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brent: this is "dw news," live from berlin. tonight, a mission on the mediterranean. rescuing infants from the sea. we will take you on board a migrant rescue boat as it pulls almost 300 people from the mediterranean in the middle of winter. how many more will risk their lives when spring comes? also coming up tonight, new uncertainty as hundreds of passengersrs disbabark from aa quarantined cruise ship hit by the coronavirus in japan. now, they tested negative, but doctors fear the passengers could be carriers of the virus without even knowing it.
and -- >> how old are you? >> 16. >> how much is it? >> 500. i know a place within walking distance. it is safe. i always go there. brent: why are so many children working as prostitutes in colombia? dw news goes undercover to find out. and -- >> ♪ there's just no time to die ♪ brent:t: teenageger billie eilih picks up a prize at this year's brit awards in london. we will tell you who the other winners are, and why one of them thinks britain's prime minister is a racist. ♪ brent: i'm brent goff. to our viewers in the u.s. on pbs and our viewers all around the world, welcome.
desperate migrants, overcrowded boats, and a dangerous crossing. sadly, it is an all too familiar combination on the mediterranean. dw news gives you tonight a close look at a rescue operation to help some of the people risking their lives to reach the shores of europe. one of our very own reporters is on board the rescue boat ocean viking, which has carried out its third mission in just the last 48 hours off the libyan coast. the ship took 80 migrants on board today, some of them infants and small children. there are now 280 migrants on board, and though they are lucky to be alive, they face a very uncertain future. earlier we heard from our correspondent miodrag soric, who witnessed these rescue missions. this is what he told us. miodrag: the latest rescue mission was really tough. ththe weather conditions werere chalallenging. we had strong winds and 2.5, three meter high waves.
when we apapproached the r rubbr boat, we saw it was severely overcrowded.d. with 92 people, including 21 women and 28 minors. we had three women who are pregnant. the driver of the rescue boat, where i was, he did an incredible job. because it is really hard to balance a fast rescue boat so that the refugees could come over from their boat to ours. it was really a dangerous situation because if you hit the boat of the refugees, their boat can break and the refugees could have fallen in the water. so the rescue operation put me on another platform, and there wewere also other ships present and no one did anything. brent: you have had a chance to
talk with the team there on board the ocean viking. what did they say? what are the biggest challenges for them as they attempt to rescue migrants? miodrag: well, they are working day and nighght. manyny of them, theyey just t na couple hours of sleep. but if yououave one rerescue missn n after the otothers, youu jujust cannot slp. you have to make sure that someone is taking care of those refugees, the doctors are taking care of them. and i think the medics are also reporting -- this is new information -- the medics are reporting having seen wounds from violence that patients have sustained during their time in libya. so, this is another proof that those people who left libya, that they have no other possibility to do anything else. there was nothing else they could do.
brent: our correspondent miodrag soric, he is reporting tonight from on board the ocean viking. mio, thank you. from a deadly mission to a deadly disease. the death toll from the coronavirus, which is now officially named covid-19, that death toll has topped 2000, including two deaths from the virus in iran. the virus has spread to more than 20 countries around the world on five continents. you see it best there. more than 75,000 people had been infected, the vast majority in mainland china. outside china, more than 1000 cases have also been confirmed. the biggest cluster of them has been aboard the cruise ship the diamond princess, which you see right there. that ship has been in quarantine in a japan port for two weeks. hundreds of international passengers have now left the ship and are on their way home. reporter: passengers who have tested negative for the coronavirus are finally allowed to leave the diamond princess.
questions are now being asked about how the floating quarantine facility became an incubator for disease. an expert on infectious disease control was invited on board to inspect ththe ship's response to the outbreak. >> it was completely chaotic. and some crews had a fever, they wentnt to the medidical cecentee wearing a mask, but he had no protection between his room and the medical room. reporter: he says he was worried about catching the virus while on board the vessel, and say staff had failed to take adequate measures to halt its spread. >> inside princess diamond, i was so scared. i was so scared of getting covid-19, becacause there was no way to tell where the virus isi. no green zone, no red zone.. everywhere c cld have vivirus, d
everybody was not careful about it. reporter: when the ship first arrived, 10 passengers tested positive for the virus. two weeks later, more than 500 have now been infected. japan has defended its response. >> with the urgency of the current situation,n,apan has taken full measures to ensure prevention of the spread of infection. taking into consideration human rights and humanitarian needs, cooperating with relevant nations, and taking appropriate measures. reporter: some on board have described it as a floatiting prison. one british couple shared their experience via social media. >> we are doing ok, we realllly are. air conditioning is s still getting us down. we have turned off the huhumidifier a and we are leavig the dodoor open. but we have closed t that now, t isis so damn cold outsid reportrter: shortly after, they announced they had tested positive t to coronanavirus and would be moved to a hospspital
shortly. thousands still remain on the didiamond princess. for those e evacuated, the joury is far from over. they still face up to two weeks quarantine in their home countries. brent: earlier, we spoke with "the washington post" bureau chief in tokyo, simon denyer, and we asked him why japanese health officials had decided to keep people on board the diamond princessss knowing thahat the bt could be a a breeding g ground r the virus. simon: japan, at the time the decision was taken, japan did not have many cases of the virus. it wanted to keep the people who had the virus off the japanese mainland, and it felt that quarantine was the right strategy. as it turned out, they have not done it well. i think the u.s. officials are now openly saying the quarantine failed. and as we lookok and as wewe knw more about thehe way the quarantine was applied, we are
beginning to find out that actually it really was not done in a medically sound way, and that the conditions on board the ship were not suitable to keep this many people on board the ship. the people, the foreigners who are being taken back to places like the united states and canada are being given another 14 days ququarantine, because those e governments do not belie that the quarantntine on board e ship worked. the japanese patients who tested negative for the virus are being allowed to leave. they are being allowed to board public transport this afternoon and go home. so japan does not really want to admit the quarantine failed, even when other governments basically have made that decision, that the quarantine was not effective and that people were still being infected on board the ship. it was a difficult decision for japan, because they did not have facilities for 3600 people on day one.
but as time went by, it t became increasingly clear as the number of people rose that the quarantine was not the right strategy and i think many people felt japan was very slow to react to the changing reality. brent: here are some of the other stories now that are making headlines around the world. the eu has unveiled its strategy for regulating controversial artificial intelligence technology, which is known as a.i. european commission president ursula von der leyen, right there, she is calling for strict oversight of the sector, saying a.i. must comply with people's privacy rights. turkey's president recep tayyip erdogan has threatened to launch a military operation in syria's idlib province. erdogan says an operation is only a matter of time unless syrian forces pull back behind turkish military positions. russia has warned turkey not to attack syrian forces. in mexico, thousands of people have attended the funeral of a seven-year-old girl whose brutal murder has sparked outrage across the country. the girl is believed to have
been abducted as she left school last week. amid the public outcry, lawmakers have approved an increase in prison sentences for femicide and abuse of migrants. prince harry and his wife meghan are to carry out their final duties as active royals in late february and march, according to british media reports. their decision to step down means they will no longer have him an office at buckingham palace as of april 1. now to colombia, where many in the popular tourist city of cartagena are concerned about the growing number of children who are being forced into prostitution. the problem has been deepening as cartagena's sunny beaches attract more and more international tourists. but a group of local residents isis pushing back to brereak up underage prostitution rirings. we have this report. reporter: during the day,, cartagenena stuns.
with its vivid colors and vibrant caribbean charm. a picture-perfect holiday destination for tourists from all over the world. but when the sun goes down, things change. as night falls, sex workers flood the squares popular with foreigners. many of them, far too young to be doing this. as a a dw undercover reporter finds out after just a couple of minutes in the center. >> how old are you? >> 16. >> how much is it? >> 500. i know a place within walking distance. it is safe. i always go there. reporter: the city's booming tourism sector has helped many families secure their livelihood. but the wish to escape poverty has created a blind spot when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable. fernando, who wishes to remain anonymous, was 13 when strangers first offered him money for sex. >> when i saw the money, i
obviously gave in. i did not anticipate the harm it would do to me. but once you enter this vicious cycle, which it undoubtedly is, you cannot escape on your own. you need tools and people who can get you back on the right track. reporter: in colombia, prostitution is illegal before the age of 18. the fight agagainst sexual exploitationon of childrenen is regulated by law, but legislation was not able to protecect fernando and thousands of others from becoming victims. to shield young people from thosose who want to take advdvae of them, a local foundation has launched the campaign,n, i am te wall. >> it's a defense strategy for our boys and girls in the tourism sector e environment. there are protocols and codes of conduct we ask of prproviders, especially hotels, to imimplemet in coordination with the authorities. that is the reaction part. but the wall also does important
prevention work and attends minors whose rights have already been violated. reporter: since its launch, hundreds of hotels, taxi drivers,s, and street vendors he joined the initiative. one of them is v victor. he runs a beach tent r rental ad feels like much more than just another brick in the wall. >> all of us at the beaches who know about t this problem m are alalert. if we see something, we mamake sure to tell people. hey, l listen, what yoyou are dg is wrong. we n need to protectct our chil. we cannot put them in the handns of criminals. i do this from my heart. nobody is forcining me. ththis is community work, , andn i workrk for my commmmunity, i t with my heart, my hand, my feet, my teeth, withth all i havave. reporter: but not everybody is as dedicated as victor. our undercover r reporter was ofoffered sex wiwith a minor jut meters away from two p patrollig
policeman, provingng once again that it takes a village to protect a vulnerabable child, bt only one person to let it fall through the cracks. brent: the u.k. government has published proposed new immigration regulations that will restrict access for workers wanting to enter the country from the european union after the brexit transition period ends at the end of the year. it is one of the big premises the government made after the departure from the european union. my colleague hannah cleaver joins me at the big table with more on this. so what is this all about? hannah: it is the first real bite of brexit, if you like. from the beginning of january next year it will put people from the eu who want to go and work in the u.k. on exactly the same footing as people from anywhere else in the world. what they are talking about is trying to reduce the number of people going into the u.k. altogether, and certainly to reduce the number of low-skilled, low-wage migrants who go there to work.
now, in order to do this they have introduced a point system, which they say is similar to one that used to be used at least in australia. so let's take a look at the points. there is a whole list of characteristics which only these immigration popoints. you have to have all of these first three ones. you have to have a job offer, you have to be working at an appropriate skill level, and you have to speak enough english to do that job. those three together give you 50 points. you need to earn 20 more to get into the u.k. next comes a section on money. you have to earn at least 20,480 pounds a year. the more you earn, the more points you get. and finally, qualifications. if your job is within an occupation where there is a shortage of workers, you get points. you also get points if you have a phd, and more if that phd is in science, technology, engineering, or math. what is missing from all of this is really the low-skilled, low-wage workers. now, there's lots of them in the
u.k. and they are needed. let's listen to the government's home secretary and t then also o the opposition labour party spokesperson on this. >> this basically redefines our immigration policy, so the brightest and the best people with skills need to come to the u.k. and we will no longer have ro obvusly has dominated immigration and our labor market for far too long in this country. >> it is as if they think thatat the level of your r salary determines how valuable your role is and what skills you have. but we know that there are people in relatively low paid occupations like social l care o are skilled and valuable, and their new system may keep these people out. brent: i mean, they are redefining the policies there. and these low-skilled workers we are talking about, yeah, i guess what kinds of jobs, what kind of things do they do?
hannah: the classic one are the people who come and all the fruit and vegetables in the u.k., often for peanuts, quite frankly. and the other ones that the last lady was talking about our really -- are really the people who come work as nurses or as care workers. now, we have reaction on this from unison, the main trade union in the u.k. which represents care workers. they say, here we go, suddenly ending this desperately needed supply of labor will cause huge problems across the country, because you are just not going to have the people. that is what they are saying. brent: what about the employers? hannah: they have also been reacting, obviously, because they face potentially a labor shortage. the government paper has been talking about adjusting the u.k. economy, saying it has been relined for too long and too heavily on eu workers coming in and working for small amounts of money. they use the phrase in this paper, employers will need to adjust. so, that has obviously put the cat among the pigeons.
and we have got reaction here from the confederation of british industry, which represents many employers in the u.k., and they said that in some sectors, firms will be left wondering how they will recruit the people they need to run their businesses. so they are obviously very concerned about this too. now, there's no route being enabled or mapped out here for lower skilled workers to come into the u.k., and the paper i have been looking at today from the government makes it clear that they do not intend to create any loopholes for them to come in. brent: and how do you think this is going to play out? hannah: well, you have got a couple different options. either the british government, or the brititish economy, sosor, are going to have to start paying people better wages so that they can get people to come in from the eu. also they attract domestic workers from the u.k. to do these jobs. or they're going to have t to by a whole lot of robots, if we are talking about greater automation. brent: they are talking about that, right. hannah: or the other option is you are going to create an even
greater opportunity for people to bring in, people smugglers to bring in people who are desperate, who then work without any protection at all, for no money, hardly any wages, with no protection. and that is a real concern. brent: it is a concern, because as we hear many times, the market does find a way to get the cheap labor, even if it is illegal. as always hannah, thank you. build it and they will be able to come. a wheelchair user here in germany has launched a campaign to help others move about more easily. about a year ago, rita ebel read a newspaper article about a town where people used lego bricks to pan. she told her neighbors in her town near frankfurt, let's go with the legos. take a look. reporter: getting around is often a challenge for those who depend on wheelchairs. one woman in the german town of hanau is on a mission to change that.
>> hello. i am rita ebel, and i build lego ramps for wheelchair users to make my town more wheelchair-friendly. reporter: nicknamed lego grandma, rita depends on lego bricks to make hanau more accessible to everyone. with the word about the initiative spreading across germany, many groups, including daycare centers, have organized lego collection drives so rita never runs out of bricks. her efforts also help raise awareness among people without disabilities. >> nobody just walks p past a lo ramp without taking a look. whether it is children who try to get the bricks out, or adults who take out their mobile phones to take pictures. and that is exactly it. simply to just try and raise people's awareness a bit, to make them think, if i were in a wheelchair or needed a walker, i would start having problems getting into certain places.
those are my personal reasons and motivation. reporter: local businesses have welcomed the initiative. >> everyone that comes past is happy about the ramps. you can see them from far away and can enter here without any problem. it is great. it makes everyone happy. brilliant. reporter: the wheelchair ramps are also proving popular beyond germany. rita has received inquiries from spain and switzerland, and even the united states. now she is helping others create their own ramp-building groups to improve mobility for as many wheelchair users as possible. brent: good for her. singapore is going electric. it aims to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles by the year 2040. the low-lying island nation, which faces rising sea levels, says it is committed to working against climate change. the wealthy city state joins norway and britain in setting a
target to take combustion engines off the streets. singapore is one of the most expensive places in the world to buy a car, and there are few electric vehicles on the roads. a newly adopted budget includes measures to encourage green mobility, including a registration rebate for fully electric cars and taxis. every now and then, athletes come along with abilities beyond their years. in russia, a very young girl has caught the eyes of the snowboarding world. she is already a hit on social media, and hopes are high for this child prodigy. reporter: she could become the face of russian snowboarding in the future. vasilisa has already mastered 360 degree jumps and 540 degrees spins. but get this -- she is only six years old. snowboarding obviously runs in her dna.
her father is her coach and a former competitive snowboarder. >> we wanted to put her on skis, but she just came and took my big snowboard. she got on it with both feet and rode away. reporter: no matter the season, she is always finding a way to finesse her skills. in the summertime, she turns to skateboarding. but it is on the slopes she feels at home. vasilisa practices for five hours a day. >> the way she jumps at six years old, there is no one like that in russia. and i'm afraid not even in the u.s. sure, there are e children doing those kinds of jumps at eight or nine, but age four or six? no one jumps like that. her progress has been crazy. reporter: her talent has not gone unnoticed. she has over 36,000 followers on instagram. vasilisa is a flying prodigy at age six, and she may have that something special.
brent: the scottish singer louis capaldi and london rapper dave were big winners at the u.k. britain awards last night. capaldi took home the prize for best new artist, and song of the year. album of the year went t to dav. it was the 40th year of british pop's the biggest award show. >> ♪ there is just no time to die ♪ reporter: singer-songwriter billie eilish captivated the audience with her debut live performance of the new james bond song, "no time to die." she was later named the best international female artist and delivered an emotional acceptptance speech. >> i felt very hated recently, and when i was on the stage and i saw you guys all smiling at me. reporter: scottish singer and indie newcomer louis capaldi
topped the winners of the night, scooping up awards for best new artist and song of the year, for "someone you loved." ♪ rapper dave also won big, with his album "psychodrama" taking home album of the year. the london rapper took full advantage of the spotlight, making a political statement that accused british prime minister boris johnson of being a racist. >> it is racist, whether or not it feels racist. the truth is our prime minister is a real racist. they say you should be grateful and at least racist. reporter: it was a successful night for rap music. stormzy was named best british male solo artist. his performance was accompanied by a gospel choir, dancers, a fireworks display, and indoor rain. ♪
brent: indoor rain. all right. here's a reminder of the top story we are following for you. as a death toll from the coronavirus tops 2000, hundreds of passengers have left a quarantined cruise ship in japan. those who tested negative were allowed to leave. doctors fear they could still be carrying the virus without realizing it. you're watching "dw news." after a short break i will be back to take you through "the day." stick around for that. we'll be right back. ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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