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viewers like you. thank you. announcer: and now, "bbc world news". >> this is out. the u.s. is lightning coronavirus guides, saying fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask outdoors. it's hoped that easing the rules on mask wearing would encourage more people to take up the offer of the jab. >> for those who have not gotten their vaccination yet, especially if you are younger, or think you don't need it, this is another great reason to go get vaccinated. now. now. >> funeral parlors continue to burn it india. the government denies it is overstating the number of coronavirus deaths, that the real number could be more than
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double. >> we bring bodies to be cremated at the homes. >> clashes in the mr as forces from a separatist group have attacked and destroyed a burmese military. and, looking at the brexit, promises that were made and how many have been delivered. welcome to those of you watching on pbs in america and, everyone else watching on bbc world news. president biden says americans vaccinated against covid-19 no longer need to wear masks outdoors, except at crowded events or in public spaces. here some of what he said. >> beginning today, gathering with a group of friends in a
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park, going for a picnic, as long as you are vaccinated and outdoors, you cado it without a mask. the cdc is able to make this announcement, because our scientists are convinced by the data that the odds of getting or getting -- or getting the virus to others is very low. if you are both fully vaccinated. and out in the open air. >> the president says it is down to the effectiveness and the rollout across the u.s.. he made a plea to the public to going get jab. >> this is another great reason to go get vaccinated, now. now. yes, vaccines are about saving your life. but, also the lives of the people around you. they are also about helping you get back closer to normal. normal living. getting together with friends,
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going to the park for a picnic. thout needing to mask up. back to that place now, as long as you get vaccinated. so, go, get the shot. it has never been easier. >> president biden says it is thanks to the vaccination program. let's remind ourselves of the statistics. about 37% of the adult population has been vaccinated, over 95 million people. figures indicate demand has slowed. last week, the u.s. reported the lowest number of new doses administered by day since late march. health officials believe hesitancy may be a factor and they want to reassure americans that covid vaccines are safe and effective, especially after regulators suspended the use of johnson & johnson for 10 days or possible blood clots. two messages, first, the shift in rules around wearing masks and second, an emphasis of those
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who have not been vaccinated to get there soon. >> the latter part is the most significant because there will be people who are not wearing masks outdoors. quite frankly, at the moment, whether they have been vaccinated or not. the guidance is changing. officially, a lot of states taking thedc guidance and putting that until local if you will. the key messages if you want to get back to normal life, the vaccine is the way to do that. so, a payment in the messaging for sure. >> help me out the practicalities, gary. if there is a group that some have had the vaccine and some have it, how will the authorities know who is going to wear t mask and who should not? >> of course they are not, are they? this is one of the things where the enforceability is slightly different from the rules that are actually published. when they are trying to do is
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persuade people. because there is hesitancy over the take-up of the vaccine among certain groups. saying if you want to get back to a normal life, going do this. there is no evidence that they have the manpower or the inination to go around asking people for their vaccine certificates. even though you do get one, generally speaking, when you have had the vaccine. >> there isothing evidence that india is under reporting the number of deaths of covid-19. officially, it has been scored in 247,000 deaths. it is feared figures are higher. >> a collective loss, that is hard to process. there is a tragic inevitability in india. because, tomorrow, these seats
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will be the same. around-the-clock, volunteers have been helping to cremate those who have died. >> 50% of deaths are qualified as covid-19. we bring bodies to be cremated. later deaths, victims who died. >> he believes the actual death toll is far higher than the official numbers. in a country job the pharmacy of the world, because it produces so many medicines, there isn't enough to go around. police guard the limited supplies. families are forced to rate -- to wait. many feel abandoned by those in power. >> the government has failed us, those who could normally survive would die. so many people are dying because
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they are unable to get the most basic services. i have never seen this before. >> no cry for help can save when india is already lost. as thousands die every day. and families bear the pain. >> last week, indian recorded over 2.2 million cases. in that same week, and logged over 60,000 deaths. there is lots of evidence that it is much higher. the investigation found the least 1150 deaths are missing from the official covid cap. another report suggested figures recorded by crematorium's maybe double the official government statistics because only fatalities and hospitals are currently being counted. there is also evidence of undercounting of infections. >> i know people who say they displayed covid symptoms but they can't get themselves tested
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because hospitals are turning them away. speaking to the owr of pathology lab who said the staff is overwhelmed, they can't accommodate more people. and that would reflect in the number of infections reported by the city, also impact the response. in the western state, the local media reported amid april, once to projected the death of her divinity -- should be between 150 and 160 people when they went to crematorium's, over 600 bodies were brought every day. that is with the challenges for the government, to be transparent so they can prepare accordingly to handle the crisis. >> there are many devastating elements of the story, patients having to die at home because hospitals are turning away. others are dying in the streets as they wait for treatment. there was a car park, now it a
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crematorium. the staff around dhi are dealing with unprecedented numbers of bodies, many have run out of space, also hearing that some places are running low on wood for funeral pyres. there is also a pressing oxygen crisis. india now has the biggest demand for oxygen out of all lower middle and upper middle income countries. to one organization, india's demand is growing between 68% everyday. to put that in context, currently 90% has been devoted to medical use. that requires a huge operation involving trains, tankers and rcraft. most of it comes by rail on oxygen excess strains -- express trains. the roots they take heading to the west. this is the most recent arrival in delhi, carrying 70 tons of
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oxygen. we should stress this crisis is being felt all over india. the only case rates have risen across the country. the city of mumbai has reported the highest yet. the other state is also recording a major spike. >> we are recording more than 15,000 cases per day. the situation is not as bad as it is in some other places. but if this trend continues for a week or more, we will be short of resources. major resources marking only oxygen. the green doctors, the green nurses, they are being forced to do continuous duty. we have a recipe, many of my colleagues are working on the boards. >> india's government build
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denies deliberate inaccuracies and insist people should not be nicking. here is the policy advisor for industries ministry of external affairs. >> every death is being accounted for. deaths cannot be headed in a country like india. when is possibly happening is that the debts are not being categorized correctly at the moment. so, people whhave died of illnesses related to covid or due to covid would maybe be categorized as having died from a comorbidity. there will ultimately be a reconciliation. we saw this last year when there was a reconciliation. that is likely to happen soon. >> some help is arriving for hospitals. this was delhi early on, the first shipment of medical supplies from u.k.. ventilators, oxygen concentrators. germany, canada, the who, as well as india's regional rivals,
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pakistan, china. have also seen stadiums transformed into hospitals to chinese the pressure. this is a campus in delhi that is now a treatment center. it has 10,000 beds. all made out of high-strength cardboard. also, these trade carriages are being used as makeshift medical wards. capacity is 64,000 patients. while president biden has been speaking about the health -- to help the u.s. is offering, here's some of what he has said. >> we are sending the mechanical parts needed for the machinery they have to build a vaccine. that is being done, as well. we are also dcussing, i have discussed with him when we will be able to send actual vaccines to india, which will be my intention to do. the problem is, right now, we have to make sure we have other vaccines like novavax and others coming.
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i think we will be in a position to be able to share vaccines, as well as know-how. with other countries who are in real need. that is the hope and expectation. i might add, when we are in a bind at the beginning, india helped us. >> in a few minutes on outside source, we will bring you our next video and a series looking the promises made before brexit and look yet was happening now in the reality. ♪ >> nothing, it seemed, was too big to withstand the force the tornado. the extent of the devastation will lead to renewed cause for government help and housing. >> internationally, there have already been processed. they received no warning of the accident, the rusans first denied anything had gone wrong.
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activity levels began to increase outside russia, then they were forced to admit the accident. ♪ >> the mood here is of great celebration. this is the end of a 12 year war, they have taken the a than fighting for for so long. >> 7:00 in the morning, the day when power began to fast -- to pass from the minority to the majority when africa reclaimed its last colony. >> we are here in the bbc newsroom, our lead story is that president biden has told americans if they have been vaccinated, they no longer need to wear masks when meeting outdoors. he also urged more people to take up an offer.
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we turn to myanmar, because it has seen one of the intense crashes since the military coup nearly three months ago. this was the scene when they captured an army outpost in the region. the union represents the ethnic minority current communities in current state. it bders thailand and the southwest of myanmar. nearly 6 billion people live in the region and communities of the majority, they want self-determination, they have been fighting since 1949. they feel marginalized in the countries postindependence process and still do. in 2012, there was a cease-fire, that was broken when the military again launching airstrikes in march of this year. >> there is no denying what happen, it was very visible from the thai side. that post was isolated, cut off from the rest of myanmar. soldiers there had begun to depend on thai soldiers to leave
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food. they do not have enough food, they were vulnerable. they moved in this morning around 5:00. they heard on the gunfire, loud explosions, suggesting quite a bit of fighting. and then they saw the various huts that have been put there by the burmese to accommodate their soldiers, being set on fire. it looks like they have taken the post. what is important ends it reminds us there has been continued fighting over the past month. all from the myanmar military defeing with they believe the army has essentially expanded its footprint, under the cover of a nine-year-old cease-fire and is trying to, the bmr military has been using airpower, including ground attack aircraft. bombing villages in the air. using artillery with thousands of people displaced. an ongoing conflict, linked into the larger conflict in myanmar because they have been the
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strongest supporter among the ethnic armies, the various ethnic armies in bmr. all of the opposition sheltering we think maybe 2000 people who fled from the cities. so when the bmr military goes after them, they have that in mind as well. >> so they support the pro-democracy movement,hat has held huge protest like this one since the military overthrew the government in february. this was today, hundreds of people took part, the largest rep -- the large rally we have seen in weeks. it is becoming harder to hold the rallies because of the crackdown on opposition. at least 700 people have bn killed. it is getting hard to get footage out of bmr because of the sensor. these are pictures from over a month ago of soldiers arresting several processors in the south of the country. since those crackdowns, the southwest has become a refuge for those trying to escape the military regime.
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>> the opposition has kind of evolved in the last couple of mohs to push last for the end, but also for a more inclusive feature, there are lots of people on the streets in big cities as well as in the current state. at the same time, they sheltering high-level participants, kind of high-level leaders of government exile as well as activists, thought to be sheltering in areas. they are also protecting protesters in the current state, offering them food and water. it has emerged as one of the ethnic >> >> with the goals of the broader protest movement. it is of course a setback for diplomatic efforts, particularly those with the association of southeast asian nations to try to end this. last weekend, they had talks with the head of the army, saying here to try to end violence with the civilians.
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the military said it would consider a plan to resolve the conflict and prioritize morbid order. skeptical of commitmen made, is the former ambassador, they said they cannot dinner as the military moves to walk back even the limited agreement reached on saturday. asational pressure continues to mount, what difference does it making? they have written an open letter to the military, asking to commit to end violence. he says he has doubts that they would. >> the risk was, we all knew going in. that this was going to be simply a propaganda employed. to make the leader look like he was at a state meeting with the other head of states. that is preposterous, that legitimacy is seeking, done through playacting. that is what he was trying to
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do. that was theisk, it was tempting, everybody believes having the stake among the countries of the world to try to put this together. we're looking to see that they can make any kind of breakthrough. the violence we have seen, it appears as if this was, indeed, a propaganda ploy. >> just so i am clear, do you or anyone else have direct interactions with the military? >> i do not. i have issued an open letter, inside of the country. we worked very hard to overcome the obstacles they are presenting to us. we cannot speak to the president, the state council or any of the thousands of people in detention. it is very difficult, we have had no responses whatsoever from the military. >> ever since 2016, outside
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source has been following the brexit story. now brexit is the reality, we are looking at if the promises have been capped. today, northern ireland. boris johnson made this promise. >> we will expect the peace process and the good friday agreement. >> northern ireland's past remains clear in the memory. this month, we have seen reminders of the violence. the most serious for years. where, if it all, does brexit fit in. for starts, there was one thing >> we will, under no circumstances have checks near the border in northern ireland. >> that commitment did not solve
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this problem. >> there has to be a border, it can be on the island or in the sea. >> had enrolled out a land border, could bxit evolve -- involve checks in the sea? in 2018, boris johnson ruled this out. attacking the then prime minister. >> we will be damaging the fabric of the union, with regulatory checks and customs controls between great britain and northern ireland. no british conservative government could or should sign up for any such arrangement. >> the check so what brexit has delivered. in 2020, there was this meeting between boris johnson and ireland's prime minister. he was clear, there will be no border down the irish seas. over my dead body. if that is what was said, this is what has happened.
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the brexit trade deal comes with the northern ireland protocol. it stipulates that northern ireland in effect stays in the single market for good, certain goods moving to northern ireland from the rest of the u.k. are subject to checks. checks we were told would not happen. that has brought pressure on northern ireland's peace settlement. the good friday agreement was signed in the 90's, it ended violence between nationalist who wanted northern ireland to join the republic of ireland, they wanted to stay in the u.k.. as part of this, the irish border is open. no checks. the eu and u.k. agreed that land border checks wrist republican anger. there was no equipment a schip -- calculation for loyalists checks in the irish sea and anger has followed. >> protocol has betrad us and made us feel like foreigners and our own country. they will not cup the mustard. >> we have also seen violence in
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areas. this was connected to upset over the handling of a large republican funeral of the last year. that is connected to a broader section that loyalists are not being treated fairly. anger at the form brexit has taken, for his part, he expressed concerns and has called the checks unnecessary. describing it this way. >> we are getti the barnacles off of the thing. sandpaper and get into shape. >> that is the prime minister arguing to sandpaper into shape the checks he agreed to. the u.k. is accused by the eu a breaking international law. outside of the eu, hard to sandpaper away. for the first time, the port is set the stage. this is the city that built the titanic, something creative thought was unthinkable. -- unsinkable.
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in 2018, he turned to that story. >> the titanic brings to mind, and now is the time. to point out the iceberg ahead. >> now though, boris johnson believes with brexit done, the u.k. can selloff. but, for some, the titanic warning still stands. the risk is greater than its creators realize. what is certain, is that how brexit works is still being contested. in the brexit story continues to unfold in brussels. here are pictures coming in from european parliament. later, it will vote to ratify the new trade deal between the european union and the u.k.. in less something very strange happens. that is defitely going to go through.
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