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laura: this is "bbc world news americare." rting from new york, i am laura trevelyan. the biggest stimulus bill in u.s. history is a great. lawmakers agree to pump trillions into the economy to .eep americans afloat during the coronavirus cris the massive spending comes as new york's governor says social distancing may actually be working. pl, getting close to home for the royal family. hprince charles tested positive for the coronavirus. officials say his symptoms are mild. laura: for all of you watching on pbs and around the globe, welcome to "world news america."
the u.s. senate is moving stimulus package in the nation's history to rescue the economy from the impact of thru corona $2 trillion will go to companies big and small and directly into the wallets of americans. rescueillisted shares on wall street for the second day in a row, and comes as there are signs that social distancing here in new york be starting to pay off. empty streets in new york city as federal officials say this is a high-ri area and warned new yorkers not to travel and spread coronavirus. new york's governor has become a national figure during this crisis. he is calling for more hospital ventilators, predicting 30,000 will be needed when infections peak. he also said that strict policies on social distancing may be working. gov. cuomo: the evidence suggests at this point that they haveth slowe hospitalizations, and this is everything. laura: that is the trend the
president wants to see. he is impatient for america to open up for business at easter. buts drive-through testing centers become the norm across cases, doctors and stated more governors say atoil is too soon end social distancing. gov. newsom: i think april for california would be sooner than any of theto experts i talke believe is possible. gov. pritzker: if you don't have these restrictions on, the damage that would be done, the lines that would be lost, the overrunning of ourca healt system wld lead to real devastation. the president has said. laura: america's airports show coronavirus on the economy. on tuesday, the number of passengers being screened atir u.s.rts was the lowest number the tsa has ever recorded. the biggest relief package in u.s. history that was announced onhe senate floor early on wednesday brings vital emergency
cash to american workers and companies. sen. mcconnell: struggling americans will go to their checks to help with their bills. why? because the senate stepped up. sen. schumer: i say to the american people, help is on the way, big help, qui help. neil hi, everybody. this is neil diamond, and i know we are going through a tough time right now. laura: as americans wonder what to dont through fimes from one musical legendevised his classic anthem. neil: ♪ hands washing hands don't touch me i won't touch you ♪ laura: timely, practical advice in thi age of anxiety. neil: ♪ good n timer seemed so good ♪ laura: for a sense of the scale
of the stimulusi packageoke short time ago to the bbc's katty kay and asked her just how plarge thn actually is. katty: nearly $2 trillion with this one. back in 2008 at the time of the financial crash, you have the that was $700 billion. and then you have a stimulus plan t next year in 2009 that was $800 billion. even if you put those two together, you are below this one. there seems totce a bit of a americans have got neil diamond rewriting "sweet caroline, but they don't have vote on this bill in the senate has some republican senors have an objection includes money and provisions for people who are unemployed, and they are concerned that it might mean thate peoo earn low wages would be encouraged to get they would get mory ifd because they were unemployed.
couple of articles to be out.ed-- wrinkles to be worked hopefully americans will start getting checks in their pockets in the next couple of weeks. laura: is there any chance it doesn't go through, katty you are talking about those wrinkles, a people on the left are also concerned. katty: yes, and senator bernie sanders, who is still running on the presidency on the democratic haside, saidif the republicans managed to water down the provisions for americans who are unemployed, the benefits for americans who are unemployed, the poorest,s he calls them, he would be prepared to scupper the whole thing and not vote for it. this is an awful lot of money being put into the american ecntomy, and both sides o make sure that it is spent in a way that they fl agrees with their political positions and their political priorities. the democrats have come a long way in the last few days in
getting what they wanted, a certain amount of acco dtability. thn't want $500 billion of this pumped into big companies to go to share buybacks and ceo competition. the trump family businesses didn't get money from this stimulus bill, rescue package. they managed to get those things, but there is this hiccup at the last minute over people eeo are unemployed and whether some republicansthis would be too beneficial to them. laura: one million californians have just filed for unemployme insurance, katty. isedt possible america will another stimulus bill before this thing is done? katty: it's interesting, listen to mitch mcconnell, nate majority leader, and he saidst something integ about this bill. he said it should not be called a stimulus bill. it is not going to stimulate all this will do is put a safety net under the american ecomy to prop it up. but thehances that this will
actually stimulate it into growing faster, that is unlikely. that is why people are looking wn the track and saying it is quite possible that we rescue the american economy with this one, but we might need to stulate it into more growth further on, depending on how much damage is done. if president trump gets his way and the american economys reopened up for easter in april 12, perhaps the chances are that the american economy could start moving again. that has a whole lot of caveats, because the medical price is s att what should happen and that would be economically damaging in the long run. get that is why he wants t the american economy moving again and i could have an impact on future stimulus packages. laura: katty kay repting. as kattysi was noting, the p of the stimulus measure was a rare moment of agreement in washington, and it could bolster the president's case he is handling therisis well. last week mr. trump gave himself a 10 out of 10 for his
performance, characteristically. it was aa g -- a recent gallup poll does not quite reach that level but it shows that 60% of americans approve of his handling of the crisis and his ovall approval rating reached 49%, his highest today. i spoke to ron christie, former advisor to george w. bush and a bbc analyst. i was about to ask you that the president was rising to the tweeted about lamestream medt and how they want to keep him out of office by keepiut the economy ron: good evening to you, laura. the president could not help himself because he knew we would be talking about him at the0 5ur. what he did was reassure the american people who questiony s abil govern that he has been a ubiquitous appearance on television, holding town halls to reassure the am people trying of the federal government is up to the task.
usthe gallup poll that you referenced from 60% of the american people think he is doing a very good job handling this crisis, so the american people by an overwhelming majority he is doing what heba n to get u on track. laura: ron, when the president said tha wants america opened up by easter, is he going to be forced to walk that back not necessarily by doctors, but by republican lawmakers? ron: it l that has on the next two weeks. april 12 is the day that the president,satty just mentioned, would like america to be up and running again, easter ilholidays. it matter on what is going on in new york, illinois, here in washington, d.c. of the hardest hit cities and states in america. yes, if the situation hasn't fltened with the spread of the coronavirus, and we have not had any indication affirmatively that this has happened, i think president trump might be walking that one back.
laura: this is an election year, and the president's tom carper, ---- the president's trump card, pun intd, is the economy. now it is in tuble. can he recover by november? ron: hard to say. most economists believe we will have a coronavirus position. how many quarters of negative economic growth do we have? a positive thing we have seen today, as youenoned at the top ever, is that the last two days wall street has responded well, the first time since february 6 that we have not had another down day followedy a positive day on the market it will depend on what are th doctors, nurses, first responders, do theiefforts mitigate the spread of this disease? if they do, the american economy i have no doubt will ce roaring back. laura: the president isharing the political stage with the governors. how is that going for him? ron: i think it has been an adjustment for him.
the president clearly enjoys the himself.e spotlight to but i really do believe that if you look at how he has worked with the coronavirus tas force and the daily press conferences and his outreach to california ggovernin newsom and governor cuomo in new york, the president is learningh ow to work wose who are beneath him in the pecking order, and you have heard fromhewo governors i just referenced. they say the president is doing a good tob. days and weeks and months ahead, see more of that and less heahe twitter we just mor moments ago. laura: ron christie, thank you. let's turn to the spread of the coronavirus. there are more than,0 4 cases worldwide. 61,000 of those are here in the united states. earlier i was joined by d ashish jha, director of the harvard global health institute. thanks for joining us. do you find it ethouraging that rate of hospitalization here in new york seems to have slowed a littleal bit due to the so
distancing? dr. jha: so we know that social distancing works. it takes a couple of weeks after we put into place. i don't know that i find that much encouraging information from the rate of hospitalizatio some of it is because we are testing more i people.new yo still pretty far away from bending the curve on this disease. ur when you look at what is happening in rural america, what trends are youeeing? dr. jha: one of the things we're seeing i -- thnot surprising -- is that the disease is hitting the big cities fst. people are more compa and more together. but we are starting to see the disease starting to take off in other places as wl across louisiana, georgia, worried about arizona, flori, other places. it will make it to rural america and i think it will be quite devastating to rural america if we don't get our arms around it. it will take a little bit of
time. it starts in cities spreads out. laura: is there any way that the social-distancing measures in new york should be eased by april 12 as the president seems to wt? dr. jh you know, i don't think that the date is the right strategy. i appreciate why the president wants it. being shut down is not great for the economy, it is hurting , peopd i'm sympathetic to that. the probleis that if you open up to early, not only do you harmublic health, but you make it hard for the economy to recover as well. happening with diseaseis prevalence and growth and testing and let those things dictate when we open up, not necessarily a specific date. strategy and not this patchwork that we are seeing across the cotry with different states doing different things? dr. jha: undoubtedly that would be veryul hel one of the things we know is that the virus does not respect national borders.
it certainly does not respect state quarters. people in the u.s. are very mobile. they go from city to city, state to state. a state-by-state strategy is not going to be ultimately successful. f need a national fores national shutdow a period of time, and opening up when we have the data that it is safe do so. laura: as a doctor, what is worrying you the most about the secoronavirus, when yowho it is attacking? dr. jha: yeah, so one of the things that has been really clear in the u.s. is this is n just a disease that affects one population. visly older people, people with chronic disease, people in need of compromise, have much--- immunohcompromised, or at m greater risk. but we are seeing young people and healthy people get sick and even die from the disease. it is really a very potent disease. it is nothing like the flu. it worries me that we have
continuedha t to many people not take it seriously. laura: if the vaccine is he your way, are we stuck death a--if the vaccine is a euro a, are we stuck with social anding until then? dr. jha: i don't think the country would put up with a year of the social distancing. what most experts think is that social distancing for a short period of time n be useful in suppressing the disease. then we have to have a very aggressive test, isolate, monitor strategy that probably will all most of uto get our normal life. not everything. we may have periods of time where we close of again, but targeted.b short, they can be we don't have to go through what if we have an aggressiveht strategy. laura: dr. ashish jha, thanks so much for being with us. in other news from around the
world, the worst hit country in southeast asia, malaysia, is extending its twoweek lockdown as the number of infections continues to grow. last week itlosed its borders and shut down all schools and nonessentialusinesses until the end omarch. that is being extended until the 14th of april. riot police are being deployed in australia to enforce strict social-distancing goal people in new south wales f ae fine or jail time if they are caught breaking regulations. the penalties also apply to those who refe to self- quarantine. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, a worrying sign of the times in spain, as the country's death toll overtakes that of china. ruian president vladimir putin has postponed a nationwide vote on constitutional chthat would have allowed him to extend
his rule due to the worsening situation regarding the coronavirus. russia's total number of cases reached 658 on wednesday, with a record daily rise. here is the bbc's steve rosenberg in moscow. steve: when you consider that russia is such huge country, the largest country in the world, and the number of confirmed coronarusre cases a in the hundreds compared to the tens of thousandsn italy,qu is e a surprise, and those official figures have been met with a degree of skepticism. however, i spoke to a docto this week who said that, first ofll a not enough people are being tested, so that is one reas the figures are low. there are also concerns that perhaps the sts being used are not sensitive enough. i get the feeling in the last few days that from what russian officials are saying from what the moscow mayor has been saying, that they are to recognize now that this is
potentially a big i probl russia. the moscow mayor yesterday said situation wious developing in the russian capital. he himself said that the real number of coronavirus cases is probably far greater than the official figures. we have seen a whole ream of measures announced in recen days. from tomorrow in moscow, anyone overav 65 willto stay at home for the next few weeks. and one thing that president putin said in his television tdress today was t russians shouldn't just rely on hoping that everything will work out in the end. they should reize that this is a serious thing and they should make sure that they listen to what the doctors awh saying and the authorities are saying. laura: more people in spain have
died from the coronavirus than in china. the country is seen 3,400 fataties. this comes as spain remains der virtual lockdown. our correspondent damian grammaticas reports from madrid. damian: on a dark day for spain, a sobering sight. van aer van carrying bodies of virus victs. his is madrid's biggest ice rink. it has been requisitioned to hold the dead. they needed. they are so many now. arriving at spanish hospitals are more and more cases. infections leaving every day. more than 5000 medical staff have fallen sick, too. so part of spain's urgent efforts are these new rapid testing centers specifically for those in the front line. aur fears she has the virus. a colleague has appeared the--a
colleague has it. the swabs are invasive, unpleasant. she is worried she has family she might've infected, >>es i'm very worriedcially for my familand my patients. at home i stay in one room, isolated, to myself for my symptoms alo. damian: teh wh-- the whole of spain has mobilized to fight the viru a tanker load of arrives on an army base inside of madrid. inside they are making hd sanitizer, gallons and gallons hospitals, pply great is the demand. >> what we are doing is very important. we do what we can to.olve the cris damian: so in this battle, it is t bullets this military production line is making, but medicines to replenish stocks that are being used up fast.
and this is it, coming off the production line. spain's military have put down their guns, and their weapon of choice in this fight now. and across spain, people everywhere are getting invold, too, designing and producing the gggos doctors are so short of. those stuck at home sewing defacemasks for the y. here, aos nurse of thank-you for the vital protective visor handmade for the people protecting the hospital. every night in every city, town, and village across spain, mknowledgment of the bravery and sacrifice tics are making. the sound of a grateful natio damian grammaticas, bbc news, madrid. laura: now to the u.k., where
prince charles has tested positive for the coronavirus. royal officials say his symptoms are mild and he is otherwise in good health. the duchess of cornwall has also been tested but she doesn't have the virus. here isur royal correspondent nicholas witchell. nicholas: for called today. the prince of wales is home in the scottish highlands. it is here that the heir to the itish throne is self- isolating, as is his wife. they arrived sunday night. he was aeady showing mild symptoms. he was tested monday, the in a statement, clarence houset. said, "the prince of wales has tested positive for coronavirus. he has been displaying mild good health and has been working through home -- working from home through the last few. days as usu the duchess of cornwall has also been tested, but does not have the virus." medical officer ressed that the prince had been tested in line with normal procedures. >>te he waed for clinical
reasons. i am pleased also that he is very well, and as with many people who have had this virus from has had a mild illness. cholas: the prince has met hundreds of people over recent weeks. onhe sixth of march he was still shaking q hante freely. on the ninth of march he was at westminster abbey with the queen. handshaking was out. charles adopted the indian maste greeting instead. two days after that he was evidently having difficulty remembering the no-handshaking rule. at that stage it was still something to laugh about. on the 1h of march, the prince was at buckingham palace for investiture. he also briefly met the queen. buckingham palace issually pretty staring when it comes to information about the health o seni membe the royal family. on this occasion the palace was quick to say that the queen remains in good the queen left buckingham palace last week for windsor, beere she
has joined by the duke of edinburgh. according to the palace, all appropriate advice is being followed to shield them from the virus. nicholas witchell, bbc news, buckingham palace. laura: the coronavirus knows no boundaries at all. before we go tonight, a quick recap of our headlines. u.s. lawmakers are set to approve a $2 trillion emergency package aimed at propping up the american economy. wall street is taking all of the good news it can at the moment. stocks traded mostly high for a dwo adding nearly 500 points. wall street is braced for tomorrow's unemployment figures. spain s reached a grim milestone. the country recorded more than 700he the fatalities inast day, pushing and about china in terms of total deaths. i am laura trevelyan. thank you so much for watching "bbc world news america."
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♪ judy: good evening, i am judy woodruff. on "newshour"a tonightation on the brink as cases of covid-19 spur across the country. new york emerging as a epicenter of the virus in the president facing pressure to nationalize production of lifesaving medical equipment. then, congress on the white house moved to angreement on a $2 trillion rescue package to revive the u.s. economy. we break out what is in, what is ou and where the money is headed, with speaker pelosi. plus, life in the emergency room. what doctors are seeing from the front lines with the pandemic on track to overwhelm our medical infrastrture. >> we are not at