $1.4 billion. some families trying to send the money back say the process is taking months. breaking overnight, the white house is renewing its bid to overturn obamacare. a late night filing with the supreme court calls for the health care law to be struck down. the justice department legal brief claims the affordable care act became invalid when the individual mandate was removed. 20 republican led states have sued to overturn the law. the high court will hear the case in october just a few weeks before the presidential election. now to the dilemma millions of americans are facing, do we go on summer vacation? travelers are now facing a possible quarantine when they return home. abc's karina mitchell has more. >> reporter: this morning, new concern about summer travel with covid cases on the rise
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in the south ands with. new york, new jersey and connecticut say people traveling from eight states must quarantine for 14 days. >> probably necessary. i don't know. it was very different down in florida than it is up here. >> reporter: alabama, arkansas, arizona, florida, north carolina, south carolina, utah and texas are on the list. >> people are going to stay home. you're going to be in america. international will come later. but right now it's domestic travel, closer to home and then venturing out a little further. >> reporter: andrew brown from new york is flying to alabama. >> i'm worried about catching it on the plane on the way back. >> reporter: air travel has slowly been rising since hitting a record low in the spring, but with anxiety creeping back in, aaa predicts 97% of travel this summer will be by car. >> i think that's in correlation with the increased number of cases that we're seeing in the southern states. >> reporter: the new travel restrictions take effect with some people already on their u.s. health officials are hoping
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to avoid scenes like this, a beach in england packed with just as the virus re-emerges in europe. this video from myrtle beach, south carolina, shows crowded beaches could soon be an american problem as well. >> nobody cares. nobody is wearing a mask. nobody -- i haven't seen a glove. i haven't seen any attempt to protect anybody from anything. >> reporter: some hotels are now offering incentives for people to stay close to home. they're offering discounts to people who live in the same state. kenneth, mona. >> karina, thank you. now to the tragic deaths of three men in southern california. authorities say the men were sitting on rocks when a wave swept them out to sea. it happened in ventura county near the pacific coast highway. police are not identifying the victims only saying they, quote, were washed off rocks and into the ocean. time for a look at your friday morning weather. severe storms caused this damage around washington, d.c.
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heavy wind sent trees crashing onto homes burying cars under that debris. a big mess but no injuries. the radar shows mostly clear skies for d.c. and other parts of the northeast. but severe storms are moving across the upper midwest areas from kansas to michigan will be on alert today. checking today's high temperatures, 109 in phoenix. 80s in the pacific northwest. 90s in western florida. 85 in dallas and atlanta. coming up, a man wrestles a shark with his bare hands. also ahead, the growing push for change in america from the mississippi state flag to disney world. the new decisions being made. and a developing story. the growing boycott against facebook gets a big boos
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it's a hobby. for me it's a rush. it's a thrill. i mean i guess you could call me a thrill seeker in that sense. >> that is dave williamson who reeled in a massive shark while fishing on a beach in delaware. the tiger shark measured 9 feet long and 350 pounds. after getting it close to shore, williamson showed it off for the crowd before setting it free. >> that's a big one. verizon is growing a joining a boycott withholding advertising until facebook does more on hate speech. the world's largest telecommunications company is teaming up with other advertisers and civil rights groups in a movement they're calling stop hate for profit. facebook has responded saying it is in talks with the boycott organizers in an effort to become, quote, a force for good. we turn now to the wave of cultural change across america amid protests over racial inequality. the movement is extending everywhere from disney world to the mississippi statehouse. ♪ i believe in the promises you made to me ♪
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>> reporter: this morning from musicians to amusement parks to state flags, the calls for change in support of racial justice growing louder. >> it's a big day, and it's time for a change. >> reporter: in mississippi, college coaches and athletic directors from across the state filled the capitol thursday urging lawmakers to remove the confederate battle emblem from the state flag. >> the purpose of a state flag is to unify the state and right now this flag doesn't do that. >> reporter: supporters say the state senate is now one or two votes short of moving forward to remove the symbol. some opponents want the issue on the ballot so voters can decide. others have even proposed two state flags. also this morning, disney, the parent company of abc news, has announced it's rebranding the iconic flash mountain. the ride featuring characters from the controversial 1946 film "the song of the south." ♪ zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay ♪ >> reporter: the movie which takes place during reconstruction after the civil
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war, and the ride will feature characters from "the princess and the frog." >> i just do not kiss frogs. >> reporter: the 2009 film featured disney's first black princess and says the change has been in the works for more than a year. ♪ wide open spaces >> reporter: the cultural movement also extending to the music industry after lady antebellum dropped the prewar reference, the dixie chicks are dropping the word dixie. and rocker david lee roth getting attention overnight. ♪ panama >> reporter: after announcing he's dropping lee from his name. fans questioned whether it's a statement about the confederate general robert e. lee but roth not elaborating. and in the sports world, the washington redskins are removing a monument to former owner george preston because he resisted pressure to integrate the team before 1962.
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earlier i spoke with dr. yvonne maldonado and asked her about pregnant women being added to the list but we start with the new estimate from the cdc about the number of infections. dr. maldonado, let's get right to that big headline overnight, the cdc saying in the last two hours the number of covid-19 cases in the u.s. may be ten times higher than what's been reported. what's your take on that figure and what it means? >> well, i think that makes a lot of sense. generally we tend to underreport diseases in any country by about 90%, so that makes sense, so that sounds like the overall rate is really more like 2% instead of 0.2%. >> a government watchdog has found incomplete testing data made it harder to stop the spread of the virus. we've seen long lines this week in florida and texas. some people waiting in line for up to five hours for a test. talk to us about the challenges we're facing in regards to testing right now. >> well, we've always had trouble from the very beginning
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with getting tests, and part of the problem is just manufacturing and supply chain issues. we think that we had solved tha these surges in some of the states, some of these individual clinics and centers are really having a hard time including weather. weather is shutting down some of the sites as well, so we'll need to work really hard to get those tests running again. >> a new study finds pregnant women with covid-19 are five times more likely to be hospitalized. what do women who are pregnant or thinking about having a baby need to know? >> they need to do what everybody else does, they need to be very careful about masking, social distancing and keeping their hand hygiene up to date. you know, really careful, just like everyone else, and the risk of infection is not higher in pregnant women, so as long as they follow the rules, they should be okay. >> doctor, let me get your reaction to the latest news about highest day single totals in many states. some of these states in the west and in the south now new hot spots. >> yeah, absolutely.
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i think we need to be worried about this because as we saw before, the increases become exponential. they can really take a surge and a big hit on the health care system and might need to further walk down or step back some of the loosening for awhile until things calm down. >> our thanks to dr. maldonado. and doctors say a massive plume of dust from the sahara which is moving into the southern united states could be a problem for people with chronic lung diseases like asthma. the dust has blown across the atlantic from africa. it's creating dramatic sunrises and sunsets here in the u.s. doctors say people at risk should stay inside or wear a mask. here's at look at where the dust is headed this weekend. expanding from the deep south it could reach into the ohio valley. coming up, how fans can still be at the ballpark when baseball season starts even though fans aren't aloud. and later one pilot's remarkable story of survival. the 80-year-old told us what went wrong before the crash.
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♪ time to check "the pulse" on this friday. we begin with a way to attend baseball games this summer even though fans aren't allowed. >> yeah, they already tried the idea in south korea this year. teams create cutouts using pictures provided by the real fans, and now the san francisco giants plan to do the same thing when the season starts next month. >> they're asking season ticket holders to send a picture, which will be placed on a cutout and displayed in the stands. we'll see if the idea catches on anywhere else. >> you'll see my face looking just as confused as every baseball game i attend. is that a touchdown? well, a very rare autographed poster has just hit the auction block and fetched some big bucks. >> it's a poster signed by steve jobs, which just sold for $12,000 from next computer, a
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company founded by jobs in 1985. that was after he left apple during a power struggle. >> by the way, apple ended up buying next computers which brought jobs back and made him very, very rich. now to the pooch known as denture dog. >> a jackapoo from wales has become an internet sensation and broke into his owner's stuff and got ahold of her dentures. >> milo's owner says she was a little curious when the dog became a little too quiet. when they're quiet you know they're up to something. look at that toothy terrier. finally where does a 400-pound bear take a break from the heat. >> try a 300-gallon wading pool. take a look at dakota. that's the oregon zoo in portland. >> staffers admit he's a little goofy, but he was just trying to cool off. >> not the first time we've seen dakota taking a little bath cooling off, a little swim. >> no. >> i enjoy it every single time. >> it's just the bare necessity, the simple bare necessities.
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making news at 4:27, what will it take to lure riders back to b.a.r.t.? if you ask commuters, it will be a lot. and beaches in santa cruz are reopened this morning. frustrated health leaders just give up enforcing a ban. and something will be missing when students finally return to class in san jose. two districts have decided to eliminate school police. good morning, everybody. it is friday, june 26. we'll share all those stories with you in a moment, but first checking in with my friend lisa argen who is here with us this morning. >> good morning. it was searching for gi coming in this morning and you may need your wipers out there on some of our local bridges and once again we have some subtle changes out there but starting out with the
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low cloud deck. live doppler 7, you can see the fog that is in oakland, down the peninsula, giving us about 2 1/2 mile visibility, 6 miles up in petaluma and elsewhere it is not too bad. temperatures in the upper 50s to san leandro, richmond 56. and with all that cloud cover, you also are in the mid-50s around novato, 61 in san carlos. so a live look outside, and there is the gray. remember, you may need those wipers. and then we'll reveal lots of sun and that heat inland. two south bay school districts are severing ties with san jose police. the east side union high school district is terminating a contract with the city's police department. the superintendent says there hasn't been enough activity to warrant having officers in schools. the district had set aside $700,000 for security in the coming school year. students, parents and community members spoke out about removing
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officers during a virtual meeting last night. >> in my 12 years, a cop has never positively impacted or empowered me to become the individual i am today. i ask that you commit to removing the police not only in the coming school year but truly forever. >> the money saved by ending the police contract will help the district close a budget gap. and strong feelings also echoed at last night's meeting of the alum rock union school district board. board members voted to also cut ties with san jose police. 140 people petitioned the board to eliminate officers at schools. one board member wants police kept off campuses even if officers want toerview a student as part of a criminal investigation. like the travel industry, b.a.r.t. is taking a huge hit as a result of the covid-19 pandemic. ridership is down and their new b.a.r.t. survey reflects that.
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>> reporter: b.a.r.t. says they are starting to see a small increase in the number of riders, but ridership is still way down. according to a new survey, many passengers say because of concerns over social distancing and people not wearing masks, it wnts b won't be until next year that they would start using public transportation again. b.a.r.t. easy that the pandemic has created unprecedented challenges and uncertainty for b.a.r.t. on thursday, they passed a $2.4 billion budget which includes $146 million in cuts and cuts to service. >> you will notice things likes 9:00 p.m. closure in the middle of the day. you should expect 30 minute frequencies. >> reporter: the new budget also includes an extra $44 million to be put towards cleaning trains and stations, but the extra cleaning still may not be


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