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berlin. tonight, a race against time as emergency covid-19 medicine supplies arrive in india. oxygen and ventilators are needed for overcrowded hospitals where new patients are being turned away. number of covid-19 deaths continues to grow exponentially. the british prime minister insists he did not make insensitive comments about covid-19 victims.
boris johnson's denials are falling on deaf ears. the german politician who is taking on facebook in the courts. a meme of this green party mp including a fake quote made the rounds on social media. she is suing facebook in the hope it will be a landmark case in fighting hate speech online. ♪ i'm brent goff. tour viewers on pbs in the united states and all of you around the world, welcome. the first foreign emergency supplies are arriving in india as it takes on a catastrophic wave of covid. germany says it will send in medical equipment of the next coming days. on tuesday, india registered more than 300,000 new cases of
the coronavirus for a sixth consecutive day. overwhelmed hospitals are turning patients away as the government scrambles to get equipment to those who need it most. this has turned into a race against time. >> in some indian hospitals, the oxygen supply has run out. people who might have survived the d's are dying as a result -- the disease are dying as a result. there is no oxygen in all of town. my mother was admitted three days ago. i was told she was fine. last night, they said they did not have any more oxygen. she passed away. hospitals and icu units across the country are overwhelmed after weeks of a sharp rise in cases. the health care system is collapsing.
oxygen has become the most precious of commodities. >> buying oxygen at the rate of gold. it has come to that level. >> they are lowering the oxygen level, but it needs to be higher. so this is the problem. >> with oxygen and hospital beds running out, the government is scrambling to get equipment to thareas that are hardest hit. >> we have compressed oxygen moving across the country using the system to get it into the places that need it the most. >> emergency supplies from the u.k. have begun arriving and more help is promised from abroad. after the final details have been clarified, the first shipment will be on its way in the next few days. in the meantime, many indians
are left to fend for themselves. doing all they can to care for loved ones. some drive for hours in search of oxygen. >> i have come from very far to collect oxygen for my father. i am scared although the oxygen is available today, what will we do if it is not available tomorrow. >> until help arrives on a larger scale, many people in india are left gasping for air. brent: for more, i want to bring in a doctor who is the director of the duke global health innovation center in north carolina. it is good to have you on the program. when we look at the situation in india, it looks like the health care system has been caught completely off guard, completely unprepared. how is that possible?
>> you are exactly right. we should remember the indian health system is under resourced to begin with. there is about 4% of gdp that is spent on essential health services and expenditures while the global average is closer to 10%. theres not a lot of capacity to start with. what we saw after the wave in the fall, several months that should have been time for preparation were wasted as time of complacency, of indifference and we saw very large religious gatherings go forward. we saw election rallies being held. this was a catastrophe in the making that could have been avoided. brent: this is also a question of priorities. india under prime minister modi has invested hugely in its military. if you compare that to what it has invested in the health care
system, it has been rather small. is this the right priority to have? >> i think india needs significant investment in the health sector. you are not going to see lge economic growth as long as you are not dealing with the health of populations. we have seen that from investment in health and around the world. we know the private sector has a huge role to play in india as the major delivery system for health services. we are starting to see the private sector coalesce around the crisis. the public health system has collapsed. the health care delivery system has collapsed. we are seeing thousands of people everyday are paying with their lives for those failures. brent: india is reliant on foreign medical supplies. is that going to be key to bringing this crisis under control?
>> yes. we are farutstripping what is possible whether it isxygen, hospital beds, proctive equipment, medications. we do need to see a huge mobilization. that needs to continue over a period of days to weeks. it is going to take some time because the amount of time this has been building up. once we get past that phase over the next several weeks, we need to focus on how to shore up the health system, how to put stronger measures in place and try to ramp up vaccinations in the long term. brent: we know the models tell us we still have another two weeks of exponential growth in new cases as well as covid-19 deaths. beyond that, what needs to be done immediately to mitigate the damage? >> right now, people are dying
because they cannot access the basics. whether it is medical oxygen or a hospital bed. the ability to ramp up access immediately is critical to save lives today and tomorrow. the more supplies we can fly in, the more capacity we can help to support is what the world needs to be doing. the way we are going to turn the corner is to make sure we are reducing the infection rates and taking real public health measures to bring down the amazing spike we have seen in cases over the last several weeks. brent: joining us tonight from north carolina at duke university. we appreciate your time and your insights tonight. thank you. >> thank you. brent: in germany, the covid-19 curfew, a ban on going out after
10:00 p.m. is in effect and it is the latest attempt to slow down infections. it is being implemented despite protests in several cities. in cologne, in western germany, and even stricter curfew is being enforced. it appears most people are managing to stick to the rules. >> evening in cologne shortly before 9:00 p.m. soon, the curfew will come into force. >> at the beginning, it was terrible knowing you are not allowed to go about -- to go out anymore. i don't know if it will really help. >> we are kept in a cage. at least i feel like that. on the one hand, people are safe. on the other hand, they feel trapped because everyone wants to go outside and get fresh air. >> we cannot go anywhere. not to eat, not to do anything. i am hoping it will all be over soon. >> an hour later, a public order
-- public order officers start their patrol. they don't want to give their full names for fear of public hostility. the normally busy banks of the rhine are inserted with a few exceptions. >> good evening. we are from the public order office of cologne. do you know about the curfew? starting at 9:00 p.m.. not 10:00 p.m.. >> due to its high infection rates, cologne has 240 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people. that spurred the city to impose an earlier curfew. in the rest of germany, the curfew does start at 10:00 p.m. >> the problem is all these different regulations are pushing people to the brink. they don't know what they are allowed to do or not do. we have given ourselves a grace period. as long as cologne is on a
different track, we will try to have a relaxed discussion with people. >> that goes for the beginning of the evening. anyone who violates the rules later could face charges and a fine of up to 250 euros. most people have a valid reason to be outside as well as papers authorizing an exception to the rules such as people returning from work. again and again, they get reports of people on the move around the city. often, these are just false alarms. here, a music video is being shot. the shoot is approved and hygiene measures are in place. >> because this is normally a nightclub, the residents were worried a corona party would take place here. >> all in all, the office of public order has charged almost 140 people with breaking curfew in the past 10 days.
>> it is simply remarkable that no matter how much people complain about the measures and no matter how much pushback you get from a small part of society, the bottom line is most of them stick to the rules. the evening patrol is over for today. the curfew in cologne is set to last until mid-may. brent: it has been billed as europe's biggest indoor rock concert since the start of the pandemic paid a concert in spain that went ahead with 5000 unvaccinated music fans. organizers say it did not trigger a jump in infections. everyone wore masks at the indoor event but there was no social distaing. here is how it worked. >> on stage in barcelona, one of spain's most popular bands.
on the floor, a crowd dancing and cheering together, wearing masks with no assigned seating. no requirement to keep space free between them. excited fans gathered a month ago for the eagerly awaited event. the first big concert without social distancing since the start of the pandemic. concertgoers were given a coronavirus test before they were allowed in, an experiment to find out whether mass events can be safely held. music promoters worked with one of barcelona's main hospitals to put on the concert. doctors say fears of a jump in infections have proved unfounded. it was not a super spreading event. there has not been in excess of cases. there is no assigned transmission took place during the event. public health experts believe a
combination of ventilation, face masks and testing can work. the venue holds 17,000 people would only 5000 were allowed in. >> we have detected six people who tested positive after the concert. four have been able to identify the exact moment when they were infected. for example, two who attended were later infected by their mother-in-law. >> it is now hoped the event will be the first of many. >> these are good results that can open up the culture sector again. there is a lot at stake. a spanish study shows the european music industry lost three quarters of its income last year. brent: let's take a look at some of the other stories making headlines around the world. u.s. president calls it stunning
progress in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. more than 50% of adults in the u.s. have received at least one vaccine dose. the rate of new infections and deaths both falling. sources in myanmar say the village -- the military has calmed villages. -- has bombed villages. the strike came hours after a rebel group attacked in rp -- an army outpost. the rebels are close allies of the resistance movement against the coup. in chad, thousands have taken to the streets to protest the military council that took flat -- that took power. the transitional group has promised an inclusive national dialogue. protesters want an immediate return to civilian rule. british prime minister boris johnson is under pressure as he
heads into regional elections after a series of damaging leaks. multiple media organizations are reporting johnson said he would rather see bodies piled high in their thousands than impose a third coronavirus lockdown. the prime minister denies the reports and says his office is investigating the source of the leaks. this follows allegations of corruption made by his former chief advisor who claims mr. johnson asked conservative party donors to pay for the refurbishment at his official residence. for more, let's bring in london. this sounds like a lot of drama at downing street. >> yes indeed appeared for a lot of people, these alleged remarks by the prime minister would have
been in bad taste. there is -- there are many accusations against prime minister johnson that he has at in a non--- he has acted in a nontransparent way when it comes to the refurbishment of his flat. his former closest ally, his advisor who was the mastermind behind the brexit campaign and is the reason boris johnson is even prime minister. he was such a close and trusted aide, he has turned against the prime minister and said he has possibly acted illegally but also unethically in accepting donations for his refurbishment of the flat in downing street. that is what he alleges. the government says everything will be paid back. the opposition is seizing on this and saying everything needs to be more transparent.
there were other allegations. that the former prime minister david cameron has lobbied on behalf of a financial company and that was improper and also business people had access to prime minister boris johnson. a slurry of allegations. it does not look good for the prime minister at the moment. brent: will there be any consequences for the prime minister? >> if there will be any formal consequences, that is the subject of several investigations. what we do know is there are local elections next week. also elections for the scottish parliament. these are important on a national level because possible scottish independence is at stake. there is quite a lot of instability for the moment.
for the governor -- the government to be seen this way, the most damaging allegations are that boris johnson made these flippant remarks many people will find highly inappropriate about he would rather see bodies piled up than go into another lockdown. at the end of next week, there will be elections. we will see whether there will be any pushback from the voters when it comes to everything being alleged at the moment for the british prime minister. brent: we will see you next week. thank you. a new exhibition in berlin charts the life and work of one of germany's most distinguished nazi hunters. the chief prosecutor at auschwitz trial in 1963. he is best known for bringing out off eichmann to justice in israel.
>> the attorney general was determined to hold the national socialists legally accountable for their crimes when most in postwar germany went to to forget the past. imprisoned in the 1930's as a young jewish lawyer and committed left-winger, he fled to denmark and sweden. years later, he returned to track down nazi criminals. >> after the war, it seemed logical to bring about what we had dreamt of even thoughe were idealistic and probably overly optimistic. >> he secured cvictions for atrocities committed at auschwitz. >> the problem was people holding senior positions in the judicial system have themselves been nazis. that meant he was facing institutional resistance.
>> when he found out out off eichmann, one of the architects of the holocaust was hiding in argentina, he told the israeli secret service rather than the german authorities. he was driven by a desire for justice and accountability. >> he was a great humanitarian. he fought for justice and democracy. >> he died suddenly in 1968. his unrelenting battle for a better germany took its toll on his own health. brent: demanding to be deleted. a german politician is taking legal action to force facebook to remove phakic quotes from its site in which he hopes will be a landmark case in fighting hate speech. in 2015, the german green part laaker was the subjectf a meme which included a fake quote attributed to her. copies of the post are still widespread on febook.
she is demanding facebook delete not only the original posts but all of the copies. our digital reporter joins me now. give us the background. how did we get from there to here? >> like many politicians in germany who supported the country's asylum policy in 2015, she attracted a lot of criticism and became a target for right-wing extremists. in 2015, we have an image that was posted on facebook along with a fake quote that says integration begins with you as a german learning turkish, a reference to germany's turkish community. also a fake quote which she never said designed to provoke a reaction. she successfully sought deletion but duplicates have spread, often by her opponents.
you can see what happens. there is a warning label. but it is still there. although the original was deleted, you can still see the image with the fake quote over and over. she wanteds facebook to identify the duplicates using its technology and delete them proactively. she says these quotes are used at right wing groups to rip up hatred. she is fed up and that is why she is calling on the german courts to force facebook to act. earlier, i spoke to her and she told me about the impact these fake memes have. take a listen. >> it can drive people mad and nervous. it is bad for me as a politician when i am running for elections and people asked what kind of nonsense i am asking for.
it is also a strong psychological harm for a lot of other people. fake quotes like this are door openers for hate speech. brent: we know how difficult it is to delete something forever online. so why is this a landmark case? >> until now, if someone posts a fake quote about you or me, we can go to facebook and say this is a fake quote. what they can do if someone took that image before it was deleted, facebook will not go after the duplicate. we would have to complain again about the follow-up posts. it is this process of whack a mole that she and campaigners are objecting to. they think facebook should have a responsibility to delete all the images and repose. they say facebook has the power
to do this. in germany, facebook and automatically censor images of swastikas. they say, why can't you apply that technology to this problem? ultimately, they hope they can pressure facebook to change its policy. they hope that facebook will adopt the policy globally. brent: as always, thank you. sports news now in bundesliga german soccer now. byron have hired a new coach. they believe he signals a new generation of coaches, sending the 33-year-old to a five-year deal. >> he became the youngest coach in history when he took over in 2016. the coaching privacy -- prodigy help them qualify for the champions league for the first time ever.
since 2019, he has been at rb leipzig. they have been contenders every season. last season, he led them to the champions league semifinals. the defending champions were forced to find a new coach tour the coach announced he would be this -- would be departing. >> for other clubs, i would not have ended this contract. >> it cost them a reported 25 euros. if that is the case, it would make him the most expensive coach in the sport's history. >> i found the decision very good. i believe it is the right direction to go in. it bothers me a bite resigned but with him, there is a younger option. i think it is the right step.
>> he grew up near munich and has always made it possible -- made it public he has dreamt of coaching bbayern. brent: we were watching w news live from berlin. after a short break, i will be back to take you through the day. tonight, we ask who is responsible for india's coronavirus crisis. we will be right back. ♪
>> human rights watch says israel is subjecting palestinians to apartheid. they are accusing the ngo of being anti-semitic. three westerners are killed on a media trip. they are part of a team making a documentary about wildlife poaching. terrorists are behind what they are calling executions. at least three people killed as thousands take the streets at the capital of chad. demonstrating against what they are calling a military coup.