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recommendations back in place in the bay area. tonight, sounding the alarm. the spike in new covid case ♪ concern over children 12 and under. and now news of breakthrough cases. people who are fully vaccinated getting the virus. dr. jha is here. dr. rochelle walensky today said we are witnessing a pandemic of the unvaccinated. new cases up nearly 70% from just last week. and dr. fauci is asked about these breakthrough infections. l.a. county reimposing its indoor mask mandate even for those who are vaccinated. . and just before we came on the air, ten more california counties recommending doing the same thing. we ask dr. jha tonight, are we headed in the wrong direction here? also following a worsening disaster overseas tonight. the catastrophic images of
deadly flooding in germany and belgium. hundreds missing tonight. floodwaters rushing through towns and villages. the german army using tanks to cut through floodwaters to search for victims. marcus moore and our team in germany tonight. back home, the weather extremes here. record breaking heat in parts of the west. the fourth heat wave in five weeks. devastating sbiefrs the potential for storms from ohio into the northeast. the video tonight of nfl star rchard sherman. the abc station in seattle on staining surveillance showing sherman. authorities say he was trying to break down the door of his in-laws' home before his arrest. late today sherman in country multiple charges and his new statement just in. today, the plot to bomb headquarters in san francisco. two money accused, they say, of planning to blow up the building. recovering weapons. and authorities say they were
driven by false claims over the election. pierre thomas standing by tonight. tonight, the new concern involving boeieing 737s.s. the faa, new checks involving a safety feature. the oxygen levels in the cabin and cockpit. a massive train derailment. after that devastating collapse in south florida, the unwelcome headline over night. a partial roof collapse sending tenants fleeing in another building. and the son who went to find his dad at work to personally deliver the news. it's so good, he's our person of the week. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here as we near the end of another week together. and we begin tonight with the authorities urging americaning to take this delta variant
seriously. spreading quickly, particularly among communities with low vaccination rates. the cdc director today saying we are now witnessing a pandemic of the unvaccinated. cases, hospitalization, and deaths all on the rise. but tonight, there is also concern over the danger this poses to children soon going back to school. 12 and under have not been vaccinated. and for these rare breakthrough cases. people testing positive even after they have been fully vaccina vaccinated. dr. fauci asked about this today and dr. jha is right here tonight answering your questions. the rate of new vaccinations has now fallen 85% since mid april, to the lowest level since january, and as the vaccination rate plummets the number of new covid cases is spiking up nearly 70% from just last week. tonight, more major metropolitan areas recommending the wearing air, l.a. county said it would
mandate the use of mask indoors. ten more counties recommending the same thing. the growing concern for children not eligible for vaccines as they prepare to return to the classroom. abc's whit johnson leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, an alarming rise in covid cases as vaccination rates plunge across the country, down nearly 85% since mid-april, prompting this stark warning from the director of the cdc. >> this is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated. our biggest concern is that we are going to continue to see preventable cases, hospitalizations, and, sadly, deaths. >> reporter: the administration monitoring the highest transmission in five states, including florida, which accounts for 1 in 5 of all cases in the u.s. and with the delta variant now dominant, concern about breakthrough infections. >> you never expect yourself to necessarily be in that category, but i became one of those unlucky breakthrough cases. >> reporter: travis dagenais says he's fully vaccinated but
tested positive after traveling to cape cod for the fourth of july. current data shows the vaccines remain highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death. but today, dr. fauci was asked how much those rare breakthrough cases were contributing to the current spread. >> i think one can make the reasonable assumption that it would be less likely that that vaccinated breakthrough person would transmit compared to an unvaccinated person. >> reporter: the u.s. daily case average jumping 129% since mid-june. today, california topping 4,600 new covid cases, the most since february. now at least 11 counties re-imposing indoor mask mandates or recommendations, even for the vaccinated, impacting more than half the state. >> we're seeing a significant spike, such that the numbers are about sevenfold. >> reporter: and with some children returning to the classroom in just days, arizona educator and parent katie nash wants the state to bring back
its mask mandate in schools. >> it just makes me very apprehensive about what potentially could happen when you have 30 plus kids in a classroom, all working together. ideology, you know, sharing that same space, that same air. >> reporter: kids under 12 still not eligible for a vaccine, but pfizer is planning to apply for emergency authorization in september or october. regulators say they want to see extra assurances the vaccine is safe, possibly extending the time spent monitoring kids for any reactions. that could mean shots into arms by late this year or early 2022. >> the notion that children can't be sick or become very sick with this virus is simply false. this is a disease that can be severe in children, and if we can prevent it safely, we should prevent it. >> that's why it's so important to remember the millions of school children heading back to school that have yet to be vaccinated yet. let's get back to whit johnson here in new york. i know the fda giving us a better sense of a time line to move from emergency use authorization of the pfizer
vaccine to a full approval of the pfizer vaccine, and i know many health experts hope this could be an important step to convincing more people that this is not temporary. it would be a full approval. >> reporter: david, the fda granted that accelerated six-month time line for review. this could give full approval to the pfizer vaccine in those 16 and orlandolder by january 2022. some think this might persuade businesses and schools to require vaccines and perhaps give those on the fence more confidence to go ahead and get their shots. david? >> whit johnson, we know you'll be anchoring this broadcast tomorrow night. in the meantime, we know a lot of you at home have questions on this fast moving delta variant. the u.s. back to more than 1,000 cases an hour on average, mostly among the unvaccinated. but there are these reports of breakthrough cases, even if you're vaccinated. and what about the children 12 and under who aren't authorized to get the vaccine?
let's bring in dr. ashish jha. always great to have you. i know you find these new numbers concerning as well, but when you start to hear l.a. county and late today ten other counties in california saying they too would reinstate the mask mandates indoors when you're out and about, even if you're vaccinated, i'm curious, does that make sense to you, and are we at risk here of going backwards? >> david, thank you for having me back. i am really concerned about the state of the delta variant and the rising number of infections we're seeing across the country. i think these counties are acting prudently because numbers are rising so quickly. we can't tell who's vaccinated and who's not, and we know there are breakthroughs for people who are vaccinated so it makes sense in places with high rising infection noubs put the mask mandates back on. >> whit showing the delta variant is spreading quickly, especially in places with low rates of vaccinations buck i know it's not just about getting
the word out there. there's real concern for children 12 and under who haven't been able to get vaccinated, going back to school in the coming weeks. authorities are really pushing it. this is not just about getting yourself vaccinated in these communities. it's about getting vaccinated to slow down the virus to protect the children. >> yeah, absolutely. look, kids under 12 obviously can't get vaccinated yet, and the best proren kids g infection from the d adults. if we're going to protect the kids we have to have the adults around them vaccinated. >> we're hearing more on breakthrough cases. last night we reported on the nfl network's rich eisen saying he tested positive. he had two shots of the pfizer vaccine. he posted online. he said every health-care professional i've come across in the last few days tell me the two shots of the pfizer vaccine are what's keeping a 52-year-old like me from the far worse
experience than the awful one i'm already having. he said, so be careful if you're vaccinated. if you're not, don't wait another second. we have to be realistic, the breakthrough cases are going to happen. >> they're starting to rise, and the reason it's happening is because infection numbers are getting up so high, and delta variant is such a contagious virus. we're going to see these breakthrough infections. the good news is people who have the breakthrough infections don't get sick, don't get hospitalized or die at the same rate, so it's protective, but it's not 100% and we're going to see more infections as delta spreads across the country. >> dr. jha, thanks to you as >the meantime we're going to turn to over news and the disaster unfolding overseas. our team is there with this catastrophic flood emergency now playing out in germany and belgium. the death toll climbing tonight. more than 125 people killed, and reports more than 1,300 missing.
violent storms causing rivers to overflow quickly. helicopters rescuing people trapped on balconies and rooftops, through windows. waters piling up cars as if they were toys. abc's marcus moore on the scene tonight in germany. >> reporter: tonight, the german army using tanks and armored personnel carriers, cutting through deep floodwaters in their desperate search for victims and hundreds missing in the worst flooding europe as seen in a century. destroying entire towns and cutting off villages. helicopters rescuing the stranded. firefighters standing on top of their trucks reaching for trapped residents. southwest of koln, landslides taking out homes in the city. you can see this pole left leaning. the high water picking up all sorts of debris. including this car. it's left destroyed. look at the windshield, smashed. the mirrored knocked off, and
right now it's resting against this tree. an absolute mess mere. people died in an assisted living facility. we met this american who said the water was chest high at one point. >> count yourself lucky if you can get out of here alive. it t katrina. i mean, everybody here has lost everything. >> reporter: the dramatic rescues and scene of devastation playing throughout western europe. this barge busting three and sinking in the floodwaters. rescuers using a sledge hammer to break through a wall and carry an elderly woman to safety. at least 20 dead in belgium. the numbers are expected to rise across the storm zone. >> extraordinary the images coming in tonight. marcus, we know there have been reports of thousands missing. any news from authorities on the search for the missing? >> reporter: more than 100,000 people still without power and phone services are down, and in
this part of the country, cell phone signals are often spotty. david, tonight, the hope is that many of the people who are unaccounted for are alive and well, but there is real concern that as the water starts to recede, searchers will find more bodies. >> marcus, thank you. back here at home tonight and to the extreme weather in this country. the record breaking heat and fires in the west. potentially record breaking high temperatures again this weekend in some places. the fourth heat wave in five weeks. idaho and montana are expected to break records. the heat fueling more than 60 wildfires. the flames from california's dixie fire threatening power lies tonight. flash flooding in pea your oria illinois. we'll be watching it. in the meantime we turn next tonight to that new video of nfl star richard sherman. authorities say he was trying to break down the door of his in-laws' homeefore arrest. late today, sherman in court ons
new statement just in. 'sayna whitworth with the video video. >> reporter: former super bowl champion richard sherman appearing in court today, holding hands with his wife. >> enter pleas of not guilty to all of the charges. >> reporter: pleading not guilty to five misdemeanor charges after an early morning altercation at his in-laws' seattle home earlier this week. this surveillance video obtained by komo news showing sherman allegedly trying to break into his home. prosecutors say his father-in-law was so afraid he had a handgun at the ready and sprayed sherman with bear face. earlier sherman's wife calling 911 telling them her husband was drunk. sherman drove away, crashing his car before ending up at his in-laws' door. the charges ranging from domestic violence, driving under the influence, to second-degree
criminal trespassing and resisting arrest. sherman, the five-time pro bowl cornerback breaking his silence on social media, writing in part, i'm deeply remorseful for my actions tuesday night. i behaved in a manner i'm not proud of. the importance of mental health is extremely real, and i vow to get the help i need. david, tonight his waif saying she is dmoitd helping him get the support he needs. in the meantime, the lawyer is investigating all the charges, adding he looks forward to vigorously defending him in court. next to the plot to bomb headquarters in sacramento. prosecutors revealing charges against two men planning, they say, to blow up the billing. authorities say they were driven by the false claims over the election, and they say those lies remain a danger. here's pierre thomas tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the justice department indicting two
men on charges they were attempting to blow up democratic headquarte headquarters. the motive, donald trump's big lie. >> that was a rigged election. >> reporter: the two men, ian rogers and jared copeland believe trump won the 2020 election. the indictment says text messages from rogers' phone reveal his intent to attack democrats and places associated with democrats in an effort to ensure trump remain in the office. on january 11th, rogers allegedly texting, i want to blow up a democrat building bad. copeland allegedly responding, i agree. plan attack. investigators say rogers had this -- a white privilege card. on it, trumps everything with the number 45 repeated, references, they say, to the former president. prosecutors insist it was not just talk. that a january raid on rogers' home and business uncovered five pipe bombs and a human cache of
weapons including rifles and a machine gun, and they were allegedly ready to fight alongside the president. rogers texting, i hope 45 goes to war. if he doesn't, i will. david, a federal prosecutor says the men remain a threat. they're still in custody. copeland today pled not guilty. >> pierre thomas tonight. pierre, thank you. new numbers tonight on the number of migrants arriving at the southern border. border patrol agents reporting they have made a million arrests this year, the highest number since at least 2005. when we come back tonight, the faa ordering additional safety checks involving boeing 737s. concern over oxygen in the cabben acabin and in the cockpit. elaln om wit. d gnicantlletc including anaphylaxis, which is severe.
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>>buding a better bay ea moving forward. finding solutions. this is abc7 news. this is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated. >> the delta variant gripping the nation. cases are rising and unvaccinated americans are being hit hardest. >> we are still seeing a rise in cases, with a tripling in the last three weeks. >> because of that, bay area health departments are again asking you to put the masks back on. good afternoon and thank you for joining us, i am larry beil. >> and i am kristen sze. you are watching live on abc7, hulu live, and wherever you stream. let's start with the numbers. a disturbing trend in the test positivity rate. today it has gone up to 3.7% and as the positivity rate goes up, the number of cases usually follows.
the state reported 4600 cases, twice as many as a week ago. >> because the numbers are going up, bay area health departments are recommended, not requiring right now, the people wear masks indoors. >> stephanie sierra is joining us live with a look at the reasons behind this request. >> reporter: we have been closely monitoring the data, checking the increase in cases across the bay area and put it in perspective, case rates have more than doubled state reopened a month ago. as we are hearing from health officers, most of this is stemming directly from the delta variant. masks are back for anyone vaccinated indoors. that is the new recommendation from health officials in nearly every bay area county as the delta variant is fueling a new spike in coded cases. the indoor masking recommendation is adopted in alameda, contra costa, marin, san mateo, santa clara and sonoma counties, plus the city of berkeley. >> that is the