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Official White House Photo by Andrea HanksBy DR. LEAH CROLL, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- President Donald Trump "falsely claimed" at a Monday night campaign rally that the novel coronavirus "affects virtually nobody" younger than 18 and mainly threatens seniors and people with underlying health conditions, according to the Washington Post.

Fact check:

Trump contradicted himself. In a March interview with Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward, he acknowledged that "plenty of young people" were affected and admitted that he'd downplayed the risks of the virus. It's not clear exactly which age group Trump was referring to when he said that, but here's what we know about how COVID-19 affects kids and young adults:

Since March, evidence has been building that young people aren't as impervious to coronavirus as initially thought. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Covid Data tracker, a recent analysis of 143,273 deaths revealed that 843, about 0.6%, occurred in people younger than 30, while 88, about 0.06%, occurred in people younger than 18.

In a recent MMWR report on COVID-19-related deaths in persons under 21, CDC researchers showed that nearly three quarters of SARS-CoV-2-associated deaths among infants, children, adolescents and young adults have occurred in persons aged 10 to 20 years, with a disproportionate percentage among those aged 18 to 20 years and among Hispanics, Blacks, American Indians and persons with underlying medical conditions.

Young adults also are at risk for severe complications of COVID-19. A recent JAMA Internal Medicine study of roughly 3,200 people ages 18 to 34 showed that 684 people, about 21%, required intensive care and 331, about 10%, required ventilators. Ninety people, about 3%, died.

The rates of poor outcomes in this population were lower than those reported for older adults with COVID-19, but higher than the rates reported for other diseases in young adults. For example, the death rate the authors found for COVID-19 in young adults is more than twice the death rate for heart attacks in the same age group. Morbid obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes were associated with greater risks of serious complications in this age group, which is similar to what we see in older adults. In fact, young adults with more than one of these conditions faces risks comparable to those observed in middle-aged adults without them.

In children and adults of all ages, pre-existing medical conditions undoubtedly increase the risk for severe complications and death from COVID-19. It's important to note that the cause of death in these individuals is COVID-19, not their underlying disease or old age.

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(NEW YORK) -- What sweeter way to celebrate National Honey Month than with a refreshing, herbal cocktail that both tastes delicious and promotes sustainable systems to improve the health of bee colonies.

Beekeepers based in big cities like New York and nearby bartenders who handcraft cocktails with local, seasonal ingredients have teamed up with Aberfeldy, the Gardening Giveback Project and the Bee Informed Partnership to create a unique cocktail recipe that makes honey bees' hard work the golden ingredient.

Brendan Bartley, one of the project's participating bartenders from Bathtub Gin, told ABC News' Good Morning America that "it's been amazing" to better understand how to "propagate and cultivate good habits" with the help of the nonprofit organization dedicated to working with beekeepers to help colony survivorship in the U.S.

"I mean, we're on Ninth Avenue in Chelsea, and we have a little bee farm with our flower beds in the front, so it's been really eye-opening to have that in the middle of the city," he said.

Not only is the partnership a symbiotic match, but it creates a simple and sustainable supply chain to get high-quality ingredients to beverage directors like Bartley.

"You know where they're coming from and you understand where they're sourced," he said, adding that it gives him the ability to have "no carbon footprint of something getting shipped from very far away."

Plus, Bartley said, "the really exciting part about using local honey is that the pollen that the bees are collecting are different seasonally, so you're going to get little bits of flavor profiles that change by using local resources."

"You're getting this herbaceous, sweet and floral kind of nature, which kind of accentuates what's happening in the whiskey with its citrus and caramel and fruit undertones, so it all works together," he said of the aromatic cocktail.

Holly Seidewand, Aberfeldy’s North American brand ambassador, helps run the barrels and bees project and told GMA that this year partnered directly with Gardening Giveback to "help nationwide support more of these smaller apiaries and businesses" and support beekeepers as well as educate more bars.

In her work with the teams on urban rooftop apiaries and local beekeepers, Seidewand has learned that everyone can play a small role in helping strengthen the health of bee colonies.

"Even in a city, it really comes down to just a few flowers on a railing bed on your fire escape or even just maintaining some local gardens or little plant areas that you see," she explained. "Taking that initiative to work with bartenders and consumers in general and help them understand that it just takes a flower or two for each person and now you have all of these new pollinators around. If everyone did that the bees would be very healthy and fit in these cities."

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Ovidiu Dugulan/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 970,000 people worldwide.

Over 31.6 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis -- through clinical means or a lab test -- has varied from country-to-country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.

Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.

The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 6.8 million diagnosed cases and at least 200,814 deaths.

California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 793,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 741,000 cases and over 687,000 cases, respectively.

Nearly 170 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least six of which are in crucial phase three trials.

Here's how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern:

Sep 23, 6:54 am
Navajo Nation reinstates stay-at-home order

As COVID-19 cases rise, the Navajo Nation is re-issuing a strict stay-at-home order and a 57-hour weekend lockdown. The increase in cases is in the Sage Memorial Hospital service area in Arizona and in satellite chapters in the Eastern Navajo Agency.

Many of these new cases are a result of family gatherings and people traveling to areas outside of the Navajo Nation and returning with the virus, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a statement.

"These new cluster cases are very troubling because we do not yet know the extent to which these individuals came into contact with people in the general public,” Nez said Tuesday.

The lockdown begins at 8 p.m. on Sept 25 and ends at 5 a.m. on Sept 28. There is also a daily curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays.

The Navajo Nation previously implemented public health emergency orders that restricted in-person gatherings and traveling off the Nation.

“We have told our people repeatedly that there remains substantial risk if you choose to travel off the Nation and hold family gatherings. Cities and towns near the Navajo Nation continue to see large increases in daily COVID-19 cases. It only takes a few positive cases to lead to another surge and we all know that our health care system cannot handle another large surge," Nez said.

As of Sept. 22, there have been more than 10,000 COVID-19 cases in the Navajo Nation, with at least 548 deaths.

Sep 23, 5:10 am
Six New York City neighborhoods see increase in cases

In the city that was hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in six New York City neighborhoods, according to local health officials.

Due to an uptick in the Borough Park, Kew Gardens, Midwood, Edgemere-Far Rockaway, Flatbush, Bensonhurst and Williamsburg communities, the city announced a targeted response to slow the spread in these areas as part of its "Get Test Tuesday" initiative.

The Midwood, Borough Park and Bensonhurst neighborhoods saw a 4.71% increase in COVID-19 cases from the week ending Aug. 1 to the week ending Sept. 19. In that same period, Far Rockaway saw a 3.69% increase, Kew Gardens a 2.24% increase and Williamsburg a 2% increase.

The increases in these areas make up 20% of all cases citywide.

"At this point in time, these increases could potentially evolve into more widespread community transmission and spread to other neighborhoods unless action is taken," the city said in a statement.

To help combat the rising cases in these areas, Dave Chokshi, commissioner of health of the City of New York, said the city would increase its presence, communication and add testing in these neighborhoods.

"... we'll launch robocalls and WhatsApp messages, communications with houses of worship, core-four palm cards to businesses, distribution of masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer. We'll place additional ads in community newspapers and we'll offer new point-of-care testing resources in these six neighborhoods at both Urgent Care and community provider offices," Chokshi said at a press conference Tuesday. "We aim to be seen and heard, so sound trucks will broadcast core four messages in these neighborhoods as well."

Since the beginning of the pandemic, New York City has had more than 23,000 coronavirus-related deaths and 236,000 cases.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said with these upticks, combined with cooler weather, it's important for New Yorkers to continue to avoid large indoor gatherings.

"There are clear rules from the state on this," de Blasio said at a press conference Tuesday. "Large gatherings are still a problem both legally and in terms of the health problem they create. So, we need people to avoid that."

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Official White House Photo by Tia DufourBy GARY LANGER

(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump's economic argument pushes back against Joe Biden's pitch that he can better handle the coronavirus pandemic in Florida and Arizona alike, producing closely divided presidential contests in both states in new ABC News/Washington Post polls.

The critical Arizona Senate race, where the Democrats are pinning their hopes for control of the chamber, is also essentially tied in the new survey there.


Registered voters in Florida split almost precisely evenly for the president, 47%-48%, Trump versus Biden, while it's 51%-47% among those most likely to vote. In Arizona, the presidential race stands at 47%-49% among registered voters and 49%-48% among likely voters. None of these differences is statistically significant.

Ditto for the Arizona Senate contest, where a 50%-45% match among registered voters between Democrat Mark Kelly and incumbent Republican Martha McSally is a still-tighter 49%-48% among likely voters.

The result in Florida befits its swing-state status, with sharp differences across regions and demographic groups. A challenge for Biden is his tepid 13-point lead among Hispanics in the state (using registered voters for an adequate sample size); Hillary Clinton won Florida Hispanics by 27 percentage points in 2016, yet narrowly lost the state. Trump also does better than elsewhere in Florida among college-educated whites -- though far better still with their non-college counterparts.

In Arizona, the closeness of the contest is a different story, given that the state has voted for a Democratic candidate for president just once since 1952 -- in 1996. There, Biden leads 61%-34% among Hispanic registered voters, leads among independents and is stronger than in Florida with college graduates. Trump makes it back by way of an advantage in party loyalty; among Arizona likely voters, Republicans outnumber Democrats by 7 points.

In both states, while Biden is strong among moderates, fewer liberals appear as likely voters compared with the 2016 exit polls. Conservatives account for nearly 4 in 10 voters; liberals, about 2 in 10.

Interviews for this survey, produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates, were conducted Sept. 15 to 20, overlapping the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. There were no significant differences in partisan vote preferences before and after her death.

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:



NY Mets 5, Tampa Bay 2
St. Louis 5, Kansas City 0
Arizona 7, Texas 0
LA Angels 4, San Diego 2
LA Dodgers 7, Oakland 2

Cleveland 5, Chi White Sox 3
NY Yankees 12, Toronto 1
Boston 8, Baltimore 3
Minnesota 5, Detroit 4
Houston 6, Seattle 1

Washington 5, Philadelphia 1
Milwaukee 3, Cincinnati 2
Washington 8, Philadelphia 7
Pittsburgh 3, Chi Cubs 2
Atlanta 11, Miami 1
San Francisco 5, Colorado 2


Denver 114, LA Lakers 106 (LA leads 2-1)


Las Vegas 83, Connecticut 75
Seattle 88, Minnesota 86

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ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- With the first elimination of the season setting the tone for Tuesday's Dancing with the Stars, the pressure -- and emotions -- were running high. 

Unfortunately, NBA star Charles Oakley's DWTS journey came to an end despite dramatically improving his technique over last week's performance.  Sending him home wasn't an easy decision for the judges as they hemmed and hawed over choosing between sparing him or Carole Baskin -- the other contestant the audience sent to the bottom two.  The decision ended with a tiebreaker as judge Derek Hough opted to give the Tiger King star another chance.

Meanwhile, One Day at a Time actress Justina Machado cemented her place in the lead by hanging tight to first place with a commanding foxtrot to Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston's "When You Believe."  Her breezy and romantic routine earned her high marks from judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Hough -- topping the scoreboard with an impressive 42/60.

However, former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe proved that she’s the act to beat this season, not only because she demonstrated her impressive dancing background -- but because she didn't allow an injured ankle to derail her dreams of holding the Mirrorball Trophy.  Injury aside, Bristowe poured her heart into a gorgeous foxtrot to Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance," which resulted in her sharing first place honors with Machado with a top score of 42 out of 60.

As for the most emotional moment of the night, you can thank AJ McLean for making sure there wasn't a dry eye on the ballroom when he professed his undying love to wife of nearly a decade, Rochelle.  "She's the most compassionate, caring, understanding woman. An amazing wife and an amazing mom. She's my superhero," the Backstreet Boy gushed, tugging on heartstrings everywhere.

Another emotional moment happened when Baskin opened up about how her life was turned upside down since the premiere of Tiger King.  The Big Cat Rescue owner broke down in tears when discussing how her mental health has suffered due to the constant negative attention.

"I actually had to contact my family and say be prepared," Baskin admitted to host Tyra Banks about breaking down on camera. "Because I try not to ever cry in front of them, ever. To break down in front of everybody, it's -- it's really out of character for me."

Dancing with the Stars will celebrate the wonderful world of Disney when it returns next Monday, September 28, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. 

Here are the current standings:

Tied for first:
Kaitlyn Bristowe, former star of The Bachelorette, with Artem Chigvintsev -- 22/30 (Combined score: 42/60)
Justina Machado, One Day at a Time star, with Sasha Farber -- 21/30 (Combined score: 42/60)

Nev Schulman, host of Catfish, with Jenna Johnson -- 21/30 (Combined score: 41/60)
Jesse Metcalfe, actor, with Sharna Burgess -- 18/30 (Combined score: 38/60)
AJ McLean, member of Backstreet Boys, with Cheryl Burke -- 19/30 (Combined score: 37/60)
Johnny Weir, Olympic figure skater, with Britt Stewart -- 18/30 (Combined score: 36/60)
Anne Heche, TV and film actress, with Keo Motsepe -- 18/30 (Combined score: 36/60)
Jeannie Mai, host of The Real, with Brandon Armstrong  -- 18/30 (Combined score: 36/40)
Skai Jackson, Disney Channel star, with Alan Bersten -- 15/30 (Combined score: 36/60)
Monica Aldama, head coach on Netflix's CHEER, with Val Chmerkovskiy -- 16/30 (Combined score: 35/60)
Vernon Davis, Super Bowl champion, with Peta Murgatroyd -- 18/30 (Combined score: 35/40)
Nelly, Grammy Award-winning rapper, with Daniella Karagach -- 18/30 (Combined score: 34/40)
Chrishell Stause, Netflix's Selling Sunset star, with Gleb Savchenko -- 18/30(Combined score: 30/60)

Lowest score:
Carole Baskin, Big Cat Rescue owner and star of Tiger King, with Pasha Pashkov -- 16/30 (Combined score: 27/60)

By Megan Stone
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iStock/Craig LambertBY: JULIA JACOBO, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- A rescue team in Australia is attempting to save as many pilot whales as possible after more than 270 became stranded in waters off the coast of Tasmania.

The whales are currently in three different locations off Strahan, a town on the west coast of Tasmania, according to Nic Deka, wildlife regional manager for the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service.

Some of the whales are stranded near a sandbar off the Macquarie Heads boat ramp while others are stuck at a sandbar several hundred meters away inside Macquarie Harbor, Deka said, adding that those whales are submerged in water.

About 30 whales are also stranded off Ocean Beach and about 25 have died, Deka said. About a third of all the whales have died, Dr. Kris Carlyon, a wildlife biologist, told reporters.

Many of the whales are in locations that are not easily accessible, Deka said. But the wet and cool weather is increasing the likelihood that some of the whales will survive, he noted.

A rescue effort consisting of about 60 parks department staff, employees from a nearby fish farm, police and volunteers set out Tuesday morning in an attempt to re-float the whales, which will involve getting water beneath them again, Carlyon said. The rescuers will begin with the animals with the best chance of survival, Carlyon said.

It is unclear how long the rescue will take.

Strandings of pilot and sperm whales are not uncommon in Tasmania, Deka said, adding that Macquarie Harbor seems to be a "hot spot." Deka hypothesized that it may have something to do with the whales' navigation and false echoes, while Carlyon said the "misadventure" of one or two whales while feeding off the coast could lead many others astray because of the social nature of the species.

A stranding of this size has not occurred in more than a decade, Deka said.

Pilot whales often travel in groups of up to 1,000, so there may be more offshore, Carylon said.

Rescue efforts may receive a boost in a few days when stronger tides arrive in the area, Carlyon said.

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