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taco bell's fry force. now serving at a taco bell near you. tonight, the alarming surge in covid cases here in the u.s. hospitals under siege. and what they're now seeing in children. the virus targeting tens of thousands of children, with the u.s. now reporting more than 100,000 new cases of covid a day. hospitals again nearing the breaking point. in arkansas, for one, just eight icu beds now available. in austin, texas, tonight, reports just six icu beds left. florida tonight requesting 300 ventilators from the federal government. and with the new school year already getting under way, doctors urging the fda to authorize vaccinations for children between 5 and 11 as quickly as possible. dr. jha standing by to answer your questions tonight. the major fires in the u.s.
in california, the dixie fire, now the second largest in california history. and it comes as the u.n. tonight issues a new and alarming climate report, calling it a, quote, code red for humanity. tonight, we have the numbers here. how quickly the earth is warming. fteth ty gh our team also in greece tonight, the fires there and in turkey. parts of europe seeing the worst heat in 30 years. some residents and tourists now boarding ferries to escape the flames. the developing headline from washington at this hour. president biden tonight, a major step closer to passage of his $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan. the senate expected to pass the bill with bipartisan support as early as tomorrow morning. rachel scott standing by with live reporting from the hill. and what democrats immediately plan to do next. the developments involving new york governor andrew cuomo tonight. his top aide now resigning. what she's saying. there is also news breaking involving prince andrew, now facing a new lawsuit tonight filed by jeffrey epstein accuser virginia giuffre. what she claims.
with u.s. troops coming home, the worsening situation in afghanistan tonight. the taliban now seizing control of at least six key cities. and what the pentagon is now acknowledgin we're also tracking severe storms in the midwest. a tornado watch in the chicago area. and the tropical storm watch issued in the caribbean. could this potentially impact the u.s.? and the images tonight, that elevator horror. the water rising. people trapped, water up to their shoulders, holding their phones above the water as they call for help. good evening and it's great to be ack with all of you at home as we start another week together here. and we begin tonight with this alarming surge in covid cases in nearly all 50 states. and what they're now seeing in cases involving children. 94,000 new pediatric cases in this country in just a week.
overall, these new covid numbers are something we have not seen in six months now. the u.s. now reporting more than 100,000 new cases a day for four straight days. the virus, of course, fueled by this delta variant. the states with the highest covid rates across much of the south tonight. louisiana, florida and arkansas topping the list. those 94,000 new cases among children, those are cases 18 and under, just as the school year begins in parts of the south. in louisiana alone, governor john bel edwards now saying 20% of new infections there have been in children. florida requesting those 300 ventilators from the federal government. and those numbers just in tonight. the whole state of arkansas down to just eight icu beds now. austin, texas, reporting just six icu beds left. tonight, the pentagon now planning to require all military members be vaccinated as early as mid-september. with growing concern across the country, the u.s. is now seeing a steady increase in the vaccination rate again.
more than 68% of americans over 12 now receiving at least one dose. dr. jha tonight standing by to answer your questions. and abc's victor oquendo leading us off now from florida. >> reporter: tonight, the covid crisis is exploding across the south. from florida to louisiana to texas, hospitals are putting up surge tents, bringing in extra ventilators and running out of beds and staff. >> when you overrun us and you wear us down and we get to where we can't come to work anymore, there's not going to be anybody here to take care of you. >> reporter: with 68,000 covid patients straining american hospitals, experts warn the system in affected communities is nearing the breaking point. >> if this pace continues for the next four or five days, which it seems it will, the hospital systems in florida and louisiana will collapse. >> reporter: and with covid infections climbing, another move to mandate vaccines. the pentagon today announcing it will seek the president's approval to require nearly 1.4 million active duty military members to get the vaccine, starting in mid-september.
>> you can consider this memo today as what we would call in the military a warning order. >> reporter: and the pentagon could move that deadline up if the vaccines get full fda approval sooner. tonight, with millions of school children heading back to the classroom, doctors fear more kids will be hospitalized with covid. >> you should assume that we're going to see pediatric intensive care units all across the south completely overwhelmed and something even a possibility of small tent cities of sick adolescents and kids. >> reporter: in just the last week, pediatric cases climbing to 94,000. and children with covid are going into hospitals at a rate nearly four times higher than just a month ago. >> this is not your grandfather's covid. children are experiencing more severe disease than they have in the past. they come in in respiratory failure. they often require hospitalization in the pediatric intensive care unit. >> reporter: the delta surge prompting the american academy of pediatrics to call on the fda to authorize vaccines for 5 to 11-year-olds as fast as possible.
in virginia, 17-year-old schwanda corprew died just four days before she was scheduled to get the vaccine. >> i don't want to see anybody else have to bury, you know, their little sibling or little daughter or anything like that. it's really heartbreaking. >> reporter: in jacksonville, florida, 12-year-old lila hartley wants masks in schools to protect her 10-year-old brother, who is too young to get the vaccine. >> even though i'm vaccinated, i can still get sick. also, my younger brother, will, i don't want to get him sick if i get it because i wasn't wearing a mask. >> siblings worried about their own brothers and sisters. and victor with us now. victor, we know the situation in florida. we are also hearing tonight, as i mentioned off the top, austin, texas, with those six icu beds left. that's a city of more than 2 million. and another eye-opening number tonight, from the entire state of arkansas when it comes to icu beds? >> reporter: david, arkansas's
governor says they just saw their largest single day increase in hospitalizations, now down to just eight icu beds in a state of 3 million people. governor hutchinson calling it an error to sign a law banning those mask mandates. david? >> all right, victor oquendo leading us off here on a monday night. victor, thank you. the spike in cases, of course, is alarming, particularly what we're now seeing in children. we know many of you at home have questions about all of this. so, let's get right back to dr. ashish jha. dean of the brown university of public health. dr. jha, great to have you with us to start off a new week. we're witnesses the huge spikes across the country. particularly across the south. many authorities are now warning that other parts of this country are about to get tested, especially with children going back to school, with fall coming, people going back indoors. give us a reality check here tonight. could this get worse? what should we be prepared for? >> yeah, david, thanks for having me back. i think we should be expecting a few more very, very difficult weeks ahead. i don't expect a peak in the united states any time in the next few weeks.
if things go well, maybe by the end of august or early september, but that's a lot of -- a lot more people who are going to get infected and sick in the weeks ahead, so we have to be very careful right now. >> while we have you, dr. jha, you heard victor report there on the surge of infections in children, 94,000 new pediatric cases in a week. i know the cdc isn't officially saying this delta variant is more severe in children, but anecdotally, given what we are siege coming from many of these hospitals, what's behind this? and do you support this push to fast-track vaccine for students, children 5 to 11 years old? >> yeah, first of all, on the vaccines, i do support it. i think the american academy of pediatrics is exactly right. right now, the risk/benefits are clearly towards getting more kids vaccinated. you know, we don't know for sure if this variant is more severe, it does look like it is for adults. stands to reason it might be in kids, as well. again, this is not a moment to blow off this infection on children. it really is affecting them and we have to be very careful and protect kids especially under 12 who can't get vaccinated. >> all right, dr. jha here with us on a monday night. dr. jha, thank you.
in the meantime, the other news this evening and we move on now to the major fires in the u.s. and the alarming news tonight on climate change from the u.n. in california, the dixie fire is now the second-largest in state history. and it comes as the u.n. issues its alarming new climate report, calling it a, quote, code red for humanity. scientists tonight with the new numbers and we have them here, warning the earth is warming much faster than we thought. abc's zohreen shah in california where authorities say they are seeing what they're warning of in this new report first-hand. >> reporter: tonight, as california's second-largest fire on record rages, a shocking new u.n. report warning the effects of climate change are getting worse, warming earth at a faster rate than previously thought. >> it's indisputable that human activities are causing climate change, making extreme climate events, like heat waves, droughts and heavy rainfall more frequent and severe. >> reporter: the u.n. secretary-general with that code red for humanity warning. more than 230 experts from 66
nations now urging a rapid reduction in greenhouse gases. they now predict the planet will rise an average of 2.7 degrees fahrenheit by 2040, less than 20 years from now and a decade before they initially believed, bringing with that more heat waves, droughts and fires. >> fires love a few things. they love heat, they love dry, they love wind. >> reporter: california's dixie fire now scorching nearly half a million acres. >> this fire has been burning for about a month and it's still nowhere near contained. it is still ripping through this forest. incinerating the town of greenville last week. the surrounding areas still threatened. the air difficult to breathe. because of the multiple hazards, officials say it could be weeks before families are allowed to return. robert johns among those losing homes. now unsure of what's next. >> it's just -- hard to realize i's all gone now at this point. >> reporter: and david, more record heat is possible in the pacific northwest and northern california.
triple digit heat by midweek and dry weather could add to an already devastating fire season. david? >> all right, zohreen shah. zohreen, thank you. and as you know, it's not just the u.s. seeing these historic fires. tonight, parts of europe seeing the worst heat in 30 years and horrific fires in greece and in turkey. some residents and tourists boarding ferries to escape the flames. abc's maggie rulli tonight in evia, greece. >> reporter: tonight, parts of europe are seeing their worst heat in 30 years. and these fires are also telling the story of climate change. the flames scorching hundreds of thousands of acres in greece. >> my island is on fire. >> reporter: here on the popular tourist island of evia, helicopters refilling their tanks, attacking the flames from above. the out of control infernos cutting the island in half over the weekend. flames towering over the water, as residents flee on ferries. their only escape. you can hear the crackle of these fires, the flames so hot, we feel them as they rip through
this underbrush. look, it just climbs up the tree, going all the way back up the hillside. and according to that dire new u.n. climate report, these fires here in greece and in turkey will only get worse. and david, you can see the heavy smoke that hangs over the dock right now. behind me, that's a navy ship. and right next to it, you can see fishing and regular boats. all of them are on stand-by, ready to evacuate anyone who needs it. david? >> maggie rulli on the island of evia there in greece tonight. maggie, thank you. back home tonight, to the developing headline from washington at this hour. president biden, a major step closer now to passage of his $1.1 trillion infrastructure plan. the senate expected to pass the bipartisan bill as early as tomorrow morning. let's get to rachel scott. rachel, what are you learning tonight? >> reporter: well, david, this will be a rare moment of bipartisanship here in washington. the senate is on track to pass that $1.1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package tomorrow morning. but this does face a long road ahead. over in the house, democrats
hold a razor thin majority and already progressives have made it clear that this proposal is not big enough, david. >> in the meantime, rachel, the democrats immediately plan to move on a much larger bill? >> reporter: yes, and david, democrats say the two proposals go hand in hand. so we're talking about a $3.5 trillion price tag, this is a measure that democrats unveiled today. it includes several democrat priorities including universal pre-k, funding for free community college as well as money to combat climate change, david. >> rachel scott live on the hill. rachel, thank you. and now to the news involving embattled new york governor andrew cuomo tonight. his top aide now resigning. and state lawmakers launching that impeachment investigation, as one of his accusers now speaks out and files a criminal complaint. erielle reshef from albany tonight. >> reporter: tonight, embattled new york governor andrew cuomo now fighting to salvage his political career. >> for the first time in more than 100 years, the assembly is undertaking an impeachment investigation of a sitting governor.
>> reporter: today, the new york assembly judiciary committee meeting for the first time since the searing new york attorney general's report found cuomo sexually harassed 11 women. the assembly's impeachment investigation looking into addition alabama games of misconduct. >> allegations that the governor improperly used state resources to write and produce a book. allegations concerning covid-19 and nursing homes. allegations that he provided for preferential access to covid-19 testing. >> reporter: and governor cuomo also facing potential misdemeanor charges in albany, stemming from a criminal complaint filed by his former executive assistant. >> he put his hand up my blouse and cupped my breast over my bra. >> reporter: the governor has maintained he never touched anyone inappropriately. >> with respect to brittany kamisso, it just did not happen. >> reporter: and david, melissa derosa, the governor's top aide,
suddenly resigned overnight, citing an emotionally and mentally draining two years. david? >> erielle reshef following developments from albany tonight. thank you. and there is also a developing headline tonight involving prince andrew. now facing a new lawsuit filed by jeffrey epstein accuser virginia giuffre. here's abc's janai norman tonight. >> reporter: tonight, prince andrew facing a new lawsuit filed by jeffrey epstein accuser virginia roberts giuffre, claiming the prince sexually abused her when she was 17. in the lawsuit, giuffre stating, "20 years ago, prince andrew's wealth, power, position and connections enabled him to abuse a frightened, vulnerable child with no one there to protect her." >> regardless of how rich and powerful they may be, they're not above the law. >> reporter: in court filings, beginning in 2014, giuffre says epstein and longtime association ghislaine maxwell allegedly directed her to have sex with prince andrew on three occasions in 2001. included in the filings, this
photograph of giuffre standing beside the prince. in a rare interview with the bbc, in november 2019, the prince denied her accusations. >> you don't remember meeting her? >> no. nobody can prove whether or not that photograph has been doctored. but i don't recollect that photo being taken. >> reporter: the photo comes nearly two years after epstein died in a new york jail. andrew has not commented on the filing today. >> reporter: and david, as for ghislaine maxwell, she's pleaded not guilty to federal charges she conspired with epstein and aided in his alleged sexual abuse of four underage girls from 1994 to 2004. her trial is set to begin in november. david? >> janai norman live here in new york. janai, thank you. overseas tonight, with president biden bringing u.s. troops home from afghanistan, the taliban has now seized control of at least six key cities. tonight, the pentagon now acknowledging afghanistan is clearly not headed in the right direction. here's abc's stephanie ramos. >> reporter: tonight, the situation in afghanistan
deteriorating quickly. the taliban taking control of two more provincial capitals just today. bringing the total to six. the afghan ministry of defense releasing video of air strikes against taliban positions. but the taliban's takeover has been swift. in just the past five months, the group seizing wide swaths of the country. and now, a growing humanitarian crisis for afghan children. at least 27 killed and 136 injured since friday. the pentagon saying today, the situation is clearly not going in the right direction, however -- >> the secretary continues to believe that the afghan forces have the capability, they have the capacity to make a big difference on the battlefield. >> reporter: with the full u.s. withdrawal just weeks away, the afghan government clearly struggling to make that difference. the u.s. military says 95% of u.s. troops and equipment have
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wayne: i am wayne freedman in santa rosa with one possible solution for fighting wildfires in urban areas. that is coming up. >> the u.n. has just released its climate report. we will let you know what hundreds of scientists have concluded. >> there are hotter, drier days coming our way this week paid i will have the forecast with abc seven news at 6:00. >> building a better bay area, this is abc seven news. >> the big problem is that we have been sitting back and not taking the action we needed to take for the last 30 years so now we need to shift into code red or emergency mode. >> no time to waste. it is time to take action on climate change and build a better bay area. >> i am larry. you are watching abc seven news at 6:00. we love the weather here and
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