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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. my name is mike embley. the president of brazil, jair bolsonaro, tests positive for coronavirus. in a country ravaged by the disease, he has consistently played it down. the virus doesn't really know who we are. whether we're prince or pop—up. it really highlights our vulnerability to this disease. —— pauper. the us follows up the earlier threats from president trump with formal notification that it is leaving the world health organization. millions in melbourne are ordered back into lockdown for six weeks — there are police checks at the state border between victoria and new south wales. at the high court in
london, johnny depp is suing the sun newspaper for calling him a ‘wife beater‘. hello and welcome. he's been tested before, and it's come back negative, but now on the fourth procedure, brazil's president has tested positive for coronavirus. jair bolsonaro has spent months downplaying the severity of the virus, in a country that has the second highest number of covid—19 cases and deaths in the world, after the us. he is now taking hydroxychloroquine, a drug he and president trump have promoted but which is unproven as a treatment for the disease. this from our south america correspondent katy watson. brazil's graveyards, a testament to the country's crisis. every day, more tombs are filled, every burial another number in the country's shocking statistics.
tens of thousands of people are falling ill every day, numbers that jair bolsonaro has often dismissed, but now he is one of them. the president went on television to announce the test results. for once, wearing a mask, but leaving very little distance between him and journalists as he shared his experience of the virus. translation: it started on sunday with a certain feeling of unwell that worsened during the day on monday, with malaise, tiredness, a bit of muscle pain and a fever that reached 38 degrees. i did a scan at the armed forces hospital here and my lungs were clear. as he bid farewell, the mask came off. not even covid—19 will make him change his ways. jair bolsonaro is a man who thrives on controversy, meeting supporters and rubbishing global health guidelines from the very beginning.
he fired two health ministers because he disagreed with their medical advice which followed that of the world health organization. today, the health body sent best wishes for a speedy recovery. we are all potentially exposed to this virus. the virus doesn't really know who we are. whether we're prince or pauper, we are equally vulnerable. and i think what it really highlights is our collective vulnerability to this disease. and brazil is more vulnerable than most. the death toll is soaring, but shops, bars and restaurants are reopening. it's what jair bolsonaro has wanted from the very start, the economy back up and running. for so long, jair bolsonaro has tried to brush off this virus. the irony that he has now caught it has not been missed in brazil today. translation: i think he's going to get better. he has the best doctors and the best hospitals. i hope he's well. translation: bolsonaro has spoke about not catching it
and he caught it. it's not just a little flu like he was talking about. this was the fourth test jair bolsonaro had taken for covid—i9. he had a scare early on in the crisis, when he paid a visit to donald trump and several members of his presidential team fell ill. the us president took a test shortly afterwards. the two men have much in common, playing down the virus and leading countries that are now suffering the most. brazil, most famous for its beaches, is becoming infamous for these much darker times. katy watson, bbc news, sao paulo. as we've just heard, president bolsanoro has been fairly dismissive of coronavirus in the past, but brazil and south america are now the areas of the world that most worry public health officials. our science editor david shukman reports. a desperate scene in a graveyard in bolivia. a charity uses a digger to bury the dead because too many people are dying for
the authorities to cope. the family of a victim watches on from a safe distance. in peru, there are long queues to get medical help. the country has one of the highest numbers of cases anywhere in the world and it is amongst the least able to handle them. this woman worries that so many are sick they are having to wait outside the hospital. "it's very scary", she says. health experts are now becoming seriously alarmed about what's happening in latin america. of the countries with the largest number of cases, four are in latin america — brazil is number two after the united states. and bear in mind that these are going to be massive underestimates of the true scale because in so many regions there is very little testing going on. there is a similar pattern with the death toll. of the countries with the largest losses, three are in latin america and all the signs are that things are going in
the wrong direction. one reason is overcrowding in the favelas, the slums, where social distancing isn't possible, adding to a worsening global picture. there have now been 11.4 million cases of covid—i9 and more than 535,000 lives have been lost. the outbreak is accelerating and we have clearly not reached the peak of the pandemic. and politics is key. the brazilian president wants growth and freedom, not lockdowns and masks. anotherfactor in an escalating crisis. david shukman, bbc news. the white house has officially moved to withdraw the united states from the world health organization — it means the us would break ties with the global public health body at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. president trump has frequently criticised the who, accusing it of covering up the coronavirus outbreak with china and failing to hold beijing to account.
our north america correspondent david willisjoins me now from los angeles. david, when would be happening? ina yearfrom david, when would be happening? in a yearfrom now, it david, when would be happening? in a year from now, it would ta ke in a year from now, it would take effect from, mike. and that of causes after the presidential is —— which is due to ta ke presidential is —— which is due to take place in november this year. hence the presumptive democratic rival to donald trump,joe democratic rival to donald trump, joe biden, has come out to say that he will reverse this decision if elected and he will make sure that america remains part of the world health organization. criticism of the decision has come from other leading democrats, including robert menendez who is the leading democrat on the foreign relations committee. he said the move leaves americans sick and america alone and the president of the un foundation elizabeth cousins called the
decision shortsighted and dangerous and said it would undermine the global effort to beat the coronavirus. that is the strange thing of all this, mike, the timing coming just as the united states is poised to announce 3 million cases of the coronavirus here in the united states. if it happens, david, i think it would be a massive blow to the who. it is already seriously underfunded. i think its budget is less than one new york health district and that america is the biggest contributor. all of this at a time when coronavirus is threatening to overwhelm facilities in some us states? that is right that we are hearing today of 10,000 plus cases over the last 2a hours in the state of texas alone, that isa the state of texas alone, that is a new record high. florida, also arizona, california, all showing surges in the coronavirus pandemic and the number of cases. president trump continuing to insist it
is under control. but to go back to your point about funding for the who, absolutely, the united states is by far the biggest financial gi’oup is by far the biggest financial group —— contributor, the trump administration says that money will be diverted into other public health initiatives, but it raises questions, the us withdrawal, about the long—term financial viability is of the who itself, some are saying, as well as the projects it is currently undertaking. let's get some of the day's other news. thousands of protesters have clashed with riot police in the serbian capital, belgrade, after the government announced a weekend curfew in the city in response to a rise in coronavirus infections. at one point, crowds stormed the parliament building.
demonstrators demanded the resignation of president aleksandar vucic, accusing him of mishandling the crisis. the government lifted restrictions ahead of an election injune which was won by the president's party. the uk will resume selling arms to saudi arabia after ministers decided the country isn't deliberately violating international law with strikes in neighbouring yemen. the move's been criticised by campaigners who had the trade blocked in the high court last year. the war in yemen's killed thousands of civilians in the last five years, with the situation there described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis. the white house has commented on a so—called tell—all book on the president, written by his niece saying it is full of falsehoods and not fact—checked. mary trump claims donald trump cheated on his university—entry exam by paying somebody else to take it, and says he was destroyed by relationship with his father. the former lead singer of the british rock band kasabian, tom meighan, has been ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work after admitting assaulting his formerfiancee. a court heard how vikki agers was left with a head injury and bruising after the prolonged attack. victim support groups say
the sentence is too lenient. he's now been sacked by the band. a forest fire in eastern ukraine has killed five people and put another nine in hospital. emergency services says the blade destroyed more than 100 houses in and around the village of a rebel controlled area. 360 firefighters brought the flames under control. five million people in australia's second—biggest city have been ordered back into lockdown after a surge in coronavirus cases. melbourne has recorded 191 new infections in the past 2a hours, the highest daily increase since the start of the pandemic. shaimaa khalil reports from sydney. australia's second—most—populous city, back into stay—at—home lockdown. melbourne has recorded 191 new covid—19 cases in the last 2a hours, the highest daily increase since the start of the pandemic, and
for the next six weeks, 5 million people in melbourne and in an area just north of it are expected to remain in their houses except for necessary purposes, such as going to work, giving care, or shopping for essentials. the state premier daniel andrews has said without reimposing the restrictions, the situation could spiral out of control. this is, i know, further than we went last time but we are in many respects in a more precarious, challenging, and potentially tragic position now than we were some months ago. mr andrews blamed a sense of complacency among some for the current covid—19 spike, adding that nine tower blocks will remain in full lockdown until testing is completed. previously, most cases had involved returning overseas travellers in quarantine. now, more than 80% are caused by community transmission. for the first time in 100 years, the border between victoria and new south wales is set to close, with heavy penalties for anyone trying
to violate the rules, but the logistics of closure will be a challenge. there are about 50 crossings between the two states, with some towns sharing the border. the recent spike in victoria is a stark warning that no matter how well a country is doing, the threat from the virus is far from over. shaimaa khalil, bbc news, sydney. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: we take a look at how one us family is mourning its loss after a death in the family from covid—19. central london has been rocked by a series of terrorist attacks. police say there have been many casualties, and there is growing speculation that al-qaeda was responsible. germany will be the hosts of the 2006 football world cup.
they pipped the favourites, south africa, by a single vote. in south africa, the possibility of losing hadn't even been contemplated, and celebration parties were cancelled. the man entered the palace through a downstairs window and made his way to the queen's private bedroom. then he asked herfor a cigarette, and on the pretext of arranging for some to be brought, she summoned a footman on duty, who took the man away. one child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world. education is the only solution. applause this is bbc news, the latest headlines: the brazilian president has tested positive for covid—19. jair bolsonaro insisted to journalists he now felt fine. president trump has formally started the process of withdrawing the united
states from the world health organization. the social media platform tiktok says it will quit hong kong within days, over concerns about how china will use a new security law in the territory. tiktok is a chinese—owned firm, led by an american ceo, and says it has never provided, nor would ever provide, user data to the chinese government. it is not the only social media firm to have concerns about data privacy. video conferencing app zoom says it is pausing the processing of data requests by hong kong police, and facebook, google and twitter have already announced they've suspended requests for user information. samm sacks is a seniorfellow at yale law school's paul tsai china center, and shejoins me now. what do you make of this situation? when this announcement from tiktok first came out, there are a number of different ways to read this. one could be, you know, tiktok
is bowing to pressure from the chinese government. maybe they wa nt to chinese government. maybe they want to make space for the chinese version of the app to come in, which is easier to control for beijing. another interpretation is that tiktok and the chinese app are truly segmented in the way that they are run, and for a foreign run app, it doesn't make sense for them to be there anymore ageing is going to extend its laws to the island. i guess the telling point will be when we hear from companies who actually have a presence on the mainland, who have skin in the game? we have yet to hear statements from companies like apple or microsoft, who have long complied with chinese laws related to censorship, with data access. let's see how they decide to evaluate the new situation in hong kong. it is an overhaul in their strategy, for sure. we have heard from facebook and twitter and the like that they are pausing. there are others that have more
practice, i think, there are others that have more practice, ithink, in straddling that divide. what do you think it means more generally for the future of tech companies in hong kong? for a long time, tech companies have treated hong kong under the programme of one country, two systems. where relations with the chinese government in beijing were far away. and i think now, the one country two systems is rapidly closing. so it will be different, it will mean having to come to terms of some harder trade—offs that they might not have had to make before. and i guess, returning to tiktok for a moment, part of this is a gesture, isn't it, because mike pompeo, the us secretary of state, is suggesting it should be banned in the united states has an arm of the chinese government. it is trying to position itself here? in some ways, tiktok has been able to say, look, we're segmented the chinese operation. but they are also able to keep beijing happy if
douyin is able to make inroads in hong kong. so it is a smart strategy, i would say, on the pa rt strategy, i would say, on the part of tiktok. i don't think that it will assuage concerns by the us government, unless they can actually demonstrate they can actually demonstrate they are not providing data. they are not responding to pressure from beijing. samm sacks, thank you very much. thank you. the director of the fbi says chinese spying and other covert operations present the greatest long—term threat to the future of the united states. speaking in washington, christopher wray said the chinese government had orchestrated a campaign to steal us business secrets and undermine the american way of life. here's some more of what christopher wray had to say. china, the chinese communist party, believes it's in a generational fight to surpass our country in economic and technological leadership. china is engaged in a whole—of—state effort to become the world's only superpower by any means necessary.
police and the netherlands say the discovery of seven sea containers converting into makeshift shells that sells and a torture room has led to the arrest of six men. the containers were found last month when police cracked encrypted phones used by criminals. messages were found which reveal the identities of potential victims and included photos of the containers and a dentist ‘s chair with belts attached to the arms. the police released this footage of the raid which was carried out just before the containers could be used. the potential victims have been taken into protective custody. the hollywood actorjohnny depp has denied that he "regularly engaged in destructive and violent behaviour" in relation to his former wife amber heard. the actor is suing the publisher of the sun, news group newspapers, and its executive editor dan wootton, over an article publshed in 2018 which called him a "wife beater." he strongly denies the allegations but the publishers say the description of him was entirely accurate, as our correspondent david sillito reports. johnny depp arriving
in court this morning. he's brought this case to try to clear his name of an allegation that he is a "wife—beater". it was those words that were in a headline in an article in the sun when the journalist dan wootton questioned jk rowling supporting the casting ofjohnny depp in an adaptation of her fantastic beasts book. the allegations of physical abuse were made byjohnny depp's former wife, amber heard, who also arrived at court this morning to watch proceedings. the heart of this case is johnny depp's reputation. the accusations that he repeatedly assaulted amber heard, that he seriously injured herand, at times, left her feeling for her life. the sun says there was overwhelming evidence supporting her claims. all of this, johnny depp denies. the court was shown this footage, secretly filmed by amber heard, of an angry johnny depp kicking doors and drinking. he was asked in court, "would you agree you are violent?" he answered, "i was violent...with some cupboards."
he said there was no violence towards amber heard, and that it was she who had punched him. in one incident he said she had partially severed his finger after throwing a vodka bottle. libel cases such as this are rare these days and pay—outs are unlikely to compensate for the huge cost. but this is about reputation. i don't think it's going to be about a big libel payment. i think there will be other reasons for doing it, personal reasons for doing it. and reputational reasons. there's not going to be a huge pay—out, i would think. you came today because you crave something new. something different. the trigger for the original article was the decision to recast him in the fantastic beasts movie. the case has shone a light on the private life of one of hollywood's biggest stars. his drinking, his drug use and his temper. he admits the relationship was volatile but denies assaulting amber heard.
lawyers say she stands by her claims and disputes his version of events, and she will, in the days to come, give her account to a case which is scheduled to last three weeks. david sillito, bbc news. at least 130,000 people have died in the united states since the coronavirus outbreak began. that means more than 130,000 families have found themselves in a state of mourning, but often with no way to grieve. even with lockdown measures easing, funerals and other mass gatherings are difficult. the bbc‘s jane o'brien met one mother and daughter who recently lost a loved one, to see how they've been coping. the monotony of lockdown is amplified by grief. christine and her daughter, sam, have experienced loss before. christine's husband was killed in a car crash when sam was a baby. but this is different. grieving right now is, it's not the same as any other time. we're stuck in a moment. like, it doesn't feel
like time is moving. after a ten—day illness, christine's mother died from covid — the family unable to share her last moments. we didn't have a normalfuneral. my mother was religious, she was catholic. we had to let people watch from a link, if they wanted to tune into the service. we were allowed ten people, and we couldn't be near each other. we were all in separate pews. you know, my daughter and i were able to sit together, but i couldn't be with my siblings, i couldn't hug my siblings. at the cemetery, we were separated. that's not normal. nothing is normal in the time of covid. sacred rituals and even the process of grieving have been distorted by social distancing and quarantine. i think under normal conditions, pre—covid, you would have things that kept you busy. that's gone.
i'm not working, she's now out of school. there's nothing really to do, other than be alone with your thoughts most of the day. like, there are times when i find myself up in my room reading, drawing, just watching tv, and ijust start crying. and i think about why i'm crying. this is a different type of quarantine for us. most people are dealing with this the same way, just sitting at home, running to the grocery store every now and then. but it's different because we've had something extra, like, thrown in there with the whole stew, in a way. with so many people experiencing grief and isolation, experts fear a mental health crisis could be on the horizon. it takes time to adjust to the new normal. especially when you don't know what it is, but so many people, in their trauma and their loss, do not know what the new normal looks like until they start living in it. but if we can adapt that life
can be ok, even if it's different, i think we won't be damaged. but if we keep holding on to what used to be, i think it'll be incredibly damaging. we won't be able to move forward. going back to school, if we go back, like, they might be joking about it, they might be saying, "quarantine was stupid" — i suffered a lot, and they may not have. just like with 9/11, it'll be something people talk about for years and decades, and it'll never go away. so ijust feel like this is always going to be what i remember. and it's going to be hard. jane o'brien, bbc news. just on a slightly lighter note before we leave you, let's take you to italy, where a group of brides, frustrated over lockdown and its impact on their wedding plans, took protest at the trevi fountain
in rome. weddings were allowed to resume in italy in may, but large crowd are still prohibited, and at weddings, masks are mandatory, even for the happy couple, and throwing confetti is bad. that's it for now. thank you for watching. hello. well, we've got another dose of rain on the way for wednesday. it is more southern parts of the uk that will get the rain. now, this is the satellite picture. notice it is actually a conveyor belt of cloud stretching from the north sea across the uk islands and out into the atlantic, and out here in the central north atlantic, not that it is of any huge significance, but this is actually an old tropical storm thatis actually an old tropical storm that is just feeding and moisture into this band of cloud and rain that is going to gradually slip across the country from west to east. there is also a lot of mild air to the south, in fact, 15 degrees, that is the early—morning temperature on
wednesday, whereas in the glens of scotla nd wednesday, whereas in the glens of scotland early on wednesday it could be close to freezing inafew it could be close to freezing in a few areas. so remember that cloud stretching out into the atlantic, it is kind of spreading across the uk, certainly some rain around at times for wales, the midlands, southern england, eventually into east anglia and the south—east. but i think much of yorkshire, northern ireland and scotla nd yorkshire, northern ireland and scotland are in for a bright day, with just a few showers. that trend continues into thursday. it is more southern parts of the country but get the cloud and the outbreaks of rain, soi the cloud and the outbreaks of rain, so i think for some of us, once again, not a pretty picture, that it is not going to be cold. 20 degrees in london, fresher in scotland with the sunshine, where temperatures will be between 1a and 18 celsius. on friday, there is a weather front out in there is a weather front out in the north sea. it is actually a low pressure system with this weather front, and it low pressure system with this weatherfront, and it will low pressure system with this weather front, and it will be close enough to drive our weather. i think showers for the north—east of england, sunny through yorkshire and into east anglia, and a bit of a breeze as well. the wind is actually coming out of the
north—west on friday, so it could feel a little on the chilly side in some north—western areas. the best of the weather, i suspect, across western wales and the south, as well as the south—west, on friday. now, here's the good news. high pressure is expected to build towards the weekend. not partick towards the weekend. not pa rtick lowly towards the weekend. not partick lowly hot weather heading our way with this high pressure, i think it willjust be pleasantly warm with some sunny spells. —— not particularly hot. temperatures mostly in the high teens across more northern parts of the country on the weekend, whereas further south it will probably get up to the low or maybe the mid—20s.
the president of brazil, jair bolsonaro, says he's tested positive for coronavirus. on monday, mr bolsonaro said he had a fever and was suffering some pain. he's long played down the danger of the virus, saying it's like a little flu. the trump administration has formally notified the united nations it is leaving the world health organization. it is due to leave on the sixth ofjuly next year. melbourne in australia is back on lockdown for six weeks because of reported spike in covid—19 infections. police are stopping drivers crossing the border between victoria and new south wales. uk's high court, johnny depp is suing the newspaper for calling him a wifebeater. the case is expected to last about three weeks. —— suing the sun newspaper.