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>> this is bbc world news america. the coronavirus outbreak has killed more people in america than in china. the value of testing. how germany is ready for a surge in cases. throwing out the business plan to help in the crisis. how companies big and small in the u.s. are helping to fight the outbreak. for all of you watching on pbs and around the globe, welcome to world news america.
the international crisis intensified today. more than 3600 people have been killed in the united states. 900 have died in new york city. doctors and nurses say that they are desperately short of critical equipment. >> a powerful symbol of the nation's effort to combat the coronavirus. covid-19 has claimed the lives of more than 3000 americans, surpassing the number of people killed in the 9/11 attacks. health care workers and emergency responders continued to work overtime to meet the challenge. they do so at great personal risk knowing that the toughest weeks lie ahead. new york's governor andrew cuomo said that the virus has proved to be more dangerous than expected.
>> it is the great equalizer. i don't care how smart, how rich, how powerful that you think you are. i don't care how young, how old. equalizer. is the great the next phase of recovery should focus on infrastructure. in the meantime, governors and mayors across the country are learning fronew york. the sports field is confirmed in a drive-through testing site. three of fo americans will soon be under stay-at-home order's. social distancing guidelines appear to be working. mr. fauci: we are starting to see that the daily increases are not in that steep incline. they are starting to flatten out.
you look alyit cef hope it is going in the right direction. that's what you are trying to attain, that multiphase component wheret starts to go down. >' thas not the only good news. johnew krzi launched a newscast to share uplifting stories called "odme news." steve carell even joined in. steve: i guarantee that the bottom half of what you have on does not match the top. [laughter] >> i am definitely weari jams. >> a nice distraction for those eager to reminisce about simpler times. >> to talk more, i'm joined by an epidemiologist and senior fellow at the american federation of scientists.
more than 3600mericans have been killed by coronavirus. more than 180,000 are aected. what is your reaction to the staggering scale? >> i first reaction is that it uld have been so preventable had we had testing and surveillance dating back to early february. these numbers are low because there is an enormous amount of under diagnosis. even in new york city, they are only testing those who are hospitalized or health care woers. they are not doing community testing. they are discouraging it. that sho we are not going to be able to stop this virus. laura: we lost you there for a minute. when dr. ahony fauci says that
maybe we are flattening the curve, what do you make of that? >> what he is saying is that it is becoming less exponential. it is still going up, but it is going up less steeply. deaths are still going up quickly. new york city is still the highest rate of any region in the world, surpassing spain, italy, france. in terms of cases, they are bending aittle, but i would not ke to seehat bend with a south koreanype of testing. anyone shows a couch, immediately quarantined, tested, that's how you stop the epidemic. i'm not encourad when it is bending down and new york city says stop doing community teing. we need more frontier testing of
cases that just developed. that is how you stopt. laura: the president is saying that he hn't heard about problems with testing. is that credible? >> it is not credible at all. he has had advisors tellin him about this pandemic risk for a long time but he dismissed it as the corona flu and as a democratic hoax. right nowde the pre changes from closing or opening businesses at easter to the end of april. i don't think we will be able to not june.ntil at least may, if thisow is not going to own enough, and we are not going to capture it enough because it is the community spreading that is worse than tta hos cases. that is what we have to ramp up for. i'm hopeful that we can get there.
laura: how about wearing masks? elwould thatus if we wore them in public? >> i think masks is the next phase. es general surgical masks, at or ateast bandanas or scarves. it has shown that it reduces the air droplets or where your every day can spray these droplets far away. instead they b wille contained. they do filter out some particle not all. america needs to traform into a mask wearing society like a station- ke east asian countries. laura: thank you for joining us for american schools dused havoc colleges.
many have shut down for 55 million students. replacing in person classes with remote learning has exposed america's wi-fi divide. my next guest joins me now. thousands of kids here in new york city and across the count don't have wi-fi at home or a laptop. how are they supposed to learn remotely? >> i think crises like this expose the huge disparities tt have exist forever between the haves and the have-nots. when you have a crisis, the most vulnerable get hit the hardest. education disruption, m tt vulnerable or disadvantaged get hit the hardest. this is all three of tho rolled into one. it's tsunami. it shines a bght spotlight on those disparities. i think it is a huge opportunity to force u to grapple with that
reality. country's philanthropy, the privat sector steppg up to get hundre of thousands of devices out to theirost disadvantaged students. chicago announc 100,000 devices going out the door. for oncend for all, we can address some of these huge inequities. that could be one of thgs good thhat comes out of this terrible time. laura: should wi-fi be like electricity? recognized as vital for allch dren? >> i think we have to look at this as the new normal. oui think children be able to learn whatever they want at any time, any where, any place. the ideain that leatakes place in a physical building from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. is an ancient thought. our children, whether it inner-city new york or chicago,
they should be able to learn whatever they want to validate anything 20 47 -- 24/7. laura: some kids may lose six months of formal learning. what impact could then have at a critical time, especially cose headed flege? >> we have e to dorything that we can not to let that happen. i am talking to superintendents around the country every week. they are working very hard. s it't just education. we are trying to get food out to families. hools are also food distribution outlets. to see them going well is a lifesaving good. secondly, you have kids who may have mental health issuesng d
telehealth, counseling, social workers, psychologists. yes, on the learning side, the short answer is we cannot allow six months of learning loss to happen, particularly those who might be on the verge of dropping out or graduating high school. making sure teachers are staying h in touch weir students weekly and daily, seeking out those students that arder to find, making outhe contact texting. we have to do everything that we can not to allow that to happen. what happens in the summer is a wide open question. if we are able to go back to school, i would love to see mandatory summer school across the country, to put teachers back to work, get students back in school. let teachers teach and get the income. th m be possible and may
not. laura: let's hope so. artie duncan, thank youor being with us. >> thank you. laura: turning to europey'here ger's chief health advisor has warned that the rate of deaths from the coronavirus is rising. so many have been tested tiet the authormay be ready for the surgeon cases. our berlin correspondent jenny hi reports. >> they are working day and night inla germany's rde tories. -- laboratories. >> positive cases picd up early. people were asked early months ago -- people are escalated as well. >> europe's ski resorts closed b
nowut many early german cases were skiers, returning from their brakes. the average age of an infected person in germany is 47. this week, 17 people, elderly and vulnerable, died here. the government acknowledged that the death rate is rising. >> people did not appear in our but now w see cases i care homes. we have to expect that the death rate will rise. >> germany'derelatively low h rate has intrigued experts and politicians alike around the world. while the suggestion is ihere, far too soon to say for sure whether the mass testing rategy will pay off. on french soil, a patient bound
forermany. these are still early days. the real crisis is yet to arrive . laura: spain has recdaded its worsy figure yet for fatalities. 849 have died bringing the national death toll thousand. struggling hospitals in madrid has started transferring patientson to antion center which has been transformed into a makeshift hospital. the cabinet office minister to go further faster to carrys out more tests but says thousands more ventilators will be available in the coming weeks. the duke and duche of sussex formallytepped down as senior royalrs of britain' family from now on, prince harry and
his wife meghan will no longer titles.rm royal in their the pair say they look forward to reconnecting with their followers soon. officials across india are searching for hun of people who attended a religious event linked to thousands of coronavirus cases. officials are now clearing the building where more than 1000 people are stranded since the government imposed a lockdown. >> pple at a religious gathering are being evacuated and sent to isolation centers. dozens have tested positive for the coronavirus. me have died. the days after, a large number
of people remained at the mosque. many are showing symptoms of the disease. india is grappling with the spread of corona. there is also anger about its treatment. a group of people sprayed with chemicals in what appears to have been an attempt to sanitize them as they tried to return to their villages from the cities that they lived in an investigation has been launched into the incident. hundreds of thousands of daily wage earners havewi been left thout money, food, and shelter. >> we are we have nothing now. they say that it may be one or two monthsithout work. we cannot even go back to our >> around india, the government and private organizations have been trying to help. many are asking why tre was no plan in place before the
shutdown was announced. the attempt is to stop corona from spreading here. it will be used to sanitize roads. leaves inding the tumor rick, -- of turmeric, they have sanitize the entire village. ch hisr enters has to w hands this is a strict edict. >> in the cities, streets being cleaned. of infected continues to rise but not as rapidly as it is for many around theorld.
>> the global impact of coronavirus. ndshake makes news. when russia'sresident finds itself at the center of coronavirus concerns. >> the world bank says that the coronavirus pandemic will wipean ou economic growth in east asia preventing almost 24 million people from escaping poverty. here is our business reporter who has more on the story. >> the federal reserve released a report in which they estimate that some 47 milli americans will lose their jobs in the coming months. ploymentld push the un rate in this country to 32%. a staggering number on its own.
if you compare that to last month when we saw that the unemployment rate was 3.5%, and for the last several years we have seen the unemployment rate in the united states has been at decades lows. is unbelievable to see these kinds of projections coming from the econ reserve.the federal >> in russia, the number of coronavirus cases has jumped by 500 in 24 hours. that comes as the russian parliament approved laws to slow including up to seears in prison for breaking rules. there is now a fear that presiden exposed.y have been >> it began with a handshake.
vladimir putin meeting this dc octor a week ago to inspect the hospital. now the doctor himself has tested positive for covid-19. he and the president spent the afternoon together in close cont act. no one is safe was the headline on russian tv. this virus has come so close to all of us,he says,r even ou president. russia is looking down. there will be tough penalties for breaking quarantine. up to seven years in prison. for the president, it's business as usual. the kremlin says there is no need to panic. the president is fine. system is built around one man, vladimir putin, any suggestion
that his health may be put at risk makes those in power very nervous. >> in russia, it is not just a virus that is spreading, so his fake news about covid-19. this biologist has been telling russian media that the coronavirus could be a u.s. biological weapon and that the americans took out a patent for it.he where is evidence? >> but conspiracy theorists cannot mask the reality that to fight a virus, the world's largest country is shutting do. >>nxiety and rumors abound in
russia. we have seen countries around the world lend their expertise to the fight against the coronavirus. general motors is making ventilators. so many businesses are changing gears to do what they can. >> r across the globe with so much would grinding to a halt, people doing what they can to adapt. illusionists are trying to help their mmunity figh virus. >> i built this 3d printer a couple years ago. it in regular life t print out different magic props. this is something that i saw people doing on the internet to use 3d printers to make masks. >> he is working around the clock to donate them to nurses for free. with no festivals to provide
for, this distillery has been forced to lay offrs worke >> we started small, hoelping locals in the community, especially people who could not le ofnywhere the first co lot..we set up a tent in the pag we would have lines of 300 people before 8:00. >> at fashion houses around the country that would otherwise sit idle, have become essential suppliers basques. > -- of masks. >> if i can supply these masks to pediatrician, offices, people who clean nursing homes, it would allow more stringent attic on masks to be saved for the more intensive careequired, r the people who need them. >> car manufacturers like ford
are switching production. there is anger m andy countries at the shortage of medical equipment. where governments may have failed, individuals of all sizes are doing what they can. >> we start of the broadcast with a new york city landmark. let's end with another. the empire state building is lit up with a siren of red anwhite to pay respect to the emergency workers on the front tines. thbute has unnerved some but otrs see it as a pitting -- fitting accolade to those who risk their very lives. sirens are the soundtrack to our very lives. you can find much more news on our website. i am laura trevelyan. thank you for watching bbc world news america.
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening, i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, a cotry in the grip of the virus. the death toll in the u.s.as surges, ospitals grapple with a growing wave of patientsn health officials warn the then, as covid-19 dismantles the economy, many americans areor going hungryhe first time, and food banks struggle to meet >> there's no monee made. i'm down to like $4.00 in my bank account, and no foo for me it's worth it, waiting over an hour already, for this food bag. >> woodruff: plus, the schools are closed, but the classes go on.