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this is g w news live from berlin and british prime minister boris johnson tests positive for corona virus johnson says that he's suffering mild symptoms and will continue to leave the nation's fight against the pandemic from quarantine. also coming up south africa's police enforced the new 3 week coronavirus lockdown at the same time the country's 1st 2 deaths from the virus have been announced and getting back to business in china we need the operator of a hot food stall who needs to start making money again after the lifting of the
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coronavirus lockdown but where are the customers. i'm sorry kelly welcome to the program british prime minister boris johnson has the coronavirus he's the highest profile political leader confirmed to have the virus so far the u.k. health minister has also tested positive on thursday night johnson joins the nation and applauded workers at the national health service a day later after receiving the positive test results he posted a video in which he said that he'd been isolating himself but he said that he would continue to lead the nation's response the pandemic. hi folks i want to bring you up to something that's happening today which is that i've developed more of. the corona virus that's to say a temperature and a persistent cough and on the advice of the chief medical officer i've taken
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a test that has come out positive so you are working from home i'm so far isolated . let's go straight to w. correspondent charlotte potts who is standing by in london charlotte a critical time for the country at this moment how could this diagnosis now impact the prime minister's ability to govern. well he's saying as we just heard that he is now self isolating and that he's planning to govern the country via video conference and telephone calls from his home he's saying that he has symptoms but of course he's in the beginning of the illness and in comparison to other world leaders in quarantine such as he actually has the virus with which comes most cases with fatigue and exhaustion now if it gets worse we have to say he's 55 and in good health as far as we know so he's not
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a risk group but if it was to get worse than his designated survivor the man who will step in and govern the country would be foreign secretary dominic robin that was already decided last week as a precaution we have now boris johnson seen in the house of commons we were just watching the video there as recently as wednesday we also have the u.k.'s health minister who has tested positive for corona virus charlotte how high is concern right now about contagion. well it is very high boris johnson was somebody who has shook hands with people as long as he could he's been downplaying the virus just a couple of weeks ago he's since stepped up but now with the health secretary also falling ill with a virus several m.p.'s in the houses of parliament and boris johnson making his
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rounds throughout london and downing street for example at his daily press conference with the chief medical officer and the chancellor the one who has. took in extraordinary economic measures over the past week those 2 will have to quarantine right now as well and of course the question arises has the government itself not taken social distancing as serious and is this government in the long term able to function if most of the people are in quarantine of course as a precaution but some have already called the virus and another person has caught the virus in other very high profile cases prince charles who has tested positive for corona virus charlotte is the virus potentially more widespread than people are even aware of their well the fact that the ant to the throne and the prime minister have caught the virus leads to the assumption that the virus is far more widespread as we imagine right now especially here in london
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the epicenter of the crisis so far we have around $700.00 deaths confirmed but the worst is still to come in the coming weeks that is something that the prime minister has created reiterated time and time again charlotte potts in london thank you charlotte. and here are some of the latest developments in the corona virus pandemic 3 months into the outbreak and the total number of confirmed cases has passed half a 1000000 with more than 24000 deaths spain has seen a record one day rise in fatalities with 769 people dying in 24 hours the death toll is now more than 4800 a serbian court has sentenced a man to 3 years in jail for flouting self isolation orders serbian state t.v. reported there are 112 people in detention awaiting trials for ignoring orders to stay at home and sweden has banned gatherings of more than 50 of lowering it from
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500 so far the country has opted for a more relaxed approach to the pandemic by keeping schools restaurants and bars open. south africa has confirmed its 1st 2 coronavirus deaths as the number of confirmed cases rises to more than 1000 the news came at the start of the 3 week nationwide lockdown to stop the spread of the virus africa has so far had only a low infection rate although there are fears that the continent's health systems will not be able to cope if the corona virus begins to spread widely some prominent people have become its victims. was the 1st world famous african to succumb to covert 19 the cameroonian saxophone player died on choose the aged $86.00. that was just a few days after rick enough. subsaharan coronavirus day it killed the country's
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national assembly vice president and several other parliamentarians are also infected. taxi ranks bus terminal schools and hospitals authorities across africa are trying to stop the pandemic from spreading but with more than 2000 infections across almost 50 nations most countries have it and numbers are rising fast warns the director general of the world health organization so the best advice for africa is to prepare for the worst and prepare to do so far the continent washed country as south africa it's just begun a tough lock down regime. the next few days a crucial. without decisive action the number of people infected would record the increase from a few 100 to tens of thousands and within a few weeks to hundreds of thousands and this city's panic buying has brought long
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queues its markets. become numb from time that can you be kind to you that this is serious. serious and happening in south africa the 1st time that you live in. senegal ivory coast uganda namibia are among all the countries to implement special measures closing borders and imposing curfews the armies on the streets in kisumu kenya using tear gas to disperse crowds of. soldiers and mother gusto 2 people are supposed to stay home but for many that's not really an option. not overlooking we're not staying at home because we can't afford to. i want to what are we supposed to eat lots of you not from a lot of. banks figures suggest 40 percent of all africans live in extreme poverty
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the pandemic is making their daily struggle to survive even harder. and the chinese province of who by where the coronavirus pandemic began has reported no new cases since lifting its lockdown and reopening its borders on wednesday but a team at the london school of hygiene and tropical medicine has warned to capital will han which remains under lockdown for another 2 weeks that an overly hasty relaxation of her struction is there could increase the chances of a new wave of infections as the people of who by get out and about again they are counting the cost of the lock down. opening the fortress the ancient fultz vacations at the heart of shing shoe city they usually. buzzing with tourists particularly now in spring but even though people are free to go out in the for there's not much going on and that's creating the next worry for those living and
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working there. who will not you know what the 1st half of the year is the season for flower blossoms many people come out to see the flowers they take photos and have fun the 1st half of this year is supposed to be the peak tourism season but the coronavirus will definitely have a big impact on us. the cities in who by province now a by word for the pandemic. just look there are so few people those from outside will not come here for a holiday you know now by is the hardest hit area and no one dares to come yet when they know you're from who by they all keep away from you they're scared. you're the guy. she said she'd spent the equivalent of 2 months rent on food for her stall but that she wasn't able to sell its own even eat it herself during the lockdown and it had all gone rotten. or
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deny i had a relatively smooth opening today some girls bought 6 corn cobs for me at once. this is the 1st business for me this year it's good because there aren't many people around after the outbreak this is big money for a small business owner with. the hope is that the streets will quickly fill up again with people and that the hardships in jewett during the days of fortress gin show will soon be history. and as countries race to slow the spread of the outbreak young people around the world have been dealing with some historic restrictions on social life with bars beaches pubs and clubs shut many of their favorite gathering spaces are off limits schools are also closed forcing millions of children and teens to stay at home our correspondents tell us just how young people across the globe are confronting life in the age of
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a pandemic. the policy is seriously over. the pops clubs are sought and when young people still kept gathering in parks for so-called corona parties one supermarket owner took to facebook warning them that he would no longer sell them alcohol and snacks the fight is for a future generation took a bit longer to recognise how serious the situation is there's no war posturing but when i go out for a run for instance young people are still less likely to keep the 1.5 metre minimum distance police have told me that they haven't had much problems forcing the locked on not even among teenagers and the measure of. the strictest in the world you're not even allowed to go out for a walk anymore like most people around the world so the koreans have reacted to this pandemic in different ways last week and many young people came here to saul's home day and entertainment and shopping district popular with young people they
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were harshly criticized online for gathering at nightclubs and bars other young people i met were volunteering to see that those less fortunate got some ticket meals and were better protected from the virus i mean. to contain the spread of coronavirus it is these young men and women who are leading from the front line these 100 stations i money by young men and women who are also putting hygiene classes to the young and the old and also encouraging them to socially however that is one of the. challenges here in france many young people at 1st didn't seem to take the locked on very seriously one group even had a bob a q. in northern france and had to pay a fine of 1600 euro's but time seemed to have changed young people now organize online operatives and one facebook group with 640000 members even throws a 10 minute online party each day but it's not just about having fun there's
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a website that brings together people working at hospitals like this one with those who want to help them with that child care grocery shopping more than half of the 67000 volunteers in that teens and twenty's here in the u.s. one of the biggest challenges for the government is to convince the american public to take the coronavirus seriously or at least 15 stay at home orders are issued there are still many people in the parks and on the streets and on social media the hashtag boomer remover is dividing the generations particularly young people show little empathy for the elderly who are considered at higher risk. and you can find much more on how young people are grappling with life in the age of the coronavirus on our you tube channel meantime french football club paris anja man has raised over 200000 euros for local health care professionals battling the coronavirus by selling out a new special edition strip the new structure has the sponsor replaced by the words
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all together in french and features badges that pledge support to medical workers the club the club confirmed that 1500 of the shirts have sold out the corona virus has caused more than 1300 deaths in france and seen its medical personnel stretched to the limit. this is due to thanks for watching. combating the corona pandemic. where does research stand. what are scientists learning. background information on. our daily corona. 19 special next on d.w. . how does a virus spread. through the top. and. show is called spectrum if you would like any more
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information on the crown of virus or any other science topic you should really check out our podcast you can get it wherever you go your podcast can also find us and. that. human beings are social creatures making life in the time of a pandemic a challenging and lonely. but we are in it together. are people who learn to live in isolation before the corona virus outbreak how did they prepare and what can we learn from. hi.
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and in today's 1000 special we'll be talking about how to get through collective isolation and we've got some professional insights from some who know what it's like to be far away from everyone and everything but 1st to someone else and isolation our science correspondent derek williams we've been receiving all your questions for him. today we've picked the one we've all been asking ourselves. can life continue normally off the quarantines would not risk other outbreaks. this is indeed the great danger and it's also the key question even if strict social distancing helps us to flatten the epidemiological curve by by suppressing the numbers of new infections won't the number of people getting it just skyrocket again once we end those measures are we just kicking the can down the road a lot of eyes are turning to china now as it cautiously begins to lift some of the
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direct hootin restrictions that have been in place there for the last couple of months everyone is sort of waiting with bated breath to see whether the number of new cases there begins to rise again but there are an awful lot of experts now saying that until we come up with an effective vaccine the new coronavirus is here to stay at least in the near future to keep it from overwhelming health systems we'll all have to get used to social distancing as the new norm along with the isolation that that brings. now there is being stuck at home but arguably there are tougher places to be alone astronaut mathias mauer has been training for years for his future flight into space and isolation. ok this is my theory of the mission find 1st and this is my lock on the snow to. cut off from the outside world with little equipment and even fewer comforts mathias morris spent 6 days in the
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darkness of this cave in italy to help him prepare for the regulars of space he learned how to explore unknown surroundings and how to conduct scientific experiments underground. and joins us now mathias welcome you're also having to stay home these days how is your astronaut training helped at all. yes offered up quite prepared for the isolation i mean i lived in a cave for several days i lived also on the water for 16 days in a very tiny confined environment with other people and we got pretty well along each other well what would you say the hardest part was then that was it communication was it the cabin fever or in your case the cave fever or something else completely well it's living together with other people like in a confined environment for an extended period of time and for us you know it's it's even a little bit more complicated because once in space we were lifted up for 6 months
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we all come from different countries different languages have a cultural background which is different and so communication is the key and we learned before the flight to space how to how to like adapt our way out to interact with other so we talked very openly on the problems that we need to like ok you have this in this which i don't really like can you to change this man a little bit and then once you talk openly then you feel well prepared and i think that the mission it's very easy. well what you say helped you psychologically speaking while you were disconnected from everything. what it's very important to have a regular. schedule during the day so i plan my diary and i plan approach eric i plan also positive parts that i have during do that and then we also plan to have
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time to get up together with my crew together with my team it's lunch time it's even in dinner time it's very important to spend this time together we also included a little bit of physical exercise despite being in a very confined environment but just stoic and do some exercises and this combination of having a schedule of having. being friends together with you that if you're that chair you are i think that was also very important and we have a successful mission there you have it structure is key he's an astronaut from the european space agency thank you so much for sharing your insights my question now as we heard there not everyone is distancing alone there are those who have to do it in groups being with the same set of people all the time can obviously be hard perhaps even impossible without a bit of fun but don't take our word for it the crew on the international space
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station can tell you more she knows what it feels like to be up there alone u.s. astronaut christina cook repairing the outside of the international space station last year she set a record by spending 328 days in space in the i.s.a.'s you literally couldn't get any further from the coronavirus but the astronauts on board have a lot in common with the millions in isolation 400 kilometers away back on us constantly packed in together yet separated from any other life unable to visit family and friends for months that's why crew are trained to deal with the psychological impact of living in space keeping busy is the key whether working getting a haircut or of course having a restful night's sleep. the only s.s. crew like christina know all too well how to stay healthy and happy in isolation jack's 2 star is an isolation researcher and
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a cultural anthropologist specializing in the measurement and enhancement of human performance and extreme environments well so now for there you've done a lot of work with astronaut's you've been advising nasa for several decades what sort of advice have you given to astronaut giving up a way of life on earth to go to space seeing as that can be helpful now. well most astronauts. determined before their mission that getting along with their crew mates will be their highest objective. and they work toward that goal. ways to foster the group solidarity that's necessary when things become a problem or 2 or to a schedule as matthias had just said. but it is ok to sleep in not on the international space station but when you're can try and. in your
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homes sleep is good just make sure that you have a schedule and that you. make a list of objectives and i think the the key to surviving i'm in our 12th day of isolation now but the key is to view this as an opportunity rather than an obstacle an opportunity to. to finish projects that you had. let slide around the house or the opportunity to read a book that you'd always wanted to read an opportunity to call friends and family and talk for as long as you would like them to check in on their physical and behavioral help. so i guess in some way it is a matter of re framing but there is that knowing you'd be isolated for a limited time like on a space mission vs now where nobody knows how long they'll have to stay home for how does one deal with the open ended ness perhaps of this isolation if that is
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that if the difficult part this is imposed on us we didn't volunteer for the space mission but we are indeed passengers on a spacecraft passing through space and time together and some of the ways that we can make this work is to consciously attempt to be polite and respectful with those with whom we're confined. to a void derisive humor the kind of humor that a stablish is wedges between people who are a spy and it is an excellent coping mechanism but avoid that the side of the rights of humor that is so common especially among men. consider the possible consequences before you say or do anything consciously attempt to be cheerful and supportive of your housemates. or your crew mates and.
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eat at least one meal together each day the importance of kindness of their again and the importance of avoiding derisive humor but speak of social skills that we all have to assume that the outbreak will one day be under control and will all be reconnecting based on what you know about astronaut's coming back how do you think we will have changed as a people after all of this. well astronauts spend a lot of time in the coop watching the beautiful earth pass beneath them and almost all of them report when they return that they have changed it that that experience has changed their perspective of life on earth there are no borders really visible from space and during the early days of the space of the ice i assess a station. there would be an american fighter pilot teamed with a so
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a former soviet fighter pilot they had trained their entire careers to kill each other and yet they got along famously they lived in perfect harmony and working toward the same goals and i think that that's the kind of thing that we can derive from this experience we're all working towards the same goals a reminder from jack's to sir he's an isolation researcher and long time advisor to nasa thank you very much. and that was id w. call the di $900.00 special from our do check out our social media channels imes and now the milan will leave you now with music from opera singers singing together from greece but alone in their own homes thank you for watching and stay healthy everyone.
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