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♪ brent: a dark day for the u.k., britain has europe's highest death toll from the coronavirus, more than 32,000 died, more than italy. the british government says it is too soon to pasass judgment n the testing began too late. also tonight, taking stock of germany's progress. the country has wonn praise for
keeping the death rate low, what is behind it success and steps. if a pandemic was not enough, the u.s. facing another threat, giant killer hornets. scientists are worried. we will tell you why. i am brent goff. welcome. new numbers, the terrible toll of the pandemic in the u.k. the national statistics office says more than 32 thousand have died of covid-19. britain has the high death toll in europe, surpassing italy. only the united states has seen more people succumb to the virus.
>> britain's new death toll left one official at a >> loss for words. >>what you see is -- >> what you see is deaths still continue to climb and is um, higher than we could wish, is all i could say. >> the prime minister's deputy was seeker to point out figures could not be compared >> at this stage. >>there are different ways of counting deaths, as we know. we now publish data that includes all deaths in all settings, and all countries do that, so i'm not sure the international comparison works. you will know that all countries are reliably measuring the same way. >> the government's latest hope why was here, the inland southern coast, the testing ground for a new contact tracing app, to be rolled out across the country.
>> it let you know quickly if you come into contact someone with symptoms. >> is it too little, too late? even the government's chief scientntific advisor has now admitted failings. >> i have been amazed, if we look backk, we could'veve done something differently there. if we manage t to rampp t testig capacity quicker, it would h hae beenen beneficiaial. for all sorts of reasons, that didn't happen. >> critics have said that britain's conservative government responded too slowly to the spread of the virus and failed to contain the outbreak by widely testing, tracing, and isolating people. and althouough restrictionss hav meant that the spread of the virus has slowed, britain would likely end up being the european country hardest hit by the pandemic. brent: for more, let's bring in our correspondent. good evening.
we heard from the government today it is too early to pass judgment on the policies of the government, and time to look at the statistics. how do we explain today's spike? >> it is a sad record for the government. nope country wants to hold such a record. the data in outlook said people who have died in their home or care homes, but never tested positive for covid-19, but it does mention on their death certificate they have most likely decide of the disease. the reason they never tested positive is now testing has never been done by this government. they have done no testing outside of the hospital since mid-march, though many, many people who never made it to the hospital dieting care homes, their own homes, and never tested positive for the virus.
some models but the death toll at thousand in the u.k., 55,000 deaths, so very high behind the numbers, the statistics, victims , families with loved ones, and frontline workers, over 100 now doctors and nurses who have fought this virus and died of it. brent: is it statistics, testing, can we say with the u.k. has done wrong here? >> experts have been saying for a while that big government has acted slow and halfhearted come the lockdown came to lake, was the virus had already spread across the country, especially in london, hotspot for the pandemic, and that is one of the reasons why the death toll is so high here, but the other one is that while the u.k. was at the height of the pandemic, boris
johnson fell ill, went into intensive care come and nearly died of the fire is. there was a clear lack of leadership at that point, no one stepping up, no political progress on testing and protective gear, so it felt like the perfect storm at times, but the british don't seem to outcry just yet because today polls showed the trusting government has not been higher than today in a long time. brent: when you look at the situation from outside the u.k., people would think boris johnson almost died with covid-19, you would think the government would be even more stringent in its measures to test people and to stop the virus, but that is not the case, is it? >> it does appear he is taking the virus much more serious than in the beginning. now he has that near-death
experience from the virus. for exampmple, donors and party members have been putting an immense pressure on him to ease the lockdown, which he has not made clear. he wants the lockdown to remain in place for some more weeks until the curve is flattened and the hospitalization stop in the u.k., so at the moment they are trying to figure out the issue of mass testing not being done on a mass scale, testing, tracing, tracking not happening, and that is the only way out of the lockdown, and one hope is supposed to be launched soon, where infected people can trace their contacts, so that would be one way out of the lockdown. brent: thank you. reporting on a very sad day for the u.k.. thank you.
here is around up the latest pandemic news. spain's daily death toll has come in under 200 for the third consecutive day. the total toll now stands at 27,000, according to the countries health minister. in the u.s., new york state has reported more than 1700 previously undisclosed deaths at nursing homes and adult care facilities. in the netherlands, they have purchased one million blood test to show whether a person has been infected with the coronavirus. the health minister said the test will give insight into how antibodies develop in those infected with the virus. many european countries have close their borders to curb the spread of the corona virus, and the effects are having an impact on some communities more than others. lockdown measures and france have hit migrants particularly hard, many in the northern port city of calais, where they hope
to cross over to britain. conditions in migrant shelters were bad before, but many say the lockdown has made things worse. lisa louis visited him migrant camp and calais in northern france and spoke with people about how the countries response to the virus is affecting them. correspondent: there is no let up, even in these times of covid-19. we want to film what has been almost a daily routine since 2018. migrants are told to move their tents a few meters. once the police have left, the migrants put the tents back. no one wants us to film their face, but they told us they feel harassed. >> they don't see us as human beings. they don't respect us. they kicked my foot. if you don't wake up when they come, they take away your tent,
then we have to ask aid workers for a new one and wait up to one week. correspondent: sanitary conditions are bad. >> we are not allowed to go into town. we have been stuck in these camps since the beginning of the pandemic. some were taken to shelters, but we had to stay up to four people in a room. that is illegal. correspondent: they try to support each other, but that is more difficult these days. this is where the jungle was in 2016 when it was demolished. some 8000 migrants lived in this camp. conditions were bad. migrants managed to set up an infrastructure of sorts unable to help each other out. now, authoritieses are trying to prevent migrants from constructing another jungle, by building fences like this one. aid workers have had to reduce
staff by half at the camp. they say the government response is not helping. >> this is a step backwards for migrants. there is no legal aid. evacuations continue in migrants keep getting harassed by the police. you would thought they would stand together come up at these vulnerable people are being left behind. >> authorities say many c checkp on the migrants in the camps in the evacuations are necessary. >> we are offering shelter for that to 715 migrants to geget medical cacare. 350 three people have already taken up that option. >> the migrants are being evacuated every two days, if they are camping illegally. we need to prevent them from settling. correspondent: aid workers say there aren't enough shelters. many migrants would rather stay here and try to cross.
>> i will never give up. one day i will get to england. my dream is to have real freedom , a nice house, nice life. correspondent: manga's wants to join his brother already in englandd, but the corona main dimmick -- corunna pandemic has made reaching the other side of the channel more difficult than ever. brent: germany's development minister is warning the corona crisis could make poor countries even poor, sparking mass migration. presenting a new german development strategy with assistance to two dozen countries, he stressed that human rights and good governance would increasingly become preconditions for receiving any aid from germany. at the same time, germany would leave no country behind when it comes to humanitarian assistance. our chief editor caught up with
germany's development minister and ask him about the fxcm expects the coronavirus to have on aid and development. correspondent: you are warning that the poorest of the poor will become poor at the end of this coronona crisis. what do countries like germany have to to do right now? >> it is alreaeady a reality, nt just a concern. the coronavirus is he hitting the poorest of the hardest. we are seeing the biggest withdrawal of investment capital from africa and emerging economies in 50 years, $100 billion. we are leaving poor to developing countries behind, cutting them off. it must not become our future, that rich countries emerge stronger in poor countries are left even poor. -- poorer. correspondent: you see the
effect of this crisis as proof that the camps we have seen over the past decade simply don't work anymore. do you expect that to change? >> yes come because it is in our interests. it is an unbelievable scandal to see large corporations, and i'm talking about amazon or microsoft, making billions in extra profits without paying one euro for dollar in taxes invested here. that is why i am demanding the implementation of the digital and financial transaction tax. it simply must not be that the biggest crisis of the last 50 years ends up producing big winners on the financial markets. correspondent: what impact does this crisis have on migration? >> the deciding factor will be whether thehe virus becomes as
dangerous in emerging and developing countries as it has proven in spain, itataly, and germany. if it does, that will have dramatic consequences. we will then see states collapse, n new h hunge crises,d large-e-scale migration. we can already see some signs of that, because terrorirists grous are banking on such a scenario, and that is why this is a question of security for germany and europe. correspondent: minister come thank you very much. brent: it has been 100 days since germany's first confirmed case of covid-19. since then, nearly 7000 had died as the illness spread across the nation, but germany has fared far better than other countries in the battle to slow its own epidemic. here is a closer look at how the outbreak has unfolded in germany
, as berlin plans its next steps aimed at reopening public life. correspondent: the president of the public health agency had good news tuesday, only 680 five new registered cases in germany since monday. >> it is our goal to protect the population from covid-19, and that has worked well in germany come as you can tell from the figures. correspondent: it is 100 days since coronavirus hit germany and bavaria, january 27, a man falls ill after contracting the virus from his chinese coworker. german officials are initially relaxed, the health minister comparing the virus to the flu. early march, the region becomes a virus hotspot, but a soccer
game goes ahead with some 50,000 spectators. this is when the severity of the crisis really hits germany. in early march, tv images from italy reached german households. by mid-march, more people have died in italy than china, making italy the most hard-hit country. authorities ramp up testing and add icu bebeds. big events get canceled, shops and schools closed, border checks imposed. and when men because it means the public face of the fight against the virus. angela merkel initially stays quiet, but in mid-march, addresses the german nation on tv, a first in her 15 years as head of government. >> these are the most severe restrictions post-war germany has ever seen.
let me assure you that for somebody like me for whom freedom of travel and movement was a hard-fought fight, such restrictions are only justified when absolutely necessary. correspondent: the measures seemed to work. the calculations show when and how many people became infected, and win key steps were taken to slow the spread. now shops, museums, and churches can open if they need hygiene and social distancing requirements. face masks are mandatory for shopping and public transport. on wednesday, angngela merkel ad 1616 premiers will discuss the next round of easing restrictions. bavarian officials have announced beer gardens can open on may 18. brent: let's go beyond beer gardens and ring in our political or expounded in. we understand angela merkel and leaders of the german states
will discuss the next steps to ease this lockdown. what exactly is on the list? correspondent: we expect they will pave the way for the reopening of shops, regardless of their size. the gradual reopening of schools and kindergartens is important. it becomes increasingly difficult for parents to keep their children at home when they themselves are expected to go back to work. probably more sports will be allowed, not only individual sports, but more popular sport, which has been discussed in recent days. the resuming of the season of the bundesliga, the german soccer league has been discussed in recent days.
brent: some states have started loosening restrictions on their own time schedule. what does that tell us about the authority of the chancellor when it comes to managing the crisis? correspondent: angela merkel has to accept in germany that the federal system, the state premiers have their own interests, and some of them could not even wait for the scheduled conference with the chancellor, but announced before hand that they would open up their hotels and restaurants in may, just for the beginning of the holiday season. this was criticized heavily by senior politicians of the grand coalition. angela merkel wanted to step forward more cautiously, to take a uniform approach for the whole country, but now it has to
change a strategy to more regional solutions. brent: we know that viruses don't recognize regional borders. there is a warning of a second wave of infections that could hit the country. what is the german government doing to make sure that does not happen. correspondent: apparently there isn't much they can do, because a second or third wave is most probable, and the head of germany's disease control agency said this in the nature of the pandemic, but sees germany well put. . the doctors have learned how to treat the ill. we have more i see use than before, more testing capacity, but still the chancellor advises caution because they want to ease some restrictions in case
infections rise again, so they will have an eye on the number of infections. brent: thank you. thank you. here are some other stories making headlines around the world. federal prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant in connection with the cyber attack on the german parliamenent, acaccug russia's mimilitary service of hacking the bundestag computer systems. the group is also wanted in the united states for interfering in the 2016 election. a philippine tv station that has reported critically has been forced off the air. their license expired after hearings on renewal or delayed in a temporary license wasas deninied. government officiaials denied te closure has anything to do with
limiting press freedom. donald trump has denied any involvement by the u.s. government and what venezuelan officials call a failed armed incursion in the south american country. authorities arrested two american citizens among a group of mercenaries, claiming that the group wanted to overthrow president nicolas maduro. the e united nations says overcrowded and unhygienic prisons in latin america are a major concern during this pandemic. one official said some jails have f five timeses as many inms as they were designed to hold. the fear of infection has triggered rioting in several countries. ordinary people have been paying tribute to doctors and nurses working on the front lines to save lives during this pandemic. many have done so by applauding health workers at night or by raising funds to support their health systems, but for one couple in bolivia, the best way
to thank essential workers is with a home-cooked meal. correspondent: cooking meals as a family together under lockdown food he and his wife have found a new calling, along with their mother. movement restrictions came into force in mid-march. inststead of his job as a marketing manager, he spends his day in the kitchen, preparing food, and this is what is cooking. 100 portions of roast chicken and french fries for essential workers, doctors, nurses, disinfection teams, and the police. >> we tell them that the news today y is we brought them dinnr or lunch, and they say thank you very much. it is a thanks from the soul.l. it is very gratifying.
correspondent: time to get the food to those who need it. the cost of the ingredients come out of the couples on pockets, but say friends have started offering them donations to help. one savvy marketer has a snappy slogan,, taking care of those wo care for us. >> we say mission accomplished at the end of the day. we reached a sector that needed it, to feed those taking care of me and taking care of my daughters. correspondent: bolivia is planning to east the lockdown next week, but they say they want to keep making and delivering their tasty meals to show their thanks. brent: in the u.s., hundreds of asian murder hornets have turned up in washington state, a nasty sting and not sweet to honeybees. corrrrespondent: it is only two -inches long and a sting that
can kill. the asian giant hornet has appeared in the u.s., and has officials worried. >> what makes it dangerous is people donon't know to look k fr them. it is o our ground-nenesting species. if you were to encounterer a ne, you could be stung several times and be hurt. correspondent: several stings can kill a human. it is responsible for 50 deaths a year in japan, giving it the nickname murder hohornet. >> the venom itself is fairlyy toxic andnd creates the meltingf flesh around the wound. correspondent: there have been four sightings in the northwestern u.s., and now they will be emerging from hibernation. it is not humans most at risk, but honeybees. researchers c call that the
slauaughter face, whenn they slaughter r honeybybees and feee bodies to theieir young. >> pollinanation is a huge p paf agriculture in the agririculturl systems in the u.s., and so if this were to become well-established and start spreading, it could be pretty catastrophic. correspondent: beekeepers have reported gruesome deaths. scientists will be trapping queens in the hope of eradicating the species. correspondent: a after a break,i will take you through the day. stick around for that.
the day at two eighty k. up to thirty two thousand dead across england scotland wales and northern ireland the uk is now the european countries most affected. by the corona virus pandemic the more the government in london talks if trying to be stop professional soccer behind closed doors. back to school for the french president emmanuel macron used a visit to a private school outside paris to talk about plans to re open classrooms. and that under he sighed strange beaches are set to remain closed until at least june. the man in the mosque white donald trump said he put outside thi
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