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we covered every covid topic you can think of tonight, the surge in new covid cases across lea states.dc director out the wood and president biden late today we ask him whether the mask guidance will change in this country for millions of americans for schoolchildren, as well. what the president just said. the country averaging more than 37,000 new cases a day. the cdc director, dr. rochelle walensky calling this, a quote, pivotal moment. tonight los angeles reporting 20 times the number of new cases from just a month ago. the headlines in philadelphia and in houston on masks. and the cdc advisory panel tonight now studying possible
booster shots and who might need them first. whit johnson standing by. also tonight, major concerns about the virus on the eve of the opening ceremony for the olympics in tokyo. the new number tonight, more than 90 people inside the olympic bubble now infected with the virus. simone biles and the u.s. gymnastics team arriving in masks and james longman from tokyo. also at this hour, the alarming images coming in fighting multiple wildfires on the ground and in the air. tonight you will see the firefighters and what they're doing with nearly 80 fires burning in 13 states. the view as firefighters drive through the tamarack fire in california. the newly released audio from an interview with former president donald trump describing the crowd on january 6th saying it was a loving crowd tonight speaker nancy pelosi explaining why she rejected two republicans for that select committee to investigate the january 6th attack and the republicans she's
now considering. there is late word tonight from the pentagon involving u.s. forces in iraq with the u.s. withdrawal from afghanistan nearly complete, could there be a change coming for the mission in iraq? martha raddatz with late reporting tonight. chicago police responding to three mass shootings in six hours, attorney general merrick garland just hours later in chicago launching a new federal strike force to tackle america's rise in gun violence. pierre thomas tonight teaming up with our abc stations across the country, what's driving this rise in violence? and the images coming in at this hour, the video wall collapsing at hard rock stadium outside miami rattling south florida again just ahead of a music festival. america strong tonight, the u.s. navy and the honor long overdue and the american workers making it happen.
good evening, it's great to have you with us on a very busy thursday night. we begin tonight with the coronavirus and this new summer surge fueled, of course, by the highly contagious delta variant. tonight those words from the cdc director, dr. rochelle walensky, calling this a pivotal moment in the pandemic. cases soaring among the unvaccinated and now the breakthrough cases among the vaccinated in this country. authorities have said that's to be expected and that the vast majority of these breakthrough cases have been mild. they say it shows the vaccines are working. but tonight authorities acknowledge the numbers are concerning. cases up more than 10% in 46 states. nearly all of the country now. we're now averaging about 37,000 new cases a day for the last week. three states particularly hard hit, florida, texas and missouri, in fact, one in five of all cases in florida alone. tonight a cdc advisory panel is now meeting on vaccine booster
shots, a potential third shot hearing evidence on whether it might be helpful for people whose immune systems are compromised. so far saying more data is neededth pel als lookinghe an those very rare cases of a nerve condition we have reported on here still saying the benefits of that vaccine far outweigh the risks. and, of course, the debate over masks in this country and whether guidance could change. the debate over whether children under 12 who aren't yet eligible for vaccines going back to school, whether they should be wearing masks. our rachel scott asking president biden late today about whether the guidance will change and what the president said a short time ago. we have it all covered for you tonight and abc's whit johnson leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, the delta variant fueling a new summer surge. nearly half of all counties across the country now reporting high or substantial community transmission. los angeles county reporting a 20-fold spike in cases over the last month. >> whether you are vaccinated or
not, please know we together are not out of the woods yet. we are yet at another pivotal moment in this pandemic. >> reporter: a cdc advisory panel suggesting a booster shot could help protect americans with compromised immune systems, but saying more data is needed. and today dr. fauci was asked specifically about booster shots for people who got the johnson & johnson vaccine. >> there is no reason to believe right now that people who have taken the j&j vaccine are in need of a booster dose of any sort. >> reporter: the cdc panel also looking at a possible link between the j&j vaccine and a rare autoimmune disorder called guillian-barre. out of roughly 13 million doses of j&j administered, there have been just 100 reported cases of the disorder. 95 were serious including 1 death. still, the panel expressing strong support for continued use of the vaccine. >> there is no vaccine that we have today that doesn't
have some very small risk of an adverse outcome, but every vaccine we have today that has been approved has had major, major benefits. >> reporter: in florida, 41-year-old james scott owen is battling covid in the hospital and wishes he had gotten the vaccine. >> it could happen to any of us. i'm usually the big, strong guy and everything. well, i thought i was. this virus doesn't care who you are. it will jump on you quickly. >> reporter: new cases in florida spiking 490% in the last week, but today the governor insisting there will be no mask mandate in schools. >> we're not doing that in florida, okay. we need our kids to breathe. we need our kids to be able to be kids. >> reporter: the white house today saying that puts the millions of schoolchildren under 12 who are unvaccinated at risk. >> if i were a parent in florida, that would be greatly concerning to me because kids under the age of 12 are not vaccinated. they're not eligible yet. >> reporter: in upstate
new york, an outbreak at a sleepaway camp infected 31 campers between 7 and 11 years old who are too young to get the vaccine. late today our rachel scott asking the president about what conversations he's had with health officials about changing the mask guidance for vaccinated americans. >> we follow the science. te tod the nflating plac putting pressure on players to get vaccinated warning outbreaks among unvaccinated players could lead to forfeited games and players not getting paid. the nfl commissioner saying more than 75% of the league's players are at least partially vaccinated. >> news from the nfl tonight. whit johnson with us live and, whit, you mentioned there l.a. county for one seeing a dramatic spike in case, of course, so many other cities and communities see this too. tonight news that authorities in houston and philadelphia are revisiting discussing once again
mask recommendations? >> reporter: david, it's happening in more american cities. in houston officials say they're seeing uncontrolled spread and they're now urging everyone to wear masks. and in philadelphia, officials are reporting a small but disturbing increase in hospitalizations among children. officials there also recommending masks indoors in public spaces regardless of vaccination status. david. >> all right, whit johnson leading us off tonight, whit, thank you. tonight, major concerns about the virus on the eve of the opening sear moaning for the olympics in tokyo. the new number tonight, more than 90 people inside the bubble now infected with rus. and what will be different about that opening ceremony? james longman again tonight from tokyo. >> reporter: tonight, with the opening ceremony a day away, our first glimpse of some of the stars of these extraordinary games. masks on for the women's gymnastics team arriving for practice. and for a brief moment covid forgotten as simone biles defies gravity in her much anticipated
all-around routine. but with concerns about covid usa gymnastics confirming to abc news that they have moved out of the olympic village and into a hotel. at least 91 people are now positive inside the olympic bubble, 10 of them athletes. acokyo the numbers rising, once again reaching a six-month high with nearly 2,000 cases a day. and first lady jill biden arrived in tokyo for her first solo international trip, 1 of just 950 dignitaries at the stadium to watch the opening ceremony. >> james longman live from tokyo tonight. james, this opening ceremony in the midst of a pandemic. what differences will we see? >> reporter: well, david, we know of the 950 guests only about 150 or so will be japanese. everyone wearing masks and we know technology will be used to try to replicate a normal experience but this will very much be a made for tv event, david. >> you'll be right there for us, james longman, thank you, james. we are monitoring the exploding wildfires and the
alarming images coming in. firefighters battling multiple fires on the ground and in the air. tonight right here you will see firefighters, a firsthand view of what they're facing on the front lines with nearly 80 fires now burning in 13 states. abc's kaylee hartung in california tonight. >> reporter: tonight, new video shows the conditions from inside the truck as firefighters worked to save a housing development from the tamarack fire. that fire now burning over 68 square miles in mono county california and along a nevada border. it's just 1 of at least 79 large wildfires tearing through the drought stricken west. the dixie fire reaching mega fire status, burning over 103,000 acres, and it's just 17% contained. and the bootleg fire in oregon, now nearly 400,000 acres, the largest in the country and one of the largest in oregon's history, expected to burn until at least november. david, fueling these fires, a regard-breaking heat wave and
megadroug megadrought. next week another heat wave set to bake the country pushing temperatures 15 degrees above normal. >> yet another heat wave. all right, kaylee, thank you. we turn next to the newly released audio from an interview with former president donald trump. the former president describing the crowd in the nation's capital on january 6th saying it was a loving crowd and tonight speaker nancy pelosi explaining why she rejected two republicans on that select committee set to investigate what led to the january 6th attack. rachel scott on the hill again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, as the house battles over a commission to investigate the riot at the capitol, we are hearing new audio of former president donald trump describing the mob as a "loving crowd." >> and it was a loving crowd, too, by the way. there was a lot of love. i've heard that from everybody. many, many people have told me that was a loving crowd. >> reporter: the audio from a march interview with "washington post" reporters phil rucker and carole leonnig. despite these pictures the whole
world has seen, capitol hill police officers crushed by the violent crowd of trump supporters, the former president describing the scene like this. >> they were ushered in by the police. i mean, in all fairness, the capitol police were ushering people in. the capitol police were very friendly. you know, they were hugging and kissing. you don't see that. >> reporter: president biden says everyone knows what happened that day. >> democrats and republicans, i don't care if you think i'm satan reincarnated, the fact is you can't look at that television and say nothing happened on the 6th. you can't listen to people who say this was a peaceful march. >> reporter: it comes as house speaker nancy pelosi defends her unprecedented decision to block two republican congressmen from serving on the committee investigating the riot. >> these people are going to act up, cause a problem, and people said to me, put them on and then when they act up, you can take them off.
i said, why should we waste time on something as predictable. when statements are ridiculous and fall into the realm of, you must be kidding, there's no way that they're going to be on the committee. >> reporter: one of the congressmen, jim banks, said the committee should investigate the biden administration's response to the riot even though biden wasn't even president at the time. the other congressman, jim jordan, could be called as a material witness, according to liz cheney, the only republican who has agreed to serve on the committee. >> i agree with what the speaker has done. >> reporter: house speaker nancy pelosi has suggested she could add other republicans to that committee including congressman adam kinzinger who voted to impeach former president donald trump. the committee will hold its first hearing tuesday. the first witnesses, four officers who defended the capitol that day. >> we'll cover it right here with you, rachel. there is late word about u.s. forces in iraq. with the u.s. withdrawal from afghanistan nearly complete, could there be a change coming for the mission in iraq?
let's get right to our chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz. what are you learning tonight? >> reporter: u.s. combat troops in iraq will soon transition to primarily a noncombat role, more training although that is largely what the 2500 u.s. troops do now. a u.s. official tells me the overall numbers will not likely be reduced and that u.s. forces will continue to provide air power and, of course, david, reserve the right to defend themselves. david. >> martha raddatz with us again tonight, martha, thank you. the biden administration imposing sanctions on cuba tonight after its violent crackdown on protests that swept across the island. the u.s. im on the interior defense. we turn next to chicago where police had to respond to three mass shootings in just six hours. and then just hours later attorney general merrick garland arriving in chicago today launching a new federal strike force to tackle america's rise in gun violence.
tonight here our chief justice correspondent pierre thomas teaming up with our abc stations across the country to investigate what's driving this rise in violence. >> reporter: tonight, the attorney general landing in chicago on a federal mission just hours after that city saw at least three mass shootings overnight, wounding at least 17 and killing a 14-year-old. >> it's not an exaggeration to say we are in a battle for the heart and soul of some of these communities. >> reporter: merrick garland sending teams of prosecutors and federal agents to five major cities that have seen a rise in violent crime, among them chicago. >> this strikes not only at the communities that we serve, but at our own community of law enforcement. >> reporter: gun violence surging across the country. abc news, along with its own stations, affiliates and the gun violence archive, attempts to document every shooting this week. so far at least 787 shootings occurring since saturday morning. we went to philadelphia where more than 1,200 have been
wounded or killed by guns this year, riding with the police. by early afternoon, there had been a triple shooting killing two and wounding a 16-year-old. later that night we hear reports of multiple shots fired. >> it's the famous cheesesteak, is wre the shooting just tell >>te theerntlar weas.rigitcircl ?.g me today the victim died over an argument about a parking space. david, the police commissioners of the nypd and philadelphia told me in exclusive interviews this week that the spike in part has been fueled by a small number of repeat offenders primarily gang members and drug dealers terrorizing neighborhoods. they also said that the courts being shut down because of covid-19 leaving offenders normally incarcerated on the streets is a problem and they spoke of the proliferation of
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thank you for watching. we're building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc 7 news >> all the counties have seen a dramatic increases in case for the past several weeks . >> the current search is being driven by unvaccinated, working age adults . >> we know vaccines are the best tools we have to combat covid-19. >> cases rising and not enough people getting vaccinated, now, it could soon be required to get the shot depending on where you live and work. thanks for joining us i'm larry beil . >> i'm kristen sze, you are watching abc 7 news at 4:00 live here on abc 7, who live and wherever you stream . >> the white house is reportedly talking to the centers for disease control and prevention about possibly updating mask guidance as the delta. continues to surge. say the cdc director said mask
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