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under questioning in parliament, his first appearance opposite the new labour leader, sir keir starmer, the prime minister said he "bitterly regrets" the crisis in care homes, where death rates are still rising. he said he intends to outline plans for coming out of lockdown this weekend. president trump has said the pandemic has hit the united states harder than the japanese bombing of pearl harbour or the attacks of 9—11. his secretary of state, mike pompeo, has again criticised china for failing to warn the world about the virus in time to prevent a global catastrophe. the german chancellor has come to an agreement with regional leaders on relaxing the lockdown. shops, hotels and restaurants will re—open, with social distancing, and football will re—start behind closed doors. restrictions could be re—imposed if there are new outbreaks. and now on bbc news,
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victoria derbyshire has more information and health advice on the coronavirus outbreak. hello and welcome to the latest in our special programmes on what you need to know about the coronavirus. i'm victoria derbyshire. italy has been one of the hardest hit, but the country has started to ease some lockdown measures as the number of deaths decrease. takeaways and parks are reopening, small funerals can resume and some businesses are restarting, but the shutdown has left deep wounds in a country with already serious economic problems, as mark lowen reports. naples is a city of such spirit, but here, as across italy, it's taken a real battering from the world's longest lockdown of the pandemic.
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the measures might now be easing but the suffering isn't. come and have a look this, just one of the many social initiatives that sprung up here. if you've got food to donate, you leave it in this basket. if you're hungry or in need, you take the free food out of this one. solidarity with a lot of social distancing.
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some of the poorest parts of naples are, of course, also some of the roughest. we're on our way now to an area of the city called scampia, which has some of the real social problems, and we're going there with the police for a brief glimpse into how the lockdown has affected those at the lowest levels of society.
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this region, campania, is one of the poorest in the european union. italy might be emerging from its lockdown, but it has left so many scars here. and for people who live in this kind of state of poverty, not much will change. over in the us, there are long queues at food banks throughout the country. it's a measure of the economic despair gripping millions of people, despite america being one of the richest countries in the world. bbc reporter angelica casas went to a food bank in san antonio, texas to speak to some of the people there. it's affected everybody. as you can see, all these people are here. everybody that's had good jobs are here, and some of them are first—timers. they're shocked that they're in this line, that they never thought they would be in a line of needing anything.
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demand for food assistance is rising at an extraordinary rate throughout the united states. got my grandson with me over here, and he asked me what we were going to eat for breakfast and stuff, isaid... i didn't know what to tell, "whatever you can find," itell him. here in san antonio, thousands of families are lining up in the texas heat for help from the local food bank. i'm used to being able to handle myself, take care of everything, and now i find myself having to look for help and waiting in these long linesjust to get by. i live in a two—income household. you don't really realise how much the second income actually helps out until you don't have it. the coronavirus shutdown has caused nearly 30 million people to lose theirjobs, and millions of others have had their household income reduced. two copays for the...
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one for the pulmonologist, one for the paediatrician. really stressed at the moment. especially when the mortgage comes in, that's the first one that needs to get paid. power and then our water bill. we have depleted our savings now, we are at the point where we are living paycheck to paycheck. i have to worry about whether we're going to have groceries next week or not. brenda's a hairdresser. she stopped working two months ago and doesn't know when she's going to be back. everything's been thrown completely off balance now, especially with the kids not being able to go back to school until next year. i think that's what's going to hurt us the most, i won't be able to return myself to work. trying to figure out how we're going to make ends meet if i don't go back to work. they really don't know about the money situation, theyjust know that, "hey, we're not going to school." for many struggling families, this endemic has proven to be worse than any other fallout they've had before.
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usually i donate to the food bank. usually whenever we can. now, you know, here i am. i'm going, "oh, well, i think it's time for me to go to the food bank." anything helps. american families are receiving help from the government through a one—time stimulus check but for brenda's family, it's not enough. i'm sure every household across the world is thinking the same thing that we are. for the time being, we're still holding our heads above water, so i think we're blessed that regard. despite the number of deaths from coronavirus in many countries throughout europe and the united states falling, they're still concerned about complacency, and for some, like paramedics, there is no letup in the risk they face, being the first point of contact with someone who may be showing symptoms. the bbc‘s emma vardy spent a 12—hour shift with paramedics on the frontline in northern ireland.
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covid positive. it's a covid positive. in the battle against the virus, these are the emergency responders when symptoms become too much. they never know quite what they're heading towards, and saving lives now carries its own risk. the first call is to a care home. it's a rush to put on protective equipment when every second counts. a 93—year—old male, he's ta ken unwell. he is covid positive. that's really all we know right now until we go in. every day, paramedics have to make difficult decisions about who they take to hospital. this time, the patient remains at the home. he was nine days positive. being with dementia is hard as well, because they don't understand — and what is covid to a 93—year—old? paramedics now carry a heavier burden than ever, because of the pandemic
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they are often the last ones families loved ones are taken away. the sad situation now is no matter what you go into hospital with, you're going on your own. it may be covid, may be a heart attack, may be a stroke, may be an accident, you're going on your own. that's us. in northern ireland alone, the ambulance service is receiving up to 300 covid—related calls each day. just a lady dealing with covid symptoms the last eight days, managed at home, just felt this morning just a wee bit short of breath. while our health services attempt to weather the storm of coronavirus, other hazards in life continue too. we've got a 25—year—old
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rtc down a ditch. it makes it a wee bit different. you're actually happy to a different type of call compared to... bear bear with me, we're round here somewhere. there we go, we're right at it. wow! i slipped down the hole, was shouting and nobody could hear me. i can't wait get out of here. darling, you're very lucky to have got out of there. she somehow managed to crawl out of the front windscreen and got herself to the verge. normally family would travel in the ambulance. but despite the ordeal, they must go home. unfortunately you cannot go to the hospital. no. it's hard, i appreciate it's hard. sorry. all right. sorry. take care. all right? she doesn't have her phone, her phone is in the car, even she is anxious, she's down on her own
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strapped up. that's scary. the virus is an ever—present fear. 27 frontline ambulance staff in northern ireland have tested positive for coronavirus, and hundreds more off work with suspected cases across the uk. i think they're absolutely amazing, i don't know how they do it. especially now more than ever, putting their own health at risk and their families' health at risk. for today, the pa ramedics' work is over. it's draining — a 12—hour shift. what's striking is the personal sacrifices many are making to keep going. to protect her family, tina has moved into a hotel. i miss my daughter and i miss my parents who live across the street. i miss home.
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yeah... in iraq, there are fears the virus is onlyjust beginning to take hold, as the country tries to come to grips with the outbreak. shame and stigma mean people are wary of admitting they are ill, or even whether they need to get tested. the bbc‘s quentin somerville reports on how the pandemic is upending centuries of tradition there. sirens sound iraq thought it had nothing to learn from death, and then came coronavirus. in this ambulance is the body of hassam rasan. the 72—year—old man who died of covid—i9. they've been turned away at checkpoint after checkpoint. fear of infection has made him untouchable. funeral rites are sacred here. and covid—i9 is upending centuries
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of tradition and ritual. there is no last goodbye for him and his family are denied the right to wash the old man's body and wrap him in a simple cloth. for the most devout, this is a fate worse than death. instead, his funeral is left to strangers in the desert night. the stigma of illness, quarantine, runs deep here. baghdad is in partial lockdown. it is ramadan — the city is quite but hardly at peace. few here want to admit having the disease or even get a test. at baghdad's ibn al—khatib hospital, this doctor has not been home to his family
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since the end of february. few of his patients came willingly. this 72—year—old is now recovering from the disease but she is still fragile. the doctor's workload is heavy but iraq's official covid count is low. fewer than 100 deaths in a country of 38 million people — but few trust those figures.
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hassam rasan fis finally laid to rest, buried in a pit five metres deep, farfrom generations of his ancestors and without his descendants at his graveside. for years iraq has been ravaged by death but, with coronavirus, nothing is sacred. few families want an end like this. in britain the restrictions placed on people's lives have not been seen since the second world war. and while the majority of people in the uk are obeying the lockdown rules, new research suggests many would be uncomfortable leaving home even if the government ordered an easing of restrictions. the bbc‘s mark easton has been speaking to people across england to gauge their mood. has anyone had any symptoms yet? in a warehouse in north london, a group of 20 young people have been documenting their lives in lockdown. this whole crisis right now is quite stressful... surveys shows younger people are struggling with the restrictions
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much more than older people. just been trying to self—isolate... 42% of18—21i—year—olds say they are not coping. more than twice the proportion of the over 65's. younger people are less likely to have secure employment or accommodation, many have been furloughed or made unemployed, busy social lives put on hold. i don't have any money. the warehouse community tell me they feel lucky to have each other but there is still a sense of lost opportunity. i am like 23 and trying to plan my next steps, feeling for a moment that it was like, ok, i could literally choose out of so many different paths, you can sort of take, and then they sort of all been closed in. i am worrying about what happens once the furloughing stops... we have assembled a cross section of 18—24 year—olds, from around britain, to get a sense of how younger people are coping. me and my partner have isolated separately because we are both still living at home. itjust puts a massive strain on just your mental well—being. it sounds horrible but we've kind
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of run out of things to talk about. with our quarantine i don't have that drive to things that other people do. and that is what i'm finding quite hard, just having something to get up for every day. how hard has it been having been furloughed or lost your jobs, just thinking about money and indeed your careers? the pay i get now is like nothing compared to what i've been getting. i do not like being stuck at home. you don't know if you're going to get a job, you don't know if you're going to be able to afford accommodation. so at the moment i've just got really bad anxiety. can i ask, have any of you been tempted to break the rules? to think, oh, the hell with this? quite a few of you. sometimes, when they say, don't go and meet your friends, i stilljust go, because sometimes, when you're stuck in a house, you kind ofjust feel that — not necessarily trapped — but you want to go and do certain stuff... coming out of locked will bring its own pressures, especially if partial relaxation undermines the sense of collective effort. the next weeks and months will be a test of our nation's character and resolve. coronavirus myths and speculation have flooded social media during the pandemic and tackling
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the sources of that misinformation is a really big challenge and frustrates efforts by regulatory bodies around the world. in the uk, the government's misinformation unit has told the bbc that, whilst it is taking action to address false narratives on line, it also champions freedom of expression, as marianna spring reports. celebrities, influences, neighbours, friends, all influential, all spreading misinformation but to stop the spread, you need to remove the source of disinformation. within the maze, some sources come from a sinister place, in search of clicks and money, others create posts as a joke. i faked a text message, um, telling people that they have been fined for leaving the house over three times a day, and i thought it would be funny to sort of scare them with a fake text message.
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and then there are conspiracy theorists. while these conspirators want to push their message, there are politicians wanting to protect theirs. i see that disinfectant knocks it out in a minute. one minute. and is there a way we can do something like that? in the fight to stop misinformation, authorities and social media companies are working across a range of frontlines. it is notjust about the spreaders, if sources are identified and targeted, then misinformation can be prevented from going viral in the first place. but the government is struggling with the fine balance between monitoring on line comment and free speech. it tells the bbc that... experts, like chloe colliver, say the government's need to protect free speech should not mean the sources of fake news are left to peddle
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misleading content. despite all the efforts of companies and governments over the last few years, there is still enormous work to be done in dealing with bad actors who are exploiting crisis like this to spread their own harmful agendas. tech companies will ban users who repeatedly breach their guidelines. but ultimately, we are all responsible for slowing the spread of misinformation. albert garcia is a professional dancer and he is in lockdown with this partner in valencia, spain. since restrictions were imposed on the 16th of march, albert has not been able to dance freely, but that changed the moment he embraced taking the rubbish out as an act of freedom. music playing.
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cheering and applause. that's it for now. a reminder you can follow me on twitter or head to the bbc website for the latest information. thank you very much for watching. hello there. over the next few days, it looks like the temperatures are going to creep upwards. we could be looking at the mid—20s celsius across some southern parts of the uk, but we'll also have building humidity as well, and that could increase the chance of some showers, some of which will be heavy and thundery. now, the pressure chart for thursday
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shows high—pressure largely dominating the scene, particularly towards the eastern half of the uk. further west, we'll have these weather fronts, but it will introduce more cloud and outbreaks of rain. so it could be fairly wet in one or two places during thursday morning, the patchy rain spreading northwards into scotland. and then further south, we should see some sunshine developing but a few heavy showers on into the afternoon. central—eastern parts of the country seeing the best of the drier and the sunnier weather. we could see highs reaching 23 degrees in the south, but up to 19 or 20 in the north too. now, there could be some evening showers or thunderstorms across england and wales — into the midlands, certainly. these will tend to die off through the night. most places will be dry, but it will stay rather cloudy and damp across the north and the west of scotland. and a milder night to come as well, temperatures in double figures across central and southern areas. so, for friday, it starts off milder. so it's going to be a warmer day. bit more cloud around generally. certainly across the north and the west, we'll have further outbreaks of rain. certainly for
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northern scotland. elsewhere, some thundershowers will develop into the afternoon once again, particularly northern ireland, england and wales. look at those temperatures — up to 25 degrees across the south. now into the weekend, as we start to see some changes. for saturday, a cold front begins to push southwards across scotland. much colder air behind it, as the name suggests. some rain on it too. further south, it'll be another warm day with sunny spells but increasing chance of showers and thunderstorms. those temperatures, again, reaching the low to mid 20s in the south. much colder in the north, as that cold front begins to slip southwards. and then during saturday night, it'll advance its way southwards, right across the country, so by sunday, it's going to feel very different. unusually cold air for the time of year will make it feel very chilly indeed and we'll see some wintry showers across northern and eastern parts of the country, maybe even some settling snow across the north in scotland, even down to lower levels. that said, apart from a few showers, there will be some sunshine around. but look at these temperatures compared to what they expect for the next few days —
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ranging from 6 to 12 degrees.
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this is bbc news. welcome if you're watching here in the uk, on pbs in america or around the globe. i'm mike embley. our top stories: the united kingdom becomes the first country in europe to record more than 30,000 deaths linked to coronavirus. president trump says the coronavirus pandemic is the worst attack ever on the united states, and points the finger at china. germany announces the way out of lockdown — more shops will reopen and children will begin returning to school. brazil's president comes under pressure as the outbreak threatens to spread through neighborhoods plagued by poverty and violence. a public sign of appreciation for hospital staff from the world's most private artist.


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