tv DW News Corona Special Deutsche Welle April 8, 2020 12:00pm-12:31pm CEST
this is t w news live from her lead china's one time purana virus epicenter of lists it's locked down after nearly 3 months people who have passed health checks are streaming out of the city but authorities remain on high alert trying to guard against another outbreak from imported cases or domestic travelers without symptoms also coming up no agreement after all night talks for an event and on that rescue plan part of it italy is leading the call for help beset by financial problems already before the coronavirus heads and coronavirus in a war zone d.w.
hears from people inside of it is living the last battlefields of the war in syria many fear an outbreak there could unleash and humanitarian disaster. i'm sorry kelly welcome to the program a months long lockdown starts to ease today and will haunt the chinese city where the corona virus outbreak was 1st reported at the city's drastic measures have served as a model for countries battling the coronavirus around the world's after 11 weeks chinese authorities are now allowing residents of will on more freedom of movement this milestone comes as china reported no new deaths on tuesday. it's about time as the clock struck midnight and we'll have one of the major looked at. measures was removed in travel an impressive light show marked the occasion
featuring health workers and the words heroic city others werent pausing to celebrate instead thousands of travelers flock to catch trains or take advantage of remove road blocks. so. i feel great the epidemic has maybe stabilized to some extent so we're able to travel now. has lost a lot in this epidemic and its people have paid a big price. for the lockdown has been lifted i think we're all pretty happy. it's the city where the coronavirus a break began many people have been trapped for more than 2 months they will leave for hand to rejoin friends family and return to work. i came back before lunar new
year and planned to stay for a few days it wasn't even 2 days and it was announced to happen would be locked down and i couldn't leave so i've been stuck at the whole time. the easing of the lockdown comes as china reported no new coronavirus deaths for the 1st time since it started publishing figures. but authorities still urge caution. since 0 new covert 19 cases does not mean 0 risk with the lifting of the knock down does not mean the lifting of epidemic prevention and control. to hand has been breathing a tentative signs of relief more shops are open and there are more people on the street though a return to normality appears far off the area's restrictions on movement within the sterling metropolis will remain in place to guard against a 2nd wave of infection. so let's bring in correspondent crutch for who is joining
us from beijing fabio so it's not a complete return to normal as it. no it's far from normal and what we see here is that of course the streets are filling up but mostly are still empty restaurants some of them are open now but also empty as we see for example now there are fissures again at the young a river that flows through the city that's normal and for many residents it's fear it's normal but of course a premier virus compared with that then it's not normal at all the big change today is that some people are allowed to leave the city and that means if they are have a green q.r. code every resident was given a cold depending on their health status and if you are green and that means you don't belong to any health risk group then you are allowed to leave the city but within the city of course many of the restrictions of movement are still in place and that's also because the responsibility for new infections in china is
a cheap delegated to the lower level saw the neighborhood committees the property management of residential compounds and also the companies can be held accountable if you infections break out so they actually take it very seriously yes to reports to your neighbor the committee before you eat your compound and then really tell them where you're going and it strongly encourage that you're only doing necessary settings so given all of that how are people reacting to the relaxation of the curfew. they're very euphoric very happy i mean one resident that i interviewed he told me that the moment that it was that he left his compound his residential compound for the 1st time in over 2 months he took selfies and sent them to all of his friends because he really just wanted to share his joy and then he headed to the supermarket and straight to the section of sweets and chocolate bars and all that because in the last 2 months of course the necessities were all taken care of
he was supplied rice vegetables and even meat but you know all those sweets for his children were the 1st in over 2 months so yeah definitely it's a very emotional but actually many residents also that i spoke to they are still afraid of a 2nd wave of and so they are really young not really easy going out could want to stay home how high is that fair fabiana because i mean the coronavirus as is by no means to feed as you highlight it. actually it's only a matter of time until the infections flu arise again we know that with. the testing the virus testing has been increased now there up to 12000 viruses tests to date again so that means also there will be much more. carriers of the virus persons who are infected but who don't show any symptoms i think that number will increase and it's basically trial every decision that is not made and can be also turned back so i think they really want to. experiment they want to try to
open it will the numbers go up or not and then they can take it from one step at a time correspondent. thank you so. let's get you the latest developments now on the coronavirus pandemic the global health toll from cova 1000 is now more than 82000 with more than 1400000 infections since the outbreak began british prime minister boris johnson has spent his 2nd night in intensive care he is said to be in a stable condition and not on a ventilator and us president donald trump has threatened to freeze funding to the world health organization trump accused the deputy chief of protein of bias e.u. finance ministers have failed to agree on a joint plan to ease the economic impact of the pandemic southern states including italy and spain are insisting on debt sharing tools called corona bonds which northern european states reject well for more let's go to brussels where our
correspondent bound to standing by him back i mean we have these e.u. countries saying that they're trying to find unity in the fight against the virus but failing why. it is the shia enormity of this crisis this she amount of money that is needed to get your butt out of the economic and social coma right now 500000000000 euros on the table in 3 different financial instruments but that might not be enough the european central bank is claiming that $1.00 trillion to the 3 times of that amount is really needed and not only italy but also spain and france are demanding now the issuance of common that of corona bonds to finance all of this to have a limitless amount of money available. why are these countries germany the netherlands for example so opposed to these neutralized of debt solutions like
khurana bonds for example because i mean this is a fault line which is not new. yet germany and the other more richer countries all used to be richer countries are against it because they don't know actually how they will get out of this crisis villa germany have the potential the money to guarantee all those credits with that are needed in future the german finance minister shows doesn't know it he said recently in berlin it's really a lot of money and he doesn't know so he does not want to do this commitment right now for europe because he has to save germany 1st but some are are looking at this moment really as a test of the european union how much of a threat could this be of this this failure to address the financial situation in the block to the e.u.'s a whole. if all the 1st time it's a real thought that the e.u. might fail and that the eurozone actually might fail and this the german chancellor
could 2 days ago said this is the biggest test the european union has ever faced and today the spanish government not only to tell you but also the spenders government says that you could fail over this if we do not stand together right now is not find a common finance instrument for all of us then the e.u. is not necessary anymore than to reach out with a view from brussels thank you so much. well let's get you up to speed now on other stories making headlines germany's love times and said to close its budget airline german wings and decommissioned more than 40 of its planes it's become the 1st major airline group to announce permanent cuts as a result of the coronavirus crisis of tons it is also planning to reduce the fleets of subsidiaries austrian airlines swiss and you're owings. economists in germany are expecting the country to see its biggest quarterly decline in g.d.p. on record as a result of the pandemic leading researchers say that the economy is set to shrink
close to 10 percent between april and june that would be the biggest drop since quarterly figures were 1st collected in 1970. and one person has been injured after a fire broke out of berlin's rebuilt royal palace authorities say that 2 tar cauldrons ignited before the blaze was extinguished replica of the prussian era palace has cost over 600000000 euros to build its 2 to open later this year as a museum complex. for those rising concern that the coronavirus could set off a humanitarian disaster in the last battlefields of the syrian civil war a shaky cease fire has been holding there but aid organizations warn that the province for over 3000000 people are living as wholly unprepared for an outbreak and reporting team has been keeping in touch with people and ad lib this is their story. what's it like to live in
a live in constant fear of assad's approaching forces in constant fear the aerial bombardments will resume. for weeks now 26 year old students are hazaar tour has been sending us their impressions images from the last rebel held city in syria where the coronavirus is on everyone's lips about and i'm taking it seriously but it's difficult when i go outside i try to wear a mask and gloves i worry that my family or i will get infected i'm not any the ceasefire has been holding an ad lib for 4 weeks now the city is coming back to life and the streets and markets a bustling but just as people savor the sweet taste of freedom the threat of the coronavirus is looming. in other countries but the coronavirus people are cocooning the town. nobody is taking the danger seriously everyone's going shopping nobody's
taking any precautions. in the refugee camps around the corona virus seems a distant threat to hundreds of thousands of people live here and die a conditions essential health measures such as keeping a safe distance or washing hands are impossible in many of the camps health workers are trying to raise the alarm however they can. quote you will have to understand help dangerous the situation is we as doctors have extremely limited means at our disposal to tackle this pandemic. dr catto is an anesthesiologist and general manager at one of the few hospitals still operating in adelaide province he's trying to prepare the clinic even though it only has 2 intensive care beds and a single ventilator there are only 95 ventilators for the whole region with a population of more than 3000000 dr says it could get worse than an italy.
or the euro soon we will have to make some really terrible decisions here you who should get a chance to live and who should be let die. because we have no people in there no gloves and above all no ventilators in the. the clinic stuff posted this photo on facebook will stay here for you you stay at home for us but the appeal has fallen on deaf ears too has stopped wearing a mask when she leaves the house she says she can't stand being steadfast and laughed at any more and more tough times are ahead. and amid those tough times we're going to take a moment now to leave you on a lighter note because we had the largest brightest supermoon of 2020 rising over cities around the world hushed by the coronavirus on tuesday sky watchers and germany's capital berlin witnessed the super moon rising over the city is landmarks a supermoon as when a full moon occurs at the point in its 28 day orbit that is closest to the earth
now in london and around the globe the full moon this time appeared up to 14 percent bigger than. that now you're up to date on deja vu news i'm sarah kelly amberleigh and don't forget you can check us out on our web site. combating the pandemic. where does research stand. what are scientists learning. background information and. our corona. with 19 special next on d.w. . i'm going crazy thing in all the time. how to handle our new lives in times of the coroner pandemic d.w.
reporter. just like everyone else and she's looking for answers thankfully with the help of teeny ex-pat. thank you is not life as we know it up. in the. together our. health care systems around the world are under stress more and more patients are seeking treatment pushing hospitals to the brink of collapse but if you look closely there are differences in the u.s. health care is largely privatized in an effort to cut costs many hospitals have reduced staff and stretched resources that are now urgently need it many clinics are overwhelmed the same goes for countries like italy and spain which were burdened with severe austerity measures after the last financial crisis state run
health care systems on the other hand are proving to be more robust to deal with a crisis some experts say in many countries this has sparked a discussion about whether health care should be a public good run by the state or a business model. this is your covert 1000 special d.w. news i want to get germs and good to have you with us now let's agree money can't buy you everything but it can give you a better chance of survival if you can afford a private health insurance chances are you get to see your doctor sooner than someone on national health it's not fair but it is what it is but how does it work in a crisis like the coronavirus pandemic and a moment we'll talk to the c.e.o. of germany's biggest private hospital operator but 1st this report. the patients just keep on coming the coronavirus outbreak is testing the limits of hospitals all over the world demand for beds for spiritual equipment protective
gear and workers continues to search many former medical professionals have been called back on duty like qualified doctor the irish prime minister as you know rejoined medical register there last month and. setting aside really the one session a week about half a day a week so far it's just been a telephone click the virus which is infected politicians celebrities and business leaders is often described as indiscriminate but as hospital staff get to work in a quality rains. poor people are more likely to catch the disease and they're more likely to die from it that's led to calls for a lifting of the barriers for example between public and private hospitals in spain one of the country's worst hit by the crisis become and has ordered private clinics to share resources with the public system australia has pushed through similar
measures. in germany meanwhile some private clinics have reportedly applied for government support to compensate for the cancellation of lucrative procedures but they simply aren't a priority right now. for more i'm joined now by the c.e.o. frizzy in yes a global health care group with more than 200 set 90000 employees in more than 100 countries and here in germany is also the largest hospital operator welcome stephanie good to have you with us tell me how are your hospital having holding up in this health crisis. we're going to differentiate between the situation in germany and japan we have 86 hospitals in germany where we're still waiting for a large wave of corona patients to arrive on the other hand we have 44 ospital across spain weren't particularly in the hot spots in madrid and barcelona
we have had more than our fair share of patients to deal with right how how big a role of it it feels awful to talk about money in such a situation but how big a role does money play when it comes to providing good health care. well we have to see that the fatality rate in germany is substantially lower than the one that we are seeing elsewhere but i do believe that 1st and foremost that has to do with quite a few issues that happen outside the hospital. so when it comes to the amount of testing that we're doing that denominator in the fatality ratio germany has done substantially more as far as i can see than most of the countries but also when we look at the numerator i believe that in germany the potion population on average is substantially younger than elsewhere a key reason for this may actually be
a cultural difference where i think it is more. towards the german culture to keep the natural social distance relative to what we can observe in italy and its banks. and it comes to the money the capital allocation to a hospital system than i do believe. that germany is a bit better equipped than what we're seeing elsewhere and as far as our own hospitals are concerned we have invested quite heavily in the past and we can now also afford to shift resources within this large network. they are needed right as as you just mentioned about shifting resources you are you do run private hospitals and private hospitals that's and then they'd say they need to be profitable is that a problem now given that treating covered 9000 patients is very time and very cost consuming. no and this is not the time to think about market share
gains or profitability this is the time to think about how we can best help the society and it was mentioned a bit earlier on yes the spanish government has drawn on resources to help out and we saw more than happy to do that. i believe that yes whilst we're still waiting in germany for. actually we're not waiting but no we haven't seen a large wave of corona patients yet and therefore in many of our hospitals where we have followed the ministers appeal to delay in the elective surgery yes we are seeing in on the utilization of capacity but that is obviously absolutely fine we got to see through this crisis now and everything else is going to be taken
care of afterwards that is definitely a an almost luxury position to be in the one that you describe here in terminal spittles as you mentioned that so far germany's health system managed to keep the number of covered 9000 related deaths fairly low 7 in comparison to other countries but the number of cases keeps rising now as the c.e.o. of germany's biggest hospital operator how worried are you that nabi e.u. will not be able to cope with the influx of patients and and have to make hard decisions. this has been a very very dynamic development that frankly has bitten so my expectation so i will be cautious with making definitive statements but at the same time. germany has the luxury of being somewhat late to this and therefore we have had the opportunity to learn quite a bit from what worked in other countries as an aside we have also had quite a number of volunteers in our german hospital system to go down to spain and help
out our colleagues over there and those who are returning now have a real life experience as to how we can better deal combat this crisis nobody derives truly arrives here in germany right stefan storm c.e.o. frizzy news thank you so much for your time and all the best to you and certainly for your medical staff in the coming days and weeks thank you stay healthy. and now let's get someone answers to your questions remember that you can teach them coming in on you tube on facebook and twitter or via e-mail and science journalist derrick williams stands ready to provide some answers. was germany better prepared for the pandemic than other countries. throughout this pandemic the
number of fatalities in germany has remained remarkably lower than that and other countries only between one and 2 percent of the people who tested positive for covert 19 here have so far died from the disease that's a lower case fatality rate than almost any other country tenser the question germany appears to have been better prepared than many other countries in one key way the number of acute care beds here is very high there are more than twice as many of them per capita as there are in european neighbors like france or italy i don't think any country was really well prepared for a covert 19 but germany's reaction to it looks to have made a significant difference and in how many people it will probably kill here in. the u.s. and the u.k. were supposedly well prepared for this kind of emergency but they're seeing a lot of infections and fatalities why. that's
a tough question because so many factors appear to be contributing to how effective countries are and grappling with this disease don't forget the situation is unprecedented and we're still in the middle of the pandemic it's way too close to fast changing events to be able to really say country a got this right in country b. got that wrong that said one thing in particular had seemed to play a pivotal role in slowing the spread of the disease in some countries and that's early widespread testing as we've heard over and over again and you can't fight what you can see right so both the u.s. and u.k. got off to quite slow starts when it came to testing because healthcare systems they are reliant on. tests from a single government source and those government sources didn't respond very rapidly so despite getting top marks for their health care systems and reports like the
global health security and its structural aspect of how the u.s. and u.k. were set up to deal with a possible pandemic might now be making a big difference in the overall numbers. did abuse derek williams and he'll be back of course tomorrow to answer more off your questions for now that was our 900 special. in berlin for more on the pandemic to check out our social media channels and our websites that is d w dot com where we have information on covert 19 and more than 30 languages. now we would like to leave you with a story that shows we really are all in this together. at a hospital in taiwan people wait in line to make donations to help italy and its fight against the coronavirus a so far donated more than $3000000.00 u.s. dollars to the relief effort it's
a way of showing their gratitude to italian priests who helped build hospitals in taiwan after the 2nd world war the funds were used to purchase much needed medical supplies to cope with 1000 stricken areas and it's an. equal india. how can a country's economy grow harmony its people and the environment when there are do look at the bigger picture india a country that faces many challenges and those people are striving to create a sustainable future clever projects from europe and india. on the detail of. this the truth of.
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