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this is d.w. news live from berlin british prime minister bars johnson tests positive for corona virus johnson says he's suffering mild symptoms and will continue to lead the nation's fight against the pandemic from quarantine it comes as the country sees a record surge in deaths from the illness also coming up. germany moves to massively expand its testing capacity to fight the spread of the virus the country is already testing half a 1000000 people per week and that number could double by the end of the next month
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. i'm fairly as welcome to the show british prime minister barak johnson has the coronavirus he's the highest profile political leader confirmed to have contracted the infection so far this as the u.k. saw its biggest daily jump in covert 900 deaths 181 people have died in the last 24 hours johnson says he will coordinate the pandemic response from home quarantine but critics say he didn't take the threat seriously enough a favor of the virus when it the whole outbreak began. boris johnson clapping in front of downing street on thursday night a symbolic thank you to health work is engaged in the fight against the coronavirus funding known at the time the british prime minister was already experiencing symptoms of the disease. on friday he revealed he had tested positive for 19 i am
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working from home i'm so price waiting and that's entirely the right thing to do but be in no doubt that i can continue thanks to the with technology to communicate with all my talk team to lead the national fight back against corona virus the prime minister was long criticized for playing down the threat of the virus this was his opinion of social distancing just 3 weeks ago i was shaking hands can decide that i was the other night i think there are a few there are actually a few credit cards patients and i sure can't live without it you'll be pleased to know that i continue to shake hands and. that is case numbers rose he found to pressure the streets of london have been virtually empty since monday when the british government ordered no one to leave the house except for essential reasons the government set about procuring more ventilators and work got underway to turn
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an exhibition space into a temporary hospital which is expected to provide thousands of beds. boris johnson also began taking more precautions the prime minister's daily press briefing took place without journalists present their questions delivered via video. johnson's weekly meeting with queen elizabeth took place via telephone the royal family is already affected on wednesday it was announced that prince charles the heir to the throne had contract to the coronavirus. but johnson continued to meet with senior figure. wednesday young questions in parliament sharing a bench with top cabinet members health secretary much has now also tested positive key to itself isolating and says his symptoms a mild the question now is how many other members of the british government may have been infected. well let's go straight to d.w. correspondent sean out of pots in london charlotte the prime minister has given the
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news that he has tested positive for corona virus what does this actually mean going forward and especially for the ability her his ability to govern the u.k. at this crucial time. well boris johnson insists that nothing changes he's self isolating and downing street at this point and papers documents food whatever he needs is delivered to his doorstep and he says he will govern the country by a video conference and telephone calls and the good news is he's showing only mild symptoms so far he's 55 so relatively young and he's in good health as far as we know but of course in comparison to other world leaders that are now in quarantine such as he actually has the virus and we know that corona virus often comes with fatigue and exhaustion so if his symptoms were to get worse then downing street has decided that the foreign secretary would step in and keep continuing the
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response to the coronavirus and so far we know that at least he is saying good health ok but of course bars johnson was seen in the house of commons as recently as wednesday are there any concerns that other members of staff and m.p.'s might have also been exposed to the virus and this of course comes as we know that the u.k.'s health minister has also tested positive charlatan. well frankly boris johnson hasn't been practicing what he preaches social distancing we know as you said the health secretary tested positive and we've now heard that the his medical chief office so the person who advises the government on the corona responds is showing symptoms and is self isolating has at home as well as his finance minister and those 4 have been holding press conferences together over the last day so that raises a lot of questions how many people are affected in downing street why hasn't he
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been practicing social distancing more and of course how effective can this government be going forward in the corona as a response and that all as london and all of the u.k. becomes really the epicenter of this corona crisis and the death toll and the number of those infected are rising across the country well a lot of parts in london thank you. well here in germany there are over 49000 cases of the infection but the death toll has remained far lower than europe's 2 hardest hit countries italy and spain officials have credited widespread testing with helping to keep germany's mortality rate low but the country's leaders are still urging caution i gather nations germany has placed strict restrictions on public life to control the spread of covert 19 the chancellor says now is not the time to relax. in germany too public life has come
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to a new standstill german chancellor angela merkel is asking for patience speaking on the phone from her precautionary quarantine. i would like to stress that right now is not the moment to talk about easing the measures we've put in place when you look at the figures we still have a fast rise of new infections and the aim ofter all is to prevent our health care system from being overstretched. mark on. the side. but. yet germany has so far been spared from spiking death rates these days politicians like to have the man who developed the corona test at their side he says that's down to a simple fact. the reason why we have so few fatalities in relation to the number of those infected you stand to the extremely high level of flora tree testing we're
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conducting here in germany extreme feelable. and georgia and around 500000 tests per week and as clinics brace themselves for a sudden influx of patients a record 750000000000 rescue package to shield the economy was signed into law according to a leaked interior ministry paper the government is already exploring best and worst case scenarios on the effects of the corona crisis this before so even with this paper deals with the question of how the. this situation which is currently focused on health could have an impact on the security situation which scenarios are possible and what measures with then be necessary to react to them. even though it's. germany is increasingly sending the signal its as ready as it can. but no government truly can be it seems but little ready sees itself
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accused of not showing enough solidarity despite taking in intensive care patients from the city and it's an open question whether europe can emerge from this crisis as strong as it used to be over there will be more divided than ever so here are some more of the latest developments in the corona virus pandemic italian health officials reported nearly a 1000 people have died from covert 19 in the last 24 hours that's the biggest daily number of fatalities since the outbreak began there and the u.s. house of representatives has just approved a 2 trillion dollar stimulus package to blunt the economic blow from the virus president trump is expected to sign the legislation and a serbian court has sentenced a man to 3 years in jail for flouting self isolation orders state t.v. reports there are 112 people awaiting trials for ignoring orders to stay at home as countries work to slow the spread of the outbreak young people around the world
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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 to forcing millions of children and teens to stay home our correspondents have told us how young people are confronting life in the age of a pandemic and helping those in need. like most people around the world south koreans have reacted to this pandemic in different ways last week and many young people came here to source hong day and entertainment and shopping district popular with young people they were harshly criticized online for gathering at nightclubs and bars other young people i met though were volunteering to see that those less fortunate got some ticket meals and were better protected from the virus i mean. in various 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
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who are also fighting i do classes to the young and the old and also encouraging them to socially distance however that is one of the biggest challenges here in france many young people at 1st didn't seem to take the locked on very seriously wrong group even had a bob a q. in northern france and had to pay a fine of 1600 euro's but time seem 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 a website that brings together people working at hospitals like this one with those who want to help them with that childcare grocery shopping more than half of the $67000.00 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 when at least 15 stay at home orders are issued
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there are still many people in the parks and on the streets and on social media the hashtag boomer remove or is dividing the generations particularly young people show little empathy for the elderly who are considered at higher risk. well to talk more about how young people are confronting this crisis i'm joined now by louise annoyed she's an organizer from friday's for a future of us to global movement spearheaded by youth to fight climate change by louisa how are young people reacting to this crisis and what's the feeling among your fellow activists and friends where of course i've heard of apparent corona parties are so what i press miss you there actually is. a lot a lot a lot of solidarity emerging from everywhere it's really about generational justice the other way around so young people are taking care of older people organizing
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shopping's and all those activities and cordon talks with them they are hotlines everywhere now where old people can talk on the phone with young people to not get you know to lonely i'm actually really impressed by what is being everywhere it seems now from what you're saying you know there's been a lot of positives will say by young people but there has been a lot of criticism will say particularly over the past couple weeks do you think it's justified criticism against against young people and have they have been at all will say. well i think this is business as usual there's always been criticism against something around young people whatever they do or not do. i do think that had been a crises our moment of crisis when people have really unsure how seriously we should take the coronavirus they had a lot to do with actually big governments around the word proclaiming this not too
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bad this is about. you know being very proactive but that kind of stepping back to but a do believe we've kind of found a middle ground here and people are now quite serious about it and know how to take it seriously i see that it becomes more and more of a mainstream idea that the corona virus is very dangerous and that we need to take action everywhere no matter how old we are on stage. who is annoyed by our climate activist and one of the main organizers of friday's for future here in germany thank you for joining us. now despite appeals for people to avoid panic buying during the pandemic that's exactly what people have been doing so can be hard to find things like disinfectant pasta and especially toilet paper in german supermarkets but even if you can't get the real stuff you can get a toilet roll shaped cake a german baker started making the case as a joke i was selling 200 per day and helping to keep his 40 staff busy and work.
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