tv ABC World News Tonight With David Muir ABC July 7, 2020 5:30pm-6:00pm PDT
tonight, as we come on the air, the u.s. closing in on 3 million cases of coronavirus. tonight, what the president is now saying about school this fall. and news tonight on how long virus particles could be in the air. nearly 40 states reporting infections on the rise. hospitalizations jumping in more than half the country now. icus filled in parts of california. patients spilling into the e.r. firefighters in arizona infected at an alarming rate. more than half the calls are covid-related. our team tonight with paramedics in arizona. five members of the same family coming down with the virus. the family matriarch dying just three days after she was diagnosed. florida authorities tonight amid soaring cases there ordering all schools to reopen in august. and president trump and what he said late today about schools in this country.
tonight, the virus particles lingering in the air, amid pressure from hundreds of scientists and doctors. what the world health organization is now saying. brazil's president, who repeatedly downplayed the severity of the virus, testing positive now. what he said before the cameras today, after months of hugging children, shaking hands in public. he did appear today wearing a mask and then removing it during his news conference. bombshell allegations in a new book by president trump's estranged niece. mary trump's scathing claims tonight about the president and the trump family. the white house now responding. the fbi launching an investigation tonight. video from the scene, a black man who says he was afraid of being lynched while being attacked by a group of white men. he said one of them said, "get a noose." tonight, amid deadly storms in the northeast, a driver trapped by falling trees. four people struck by lightning, two dead. where they were standing during the storm. and the emergency landing at jfk in new york. the passenger plane and the
damage to the nose. the pilot saying they had navigation problems and tonight, the answer here. what caused it? >>go evening and have you with very busy tuesday night. there are fast-moving developments in the coronavirus pandemic. the u.s. approaching 3 million cases, more than any other country. dr. fauci saying, this is still the first wave of this. and tonight, the dire steps inside hospitals in the u.s. five members of one family coming down with the virus. the family matriarch dying just three days after her diagnosis. more than 131,000 lives have now been lost and tonight, a new model from the university of washington now projecting the death toll could rise above 200,000 by november. tonight, florida reporting a staggering 7,300 new cases in just the past 24 hours. 63 deaths. some florida hospitals now running short on icu beds and still, authorities in that state are orderingchools to openn august.
texas reporting more than 10,000 new cases in 24 hours. the pentagon tonight is now sending medical and support personnel to hard-hit san antonio. arizona meanwhile reporting more than 3,600 new cases. 117 deaths. you can see there, people waiting in their cars for hours for tests. tonight, the story of one man who waited 27 days for his results. amid the spreading virus, new york now adding three more states to the list of 19 states. visitors coming to new york must go into their own 14-day quarantine upon arriving here. and this evening, president trump late today saying he will put pressure on governors to open schools across this country this fall. and this evening, news on how long those tiny virus particles could actually linger in the air. we will get to it all, and abc's chief national correspondent matt gutman leads us off. >> reporter: with the country closing in on 3 million covid cases tonight, hospitalizations increasing in 28 states. some pushed to the very brink. >> our hospitals are very full.
at every hospital in the county, there's many covid patients who are very sick. >> reporter: at the ventura county medical center in california, icu patients spilling into the e.r. and across the country, more than 300,000 new cases in just the past six days. the virus ripping through entire families, like the sanchezes of california. five members infected. daughter brenda didn't think she'd survive. >> my thinking was, if i end up in the hospital, i'm going to go, too. i'm going to die. >> reporter: brenda's mother, the family matriarch, died only three days after testing positive. today, we rode along with the phoenix fire department in the zip code with the most covid cases in all of arizona. so, we just learned that this is a possible covid call. everybody's got n-95s on. about 50% of all the calls that this station does are covid calls. martin molina tells paramedics he's had splitting headaches for two days. his girlfriend yesenia lopez
comes out. she had just given birth three days ago. are you scared about what's going on inside your house? >> to be honest, yes, because we're all together. yeah and plus, my little boy, i just barely had him, like, saturday. >> reporter: like so many here, three generations of the lopez family living under one roof. yesenia has had symptoms, she says one of her children has also had a fever. >> scared, confused. >> reporter: i bet you're scared. it's terrifying. what are you going to do? as the emotion wells up, she clutches that st. jude pendant. the wristbands from the hospital still there. >> i know, my mom can help me out, but -- >> reporter: martin was finally taken to the hospital. is this a typical call? >> yeah, this is what we see. there's a proud tradition of families living together and unfortunately, that's the situation for affordability where they're all under one roof. >> reporter: but reinforcements are on the way. the u.s. military sending nurses and respiratory specialists to san antonio.
>> we are days away from overrunning our hospitals. >> reporter: in florida, 100 nurses headed to miami, where ventilator use has more than doubled. 50-plus hospitals across the state at icu capacity. at the same time, the state ordering schools to open next month for five days a week for all students. the president today saying he'll also push to reopen schools. >> we're very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools. >> reporter: with virus raging, testing sites packed, supplies are depleted and the labs are backed up. robert rezetko had symptoms and was tested at an urgent care in tucson, isolating himself from his family and then waiting 27 days to learn he didn't have the virus. >> that specimen was sitting in a lab in phoenix, apparently, for maybe, what, three weeks? so, is the test result even valid? >> reassuring news, but he waited 27 days, as you pointed there, matt. matt gutman with us from phoenix tonight. i know you have more on that new
forecast, that new projection, looking at the potential death toll here in the u.s., going into the fall, matt? >> reporter: yes, david. that university of washington poll, it's a model, predicted 208,000 deaths by november 1st. but those numbers could change. if the present number of people in at-risk populations continues to surge, then more people will die. but if nearly all of the population begins to wear masks, then up to 45,000 lives could be saved. david? >> of course, we see that mask around your neck again tonight. matt gutman, thank you. president trump, meanwhile, has officially taken steps to withdraw the u.s. from the world health organization today, but there was important news from that organization, and it comes amid pressure from hundreds of doctors and scientists around the world, who believe that tiny virus particles can actually linger in the air far longer than many have acknowledged. and so abc's eva pilgrim tonight on just how long those particles could be in the air. >> reporter: tonight, the world health organization for the first time acknowledging it may
be possible that covid-19 could spread through the air more easily than we knew. >> we acknowledge that there is emerging evidence in this field. >> reporter: 239 scientists from 32 countries put pressure on the w.h.o. to change its current guidance. we have long known that the virus can spread, as you see in this video, by large droplets that are only in the air for minutes. those droplets can come from coughs or sneezes or even talking loudly, singing or heavy breathing. these scientists now say this virus may be able to stay in the air much longer, in much smaller, tiny aerosolized particles. those particles could potentially get caught up in the circulation system of a room. >> it's a problem in indoor environments, so, in buildings and rooms where the ventilation is poor and virus can build up, especially if there's lots of people in the room. >> reporter: look at this study out of china. a woman went to a restaurant before showing any symptoms.
less than two weeks later, nine other people got the virus. five who were not seated at her table. some of the people who got sick were more than 15 feet away. in washington state, tony reyes was one of 14 customers testing positive after going to this east vancouver bar. four employees also sick. >> eventually, they said, we are going to have to move you into icu. don't be naive. this virus is no joke. >> reporter: he's since recovered, but cases tied to restaurants and bars have pushed several cities and states to roll back openings at indoor businesses. today, dr. anthony fauci, the country's chief infectious disease expert, said he thinks governors in states with surging cases should mandate masks to prevent outbreaks. >> masking, distancing, washing hands, closing bars. if you do that, i think it will be a giant step towards interfering with the spread in your community. >> all right, so, let's get to eva pilgrim tonight. and we just heard dr. fauci
talking about the importance of wearing a mask. i know you spoke to one of the scientists raising the alarm with the world health organization. that scientist telling you, wear masks indoors, even in public places where they've done social distancing, like restaurants that have put tables far apart. they said wear masks anyway. >> reporter: yes, david. and this is why. one study suggesting that these particles can linger in the air for as long as 16 hours in a lab setting. dr. fauci and dr. marr say this reiterates why it's so important to wear a mask, especially indoors, even when social distancing. david? >> and it just reminds us that there is still so much we don't know months into this. eva, thank you. and tonight, the news from brazil, where the president of that country has repeatedly downplayed the severity of this pandemic. well, today, he revealed he has tested positive. wearing a mask before the cameras, but then taking it off. here's our foreign correspondent james longman tonight. >> reporter: he played down the dangers of covid, but tonight, brazil's president jair
bolsonaro has tested positive for the illness, proclaiming -- "we don't need to panic. life goes on." bolsonaro once called the pandemic a little flu, and he's consistently ignored the advice of his own officials, going out on horseback and hugging children in huge crowds. the president started feeling ill on sunday with a small fever. but he said he's on the rebound, revealing he's taking the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine. he says he's making sure he doesn't infect anyone else, but couldn't resist removing his mask today. "who wants to see my face, i'm fine, calm, thank god," he exclaimed. an avid supporter of president trump, he visited mar-a-lago in march. now, these two men lead the countries with the highest death tolls in the world. brazil with over 65,000 killed and climbing. as it creeps into rural areas, experts say the real numbers are likely to be much higher. we saw for ourselves how brazilians have been forced to defend themselves against infection.
so, for just under 20 cents a mask, this woman sits here for about 12, 13 hours a day, making them for the community. >> james longman with us tonight. james, you've traveled to brazil for us during this pandemic. i know you are back in london this evening. and you've got more reporting on president bolsonaro, because we know he attended a july 4th celebration at the u.s. embassy and that caused some concern over the last 24 hours? >> reporter: yeah, that's right, david. president bolsonaro is pictured alongside american ambassador todd chapman. neither of them were wearing masks. now, he and his wife have tested negative for coronavirus, but they are self-isolating. other embassy staff, well, we didn't get any comment yet from the state department on them. david? >> all right, james longman with us tonight. james, thank you. to the other news this tuesday night, the explosive new book by president trump's niece, mary trump. several details already being reported tonight. and what abc news has learned is in the book. here's our chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: she is the president's niece, the first member of his family to publicly
turn against him. mary trump unloads in a new book the trump family tried to stop -- "too much and never enough: how my family created the world's most dangerous man." mr. president, any reaction to your niece's book? any reaction to mary trump's book, sir? mary trump describes the president's father, fred trump, as "a high-functioning sociopath who short-circuited donald's ability to develop and experience the entire spectrum of human emotion." ms. trump, a trained psychologist, claims the president's father "perverted his son's perception of the world and damaged his ability to live in it." "donald is not simply weak," she writes, "his ego is a fragile thing that must be bolstered every moment, because he knows deep down that he is nothing of what he claims to be." she adds, "his cruelty serves, in part, as a means to distract both us and himself from the true extent of his failures." mary trump says the president's
sister, retired judge marianne trump barry, told her in 2015 she didn't take her brother's presidential campaign seriously, saying, "he's a clown." the white house today is hitting back. >> it's ridiculous, absurd allegations that have absolutely no bearing in truth. i have yet to see the book, but it is a book of falsehoods. >> reporter: mary trump, who is the daughter of the president's older brother fred jr., sued the president and his siblings, claiming she was treated unfairly in her grandfather's will. the case was later settled. she has seen little of her uncle over the past 20 years, although she attended a dinner at the white house in early 2017. she acknowledges that the next year, she gave details of trump family finances, including tax records, to "the new york times." >> and jon, the white house tonight out with a new statement about mary trump's book? >> reporter: the statement from a white house spokesperson accuses mary trump of writing the book for financial gain.
regarding the specifics of what she wrote, the statement says, quote, the president describ the relationship he had with his father as warm and said his father was very good to him. he said his father was loving and not at all hard on him as a child. that, david, the statement from a white house spokesperson tonight. >> all right, jon karl with us live from the white house tonight. jon, thank you. the fbi has reportedly joined the investigation tonight as tensions now mount in bloomington, indiana, after a black man said a group of white men allegedly threatened to get a noose. videos of the incident have gone viral, and it is difficult to watch. here's alex perez. >> reporter: tonight, investigations underway in indiana, after this disturbing video posted on social media showing a group of white men attacking a black man, 36-year-old vauhxx booker. >> let him go, dude. >> reporter: the men hurling racist slurs and pinning booker against a tree. >> one of the gentlemen yells to his friend to get a noose. i thought these individuals were literally going to lynch me.
>> reporter: the ordeal unfolding july 4th at lake monroe, near bloomington, indiana. booker says he and his friend, who's white, were headed to the public beach, when he says the men accused him of trespassing on private property. booker says he tried to calmly talk to them, but he was assaulted. >> i'm struggling to breathe, i can feel the weight of these gentlemen on top of me. >> reporter: booker says what saved him was that his friends and bystanders refused to leave. the county prosecutor saying she's waiting for investigators to turn the case in for review, but tonight, we've learned the fbi is opening a hate crime investigation. >> let him go, dude. >> i just see so many images packed through my mind of george floyd, of the countless black people we've seen be killed in horrible ways and i think to myself, am i going to be them? >> reporter: and david, there was a protest supporting booker last night that turned violent
after a car drove into the crowd of demonstrators. two of those demonstrators were injured. authorities tonight are still searching for the driver of that car. david? >> just horrible images there, as well. alex, thank you. now to news tonight on the jeffrey epstein investigation. tonight, deutsche bank will now pay $150 million in penalties to new york state for doing business with jeffrey epstein, despite what the state calls red flags. the bank processed hundreds of transactions totaling millions of dollars for epstein, even after his sex crimes conviction and allegations that he ran a sex trafficking operation. the bank is expressing regret tonight for its relationship with epstein. when we come back, deadly storms in the northeast. four people struck by lightning, two of them killed. and the emergency landing at jfk. major damage to the plane's nose and we've now learned tonight what caused it. ht what caused it. we do have a ratt problem. ♪ round and round!
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finally tonight here, america strong. the mother, the triplets and the nurses by her side. this is the moment maggie, her husband and their 5-year-old son, alexander, told their families they're having triplets. two boys and a girl. but soon after, they got the news that would change everything. both parents testing positive for coronavirus. maggie at 28 weeks, high risk and admitted to the hospital. unable to be with her husband. the nurses at the woman's hospital of texas in houston would sit by her. they would hold her hand while wearing protective gear. four weeks later, maggie would beat the virus. and soon after, she would deliver isabella, nathaniel and adriel. eight weeks premature and the newborns were covid-free.
maggie's mom standing in for dad in the delivery room and so were the nurses. >> hi, david, i'm princess. >> reporter: one of maggie's nurses, princess ilocha. >> i want to say i'm incredibly happy for maggie and the babies. her story to me truly sounds like a miracle. >> reporter: maggie, her strength now back, visiting her newborns in the nicu. picking up nathaniel, feeding isabella. and tonight, that mom sending us the good news. >> hello, david. >> reporter: overnight, isabella, the first baby to go home. and maggie is grateful. >> i do want to recognize all the pregnant women, especially in this year that it has impacted all our lives. make sure that y'all are showing them love and support, let them know they are not alone in this. >> we will. we're just so glad maggie and the babies are doing well and cheering on the nurses, too. the new season of "what would you do?" 10:00 p.m. eastern. good night.
major changes are happening across the bay area. good evening. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm ama daetz. indoor dining and more will close on friday because of a rise in coronavirus it. >> wayne friedman is live to explain how the change of plans is affecting people. certainly discouraging news for them. >> it's very discouraging. especially in a place like yountville where we are right now with all the world class
restaurants. they will not be able to serve people inside anymore. these restrictions begin to take place thursday morning just past midnight. they will affect restaurants with indoor dining. wineries with indoor tasting and theaters and bars, if there is any saving grace to all this, it might be that napa has been through it once. at least they know what to expect. here at least, tough times for napa county never looked so sweet bust here they hardly qualify as just desserts. more like deja vu. >> i woke up and i immediately felt exactly the way i felt in march. >> reporter: tomey owns the sweetie pie bakery. she survived the class closures by making dinners to go. now they'll do it again. >> reporter: is it easier the second time? >> yes. yes. we're ready this time. i know what i'm up against. >> reporter: that being at least a three-week closure enforced by the state because of coronavirus numbers. despite last