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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm ben bland. on his first full day in office — president biden lays out his strategy to tackle coronavirus and warns it'll require a wartime undertaking to defeat the disease: it's going to take months for us to turn things around, and let me be equally clear, we will get through this. a year after china's first coronavirus lockdown — a special report from wuhan on how normality has returned. the so—called islamic state claims responsibility for the bomb—blast in baghdad, which killed 32 people and injured more than 100. and will the next
generation be able to unite america? we hear from two teenagers at the opposite ends of the political debate. hello and welcome to audiences in the uk and around the world. in his first full day in office, president biden has asserted federal control of all aspects of the fight against coronavirus, saying it would require a wartime effort to defeat the disease. mr biden warned that the number of covid deaths could exceed 500,000 by next month. the new president renewed his promise to vaccinate 100 million people in his first one hundred days in thejob. joining me now from los angeles is our north america correspondent, peter bowes.
an peter bowes. ambitious target, 100 million an ambitious target, 100 million in the first 100 days and part of a bigger ambitious plan to change the way the administration is going to tackle covi. —— administration is going to tackle covi. -- ??macr01 administration is going to tackle covi. —— 7 ?macr01 three. and tackle covi. —— 7 7macr01 three. and tackling covid has been first on the list since he ever decided to start tackling the pandemic. he's described trump administration's efforts, especially as it applies to getting the vaccine out as an abysmal failure. getting the vaccine out as an abysmalfailure. he says he has abysmalfailure. he says he has a lot of work to do there, he is signing the executive waters and all it takes is a signature to make things happen. this won't take a long time to get through congress. he can immediately order the compulsory wearing of masks in federal buildings, government buildings also in transportation, on buses and trains, on planes and other places as well that he has jurisdiction over. 100 million
vaccines in 100 days. it sounds ambitious. he was challenged on that by one reporter who questioned whether it was ambitious enough and he said look, 100,000,100 days, let's start somewhere. is determined to make a dent the growing crisis and as you said, he's suggested it could get worse before it gets better and by his side, he has doctor anthony faucl his side, he has doctor anthony fauci, the country's top infectious disease expert who worked with president trump for many months, a difficult relationship because they didn't necessarily see i to i am what doctor fauci is saying now, going forward, what resident biden wants to do will be in large part building or amplifying the work already done by the trump administration. ., , administration. certainly we not starting _ administration. certainly we not starting from _ administration. certainly we not starting from scratch . not starting from scratch because there is activity on in the distribution but if you look_ the distribution but if you look at _
the distribution but if you look at the plan that the president has put forth about the things he is going to do, namely get community vaccine centres up, get pharmacies more involved. — centres up, get pharmacies more involved, where appropriate, -et involved, where appropriate, get the — involved, where appropriate, get the defence production act involved, not only perhaps with getting — involved, not only perhaps with getting more vaccine that even the things you need to get a good — the things you need to get a good vaccine programme. for example. _ good vaccine programme. for example, needles and syringes that might be more useful than that _ that might be more useful than that so — that might be more useful than that. so it's taking what's gone _ that. so it's taking what's gone on _ that. so it's taking what's gone on but amplifying it in bil gone on but amplifying it in big wave. gone on but amplifying it in big wave-— big wave. one of the things that doctor _ big wave. one of the things that doctor fauci _ big wave. one of the things that doctor fauci has - big wave. one of the things that doctor fauci has been | that doctor fauci has been talking about, ben, the fact that many americans don't believe in the vaccine. they are either against vaccines or nervous about this one in particular and according to the dock, a major outreach effort is needed, and educational effort to try and change people's minds, if they have doubts about the vaccine. peter, thank you very much for that. well as the us and much of the world continues to deal with the fall out from
coronavirus, this week marks one year since the first covid lockdown when the chinese government confined almost 60 million people to their homes in the city of wuhan, and the surrounding province. it was the first real glimpse of the devastation that was soon to sweep the world. but as our china correspondent john sudworth reports, one year on, many there see it as the scene of a great victory. nowadays in wuhan, it's the mundane normality that's striking. with the traffic jams and the bustling streets, all such a far cry from this. in january last year, wuhan was ground zero, the place where the pandemic began and the first to experience lockdown. one year on, the city's moved on and a remarkable new narrative has taken hold.
"the virus came here from other countries," this stall owner tells me. "china is a victim." where did it come from? "it came from america," this woman insists. there's even official backing for the idea the virus may have come from somewhere else. can you tell us why china is promoting this narrative, in the absence of scientific evidence? translation: your question | reveals your prejudice against china. reports have emerged from australia, italy and many other countries that the coronavirus was found in multiple places in the autumn of 2019. from the scientific consensus that the outbreak began here, to the more controversial theory that it leaked from this wuhan laboratory, all are now rejected with equal force. instead, this giant wuhan exhibition celebrates a great victory. the allegations of cover—up, the suggestion the authorities
hid the initial outbreak, rejected too, with one man centre stage offering lessons for the world. there may well be something to learn, of course. china's mass testing programme, for example. but other aspects of its approach — perhaps not so much. in the harsh enforcement of its lockdowns, the need to balance control with individual rights has been far less of a constraint on its model of success. the struggle of democratic countries to contain the virus is viewed here less with sympathy and more with a sense of vindication. for china, wuhan is not a reminder of a political disaster that allowed a virus
to spiral out of control. it's a symbol of triumph. with her brother one of the first to die from covid, ms wong — who doesn't want to use herfull name — believes the authorities should have warned people earlier. she shows me the letters she's written in her futile fight forjustice. china is celebrating what it calls a great victory over this virus. do you think it's a victory? "it's their victory," she tells me. "it has nothing to do with me." this city's past has been turned into propaganda, and truth — just like the virus — is being brought under control. john sudworth, bbc news, wuhan. the so—called islamic
state says it carred out a double bomb—blast in baghdad, which has killed 32 people and injured more then 100. the attack happened on thursday morning in a crowded marketplace, as paul hawkins reports, and a warning you may find some images in this report distressing. this was iraq's bloodiest day for 18 months. two suicide bombers detonating their explosives in a second—hand clothes market. but what happened is disputed. 0ne military spokesperson said the attackers were chased by security forces. other reports suggest that the bombers moved freely through the square. translation: we were there by the stands. - 0ne came, fell to the ground and started complaining, "my stomach is hurting," and he pressed the detonator in his hand. it exploded immediately. people were torn to pieces. a lot of people were in it. many people died and were injured. this was the moment the second bomber then reportedly blew himself up as of this came to help the victims. explosion.
less than 3km away, relatives anxiously check twists outside the hospital. translation: the injured are stable and doing well. | the prime minister is following up closely. the hospital is preparing icus to treat stable cases for free. in the immediate aftermath, no—one claimed responsibility. but the authorities had their suspicions. translation: the way and the enemy is clear, so there is no official declaration as far as we know, but we think may be the terrorist organisation islamic state is behind this criminal instant. more than 12 hours later, is finally claimed responsibility. the un report last year reported more than 10,000 fighters remained active in iraq and syria. the suicide bombings here are relatively rare since is was defeated.
none of that however will come as any consolation to the families of the dead. more victims of iraq's long—running insurgency. paul hawkins, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: president biden's inauguration speech called for unity. we'll hear from two teenagers on how the next generation of americans can move on and unify. donald trump is now the 45th president of the united states. he was sworn in before several hundred thousand people on the steps of capitol hill in washington. it's going to be only america first. america first. demonstrators waiting for mike gatting and his rebel cricket team were attacked with tear gas and set
upon by police dogs. anti—apartheid campaigners say they will carry on the protests throughout the tour. they called him - the butcher of lyon. klaus altman is being held. on a fraud charge in bolivia. the west germans want i to extradite him for crimes committed in wartime france. there, he was the gestapo chief klaus barbie. - millions came to bathe as close as possible to this spot, a tide of humanity that's believed by officials to have broken all records. this is bbc news, our main headline: president biden lays out his strategy to tackle coronavirus from the white house — warning americans the worst is yet to come. as we've been saying, president biden has warned that the number of covid deaths in the us could exceed half a million by next month and has promised to vaccinate
100 million people in his first one hundred days in thejob. lets get more on this from dr syra madad, she's an infectious diseases expert and works for new york city health and hospitals. it's good to have you with us. what do you make of the overall plan, this multipoint plan that president biden has set out? you know, it's very comprehensive, it has all the key elements we need to respond to this pandemic head—on. he has done more in his first day than trump is done in a year. as somebody on the front lines responding to this pandemic from day one, what we feel is we finally have a partner at the federal level that will help bring an end to this pandemic. we're looking forward to these executive orders that he has signed to make sure we have what we need, notjust locally but across the nation. it feels as though up to this
point, states have been given a lot of freedom to deal with the situation as they see fit. we are now seeing a much more federal led approach. how do you think that's going to go down with individual states? are they going to welcome that or will there be pushback? it's auoin to or will there be pushback? it's going to be — orwillthere be pushback? it�*s going to be most welcome because we had a bottom—up approach which has not been working. states have been left to themselves to do what they can. you had competition at the highest levels are now what you are going to see as a unified approach, everyone in it together, sharing resources. we know there is more support in the pipelines. that's what's been successful. if you see countries that have been able to contain covid, they had a top down approach and that is what we have needed from the beginning and now we're just getting it in the most crucial hours this pandemic. resident biden has indicated about
rejoining the world health organization, the us funding it once again, joining the international vaccine effort, making sure people in poorer countries also receive the vaccine. what do you make of that move?— that move? it's a critical first step- _ that move? it's a critical first step. there - that move? it's a critical first step. there is - that move? it's a critical first step. there is a - that move? it's a critical first step. there is a lot| that move? it's a critical - first step. there is a lot more work to be done but certainly it's opening the gates to public health diplomacy, something the trump administration closed the door on so we know this is the first step, there is a lot more work to be done. this is a global partnership and you want to be safe when everyone is safe, as cliched as it is, it is true so we need to have a national approach and begin collaborating and cooperating at an international scale. the first step has been taken but there is going to be a lot more that needs to be done. thank you. throughout this week, my colleague clive myrie has been speaking to those on the front—line of the pandemic in the uk.
clive looks at the impact covid—19 is having on patients, their families and the entire health service. a warning that you may find some scenes upsetting. hello, am i speaking to shamima7 my name is doctor healy, i'm ringing from the royal london hospital. it's about your husband, asif. consultant marie healy�*s words will sting. one of her covid patients isn't doing well in intensive care. he is quite sick, he could die from this, i'm sorry to have to say that. we've only been married for two years. he is the light of your life. he is. you know, he's never been away from me, for even a day. this is shamima, who already knows loss in this pandemic. on your wedding day? her brother—in—law was buried last month, a victim of covid—19, and this week her father—in—law died from the virus. now her husband's life hangs precarious.
it is a feature of the second wave that whole families have been blighted. we feel so empty and for me not to have my husband by my side, life is too short and you want to spend it with your loved ones. because i have to be strong for my mother, i have to be strong for my sister—in—law. you know, they kind of rely on me and if i break down, then, you know, i don't know what's going to happen to the family. asif lies limp, one of close to 4,000 people across the uk now breathing with the aid of a machine due to covid—19. that's more than 4,000 families praying for the best, fearing the worst, lives on hold. the nhs is a family, too, and it has mourned its own. more than 200 front line staff have died in the pandemic. and see you because they didn't
want to get you tired. senior charge nurse dom wood at the royal london feared he wouldn't make it after contracting the virus over christmas. i was doing everything i could to try and deep breathe and everything that i tell everyone to do and that's quite a scary moment. because... you see... the trouble is, in the first wave and the second wave, i've seen what can happen. it's scary. we're all scared... ..that the grave—diggers will keep working due to covid. this cemetery in north—east
london has had to expand because of the pandemic dead. today, across the uk, more than 94,000 — that's over 20,000 more than the number of civilians who died in our country in world war ii. we're all scared, that things will get worse before they get better. we're all scared of the cruel ripples of the pandemic — lockdowns, mental health problems, economic shock. so where is the light? martin griffiths is a consultant trauma surgeon at the royal london, more used to dealing with gunshot wounds and stabbings. now he is helping out giving
people vaccine jabs. what do you think of anti—vaxxers7 they have my thoughts and prayers. they're wrong. they're so wrong. and either by a lack of knowledge, a lack of understanding, an unwillingness to accept reality of what we are seeing, they are actively contributing to the detriment of our society. next, please. salvation, then, at the end of a needle. and maybe soon we'll all be able to smile. it's true, the nhs is here for us from cradle to grave, part of the origin myth of post—war modern britain, but coronavirus has given us a glimpse into a dark future, a time when the men and women of the service can't help everyone as they would like. is that the true lesson of this pandemic —
that to see the nhs crumble means losing a part of who we are? clive myrie, bbc news. the mayor of rio de janeiro says— the mayor of rio de janeiro says the _ the mayor of rio de janeiro says the city will not be hosting carnival. cancellation cornes— hosting carnival. cancellation comes as _ hosting carnival. cancellation comes as brazil struggles under the latest wave of infection with — the latest wave of infection with little prospect of an immediate campaign of mass vaccination.— immediate campaign of mass vaccination. and the release of james itond's _ vaccination. and the release of james bond's film _ vaccination. and the release of james bond's film no - vaccination. and the release of james bond's film no time - vaccination. and the release of. james bond's film no time today is to delayed again as the entertainment industry continues to be hit by the pandemic. daniel craig's final outing as james bond will be pushed to early october. it had been set to release in april following multiple delays. for more on this i am joined by our reporter paul hawkins. this is not the first time it has been
delayed. how many times as it then pushed back?— then pushed back? april last ear then pushed back? april last year then — then pushed back? april last year then push _ then pushed back? april last year then push back - then pushed back? april last year then push back to - then pushed back? april last - year then push back to november than april this year and now in the last few minutes the official account has tweeted, simply put they have a picture of the poster and it simply says october eight 2021. by my reckoning it will have been pushed back three or four times now because of the ongoing pandemic and that is terrible for bond fans. i've watched the trailer a million times now. all the bond fans are sitting there watching the same pictures go round and round. taste pictures go round and round. we need a third trailer. the serious point behind it is that this is a real problem for not just the film industry but the cinema as well which has had a tough time. cinema as well which has had a tough time-— tough time. just for some statistics. _ tough time. just for some statistics, this _ tough time. just for some statistics, this is - tough time. just for some | statistics, this is according to a research firm in 2019 the north american box office
generated $11.4 billion. last year, that dropped to $2.2 billion, a drop of 80% in revenue because of the coronavirus pandemic. the worst performance in north american cinema since 1981. christopher nolan, he released his sci—fi thriller tenant just as the pandemic was beginning and then you had wonder woman released in cinemas and on streaming services but it is safe to say that streaming services like disney plus, amazon and netflix, they are the ones making big gains out of the fact that all cinemas are closed and, speaking of bond, the producers recently signed a letter with many other directors urging government to help cinema chains that are badly hit. thank you very much, paul. president biden has called repeatedly on all americans to help unify the country. but how challenging will it be to bring people together after what was such a polarising election7 we've
been speaking to two teenagers from opposite ends of the political spectrum — to find out how the next generation of americans sees the situation. with unity we can do rate things, important things. from a distance _ things, important things. from a distance it _ things, important things. from a distance it seems _ things, important things. from a distance it seems like... - a distance it seems like... nobody— a distance it seems like... nobody can heal except for our generation _ nobody can heal except for our generation i_ nobody can heal except for our generation. i was _ nobody can heal except for our generation. i was there - nobody can heal except for our generation. i was there and - nobody can heal except for our generation. i was there and i. generation. i was there and i listened _ generation. i was there and i listened to— generation. i was there and i listened to president - generation. i was there and i listened to president trumpl listened to president trump asking — listened to president trump asking people _ listened to president trump asking people to _ listened to president trump asking people to march- asking people to march peacefully _ asking people to march peacefully i _ asking people to march peacefully i don't - asking people to march peacefully i don't think| asking people to march. peacefully i don't think he incited _ peacefully i don't think he incited them _ peacefully i don't think he incited them at _ peacefully i don't think he incited them at all. - peacefully i don't think he incited them at all. i - incited them at all. definitely do not regret going. iwiii say— definitely do not regret going. i will say i regret the outcome. i think that any violence _ outcome. i think that any violence or any lawbreaking should _ violence or any lawbreaking should be completely shamed and frowned _ should be completely shamed and frowned upon and you can see a clear— frowned upon and you can see a clear divide from where the actual— clear divide from where the actual peaceful protest is stopped and the people who rush the building and just wanted to cause — the building and just wanted to cause violence entered and started _ cause violence entered and started to rush the capitol building. if started to rush the capitol buildinu. , , .,, started to rush the capitol buildinr. , , .,, building. if these people were brown and _ building. if these people were
brown and black— building. if these people were brown and black i _ building. if these people were brown and black i can - building. if these people were l brown and black i can guarantee you the crowd would not have made it as far as they did and this is a direct result of white privilege in this country. i white privilege in this country-— white privilege in this count . ~ ., country. i don't think that anything _ country. i don't think that anything should - country. i don't think that anything should have - country. i don't think that - anything should have happened whether— anything should have happened whether black lives matter or capitol— whether black lives matter or capitol hill, any types of killings of police brutality but saying that it is because of their— but saying that it is because of their race, i think that will— of their race, i think that will polarise the nation more. we have _ will polarise the nation more. we have to acknowledge right now that there is a divide in how people are treated based on their race when it comes to police officers. the trump era has been a difficult one to comprehend. people of all ages have turned it against each other. ., , , ., other. people understand the weiaht other. people understand the weight that — other. people understand the weight that will _ other. people understand the weight that will be _ other. people understand the weight that will be on - other. people understand the weight that will be on the - weight that will be on the shoulders in the coming years. it shoulders in the coming years. it is _ shoulders in the coming years. it is obvious that america is very— it is obvious that america is very polarised right now and no-one _ very polarised right now and no—one will be able to heal but our generation and the generations to come. plenty more on our website -
generations to come. plenty i more on our website whenever you wanted and also on the bbc news app. you can find me on social media. see you soon. hello there. flooding continues to be of concern but the weather certainly isn't going to make things any worse over the next few days. the current situation — well, the number of flood and severe flood warnings has just started to edge down. so, things are slowly improving for some communities. other rivers though taking longer to respond. for example, the ouse in york. well, that's not going to peak until later in the day on friday. so, for some, it could still get worse before it gets better. lots of snow around of course. that snow still with us at the moment across the high ground in scotland. still some strong winds and further accumulations. otherwise, it's a cold night with the frost. the showers, there is a risk of icy stretches dotted around the country. so, it will be another cold start to the day as we edge into friday. cold north—westerly winds with us pulling in this chilly air. it will be a day of sunshine
and showers for sure, but some of the showers could be quite interesting. one of those particular showers that i've got my beady eye on is this clump of cloud you can see herejust west of ireland. that's, i think, likely to push across ireland and then work into wales through the afternoon, and probably into the midlands as we head towards the evening. more about that in a moment. i think broadly speaking though for most of us on friday, it's going to be a fine day with sunshine. again, there will be showers around, wintry at times, a bit of snow mixed in still across the north—west but conditions improving compared with recent days, i think it's fair to say. then, that clump of showers, well, i think it might go in across parts of wales as we head through the afternoon. could be heavy showers. if they're heavy enough, we might well see some sleet and some snow mixed in with that, and then that clump of showers if it's still there may well edge into parts of the midlands for the evening time. there is a bit of uncertainty about that but that might be something that you see during the day on friday. now, saturday's weather, again it's a showery kind of set—up. showers wintry again, most frequent across the north—west
but we do have a low pressure system just going in close to the south coast of england. that has rain and snow mixed in with it and it's not far away from south—east england. so, we'll have to keep a close eye on developments there — if there are any. for most of the weekend, though, it isjust going to be a sunshine and showers kind of set—up. on into saturday evening and night—time though, we've got another trough that's going to be moving in. and that pushes in across england and wales and is more likely to bring a bit of snow even down to low levels. there could be some changes in the position of that feature. but nevertheless, a few of you will be seeing some snow at some point during the weekend.
this is bbc news, the headlines: in his first day in office, president biden has asserted federal control over the fight against coronavirus. he promised to end what he called dismal progress in vaccinating americans, saying 100 million would be immunised in his first 100 days. he's also emphasising testing, and stricter rules on wearing masks. republicans in the us senate are asking the democrats to put off the trial of donald trump until around february 11 to enable the impeached former president to prepare his defence. house speaker nancy pelosi said the trial would show america hadn't forgotten that people died during the assault on the capitol hill. european union leaders have decided to introduce tighter travel restrictions for the bloc�*s internal borders to limit the spread of new coronavirus variants.
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