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and that's the overnight news for this friday. reporting from the nation's capital, i'm e captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: breaking news tonight, america crosses 4 million cases. the cdc tonight with a startling new prediction saying the country could see up to 30,000 more deaths in the next three weeks. cases now surging along the gulf coast, mississippi, louisiana and alabama hard hit. and in california look at these lines to get a test as thousands wait in the heat. children and the coronavirus, florida's youngest victim, a nine year old girl. as one of the nation's top health officials says kids over the age of ten spread covid as easily as adults. breaking news, republican convention canceled in king news, republican conven the president announces he won't accept the party's nomination in florida.
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staggering job losses. toniht the 1.4 million filing claims last week. but with unemployment benefits set to expire in just days, will congress extend the lifeline? culture of misogyny. congresswoman alexdrsicorts a rr alusa sexist profanity. >> it's not about one incident. it is cultural. >> o'donnell: dangerous hand sanitizer, dozens of brands being recalled, the chemical that could be life threatening. tracking tropical storm gonzalo. it is on its way to becoming a hurricane. and finally tonight, the twin brothers who have dedicated their lives to saving others after a near catastrophe in the pool. 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 and thank you for joining us.
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as we come on the air tonight the u.s. has now surpassed 4 million cases of coronavirus. a drastic increase of infections in just a few weeks that illustrates how rapidly the virus is spreading. to give you a sense of how fast cases are growing, it took about five months to reach 2 million cases here in the u.s. but only six weeks to double that number. and tonight for the second night in a row more than 1,000 people have been killed by the virus nationwide in just 24 hours. the cdc said today that death toll will only keep growing, projecting as many as 30,000 more deaths in the next three weeks. with deaths in florida hitting a record high tonight, president trump says he is pulling back on his plan to host part of the republican convention in jacksonville next month, and will most likely now give his acceptance speech online. the president angrily moved much of the convention to florida last month after north carolina's governor said his state couldn't safely allow thousands of delegates to gather
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in an arena. and in his third briefing with reporters this week, the president repeated his threat that schools which don't reopen fully this fall will lose federal funding, saying children have very strong immune systems, even as there is mounting evidence tonight that the rate of infection among children is growing. there is a lot of new reporting to get to tonight, and our team of correspondents is standing by. cbs's jamie yuccas is going to lead off our coverage tonight from los angeles, good evening, jamie? >> reporter: good evening, norah. about one out of ten of those 4 million infections happened here in california. thousands have come to testing sites like this one but can't get results for up p to ten day. and every delay keeps the virus spreading. inside the riverside community hospital, beds are filling up with covid patients at an alarming rate. with doctors and nurses racing to save each life. but each day the state marks another record of cases and deaths.
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682 have died in the past week alone. epidemiologist dr. lee riley puts some of the blame on california reopening too soon. >> by reopening some of the businesses, that also had the general public think that things were getting better. so they stopped wearing masks and adhering to the social distancing. >> reporter: up and down the state people in cars and on foot are waiting hours to get tested and days for the results. there is no sign of relief in other covid hot spots. florida just recorded its highest single day death toll. 173 lives lost. texas also set a one-day record with 197 deaths. in a phone call released by the center for public integrity, dr. deborah birx, a leader of the white house coronavirus task force, warned 11 cities to take aggressive action tot the covid-19 outbreaks.
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>> reporter: new york is one of the few states to see its numbers hold steady but today governor andrew cuomo raised concerns about a 4% up tick in cases among 21 to 30 year olds due to social gatherings like this one. >> this is not the time to fight for your right to party. >> reporter: meanwhile in loma linda, california, a woman fights to stay alive with the help of her loving sister. 31 year old janet santibanez is battling coronavirus in the icu but unlike other covid patients she has family by her side. her sister maribell who happens to be a nurse in the unit. >> shehe can't do anything medically for her, but she is there holding her hand. she is there telling her jj, keep fighting. you've got this, just giving her hope, telling her not to give up. >> reporter: a nurse on the front line for her sister. jamie yuccas, cbs news, los angeles.
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>> reporter: i'm mireya villarreal. here in dallas county, texas, about 4,000 children have tested positive for covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. today admiral brett injurya head of testing in the u.s. raised a warning about kids ten and over. >> as you get older and as an adolescent you can transmit almost the equivalent of an adult. >> i feel terrible now. >> reporter: stacey kasup believes her 14 year old daughter was exposed while she was at camp about a hundred miles outside dallas. she quarantined for 14 days after testing positive for covid-19. >> looking back on it, i think there was many occasions where i could put my mask on and wash my hands. >> reporter: in florida, a nine year old became the fifth and youngest child in that state to have died from the virus. while a tulsa family tested positive after mom and daughter attended a church camp. back in dallas county, health experts urged parents to avoid a false sense of security about children and covid. >> our data certainly shows about 10% thus far have been in
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kids under the age of 18. >> reporter: still scientists believe the illness is generally not as debilitating in younger patients because they have stronger immune systems. >> the public health data is quite compelling, that children can get infected and even have mild symptoms but can still transmit the virus. >> reporter: as testing continues to increase here in dallas, experts do believe they will see more cases involving young children. but right now researchers are still trying to figure out why exactly kids under the age of ten are less likely to spread the virus than older ones. norah? >> o'donnell: mireya villarreal, thank you. we want to get more now on the president's decision to call off the jacksonville portion of the republican convention. he cited what he called a flare- up of covid cases in florida. here's cbs's weijia jiang. >> reporter: president trump said his political team put together absolutely beautiful plans for the convention in jacksonville. but given what florida is going through, he said it's not the
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right time to execute. >> so i told my team it's time to cancel the jacksonville, florida, component of the g.o.p. convention. >> reporter: as cases continued to surge, so did a list of republican leaders who said they would not attend the event due to safety concerns. rlier eecity sheriff doubted he could provide enough security for the convention. >> i will still do a convention speech in a different form, but we won't do a big crowded convention per se, it's just not the right time for that. >> reporter: in another reversal tonight president trump stopped insisting that all schools across the country must reopen in the fall. instead he said school districts located in current hot spots may have to delay reopening for weeks adding it should not be a political decision. norah? >> o'donnell: weijia jiang, thank you. as states pull back on plans to reopen, more americans are
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looking for work. 1.4 million workers filed new claims for unemployment benefits in the last week. that's the first increase in weekly claims since march. and the news comes just days before a $600 a week jobless benefit is set to expire. here's cbs's nancy cordes. >> reporter: roughly 30 million americans are now relying on unemployment checks. that's one in five u.s. workers, whose finances are suddenly up in the air because of a washington fight. >> why do they have to make a fuss over $600 which means a lot to many working families? >> reporter: expanded unemploymentnt benefits, $600 extra per person per week are due to run out at the end of this month. unless congress acts, states will start cutting smaller checks next week. >> i can't express the level of rage that i have. >> reporter: britain foster's benefits in new york will revert
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to $178 a week. >> i can't pay my rent on that, i can't pay mine and my daughter's phone bill, our power bill, our car insurance. and our internet. >> reporter: house democrats passed a bill two months ago to extend the $600 benefit through january. but senate republicans said that's too generous and held off. >> we can't give people a disincentive to go back to work. we'll never recover from this if we are all at home watching netflix. >> reporter: today steven mnuchin proposed a new formula to give jobless workers 70% of their former wages. >> if you were making $300, you're not going to get $600, this time, and that's fair. >> reporter: democratic leader chuck schumer. >> the unemployment insurance that we passed has kept more people out of poverty than just about anything else that has been passed. people need to feed their families.
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>> reporter: at this point it is unlikely that congress will be able to work out a compromise before the deadline. and so republican sources concede that there likely will be a short-term lapse in these expanded benefits before they return in some form in august, norah? >> o'donnell: all right, nancy cordes, thank you. tonight congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez repeated a vulgar and sexist insult that was allegedly used against her by a republican colleague in an emotional speech on the house floor today. she did it to make a point about a culture of misogyny and what she called a pattern of dehumanization against women. here's cbs's ed o'keefe. >> reporter: in an extraordinary moment on the house floor today new york democrat alexandria ocasio-cortez lit into florida republican ted yoho for allegedly directing a slur at her. >> in front of reporters representative yoho called me, and i quote, ( bleep ) bitch. this issue is not about one
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incident, it is cultural. it is a culture of lack of impunity, of accepting violence and violent language against women.te yoho report confronted ocasio-cortez on the steps of the u.s. capitol monday over her recent comments about poverty being a root cause of crime. he apologized for his behavior but strongly denied using those words. >> having been married for 45 years with two daughters i'm very cognizant of my language. the offensive name calling words attributed to me by the press were never spoken to my colleague. >> i am someone's daughter too. my father, thankfully, is not alive to see how mr. yoho treated his daughter. i have to show my parents that i am their daughter and that they did not raise me to accept abuse from men. >> reporter: ed o'keefe, cbs news, washington.
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>> o'donnell: tonight the food and drug administration is recalling 75 brands of hand sanitizer, warning that the products many are using to ward off infection may be making users sick or even causing death if ingested. we have more now from cbs's kris van cleave. >> reporter: tonight notices alerting americans to a growing list of recalled hand sanitizers as doctors in arizona and new mexico are sounding the alarm. at least 11 are dead and more than 30 hospitalized after using contaminated hand sanitizer, many drinking it in the hopes of getting a buzz. the f.d.a. is now investigating. 75 products from mexico claiming to contain ethanol but instead have tested positive for the skin and life threatenintoxh consumed. cbs news medical contributor dr. david agus. >> when covid-19 came along, trusted brands went out the window for products in demand
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like hand sanitizer and we took what we can get. and what you get is a lot of foreign made hand sanitizers that do't have quality ingredients. >> reporter: while the fdas unow many bottles were sold, some were available at costco, wal- mart and cvs. kris van cleave, cbs news, washington. >> o'donnell: the n.i.h. is the nation's medical research agency and next week will launch an unprecedented effort to find a covid-19 vaccine. n.i.h. director francis collins is part of operation warp speed which aims to deliver 300 million doses of a covid-19 vaccine by january 2021. and he joins us now. dr. collins, thank you for joining us. >> thanks, norah, thanks for the great reporting you are doing on this critical issue. >> o'donnell: are we on the brink of something big? >> next monday if all goes well which is a joint effort of n.i.h. and a company called
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moderna. they aim to enroll 30,000 people. >> o'donnell: is the vaccine development ahead of schedule as the president has said? >> i have been at n.i.h. for 27 years, i have never seen anything come together this way as we have tried to do and are now doing for the development of vaccines. and the government, by providing additional resources has also made it possible now to plan manufacturing of doses, even before you know if the vaccine will work. but i do want to say when people hear that warp speed term maybe it makes them a little nervous. like wait a minute, are they being a little bit too casual here about safety? no, we are not being casual, as far as safety and effectiveness, will not be compromised. >> o'donnell: and once a vaccine is available, how long will it take to vaccinate every american who wants it? >> by the spring i would think most americans would have the
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chance for a vaccination. i hope by the way that most americans ll see ts asg theytoo. i's. >> o'donnell: bill gates told me he is concerned right now because in his words "the cdc has been muzzled to a dramatic degree." and that dr. fauci, who you work with, has been limited. do you agree? >> dr. fauci doesn't just work with me. i talk to him every night. he is one of the most remarkable scientists in the world. and the most significant expert in infectious disease anywhere. there have been some ups and downs. i'm happy to see the president now talking about having a good relationship with dr. fauci. i hope we will see more of him. >> o'donnell: dr. francis collins of the n.i.h., thank you so m >> norah, great to be with you, thanks for what you are doing. >> o'donnell: some exciting news ahead. you can see more of our interview on-line at there is still much more news ahead on tonight's cbs evening news. we're following two tropical
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