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this is g.w. news live from berlin tonight money as medicine german lawmakers approved an unprecedented relief package to shield the country's economy from the coronavirus pandemic the legislation aimed at supporting health care and propping up businesses it's also a paradigm shift for germany rolling back historic restrictions on taking out new debts also coming up tonight sick patients crowded hospitals spain suffering in the outbreak the country now has more deaths than china and in the capital so many
people are dying that officials have been forced to use an ice skating rink as a city more and in the united states the number of cases race is upwards but health care workers on the frontlines are facing critical shortages of protective gear is the drop administration doing enough to deliver aid to those who need it most now. i'm burned off our viewers on p.b.s. in the united states and all around the world welcome it is a government lifeline the winds of which modern germany has never seen today the german parliament approved a sweeping rescue package to cushion the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic it's designed to support health care infrastructure and rush billions of euros in aid to businesses that are struggling and in
a historic move lawmakers voted to scrap a long standing rules governing how much money the country can borrow. our parliament in crisis mode the bundestag has changed its rules to allow decisions to be taken with fewer members present the normal those who were there sat at a safe distance from each other the. parliamentary president volved. called on deputies to show support for the key workers who are helping to keep the country going. and. we express thanks in respect to the doctor's care workers and those in the health and security or thora tears who are being tested to their limits every day. did you as you want and you think we all agree we should include in our banks those who day after day and in spite of the greater risk of infection they face ensure that people have the supplies they need. in just one day the blue sky because green lighted
government plans to take on more debt this year than ever before the crisis package includes an emergency budget of 156000000000 euros 50000000000 to keep small businesses of bloat and money for hospitals expecting a wave of coronavirus patients finance minister all are short standing in for chancellor merkel is at home insult by salacious acknowledge these a judge can take samples but he said the country can afford it germany's strict rules on government borrowing are suspended for now yeah believing that we're facing a crisis unprecedented in our post-war history is this or greater than all those we have faced recently. and it's a challenge to humankind as a whole. for the gunson mentioned. there's no script for dealing with the pandemic said childes but the government will do everything to reduce its impact on the economy is on. the list and it's on is 1st we have to ensure that there is
a good health care provision for people who are sick from the coronavirus and ensure those treating them are protected by 2nd we must protect the livelihoods of people affected by the crisis thirdly we must stabilize our economy and preserve jobs it spits out. despite the unparalleled measures when it came to the vote opposition parties rallied behind the government's plan but no one inside the bundestag or elsewhere could yet be sure if it will work. well for more let's bring in our political correspondent on your curler good even to you on your the board this talk today approved more than 150000000000 euros in new debts and that is quite a taboo that german law makers just broke isn't it. it is indeed this supplementary budget. amounts to 43 percent of germany's regular budget for 2020 and in order to pass this this
bill on the supplementary budget germany had to suspend so-called debt break which has been at the at the heart of germany's financial policy really in the past few years and this that break limits the amount of borrowing to 0 point. 0.35 percent of cross domestic production so breaking this rule really means breaking it have an eye on you when we're looking at the pandemic beheld successful has germany been so for flattening the curve in other words reducing the number of new infections and pushing them into the future. we have seen an increase in confirmed infections today. 33200 confirmed cases more than 160 of title
cases at the beginning of the week there was the hope that measures implemented already showed some effect and that the curve is indeed a flattening but today is the direct off germany's disease control agency lord have warned that we can't say this right now it is too early and so we still have to. the rules we have implemented early of the week in these are temps to find the coronavirus there are some unintended consequences for example border controls are being taught and we understand that germany will not be living in the seasonal farm workers anymore and take a listen to what the country's agricultural minister said today. given the rapid spread of the coronavirus on the considerable health risks that come with us
especially for vulnerable groups the interior ministry has introduced new restrictions on travel to germany. restrictions will now apply to seasonal and harvest workers. they will be denied entry at the established border checkpoints. the new rules are a big blow to our agricultural sector. so this is a huge blow to the farming sector and you what exactly do these new travel regulations me. they sung year regulations banned seasonal workers from several countries from entering germany countries from outside of the european union from britain but also from countries such as rumania bulgaria or austria the
ban hits the agricultural sector in germany at a crucial time. germany's fondness employer about $300000.00 seasonal work has each year and the minister of agriculture has said that they are going to evaluate these measures in 2 months time but the full lot of this might come too late the famous german asparagus harvesting season is imminent. and if they only evaluate it in 2 months time that's too late a lot of promise and vignettes need seasonal workers and they need them now it's a good question he's going to harvest the asparagus this year we may not be eating any fresh asparagus any time soon on your caller as always on your thank you. when he figures compiled by johns hopkins university show a sharp increase in deaths from the corona virus here in germany the death toll now
at $206.00 that's a jump of almost 30 percent on the previous day so far germany's mortality rate has been very low compared to other countries but medical experts warn that the expect that to change spain has seen another surge in its death toll from the pandemic with more than 34 $119.00 deaths spain is now 2nd only to italy in the world spain's deputy prime minister has also tested positive for the virus hospitals in the country they are struggling to cope. madrid's the better old shore hospital is overwhelmed patients filling the hallways struggling to breeze waiting for the privilege of oxygen. for many here the shortage of ventilators and medical staff could prove to be deadly for a shocking number it already has spain's death toll from cope with 1000 has now
surpassed china's. ok don't i don't want to get involved in politics because that's not the time when i hear on tuesday that there is such a shit let areal and then my colleagues this morning complain that there is not sufficient material i can't believe when the government's crosses committee comes out to say we have everything it's not. so many have died this week at madrid's morgues are also overwhelmed this ice skating rink will take in the overflow keeping bodies out of the sun as the country prays for a reprieve. other provisional facilities are popping up around spain and barcelona in the military has erected a temporary homeless shelter for up to a 1000 homeless people will be able to isolate unhygenic conditions. struggling to cope the government will extend the state of emergency until mid
april. police are tightening controls to enforce the countrywide lock down. anyone without a permit to be out will be fine police say they've handed out over $80000.00 fines since the rule went into effect 10 days ago. many spaniards welcome the strict control on movement. in those that have but the people are not respecting confinement measures people are irresponsible a lot of us have to go to work this is the 2nd control of pasta and i think it's great. with over 400000000 euros of medical equipment on order from china spain is looking to see if its efforts will start to stifle the spread of the virus. joining me tonight from madrid is journalist ricardo solaire oh ricardo is going to have you on the program we understand the spanish parliament wants to approve an extension of this state of emergency but there hasn't been an
official announcement yet do we know why is there hold up. well there's still this constant intimations are still going on in the parliament and. most of the political parties especially that which you should already announced this report 4 from extension of the state of an arm for another 15 days so there will be no surprises there. to pass through these parliamentary session though has served for that in many for example she shouldn't voice their criticisms i'm doubtful of the political parties who propose amendments on informal propositions in the start of the immerse misters of the name government or better so that it. implemented on that 14th of march went along down started we know that there is a lot of criticism to go around the hospitals in spain are overcrowded there are shortages in manpower and supplies what is the government doing now to prevent the
health care system from collapsing. well right now the priority or the main activity of the government. or at least the announcements is regarding deals and maybe with china but with other countries like sweden or turkey regarding the lack of equipment. ventilators and all of their mask and also glass and today has been a big bat. announced that we won the right until the end the end of march in the case of the ventilators until april and considering that the health system is completely overwhelmed and the government and the workers are working behind the clock. to increase their capacity every piece of equipment and every day count now ricardo we know that many of the patients many of the sick now are the doctors in
the nurses themselves so i want to ask you there in madrid if you if you thought that you had the coronavirus what would you do where would you go. well i know several of those cases tell me why didn't different state states some of them are not in this instance some of them are being supervised from their homes some of them received that they straight away because they are. not enough. to be honest this feeling some confusion from the people regarding. these different cases different voices saying that the outcome. is the 1st depending on the case but what i see from there is of the people east that i mean it was some of the miss him so i'm not in the on their on the low down now the patient is growing up and people are starting to ask more questions of the
government and this started to get very very angry. especially the equal equipment and this regional medical and medical equipment has been. just so doesn't. it well it's understandable it certainly is a matter of life and death at this stage journalist recalled oprah has so they're all joining us tonight from madrid ricardo thank you. well here are more of the latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic prince charles the heir to the british throne has tested positive for the coronavirus buckingham palace says that he has mild symptoms turkey's president says his country will overcome the viral outbreak in 2 to 3 weeks through timely action or to tell you a better one saying quote we have preparations for every scenario and the governor of the us state of minnesota has ordered all residents there to stay at home for 2 weeks other midwestern states including michigan illinois and wisconsin have
similar orders now in place. lawmakers in washington have agreed to the biggest bailout in the history of the u.s. to cushion the blow from the coronavirus the legislation would provide 2 trillion dollars in funds to help stabilize businesses and households that have been hit hard by the pandemic the relief comes as cases of the infection continue to raise upwards many health care workers on the front line say they do not have the supplies they need to protect themselves and to save lives. a long line of drivers all waiting to be tested for the corona virus this is florida but the cues are getting longer right across america. the number of confirmed infections is gathering pace along with the number of those known to have died from the virus as the scale of the outbreak becomes increasingly clear doctors are worried about
their own safety and a part time we. dared to come to walk by being scared we are trained to be of modern and we're committed to doing mad doc to say hospitals nationwide are overwhelmed and there's not enough protective gear there are people that literally are wearing bandanas because they have nothing better to protect themselves from the respiratory droplets of patients who are in nigeria and i think that the national shame the us president donald trump downplayed the dangers of a pandemic flu weeks before changing his tone but he has criticized the shutdowns advocated by infectious disease experts to bring the outbreak under control for not going to let the cure be worse than the problem. at the end of the 15 day period will make a decision as to which way we want to go 'd where we want to go the timing and essentially were referring to the timing of the opening of the century the opening
of our country this was a medical problem we're not going to let it turn into a long lasting financial problem an increasing number of states have closed down nonessential businesses heating ionas hard this restaurant is trying to keep going by serving takeaways but i own a young mint owns 2 of eateries and pays $12000.00 a month just in rent. he's had to lay off most of his 25 stone off. this just taking it all us surprise and also off our feet we. i don't know how to deal with this every day is a new challenge for us is very challenging and for the most wise very terrible. we will get through this is the message from one bar owner in california people who have lost their jobs can get a free meal here. a small team does the cooking.
are you scared oh no tom stop it is struggling to make sense of what's happening here in hollywood he has to pay rent of a $1000.00 a day. i'm concerned. all we can do is help each of them help each other and hope for help from washington. help from washington 2 trillion dollars worth of it let's take the story new york our financial correspondent joins me now from new york good evening to you or good afternoon to you yes wall street reacting positively to this agreement between the white house and the senate on this $2000000000.00 stimulus package but the markets aren't jumping for joy as much as we saw yesterday why is that. well i mean 1st of all on tuesday it was the best trading session since 1933 so you can't if taste like that every day and actually at some point we were up in the
dull jobs about sort everett's by a good 3900 points but then towards the end of trading there was some pressure coming up so the blue chips finishing was not quite 500 points to the upside there seems to be some resistance actually from some senator's soul that still could put this a picket in jeopardy and even if we get it what we shouldn't forget is not really a stimulus package it's really a relief package for now to make sure that we as least to stop the worst yeah and yet we've got some predictions that 50000000 americans could lose their jobs due to the corona virus where is that number coming from well i mean we have pretty wild estimates all over the board but we do know that millions of americans probably will lose their jobs was the next couple of weeks so
one reason is that we really turned the economy around into a service industry face to face business that's the least thing you want right now it was a virus like that and then on top of it we live in the so called to get it called to me so less people have really full employment and we don't have the social systems yet you for example have over in europe right since korda bring from new york as always and thank you. well countries across asia are taking steps to curb the spread of the corona virus india has become the latest and largest country in the world to introduce a nationwide walked for fear that the infection could spread quickly in its densely populated city well we asked 4 of our correspondents to report on what the pandemic is doing to their corners of the world take a look. at the last 2 weeks or so that have been focused on the number of cases have been rising steadily from 32000 on wednesday prime minister imran khan has
been reluctant to improve but it hasn't prevented from governments to go ahead but the army has been deployed and because beginning to see the impact of the doctor on in the past 48 of those reported figures have. the prime minister. again meeting today to. offer a stimulus package. to the car on a very situation number on the sun it's getting worse by the day currently there are these 74 people suffering from the illness and as much as the government's trying to address the pandemic they say they're facing many challenges along the way for one millions of people in the nation rely on daily wage just to get by which makes shutting down major cities nearly impossible secondly the government is saying that people aren't doing enough to socially distance themselves from one
another and most importantly i want to share is a large land border with iran one of the most heavily affected nations in the world in terms of the coronavirus the philippines has reported a relatively low number of 19 cases so far but this number is expected to increase in the coming days as more testing is scheduled on the senate that you see here out on the street is in direct contrast to the. uproar that is now on social media netizens are pounding their keyboards demanding testing after they found out through the airport that legislators have been lying and have gotten tested ahead of everybody else by the limited number of testing kids in the country malaysia stepping up coronavirus testing the country can currently do about 7000 tests per day but the ministry of health says by the middle next week that number will climb to more than 16000 but health officials warn that if there's a major surge in cases there will not be enough ventilators the army and police
have set up checkpoints to enforce the nationwide restrictions on movement people are only allowed to go outside for necessities and only one person supposed to go pharmacies are taking customers temperature's before letting them inside and then spraying their hands with sanitizer the majority of corona virus cases in malaysia have been linked to religious gathering that was held last month. there are more correspondents reporting on the pandemic from around the world well with more than 700 confirmed cases of the virus south africa is the hardest hit african country a 21 day lockdown begins there tomorrow only essential service workers will be allowed to leave their homes president cyril ramaphosa says that the lock down is needed to keep the number of infected people from swelling into the hundreds of thousands. some poor districts where most south africans live in densely populated quarters. roofs move
a lot c it's one of them she has good reason to be fearful of the coronavirus because she into adults are infected with hiv. both take antiretrovirals but they could be especially vulnerable to the respiratory disease but the company's code 19 about 50 percent of south africa's hiv patients don't have access to and the hiv drugs. even more at risk experts warn that so. africa could be a ticking time bomb in the coronavirus pandemic poor jenny conditions are unavoidable in areas where many homes have no running water rows with lots explains that you can't afford protective gloves or hand sanitizer so the only option she has to keep her hands clean is to go to the public water pump and washing hands there. you have to watch why it losing a lockdown is a last resort with help from the army to enforce it the restrictions are severe starting friday almost no one will be allowed to go to work doctors and other vital
professions are the only exceptions most stores will have to close dress to measures that will be economically painful so many. on this taxi driver can't understand the government's decision he's free styling his minibus seats with disinfectant and sees no danger to his passengers even though they said very close together which could help spread the virus he says he wouldn't survive 3 weeks without working. and when it spreading there were lots of deaths to cure but no one imposed a lockdown. what may be an advantage to south africa in this pandemic is the country's climate experts suspect the virus doesn't spread this easily in warm weather which may slow the spread. but that's cold comfort to roseman for nazi she says knives and destructor homes are already getting cooler in
south africa winters on the way. well this is the w. news from berlin and after a short break i'll be back to take you through the day tonight washington's prescription against the pandemic a check for 2 trillion dollars the check will not belts but will it stick well ask stay with us we'll be right back.
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