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the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. katty: this is bbc world news america. proving no one is immune. s brazil'esident test positive the risks for months.wnplaying it comes as thers country suffe one of the world's worst outbreaks with more than 1.6 million infections. the head of the who reminds us we are all at risk. >> the virus does not really know who we are. we're equally vulnerable and i
think it really highlights our collective vulnerability to this disease. katty: back into lockdown. in australia, 5 millionnt resis in melbourne told to stay at home for six weeks. state leadership says people got complacent. the happier side of the sto when lockdowns are lifted. these care home workers in the u.k. have been reunited with he families after 12 weeks apart. ♪ katty: welcome to world news america. your own risk.ronavirus at that seems to be the moral from brazil wherehe president who repeatedly downplayed the pandemic as a little flu has tested positive himself. development in country that is second only to the u.s. in both cases and deaths. our south american correspondent
katy watson starts our coverage. ty: it is just the sniffles, said jaire bolsonaro at beginning of the crisis, and now he is livin the experience personally. he went on television to announce himself. for once wearing a mask but leaving little distance between him and journalists. >> for example, if i had not taken the covid-19 test, i wouldn't know the result. it turned out to be positive. mr. bolsonaro began to akel ill on sunday. he said he was t the controversial antimalarial drugi hydroxychloroq and was feeling fine. he also went to the hospital on mondayor a lung exam. for so many in brazil, this news thatheir leader ha covid-19 comes as little surprise. from the very beginning, he has flouted social distancing guidelines, fired two health minister's over differences in handling the crisis, and consistently refused to wear a mask despite being obligatory.
this was the fourth test he has taken for covid-19. crisis when several members of his presidential team fell ill r they met donald trump the u.s. president took a test just this weekend, jair bolsonaro met the u.s. ambassador to brazil. picture showed neither man wearing mask. mr. chapman said he will also be tested. the worlhealth organization has wished the brazilian president a speedy and full recovery, ad ding that the message was all are vulnerable to the virus. a virus that is still not under control in brazil. more than 65,000 people have died and many don't expect the virus to peak for a few weeks yet. katty:l, ws we just heard, president bolsonaro has been fairly dismissive of the coronavirus in the past, but brazil and south america itself are now the areas of the world that most worry global public
health offials. our science editor takes a look at what happens. david: a desperate seem in a graveyard in bolivia. a charity uses a digger to bury the bed -- dead because to any people are dying for the authorities to count. the family of a victim watches on from a safe distance. ineru, there are long queues to get medical help. asthe countryhe highest number of cases anywhere in the world and among the least able to handle it. this woman worries that so many are sick, they have to wait outsidthe hospital. it is very scary, she says. ghealth experts are becom seriously alarmed about what's the countries with the largest number of cases, four are in latin america. brazil is number two after united states. bear in mind, these are going to be massive t underestimates true scale because in so many
regions, there'stvery little g going on. a similar pattern with the death toll of theountries with the largest losses. three in latin america and all signs are things are going in the wrong direction. one reason is overcrowding in the slums, where social distancing is impossible. adding to a worsening global picture. >> there have now been 11.4 million cases of covid-19 and more than35,,000 lives have been lost. the outbreak is accelerating. and we have clearly not reached the peak of the pandemic. david: and politics is key.the brazilian president wants growth and freedom, not lockdowns and masks. not a factor in an escalating crisis. katty: so, against the backdrop,
let's take a closer look at the significance of president bolsonaro's diagnosis. he's in pretty od company when it comes to global figures who have contracted this disease. among the dignitaries who have also had covid-19 are presients and pr ministers like those of honduras and, ofourse, boris johnson from the u.k. in america, atlanta's mayor lance bottoms has tested positive. and th there is royalty. prince charles and prince albert of monaco have battled this disease. let's go to brazil. katy watson is there for us. we have spoken throughout this pandemic about bolsonaro's sition. is there any indication to get that because of this diagnosis, he may change his approach to covid-19? katy: very little. when he was talking to the press announcing the results, he was wearing a mask and does not often do that. he was k notping his distance between him and the journalists. he even took off his mask as he
left the press conference. that style is still very much in play. i mean, heed also he opportunity to say that he has taken theim aarial hydroxychloroquine, which is obviously verytr cersial, but he has been pushing just like donald trump, but much more forcefly in brazil. he reiterated again that it was important for risk groups to isolate but brazil needed to get back to, get the economy running again, which we have seen in the last few days. bars, restaurantsn sao paolol are reopening. they reopened in rio last week as well. katty:ha has been the reaction of resilience to his testing --f brazilians to his testing sitive? has been missed.ink the irony there's a lot of people who have criticized him throughout th crisis and who feel it is a comeuppance.
throughout this crisis, hhas joked about it. because of his athletic history, he said he probably would not get many symptoms. he made jokes inhe past that he might have got iand never showed symptoms. now the rumors had. been confir he does have it now. it is not a joke. this a leader of a crisis in front -- of a country in crisis. katty: s what is hisnding in the opinion polls given his handling and brazils position in the lead countries that has coronavirus? has it suffered at all because of this? there are people who voted for him who felt the way he handled the pandemic was not the man they voted for. he's got a bout a 30% approval rating but that has remained steady. heoes have support pele who feel the economy should be up and run who
want the economy to get back to normality. but he still has a lot of tractors. it's quite interesting because some businesses cided not to reopen because they think it is too risky to open at this present time it's a real division here in brazil. katty: okkaty watson for us talking of risky situations. the corovirus is surging in many american states, but people are still out and about and free to travel around the country. contrast that with australia which has just ordered some 5 sllion people back into their homes for the ne weeks. a spike of new cases in melbourne s been met with a tough new roundes ofictions and residents won't be allowed to leave the city. our correspondent has more on that. australia's second most populo city back into stay-at-home lockdown. melbourne has recorded 191 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. the highest daily increase since
the start of the pandemic. and for the next six weeks, 5 million people in melbourne and in the area just north of it are expected to remain in their houses, except for necessaryos purpes such as going to work, giving care, or shopping for essentia. has said without rsing thendrews restrictions, the situation could spiral out of control. >> this is, i know, further than we went last time but we are ins manycts in a more precarious, challenging and potentially tragic position now th we were some months ago. reporter: mr. andrews blamed the sense of complacency among some for the current covid-19 spike, adding that nine blocs will remain in fullkd ln until testing is completed. previously, most cases involved returning overseas travelers in quarantine. community transmi are caused by for the first time in 100 years,
the border between va and new south wales is set to close. witheavy penalties for anyone trying to violate the rules. thewi logistics of closur be a challenge. there are about 50 crossings betwn the two states, with some towns sharing the border. the recent spike in victoria is a stark warning that no matter threat from the viis faring, the from over. katty: clearly,losing borders between states in australia is a very big deal. it hasn't happened in 100 years. the melbourne authorities taking stiff measures. 191 new infections is actually all they had yesterday. it is relativelyom smallred to the state of florida and the united states. over 11,000 new infections on the same day. not looking down to anything like the same degree. latin america, we heard it is also a hotbed. and cases across america, not
just florida, continuing to spike. what are the lessons people can learn from each other? i'm joined by the director of harvard's global health institute. doctor, thank you for joining me. when you look at what melbourne is doing, in response to whatto seeme, yeah, a spike, but not a massive spike in the way cntry, seen in this you think they are taking appropriate measures? >> thank you for having me on and i do think they are taking appropriate meases. seriously.aking the virus that is in sharp contrast with the united states where large parts of our country are not yet taking the virus seriously. ti thinkt is fueling the large outbreaks we see. katty: in the u.s., by mparison, do you think it ever took lockdowns as seriously? i spoke to friends and other countries dung the course of is lockdown and they had much more stringent, kind of melbourne-style restrictions on
what they could. take a listen to dr.auci speaking to the bbc earlier. he talked about how america neverot quite a handle because the lockdowns were basically leaky. dr. fauci: in the united states, even in the most strict lockdown, only about 50% of the country locked down. that anowed the perpetuatf the outbreak that we never did get under very good control. katty: does america need now to do what other countries did back in march and april? a lockdown in a much more rigorous way? >> yeah, so, i agree with dr. fauci. about half of the country did do that. and we do seek in parts of the country, the virus under very goodontrol. in new york, new jersey, massachusetts,n, michither places. those states probably don't need
but it is very hard to know what it is that is going to take to bring the outbreaks in texas and florida and arizonand south carolina and other places under control. it may end up needing that kind of strict lockdown. the problem is there is no political appetite for it. window, it is going to be very hard to us to do such a thing. but unfortunately, the way it is heading, that is what science ig go to require, evidce is the disease under l.to do to get katty: so you are up in boston, in massachusetts which is in relatively good position. but somebody could travel from texas or florida to massachusetts. there are no firm restrictions. w much of a problem is that? >> it is quite a big problem.ve we have had border checks andalls across states in the united states. and what that has meant is when there are large outbreaks in sub
parts of the country, it spreads across the country. that is why many of us are calling for a national strategy, as opposed to every state figuring it out on their own. i don't think i am optimistic we are going to get a national strategy, so massachusetts and other states will have to contend with affect other states have large outbreaks now. katty: doctor, can you just briefly clarify something for me? there has been a debate between the white house and the president and dr.ci fver the mortality rates and whether the fact the mortality rate ismi down is good news. dr. fauci said it is a falseat nae. what does he mean by that? >> first of all, fewer deaths is always a good thing. the white house is technically correct that the mortality rates have been coming down,um or ther of people dying in the unitedtates has been coming down. the probm is that much of that really represents the fact we basically broke the back of the infection in new york and other hotspots. what we are seeing now is texas
and arizona and florida, i expect over e next days and eks, the fertility rates starting to climb. there's always lags in infection rates. i think this is really false assurance from the white house. i don't expect it is going to last for very long. katty: ok, doctor, joining us from harvard. thank you. eat t of this program, we will have good news about this pandemic. it is coming up. theoh hollywood actornny depps denied he has regularly engagediv in destructand violent behavior. the after suing the publisher of theew sunapers and executive editor dan wooden in the high court an london that said he physically abused his ex-wife. he denies the allegations with the publishers said the description of him as a wife beater was entirely accurate. you are watching bbc world news america. cstill e on this program, grieving in a time of pandemic.
how the heartbreaking act of saying goodbye has been affect by our ongoing crisis. ♪ katty: tiktok says it will cease its operations in hong kong. the popular video sharin app grows a -- joins a growing list. reporter: some analysts see it a s a pr stunt for tiktok because it is reported tt hong kong is relatively sma market for the mpany. last year, as we reported, tiktok only had 150,0 users in hong kong which is relatively small, consideng that the population in hong konis around 8 million. the company confirmed that its sister app will remain
cessible in hong kong. so many critics are saying in this move, tiktok basically treats hong kg not different than other mainland cities which is exactlyal what the nati security law allegedly aims to do. ♪ katty: more than 130 thousand people have died in the united states since this outbreak began. nsthat more than 130,000 in a state of morning, but often with no way to grieve. even with lockdown measures ngea funerals and other mass gatherings are difficult. jane o'brien has gone to meet one motr and daughter who recently lost a loved one to see how they he been coping. jane: theol monof lockdown is amplified by grief. chvestine and her daughter experienced loss before.
christine's husbind was killed car crash when sam was a baby but this is different. >> grieving right now, 's not the same as any other time. we're stuck in a moment. time is moving.n't feelike jane: after a 10 day illness, christine's mother died from covid. the family unable to share her last moments. >> we didn't have a numeral funeral. my mother was religious. we have to ha people watch from a link if they wanted to tune into the service. we were allowed 10 people. we couldn't be near each other. we were all in separate pews. my daughter and i were able to sit togethebut i couldn't with my siblings. i couldn't hug my siblings. at theemery, we were separated. that's not normal. jane: nothing is normal in the sacred rituals and even the
process of grieving has beoc distorted byl distancing and quarantine. >> i think under normal conditions, pre-covid, you would have things that kept you busy. that is 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. >> there are times i find myself up in my room reading, drawing, just watching tv and i just are crying.y i think about am crying. this is a different type of quarantine for us. demost people aring with the same things staying at home,g go the grocery store. but it is different because we ha had something extra, like thrown in there with the wh ole stew. jane: with sony people experiencing grief a isolation,xperts fear and mental health crisis could be on the horizon. >> it takes time to adjust to
the new normal, especially'en you dot know what it is. sony people -- so many people don't know what the new normal looks like until they start livingn it. if we can adapt that life cane ok even if it is different i think we won't be damaged. but if we keep holding on to what used to be, i think it will be incredibly damaging. we won't be able to move forward. >> going back to schacl, if we go like they might be joking aut it. it might be saying, well, quarantine was stupid. i did suffer a l and they may not have, just like with 9/11. it is going to be something people talk about for yrs and decades, and it's never going to go away. so, i feel like this is always going to be what i remember and it is going to be hard. katty: jane o'brien reporting as families come to terms with their loss, others are being reunited after lockdown. care workers in the u.k. look
after those who can't look after themselv. for the past 12 weeks, staff at one care home in somerset have been living on site to keep elderly residents safe. only now have they been reu oted with the families. we have the sto. reporter:fter 84 days inside, this is the moment these careres nally reunited with thei families. what have you missed the most? >> cuddles. reporter: three months 2 protecting tresidents who live here at this care help in somerset. but comes at a cost. chris has not been home to see his wife ofour-year-old daughter for months. >> i have missed my husband, my friend. it is very hard being with a four-year-old 24/7. >> to see this face first thing in the morning coming in is going to be amazing. oh, i love you so much. reporter: tina is a care
assistant. she has been sleeping in the stock room. >> here we are in the bathroom. reporter: she has not had a shower for 12 weeks. >> so, we've got no washing we just got ladies down the corridor which is our bathroom and toilet. we have little wash in the sink. nighttime and reporter: married to ray for 26 foyears lockdown, the long as the have been apart was five days. >> she's a very strong person and i know she would cope. she's always been there. real solid woman and you won't find a better one. >> that's nice. [laughter] reporter: their reaction to the prime minister's comment that too many care homes the not follow proceres. >> you only have to look around and talk to the carersw and k how much they care. there are hundreds of thousandsu of otherthere that have done things similar, exactly the
same. so, yeah, it is a bit unfair, bit dishetening. reporter: for three months, staff had become temporary residence of this care home. day-to-dayife alongside celebrating easter, and many birthdays. and they have kept the t.rus ou but after 12 weeks, they finally feel it is safe to go back home. katty: i told you we had some good news today. ouquickly before go, forget rain on your wedding day. what's a girl to do when there's a pandemic? a group of frustrated brides to be in italy got dressed in their ndbest gathered outside the world-famous fountain. wtheye protesting against italy's ongoing coronavirus restrictions. gs were allowed to resum in italy in may but large gatherings are still prohibited.
even at small weddings, you have to wr a mask even for the happy couple. throwing confetti is out of the window. so instead, we get a fla mob of angry brides at one of the worlds most romantic spots against coronavirus. i will see you tomo. ♪ narrator: funding for this presentation of this program is provided by. language specialists teaching spanish, french and more. raymond jame the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solione for america'ected needs. and by contrstutio to this pbion from viewers like you. thank you.
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