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be the hero the world needs. washing. cover 19 infections in india rise to more than a quarter of a 1000000 a day now the world's largest vaccine producer slows exports to immunize its own population. on money saeed this is al jazeera life and also coming up thailand sets up temporary hospitals to cope with the rising infections of risking its plans to reopen the international tours. escalating diplomatic tensions to russian suspected of poison and ties the u.k. and now link to an explosion at an arms depo in the czech republic. striving for an
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education the community of deaf students in afghanistan succeeding in a time of. we begin in south asia the new at the center of the pandemic infections in india a still surging with daily cases reaching record numbers as reported more than 261000 new cases in the past 24 hours and $1500.00 deaths with a highly contagious variant of the virus suspected india has been helping other nations as the world's largest vaccine manufacturer it's running out if its own supply so now it's delaying exports and will prioritize immunizing its own population. thailand has also seen a rapid rise in cases more than 1500
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a day anyone who test positive is now being transferred to hospital or supervised isolation with no at home corns in allowed tony chang is asked a nearly built field hospital in bangkok this one's going to open tomorrow they've got 350 beds here it seems like a lot but bangkok alone announced 357 new cases day so in effect this could well be filled within the next 24 hours people on being allowed to stay at home even if they're asymptomatic if they test positive they've either got to come to a hospital or to a field hospital like this where they can be monitored they'll be kept here for 14 days until medical staff can absolutely guarantee that they're free of the 19 if they develop symptoms while they're here they'll be taken on to the hospitals but this has been set up because thailand is now. just 1415 months into the pandemic
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really beginning to feel the squeeze people here acted quickly this was the 1st country outside china to detect coke at 90 the borders were closed pretty early on the government has been very efficient but at some stage i think the spread of widespread. 1000 in the community was inevitable it seems to be happening now people have been travelling around the country for the time new year holiday many are now coming back to the city there is a concern i think that with people travelling quite freely over the last 2 weeks that that spread will get wider and the numbers that we're seeing 1767 new infections today will get greater. germany's holding a memorial service for those who died of covert 19 chancellor angela merkel and president frank wall to stun maya attending a special church ceremony right now ahead of the main event not the $67.00 people
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died on sunday bringing the death toll to just 80000 germany has recorded more than 3000000 cases let's go to our correspondent stephanie decker's live for us in berlin stephanie we often get lost in these numbers give us a sense of how bad the situation is on the ground in germany what are people saying to you. well this is a country in the middle of its 3rd wave you know as they're holding for the 1st time this memorial for the victims and you saying how bad it is and the president particularly highlighting the fact that people who die of corona die a very lonely death often not allowed to have their family members around and also for the family members not being able to visit in the hospital not being able to bury them and it's something that continues to be an issue in this country you can probably see the flags flying at half staff behind me and the german parliament building but it's interesting that this memorial is happening amidst
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a very active political debate chancellor angela merkel very frustrated over the last couple of weeks she's been calling for tougher lockdowns because you've had a lot of different voices from you know the medical community also politicians calling for tougher lockdowns across the country because of the seriousness of the situation it is the british trade as they call it that is far more. infectious you are seeing younger people ending up in hospital there are warnings that i.c.u. beds could run out if lockdowns don't take a stricter form now this is a country just briefly that is run it's a decentralized federal system so the challenge that you have now is that not all states are knocking down in the way that the german chancellor wants that's being debated in parliament at the moment still no answer as to that to give the government the central government more powers to really instill a lock which is what chancellor angela merkel has been wanting to do for a very long time but has been getting pushback from the regional leaders and what is the latest in terms of the vaccination drive.
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well there are 19 percent of the population has had one dose around 6 percent who had 2 doses so it's been a slow start it's been hampered particularly we're being told that people we've spoken to by a delay in the delivery of vaccines also of course you have the back and forth controversies about concerns of blood clotting 1st it was astra zeneca then you had johnson and johnson that's now done a lot of caution pulls also germany was expecting a delivery of that vaccine later in the month there's an irony to that because this is the country that's behind the production the creation of the biotech vaccine the pfizer biotech but because of the way that the contracts have been dealt with the e.u. you're not seeing this country benefiting from actually having made that vaccine that scene is one of the best ones at the moment so there is a slow rollout it is increased slightly in the past couple of weeks once local
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doctors local g.p.'s started vaccinating their patients but yes it certainly is not up to speed as much as the politicians the medical community would have wanted by now we were told this is the only way to fight the 3rd wave but certainly at the moment it is the campaign is taking place far slower than the numbers are increasing many thanks vast deafening talk of efforts live and then. police in the czech republic want to talk to 2 russians linked to a 2014 explosion at an ammunitions depo that killed 2 people the pair with the assumed names alexander petroff an adult also accused of poisoning sega script and his daughter a year in the united kingdom in 2018 as a result the czech government has expelled 18 russian diplomats accusing them of espionage and plans to discuss the masses and eve foreign ministers meeting that will take place on monday. yes he said i did not that i was to hold you know i had
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a meeting with the russian ambassador to the czech republic that announced to him the following steps as a foreign minister of the czech republic i decided to deport all workers of the russian embassy in prague who were clearly identified by secret service as members of russian secret service as we are and g o u 18 workers of the russian embassy need to leave the czech republic in 48 hours. let's go to ben smith who is live for us in moscow ben and this sounds like an incident which could really have an impact on relations between russia and czech slovakia talk us through the background of what is going on here. i mean this is the biggest crisis in relations between russia and the czech republic since the end of the communist era in 1989 czech prime minister under it says the circumstances around it are precedented scandalous and it goes back to an explosion at an ammunition store in 2014 now now check security services
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say 2 men shopping on the names of armed i was on the patch of a muslim spent 6 days including the day of the explosion in the area of this i mean nation depo 2 men traveling on these same names are wanted in connection with the attempted murder of sergei scrap all in solsbury in the u.k. in 28 seen those 2 men have subsequently been named alexander miskin and anatoly chappie gosar is believed those are the real their real names according to the british security services the russians of course of never formally identified these men although they have been interviewed after the attempted murder of people they were interviewed on russian television saying that they were in the area for tours . so what is likely to happen next to what might do in response.
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well the czech republic says it's going to expel 18 russian diplomats in the next 48 hours and normally in circumstances like this the russians will reciprocate in fact quoted on interfax news agency it's apparently the czech republic is interfax as apparently decided to close its embassy in moscow perhaps an indication of the lower staffing levels in the czech republic a meaning that if they kick out 18 czech diplomats the world did not let many left to moscow but it's also an indication of the belief of western europe of the increased activity of russian security services over the last few years particularly in western european countries this is the 7th country in the last few months that has expelled russian diplomats previously they've been expelled from austria bulgaria another lands norway sweden it's only these with the czech republic making it the 7th in response many thanks ben it's meth there for us with
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the very latest from moscow. people have protested outside a police station in the u.s. state of minnesota for a 7th nice against the shooting of a 20 year old black man former officer king pasta has been charged with 2nd degree manslaughter off the face lee shooting dante writes during a traffic stop near minneapolis it's prompted a debate about whether the charge goes far enough. the family of he man who killed 8 people at a fed ex facility in the u.s. city of indianapolis has apologized to the victim's relatives a 19 year old gunman later killed himself 4 of the victims were from the sikh community. and this time again just want to reiterate that all public reporting is and the investigation has not confirmed a motive in any way shape or form. that being said it's very difficult for a community not to feel targeted and especially given the violence that we have
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endured for so long and for so many decades. still ahead on al-jazeera and concerns that the coming months. sounds. fun and. back to school or off to court u.s. parents threatening legal action if their children don't return to the classroom. got some nasty weather very close to the philippines it's the strongest typhoon of the year so far super typhoon sort of guy making its way further north which we have already seen some very heavy rain just around those eastern parts of the philippines not if they millimeters of rain in 24 hours we could easily see the same again maybe up to $200.00 millimeters of rain it one or 2 spots. sustained
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winds of around 275 kilometers per hour so that is equivalent to a category 5 hurricane so very powerful system the good news is it will stay offshore and make its way further north which incurred away out into the open waters of the northwest pacific as we go on through the coming days but still some very strong winds coming in across the eastern side of the philippines big waves there is the risk of flooding damaging winds and we could see wanted to landslides mudslides as a result of the system passing very close to the country there you can see it does make its way further north which as we go through cheese day russia showers elsewhere in india china across malaysia russia showers to coming into northern parts of australia over the next day or so so we'll see some wetter weather around the cape york peninsula the far northeast of queensland but by and large it is fine and dry and temperatures slowly but surely recovering to the southeast.
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record numbers of infections health authorities registered more than 261000 cases past 24 hours at the nation is running out of vaccine supplies and will start delaying exports. people who test positive in thailand are being transferred to hospital or supervised isolation with no at home quarantine allowed the country is experiencing a rapid rise in infections with more than a 1000 new cases a day. czech police want to talk to 2 russians linked to a 2014 explosion as nominations they are the same man accused of poisoning sega's crippled in the store to you in the u.k. 28. schools and hotels are being converted into hospitals in madagascar the african island nation has recorded says he wants 1000 cases since the start of pandemic 4000 of them this week alone.
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welcome to the live hotel in medicare capsule and tanana river these days people chicken to do just that live it's one of many hotels and schools that are now makeshift hospitals as medicare screws fragile health system is buried under thousands of new cases. we have the virus which is the south african variant and the 2nd wave this variant also triggers more severe reactions has to increase of death in madagascar and. madagascar a country of 27000000 people had escaped the worst of the pandemic since the outbreak began it has recorded 31000 cases and 538 deaths but 4000 of those cases came this week more than 800 on saturday. we came here yesterday and there were still places available but now it's almost full . earlier this month medic ask is president andre rodger alina reluctantly joined
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the world health organizations kovacs program to procure vaccines he had 40 against them believing a herbal tonic made from the n.t. malarial plant. was a cure he dubbed it covered organics and last year ordered the military to deliver it to vulnerable residents he even exported thousands of doses to more than a dozen african nations the world health organization says there's no proof it's effective still it is in high demand. so far medicines are free except when they are out of stock you have to buy them elsewhere medicines are free when they still have stocks available. to madagascar this is near the fight is on to control the virus in hospitals hotel schools as they wait the vaccines to arrive at dallas al-jazeera. southern iran has been hit by a magnitude 5.9 earthquake it was centered in the province of the share which is
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home to a nuclear power plant so far no reports of any damage or casualties as optimism about the nuclear talks in vienna with iran's deputy foreign minister saying a new agreement has been formed by most of the trouble 2015 deal which the u.s. pullout self in 2018 hour meeting in the austrian capital the head of the iranian delegation says there are still serious comes differences between discussions but they are on the right track the u.n. nuclear watchdog has confirmed iran is now enriching uranium at 60 percent purity. aid agencies a warning a group of a hanger refugees could be cut off during this year's monsoon season thousands of families have been taken to char a low lying island in the bay of bengal that only sophos in recent years some say this dead of what will happen if the area floods tundra chowdhry reports from dhaka
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. since filing a military crackdown in myanmar 3 and a half years ago hundreds of thousands of rohingya refugees have been living in the world's largest refugee camp in cox's bazaar but since last december more than 18000 have been relocated by bangladesh government to an isolated island. that we don't with 5 children is among them and afraid. of the monsoon season is almost i was worried when there was heavy rain and rain this morning i'm alone with my children what will i do if there are storms and floods there are no guarantees that there will be no floods here. rights groups aid agencies and many refugees say the island is made of silt and didn't exist couple of decades ago and i believe those staying there exposed to tough conditions and bad weather bangladesh are struggling to find a long term solution for more than a 1000000 running out of refugees since last december the country has started
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relocating many of them to across the law and in the bay of bengal because of what it cites as congestion and security issues in the world's largest refugee camp in caucasus bazaar the government said island has all the facilities that are needed and can withstand storms and high seas but that disputed by many who have arrived there. it was a mistake to come here i won't suggest others come here we are worried about storms and floods and how to survive under such conditions aid agencies have warned that with the cycle on season fast approaching people on pashtun charge could be stranded and face food shortages when major storms strike the international red cross ses there are too many on certain it is. the quick and it all about what will be like in a month or even to get. iraq. and. the loot
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be minimal. the government. and. we. will be doing them on all of our community would cope with it and many on the island say they're disappointed that in the russian they're been living out of it democrats are not like the russians provided to us here are just not enough to survive on we heard that we would have an easy and comfortable life here than in a camp but the conditions of the same if i hear someone is coming to passion char i would tell them not to come here. for the rowing guy who fled me on my life remains in secure their homeland is now ruled by the military john to their flat and the face an increasingly precarious existence in the land they have sought refuge country child 3 al-jazeera bangladesh. the u.s. state department is ordering all nonessential personnel out of its embassy in
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charge saying the security situation is deteriorating the warning follows reports of rebels making their way towards the capital in gym enough from the north german nationals have also been advised to leave the child's military says operations against rebel threats on the way. it's been another night of violence in occupied east jerusalem because of pandemic restrictions during the holy month of ramadan. new rules for getting muslim worshippers from gathering at one of the main gates in the old city have sparked anger israel says it's issued 10000 permits for vaccinated palestinians to enter the area for prayers. people in israel no longer need to wed mosques outside schools have been reopened in the latest sign of a gradual return to normal life most were made mandatory a year ago to curb the spread of coronavirus but now they only need to be warned
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indoors israel's been able to wind back restrictions due to a successful vaccination campaign more than half of the population has received both shots. most u.s. schools that were closed during the pandemic have begun allowing students back to the classroom for at least some face to face learning but it's not happening fast enough to some parents who are taking government officials to court saying that children's physical and mental health is suffering christensen amy reports now from new york. it's been a grueling school year for 17 year old mitchell gilman with his basement bedroom serving as his classroom he admits it's been hard to stay motivated during virtual learning it was definitely a challenge not quite knowing my teachers that this fear of not being in a classroom and sitting inside your house day after day. how awful of the fun part
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of school is going in and socializing with your friends has extra curricular activities like basketball are happening but is all the more monotonous. less stuff to do and while new york city's secondary schools recently reopened time actually in the classroom is limited his mother got worried when he started sleeping more and eating less is he really excited about learning no he's not in the laboratory he's not in the hallways he's not in the cafeteria at school he's not engaged in school. time that's why parents like her in new york new jersey and los angeles are taking school officials to court in new york and on line campaign raised nearly $25000.02 pay attorney jim or megace to represent them or the safest places for children he blames teachers unions not safety concerns for ongoing reopening delays which he says are putting children that risk there have
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been some kids who have committed suicide the kids are depressed they want to go back and it's not only going back to school they want to engage in their extracurricular activities whether it's sports or chess club or whatever it may be they want to go back to normalcy a c.d.c. study shows emergency room visits for mental health related issues among older children rose more than 30 percent at the height of the pandemic. in response to the lawsuit new york's mayor argues that almost all city schools like michel's are open for in person learning but parents point out that most students are only allowed to attend part time and even when they're in the classroom they are on the line often learning from a teacher who is that whole. unions point to poor ventilation and overcrowded conditions as safety concerns unique to city schools as for mitchell who attends a public performing arts school there's more spring in his steps and stance instructions resumed it's the one class he's able to do in person his family and
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others are pushing for all classes to be in person by autumn kristen salumi al-jazeera new york. australia is in no hurry to reopen its international border prime minister scott morrison says he's not willing to risk the country's mostly coronavirus free lifestyle by doing. the study has kept cases on the control with snap lock downs and strips cornton measures restrictions on people entering the country is meant thousands of australians have been stranded abroad. russian opposition figure is in the 3rd week of a hunger strike in prison and close to death according to his personal doctor vali has been refusing food in process against his treatment in jail his doctors not allowed to see him but after receiving test results says he could die at any moment involved he was jailed in february for violating parole conditions while travelling
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to germany for treatment after being poisoned. in afghanistan children with disabilities face many challenges in getting an education but that hasn't stopped one school continuing to provide hope and opportunities to death children failure controversy reports from kabul. on the river the words here are silent but the classrooms are full of life and for these children just coming here during a war has not been easy. i hope there will be peace in afghanistan once they'll be peace the situation will be better and will be coming to school without any fear to continue our studies. oh afghanistan one of the poorest countries in the world people with disabilities are stigmatized most of the time they're simply shand support and education services
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are extremely limited so schools like this one for deaf children allow them to experience something approaching a normal life. i'm also asking the government to create more schools like this when we graduate we want to get normal jobs like other people. but keeping this one going is a constant struggle 5 years ago there were 350 children here this year there are more than 600 unrolled but as the numbers grow so do the needs in a survey published in march the afghanistan independent human rights commission said almost 4500000 afghans live with disabilities and 11 percent increase in the past 14 years. for an organization supported the school in the past but across afghanistan international aid has dwindled nevertheless awareness about disability is slowly growing says
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fatah now who has been teaching. deaf children for more than 20 years santiago age the level of awareness in all society is very low maybe 50 percent of the people don't know that disabled people also have abilities that they can lend and how far they can go in learning but the people and society treat the disabled like they're crazy they think they are mentally unfit as you witnessed these children have special abilities and these abilities need to be used to educate them which is a huge need for. keeper ational need of the school are equally big there is a lack of teaching material and books and no money to buy them anyway and there is no more space for students the government confirmed to al-jazeera the budget is limited and cannot address the demands of the school i said i threw a lot of us this is the era where everyone and everything is connected and in this era we're not even able to have drinking water at the school we're going to our
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neighbors and we bring the water for these children especially during the summer this is called making sacrifices. for the local priest. the staff say they will continue no matter the lack of resources in a few weeks this room will become the school's nursery and for the 1st time 20 deaf afghan babies will be able to know another world other than that of complete silence contra for al-jazeera kabul. this is al-jazeera these are your top stories and yes reporting daily record number of infections health authorities registered more than 2 or.


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