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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm james reynolds. a day after disney world reopens, florida records the biggest number of new coronavirus cases in the united states. a result too close to call in poland's crucial presidential election — with the incumbent andrej duda edging slightly ahead. three generations of one of the world's most famous acting families test positive for coronavirus — as infections continue to rise in india and emergency crews tackle a massive fire on a navy warship docked in san diego.
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a day after disney world reopened in america, florida has registered a record 15,300 new coronavirus cases in a single day. that's around a quarter of all us daily infections — in a state with just 7% of the country's population. the us is the worst affected country in the world, with another 66,000 infections reported on saturday. as our north america correspondent peter bowes explains, the situation in the us is getting worse by the day. another surge in coronavirus cases and a new epicentre for the disease. florida is now seeing more new infections than most countries. across the us, more than 60,000 new cases are being reported every day at about a quarter of them are in the sunshine state where the hospital system is just under growing strain and some intensive care facilities are at full capacity. when the
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pandemic started, florida was slow to respond. the beaches and bars estate ( they were eventually forced to close but reopened early, only to be shut down again. —— bars stayed open. even as the numbers rose over the weekend, disney world opened again to the public. mickey mouse at a distance and mandatory face masks for visitors. but the republican governor ron desa ntis visitors. but the republican governor ron desantis has refused to issue a state wide issue for people to cover their faces. there are some anti— mask activists who believe it is not important at all. you limit the risks are very low. this virus has a 99.6% recovery rate and a virus that is very well contained. with other states like arizona, texas and california all facing worrying increases in the number of new cases, the trump administration is focusing on reopening schools in the autumn. but
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opposition stop i think everybody would like to get our kids back to school as quickly as we can. we also want to do it and make sure our kids will be as safe as possible so we will not we rushed into this. with a growing health crisis, a divided nation and a presidential election looming, the politics of dealing with covid—i9 has never been more intense. so let's just recap the numbers from florida. in the last 2a hours, 15,299 people tested positive for covid—i9 after nearly 143,000 people were tested for the virus. since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 4,346 coronavirus deaths reported. we can now speak to dr cindy prins who's an epidemiologist and master of public health program director at the university of florida.
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is florida in a state of crisis? definitely. now starting to see the extent of infections in our state. what role our young people playing in the transmission of the virus? i think that young people are playing a role in that they may be more likely to be asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. they may be unaware that they are spreading this virus around or they may really not feel the urgency of preventing themselves from spreading it around to other people even if they know they are infected and certainly, we would like to see them be less risky. we would like to see less house parties, we would like to see people doing things and more to control whether or not they are getting exposed to this virus and exposing others. you talk about those house parties. it does sound like the message is clearly not getting through to some younger people. i think that is the case. we have closed bars in the state but i think when you close bars oi’ but i think when you close bars
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or pubs you end up putting some of these parties underground and so the messaging needs to go along with that, that it still not safe to have a party in your house. you are inviting people in who are from outside your household you may not even know and they don't know what the risk factors are and you may not know that you are infected and you are passing that on to other people. we have played pictures tonight are people going back to disneyland, —— disney world stops families, doing their best to distance themselves from others, wearing masks. people being cooped up four months. as an epidemiologist when you see those pictures, what are your thoughts?” honestly worry a little bit less about disney world because in their current state, they have low park attendants and i think they have good measures in place to help prevent a lot of cases. that doesn't mean there is no risk. people are putting themselves at risk by going to a theme park right now. the other concern with a theme park being open or any kind of tourist events being
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open is that you have people coming in from out of state and if they are getting infected at a place like disney world, we may not be aware of what the risk exposure was. sorry, what the risk factor was for exposure for them because when they go home, it may never be reported back that they were at disney world and that they got infected there. you have called for a infected there. you have called fora war infected there. you have called for a war effort but given that some people see covid as an inconvenience, not a battle, it seems you still have a lot of convincing to do. that is probably true but i would point to what the people who have lost their loved ones. i would point toward the people who have gotte n point toward the people who have gotten severely ill and are still recovering and the fa ct are still recovering and the fact that we have this high level of cases that keeps going up level of cases that keeps going up and we are losing lives unnecessarily and we are costing people their livelihood and we are causing suffering. and i don't feel like any of thatis and i don't feel like any of that is necessary. this is co ntrolla ble that is necessary. this is controllable but we have to pull together to do that and we are not at that point right now. thank you so much.
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in poland, andrzej duda, appears to be edging towards a narrow victory in the second round of the polish presidential election. a second, more accurate, exit poll has predicted that he'll take just under 51% of the vote to beat his rival, the centre— right mayor of warsaw, rafal trzaskowski who is refusing to concede. from warsaw, adam easton reports. it was the closest presidential election since the fall of communism more than 30 years ago. according to the axis poll, resident duda won by the slimmest of margins. —— exit poll. speaking to their supporters, both candidates claim to be free. president duda said he was happy with what he called his exit poll win. translation: i want to make it clear, i am happy. yes, it is only an exit poll but looking at the results, as you also, it has grown in my favour. cheering and applause. he ran an energetic but also
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divisive campaign. a so—called conservative roman catholic, he presented himself as a defender of traditional polish families. he offended many when he said lg btq he offended many when he said lgbtq campaigners were promoting an ideology that was more harmful to, than communism. his opponent, rafal trzaskowski, said he would defend minorities. he pledged to use the president's power of veto to block the government public changes to the judiciary which the eu has criticised for undermining the rule of law. mr trzaskowski said he was convinced that when all votes we re convinced that when all votes were counted, he would emerge victorious. translation: might listen, we said it would be close and it is close but i am absolutely certain that we will win. —— listen. absolutely certain that we will win. -- listen. chanting:. according to the poll, president duda has won by less than one percentage point. that is well within the margin of error so we will have to wait
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until the official count on monday or maybe even tuesday before we know who will be the next president of poland. adam easton, bbc news, warsaw. let's go live to warsaw and speak to andrzej bobinski — managing director of polityka insight — a group which looks at policy analysis. i would like to bring in that data from the latest poll. i don't know if you have been able to see it, which suggests that the president in this latest exit poll is getting 51% of the vote. his challenger, 49% of the vote. this is not a final result but what do you make of this latest poll?” think it is almost certain that president andre duda is going to win this election. we're still waiting for the votes that are going to in from outside of poland. and there has been an amazing, huge turnout. these votes and this
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result is not taken into account in the exit polls that are being conducted today. —— andrzej duda. so this could still have an impact on the final result. having said that, i think it is almost certain that andrzej duda will win by a safe if small margin. if he does win re—election, how would the country change? well, that's are superquick difficult question. i think it is the £100 question at this point. as adam easton said, andrzej duda ran an extremely aggressive nationalist campaign. adam called it energetic. i think thatis called it energetic. i think that is a euphemism. basically, the campaign took poland to the right of the political spectrum. having said that,
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andrzej duda's speech today was rather conciliatory and it seemed that he is now willing to sort of open up to the half of poland that he attacked all throughout the campaign. the question is will andrzej duda be willing to challenge the under potent —— the omnipotent ruling party in poland. this is basically what we will be looking at in the coming months to see if andrzej duda is willing to become an independent politician who will try to bridge this huge divide that has emerged during this campaign and over the last five months, five years, sorry, or, on the contrary, he will be willing to still fight the opposition and to encourage the minority rights of people who
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disagree with this government's policies. thank you so much. we will keep you up—to—date with the results from poland as they come in. let's get some of the day's other news. a total ban on alcohol has been reimposed in south africa in an attempt to reduce the coronavirus numbers. medical experts have said more than 40% of all trauma cases in the country are alcohol related and the president, cyril ramaphosa, says this has put severe pressure on the health care system at a time when coronavirus cases are surging. there have been more than 4,000 coronavirus deaths in south africa, with over a quarter of a million cases. iran says a mistake in the setting of an air defence radar system was what led to the accidental shooting down of a ukrainian airliner in january. a missile hit the boeing 737, operated by ukraine international airlines, killing all 176 people on board shortly after it left tehran. the iranian civil aviation authority said an operator had made the error. in hong kong, the organisers of a primary poll
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to choose pro—democracy candidates for upcoming legislative elections say more than half a million people voted. government officials had warned that the unofficial two—day ballot may be in breach of a tough new security law imposed by beijing. pro—democracy leaders say the high turn—out reflects the courage of the people of hong kong. fire crews are battling a massive fire on a navy warship docked in san diego. according to the latest from the navy, 17 sailors and four civilians have been sent to the hospital for their injuries. alanna petroff has the story. the warship was docked in san diego for scheduled maintenance. now it could be beyond repair. specialfire boats were brought in with water cannons to control the blaze. 0n land, there is no clarity about how this could have happened. just a lot of shock, a lot of confusion. you don't know what happened, if
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there was an attack or if there was a mistake on the ship, you don't know. san diego firefighters arrived at the scene sunday morning after getting a call around 8:30am. ina getting a call around 8:30am. in a tweet, the fire department said there had been an explosion. about 160 sailors we re explosion. about 160 sailors were on board the uss bonhomme richard. all are now accounted for. normally this ship carries a crew of 1000. san diego's fire chief is warning the fire could go on for days and the ship could bend down to the waterline. —— burn down. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: we'll bring you the story of the darfur migrants and their marathon trip to seek a better life. after months of talks and missed deadlines, a deal has been struck to keep greece within the eurozone. the immediate prospect of greece going bust, in the worst crisis to hit
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the eurozone, has been averted. emergency services across central europe are stepping up their efforts to contain the worse floods this century. nearly 100 people have been killed. broadway is traditionally called the "great white way" by americans, but tonight it is completely blacked out. it is a timely reminder to all americans of the problems that the energy crisis has brought to them. leaders meet in paris for a summit on pollution, inflation and third world debt. this morning, theyjoined the revolution celebrations for a show of military might on the champs—elysees. wildlife officials in australia have been coping with a penguin problem. fairy penguins have been staggering ashore and collapsing after gorging themselves on a huge shoal of their favourite food, pilchards. some had eaten so much, they could barely stand.
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this is bbc news. the latest headlines: a day after walt disney world reopened in orlando, florida posts the biggest surge of coronavirus cases in the us since the beginning of the pandemic. too close to call in poland's presidential election, in what's been described as the tightest result since the fall of communism in 1989. it is 17 years since the darfur conflict began in western sudan — one that led to hundreds of thousands of deaths and charges of genocide against sudan's former president. the worst of the violence was more than a decade ago but the uk has granted asylum to some of those fleeing continuing instability there. fergal keane, who reported from darfur in 2004, has been talking to two cousins who are from there and now find themselves on different sides of the channel. it is a story of numberless journeys, driven by the enduring legacy
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of genocide. journeys that bring some to refuge in britain while others languish in makeshift camps. it is the story of the lost sons of darfur. the search at twilight for migrants waiting to cross the channel near calais. we are facing situations of despair, total despair. and they are very determined to cross, because they are so... close to their goal. these are frequent hiding places, abandoned bunkers from the second world war. these searches go on every night, and it feels pretty much like a game of cat and mouse that it's always been. the french government
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is devoting considerable resources to the searches. but the migrants keep coming, people fleeing war and economic hardship who are still convinced that across the channel, a better life awaits. but if, like this 16—year—old, you have survived genocide, than almost any journey of escape can seem worth it. along with others from darfur, he is determined to get to britain. "life is hard after genocide," he told me. "the situation is very hard. i just want security, stability and education." this was mantassar at home near the darfur town of nyala. where he was born in 2004 and where his father was murdered in the genocide. i was in the town the year he was born, and met some of the victims of state terror.
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right in front of our eyes, the police have been raiding houses here. we've seen them beating people and we have been told by a police commander that they want all the people to move from here to a new camp. the genocide left hundreds of thousands dead, more than a million displaced. a legacy of instability and economic crisis which has continued despite a new government. that set mantassar on hisjourney to europe. following so many others, he crossed the expanse of the sahara, a journey of over 1,000 kilometres over two years, during which he was detained in libya before eventually reaching europe. "we experienced beatings, jails, humiliation," he says. "i worked to earn money to pay my way to europe, but they stole it." but he has hope that he can
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hide aboard a truck or beg a place on a boat, so close to the likes of england, where he has a vital connection. i never see my brother a long time. living in manchester, this is mantassar‘s first cousin. he's had refugee status for the last two years. he's worked 12 hour shifts in warehouses, and studies english by night. are you happy in britain? yeah, i'm happy. very happy. very, very, very happy. everything's great. why? in darfur, if you need to work it is dangerous. here it is great. here peace, people live nice, everything. the story of the cousins is the story of so many of the sons of darfur, whose lives were overturned by genocide. for mantassar, stuck for now in calais, there's no going back. fergal keane, bbc news, calais. three generations of one
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of the world's most famous acting families have tested positive for covid—19. the bollywood actress aishwarya rai, and her daughter have both been infected. her husband the actor abhishek bachchan and her father—in—law, global megastar amitabh bachchan have been taken to hospital with the virus. it comes as cases continue to rise in india. ishleen kaur has more. 77—year—old global megastar amitabh bachchan has been a prominent figure in the fight against coronavirus in india, appearing in public service advertisements like this one. we can do it. on saturday, he told his 43 million followers on twitter that he had tested positive for covid—19. mr bachchan and his son abhisek are in hospital in mumbai,
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capital of maharashtra, the worst—affected state in the country. hospital authorities say their condition is stable. results on sunday showed that amitabh's daughter—in—law, aishwarya rai bachchan and her eight—year—old daughter were infected with coronavirus as well. the pair are said to be asymptomatic and are self—isolating at home. the news has led to an outpouring of support for the family on social media and fans across the country have held hindu prayer rituals after the news. translation: it feels like not only amitabh bachchan has fallen sick but an entire era has become sick. we know that he is a fighter and he needs prayers and medical treatment. the doctors are taking care of amitabh bachchan and the entire world is praying for him. translation: we pray that amitabh bachchan gets well soon and returns home. this is our wish. mr bachchan, also known as big b, is not simply
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an enormously successful actor. he is one of india's most revered figures. his contracting of the coronavirus may help take away some of the stigma that infected indians have endured. mongolia's annual traditional sporting festival, which normally attracts tens of thousands of spectators, has taken place without a public audience, for the first time in hundreds of years, due to covid—19. the country has reported only 227 virus cases and no deaths so far, but it continues to enforce a strict border lockdown with its neighbours. reged ahmad reports. in colourful traditional garb these wrestling competitors enter, arms held aloft as they perform a dance before the competition gets under way. but this year's annual naadam sporting festival in mongolia is different. normally tens of thousands of spectators come to see
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an event considered by some to be more important than the olympics. but for the first time in hundreds of years, the general public is barred from attending due to covid—19. as some of the archery competitors wore face masks and shields to protect against the virus, the public were encouraged to watch the festival on television. the child jockey horse race for children as young as five years old was broadcast for viewers. hundreds of horses gallop across the open plains with their young riders tightly holding on. children apparently had their temperatures taken to screen for infections. the two—day festival held on a ranch outside the capital allowed only a handful of guests to witness the event, including top politicians. outside the venue, all was quiet as the decision left some fans disappointed and frustrated.
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translation: because of the virus, this year's naadam feels boring and there is nothing to watch on tv. most of the country is calm. i think everyone is just staying at home. translation: we can't watch the horse racing. the roads are blocked and it's only accessible to the rich people and they want to close the road this morning. i don't know what the opening ceremony looked like. this was it. the opening ceremony consisted of men dressed in traditional costume on horseback and marching in unison. mongolia has lifted some coronavirus restrictions in recent days but most sporting events are still banned. this one tradition, though, lives on. reged ahmad, bbc news. a reminder of our main story. us state of florida has registered a record 50,299 new coronavirus cases in a single day. that is a record for the united states, the highest tally in any state since the pandemic started. and around
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america, around 40 states are showing increasing infections. do stay with us. hello there. despite the chilly start of sunday morning, temperatures got up to 25 celsius in the south—east. it was a warmer day for most with an abundance of sunshine but over the next few days we are introducing more cloud and it will therefore feel cooler and there will be some rain. that's been moving in through sunday evening and overnight on these set of weather fronts, a fair breeze as well blowing in the north. so those weather fronts introduce more cloud so it won't be as chilly first thing this morning. a little bit of mistiness in the south, here we hold onto sunshine, certainly through the morning and the cloud thickens in the afternoon. as that weather front slips south, we will see some clea ra nce further north in terms of brighter drier weather but,
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still, with some heavy showers around particularly in the north—west of scotland, lengthier sunny spells further south and east and still quite warm. some brightness for northern ireland but you can see that cloud filtering its way southwards although the rain holding off on the south—east most likely until late afternoon, early evening. and there could be a few heavy bursts across the welsh mountains before it slowly clears away through monday night and into the start of tuesday. behind, a nort—westerly breeze. plenty of showers and the next weather system in the wings. again, for most of us it is reasonably mild. just an awful lot of cloud as we see through the day ahead, sitting on the hills, giving a little bit of misty murky weather. as i say, that weather system is clearing away and we have high pressure starting to build into those weather fronts. so as they do come in during the course of tuesday, they will gradually weaken. still quite a peppering of showers in the north and the cloud and rain just dragging its heels in the south first thing and then this rain comes into northern ireland before the end of play.
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but for many, a dry—ish day with just a few showers around, feeling a bit cooler because we have a north—westerly breeze. as i say then, that weather system comes into the ridge of high pressure, so it will be a weakening feature by the time we reach wednesday under the influence of high pressure, so not a lot of rain left on it. but a lot of cloud. and it will still have a lot of cloud with it on thursday before the high pressure starts to take hold later in the week. so potentially quite a cloudy day for most on wednesday with drizzly rain around, drying up gradually towards the end of the week and becoming very warm, particularly in the south, as we go into the weekend. one to watch. bye— bye.
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this is bbc news, the headlines:
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florida has posted a rise of more than 15, 000 virus cases — its biggest daily increase to date. it comes a day after walt disney world reopened and is around a quarter of all us daily infections, even though florida has just 7% of the country's population. poland's incumbent president andrzej duda holds a slim lead in the country's presidential election, according to an exit poll. mr duda, an ally of the ruling nationalist law and justice party, has 50.8% of the vote. that's just 1.6% ahead of warsaw mayor rafal trzaskowski. a fire has broken out on a us navy amphibious assault warship moored at san diego naval base, injuring at least eighteen sailors. an explosion was reported on board the uss bonhomme richard after the fire started. the fire department said it may take days before the flames are fully extinguished. now on bbc news, audiences from around the world


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