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capital, i'm chip reid. captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ >> o'donnell: tonight the new warnings about the age group getting and spreading the virus, the stunning images of party ignoring social distancing. the reason tonight dr. anthony fauci says the average age of those infected is 15 years younger. and why harvard says all of its classes will be online. plus the broadway star who lost his battle with the coronavirus at age 41. his wife's message tonight. breaking news, the mayor of atlanta says she has coronavirus but hasn't experienced any symptoms. virus in the air, more than 200 scientists from around the world say the evidence is clear, coronavirus could spread at distances greater than six feet, why schools and businesses may
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need to retool their ventilation a violent weekend. at least five children killed in cities across the country including this eight year old girl in atlanta. on the attack, the president goes after nascar and driver bubba wallace as he appears to defend the confederate flag. breaking news on that white woman who called police on a black man bird watching in central park. the criminal charge she faces and does that mean jail time? and we end tonight with a story of inspiration, a mom beats covid-19 then gives birth to triplets. this is the cbs evening news with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capitol. >> o'donnell: good evening to our viewers in the west. thank you for joining us. we are going to begin tonight with a dangerous and growing surge of new coronavirus cases pushing hospitals to test
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limits. taxing testing capacity and forcing governors to close businesses that had just reopened. and tonight, the country's top infectious disease doctor says most of those new cases are coming from young people who are getting and then spreading the virus. dr. anthony fauci says the average age for new patients is now about 15 years younger than when the pandemic began, including in florida where 21 year olds are now becoming infected at rates on average higher than any other group. scenes like this, young people partying over the july 4th holiday have experts worried that the number of new cases will spiral out of control in the coming days. the mayor of miami dade county now says he's issuing an emergency order shutting down indoor dining and restaurants as well as gyms and event spaces by wednesday. and in arizona where infections jumped up 300% in june, phoenix's mayor says her city is facing a crisis because of the demand for testing. one in four people tested for
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coronavirus there are positive. tonight we're also learning that atlanta's mayor keisha lance bottoms has the virus too. as we come on the air tonight the virus has killed more than 130,000 people nationwide. and there are more than 2.9 million confirmed cases here in the u.s. a lot of news to get to tonight, and our team of correspondents is standing by to cover it. cbs's david begnaud will lead off our coverage from just outside of miami, good evening, david. >> reporter: good evening, norah, with the governor of florida refusing to roll back any reopening, local mayors like the one here in miami dade county say we will do it ourselves, so today the mayor announced that starting wednesday there will be no outdoor or indoor dining allowed. you can still do takeout and delivery. i just spoke with a business owner who said "listen, i furloughed my employees, i took out a loan, i can't afford to close down again." but then you have others who are just as vocal in saying the mayor is doing the right thing. >> you guys are amazing out there!
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orr:his is everything americans were urged not to do, from diamond lake in michigan to an overly crowded pool party in wisconsin, to the beaches of san diego, the latest holiday celebration could lead to the next new covid spike. in arizona where confirmed cases now top 100,000, lines just to get tested stretch for blocks. tonight there is late word out of georgia that the mayor of atlanta, keisha lance bottoms has tested positive for coronavirus though she has no symptoms. >> this is startling for me. because we have been so very careful. >> reporter: in a manageable crisis, about 5% of people should test positive. arizona's rate is over 25%. florida is at 18%. new york is down to 1%. >> an outbreak anywhere is an outbreak everywhere. >> reporter: florida took over three months to reach 100,000 cases. it took just two weeks to reach 200,000. at miami's jackson health system the number of covid patients in
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the i.c.u. has tripled in the last month, dr. andrew pastewski is the icu director. >> i just saw on my list this morning a 2626 year old, a 24 yr old, and this disease has turned on people very quickly. >> reporter: according to coronavirus patients has now dropped by 15 years. in the state of florida, 21 year olds now make up the majority of cases here. tonight there's new analysis from "the new york times" that shows blacks and latinos are three times as likely to be infected and nearly twice as likely to die from covid-19 than whites. and we're getting word form harvard and princeton joining a growing list of universities that say they will severely limit students from being on campus. david begnaud, cbs news, miami. >> reporter: this is janet shamlian at the texas medical center in houston where hospitals are running low on icu beds and the projected peak is still weeks away.
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>> would you close gyms and restaurants in harris county right now if you could. >> absolutely. i would. because the matter is i don't bring any joy from closing things down but i know that until we bring that curve down, we are not going to be putting ng to be putting position to the economy in a succeed. >> reporter: texas reported more than 500 new hospitalizations today and cases topped 200,000. cases also spiking tonight in austin. >> it is scary right now how quickly we're going to overwhelm our hospitals. >> reporter: and the rio grande valley is an emerging hot spot, this tent a desperate measure by one hospital to house more covid patients, hospitals in two counties in the region are now nearly out of beds. and there is late word tonight that the defense department at the request of fema will be sending at least 15 medical personnel from fort carson in rslorado to embedded hospitals in san antonio where there is also a surge.
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norah? >> o'donnell: that's big news, janet, thank you. now to a warning tonight from nearly 240 scientists about how the virus spreads. turns out the coronavirus can stay in the air longer than previously thought, especially indoors. these experts say airborne transmission is the only plausible explanation for superspreader events. here's cbs news chief medical correspondent dr. jon lapook. >> reporter: tonight researchers around the world say the evidence shows the new coronavirus is likely airborne. when we cough, sneeze, talk or sing, larger airborne droplets containing the virus can travel, usually up to about six feet. but smaller particles called aerosols can go farther and linger longer. in some circumstances those aerosols can travel more than 30 feet, more than the six feet recommended for social distancing. how certain are you that aerosols are playing a ng aificant role in the transmission of covid-19 past
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say six to eight feet. >> i think that is quite certain that that is happening. the implication is that you need to have everybody wearing masks and that you need to have good ventilation. nt reporter: each layer of protection helps like this cloth mask that partially blocks an aerosol from a simul anlayer of protection improved ventilation systems for schools, malls, nursing homes and businesses. a top priority for new york's governor andrew cuomo. >> if there is a way to filter the air, and there is a way to get covid out of the air, than we want to do that. >> reporter: dr. jon lapook, cbs news, south chatsbiry, vermont. >> o'donnell: president trump's campaign will strongly encourage masks at the president's next event, an outdoor rally set for saturday at portsmouth, new hampshire. this after two highly charged holiday speeches where the president attacked racial justice protestors and today defended the confederate flag. cbs's ben tracy is at the white house tonight. good evening, ben. >> reporter: norah, president trump declared via tweet today
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that schools must reopen in the fall despite the surge in new coronavirus cases across the country. he's also increasingly making race-based appeals to his supporters. instead of focusing on the increasingly dire rise in coronavirus infections, president trump went after nascar's only full time african- american driver, bubba wallace today. demanding he apologize in falsely accusing him of perpetuating a hoax when as into was found in his garage last month, it was later determined wallace was not being targeted. >> this was not a hate crime and he believes it would go a long way if bubba came out and acknowledged that as well. >> reporter: wallace responded to the president saying always deal with the hate being thrown at you with love. even when it is hate from potus. president trump also seemed to defend the confederate flag saying nascar's decision to ban it a move backed by wallace hurt its ratings, but they are up on several networks. he then weighed in on the redskins and cleveland indians
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potentially changing their names in order to be politically correct and added "indians like senator elizabeth warren must be very angry." >> our past is not a burden to be cast away. >> reporter: the race-based tweet followed a weekend in which the president launched a divisive defense of america's heritage which he claims is under attack. protestors threw a statue of christopher columbus into baltimore's inner harbor saturday. >> we will never allow an angry mob to tear down our statues, erase our history, indoctrinate our children or trample on our freedoms. >> reporter: the president also claimed over the weekend that 99% of coronavirus cases are harmless. that is not true. today the white house press secretary said that the rest of the world looks to the u.s. as a leader in the fight against the virus, the u.s. does lead the world in the number of cases and deaths. norah. >> o'donnell: ben tracy, thank , thank you. today jeffr today jeffrey epstein's former
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girlfriend ghislaine maxwell was transferred to a lockup in brooklyn, new york, a far cry from her million dollar estate in new hampshire where she was arrested last week, she is accused of recruiting girls as young as 14 to have sex with epstein who took his own life while awaiting trial, maxwell has repeatedly denied the allegations. over the fourth of july weekend in cities across the country, some people weren't sure what they were hearing fireworks or gunshots. emergency rooms were packed with dozens of people who had been shot. in the terrible outburst of violence, at least five children died. here is cbs's mark strassmann. >> we didn't mean no harm. my baby didn't mean no harm. >> reporter: charmaine turner's daughter secoriea, her baby, died in her arms on the fourth of july. a group of armed men randomly blocked their car in atlanta. two gunmen opened fire. the eight year old girl was killed. >> this is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an eight-year-old
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baby in the car. for what? >> reporter: new york city on sunday alone had 30 shootings. 48 people were shot. hem killeem killed. philadelphia had 17 separate shootings on july 4. chicago called out 1,200 extra cops for the holiday weekend. 87 people were shot, 17 fatally including seven year old natalia wallace. >> i saw my baby laying here. i will never be the same again. >> reporter: crossfire hit the little girl standing outside her nally in washington. finally in washington, d.c., 11 year old davon mcneel's mother oranized an antiviolen killed the youth football star. >> it's going to be another young kid that is going to be shot and killed if we don't get out here and try to put a dent in this or stop it completely. >> reporter: here in atlanta
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there were 31 gunshot victims over the holiday weekend. georgia's governor declared a state of emergency because of the gun violence. he activated up to 1,000 national guard troops to protect public buildings and potentially patrol city streets. norah? >> o'donnell: mark strassman, thank you. we're going to turn now to europe and its move to reopen. when pubs in england opened saturday for the first time since march, some forgot about the new normal and picked up right where they left off with no social distancing. cbs's charlie d'agata reports. >> reporter: it was dubbed britain's independence day, a celebration of new found freedom >> reportew wi toio reporter: s between tables, hand sanitizer on arrival, masks entirely voluntary, and hardly a single one in sight. drinks were ordered from a hole in the wall.
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>> cheers, thank you. >> reporter: not everyone stuck to the rules. skeck out london's soho on saturday night. and with the highest death toll in europe, prime minister boris johnson warned the public not to get too complacent. >> we think we're in good shape but my message is let's not blow it now, folks. >> reporter: over in paris, the louvre reopened after a 16 week shutdown, there face masks were compulsory, parts of spain however took a step backward. fresh covid outbreaks triggered new lockdowns underlying the inherent risks of a second wave. but after months of virtual house arrest, it's a risk many here are willing to take. charlie d'agata, cbs news, london. >> o'donnell: we got some tough news over the weekend. tony nominated actor nick cordero lost his three month long battle with covid-19. cbs's meg oliver on how the virus took its toll on someone so full of life. >> ♪ oftentimes the ones that
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talk will get down on their knees. >> reporter: nick cordero was known as the tap dancing tough guy on broadway. with breakout roles that catapulted him to stardom. ♪ ♪ but in march cordero, 41, was diagnosed with covid-19. >> nick's body is extremely weak, his muscles have atrophied so he can't move his body yet. >> reporter: his wife amanda kloots posted about his complications, mini strokes, sepsis, a leg amputation, all while on a ventilator. ♪ ♪ trying to stay positive, kloots started playing a song cordero had written, live your life. ♪ live your life >> reporter: the world responded with the hashtag #wakeupnick. ♪ no no no, live your life. >> reporter: on day 90 kloots talked to cbs this morning's gayle king. >> i grab his hand and i'm waiting for the day when he holds my hand back. >> reporte: but that day would
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myver come. after more than three months in the i.c.u., he lost the fight. >> ♪ you don't forget. ♪ one of your great ones >> reporter: a great one taken far too soon. cordero leaves behind his wife and one year old son elvis. meg oliver, cbs new, montclair, new jersey. >> o'donnell: and there is still much more news ahead here on tonight's cbs evening news. the charge a white woman is facing after she called the police on a black man who was watching birds in central park and it was all caught on camera. and later the toughest new mom in texas, she beat covid and then gave birth to healthy triplets. triplets.
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>> o'donnell: they say two's company and three's a crowd, but tonight for one new texas mom, her three little ones are a miracle after she gave birth to them while suffering coronavirus. here's cbs's vladimir duthiers with her special delivery. >> reporter: this is maggie sillero holding her three newborn triplets isabella, nathaniel and adriel, born, two minutes apart on june 4, but the road to their arrival was complicated. you go in for a routine examination and what happens 48 hours later on mother's day? >> i found out i was positive for covid-19. >> reporter: shocking news for ggho h b e righprecautions, and had no symptoms. >> i wasn't so worried about myself but everybody else around
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me and the babies. >> reporter: there were some complications and the babies were born eight weeks early. but she said the staff at the woman's hospital of texas were there every step of the way. >> they motivated me. i did not feel like i was lonely. >> reporter: vladimir duthiers, cbs news, new york. >> o'donnell: and we're happy to report that firstborn isabella is being released from the hospital today, at just over five pounds. we hope her brother and sister will join her at home soon. and we'll be right back. .
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