tv Al Jazeera English News Bulletin LINKTV March 19, 2020 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT
ashor: italy overtakes china the country suffering the most coronavirus deaths. ♪ anchor: hello, this is al jazeera. claims ofg up, unregistered deaths i in homes. >> we are going to be able to make that available almost immediately. correspondent: donald trump tells americans that a malaria drug could offer therapy for the virus. northern syria and around the world, the virus brings members very -- brings misery to
refugees strtrgling to s surviv. ♪ good to have your company. italy has overtaken china as the country which has suffered the most deaths from the coronavirus. italians have recovered fear than half the infections of china, but now have the biggest death toll. 427 people died in italy in the past 24 hours, taking italy's total to 3405. that is 156 more deaths than china. rapidly,rs arriving more than 100 dead in the past days. while iran's health minister says in the past 24 hours, in average -- on average one person dies every 10 minutes. the chief brexit negotiator has tested positive for covid-19. the 69-year-old said he is doing
well and following the necessary instructions. on a positive note, china has recorded its first day with no person-to-person infections. our correspondent reports. ♪ anchor: -- correspondent: the head of the world health organization has called coronavirus the enemy of humanity. in this intensive care unit, it is easy to see why. the footage filmed by the head doctor shows a glimpse of the life and death struggles taking place across italy and across the world. a crowded, frantic, overwhelming place. the system is on the brink. 100% saturation. normally of 80 beds, three or four recover on a normal day, then we are forced to bring in three or four others. we have a precarious and difficult balance. correspondent: isolation is a
necessity. family members cannot visit. they cannot comfort or support. covid-19 is a solitary death. >> this is perhaps one of the saddest things. the only way to save them is to not allow contact. we try when possible to let them talk on their cell phones or video calls, but sometimes they die when they are still intubated so the call cannot happen. we know isolation is a very important sacrifice that is needed so the people outside do not get sick. correspondent: temporary field hospitals try to relieve the pressure. the epidemic is roaring through the population, and doctors are struggling to keep up. the widespread shortage is having fatal consequences. for a doctor who was forced to work without gloves, they have now died from the virus. 110 of the 600 medical staff have fallen ill. with have a full emergency
this coronavirus. personnel, nurses, and physicians are working around the clock, countless hours to fight this incredible situation. this not know how long pandemic will last. correspondent: under current measures, italy's 60 million people are only allowed to travel for work, medical reasons, or emergencies. most shops are to remain closed until march 25. >> you see very little people around. tv thefollowing on situation. also not to be overwhelmed by information. there is a danger there. correspondent: elsewhere, restrictions have not been so strictly observed. faced with no visible slowdown in the pace of infections, lockdown is set to be tightened further, and the deadline extended. the crisis has been compared to
a war. at the moment, the virus is winning. cases have surged around europe, despite stricter restriction on people's movements. our correspondent has the latest. [applause] a nightly tribute in spain to health workers on the front line in the fight against covid-19. these madrid residents maybe shut in, but they are aware of what is happening in hospitals across the country. as spain struggles to stop the spread of the coronavirus, despite tight restrictions on movements, the local media is reporting a growing number of unregistered deaths in care homes. people like this woman's 87-year-old father, who she was not able to visit for a fortnight before he died. father's death certificate, they put possible coronavirus. that is why we have not been able to look after the body. we cannot do anything to bury him, and we still do not know if
we will be able to do it tomorrow. correspondent: in italy, where more people have now died of covid-19 than in china, the total number of cases is growing faster again. in some places, police are carrying out coronavirus tests themselves. into southern germany, they have been enforcing the country's first curfew. the governor of bavaria says this could be extended statewide if people do not follow official advice. nationally, the number of confirmed cases jumped by almost a third in one day, going past 11,000. now, the german army is getting ready to be deployed to treat the sick and ensure vital deliveries after border closures lead to long delays on the roads. in paris, tourist sites are deserted. they are issuing fines for people without a strong reason to leave home. >> i have been working since 6:00 a.m., and the city is empty. no one is about.
everyone is trying to respect the rules. we are a bit worried because we don't know how it will last. correspondent: authorities say too many people are showing up at markets, and a safe distance guidelines are not being respected. in london, many underground stations are closed, and people are urged to stay off public transport. but as the prime minister talked of turning the tide against coronavirus within three months, there was a warning from medical experts. >> even if everybody does all the things we hope and we would really ask that they do, the numbers will continue to go up over the next two weeks. it takes a while for the lag until things start to improve. correspondent: meanwhile, a leading swiss firm is warning britain faces a number of shortages and medical equipment. how damaging that turns out to be could depend on whether more people follow the social distancing guidelines. u.s. president donald
trump says he wants health regulators to expedite potential therapies aimed at treating the coronavirus. he says one drug used for malaria has been approved by the fda to be rolled out soon, but the fda omission are clarified, saying a vaccine was likely a year away, and there were conditions on the anti-malaria drug approval. >> that is a drug that the president has directed us to take a closer look at as to whether expanded use approach could be done to see if that benefits patients. we want to do that in a setting of a clinical trial, a large clinical trial, together that information and answer the question that needs to be answered. castro is in joe washington dc. donald trump determined to deliver an optimistic message, i guess. >> that's right.
inimistic, but unfortunately terms of this drug we are talking about, simply inaccurate. trump's claim that the fda has approved the use of this anti-malaria drug to treat coronavirus is simply false. you heard the fda commissioner himself correct the president on that, however trump went on to repeat that inaccurate claim several times over the course of the day. briefings,e press president trump also referred again to the coronavirus as "the chinese virus," and he claimed china could have stopped it. then he said it was too bad that the world was inflicted with this horrible virus. too bad "because of the damage it is doing to the economy." nowhere in these remarks did he say that it was too bad that 11,000 americans are afflicted with the coronavirus and 164 are among the dead.
was trying president to be optimistic about the coronavirus, we saw the u.s. state department issue a warning to americans to avoid travel abroad. and we saw health-care workers in the u.s. start a social media campaign, practically begging for donations for more personal protective equipment in this lack of face masks and gowns some areas of the country. the cdc, the federal agency giving guidance to those emergency and health care workers that they should reuse facemasks if they run out, and in the worst case scenario, use scarves or bandanas to protect themselves. correspondent: heidi-zhou castro, thank you. global markets are trading up slightly after major losses, thanks to several central banks scrambling to soften the impact of the pandemic. the dow jones and the ftse 100
closed almost 1% higher, but trading remains volatile. the u.s. federal reserve, bank of england, and the european central bank rolled out fresh measures support the financial markets. still to come on al jazeera, zimbabwe braces with a health care system that has been crippled with years of crisis. and evidence of a prehistoric the eventat survived that wiped out the dinosaurs. ♪ ♪ anchor: hello. we were blessed with 30 degrees and adelaide and melbourne. a fairly rare event for march. you might get a clue from this arc of clarity that it will not
last. the forecast is dropping us down to the middle 20's for adelaide and melbourne, and probably canberra. the cold air will eventually push that way. we are down to 25 by saturday. in perth, it is getting -- it is getting warmer. here just slid through tasmania on its way to new zealand. there e is a windy weekend on te way for you. for most of australia, it is back in the sunshine. it is still quite hot for some places. where it should be wet, where there is a hint for decent rain, not as much as you might want this time of year. warming trend at the moment in japan and china. there is still rain to come. no more snow of any significance, but it is talking in colder weather -- it is tucking in colder weather. tokyo is warmer than it should be. so is beijing at 24. hong kong, wet.
♪ ♪ anchor: a quick reminder of our current top stories. italy has become the nation most seriously hit by coronavirus, with the number of deaths surpassing those in china. u.s. president donald trump says he has called on the food and drug administration to streamline its processes to speed up the development of a treatment for coronavirus. global markets are trading slightly up after major losses, thanks to several central banks scrambling to soften the impact of the pandemic. hours, israel has recorded a further 244 new cases of coronavirus. the increase brings the total number of cases to 677, while more than 650,000 people remain under quarantine.
our correspondent has more. increase of more than 50% in cases in less than 24 hours. isdoes suggest that israel on an upward curve, a fast upward curve. part of that can be explained by the fact that testing is coming in greater numbers. there are more than 2000 tests being done every day, and the health ministry is talking about increasing that further in the coming days by several thousand. there was an expectation that the number of cases would increase, but israel also has problems in terms of the number of hospital beds for the population, the kind of preparations it has in terms of medical equipment, and so on. anchor: latin america continues to brace for what many see as an inevitable large scale contagion. our correspondent has the very latest. correspondent: we have been
monitoring the region, and it looks as though national policies are evolving overnight. if we go down the list of countries in the proverbial global south and latin america, there are countries that have closed their borders outright, that have been completely shut down. countries like one imola -- like guatemala, el salvador. they only yesterday announced their first case of coronavirus. in honduras, there is a national curfew that is being enforced in several studies. one of the biggest concerns is what is happening in thin as layla. a seven year economic crisis has a's healthezuel services to a critical point. caracas from doctors in that there are areas doctors will not even go because they are afraid of contracting the virus, worried that they do not have the necessary supplies. is latin america as a region
prepared? it spends less than almost any other region on health services. i think the short answer is no. anchor: while the global struggle to contain coronavirus continues, there is a glimmer of good news from where it was first discovered. they reported no new cases on wednesday, the first time since the virus began in december. reports,hide their numbers are still growing in other parts of the region. correspondent: while countries across the globe continue to seal borders and lockdown citizens, the country that saw covid-19's primary infection for the first time reported no new local cases. in china, the only new coronavirus patients were imported from abroad. as construction and manufacturing resumes after months of shutdown, the epicenter for the virus, wuhan city, and the surrounding hubei province reported no new cases for the first time. this are delighted to see
increase. that means we have seen the door after days of hard efforts. >> there has been an uptick of infections in south korea after a small cluster was discovered at a nursing home. to help offset the economic impact of the coronavirus, the government announced a support package to help small businesses, with two previous packages. the aide tops $30 billion. >> we should think of ways to help those who have suffered from income loss or lost their jobs due to the coronavirus. correspondent: the asian stock markets continue to struggle as concerns over economic disruption from the virus continues. led most ofs kospi the major markets in losses. thailand announced its single biggest a jump in cases, at least 60. some were people returning from a mass gathering of muslim missionaries in malaysia. thailand has closed some border crossings with its southern neighbor. one of japan's biggest tourist
blossoms cherry season. viewing parties and picnics are discouraged, and events have been canceled. the japanese government announced tourist numbers for the last month were down over 58%. that is the biggest jump in nine years, since the tsunami and earthquake that triggered the fukushima nuclear disaster. anchor: iraq has been on a own in anlocked attempt to stop the spread of the virus. they have more than 160 cases. soldiers have been deployed in baghdad, setting up checkpoints. for -- is a site pilgrimage site for thousands every year. some bobwhite has yet to confirm any infections, but the president has declared a national disaster. all public gatherings of more than 100 people are prohibited as a precaution. independence day celebrations
next month are canceled. our correspondent has more. correspondent: social distancing in many parts of zimbabwe is not easy. job.many, he has a casual working on the street, he is afraid of catching coronavirus. cuts in the water supply means taps run dry for hours, sometimes days. correspondent: officials say they are ready to minimize the impact should there be an outbreak. there is one center where suspected cases are, but they only have a few dozen beds. the collapsing economy is adding to the problems of the struggling public health sector.
launching the national preparedness response plan on thursday, the president said zimbabwe has other health challenges to deal with. >> we are deeply concerned about the impact covid-19 will have on zimbabwe. correspondent: zimbabweans have some experience dealing with outbreaks. more than 50,000 people died from cholera in 2008. measures were put in place to contain the operate, but the threat of t coronavirus has forced them to put more drastic measures in place. the ban of public gatherings affects church services for two months. while there is no travel ban, people from countries with confirmed cases of coronavirus are being discouraged from coming to some bobwhite.
zimbabweans are discouraged from traveling abroad until it is under control. mandatory screening has been mandated at all ports of entry. government screening will be introduced at all offices. but with the worst economic crisis in a decade, many public hospitals lack basic equipment in medicine. some worry about a lack of resources to deal with coronavirus, if it spreads. government leaders say they are already on high alert. anchor: agencies are warning that refugees are increasingly vulnerable to the virus. they say they are struggling to protect people in overcrowded and ill-equipped camps, many who have endured years of suffering. a population so traumatized by violence now terrified of a virus. in northern syria, after 10 years of war and humanitarian
catastrophe, medics are doing all they can to prevent an outbreak of covid-19. masks are being handed out, parents are trying to protect their children, but everyone seems to know it is not nearly enough. have very little equipment and supplies. not just right here, but in all of northern syria. in bangladesh, where around three quarters of a million rohingya are in camps, youth activists are teaching refugee children about the importance of proper hygiene. anxiety in the largest refugee settlement in the world is on the rise. warnings from aid agencies are stark. cost inne what it would densely crowded refugee camps, filled with civilians in a warzone, displaced people fleeing to settlements in places where there is little to no water, no washing facilities,
little hygiene, and no health care. correspondent: in greece, doctors without borders has urged the government to evacuate refugees from overcrowded camps. they say they provide a perfect storm for an outbreak. >> we have one point for 3000 people. we have one toilet for 200 people. if we ask people today to call the doctor if they have a problem, there is no doctor to call. people today to isolate themselves, there isfor isolation. correspondent: this week, the united nations refugee organization announced that due to severe travel restrictions around the world, resettling refugee plans are being suspended. >> we are appealing to states and working closely with them to continue for the most critical cases, wherever that is possible. correspondent: as panic over the pandemic spreads across the world, refugees and the
displaced are, as always, just trying to survive. people long accustomed to uncertainty, for whom life has suddenly become an even greater challenge. canada's most densely populated urban area in and around toronto has the highest concentration of coronavirus cases in the country. the canadian government urging citizens to curb nonessential treatment and services to support publicly funded health care systems. many are worried that society's poorest and most vulnerable are putting at greater risk of disease. as the pandemic spreads, a kind gesture on the eerily quiet streets of toronto's financial district. people are avoiding offices and working from home, but the homeless are still here. >> there are so many things we take from -- we take for granted. you can take care of your
everyday needs, but the vulnerable struggle day-to-day, in a crisis or not. it becomes especially pronounced during this time. anyone home? just checking. anyone home? correspondent: outreach worker greg cook says individual generosity is not enough. in canada's most expensive city, homelessness was soaring long before covid-19. fears of virus spreading in what shelters their army more people may be suddenly sleeping rough. , you have a whole bunch of people in one room. when you are sleeping, you cannot social distance. you cannot stay six feet apart. correspondent: at the country's largest food bank, demand is increasing as the crisis hits those with low incomes. a charity is trying to minimize contact with the public while sending out even more food and supplies to the needy. >> there is a heightened sense of anxiety.
there is also an uplifting sense. there is a sense that the country is coming together and saying that there are tens of thousands of individuals who are vulnerable we need to assist. correspondent: canada's government is announcing new measures every day, most notably closed borders to all but citizens, legal residents, and trade.and generous cash payments. that includes near mandatory isolation for those with even the mildest symptoms, like from a cold or the flu. for those who have traveled abroad, like me, 14 full days at home staying inside and not meeting other people. canada's prime minister is among those avoiding others. wife has tested positive, and he is leading efforts against it from inside his house. with a relatively low number of cases, canada is hoping social distancing and government spending can ease the impact of the virus.
but helping those who cannot help themselves, the poor, homeless, elderly, and those with existing conditions, is a growing challenge for both government and the public. anchor: in other news, the british government has apologized for its treatment of britain's caribbean origin who were wrongly detained or deported for being illegal immigrants. home office demonstrated institutional ignorance and thoughtlessness towards the issue of race and the history of the generation. the scandal broke in 2018.