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ur doctor about living longer with kisqali. tonight, two alarming headlines in the battle against covid. an internal document from the cdc saying the war has changed because of the delta variant. officials warning it's just as contagious as chicken pox, spreading faster than the common cold. one person possibly infecting up to nine others. vaccinated people transmitting the virus as easily as the unvaccinated. also tonight, the cdc revealing the reason behind the mask reversal. the covid outbreak in provincetown, massachusetts. nearly 900 cases, 74% of them fully vaccinated. and now this cruise ship reporting an outbreak of its own dr. jha standing by. tonight, the race to stop a nationwide eviction moratorium from expiring in just a matter of hours. millions at risk of losing their home unless congress takes immediate action before heading out on summer break.
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severe weather damage in the northeast. at least three confirmed tornadoes in pennsylvania, including an ef-3 with winds up to 140 miles per hour. people scrambling to find shelter. homes and buildings damaged. cars tossed. overseas tonight, olympic drama in tokyo. the american swimmer losing to russia, then saying he's competing in a race that's probably not clean. simone biles posting this practice video, landing hard on her back as she weighs a possible return to competition. and megan rapinoe and the u.s. women's soccer team saving the day with a huge win. james longman there in tokyo. back here at home, a house committee releasing handwritten notes appearing to show former president trump pressuring the justice department to declare the 2020 election corrupt and to, quote, leave the rest to me. now the irs cleared to turn over his tax returns to congress. and this frightening scene in arizona.
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one person killed and five injured by a swarm of bees coming from a 100-pound hive. good evening. and it's great to have you with us on a friday night. i'm cecelia vega, in for david, and we do begin with the pandemic and that alarming news from the cdc, acknowledging that, quote, the war has changed because of the delta variant. officials now say it is as contagious as chicken pox, spreads faster than the common cold and seasonal flu, and that a vaccinated person who becomes infected can pass it on just as easily as someone who is not vaccinated. all eyes right now on provincetown, massachusetts. an outbreak of nearly 900 people. 74% of them were fully vaccinated. we are there tonight. and the breakthrough cases on the royal caribbean cruise ship. six passengers testing positive. four of them fully vaccinated. even still, the cdc is stressing that vaccines strongly protect
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against serious illness and death. tonight, more than 190 million people have received at least one dose. that's 67% of everyone 12 and older. dr. jha is standing by, but abc's steve osunsami leads us off at the cdc in atlanta. >> reporter: public health officials are trying to warn americans tonight that the fight against the coronavirus has changed dramatically. after looking at the latest outbreaks around the world, they believe that this new delta variant of the coronavirus can be more than three times as contagious as ebola, bird flu, and the common cold. just one person sick with the original strain of the disease could easily infect an average of two to three people in close contact. that number could now be up to nine people with the delta variant, according to the cdc. >> i started to get a fever, and that's when i kind of knew, oh, this is it, this is -- this is covid. >> reporter: johnny chagnon is one of the nearly 900 new cases
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scientists believe is an outbreak of the new delta variant in provincetown, massachusetts. he's a public health department employee from vermont and says he and his friends were fully vaccinated. >> we were partying -- like i said, partying like it's 2019 and pretending like the pandemic never happened. i've heard of dozens or even more than 100 cases of people that i'm connected to personally who tested positive. within my close circle of friends it was about ten. >> reporter: authorities say that 90% of the people they've tested so far were sick with the delta variant, and that about 74% of state residents who were infected were fully vaccinated. it's similar to the outbreak on this cruise ship in the bahamas. four of the six people being flown home tonight were fully vaccinated. our correspondent trevor ault is in provincetown this evening where face coverings are now required everywhere. >> after the year we had or the 18 months that we had, putting a mask back on or getting a shot
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in the arm, it's nothing. it's not a lot to ask. >> reporter: it's not just provincetown. on broadway in new york city, you'll now need to be wearing a mask and show proof you've been vaccinated to see a show. but people aren't always loving the old rules returning. >> we're not doing masks again in our family. >> reporter: at this school board meeting in florida, parents upset with wearing masks had to be shown the door. >> could someone please escort him out? >> this is ridiculous. you should be ashamed of yourselves. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: today, america woke up to its highest number of daily new cases since early february, more than 86,000. more use of the vaccines will certainly help, and to that end, the federal government says it's working as fast as possible to get full fda approval for the pfizer vaccine. some people refuse to get the shot without this. while leaving the white house tonight, the president was asked if americans should expect to see more restrictions because of
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the increasing number of covid-19 cases, and he responded, quote, in all probability. cecilia? >> steve, thank you. there are so many questions so let's bring in dr. ashish jha, dean of the brown university school of public health. dr. jha, thank you for being with us. this new data from the cdc raises so many questions about returning to life as we knew it. the delta variant, more contagious than the common cold, so what does this mean for the future? do you see us returning to lockdowns? do you see people wearing masks, indoors and out, no matter the area? >> yes, thanks for having me back. the data i find mostly reassuring, and i'll tell you why -- yes, there was an outbreak. yes, many vaccinated people did end up getting infected. they did really well. very few of them ended up getting sick. very few ended up getting hospitalized. nobody died, and the outbreak quickly abated. this is the kind of stuff we should expect. these vaccines are not 100%, but all the data i'm seeing so far suggests that the vaccines are protecting people. as long as we keep vaccinating
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people, we'll be fine. >> we also have our eyes on this outbreak in provincetown that steve was mentioning. 74% of cases there among those who were fully vaccinated, yet we have been told repeatedly breakthrough infections are so rare, so how do you explain this? >> yeah, basically what you had was you had large numbers of unvaccinated people from around the country descend on a small town. packed bars, packed nightclubs. and so you had a large outbreak, and a bunch of vaccinated people did end up getting infected. we've always said these vaccines are 80% to 90% effective at preventing symptomatic infections, but again, almost no one got sick. no one died. this is the vaccine working. i see this as very hopeful. >> and finally, all of this seems to raise serious questions about heading back to school in just a matter of weeks. vaccinated people can spread the delta variant just as easily as the unvaccinated. how concerned should parents be about sending kids back to school?
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>> yeah, so i think there's a little bit of a misreading of the data so far. i'm not at all convinced that vaccinated people can spread it as easily as unvaccinated, even after infection. we're going to have to sort that out. but if we get vaccination numbers higher, infection numbers will get so low across the country that i think it's very possible and in fact should be our goal to get all the kids back in school full-time. there's a way to do it safely. >> dr. jha, we always appreciate your perspective. thank you so much. we want to turn to the frantic effort to head off an eviction moratorium set to expire tomorrow. millions of renters at risk of losing their homes. landlords unable to pay the mortgage. and tonight, time is running out. here's rachel scott on capitol hill. >> reporter: tonight, millions of americans could be kicked out of their homes as soon as sunday because washington has failed to extend the moratorium on evictions, and now the house is leaving for summer recess. >> why did democrats wait until now, hours before recess, hours before the eviction moratorium
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is going to expire to try to hold a vote to extend it? >> i think this is something that we'll work out. so we would like the cdc to expand the moratorium. that's where it can be done. >> reporter: but the white house points the finger right back at congress, saying it's on them. >> so the supreme court's ruling stated that clear and specific congressional authorization would be necessary for the cdc to extend the moratorium through july. >> reporter: meanwhile in salt lake city, debra chamberlin, a single mother of two young girls, is preparing to be evicted this weekend. >> it's a horrible feeling as a parent. no parent wants to be in that position, not to be able to tell their kids what the answer is going to be. >> reporter: and in new orleans, amy cousino, a chef whose restaurant shut down because of the pandemic, now fearing she will be out on the street. >> i don't even know where i would go because all the homeless places where people might sleep or congregate are full already before anybody gets evicted. >> reporter: the irony here,
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this is not a battle over funding. congress has already allocated $47 billion to help tenants and landlords during the pandemic, but only $3 billion has been distributed. new york, for example, was sent $2.7 billion, but almost none of that has gone out to the people who desperately need it. the house just adjourned moments ago. president biden is now putting pressure on state and local governments. in a statement he says they must take all possible steps to immediately distribute those rental assistance funds. the reality here, congress and the administration knew this deadline was coming for weeks and did nothing about it. >> and we are now down to the wire. okay, rachel, thank you. next tonight, the tornado watch in the plains at this hour after at least a dozen reported tornadoes ripped from illinois to new jersey. car dealerships in bucks county, pennsylvania, destroyed by the first ef-3 tornado to hit that state in 17 years, with peak winds of 140 miles an hour. here's erielle reshef.
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>> reporter: powerful storms tearing through the mid-atlantic and the northeast. >> wow. the car is shaking. >> reporter: outside philadelphia, employees and customers at this car dealership racing into the bathroom for shelter as a tornado approached thursday. emerging to find it ripped apart. >> this just did not happen. >> reporter: also inside that building, victor rivera and his mom. >> my mom got under the table, and i kind of just held her in my arms. and then i watched the glass implode and the ceiling fall in and everything kind of caved in from there. >> reporter: four people hurt at the multiple dealerships here in bucks county that were struck. six injured in all. you can see the windows of these cars completely blown out, and over here, this part of the building of this dealership leveled to the ground. the damage is extensive. tonight we're learning that twister was an ef-3, with winds of up to 140 miles per hour. the most intense damage here and at homes nearby. >> doing this for 34 years, it kind of devastation up close and
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personal. >> reporter: new jersey averages two tornadoes per year, but with this severe weather outbreak, they had at least four confirmed there in one day. >> erielle, thank you so much. going to tokyo, where there are now fresh accusations of doping at the olympic games. after losing gold to a russian competitor, american swimmer ryan murphy suggesting the sport probably wasn't clean. but there was a big win for the u.s. women's soccer team, advancing to the semifinals in a nail-biter. here's james longman. >> reporter: tonight, megan rapinoe and the u.s. women's soccer team keeping their olympic dream alive. >> megan rapinoe into the top corner! and the usa wins, 4-2, on penalties. > reporter: defeating the netherlands, advancing to the semifinal. and covid a concern, but it's doping that has some athletes really worried here.mmer ryan m telling reporters, it is a huge mental drain on me throughout the year to know i'm swimming in a race that's probably not clean.
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murphy, who won gold in the 100 and 200-meter backstroke in rio, lost both olympic titles to eyvgeny rylov from russia. >> rylov is going to go to the wall with another gold. >> reporter: russian athletes are banned from competing under their own flag. and their team is called russian olympic committee. but some don't feel that's enough after a massive state-sponsored doping program was discovered after the 2014 games and drug testing enforcement was loosened during the pandemic. it's not just a concern in swimming. american rower megan and her partner tweeting, seeing a crew who shouldn't even be here walk away with a silver is a nasty feeling. murphy later saying he wasn't accusing his competitor, who has adamantly denied doping. >> my intention is not to make any allegations here. congratulations to evgeny. i do believe there's doping in swimming. >> reporter: meanwhile, the biggest question of this games
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is, will simone biles vie for an individual medal? the sperstar whose exit from the team and all-around competitions shocked the world, revealing on instagram today she is still experiencing a phenomenon that gymnasts call the twisties. writing, for anyone saying i quit, i didn't quit. my mind and body are simply not in sync. biles posting, then deleting, videos from her practice session this morning, not completing a twisting maneuver on the uneven bars and landing hard on on her back. commenting, i don't think you realize how dangerous this is on a hard competition surface. >> so tough to see that video. so let's get right to james in tokyo. the last time simone biles can try for a medal in these games is this weekend. so where do things stand? >> reporter: well, she's being evaluated daily. we may not find out until just before the competition. the first of them is vault, and that goes sunday. >> we'll be watching. james, thank you. we'll med head back here with new questions for former president trp ppear to show the former president pressuring the justice
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department to declare the 2020 election corrupt. the former president then saying, quote, leave the rest to me. and this comes as the irs has been cleared to give congress his tax returns. here's abc's senior national correspondent terry moran. >> reporter: tonight, stunning realtime evidence of how donald trump allegedly tried to pressure the leaders of the department of justice to declare the november election corrupt, but they wouldn't do it. these are the handwritten notes taken by a senior doj official on a december 27th phone call. they show acting attorney general jeffrey rosen telling trump, the doj can't and won't snap its fingers and change the outcome of the election. trump had an answer for that argument. don't expect you to do that, just say that the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the "r" -- republican -- congressmen. in public, trump was pushing the same falsehood. >> the truth is we won the election by a landslide. we won it big. >> reporter: but according to the notes, richard donoghue, the number two official at the doj, told him flat-out that much of the info he is getting is false. we look at the allegations, but they do not pan out.
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the justice department had launched dozens of allegations into voter fraud claims, interviewed hundreds of people. trump's response? "you guys may not be following the internet the way i do." today, another big move. the justice department ruling that trump's tax returns must be handed over to house investigators. all signs it's a new sheriff in town. cecilia? >> with this every step of the way. terry, thank you. the biden administration will carry out its first fast track deportation flights to central america. two flights departed brownsville, texas. part of a plan to return families who arrive at the border and who don't qualify for asylum back to guatemala, el salvador, and honduras. the number of central american families crossing into south texas rose again this month. and when we come back, the swarm of bees attacking from a 100-pound hive, killing one person, hurting five others. and news coming in right now about a deadly plane crash in california. people everywhere living with type 2 diabetes
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johnson in seattle. the oldest working nurse in the country, finally ready for a break after 75 years. seesee rigney, from tacoma, washington, began nursing school in 1943. and for the next seven decades, seesee would care for thousands of patients. driving to work, putting on her scrubs. she is an o.r. nurse at tacoma general hospital. and at 96 years old, seesee is now ready to retire. so many asking, what took so long? >> why don't you retire? well, i like what i do. >> reporter: after 75 years on the job, her secret? >> you have to have compassion, you have to have love, you have to have patience. you have to really want to take care of people. >> reporter: seesee heading back to the hospital one more time. >> hi, seesee. >> reporter: her fellow nurses lining the hall. >> it has been an honor. i thankou oki.ing miss he
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she's a legend. there's no other word. >> reporter: tonight, seesee >> it has been a very gratifying and important part of my life. i have made so many, many friends, and i know i will miss each and every one. >> to seesee and all the other nurses on the front lines, we thank you. and thank you for watching. i'm cecelia vega. have a great weekend, everybody.
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we cannot continue to minimize the impact of this pandemic. >> a wake-up call. tonight, what you need to know about the delta variant and the risk it poses to your health. i am lyanne melendez, as the delta variant spreads through san francisco, the mayor says the city is close to mandating wearing one of these again. and i am meteorologist drew tuma. we are tracking cooler weather for the weekend. i will have the details in the seven day forecast. building a better bay area. moving forward. finding solutions. this is abc7 news. >> this is one of the most contagious respiratory diseases we have ever seen. mincing wo the new information shows he is right. good evening and thanks for joining us, i am ama daetz.
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>> and i am dan ashley. you are watching live on abc7, hulu live, and wherever you stream. >> california reported more than 10,000 new cases today. the last time we had over 10,000 new cases was february 12, 24 weeks ago. >> the delta variant is driving up case counts at a rate not seen in months. dr. brand colfax sums it up this way. >> the delta variant is covid on steroids. in many ways this is a different virus than the virus we were dealing with earlier in the year. it is far, far more infectious and there is also increasing evidence suggesting it causes more serious disease. >> this is serious and that is why we have team coverage tonight, because protecting our public health as part of building a better bay area. we began with abc7 news reporter lyanne melendez and the concern in san francisco. >> reporter: here is the situation. even if yo

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