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for a whopping $721,000. i don't think i would be tonight, the state of emergency as spring breakers swarm miami beach. police firing pepper balls. trying to disperse a mostly maskless crowd. as hundreds of people packed streets and bars, defying an 8:00 p.m. curfew. causeways shut down. the curfew now in effect for a second straight night. florida leads the country with cases of those highly contagious variants from the uk and brazil. this, as the country continues to ramp up efforts to fight against the virus. with new mass vaccination sites popping up from coast to coast. new lockdowns. growing anger across europe as strict new coronavirus restrictions take effect. protesters take to the streets in several cities. police in germany clash with thousands of demonstrators. tonight, parts of france, including paris, are back on a partial lockdown as cases soar. and the concern that the surge
in cases there could happen here. the border is closed. that stern message today from president biden's director of homeland security. as the crisis at the southern border deepens. migrants from central america pouring into mexico. marcus moore is on the ground tonight near the country's border with guatemala. getting a first-hand look at how mexican authorities are trying to stop them. alarming trend. the latest anti-asian attacks reported in san francisco and new york. as vigils and rallies are held across the country to honor the shootings. the atlanta area - spring storm takes aim the system moves from the rockies to the plains. packing snow and heavy rain. rob marciano is standing by with the timing and the track. and, answered prayer. loyola chicago, and their 101-year-old superfan sister jean going to the sweet 16. after a stunning upset and a special pregame warmup.
good evening, everyone. thanks so much for joining us on this sunday. i'm linsey davis. we begin tonight with breaking news. a state of emergency in miami beach. officials announcing they will be extending a curfew through mid-april. this was the scene last night. hundreds of people packing the streets, defying that order. causing police to crack down. even firing pepper balls to disperse the crowds. florida leads the country in cases of the uk variant. miami reporting the highest test positivity of all major cities this past week. 15 states seeing an increase in cases. in michigan, in the past two weeks, a 92% spike in cases. experts warn, we're not out of the woods just yet. even with vaccinations picking up. averaging nearly 2.5 million shots a day. about 10,000 at this location in
nashville alone. officials urging us not to let our guard down too soon. here's victor oquendo. >> reporter: tonight, a state of emergency in miami beach. massive crowds defying an 8:00 p.m. curfew. >> skip that curfew. we out here! we out here. no sleep period. >> reporter: police moving in, shooting pepper balls to break up the mostly maskless sea of people. this car set on fire. >> quite frankly, i am concerned that the behavior is getting a little bit more for us to be able to handle. >> reporter: more than 1,000 people arrested since the start of spring break. some businesses, like the popular clevelander, deciding to temporarily close over safety concerns. miami beach residents are frustrated. >> 90% of these kids are good kids. they just want to have a good time. but when you get a lot of people together and too much alcohol, it's a problem. >> reporter: late today, city leaders holding an emergency meeting. >> it has certainly felt like
our city has been a tinder over the last few weeks. i've personally had trouble even sleeping at night worrying. >> reporter: florida reporting nearly 4,000 new covid-19 infections today. the state leading the nation with the most cases of the highly contagious uk and brazilian variants. new york city reporting its first case of the brazilian variant this weekend. all this as travelers are taking to the skies in record numbers. and cases increasing in 15 states. michigan seeing a 92% spike in cases over the last two weeks. >> we're not out of the woods yet and we could potentially be at the beginning of another surge in michigan. >> reporter: the vaccine, still the best defense against the virus. >> these vaccines are exceedingly safe, and they've been tested really, really well. >> reporter: the nation now averaging nearly 2.5 million daily shots into arms. >> good morning. >> reporter: mass vaccination sites popping up nationwide. this one in nashville providing nearly 10,000 people with johnson & johnson's single shot. >> i take care of my 98-year-old
blind grandfather. so it's kind of important to get vaccinated as soon as possible. >> reporter: and in ohio, beth and stan rosenblum, for months only seeing their great-grandchildren from behind glass doors and balconies. now both fully vaccinated, finally able to give them a hug. >> i was in tears. it was so wonderful. how about you, stan? >> i loved it. >> so nice to see those reunions. victor, a second curfew taking effect tonight, and officials are now extending it? >> reporter: that just happened moments ago. these emergency measures will be enforced thursdays through sundays until at least april 12th, which they call the end of the spring break season. and according to hhs, miami has the highest test positivity rate of any city in the last week. >> victor, thank you. and the u.s. is closely watching what is happening overseas. in many parts of europe, covid cases are on the rise.
in france, 21 million people are now under partial lockdown, as cafes and other businesses close down to try to slow the new surge. across the continent, frustration is boiling over. hre's julia macfarlane tonight. >> reporter: violent scenes in europe this weekend as demonstrators take to the streets protesting lockdown measures. this crowd in london surrounding police, hurling objects at them, at times engaging in hand-to-hand combat. while the majority of brits support restrictions, many in this crowd are anti-vaxxers, and in the minority. >> they're taking our freedoms away. >> these are enemies of the people! >> reporter: police in the german city of kassel deploying a water cannon and pepper spray on an angry mob. leaders alarmed that a third wave is already here. france, italy, poland, and germany seeing a spike in cases since february, struggling with case numbers not seen in four months. >> right now, they're going through the beginning of a surge, 5% or 10% increases. >> reporter: in france,
21 million people now affected by new partial lockdowns. our ines de la cuetara is there. >> reporter: paris is under lockdown for at least the next month. curfew just starting to go into effect here at about 7:00 p.m. local time. and behind me where there'd normally e hundreds of people, almost no one. >> reporter: europe is also struggling with its vaccine program, inoculating citizens at just a third of the rate as in the u.s. and the uk. there is good news from the uk. the aggressive vaccine program here appears to be paying off. half of all adults have received their first dose. and cases and deaths are at a low. >> julia, thank you. and now to the escalating situation at our southern border. today, the secretary of homeland security is urging those trying to cross into our country not to come. saying loud and clear, the border is closed. but that message comes too late for so many who have already made the long and dangerous journey. u.s. authorities are now
deporting migrants to mexico. and so many more are on the way. our team is on the ground in mexico meeting some families who have already been walking for 12 days. tonight, what mexico says they're doing to slow the tide. marcus moore is at the mexico/guatemala border for us. >> reporter: startling new numbers tonight, revealing the enormity of a migrant crisis along the u.s./mexico border. sources tell abc news, of the more than 5,000 unaccompanied children and teens in border patrol custody, 823 of them have been held now for more than ten days. by law, they are only supposed to be held no more than three days. that overflow of migrants at border patrol stations prompting officials to open temporary shelters like this one at a dallas convention center, where this weekend, an additional 1,200 kids were sent for care as they seek asylum. after what many called mixed messages to migrants, homeland security secretary alejandro mayorkas, telling our martha raddatz on "this week" in no uncertain terms -- >> the border is closed. the border is secure.
we are expelling families. we are building safe, orderly, and humane ways to address the needs of vulnerable children. do not come. >> reporter: it is a message not reaching mexico's southern border region, where we met dozens of migrants from honduras as they walked along this highway in the state of chiapas. hoisting his 3-year-old son marlon above his head, luis pineda told me they'd been on the road for 12 days. he also said he's thankful for president biden. he told me, we heard he's giving opportunities. we hope it is still happening. we thank him from the bottom of our hearts. reportedly under pressure from the biden administration, mexican authorities this week said they would step up enforcement to stop the flow of migrants across the country's southern border with guatemala. it stretches more than 500 miles. we saw this checkpoint several hours from the border where immigration officials searched vehicles. we're told migrants are no longer in those those massive caravans, because they're so easily targeted and broken up. instead, they're in smaller
groups as they try to make their way north. the biden administration has turned back the majority of those crossing into the u.s. we've seen the images of many distraught after believing they would find refuge in the u.s. but those that do make it, especially minors, are met with a growing crisis at the u.s./mexico border, as our matt gutman saw in el paso. >> reporter: there's also dangerous overcrowding. at this border patrol facility in el paso there is a capacity for 260 minors, but right now there are nearly 1,200 kids. >> children standing with nowhere to sit down. children who can't all lay down at the same time, or can't lay dwn at all. >> reporter: but the migrant flow continues as families fleeing violence in their native countries seek safety and opportunity elsewhere, but each new step closer to the border is one into the unknown, and their moves are fueling a fierce political battle on the other side. >> marcus joining us from mexico. we heard in your report, mexico says they're stepping up enforcement at their southern border.
what are you actually seeing? >> reporter: mexican officials say they've sent extra manpower to the border. including military teams with drones and night vision. but despite whatever efforts may be in play, we have still seen men, women, and children who have been able to go through or around the checkpoints. and it's such a vast border, it seems like it would be impossible to stop it all. >> marcus, thank you. now to afghanistan. this morning, the defense secretary making an unannounced trip. the first visit by any member of president biden's cabinet to the country. meeting with some of the 2,500 troops still there ahead of the may 1st deadline for withdrawal. that date agreed upon by the trump administration. today, austin was pressed about when the troops are coming home. >> in terms of setting a specific date for withdrawal, that's the domain of my boss.
that's the -- the -- you know, the decision that the president will make at some point in time in terms of how he wants to approach this going forward. >> he also met with the afghan president. the trip carried out under tight security. now to the alarming increase in violence directed to people of asian descent in this country, and the growing outcry to stop the hate. in cities like new york, denver, and atlanta, people remembering those killed in georgia. here's elwyn lopez. >> reporter: tonight in atlanta, in the wake of the deadly shooting rampage, the grieving deepening. >> we know what the pain is but we cannot be divided in this hour. >> reporter: police say the man they have in custody admitted to opening fire inside three atlanta area spas, appearing to blame his actions on a, quote, "sex addiction." but because 6 of the 8 victims
killed were women of asian descent, many here and around the u.s. remain convinced that anti-asian sentiment drove the murders. and are outraged as police, still in the early stages of their investigation, have not labeled the shootings a hate crime. >> we have lived in the shadows, invisible. >> reporter: but the tragedy shedding new light on a disturbing trend. just in the past few days, in san francisco, an 83-year-old man assaulted, parts of his neck broken. and a 76-year-old woman punched in the eye. in new york, a man says teenagers have been hurling racial slurs at him and throwing garbage at his laundromat for months. >> just because we are asian. >> reporter: data from 16 major cities shows anti-asian hate crimes reported to police are up a combined 149% last year, according to research from california state university san bernardino. >> we are seeing an historic
surge in anti-asian hate crimes compared to all hate crimes that are going on. >> reporter: and of course, behind every statistic, there's a face, a person, and a family forever changed. tonight in atlanta, a devastating sense of loss. linsey? >> elwyn, thank you. next to the historic special election in louisiana. julia letlow has become the first republican woman elected to congress in that state. her late husband died from covid-19 complications before he could take office. it was a 12-way race. she came away with 62% of the vote after securing top republican endorsements, including former president trump. still ahead, spring storm takes aim. snow already wreaking havoc on the roads in utah. with the system set to move into the plains. rob marciano standing by for us. and loyola chicago, with a major march madness upset.
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at 7:00 p.m. for 48 straight weeks and counting. >> welcome alma from costa rica. >> reporter: you can find the lawson family here, together on zoom. >> there's not been a week that we've missed. our family looks forward to this. and it's just an amazing thing. >> reporter: as many as 70 family members strong across 12 states, ranging in age from 16 to 86. >> we will stay focused on our mission. >> reporter: right after the pandemic started, angela davis came up with an idea to keep the family connected. >> i was feeling isolated. i was wondering what was going on. i was wondering what was happening with uncle jimmy. he lives alone. and how about aunt opera? >> reporter: but the calls quickly evolved from a family check-in to more like a forum, occasionally including panelists to provide education and support for everything from anxiety to the election to vaccine hesitancy. >> we brought in two physicians that said, "yes, i took moderna
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tonight on abc7 news at 6:00, one of the largest rallies takes over the streets of san francisco in support of the asian-american community. and the new search that has health officials worried. and increasing efforts towards vaccine equity. this church service included a covid- 19 shot. abc7 news at 6:00 starts right now . building a better bay area for a safe and secure future, this is abc7 news. >> we have had an incredible amount of outpouring of support from our allies. >> what a great site to see, this crowd showing support of the asian-american pacific islander community. thank you for joining us. more than 1000
people took to the streets today to stop hate and violence against asian-americans and today it may have been the biggest show of unity yet. cornell bernard joins us live from san francisco with more on today's event and it was just electric. >> reporter: yes it really was. all weekend we have seen a lot of solidarity for the asian- american immunity. the day a new ally joining others to say, stop the hate. more than 1000 people taking over market street for this march to stop hate and violence against asian- americans. the violence has been on the rise in the bay area and many crimes against asian-american seniors have been caught on camera. in just eight days ago, eight people gunned down. six were local women. >> this