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>> this is "dw news" live from berlin. the united states struggles to contain the coronavirus surge. leaders are real imposing restrictions, but it may be too late. also on the program, several wounded in a mass stabbing in scotland. police say the suspect attacked people in a city hotel before being shot dead. a police officer also suffered serious injuries. an investigation begins into whether air-conditioning systems
in a german meat processing plant are to blame for 15000 confirmed cocoronavis c cases. and parts s of india and bangladesh fight to get back on their feet in the wake of a devastating storm. a momonth after the cyclone, communities are facing a long road to recovery. ♪ >> i am phil gayle. welcome to the program. the united states top infectious disease expert says the country is facing a serious problem as covid-19 infections surge in southern and western states. many states are experiencing their highest infection rate since the crisis began. worst affected our southern states l like florida, texas, ad arizona, along with california, texas ordered all bars to close
while florida bandits bars from selling alcohol. today, the u.s. coronavirus task force held its first price conference published press conference in two months. the vice president encouraged citizens to follow guidelines. >> we believe we had made progress. we are reminded as we see cases rising across the south that we still have work to do. so we say to every american, particularly those in counties and states being impacted by rising cases, that now is the time for everybody to continue to do their part. phil: let's go to our correspondent in washington. welcome. we have heard nothing from the coronavirus task force for the last couple of months. case numbers are exploding. people are bound to ask, what have they been doing? >> exactly.
that is what they ask all over the place. as you remember, the task force was put to rest a little bit. i'm not going to say there was not any work done behind the scenes. of course there was. regular task force meetings/briefings like now were not there for two months. instead, the trump administration focused on reopening the country and established a task force for this. now, well, task force covid-19 is that for good reason. the numbers are through the roof. florida, texas, arizona, california. in 32 states, there is a significant increase in cases. 11 states now have paused or rolled back measures to go into the next phase and are considering rolling back
everything, even a total lockdown in specific places is back on the table. phil: who are people holding responsible for this crisis? federal authorities or state authorities? >> it is tricky to hold the federal authorities responsible because the president said i encourage all the states to open up and i have to leave it with the states. legally and practically speaking, the states have the authority to decide how far they go reopening the economy, reopening their states for business, etc. there was cdc guidance in what phase it should be and could be. now, a lot of citizens in many states are saying, where was mr. fauci in the last two months,
maybe for seeing a warning for this to happen? now, he is saying and it is clear for everyone to see, reopening very quickly does not particularly work well. phil: there are presidential elections coming up in a few months in november. should president trump be worried? >> i think so. the latest polls suggest he should be worried. he has the lowest approval ratings since i can think of at 40%. that is unheard of. he is eight to nine points behind his democratic contender, joe biden. we are still a good mile away from november from presidential elections. i am always the first to say do not underestimate the trump campaign and mr. trump to rally his troops, his supporters, and bring them out to the polls when
it is time in november. a lot of things could still happen. but it does not look really good for donald trump at the moment. people do not approve of how he is handling the coronavirus crisis, now reemerging. this is scaring a lot of people. meanwhile, probably the president, it may be a bad idea to go golfing. he canceled his scheduled trip to new jersey where he has a golf club. that is not going to happen. he will probably stay in the white house. no golfing for donald trump this weekend due to coronavirus cases increases. phil: we all have to make sacrifices. thank you. take a look at some of the other stories making news around the world. turkey has sentenced 121 people to life in prison protecting to violate the constitution. according to the court, the accused took part in the coup in 2016 which tried to overthrow
president o erdogan. a british teenager h h been jailed for aleasast 15 years f r rowing a six-year-olold french boy y off the 10thth floor of the gallery last year. he has to use a wheelchair and is still recovering from the assault. the italian army has sealed off several public housing blocks north of naples after nearly 50 coronavirus cases were reported. the order came after several try to leave their homes despite a lockdown. a string of coronavirus outbreaks at slaughterhouses in germany is leading to renewed scrutiny of the country's meat industry. the food minister has met with the meat industry officials to discuss the future of livestock farming. she says she wants higher prices for me to improve conditions for workers and animals. the meeting follows a coronavirus outbreak at a meat plant that led officials to
reimpose local lockdowns. health officials in the city are trying to figure out why the virus was able to spread so quickly at the meat plant. >> the meat cutting section is the center of the outbreak. 2/3 of the workers here have tested positive. why did the virus spread like wildfire here? experts suspect it could be related to the air system in the plant. >> what we did not know before is under the circumstances, the recirculation can keep aerosols moving. that is a risk factor we were not aware of. >> he works as an air-conditioning technician in the city. according to german law, all workplaces need to be supplied with fresh air. the meat processing plant is no exception. >> they are our cooling systems
based on recirculation. they lower the room temperature to between six degrees and 10 degrees celsius. the machines only move the existing air around. they do not add any fresh air. >> experts speculate the recirculation system may have spread the virus throughout the plant because the air is not purified. >> these appliances are not built to carry filters. if installed, the machine will not be as efeffective as before. >> he doubts the air circulation is to blame. he says lingering aerosols could not withstand the movement. and yet, slaughterhouses are increasingly becoming corona hotspots. in lower saxony, 45 infected workers are currently quarantined in these army barracks. and in another town, more
than 80 tested positive even though conditions here are much better. still, the meat processing environment was fertile ground for the virus. phil: now to scotland where police say stabbing attack in glasgow has left six people injured, including a police officer. one man has died after being shot by police. emergency services were called to reports of a disturbance at a hotel housing asylum-seekers. police say there is no danger to the wider public. charlotte is following the story from london. she told us the attack comes at a particularly tense time for the british. >> the u.k. is on edge because it is coming out of three months of intense lockdown where everything was closed. also being the european country that has been the hardest hit from the pandemic with the highest death toll.
on top of that, last week, not even a week ago, a stabbing in a town west of london where people were sunbathing in a park in the evening and a libyan suspect started stabbing people. subsequently, three people died in the incident now being investigated as a terrorist attack because the suspect had been on the radar of the intelligence services when he was preparing a terrorist attack abroad. this incident today in glasgow is being treated as a major incident but not as a terrorist attack at the moment. no word yet on the motive or reasons why the suspect stabbed people in glasgow. but of course, police at the moment launching a major investigation and trying to piece together what exactly happened there. phil: this is "dw news" live
from berlin. still to come, jubilation in liverpool. it is the club's first title in 30 years. stay with us to enjoy the celebrations. ahead of that, a court in moscow handed down a guilty verdict and a suspended sentence to the film director. he was accused of forming a criminal group and embezzlzling public fununds for a theaterer project. the court upheld the russian culture minister's demand that he and two of his associates reimburse the state for the missing $1.9 million. a spokesman responded to the verdict by calling for further investigations into the spending of state-funded arts organizations to prevent corruption. some have criticized the trial as politically motivated. dw spoke with some in front of the moscow courtroom. >> i came here because this
trial is not about the money. it is a trial about creative freedom, about whether it can exist in russia, or not at all. >> i am scared for my family. they do not deserve this. no one deserves injustice. this nastiness. but especially not my family. >> there is only government led core and met is here. i do not even know where this case came from. phil: the french president and his russian counterpart have called for a cease-fire in libya to restart dialogue. that is ththe result of a videoconference between the two presidents, according to the kremlin. president macron's office said there was some progress with
russia on stabilizing the war-torn country. oil-rich libya has become a battleground for a number of players vying for power. one of the leads the u.n.-backed government in tripoli. on the other side is the military strongman, a rebel general who controls 2/3 of thee country includiding libya's oil fields. wewe get more on this from our middlele eastern e expert. welcome to dw. does this latest call for a cease-fire carry any more weight or conviction than the others? >> people deserve ceasasfire in libya. there is a high risk of further confrontation. we don't know if this call for cease-fire w will be implemente. the case is the turning point of the war is the putinn backeked
strongman has been losing ground in his battle against tripoli. he losost half of the west. he is in the east of the country while the u.n.-backed minister has been with his militias advancing. the country is geograpaphically separated between east and west. it is unclear if they will continue their operation and if the general might be supported even more militarily even by rurussia. phil: there a are so many international players in this mess. one wonders if it is not on the verge of sliding into another syria. >> yes. and all of t tse e external players from russia and the united arab emirates at the
libya conference in january signed to stop internal interference in the war in libya. they said they would stop the sending of weapons, but they did not. this is still high risk. there is also the risk that now turkey, after it's surprising military success in libya on the side of the prime minister, and russia are going to find some way of understanding how to separate the power over libya and it will be no influence for your with its interests -- europe with its interests. phil: france's position seems murky. officially, it backs the government in tripoli. the president macron has also
hosted the general in paris in march. >>es. ththe european union's posositin libya is weak because francnce d italy h have opposising interesn lilibya. questions of oil, questions of financial interests, and also the question of how to deal with different ideological groups. the german hospices, the french, the german, and the italian minister had a dececlaration tht called for a ceasese-fire and te immediate retuturn of diaialogu. they w want to boost foreign securityty, joint european poli, anand come t to terms with frare and d italy on how t to advancei libya and syria. there are e two because spots in
the e middle east that are on te german foreign office diplomatic task list for the next weeks. phil: good talking to you.. ththank you so much h for joinig us. india is confronting the coronavirus crisis as parts of the country are still struggling to recover from the cyclone which tore through south asia month ago. communities in the bay of bengal bore the brunt of the storm. much of the delta was left underwater. many now fear the disaster could impact their livelihoods for years to come. reporter: a few hours from the bustling city of calcutta, the landscape becomes transformed into home to a diverse ecology and 4 million people.
people who r rely on fishihing d farmining tourvive. but inin may, a massssive storm wiped out those options. these are the freshwater farms he used to fish in. the violence of the cyclone killed the freshwater fish and sweeping out t the prawns s that coulhaveve survived d saline war to sea. what can we do? we are dependent on relief. when the lockdown is lifted, we will have to lead to find work. there is nothing left here. these islands were evacuated before the cyclone. preventing thousands of deaths. but the residents returned to other devastation. houses gone, fields flooded, crops destroyed. and even when the water drains
away, saline dedeposits could render the land infertrtile fora decade. this is a cycyclone prone region and was still recovering from the impact of the cyclone 11 years ago. it was worse. week after, the lands is still inundated. there are 10 for solutions. the quarantine students youth nenetwork is helelping localss y draining saline water r from the pondnds. when t t rains come, they willll again be filleled with freshwat, allowing fish farming to rese at least. the draining can a address seris health concerns as well. > public health and hygiene e seriously disrupted here and need to be restored. stagnant water is dangerous as it c can lead to gastrointeststl diseases as well as skin conditions. and then, there is the often ignored issue of snakebites.
reporter: w wle social initiaveves like ts s one are tryingng to bridgege gap in emergency response, they are limited in their reach. this has leftt locals worrying about dangerous gaps in health care. >> the water is contaminated. we cannot drink it. if we do, we get sick. getting to the hospital's is difficult with all of the flooding. >> you h have seen thehe roads e destroyed. how will a pregnant woman balalance herself waiting throuh these swampy wateters to get toa clinic rereporter: these worries plague her as well. she says the damage has driven many people away. her family has somehow managed to statay put. she f fears if thesee e embankms keep getting swept away, her
former generations will be lost, too. phil: now to football. liverpool fans are celebrating after securing the title after a 13-year wait. after chelsea ended manchester's bid, fans flocked to the stadium to party despite pandemic restrictions. and there were plenty of tributes for the first german manager to lift the title. reporter: thursday evening, liverpool, the stadium. one half of the city is the site itself. they waited a long time for this moment. >> i was four. i have waited my whole life for this. >> it is amazing. this is the best given we could not be on the grounds. hopefully, we can see it lifted up. >> we knew we were going to win
it anyway. [laughter] reporter: the inevitability of this title did not stop the party. little wonder given no club had ever won the english championship with seven games to spare. the players and staff did not hold back either as a celebrated together in a liverpool hotel. somewhere in there is the man who mastermiminded it all, the coach. >> i am h happy, really happy, relieved. lalast night, i was overwrwhelm, obobviously. but it is a very good moment in my l life. ople are very positiveve about the managager of the teteam wheu become a chahampion. i am the face of it. but a lot of the work the others do. that is how it is. reporter: on friday, he was not just the darling of the english press, liverpool new who to thank for ending 30 years of football hurt. >> i think he will deserves it.
reporter: liverpool's 19th title is done and dusted. fans here are hoping for the 20th which would equal the manchester united record. phil: you heard mark corgan on the report. he joins me now. how significant is the victory for liverpool? >> it is massive. you saw the explosive celebrations despite the pandemic. nothing was going to keep them from it. this is a huge victory for them. they felt they have had 30 years of hurt, to borrow a line from a popular interest -- english sign. -- song. they are picked up a couple of european cups, but for local bragging rights which is so important in this bitter rivalry between liverpool and manchester united, this title is hugely important. if we go back to that 30 years ago and think of some of the
names, only people of a certain vintage know those names. we see how long ago that was. phil: his personality seems to be a significant part of transforming liverpool. >> he is so if use of. that is why -- he is so effusive. that is why he was left in germany. strange because they are so well known for being effortless and this is of humor. a lot of their major coaches were quite reticent men. the big exception would be shankley who built the club up in the 1960's and 1970's and created this juggernaut. he is comparable to him which is a big compliment. they've taken to the cult of personality being created around him. phil: he is smiling now.
it was not long ago he was being labeled a nearly man after he lost a number of cup finals. what does this latest win do for his reputation? >> he had lost his last cup final in germany and in his first three years at liverpool, he lost two european finals. he lost 6-7 of the major finals. it did look like it was not going to happen for him to make the leap into the pantheon. but that is where he is now. he is winning everything. he is winning the premier league, the european cup, the champions league, you name it. it is just the case of keeping the children are going. he will have his -- he is just the case of keeping the juggernaut going. he will have his pick of jobs when he leaves. phil: thank you. this is dw. here is a reminder of our top story. the u.s. government top disease expert says the country is
facing a serious problem as the number of coronavirus infections continues to surge. many western and southern states are expressing her highest rates of infection -- experience their highest rates of infection since the coronavirus crisis began. you are up to date. more world news at the top of the hour. we will run through the big stories of the day in "the day." have a good day. ♪
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