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and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. trevelyani'm laura reporting from new york city. the president pushes to reopen america and new suggestions are that the curriculum of the thousand cases per day by june and mr. trump blames china for the spread. fear spreads in the amazon have coronavirus of health services, with digital format at risk. >> crashed into the rubble of german cities. >> 7years since will or two ended in europe, we have the story of the actor turned officer who played a pivotal role in the surrender.
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for all of you watching on pbs, welcome to world news america. half the country begins to projections about spread of the virus. "the new york times" boards on an estimate of 3000 people per day could die by early june, double the current number. the president is blaming china for losing control of the virus. john starts our coverage. >> what happened in wuhanayidn't sthere. the coronavirus, affecting millions, killed hs ofillion -- thousands, claiming a new casualty -- u.s. china relations. great.can side there is over secretiveness and an
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t unsubstantiated charge te student originate in a wet market in the city, but in the government of oratory. >> this is the first time, and intelligence should continue to do their work to verify so that you there is a significant amount of evidence. >> seems designed to cause maximum effect to the chinese. the president last night said they would bring forward as it at the right time. ask my opion is they made a put it out, like a fire, really like a fire. >> against the backdrop of the lincn memorial, donald trump raised theotential death toll to 100,000 at each time he does that, it brings fresh scriny of his own erratic handling of the isis. with an election is months aw,
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having someone else to blame, ltthe chinese, the world h organization, has the politically essential. but this iit out more than electoral politics. there is growing unease that china has becom too powerful on the multilateral bodies and that america needs to reassert the coronavirusdemic is becoming a defining and deeply unsettling moment. as it, giving as goo gets.this cartoon lampooning the americans posted by the news agency in english. >> the virus is killing doctors it will magically go away in ril. >> deterioration in relations
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have been rapid.this is donald e early relations of the outbreak. >> resident she loves -- -- esident xi loves his people and is doing a good job with a tough situation. >> he used to talk extravagant about it. you don't hear much about that now. >> for more on the new timates, i'm joined by dr. richard besser, president and ceo of the robert wood johnson foundation, advising new jersey on how it could safely reopen. drgbesser, thank you for be with us. the white house is now 00suggesting the hundred 3 people could die in the u.s. by august. react to ne not models.
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models can give you a sense of where you need to focus. m -- the true numbergh is far than has been reported. as states but a real economies they need to do it slowly and carefully or we will continue to see black and latino americansrd hit so much by this pandemic. >> some states are reopening, like iowa and texas, athe cases ta up. does that make sense? >> it doesn't. and we need more data and e sting available. not just the peoo are really very sick. but for mild casesth and while e individuals will do fine, they can still spread this in
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to be broken down by race and ethnicity,ot just terms of race, but we need to tee who is beined and who is not w so th contract the virus through communities to make sure that the protective measures t needed look in people who do the essential work. >> scott gottlieb says that efforts to mitigate the virus didn't work as well as expected. u would ree? >> if you expected it would be the me as in the -- as in china, singapore, south korea, i never expected them to be at that level. american democracy doesn't take as well to governments telling people what to do. they were going to be saking from trt. they have slowed things.
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itde has led tines in states that are seeing the greatest burden. tono, i never expected the show up with a massive decline and it says that we will be with social distancing if wwant to control this, we will need to do this for a long, long time. >> do you think that the heat is going to kill mme virus this and provide respite? >> there are so many impestant science ons. that's one of them. what will the vus do as the weather gets hotter and the humidity goes up? another important question, if someone had the infection once the war, can they get it again? -- once before, you don't want to count on it. you have to play for a variety of scenarios, like a scenario where it doesn't decline or a scenario where comes back really strong in the fall.
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the virus hasn't told us yet what it is going to be doing and we have to be careful about th. >> thank you for being with us. >> pleasure, thank you. re>>dent trump hits the road th week, going to arizona on tuesday. fomorend let's ring anthony zurcher. s what is the president'rategy here? >> it's dealing with the electoral consequences.f this pandem he has to make it not a natural disaster, something where it is about a responsibility to outside external actors on the united states, where there is someone else to blame. he has to reboot his presidential reelection campaign .
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he was going to run on economy. that's not going to work anayore, so he has to find a of getting out there, talking to people, presenting a calm front and getting in front of voters, dominating the media. something that he is to be an honest very good at. >> anthony, why is the president going to ohio? >> if you look at thect eal map, arizona will be pivotal in november. it's a state that donald trump one four years ago and there has been a lot of focus on the midwest on ohio. primarily on michigan, wisconsin, and pennsylvania. joe biden could lose, and arizona is a key battleground. these volumes that he has decided to go there in his presidential campaign reboot and then to focus on the midwest and ohio, which he must win if he
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wants to be reelected. >> joe ben is in his basement, former obama advisers saying that they need to make more of an impact? >> you can see that donald trump had a fox news event on the steps of the lincoln memorial last night and is going to fly to different events around the country. in a normal election season, the t challenger doesn't much press at this time of year. it's kind of quiet, where they are organizing fundraising. the real push will have to come later in the rate -- the year when it picks up. i think the bidenig cam where h' cant in person. careful planning and outside the box thinking.
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cong in to oregon with these situations. >> senators are back in washington whereou are, what arthey up to? thax one of the things they are focusing on first and foremost is to confer to the registration and a key appointment on the court that he wants to get it filled. he wants to come up with another round of stimulus measures, oparticulars that protect themselves from workers that say they caught it at the workplace. i priority for mitch mcconnell. the decrats will be coming up with other lands, helping with states or local governments. mitch mcconnell doesn't want to sit on his hands, he's trying to get things done, saying it still
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has not come back into gener session. >> anthony, thank you for being with us. this year does this week brazil er to china in terms of cases picture it is warned is far worse than the total. the fear is that the virus could devastate the indigenous katy watson reports. >> in the middle of the rain forest, the virus has taken hold. this is the biggest city in the amazon, where they are digging mass graves. how else can overwhelmed authorities cope with the numbers of people ing. they are at a breaking point. they have one of the highest action points -- rates in the country and one of the most underfunded alth systems. this video shot inside one of the hospitals shows body bo s lying nextople.
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they are home to many indigenous communities where poverty, malnutrition, and displacement make tackling the virus a bigger challenge. assistant supportiesidents were sick. history has taught people here that viruses from outside bring devastatio f one of theird is -- fewer events -- one of their few defenses now is homemade mask. >> we already have a lot of people in the community. but we don't have a doctor. we don't have a nurse to look after us. indigenous communities in the city struggle to access health services and they are struggling to work, the those lieep in the rain forest have medical help that is days away by boat. some communities are shut themselves away, fearful of contagion. there are huge consequences and a country where illegal loggers and miners have in bold by a
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government set on developing the amazon. keep happening and are never resolved. here people are killed thrangh nment or damnation. the invaders are taking advantage. they are using this time to explore. >> thousands of miles from the capital this rote part of brazil feels forgotten. the mayor has called on e young activists for support. >> i'm telling you that we need help. we havto save the lives of the protectors of the forest. we are under the influence of a disaster. it feels like barbarism.
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i know your influence. i know your capacity of the feelings for other people. my people are suffering much. that is why i am directing to you just a few words. help us. the amazon forest must be saved. >> but the country's leader is oblivious. bolsonaro spent sunday meeting hundreds of a few mask and no social distancing. just presidential backing for those who want an end to democracy and a return to military rule. this man says the virus is just a little cold. interference, he teent with no crowds, angry at local authorities have imposed strict measures.
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he says he wants a government that works for the future of brazil. what will the futureook like? as themazon keeps burying its dead, their most vulnerable communities and tir land are in danger and there is little suppt from the top. katy watson, bbc news. >> the most vulnerable in brazil affected by th nvirus. in oths now, the treasury department lands to borrowne arly $3 trillion in the second quarter as they battle the economic fallout of the crisis. lyne record for twice the total of 2019. scientists have discovered a micro they say has enormous potential to control malaria and found that 5% of mshquitoes on thes of lake victoria have a malaria blocking bug. malaria kills more than 400,000 people the year, mainly young children. schumer has died at the age of and heon a record number of
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games, leading the teamo championships. he was inducted into the hall of fame in 1997 it still to come on tonight's program, investigating the wildlife trade. we will have a special report on how the coronavirus jumpedm species, fimals to humans. ramerican fashiailer j.crew has filed for bankruptcy. the company is considered the first major retail casualty of experts warn of multi-the last area here is the bbc business rrespondent michelle fleury. >> they call this the first retail victim of the coronavir here in the united states. well-known for its preppy style of clothing,nk j.crew, i t
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you'll start to see this winnowing out, going into the wiisis the stronger player have a better ability to weather the closures. go to any main streets with lockdowns and lays acro america, the shops are all closed and you can only buy online you various studies show that peoally aren't buying close at the moment and that is having a big impact on retailers. those who went into it in a stronger position are in a better place, well, you can see the result. >>on we have been reportinow the trump administration is laming a chinese lab for the coronavirus. ntscts have been studying the global trade in wildlife as they look at how the disease left from animals to humans. fingers are being pointed at wildlife marketsnd calls for them to be banned.
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as victoria now >> captured to be sold. global trade under new scrutiny as the and a neck.gin of this before the first human case, the coronavirus was undetected. genetic clues all point to a virus found in bats as the source, but working out how it spilled er, wildlife and humans, that isn't very straightforward. >> part of the structure is that it unlocks the cell that it needs to get inside. imagine these padloffs are from a ent species, they might require a differenifkey, but somerent species share the same lock on their cells. the key from the back virus fite and unlocks so human cells. >> how did it reach the first humanel
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it's access was most llyely not direrom bats,hr butgh another intermediate host. an animal infected first of people came into close contact with. scientists haven't yet worked out what species past covid-19 to human, or whether the apple was for sale in at infamous wildlife market. >> at the moment there is nothing terribly convincing. the intermediate host may never be found. mixing partial numbers of species under these conditions, species that wouldn't normall come close together, it gives opportunities for pathogens to jump from species to species. >> previous outbreaks in intermediate species have been found. camels provided the likely root to humans for the closely lated viruses mers and sars and that includes the w -- the
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rare and wildly trafficked. traded not only in china, breaking those chains is a global challenge. >> victoria gill reporting there. this week marks 75 years since the day, the moment europe celebrated the end of world war ii. it too just one officer to write up the articles of rrender that germany signed. he was an actor who had no idea he would wind up in thory books. >> meet john council, the brdish army colonel who pla a critical role in ending world war ii. actor in theater lover, he was called into the theater of war. but army life, his twin daughters told me, wasn't for him. what kind of soldier was he? >> inept.
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he said he was the worst soldier they ever come across. >> they were small children at the time. their father despite being a poor soldier, was a good writer and w compelled to writing general eisenhower. >> not he is him was rushed. >> by the spring of 1945, germany overpowered, the country's surrender was inevitable. the task than was drafting the document and it felt to john council. >> he was ordered to go away and write a document in an hour and aalf, for the germans to sign. saying that typists should know about it. off he went. he sat down at his task. >> extraordinary, what a hugesi resplity. >> he didn't know what it was apart from military surrender.
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they showed him the style of how so, he sat down and began to writ we, the undersigned -- jenny, you sayar thi you are better at it than i am. >> we the undersigned, acting by authority of the gman high command, hereby surrender unconditionally. >> the german delegation has arrived for the faithful ceremony. the general princes signature to the document that acknowledges the complete defeat of the german armed horses by those o britain, russia, and the united states. >> did he have a sense of how important his role was? >> yes, he did. he knew he was making history. head started out as basically an actor. he said it was like a first night, there was a mixture of terror and excitement as he knew what he had to do ate that it
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was ibly important. y to think, when i see the footage of the cros in piccadilly circus, dancing in the streets, that f soust of churchill, thought my gosh, my daddy did that. what an extraordinary thing for him to have done, actually save lives with a sheet of paper. >> before we go, the sears pulitzer prizes for journalism were announced today. e anchorage daily news and pro-public i got the public service award for their reporting on t lack of police protection and alaska villages and "new york times" cap best reporting for coverage of vladimir putin in the first ever pulitzeror audio orting went to this american life for their looke impact of the trump
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captioning spoored by p >> woodruff: good g, i'm judy woodruff. at crossroads-- as states look to reopen, one new government model predicts three thousand daily u.s. deaths by june , how contact tracing can mitigate thepread of the corona virus and limit the pandemic. plus, the supreme court goes live for the first time, streaming oral arguments live as the court meets via telephone to comply with the social distancing rules. and, the senate returns to washington. as protests around the country challenge governors on opening up. our politics monday teamws prevee


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