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the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> ts is bbc world news america. acalirnia clamps doin. the governor orders bars and restaurants are close as coronavirus infection surge, and in florida, new cases continue to ske. reopened in englan but there is no touchingaces allowed. d the u.s. staartment takes aim at beijing's ambitions in
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the south chinaioea as te between the two powers rise. plus,hecaling 78 peaks in t lakes district. how he used lockdown to set a new daily record. ♪ laura: f all of you watching on pbs and around the globe, welcome n to wors america. in a sign of how the u.s. is struggling to contain t coronavirus outbreak, california's governor is ordering restaurants to close in movieheaters.d shutting bars this comes as florida is seeing a record number of new infections. the virus is spreading across america with more than 3.ed million recoases. public schools in l.a. in san tudiego teachnts remotely from august and the nations top infectious disease official is under fire from the white hous itself. disney world in florida gay
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people something of a refugefr reality this weekend. the theme park reopen, despite the record number o coronavirus cases. masts were required and are now compulsory across the state. florida, some beaches were packed, but police were called to thisally held by people opposed to wearing masks. america sunbelt is suffering. in arizona, where long lines for coronavirus tests were common, nearly 27% of results are positive, the highest in the nation. cases arising in the u.s., and dn chicago, bars must clo earlier. the president were mass for the first time in public over the weekend after mounting pressure to do so. the white house is more coronavirus tests are being carried out and that's why there are more cases, and a death rate is lower than it was in the spring. >> if we did half the test, you
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would have half the number. laura: f dr. anthoci is now a target of the white house. officials have provided talking points to u.s. media attacking his past statements as inaccurate. here's what the press secretary says in public. >> there is vouching versus the president, cannot be further from the truth. they have always had a good laura: meanwhile, dr. fauci himself was optimistic. dr. fauci: we haven't even begun to see the end of it yet. >> a german bar to biotech firmnd pfizer have been given fast track status. news of california closg
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indoor dining and bars because of surging cases rattled traders at the day's end. laura: for more on the situation in florida and across the united states, i'm joined by an idemiologist at the university of florida. thanks a much for being with us. nias calif reclose is, should florida think aut doing the same, given the explosion of cases there? >> that has happened in certain areas of florida where we have had more cases. i don't know necessarily that we have to do that across the state, but we need to look at wherwe are having high levels n cases and think about whether certain activitid to be curbed. laura: are you surprised that the outbreak has gotten so bad here in the united states? >> i am, in a way, only because i think we were at point where we thought we were in very good control of the outbreak,end where peo were complying with what we need to do to prevent
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those cases. i think what was a surprise to me was that as we came into these reopening's, it just fel like b people were tired ng at home and went back to their activities without a thought for long term infection control measures. laura: as a public health official, do you feelndermined by politicians who don't want people to wear masks? >> what i want them to understand is that we really do know that wearing a mask is the best way to preve people from getting infected with this virus and that we need that to be modeled from all levels of our government. so that is really critical right now. laura: at the peak of the nearly 600 people a day were dyg. were the lessons of new york city just not learned by the rest of america? >> i don't know if they weren't learned, or of people jus' didnt think maybe that they apply to them. if they look at new york and
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thought it was out of control before they ever had a chance to stop it, versus the rest of us were maybe we had a little bit moref an opportunity to knock those cases down. but then the lesson was lost bit in the reopening, and i think especially in not being very vigilant upon reopening, looking at when cases were going up why that was happening, and trying to stop that from happening. laura: does it surprise you to see dr. anthony fauci being undermined by the white house? >> dr. fauci is extremely knowdgeable about coronavirus. he is someone that we trust in the public health community, sorry reall want people to be taking his advice on how to manage this virus. laura: how much worse to you think this outbreakoing to get before it can get better and schools can reopen? >> that's a good question. i think that from state tota
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, we've got different levels of control of the outbreak, and i worry in florida thate will continue to see a increas in cases just because of the level of disease we have right now in the community. i think that states are starting to put measures in place to stop it will hopefully at least do flattening of new casethen see new -- that are control ofse if were going to get back down to levels where people are comfortable opening up schools for the fall. joining us tonight.ch for the director general of the world health organization has warned the coronavirus pandemic will get worse and worse of company- if countries don't follow the basics required to suppress the virus. he said many countries were headed in the wrong c direction anled for an into mixed messaging. reporter: a grim assessment from
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the world healthrganization as new records keep being set. florida has had its worst day with 15,000 new cases, triggeng yet another appeal to keep a safe distance, wash hands, stay-at-home. >>f the basics are not followed, there is only one way this pandemic is going to go. it's going to get worse and worse and worse. reporter: the virus has spread around the world and some regions are doing better than hers. this line shows daily new cases in europe, reaching a peakf 30,000 a day back in april. since then, going through a steady decline by contrast, north america, again with the similar pattern, with the rapid rise to nearly 60,000 new cases every day, basically double what europe saw . latin america and the caribbean behind the curve of others but has since ne through a rapid cases a day.ore than 60,000
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bear in mind all these numbers are an underestimate of what is really going on. in some countries like bolivia, too many are dying for the government to count. and there's a probl with the credibility in what is being said about the virusi . this tiver says the truth is that people are just now inreal that this disease really exists, because a lot didn't believe it. restaurants are closed again in florida. the question of who to believe looms large. politicians, including the u.s. president, have encouraged the vi that the virus isn't serious. >> the wris are very low. this is a virus it has a 99 point 6% recovery rate. >> while some people queue up to be tested in florida, others don't bother. the who says world leaders must spell out the risks. >> mixed messages from leaders are undermining the most critical ingredient of any
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response. >> these are nervous times. hospitals in central asia are overwhelmed, as in latin america. the best strategies to get out of it are well-known, but everyone needs to foow it. laura: against thagrim backdrop, england's reopening took another step forward today. beauty salons, spas, tattoo parlors and bars are open aftera perfe. treatments like eyebrow threading are still banned chbecause they involve toug the face. rerter: for the first time since march, customers are returning to this treatment room.the visors are on, the scrs arup, and customers are asked to wear masks. this beauty therapist, her family helped her by the ppe she needed to reopen.
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back and earning.citing to be reporter:hile her business can at least start trading upstairs in this building, others are still waiting.th downstairs salon remains close because it's owner specializes in eyelashes and treatments to the face are still not allowed becau they are deemed high risk in terms of catching and spreading the virus. >> i am upset. reporter: this salon owner says she can do her work safely. >> how do we sustain not working and not having an income >> we're as any other work and jus as hard. reporter: we're trimming is allowed, makeup application is not. somethe beauty industry is being overlooked. >> there is a systemic lack of
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understanding of our sector. we have been seeusas an iy of women that have a hobby. it's not necessarily seen asn industry. but our work is3 billion pounds to the british econom reporter: the two parlors that have open their doors are fully booked for the next simonths. >>f we shed a lotears we had to shut, and to be back is indescribable. >> they're not doing any tattoos above the chest and temperaturer checked. >> it feels lot safer than being next to someone at the pub. >> others reopen earlier this month. in scotland, salons open the 22nd of july. normal life is slow to returning to the great relief of some, but
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others feel they are being forgotten. laura: you can get your nails done here in n york city now. turning to gpolitics, the u.s. state department is projecting beijing's territorial claims in the south china sea for the first time a u.s. administration is ten such a stand on this long simmering issue. he comes at a time of extweme tension n washington and beijing. our u.s. correspondent with the bbc's chinese service joins me now. whyxactly are the silence so important to beijing? reporter: they seem very insignificant, but theyre -- g because of tpolitical tensions. secretarieset -- sey pompeo statement today, the u.s. had neveren t sides on the territorial dispute in the south
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china sea's. it was ruled that china's claims for the region have no legal basis. today, for the first time, washington officially made its stance clear, that will stand with southeast asian airlines rather than china. questio to ask the why now? actually, just last week, both china and the u.s. held naval exercises in the area at the and indicates tensions.ly rare, if you look at the greater context, washington has criticized many issues on the coronavirus. but it's a move on sout china that got the strongest response from beijing. territorial issues are highly sensitive in china. it would also be politically
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useful to beijing because it has claimed the u.s. is attempting to keep china down. so this will be seen as another tempt by washington. laura: thank you so much forin jous. inther news from around thehi world, wasngton dc's football team will op its redskins ne and logo after long complaints that the name is a racist slur against native americans. calls for change became louder eollowing the death of geo floyd.there is no word yet on we new name will be. students ast. andrews university say mandatory -- will see mandatory lessons on sexual consent. dozens of anonymous allegations about sexual misconduct have instagramd on in account called st. andrews survivors. a fraternity in the university members.ended a number of its ce say they are aware of the online reports and are working with the university to investigate the allegations.
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police in california say they found in a lake earlier today is that of the actress from the tv show "glee." divers and searchers used sonar equipment in their search. you're watching bbc world news america. still to come on tonight's program, how a nine-year-old has an -- injured conflict and found a new home in the u.k.. laura:outh africa has reintroduced a ban on alcohol sales. the country's president said it is important not tovburden hospitals ahead of a peak of coronavirus infections. or thanon a quarter milases have now been recorded. a nighttime curfew is in place and master now mandatory. here is more from johannesburg. report: alcohol is no longer
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available for sale in south africa. if you are found transporting ia you ca a risk. the president said this decision essary. he pointed to a situation in southho africa's statitals potentially that theve could becomehelmed, saying there at a place with her having to turnreeople away because t is enough space for them and that a number of people in those trauma are people that have come in as a result of a injuriesnd they need to take this decision to try take some of that weight off. ♪ laura: syria possible war created theorld's largest refugee crisis with or than 5 million syrians fltring their co it's hard to put that staggering
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number into perspective, so we're bringing you the story of nine-year-old, the same age as the war itself. she and her familyun have finaly d refuge in the u.k.. reporter: imagine saying goodbye to your best friend. they have only aou few left together. they will probably never see >> we go from -- we gave her our camera so she would have a record of the life she isbe leavinnd. we'e've been visiting h in this fugee camp in this -- and lebanon every year since she was five. at first she was keen to get back to syria as soon as possible.
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but her hopes of returning faded with every passing year of syria possible war. -- of syria's work. her family fled here after horrific chemical attack near their home. they never g used to living ke this. repo but not all of her family are leaving. and her twoster children are not part of the resettlement. orke the vast mity of syrian refugees, theyave's -- they are stuck where they are.
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erher mo says her children have lost seven years here, and every single-family inhe camp wishes they were leaving, too. it's late now, and finally time to go. we last farewells, she barely knowshat to feel. they have nevereen to an airport before, never been on a plane. they are taking us to another world. the gbal pandemic is just one new thing for this nine-year-old to experience. not since they had to abandon their now destroyed home in syria have they had keys to a place of their own. they seem awestruck by it all.
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no key for a shared toilet here. the simple pleasure of keeping clean. and outsi, her father is already busy. reporter: looking back at where they were, as their n life begins. the family still divided by distance, a mix of anguish and hope. it has been an extraordinary journey from syria via lebanon
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to hear. there is some hostility toward imgrants, but her family have so much faith in this country. the seeds herather planted on their first morning in the u.k. are thriving. she is looking forward to starting school. her family adore her, quality of her new life will also depend on the warmth of the welcome she gets here. laura: her long journey to aho w . for many of us, just getting out of the house these days is a ochance t stretch our legs after months of lockdown. he has raised up and down 78
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peaks in the lakes district in record time. reporter: saturday morning in the lakes district and kim has his aim, to conquer as many peaks at sea can and und 24 hours, and extraordinary endurance run in the most difficult terrain. >> you have to keep moving evening if you're feeling tired of struggling. just keep pushing and don't stop. reporter: 78 sites were on his hit list. along with plenty of lesser-known ones. the 96 mile circuit involved clim which total more than 39,000 feet. he is touching just one of the peaks.
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he had helped to stop him from getting lost. >> i got an email from the previous holder to wish me luck and say it's about time this record was taken. reporter: with just 15 minutes of the 24 hour time limit left, he did just that. >> it's just pure joy, just that big smile you get when you know u have achieved the best you can come and to come away with the record as well, i's just brilliant. reporter: not bad for a 40-year-old who hopes to inspire other runners to beat his record. donnie savage, bbc news. laura: before we go tonight, the internet finds itself divided his time ove zebras. this picture of two zebras in kenya begs e question, which one is looking at the camera? the zebra on the lt, or the one on the right?
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folks are analyzing yea, the neck, anything for a clue. do you think you know the answer? turn your volume if you don't want traknow. the can has confirmed, the zebra on the left is the one staring into the camer thanks so much for watching bbc world news america. have a great evening. narrator: funding for this presentation of this program is provided by... raymond jame the freeman foundation. by judy and pete blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutione for america'ected needs. and by contrstutions to this pbion from viewers like you. thank you.
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