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government claims therare no ronavirus cases. the world health organization is on its wayo find out the uth. plus, the louvre museum in paris has opened its doors at long last, after months of shut down, but it's not exactly business as usual. >> for the next couple of months, a chance to see the mona eesa like you've nevern her before, in scenes of relative tranquility. if you been here before in normal times you'll know exactly what i mean. ♪ laura: for all of you watching on pbs and arod the globe, welcome to world news america. july in the u.s. is off gloomy start. inere were more than 200 50,000 coronavirus casehe first five days of the month. 2.9 million people here ha been infected now and a heartbreaking 130 thousand have
despite the white house press secretary insisted today that the world is looking to the u.s. as a leader on covid-19. >> american celebrated independence day this week and asntoronavirus infections up in more than 3states. in minnesota on this late, there wasot much social distancing going on, nor at this gathering in colorado. in arizona, people have been protesting at the restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the virus. there are now more than 100,000 cases. florida, california, texas cases are surging with fears the hospitals could be overwhelmed. >> right now, the virus has the upper hand throughout much of america, most of america. we can get the upper hand if we work together. >> president trump celebrated increasing cases is not about the virus spiraling out of l,conts because ramped up
testing isn't covering more infections. president trump: now we havlme testedt 40 million people. by so doing, we show cases. 99% of which are totally harmless. >> infectious disease experts ured scorn on that claim ident's intent to downplaye that as much as say, let's look at the'isk and 's look at this in an appropriate way based on facts and figures. >> new york was once the epicenter of the outbreak in the u.s., yet today, manhattan entered stage iii of reopening. the number of cases has dropped dramatically. the crowds gathering on beaches at the weend prompted the governor to warn people not to get complacent. andrew cuomo had this message for president trump. >> just wear the mask. i've been asking him to do it for weeks.
just wear the mask. >> the president hasn't done so in public yet. on t defensive, his advisers point out that fewer people are dying from the virus in the u.s. now. as hospitalizations increase, that could change. the president meanwhile is planning a campaign rally in new hampshire for saturday, even as cases spike across america's sunbelt. laura: for more, were joined by dr. quin snyder,rgn ecy physician in mesa, arizona, a state that has more0 than 100, coronavirus cases. think you so much for being with us. beand you desc what you are seeing in your hospitals right >> unfortunately, we are in a state of crisis here in arizonas our counts are dramatically increasing as we speak. set new records every day pretty much for the last month and a half. we are starting to saturate our inpatiencode bottoms. people are starting to be
shifted around the state. lepe in yuma are beingrought into t phoenix metro area as well as some of the outlying areas. on the navajo and apache reservations they are being brought in as well, with a eopleation of very ill here in our state. >> weiss is happening now? -- why is this happening now? is it because your state reopened to quickly? >> i think there is little doubt that we reopen too quickly we should have waited. all the models including those produced by asu and many international models indicated that we should've waited longer to reopen. however, unfortunately, some membnms of our state govt decided to choose models which seem to more conveniently suit their objectives and opened the at sooner rather than later. >> so how can you get this back under control?
what everyone wearing a mask help? >> it would certainl help, unfortunately we don't have a statewide masked man date here in arizona. in terms of how people can be mandated to where mask. here in maricopa county where we ars seeing the highest numb of the outbreak, we do have a we are seeing a lot more people around town wearing masks now. laur the president of the united states says that 99% of alcoronavirus cases are t harmless. is that your experience? >> i would describe thats entirely inaccurate. they areertainly not harmless. he may be correct in saying that 99% of cases might not be fatal. however, my understanding is that he called them harmless. the reality is, a lot of the real harm is that our hospitals can be brought to well over capacity and create a very dangerous environment for not able to takeof nothat we are
just the patients who have covid, but also the pa'nts who don'have coronavir. many of which have not actually returned to our hospitals in the numbers they normally would have. laura:ny dr.r, thank you so much for joining u it may be the height of summer here in the u.s., but for college studen and their parents, andhat includes me, the bng question is, what happens this fall? huarly all of america's colleges and universities down the spring due to the pandemic. harvard and princeton said today that will reopen, n but all the students will be on campus. no more than 40% of undergraduates will be living in hervard's famed hallsthe school year begins. first-year students get priority. at princeton, half the student body will be back at any given time. the first year students will be on campus in the-y fall, secor students and seniors will be there in the spring. for most, most classwork will be done remotely.
an associate professor of high education in north carolina joins us. why are harvard andth princeton, ll the money in the world,ro going down thi? >> i think it is clear that, based most of the available evidence, risk to college and universities spreading covid-19 is very high. colleges and universiti were designed to bring students and faculty studentand staff together, large numbers of them often i relatively small spaces. it is easy to imagine colleges and universitiein surrounding communities becoming hot spots. so you have a number of universities, not just harvard colleges and the california state university system that consequence of those very real risks, that they are going to prioritize students to remote instruction through the fall. laura: howuch concern is there
in higher education, and i speak as theco parent of twege-age students, that remote learning just isn't the same at all? >> i think it is true that remote learng is not the same. however, there are many misconceptions about the quality of doing course -- coursework remotely. i think it is the case that many faculty and staff members at colleges and universities are committeto doing remote learning right, to providing the quality educational experience for students, and so ifrovided with sufficient resources and time, i think theyou produce experiences that many students and parents would be very happy with. laura: a is theancial crisis looming for those charge room and board nowle because of remote learning? >> yes, there are some colleges and univeities that absolutely
depend on students living on campus in order to meet their operational costs. so those colleges andes universire going to be facing some very acute financial pressures. i think it is safe to y that all of higher education is facing acute finanal pressures at publics colle and universities. many are seeing budget cuts orex ct budget cuts. this is a time i think where there is extreme need for state and federal governments to step education.t in higher by investing in highe education, they may make it easier for institutions to make the right decision for public health, which is to keep students, faculty, and staff off-campus. so i think there is a way to avert financial crisis with la how can you explain the fact that faced with the same information, different colleges and universities are to tolly different conclusions about what to do in the fall? >> well, the financial realities
that colleges and universities are very different. yo got extremely wealthy institutions like harvard, but the vast majority of americans actually attend colleges and universities that don't have those types of resources. some colleges also have to listen to governing bodies and so there are different pressures they are navigatncg as a nseqof that. so although we are speaking of higher educationroadly, the realities on the ground is that colleges have different financial situation are facing different political pressures from different constituencies. laura: kevin mcclure, thank you so much for joining us. kevin: thank you. laura: let's go to an underreported part of the world no turkmenistan, which claims to have not a single case of covid-19. how is that possible? the country sharesorder with iran and afghanistan, which h bh hah infection numbers. now a team of who experts is o
the way to find out more. ♪ reporter: there are no reports about coronavirus in turkmenistan. because officially, it doesn't exist here. the only information about health care is what is shown on state television, like the opening of this hospital by the president's's son. now the world health organization will get a chance to assess whether the country i really coronavirus free. after weeks of waiting, a team ofedical experts has finally been allowed into the country. >> yes, we would have very much ke to have gone earlier, so indeed, inda made was when we initially talked abo going and when we had the initialwi discussion the government of turkmenistan and an invitation to travel there.
however,wa our movemen hampered. >> turkmenistan closed s borders ba in february and quarantine people entering the country. but independent information about how effective these measures have been is limited. this mobile footage shows cramped and unsanitary living conditions inside quarantine tents. >> more and more, new sources report these cases of death of people, and cases when whole hospitals are being close for with the people and doctors inside the hospitals. report: amnesty international describes tkmenistan as one of the most authoritarian governments in the world. it's president has built a cult
of psonality and is often seen giving orders. the state paints a picture of prosperity l, but daie for ordinarye peoke this one show a different reality. worsening economic conditions and denial about the global pandemic. laura:ly what is reoing on in turkmenistan? in others, nhislaine maxwell, girlfriend of disgraced jeffrey epstein, is reporter lee being held in a facility in brooklyn. she is facing six charges, among them including recruiting ami groong girls for the late mr. epstein. a white woman film while calling the police about an african amer york's central park is been charged with filing a false report. in may, amy cooper was criticized on line her reaction
to the man, who asked her to put her dog on a leash and keep her distance. she has been accused of falsely reporting nfrontation. which is a misdemeanor. wyou'reatching bbc world news america. still to come on tonight's program, after the statue of a slave trader in the u.k.wns brought do look at the legacy of britain's colonial era in our new series, echoes of empire. brazil is the epicenter of the tipandemic in america. more than 1.6 million infections. the worst affected area has more than 320 thousand cases. even as the crisis worse,he city is getting back to business and restaurants have reopened. y as ktson now reports. issues such as occupation of intensive care beds, the death,
and they've labeled across the state, they've labeled municipalities in a series five phases.if the suation getsy have to go back to closing. here in the city, they have been able to reopen. i've just taken a walk around the block in theast three months there have been restaurants and beauty salons close, but walking around in the space of a cple of blocks, ere are several restaurants all getting ready to reopen. it feels much more alive. many experts are saying is coming at completely the wrong time. ura: here in the u.s.,he black lives matter movement has reshaped conversations about racial injustice. thes impacting felt across the world, including the u.k. protests have highlighted the rolef britain's impart.
the first of a global series on the legacy of colonial england. this report from bristol, wherel the statue oe trader edward colson was toppled. >> who owns history? who dictates it? ialways the victor? aboutt would you think colored people coming to work on the buses? >> what aut the others, those marginalized? >> i fought was my country, and obviously it is not. >> the city of bristol is a place whe different members of i-4 supremacy. why can't there be a past? -- different members vie for supremacy. >> i was born of jamaican heritage.
bristol is a place wherete i cae i got my first job here. like many west indians and their descendents living in the u.k., my reach stretches back to africa. >> ships loaded with goods would sail from here down to west africa. they would then be exchanged for slaves, human cargo would go across the atlantic to the caribbean. there, they would be exchanged for cotton and sugar and tobacco , that would then sail back to the united kingdom. a triangular trade from great wealth and it is that wealth that help buildtoities like br >> the legacy of slavery and the ships that sailed from here. this is true for all british west indians.
he grew up to be the deputy mayor. >> i need to pass down this legacy to my own children. they are also kind of on me, like we need to kno where we come from so that when they are ready to have children, the can pass on their legacy. >> now the end of their journey is nea what will they find in the land they regard as el dorado? >> now were beingou eged to help create another. asked to rebuild britain, michael was a schoolboy, a little too old to be carried over england's threshold when he arrived in 1960, one of the wind rushed generation to be like this ohild, he was barely out short pants. >> i was crying my eyes out. i just didn't want to come to th u.k i was only six years of age.
>> the new arrival with instructions for bus drivers, they join the nhs. michael met his godparents with no other paperwork. years later when heas asked to provide proof, he couldn't. >> i ft like a leper. i might as well say i'm not british, becse the government de it not to employ you if you don't have the paperwoo to prove whu are. >> slavery, wind rush, toxic legacies of empire payment orhistwritten by the victor but this empty plate tells a new story of the marginalized who have had enough. la month, the statue of the 18thlaentury sde tra was
toppled in the heart of bristol. now, he awaits restoration. but the graffiti is to be preserved, a symbol oa new understanding that the experience of victor and vanquished our part of the same story. >> this is one history that has been brought low by people who are creatingo -- hoping to create a new history. the facts, both our faces represent bristol. >> nobody ownsd history, would like for us to start thinking about history in a collecve sense. we should think of history as british historyt and i think t will encourage people to feel brith,o feel they have a stake in british society. >> british colonialism finds who we all are. it has left a family album of different peoples and places. it is our story, every single
one. laura: written takes a long, hard look at its colonial past -- britain takes a long look at its blown a pass. i went to university in bristol, and i remember that statute well. the worl's most visited museum has finally reopened its doors. the louvre in paris closed in march due to the cid pandemic. now art lovers can enjoy the mona lisa once again, but ga'ery hopping 't quite the same as it was. our hugh schofield reports. hugh: shut for months for covid, the famous glass pyramid has reopen. pass or compulsoryyou haveo t look at timeslot. iwh not changes the public appetite for art. >> the louvre is an open space. we have large courtyards with
statues, 200,000 square meters of galleries. it is easy to take a stroll here hugh: the tourists are still nok ba in france, sos for now thi is a treat mainly for parisians. about 1/5 of its usual customers scramble, and as it should be, a plsure. >> a cnce to see the mona lisa as you've never seen her before, and scenes of relative tranquility. if you've been here before in normal tes, you will know exactly what i mean. >> and here's a painting with a ce apollyon has been the victi of another epidemic, the plague. the health rules in place keep people moving mainly in t same direction. but there is no regimentation. it's perfectly pansible to stop enjoy. >> today we really havana , as soon as the louvre opened, to buy the ticket, i just got in and got my ticke at
10:00 a.m., and i've been enjoying it a lot. it's aleasure. >> how long will the new system last? no one knows. it depends on covid, but also on money. the loop has beeng millions. millions.as been losing hugh schofield, bbc, paris. laura: one day i will go again. before we go again, the italian composerennio morricone has died. his music is known the world over. ♪ laura: he wrote the soundtrack for hundreds ofilms over his 17 year career, including classic westerns le "the good, the bad, and ugly," and "a
fistful of dollars." he was the first person to win a competitive oscar composing the score for hateful eight. heas simply known as maestro in his hometown of rome. hard to beat that accolade. ank you so much for watching bbc world narrator: fundtig for this presen of this program is provided by... langua specialistsreeaching spanish,h and more. raymond james. the freeman fountion. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions f america's neglected needs. and by contribut to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you.
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening, i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, summer surge: the first days of july bring the largest dailcacovid s yet in the united states, roughly 250,000 nationwide then, the pandemic and race-- new federal data shows the devastating toll of coronavis on people of color. plus, a peect storm-- how hurricane season presents additional threats amid the pandemic. >> when you saying social distance yourself six feet from someone, wear your mask, wear you glove. now, if they have to go into the shelter, then that means that you're going to be limit to how many are you going to test these people to make sure no one have the virus?