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this is e w news live from berlin europe gives the green light to summer travel the block moves to restart cross border movement and it looks like millions of europeans can now salvage their summer vacation plans but what measures are in place to stop a 2nd wave of corona virus infection. also coming up for you at last the children of turkey go out to play after being locked indoors for 40 days straight due to the corona virus plus the u.k. has the highest coronavirus death toll in europe and within britain people from ethnic minorities face
a much higher risk from the disease. i'm sorry kelly welcome to the program after weeks of lock down borders are starting to reopen across europe the european commission has unveiled a plan to revive the battered tourism industry and make it possible for people to take a summer vacation at the same time the german government has announced that it will begin relaxing border controls with other e.u. member states starting this coming weekend. border checks were supposed to be a thing of the past and europe's shamans own germans were used to freedom of movement but the coronavirus put a stop to that cross border travel to neighboring austria switzerland and france was limited to those with an urgent reason to move now the interior minister has announced a road map to get the roads open again. in this because this is pleading that
if people continue to show discipline observe the hygiene rules and wear face coverings then in spite of the easing of restrictions during may not only here but across europe we can foresee that the borders will be open on the 15th of june. 5th and 6th. border points which were closed completely will be reopened and there will only be random checks by police all 4 countries have agreed to review their policies in mid june and there are hopes of freeing up travel to germany's other neighbors as well but the minister warned if the virus spreads the rules could change again that is in line with the cautious exit strategy set out by angela merkel on wednesday the chancellor was facing questions in the bundestag be unknown if that melts if not accepted all these previously unimaginable limitations
in our lives in our work and our businesses including temporary curbs on our rights only to risk sliding backwards now by dropping our god it would be depressing if we had to return to limitations which we hoped where in the past because we want too much too quickly. given that infections in eastern france of been well above those in germany some spread of the disease may be hard to avoid but now it will be up to germany's border police to oversee what is sure to be a surgeon cross border journeys let's bring in political correspondent kate brady who is standing by with a view from berlin so kate as we've heard the e.u. wants to transition from lockdowns to summer tourist season it seems like a lot to ask. it is certainly a lot to ask and of course there are still a lot of factors to take into consideration at the moment not only of the situation in germany but also in germany's neighboring countries as well and how the situation that develops in the coming weeks but the hope is now is to have freedom
of travel again throughout the schengen zone by mid june of course that all depends on the situation with the virus at the time and of course it's going to be a very difficult logistical puzzle to solve as well and one that's going to need a lot of cooperation within the european union now the e.u. commission has already started making some recommendations and it seems that if and when tourism really does kick start again here in europe then where of course expecting to see limitations on the number of guests that might be allowed it at certain hotels certainly social distancing rules will still be in place the same will most likely apply to airports and also to air travel as well on the plane themselves you most likely will have to wear a face mask and so this is all a puzzle that needs to be resolved by by cooperation between european states and of course they say this all depends on the situations time is that. a 2nd wave of
coronavirus not only here in germany but across your face still very much real and i want to talk a little bit more about that fear of that 2nd wave but 1st let's have a check of some of the facts a closer look now at germany's current level of paradise and then get your reaction there after. visitors to berlin's famous can finally watch the burns play again. it almost seems like a normal day but strict safety measures are in place a distance of 1.5 meters must be kept at all times there are also restrictions on visitor numbers museums are also gradually reopening here similar rules apply and as in other public spaces people are obliged to wear face masks these are once in short supply as germany slowly lives restrictions mosse have become an essential tool in preventing
a 2nd wave of infections but are enough available. are completely confident that we'll be equipped with enough protective gear and mosques also in the future if we were to see another spike in infections. but the president of the german medical association is critical of the decision to make masks mandatory. whether it makes sense to wear masks in public or not has almost become a question of faith scientific research on that does not deem it absolutely necessary. does science. as restrictions and more people leave their harms the risks of coming into contact with an infected person increases. that's why germany is developing a tracking app designed to inform uses if they've been in the vicinity of an infected person. but developing the app is taking longer than expected and is it even worth the white the public health service warns the app alone is now
a game changer. thanks when the app arrives it will give additional information about the number of new infections it will not replace the work of the health ministry the opposite is true don't have even more to do and that's why the number of borchester must be ramped up all. by talk. preparing for a potential 2nd wave requires personnel and sufficient testing capacity up 240-0000 people who were being tested at the height of the pen demick in germany but will the country be able to maintain the same pace in the future. the capacity for more testing is there it's especially important that we primarily test caregivers and those working in the health care sector in clinics and practices but also in cas some facilities dealing with elderly out patients. for the most part life in berlin appears to be moving towards
a new normal but should the infection rate rise to shop lee the newly found freedom could be short lived and the bruins would be left to play on their own without an audience in mind. and we're back now with kate brady kate you know we saw some of the measures there that germany has been undertaking in order to try and control this corona virus pandemic especially the threat of a 2nd wave how well prepared is the country well right now germany's quite well prepared in the case that there should be a 2nd wave of coronavirus here and as we've seen already in the last couple of months and the country is actually benefited quite well from the fact that it had quite a bloated health system going into this pandemic something that's previously been criticized and that will called even to close down some regional hospitals but of course that's helped germany making sure that it's hospitals didn't become overcrowded and of course in addition to that you also had that testing going on
and as we had there in the reports as well there already plans in place to increase that capacity even further so that there would be the opportunity to make sure that all medical professionals were able to be tested should there be a 2nd wave and of course that something is still continuing in the meantime as well kate brady in berlin thank you. well turkey also wants to open its borders to tourists again the government is considering testing visitors from abroad as part of a plan to open the tourism season next month meanwhile parks in turkey cities are filled once again with the sound of children playing it's the 1st time that they've been allowed to leave their homes in 40 days. was. finally free to play outside a game for these children in eastern boy it was the most beautiful day in weeks they were allowed to leave their homes for for alice after a long
a very long time under markdown than ever that i was so bored at home and i missed going outside but i want to go in my skating to now write them a visit play jump and run around at home all day sometimes replay songs on you tube and dance but still i get bored a lot too it is so boring at home and i'm on the internet all the time i mean using it too much that i might even be a lady addicted by now let me be the mama oh so living outside today actually make me bits because it reminds me that i want to be that this every day. parents have also been through a lot in the past weeks and well come the change of scene. so that my daughter knows the coronavirus is out there knows it can be dangerous today she's happy but she'd be happy if we could go to the seaside. and orchestra ground is the hardest part is it to come when we go back to work now we have to figure out who are stay
omen take care of the kids that. age specific restrictions and 2 weekends curfews are essential elements of the turkish cold 19 strategy children and teenagers but also those over $65.00 were banned from going outside early on in the lockdown and everyone has to stay home and most weekends this is when east and. 16000000 looks deserted. optional recruiting some of the fastest growth in coded 19 infections in the world took the shelf officials now say the for contain the spread of the virus and the government has relaxed some measures dresses are allowed to work again shopping centers are allowed to reopen and present tragic times and one speaks of a new moment. when it's been all citizens should not get the impression that normalize ation means that we will be returning to how things were before march.
11th there are many examples in the world and in our country that have shown how the smallest act of carelessness during this pandemic can lead to major disasters joke or nay we're now going to the playground remains the exception for istanbul's children they won't be allowed to go outside again until next week. and let's have a look now at the latest developments in the corona virus pandemic over 4300000 people are reported to have been infected globally bike of corona virus and more than 295000 people have died from it the world health organization says that the disease may never go away and could become an epidemic like hiv the united nations meantime has warned that the world is facing a mental health crisis as a result of the isolation poverty and anxiety caused by the pandemic it's called on authorities to do more to protect people and japan says that it will lift
a state of emergency across a large part of the country the capital tokyo and several other high risk areas will remain under restrictions. well the u.k. has seen the highest death toll from covert 19 in europe over 30000 people have died since the pandemic began a disproportionate number of them from ethnic minorities for example black people in the u.k. are 4 times more likely to die from the corona virus that caucasians and also among healthcare workers there's a significantly higher fatality rate for people of color charlie pot has the details from london. has had enough which is why she came here to downing street to protest even though she's 6 months pregnant she had to fight for protective gear and hospital because it just wasn't enough. i'm here today for the doctors nurses and health care workers who lost their lives tragically and senselessly took over more than 200 health care workers have died in britain so far
2 thirds of them minorities. here in the united kingdom data has shown that the virus does indeed discriminate even though everybody has access to free health care experts are unsure about the reasons but say they vary from overcrowded housing to preexisting medical conditions what is clear though is that covert 19 revealed longstanding existing inequalities in british society which rings true in this multiethnic neighborhood of brixton one of the covert hotspots in the capital patients and hospitals across the country a 4 times more likely to die from coronavirus and white ones most people here where and have changed their behavior. much more careful robert bork march. i mean those are just good this. is something that is killing everybody and i just need to keep
myself or my family safe that's the main thing so i don't know i'm not focused on the fact that it's black. or. nothing more mohd nothing broke god is good to me. so far medics and experts haven't figured out why minorities in the u.k. a so disproportionately affected by cope with 19 the government launched an inquiry last month there's also been discussion of shielding minorities from frontline jobs and unrealistic approach some say isn't economic priorities but there are limited social actions for workers in these crimes and. it's all very well. turn away from other people's forrestal's but if it's a choice between not knowing and living off. some people who will be presented with with my lama back at downing street dr mina this hopes to encourage others to also
speak up to prevent more deaths of ethnic minority patients and her colleagues. and we're joined now by correspondent charlotte potts who filed that report for us she is in london charlotte you mentioned overcrowded housing preexisting medical conditions as as factors behind some minorities being more affected by the virus what else is playing a role. right i mean those 2 factors preexisting medical conditions and overcrowded housing rings true for the white popular for some of the white population here in the united kingdom as well 2 doctors that i've talked to have suggested a lack of vitamin d. for example as one of the reasons why minorities are more affected ahadith effected by the virus but they are unsure if that is the case at this point one of the things that seems clear though is that ethnic minorities hit tends to work and was
skilled jobs so for example as clerks in supermarkets as drivers or as machine operators and those occupations have been more affected by the virus just working at the front lines of society and thereby being more exposed so for example looking at the medical industry ethnic minorities tend to work more as cleaners as ambulance drivers as. and of course it was a very exposed to the virus and at the same time might not be able to speak up as much about the lack of protective equipment because they are just too scared to lose their jobs so the big picture is that they are dying at a much more stocker rate than whites but the experts at this moment are unsure what reasons really are behind this what is the government doing. well the government is looking into that they've launched an inquiry last month
apparently no details coming out of that yet which is why for example bombing ham university has taken. university hospitals have taken matters into their own hands and looking into that issue medics they're now looking at all the factors cultural social economic and also genetic factors in the hope of protecting those vulnerable of course more in the beginning of the crisis elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions have been told to solve isolate for a few months until the virus has calmed down in the united kingdom 1. 1 problem or one sector that they have forgotten though to take care off apparently was care homes now you've mentioned britain has the highest death toll in europe at this point and it is just that 40 percent of those deaths occurred in care homes with the elderly so apart from minorities being very affected the elderly in care
homes have been terribly affected and the government has now been accused of turning a blind eye on care homes and also even giving out guidelines releasing covert 9000 patients from hospitals to free a bad back into care homes and spreading the virus even further charlotte office in london thank you. so well now for a brief look at some other stories making headlines around the world at least 35 people have died after drinking methanol into central states in mexico they are the latest in a series of alcohol poisoning since many towns banned alcohol sales during coronavirus lockdowns authorities say that at least 20 died in state and another 15 in more lost state. u.s. federal reserve chair jerome powell has warned that the coronavirus pandemic could trigger a prolonged recession in the united states speaking via video link mr powell said that more aid on top of the trillions of dollars already spent would be costly but
worth it and it's only has announced a $55000000000.00 euro stimulus package aimed at reviving the virus hit a condom a prime minister just separate kaante said that the plan would provide emergency assistance to hard hit industries such as tourism agriculture and construction as well as aid to families and the unemployed. the price of food in germany has shot up once again by nearly 5 percent in april alone that's according to a government report out today and it's a picture repeated across the world food is becoming more difficult to farm due to the lockdown measures which is driving up the price of everyday goods a half a kilogram of broccoli costs $3.00 euros a collie flour sells for for your o's in recent weeks some produce prices have gone up noticeably in germany like here at a farmer's market in berlin of course prices for fresh fruit and vegetables normally vary with the season. but this year is different says vendor care simply
miller who sells regional produce here. i wish i'd been shunting you know i've been here for 10 years even longer i think and the customers buy from me because they know they're getting quality so they'll pay a little more and buy a little less but customers are viewing the price hikes of up to 50 percent with some concern. that if i want it cheap i'll go to the supermarket but i'd rather have good quality and the farmers have to make a living will one person who's keeping a close watch on the prices here is hunt's kristoff bear the market analyst keeps track of 40 different kinds of vegetables he says european market gardeners do a lot of their farming by hand in roosevelt doj launched the bulls in germany and much of europe are harvested by seasonal workers in this year there aren't as many of them available as in other years and because of the coronavirus crisis there are also more restrictions that have been imposed such as distancing not so many people
can be accommodated with water and all that is slowing productivity which leads to less being harvested and the poor that at last minute are counted and the less there is the higher the prices but not all vegetables are equally labor intensive and some prices haven't budged like those for carrots and tomatoes. and let's get more now we're joined by chelsea delaney she has more on the inflation that we have heard about in that report and there's also a report out today so aside from the increase in food prices what does the broader picture look like. well broadly there are really 2 different stories with inflation right now on the one hand you do have these dramatic spikes in food prices so the report we got from the government today showed in april german. fruit prices rose by 11 percent vegetable prices were up 7 percent so we are seeing that not just in
germany but across the world in the u.s. they're also seeing a big spike and food prices particularly for meat as they've had to shut down a lot of food and meat processing plants and on the other hand we are seeing a huge decline in energy prices so because oil has has fallen so dramatically this year because of the oversupply brant crude is down over 50 percent for on global markets so that's really driving down the prices of motor fuel. electricity costs of energy and heating and so the broad picture is generally that inflation is going down here in germany and april the overall inflation rate was 0.9 percent but that's down dramatically from 1.5 percent 1.7 percent earlier and there in the earlier in the year ok so what are the biggest risks out there then comparatively speaking well there's a a lot of discussion right now of is the bigger risk hyperinflation or is that
deflation. that's really a question of is that is the problem when we supply or demand going forward i think a lot of economists believe that demand is really going to be the bigger issue and if you look out just anecdotally and all of the shops they're having huge sales airline prices are coming down quite a lot some of the biggest automakers are having to cut prices for their vehicles so it seems like the bigger problem right now is going to be lower inflation because of just all of the uncertainty around consumer demand at this point linnean frankfurt thank you. the postponement of this year's tokyo olympics has negative consequences for many athletes they've had to cut back on their training and look for other sources of income as most of that is based around the games usually while one japanese olympian has found a way of addressing both problems at the same time. rearm yaki feels most at home
with a fencing sword in his hand he want to silver medal for japan in the team for oil events at the london 2012 olympics but now the coronavirus has forced him to get on his bike working as a courier for the food delivery company eats the job serves 2 purposes for me yaki it's a source of income and a source of fitness. well they've got to you now i'm digging into my savings for a living so i have to earn money for myself but i also thought by delivering food i can start my physical strength from weakening that's why i started this so you know that i go to what has lost. me aki situation reflects the reality for many olympians who struggle to make ends meet tokio gains in particular were meant to be a shop window for japanese athletes but with the olympics and other competitions on hold so to
a sponsorship deals. they shoot it's us at our training center has been closed and we don't have any matches it's still unclear how i will qualify for the olympics. and i didn't feel i could accept sponsorship in such a situation. so it's almost sponsors to hold off for the time being i stated that you know it's nice to see that. once these deliveries are completed me archy can get back to doing what he does best in the hope that sooner rather than later he won't just be dropping into thin air. a quick reminder now the top stories we're following for you here on data in your news europe's close friend tiers are beginning to open again germany will start relaxing border controls this weekend and the european commission has unveiled a plan to revive tourism turkey's health minister says that the country is weighing plans to reopen for tourists as well screening people at arrival is among those proposals meanwhile children in turkey have been allowed to go out. side after 14
days of coronavirus lockdown. and don't forget here i don't have you can always get the latest news around the clock on our website interview dot com you can also follow us on social media i'm sorry kelly in berlin thank you so much for joining us we hope to have a great day and that you can stay safe. i'm going. to.
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