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tv   DW News Corona Special  Deutsche Welle  April 7, 2020 6:00pm-6:30pm CEST

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afraid. this is g.w. news live from berlin denmark starts to lift its coronavirus lockdown it's to reopen day care centers and schools from the 15th of the 15th of april as a 1st step to relax its 3 week who walked out but is the government putting danes at too great a risk. also coming up eurozone finance ministers are discussing how to people recession of the day but they're divided on just how to do that one proposal is especially controversial so-called corona bombs. and world leaders told britain's
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prime minister get well soon boris johnson is in intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened over the weekend. his welcome when can the world starts to unlock its coronavirus locked outs with the virus still spreading havoc it's a it might not seem to be the right moment to ask that question but denmark is starting to do just that its government has announced that it will begin a little lifting restrictions after easter albeit very slowly. for about 4 weeks it's been quiet on the streets of denmark now the restrictions on public life are to be dialed down people in copenhagen have mixed feelings. if i think it's too early so. this is the person my opinion it's the right thing to do and i'm not
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worried that it's too soon. of course there is discussion whether infections will rise but i think it's a good move. the biggest step is the reopening of kindergartens and schools after easter but only certain classes and age groups will be allowed back strict home office rules for private sector workers are also being relaxed the government's reasoning for the move the number of coated 19 patients in hospitals is beginning to fall or so newsman to learn is the message from our health ministry is that it is reasonable and appropriate to begin a controlled reopening of the country. but it comes with conditions that we all continue to keep our distance. wash our hands him and avoid groups of people before moments ago denmark's borders will remain closed until at least the 10th of may and the ban on lodge of vents and festivals will stay in place until the end of august
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. reporter peter joins us now for more peter how is denmark able to get this outbreak under control so quickly. well a number of factors definitely played into this i mean one is was demarcus was very quick to react it had its 1st case reported on february 27th and it already started shutting down basically the country around 11th of march a daycare center schools restaurants cafes everybody was ordered to stay home and work from home gatherings over 10 people were not allowed heavy fines were passed on to everyone who broke the rules. heavy travel restrictions were also put in place and its close its borders as well it also has a very high level of testing last week that was about 2000 has heard day it's really expanded to ramp that up so it's now also including testing for people with
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mild symptoms and health authorities have said that they expect to be able to test around $15000.00 people around easter the result of that that we've seen under 5000 infections in the entire country so far only $203.00 dead which compared to most other countries is there a very low and a mortality rate of under 4 percent now compare that to italy which has over 12 or said the u.k. that has over 10 or france it has over 8 so those are some of the reasons that denmark was able to get this under control in a way that a lot of other countries have not been so the convincing figures they're coming from denmark a lot of other governments will now be looking to us to try and copy this and says how likely is that it is going to work elsewhere. it's a great question i have to say denmark is in a very privileged position i mean it's a very affluent country that has one of the world's best best functioning health
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care systems universal health care which means that everyone is covered and there's also a high level of trust in government which means that when the government asked its citizens to do something most people stick to listen and stick to the rules peter thank you very much for that analysis thank you sort. of finance ministers have been holding coronavirus crisis talks by video conference as the bloc tries to stave off a looming recession they've agreed to work to finalize a rescue plan for member states was hit by the virus on the table as a safety nets was half a trillion euros that's according to maurice antonio the head of the so holds euro group of eurozone finance ministers but there are deep divisions about the best way to cushion the inevitable economic blow caused by the pandemic i think outside of the box that is what council president michel told eurozone
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finance ministers this appears to be the result 3 potential measures to breathe life into europe's a virus hit economy. first the e.u. adapts its bailout fund with the firepower of $410000000000.00 euro ups that safe to greece during the financial crisis 2nd an extra $200000000000.00 euros in loans for small and medium sized companies from the european investment bank. and finally a short time work scheme suggested by the e.u. commission worth $100000000000.00 euros it would encourage companies to cut workers' hours not their jobs. hearted nations such as spain and italy welcome the idea but they say they need more so-called corona bunts a new type of public debt instrument backed by the euro zone so far germany
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austria finland and the netherlands strongly oppose the idea but financial experts going to come both tells me the positions on mutual lies debt have been softening so this should not be seen as a backdoor entrance for a fiscal union because if it is that i think it would be not acceptable to the north of europe i mean the north of europe does not want a permanent transfer union to be created so it needs to be in a sense temporary and targeted to the coronavirus cost but if that is achieved i think joint debt issuance should be feasible french finance minister lemaire already floated the idea for a common fund and dutch prime minister who also has a plan $1.00 offering grants to those in need rather than alone plenty of material for an outside the box solution whatever is agreed by the finance ministers goes to
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e.u. leaders for another video conference later in the month. you corresponded to filed that report has how likely is that finance ministers will come to an agreement today. lookout all finance ministers need to do today is put together a list that then is put in front of state leaders and so coming together come it premier all these concrete proposals for that list to gather it will be difficult but it is something that they can achieve at least for the short term things if they can avoid a fake rouse over key words like the corona bonds for instance so i put that to the side a quick measures a list of things they can put in front of leaders is something they should be able to put together and also something where they do not need to agree on all of them today again he did not unusual as ation of days used to be a principle of the wood so was the rule to limit budget deficits to 3 percent of
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g.d.p. which has been stretched by several members of the financial crisis rules going out of the window now and is that the right thing to do while limits on public funding for instance went out of the window a couple of weeks ago already the rules for state aid within the e.u. in the euro zone same thing they have been scrapped so yes these are extraordinary times and particularly when we look now it at the kind of money 410000000000 euros in the european stability mechanism but this is also a lot about symbolism yes the. 8 the financial aid is already needed but it's also about showing the world that europe is prepared to do a lot to do what it takes in order to stop a crisis from taking place and when you take a closer look at some countries to come the reason why italy is concerned about making use of this emergency found is because of the stick mighty sation that comes with it they would look like greece an economy that almost failed and then had to
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be rescued. give you've been covering the you there and in brussels for many years what's your feeling is cohesion in the e.u. currently eroding in the face of this crisis or is it is that now a good time of the chance for real meaningful reform. well certainly no glorious times here under the corona crisis we've seen closed borders we've been seeing export bans on medical equipment we've been seeing countries where critic critics say they've been taking advantage of these measures undermining democracy and now we're seeing a roué over those coronato funds an age old fight over a mutual iced debt if you want on the other hand you have to remind yourself of one of the key sentences that one of the founding fathers of the european union said and that was europe will be forged in crises and i think that is exactly what we're seeing here in case of the finance ministers rules being hammered out under extreme
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pressure you know much as that thank you very much. world leaders have been sending messages of support to britain's prime minister boris johnson who is in intensive care suffering from the coronavirus chancellor merkel of germany which johnson much strength and a speedy recovery while u.s. president on the trump said all americans were praying for johnson's recovery the prime minister has been hospitalized in london since the weekend after testing positive for corona virus nearly 2 weeks ago his office says johnson is not on a ventilator and does not have pneumonia foreign minister dominic robb is deputising for him where necessary. the overall death toll in the u.k. is now more than $6000.00 according to the department of health that puts it force in the world after italy spain and france let's cross over to w. correspondent charlotte potts in london joel what is the latest on the condition of
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the prime minister. well boris johnson has been brought to st thomas' hospital just across the river from downing street on sunday night it's one of the best hospitals in the united kingdom and he went in for routine testing because yet those persistent symptoms of the virus a high fever and a cough you've been self isolating in downing street for 10 days and we last saw him last thursday when he was clapping for the national house service and he did not look good then so when he went to the hospital there were some tests done and his condition even worse and he received some oxygen support and was then moved to the intensive care unit just in case he needs ventilation downing street says so at the moment he's not on a ventilator he does not have pneumonia this is what downing street tells us but he's being closely monitored and he's 55 we know that he said other than that and in a good health condition he didn't have this thing conditions but of course this disease
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can reputably worsen and we've heard world leaders today wishing him well wishing him a speedy recovery including also the queen and the royal family not only to him but also to his fiance who has had symptoms off that the virus and who is pregnant with his child which he is expecting in the early summer so the prime minister's admission to intensive care. more about him and the role he will now have to play. so this was decided in the beginning of the crisis rather jokingly from downing street that should the prime minister become incapacitated the foreign minister would take over now this has happened is fairly new to government he is a. supporter and that is why boris johnson brought him on to his government he has not been very popular in this crisis let's say because he was very slow in bringing
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british british people home from abroad and the response was very slow there from his side and he will now have a very tough job at hand he's only deputizing we hear he has a cabinet which is divided we've heard very mixed messages coming out of government over the past 10 days while boris johnson was isolating so it clearly has been a lack of leadership already and dominic rob will have to work with that right now today we've been also hearing should dominic rob become incapacitated there is a plan c. let's say and that would be. the finance minister who would then take over. briefly because there's been some criticism on the rollout of testing for former medical what's the state of the conference responds to the coronavirus right. well it's been slow and the peak is about to come in about a week or so doctors and nurses are already at their breaking point and the
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hospitals are filling up quickly there's several makeshift hospitals that's been built but the question really is will there be enough to treat all those patients and you mentioned the death toll is rapidly rising so really an ongoing crisis here in the united kingdom. and thank you. you're watching the w. news so join now for our coverage 19 special coverage with monica actions. combating the corona pandemic. where does research stand. what are scientists learning. background information and. our corona update. with 19 special next on d.w. .
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ringback health care systems around the world are under stress more and more patients are seeking treatment pushing hospitals to the brink of collapse but if you look closely there are differences in the u.s. health care is largely privatized in an effort to cut costs many hospitals have reduced staff and stretched resources that are now urgently need it many clinics are overwhelmed the same goes for countries like italy and spain which were burdened with severe austerity measures after the last financial crisis state run
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health care systems on the other hand are proving to be more robust to deal with the crisis some experts say in many countries this has sparked a discussion about whether health care should be a public good run by the state or a business model. this is your coverage 1000 special d.w. new. i want to get jones and bill in good to have you with us now let's agree money can't buy you everything but it can give you a better chance of survival if you can afford a private health insurance chances are you get to see your doctor sooner than someone on national health it's not fair but it is what it is but how does it work in a crisis like the coronavirus pandemic and a moment we'll talk to the c.e.o. of germany's biggest private hospital operator but 1st this report. the patients just keep on coming the coronavirus outbreak is testing the limits of hospitals all over the world demand for beds for spiritual equipment protective
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gear and workers continues to search many for medical professionals have been called back on duty like qualified doctor the irish prime minister as you know rejoined medical register there last month and. setting aside. the one session a week about half a day a week so far it's just been a telephone click the virus which is infected politicians celebrities and business leaders is often described as indiscriminate but as hospital staff get to work in a quality rains. poor people are more likely to catch the disease and they're more likely to die from it that's led to calls for a lifting of the barriers for example between public and private hospitals in spain one of the country's worst hit by the crisis become and has ordered private clinics to share resources with the public system australia has pushed through similar
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measures. in germany meanwhile some private clinics have reportedly applied for government support to compensate for the cancellation of lucrative procedures but they simply aren't a priority right now. for more i'm joined now by the c.e.o. of frizzy a global health care group with more than 200 set 90000 employees in more than 100 countries and here in germany is also the largest hospital operator welcome stephanie good to have you with us tell me how are your hospital having holding up in this health crisis. we're going to differentiate between the situation in germany and japan we have 86 hospitals in germany where we're still waiting for a large wave of corona patients to arrive on the other hand we have 44 ospital across spain weren't particularly in the hot spots in madrid and barcelona
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we have had more than our fair share of patients to deal with right how how big a role i mean it it feels awful to talk about money in such a situation but how big a role does money play when it comes to providing good health care. well we have to see that the fatality rate in germany is substantially lower than the one that we're seeing elsewhere but i do believe that 1st and foremost that has to do with quite a few issues that happen outside the hospital. so when it comes to the amount of testing that we're doing that denominator in the fatality ratio germany has done substantially more as far as i can see than most of the countries but also when we look at the numerator i believe that in germany the potion population on average is substantially younger than elsewhere a key reason for this may actually be
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a cultural difference where i think it is more. towards the german culture to keep the natural social distance relative to what we can observe in italy and its banks. and it comes to the money the capital allocation to a hospital system than i do believe. that germany is a bit better equipped than what we're seeing elsewhere and as far as our own hospitals are concerned we have invested quite heavily in the past and we can now also afford to shift resources within this large network or they are needed right as as you just mentioned about shifting resources you are you do run private hospitals and private hospitals that's and then they'd say they need to be profitable is that a problem now given that's treating covered 9000 patients is very time and very cost consuming. no and this is not the time to think about market
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share gains or profitability this is the time to think about how we can best help the society and it was mentioned a bit earlier on yes the spanish government has grown on resources to help out and we saw more than happy to do that. i believe that yes whilst we're still waiting in germany for. actually we're not waiting but you know we haven't seen a large wave of corona patients yet and therefore in many of our hospitals where we have followed the ministers appeal to delay in the elective surgery yes we are seeing in on the utilization of capacity but that is obviously absolutely fine we got to see through this crisis now and everything else is going to be taken
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care of afterwards that is definitely a an almost luxury position to be in the one that you describe here in terminal spittles as you mentioned that so far germany's health system managed to keep the number of covert 19 related to this fairly low 7 in comparison to other countries but the number of cases keeps rising now as the c.e.o. of germany's biggest hospital operator how worried are you that maybe you will not be able to cope with the influx of patients and and have to make hard decisions. this has been a very very dynamic development that frankly has beat not so my expectation so i will be cautious with making definitive statements but at the same time. germany has had the luxury of being somewhat late to this and therefore we have had the opportunity to learn quite a bit from what worked in other countries as an aside we have also had quite a number of volunteers in our german hospital system to go down to spain and help
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out our colleagues over there and those who are returning now have real life experience as to how we can better deal combat this crisis nobody derives truly arrives here in germany right stefan storm c.e.o. frizzy news thank you so much for your time and all the best to you and certainly for your medical staff in the coming days and weeks thank you stay healthy. and now let's get some well answers to your questions remember that you can tip them coming in on you tube on facebook and twitter or via e-mail the science journalist deron williams stands ready to provide some answers. was germany better prepared for the pandemic than other countries. throughout this pandemic the
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number of fatalities in germany has remained remarkably lower than that and other countries only between one and 2 percent of the people who tested positive for covert 19 here have so far died from the disease that's a lower case fatality rate than almost any other country tenser the question germany appears to have been better prepared than many other countries in one of the key way the number of acute care beds here is very high there are more than twice as many of them per capita as there are and european neighbors like france or italy i don't think any country was really well prepared for a covert 19 but germany's reaction to it looks to have made a significant difference and in how many people it will probably kill here in. the u.s. and the u.k. were supposedly well prepared for this kind of emergency but they're seeing a lot of infections and fatalities why. that's
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a tough question because so many factors appear to be contributing to how effective countries are and grappling with this disease don't forget the situation is unprecedented and we're still in the middle of the pandemic it's way too close to fast changing events to be able to really say country a got this right in country b. got that wrong that said one thing in particular had seemed to play a pivotal role in slowing the spread of the disease in some countries and that's early widespread testing as we've heard over and over again you can't fight what you can see right so both the u.s. and u.k. got off to quite slow starts when it came to testing because healthcare systems they are reliant on. tests from a single government source and those government sources didn't respond very rapidly so despite getting top marks for their health care systems and reports like the
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global health security and it's a structural aspect of how the u.s. and u.k. were set up to deal with a possible pandemic might now be making a big difference in the overall numbers. williams and he'll be back of course tomorrow to answer more off your questions for now that was our 900 special on one of the giants in berlin for more on the pandemic to check out our social media channels and a website that is d w dot com where we have information on covert 19 and more than 30 languages. now we would like to leave you with a story that shows we really are all in this together. at a hospital in taiwan people wait in line to make donations to help italy and its fight against the coronavirus a so far donated more than $3000000.00 u.s. dollars to the relief effort it's
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a way of showing their gratitude to italian priests who helped build hospitals in taiwan after the 2nd world war the funds were used to purchase much needed medical supplies to cope with 1000 stricken areas and it's in the. capital in crisis. the streets are empty. the majority of businesses are closed and families are confined to within their own 4 walls. place in berlin during the corona crisis. the current residents dealing with the restriction some. next d.w. . take on. me
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