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tonight, president trump and the new nationwide guidelines late today for americans across this country in the fight against the coronavirus. president trump now urging americans not to gather in groups larger than ten. to stay out of restaurants and bars. encouraging schooling from home. and the president's own warning late today that this country could be dealing with coronavirus until july or august. tonight, schools now shut down in at least 35 states. the major lockdown declared in the san francisco area. nearly 7 million people in california ordered to shelter in place at home for weeks. in new york city, the major new steps. empty shelves, and grocery store lines winding through parking lots. and the major chain announcing specific hours for shoppers 60 and older. the stock market free-fall. emergency triggers kicking in yet again to halt trading today,
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even after dramatic action by the fed to lower interest rates. the dow closing down nearly 3,000 points. and we're live. are american hospitals ready for this? after dr. anthony fauci acknowledged the testing in these first weeks of the crisis was a, quote, "failing," tonight, medical professionals on the front lines who are supposed to process the tests. what they're now saying. and supplies in this country. the president telling governors today not to wait, to find ventilators on their own. as we learn of at least two e.r. doctors from new jersey to washington state have now tested positive. just in tonight from france. the french president saying, we are at war. in italy, at least 349 deaths in the last 24 hours alone. and a bishop who recently met with the pope now testing positive. and tonight, the actor idris elba and his video message, announcing he tested positive. his words. and in this country, the nba player, donovan mitchell, who has coronavirus, and his eye-opening message.
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good evening. it's great to have you with us. it's been a remarkable thing we've all witnessed together, a reset of american life. trying to get groceries with empty shelves, trying to find children child care. how will parents manage the weeks ahead without school, and the ongoing struggle for people who fear they may have coronavirus. where and how do they get tested? even amid promises that testing will be more readily available. are the hospitals ready? we'll get to it all tonight. more than 4,200 cases that we know of, and at least 82 deaths. late today, we watched as president trump issued new nationwide guidelines across the country. acknowledging that the virus is not under control. saying it may take until july or august to, in his words, wash through the country. saying not to gather in groups larger than ten. not to go to restaurants and bars.
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at least 35 states closing schools for nearly 36 million students. new york city sending more than 1 million students home. governors and mayors shutting down gyms and restaurants. late today, drastic steps in several hot spots. in california, seven bay area counties ordering 7 million people to shelter in place at home for at least three weeks. we've all been to the grocery stores and seen the empty shelves. this line just before dawn this morning. and in so many stores, they're stripped clean. this supermarket is in omaha, nebraska. at airports over the weekend, we witnessed this, americans returning home from overseas. standing in lines, crowded and close to each other, some for hours, at medical checkpoints. and the stock market, the emergency trigger kicking in again today, even after the fed took extraordinary action.
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and the video messages from those with coronavirus, including a famous actor and an nba player. their descriptions, eye-opening tonight. whit johnson leads us off right here in new york city tonight. >> reporter: tonight, with daily life grinding to a halt across america, the white house announcing drastic steps. part of a 15-day plan to slow the spread. >> we'd much rather be ahead of the curve than behind it. >> reporter: president trump's coronavirus task force now urging people to avoid gatherings of ten or more people. discretionary travel. encouraging older people and those with underlying conditions to stay home. the administration also telling people not to visit nursing homes. and recommending bars and restaurants close in states with community spread. >> if everyone makes this change or these critical changes and sacrifices now, we will rally together as one nation and we will defeat the virus. >> but you're not saying it's under control, right? >> i am not referring to "it,"
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meaning the -- >> the coronavirus. >> yeah. if you're talking about the virus, no, that's not under control for any place in the world. >> reporter: the president now warning the crisis could stretch deep into the summer. >> people are talking about july, august -- something like that. so it could be right in that period of time where i say it washes -- it washes through, other people don't like that term, but where it washes through. >> reporter: but today, a major step toward a possible vaccine. >> the trial is taking place in seattle. there will be two injections. one at zero day, first one. then 28 days. there will be three separate doses. >> reporter: volunteer jennifer haller getting the first injection in seattle as part of that clinical trial. >> everybody is feeling so helpless right now. i realized there was something i could do to help. >> reporter: the vaccine still not expected to be available to the public for at least a year. tonight with the cases across the country climbing, more than a dozen states already closing bars and restaurants, except for takeout and delivery. including new york, connecticut,
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and new jersey, who will also shut down gyms, movie theaters, and casinos, starting tonight. >> this is a national problem. it cannot be done in a piecemeal method. >> reporter: in the san francisco bay area, a sweeping shelter in place order for nearly 7 million people. residents told to only leave their homes for food, medicine, and exercise. california's governor is urging home isolation for all adults over the age of 65. >> the most important thing is to protect the most vulnerable. >> reporter: nationwide, at least 35 states closing public schools, forcing more than 35 million kids to stay home. >> it creates a lot of hardship for people but it's the right choice. >> reporter: in boston, volunteers boxing up homework to deliver to students at home. and with so many american children without access to school meals, communities from pennsylvania to texas stepping up to make sure families have the supplies they need. >> trying to stay positive in a bad situation.
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so, that's it. >> reporter: long lines at costcos from illinois to los angeles. >> and thousands of people are rushing to try to get into the costco here in the city. >> reporter: lines snaking around the building before dawn. stores running out of basic items like toilet paper and water. the stop and shop grocery chain announcing new early shopping hours for customers 60 and over. at u.s. airports, chaos as americans rush home. after travel bans on european countries. passengers waiting hours, shoulder to shoulder for medical screenings. >> i definitely felt unsafe. if the government is telling me to stay in groups of less than 50 and keep social distancing, that was the opposite. >> reporter: but departures areas around the country eerily empty. >> look at this! there's just nobody here at the airport. >> whit, the president and these new guidelines. dr. fauci saying this is guidance for the next 15 days,
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then they will reassess. and the president was asked if he was considering a nationwide quarantine. >> reporter: david, he made clear at this point they are not looking at a quarantine. but they are evaluating hot spots or hard-hit areas to see if additional restrictions would be required. >> whit, thank you. the health toll in this country, and the economic one. despite a rare move this morning, the market drop was steep. trading halted just 30 seconds in. the dow closing down 3,000 points. rebecca jarvis is live downtown. this was alarming, especially given the rare move on a sunday from the fed. the markets still dropping quickly this morning.
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>> reporter: cutting interest rates to 0%, but it wasn't enough. just as the country is trying to wrap its head around this new reality, so, too, is wall street trying to contend with the new math. grinding the country to a screeching halt comes with a giant price tag, by some estimates, some $120 billion this month alone. and we've already heard about the uncertainty from america's 30 million small businesses. and just today, the u.s. airline industry, which employs 750,000 americans, saying that without a $50 billion bailout, they're likely to run out of money by the end of this year. david? >> rebecca, thank you. there has been so many promises heard around the country about the number of tests that would be available in this country. first, we heard that 1 million tests would be available for coronavirus, then a promise of 4 million. so tonight, where does that stand? a reality check. and at least two emergency room
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doctors on the front lines of the outbreak now testing positive. more drive-through testing sites are popping up, but medical professionals are saying they lack the protective equipment that they say they need to have to stay safe. and the threat to so many on the front lines, because many who have the virus have no symptoms. here's matt gutman tonight. >> reporter: tonight, america's hospitals and health care workers under siege. emergency room doctor james pruden testing positive for coronavirus. the 70-year-old is now in isolation in patterson, new jersey. and tonight at the life care center in king county, washington, 46 employees testing positive. in another nursing home, a doctor in his 40s is infected.
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hospitals reporting a spike in incoming patients and a shortage of protective equipment, crucial to protect themselves. hospitals scrambling to prepare for the onslaught. setting up tents outside emergency rooms. new york governor andrew cuomo calling on president trump to mobilize the military to build more hospitals. >> you will overwhelm the hospitals. you will have people on gurneys in hallways. that is what is going to happen now if we do nothing. >> reporter: another critical matter -- testing. people lining up in cars for drive-throughs. vice president pence repeatedly saying more tests will be available. >> by the weekend, another million tests will be shipped around the country. the expectation by the end of next week, 4 million tests will be shipped. >> reporter: but it's not as simple as just sending out the tests. the health care workers need to be in full protective gear. a number of states now saying they're concerned about a shortage of protective gear to keep clinicians safe.
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>> this is something we're very concerned about. >> reporter: testing numbers are also lagging. new york has conducted roughly 7,000 since the outbreak. north carolina public labs have only done about 300. in south korea, where cases have flattened, 275,000 tests have been conducted. they are now even creating "phone booth" type sites. donovan mitchell is an nba player with the utah jazz. he is in isolation after becoming infected. his case highlighting the need for more testing. >> i don't have any symptoms. that's the scariest thing about this virus, is that you may seem fine, be fine, you never know who you may be talking to and who they are going home to. >> reporter: even those who do get tested are having problems. amanda phommachanh says her husband titou's first test got lost and they had to complain to their governor before getting a second test, which was positive. >> we still don't have the original test result that was sent out thursday, which is absolutely mind-boggling. these tests have got to be prioritized based on severity and acuity of these cases.
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something is very, very wrong. i understand that everyone is learning as they go with this, but people who are in critical condition need those test results quickly. they don't have time to wait. >> reporter: he's now in a virginia icu in critical condition. >> we need to get those tests and results back quicker than we're seeing so far. matt, we see the triage tents behind you. but you're hearing there's confusion with the private labs? so many had new hope they were being brought in, and certainly that's a good sign. but obvious kinks ahead here. >> reporter: that's right. labs are saying people are calling in thinking they can get tested at the labs. but they can't, the labs are just there to run the results and get the results for a swab. the swabs are taken by medical professionals at clinics and hospitals like the ones behind me, and not everyone can get tested right now. it's really just health care
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workers, first responders, and the people who are most vulnerable. >> matt, thank you. overseas tonight, the new epicenter of the global outbreak. the french president saying we are at war. and the alarming news headline about the age of some of the patients in that country. he called on the french people to limit contact with others. a state of emergency in spain tonight. police seizing 150,000 surgical masks from a factory. taking the masks to health workers. and in italy, 349 deaths in just the past 24 hours. and a bishop who recently met with the pope is now testing positive. here's maggie rulli. >> reporter: tonight, france's president declaring europe is at war with coronavirus. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: france joining britain with sweeping restrictions as cases spike across the continent. >> now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact
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with others and to stop all unnecessary travel. >> reporter: the uk taking wartime measures, asking companies like ford and rolls-royce to help manufacture vital equipment like ventilators. british actor idris elba posting about his coronavirus test today. >> it came back positive. yeah, and it sucks. this is serious, you know? now is the time to really think about social distancing, washing your hands. >> reporter: he says he feels okay and is in self-isolation with his wife, who hasn't yet been tested. in italy's north, hearses overwhelming this cemetery. despite the national lockdown, almost 350 deaths in the last 24 hours. the death toll today passing 2,000. a french bishop who met with pope francis last week at the vatican now testing positive for the virus. >> you must stay safely at your accommodation. >> reporter: and the spanish government declaring a state of emergency for 47 million people.
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even confiscating 150,000 surgical masks from one factory to help overstretched hospitals. the european commission now seeking a ban on non-essential travel throughout the continent. >> the less travel, the more we can contain the virus. >> reporter: and the world health organization warning countries still aren't testing enough. >> we have a simple message for all countries. test, test, test. >> reporter: but a glimmer of hope in china, which has lifted some health restrictions in the hardest-hit province, allowing thousands of workers to go back to factories. >> maggie, over the weekend, i took note that authorities in france said that half of the 300 coronavirus patients in critical condition were under 60. that was alarming because it's different from what we've heard so far. >> reporter: that's right. while statistics show that people with advanced age are more likely to fall critically
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ill, but we're seeing younger people, in their 40s and 50s, are now also falling critically ill. that development has experts very worried. >> maggie, thank you. president trump acknowledging late today the virus is not under control. and sharing what his young son asked him, as many americans fear that what they're seeing in europe is about to play out here. here's cecilia vega. >> reporter: despite widespread delays over testing and repeated mixed messages from his administration, today president trump gave himself high marks. >> on a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your response to this crisis? >> i would rate it at 10. i think we've done a great job. >> does the buck stop with you? >> yeah, normally. but i think -- you know, this has never been done before in this country. >> reporter: but the confusing messages from the administration continued. "the new york times" reporting that president trump stunned some of the nation's governors in a conference call, telling
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them they should not wait for the federal government's help with respirators, ventilators, and other critical lifesaving equipment. telling them they should, quote, try getting it yourselves. asked about that today, the president did not back down. >> if they can get them directly, it's always gonna be faster if they can get them directly if they need them, and i have given them authorization to order directly. >> reporter: the president had said the virus would just disappear, now he is marking a shift in tone. how are you talking to your own family about this? how are you talking to your youngest son? do you empathize with the sense of anxiety? people are really scared. >> yeah, no, i think they are very scared. what you can do and all you can do is -- professional, totally competent. >> but have you spoken to your family? >> i've spoken actually with my son. he said, "how bad is this?" it's bad. it's bad. >> reporter: the president himself was exposed to the coronavirus a little over a week ago. the brazilian official in this photograph testing positive. the president was tested himself on friday.
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he says the test came back negative. >> it's not -- not something that i want to do every day. i can tell you that. >> reporter: the vice president said today he has not been tested. he says he is in constant touch with white house doctors, but so far he is not showing any symptoms. >> cecilia, thank you. still ahead on "world news tonight" this monday, your questions. dr. jen ashton standing by. and our primetime special later tonight, how to get your question to us in the meantime. and the winter storm we're tracking at this hour. high winds and heavy snow. it's marching east. we'll track that for you as well. i'll be right back. it's marching east. we'll track that for you as well. i'll be right back.
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>> that break news two more deaths in santa clara county from coronavirus bringing the county's total to four now. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm ama daetz. you may notice we are no longer sitting next to each other. we are practicing social distancing so we continue to bring you the latest news on a story that is changing rapidly. >> we will stay safe, but stay here with you. in six hours at midnight tonight, all businesses other than essential businesses and government functions, are required to cease all operations in the majority of the bay area. >> this affects alameda, contra costa, marin, santa clara counties, the city and county of san francisco and the city of berkeley. >> this is a critical intervention we know can reduce harm and save lives. >> the whole idea behind this is to have people remain in small stable groups and to limit mixing to the greatest degree possible. >> this shelter-in-place order does not impact grocery stores or pharmacies or doctor's
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offices and hospitals, banks, gas stations and auto shops can all remain open. restaurants are open, but limited to take-out and delivery only. >> exempted public gatherings include going for a walk, exercising or taking a pet outside to go to the bathroom. public transit will remain open, however, passengers must maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing from others. >> all right. let's begin by going live to abc7 news reporter chris nguyen for a close look at details of an order that affects really, chris, a majority of the bay area. >> reporter: yeah, dan and ama, public health authorities say now is the time to act with the ordinance having a direct impact on the lives of nearly 6.7 million people across the bay area. tonight a bold step all aimed at slowing down the spread of the novel coronavirus. >> these orders were crafted with great thought and with great care. they are also crafted very, very


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