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what they said. >> do i have to email a guy? tonight, the summer covid surge and the urgent new warnings from health officials as cases climb across the country. the nation's daily average soaring to more than more than tripling since mid-june. the u.s. reporting more than 300,000 new cases over the past seven days, the country's highest weekly total in months. 49 states seeing increases. some hospitals in florida again running out of beds as thousands of people gather for a music festival in miami. and new reports about booster shots and whether senior health officials believe a third shot may be necessary for those with compromised immune systems. what the cdc is saying. also tonight, the unprecedented olympic games underway amid the pandemic. one match already canceled due
to covid. at least 127 cases connected to the games. but the first medals awarded. athletes putting their medals around their own necks. and excitement on the field for team usa. the women's soccer team bouncing back from their surprise loss. james longman is in tokyo. here at home, the flooding and fire threats. monsoon rains putting millions of people at risk. crews making a dramatic rescue in arizona. and further west more than 80 large fires burning across 11 states, many uncontained. these firefighters along the nevada/california border driving right through the massive flames. rob marciano is standing by. and the devastating landslides in india. more than 100 people dead. more than a thousand others rescued. the deadly boat collision in georgia. two boats smashing into each other on a lake in the early morning hours. what we're learning from the ators tonight. the group's vice president
taking a firm stance after the league announces new rules. what he says about players who don't want to get vaccinated. and the surprise gift for a thousands of tips pouring in from total strangers changing his life forever. good evening. it's great to have you with us on this saturday. i'm whit johnson. we begin tonight with the concerning summer surge in covid-19 cases across the country fueled by the highly contagious delta variant and a stalling vaccination rate. the u.s. now recording more than 43,000 cases per day. that's up nearly 51% in the past week, more than three types the number in mid-june. states where vaccinations are the lowest getting hit the hardest. in florida accounting for one in five new cases, concerns about a three-day outdoor music festival
attracting large crowds, and in missouri the attorney general vowing to fight an indoor mask mandate in st. louis. nationwide more than 66% of the eligible population, those 12 and over, receiving at least one vaccine dose. more than 57% are fully vaccinated, and there are questions tonight about booster shots. will those with compromised immune systems need another dose? abc's trevor ault leads us off. >> reporter: tonight, the covid surge again filling up hospitals dredging up feelings of deja vu. across america this week hospital admissions jumping nearly 36%. but nurses on the front lines say with the delta variant, this time it's different. >> we have mothers and fathers and people that are way too young to be on their deathbeds. >> reporter: travel nurse brittany dillard worked in new york at the start of the pandemic. she's now in missouri. she says last year half her ventilated covid patients would recover, but not anymore. >> i have not personally taken
care of one patient that i have gotten to remove the ventilator from and they succeed and get to move out of our unit. >> reporter: the delta variant highly contagious, and researchers are racing to discover whether it's deadlier, too. florida once again topping 10,000 cases a day. and this weekend, new superspreader concerns as tens of thousands flock to miami for rolling loud music festival. and tonight new questions about vaccine booster shots. "the new york times" reporting senior health officials now believe a third shot may be necessary for immunocompromised or elderly people who took the pfizer or moderna vaccines. >> the concern is immunocompromised people are more likely to get breakthrough infections, hospitalizations and deaths. >> reporter: the cdc has said it's exploring multiple options but notes more evidence is needed. ♪ o say ♪ >> reporter: sonya bryson-kirksey known for singing the national anthem at tampa bay lightning games is considered high risk because of multiple sclerosis.
she's vaccinated but still fighting covid in the hospital. >> they're not letting me see her or go in the room with her. >> reporter: sonya's husband jimmie says he hopes she'll get a booster after she recovers but he still sees the vaccine as a success story. >> if sonya hadn't have been vaccinated when she was, she probably would be in worst shape than she is now. she might not even be here. >> reporter: breakthrough infections in healthy people are most often mild, but some health experts want to see much more data. >> what the cdc really needs to do is to start giving us the answers to what is the rate of breakthrough infections. is it one in a thousand or is it one in ten, or is it one in two? i mean we really literally don't know what the rate of breakthrough infections is and the likelihood of that breakthrough infection ending up in a chain of transmission to others. >> reporter: and the delta surge is reigniting the debate over masks. >> get out of our face. >> reporter: tempers flaring at this protest against mask rules at a los angeles clinic. missouri's attorney general vowing to block a new mask mandate planned for st. louis
county. and so many families still experiencing loss. in georgia, martin and trina daniel were hesitant about the vaccine, and they both got sick. the couple married 22 years dying three hours apart leaving behind two children who now want to get vaccinated. >> we've had to deal with a lot of loss simply because of a choice to be vaccinated versus not. >> a reminder of the pain so many families are still going through. trevor ault is with us now. and, trevor, you're learning new york city's push to get employees vaccinated could extend beyond health care workers. >> reporter: well, that's right, whit. the mayor has already detailed plans requiring city hospital workers get vaccinated or face weekly tests, and now he's calling on all private businesses to require their employees get vaccinated. he says, we have reached the end of a purely voluntary system. it's time for more mandates, whit. >> all right. trevor, thank you. we do move to tokyo now and the pandemic looming large over the start of the olympic games. the first women's beach
volleyball match canceled due to a positive covid test. still the events are getting under way. team usa not medaling on day one but good news for men's gymnastics qualifying for the team finals, and women's soccer making up for that surprise loss with a big win over new zealand, 6-1. abc's james longman is right there in tokyo. >> reporter: tonight, covid continuing to impact the tokyo olympics as the first full day of the games got underway. the first scheduled match for women's beach volleyball canceled after the czech team had to withdraw because of a positive test. new covid cases in the olympics rising yet again overnight to at least 127. one person testing positive in the olympic village, though officials say it's not an athlete. new cases also up 133% in the city of tokyo over the last seven days, doing nothing to ease concerns across japan that these games are causing a health emergency. this coming as the ioc issued a stern warning about breaches to covid protocol after some athletes and officials were seen
at the opening ceremony without masks. still, despite the risks, the games in full swing. the u.s. men's gymnastics team advancing to the finals, landing in fourth place behind japan, china, and russia. no fans, of course, but the squad had simone biles and the other u.s. women gymnasts to make up for it cheering their support from the stands. sam mikulak hoping to lead the young team to its first medal since 2008. teammate brody malone, a first-time olympian, saying before the event that the year-long delay to the games gave him more time to prepare. >> it definitely helped me for sure. having the year off just really gave me the time to get more numbers under my belt and get more confident. >> reporter: and a decision by the u.s. women's soccer team to skip the opening ceremony for practice appearing to pay off. meghan rapinoe and the team bouncing back from that surprise loss to sweden to dominate new zealand, 6-1. first lady jill biden attending that match. and biden also joining french president emmanuel macron to take in a three-on-three basketball game, making its olympic debut. while the united states entered the day disappointingly with zero medals, it was china who
earned the distinction of being first to claim gold. shooter yang qian taking first place in the women's 10-meter air rifle event. the 21-year-old putting the medal on herself because of covid protocols. >> those medal ceremonies very different this time around. james longman with us from tokyo and, james, it's not just the pandemic, but we've been watching an approaching tropical storm, and now it's expected to actually impact some of the events? >> reporter: yeah, that's right, whit. the rowing has actually been rescheduled and now we've just heard the surfing too. it is a brand-new olympic sport that some surfers welcome the possibility of bigger waves. whit. >> all right. james, thank you. meantime, back here at home extreme weather threatening millions of people bringing flash flooding to the southwest. take a look at this helicopter rescue. that's in maricopa county, arizona. and the other big concern, exploding wildfires in the west. more than 80 large fires in 11 states, most of them uncontained. and stunning images here on the nevada/california border.
firefighters you see right there driving through the massive flames. abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano will take us through all of this in the days ahead coming up in just a moment. first, though, our zohreen shah reports from los angeles. >> reporter: tonight, monsoon rains drenching the southwest. downpours triggering dangerous flash flooding. stranding these men in their vehicle in arizona's maricopa county, rescued by helicopter from the high floodwaters. the flooding so severe, this man rowing a boat down a residential street in scottsdale. the strong winds blowing the roof right off this restaurant. >> there was a roof on that patio last night, but now it's spread out in the parking lot. this is the remaining debris. >> the wind starts shaking so bad, and like bottles are being knocked down. >> reporter: flash flood threats in multiple states today. some spots seeing rainfall rates topping two inches per hour over parched land unable to absorb the downpours fast enough. in utah rivers raged in capital
reef national park, but most of the west facing extreme drought. dry brush fueling more than 80 large fires across 11 states, most of them uncontained, a situation expected to only get worse. these firefighters surrounded by walls of flames. powerful winds pummeling embers at their windshield as they drive through the massive tamarack fire on the nevada/california border. further north in california, firefighters battling the dixie fire, desperately spraying water as the flames shoot high over the trees. evacuation orders for the area now in effect. the treacherous bootleg fire in southern oregon, along with the total acres charred in california equaling the entire size of rhode island. and in montana, five firefighters injured trying to put out unpredictable flames. the massive cloud of smoke only making the job harder. and, whit this, is just the beginning of fire season. officials are concerned
that these already extreme drought conditions could eventually turn these parched forests that border so many towns and cities into tinder. >> zohreen, thank you. let's get right to rob marciano, and, rob, millions are on alert for more flash flooding tonight. >> that's right, whit, and more lightning strikes from this full monsoon flow under way. flash flood watches out for four states, nearly all of arizona. some of these can get all the way up to lake tahoe. and because of that, a fire weather watch has been issued for northern california for dry lightning and erratic winds. out of utah tonight breaking news, the lake itself at the lowest level in recorded history exemplifying just how bad the drought is there. nearly 100% of utah under extreme drought. whit. >> amazing seeing those side-by-side images. you're also tracking those severe storms and heat in the center of the country. >> we've had one report of a tornado across the thumb of michigan and the temperatures today and tomorrow across a big chunk of the country really getting into dangerous levels again. heat indices up with the humidity up and over 100 degrees. there you see the thunderstorm watches from chicago to detroit
tonight. it's going to be a dicey next couple of hours there, whit. >> we know you'll stay on top of it. we'll see you tomorrow on "gma." rob, thank you. it's not just extreme weather here at home, western india reeling from devastating flooding and landslides. days of heavy rain claiming more than 100 lives. dozens still missing. survivors searching desperately for loved ones. here's abc's lama hasan. >> reporter: tonight, devastating scenes across western india. days of the heaviest monsoon rainfall in four decades unleashing destructive floods and landslides, killing at least 125 with many more feared dead. >> we have recovered about 32 bodies, and some more are said to be trapped there. >> reporter: the injured overwhelming this hospital. one man treated outside on the road. at least 34 rescue teams working through thick sludge and debris to reach those stranded, including at least eight residents, among them children, in this building. over a thousand rescued so far, some clinging to rope as india's
disaster response force helped them to safety. others fleeing to rooftops and waiting for assistance. some areas receiving 23 inches of rain in just 24 hours. gushing floodwaters sweeping away homes, submerging vehicles, uprooting trees, and blocking roads. survivors wading through water, searching for loved ones. [ speaking foreign language ] this woman saying, "i cannot see anything here. my house, my people, and my neighbors. i cannot find anyone." whit, in the last two weeks alone, we've seen devastating flooding like this in western europe, china, and the philippines. climate experts say that a warmer atmosphere holds more moisture, making extreme rainfall events like this more likely as the effects of climate change worsen across the globe. whit? >> all right, lama hasan, our thanks to you tonight. to georgia now and the deadly boat collision overnight claiming one life. the vessels slamming into each other on a lake. officials say alcohol may have been a factor.
here's abc's elwyn lopez. >> reporter: tonight, a 22-year-old man is dead and six others injured after a boat accident on a georgia lake. >> people on the pontoon boat that were hit by another boat at a high rate of speed. place on lake tobesofkee in central georgia. game wardens arrived in the early morning hours to find a collision between a speedboat and a pontoon boat with seven passengers on board. of those, a man was killed after suffering a head injury, and a woman in her 20s was rushed to the hospital where she remains in critical condition, still on a ventilator tonight. the other five also suffered injuries. no one was injured on the speedboat. and, whit, authorities say the two people on that boat left the scene initially and were later found at a home nearby. the georgia department of natural resources say they believe alcohol was involved and will be investigating a possible bui. whit? >> okay, elwyn, thank you. there's much more ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday, the urgent manhunt in
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at hartsfield-jackson international airport in atlanta. >> people love having live music. they've had a weary travel day, and they're not expecting this, and it just changes everything. i love this job. ♪ >> reporter: on thursday, tonee's playing caught the attention of carlos whittaker, an instagram influencer with more than 200,000 followers. ♪ >> how are you doing? >> reporter: tonee telling carlos about his long battle with kidney disease. >> the second he told me that he's on dialysis nine hours a night, wakes up every morning and goes and plays the piano for tips for four hours, i go, this brother is about to get a big tip." ♪ >> reporter: carlos so captivated by tonee's story, he wanted to make a difference and asked his followers to help. >> let's go. that's it right there. >> reporter: let's see how much we can raise in 45 minutes for this saint of a human. during a break, carlos delivers the amazing news. >> so i put my venmo out there and in 35 minutes i want to let you know that i'm about to give
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next on abc 7 news at 6:00, at least two people are dead following a shooting in a usually quiet bay area community. plus, we are seeing another surge in coronavirus cases. the ominous prediction coming from health officials as to when it could end. and yet another sign of just how bad california's drought is becoming. the action the state is on the verge of taking that could impact one of the main components of the economy. abc 7 news at 6:00 starts right now. building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc 7 news. >> i heard gunshots. i definitely saw some like flashes from a barrel. least te. >> at least two people are dead and four others wounded following a shooting outside a nightclub in san rafael. good evening, and thanks for joining us, i'm dion lim. you are watching abc 7 news at
6:00 live here on abc 7, hulu live and wherever you stream. now, that shooting happened on third street and lootens place in downtown san rafael just before 11:00 last night. abc 7 news reporter cornell barnard is there. you can see the bullets that hit the concrete pillar beside cornell. take us back through what happened. >> reporter: yeah, evidence from the shooting pretty much everywhere in this parking structure. as you mentioned, the bullet holes in these concrete pillars. this hair salon has been boarded up after its windows were shattered. police looking for suspects tonight in a shooting which left two dead and four wounded. >> i heard gunshots. i definitely saw some like flashes from a barrel. >> reporter: warren says he and his friends took cover when they saw a man firing a gun on lootens place in downtown san rafael. >> at least ten bullets were fired. and they were in rapid succession. >> reporter: the windows of t